Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
And I don't care if my ears are cold!
Me and some people I know, all but one from Deloitte.
An eagle I saw.
Me and some Ivey girls.
Me and one of my exchange buddies, Julie from France.
Me and my bff/sister, Luke (he loves it when I call him that).
I think I'll be one of those impatient parents who eventually resorts to beating the crap out of her kids with a wooden spoon to get them to behave. I think something on my list of "husband requirements" should be someone who can prevent me from doing this!
I am a person that doesn't like being told what to do, ever. Just on principle. I could agree 100% that what you are telling me to do is something that I should be doing (or even want to be doing!), but by telling me to do it you just made me 50% less likely to enjoy it. Or more. I am the boss of me, not you!
I don't care if you're older than me, responsible for me, in charge of me at work, or gave birth to me - at the end of the day we all have just as much right to be on this planet and to make whatever choices we deem appropriate. So leave me alone and maybe I'll do what you want anyways. And chances are you could probably just do it yourself!
I thought I was done there but I'm going to continue with a sidebar. Sidebar: this doesn't mean I wouldn't love to help you, with almost whatever you need. Just don't make it an order, or ask in a condescending way. Bad #1: "Time to take out the garbage, Tammy!" Bad #2: "Well don't you think you should help with the dishes? It would be a nice thing to do. That's a good girl." Good: "Hey, I was wondering if you could help me bring in these boxes? They're super heavy and my back is killing me."
My grandmother is, like most old people, notorious for the second one. And it kills me because I love to help her with things because she's old, but asking that way makes me really not want to.
My mother is bad at framing her question like #3 but making it sound so fake and condescending that it has the same effect as my grandmother. I don't want your brownie points, Mommy! [Still love you, for the record.]
Matt tends to just tell me what to do, but he always appreciates my help in a "partner" type of way, not a "brownie points" kind of way ... so that makes me more eager to help him, even when he doesn't give me the option of saying no!
There's probably a handful of others I'm forgetting at the moment, but still - what a terrible decade! Thankfully everything else was great.
- Fresh Prince of Bel Air opening credits (I can still do the entire thing)
- Leggings, the first time
- Babysitter Club, Goosebumps
- Saturday morning TV that was actually good
- Side ponytails and scrunchies
- Power Rangers, Care Bears, Saved by the Bell, 90210, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Ghostwriter, The Secret Life of Alex Mac, Pinky and the Brain, Ninja Turtles
- Talk to the hand
- Slap bracelets
- The Macarena
- Stickers worn on your face as makeup (I swear this wasn't just me)
- The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
- Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
- Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A Murder is Announced, Agatha Christie
- Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie
- A Holiday for Murder, Agatha Christie
- Watchmen, Alan Moore
- The Mysterious Mr. Quin, Agatha Christie
- Freakonomics, Levitt & Dubner
- Battle Royale, Koushun Takami
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 2, Alan Moore
- Shopaholic and Sister, Sophie Kinsella
- The Shadow Of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Curtain, Agatha Christie
- The Physics of Superheroes, James Kakalios
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I will never marry a man whose idea of the perfect wedding song is Amazed by Lonestar, Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith, or pretty much any song by Celine Dion. That is just not the boy for me. Not that I'm not willing to compromise... actually it's true, I'm not. That's kinda the whole point of this series. Anyways!
I could go haunting indie, like the Lassie Foundation's El Rey (which I've uploaded here for your amusement if you so choose) or Girls by Death in Vegas (which you can watch here, whilst trying not to look at the images). Both are simple but effective, I think.
Or perhaps more straightforward with a bit of edge like Killing Me Softly, or Lovers in a Dangerous Time.
There's the possibility of just going with one of our/my favorite songs, like Layla or In Your Eyes. Both of which must be played at some point, really.
Finally, there's always the downright odd: White Wedding or About a Girl (Nirvana).
There's a decent list here from which I drew some of my samples (I don't normally think about these things, I promise - I'm not that kinda girl). But it really bugs me that it includes U2's One, which is so clearly not a love song at all.
- Sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub from Subway
- Buffalo chicken wrap from The Wave
- California sushi rolls
- Soft tacos supreme from Taco Bell
- Milk (1 %)
- Cheeseburger from McDonalds
- Classic single with cheese from Wendy's
- Apple strudel from Montana's
- Buffalo style chicken fingers from Jack Astor's
- Garlic bread from East Side Mario's
- Subway cookies
- Movie theatre popcorn
- Apple juice
I'm either ashamed or proud to admit that I really enjoy all 5 books in the Vinyl Cafe series. Actually I think I've only read 3.5. They read so fluidly that, despite not being about anything more exciting than every-day life, the pages cannot be turned fast enough.
There's just something about these quirky, small town Canada, slices of life. They feel real, like a number of the tales could have actually happened to you, or someone you know. And they often harken back to pleasant childhood memories, told so vividly you can smell the apple pie.
They also inspire you to live life to the fullest. For example, in the latest installment that I'm reading now, Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe, there's a chapter where Stephanie, the main character's daughter of around my age, goes tree planting for 6 weeks. Stuart McLean spares nothing when recounting how grueling and awful a job this must be. Early morning wake-ups, sleeping in tents, working in rain or snow, bleeding hands, flies flies and more flies. But Stephanie persists to the goal of planting 2500 trees a day, because that's what the "lifers" can do and she knows that she should be capable of it too. The problem is that even working hard all day, she averages about 500. Anyways she eventually succeeds, blah blah. I want to plant trees! (kind of). There's also a hilarious chapter on practical jokes of the extreme variety (think: better than Punk'd), which makes me want to put more effort into stuff like.
