Thursday, February 21, 2008

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Friday Random 10 ... but were afraid to ask

Cheri Christian, left, with two guys I don't have a 13-year friendship with. Do you know any movie stars? Huh? Do you?

Next Wednesday, I take the dreaded Series 6 exam, and five days later, the Series 63. I tell you that not for study tips or sympathy, but as a short excuse for my blog absenteeism. After I fail the tests and schedule retakes for August, I'll be back with much more regularity.

Anyway, just some notes today.

  • Cheri Christian, a friend from my UGA days, has a pretty sizable role in The Signal, hitting theaters today. It's running 67% positive from Rotten Tomatoes's top critics, which is stellar for a horror film. Check it out, and applaud when her name is on-screen. Because I told you to. (You think I'm obnoxious now? Just wait until she becomes a big star, and I start mentioning her in every post, telling you for the 75th time about the time I went to Costa Rica with her. Spring Break '96, yo! That'll be awesome).

  • The best thing about the following photo is that it's 100% real.

    Apparently poor Nicaraguans were the beneficiaries of a lot of pre-printed apparel that assumed the Patriots were going to win the Super Bowl. Laying truth bombs here, I would murder one of those kids for their shirt. (Probably the one on the right, because she's a grumpus.)

  • Ok, I actually like that girl on the right. She's probably the only one who actually realizes they're getting jobbed. She has an iPhone hidden under her mattress, and follows the NFL with amazing regularity. These shirts show up, she sees her classmates excited, and she's like, "Oh sweet! Look at my - wait, what the fuck is this? The Patriots? 19-0? This is bullshit. Yeah, thanks so much for my size XXXXL loser lie of a shirt, Mother Teresa. Where's my Eli Manning jersey? Maybe a LT throwback? Oh God, and now you want to take my picture in the shirt? Ten bucks, asshole. You heard me ... Alright. No, no, no, a smile wasn't part of the deal. Take the picture, fuckhead, or I'll kick your goddamn cock off."

  • The Oscars are Sunday night, and I'm still putting the finishing touches on my own "Best of 2007" list (I only have a couple more movies to see before I feel it can be even remotely comprehensive). But anyway, I say this only to mention there is a new clear-cut #1: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford. I've been watching this in 30 minute spurts here-and-there whenever my eyes cross from studying, and even with that less-than-preferred viewing style, it absolutely tore me up. It's an absolutely stunning masterpiece on almost every level, and I just punched myself in the nuts for missing it on the big screen. Ouch. Anyway, a beautiful, beautiful film, and Casey Affleck should win two Oscars for his performance.

  • Here are my Oscar predictions, by the way, for no discernable reason (what I think will win, not what I hope):

    - No Country for Old Men
    Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
    Actress - Ellen Page, Juno
    Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
    Supporting Actress - Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
    Director - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
    Animated Feature - Ratatouille
    Adapted Screenplay - Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
    Original Screenplay - Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
    Art Direction - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Cinematography - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Costume Design - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Film Editing - No Country for Old Men
    Foreign Language Film - Beaufort (when in doubt, pick the Israeli film)
    Makeup - La Vie en Rose
    Original Score - Ratatouille
    Original Song - "Falling Slowly" from Once
    Sound Editing - There Will Be Blood
    Sound Mixing - No Country for Old Men
    Visual Effects - Transformers
    Documentary Feature - No End in Sight
    Documentary Short Subject - La Corona (The Crown)
    Animated Short Film - My Love (Moya Lyubov)
    Live Action Short Film - Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)

  • And the Friday Random 10, for s&gs:

    1) The Pogues, "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge"
    2) Stephen Warbeck, "The End" (from Shakespeare in Love)
    3) U2, "Discotheque (DM Deep Club Mix)"
    4) Pearl Jam, "Corduroy"
    5) Drivin 'N' Cryin, "The Innocent"
    6) Rachel Portman, "Theme from The Cider House Rules")
    7) Journey, "Be Good To Yourself"
    8) Alphaville, "Forever Young"
    9) Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
    10) Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia"

    Weird. I mention the Oscars, and my iPod responds with one Best Picture winner's theme, one Best Picture nominee's theme, and the Best Original Song winner from 2002. Schpooky.

  • Oh yeah, it's my birthday. Whoopee. Yes, you note some non-excitement on the matter, but The Fiancee is taking me out for some tasty, heavy Italian food tonight. And for that, I am pumped.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Because I'm good enough, I'm...

The more I think about the presidential race, the more I think we should elect Tony Robbins. Or Richard Simmons.

I mean, everybody seems to feel so good around those guys. They're just so positive. And isn't that all we're looking for?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Choking around

The word "stupid" belongs in this headline. I'll let you decide where.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Drunk with power

As a guy who generally votes for the candidate with "R" next to their name, it must be oversold how much I hate Georgia Republicans. In a rare political agreement between the two of us, Doug does a great job laying out multiple reasons why they suck, but I'm especially furious over a single issue: Sunday alcohol sales, or the lack thereof.

