Laundry

Yes, this is a video about how I do laundry and yes, I don’t use the dryer!

ENJOY!

Have a great weekend,

Z

MM is for Marilyn Monroe

My Week with Marilyn is a movie, that comes out November, 23, 2011 here in the US. With an estimated budget of $10,000,000 the viewers are definitely expecting a lot from it.

I have to admit, I am not that charmed by MM, yes, she was gorgeous, could sing, and had this wonderful bubbly personality that everyone admires. I think that with MM it’s either you love her, or you don’t, but I have somehow managed to fall into the “meh” category.

To be 100% honest with you, I am a lot more interested in Michelle Williams, who gets to play her in the movie. I remember her back when she starred in Dawson’s Creek. That was one cute TV show. And to me, she resembled MM even then. I guess Hollywood has finally noticed that too!

A lot of people are being judgmental, saying that they should’ve had another week or two of castings, but I think MW is a perfect fit. And maybe they put a birthmark on the wrong side of the face, it’s just a movie, and no one is trying to give you a new MM.

I loved MW’s Vogue interview, her honesty about not being able to replace MM’s curves, and the fact that she had to eat ice cream for breakfast every day. To me, that is the worst thing about being an actress. I remember when Renee Zellweger had to put on pounds for her part in Bridget Jones, and that thought alone gives me nightmares. I know she lost it all afterwards, but still.

I am going to watch this movie, and I am getting excited for it, because they will be showing vintage clothes, and giving a sneak peak into the lifestyle of 1950’s. I hope they do a really good job at that!

If you’ve missed the Vogue Interview, I suggest you still look through the slideshow. But if you are too lazy to do even that, here are some of my favorite pics!

And finally my absolute favorite!

What is your opinion on the movie? Are you going to see it?

Xo,

Happy Saturday everyone!

ZhenyAH!

Suspended for Suspenders

I have finally watched Wall Street today, something that I’ve promised Sam a long long time ago. I never thought a girl like me would be interested in such a movie. Who wants to see Charlie Sheen on the screen these days anyways? I don’t find him handsome, not then, and especially not now. Is he a good actor? Maybe. That is not up to me to judge though.

 

 

I was excited to watch this movie for two reasons:

1. Views of NYC circa 1985-87

2. 80’s fashion

New York City views never get old, and having lived there for a year, I am definitely in love with it.

Now when it comes to fashion there are so many things that stand out. Of course, the suspenders! I absolutely love them! Don’t you?

Sam has already asked me to get him some 🙂 Moreover, we went to Men’s Warehouse today and the associate who helped us, rocked a pair of suspenders pretty well. I even complimented him on it!

Then there is Daryl Hannah, an actress who played Darien Taylor. And she rocks pretty much anything, from a wet-suit to the most ridiculous veil/hat ever! You can even forgive her for being in an on-screen relationship with Charlie Sheen, which also happened 20 years ago, so she didn’t know any better! Of course her taste in art and house decor will now seem outdated, but some outfits should be paid attention to!

The white dress she is wearing in the last photo is to die for!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! I can’t wait to see what the upcoming week brings! Hopefully it brings hangers, so that I can finish unpacking!

 

 

Harry Potter! Really, Zhenya, really?

I mean, what? is Twilight next? My relationship with Harry Potter was never easy! I didn’t like him. Just like I didn’t like Titanic and Leo because of all the madness, I refused to watch it until my early twenties. Who can blame me? Meh, I don’t care.

Harry Potter to me was the same Titanic, with a different story line. I mean the madness and global obsession brought back the memories of being in 7th grade when all girls in Russia had buttons with Kate or Leo, and posters and T-shirts, and notebooks, sigh!

So when the first book came out I let it go by, same with 2nd, 3rd, etc. Until in 2007, when I came to the States for the second time my friends took me out to a movie on my Birthday, and ironically it was HP (which needless to say always reminds me of Hewlett Packard, anyone else out there?). I think it was the 5th one. I also remember one of my friends giving me a summary of everything that happened before – that took her about 10 minutes or so! 🙂

Summer 0f 2007 was also the year the last HP book came out! And I remember borrowing it from a friend, and reading through the last few pages. Yes, I do that! Of course I didn’t understand much, and the whole concept of Harry dies but he lives, was confusing to me. I mean what was he, some sort of Jesus? Because Jesus is the only person I know who did that, and I am proud of him and he is no wizard, he is a God! Can’t beat that JK Rowling, can you?

To everyone’s surprise, and my own astonishment, I have started reading HP books again. I had them on my Nook for forever. And after finding myself in a rather stressful situation with my visa and skin condition, I was in an extreme need for an easy read! So Harry Potter came to mind, everyone is obsessed with the latest movie now anyways.

So that’s what I’ll be reading on the plane! Aren’t you proud of me?

I do have to confess, back in ’07 I did start reading HP series, but I think I only went through the first 3 books, and then I had to leave back to Russia 🙂 lol

Wish me luck this time around too all you Harry Potter fans out there 🙂

 

 

Bridesmaids in Russian. Movie Fail. What you are missing out on, watching dubbed movies!