The funny part is that it never reads sappy or preachy. Really they're uplifting, feel good, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Highlighted passages (from the latest book, otherwise I'd obviously include the infamous turkey):
If you asked either of them, neither Kenny nor Dave could tell you exactly when this April Fool's business began. But they would tell you that one April, Dave got into Kenny's cafe in the middle of the night and replaced the gravy powder Kenny uses for poutine and hot turkey sandwiches with chocolate pudding mix. No one in the kitchen noticed anything until the cook splattered some of the chocolate gravy on the rim of a plate, wiped it with his thumb and then absentmindedly brought his thumb to his mouth. That wasn't until late in the afternoon.
As soon as he could, Kenny rewound his cash-register tape and found, to his horror, that they had already sold seven hot chocolate-turkey sandwiches. The disturbing part was that no one had complained.
Specimen B (wherein Sam joins the field hockey team):
For the first half an hour they did calisthenics. Coach walked among them and shouted encouragement. "Come on, Lee... lift those legs. Faster, Pat. You can do it. That's the spirit ... Samantha."
Samantha? Sam hadn't realized this was a coed team. He tried to spot the girl, Samantha, but because everyone was wearing helmets, he found it impossible.
It took about half an hour before the truth dawned on Sam. The coach was looking directly at him every time she had something to say to Samantha. Chris was wearing a pink T-shirt. Pat's blond hair was held back in a scrunchie. And Lee seemed to be wearing a sports bra.
And it was "Erin," the coach kept calling, not "Aaron."
"Uh-oh," said Sam under his breath.
His suspicions were confirmed at the end of practice when Coach lined the team up and handed out the team uniforms.
It was Sam's first-ever skirt.
This is part one in an ongoing series of entries that could, as Matt would attest, be unlimited in length.
I will never marry a man that, while undertaking his morning bathroom activities, turns the faucet on the highest level of blasting power and leaves it as such for the entire duration of said activities.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
But I think there's also something about the fact that it's 6 hours ... it's like climbing Everest and getting bored when you can still see base camp.
Anyways it couldn't be during school because of my silly laptop, and it couldn't be on a weekday at work, so probably a Sunday sometime in the summer would be best. It would certainly mean an early bedtime!
Avg. # of posts per day since inception:
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Correct answer: Kimota, 1 pt.
2. Bull Durham - advice given by Kevin Costner's character.
Correct answer: Kimota, 2 pts.
3. Hook - Peter Pan (Robin Williams) to Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts).
Correct answer: no one!
4. Scream - killer to Sidney Prescott (not Sid Vicious) when she declares that he watched too many movies. PS. Best movie ever.
Correct answer: no one! Come on people this was easy.
5. Lost in Translation - Charlotte's photographer husband says this to Charlotte, commenting on her judgmental nature.
Correct answer: no one! But this was probably the hardest of the bunch.
6. Princess Bride - Inigo Montoya obviously, to the 6 fingered man.
Correct answer: Kimota, 1 pt. CJG got in a bit too late.
7. The Departed - Billy Costigan (Dicaprio) to Costello (Nicholson) about what he'll do to him if he keeps questioning his loyalty.
Correct answer: Kimota, 2 pts.
8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Joel, commenting on sand...
Correct answer: Dan, 3 points.
9. Manhattan - one of Woody's most famous lines from any film.
Correct answer: Kimota, 1 pt.
10. American Beauty - Lester, being depressing as usual, on the day that he dies.
Correct answer: Jack, 2 pts.
Good job to everyone, especially Kimota, who picked up 7 blog points.
Friday, January 26, 2007
1. "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires!" [1 point]
2. "Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic." [2 points]
3. "You're a... you're a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don't know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you're a very nice tiny person and what am I saying, I don't know who my mother was; I'm an orphan and I've never done drugs because I missed the sixties, I was an accountant." [2 points]
4. "Now Sid, don't you blame the movies, movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!" [1 point]
5. "Why do you have to point out how stupid everyone is all the time?" [3 points]
6. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father prepare to die." [1 point]
7. "You accuse me once, I put up with it. You accuse me twice... I quit. You pressure me to fear for my life and I will put a fucking bullet in your head as if you were anybody else." [2 points]
8. "Sand is overrated. It's just tiny, little rocks." [3 points]
9. "I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics." [1 point]
10. "Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?" Well, that's true with every day except one: the day that you die." [2 points]
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
But really, it portrays the popular scene of high school quite accurately. Case in point: the resident dorky, smart, nice girl that is one of the most loveable characters (Andrea) has a crush on the main guy, Brandon (Jason Priestly, who used to be really cute, who knew). They consider going out once or twice, but for the most part he passes. She moves on, meets someone more like her at college, and eventually marries him in one of the show's later seasons. Most other programs would go with the more obvious, sappy, Hollywood ending.
Anyways, it makes me happy so be quiet.
In an act of bus karma, I was told on the very same ride that I looked like Marie Osmond. Dear old man, please keep your comments to yourself next time.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Snubbed for Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, for The Departed
As wonderfully callous and mercenary as Leonardo DiCaprio was in Blood Diamond, his turn in Martin Scorsese's Möbius-strip crime epic The Departed was even more remarkable. Watching his sublimely subtle performance as Billy Costigan, a morally conflicted young man who can only do right by doing wrong (infiltrating the South Boston mob), is like witnessing Greek drama. Call it Beantown Aeschylus.
