Thursday, January 31, 2008

A few of my favorite...episodes!

I don't know why but I wanted to write down my top ten favorite Sex and the City episodes.

"Ex and the City"
Season Two, Episode 30
Written by: Michael Patrick King

"Hot Child in the City"
Season Three, Episode 45
Written by: Allan Heinberg

"My Motherboard, My Self"
Season Four, Episode 56
Written by: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky

"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"
Season Four, Episode 59
Written by: Jenny Bicks

"The Good Fight"
Season Four, Episode 61
Written by: Michael Patrick King

"Change of a Dress"
Season Four, Episode 63
Written by: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky

"I Heart NY"
Season Four, Episode 66
Written by: Michael Patrick King

"A Woman's Right to Shoes"
Season Six, Episode 83
Written by: Jenny Bicks

Season Six, Episode 92
Written by: Jenny Bicks & Cindy Chupack

"An American Girl in Paris (Part Une and Deux)"
Season Six, Episodes 93 & 94
Written by: Michael Patrick King

Wow, I guess I like the same four writers in the series. Haha. These are some of, if not, the best episodes that feature some of the best acting. I should be so lucky to write a piece of drama half as good as these.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Okay, I have been on a movie binge. But when you have no money and your mom doesn't want to give you drinking money, she'll pay for some moving picture entertainment.

Juno stars Ellen Page as Juno MacGuff. A wise cracking, know-it-all 16 year-old who accidentally becomes pregnant. After searching through her options, Juno decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption to thirty-something couple, Vanessa and Mark (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman).

But that's just the beginning. The audience follows Juno through her pregnancy and her struggle to figure out what she wants and who she is while going through one of the most challenging experiences of her life. She searches for love in Paulie (Michael Cera), the boy who impregnated her and whom no one thinks of as capable of filling in his own space.

J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney shine as Juno's supportive dad and step-mom.

The movie is filled with sharp, witty dialogue which is sometimes difficult to believe as realistic coming from a character in high school. In addition to the dialogue, the situations, people and places the movie takes the audience are a delight. This is a movie that really tugs at the heart! ***A***

Friday, January 25, 2008

No Country for Old Men

Oh, the critics. Oh how they love to tell the public which movies are the best. And sometimes, they're right. But man do I wish they were wrong.

Yes, No Country for Old Men is arguably one of, if not the, best movie of 2007. Unfortunately, the public has to wait until the wee early months of the following year to see these cinematic cornerstones.

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen of Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple (trust me, you've seen one of their films), adapt this novel turned grab-the-arms-of-your-chair thriller. And really, it thrills. And shakes, and makes you jump in your seat. Trust me. As someone who never budges during a scary movie, this one made me pop back more than once.

The story centers around three men. Llewelyn, a fierce Josh Brolin (where's he been?), stumbles upon the ruins of a drug deal gone slaughterhouse while out hunting. And in Coen brothers fashion, what does he find? Money. A couple of million to be exact. And in the bed of the truck? The heroin that started it all. Javier Bardem plays the lunatic-psycho sent to hunt Llewelyn down and get the money back. His drive is of madness with no mercy. Just the look in his eyes sends fear down your spine. Tommy Lee Jones plays Sheriff Bell, an aging police man who is becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the changing pace and values of 1980's culture. He investigates the crime.

The movie is a cat and mouse game between Brolin and Bardem's characters as Jones' sheriff is a step behind but with his experience, he knows how the game will end.

The film talks of the changes in society. Why place high priority on things that could potentially be deadly to us and what are our motivations behind them?

The conversation that closes the movie, a dialogue between Jones' Bell and Barry Corbin's Ellis, is probably the most prophetic. The two discuss the demise of our society and the old man's ambition to return to a less complicated time. But Ellis reminds Bell, and the audience, that such a digression would be selfish.

Hmm...perhaps there is no place for the old because the current generation leaves them behind? ***A***

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Margot at the Wedding

I am a late bloomer to Noah Baumbach's work. Though I've read of his brillance with the now Criterion Collection gem Kicking and Screaming and the unstoppable tour de force of The Squid and the Whale, this is my first Baumbach experience and I couldn't have been more pleased.

Baumbach, from my understanding, writes from a privileged perspective. His characters are yuppies with depression issues and phobias birthed by their own insecurities.

Margot, played with stunning ferocity by Nicole Kidman, begins the film by describing her relationship with her younger sister to her son. They're on their way to Pauline's (Jennifer Jason Leigh and Baumbach's real-life wife) for her weekend wedding to regular Joe, Malcolm (Jack Black). Let's just say Margot does not approve.

In fact, Margot with her scrupulous magnifying glass, doesn't approve of a lot when it comes to the people around her and she, like an unhappy, unhealthy person, picks. She picks at others, and in-turn, picks at herself. Kidman couldn't be any better.

Leigh and Black have charm and charisma as the feisty couple that have unresolved issues with each other that are highlighted and heightened when Margot visits.

The film itself is a great study at the motivations behind our words and actions. Its sharp honesty and surprising heart are welcomed in the days of popcorn humor and fraternal libidos. Both heartfelt and heartbreaking, much like the love from the ones who know us best, family. ***A***

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Eh, 2008

I must first apologize to myself for not writing in so long. I've been through a major funk. Yes, a depression. I've just been so discouraged by being fired and not finding something right away. I felt inspired at first and thought it would come easy. That was my thinking, "Maybe now that I'm free from the Humane Society I can now pick up a higher paying job that I deserve."

But it is not that easy. It's months of hard work to find a job. That fact alone got me so discouraged. I know I need to find something fast and I don't have a problem looking in the service industry.

Okay, 2008 and I'm out of it and ready. That's step one. I'm in it and ready.

Lately my anxiety has been getting to me by not having money coming in. I've been remembering my dreams lately and I always remember them when I'm under distress, unrest.

I remember having a dream where I had leeches on my ass after swimming in a pond. I remember having to take them off. They left red patches on my flesh.

Another dream I had involved me blowing my nose. When I took the tissue back it was covered in blood and at the bottom left-hand corner in blood was the anarchy sign. Hahaha. It was a little scary.

Oh, dreams. They're made of these.