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Thank the lord!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 by Dawn Summers

Giuliani won’t run for Governor or Senator.

If this was goodbye, an air of the desultory clung to it, as a man once seen as destined for high office stood in the basement of a Midtown hotel and endorsed another politician for another office — governor — once in his sight.
From president to governor to senator, the list of powerful offices that the man, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, once dreamed of capturing is long, and his longing now seems likely to go unrequited. In the past month he has foresworn interest in running for governor and for United States senator. After he endorsed Rick Lazio for governor, even the honorific shouted by reporters at the press conference on Tuesday — Mr. Mayor! Mr. Mayor! — had an antiquated sound to it.

There way must be some nasty skeletons in that closet because I don’t see how Cuomo or *insert laugh* Paterson beats him for Governor.

HAHAHAHA

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

Mary comes up with the most random stuff from the internets. Scroll. I liked the Jack Bauer one. I wish they had actually gotten Jack Bauer to do it with a real script.

Also pdov finds the best blogs.

My 20 favorite movies of the decade

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

Oh yeah, this girly girl likes musicals, comedies, and bloody violence.

Alas and Alack!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

Blackberry messenger crashes RIM.

I totally thought it was just me! But evidently, not. All of my brilliant BBM conversations are gone. Now how will everybody know that Fisch is a stupidface and I am champion of the world? Oh. There we go. Whew!

Open thread

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

It’s a special inane comment Wednesday! How exciting. I even brought my blackberry charger lest it die like yesterday and I am unable to mock Fuelsellage when Ugarles makes him cry. By the way, it was MY post about being on a subway car with two passengers wearing eye patches, thank you very much. Hmph.
So what’re we talking about today?
Holidays: Necessary evil or just annoying?
What’s with Jewish people putting up Christmas trees?
Happy Holiday vs. Merry Christmas: Lame or respectful?
Multicultural Santas: would you take your kid to an Asian Santa?
Anyone else want to confess doing something bad to Alceste?
Butts?

Dear Angela,

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

You’re welcome.

The happiest poem ever:

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem
BY Umm…I dunno…there’s a dispute

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Let’s All Go to the Movies

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

If you are anything like me, and I assume you are or aspire to be, you’ll spend your upcoming days and weeks off avoiding your loved ones and watching TV and movies. Here are reviews of some new to DVD and not-so-new to DVD, flicks that I can recommend. Or unrecommend. Ready…set…

Up

The most overhyped movie of the year, by far! This movie got such strong word of mouth praise that I almost saw it in the theater. But when I went, I missed the 3 o’clock showing by 15 minutes and there wasn’t another showing till 7. Dude, if I had paid 13 dollars to see this…this…movie in a theater, heaven help all those who convinced me to see it. Look, it’s okay. But it’s implausible on EVERY level, which is fine if the movie is asking you to suspend belief a la Terminator, instead, Up goes out of its way to be as realistic as all get out, but then: ooh, look, his house is flying and oh, the fat kid’s on the porch and not DEAD, which is what he would be. I didn’t believe any of the characters. Why would the bird leave her children to follow strangers. It’s pretty to look at though. I find the villan and the wife to have been the most interesting characters and the ones we learn too little about. Boo. I expected more. Don’t you make that mistake!

Buffalo 66

People have been telling me to watch this movie ever since I became a diehard football fan. I don’t know why. The mom in the film does tell her son she wishes she’d been able to watch Buffalo in the Championship, instead of being off birthing him, but it quickly becomes clear that’s because she doesn’t like her son. Or her life really, it’s not an overenthusiastic love for the Bills. Hell, she schedules dinner in the middle of the game and gives her son the only seat at the table with a view of the television. Not too fannish, in my book. Instead, the movie is about profoundly unhappy people who live in Buffalo during the Winter. I’m not sure who the target audience is. The cast is mostly unknown, except for a bizzarely blond Christina Ricci, and well, if you’re already unhappy what would you want to watch this movie for? And if you are happy why would you want this movie bringing you down? Best I can tell, this movie is for when you’re too sick to do anything more than collect movies from the mailbox, stick the in the DVD player and crawl back to your couch.

Julie and Julia

Absolutely terrific movie! Meryl Streep just might be a god among men. She becomes Julia Child, like totally! I love her feisty competitive spirit. You can see the joy on her face as she cuts onions, the pain in her eyes as she sees babies that she’ll never have being pushed down the street. I didn’t particularly care for Stanley Tucci as her husband. He seemed too much Stanley Tucci playing a role, but Meryl makes it work! She’s so the awesomest! But the movie isn’t just about Julia Child. It’s also about Julie something or another. A blogger trying to cook all of Julia’s recipes in one year. This role is played by the ubiquitous Amy Adams. Oh, does she capture the pain of blogging! Posting and not getting comments. Frowny face. Having her mother wonder why she’s wasting her time with this blogging nonsense. Shruggy face. But in the end, she, like Julia Child triumphs and becomes a…um…moderate star! Huzzah! I don’t cook, so I couldn’t really relate to that aspect of the film, but I understand a drive to compete in a male dominated world and the desire for comments. So…yay!

