So now I’ve experienced the cultural phenomenon that is the Hangover (thank you library and your free rentals.) Maybe it was Channing Tatum withdrawal, (the last five movies I have watched have featured him) but I found this movie only passably amusing in places, and generally okay. I’m pretty sure I can skip the Hangover II.
“Sweetheart, this movie has Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt AND Channing Tatum, why I have I not seen this before?” said I. It also has Abbie Cornish, who I like despite not liking her character in
. This was a pretty good movie, full of drama and tough choices, marking this as a “good” MTV films production.*
*Matt thinks he hates MTV Films, but I argue they can make some darn good movies when they set their minds to it. Check out a
. Despite the presence of
and the like, there are some darn good movies on that list. They are especially good a capturing moments in adolescence. (
Also, I really like this movie poster. Well done, unknown designer.
, I was aware that Channing Tatum can dance and rented this film for more evidence of the fact. The plot was predictable, but I wasn’t watching it for the plot, so I can report that the acting was good, and the dancing was fabulous. I also rarely see movies featuring children in foster care, and Channing Tatum played a nicely rounded foster kid.
Due to the
and our timing not quite coming together, we missed seeing Portland Actors Ensemble’s production of
,* but handily had this adaptation at the ready. Amanda Bynes’ comedy was quite broad throughout, which was annoying at first, but grew on me eventually. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum was quite good as Duke making this a great evening of movie “theater.”
*Don’t worry, there are multiple performances and we will see it eventually.
I bought a sourdough starter with hopes of making my own whole wheat sourdough bread. And other products. Here’s my first attempt at pancakes. I neglected to take any photos of the final product. They were thinner than I would have liked, which is something that I can fix next time. They were a rainbow of brown hues, due to the fact that cooking pancakes in a cast iron pan involves a range of temperatures from “a bit too cold, still” to “darn it, this pan is much too hot.”
Things I like about the Olympics:
Weird sports get their every-four-year moment in the sun.
It’s really cool, all those athletes coming together to compete.
I read somewhere that there is a lot of sex happening in the Olympic Village, given that there are a lot of people in peak physical condition who, once their events are over, spend time hooking up with other people in peak physical condition. I find this fact delightful, and the reward an excellent payoff for all that boring training.
Things I absolutely cannot stand about the Olympics:
- News organizations’ weird need to package every single athlete into a “top story line”
- The annoying fixation on how many medals the US is going to win.
- The “horrible anguish” the announcers launch into when someone who was thought to win gold “only” wins a silver medal. They won a medal at the Olympics! That’s a very cool thing, man.
- The asinine commentary in general.
- The fact that the events I want to watch are surrounded by 42,000 commercials, idiotic commentary, “heartwarming” stories, and events I could care less about.
Sadly, the things I cannot stand about the Olympics outweigh the things I like about them. So I will not be watching the Olympics this year, but I send well wishes to all, especially that woman from Bulgaria who isn’t even going to place in the finals, but is going to have a lot of sex with a lot of different guys. Well done, lady!
While the TV series I grew up with was a drama-fest, and this was a comedy, I still liked it.* Though not as much as Matt who was set to “low chortle” for most of the movie. This movie is worth seeing just for the cameos and also now that it is on DVD, you can see the deleted scenes, one of which (the discussion of the inappropriate nature of sleeping with one of the high school girls) was my favorite part of the movie.
-I’m wearing tights! I can’t run!
-Well, I’m wearing skinny jeans and it’s the exact same thing!
Also, a slight Channing Tatum obsessing uncovered this video which is amusing, though not hilarious, as the title overstates a bit. I do feel bad for the reporter trying to get a story out of that interview. It’s eight minutes. No commercials.
Some years ago I remarked to a friend, “I thought getting older would mean my body would stay the same, but it would just be more wrinkly. I didn’t realize my body would actually start breaking down.” I was in my late 20s at the time and psoriasis had begun its march across my flesh. But getting older—something we are all doing, even three-year-olds—has all sorts of surprises.
them, but I could see in their eyes that I had moved from their “part of our
group” classification to a different “old person” classification. Though, to be
fair, it could have just been an “old(er)” classification, at the time it felt like
the same thing.
New Classic Rock.” The new classic rock is what was the new music of my adolescence: Bon Jovi, Tesla, Guns & Roses. There’s nothing like a marketing
scheme branding a seminal part of my youth as “classic” to mark the passage of
attractive) is twelve years younger. If any of these dreamboats ever want to enter into a relationship with me I will have to probably explain a lot of things like the ‘84 Summer Olympics and the first term of Reagan. They might not
even know that John Cougar and John Mellencamp are the same people.
Richard Gere? Old. I didn’t haveenough concept of age to know how old they were, I just put them in the rather broad “same age as my parents” category.*
Though actually, all of those actors except Harrison Ford are actually
younger than my parents. After years of leading men being old, there was a sudden transition when dreamy actors were just a bit older than me. George Clooney would probably have to explain bits of 70s culture to me, but we could make it work. Actually, he’s 13 years older than me, and nearly the same age as Richard Geer, who I have in a completely different “old” category.
win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, or be “King of the World.” Once that begins to happen to people substantially younger than me, I foresee an old-lady grousing of “whippersnapper” and “upstart.”
**The Graduate reference
O! the gushing emails I wrote and conversations I had while watching this season! How can the next season be any better than this one? I like this show so much I’m going to watch it in “real time,” something I haven’t done since West Wing, season 3.