Shouldn’t I say something about the movies? I have seen a whole raft of
new-to-me films recently, and I’m slowly getting them updated on my Web
site. and have been
leading me through many good videos recently — everything from Close
Encounters of the Third Kind to Tuesday night’s viewing of The
Celluloid Closet. We’ve also just started watching “Gilmore
Girls” from the beginning (saw the first four last night), and I am well
amused by that show. If only I lived in a world where everyone was
smart and quick and funny ALL THE TIME. They make literary jokes!
The only movie I’ve seen in the theater recently was The Wedding
Crashers. I saw it Monday in a bid to take my mind of some Very Bad
News, and it worked for the full length of the movie. And then I walked
out and thought, man, that was funny — except there’s no one in the
world to whom I can recommend it. It manages to be offensive in so
many, many ways — both in its jokes and in its plot — that I can’t
think of anyone I would send to see it. So, see at your own risk.
There were parts at which I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, but there
were also parts where even I went, “Aw, come on, are we really going to
Now, as we know, I do enjoy Owen Wilson, and I’ve decided not to let
this excitement be tempered by his recent interview appearances. I
choose to believe he’s not actually as dumb/shallow as he sounds. I
repeat my defense: he co-wrote The Royal Tenenbaums! And
Rushmore! And Bottle Rocket! Perhaps I will have to wait
and see if he ever contributes in a “writing” way to anything non-Wes
Anderson before I make any further judgments.
A chart comparing the 3-D Smurfs Movie (rock on!) and
the Transformers movie, in which I find the “Something we hope each
film retains from its source material” and “Suggested Plotline” rows the
most entertaining. Also: Yay Smurfs Movie! Why am I excited about
this? Because I can be, kids. Because I can be.