Wishful Drinking by Carrie FisherKind of a lightning-fast read, since it's short and the typeface seemed...large...but it was funny:
"Remember the white dress I wore all through that film [Star Wars]? George came up to me the first day of filming, took one look at the dress and said, 'You can't wear a bra under that dress.'Watchmen
'Okay, I'll bite,' I said. 'Why?' And he said, 'Because...there's no underwear in space.' He said it with such conviction, like he had been to space and looked around and he didn't see any bras or panties anywhere. He explained: 'You go into space and you become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn't, so you get strangled by your own underwear.'
I think that this would make for a fantastic obituary. I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra."
Just getting started on this. Which means I'm on a self-imposed Watchmen movie media blackout, because I don't want one spoiling the other.
My Year of Flops (A.V. Club)
Every entry is a buffet of joy. My current favorite is the one about the Steven Seagal masterpiece, On Deadly Ground:
"The film embodies the comic contradictions at the core of Steven Seagal's increasingly ridiculous persona. Seagal is, after all, a high-profile Buddhist who makes his living pretending to beat the shit out of people. He's a self-styled tough guy synonymous with a hairstyle favored by 10-year-old girls. Seagal is universally considered one of Hollywood biggest, most misogynistic, violent a**holes, yet he travels the world lecturing about Eastern spirituality."WATCHING:
The Wrestler : I think Sean Penn gave an outstanding performance in Milk, but honestly, Mickey Rourke got robbed at the Academy Awards. That's how good he was in The Wrestler. Amazing movie--graphic and downtrodden and squirm-inducing sometimes (the staple gun, eek!), but with such an ache at its heart. The gore doesn't overshadow that gooey emotional center, and that's why it works--seeing the nitty gritty makes The Ram all the more three-dimensional, all the more real. It also got me wondering about where the wrestling stars of my youth wound up. (Ah, Saturday nights, eating frozen pizzas, drinking pop [normally a controlled substance in our household], watching wrestling while my dad was out at the racetrack...good times.)
Happy-Go-Lucky : The plot felt a little disjointed and more like a series of vignettes than a really solid storyline at times, but it was pleasant enough and it made me want to spend a weekend with Poppy and her roommate.
The Rocker : Favorite line: "There's two things in this world that I do not trust when they're wireless, and that is phones, and marionettes."
Eight Legged Freaks : Ridiculous, obviously, but as a cheesy homage to monster movies of the 1950s-60s, it works. And I liked the tagline on the box: "Do you hate spiders? Do you really hate spiders? Well, they don't like you either."
David Byrne /Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
Clem Snide - Hungry Bird
And this weekend--decoupage! (Maybe.)