Sunday, February 19, 2006

one word says it all...


Off to read Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation before I go to bed. I just got it at Barnes & Noble tonight. I also plan to procure the graphic novel (paperback version, thank you very much; I'll not spend $30 for the hardcover) V for Vendetta to read in advance of the film version opening March 17th.

Go see Match Point. It's a truly amazing film, full of great writing and precise, well-defined characters and it's restored my faith in the transcendent power of really great cinema.

Friday, February 10, 2006

friday arrives...

I got up at 7:45 this morning and just could *not* go back to sleep. So I got up, ate three bowls of Froot Loops, made some coffee and had a cup, and am just relaxing at present.

I received part of my income tax return early this morning. I plan to catch up on my movie-going, purchase Stephen King's new novel Cell, and perhaps pick up several DVDs, many of them hopefully from The Criterion Collection, like this one:

and this one...


I'm most looking forward to The Criterion Collection's release of Richard Linklater's brilliant 1993 film Dazed and Confused. It's been crying for a special edition DVD release and the people at The Criterion Collection redefine the term "special edition DVD". I can't wait.

Also on the schedule is me picking up several CDs. I've already made mention of The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan, which won a Grammy the other night for Best Alternative Rock Album. But the main titles I'll be procuring are the following...

The Elected - Sun, Sun, Sun

And then there are, of course, the 9,371 movies that are currently unspooling in theatres that I wish to see. Match Point, The New World, Underworld: Evolution, Firewall, The Matador, Walk The Line, and Final Destination 3 are at the top of my list. Munich is no longer playing in the area so DVD here I come, I guess. And then a nice dinner or two may be in the cards. All in all, I'm going to treat myself (and my mother) but I'm going to try not to blow all of this cash in a wild spending frenzy. I want to have some money saved up for a rainy day.

I'm off today, work 4-close tomorrow, and then am off Sunday. Then factor in TiVo being stuffed to the gills as well and I've got alot on my plate.

Tonight is the season finale (as they're calling it and I hope that statement is true) for Arrested Development, a 2-hour send off in which FOX basically washes their hands of the series, airing it against the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Justine Bateman co-stars as Jason Bateman's character's sister. I sincerely hope that Showtime picks the show up; c'mon Mitchell Hurwitz - keep this wicked piece of brilliance alive! PLEASE! hosted yet another online webchat/call-in show with E! Entertainment Television's Kristen Veitch and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas yesterday. I will be viewing that later, of course. If you've not feasted on the bounty that is Veronica Mars, then do so immediately. Television is rarely this good.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

it's Tuesday...

I'm off from work, about to watch an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on TiVo, and just ate a grilled cheese sandwich and Chef Boyardee spaghetti. If we don't get some food in this house ASAP, I'm going to go crazy! C'mon paycheck and tax return, get here soon!

Ron & Fez have been brilliantly hilarious. I'd stopped listening for a bit but I think I'll start listening more frequently.

I'll have my Academy Award thoughts and more up soon.