Here, DiCaprio comes across as both cocky and cornered when going head-to-head with Jack Nicholson's twisted crime boss. ''Leo's face is like a battlefield of moral conflicts,'' says Scorsese. ''The pain that comes through his eyes, he's like a young Montgomery Clift or Paul Newman.'' —Chris Nashawaty
Snubbed for Best Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen
It's no mere awards-season hype to say that Sacha Baron Cohen's turn in the viciously satirical comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan stretches the boundaries of acting. Baron Cohen, 35, not only created the gleefully un-PC Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev but, in a feat of daring without precedent in a major Hollywood movie, he took his character out of the safe confines of fiction and inserted him into the real world. Whipping up a narrative on the fly out of encounters with unsuspecting Americans, Baron Cohen sustained his performance for hours on end, even when the cameras weren't running, improvising his way through unpredictable scenarios with no recourse to saying ''cut.''—Josh Rottenberg
Snubbed for Best Supporting Actor: Michael Sheen
Just so you know, Michael Sheen is not just a one-trick prime minister. While it's true that he has now portrayed British PM Tony Blair twice, the 37-year-old Welsh actor has also played Mozart, Romeo, and a werewolf king. The first time Sheen impersonated Blair was for the 2003 British TV movie The Deal. That film was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Frears, and when the two teamed up again for The Queen, they re-elected Sheen, who bears a passing resemblance to Blair but, more importantly, embodies the politician's commonality, charisma, and cunning. If it were a mere imitation, Sheen would not have scored so much recognition from critics groups, or held his own on screen with Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. —Steve Wulf
Snubbed for Best Director: Pedro Almodóvar
No other contemporary filmmaker captures women on screen quite like Pedro Almodóvar, a fact he proves again with Volver, his most female-centric work since 2000's Best Foreign Language Film winner All About My Mother. A tender homage to motherhood, Volver tells the story of a fiery young mother — played to earthy, sensual perfection by Penélope Cruz (pictured, with Almodóvar) — and her complicated relationships with her daughter, her sister, and her own mamá, who appears to be back from the dead. Drenched in typically Almodóvarian vibrant colors, the film balances comedy and tragedy, absurdity and melodrama. And the director never loses his footing — not even when Cruz's character wraps up a rueful memory of her mother with, of all things, a fart joke. —Missy Schwartz
[tammy]: If Babel wins best picture, I am gonna kill somebody.
- Does this mean Eddie Murphy is going to win Best Supporting since DGs is unlikely to get much other than Best Song? Cause that would be unfortunate.
- Yay for the Pan's love :)
- No Volver for Best Foreign Film? I'm thinking it might actually be because of the crazy, nonsensical rules for entry into that category.
- Having seen both, Leo was much better in The Departed.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
- I've decided I might as well just call them blog points.
Clint Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears, The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel
Paul Greengrass, United 93
Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat
Leonardo Dicaprio, The Departed
Peter O'Toole, Venus
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Penelope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children
Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson, The Departed
Mark Whalberg, The Departed
Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kukuchi, Babel
Best Original Screenplay:
Little Miss Sunshine
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Children of Men
Notes on a Scandal
Thank you for Smoking
So I was thinking, I obviously need to jump on this bandwagon. And it seems like the best idea would be to create a blog oriented around movies. I'm open to other suggestions, but I'm going to work off this idea for now.
It would be set up within blogger, and hopefully there would be 5-10 (10 is long-term goal) other contributors. Anyone could go in whenever they felt like it and post about something movie related. It could be a mini/full review of a recent film they watched, a blurb on something in-production that appeals to them, a musing on their favorite director, or whatever - as long as it's somewhat film related.
There would be no obligation to contribute at a high level of frequency or quality. At least a few times a month would be preferable but I'll take what I can get! You don't need to be a big movie buff either; you're allowed to blog about Night at the Museum if you really want to.
So, would anyone be interested? I'm looking at YOU: Dan, Luke, Jack, Peter J., Kimota. And everyone else of course!
Also taking suggestions for a clever blog name.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
[Edit] But a bit more now (from IMDB trivia):
- Received 22 minutes of applause at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Guillermo Del Toro' is famous for compiling books full of notes and drawings about his ideas before turning them into films, something he regards essential to the process. He left years worth of notes for Pan's Labyrinth in the back of a cab, and thought it was the end of the project. However, the cab driver found them and, realizing their importance, tracked him down and returned them at great personal difficulty and expense. Del Toro was convinced that this was a blessing and it made him ever more determined to complete the film.
I don't really have a whole lot to say about it, or at least don't feel like thinking about it. Anyways this is certainly a good movie. I liked the acting, especially Judi Dench who won her best supporting oscar for a performance lasting a total of 6 minutes in only a few scenes. Normally I would scoff at such a brief role even being considered - but I think she was deserving.
Gwyneth was better than she usually is. The script was a little hit and miss. Sometimes it felt like it was trying to be more tragic or poignant than it was designed for (it was a melodrama, through and through). It all felt a little choppy and there was altogether too much Romeo & Juliet. What I loved was the ending - it pretty well redeemed the entire movie for me. The final scene of Viola walking across the beach was perfect. And unexpected given the genre and where it seemed the film was heading.
But really, how on earth did this win a Best Picture oscar? Well I looked up the year (1999) and it turns out there wasn't a whole lot of competition: Elizabeth, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, and Life is Beautiful. Personally I probably would have given it to the last one, but Shakespeare fits the hollywood bill better.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Anyways this pretty much made my life, so I thought I'd share.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Pan's Labyrinth ~ Peter J. has just informed me that it will be playing at Silver City starting this weekend. Now that I have means and opportunity, I just need someone who wants to see it with me! Anyone? Hello?
Children of Men ~ at Rainbow with Lucas next Tuesday.
Letters from Iwo Jima ~ ??? it's playing in Toronto but no planned showings in London yet. I'm optimistically hoping for the weekend after next.
Half Nelson ~ ziplisted, DVD is released Feb 13th.
Those are the only ones that I think could actually be list contenders, but I'll probably see a few others to round it out (Science of Sleep, Notes on a Scandal, Keeping Mum, etc.). And I think I'll be passing on Dreamgirls. Can we say barf?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
#10 - Monster's Ball ~ screw halle berry, this has the complexity of great literature
# 9 - Talk to Her ~ creepy foreign film at its finest ... comas and bull riders
# 8 - Sideways ~ "I am not drinking any fucking merlot!" ... enough said
# 7 - Million Dollar Baby ~ as I said before, un-editable (flawless)
# 6 - Amores Perros ~ I greatly underrated the first time, now see it's brilliance
# 5 - Wonderboys ~ what more movies should be -- plot optional, character development key
# 4 - Spirited Away ~ one of a kind, to say the least
# 3 - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ~ best part of an epic for the film history vaults
# 2 - Before Sunset ~ sunsets really need to last longer
# 1 - Lost in Translation ~ Watching again tonight ... for the 8th time in 2 years
And that is that! Happy 100th to me.
