Greatness: “Thank You for Smoking”

April 8, 2006 at 2:56 pm (Culture)

"When someone tries to act like some sort of expert, you can respond, 'who says?'" (Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor in "Thank You for Smoking") I'm no expert, but that is one of the many great lines in the film.

Last night I nearly succombed to the comfort of my oh-so-supple leather recliner; it was a fight to convince myself that I needed to keep my plans to head to Uptown Dallas to catch the flick and not just fall asleep in front of the television.

I couldn't be happier with my decision. "Thank You for Smoking" is among the funniest, wittiest, and most clever films I have ever seen. What struck me is… though the topic is to satirically portray big tobacco and their interests it actually has a deeper message.

Nick Naylor is the spokesperson – Spin Doctor – for the "American Institute for Tobacco Studies" (or something like that). He is a master at argument and spin; but he's also divorced with a pre-teen son and wants to be a better father. Hint: that's there the core message lies. I won't give too much away since the movie is still fresh in theatres. What I will do is recommend this movie highly – HIGHLY – to anyone who wants to laugh at some clever 'spin' for 90 minutes and come away with some great quotes with which you can impress your friends.

Film's website here

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How “Wife Swap” could change me…

March 28, 2006 at 2:47 am (Personal)

Maybe it's just the monthly female hormones talking. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for a sad child's face. Whatever the reason, it was as if a Hallmark moment occurred in my apartment this evening as I watched the reality television show, Wife Swap. (Yes, I just admitted to watching a reality show. I swear it was a one-time thing. Nothing else was on. Really!)

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In Memory of Grandma

March 24, 2006 at 4:31 am (Personal)

On Tuesday, my last surviving grandparent – my mother’s 90 year old mother – died. She survived her husband by over twenty years and for a while there we were certain she’d survive most everyone else in our family. As unfortunate as any death is, hers though, was bittersweet.

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Giving in to peer pressure…

March 24, 2006 at 4:11 am (Uncategorized)

So. Here I am – BLOGGING. My co-workers would never believe it. But, since I went to SXSW last week (yee-ha!) and was pelted by the endless onslaught of Blog-this and Blog-that, I feel I’d be doing myself an injustice if I didn’t give into pop-culture yet again (remember New Kids on the Block?). Heck, at least half the people I met had more than one blog. I had never even read one.

Peer pressure again is driving a part of my existence. I hope that this time I will neither be embarrassed or humiliated by succombing to the urgings of those around me. Like that time I went along with moving John’s hand to Debbi’s ass during the 8th grade graduation dance; yeah, like they’d never have seen me going… Or, that time when I was 18 and drank 6 Bud’s within the span of little more than an hour on a stomach full of Sour Gummy strips and corn chips – you get the picture. Hopefully, it will be an experience like that of joining the New Kids on the Block bandwagon. I mean, what girl didn’t want to be the next Mrs. Donnie Wahlberg?

I’m KIDDING! Sheesh…

What’s my blog about? Crap – hadn’t really thought that part through, which means anything I have on my mind.

Humble Notes:

1. I will not pretend to be a good writer. It’s something I want to work on, but I’d appreciate if you feel the urge to point out my faults that you provide only constructive criticism.

2. I will not pretend that what I post is actually interesting to anyone but myself. The way I figure it, it’s better than saving a bunch of Word files on my machine that never see the light of day.

3. I will probably sound somewhat dimwitted at times. That’s just who I am.

4. Finally, I’m still learning this system – bear with me, please? (There’s nothing in it for you though, sorry.)

On that note, I’m outtie….

Hang tough,

E

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