Archive for February, 2011

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

February 28, 2011

You guessed it, Charlie Sheen again.  This time, from an interview on The Today Show this morning:

“I’m tired of pretending I’m not special.  You can’t process me with a normal brain.” 

Is he worried about slipping back into addiction? Nah, that’s for:

“people who aren’t special, people who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.”

Yep, that’s what he said.  Look, for most people in the throes of an addiction as powerful as his appears to be, there’s really only two outcomes: jail or death.  For someone like Charlie, there’s always the third way; getting a superhero movie franchise like Robert Downey, Jr.  Let’s be honest, nobody thought Downey would come back when he was circling the drain.

Sometimes, A Parable…

February 28, 2011

…says it all, simply and perfectly:

A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teabagger and says “Watch out for that union guy—he wants a piece of your cookie!”

The Envelope Please

February 26, 2011

The Academy Awards tomorrow night, consistently the second most-watched TV show of the season, after the Super Bowl.  More often than not, it’s a mess of  a TV show…again, not unlike the Super Bowl.  Wouldn’t it better if everyone was drinking like at the Golden Globes?  And if Charlie Sheen were involved?

Anyway, no real surprises or upsets are expected:  The King’s Speech, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo are all likely and more or less deserving winners.  Firth and Bale appear to be mortal locks, but Bening and Steinfeld could sneak in as could The Social Network.

More interesting for me are the nominations themselves, specifically the snubs.  For instance:

  • Why no love for Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter?  He finds the story, picks the director, picks the cast, turns himself into a boxer and it gets three acting and a Best Director nomination, but he gets left out?
  • Michelle Williams, but not Ryan Gosling, for Blue Valentine?  Annette Bening, but not Julianne Moore, for The Kids Are All Right?  Really?  They’re pretty much matched sets; give me both or neither.
  • The worst is no Best Director nod for Christopher Nolan, previously overlooked for Memento and The Dark Knight.   For me, The Fighter is mostly an acting achievement and The Social Network is a writer’s triumph.  Inception is the result of a unique, creative vision of a  director, more than any nominated film with the possible exception of Black Swan.
  • And, not for nothing, but how is Hailee Steinfeld nominated for Best Supporting Actress?  Did any of the voters watch that movie?  If she’s not the lead role, I don’t know what one is.  She’s in every damn frame of the film, much like the other young actress cited for a terrific leading performance, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone.  

Seriously, tell me this wouldn’t be the highest-rated show in history if Charlie Sheen was involved?

Hope Springs Eternal

February 20, 2011

“Listen sweetie, boys like to hit balls with sticks when the snow melts.  I don’t know why.”  — Angela Montenegro to Dr. Brennan on Bones.

Pitchers and catchers.  Spring training.  Everyone’s undefeated and spring is just around the corner.  Even for non-believers, baseball helps us mark the end of winter.  It may very well be apocryphal, but someone once replied, when asked why he no longer followed sports, February.  

The worst month of winter — and the sports year — is nearing its end.  Pretty soon we’ll have conference basketball tournaments, Selection Sunday, March Madness and, finally Opening Day.

And then we’re off:  NHL and NBA Playoffs, The Masters, The French Open, The Kentucky Derby.  Can’t come soon enough.  Oh yeah, and more snow predicted for later this week.

Who Needs A Thousand Words…

February 20, 2011

…when a  picture like this tells you everything you need to know about income equality? 

Everyone Has One…

February 5, 2011

…an opinion, I mean.  About The Game.  Let’s just get on with it already.  Super Bowl Sunday is like New Year’s Eve,  amateurs come out of the woodwork to overindulge in drinking and eating, with a football game and a bunch of multi-million dollar ads along the way.   Oh, yeah, then an episode of Glee.

Like Bill Maher said last night, it’s just what America needs, “an over-the-top, homoerotic spectacle….followed by an episode of Glee

Anyway, I like Green Bay here.  Pretty simple, really.  They pass the ball very well out of a spread offense with very good receivers and an excellent QB.  Pitt’s D is very vulnerable to this as New England proved earlier this year.  I think it’ll take 30 to win and I’ll say Packers 34-23.

From the BBC…

February 1, 2011

…more detail on the developing events in Egypt:

“I just spoke to a senior U.S. official, who confirmed that Frank Wisner met President Mubarak and told him he should not seek re-election or put forward his son, Gamal, as his successor. The Americans are now waiting for an answer. However, the official also said that even if Mr Mubarak did not seek re-election, it was no longer enough. My understanding is that although they have not gone back to Mr Mubarak to say he must stand down immediately, they are hoping he has figured that out on his own.”

Good Idea

February 1, 2011

It’s the right thing to do and Obama really has no choice.  The guy’s toast, as he should be, and we need to get on the right side of this ASAP.

The NY Times is now reporting this:

President Obama has told the embattled president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, that he should not run for another term in elections in the fall, effectively withdrawing American support for its closest Arab ally, according to American diplomats in Cairo and Washington.

 

I Know, I Know…

February 1, 2011

…I just can’t help myself: