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Tuesday, 11 January
The Hours

The wife and I spent the entire weekend doing jack shit, which was, frankly, great. The weather reports were all about SNOW SNOW SNOW, and we waited anxiously for the stuff, which finally fell, in less than massive quantities, sometime early Sunday AM. Pretty pathetic: it all melted in hours, which made enduring the horrific cold (translation for non-Seattleites: anything below 40 degrees is purest agony) a rather hollow experience.

(Speaking of hollow experiences, I also watched the NFL wild card games, which were predictably hilarious. I always enjoy watching third-rate quarterbacks throw surgical passes right to cameramen and hot dog vendors. Seattle, of course, managed to lose to the riotous St. Louis Rams, whose team motto seems to be, "But We Can Beat The Seahawks!" The Rams are, of course, walking corpses.)

We coped by renting movies and playing Settlers of Catan (summary: I destroyed the competition while still managing to complain about every single unfavorable dice roll. I rule!). Stunningly, the movies . . . didn't suck. Well, much.

[Spoilers may start here, so if you're one of those types, don't read. The movies are Collateral and The Bourne Supremacy.]

First up was Collateral, the Michael Mann-directed bit of nonsense whose plot threatened all reason, but one ignores these things in an action movie (anyone see Face/Off?). Jamie Foxx is, as has been strenuously argued practically everywhere, really pretty good, and Cap'n Cruise--with his head covered in vanilla icing--is (and it pains me to say it) not bad.

Cruise is one of those actors who, when given a strong director (which is to say, not allowed to do whatever he feels like), can actually act. See also: Jim Carrey, who, when given actual work to do, can really shine (for example, The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine [in my mind, the best film of '04]) and when not, is abysmally bad (See any other Carrey or Cruise film, or, better, don't). Mann is a pretty good filmmaker--he's certainly slick as hell--and Collateral was a nice job, more entertaining than I had expected; it had me right up to the end, where I thought he stumbled while trying to tie the whole thing up into a neat little package.

The Bourne Supremacy was a different dealie, and a much more straightforward action flick--what would you expect from a Ludlam adaptation? Matt Damon continues to make non-insane and non-Affleckted career choices, and he done good again, reprising his role as the mechanistic Bourne. We are given far too little of the nuclear Franka Potente, who is, really, just way beyond yummy. Like Cate Blanchett, this actress is just fucking hotter than reason, and I wonder if it's because she's (let's admit it) not even remotely the Ideal. She has a big nose. She has small breasts. Her ass is bigger than the typical Hollywood Starvation Plan allows. And yet she is abnormally sexy.

Anyway. We loved this movie (and confession: the wife and I are huge fans of the first one); Joan Allen is once again stuck playing a dried-up snitty creature, and Julia Stiles gets to extravagantly cry, and there is also . . . Bryan Cox! Yay! He's in every film ever made! Fuck you, Jim Broadbent! Eat a dick, John C. Reilly! Bryan Cox is here to shake his jowls! And shake them he does, at Joan Allen, who stands her ground, because she's a desiccated mummy who is dedicated to . . . oh, who cares? You can't make sense of this movie anyway.

It's never going to fucking snow here, is it?


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living in a german-speaking country, i have been so lucky (ha! kylie minogue!) to know franka potente for quite some time now, and i agree she IS good. and hot maybe, but as i'm a woman i can't really judge on that. anyway.

do you know "run lola run"? this is the (german, rather small) movie that made her famous. if you haven't seen it yet, you really should.

maybe you should pass the word that you like franka potente because she has recently been complaining about being under-employed, having only shot 4 days in 2004.

Comment number: 004890   Posted by: ulli on January 11, 2005 01:12 AM from IP: 143.245.2.77

I still have snow in my frozen-wasteland of a yard, and Sebastian couldn't be more pleased. Why, oh why has it melted nearly everywhere else, yet my yard is still a winter wonderland? I'm not that cold a person, am I? It's a goddamn fluke of nature... There's even still snow on the roof of my car and when I drive around the bone-dry streets of Seattle, people are mystified. Go figure.

