Cheer Up: It’s Monday Randomness!

When I got out of my car in front of the Funky Carter offices this morning, there was a strange scent in the air that I couldn’t place. After a few moments of standing there sniffing, I realized it smelled strongly of anise. Why? I do not know.

Must be time for some Monday Randomness.

1. I hope you all had good Thanksgivings — and hopefully a few days off in which you relaxed and/or partied. I was disheartened to discover that there was not, in fact, a Match Game marathon this year (it was Family Feud; bah), but maybe the marathon actually aired on Christmas last year and I’m just getting holidays confused in my old age.

On the plus side, however, there was an all day marathon of Rock of Love on VH-1, so all was not lost. Seriously, though, it disturbs me how easily I get sucked into that show — and I Love New York, for that matter — when I pride myself on being too cool for TV. It really is a good thing I don’t have cable. Who knows what kind of crap I might get addicted to?

2. My mom and I bucked tradition this year and not only went to a movie Thursday night, but Wednesday night as well. Wednesday we saw American Gangster, which was highly entertaining, although not entirely groundbreaking. It was like a pastiche of Serpico, The French Connection, Scarface, Goodfellas, and just about every other crime/gangster/cop drama of the last thirty years. I must confess that even though I find Russell Crowe to be a massive twat, this is the second movie in the last couple months (3:10 to Yuma being the other one) that I’ve really enjoyed him in. Hell, I don’t know, maybe I’ve got him all wrong. Maybe that hotel clerk was asking to have a phone chucked at his head.

3. Thanksgiving night we went to see the new Coen brothers movie No Country for Old Men, and several days later, I’m still thinking about. The less you know about it going in the better, but suffice it to say it’s incredibly well made, very suspenseful, and graphically violent (I know, such cheery holiday viewing). It also has one of the bleakest endings I can remember, which I’m still somewhat unsettled about, but I’m now dying to read the Cormac McCarthy novel on which the movie is based, and I can’t wait to go see it again, so I guess that means I liked it.

Seriously, though, I’m going to have nightmares every time I see Javier Bardem now. Yeesh.

4. Continuing in a cinematic vein, there was an article on yesterday about the tenth anniversary of Good Will Hunting which got me feeling kind of weird and sentimental. Not because the movie holds some special place in my heart, but because the realization that it is ten years old made me feel incredibly ancient. And it brought me back to a very innocent, very hopeful time in my life. It’s funny the odd things that can trigger strong memories.

5. On a happier (and appropriately random) note, I was pleased to discover a box of white chocolate hot cocoa from a year ago sitting in the back of the kitchen cabinet this morning. It was like finding money in your pocket, only better, because hi: white chocolate. Mmm. I just downed a mug whilst typing this up and damn if it isn’t a nice way to start the morning. Or in my case, end it.

And on that note, enjoy your day, because I’m done. Goodnight, sweet readers.

19 thoughts on “Cheer Up: It’s Monday Randomness!

  1. 1- I love white chocolate
    2- GOOD WILL HUNTING!!!!! OMG I remember that coming out, I was working on the first professional play ever, I was tech, but still it had the words professional in it…anyway, omg, I feel old.
    3- too scared to see No country for Old Men….are there eyeball parts??? Or teeth parts???? (Like them getting gouged out or kicked in)

  2. Perhaps the anise smell was from someone else having an absinthe party nearby? I AM a trend-setter, after all… my sway makes it all the way to New England. (Humor me.)

    I was already feeling old this week, but the mention of Good Will Hunting being ten years old only solidifies that. Also, I saw a movie this weekend, too, but it is not one you probably need to see. Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are both very, very pretty, but “August Rush” was a sap-fest with little to offer beyond that. (That is my 20-word review, for whatever it’s worth.)

  3. I am so gonna go see No Country now that I’ve finally found a theater near me that’s showing it.

    I think I’m going to stay uncheered up today. Jut for fun. (And if anyone tells me it looks like I have a case of the Mondays I’m going to stab them with my dagger eyes. :D )

  4. That’s weird because I was just wondering the other day when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are going to write another movie together because they’re damn good at it.

  5. After all of my visits, I saw Into the Wild on Thanksgiving night. I’ve been wanting to see it and it did not disappoint.

    I’ve heard goog things about American Gangster and read a great review of No Country for Old Men. I almost saw it on Saturday night, but missed it with other activities.

    I’m a Good Will Hunting fan. It’s time has passed. Damon and Affleck have each done lesser and greater things. Regardless, the movie works for me.

  6. Aaaahhhh, Good Will Hunting, a time we were all still fooled that Ben Affleck was talented. Still love the seen “Have to Go See About a Girl”.

    Can’t wait for “I Am Legend”, anyone?

  7. I hate liking Russel Crowe in movies, but it’s true, he can be damn good despite his bastardly ways. Also, if you are finding yourself liking some Cormac McCarthy, read “The Road.” I’m still thinking about it, and I read it months ago.

  8. On my way to NH on Wednesday, I stopped to help MiniMe take off her sweater and when I got out of the car I smelled something.


    I was by a tree farm.

  9. Jenn: No eyeballs or teeth, but a lot of blood, and an unending sense of dread and tension. Also, people getting killed with a cattle gun, which is just disgusting.

    Stefanie: You know, I think you’re right. In fact, there was an article in the local indie paper the other day about how absinthe parties have been making their way out here, inspired by a blogger in MN.

    Poppy: I’m fighting the urge to write that you look like you have a case of the Mondays.

    NPW: May of 2008, dork. I’ve only mentioned it on here like, a thousand times. It’s almost like you don’t pay attention to what I…

    never mind.

    Rebekah: For some reason that just made me think of an article on The Onion a few months ago: “Ben Affleck Hoping Jason Bourne Has Sidekick In Next Movie”.

    Greg: American Gangster was good pop entertainment, but if you’re going to see one, I can’t recommend No Country enough.

    Tara: Yes, a classic movie moment. Fun fact: I Am Legend is the third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel. The first, with Vincent Price, was The Last Man on Earth. It was remade again in the seventies with Chuck Heston as The Omega Man. Naturally, I have a real affinity for that one. Will Smith can’t compare to Chuck Heston running around post-apocalyptic LA in a groovy white pantsuit machine-gunning mutated humans.

    Noelle: I LOVE The Road. (And yes, I read it before it was an Oprah pick.) Definitely one that stays with you. I hear they’re making a movie, which I guarantee will suck.

    Sobe: Ah, what a wonderful smell. I can’t get enough of it between now and Christmas.

    Evil Kate: Of course we missed you. Welcome back!

    Fij: Massive twat.

  10. btw did I tell you that I invented a holiday drink, Aaron? Hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schnapps in it. Maybe I didn’t invent it, I don’t remember, but it’s yummy. It’s great for holiday parties – you know – instead of gross Mike’s hard lemonade ;-)

  11. Good info, thank you Ace. And you are right, although I have a little nook in my heart for the Fresh Prince, nothing compares to Ben Hur himself, Mr Planet of the Apes, NRA for Life, Chuck Heston.

  12. Fij: Massive twat.

    Beatrice: I’m not sure if you “invented” that, but it sounds delish. If I have this holiday party I’ve been talking about, I’m going to drink a bazillion of those.

    T: I do what I can to help the world with my nerd knowledge.

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