Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jack: "When did we stop giving children cigarettes? It's the liberal war on Leap Day. "
Kenneth to Jack, seeing his daughter in the future, who was working at Habitat for Humanity: "She started experimenting in liberalism."
Friday, February 24, 2012
Uff! What a bad year for movies. I complain about this a lot, but truly, this year was not good. I can't even decide which to put at the top, so I'm just going to make a list in no particular order.
- Win Win
- Crazy Stupid Love (minus all the parts with the stupid babysitter and ridiculous teen-age son)
- The Artist
- Tree of Life
- The Help
- Martha Marcy May Marlene
Biggest disappointment: The Descendants (I know I'm alone in this, and I'm okay with it.)Another disappointment, but not a big one: The Muppets (I so wanted to love this movie, but it was just okay.)
Biggest surprise: The Artist (see previous post)
Best Actor: the guy from A Better Life.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Iron Lady)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginnings) / Ryan Gosling (Stupid Crazy Love)
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (nominated for The Help but I liked her better in Tree of Life)
Best Director: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life)
Best Original Screenplay: Bridesmaids
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Best scenery in a movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Hey, I'm Swedish, what can I say?)
The good news is that Television had a great year
Best drama: Parenthood
Best comedy: 30 Rock
Best new discovery: Louie (also fits in best drama and best comedy categories )
Best return of a character: Mr. Cyr to ParenthoodWorst return of a character: Seth, off the wagon, to Parenthood
Best character on an increasingly disappointing show: Blaine on Glee
Bummer: No Mad Men in 2011
Best mini-series: Downton Abbey (love it, love it, love it!)
Most improved: Parks and Recreation
New shows to love: Suburgatory, Happy Endings, New Girl
Still the best 22 minutes of each day, Monday-Thursday: The Daily Show________________________
As usual, I'm pretty much in the dark about new and/or popular music. But...
Adele, 21 -- totally jumped on the bandwagon with this one.
The only other CDs I got this year were Foo Fighters (thumbs up) and Beastie Boys (thumbs down -- no offense Estee)
Best concert -- Foo Fighters at Meadowlands & Prudential Center (Newark NJ)
Concerts to recapture my youth -- RUSH at MSG, Duran Duran at MSG
the only other concerts I saw -- Maroon 5 at Jones Beach and Bon Jovi at MSG
The Book of Mormon -- yes, I saw it. yes, I loved it. I wish I could link a video to this song, but there is only the song.
Best Books I read this year
(two memoirs, but very different): Say Her Name-- Francisco Goldman
Bossypants -- Tina Fey
Fiction: The Ghost Writer ( I know I'm not supposed to like Philip Roth, but I so do)
- My tour of Scandinavia. So many wonderful memories of Norway and I am now able to forget all the bad stuff. I loved seeing Sweden, the land of my peeps, and Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the coolest cities. I hope to return soon (the plan is 2013).
- Also, I hate to say it, but I'm a convert. My iPhone has changed my life. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but I love it.
- Discovering podcasts.
- Having two wonderful sisters help me through the hardest thing I've done in my life.
- Reunions with mission friends. 1) my two favorite comps, Anne Lise & Sara in San Diego and 2) Jeremy, Pete, et al. in Utah. 3) Bowcutt in Bergen.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Liz to Jack: "Am I the last one in this city still following the rules of being a person?"
Jack, explaining why he was wearing a tuxedo to work after getting mugged: "The mugger took my cuff links. All I have here are tuxedo cuff links and I'm not about the wear them with a suit... and... look like an idiot."
Jack to Liz, after throwing her into the garbage: "You're the only woman I could fight to regain my manhood."
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Jack in his tape on negotiating skills: "No one has won a land war in Russia. Not Napoleon, not Hitler. Not even Balki in the unaired ninth season of 'Perfect Strangers.'"
Liz: "You didn't realize that emotion could be a weapon? Have you not read the poetry of Jewel?"