Monday, January 30, 2006

Match Point, A Literary Smackdown of Sorts, and an Illusory Near-Miss in the Skies Over England: Your Monday Inanity

Well, it's Monday again. Hope everyone had a super-awesome weekend.

Mine was pretty good. I saw the new Woody Allen movie, Match Point on Friday evening. Very good. Allen does a movie every year without fail, and every now and again he does a straight drama (in his movie prior to this one, Melinda and Melinda, half of the film was comedy, the other half drama). I think he does drama just as well as he does comedy. I've been skipping Woody's movies for the last few years because none of them have looked particularly appealing. The last two I saw in the theater was Deconstructing Harry (generally off-putting) and Small Time Crooks which, aside from the first 15 minutes, was a total stinker. But the critics are loving this one so Peggy and I went to the Phipps AMC and took in a showing. If you saw and enjoyed Crimes and Misdemeanors, one of Allen's best films, then I think you'll really enjoy Match Point. It's hard to get into what I liked so much about the movie without giving important aspects of the plot away, so I'll just say see it if it comes to a theater near you. And then we can talk.

A couple of quick links and then I'll get outta yo' face.

1) If you are a reader of this blog and sometimes enjoy stringing words together into sentences, and then those sentences into paragraphs, then I urge you to take a gander at Nathan Hines's new effort called Literary Smackdown. The premise is this: Hinesy will post up a topic or an idea or an image at the top of each month, and then folks can write up a lil' story based on the "topic" and send it in. Votes are taken and, each month, a victor emerges. Each month, Hinesy will send the winning writer $300 American dollars. No, wait. I mean he'll send you a dirty email filled with sweet nothings, and quite a few nasty somethings. Go ahead. Send something in.

2) Interesting item on Drudge today. Some folks at a soccer game in England took some pictures of what looks a helluva lot like a near-miss between two big airplanes. The photo (left) makes it appear as though a mid-air collision is unavoidable. Great Britain's Civil Aviation Authority, however, said the "near miss" was an optical illusion caused, in part, by blue skies, lots of sunshine, and obviously a very low-angle view of the scene. If you follow the link and click on 'next', you'll see a series of 6 pictures taken in quick succession and as you do so, the idea of a narrowly-averted mid-air disaster becomes less and less apparent with each new photo. Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and that I would pass it along.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the nice dinner at on main with the folks at the old homestead, I hope that was part of your nice weekend?????Did you read your brothers latest blog???where did I go wrong?? M

JudgeHolden said...

Yes, on Saturday night I had a very nice dinner out with Peggy and my folks and Patrick which was really fun. Thoughtlessly, I omitted that. Sorry, mom.

And yeah, I just checked Patty's blog. Very interesting. Bikini-clad women indeed.

Full Flavor Johnny Blaze said...

Honestly, Brian. We all know what you liked so much about Matchpoint, and it has nothing to do with the merits of Woody Allen. What kept you interested was Scarlett Johanssen's tits.

Kudos to you for staying on top of this blog. Heath threw in the towel after he suffered the repercussions of posting a positive review of The Legend of Zorro What were you thinking Heath? Zorro's horse on top of the train? What was that? And the only person who makes more O-faces during fight scenes than Patrick Swayze is Antonio Banderas.

Keep up the good work, Brian. Here's hoping your brother "the fun one" doesn't steal your thunder in the blogosphere.

Shotgun! Nuts in yo' mouth!

Nathan said...

Thanks for the props for the Smackdown. I hope it's fun. Although...I think it's better if the choice of topic is a rotating matter, and not just to my discretion. Let's say each month, a new person chooses?

Anonymous said...

Since Patrick is updating his blog, and Shannon is not -- you should have a link to Patrick's blog from your blog.

I don't think it's fair.

blankfist said...

Awwww, Crane, how cute. :) BTW, that was in no way Johnny Blaze. In fact, if it were Johnny Blaze, I doubt he'd actually call himself 'full flavor johnny blaze'. Sounds like the fine, fine work of..... [drumroll]....


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