Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
And yes, he DID just post about his pits/their maintenance again.
Monday, January 28, 2008
When I wasn't investigating my crime scene, I was at the movies. I've seen all the Best Picture nominees now. Care to hear my capsule reviews? I'll start with the ones I caught this weekend.
There Will Be Blood
Epic in scope and theme, I think this is a movie that will stand the test of time. And Daniel Day Lewis inhabits a character, doesn't he? Like few other actors, for me he just disappears. There are many years this would be Best Picture, but not this year.
Wow, this movie is a corker! I loved it, and I think that nobody picks movies better than George Clooney. Granted, he gets all the best scripts, but so does Kevin Costner. Or he did. Michael Clayton has the best acting ensemble of the nominated films. George? Fab. Tilda Swinton? Ohmychrist, you're named after punctuation and you own. Michael O'Keefe? Smarmy goodness. Tom Wilkinson? Hell yes. Sydney Pollack? He can do no wrong in my book. Julie White? OK, you were barely in this, but my love endures from your screamingly funny turn on Broadway in Little Dog Laughed. Oh, and Tony Gilroy, the genius director of the Bourne films, both wrote and directed this one. Whew. Mad talent. The last third of this movie had me riveted.
No Country For Old Men
Best Picture of the Year. Beautifully written, gorgeously shot, wonderfully acted, I think this one stands out in a startlingly good crowd. Javier Bardem sees to it that Anton Chigurh scares the crap out of you. Come to think of it, Chigurh shares a similar moral code to There Will Be Blood's Daniel Plainview. A distorted one, yes, but clearly defined at least. From the opening minutes, NCFOM grabs you by the collar and then never lets go. You know those movies that you stumble upon in the middle of the night or on a Saturday afternoon and then you HAVE to stop and watch? This will be one of those for the next ten or thirty years.
This is the prettiest film of the bunch, and as I've often mentioned, the book is one of my all-time favorites. I was pleasantly surprised how true the film stayed to novel. Some really good acting in this, one of the best tracking shots in, ummmmm, movie history, and that delicious ending. There's a theme that runs through many of McEwan's books and it's hauntingly presented here-- whole lives can hinge on a moment, and often just a few words said (or unsaid) can be all the difference. Yikes! And yum.
So sweet, so funny and suprisingly unsentimental. OK, there were times I felt manipulated (and not in a good way), but mostly I was entertained. They're writing that Juno is this year's Little Miss Sunshine. Huh? Both funny, I guess, and neither lightweight. And I guess I like that the Academy nominated Juno (and Little Miss Sunshine....so maybe there's validity in the comparison after all?), but it's nowhere near the best thing I saw last year. I know, I know, people loved it, but I'd even nominate Superbad before this one. I'll be honest. Juno-speak really got on my nerves after a while. I like quirky, but c'mon. Still, very funny and well-done.
So yeah, No Country For Old Men, brotha. If you haven't seen it, why not?
ADDED: They showed a trailer for The Dark Knight before Michael Clayton. It was about 25% Batman and 75% The Joker. I'd seen stills of Heath Ledger as the Joker, but hadn't seen any clips. Startling.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Remind me sometime to tell you the story about this dude who wanted to slip me a different kind of tip at work.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wow, that was fun. I was almost late for work.
ADDED: After watching those two battle it out in the heat of Australia's summer, it's particularly bracing to walk outside here and find it's -2F (-19C).
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wrecks me every time.
I'm at a point in my life where the only thing that matters is obtaining justice for the woman that I love.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
And she's my mom, so of course she can read me like a book. So why does she torture herself by always asking how I liked her "new" recipe?
No, I haven't eaten any yet.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
ADDED: The semi-finals are set and Serbs make up 25% of the men and 50% of the women. Crazy.
So I was just watching Bourdain do his No Reservations thing through Vancouver, kind of gearing myself up, and I now have a new goal in life. Ladies, faux ladies, and TBD, I give you the Japadog.WANT.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
HUCKABEE: Well, I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in what’s been historic.
Will someone tell me when he's gone? I can't look anymore.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Oh, and I'm living in my own filth.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This tune is my current fave. I can hardly stay in my seat when I'm driving. Spoon! You think the maracas and tambourine are enough, and then you're sent over the edge with the horns and the handclaps. And the hook, of course. That delicious hook. Listen at your own risk. I was pleasantly surprised to find the video features all those instruments that make this arrangement so delicious.
ADDED: They're currently touring Australia and playing with Arcade Fire, Bjork and LCD Soundsystem at select dates. !!!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
So that this isn't all about my mucous membranes and bodily cavities (and conjunctiva...did I mention my conjunctiva?), I'll give you the heads up on Atonement. See it! Gorgeously filmed, impeccably acted, achingly romantic, and contrary to what I read a few months ago, it is respectful of the book (which I've loved as much as almost any contemporary novel). Gawd, I didn't think I could be feelin' James McAvoy any more than I already did, but I was mistaken, sirs. I could just eat him all up, or alternately, in some other manner have him inside me. I'm going to buy this on DVD if for no other reason than it's SO good-looking. The sets, the costumes, all divine. Then, late in the film, there is this jaw-dropping tracking shot across a battle-scarred beach that spins and climbs and twirls and bumps and veers and it will leave you dizzy and little breathless. It's shots like that on a big screen that make going to movies worth it.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Happy New Year!