Archive | January, 2006

From One George to Another

31 Jan

State of the Union Eve is always a fun night. The challenge? What will be the best option among all those channels not showing the speech. You’d think it would be easy, what with the 100 or so channels on the cable “dial.” But tonight, I settled on Ocean’s Twelve on HBO. That George is a lot more charming and believable than the one on the major networks … and CNN, and MSNBC, and FNC, and …

Good Man, That Oscar

31 Jan

Gotta say, I’m really happy with the Oscar nominations this year. Really quickly …

* Couldn’t be happier that Terrence Howard was nominated for Hustle & Flow (it’s not hard out there for that pimp)
* Speaking of … it kicks ass that “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” was nominated for Best Song. Can’t wait to see that performed on the show.
* Glad that Amy Adams was nominated simply because she was a pleasant surprise (even if I didn’t like Amy’s movie Junebug all that much)
* Frances McDormand stole Maria Bello’s spot
* Glad the Academy woke up and noticed Munich, unlike some of the other awards groups
* Is anyone else besides Felicity Huffman and Reese Witherspoon nominated for Best Actress? Does it even matter? At least Best Actor has a semi-three-way race, even if Philip Seymour Hoffman is a near-lock to win.
* Best Picture nominees are just right. Walk the Line was a well-acted movie, but it wasn’t a great movie overall.
* No Disney animated film nominee? That’s gotta hurt. Of course, maybe if they made a movie that was better than Chicken Little, they may have had a shot.
* Good to see The Squid and the Whale get nominated for Best Original Screenplay. I’m guessing Jeff Daniels was in sixth place, behind Terrence Howard.
* Murderball is my pick for Best Documentary Feature
* Much as I think Brokeback Mountain will win Best Picture, it’ll be a fun month seeing it and Crash battle it out. This one could be close.
* Though he’s not officially a producer on Good Luck, and Good Night. as far as the Academy is concerned, George Clooney is one of the film’s producers, meaning he’s got four nominations. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: George Clooney is the man.
* I know he doesn’t make movies for the awards (if that was the case, they may actually be good), but George Lucas has to be stinging over the fact that Star Wars: Episode III: The Best of the Worst Three Movies of All Time only received one measly nomination, for Best Makeup. Not even a bone thrown in George’s direction for visual effects. Ouch.

I love Oscar season …

A Floor So Clean …

31 Jan

Anyone want to come over tonight and eat dinner off my floor? It’s just that clean. I tell you, it’s been a long time since my kitchen floor shined like it’s doing now. Getting the place cleaned by MaidPro was money well-spent.

And that, my friends, is what I hope will be the last posting about cleaning my apartment. As far as this blog is concerned, end of story. From here on out, my attention turns to actually joining the gym.

Sign of the Apocalypse, No. 427

30 Jan

The end of the world is coming.

Here’s more proof: Ludacris is a Screen Actors’ Guild award winner (as a member of the ensemble cast of Crash).

Will Fo’ Bit be next?

Number Sixty-One

29 Jan

Alright, now I’m done. Today I saw Transamerica, my 61st movie of all those released in 2005, and thus, those that are qualified for all the awards this year. Because I want to start (finally) writing up my top 10 list, I’ll make this quick: Transamerica is alright. Some of it is a little bit hokey and Felicity Huffman is good, but she didn’t blow me away. Here’s what was nagging at me: I just wasn’t totally buying the film, and I was continually wondering whether a man should have played the lead role, not a woman. No matter how much she uglies herself up, or tries to deepen her voice, Felicity Huffman is just too attractive to convincingly play this role. Does that mean the crux of the film went totally over my head? It’s entirely possible. Does it mean I enjoyed it any less? Not really. So I’m giving Transamerica a B.

Back in the Saddle Again

28 Jan

When I first saw Brokeback Mountain at the beginning of December, I liked the movie, but I wasn’t particularly moved by it.

As a result, I thought my impressions of the movie had been tainted by the wave of hype that had preceded its release.

And I’m not going to lie, that sort of bothered me.

I felt like I had missed out on something, and that I didn’t get the full Brokeback experience. (Stop your snickering.) And if you know me at all, you know I hate to miss out on something that everyone else has experienced. Continue reading

Is This Thing On?

