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Great weekend, got a lot of stuff done; hung out with some long-long friends, watched some films, got our new DVR unit hooked up, finished a game, spent a bit too much money...

1. Friday night was spent at jongre's new place, which I guess I ought to call "Padgre"; his apartment is huge and awesome and has a number of great features, the most important of which is jongre himself. I can't stress enough how great it is to have him back in NYC, even if his new place is kind of a pain in the ass to get to from Astoria.

2. Both of the following players are on my fantasy team. Needing to shake things up a bit, I benched one of them and gave the other one some playing time. Here are their lines from Sunday, April 16.

Player A: 0/2, 1BB, 1 RBI
Player B: 3/4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Guess which player I benched.

3. We got DVR installed on Saturday afternoon; Kath was out and about at the time but when she got home she WENT TO TOWN. When we woke up this morning there was SO MUCH STUFF on it, it was like a little mini-Christmas.

3a. Wonder Showzen might be the must fucked-up show in the history of television.

4. The shows we'd programmed for DVR hadn't yet occured, so we were still flipping around on TV late Saturday night when I stumbled across Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, which I hadn't yet seen. Kath was in the other room when it started and when she came in, she got confused, thinking she was watching The Last Temptation of Christ and wondering where the Peter Gabriel soundtrack was and why there was so much blood. Being that this was Easter weekend, I thought I'd give it a shot; I may be a Jewish atheist but I'm still interested in this stuff, and since it was on cable I didn't have to spend $10.50 on it. Anywhoozle, it is indeed as graphic and violent as I'd heard - good ol' Mel didn't hold a damned thing back. Rivers of blood. Chunks of flesh being ripped out. But also - I'm not terribly familiar with the New Testament, so I was kinda shocked to see that Jesus's apostles/disciples were total pussies and nowhere to be found during the crucifixion; we see Peter denying Jesus 3 times and it was really kinda pathetic, and some other apostle/disciple was lurking in the back during the interrogation and basically biting his knuckles, and so they basically left Jesus out to dry, which is fucked up. I've seen most of Last Temptation and it shouldn't come as a surprise that I liked it quite a bit - it was great to see Jesus as a real person. The Jesus in Mel Gibson's movie is NOT a real person but is, in his own words, the Truth and the Light and the Way - and also very mellow and stoic, and if he was a blasphemer in the eyes of the Jewish clergy he probably didn't make a lot of noise or cause lots of uprisings, which makes the Jewish clergy's rabid need to destroy him seem a little over-the-top. But. The movie isn't necessarily about Jesus, it's about his last hours and the utterly agonizing pain he was in. The resurrection gets probably 15 seconds of screen time, and then the film ends.

Kath was on the phone with her mom yesterday and her mom gave her a quote from the church service she'd attended that morning: "Let us be Easter people in a Good Friday world." Having finally seen Passion, I have a much better idea of what that actually means, and I think it's a marvelous sentiment.

5. Sunday we ran some necessary errands and did some not-as-necessary shopping; there's a Skechers down on Steinway and they had a pretty awesome sale, and I wound up with 2 very cool pairs of shoes for not that much money, considering. Found a new Italian restaurant, also, which is where we ordered dinner in preparation for The Sopranos. But first:

6. We finally got around to watching Good Night and Good Luck, which was incredible. David Strathairn is fantastic, as is the rest of the cast; Clooney did a great job directing and his script is great. I was obviously born after Edward R. Murrow's career ended, but if he did in fact say and do the things he did, he ought to be an American hero. At the very least, it's an UNBELIEVABLY relavant film in this King Bush era.

7. The Sopranos... kinda sucked? Waaaayyyy too much time spent on the gay dude's story - it's an interesting story line, to be sure, but it's not the most important one, and its pacing was sooooooo slow. I guess I've realized that I should just ignore the post-episode teaser for the following week's show, since it NEVER has anything to do with what the actual episode is about. (After last week's show we watched the teaser and I remember being totally stoked for this week's show... and I'm not sure there was ANY footage from that teaser that made it in this episode. As for next week... Chris in Hollywood... meh.)
3. I would not survive without DVR, though I might actually get outside more often.

6. 'Good Night...' is fantastic. I rented 'A History of Violence' this weekend, which I recemmend highly if you haven't seen it yet.

7. The 'Sopranos' and '24' are two shows that I forever refuse to watch the teasers for. They never come close to what the episode is really about. Lost could get lumped into that as well, though we know your feelings on that show.
3. History of Violence is on my list, and we borrowed Brokeback Mountain from our downstairs neighbors. Also: I've gotta rent Syriana, too...
Good Night and A History of Violence. 2 of last year's greatest films.

That's all I had to say, actually. Just wanted to jump in and agree.
When he first appeared I though "Oh, he won't hurt you - it's just little old WILLIAM!!"

But now, I fear him.
GNAGL is also a great example of Clooney as ensemble actor/director. That is, he doesn't direct his movies to give himself glory - he plays a great ensemble man in this film. There's a scene towards the end of the film that illustrates this greatly.
Not sure which scene you're referring to, but it could go for pretty much every scene he's in. I loved the Mamet-ness of the overlapping dialogue. In fact, the only thing about the movie that I wasn't totally enamored with was the Robert Downey Jr. story; couldn't tell if he and his secret wife were sympathizers, or actual card carriers, or just liked to converse in hushed tones... basically, I was unsure of that story's importance in the overall film. Beyond that, it was great, and Strathairn in particular was fantastic. Since I don't know Murrow, I couldn't say how accurate his portrayal was, but since there was no obvious make-up job or anything I assume it was pretty close - in any event, his performance was riveting and made me a huge fan of Murrow himself.
Amen on Straithairn. I was sad that GNAGL came out in the same awards year as Capote and Walk the Line, else I think he would have been recognized as much as he deserved. I loved the movie and I loved his performance.

Oh, and ditto to others who've suggested A History of Violence. I really liked that one, too.
don't panic
it's only two weeks into the season, dude! give the waiting period for the shake-up a month, at least.
I have to agree with Jongre re: Sopranos; it's an interesting story arc over the past two episodes to see how they deal with the issue of "being a man" and such. Plus you can start a Sopranos drinking game of 'take a shot every time someone uses an Italian slang term for homosexual'. You would have passed out a half hour in.
shit, that reminds me--i need to return my half watched copy of GN&GL to hollywood after having had it a good three weeks now.