The Birthday Balloon

G’s birthday balloon
from two months ago continues to wander my place like a creepy old
voyeur. It particularly likes to sneak its way into my bedroom, which
is eerie.

1) the birthday balloon wandering; 2) Brent corrals the balloon

Monday’s movie: Kinky Boots


I watched this cute little movie before heading out to Hot Docs tonight. While in the vein of The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine, this movie didn’t really do much for me. The premise is cute: old shoe factory is dying and to revive business son gets the idea to create a line of transvestite footwear. Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent as Lola/Simon and overall the cast is strong, however, I just couldn’t get in to it. There are a few good laughs and the music is not bad but there is nothing ‘kinky’ about his movie. I believe this is out in very limited release here in Toronto. Personally, I’d hold off and rent it.

Brent’s rating: 6 out of 10.

Monday’s Hot Docs Film:

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Directors: Chris Sheridan , Patty Kim


This film recounts the abduction of Japanese citizens by the North Korean government in 1977 in order for them to teach Korean spies Japanese and japanese culture. It is a dramatic, sad and moving story of parents love for their children. It is also a testament to hope. When, near the end of the movie, you watch 5 of the 13 abductees return to Japan and reunite with their families, oh gosh, the tears started flowing for most folks in the Al Green Theatre, let me tell you. Well worth 85 minutes of your time. Bring kleenex.

Brent’s rating: 10 out of 10.

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8 Responses to The Birthday Balloon

  1. was the balloon just a cheap ploy to pose half-naked for the camera??!!  haha.. just joking…

  2. kunhuo42 says:

    hahaha  wow, that balloon is still floating after 2 months?  i’m impressed with mylar…

  3. orchidgrass says:

    it seems to be an interesting film. i hope to watch it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I really like your furnitures. It’s really modern-look.

  5. Anonymous says:

    u guys have a stylin’ living room.

  6. YNOTswim says:

    Awww.. so you cried too at the film? Glad that you liked it.

  7. bennykan says:

    Wow first thing I wanna say is I like the furnitures of your home! The balloon looks really nice, why not let it stay a little bit longer Hehe…I wanna see the Kinky boots as well. Is it a British film? And such a sad doc…but worth watching.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I read about the Megumi Yokota Story in one of the weekend paper. Oh, I got to see it. And the balloon – your description of it being a “creepy old voyeur” is so fitting. Need a pin? (I was just kidding G!)

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