Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My sorrows, they learned to swim

I hate this time of year. It gets dark so early, and my ghosts get restless.

(With apologies to U2).

Monday, December 22, 2008

Things that make me laugh

I got an e-mail from a longtime friend, somebody I dated a million years ago, in which he addressed me as "lass." With the countdown to the First Anniversary of my 39th Birthday now at T-minus 10 days, this gave me a giggle.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thoughts on WALL-E

I have decided that if WALL-E isn't at least nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, then Pixar will have gotten totally robbed. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association apparently agrees that the little robot that could deserves some high-profile recognition: they've named WALL-E their best picture of the year.
I think computer animated films overall have been woefully underrepresented at the Oscars. From a layperson's standpoint, I think the "wow factor" comes into play here -- how do they make it all look so real? How it is possible to give such an emotional depth and range to something like a robot? Pixar deserves an Oscar for that alone. And not only that, but for the superiority of the storytelling over most conventional films. I totally prefer a movie like The Incredibles over most mass-produced Hollywood crap.
Also, I think WALL-E resonates so much because the way things are going, Pixar's haunting image of a future garbage-strewn earth looks awfully prescient. If we don't stop overproducing plastic crap that no one needs, the planet is screwed. And we probably won't have an "Axiom" spaceship to fly off on.
Regardless of what you think of the movie's message about conservation, the love story, with its underlying message of hope about the power of human (and, uh, non-human) connections is an unequivocal home run. We've been through the DVD a dozen times in the last couple of weeks and I still can't get through it without sobbing. WALL-E and Eve are among the great big screen couples. Can anyone think of another movie with so little dialogue that still manages to be so moving?
So, long shot though it may be, I'm rooting for a Best Picture Oscar for WALL-E come next year. I can't think of a more deserving film.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I recommend this post from Bob Cesca

...(to be found here) for the Galaxy Quest reference alone.

Goddamn awesome indeed!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Like a Nobel Prize and an Oscar rolled into one

The Peanut, last night as I tucked her into bed: "You are the best mommy of all the mommies."

I could ask for no higher praise than that!

Sorry for light posting lately; work has been insane. New blogging inspiration to come shortly...stay tuned...