12.18.2009

Top Movies of the Decade


Here's my list...subject to change as I think about it more...


First Tier
1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (YES, IT COUNTS AS ONE)
2. Children of Men
3. Almost Famous
4. No Country For Old Men
5. Dark Knight
6. Kill Bill   (ALSO COUNTS AS ONE)
7. Traffic
8. Moulin Rouge!
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. 3:10 To Yuma

Second Tier
11. Memento
12. 500 Days of Summer
13. Star Trek (2009)
14. High Fidelity
15. Y Tu Mamá También
16. Lost in Translation
17. Man on Wire
18. Sideways
19. Bad Santa
20. Coraline

Contenders INPO:
Being John Malkovich
Hotel Rwanda
History of Violence
Wall-E
Finding Nemo
Zodiac
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Iron Man
The Incredibles
Dogtown and Z-Boys
The Departed
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Pan's Labyrinth
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
The Hangover
The Wrestler
Bourne Ultimatum

12.16.2009

Instant Children's Classic?



Waiting for the Brendan Hines and Felicia Day "Elementary Morals" tour...

12.07.2009

On the 1st day of christmas an ugly statue fell...


There's some debate as to if this was rude or not...

I'm pushing my cart through the Vons grocery store minding my own business on a brief trip to pick up some steaks for dinner and wood for the fireplace.

As I roll it past a table with a Christmas display, the tablecloth catches the wheel of the cart and pulls this horribly ugly nutcracker statue off the table.

SMASH

It breaks into a ton of pieces that spread across the floor. I totally did it, but at the same time not really my fault because the tablecloth was hanging onto the ground just asking to be pulled by my vagrant shopping cart.

I had pushed my cart around an older man who was standing next to the table talking on his cell phone and when the fugly statue met its demise he turns to me with a disgusted glare and proceeds to make a very exaggerated effort to step over the mess and walk away.

Really?  You can't even acknowledge what happened.
Acceptable human responses would be: "Are you OK?"  "Need some help?" "Want me to tell someone?"
Or in the very least walk away without the glare followed by the over-the-top stepping-by-the-mess show.

I was kinda stunned.  Yeah,  it's a little embarrassing to cause a $10 hideous gnome elf to explode on the floor of a grocery store...but is the old dude's judgment of me needed too?  Have you never dropped something!?

Of course being the ass that I am I yelled to him, "Walk away, sir!  Walk away!"

I picked up some of the pieces and a few seconds later a friendly store employee walked over and told me he'd take care of the rest.

As I later pushed my cart to the checkout I passed him again--he was still on his phone--glaring at me some more.  Overheard as I passed:  "...and then he yelled, walk away..."

Damn right, I did.

So...rude or not rude?