Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I didn't hate Half Nelson, but I didn't love it. It was very well-acted, and for a movie without a real plot, I found it interesting, but it made me uncomfortable. Maybe that's the point - it's about a crack-smoking teacher, after all - but I found the teacher-student relationship inappropriate to the point that I was distanced from watching the movie for the movie's sake. I could only think "A teacher would never do that, even if he's a crackhead." The unrealistic parts sort of overshadowed the realistic parts for me.
Half Nelson - B
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Ah, the "Beef-It's What's For Dinner" song. How it distresses me. It's not actually called "The 'Beef-It's What's For Dinner' Song," and yet millions of people only know it as such.
I'm here to set the record straight. Please, for the love of everything holy, call it Hoe-Down. It's called Hoe-Down. It's the last section of a wonderful ballet by Aaron Copland called Rodeo. And I hate that it's been corrupted by the beef industry. Yes, they've used it well, and I bet lots of beef has been sold and consumed because Hoe-Down is such a great piece of music, but can we go back to Hoe-Down? Please? Classical music fans everywhere with thank you.
Hoe-Down - A
excellent usage by the beef industry - A-
people not knowing what this cornerstone of 20th century American music is actually called - D
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Gerard Butler was awesome. I will pretend he never appeared in The Phantom of the Opera. Rodrigo Santoro was not awesome, he was just hilarious, but truly strange as the homoerotic, eight foot tall King Xerxes. But hey, an actor's gotta branch out every now and then. And Dominic West, and Lena Headey, and the guy who plays Faramir - all great.
See it now - go! Your boss/spouse/kids won't mind! GO!
300 - A
Monday, March 19, 2007
I don't feel bad telling you that the FILs hardly ever have "food" in their house. By "food," I mean "items naivehelga considers staples," like peanut butter, cereal, bread, milk, and Campbell's Tomato Soup. Eating breakfast there is either an extravaganza, with pancakes or poached eggs, or nothin' at all - and Friday was a nothin' at all. We began our wedding venue shopping fueled only by coffee, so around 11 AM, we were cranky and hungry - so what better place to eat a hearty breakfast than Dunkin Donuts?
Right. That shit was nasty. We tried to do the right thing by not eating only donuts, so we both got breakfast sandwiches. Never again. There's a reason the place is called Dunkin DONUTS, not Dunkin Sausage-Croissants. My chocolate-frosted donut was delicious, but my sandwich was super gross. Nate says his was gross, too. And the coffee was too hot. Yes, there is such a thing as coffee being too hot.
While we're at it, let's discuss DD's slogan: America Runs On Dunkin. Really? This is something to be proud of? No wonder we're all fat and pasty, if we fuel up on nasty breakfast sandwiches and gross coffee.
Dunkin Donuts - D- (saved from failure by the donuts)
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Often, when I go out to eat someplace a little fancy, I misorder, and I walk away disappointed and incredulous that people like said fancy restaurant. But not this time!
Amical - A-
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 - D
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Devil and Daniel Johnston - B-
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Music and Lyrics could have been good. In fact, some parts of it were good. All who saw it with me agreed that there was some "snappy dialogue," and the '80s music video at the beginning was, like, totally rad. But I never really felt a connection between Hugh and Drew. He's so cute in romantic comedies, and so is she... maybe his cute repelled her cute, acting like a similarly-charged cute magnet.
There are so many better romcoms starring one of these two: Four Weddings and Funeral, 50 First Dates, Fever Pitch, and Notting Hill (one of my all-time favorites). Just rent one of those instead of sitting through this one.
Music and Lyrics - D
Friday, March 02, 2007
And then there's the dirt factor. This song is DIRRRTY. I mean, come on. "He's a one-stop shop, makes my panties drop?" That's dirtier than Dirrrty - and we all remember that.
Christina, keep it up. And go brunette more often - you look fabulous.
Candyman video - A
Thursday, March 01, 2007
What's most disappointing about Seva to me is that I find it disappointing. Practically everyone in town loves it, and I don't. I've eaten there three times, including last night, and every time I've been there I haven't loved my food choice, while the people I eat with rave about theirs. The first time I ate there, I had some sandwichy-wrap thing, and I remember being unimpressed. The next time I ate there, I had a pasta dish with soy sausage (yep, it was "soysage") and it was kind of gross. Last night, I had the eggs rancheros, and the beans, eggs and tortilla were good but there was just way too much salsa and cheese, and everything turned into this orange soupy mess. I like my huevos rancheros a little drier. My dessert was super yummy, though, so the meal ended on a high note.
But like I said, practically everyone in town loves it, and I'm willing to give it another chance and try something I haven't had yet, like maybe the spinach enchiladas. One more chance, but that's it.
Seva - C