- Met mom at the train station and got into my apartment. Luckily I have spare keys already, so she just had to let me in. As Matt mentioned in an email to me, I totally spaced on remembering that the landlady could let me in - she's hardly ever in her office, and I have bad memories of my old landlord (whenever I called her for anything, she'd swear at me... long story).
- Big thanks to Matt for phoning the LTC and reporting it stolen. I only have 10 min breaks in between classes in which to relocate, plug in computer, check/send emails, get food/go to the bathroom, etc. By the time I realized it was missing I only had one of those breaks left. I was able to borrow a friend's cell phone and attempted calling the LTC and my mom at work but no answer on either counts - so I resorted to a last minute email to Matt before my internet access was cut off. So thankfully he phoned and left them his number in case it turns up.
Anyways, fingers crossed that it turns up tomorrow. And in the meantime I am only reachable via email and msn.
Fortunately, as you can see, this could be a lot worse but I had removed my iPod this morning because the battery had died (otherwise it would still be in there) and a few other items worth about $30 had been tangled on the iPod headphones and in my morning rush been removed as well.
I also keep all my wallet-type things (money, credit card, ID) in with my bus pass which, thank god, I had put into my coat pocket.
So all in all, hassley, but not as hassley as it could have been. I've appealed to my mommy to call the LTC and stay at work a bit later today so I can pick up her spare keys.
Monday, January 15, 2007
- Babel was 1/10th as good as the Departed.
- Leo didn't win anything cause he split his votes with himself! Poor pretty man.
- Ugly Betty is not funny.
- Nothing was funnier than Borat.
- Cars was terrible.
- Everything was as most pop culture-ites / critics predicted - no surprises, how boring.
- Volver or Pan's should have won Best Foreign Film ... stop allowing Hollywood-produced movies to be included in this category just because they have subtitles. You're the foreign press association for god sake!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
But I happened across the listings for the theater near my dad in Toronto (ok I check the TO listings every week just to see what I'm missing):
BLOOD DIAMOND (14A) 12:20 3:40 6:55 10:25
CASNO ROYALE (PG) 11:55 AM 3:05 6:50 10:20
THE GOOD SHEPHERD (14A) 1:00 4:30 8:15
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (14A) 12:00 3:10 6:30 10:05
NOTES ON A SCANDAL (14A) 12:10 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00
PAN'S LABYRINTH (14A) 12:40 4:00 7:10 10:10
Not a bad film in the bunch! Honestly, this wider range of film selection is probably the BIGGEST thing I am looking forward to with regards to moving to Toronto full time.
So, I'm using Outlook for Windows XP ... one of the newer versions (2003, maybe?) and I often use the task list as my personal "To do". However since I switched over to a more recent version (I had been using 2000 for the longest time), I can't seem to figure out how to clear the checked off tasks. Now I have a ridiculously long list of completed tasks dating way back to 2005! It's pretty annoying. I sorted the tasks so that the incomplete ones are listed first, but it's still kind of hard to tell which is which.
Oh and 5 points if you can help me. 10 if you can recommend some kind of better, free, downloadable software that keeps track of tasks.
California Sushi Roll:
- rice: check
- seaweed: unknown amount of calories, but really
- avocade: suppose to be good for you?
- cucumber: check
- crab meat: can't be that bad, right
- a little bit of mayonnaise, salt, or sugar: bad
So I tried some on campus the other day, instead of getting my usual pizza or Harveys. I only ate half of it, which was nice because it filled me up quite well. I took the remains home and am eating the leftovers now. Rice doesn't keep well apparently (it's just kind of hard) and I'm not entirely sure that it's safe to eat leftover sushi? I put it in the fridge! Anyways, I don't totally LIKE it yet, but it's not all that bad!
I seem to have less trouble with IVs, though they usually need to be inserted into the back of my hand (when I got my wisdom teeth out) or in my wrist (at my most recent hospital visit).
The girl at the blood clinic rather rudely implied that maybe if I worked out my arms more my veins would be more accessible. I took offense.
"I posted a new entry. But see how I have that blockquote at the bottom? I want to get a block quote like that on the other side of that too...like a closing quote. But it won't do it."
Anyone know? I couldn't help him, I obviously don't even know how to get ONE blockquote! (see above). 5 Albert Halls (my version of the trend sweeping the blogosphere) for the first person to figure it out.
Friday, January 12, 2007
... or I might have to finish off those Babylon 5 dvds by myself... and then never be lent anything again! :)
Anyways what I decided to do instead was go play cards at my Grandma's with some of her old lady friends. It started off with Canasta (which I lost, but it's all based on luck anyways), then moved into Euchre (I came in 2nd, and I had terrible cards every hand), and finally my forte because it actually requires a significant amount of skill and luck barely factors into it at all: Old Hell. Also known as Scratch and Bugger Your Neighbour. This is the game where you have to bid on how many tricks you are going to take, given a certain trump suit. See, there isn't much luck involved because if you get bad cards but bid correctly then you do just as well as if you had good cards.
So I didn't really "kick the crap" out of anyone, considering I only won 1 game out of 3, but I thought it made for a suggestive title.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I scored a fairly hilarious 12. I successfully found Morroco, Portugal, and Austria. Don't ask me where anything in Africa is.
