Archive | February, 2008

Movies I’ve Seen

26 Feb

(2007 Releases)

Click on the link for my review:

1. ALPHA DOG

2. CATCH AND RELEASE

3. BECAUSE I SAID SO

4. FACTORY GIRL

5. BREACH

6. ZODIAC

7. REIGN OVER ME

8. THE HOAX

9. THE LOOKOUT

10. FRACTURE

11. IN THE LAND OF WOMEN

12. SING NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

13. SPIDER-MAN 3

14. WAITRESS

15. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END

16. KNOCKED UP

17. ONCE

18. SURF’S UP

19. OCEAN’S THIRTEEN

20. RATATOUILLE

21. PARIS JE T’AIME

22. EVAN ALMIGHTY

23. A MIGHTY HEART

24. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD

25. SUPERBAD

26. HAIRSPRAY (x2)

27. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE

28. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

29. TALK TO ME

30. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

31. 3:10 TO YUMA

32. INTO THE WILD

33. IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH

34. THE KINGDOM

35. AMERICAN GANGSTER

36. MICHAEL CLAYTON

37. THE DARJEELING LIMITED

38. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES …

39. RENDITION

40. GONE BABY GONE

41. LARS AND THE REAL GIRL

42. DAN IN REAL LIFE

43. LIONS FOR LAMBS

44. FRED CLAUS

45. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD

46. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

47. ENCHANTED

48. I’M NOT THERE

49. BEE MOVIE

50. JUNO

51. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR

52. MARGOT AT THE WEDDING

53. I AM LEGEND

54. WALK HARD

55. SWEENEY TODD

56. THE SAVAGES

57. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2x)

Jimmy’s "Revenge"

25 Feb

You may recall a couple weeks ago that Sarah Silverman announced on her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel’s show that she was, ahem, sleeping with Matt Damon. Well, last night on his post-Oscars show, Jimmy got his revenge with the help of guest — and Matt’s best bud — Ben Affleck, not to mention a boatload of big names (watch for the cameos by Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford). Check it out.

Not to state the obvious, but if this has any shread of truth (and yes, yes, I know it’s a big joke), then that certainly paves the way for me and Ms. Garner.

Good Show!

25 Feb

What can I say about this year’s Oscars? It was the best, most enjoyable show in quite some time. The winners were spread out across a few films (even The Bourne Ultimatum won three), and most of the winners spoke very well. Of course, I was very happy about Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova winning Best Song for “Falling Slowly,” the song from Once (and I loved what Glen and Marketa had to say — and that Marketa got a second chance to speak), and I liked that There Will Be Blood won not only for Best Actor but also for Best Cinematography. I liked the “surprise” of Tilda Swinton winning Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton too; that category could have gone any one of four ways, with all four deserving of the award. But really, my favorite part of the show was not Jennifer Garner (surprise!) or even Keri Russell but Jon Stewart, who simply rocked as the host. He had so many great lines, he had a lot of confidence, he was hip and cool, and he just did a really nice job. I loved when he came back from a commercial break and was playing Wii Tennis. (Here’s a link to the text of his very funny monologue.) The show felt like it moved very quickly, even if it did last about 3:17, and I just had a great time watching. I even enjoyed the montages — especially the Bee one (me! me! me!). Props to Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen for their presenting. And on the subject of Jen Garner, no one knows what was up with that Gary Busey ambush, but here’s how he defended himself. So, another year over. Now onto a new year of movies.

He’s Still the Man

25 Feb

I’ve written previously of my great respect and admiration for George Clooney — not a man-crush, but a real appreciation for the man — and if you want further proof of why I think he’s just so damned cool, all you have to do is read Joel Stein’s article in the new Time magazine. Here’s the scenario: Clooney accepted an invitation to have dinner at Joel’s house, and the two (plus Joel’s wife) downed about four bottles of wine, ate near-raw rack of lamb, and clearly had a great time over the course of about five hours. Oh, and when an alarm of some kind went off, Clooney went all through the house to look for it. (If you follow the link, you can watch the video of him doing so.) Well … color me jealous. How I would love to have been at the table with them, or to have the opportunity to hang out with George myself (with or without his girlfriend). Read the article and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

Whoa … Pretty Woman

24 Feb

People, look at this photo and tell me now you understand why I’m just a little obsessed with Jennifer Garner. Wow. She looks amazing. Click on the photo for a much bigger version. (Thanks to Jen-Garner.net.)

Great with Social Cues

24 Feb

This is from Saturday’s back-from-the-strike, Tina-Fey-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live:

Prime Time

24 Feb

If I could eat every single meal — alright, fine, every single dinner — at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, I would be a very happy man.

(I’d probably also be really fat.)

Iceberg wedge salad with lemon basil dressing. (Mmmmmm.)

Filet mignon, medium, served on a sizzling-hot plate, with a dollop of butter to make it extra juicy. (Oh-my-God-beefy-goodness.)

Shoestring potatoes, seasoned just right. (Yum.)

Chocolate explosion cake. (So good.)

I love love love love love this restaurant. Just thinking about my meal Saturday night makes my mouth water.

When can I go back?