Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Random Thoughts for the March's Last Week

  1. Is a tattoo a requirement to play men's basketball?
  2. How long before women need the same tattoos?
  3. Should someone of my (let's call it limited) golfing ability really be teaching someone else to golf?
  4. A slowly dawning thought finally emerged above the distant horizon and like the rising sun its beauty turned to a searing misery. Sadly, that thought was far more poetic than the idea.
  5. When the Tea Party revolution turns militant (not if, but when), will I need a gun? And will I be killed without a trial just for living in Los Angeles?
  6. Happy retirement, Mrs. Rose! We love you and the students to come will miss you without knowing it.
  7. What exactly is the marketing/business relationship between Chemistry.com and Match.com?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More and More and More Random Thoughts

  1. Funny how tired you can be at the end of a vacation.
  2. Never trust the traffic in LA - it'll get you every time.
  3. Apparently the American West is so big that it had to have an equally big museum.
  4. Baby Blues BBQ is less fun without my favorite waitress.
  5. Camille and my mom should hang out more.
  6. Joanne and Dad crinkled all the way home from the game.
  7. Leo Dicaprio is hard to spot in a baseball cap and sunglasses.
  8. Bathrooms are hard to find in LA.
  9. The Paseo Colorado was this close to receiving the coveted Brent's A+ public restroom rating until the faucet was one of those that you press, then race to wash your hands before the button releases.
  10. Jesse James, you are a dumb man.
  11. Sandra Bullock - I'm here for you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Week's Random Thoughts

  1. San Luis Obispo is north, not south of Los Angeles.
  2. San Luis Obispo is also 3 and half hours away, not 1 and half hours away.
  3. It was my good fortune to learn a little California geography before I began my trip.
  4. I'm told earthquakes are most common in hot weather and early in the morning.
  5. "I'm really a thoughtful person when I think about it." Pearl of wisdom from Thaddeus.
  6. Be wary of the handwash sink that looks like the old style trough urinal.
  7. Never have I seen so many obsessive personalities assembled in one room (God bless them anyway).
  8. I met a man whose mother was born in the same town as me. This would be less phenomenal if Ogallala, Nebraska was the size of Los Angeles, California.
  9. The trip from LA to SLO - one of the most beautiful road trips I've taken.
  10. Civil War color guard, sun setting over the green hills, Taps echoing through the trees - nothing quite like it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This Week's Random Notions

  1. I was scanning old photos and stumbled across two senior pictures from girls in my class. I had forgotten anything was written on them and was almost touched when I read them. They had said very nice things about me. I wonder what else I'm missing.
  2. Has there ever been a single Oscar review that didn't come across as sanctimonious?
  3. Did Sandra Bullock deserve an Oscar? Maybe not. Do I care? No, I don't.
  4. It's much more fun to shop for a condo for someone else than to shop one for myself. Maybe it's that old saying that it's more fun to spend someone else's money.
  5. The funny thing about stereotypes is when they hold true. At an open house we saw a very large penis sculpture in the bathroom. Was the owner gay? The pictures of men kissing says yes. The penis sculpture? Maybe just poor taste.
  6. "You make a good couple." Well, we play one on TV (or something like that). Poor Rob.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Top 10 Movies of the Last Decade

I've been saying it all along - this is not a list of good movies. There will not be a word uttered about camera angles, acting quality or Oscar caliber anything. That's for movie critics and pretentious movie snobs. I can talk about those things and sound reasonably convincing doing it, but it's not fun. Movies should be about fun...enjoyment...happiness. Now that I've defended myself against your judgments and potential slanders against my good name I give you my top 10 movies of the last decade (the aughts or whatever we're calling it).

Maybe it was trying hard to be The Princess Bride. Maybe it was goofy. Maybe it was complete garbage, but it was my kind of garbage and I will happily wallow in it like a pig in mud, thank you very much.

The Bourne Supremecy
I'm a big fan of the Bourne movies. The explosions, the gun fights, the car chases and the tortured assassin's soul speaks to some carnal, manly part of me buried deep in my rather geeky exterior.

When I'm not delighting in Jason Bourne's exploits I'm a big, sappy romantic pining for a Hollywood romance. I'm also a sucker for milking a plot device down to its death rattle. Plug in John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and, well, I'm done.

