Monday, February 23, 2009
- Sean Penn may have had one of the greatest opening lines of an Oscar speech ever (see post title). And I liked his self-awareness -- saying he realizes he sometimes makes it "difficult to appreciate" him. But I do indeed appreciate him, doucheyness notwithstanding.
- To avoid being totally clueless about movies on Oscar Night (and because we heard it was enjoyable), we saw Slumdog Millionnaire on Saturday night. Definitely a good movie. An all-time great? Doubtful. And I obviously can't say if it was better than the other nominees until I see some of them.
- As I've said before, no movies that Hollywood can produce today can entertain me as much -- or, more importantly, for as long -- as the best-written television. Speaking of which: Have I mentioned how freakin' good LOST is? If you're up to date, let's discuss theories in the comments section.
- Speaking of television, we found another little gem on Showtime. It's an import from the British network ITV called Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Good stuff. And by little gem, I mean little. The Brits don't like to wear out their welcome -- each season (called "series" over there) is 8 episodes long, about 23 minutes each.
- Jason, as chief propagandist for Netflix, you'll be pleased to know we are trying out the service. Of course, we've had it for about 4 weeks now and have only watched one movie. Convenient, to be sure. But the jury is very much out on whether we'll have the time to make use of it. The movie we watched, by the way, was Rudy -- which is among the many, many movies I should have seen but never did. (Liked it).
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