No football to watch today.
That's the one bummer about the NFL playoffs - the week off between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl. And there's still about a month until Spring Training begins for baseball...
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No football to watch today.
Tonight's SNMR feature is "The Conversation" (1974, PG, 113 minutes) starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford and Frederic Forrest. The film was written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Francis Ford Coppola's provoking mystery-drama explores the morality of privacy and stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, expert surveillance man. A routine wire-tapping job turns into a modern nightmare as Harry hears something disturbing in his recording of a young couple in a park. He begins to worry about what the tape may be used for and becomes involved in a maze of secrecy and murder. Set in San Francisco, the film also features Cindy Williams, harrison Ford, and Frederic Forrest. Nominated for Best Picture of 1974, The Conversation was made between The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II.
Following his box-office and artistic triumph with The Godfather, director Francis Ford Coppola made this absorbing character study about a bugging-device expert (Gene Hackman)who lives only for his work but finds himself developing a conscience. Although not a box-office hit when originally released, this is a fine little film.
Due to the size of this blog, I just recently was able to switch over to the new blogger. Tonight in fact was the first time that I was able to move it.
Reporting live from his living room, while watching dubya on television....and typing on his laptop - lil' ol' me.
New Orleans Saints (11-6) at Chicago Bears (14-3): Chicago is favored by 2 with an o/u of 42 1/2. Chicago leads the all-time series 12-11-0. This is their second playoff matchup (1990- @ Chi 16, NO 6). The Saints are the chique pick to make it to the Super Bowl in two weeks. What a great story that would be. They've got the best offense in the league this year and a very good defense. Their running back duo of Deuce McAlister and Reggie Bush is fantastic. Drew Brees was the QB with the most passing yardage in 2006 and finished 2nd in the MVP voting to the Chargers LaDanian Tomlinson. Still, a dome team playing outdoors in chilly winter-like weather makes me nervous. For the Bears, once again the pressure relies squarely on the shoulders of QB Rex Grossman. If he doesn't throw interceptions and just manages the game, the Bears will do well. However, the Bears defense isn't as good as it was a few weeks ago. Expect a very good game but a relatively low scoring one. Despite a good Saints offense, wind and weather will ground their passing game. Can the Bears contain the Saints RB's? I think it will be very close in the end and though I'd love the Saints to win.... well they will, but barely. Take the Saints to win outright and take the under. Prediction: New Orleans 20, @ Chicago 17. Actual Score: @ Chicago 39, New Orleans 14. A close game into the third quarter turns into a blowout for the Bears. Chicago had no turnovers, their QB was not sacked and their first penalty came at 7:21 of the fourth quarter. New Orleans had four turnovers and their RB's, except for one play (an 88 yard catch-and-run by Reggie Bush), were non-factors.
In recognition of the fact that there are exactly two years left in the Bush Monarchy, tonight's SNMR feature is "The American President" (1995, PG-13, 115 minutes), starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer, Samantha Mathis, Anna Deavere Smith, Richard Dreyfuss and Shawna Waldron. The film was directed by Rob Reiner.
Boy meets girl - and the press tracks their every move, rivals fore broadsides and a Presidency with a 63% popularity rating plunges to a 41% in seven weeks. When you're the President, everyone knows where you live. Michael Douglas portrays the widower Chief Executive who falls for a lobbyist (Annette Bening), then freefalls in the polls in this winning romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner. Bustling staff members (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer, Anna Deavere-Smith), a sneering opponent (Richard Dreyfuss), state dinners, formal protocol, informal moments, global crises - all come into focus as Reiner and his stars explore the balance between private romance and public Presidency.
Ah, if only American politics were blessed with so much nobility! Michael Douglas is just right as a chief of state who enjoys unprecedented popularity until venturing back into the "dating scene." American citizens admire a man who grieves for his wife's untimely death, but their not so sure what to make of his growing passion for a perky environmental lobbyist (Annette Bening). Aaron Sorkin's script is clearly a populist fantasy, but so what?
I was standing in the shower this morning, looking at my bottle of shampoo and remembering the story of how I came to use that particular brand. And it struck me that I have certain brands of all kinds of items that I like and use all of the time. I also wondered what it would take for me to switch from brand x to brand y.
Tonight's SNMR feature is "Along Came Polly" (2004, PG-13, 91 minutes), starring Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Hank Azaria, Bryan Brown and Alec Baldwin. The film was directed by John Hamburg.
Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) is irresistable as a free spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an uproarious attempt to change his life from middle-of-the-road to totally-out-there! Along Came Polly is the most hilarious comedy smash to come along in years.
The tropical honeymoon of risk analyst Reuben Feffer screeches to a halt when he finds his wife having sex with her French scuba instructor while still wearing her swim flippers. The starched-shirt husband returns home humiliated and is sucked into a whirlwind of extreme sports, spicy foods and salsa dancing by an adventuresome, commitment-challenged former female schoolmate. This romantic comedy is sometimes hilarious but dips into the toilet tank for humor when the love story veers from inspired to moronic.
Ok I had a bad week last week as all four of my picks lost against the point spread. I did pick three of the four winners, though - as only Kansas City lost. Did they even show up to play last week?
Sorry for being absent from bloggerland for the majority of this week. I just worked 40 1/2 hours in four days. Working well into the evening hours every night left me quite tired. Aside from leaving a few comments here and there on other people's blogs and keeping up with my eharmony matches was all I could muster.
Tonight's SNMR feature is "Finding Neverland" (2004, PG, 101 minutes), starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and Radha Mitchell. The film was directed by Marc Forster.
Award winners Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean"), Kate Winslet ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Dustin Hoffman ("Rainman") and Julie Christie ("Troy" and "Hamlet") star in this magical tale about one of the world's greatest storytellers and the people who inspired his masterwork, "Peter Pan"! Well-known playwright James M. Barrie (Depp) finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters question his future. Then by chance he meets a widow (Winslet) and her four adventurous boys. Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie's greatest work! An enchanting big screen treat with an acclaimed cast of stars, "Finding Neverland" has been hailed as one of the year's best motion pictures.
This story behind J.M. Barrie's (Depp) creation of his classic Peter Pan emanates a resonant gentleness and sense of wonder. The film begins in 1904 London with Barrie's marriage on the rocks and his latest play bombing on opening night. He crosses paths with the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet) and her four young boys in a park and strikes up a friendship that feeds his creativity, the indignation of his wife and her mother and the local gossip mill.
That's the distance the earth is today from the sun (in miles)- the closest we'll ever get this year. The technical term is PERIHELION. Too bad the angle is all wrong for us northern hemisphere types.