iPod Random Ten 11-9-07

Happy Friday! A little morning music to get things started, featuring: “Waiting on the World to Change,” John Mayer, Continuum“Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi, New Jersey“Radio, Radio,” Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Very Best of Elvis Costello & The Attractions“Substitute,” The Who, Hail Brittania: The British Invasion 1964-1968“Another Postcard,” Barenaked Ladies, Everything Acoustic“It’s The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M., In Time – Best of R.E.M. “Back to […]

Warning! Dangerous ideas ahead!

Warning! Dangerous ideas ahead!

A well-meaning friend forwarded this to me, and a list of other people, via e-mail last week, with the subject line “Warning – A MUST NOT SEE Movie!”: The Golden Compass, a new movie starring Nicole Kidman and due to be released in December, is based on one of an evil trilogy of books written by atheist, Philip Pullman, who acknowledges that his books are about killing God. Don’t be fooled by either the fantasy […]

Did anyone see this coming (out)?

Originally posted 10/29 – please see update/link added below The news has spread throughout both the wizarding and Muggle worlds by now: In an author talk/reading/booksigning event at Carnegie Hall on October 19, the true Headmistress of Hogwarts “outed” Albus Dumbledore as gay. J.K. Rowling revealed this little detail in response to an audience member’s question about the great wizard’s love life. She also mentioned that the makers of the Harry Potter movies are aware […]

Movie talk: “Michael Clayton”

Michael Clayton wasn’t even on my movie radar until I started reading terrific reviews of it a couple of weeks ago. Granted, it’s a hard movie to sum up in a trailer, so I hadn’t seen it hyped very much. George Clooney (recommendation right there, folks!) plays the title character, and he’s given a lot of dimensions to work with. He’s an attorney whose main function is behind-the-scenes “fixing” of incidents for his firm and […]

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Tall Paul sent me this link yesterday with the note “He will be in your neighborhood!” I’ll explain that in just a second. BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Jon Stewart will return as host of the Oscars in 2008. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart will host the 80th awards show February 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates described Stewart as smart, […]

Seen this weekend: “Hairspray”

At the risk of sounding like a bad blurb in an ad, Hairspray may be the most fun we’ve had at the movies this year. I grew up with a weakness for musicals, and while Hairspray comes up short on what I consider one of the big qualifications for a classic of the genre – songs that can stand apart from the narrative – it’s still a fine example of why the form never quite […]

Seen this weekend: “The Bourne Ultimatum”

A couple of caveats if you’re considering seeing The Bourne Ultimatum: This is another one of this summer’s many “threequels” (I read that very useful term somewhere, but can’t place the source). If you haven’t seen the preceding two movies, you’ll probably be very confused – and since this one does take some time to sort out early on, it’s advisable to know the backstory. If you can, watch the second film, The Bourne Supremacy, […]

Seen this weekend: “The Simpsons Movie”

Seen this weekend: “The Simpsons Movie”

There was a slight question about whether we’d see The Simpsons Movie during its opening weekend or wait a week; the kids were with us this weekend, and we had to make sure the PG-13 rating wasn’t too much for a 7-year-old. The 7-year-old’s 23-year-old stepbrother saw it on Saturday night and gave us a heads-up on some profanity and one instance of cartoon nudity, and we were not deterred. We figure the TV show […]

Seen this weekend: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

This weekend was a Harry Potter extravaganza at our house. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was delivered to our door around 1 PM on Saturday (2 copies – one for Tall Paul, one for me, and we both finished on Sunday night – book post to come!), and we took a break from our reading on Sunday morning to go and see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. OotP is my favorite […]

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Favorite Movies From Childhood

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Favorite Movies From Childhood

Ten on Tuesday Can we allow “childhood” to go up to about age 14 for this purpose? OK, I vote yes. Some are older than I am and I saw them on TV (with commercials, in the pre-cable days). And this list is not ranked in order – it’s just 10 I remember well from that time period. The Wizard of Oz The Music Man Oklahoma! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Star Wars (now […]

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

We made the pilgrimage on July 4. We’ll be going back next weekend after the kids get back from another week at Grandma’s. I took pictures of things all over the store, including the pink-frosted donuts, the Geezer Freezer, and various signs, but these are a few of the ones we e-mailed to some friends and family. We’ve arrived! We were there around 9:30 in the morning; we heard there were lines all over the […]

Seen this holiday: “Live Free or Die Hard”

It turns out that a pretty good way to spend a blistering hot Fourth of July is in a movie theater, watching Bruce Willis attempting to foil a cyber-attack on the US during the Fourth of July weekend. Live Free or Die Hard is actually the first of the (now) four movies in this series that I’ve seen in the theater, and it was pretty much worth it. The plot involves tech wizards and computer […]

Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart?

Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart?

We’re having quite a movie-going summer, but I think the one that’s generating the most excitement around our house is the one that’s been 18 years in the making, and just might be the Best. Movie. Ever. One of the promotions for the movie – as if it needs it – is the conversion of 11 7-Eleven stores to Kwik-E-Marts. We’ve actually got two of them in our neck of the woods – one in […]

Seen this weekend: “Ratatouille”

When TallGuy and I were first getting to know each other via e-mails, the “favorite movies” question came up early on. He’s more of a movie maven than I am, and his favorite movies tend to depend on his mood, but at the time he had The Incredibles pretty high on his list, and we both agreed – and still agree – that Pixar totally rules. If you ask us, Cars was robbed of the […]