Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Wrestler

I caught this movie over the weekend. Really surprised by it. I'm always hesitant of movies that had an Oscar buzz because a lot of times the story sucks -- the nomination is political or an acting performance is awesome. But The Wrestler was really good all around: great acting, excellent script, decent directing. It was nice to see Mickey Rourke in a great movie. Reminded me of his stellar work in the eighties when he was in such flicks as Barfly, Johnny Handsome and Year of the Dragon. Looking forward to his next film. . . .

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bill Maher

Been listening to podcasts from iTunes of his HBO show, Real Time. After all these years, he still makes me laugh, probably because I agree with him 90% of the time. But he can be a real prick when he turns deathly serious by cocking his head and pursing his lips as he spouts an opinion that's not open to discussion. Guess it shouldn't surprise me. You gotta have a huge ego to be a performer of his stature.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


A topic I'm obsessed with is free will, probably because of 16 years of Catholic schooling. Does anybody really have it? I mean, we're all born in times where traditions and modes of thought are thrust upon us. If I was born into an aristocrat family in the Middle Ages, there's a good chance I would look down on peasants. It's almost like society forms your personality.

Probably why I think about this is because in a lot of social situations I feel out of place because I'm a liberal and most people I run into are conservative. Guess that's what happens when ya live in a right-of-center country.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ah, youth

I was talking to one of my sisters last night on the phone. In the background, my two-year-old goddaughter was saying in her cute littler toddler voice, "Luke, I'm your father" because her older brothers -- ages six and four -- recently saw the first two Star Wars movies recently (episodes IV and V for you geeks out there). Then my goddaughter went into the living room and said to her dad, "Luke, I'm your father." He replied, "No, I'm your father." Her response: "No, I'm your father." Funny stuff.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Made the mistake of drinking this past weekend. On the plus side, these binges are happening less and less; last time I got drunk was a few weeks ago. It's more of a bad habit now instead of a need I can't ignore. Guess I'm finally "maturing out". 'Bout time.