27 Jan

Yes, I’m still here. You can stop e-mailing and instant messaging and calling to ask why I haven’t posted anything in a few days. Been busy at work and didn’t have anything particularly blog-worthy to post about. I mean, you tell me, did you want me to write about any of the following topics:

* How excited I am that I have scheduled the folks from MaidPro to come and clean my apartment this Tuesday morning
* How I think I’m having a particularly good hair week, despite feeling the urge to get it cut this weekend
* New Theo, same as the old Theo
* How it’s so cold out. Big deal
* How, civil liberties aside, I think the folks in Newton were lame for making the FBI get a warrant in order to seize the computer that a bomb threat was sent to Brandeis from. Town officials called it their “finest hour.” I agree with the Herald: they’re clueless.
* How, rumor has it, James Frey, author of book du jour A Million Little Pieces, was a counselor at my camp up in New Hampshire — but after I was there
* How I think cleaning my apartment has had a positive cosmic domino effect on my entire life: professionally, romantically, physically, and personally, everything seems to be going really well for me lately
* How if you haven’t done it yet, you should click on my link to EngagedGroom.com before Doug’s contest ends
* How the fact that you can now buy episodes of Laguna Beach and South Park on iTunes may just be the best incentive to buy a video iPod yet
* How The Office may just be the funniest show of all time (and episodes of that show are also available on iTunes)
* How Red Sox tickets go on sale tomorrow, and for the first time in years, I really don’t seem to care

… yeah, didn’t think so. Look for more from me over the weekend when hopefully I’ll actually have something substantial to write about.

I’m Fighting For Them

24 Jan

As I said way back on November 11, UB40‘s new CD Who You Fighting For? is awesome. It hit stores today and I just wanted to post something here because I really, really like it. If you thought the band was not capable of anything more than “Red, Red Wine,” give this one a spin. Just try not to groove along with tracks like “After Tonight” and “Good Situation.” Try not to be swept into the rhythm of “I’ll Be on My Way” and “Things You Say You Love.” Especially now with it being so cold out (at least here in the northeast), Who You Fighting For? will make it feel like summer. Trust me on this one. Or, log onto iTunes and hear for yourself.

So Happy Together

23 Jan

For all you women out there who just couldn’t relate to Brokeback Mountain, have I got the movie for you. Imagine Me & You tells the story of a woman who, on her wedding day (to a man), makes eye contact with another woman and instantly falls in love. She tries to hold back her feelings, but ultimately, they’re too strong. I’m not kidding. This movie would make an excellent double feature with Brokeback: one is manly and quiet, this one is cutesy and sweet. In Brokeback, Health Ledger speaks in a sometimes undecipherable mumble. In Imagine, nearly all the characters speak in an undecipherable British accent. But this one is a total chick flick. It’s not necessarily a bad movie, and it’s certainly enjoyable, but I just had a hard time with the fact that the florist who was hired for the wedding a) apparently hadn’t met the bride (or anyone in the family) beforehand, b) hadn’t delivered the flowers until that day (seemingly, just minutes before the ceremony), and c) stuck around in her casual clothes to enjoy the festivities. Fine. Big deal. I also thought the best friend was a bit clichéd (he’s that doofus player type who refuses to believe the girl is gay and thinks he can “convert” her). More importantly, I just had a hard time believing the movie’s premise, that this woman, on her wedding day, would see a random other woman, who wasn’t even invited to the ceremony, and just like that not love her husband anymore, and would instead be in love with this woman. I believe in love at first sight, but that is a bit far-fetched. So ultimately, the movie was just eh for me. And as a side note, poor Matthew Goode. First Scarlett Johansson cheats on him in Match Point and now Piper Perabo is in love with another woman. He should never have left Mandy Moore, his costar in Chasing Liberty.

Anyway, I’m giving Imagine Me & You a C+. It opens here in Boston on February 3.

Crude Commute

23 Jan

I realize bad commuting experience postings on a snowy day are a dime a dozen, but I thought I’d post this anyway.

Here’s my beef: I can appreciate why T drivers open the door at every stop to let people on and off when the train is so crowded and people have a hard time getting through. That said, I don’t understand why they do it, especially when the train is packed to the gills and no one is getting off and there’s no room for anyone else to get on.

Today I got on at Coolidge Corner and of course, I had to stuff myself onto the train, securing a small parcel of space at the second door from the front, against the railing on the second stair (of three). Clearly there was no room left for anyone else to get on. However, one stop later, at St. Paul’s Street, the doors opened and some woman, thinking she was funny (I know because she was laughing), got on and stood on the bottom stair. Unfortunately, when the door closed, it felt like she was literally up my ass. (Sorry for the crude imagery. It’s about to get worse.) And she remained there all the way down Beacon Street. At each stop, when the door would close, she got thrust back into me again. (Okay, it’s over now.)

At the St. Mary’s Street stop, someone was getting off, so I got off the train to make room on the stairway. What happened? The woman who had been up my ass quickly took my spot on the stairs, making me have to squeeze to barely get back on. So much for common courtesy.

I wish the MBTA knew how to handle snowy days. No kidding, every time it snows the T service is slower, less frequent, more crowded, more idiotic, and beyond explanation. It’s not like we live in Florida or something where snow would be a freak occurance. This is Boston. It snows every year, multiple times. When will the MBTA ever learn? And when will people learn how to be a bit more sensible on days like today and not be rude to their fellow passengers?