I found a new FNL fan!

I found out that my friend Mark has been watching Friday Night Lights on hulu.com and has become addicted. He said he remembered from my blog that I'm a fan.

He wrote: This is a really great show. I'm addicted and can't stop watching. Also, I crack up every time the coach calls Landry "Lance.

I wrote back: This year, the new season is running on DirecTV only. It'll air in reruns starting in February. I'm so annoyed by this. I'm glad to know the shows are on Hulu--I'll have to check them out. I love Landry! He cracks me up. I also love Matt Saracen. The coach and his wife are perfectly matched...great casting!

And Mark wrote: You're right about the casting. Just about every single character is really complicated, likable but with faults. Landry is great--one of my favorites. I also like Tim Riggins and Smash--but I want to knock some sense into them sometimes. Coach and his wife are excellent, their daughter too. They really feel like a family. Even Buddy Garrity is likable and complex. And the assistant coach, Mac just seems like a real guy. I think my least favorite characters are Jason Street and Lyla Garrity. They both annoy me a little.

I must admit that I do feel proud that I might have had a *little* part in getting a new fan for this great show. I'm still annoyed about the DirecTV thing, but I'll deal with it. Oh, and Mark's right about Jason and Lyla--they are annoying, but I liked them better in the 2nd season.

It looks like they've got all the shows from the first two seasons on Hulu, so please, check them out!


Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Over the weekend, I went with Debbie and our friend, L, to see Woody Allen's newest movie. We all really enjoyed it. I think Deb and I enjoyed it all the more because in scene after scene we were able to remember all we'd done when we were in Barcelona earlier this year. Vicky and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, respectively, travel to Barcelona for the summer and get involved with Javier Bardem (man, he's sexy in this movie) and his ex-wife played by Penélope Cruz. All of the actors gave great performances, but Javier and Penélope were fantastic. There's a scene where they're arguing en español that was so passionate and heartfelt, it kind of took my breath away.

Our friend sat in between us, and before the movie started, she asked if Debbie and I wanted to sit next to each other to compare notes. We declined, and good thing because we would've become two of the people I detest most: those who talk throughout a movie.

Just like he's done with Manhattan over and over again, Woody Allen really showcased Barcelona in each scene. Every time a different locale was featured, I'd think to my self, we were there!

Web work at entrance to La Pedrera

And there!

Dragon @ Parc Güell

We were standing RIGHT THERE!

Parc Güell

Yeah, we would've driven L crazy.


America the Beautiful

I read about this documentary on Kerri Arista's blog the other day, and when I searched for more info, I discovered that there was a screening in DC tonight (Sept 10), with a Q&A period with the filmmaker, Darryl Roberts, to follow.

I just got back and am so glad I went. The movie is about America's obsession with beauty and how it's affecting women and young girls' self esteem. It was very thought provoking, and as one member of the audience commented, it should be required viewing for girls in junior high. The filmmaker said that after its run in theaters, he does plan to get an education distributor.

Just a note: he won't send it into schools until the movie's out of theaters because right now the movie is rated R due to a hilarious, but crude, comment made by Eve (The Vagina Monologues) Ensler in the middle of the movie. He didn't want to pull the comment because it was actually an empowering statement for a woman to say. He got big applause for that.

The movie screening was hosted by the Eating Disorders Coalition. In response to a question from the audience, the group's President said that anorexia and bulimia statistics are on the rise in young men and women over 50. That's so sad--it really is affecting everyone.

The movie could probably use a little more editing, but I think it's worth seeing. If you live in the DC area, it's going to be showing at the Union Station theater starting September 26. (That's an unfortunate choice of theater, but if they get a good run, maybe they'll open it wider.)


2008 TV Season

It's become an annual ritual: I get my Fall TV issue of Entertainment Weekly, read about all the shows, and then map out what I'm going watch. Here's my schedule for 2008.

(Click on the graphic for a larger view.)

  • I'm so disappointed about what they're doing with Friday Night Lights. DirecTV has an exclusive deal to air 13 episodes begining in October. NBC will then air the season in February 2009. So, if I'm either forced to order DirecTV to see my favorite show, or I have to wait several months after it's already aired. Who made this brilliant decision?! I'm still trying to figure out if I'll be able to watch it online, but haven't seen anything yet. I suspect if that option is available, I'll probably have to pay for it. We'll see.

  • I put Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on the schedule, but only plan to watch the first two weeks--that's when the show about the family from Gaithersburg, MD will air.

