Category Archives: Movies

Social Network Shadows

Last night, Pookie and I went out to dinner with some friends. We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Main Vietnamese Cuisine. I ordered the grilled chicken vermicelli. It was good, I enjoyed it. Afterward we went back to Pookie’s house and watched the movie, The Social Network. I’ve been wanting to see it for quite some time. It was entertaining and I enjoyed it but didn’t love it love it love it. It saddened me that the only influence women apparently had in the creation of Facebook was as sexual objects. Whatever. I was surprised to find out that the twins in the movie were portrayed by 1 man! Blew Patty Duke out of the water! Amazing what’s possible nowadays.

The other surprise came when I recognized the actor portraying one of the lawyers as David Selby… YES! DAVID SELBY!!! He portrayed QUENTIN COLLINS in the original Dark Shadows soap opera. I loved loved loved Quentin Collins and I suspect he is the singular cause of my near obsession with hirsute men… specifically those sporting mutton-chop sideburns.

I was just about to complain that the fantastic movie, Night of Dark Shadows was never released on DVD and it’s a terrible shame, blah blah but I just noticed that it is available for download on Amazon’s Video on Demand service. I will have to queue it up. It’s been years since I’ve seen it and remember it being awesome.

Thinking about it, I can’t give Quentin full credit. Mike Nesmith and Elvis Presley also played a big part.

And apparently Mr. Spock:

Mr T ate my balls

Finally watched the A-Team movie. Guess what?!? It was really stupid. Bad stupid. Ridiculous and stupid. Made me long for the days of the real A-Team.

These movies with their quick cuts are hard for me to watch. I must have turned to Pookie Bear ten times to say, “I think they are all dead, the movie is over.”

Nope, they somehow lived.

Liam Neeson’s American accent was atrocious. He sounded like the guy who plays the husband on the show Medium. He was not on the jazz.

Netflix knows me best

Netflix knows me better than anyone. I logged in to check to see what movies they recommend for me and this is what I found:

Your taste preferences created this row:

  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Romantic
  • Foreign

And mix and match from the categories below:

  • Strong Women
  • Quirky
  • Goofy
  • Feel-good
  • Crime
  • Raunchy

Play Magic Fingers

Yeah, that blogging everyday went out the window real fast, huh? I’ve been too busy working on my book. I wish it were a novel or something enviable… rather than a how to manual… but whatever. I keep dreaming that it sells and I actually make some money on it. How awesome would that be!?

My desk looks pretty neat right now. But that’s only because I gathered all the papers and moved them to the floor.

This morning I woke up, looked at my bookshelf next to my bed and became very alarmed that I couldn’t find my book on John Garfield. My dreams had me in the midst of Dust Be My Destiny. Dead End Kids, prison work farm, bad hearts, Priscilla Lane…. Eventually I found it, right where I had left it. I flipped through the pages and felt better.

I am off to meet Lisa at the local Starbucks. She’s helping me with my final edits. This book is heading off to the publisher come February whether it’s ready or not.

Movies I want to see

and some I wouldn’t mind sitting through…

  • Salt -she looks like a badass
  • Eat Pray Love – i am sure i’ll regret this one
  • Sex and the City 2 – mainly morbid curiosity
  • Get Him to the Greek – love that guy!
  • MacGruber – if there’s nothing else available
  • Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky – this looks awesome
  • Ondine – do you think it’s based on Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella?
  • The Ghost Writer – this might be a mistake
  • Hot Tub Time Machine – sue me, it looks funny
  • Chloe – only if there’s nothing else available
  • A Single Man (still haven’t seen it!) – i really want to see this movie!
  • The Last Station – you had me at Tolstoy
  • She’s Out of My League – why not?
  • It’s Complicated – why not?
  • Georgia O’Keefe – you had me at jeremy irons
  • Gainsbourg (When will it ever be available?!?) – i MUST see this!

Kick-Ass, Withnail and I, Kicked my Ads

Last night, Pookie and I went to Acme where we picked up a RedBox movie, Kick-Ass. I thought it was going to be a silly comedy, similar to Super Bad.

I was wrong.

It kinda started out like one. But then it veered away into something really dark and disturbing. It was somewhere between the introduction of a precocious, rough-talking, 11-year old, martial arts expert, a man being cooked in an industrial microwave and the broadcast of an execution online that I realized, “I don’t have to put myself through this!” And I got up and walked away.

This thinking has served me well. I’ve left Punch Drunk Love, Prêt-à-Porter, Excess Baggage, Independence Day, and Superman Returns. I’m sure there were others that I can’t remember. Getting up and leaving is usually the most exhilarating and gratifying part of the movie.

Of course, with Kick-Ass, I just left the living room and went up to the loft. So it’s not quite the same.

Still, watching Kick-Ass, the lead character seemed very familiar to me. This morning as I poured my coffee, I figured out he reminded me of I in Withnail & I. Okay, the character’s name was Marwood.
Marwood from Withnail & I looks like Kick-AssKickass looks like Marwood

That might have been a better movie. Two inebriated students, dressed like superheroes, decide to go on vacation, and have to fight off the advances of Uncle Monty using their superpowers! I’d pay a dollar to see that one!

Messy Office Proletariat

I read the blogs: Design Sponge and Making It Lovely and Pink of Perfection and Posie Gets Cosy, and a few others that are centered around design and lifestyle and food. And whenever they show workspaces/desks/offices, they are always so nice and clean. And I wonder… why can’t I have such a clean workspace? How do they do it? Why can’t I throw anything away?

In other news, I am loving the stories coming out about Russian spies being apprehended! I just hope that this means the return of the good ole America Vs Russia movie! I miss having Russia as our enemy! At least in the movies! Let’s hope some producer reads this latest news and gets inspired!