Pelham 123

Okay, the absolute dang best part about this movie is why the Number 6 train is called Pelham 123, but now I can’t remember the reason for the life of me! Dammit! Help! If anyone else saw this movie or remembers, please comment the answer!! Arrgh. Um. It’s Denzel and it’s Travolta, but they both look weird. Denzel is fat and Travolta is rocking that weird cartoon supervillan pencil thin mustache/beard thing. There is no nuance in either of their performances. Travolta bad. Denzel good. Even the passengers are hackneyed stereotypes. The white mom pulling her son to her, but the boy wants to see! And the tough guy black guy. Blah. Boo. There wasn’t even a redemptive explosion. Skip!

Incendiary
Michelle Williams has a British accent! And stuff happens. Um. There’s a huge bombing and her husband is on the bomb squad. Oh, and she’s having an affair. And, it turns out that what she thinks she knows, may not be the whole story! And did I mention she has a British accent? This movie is good. It’s sad, which is fine, cause whenever I see Michelle Williams I think of Heath Ledger and it makes me sad.

GI Joe: Rise of Cobra
I loved the cartoon as a kid and I was excited to see the movie, however, all the bad reviews made me wait for the DVD. I was pleasantly surprised. The action is top notch. The lead is a hottie and watching France get hit is mad cool. I HATED Marlon Wayans’ black buffoonish character. UGH! Fucking Hollywood. And I HATE the NATO aspect. GI Joe is the great fucking AMERICAN hero, turd faces! We don’t have headquarters in Africa and there ain’t no Morrocans on the squad. Unless they’ve naturalized. All in all, though: Me likey. So now you know. And…um…that’s half the battle.
GO JOE!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Yawn. The trailer for this movie is so good! Exciting, suspenseful, captivating: essentially, everything the movie is NOT. The movie is slow, boring, predictable…British. Blah. No need to see this one ever.

Mama’s Boy

Stars Diane Keaton, who will do anything for a paycheck. Not kidding, I bet if they offered her a role in American Pie 14 as a GILF, she’d take it and not bat an eyelash. Also stars the Napoleon Dynamite guy. This flick is a horrible, unfunny mess of nonsense poop. It’s too late for me, save yourselves! If you’re desperate to see a movie about an adult man living with his mommy, rent Stepbrothers.

Henry Poole is Here
This movie stars the dark haired Owen brother. He buys a house and the visage of Mary appears in a water stain on a wall. He has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness and doesn’t believe in God. Thus, conflict! The neighborhood wants to enshrine his house, he just wants to be left alone. Eh, it’s okay. Like if you’ve already seen everything else and it’s down to this or Mama’s Boy. Go ahead and see this.

The Proposal
Again, Ryan Reynolds is my guy! And I love him in this movie. Sandra Bullock as the tough as nails boss who has to marry her sycophantic assistant or be deported to Canadia is also delightful. It’s your typical love/hate romantic comedy where…surprise, turns out they really love each other after all! But you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing bad rap songs along the way!

Angels & Demons
How come the people writing these mystical codes in ancient times are never specific? Can’t they just be all “third cobblestone, 30 degress South of the city square.” No, it’s always “this bird neither sees nor flies, but its beak holds the key.” And then it’ll turn out that the bird isn’t a bird, but is actually the tomb of Cardinal Bird!
Eyeroll. It’s also fairly unbelieveable that Tom Hanks figures out every code correctly, in the right order, but aw shoot, he’s one minute too late! One wonders why he doesn’t just skip ahead to the last clue, so he can get a jump on the killer instead of being one step behind for the whole movie! Um…the deaths are bloody and gruesome, so that’s a plus. But for the most part, if you liked the Da Vinci Code, you should probably just rent that again.

Craft
1990s teen flick about three social outcasts who play at witchcraftery. Yeah, that’s a word…now. But when the mysterious transfer student Sarah Bailey enrolls at Blah blah blah High, inexplicable things start to happen and the trio discover she’s the key that unlocks their magical powers! They exact revenge on their enemies, make their wildest dreams come true and altogether rule the school! But, oh no, have they gone too far? Will there be consequences? Yah huh. Indeed: There. Will. Be. Hell. To. pay! Hah! I’m so good! Or I read that on the movie poster for the movie when I was a kid.
Good. Definitely good.

