Saturday, August 2, 2008

Most Things in Here Don't React Well To Bullets...Yeah Like Me.

Perhaps this seems a bit out of left field but I just happen to be watching the The Hunt for Red October tonight. I am a huge Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan fan, having read every Clancy book that primarily features Ryan. I can't tell you how many people I've gotten into an argument with this about, but I continue to believe that Alec Baldwin is a MUCH better Jack Ryan then Harrison Ford. Let's start with the fact that Baldwin matches the physical descriptions of Jack, but not only that, he just seemed to offer a better sense of who Jack is--brilliant, great sense of humor, confident, self-deprecating. Not only was Ford too old for the role, but he never quite captured the personality of Jack, never quite understood that Jack was an academic thrown into these action situations--he was always too emotional to me - overplaying the "everyman" angle at every turn (e.g., "How dare you, sir"). I've discussed this theory many times and I've never met anyone who agreed with me on this point. But I'm definitely right about this.
In fact, while I didn't think much of the movie (though the book was great), I thought Ben Affleck (who gets a lot of unwarranted crap, but I generally like) was a decent choice to play a young Jack in the Sum of All Fears--perhaps it's the fact that he looked a lot like Alec Baldwin, but also because he played Jack much more like the analyst he is at his core.
On the movie front, I was out late Friday night seeing The Dark Night and it was ...wait for it...AWESOME. I highly recommend.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kid-tionary #1

The Boy is 2 in every possible way you can be 2. This age is really an amazing combination of terrible and terrific - which the Boy really embodies with his current "sweet and sour" personality. By that I mean, there are moments when he just makes my heart stop with some beautiful gesture or statement - particularly an "I love you Daddy" or a "Hi Daddy!" coupled with a hug. In that moment, I can't imagine that there is a sweeter child in the entire universe. It melts me. And then, just when you think you've got him figured out, he flips a switch and turns into 2-year old Hellboy. Screaming, flailing, steaming mad, pushing, stomping. It's a stunning transformation, really.

Lately I've been amused at how many different ways he has to say "no." I mean we all know 2-year olds say "no" a lot, right. But he's become really creative about it lately. We get "No, it's not" and "That's not right" and "I don't like it" and "I don't want to" and "Stop it". I've actually been impressed with the diversity. My favorite thing, right now, falls on the sweet side though.

He is a devoted follower of Diego - probably watches an episode at least every other day. Before you impugn my parenting skills, btw, please note that his Spanish teacher told me the other day that she's had to expand the vocabulary she teaches the class because the Boy brings in so many new words from Diego (but I digress). One of Diego's favorite elecutions is to say "(Blank) is a great (Blank)" such as "Jaguar's are great climbers." He has adopted this construction in many of the ways he describes the world around him. Momma is a great finder. Sissy is a great swimmer. Daddy is a great cooker. All very cute - all very sweet. My favorite one, though, occurred the other day when we were talking about how he could run faster in his tennis shoes then his sandals and he popped out with:

"My tennis shoes are great fasters."

This is my new favorite phrase. Sounds weird, but if you think about it from a 2-year olds perspective - there's some logic there. Anyway, the reason a called this entry "Kid-tionary" is that this is the first in a series of the best words and phrases offered up by the Boy and the Girl, posted here for the enjoyment of all.


This guy's schtick is to do re-enactments of scenes from well-known movies. Pretty funny really. Hat Tip: Bob

He's got more. Also one from (one of my) my favorite movie:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Next Food TV Star? Really?

Aaron McCargo Jr., really? That's the best they could do. He seemed like an affable enough guy, but really? I would have kicked him off five episodes ago. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing when they called his name. I watched nearly every moment he was on camera through my fingers - what about the show he put on in Vegas. Jeez. His show idea was the height of generic food tv.

Lisa had the most potential - and she's from Dallas, Adam's show idea was definitely the best and he was the best on camera. Did anyone notice that they ran a commercial for a new show with Adam's idea during the final? I didn't see it thanks to TiVo but heard about it later from KB. That was pretty low on their part.