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HOLLYWOOD MOVIE THE OWL REVIEWS,WALLPAPERS,REVIEWS
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Sexual desire among women -- and the complications that arise when said desire is not or cannot be met -- is the subject of two very different new releases. The OWLs (now on DVD from First Run Features) was fairly well-received on the 2010 GLBT festival circuit despite its dark storyline. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman), its protagonists are all former members of The Screech, a fictional band whose members were the hottest lesbian music-makers around ten years earlier.



Now faded into obscurity, depressed and/or alcoholic, the ladies refer to themselves as "OWLs": Older, Wiser Lesbians. Their accumulated wisdom becomes highly suspect, though, in the wake of an accidental death at a pool party hosted by former band leader Iris (a great performance by Guinevere Turner, best known as the star, producer and writer of 1994's rightly-heralded Go Fish). They conspire to cover up the event and succeed... that is, until a mysterious stranger (Sklyer Cooper) shows up at their doorstep one night.





According to the press notes, Dunye intentionally set out to imitate "pathological lesbian" films such as The Children's Hour and The Killing of Sister George. One OWLs character notes, "Even sisters can stab each other in the back," and another states, "We're always trying to be the alpha male in our community." Do we really need to project such images in this more liberated day and age? Dunye seems concerned that younger lesbian women aren't aware of the struggles their foremothers endured. To my thinking, though, this makes as much sense as re-making 1980's notorious Cruising so young gay men today will be more cognizant of the stereotypes that previously defined us. The original versions of all these invaluable time capsules are available on home video. It would be better to screen and discuss them and note how far we've come than to recreate them.



The narrative of The OWLs is oddly interrupted at times by interviews with the actresses regarding their roles and their "collective" approach to the project. Even with these, the film runs just over an hour and its hard to think of the interludes as anything but padding. There is also a documentary about the making of The OWLs -- somewhat derisively titled Hooters -- being released separately. If lesbian viewers think I'm off, I'm certainly willing to hear from you. As it is, I can't recommend The OWLs very highly.





On the other hand, the current theatrical release Orgasm Inc. (also from First Run Features) is a must-see for women and men alike. This expose by award-winning documentarian Liz Canner delves into the pursuit of a Viagra-style drug to treat "Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)", aka the inability by a reported 43% of women to have an orgasm every time they have sexual intercourse. As one expert interviewed on camera notes, "(FSD) is the first corporate-sponsored definition of a 'disease'."



Orgasm Inc., which was filmed over nine years, reveals with often-clinical precision the expensive and mostly fruitless research that has gone into developing pills, creams, devices and even a nasal spray to assist affected women. The result of such labor? viagra cialis online pharmacy pharmacy works as well for some women as it does for men; pornography is the most effective stimulant for both men and women; and the pharmaceutical company-backed, long-term solution of combining estrogen pills with testosterone patches can cause cancer. Wisely and thankfully, the latter proposed "treatment" was rejected by the FDA.



One interviewee's giggly likening of female orgasm to "a blooming flower" and some unnecessary animated sequences threaten to undermine Canner's insights into a very serious issue. But so long as the filmmaker sticks to disturbing facts and figures such as "The USA makes up just 5% of the world's population but it accounts for 42% of the world's spending on prescription drugs, and yet Americans don't live any longer than others," Orgasm Inc. provides a stiff tonic indeed.

Men's Health Miracle Run - August 17, 2008
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As luck (or is it Miracle?) would have it, this run was scheduled before a holiday so there is one extra day of rest for those who woke up early for this race (and another extra day of rest if you are from Quezon City). Things work out fine for me this time around in terms of preparations: my alarm went off right on time and I got to the Fort Bonifacio area about 10 minutes before the gun was fired, which was enough time for some last minute stretching. Too bad all of my running buddies missed out on this event (Kervin, Per, Janine+, Jeanne: I know you all woke up late! haha! kidding! :)). Nearly all of my siblings registered for this event so I wasn't alone in this race (and lead to a new meaning for the term "sibling rivalry" race-wise as we all try to out-do each other).

It was hot by the time the race started at 6:30AM so my goal was try and finish it as quick as possible before it gets hotter. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem to have reached the 1,000 runners target that Men's Health had but being good sport that they are, they decided that instead of donating Php 200 for each runner who finished the race, they will instead put in Php 400 per person, on top of Php 200,000 donation to charity if everyone finishes it.


