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):
Picture - 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.