Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pluto was MY favourite planet too ... okay Uranus is pretty funny, I admit

Die-hard Pluto-huggers are not giving in, and I can't help but applaud their tenacity. They have nothing to lose but their wobbly little non-planets.

Why don't those fancy-pants astronomer-mathematician types go find some obnoxious gas giant to pick on for a change, and show poor little Pluto, who never hurt anybody in its whole life, some respeck?

Sequels. They are getting fairly soundly trashed in the reviews, but I am still chomping to see not only Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but also George Romero's Diary of the Dead. Come on! It's Harold and Kumar! And Neil Patrick Harris, who may well be the next William Shatner in my opinion. And zombies with video cameras! What's not to love?

And though I am not a summer blockbuster kinda gal, I admit to having a serious hankering to see Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr - need I say more? I submit that he is the most watchable actor working in Hollywood today.

Months after I finally bought The National's Boxer, I still cannot stop listening to it over and over again. I will be forever chagrined to admit that it didn't even make my top 07 albums list last year, but that's only because I stupidly didn't start listening to it until 08. I should always listen to those cool kids. Always.

The National - Apartment Story


Allison said...

Woot! I'm so rarely cool, I must relish this honour. I will be forever grateful that you sent me Alligator, which I can't stop spinning (you did send that to me, yes?)

Karen said...

You want to see Ironman? Oh Barbara ... you disappoint me.

BeckEye said...

These people are STILL complaining that Pluto got robbed?? God, can't they get a life? I mean, there are more important things happening in the world, like complaining about how Michael Johns got robbed!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I believe I did, yes, Al. I have yet to develop the same obsession for it as I do for Boxer though. I need to give it another shot, cause the cool kid says so.

I've always found some redeeming qualities in anything Robert Downey Jr has been in, Karen, but don't worry, I won't be lined up at the theatre at midnight the night before with an Iron Man costume or anything.

If you and the Pluto-huggers joined up, Beckeye, you would be a force to be reckoned with, which is a pretty frightening thought. And nobody, I am certain, would be more frightened than Mr Johns.

justacoolcat said...

I don't know, I thought the first Harold and Kumar was mediocre at best so I doubt I'll ever watch this one.

Ironman, on the other hand, could be good despite their horrible choice at lead.

Wasn't Pluto the only non anthropomorphized Disney character? It doesn't deserve to be a planet until it starts acting like a human.

mellowlee said...

I went to see Harold and Kumar last night, and laughed so hard! Go see it Barb!

Gifted Typist said...

Did you know that they invented a word after Pluto was unceremoniously dumped from the solar system?

"To be Plutoed"

The man Plutoed his wife for the sex-bomb secretary.


The long-suffering wife was Plutoed by the slime ball husband with the bimbo fetish.

And yes, there is much Iron Man talk around here too. Also Forbidden Kingdom. Kumar and Whathisname is the type of film that makes me giggle when no one is looking

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm shocked, JustA - couldn't find anything nasty to say about The National?
I actually found H&K Go to White Castle to be pretty disarming and I laughed and laughed, and I think it's about time there was a smart-alec super hero.
Pluto was a dog's dog.

Vindication, Mel! I'm going to wait till video, but I sure will watch it. And I will laugh and laugh.

"She joined a club for women who had been recently Plutoed, where they plotted intricate revenge scenarios upon their Plutoing ex-husbands."
Something like that, Gifted?
At least Pluto lives on in our lexicon.
Imagine how liberating it would be to giggle openly at Harold and Kumar! It would be like Plutoing that secret love of stoner films.

Gifted Typist said...

BBm I love the sound of your club. I bet all their future relationships will be....



Barbara Bruederlin said...

HA! You win Pun Night, Gifted!

Dale said...

I liked the first Harold & Kumar but hear this one's a bit stinkier. Iron Man looks pretty cool too.

I have The National's Boxer but will freely admit, I listened to it once and don't think I have again. It's typical of me to only like what the cool kids like after it's well over. So maybe if they break up, I'll be all over them. Unless they Pluto me first!

Stephanie said...