The race course was relatively flat most of the way and takes about two 5KM loops in order to finish it. There were ample water stations, which also offered bottled multi-colored and multi-flavored Gatorade to all the runners. It was such a sugar buffet for me that I fear I may have drunk more calories than I burned. Ended up skipping two water stations as got too bloated already.


I ran most of the way with very little walking but dismayed at the finish line and upon checking my Nike+ sportsband and seeing I still breached the 1hour mark. Weird though that my official time on race was about 58 minutes and 35 seconds. I let this discrepancy go but then my sisters also informed me of delay in Men's Health timer! Oh man, I guess there is no such luck in my under one hour target for this. Maybe on the next race.. On a good side, my Nike+ sportsband finally registered a near accurate distance of 10.1km so felt quite happy with that.



Took some pictures afterward and hung out at the Nike+ booth afterwards with friends and family.
The boys getting a photo together..

Not to be undone, the girls also took a photo of their own.


We made amends and did a group shot. haha


Shot taken with "Fast and the Furious" Coach Rio




Men's Health awarding stage with Timer (last count at 6,600 km)

The big check for the big money. All going for a good cause. Very Big of Men's Health for that!

Aphrodisiacs - Do they work?
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Aphrodisiacs - Do they work?

There are many foods and herbs that are considered to be aphrodisiacs in that they play a role in increasing sexual urges. And besides increasing the urge, some of these foods and herbs are thought to increase the ability to have sex. Just look at a shelf in a health food store and you’ll find many supplements, created to help increase sexual drive and improve sexual performance. But based on studies, eating naturally and having a healthy lifestyle is still considered the best option towards having a satisfying sexual experience.

Spices can contribute, mentally, to increased sexual desire. The hot feelings caused by chilies can affect the brain. Chilies have also been known to increase ones heart rate, something that normally happens during sex. Chocolate has also been used as an aphrodisiac. Cocoa powder was added into drinks before having sex.

Sometimes it is just the appearance of food that can stimulate the sex urge. For instance ginseng resembles the human body. East Asian countries use ginseng to help keep the body young and to improve the sexual experience. Bananas are another example because of its similarity to the size and shape of a man’s cheap viagra. In a similar manner, oysters are equated to the appearance of the female vagina. Oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac as they can enhance energy and create a sensation within the body, which later produces an urge for sex.

These foods are easily available. Eating properly is not only important for maintaining a healthy body but also for enhancing the sexual experience.


"Pretty Wild" is...pretty wild
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Right after Kendra, a new show premiered called Pretty Wild. The show focuses on these three young sisters, Tess, 19, Alexis, 18, and Gabby, 16, that are “pretty wild.” Based in LA, the girls are living with their mother Andrea Neiers, who is a former lingerie model from the later 1980s and is also managing Tess and Alexis’ modeling careers. From the beginning of the episode, it was clear that this show is going to focus on untamed teenage girls. The mother is first seen working out in skimpy outfit in her home. She then realizes that it’s time for her daughters’ cialis and begins screaming for them to wake up to take their Adderall. Why begin their pilot episode with the girls taking their medication? Obviously these girls have some attention deficiency disorder, which could illuminate the reasons behind their wild actions?

After the girls take their medication, the mother finds paparazzi pictures online of her middle daughter, Alexis, hanging out with troubled people. The mother warns Alexis to stay away from that group for it could potentially hurt her career. Was this scene foreshadowing something? Of course it was because moments later, the police were at their door with a search warrant. Alexis was arrested on suspicion of being involved with a burglary ring, which broke into the homes of many celebrities this past October such as Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. The whole episode then focused on Alexis and her bailout. The other sisters and the mother, along with a swarm of paparazzi, were at the police station waiting for Alexis to be released. Once free, the women return to their home, where Alexis learns that her modeling contract with a big designer company ended because of her suspected actions. Alexis declares that “this ruined her life.” These young girls obviously want to be involved with the Hollywood socialite scene but are attempting this the wrong way. Also, for some reason, these three girls remind me of the Kardashian sisters. Obviously, there might be an age difference between the two sisterhoods, but their attitudes and style of dress is similar. Maybe they are trying to become like the Kardashian sisters. Initially starting off with modeling careers that could potentially blow up into something bigger, like the Kardashian sisters.

At the end of this first episode, there was a preview of what the upcoming season would look like. It could be summed up with very little word; an ecstasy of wild performances and exposed teenage girls. I think I will continue watching this show, only to see how these girls’ lives turn out. Beginning the season with an arrest and a lingerie runway show sure did catch my attention, so I would like to see what else these girls have in store for us.

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