Saturday, 25 January 2003: After being disappointed by recent romantic-comedies like A Guy Thing andTwo Weeks Notice, and having absolutely no desire to see Just Married, I was starting to worry about the state of affairs with Hollywood romcoms. Well, that worry was laid to rest today when Katie and I nabbed a sneak peek of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Believe it or not, it was actually funny... and romantic. God forbid that writers should actually excel at both ends of the hyphenate. I was dying. And I was not the only guy in there laughing. Yes, I will admit that it did have its requisite cliches and cheese, but it was still thoroughly enjoyable. If you get the chance come February 7th, go check it out.
Plus, I just want to add that you Joe Millionaire fans are a rabid bunch, aren't you? I'm sure you've seen my note above about how so many people are hitting my site while searching for "Evan Wallace Marriott," right? Well, the numbers have changed dramatically for my site. In the course of the last month, I had only had hits in the single digits on all but two days. Until last week, that is. On Tuesday (the day after the third episode of Joe Millionaire aired), I had 24 hits, 11 on Wednesday, 15 on Thursday, and a record-breaking 45 yesterday. And all the searches that came up with my site were for either "Evan Wallace Marriott" or "Alex McLeod." Nutty.
Thursday, 23 January 2003: Yesterday, I read a beautifully written article by John LeCarre (the author ofThe Russia House along with several other spy novels) about his view of the United States' desire to go to war with Iraq. It is an incredible article and he does a great job of expressing everything that I feel about this impending war. It's a worthwhile read if you have some time as it's rather long.
In case you're curious, I do not support the potentional war in Iraq in any way, shape, or form. Nor do just about any of the people I've spoken with about it... my wife and some of my coworkers. The U.S. is making a pre-emptive strike against a country that has done nothing (yet). What right do we have to tell another independent, self-governing country that they cannot have weapons of mass destruction? Who made us God? What makes our government better than their's and, therefore, able to dictate what's right and what's wrong? Why does Bush have this severe blood lust?
I fear what will happen when (notice I didn't say "if") we go to war against Iraq. Bush claims that Iraq is a threat to free nations everywhere not only because of their supposed stash of nuclear weapons (which we have yet to prove exist - all we found last week were unarmed chemical warheads that have been sitting around for God-only-knows how long), but also because they harbor terrorists. By that rationale, we should be attacking ourselves as well as every other "free" nation in the world. We all harbor terrorists. We don't necessarily know we do this, but we do. As I recall, the 9/11 terrorists took flight training in Florida. Remember Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols? What about the Unabomber? Hell, Britain harbors IRA terrorists and they know it, they just can't do anything about it until they can link these terrorists to specific acts of violence.
Mr. President, please don't lose the respect and support of the international community by striking against Iraq without U.N. support. Our regular allies like Turkey, France, and Germany have already spoken out against your intentions. What happens when, down the line, we need their help again? It will happen and they will not be there waiting to help us in our time of need. I realize we have the ability and the resources to go it alone, but why would we want to do this? We had a huge ally base in our war with Al Qaida because there was reason to go to war. They made the first strike (well, at least in most nations' eyes, the World Trade Center was the first strike while others would claim that the U.S. has made plenty of "first strikes" against the Middle East before that time). We were justified. Now we are going to lose their support. This is definitely not a case of intelligent politics at work. Please, Mr. Bush, give the U.N. inspectors more time. There is no just cause. Don't do it.
Wednesday, 22 January 2003: Time for yet another "Darwinism Missed Me" award. This one goes out to Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Craig MacTavish who, after being pushed by the Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound, decided to strike back. He ripped the mascot's tongue out.
I realize that being a coach on a sports team is pretty rough from time to time. Players are never happy enough and take it out on you. Owners and General Managers are never satisfied unless you win and the coaches catch the brunt of that as well. Throw into the mix the mudslinging media and fans that hate you more than the plague and you could easily get downright ornery. I'm sure MacTavish has received more than his fair share of heckling and I'm sure it didn't help to be shoved by an eight-foot-tall overstuffed dog. But, what good does it do to attack a giant dog in front of all the fans? Are you trying to reaffirm your manhood? Do you really think you'll regain the respect of team brass or your players by exerting your fury against an extremely stupid-looking dog? Did you ever bother to think how bad you're going to look to legions of young fans who are going to be traumatized by the image of a grown man attacking a man in a dog costume? Have you ever seen Mallrats? Those poor kids probably still haven't recovered from the sight of two stoners attacking the Easter Bunny even if it was just a scene in a movie. Don't you think it would've been better to just be the bigger mammal and ignore the stupid mutt and move on?
My final question for MacTavish is, did you ever actually stop and just take a look at how pathetic Harvey the Hound is? The graphic above really does it no justice. Actually, I should say that it does it too much justice. In fact, the image really makes the mongrel look appealing. The actual costume is just sad. It's a mascot that you can't help but feel sorry for or just bust out laughing when you see it. If you'd like to see what I'm talking about, check out the Harvey the Hound photo gallery on the Calgary Flames website.
So, here's to you, Coach. Hope you feel like a real man now.
Tuesday, 21 January 2003: Katie and I saw a deuce of movies over this long Holiday weekend and, as far as we were concerned, they were both a bust. The first was A Guy Thing with Jason Lee and Julia Stiles. Not that I was expecting a great movie by any means, just something enjoyable with some wry wit provided the incredibly funny Lee. Nope... incredibly formulaic and predictable and definitely not worth the $5.50 that we paid for each ticket. The only redeeming thing about this flick was Julia Stiles in her flowered bikini top.
The second flick was About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson (really no point in listing anyone else in the cast since their characters are pretty minimal by comparison). While Nicholson was definitely at the top of his game and deserving of the Golden Globe he won on Sunday, the film was so exasperatingly long and boring and tedious and... you get the point. It just kept going and going until suddenly the screen went black and then the credits rolled. The ending was so abrupt that I swore the film print had been cut off. I don't think anybody in the theatre truly believed it was (finally) over. Other than Nicholson, I don't understand why this film wound up on so many reviewers' top ten lists for 2002. Yikes. And they get paid to do this.
Monday, 20 January 2003: I am so disappointed with the American moviegoing public. Back on the 13th, I mention how I hope that people will not be fooled into believing that Kangaroo Jack will be a good film. Hell, I was hoping people would think the same thing for National Security. Y'all proved me wrong. Wrong in the sense that you all have absolutely no taste whatsoever. Kangaroo Jack and National Security were #1 and 2 at the weekend box office, respectively. Not only was I expecting these two movies to do badly, but I figured that The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers would reclaim the #1 spot in the money making schema after losing it last week to Just Married. Instead, LOTR got bumped to #4 this weekend. This is really, truly sad. What the hell is wrong with you people?