"Son of Rambow" - Adorable and brilliant. The boys are so impossible not to fall in love with, a pedophile could use it as defense in court. You must rent.
"The Wrestler" - Perfect.
"Towelhead" - Wow. Painfully honest. Great.
"What Did I Just Watch?" - Yup. That's the film industry.
"The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber" by Mel Gordon Fascinating biography of Weimar Berlin's Priestess of Depravity, the Lindsay Lohan of 1922. Great subject matter. But I wish the author had spent more time creating a cohesive narrative and organizing the facts than working on his prose. Lot of big adjectives, not a lot of structure or conclusions.
"Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher
Made me cry for all the wrong reasons. I saw the show the book was based on two years ago and thought it was sad but cathartic. This book has half the material the show covered, because the author has since had electroshock therapy and doesn't remember huge chunks of her life. So sad. They must have recorded one of the shows; why not just transcribe it? And who's the quack who gave this wonderful woman who relies on her wit electroshcok therapy? For fuck's sake universe, lay off Fisher. She's a wonderful person who has had enough.
"Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris
Brilliant and laugh out loud funny, as always. Could've lived without the last 70 pages about him quitting smoking and all the drinking and drugs he used to do. Felt a little half-baked, sad and confessional without his trademark quirky insight into the situation.
"Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith" by Anne Lamott
Likable, funny chick. Great prose. The Christian content made my gums hurt.
"Flight of the Conchords" Season 1/Season 2 Episode 1
Can't believe I was missing out on this one. Insightful fun a la mellow Monty Python goofsters. Can't decide which one of them I want to throw a leg over. Both at once? Sublime.
Thoroughly enjoyable, moody, vampire fun.
The Indiana Jones was raped episode and the Obama/Ocean's 11 episode were genius.
Upcoming TV I Could Just Pee About:
"Battlestar Galactica" final half season, whatever we're on
"Big Love" season 3
"Flight of the Conchords" season 2
new "Gossip Girl" focusing on Chuck Bass. Meow.
new "Leverage". Go Rogers!
It's a good month to have cable. Happy 2009.