I had 6 of them over last night. You see, I'm an exchange buddy who agreed to show two of these little foreigners around for the semester, answer any of their dumb questions, etc. One of my buddies, from Poland, just moved in on the 4th and lives with a couple of kids from Denmark. There were a few others who got to London early (and none of the other Canadian Ivey students are in town yet) so I agreed to take them all out. Asides from the aforementioned, there was one from Germany, one from Brazil, and one from Spain. An interesting bunch. It was neat to compare social customs. Rather unfortunately (or not, depending on your viewpoint), there is no such thing as a 2am last call in any of their countries. So I was pretty tired and ready to go home by 1:30 but they were still ridiculously energetic as apparently they're used to staying out till 6am. And they still seemed to get up earlier than me this morning because I had a message waiting asking me to meet them to see Rocky Balboa. Ummm just how far do you think my duties extend?
Friday, January 05, 2007
"Amores Perros at 154 minutes is heavy on story--too heavy, some will say--and rich with character and atmosphere. It is the work of a born filmmaker, and you can sense Gonzalez Inarritu's passion as he plunges into melodrama, coincidence, sensation and violence. His characters are not the bland, amoral totems of so much modern Hollywood violence, but people with feelings and motives. They want love, money and revenge. They not only love their dogs but desperately depend on them. And it is clear that the lower classes are better at survival than the wealthy, whose confidence comes from their possessions, not their mettle.
Amores Perros will be too much for some filmgoers, just as Pulp Fiction was, but it contains the spark of inspiration."
He gave it *** 1/2.
Ok, so their magazine is crap, but a lot of their writers are good people (and journalists). I enjoy Dalton Ross and Michael Slezak in particular. I frequent their website so often because it is updated so consistently and with so much content that is relavent to ME. Every weekday morning all significant shows that were on the night before have been "TV Watched". A columnist writes up about 1000 words on what they liked or didn't about the episode, and any other random thoughts. Insta water cooler!
They also have this daily blog called "Popwatch" that brings to light recent happenings (deaths, nominations released) and also a scad of other useful and hilarious things. Many a youtube video has been introduced to me this way (including perhaps the best video of the year, national phenomenon Dick In a Box!!!). I also appreciate their intense love of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars.
Anyways, just wanted to clarify...
An Unfinished Life: simple, graceful
Happy Feet: cute... I guess...
Ice Age 2: decent plot, some funny parts
And Manhattan Murder Mystery hasn't arrived in the mail yet, so I'll save it for another day.
Dogs, of all things, are the interlinking motif that ties together the three stories in Amores Perros. They are not entirely separate (though each has its day in the sun), but rather filmed ala Pulp Fiction.
So basically, Gael Garcia Bernal plays a young man in love with his brother's wife. His brother is a bit of an asshole: he robs pharmacies, yells a lot, beats his wife, and threatens to kill his brother multiple times. So we're rooting for Gael, even if he decides his way out of this is to enter his poor puppy into intensely violent dogfights. Warning: animal lovers take heed when watching this film. Although, I am nothing if not an animal lover, and I made it through okay, largely by reminding myself that all the dead dogs were courtesy of the Prop Department. There is an explicit announcement at the beginning of the film that no animals were harmed.
Moving along, Gael gets into a bit of a car crash where he injures a famous model who happens to be having a bit of an affair. She is recovering in her apartment when her precious dog chases falls into a hole in the floorboards and mysteriously disappears. This is definitely the weakest of the three arcs, but it's not nearly as silly as it sounds, and it fits well with the general theme (more on that later).
Finally, an old homeless man collects stray dogs and goes about his business as a ... well, this part I don't want to spoil for you. Needless to say, he has a colorful past and is up to trouble now. He's on a quest to reconcile with his estranged daughter, and ends up getting involved in Gael's life along the way.
Essentially the theme of the whole thing, as I see it, is that striving for something more than you have earned (greed) will be your downfall. This is seen in"one last dogfight", the extra-marital affair, and the loss of a family. The script is nearly flawless, with a whole chunk of poignant lines and scenes. One in particular that comes to mind is the confrontation between the homeless man, his "boss", and his "job".
But the most magnificent thing about the film is the direction. The stories are mixed together with such elegance that it would have taken years for any par-level director to achieve. The film is also visually stunning. The sets are rich in detail and there are dozens of awe-inspiring shots.
The tagline for Amores Perros is "Love. Betrayal. Death." These are seen in each of the arcs, and all are executed superbly. This is one of the best films of the decade.
2) Interestingly, the always wonderful Gael Garcia Bernal has worked with 3 of the 4 directors (Amores Perros, Babel, Bad Education, Y Tu Mama Tambien).
3) I am now very tired, but I feel compelled to do my write up of Amores Perros (which I just watched for the second time tonight) before bed seeing as I already spoiled the punchline: how wonderful I think it is!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
POB: Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Notable Works: All About My Mother (2000) - lost mother takes care of pregnant nun and transvestite friend, seeks father of dead son. Talk to Her (2002) - two men take care of two women in comas. Bad Education (2004) - look at how very repressive schooling changed the lives of two gay men. Volver (2006) - woman's mother returns from the dead to impart some wisdom and fix some situations (not as "magical" as you think, don't worry).
Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film (All About My Mother), Best Original Screenplay (Talk to Her), and a nomination for Best Directing (Talk To Her). Hopefully Volver will follow suit this year!
Tammy's Awards: Talk To Her placed #2 on my 2002 movie list. Bad Education placed #5 in 2004.
Comments: Definitely my favorite of the bunch. I've never seen a movie of his that I didn't find incredibly interesting, unique, and having of a point. He writes and directs all of his own features. Some are better than others, mostly in terms of the plot. The 3 mentioned are all masterpieces, with Volver being the best in my opinion. One last mention: he is incredibly gay, and most of his films feature homosexuals, transvestites, strange sexual acts, etc. Not for the conservative movie-goer!
