Today I’m taking a break from reflecting on my place in the profession (and from writing long posts). Instead, I’d like to inaugurate a series of posts I’ll call “What I’m Watching.”

I’m currently in love with the 2004 movie, House of Flying Daggers. This movie was directed by Yimou Zhang and stars Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, and Ziyi Zhang. I love, love, love it! The plot’s a little thin — it’s basically boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl set in Imperial China during the T’ang Dynasty — but it’s a visual treat (cinematography, special effects, lots of flying daggers, etc.), very romantic, and Takeshi Kaneshiro is hot, hot, hot!

I also love the music for this movie. Here’s the video for the movie’s theme song, “Lovers,” sung by Kathleen Battle. It also gives a little taste of the movie:

In future posts, I hope to share my thoughts on other movies, and I’ll discuss/review what I’m reading and what I’m listening to. I also plan on posting about my favorite museums and other random things. In other words, I want to flesh out other aspects of my life as an academic beyond teaching and research. (I think it’s important to prove that I’m not just contemplating “the profession” all the time, which brings to mind Darth Vader in his mediation chamber in The Empire Strikes Back, though I love, love, love Darth Vader too!)