Saturday, May 15, 2004


.....and now, a post

Allow me to start by telling you all that Christine has gone away shopping for the weekend to Frankenmuth, Michigan. I miss her.

Almost a week later, here's the answers to the last list of movie trivia:

Kathy Bates, Mary Louise Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jessica Tandy - Fried Green Tomatoes
Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Doug McClure - On Golden Pond
Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Queen Latifah - My Life (SOB!!!!!!!!!)
Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, Gregory Hines - Waiting To Exhale
Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch - Now and Then
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane (EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) - Titanic
Johnny Depp, Moarlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Rachel Ticotin - Don Juan DiMarco
Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia, Sherry Stringfield - Autumn in New York
Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow - Mother
Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Maggie Smith - First Wives' Club

9 for Amy. Tanya came through with My Life to make it 10. By the way, Tanya, Queen Latifah plays Michael Keaton's live-in nurse, I believe. Also, I can say with complete honesty that My Life makes me cry like no other movie. Now, at the risk of my masculinity, other films that turn on the faucets:

The Abyss (Mary Mastrantonio's return to life after drowning, the whole sequence with Ed Harris at the bottom of the ocean)
A League of Their Own (pretty much the last 45 minutes)
Each of the first three Rocky films
Field of Dreams (the ending when Costner plays catch with his Dad)

I think that's enough. Anyone else out there willing to admit they've been brought to tears by a movie and why?

I watched 24 this week and was riveted for the full hour. I was surprised that they captured Saunders so quickly. I'm very curious now to see what will drive the final two hours. I suspect it will be Jack running all over L.A. looking for the virus. I was glad to see Michelle survive, but Tony really wussed out. Jack did EXACTLY what he was supposed to do, stopping Michelle's escape so that Saunders would be drawn out. See, this is where Tony's forgetting something......Michelle is not only his wife, she's a CTU agent who may have to go into the field. Once there, she is at risk. When Kim was sent in to be a stand-in for Saunders' daughter, Jack was upset at first, but eventually accepted the fact that his daughter was going out into danger and made sure that he did a good job of protecting her. Jack's the MAN, Tony wishes he could be. Stay in the shop, Tony, you're more effective there.

Another classy performance by Chloe, too, as she tries to bust up Kim and Chase's relationship. I have a distinct feeling that the baby that showed up about 10 hours ago is really hers and Chase's and we'll see that come to light in the final two episodes. Hopefully, someone will make my season and put duct tape over Chloe's mouth for a few minutes in the final two episodes.

Sadly, my shows are wrapping up now. Two more weeks of 24, one more of CSI and I'm going to check CSI:Miami in a couple of weeks. Their finale will introduce the CSI:New York cast, which I am particularly stoked about, since Gary Sinise will be the lead. Watched the final ep of Frasier, which was the second best series finale ever (behind M*A*S*H, whose finale had me weeping for the last 40 minutes). Frasier's finale was exactly like the best episodes of the show - laugh-out-loud funny at times, quietly touching at others, and hardly ever overbearing. The clip show, however, had a brilliant sequence from an ep I've never seen. Apparently, Frasier and Niles owned a restaurant in one episode. There is some brilliantly funny stuff involving Frasier, Niles, Daphne and an eel that is capped with a huge cloud of smoke coming through the kitchen doors from the restaurant.

Frasier (in his deepest voice): "What was that?"
Enter Roz, hair all over the place, covered in cherries and sauce, holding a match:
"Cherries everywhere".

It was the funniest bit and Christine and I were killing ourselves howling. Farewell, Cranes, you will be missed.

OK, that's enough. I'm on course for three days starting Monday, have a job interview tucked in there somewhere, and probably won't be back until Thursday. To tide you over, here's another cast list:

Harrison Ford, Sela Ward, Jeroen Krabbe, Joe Pantoliano
John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine
Bruce Willis, Sarah-Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore
John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman
Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary
Robert DeNiro, Sean Bean, Jean Reno, Natasha McElhone
Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis
Harrison Ford, Bonnie Bedelia, Greta Scacchi, Raul Julia
Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora
Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Pretty easy list. See you tomorrow, if you're at Philpott.