11.28.2009

Weekend doings

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had a quiet day with my parents and sister. We did a potluck at my house. Mom and Dad brought the bird and gravy (and excellent potato rolls that my mom makes each year). One year I'll tackle a bird, but I didn't feel ready yet this year.

I'm sure I've mentioned before that every Thanksgiving I watch Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr., and Pieces of April with Katie Holmes & Patricia Clarkson. These are two great Thanksgiving movies following dysfunctional families. Watching these makes me realize how grateful I am to have a "normal" family. We don't argue with each other--well, my sister and I might have a tiff here and there, but they usually don't last long--and we genuinely get along with each other. I know I'm lucky and this is probably not the norm. It's nice.

On Saturday, I finally went to see Precious. As most critics have said, the performances in this movie were fantastic. The movie has some difficult themes, but I didn't find it as difficult to watch as I did to read the book it's based on, Push by Sapphire. ***I don't think this is a spoiler, but I'm giving heads up that I'm about to talk about the plot. The book goes into much more graphic detail of the abuse Precious falls victim too. That's the hard part. On the other hand, it also goes into much more detail about her journey in school and beyond, so in the book, I felt a little more connected to Precious and what she was doing. I guess she felt more like a real person as I was reading the book, and more a character when I saw the movie.End possible spoiler.***

On a happier note, I'm still loving the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys performance from the American Music Awards last week. My sister and I showed it to my parents on Thanksgiving and my dad immediately said, "Play that again." He had the same reaction I did--he really enjoyed the shots of the audience. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. The lead singer from Green Day looks a little perplexed, though. My sister said that maybe he was contemplating a joint venture with Jay-Z. Umm...doubtful, but sure, let's go with that. I love the arrangement and all the pianos on stage. Nicely done. Anyway, here it is in case you missed it:

11.23.2009

American Music Awards Round Up

The AMAs were on last night. I thought about doing a blow-by-blow post, but I watched Amazing Race, instead (go Globetrotters!), and then caught up on the AMAs on Tivo. This is a great way to watch becasue you can fast forward through what you don't want to see (Perez Hilton, or Taylor Swift's 4th acceptance speech) and watch and rewatch and rewatch what you DO want to see (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performance of "Empire State of Mind.") Oh, and did J-Lo fall?! Yep, she sure did! Thanks Instant Replay!

So, as I hinted above, my favorite performance was Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. My sister has been singing, "New York...New York...New York" for a couple of weeks now, but somehow, her version just didn't do it for me. The live version on the AMAs was fantastic.

I also enjoyed Janet Jackson's lip-synced intro, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, and though I didn't care much for the song she sang, it was great to see Whitney Houston back in the limelight. She looked amazing in her slinky white dress.

There wasn't anything I particularly hated. Lady Gaga and Eminem didn't do much for me, but I also didn't fast forward through them. I even enjoyed Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, and I am the furthest thing from a country fan that you'll ever find.

And THEN we get to Adam Lambert. I was shocked at his performance last night which involved S&M costumes, simulated oral sex and a male-male kiss. But, I wasn't shocked in a "eww, that's gross" kind of way--I was more shocked in a "oh my god, i can't believe he did that!" kind of way. I think there's a difference. In other words, I wasn't disgusted like many people on Twitter seemed to be, but I was surprised. And highly amused. I also watched this one a couple of times.

I read on RollingStone.com that there was discussion on whether any of Adam's performance would be censored for the West Coast viewing. I think Adam made a very valid point in that he didn't do anything different than what Madonna or Britney have done in the past, and they weren't censored. Touché. For what it's worth, it seems the West Coast got to see the kiss, but not the simulated oral sex. I guess that's a fair compromise. It was pretty raunchy after all. [Oohh...just read on RS that the West Coast also didn't get to see J-Lo's fall...intersting!]

In other news, am I the only person watching the show Trauma on NBC? I watch this show, and I *think* I enjoy it, but honestly, I sometimes feel it's going to put me into some sort of trauma.

The show is about an ambulance rescue squad in San Francisco. Any time the scene cuts to new characters you haven't seen before, you know that something HORRIBLE is about to happen to them. The anticiaption of this trauma makes my heart beat faster. It's like hearing the ominous music in a horror film.

Last week, they showed a group of co-eds playing softball. The male pitcher was taunting the female batter, who wasn't very good. She got two strikes, and then the guy taunted her even more--he was really obnoxious. He pitches the ball, she slams it straight to his forehead! Another time, a kid and his mom were at a flea market. They separated while the kid looked at one stand, and the mom looked at another. Suddenly, a car comes ploughing through--kid is spared, mom is seriously injured. Oh! And one time, a guy was arguing with a contractor about work being done on his house. They were both standing on scaffolding, and suddenly the homeowner loses his balance, falls 10-15 feet to the ground. He lands on his back and with some sort of metal pole piercing his chest. Man--that one was really bad.

Anyway, I know this is done up for TV, but I can only imagine what rescue squads really see on a day-to-day basis. I don't think know I couldn't handle it. I really like one of the main characters "Rabbit" -- he's a helicopter rescuer who's a rebel, yet has a good heart. I also like the comraderie between Derek Luke's character and his partner who is played by the guy from Friday Night Lights who was in the wheelchair and became friends/roommates with the injured quarterback. (Apparently, I can't be bothered today to look these things up--sorry about that!)

And finally, the Curb Your Enthusiasm season finale was on last night. In case you hadn't heard, the cast of Seinfeld was featured this season. The storyline was that they were back together to film a reunion show to make up for the bad series ending. It was well done and fun to see that group together again. Try to catch it (and last week's show, if you can) on HBO's On Demand.

Ciao for now.

11.20.2009

Liberty and justice for all.

I'm pretty impressed with this kid.

If I were still in school, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have the guts to take such a stance. I agree with this kid 100%. I like his dad too.



I am NOT impressed with the interviewer who actually asked the question, "What is a 'gay-wad'?" Good grief.

11.12.2009

More excuses

Seems like every time I'm posting something, I have to first apologize for the length of time between posts. Sorry! This time my excuse is that my mom, sister and I threw a surprise birthday party for my dad last Saturday for his 70th birthday. I was consumed with preparation for that for two weeks before, and during this week since, I've been catching up on Tivo so I'll have something to post about. In any case, I'm thrilled to report that the party was a HUGE success. Whew--what a relief!

I'm two weeks behind on SYTYCD and you know what? I don't really care. My sister and I were talking about how it's just too soon for another season, and we've both considered dropping it. BUT...I was impressed with the talent of the top 20 and do want to see how they do. I'll catch up this weekend.

Glee and Modern Family are still my favorite new shows, and I'll probably add White Collar to that list, which is on USA and is a lot of fun.

Mad Men's season finale was fantastic. It's like they ended a chapter and will be starting a brand new chapter next season.

I'm off work tomorrow and am going to see Precious. I was also off today and wanted to see it, but it turns out it's not opening in the DC area until tomorrow. Oh well. I'm really looking forward to it.

Not much else to report. I'll get back to SYTYCD after I catch up this weekend.