POB: Mexico City, Mexico (ok so technically not a Spanish director, but whatever)
Notable Works: Great Expectations (1998) - Gwenyth Paltrow in the Dickens classic. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002) - 2 guys, 1 girl, 1 road trip, 1,000,000 sexcapades. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - third in the series. Children of Men (2006) - the world's population has inexplicably become infertile for the last 15 odd years, some girl is found pregnant, hilarity ensues.
Academy Awards: Y Tu Mama Tambien was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. No wins yet.
Tammy's Awards: Y Tu Mama Tambien placed #3 on my 2002 movie list.
Comments: After a couple of fairly un-noteworthy American films (and some Mexican tv writing), he made it onto Hollywood's foreign radar with his indie sex pic, "And Your Mother Too". He took the Harry Potter franchise into the dark direction it needed to go in with the third film. J.K. Rowling requested him specifically. He was asked to direct the rest, but declined in favor of making his own films. Children of Men has certainly received much critical acclaim so far this year; I have yet to see it.
POB: Jalisco, Mexico (ok so apparently he's Mexican too)
Notable Works: Blade II (2002) - I have no idea. Hellboy (2004) - comic adaptation about a devil wannabe-good-guy. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - girl contemplates post-war Fascist repression in some sort of fantasyland. It looks kind of like an adult version of Mirrormask.
Academy Awards: none yet.
Tammy's Awards: none yet.
Comments: certainly the least acclaimed director on the list, but I feel like he's going places with Pan's Labyrinth. It's being hailed as one of the best films of the year / all time by critics and fans alike. I can't even remember the last time I saw a 96 on metacritic; that's practically unheard of. Even The Queen and The Departed (both universally loved by critics this year) can't touch that kind of score. Unfortunately, I left Toronto 1 day before it premiered there (a fact which I am very distraught about), but it is definitely at the top of my "must see" list.
Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez.
POB: Mexico City, Mexico (ok so obviously this list should have been named differently!)
Notable Works: Amores Perros (2001) - 3 interweaving stories with dogs being the common thread. 21 Grams (2003) - a freak accident brings together 3 very different people. Babel (2006) - 3 separate stories all relating to language barriers.
Academy Awards: Amores Perros was nominated for best foreign film but lost to the unbeatable Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Tammy's Awards: Amores Perros was #8 on my 2001 movie list. In retrospect, it should have been higher.
Comments: Did you notice a theme among his movies? Similar, but also very different. I think Amores Perros would have to be the best of the three, it just reaches another level. Of course Babel has received far more attention that it ever will, because it has Brad Pitt!
Well, in my defense, I usually do post links rather than full articles. But in this case, the source material definitely warranted its own post (rather than one featuring a jumble of links) in terms of length, interestingness, and scope of appeal. I did actually think twice about it, but more in terms of giving them credit rather than the ad revenue shtuff. I figured a byline was good enough for the following reasons:
a) I voted in 75% of these polls - implying that I am certainly an avid (daily) reader and active participant on their site, and have given them lots of free publicity (regardless of actual size of my often non-existent readership) and "clicks" on this site alone.
b) Sure they compiled these quotes and created the polls, but the real people responsible for any chuckles you may have had were Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewat, David Letterman, etc.
c) By far the majority of Entertainment Weekly's revenues come from their magazine; the website is more of a supplement. That's why you'll find lots of articles free of charge and with really very little ads blocking your view.
d) As James mentioned in his post, there are lots of ways to get around advertising these days. Personally I think the amount of it out there is morally reprehensible and a good reflection of our society.
But in case you are still a little wound-up over this business of paying (in some way, shape, or form) for anything you received benefit from, here's what you missed:
BUT, I didn't even recognize half of the videos! And it's only been a couple years since I gave up on following current music closely. Approximately 70% of the videos were from the last 2 years. COME ON, this is pathetic. I would have hoped for a better range of videos from maybe 1990 onwards? Or even just the last 10 years! You know, a little Freedom, Virtual Insanity, 1979, Ironic, Sabotage, Waterfalls, Loser, Smells Like Teen Spirit, etc. To give you a taste of just how bad this list was, the top 5:
5. Work it, Missy Elliott
4. Dirrty, Christina Aguilera
3. Cry Me a River, Justin Timberlake (this one is actually pretty great, regardless of your opinion of the song or artist ... IMO)
2. Baby One More Time, Britney Spears (also deserving of a spot, for a much music list anyways)
1. Stan, Eminem (stupid)
I'm thinking I should start a new label for my posts called "Grievances". That foot post got me thinking about it.
So around October I ran into the bellhop in the elevator again, and when he saw we were getting off on the same floor, he asked which unit I lived in. He was quite dismayed when I told him, as apparently his group had thought they were neighbourless. He promised they would keep it down in the future, and to just pop over if they were being too loud. And, surprisingly, this has been very true - generally quite quiet over there for the last few months.
Then a few days ago there was some sort of raucous fight between multiple boys around 8am. Lots of swearing, yelling, door slamming, etc. Then one screamed that he had to go to work and it ended. Well, they seem to be having a lot of trouble over there lately, as last night around 3am they got into it again, this time with a girl doing most of the screaming. Luckily I'm a fairly sound sleeper, not easily annoyed, and don't have to get up at any certain time these days.
''Uh, Jason...when you're filling out a female patient's exam report, her breasts can be 'Healthy' or 'Unhealthy.' Never 'Bangin' Double Ds.'''
J.D. (ZACH BRAFF), ADDRESSING ONE OF HIS INTERNS, ON SCRUBS
''I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point, but I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap.''
DAVID LETTERMAN TO GUEST BILL O'REILLY, ON THE LATE SHOW
''I want everybody to relax. You only have to be nice to black people for two more hours.''
PRESENTER CHRIS ROCK, AFTER POINTING OUT THAT THE 63RD ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS COINCIDED WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
''This week, a 100-year-old Tennessee man got married for the third time, this time to a 68-year-old woman. When asked why he was marrying a woman 32 years his junior, the man said, 'Yes, I would love a sandwich.'''
