I'll start with the Obligatory Oscar opening.
We watched part of it. Kept flipping around between Mr. Holland's Opus (a very underrated film) and Men in Black and the Oscars. So we missed a lot. But Jon Stewart was very funny.
Someone once said that America only has two High Holy Days: Superbowl Sunday and Oscar Night, when we, as a people, gather around and worship at the twin altars of Violence and Fame.
So I'm some kind of apostate because I can't really get into either one anymore.
On the political beat, here's the only question any pollster should be asking. It hit me yesterday watching Nader announce on Meet the Press.
I don't mean to dumb it down past the point of meaning, but let's remember that most of America isn't even paying attention to the race yet. And most of America probably won't vote in November. So here's how I'd frame the thing:
Which movie do you want to watch, opening January 21st, 2009?
1. Die, Hard, Die! The 15th installment of the Die Hard franchise. Bruce Willis is now 73, still a wise-cracking bad-ass renegade. Same plot as every other one, Al Gore plays the villian.
2. Liberal Warriors: Return of the Queen, the last installment of the trilogy in which a husband and wife take on each other, the world and the Boogie Men of Washington D.C.
3. Third Partytime! A minor Michael Moore film, smart-as-hell as usual, absolutely right on all of its major points, but kind of whiny and boring at times.
4. The really smart, contemporary re-make of Frank Capra's classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with a new script by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Will Smith in the Jimmy Stewart role.
Because for most of America, its just a four-year long feature film.
Had a nice little tip of the hat from Isaac Butler and Scott Walters on Friday. Isaac is Parabasis and Scott's blog is www.theatreideas.blogspot.com. Scott's not on my blogroll, but that's just laziness and ineptitude on my part. Scott's one of the Original Gangsters of this whole theater blog world. They both posted part of the Steppenwolf Slam I lazily put up. And I can see from the Comments section that it whipped up a lot of excitement here at home.
You non-commenting bastards.
You just want the big Music Quiz. That's all I am to you, some big fat Monday Morning Music Quizmaster. I work and work and work for you people and all I get is...
Here we go, this one for Annie, all about the good old days. And this one's easy because I'm feeling good. Get out those number 2s.
The seminal English New Wave track Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n Roll was performed by Ian Drury and the
2. Rising Tide
And let's get tickets to that new Will Smith movie, sounds good, right?