Valerie (valeriejoy) wrote,

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Music & Ryan

stolen from surabufix & paulam569

1. Of all the bands & artists in your collection, of whom do you own the most albums?
I think it might be safe to say Harry Connick Jr.  ;)

2. What was the last song you listened to?
Something by Gary Allan, but I can't remember what.  LOL!

3. What's in your record player right now?
Gosh, nothing in the record player, but I think the car CD player might be on Gary Allan.  LOL!

4. Whats your favorite instrument?

5. What's your favorite local band?
I don't know any local Central Valley bands.  LOL!

6. What was the last show you attended?
George Strait in 2004 (and I'm going to see him again this Friday, woohoo!!!)

7. What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
Harry Connick Jr at the Orpheum a few years ago

8. What's the worst band you've ever seen in concert?
It's been too long and I can't remember.

9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
Hmmm, none!

10. What is the most musically involved thing you have ever done?
I was in band in the 8th grade.  LOL!

11. What show are you looking forward to?
George Strait on Friday!!!

12. What is your favorite band shirt?
Harry Connick Jr.

13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Harry Connick Jr

14. What musician would you like to be in love with you for a day?
Carlos Ponce  ;)

15. Metal question: Assless leather chaps vs. Vest and no pants?
Assless leather chaps.

16. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?

17. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?
Ohhhh, Commodores

18. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal?
The good stuff of each.

19. Doesn't Primus suck?
Nah, they do the South Park song!

20. Do you like eminem?
When he's funny

21. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?
Yeah, I figured that out.

22. What was the greatest decade for music?
Every decade has great music

23. How many music-related videos & dvds do you own?

24. Do you like Journey?
But of course!

25. Do you like Abba?

26. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)

27. What was your last musical "phase" before you wizened up?
I never wise up.  LOL!  Just move on.

28. What's the crappiest CD or record you've ever bought?
Hmmm, dunno!

29. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
CDs, but vinyl has its allure.

30. What would you be without music?
Dead I think.

And because I love talking about Ryan Gosling:

Ryan Gosling article on his latest film:

PARK CITY, Utah (Hollywood Reporter) - If there was ever any doubt, with "Half Nelson,"
Ryan Gosling establishes himself as a major talent and one of the finest young actors around.

Fortunately, freshman feature director Ryan Fleck and screenwriter Anna Borden have given him a juicy role as a well-intentioned teacher in a black neighborhood whose own life is spinning out of control. A quality indie film in terms of subject matter and execution, the picture should find a receptive audience in specialty venues and later on cable outlets.

An expanded version of Fleck's award-winning Sundance short, "Gowanus, Brooklyn," "Half Nelson" knows the territory and avoids the crusading teacher cliches of lesser films. Besides, Dan Dunne (Gosling) is too screwed up to be a white knight, and in the world he inhabits nothing is black and white.

Dunne is one of those charismatic teachers who has a great rapport and street cred with his students, one in particular, 12-year-old Drey (Shareeka Epps). Drey's life-defining experience to date has been the imprisonment of her brother for dealing. Newcomer Epps keeps pace with Gosling and communicates a soulfulness and wisdom well beyond her years.

Dunne, who teaches history with a Marxist slate and coaches the girls basketball team, tries to keep Drey out of trouble, but he's hardly one to be giving advice. After a game one night, Drey discovers Dunne stopped over in a bathroom stall with a crack pipe in his hand. Dunne has a major drug problem and is struggling just to stay afloat.

The other major influence in Drey's life -- her single mother is at work most of the time -- is her brother's partner in crime Mike (Anthony Mackie). A smooth and charming operator, Mike has designs on recruiting Drey for the family business. In a way, Mike and Dunne are fighting for her soul, but because Dunne buys his drugs from Mike's men, he is hardly setting much of an example.

Gosling's triumph is that even as the character sinks deeper in a hole and does some foolish things -- flinging a basketball at a referee over a disputed call, showing up for class so strung out he can barely teach -- he is still a sympathetic figure. His intelligent face, covered in a scraggly beard, and graceful gait suggests a person of goodwill even if he is a bag of contradictions.

The son of socially conscious parents, he became a teacher to help save the world, and now he can't even save himself. Drey is as much his redemption as he is hers. But he fares less well with the other women in his life. His ex-girlfriend Rachel (Tina Holmes), whom he met in rehab and clearly still has a thing for, has cleaned up and is engaged. He also blows it with a lovely fellow teacher (Monique Gabriela Curnen) when he shows up stoned at her house in the middle of the night and forces himself on her.

It's a long way down and the film could probably benefit from a bit of trimming to keep from getting repetitious, but for the most part the story is riveting, largely because of Gosling and Epps' work and chemistry together. Nice score, sometimes nothing more than a plaintive guitar, by Canadian band Broken Social Scene is a big plus in setting the tone and keeping the story moving.

Other tech credits are first-rate. Cinematographer Andrij Parekh gives the film a gritty, lived-in look without it seeming stagy. And Boden, doubling as editor, makes some beautiful cuts from the crack house to the classroom. But at the end of the day, it's Gosling's performance that elevates the material and makes it memorable.


Dan Dunne: Ryan Gosling

Drey: Shareeka Epps

Frank: Anthony Mackie

Isabel: Monique Gabriela Curnen

Rachel: Tina Holmes

Director: Ryan Fleck; Screenwriter: Anna Boden; Producers: Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell; Executive producers: Paul Mezey, Doug Dey, Scott London, Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz; Director of photography: Andrij Parekh; Production designer: Elizabeth Mickle; Music: Broken Social Scene; Costume designer: Erin Benach; Editor: Anna Boden.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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