Shrink

I have a Kevin Spacey thing. It used to be much more diehard, but then he broke my heart with a string of duds which included K-Pax and Pay It forward, and well, I can barely look at his stupid sell-out face now. Insert hippie “it used to be about the art, man. I loved you!” rant here. But, I was sick, bored…so… In this Spacey plays the shrink. He counsels famous people. They are rich, but neurotic. Some take drugs. What they don’t know, is that their shrink is also spiralling down the drain of mental illness. His wife has killed herself and he’s been self medicating with pot he buys from that kid that plays Landry on Friday Night Lights. Spacey’s father is also a shrink and decides the best way to get his son out of his self-pitying funk is to refer a patient to him that has real non Hollywood problems. Enter teenage black girl whose mother just died. She’s been cutting school and acting out and maybe, tried to kill herself, she doesn’t want to go to a shrink, but Spacey draws her out of her shell through their shared love of movies! Everything is going well, until one of Spacey’s patients catches wind of the girl’s story and decides it’d make a good movie! Oh no! But will this unforgiveable betrayal turn out to save them all? Will it? Um…probably, it was very boring and I was on medication. So I can’t be sure.

Four Christmases
This movie is supposedly named after the fact that the starring couple: Brad and Kate, have to spend Christmas with both sets of parents who are now divorced and have new step partners. However, it might as well be named for the fact that it feels like four actual years have passed between the opening bar scene and the closing hospital scene. Yarf. Dear Reese Witherspoon, I expect this garbage from Vince Vaughn, NOT YOU. Clean up your act, young lady. Also, Kristin Chenoweth, Unless there is singing involved, I don’t want to see you in another movie. You are a TV/Broadway star, dammit!

Orphan
I love good scary movies. I LOVED Orphan. The cast was perfect. Even the little blond girl character in the flick that I typically roll my eyes at for two hours, was great! I don’t want to give any of it away, so suffice to say, it’s about a family that welcomes a new member from an orphanage and how their lives change. Four thumbs up! But it is scary in parts, so Kelly, can you handle it? Michelle can handle it? Beyonce can you handle it? What? Doesn’t everyone bust into Destiny’s Child lyrics at the end of a movie review?

Terminator 3 or is it 4?
So Christian Bale, huh? That little boy grew up to be Christian Bale? Ok. I’ll bite. Which reminds me, what’s up with Bale’s mouth, it’s like his teeth are too far back to hold up his lips! Anyway, so we’re in the future again. And um, Skynet is still trying to kill John Connor (what up with that, by the way? How come he doesn’t have his father’s last name?)This time, instead of going back in time after his mother, the robots hatch a plan to kill his father in their own time! John Connor must find his dad – now a teenage boy- and protect him before Skynet finds him. Meanwhile, Connor’s father Reese is leading the rebellion in California where he meets a stranger and they, along with a little girl, fight robots. There are lots of really cool robots. Personally, I think the robots were too cool. I was so rooting for them! But that might be because of Bale’s weird lip thing. If that’s the future look of men, let the robots have the planet!

The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy
Skip it. Seriously. Read the book, it’s funnier and more entertaining. This flick is terribly cast. Horribly edited. Blerrgh.

Star Trek
I’ve never seen any Star Trek stuff. Not the original show, not any of the spinoffs and not any of the previous movies. So I wasn’t sure I’d “get” this movie. But I did. I thought it hanged together well. I like the conflict between Spock and Kirk. (I thought the use of Leonard Nimoy was cheesy, like they panicked about trying to start the franchise over from scratch and so, clung to the security blanket of old Spock. I would have preferred to see old Kirk!) Um…as for the story…it starts fast and fun; then lags, then picks up again in the last 45 minutes. But I was entertained. Oh, and I Loved the Run, Fatboy, Run guy being in it! He’s always a treat.

Funny People
This movie is a brilliant combination of all the things I love about Adam Sandler (have seen all his movies…yes, even the terrible pudding/terrorism survivor ones) and none of the things I hate about Seth Rogen and that fat guy he always acts with…or is Seth Rogen the fat guy who acts with the other guy? Whatever, they didn’t irritate me this time. The standup bits were funny. I LOVED all the cameos and the story way doesn’t go how you think it will! I was surprised at every turn. Just superb!

Night at the Museum 2
Hey! Look it’s Amy Adams again! She’s like the modern day Reese Witherspoon. In everything! Oh, and there’s the fat guy from Seth Rogan movies. Irritating. And Ben Stiller! Sucktacular. The movies is dumb. A steady, unending suckfest. Even Hank Azaria and cool special effects couldn’t save this film from itself and it’s retarded premise. Yah, the New York Musuem of *Natural* History is going to replace all the exhibits with holograms. Sha. Boo. Boo. BOO!

This KICKS SO MUCH ASS!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

Or, in the alternative, I am a seriously disturbed human being.

via Smashedthehomie

New York Times suggests gifts for the colored people in your life

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 by Dawn Summers

I don’t know if I’ve read a more offensive “trying to be helpful” story in my life.
As a black and latino woman, I’m as “of color” as you can get, but if anyone gives me a Bindya Scarf for Christmas, they’re getting it back. Well, unless they have some real good non “the racist New York Times” told me too reason.

Sheesh. What, black people can’t get a Kindle like normal people?

You know things are bad…

Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Dawn Summers

…kids are applying to get into Cornell *early* as opposed to being forced to go there after Yale says no.*

*Shark attack *me* will you!

Ha!