Monday, February 19, 2007

Let me entertain you!

Okay, not me, really. (Although as soon as I master internet video technology, there may be some early baton twirling footage to be seen...especially now that I know that there is a National Coalition forming in support of our advancement!)

More on that later. For now, suffice to say that this was an entertaining weekend, due to the miraculous discovery of TWO good rental movies (a first in my life) and a hysterically funny book. So now I'll pay it forward...

In the "whoda thunk it?" category, The Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. I know, I looks cheesy and dorky, and really Keanu really only works when he's duking it out in The Matrix...but still. I totally loved this movie and recommend it for those times when you want to see a creative path to happily ever after.

Next, in the, "okay you're right indie films don't all suck" category (following closely on the heals of last week's slam-dunk viewing of Little Miss Sunshine - Olive is now my screen saver because she makes me so happy) is Trust The Man - David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Billy Crudup. The title has nothing whatsoever to do with the film from what I can tell, but the story is great. I never understood what the big deal was about Ms. Gyllenhaal before, but now I do. She was great, as was the writing. There was one scene where she was doing that thing we all do where we blurt out words like "I know I'm on a journey" and "I'm learning to live life in the grey area" to insist that really, we're FINE, when every feature on our face screams out "Help me! My life is going down the toilet and I don't know what to do!!!" All the actors are brilliant in this, and it's another great rental for your viewing pleasure. As my friend Gilmore Girls Fanatic would say, this movie gets FIVE Pop Tarts!!!

And finally, I'm halfway through a book with what must be the Longest Title Ever - it's cover reads:
This Publication, Proudly Sent Forth Under The Title Of THE DEAD BEAT Will Gratify The Reader With A Survey Both Humorous And Poignant Of The Wonders Enfolded In The Pages Of An Ordinary Newspaper, and Including Many Marvelous Tales Relating To LOST SOULS and LUCKY STIFFS And The PERVERSE PLEASURES of OBITUARIES. At 52 words, I suspect this was written by Gay Talese. The book, considerably shorter than the title, is pretty darn funny.

And finally, this just in from my favorite Texan. Hee :)

Happy President's Day everyone!


LEstes65 said...

Billy Crudup...mmmmmm. I'll take one! I love all 4 of those actors on their own and imagine that movie must rock. As for the Sandy Bullock movie, I will confess here for everyone that I love almost all of her movie vehicles. Most of them are usually empty calories but they're fun entertainment. And Keanu usually annoys the snot out of me but has surprised me in recent roles like in "Somethings Gotta Give". So I'll give that one a chance, too.

But thanks for the mental image of Billy Crudup. YUM.

Beck said...

Thanks for the movie recommendations - I've been wondering what to watch next!

Swishy said...

OK, I'm totally going to watch both of those now. I thought the trailers looked decent for Trust the Man, and if you say The Lake House wasn't a complete cheesefest, I believe you. I can use all the "happily ever after" I can get!

ellesappelle said...

Those movies sound great, I'll have to check them out.

Fantastic book title. It reminds me of this passage from one of my favourite Christian authors that I just have to share (forgive me!):

Charles wrote to me from Deep Joy Bible School to suggest that I help him with a book he felt he had to write, and which would change the face of Christian outreach as we know it. The title was to be How to Communicate that which has been Vouchsafed to us by He Who Would Have us Share that which we have Received Through the Mighty Working of His Eternal Will, in Everyday Language, by One Empowered to Make an Open Profession of Faith to Those Who Have Ears to Hear. 'A catchy little title,' said Gerald when he saw it. :) That's from The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn, by Adrian Plass.

Sarakastic said...

Always glad to see the pop tart system spreading. I can't wait to see "Little Miss Sunshine". It's about time someone made an association for the advancement of baton twirling, thanks for making me laugh!

Nancy French said...

Omigosh, I saw a movie called "Idiocracy" this week -- you have to rent it, but it's not for the easily offended. Consider yourself warned.


ukrainiandiva said...

Okay, that book title is so absolutely fabulous it makes me want to order the book without knowing a thing about it.

Stacy said...

I think I might have The Lake House in my Netflix queue, but I keep bumping it down because there's other stuff I want to watch more. Perhaps I should give it a try for this weekend.