We continue our countdown of the Coolest Things of 2009... and looking at the next ten, this might be the "Guilty Pleasurest" block of ten in the five year history of The Coolest List. Not all of them, but some. Several. And if you are on Facebook, flip on over to The Clouds and see the blog in its better glory.
80... Kate Winslet Gets an Oscar
Beyond The Goddess, beyond Amy Adams, whom I'm in love with, a founding member of my own Colin Firth Club that The Lovely Steph Leann keeps tucked away is none other than British actress Kate Winslet. She'd been nominated six times for an Academy Award, but on Sunday, February 22nd, she finally got hers... in my running diary, I posted this:
1035p... We knew Kate Winslet would win this, but that doesn't make it any less freakin' awesome. KATE KATE KATE!!!
Needless to say, I was excited. Still am.
79... Pickler's New Album
For anyone who has read this blog longer than a few days, you'll realize a few things. First, Mama Gilmore is much more attractive than Daughter Gilmore. Secondly, Hootie & the Blowfish rocks. Third, I love stupid movies. Fourth, I eat lots of food. Fifth, I believe the Dixie Chicks only deserved a small part of what they got. Sixth, He Who Must Not Be Re-Elected is a one-term president. Seventh, if back massages were on Facebook, I'd hit the "dislike" button. Eighth, I will only watch "A Christmas Story" on Christmas Eve, and refuse to buy it. Ninth, Erin the Marine Wife is to be commended. Finally, I think Pickles is awesome.
Her first CD, "Small Town Girl", was pretty good for a post-Idol debut, better than even Kat McPhee's decently good CD. So, when Pickles second album came rollin' out, I went to Best Buy and I bought it. Yeah, I might be the only person you know that owns a Pickles CD, but hey, I dig it. Favorite track? The great, soarin' vocals of "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You". I would post a pic of Pickles here, but 1) I'm running out of good pictures to post for Idol blog references, and 2) not enough room for the above picture of Kate and the below picture of...
78.. Jon Thompson
I took with me to Walt Disney World (that trip to be ranked later), this dude cracked me up the entire time. Example... with five guys in a single room with two beds, I had to sleep next to someone. One of the guys slept on the floor. And Jon had to sleep with one of them. The one that Jon had to sleep with decided he would just sleep naked. Naturally, Jon had a real problem with this... so much so that he leapt out of bed, and started yelling things like, " Why would you do this? Why! Why can't you keep your shorts on? What the crap, dude?"
And, being guys, we all turned it around on him--telling him things like, "Settle down, go to bed" and "Seriously, its not a big deal." Personally, I totally agreed with Jon--who wants to sleep next to a naked guy? The Lovely Steph Leann doesn't even want that, and I'm her hubby!
He ended up sleeping next to his "bed-mate" who agreed to wear shorts. Later, I discovered that said bed-mate actually de-shorted during the night and re-shorted before Jon woke up. I think I laughed for quite a while as all this was going on.
He kept the riot going on the way back, marveling at the luck and blessed life of one Tyler Campbell, the bro-in-law, who won a randomly won a car and gave swimming lessons for like, $70 an hour. Jon? He worked at a screen printing shop that, after three years, "I'm somehow making less money than when I started! While I'm on the other side of the tracks, Tyler is over there living in the bourgeois!'. Course, bourgeois actually means "social middle class". Who knew. Jon rocks.
77... Hank Azaria in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
Ben Stiller doing what he does best."
This movie itself doesn't make our list, but one of the two standout performances does--first, Amy Adams, whom I'm in love with. Secondly, and more importantly (for this movie, anyway), its Hank Azaria's absolutely hysterical performances. He "not only plays Kahmunrah to the hilt, leaving you convinced that he had a blast playing this part, but he also does the voice of the Brooklyn-accented Thinker sculpture and of Abe Lincoln, fresh out of the Lincoln Memorial." His Kahmunrah voice is especially great, slightly feminine and non-threatening, and he makes for the best part of the movie that doesn't include a redhead.
76... The Muppets Do Queen
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Beaker, Dr. Bunson Honeydew and the gang are making a comeback...
...and its awesome
75... "Hey" by Mitchell Musso
Uh... a fun song.. makes me kinda bouncy and... uh... its... um...
74... "High School Musical"
Um... I saw the movie off and on... we, uh, at The Happiest Place in the Mall we played... and... I really like the them song and... well... uh...
73... "The Hoedown Throwdown" by Miley Cyrus
Uh... its... the movie was terrible but this... I like this song and uh...
Boom clap, boom de clap de clap, boom boom clap, boom de clap de clap, come on y'all, boom clap boom...
Everybody! Boom de clap de clap...
Boom boom clap?
Let's move on, shall we?
72... ESPN's "30 for 30"
The concept is brilliant, really. To celebrate ESPN's 30th Anniversary, they brought in 30 different directors and/or directing teams from all walks of life, all lifestyles, all film styles, to direct 30 different sports documentaries on subjects near and dear to their own hearts.
The results thus far have been golden. First up was "King's Ransom", a mildly entertaining film about Gretsky's trade from the Oilers to the Kings, which I never knew was such a monumental, watershed moment for both Gretsky and the NHL... Peter Berg directed.
What followed was "Muhammed and Larry", chronicling the fourth bout between Ali and Homes, directed by Albert Maysles... "The Legend of Jimmy the Greek", about the slow rise and quick fall of a commentator legend, directed by Fritz Mitchell... "The Band That Wouldn't Die", an awesome look at the Baltimore Colts marching band that kept playing for over a dozen years after the Colts fled for Indy, directed by famed director Barry Levinson ("Diner", "Good Morning Vietnam", "Rain Man").
The only one I really didn't like as much was "The U", directed by Billy Corben, scanning the Miami Hurricanes teams of the 80s... it showed the teams, the successes, but didn't really spend too much time into the real issues of the team's problems. Personally, I wished it would have talked about the crash of the program, not just the rise, but alas, I didn't direct it.
The two I loved, though? "Without Bias", directed by Kirk Fraser, about the incredible impact that the death of Len Bias had on the Boston Celtics. Two days after the NBA Draft, Bias dropped dead of a cocaine overdose, he not only altered our perception of casual drug use and became the tipping point of America's drug crisis in the mid-80s, but he practically ruined an already floundering franchise right as it was about to find a guy who they could build around.
Secondly, "Small Potatoes: Who Really Killed the USFL?", directed by Mike Tollin which showed the success of the USFL, attempting spring football, leaving the NFL in the fall--and they were doing pretty good with it... but it took a dive, due to over-expansion, bad management, and one Donald Trump who bought into the league, and wanted to immediately move it to the fall, taking on the NFL head-to-head. After a monoply & anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL, the verdict came back in favor of the USFL... in the form of a check for $3.76. The USFL went belly up. The documentary is made even better by the interview with Donald Trump, who ends up walking out on Mike Tollin.
Ahead are films on the legend of Steve Bartman... speedskater Johan Olav Koss... NASCAR driver Tim Richmond and the little disease that killed his career... and even one featuring Michael Jordan's suspension from the NBA for gambl... um, I mean, his retirement for two years to try out baseball. Oh, and Ice Cube puts his touch on a film about the Raiders. Good times.
71... Read the Rules, Shankapotomus
The Lovely Steph Leann prefers the one where the buddy "flexes the golden pipes", but personally, this is my favorite commercial of the year...
Coming up... An Idol goes Kanye... The Best Greek Film of the Year... and later, noddin' my head like yeah, movin' my hips like yeah...