I have been anticipating this movie for the longest time ever. I remember Sam showing me the trailer back in Feb or even earlier. Anyways the movie disappointed me. I am not going to explain why and going to ruin it for you (well, I will, maybe a little). This post is more languages, translation and interpretation related anyways. To put it in a nutshell – I watched the movie in Russian first. I don’t like watching movies in Russian, unless it’s a Russian movie, and even then… Last night I was finally able to watch that movie in English, and boy oh boy what a difference! It’s not that I liked the movie, I still think it’s pretty dumb, just not as dumb as they made it sound in Russian.

The whole “watching the same movie in 2 different languages experience” gave me an idea to write a post about “What you are missing on watching a dubbed movie”. This is also applicable to other movies. I am simply using Bridesmaids as an example.

1 First of all – THE TITLE. I know that “the naming of cats movies is a difficult matter, it isn’t just one of your holiday games…”, and it’s even more difficult to translate the titles. So what the russians did, they simply called the movie – Bridal shower in Vegas. Even threw in a subtitle – something that can be translated to – Partying till the end, making the boys jealous. See now in Russian the movie Hangover simply translates to the Bachelor Party. So I guess they decided to draw a parallel there. Alas, to no success. Because THEY DON’T EVEN MAKE IT TO LAS VEGAS in the movie! Hello! That Annie girl (Kristen Wiig character) flips out on the plane. They land in Wyoming, and take a bus back to Milwaukee. Follow the story line for goodness’ sake!

2. The accent! Jeez, I had no idea that the State Patrol guy aka officer Nathan Rhodes had such an amazing Irish accent until I watched Bridesmaids in English. And we all know that in the US we are all suckers for some accent!

3. Voices. Movies are dubbed into Russian by a small group of people. That’s why often women sound all the same. You know what killed me? The fact that in Russian Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) and Carrie Bradshaw (SJ Parker) sound the same! I absolutely hate it! And then I hear Annie speak in the same voice! I honestly wish they used more people when dubbing foreign films!

4. The language perks. In Russian Helen just seems like a spoilt housewife, who has too much time on her hand. But in reality, her lines are much much more well written than that. “There is way more sense of community in coach” (on the plane) – Now that’s a line I can see myself using in real life 🙂

5. Names of stores, companies, etc. The way they translated Cake Baby – UGH! And then later on in the movie when it got graffited over as Cock Baby – and they translated it as Poopy Baby, well that’s just some bad translation right there!

I won’t even start on the whole Megan character ( Melissa McCarthy), it was absolutely ruined.

This is the end of sad ramblings of a disappointed viewer. I just hope some day, the whole dubbing business, will stop being a business, and turn into art!

Strangers No More

Out of all Oscar nominated movies, one stood out to me the most. One about Strangers, that were no more. In Israel, there is a school, called Bialik-Rogozin, where students come from no more, nor less, but 48 different countries. It’s a place that welcomes the oppressed, the poor, victims of genocide and political persecution. The only requirement – you need to come with an OPEN HEART! This is the school where “No child left behind” comes to life, because “No child is a stranger”! This school is for Jews, Christians, Muslims, it’s for everyone, as long as you are willing, as long as you are ready, and as long as you want to learn and make an effort.

During my years as a nanny in NYC, I have once put a child on the wrong school bus. Nothing happened, the kid is still alive and kicking, and driving some other nanny insane. And think of it “For most children getting to school is as simple as going around the block” or getting on a school bus, or in a car, and being driven there. “But for others it’s a dangerous journey across hostile borders”.

The documentary “Strangers No More” produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon tells a story of the only school in Israel that opens its’ doors to students like that, but more than that, it tells the stories of 3 students, form different places, who wanted to learn in spite of the fact that they had no prior education. As we watch them speak we notice colorful handprints in the background. Those colorful hands are going to create their lives from now on, and when they grow up and look back at what they had to go through, those hands and the people they belonged to is what they will remember.

The three students that opened up their hearts, allowed to share the story, made actual friends with the producers are Mohammed, a teenager from Darfur. This young man never went to school, but here in Bialik-Rogozin School, he was able to finish 4 years of school in just 1! Of course he had difficulties with homework and self-discipline at first, but look at him now! He has a great future ahead of him!

Then there is Johannes from Eritrea. Turned out Johannes was practically blind on one eye, but with the new glasses his teachers got him, he is now able to actively participate in the school process.

The saddest story is the story of Esther, a 9 year old, whose mother was murdered. “Your mom is like your best friend” imagine what happens when she is taken away from you. My relationship with my mom has never been a walk in the park, but as we all know difficulties bring people closer together, so we’ve been working on our relationship over the past couple of weeks. So what do you do when you see your mom killed in front of your eyes and it’s no movie? I have no answer to that. But Esther’s teachers do. They got her to open up, and she is able to receive help now. I always thought South Africa was more peaceful than that.

The beginning of the journey is different for everyone (shyness, being lost, feeling different), but the outcome is somewhat similar – it’s education, it’s acceptance, it’s the realization that there should be no boundaries, no stereotypes, no violence.

Watch the 87 minutes of this documentary, hear the children speak in their native language and in English, meet the teachers! It’s worth it.

PS. My personal interest in this film is the following – I lived with a Jewish family for a year, celebrated Shabbat, Sukkoth, Rosh Hashanah, Pesach, cooked meals the kosher way, ate the kosher way, went to a Brisk! And I am proud of it, I am thankful for the experience I was able to have, to feel included into the culture, into the tradition. Not everyone gets this opportunity! And not everyone understands the importance of it. I hope you will after watching the documentary!