Archive for February, 2008

“Fighting first, thinking later and never, ever saying sorry”

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Matt Taibbi has an excellent article in Rolling Stone discussing why a McCain presidency is such a frightening prospect. Please read.

2007 in Film

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The 2007 movie year has officially closed for business with a surprisingly decent Academy Awards ceremony. Kyla and I have put together our individual lists of the best films and performances of ’07, same as we did last year.

Here they are:

10 Best Films of 2007
Rich’s Picks
Kyla’s Picks
  1. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
  2. Atonement
  3. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. There Will Be Blood
  6. Michael Clayton
  7. Once
  8. The Savages
  9. American Gangster
  10. Ratatouille
  1. Atonement
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. Gone Baby Gone
  4. Once
  5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  6. The Darjeeling Limited
  7. Zodiac
  8. No Country for Old Men
  9. The Savages
  10. Eastern Promises
10 Best Leading Male Performances of 2007
Rich’s Picks
Kyla’s Picks
  1. James McAvoy (Atonement)
  2. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Before the Devil…)
  3. Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
  4. Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah)
  5. George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
  6. Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl)
  7. Frank Langella (Starting Out in the Evening)
  8. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell…)
  9. Russell Crowe (3:10 to Yuma)
  10. Denzel Washington (American Gangster)
  1. James McAvoy (Atonement)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
  3. Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone)
  4. Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
  5. Christian Bale (3:10 to Yuma)
  6. Glen Hansard (Once)
  7. Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her)
  8. Russell Crowe (3:10 to Yuma)
  9. George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
  10. Frank Langella (Starting Out in the Evening)
10 Best Leading Female Performances of 2007
Rich’s Picks
Kyla’s Picks
  1. Laura Linney (The Savages)
  2. Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
  3. Ellen Page (Juno)
  4. Keri Russell (Waitress)
  5. Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
  6. Markéta Irglová (Once)
  7. Julie Christie (Away From Her)
  8. Keira Knightley (Atonement)
  9. Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up)
  10. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
  1. Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
  2. Markéta Irglová (Once)
  3. Laura Linney (The Savages)
  4. Keri Russell (Waitress)
  5. Julie Christie (Away From Her)
  6. Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)
  7. Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
  8. Ellen Page (Juno)
  9. Keira Knightley (Atonement)
  10. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
10 Best Supporting Male Performances of 2007
Rich’s Picks
Kyla’s Picks
  1. Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
  2. Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)
  4. Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men)
  5. Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James…)
  6. Homayoun Ershadi (The Kite Runner)
  7. Albert Finney (Before the Devil…)
  8. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood)
  9. Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac)
  10. Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild)
  1. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood)
  2. Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James…)
  3. Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
  4. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)
  5. Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac)
  6. Robert Downey Jr. (Zodiac)
  7. Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
  8. Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma)
  9. Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men)
  10. Philip Bosco (The Savages)
10 Best Supporting Female Performances of 2007
Rich’s Picks
Kyla’s Picks
  1. Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
  2. Romola Garai (Atonement)
  3. Catherine Keener (Into the Wild)
  4. Jennifer Garner (Juno)
  5. Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
  6. Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl)
  7. Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)
  8. Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men)
  9. Laura Vasiliu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
  10. Marisa Tomei (Before the Devil…)
  1. Romola Garai (Atonement)
  2. Jennifer Garner (Juno)
  3. Lauren Ambrose (Starting Out in the Evening)
  4. Saoirse Ronan (Atonement)
  5. Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
  6. Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
  7. Lili Taylor (Starting Out in the Evening)
  8. Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
  9. Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl)
  10. Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)

Top McCain Running Mate Options

Friday, February 15th, 2008

It looks like nothing short of death is going to prevent John McCain from becoming the GOP presidential candidate in 2008. McCain is going to be a lot more popular among independents and some Democrats than George W. Bush ever was, but there are still some questions that make his inauguration less than a sure thing: his apparent inability to win the trust of his party’s conservative base, his advanced age, his lack of support in the Bible Belt. Not to mention the fact that he may well be running against a strong, respected, young African-American candidate with a proven record of rallying support well beyond his own party faithful, in what’s considered to be a tough year for Republicans anyway. So how does John McCain most strategically select a running mate? I’ve listed what I wager to be his top 5 choices below, along with the key pros and cons of each.

1. Mike Huckabee (former Governor of Arkansas)
Pros:  Obviously hugely popular among the key Evangelical Southern conservative demographic, a group that hasn’t exactly been gung-ho on John McCain so far
Cons:  Currently really pissing off a lot of the Republican establishment by staying in the race for the presidential nomination; doesn’t help McCain win over economic conservatives, has been derided by Limbaugh’s crowd for being too liberal

2. Charlie Crist (Governor of Florida)
Pros:  Guarantees a McCain win in the essential state of Florida (which, to be fair, neither Clinton or Obama will ever have a chance of winning anyway); counters many of McCain’s perceived shortcomings with his stance on guns and immigration
Cons:  Perhaps not quite socially conservative enough to win over some of the Bible Belters who are against a McCain presidency; is sometimes blamed for refusing to intervene in the Schiavo right-to-die case as Florida’s Attorney General (though frankly this will be considered a pro among a majority of the country’s non-Evangelical voting population)

3. Mark Sanford (Governor of South Carolina)
Pros:  At 47, young enough to counter the potential Obama v. McCain age debate; experienced Southern governor with strong economic libertarian views that should solidify McCain’s support among independents
Cons:  Could be viewed as a little too Ron Paul-ish by some; may not help McCain win Evangelical support

4. Tim Pawlenty (Governor of Minnesota)
Pros:  Like Sanford, has the benefit of relative youth (he’s also 47); successfully balanced state budget without raising taxes, meaning he wins all Romney’s supporters easily; recently has been pushing a strong immigration reform policy, undoubtedly to try and get a spot on this ticket
Cons:  Little geographical benefit to McCain as Dems would still be very favored to win Minnesota in November; tax policies have been blamed in part for the Minneapolis bridge collapse; some controversies surrounding appointments to head state departments

5. Bobby Jindal (Governor of Louisiana)
Pros:  Very young (36) and extremely charismatic; Rhodes scholar; not a white guy, thereby adding minority cred to a ticket likely to face Obama; adored by the Republican base, and called “the next Ronald Reagan” by Limbaugh
Cons:  Huge lack of experience question, as he was only sworn in as Governor this year; Republicans may want to save this guy for 2012 or 2016

3/30/04

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Sharkapult (6:43:52 PM): I had Feldman and Carl over for Snow Dogs and Baby Geniuses
modified bear (6:44:27 PM): dear god why
Sharkapult (6:44:54 PM): It was to make fun of them
Sharkapult (6:45:03 PM): But instead, they just wore on us horribly
Sharkapult (6:46:01 PM): Do you remember when we got that baptist guy in the chat room and the argument was going nowhere, and I asked him to prove to me that Jesus wasn’t a time-traveling prankster?
modified bear (6:46:11 PM): hahaha yes
Sharkapult (6:46:51 PM): He couldn’t do it, Rich

10/18/02

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

MarcoMako (12:39:38 AM): Greek people=hairy but friendly
MarcoMako (12:39:55 AM): If I had a tractor, I’m sure a Greek fellow would run it
MarcoMako (12:40:22 AM): And I would say, Greek fellow, here is your day’s pay. You are free to break bread with myself and my wife tonight at supper
MarcoMako (12:40:37 AM): And he’d decline because all they eat are eyeballs and stuff