Wish I had a Telly

John Oliver is coming out with a new show, "Last Week Tonight".  Sounds like it will essentially be his podcast The Bugle, now on telly.  hmmm, NPR's podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour had an interesting segment in their last show commenting that these news-comedians do have a perspective, even when they claim that they don't.  John Oliver sure does, which is why I find him hard to stomach at times.  It's that sort of left-leaning-Republicans-are-idiots perspective.

dunno.  he's not that bad however.  maybe it's just that when I'm sympathetic to his perspective I don't find him grating.

well anyway, he's moving up in the world.  and that makes me so mad given that he's only about 3 years older than myself.  ha ha.


google, brin and his women.

yeah, vanity fair published this article about brin's affair with a 25 year old co-worker, separation and divorce.  of course I had to read it, for the juicy story and alluring photos of brin & his new lover sporting google glasses, of his ex, and of her ex.  although I couldn't tell exactly what the point of the story was other than to exploit a love affair?

maybe I've idealized vanity fair.  in addition to producing substantial content, it is a glorified version of people magazine.


tv shows that hold up

i've seen the bbc version of the office way way way too many times now.  but just had to say that this is a series that most definitely holds up.  you can watch these shows over and over and over again, and they are still funny and you will notice things and see other jokes that you never noticed before.

ah, I love it.  basking in the hilarity of merchant and gervais' writing.


The Social Network or Movies that Hold Up Part Deux

Just sat down and watched another gripping 'network' movie; "The Social Network".  This movie ALSO holds up; it's the 2nd or 3rd time I've seen it.  Wanted to watch it again mostly b/c I realized from watching "Now You See Me" how much I like Jesse Eisenburg.

 I think that Mark Zuckerbug was a great role for him ~  a quick talking, quick-thinking smart ass.

I wonder how much drama was fueled into 'the social network' and how much of it was for real?  For real those two lawsuits took place, but then since The Winkelvoss Twins and Saverin signed non-disclosure agreements I guess that we will never know all the gory/juicy details.  Except that I maybe need to re-read that Vanity Fair interview with Winklevoss twins from awhile back, yeah they may have spilled some interesting tidbits in there.

Oh, and btw, if those guys are bitter about what Zuckerbug did to them, I think they need a big smack in the head with a frying pan; since walking away with $65 million (as stated at the end of 'The Social Network") is a pretty sweet dealio.  I wouldn't mind getting screwed over by someone and getting $65 million as my consolation prize.  Please, someone out there, screw me over in such a way that I can sue you and get $65 million!  PLEASE!!!!!

No, but really what I'm trying to say, or wanting to ask, is what, for a person with my low-attention span for movies, made Social Network so watchable?  Because I watched it with minimal interruption (checking twitter, e-mail, FB etc.)  Was it Eisenburg's acting, Sorkins' writing, or the story itself?

Dunno, but for whatever reason the movie fascinated me and I may in fact even watch it again.


Movies that hold up

I couldn't sleep last Wednesday night and rather circuitously decided to watch GoodFellas.

This is the third time that I've seen it in the past five years.  And it was still pretty good.  You can't go wrong with Debra Winger, or (obviously!) Robert DeNiro.  And I like the way that it's narrated by the main character.  Had to follow it up with Donnie Brosco, which I haven't seen since I was a very little girl.  One of Johnny Depp's better roles.

And yesterday since it was a Sunday afternoon and therefore I was entitled to be lazy I watched Network, which is a new discovery for me.

Now I've seen it three times in about the past six months.  And it definiately held up as well.  Although all of the talk about 'television being the ultimate reality' started to sound a bit cheesy and heavy handed.  Too overt, and please, Paddy Chayevsky, can you really be so dismissive of a medium that you've commited your entire career to (presuming that he thinks movies to be on the same plane as television).  

Er, maybe what I mean to say is that sure, the media is overbearing and has undue influence in the way that we think; to the point that the effect can be almost hypnotic; but we somehow have to live with it, within the bound of twitter, and FaceBook, and television and movies, since that is the way the people communicate.

But no, the performances in Network are well worth watching time and time again.  And the dialogue is great, although I don't think that people really speak so eloquently or with such a diverse vocabulary. But anyway, it is intelligent dialogue.  So that's cool too.