  • True Blood, a vampire series on HBO looks interesting--I'll watch it a week or two and see if I want to continue. Ditto for My Own Worst Enemy on NBC> I'm only giving that a chance because I've always been a big fan of Christian Slater.

  • I watched the first episode of Stephen Bochco's Raising the Bar last week. It was okay. The stories were okay, and the performances were okay. I was distracted by all the stylizing though--every time the scene changes, there's a graphic effect that I find annoying and distracting. I like the cast, so I'll watch it another couple of times and then decide whether to stick with it.

    Can you believe this: is Zack from Saved by the Bell?!
    Dude. What's with the hair?

  • I'm also going to try The Mentalist simply because Simon Baker's in it. I'm worried that it's too much like Psych though.

  • Gary Unmarried had a funny commercial running during the Olympics, so I'll give this a try or two also. I like Jay Mohr.

  • Do Not Disturb looks ridiculously silly, but I like Jerry O'Connell, and it's directed by Jason Bateman, so there you go.

  • I'm looking forward to Kath & Kim with Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. Also on Thursday night, I included 30 Rock. I've tried this show several times, and want to like it, but I can never get into it. Alec Baldwin was on 60 Minutes as I was doing my schedule--and truth be told, the clips they showed of him were funny, so I decided to try ONE MORE TIME.

  • Like so many other shows, Life on Mars is a remake of a British show. I never got to see it on BBCA, so I'd like to see this version.

  • I kinda like the premise of The Ex-List--a woman meets a fortune teller who says the woman has already met and dated the man of her life. She then goes on a quest to find him. What I don't like is that it stars Elizabeth Reaser, who played Rebecca on Grey's Anatomy--I just don't care for her, but maybe she'll be okay in this new show. We'll see.

  • Really looking forward to the return of Life, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money, my favorite new shows from last year.
OK, I guess that's it. Happy TV watching!!


You gotta have a plan

I spent Labor Day weekend in Omaha, NE visiting family. My dad and I had a talk with my 9-year-old cousin, C, about what he wants to be when he grows up. He told us that he wants to be an actor, a football player, a basketball player and a soccer player. My dad asked how he was going to do all that. His response:
Well, first I'll be an actor. And then I'll retire. Then, I'll play football. After that, I'll retire, and then I'll play basketball. Then I'll retire from that and play soccer. And then I'll retire.

DAD: So how old will you be when you're done with all that?

C: Umm....um...let's see.....I'll be around twenty-six.

He's going to have quite a life! (By the way, after all that, C will then become a doctor.)

In other news, my aunts from NYC were also in Omaha to visit. They stayed at my grandmother's house and we went over to watch Barack Obama's speech on Thursday night. My dad left soon after the speech and Debbie and I stayed to chit chat. All of a sudden, SOMETHING came flying into the room. I jumped up and screamed, WHAT IN THE HELL WAS THAT?!?! and ran into the kitchen. We were all screaming and going crazy. Debbie was holding a pillow over her head, for fear it'd fly onto her head. The thing just kept flying back and forth, back and forth. Finally, it went into the foyer area, and my aunt went to open the front door, hoping it'd fly out. It didn't. It went upstairs.

Oh. My. God.

We called my dad to see if he'd come back over to take care of the situation, but he was already in bed, and basically told us too bad. We settled down, and talked about what to do if it came back. Debbie suggested that we should remain calm and quiet--she thought our screaming is what made it fly back and forth so frantically. I told my aunts that if I were them, I'd sleep downstairs...there's no way in hell I'd go upstairs not knowing where that thing is.

Our hearts started beating normally and we got back to the gossip. About and hour later, here it comes again! Again, I was screaming like a maniac. Debbie kept telling me to be quiet. I tried, but every time it came near me, I screamed again--I couldn't help it! Finally, it went back to the foyer, my aunt opened the door again, but again, the thing flew upstairs. Wethey could see it flying back and forth in the bathroom at the top of the stairs. [I had no desire to see it again.] Debbie then came up with the idea to turn off the lights in the foyer, and she went outside with a flashlight, hoping the thing would be attracted to the light like bugs are. Sure enough....it flew right down the stairs and out the door. Yay Debbie!

I keep referring to it as a "thing" because we just don't know if it was a bird or a bat. It was flying so fast, we could never see its face or body that clearly. Most of my screaming was because I thought it was a bat and I want nothing to do with those creatures. I remember many years ago National Geographic ran a story about bats. There was a centerfold that showed the faces of at least 20 different species of bats. I couldn't even look at it--it made me feel sick to my stomach.


Anyway, fun times in Omaha!