'WEEKEND UPDATE''S AMY POEHLER, ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
''In an interview about his upcoming album, Kevin Federline said, 'My music will speak for itself.' He may be right, because the album is called This Really Sucks.''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Oh, he's totally fine having his personal freedom slowly stripped away, as long as he's completely unaware that it's happening. Just like a true American.''
LORELAI (LAUREN GRAHAM), ABOUT LEASHING HER SKITTISH DOG, PAUL ANKA, ON GILMORE GIRLS
''You even made Locke take a swing at you. Hell, that's like getting Gandhi to beat his kids.''
SAWYER (JOSH HOLLOWAY) TO CHARLIE (DOMINIC MONAGHAN), ON LOST
''Hold on a second.... Jon, I'm being told Whittington's condition has now been upgraded from 'stable' to 'stable, but still shot in the face by the Vice President.'''
ED HELMS, FAKE REPORTING ON THE HEALTH OF HARRY WHITTINGTON FROM ''OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS,'' ON THE DAILY SHOW
''Hoping to appeal to teenagers who say they are too busy to peel oranges, Sunkist is introducing a new pre-cut, pre-peeled snack version. Not to be outdone, Baskin Robbins has created a new coneless ice cream that your mother pre-chews and spits down your throat.''
BILL MAHER, ON REAL TIME
''And none of those issues were ever a problem again.''
JON STEWART, AFTER THE MONTAGE OF CLIPS FROM ISSUE-ORIENTED MOVIES AT THE OSCARS
''There's civil war, totally, and it's a great sign. Look how fast Iraq is growing up. It took America almost a century to turn on itself. These guys? Three years. At this rate, in a couple of months, they'll let black people vote.''
CORRESPONDENT ROB CORDDRY, ON THE DAILY SHOW
''I swear to God, Cristina, I like you, I really do. But I grew up in a trailer park, and I am not above kicking your pampered little Beverly Hills ass. And I do mean physically kicking your ass.''
IZZIE (KATHERINE HEIGL) TO CRISTINA (SANDRA OH), ON GREY'S ANATOMY
''The National Enquirer has reported that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married eight months ago by a chaplain in the Church of Scientology. The groom wore a casual linen suit, while the bride wore an expression of slowly awakening terror.''
DAVID SPADE, ON THE SHOWBIZ SHOW
''Should I go and get a ruler?''
KATE (EVANGELINE LILLY), WITNESSING A MACHO-MAN STANDOFF BETWEEN JACK (MATTHEW FOX) AND SAWYER (JOSH HOLLOWAY), ON LOST
''The New York Post is reporting that on a recent airplane flight, Sharon Stone sat in a different section than her nine-month-old baby. When asked why they were seated separately, the baby said three words: 'Basic Instinct 2.'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''American Idol judge Paula Abdul filed a police report accusing a man of assaulting her at a weekend party. Out of habit, she then added, 'But I loved his spirit — he put everything into it.'''
DAVID SPADE, ON THE SHOWBIZ SHOW
''I never smile if I can help it. Showing one's teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.''
DWIGHT (RAINN WILSON), ON THE OFFICE
''It was announced this week that Rosie O'Donnell will replace Meredith Vieira on The View in September. The show will now be called The Obstructed View.''
TINA FEY, ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
''I swear to God, she's ruining vaginas for me.''
ALEX (JUSTIN CHAMBERS), ON HIS FORCED OB/GYN INTERNSHIP WITH ADDISON (KATE WALSH), ON GREY'S ANATOMY
''We've gone through more hardships than the Jews and Charlie Brown put together.''
HOMER TO MARGE, AFTER SOMEONE ASKS THE DUO FOR MARRIAGE COUNSELING, ON THE SIMPSONS
''The latest Hollywood rumor is that Britney Spears has been writing poetry about her marriage. The rumor got started when Britney was overheard asking someone, 'What rhymes with deadbeat?'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Ice Cube has joined Ludacris and 50 Cent in criticizing Oprah for not having rappers on her show. I mean, if there's three things my mother-in-law won't shut up about, it's pimps, ho's, and shooting a bitch in the face with a deuce-deuce.''
JOEL McHALE, ON THE SOUP
''The FBI says it wants Zarqawi's DNA so they can pair it with samples found in other terrorist safe houses in order to establish the extent of his influence, and, if need be, clone him so he can be killed again closer to the midterm elections.''
JON STEWART, ON THE DAILY SHOW
''You were in Baghdad for six hours! And you weren't even in the real Baghdad — you were in the Green Zone. That's like going to the Olive Garden and saying you've been to Italy.''
JON STEWART, REACTING TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S TOUTING HIS TRIP TO IRAQ, ON THE DAILY SHOW
''Angelina Jolie says she is going to adopt another baby, but she hasn't decided if the baby will be black, Asian, or white. Jolie said, 'I'm gonna spend the weekend looking at swatches.'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Britney Spears announced she's thinking of moving from Beverly Hills to Louisiana. Meanwhile, Kevin Federline announced he's thinking of moving from the couch in the living room to the couch in the den.''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''I told the producers I'd give my left nut to host this thing.''
LANCE ARMSTRONG, IN HIS OPENING MONOLOGUE, ON THE 2006 ESPY AWARDS
''President Bush has been very clear that through his leadership, he has made the world safer.... my question to you is simply this: How much safer can the world afford to have him make us?''
JON STEWART, INTERVIEWING SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, ON THE DAILY SHOW
''Lance Bass — formerly of 'N Sync — announced on the cover of People magazine he is, in fact, gay. Lance, are you sure this isn't like the time you wanted to be an astronaut?''
JOEL MCHALE, ON THE SOUP
''You'd love jail. You could work out, wear ugly clothes, kiss boys...''
