Tuesday, April 19, 2005

That's Much Better

I took the little book quiz again. It has different questions this time. I much prefer the results.

You're To Kill a Mockingbird!

by Harper Lee

Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have
changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you've
also taken a significant amount of flack. But you've had the admirable guts to
persevere. There's a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you,
but you're pretty sure it's worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you
whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

You're Waiting for Godot!

by Samuel Beckett

Many people think you're extremely dull, but you're just trying to
patient. Really patient. Patient to the point of absurdity, quite frankly. Whatever
you're waiting for isn't going to just come along, so you can stop waiting. I promise.
Move on with your life. Change of scenery might do you good. Heck, any scenery might
do you good. In the meantime, you do make for very interesting conversation.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Monday, April 18, 2005

A Man with a Mission

I had to run out about 6 p.m. or so last night to get another hanging flower pot for the front porch. I had purchased three Sunday morning, but Art needed symmetry. Three just wasn't working for him. I'll bet he even measured the distances between the pots. He didn't get agitated about it, but was pretty "focused" on all afternoon. Thank God they were still open.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Rich Kids making Easter eggs. Garrett's eggs are always green. No surprise there! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Meet Muffin, the newest member of our family. Those are Claudia's legs. She really loves Claudia Posted by Hello

Monday, April 04, 2005

I Feel Like Roger Ebert

The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Finally, a decent day after something like six inches of rain.

This weekend one of my friends asked me to recommend some movies and books for her. I've started with the movies. Here is my list based on my mood today.

We just watched Ray, which is far too long but a good movie. I think I am going to get a CD of his music now. Very remarkable--and he did most of the really memorable stuff before we were born.

Lost in Translation
The film is a little quirky but Bill Murray is amazing. I really enjoyed it although it clarified for me that I have NO desire to visit Japan. If you get the DVD, there are some other things on it worth watching like the behind the scenes stuff. There is a scene where Murray is using a book of pick up lines in Japanese that is hysterical. I wished he worked here.

The Station Agent
Another quirky little film but great, particularly because of Patricia Clarkson.

Pieces of April
An Indie film that is one of my favorites. It is short too, which I love. Again--Patricia Clarkson. She plays the mom and was nominated for an Academy Award for it. She's amazing.

Road to Perdition
Nobody ever talks about this film, but it was nominated for a lot of awards. Beautifully shot. the violence is controlled (thanks goodness). And the story is partly from a boy's point of view. not your typical gangster movie.

American Beauty
By the director of Road to Perdition. Won Best Picture. Disturbing in places and hilarious in other places, especially when Spacey's character starts getting fed up with his uptight realtor wife.

A dark comedy with Reese Witherspoon in a very different kind of role for her. It takes place during a high school election. Matthew Broderick plays this nerdy civics teacher whose life is falling apart.

About Schmidt
Jack Nicholson is hilarious in this one as this bewildered widower who is trying to reconnect with his daughter and make a life for himself. Some nudity--both Nicholson and Kathy Bates. Now that was a surprise.

Catch Me If You Can
Another movie that is too long, but since it is based on a true story, it is fascinating. Both Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio are great.

Napoleon Dynamite
This has gotten mixed reviews. One of my coworkers didn't really like it, the other says her family has been quoting the movie. I think it has something to do with having kids or really remembering high school. I almost feel off the sofa laughing. Napoleon reminds me so much of Garrett. Fortunately Garrett is four and still has time to pull it together before high school.

Wow. I feel like Roger Ebert!