Daily Archives: 07/06/2004

Movies, Movies, Movies

Watched Dodgeball yesterday. It was pretty stupid but I laughed at parts of it. I felt like checking out some more Ben Stiller, so I rented Zoolander last night. Again, it was pretty stupid, but I laughed at parts of it. Upon further reflection, the target demographic for these movies is probably the same as that ‘girthy’ hot dog commercial.

I needed something more substantial after all this idiocy, so I picked up Lost In Translation at the same time as Zoolander. I’ve been wanting to watch it, but the movie never came to Guam last year, and my local video store only has one copy on hand. I jumped at the chance to rent it yesterday.

I watched it tonight when I got home from the office. What a poignant film, two people adrift in an alien landscape. Bill Murray delivers a hell of a performance as a world-weary fading actor, and Scarlett Johansson is just luminous playing a confused young woman feeling trapped in her marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I need to check out more of Sofia Coppola’s work, namely The Virgin Suicides.

Kerry Picks Edwards

It looks like John Kerry picked John Edwards to be his vice president in the presidential election. I’m a little disappointed. It matters little to me who he picks, I’d rather vote for a blind chihuahua than George W. Bush, but I was hoping Kerry would pick the governor of Iowa. I never heard of the guy until this morning when I was listening to NPR at work. As the story unfolded about the possible running mates all I heard was something about Kerry meeting with the Iowa governor, Tom Ballsack. Huh?? The guy’s name is Ballsack? What the hell?

Turns out his name is really Vilsack, but to the casual NPR listener on a Tuesday morning it sure sounded like that dude’s name was Ballsack. For a minute I thought Kerry was targeting the same demographic as that ‘girthy’ hot dog commercial. It’s not such a bad idea either, since I don’t think average Joe six-packs 18 to 34 in America’s suburbs are a Democratic stronghold.