Comment number: 004891   Posted by: S on January 11, 2005 01:57 PM from IP: 67.42.103.14

I still have snow in my frozen-wasteland of a yard, and Sebastian couldn't be more pleased. Why, oh why has it melted nearly everywhere else, yet my yard is still a winter wonderland? I'm not that cold a person, am I? It's a goddamn fluke of nature... There's even still snow on the roof of my car and when I drive around the bone-dry streets of Seattle, people are mystified. Go figure.

Comment number: 004892   Posted by: S on January 11, 2005 01:58 PM from IP: 67.42.103.14

Whoops! Sorry about the double post! Damn computer! Damn internet!

Comment number: 004893   Posted by: S on January 11, 2005 01:59 PM from IP: 67.42.103.14

I have one thing to say. Only this.
If you can't see how hot Franka Potente is then you are probably blind....or dead.

Comment number: 004894   Posted by: el on January 11, 2005 02:54 PM from IP: 131.191.10.9

franka potente is so smoking that it's worth learning german in order to watch lola rennt without being distracted by subtitles. other than the camera shake, which just about everybody has commented on, i thought the supremacy was awesome. collateral, which i was determined to hate, disappointed me by being much better than i expected and forcing me to admit that yes, i did like it. dammit.

Comment number: 004895   Posted by: kirsten on January 11, 2005 05:49 PM from IP: 148.85.230.188

franka potente is so smoking that it's worth learning german in order to watch lola rennt without being distracted by subtitles. other than the camera shake, which just about everybody has commented on, i thought the supremacy was awesome. collateral, which i was determined to hate, disappointed me by being much better than i expected and forcing me to admit that yes, i did like it. dammit.

Comment number: 004896   Posted by: kirsten on January 11, 2005 05:54 PM from IP: 148.85.230.188

franka potente is so smoking that it's worth learning german in order to watch lola rennt without being distracted by subtitles. other than the camera shake, which just about everybody has commented on, i thought the supremacy was awesome. collateral, which i was determined to hate, disappointed me by being much better than i expected and forcing me to admit that yes, i did like it. dammit.

Comment number: 004897   Posted by: kirsten on January 11, 2005 05:55 PM from IP: 148.85.230.188

franka potente is so smoking that it's worth learning german in order to watch lola rennt without being distracted by subtitles. other than the camera shake, which just about everybody has commented on, i thought the supremacy was awesome. collateral, which i was determined to hate, disappointed me by being much better than i expected and forcing me to admit that yes, i did like it. dammit.

Comment number: 004898   Posted by: kirsten on January 11, 2005 06:03 PM from IP: 148.85.230.188

Four. Is that some kind of record?

It could go on a resume for someone who wanted to write sequels.

There is always that ghastly moment when you know you sent it and its not your blog so You Cant Do a Damn Thing to Fix It.

Like life really. That's why we blog - its the only way we can have an erasable life.

Comment number: 004899   Posted by: David Tiley on January 11, 2005 07:40 PM from IP: 150.101.149.114

Settlers again? Well, may I suggest the card game version which I feel is pretty good, and also Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, also a vey good two player game.

Comment number: 004900   Posted by: SH Wong on January 11, 2005 09:48 PM from IP: 210.193.25.75

Report from boston:
You want some f#cking snow, come and get it. All you could ever want, all over the sidewalk--it's icy and slushy, and shoveling it (which is my responsibility, oh joy) is like shoveling dead cats. People who like snow need a nice curative winter in New England. We also remark on those days when the temp climbs above 25, "Wow, warm today, huh?"

Comment number: 004901   Posted by: jef on January 12, 2005 06:15 AM from IP: 207.7.198.193

Mmm, Franka Potente. She is so stunningly hot. I have no idea why, exactly, she just is. Unfortunately for me, Marie's early demise left me snoring through that movie. She was the only thing that kept me awake through the first one.

Comment number: 004919   Posted by: CG on January 20, 2005 08:50 PM from IP: 70.18.193.161

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