April 18, 2006

Quantification [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 18, 2006 2:58 PM

I've added the movies I've seen since January 1 to my Listal page. This didn't take long, since there are only four. (They've all been reviewed here, the latest one in this post.) I've also been keeping the music list updated. I'll fill in the other three categories at some point, but it's not a high priority item. I see that the ratings are now visible, but inexplicably scaled by a factor of two. I'm reserving the five-star rating for items that are extremely close to perfect; a few items in a given year should attain a 4.5 rating. 2.5 indicates neutrality. Hmm, maybe I should post these with the reviews on the blog. I'll try that this week.

Thank You For Smoking: An amusing movie that looks into the mind of a lobbyist for the tobacco industry. Aaron Eckhart plays Nick Naylor, who seems to undertake the defense of cigarette manufacturers as much for the challenge as for the paycheck. As the movie progresses he puts his talents for debate and persuasion to myriad uses, and trains his son in the arts of oratory. Meanwhile, William H. Macy does a terrific job (as usual) playing a Vermont senator pushing anti-tobacco legislation. Sam Elliott has a small role as the original Marlboro Man. Also, Katie Holmes is hot. The movie is pretty funny throughout and, refreshingly, doesn't moralize. There are a couple strikes against it: the use of voice-over was excessive, and the eloquence of the younger Naylor was extremely hard to believe. But overall it was a fun movie. Rating: 3.5/5

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones: Karen O, the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, seems a lot calmer on this record. That's unfortunate, because the best part of Fever To Tell was the intensity and versatility of her vocals, and that's not nearly as prevalent on the latest release. As consolation, Nick Zinner's guitar takes a larger role, and it's pretty good. However, the album doesn't have nearly the punch that Fever To Tell did. I like "Gold Lion" and "Cheated Hearts", but "Dudley" is sort of annoying. It's my opinion that the band should wait until Karen O has more angst in her life before recording the next album. Rating: 3/5.

Tags: Movies, Music, Open Thread

Re: Thank You For Smoking, I agree wholeheartedly about the kid. Some very special screen kids have the ability to say lines above their age level and make it seem like they believe it wholeheartedly and understand it. Haley Joel Osmont was like the king of this. This kid just didn't have it.

Also, I think Rob Lowe deserves a mention. Honestly he may steal the show for me. I just thought he was absolutely hilarious. But this may be more of an entertainment industry inside joke.

Regarding Katie Holmes, IMHO she is not good-looking and a terrible actor. Though to be fair the former is a subjective opinion, the latter I remain firm on.

Posted by: Josh | April 18, 2006 3:21 PM

Yeah, I should have mentioned Rob Lowe. And I agree about Katie Holmes' acting ability, but she's still hot.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 18, 2006 3:32 PM

"The great state of Vermont will not apologize for its cheese."

William H. Macy is on my short list of awesome actors. (And I need to make that post about short-listed actors and actresses...)

Oh yeah, and "Rock on, Kennedy!"

There are other awesome lines, but those two are my favorites.

Posted by: Mason | April 18, 2006 3:43 PM

Katie Holmes is plenty hot, and I'm quite firm on that matter, Josh. Who needs talent with fabulous breasts? It'd only distract.

Yeah, Rob Lowe was hilarious. His assistant too, to a lesser extent.

I agree about the kid, but I was able to gloss over it for the most part, dunno why (see, a lot of things I'm normally nitpicky about just haven't been bothering me as much lately. Wonder why? Apathy Power Go?). I thought he did a great job when he wasn't talking...

Posted by: Lemming | April 19, 2006 3:06 PM

I really liked the assistant's line about "Asian shit" (and also the comment about the sand not raking itself...) and the character that continually amused me (besides Macy and the lead) was the gun lobbyist.

Posted by: Mason | April 19, 2006 4:20 PM

Nice breasts she may have, but the Porky Pig nose and the teeth that were done by a renegade, unlicensed British dentist are but two of the reasons I can't tolerate that woman's looks. If you want to know what Katie Holmes would look like if she was good looking, look up Charlotte on Sex and the City and you'd have it. For looks, I highly prefer Maria Bello, though her role in Thank You For Smoking wasn't aimed to be token-hottie-with-nothing-else-to-contribute. Which is probably also why I like her more.

Posted by: Josh | April 19, 2006 7:11 PM
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