WILL, COMMENTING ON THE UNFULFILLED CRIMINAL POTENTIAL OF HIS IN-HOUSE HARASSER HOWIE, ON BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS
''In a recent interview, Jessica Simpson is quoted as saying, 'I have amazing boobs.' Unfortunately, Jessica was responding to a question, 'What do you think about the conflict in the Middle East?'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''K-Fed is starting his own record label, Federation Records, and his upcoming album will be its first release. It will be interesting to see how he manages to get dropped from his own label.''
JOEL McHALE, ON THE SOUP
''I don't go hunting for celebrity babies. I have 116 other things to do, thank you, Billy. You need another job. I mean, you have potential as a human being. This may not be right for you. Seriously, can you focus on other things?''
JEREMY PIVEN, TO PRESHOW HOST BILLY BUSH, WHO ASKED IF PIVEN HAD MET VIOLET AFFLECK OR SURI CRUISE, ON THE 2006 EMMY RED CARPET SPECIAL
''Donald Trump has fired his trusty left-hand girl, Carolyn Kepcher....When George Ross was asked to comment on the situation, he said, 'I like peas when they're crushed up.'''
JOEL McHALE, ON THE SOUP
''Last night, Katie Couric debuted as the anchor of the CBS Evening News, and at the end of the broadcast she asked viewers to recommend a signature sign-off. So far the front-runner is 'Stay tuned for some kind of CSI.'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''In the West Bank, a group calling itself the Lions of Monotheism firebombed four churches, telling the Associated Press, 'The attacks...were carried out to protest the Pope's remarks linking Islam and violence.' The irony — and this is often the case, we find — was completely lost on them.''
JON STEWART, ON THE DAILY SHOW
''On this week's Dancing with the Stars, one of the contestants snagged her dress on something and accidentally exposed her rear end. Fortunately, no one noticed, because everyone on that show looks like an ass.''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Earlier today, Bob Woodward's new book came out, and it claims the Bush administration has bungled the war in Iraq. When reached for comment, President Bush said, 'Just one more reason to hate books.'''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Earlier this week, a man named his newborn son ESPN because one of the man's favorite things to watch is ESPN. The baby is happy, healthy, and already home with his brother Porn.''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''Young man, I don't know where that's been, but I can say with absolute certainty it won't be going anywhere near my mouth.''
EMILY (KELLY BISHOP), WHEN ASKED TO BLOW INTO A BREATHALYZER BY A POLICE OFFICER, ON GILMORE GIRLS
''You'd like it. Puppies get killed.''
SAWYER (JOSH HOLLOWAY), DESCRIBING OF MICE AND MEN TO BUNNY-KILLING HENRY GALE (MICHAEL EMERSON), ON LOST
''McDreamy is doing the McNasty with McHottie? That McBastard!''
GEORGE (T.R. KNIGHT), TRYING TO TALK LIKE CRISTINA (SANDRA OH), ON GREY'S ANATOMY
''I always knew the branch would shut down some day; I just figured it would be because Michael sold the building for some magic beans.''
JIM (JOHN KRASINSKI), AFTER HEARING THAT THE SCRANTON BUREAU WAS CLOSING, ON THE OFFICE
''Lawyers in Germany are trying to have Donald Rumsfeld arrested and tried for war crimes. You know things are bad when Germany is accusing you of war crimes.''
CONAN O'BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT
''So how have you been, Preston? Last time I saw you, you stole my patient's heart. Then you got shot. Karma rocks.''
RIVAL HEART SURGEON DR. HAHN (BROOKE SMITH), TO DR. BURKE (ISAIAH WASHINGTON), ON GREY'S ANATOMY
''No, I don't have a gambling problem. I'm winning, and winning is not a problem. That's like saying Michael Jordan has a basketball problem, or Def Leppard has an awesomeness problem.''
EARL (JASON LEE), ON MY NAME IS EARL
''Trust me, Bart — it's better to walk in on both your parents than on just one of them.''
MILHOUSE, TO BART, AFTER BART SAW HIS PARENTS GETTING BUSY, ON THE SIMPSONS
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Lost in La Mancha feels like (probably because it was originally intended to be) a super long DVD 'making of' featurette. Sidenote: I think I've referred to these features in some shape or form in all my last three reviews: how odd.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have much more substance than that, and thus certainly doesn't enter the league of real documentaries. If you aren't familiar with the concept, I will once again be oh so gracious and provide some background. Essentially, eccentric director Terry Gilliam has dreamed of making a film version of Don Quixote for the last decade. Having no luck in Hollywood, he turned to Europe for the money. Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis (Johnny's real life partner), and renowned French actor Jean Rochefort signed on.
Moreover, not all that much really does go wrong! There's an initial lack of budget ($32 million, about half of what would normally be required for a picture of this scope). There are some pre-production problems with scheduling, and later a storm screws up a scene and damages some equipment. The coup de grace is Rochefort's illness that causes him to exit production for at least a month. Yes, some bad luck, but it doesn't seem quite so extraordinary that a whole movie was warranted.
More likely, they were just trying to salvage some of the $32 million squandered. It appears the box office total was less than $1 million, so hopefully the DVD sales pulled in a bit more than that. It seems that Gilliam has a bit of a track record for screwing things up.
Actually, I think this would have been a much better little documentary if it had starred a more appealing director than the insufferable bugger that I had no idea Gilliam was. He is constantly swearing, yelling at his cast and crew, and blaming others for his own failures. His one shining moment is standing beside his first assistant director, who inevitably gets blamed for everything (apparently this is just how it works in Hollywood). But besides Brazil (which I never particularly liked), 12 Monkeys and The Fisher King seem to be the only things he's done right. His resume is full of half-completed, abandonded films and flops. His latest, Tideland, appears to be continuing in this tradition, already receiving unanimous 'boos'. Hey, at least he finished it!
So, I wouldn't recommend Lost in La Mancha unless you happen to be a big Gilliam / Don Quixote fan, or an aspiring little film-maker yourself - where this may serve as a useful "how not to make a movie" manual.