What I've been listening to, apparently

I listened to my "Top 25 Most Played" list on the iPod recently. The current list is kind of interesting (to me), so here it is:
  1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
  2. In da Club - 50 Cent
  3. If You Love Me - Brownstone
  4. Crazy in Love - Beyoncé (this is the one Beyonce song I like; I didn't at first--it's grown on me)
  5. This Love - Maroon 5
  6. Let Me Talk to You Prelude/My Love - Justin Timberlake
  7. No Woman No Cry (Live) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  8. Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
  9. Buttons - The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg
  10. Outstanding - The Gap Band (this is my favorite song of all time--so why is it all the way down at #10?)
  11. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado
  12. Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson
  13. Gold Digger - Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (this is the one Kanye West song I like -- well, one of two--I do like his new one, "Stronger.")
  14. Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  15. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus & Chaka Khan
  16. Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band
  17. Hot in Herre - Nelly (I've never tired of this song. I wonder why--it certainly received enough play to make me tired of it!)
  18. Seasons Change - Corinne Bailey Rae
  19. Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
  20. Like A Star - Corinne Bailey Rae (CRB)
  21. Enchantment - CRB
  22. Put Your Records - CRB
  23. Butterfly - CRB
  24. Choux Pastry Heart - CRB (Hmmm...seems I've listened to this album a few times...)
  25. Hey Baby - No Doubt (Not my favorite song of theirs--I think this comes up because it's part of a mix I did for Debbie that I play a lot.)

So, those are the 25 Most Played since I've had my iPod--I think it's been about 18 months now. I'm about to reset the counter, so we'll see how the list looks in a few months. What are you fellow iPod'ers listening to?


Gone Baby Gone

Debbie and I went to see Gone Baby Gone over the weekend. I loved it; Debbie thought the story had holes. I've always liked Casey Affleck, going back to his tiny role in Good Will Hunting, and I thought he was fantastic in this movie. He plays a private detective hired to find a missing little girl. Whenever he was in a scene, I couldn't keep my eyes off him. I loved his steadfastedness (?!) and unflinching persona. I also think Ben Affleck did an admirable job in directing the movie. The pacing was good and the scenes were shot well. I'm looking forward to reading the book some day.


This is cool!

My mom sent this to me. I love it! Just click the graphic in the center, click "Play," and then move your mouse pointer out of the way. Enjoy!

Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART


George Clooney as Michael Clayton

I went to see Michael Clayton over the weekend, and while I thought it was good, I did find myself wondering, what's all the fuss I've been hearing? There are a couple of scenes in the movie that I thought were fantastic--one dealing with the death of Tom Wilkinson's character, and the other between George Clooney and Tilda Swinton at the finale, but the rest of the movie...eh.

The performances were terrific, and it was very well directed. I think the pacing of the plot is what troubled me, and I found myself fidgeting throughout. I was confused for the first 20 minutes as I tried to figure out exactly what Michael Clayton does. He's presented as a "fixer" -- someone who fixes the problems facing a mega-law firm. As one review I read pointed out, however, he's "a fixer whom we never see fix anything." I think that's what bothered me. I wasn't thoroughly engrossed like so many of the movie critics seem to have been.

I perused the reviews on RottenTomatoes.com and found only one critic (Erik Childress from EFilmCritic.com) who expressed my thoughts about the movie. Eveyrone else is enthralled. I feel like I need to see it again to figure out what I missed. In fact, I think that's what I'll do--Roger Ebert said, "I've seen it twice, and the second time, knowing everything that would happen, I found it just as fascinating because of how well it was all shown happening."

Hmmm...it was a 10:30pm showing...maybe I was just tired.


New shows update

So, the new TV season is in full swing, and I've made some adjustments to Tivo since I created my original viewing schedule.

Chuck - it's a fun show to watch and I really like the lead actor. (Sorry--no time to look up his name.)

Bionic Woman - again, a fun show to watch. I've only seen the first episode so far, but it was enough to convince me to keep this in the line up.