On the list of movie experiences, this was tops, perhaps all time. It was opening day, 10:00 AM matinee and the theater was packed with people my age dragging there children to experience what might have been a touchstone of their own childhoods. The group applauded, laughed at all the references to the cartoon series and even talked back to the screen. For two hours we were one big, happy family.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Nerd porn. As such, there's considerable debate about which of the trilogy is the best. I'm a Two Towers guy, but only by a whisker. If these movies weren't 3 hours long I'd probably sit and watch them more than I do.

(500) Days of Summer
A chord was struck as I watched this movie. Somewhere in this very blog there's a long, detailed explanation as to which chord and why. Simply put, it was a great day, a great movie in the company of a great person.

The Bourne Identity
The original Bourne film and still the best. Amnesia, gun play, pretty girl and sinister government agents - do I need anything more from a movie. No, I do not.

Please refrain from the eye rolling. I hear your voices all muttering about my sanity. I will not listen to it. Before vampires became mainstream, teenage girl drivel, there was Kate in tight, leather pants beating up lycans and falling for her sometimes whiny hybrid vampire wolfman. And I love it. God help me, but I do. We all have our problems and this one is mine.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The last movie was ruinously long and Frodo got on my nerves and the first movie was the most freestanding story but I prefer the movie sandwiched between. I think it was the horses. Maybe it was the talking trees. Then again, it could have been the elf and the dwarf ribbing each other while killing Orcs. Probably doesn't matter - by asking why I've revealed how uncool I am - oops.

And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for (if only to make this all stop), my top movie of the aught decade...

Lars and the Real Girl
The quirky premise drew me in, but the sweet story of a small town coming together around one strange, lovable man was fantastic. The moment when I was sitting in a theater holding back tears during the funeral of a sex doll, I knew the movie had won. I loved the novelty. I loved the wacky town folk. I loved the idea that so many people would do so much for one of their own. In the end, it was the biggest surprise I've had going to the movies.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Random Notions for the Week

  1. I keep my door locked - not for security so much as for the random neighbor that confuses my door with the exit. (It's an interesting, but somewhat upsetting way to meet new people.)
  2. After more than 20 years, I let one of my bookcases go to the dump. We had a long life together. I bought it with the money I got finding a woman's bracelet at a junior high football game in Texas. It spent time in 6 states and survived a couple basement apartment floods, but finally its time had come.
  3. The cat loves my new recliner more than I do.
  4. The Oscars are this weekend and this new 10 best picture nominee thing makes it impossible to see all those movies by Sunday.
  5. I bought a shirt that is very near pink on the color wheel. I may never wear it.
  6. Provide, protect and plan - apparently these are three essentially requirements for men.
  7. Don't stop until I pass out - words overheard in response to an item in Esquire's article on the essential woman. (This may also be the unspoken fourth requirement of men.)

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Top 50 Movies of the Decade - The Awkward Teens

I once again I ask your indulgence and that you remember this is not an Oscar ballot. This is not about technical merit. It hardly has anything to do with any coherent rationale at all. It's just movies - movies I love to watch.

These are the movies ranked 11th to 20th on my decade's favorites list (starting with #20).

Brick - This movie made me question whether there was a lot more going on at high school than I realized and if so, how did I miss it?

The Illusionist - For most everyone else it was The Prestige, but I'm a sucker for a love story so I preferred this magician movie over the other.

Batman Begins - to get interesting again.

The Dark Knight - I was not in the "this is the greatest movie ever made" camp, but I still love to watch it.

V for Vendetta - It may have been the monologue that included every word beginning with V or it may have been the eerie sense that I could be looking at our own bleak future, but whatever it was it was good.

Dan in Real Life - Hit me right on the sappy, romantic comedy solar plexus. Not as good on second viewing, but I'll always remember the first time.

The Whole Nine Yards - Yes, I can see the eye rolling from here. My response: get off my back. I love it. I think it's funny. I laugh ever time and I feel good about it.

Star Trek - Whatever genius warped the space-time continuum, you are the man!

Definitely, Maybe - I told you Ryan Reynolds would be back and here we find him. A love mystery - priceless.

The Bourne Ultimatum - And the Bourne movies begin where they ended, but they'll be back soon enough.