Today is my day off, so I decided, darn it, I was going to blog a little. Put up some fun links, give you some ideas of movies and music you should see, and anytime I can mention Harry Potter, its a good thing.
So, I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, used the lavatory, then laid back in bed so I could catch Local on the 8's (who doesnt' love Local on the 8's? Its an American institution).
From there, I started flipping channels, turning to USA to see character actor Paul Gleason (the principal from The Breakfast Club) chasing some blond kid who apparently has some paranormal power, and is in touch via walkie talkie to some computer named Art (which made me happy that the guy who voiced KITT found work again). I am wondering what kind of sci-fi flick this is... and right before I turn to the TV Guide Channel to find out, I hear the kid running, yelling into his walkie-talkie "Art! Art! Contact Ranger Walker!" So this is why Walker, Texas Ranger lasted 8 years. Great acting and solid story lines. (Did you know that Chuck Norris is like, 66 years old?)
My latest addiction? Audiobooks on my iPod. I check them out from the Hoover Public Library, then listen to them when I'm driving around or just around the house. Right now, I'm feasting on the Harry Potter series, and British narrator Jim Dale is awesome.
Speaking of Harry Potter, I just saw that trailer for Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix... holy crap. Loving that visual of all of them flying past Parliament.
As far as I'm concerned, July can't come soon enough
Its my favorite of the books, featuring two of my favorite three scenes in all of the books, that being the creation of Dumbledore's Army and the ending battle in the Ministry of Magic (the other is when Harry kisses Ginny Weasley in Half-Blood Prince, since Ginny is my favorite character).
Under the catagory of "Stuff You Maybe Wanted to Discuss, But Were Afraid people Would Think You Were Creepy If You Did" comes The Top 10 Hottest Animated Disney Chicks. Personally, my top three would be: 3) Bo Peep from Toy Story... 2) Belle from Beauty and the Beast, who was #1 on my own list until 1) Meghera from Hercules came along.
Wow, did I just say that?
I love it. Premiere Magazine has listed their 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time. I can agree with some of these--as in, I like them, but I didnt think they were end all beat all (Chicago, Field of Dreams, Forrest Gump)... and some of these I hated (Moonstruck, Gone with the Wind)... and of course, some don't deserve to be on this list (Disney's Fantasia, The Wizard of Oz)
Its those movies that "everyone loves but you didn't think were any good"... for me, that would be Meet the Parents and Good Will Hunting.
And because I love countdowns and lists, Blender's "Most Disastrous Albums of All Time" list cracks me up. I mean, remember Garth Brooks Chris Gaines' project? And as much as I liked pre-skank Mariah, I will admit, "Glitter" was a horrible cd.
By the way, just heard Kellie Pickler's new song "Red High Heels". Loved it. I'll be honest... as time has gone by, I can't promise you that Pickles hasn't passed My Girl McPhee in my heart. I am interested in hearing Kat's new cd (due in January) but I am actually excited about getting Pickles' cd, out now.
Speaking of American Idol... if "Do I make You Proud" turns your stomach the wrong way, check out this video on YouTube... Weird Al did a parody, a stalker anthem called "Do I Creep you Out" (with sweet lines likes "...everytime I shake your hand, I want to stick your fingers in my mouth...") and its been laid over video of Taylor Hicks singing. Hysterical.
And while we're on the subject of stomach turning video, perhaps some of you heard Rick and Bubba talk about the Dean and Company Christmas specials. Dean & Co is a family who... well, sings, and uses a sock puppet named Podo to entertain as well. And its... well, its... I mean, you can say its... um... well... Abracadabra.
Two things to note: This is not a skit--this is a serious group... and the monkey? That's Podo.
I think Dalton Ross is genius (you'll see him in the Dave's 100 Coolest Things about 2006). He does a great blog on Entertainment Weekly's site, and here's his take on the new Rocky movie... and strangely, perhaps like someone who throws up shoelaces, I am replused by it, yet strangely fascinated...
It's hard to take Rocky too seriously considering in the previous three films (leading up to Rocky Balboa) the Italian Stalion has faced a dude with a Mohawk, an Apollo Creed-killing Russian pumped full of Roids, and then...well, I try to block out Rocky 5 as much as possible. But a new Collector's Edition DVD of the original Rocky reminds us how special that first film was. Not only does it feature the best movie quote of all time — ''You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!'' — but it also comes across as mildly realistic (as opposed to all the sequels, which — don't get me wrong — are genius, but on a purely campy level). The new disc features three commentary tracks as well as an hour-long documentary featuring new interviews with everyone involved still around to talk about it (Burgess Meredith — R.I.P.) and needless to say, it's a knockout.
So, George Clooney won Sexiest Man Alive once again. People Magazine actually called me, and told me I came in 14th in the voting. Ahead of me was Orlando Bloom and McDreamy Patrick Dempsey, but apparently I came in ahead of Jack Black, Tom Cruise and the Geico Caveman.
Sexiest Woman Alive? My wife. Duh. Behind her? And might I say waaaaaaay behind Stephanie... Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Jenni Dunnivent, Sandra Oh, Sarah Chalke, Giuliani Depandi and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Last Five Songs that Played on my iPod, currently on "Shuffle All Songs""
"Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder... "Push" by Matchbox 20... "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston... "Do You Know" by tobyMac... "Before We Ever Heard Goodbye" by Deana Carter
Four Movies I Can't Wait to See:
Four Shows I'm Crazy About:
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, WWE Raw, this season's Survivor and Heroes
Two Performances You Should Go See Right Now:
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (even if you don't like Bond, you'll love Craig) and Maggie Gyllenhall in Stranger than Fiction (the more I think about it, the more I realize that were she not in this film, I don't think I would have liked it)
Not only is Maggie sexy, she's one of the main reasons to see Stranger than Fiction
Two books I'm currently reading:
Two Audiobooks I'm currently listening to:
One CD You Must Go Buy, Like, Right Now:
"Blue on Blue" by Leigh Nash
Coming up... I'm currently, still, compiling my 100 Coolest Things about 2006 list, for later on this month. Its my take on the best people, places, things, foods, movies, books, music and everything else that I discovered these past 12 months.
Also... The Dave Hall of Fame. I think everyone needs a hall of fame. Stuff, people, events that are so cherished and important that they deserve a special honor. When I get that put together, I will post that too.