I've written about it before, but it's shit like this that keeps me repeating myself:

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the Senate president, isn't budging.

"At this time, there simply has not been any kind of broad expression of support for a vote on Sunday sales this year from Senate members or from the citizens of our state," said his spokeswoman, Jaillene Hunter.

Casey Cagle's phone numbers are (404) 656-6578 and (770) 297-0409. Today (Tuesday) is his birthday, so call to wish him a great one, and maybe even tell him you hope he gets a machine to dislodge that rod from his Nanny State-loving ass.

I won't be as crass on the phone, but you can bet I'll be making a "broad expression of support" at some point this afternoon. Please do the same.

(As of this posting, the poll on AJC shows 89.33% of over 500 respondents in favor of Sunday alcohol sales. But that's not broad, right?).

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Roy Scheider dead at 75

Roy Scheider, star of two of my very favorite films, died today. His work in Jaws and All That Jazz were stuff immortality is made of, and I wish he had been given the chance to work at that superstar level into the '80s and beyond.

This clip from Jazz is particularly poignant today, and I highly recommend checking out the film if it has passed you by.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Random 10: The Final Sacrifice

Apologies for the light posting this week; I guess having a job I care about really cuts into the blogging time. When I was merely in charge of 5th grade minds, shirking my duties was a lot easier.

Anyway, I'm headed to Chicago this morning for Pasqua's bachelor party. Knowing this group, not a helluva lot is planned in advance, so any recommended Chi-town activities will be appreciated. I will, by God, try to get to the Art Institute of Chicago and stare at Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande.

Anyway, gotta finish packing my lace undergarments. Here's the 10:

1) Bruce Springsteen, "The Long Goodbye"
2) The Bangles, "Where Were You When I Needed You"
3) Avril Lavigne, "How Does It Feel"
4) John Ottman, "Main Titles" (from Superman Returns)
5) Pearl Jam, "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me"
6) Kanye West, "Skit #3"
7) Joan Baez, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
8) U2, "Big Girls Are Best"
9) Guns N' Roses, "Don't Cry"
10) Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Canon"

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Eli's Comin' (that's a reference to an old Three Dog Night song; you're just gonna have to trust me on that)

A great angle of Plaxico Burress' game-winning touchdown.

And as New England's final "fuck you" to me this season, they caused me to scream in support of Eli Manning. Even in a glorious defeat, they managed to twist the dagger just a little.

Congrats to Eli, though - I never thought you would do it, especially how you did it the past few weeks. And to squash the cheating dirtbag asscock cornhole Patriots' chance at 19-0 ... That'll do, Eli. That'll do.


In late December, I was toying with various Top 10 List ideas to celebrate the new year.

Should I focus on the year previous (Top 10 Movies, Top 10 People, Top 10 Brigitte Nielsen Reality Show Moments, etc.), or look to the year ahead (Top 10 Days To Come, Top 10 Movies I'm Looking Forward To, another Dead Pool, etc.).

Everything seemed either played, or just not inspiring enough. Until I had the golden idea: Top Ten People I Want Dead in 2008.

Trouble is, other than known terrorists and the entirety of Boston, I really couldn't come up with much. I'm an asshole, but not one that necessarily wants you dead. Maimed, tortured, pillaged, sure. But not killed.

In fact, there was only one surefire, rock-solid listee. And while I can't necessarily guarantee him death in '08, at least I can do my part by posting a humiliating video of him. Maybe he'll die a little inside, and that's something I can hang my hat on.

(Warning: not safe for work language.)

Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday Random 10: Eddie Lives!

I'll let Doug explain.

1. Click on this link for Wikipedia's random-article generator. Whichever Wikipedia entry comes up is the name of your band.

2. Click on this link for the Random Quotations page. The last four words of the last quotation on the page are the name of your album.

3. Click on this link for interesting Flickr photographs from the last seven days. The third picture on the page is the artwork for your album.

Put them all together and you've got your album...

Massey again. That's mine above, obviously.

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. Feel free to post links to your own in the comments thread.

The 10:

1) Flogging Molly, "Tomorrow Comes a Day Too Soon"
2) Ray Charles, "Yesterday"
3) R.E.M., "Final Straw"
4) Outkast, "Millennium"
5) U2, "Is That All?"
6) Hootie & the Blowfish, "Time (Live)"
7) John Williams, "Leaving Home" (from Superman)
8) Hootie & the Blowfish, "A Smile"
9) Outkast, "She Lives in My Lap"
10) Alan Silvestri, "Main Theme" (from Back to the Future)

Ok, songs about "tomorrow," "yesterday," "millennium," "time" and the future. Even my album title could fit the theme.

Please analyze the meaning of this for me. I'm not completely awake yet.

6:45 p.m. update: I wanted to do one more, because I'm a dork.