Back in Business

As you may have guessed from my last post, entitled, “Blue Screen of Death”, I’ve been having some intermittent computer problems, but I think they’re finally solved.  Hurray!  So, I’m back and ready to blog.  Hmm… what have I been thinking about in the last few weeks?

1. March movies – I utterly failed in my New Year’s resolution to watch more movies last month.  Of course, the fact that I was on vacation for  a week and then had to catch up on the TV shows I’d DVR’d when I got back didn’t help.  So, here is my teeny-tiny list of five new movies watched in March:

  • The Talented  Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon, Jude Law)  I’m shocked I hadn’t seen this movie before.  Wow, was it terrific.  Just.  Wow.  Matt Damon is just such a good actor, and even though I knew the basics of the story, I wasn’t exactly sure where it was going from moment to moment.  Also, I never really got the allure of Jude Law until this movie. 
  • Invention of Lying (Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner)  There were a few very funny moments and it was a passable Sunday afternoon diversion while folding laundry.  Yup.  That’s about it. 
  • Inglorious Basterds (Brad Pitt)  I’ll disclose that I’m not a huge Quentin Tarrantino fan, so for me the best compliment I can give is that I probably wouldn’t have guessed this was a Tarrantino movie.  It was pretty brutal and gory but also had a really interesting story.  If you’re looking for historical accuracy, though, you should probably look somewhere else.
  • Green Zone (Matt Damon)  It was Matt Damon month for me, I guess.  A movie that theorized that there never were any weapons of mass destruction in Afghanistan and that high-end government officials knew?  My bleeding-heart liberal self loved it.  Again, though, if you’re looking for historical accuracy, look elsewhere.
  • My Own Private Idaho (Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix)  This is one of my friend’s favorite movies,  so I wanted to love it, but couldn’t.  I wasn’t sure if it tried to hard to be edgy and clever without hitting the mark or if it really was incredibly edgy and clever and I was too lame and stodgy to get it.  I hate to admit, though, that it was the best acting I’ve ever seen out of Keanu Reeves, so whatever he’s learned over the last 18 years he should try to forget.    

2.  Sex addicts.  I’m going to be a little generous and say there probably is such a disorder.  I mean, people can get addicted to all sorts of things:  alcohol, gambling, food, shopping, TV shows about demon-killing brothers…  (Hey, how did that get in there?  I can stop anytime!)   Anyway, I believe there is such a disorder.  I just also believe that for every one person with this addiction, there are 800 gazillion people who just don’t stand up and remain faithful to their spouse/significant other, when it becomes a little tempting or inconvenient.  Calling it an addiction and going to  rehab doesn’t change that.  Yes, I am talking to you, Jesse James and Tiger Woods.

3.  Filet-of-fish.  That stupid, stupid Filet-o-fish commercial keeps playing in my head.  It’s enough to drive a person nuts.

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