Dirty, Sexy Money - my favorite of the new season. Peter Krause is great and I'm so glad he's back on TV again.

Life - this wasn't on the original line up, but I decided to check it out after seeing the commercials. I love it. In case you don't know, it's about a cop who was wrongly convicted of murder and served 12 years in prison. When he's exonerated, he goes back to being a detective with some unconventional Zen methods for solving crimes (he studied Zen while in prison). He's also trying to solve his own case: who framed him for murder. It's a great show.

Jury's Still Out
Aliens in America - about a family who takes in an exchange student from Pakistan. I've got mixed feelings about this one--at times, it's completely offensive and relies too much on stereotypes, but at other times, it's funny, and well-written. I'll give it a few more weeks before I make a decision.

Big Shots - This is the one with the eye candy, Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott. I've only seen the first episode so far, and it wasn't great. However, I was intrigued by the sexual tension between Nia Long and Michael Vartan. We'll see.

Pushing Daisies - This also wasn't on my original schedule, but again, was pulled in by the advertisements. I thought it was very charming, but like my friend Jeanene said, I worry that it might be *too* cutesy, and it could get old. I hope not. The show is beautiful to watch--very colorful, like Ugly Betty, and the lead actors are wonderful. Again, we'll see.

Back to You - Kelsey Grammar's show. Ugh. I hate it. There's too much canned laughter and the jokes just aren't that funny. Then, when they do have a joke that is funny, they run it into the ground. No me gusta.

Private Practice - This is the spin-off from Grey's. I really wanted to like it, but just don't. I watched the second episode this evening, and stopped after about 45 minutes. Even though I like all of the actors, the characters just don't resonate with me and I find it boring. Oh well...

And finally, another plug for my favorite show on TV right now: Friday Night Lights was in fine form in its season opener. I simply adore this show. Please start watching if you haven't already! :o)


Can't judge a book by its cover

My mom sent me this email today--I figure it's worth sharing here.
This is a story about a guy, who like most of us, sometimes questions his existence, measuring himself to others, not believing enough in his abilities or his worth.

Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, a stage that took him to a place beyond his self imposed prison.

Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see wha t they're thinking as they pre-judge this guy based on his looks and the fact that he's a cell phone salesman.

Maybe this guy stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion.

Someone hand me a hanky please....


Thoughts on Feast of Love and other things

I saw Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear in Feast of Love on Saturday. I really wanted to like this movie--I love those actors--but realized when it was over, that I wasn't satisfied, and I couldn't figure out why. The performances in it were fine. The story is fine. I think the problem was with the direction, editing, and cinematography. The movie was jumpy, choppy, and dark. There was too much blue in the picture, when there didn't need to be. It was sort of depressing, even though, it ultimately had a hopeful ending. I saw Richard Roeper talking about this, and the guest host, Robert Wilonsky from The Village Voice pointed out that the movie is based on a very complex book. I think that helped explain the problem--they tried so hard to show how the various stories and characters related, but there was too much material. I'll have to check out the book some day.


I recorded the Today Show this morning so I could watch a segment about strange and exotic (read: gross) foods. Along with this, I got to see Anne Curry interview Jenna Bush. OH JEEZ. Why on earth would they give Anne such a big interview? Apparently, this was Jenna's first TV interview ever, and they left it to Anne?! She's the worst. She talked to Jenna like Jenna was five-years-old. The WHOLE time. Plus, Anne gets all flustered and babbles on and on. The only interviews I see her do that are decent, are when she's interviewing little children. They should just leave her to that, and leave the big interviews to Matt and Meredith. Ay yi yi.

Anyway, Jenna's new book sounds really interesting. It's about her experiences working with children with HIV/AIDS while she was volunteering with UNICEF.


After week one of the new TV season, my favorite new show so far is Dirty, Sexy Money. And my favorite opener of shows I already watch was The Office. FUNNY. I also loved Ugly Betty. And I know I mentioned it before, but Curb Your Enthusiasm is really, really funny this season.