full life

Good/Not Good

It's 9:45am and I'm already too angry. The triple whammy: (1) I forgot to put my retainer in. (2) When the 7 train pulled into Grand Central this morning, they forgot to open the doors. (3) And when I got to work (late), I had a voicemail asking me to cover someone else's desk. Again.

And I was in such a good mood from yesterday, which was Kath's birthday; a bunch of us met at Tsampa for a ridiculously delicious meal, and then we all headed over to see Batman Begins, which was fan-fucking-tastic.

Tonight: songwriting w/ David. Tomorrow night: Glengarry Glen Ross. Next Sunday: Jamaica.
Regarding Glengarry Glen Ross: I AM LIVID WITH ENVY.

Regarding Batman Begins: Does the fact that Spider-Man 2 has a higher Rotten Tomatoes rating make you as angry as it makes me? 93 percent versus 83 percent. Were ten percent of critics facing the wrong way when they watched Batman Begins?
I read some of the negative reviews this morning on MetaCritic, trying to see how such an intelligently-made summer blockbuster could fail to impress anybody. Pretty fascinating stuff, in that I had no idea that people could be so stupid. For my money, BB is one of the best action movies I've seen in the last few years; it's easily the best cartoon-superhero movie I've ever seen, better even than X-Men 2. Here's hoping that Christopher Nolan gets to direct Batman Continues.
Yeah, X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 fall into the same category of "good but forgettable" superhero movies. Batman Begins towers above both, in my opinion, and I don't even really like superhero movies to begin with.

If you're not yet tired of the depths of human stupidity, read Rex Reed's review: "The film has no interesting villains. No Catwoman, no Mr. Freeze, no Penguin, no Poison Ivy, no Batgirl."
Consider the closing paragraph from the Dallas Observer:

"Even if there were a great movie here, it would have been undermined by two lead actors who are barely even there, asked to deliver lines they can't handle: Bale, playing the Batman with clipped wings, and Katie Holmes as an assistant district attorney who doesn't have the gravitas to pass as an intern. Come back, Alicia Silverstone; all is forgiven."

Now, let's be honest - Katie Holmes was pretty forgettable, except for her nipples in the last scene. But I mean... WTF?
Hey, give credit where it's due — nipples can make or break a role, as Spider-Man 1 showed us. But the greater point is this: if you were to take the entire series of Batman movies and start naming memorable female roles off the top of your head, would Alicia Silverstone's name be uttered in the first half-dozen? If you're going to be a snob, why don't you beg Nicole Kidman or Michelle Pfeiffer to come back?

Anyone who compares this movie to Batman & Robin and prefers Schumacher's scenery-chewing shitfest does not consume art the same way I do.
Aside - I just read that Warner Bros. has resigned everybody to return for the sequel EXCEPT Katie Holmes - apparently they're really pissed off about the whole Tom Cruise thing stealing publicity away from the movie.

Aside on that aside: I have a feeling that we're witnessing the beginnings of Tom Cruise's complete and permanent separation from reality.

Take as evidence the Scientology, the Katie Holmes thing, and the increasingly-noticeable facade of PURE ELATION he puts on. Now assume a constant rate of acceleration of weirdness and picture him five years from now. I think that he's going to go about twice as crazy as Marlon Brando, but only half as crazy as, say, Michael Jackson.

I'm predicting it'll go down a lot like the Bobby Fischer thing — ever-increasing paranoia, alienation of everyone he knows both personally and professionally, higher and higher salary demands, leading ultimately to his deportation. (I haven't yet figured out how or why he gets deported. Maybe conspiracy to commit a treasonous act?) After which he'll buy an island in the south Pacific and spend his golden years firing at any ships or aircraft that get too close for his comfort.

This is what I've been thinking about today instead of, y'know, doing my job.
Tangent - from IMDB:

Scarlett Johansson pulled out of appearing in the second Mission: Impossible sequel after Tom Cruise tried to convert her to scientology, according to reports. Cruise, who produces the action adventures, met with Johansson ahead of casting for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 3 and took her to one of the controversial religion's headquarters, claims Radarmagazine.Com. A source tells the website, "After two hours of proselytizing, Cruise opened a door to reveal a second room full of upper-level Scientologists who had been waiting to dine with the pair, at which point the cool-headed ingenue politely excused herself." Officially Johansson quit the film because of scheduling conflicts after the film was delayed so Cruise could make War Of The Worlds.
Yeah, I've heard stuff about how Spielberg intervened to allow Cruise to set up a Scientology tent on the set of War of the Worlds, since ordinarily on-set proselytizing is simply not allowed. Spielberg, member of one of the oldest religions on Earth, going to bat for a spiritual Ponzi scheme. Nothing makes sense anymore.

I apologize in advance for the impending lawsuit filed against you by the Church of Scientology.
well guys, i'm glad i'm not the only sane person who finds this facinating (in that morbid, car crash kinda way).

here's an article, that's just plain creepy, that centers around 2 weeks in April when Katie Holmes was supposedly "missing," directly after meeting with Cruise for the first time about MI3.

The article is suggestive as it sounds.