2/25/2008 Add a comment
snap culture: February 2008
2/22/2008 Add a comment
My Choice: No Country for Old Men
Prediction: No Country for Old Men
My Choice: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis
My Choice: ? (I've only seen Juno out of the five films)
Prediction: Julie Christie, Away from Her
Best Supporting Actor
My Choice: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress
My Choice: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Prediction: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
My Choice: Coen Brothers, No Country
Prediction: P.T. Anderson, TWBB
Most of these are "locks" except for actress and supporting actress. Either Amy Ryan or Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) will win supporting actress, their performances fit the voters' preferences best in my mind. And if No Country and TWBB split the picture/director awards, that's not such a bad outcome.
But what do I know, I hate the Oscars, so they'll find a way to screw it up, like give best picture to Michael Clayton or best supporting actor to Hal Holbrook as though it's some kind of lifetime achievement award, for a movie where he didn't have to "act" and was in for fifteen minutes.
Your predictions in the comments, please.
2/21/2008 Add a comment
Just look at the graph, gas will need to rise by 40% to align with oil prices. $4.23 a gallon anyone? [From Felix Salmon.]
2/20/2008 Add a comment
2/14/2008 Add a comment
And just as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, hope springs eternal at Ho Ho Kam Park.
2/13/2008 Add a comment
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and Butterfly
Into the Wild
Gone Baby Gone
I'm Not There
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Simpsons Movie
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Music & Lyrics
Blades of Glory
Ocean's Thirteen (saw on airplane, sucked)
Evan Almighty (also saw on airplane, also sucked)
The amazing thing is that beyond this list of 24, there are still at least 10 movies I'd like to see. This was a fantastic year for movies. In other years, a run-of-the-mill Hollywood highbrow movie like Michael Clayton might have been the best I saw all year.
Wow, we saw a lot of movies. What part of my ordering do you disagree with? And of the movies I haven't seen, what is the most glaring omission? My Oscar picks and predictions next week...
2/12/2008 Add a comment
"We're General Motors. Firing great people is what we do."CNN headline February 12: GM Offers Buyouts to 74,000. You can't make this stuff up, except when you do.
"Nobody, and I mean nobody, expected General Motors to come out firing the way it has in 2008."
"Bigger, bolder, more daring—these 2008 redundancies are sure to create a stir."
2/11/2008 Add a comment
2/11/2008 Add a comment
"Some Patriots played in a Pro Bowl sauna yesterday at Aloha Stadium, but their reception from the sellout crowd of 50,044 was ice cold. The six Patriots who played in the all-star game in 80-degree temperatures and on artificial turf that was hot to the touch were greeted with a surprisingly emphatic chorus of boos during introductions yesterday. Cornerback Asante Samuel, linebacker Mike Vrabel, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, center Dan Koppen, tackle Matt Light, and guard Logan Mankins followed a standard-bearer of the Patriots logo onto the field amid fireworks as the crowd erupted with the only negative greeting it accorded any of the game's participants."From CNNSI. As for the photo of Asante Samuel, insert bad "lei" joke here.
2/07/2008 Add a comment
Where: Facilities Services Building CYou're telling me that the Facilities guys have a radio on their bathroom shelf that's worth over two grand? Was it a Bose home theater system? Or a Bang-Olufsen BeoSound 1 with additional speaker attachments?
When: Tuesday at about 11 a.m.
What: A radio left unattended was stolen from a shelf in the bathroom, the Department of Public Safety reported. The radio was valued at $2,300.
Either there's a decimal point missing in the price, or an insurance company is getting taken for a ride.
2/04/2008 Add a comment
On the one hand, I wish the show had continued on for a few more years. But would it have outstayed its welcome? Could it have kept up the same stellar level of writing and acting? Could it have avoided reaching the point where none of the actors look remotely young enough to play high school kids (90210, I'm looking at you)?
But the real question is this: Suppose that it went on for three more years, all the way through Sam's high school graduation. Would you be willing to trade three more seasons of Freaks and Geeks for the following Judd Apatow films:
Discuss in the comments. I think I have to take the movies, but it's a tough one.