That's not to say I didn't see any movies this week. That would be "inconceivable"! Monday was the premiere of WWQTW with a screening of Raging Bull. Tuesday I saw and reviewed Repo Men. Both recommended viewing by me.
Last night was the birthday celebration of my friend Lauren (she's popped up here or there in these pages) and we celebrated in the now traditional style- with a Burlesque show. In a new twist from the shows we normally see, this one included a movie premiere courtesy of the USA Film Festival. The first half of the evening showcased some of the talent in the film as well as local favorites. The beautiful and energetic Perle Noir stole the show with her acrobatic routines. The star of the film, Immodesty Blaize, was supposed to perform but cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". I'm not sure what those were and would love to hear from you if you know. It became more depressing that she was not performing once the movie started and we got to see the show she usually puts on. "Burlesque Undressed" presents the history of burlesque in a tight 88 minutes, complete with interviews and performance footage of past and present stars. The "older girls" were pistols- so funny! As for the newer generation, I kept wishing to see and hear more- more about what brought them to burlesque, more behind the scenes, more about the current Burlesque scene. Immodesty looks like a cross between Nigella Lawson and Belle du Jour. She's pretty, and she answers the questions, but it never seems spontaneous. I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars. If you're interested in burlesque and it's history it's definitely worth a look.
Regardless, we (certainly I) enjoy dressing up and doing something different then the usual depressing drink-a-thon at the usual bar. I'll post a couple pics as they become available.
On a separate note, I am counting down the days until I visit my sister at college. It will be a weekend full of lectures (yea!), crawfish (yea squared!), and fun. I just hope the weather cooperates this time. Last year, it was so humid I thought I would die (and my hair did)! It's hard to look like the sophisticated city girl when your bangs are clinging to your forehead in a desperate attempt not to wash away.