Intolerable Cruelty

I haven’t been watching as many movies lately, but I still manage to forget about commenting on the ones that I do get around to. That’s why I’m putting forth the effort to at least write a small blurb on Intolerable Cruelty since I just watched it last night and, as a huge fan of the Coen Brothers, I simply do not get why people bashed this film.

For starters, George Clooney puts on a great performance supported fantastically by Paul Adelstein. They come off completely as a wacky duo from the 30’s, which makes sense as this is a 30’s style screwball romantic comedy. Catherine Zeta-Jones looks absolutely gorgeous and pulls off the semi-femme fatale admirably. And the supporting cast? Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Hermmann, and Richard Jenkins – all of them perfectly filling their assorted roles. There was comedy (much of it dark), twists and turns, witty banter, crazy direction, and overall entertainment. It was a fun movie, and if you truly enjoy the Coen Brothers’ style I don’t see how you wouldn’t enjoy this.

Is this one of my favorites? No, not even if of the Coen Brothers. Then again that’s some stiff competition. On the other hand, I would definitely watch this again, and will most likely buy it sometime soon.

Childhood in a box

Ok, maybe not so much my childhood, but a decent amount of my past. Yesterday I went down to my parents’ house and had dinner along with some spirituality (don’t worry, I don’t feel that this is the proper forum for discussing my beliefs). It’s always good to see my family, share some good food and wine, and then enjoy some quality TV together. The evening was marked by the Memorial celebration, which still makes me feel good even though I am no longer practicing. Not only is the spiritual message one I enjoy, but seeing members of a Congregation that I was once a part is a rather renewing experience – even if it does include an ex and her husband (another subject I’m not going into except to say that there’s no anymosity present, merely… apathy?). My point here is that I was already thinking about my past before we even returned home.
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Garbage Pail Kids

Can you believe people are still collecting Garpage Pail Kids (or GPK for short)? Chris Pirillo was talking about his collection and linked to an actual Garbage Pail Kids reference site that listed all of the names ever used. It’s kind of cool to see the many ways your name has been used (I remember “Tommy Gun” from the second series).

Looking at some of the pictures I remember how cool those cards were. If only I could find my old collection. Alas, I fear it may be lost forever.

I’m soooo creative

Months after everybody else got one, I finally made myself one of those cute little avatars. I dunno what I’m gonna do with it, but here it is. I wanted to make one for Lisa, too, but I didn’t like any of the hair for her. Oh yeah, don’t bother asking what’s wrong with my left eye.

I now pronounce you man and man

I’m trying to get caught up with a lot of blogs by using the RSS feeds heavily for now. Unfortunately that means that I’ll probably be responding to a lot of 1-2 month old posts for a bit. First up comes a very interesting list posted by Jen (Mike’s girlfriend) about the hypocrisy of the “Defenders of Marriage”. Basically it’s a list of divorced politicians (specifically Republicans) who feel the sanctity of marriage is beyond homosexuals. It gave me a funny idea while in the John (not that you needed to know that). I’m sitting there thinking, as I’m oft to do, and it hit me: Gays might be better off giving up on the whole fight for the right to par… marry.

Basically the institution of marriage is down the crapper these days (I think that qualifies as a pun), so why become a part of it? Wouldn’t it be funny if they started doing some sort of Civil Union thing and in a few years stats showed that the separationg rate was so much lower for CU’s (as we will start to call them). Hey, I don’t know that for sure, but considering the fact that most likely you would have a greater ratio of committed couples willing to go through with the whole CU thing than with a unification ceremony that has become a joke, it wouldn’t surprise me. Anywho, it’s just some food for thought.