December 31st, 2007


Courtesy Joe Klein (

"Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion a year, but the GNP - if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead... and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage... it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud to be Americans."

-Robert F. Kennedy, March 18, 1968


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As previously noted, we caught Sweeney Todd last week, and I was pretty pleased. I'm no fan of the musical, but I think they did an excellent job with it. The actors clearly weren't professional singers, no, but they all sounded decent. And Tim Burton definitely put his stamp on the scenery and the (goth-club-ready) costumes. I might be an easy mark for that sort of thing, but there it is. Definitely worth seeing, and IMHO worth seeing on the big screen with the good sound systems. Check it out.

New trailers:
* The Ruins - These new generation horror movies are all starting to look alike. However: Iceman!
* Stop-Loss - WOW. I was blown away that they actually made a big budget, wide-release of that. Downright subversive, most excellent. However, I still won't be seeing it. Heh. Bonus: Sheriff Bullock!
* Mamma Mia! - Yes, they filmed the ABBA musical. Heh. Bonus: the wrath of Skarsgard!
* Fool's Gold - No. No, no, no. M.'s cousin and I were making fun of the poster in the lobby. The trailer, in fact, makes it only look worse. Bonus: Donald Sutherland pays rent for another month, and they nail another nail in the career of Matthew McConaughey.
* The Eye - Another remake of a Hong Kong horror flick. Looks like the other ones, too. Bonus: Parker frikkin' Posey.

Also, before the trailers, we got a commercial for American Gladiators, and I was definitely in the half of the audience that was 'eminently pleased.'


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OK, this'll likely be the last post this year. New Year's is one of my two favorite holidays, in fact, so I hope everyone out there has a great one, and here's wishing for a good new year for all.

Some of you can expect phone calls expressing the same sentiment in a few hours, though possibly not quite as eloquently. You are forewarned.

Bonus Z. quote: showing M.'s parents how to play one of her board games, she declares "I am the gamemaster!"