The exact same thing is happening to me with The National - I can't stop listening, and I'm sad I waited so long to start listening to it

mister anchovy said...

I belive that if you are un-cool enough, really, really, un-cool, then eventually, you'll emerge as ultra-cool in some parallel universe. Polka anyone?

Sean Wraight said...

Excellent call on the National Barbara. Boxer is a fantastic release from start to finish. Alligator which came before it is even more superb. I would highly recommend that one to you as well.

Their tour with R.E.M. will begin soon which too coincides with their new Vincent Moon film release.


So lots happening on the National front. Not so much information on Pluto though...



After several seconds of deep thought I have to agree with you that Neil Patrick Harris may very well be the next Shatner.

But only if he releases a craptastic medley of showtunes on vinyl.

John Mutford said...

I want to see Iron Man, too. There I said it.

Anonymous said...

Plutocrats. God I love that. I have to admit, I also bear a fondness for distant icy celestial bodies. Doesn't Gweneth Paltrow fall into that category, too?

Neil Patrick Harris, there's something kinda hot about him. Did you ever see him in Stark Raving Mad opposite Tony Shalhoub? Divine!

Robert Downey Jr. has a certain je ne sais quoi about him, too... but I swear I never expected to see him in, well, tights. And this is me, not complaining. ;) You'll have to share with us how it fares on the big screen should you decide to check it out!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I heard it was stinkier too, Dale, but I'm still going to laugh my head off.
And don't wait till the National are no more! Go listen to Boxer again a few times, it's pretty brilliant!

We're living in a parallel universe, Stephanie! I'll bet you're making up for lost time too, and hitting that repeat button repeatedly.

I believe you have just uncovered the secret of the universe, Mister Anchovy. And look at all the indie bands using accordions the last couple of years. Sadly I'm pretty MOR when it comes to coolness/uncoolness.

I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that the National back Pluto though, Sean!
I do have Alligator, which I picked up shortly after I got Boxer, and I've really just started listening to it lately. I still love Boxer best, but it's certainly growing on me. I read about the film! Cool!

Oh god I hope he does, UB! That would make my life complete actually. And I say this as someone who, without a trace of irony, enjoys listening to Shatner's Has Been cd.

There's no taking that back now, John, it's on your permanent record.

Oh you know me, Michelle, too lazy - I'll wait till it's on video.
Plutocrats is my stolen word of the day now though. I always get those two distant icy celestial bodies mixed up: Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman - can't tell them apart half the time.
I did not see that film with NPH and Tony Shalhoub, but I love TS in Monk! He reminds me of someone. Me maybe.

mellowlee said...

Ah, I am still smiling about Harold and Kumar. Devon and Jacob can't stop making references to the movie, which is quite funny!

Joe said...

I'm with you on Iron Man. I forget what review I heard this in, but the critic said it was nice to see a superhero played by "a middle aged wreck." Gives hope to all of us.

Johnny Yen said...

Ironman was, along with Spiderman, my favorite comic, and I also want to see the movie. I'm also a big fan of Robert Downey Jr. I think he's a phenomenally gifted actor. I was glad he got his substance problems in check.

I'm with you on Harold and Kumar as well. I didn't expect to like the first one, but loved it, particularly Neil Patrick Harris' spoof on himself. It's hilarious that he played a huge womanizer, given that he's come out as gay recently.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love those movies that give us instant cultural references, Mel. It's like getting extra value from your movie watchin experience.

haha it certainly makes THIS middle-aged wreck hopeful, Bubs! I'm going to get measured for my iron suit right now.

Me too, JohnnyYen! On all counts. If I had to pick a list of favouriet actors, Robert Downey Jr would be right near the top, and what an amazing comeback he made.
Neil Patrick Harris was awesome in the first H&K film, especially, as you say, since he came out right about the same time.

Dale said...

I am not Iron Man but I saw it on the weekend and liked, not loved it. Some funny moments and decent action but it clocked in a little longer than I thought it should have. Still, enjoyable. How's that for fence sitting.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You do us fence-sitters proud, Dale. In fact, I could almost swear that you are a libra.