My cousin needed to get a Newberry book for a book report, so I recommended The Westing Game, which I had recently been talking about with someone for some reason or another. The San Carlos branch had only one copy, and I decided to pick up a copy from the Belmont branch on the way back because, hell, I hadn't read the book since I was a kid and I wanted to re-read it. It took me about four hours (by which time my twelve-year-old cousin wasn't even up to page 30), and it is still as fiendishly clever as I remember. I still remembered most of the big surprises, but I had forgotten most of the details, so it was still a good read. It blew my mind when I was a kid, but it all seems so obvious to my older, more astute mind...that already knows the ending. Anyway, if you're a fan and you've been wondering whether it holds up, the answer is a definite yes.
Then, the Globes!
I always forget how enjoyable the Globes are. Because they're so much less formal and stuffy, and they actually LET PEOPLE GIVE THEIR DAMN SPEECHES.
For instance, Sally Hawkins was so adorable! I have no idea who she is, but I kind of love her now. I like it when they get all emotional and flustered, it's cute. I didn't really have any desire to see Happy-Go-Lucky (I still have no clue what it's about), but I kind of want to see it now. Also because they used Kate Nash's "Merry Happy" in the clip.
Gabriel Byrne and Anna Paquin, really? Those were surprises to me. I haven't seen either show, but I would not have predicted that at all. They were showing the love to the new shows, I guess?
How great is Laura Linney? I haven't seen John Adams, but I think she's just so great.
It's still bizarre that Heath Ledger is dead. It feels wrong somehow, like we ended up in the wrong universe and there's another one where he's still making movies and the Joker shows up in the next Batman flick.
I need to see In Bruges. The library has it, but I have a feeling it's going to be hard to get this week.
Steven Spielberg is pretty cool.
Kate Winslet's second win was AMAZING. Oh my God. I have seen neither movie she won for and am not really interested in either one, but that freakout was awesome. "Oh God, who's the other one?" ahahahaha. I love that the first thing she did was apologize; that was absolutely hilarious. And she was NOT going to wrap it up, hee! Oh, awards shows.
Of course, the big thing tonight was BROWN FEVER WOOOOO. A lot more people are going to want to see Slumdog Millionaire now. Go see it! It is, indeed, good!
Anil Kapoor is such a spaz with his jumping up and waving his arms. I think he thought he was on ZEE TV or something. My cousin said he was representin' and that she would do the same thing, and so would I. INDIA IN DA HIZOUSE! It is sort of neat, the acknowledgement and attention this movie is bringing Indians. Unless everyone starts calling us slumdogs, in which case we will wrap them up in saris and throw them in the Ganges.
Here is the HFPA choosing the best score: "Oscar music, Oscar music, Oscar music, Oscar music, OMG LISTEN TO THESE INDIAN BEATS LET'S GIVE THIS AN AWARD." Also, as far as I know, A.R. Rahman's last name is pronounced like it looks. I have no idea why it would be pronounced "Roo-mun." What are you smoking, announcer dude and David Duchovny? Shahrukh didn't say it that way, and I think he'd know.
Shahrukh Khan was at the Golden Globes, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? Shahrukh Khan is a really big movie star who's been in some of the most popular Bollywood films of the last two decades. He's like the Indian Tom Cruise or something.
I can't believe they used such a spoilery clip! Grr. I suppose it's better than the clip they used for The Reader, which I think Kate Winslet was baffled and embarrassed by.
Now it remains to be seen what Slumdog's chances at the Oscars are. I haven't really seen most of the Oscar contenders besides that and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I did like.
To follow up a celebration of great art, I watched 2 Fast 2 Furious, which has to have one of the most ridiculous sequel titles in history. I enjoyed The Fast and the Furious, which I'd had a strange desire to see for years, and I'm making my way through the movies in preparation for the fourth one, which just removes the articles. This one wasn't really as interesting as the first one, which had pretty engaging characters, but it did have appearances by people I knew from TV shows, and that's always fun. Sucre! Harry Morgan!
Fine, in order to restore my cred, I'll also note that I checked out Danny Boyle's first movie, Shallow Grave, the other night. It was certainly interesting to see the Ninth Doctor a decade younger and not being like the Doctor at all. And it was Ewan McGregor's first movie! Look at all that hair! I suppose it was a good movie, but it made me feel bad about everything.