Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Dude in the news!

From the New York Times:

Dissertations on His Dudeness
Published: December 29, 2009

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 movie, “The Big Lebowski,” which stars Jeff Bridges as a beatific, pot-smoking, bowling-obsessed slacker known as the Dude, snuck up on the English-speaking world during the ’00s: it became, stealthily, the decade’s most venerated cult film. It’s got that elusive and addictive quality that a great midnight movie has to have: it blissfully widens and expands in your mind upon repeat viewings.

“The Big Lebowski” has spawned its own shaggy, fervid world: drinking games, Halloween costumes, bumper stickers (“This aggression will not stand, man”) and a drunken annual festival that took root in Louisville, Ky., and has spread to other cities. The movie is also the subject of an expanding shelf of books, including “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers” and the forthcoming “The Tao of the Dude.”

Where cult films go, academics will follow. New in bookstores, and already in its second printing, is “The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies,” an essay collection edited by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe (Indiana University Press, $24.95). The book is, like the Dude himself, a little rough around the edges. But it’s worth an end-of-the-year holiday pop-in. Ideally you’d read it with a White Russian — the Dude’s cocktail of choice — in hand.

This is just an excerpt of the article itself, which you can no longer access without registering online with the New York Times online (what a drag!).

But the whole idea is very, very promising.

Friday, January 01, 2010

More 2009 Reminiscing

Top 5 Favorite TV Shows of 2009

Well, make that the Top 4. Some brand new. One a bit older--but we finally got into the swing of it this year.

4. Mad Men
3. Modern Family
1. Tie: Castle
1. Tie: Better Off Ted

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dag! I forgot Mystery Team!

I forgot to add Mystery Team to my Top 5 Favorites list.
Allow me to revise:
5. Star Trek
4. Mystery Team
3. Zombieland
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. District 9

We saw this premiere at the Downtown Alamo (Ritz) a few months ago, complete with a Q&A from the Derrick Comedy gang after the movie and an after party at Lovejoy's after the Q&A.

Check out the green band trailer here.
Or the red band trailer for the over 17 crowd.
Check out the rest of their work here.
Boy Band is still my favorite, I do believe.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What the Cuss...there's a blog here??

Eee-youch. As we approach the 7-month mark of posting on our blog (my cut-off mark for deleting blogs I normally keep up with is 1 year--1 year, no post, sorry 'bout ya, bye), I figured we needed to get on the stick. So, at the behest of our readers (ok, at Christian's behest), I've decided to do a short posting of movies of 2009.

Now granted, we never did get around to seeing some of the acclaimed ones, like Up, or The Hangover, and we've yet to see Up in the Air, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Nine, The Road, etc, but the following are my Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2009 (Top 10 lists are too long--not to read, just to come up with).

Mind you, this is not a list of award-winning proportions or deep, cultural's simply of the Top 5 movies I enjoyed getting lost in the theater to. Pure popcorn enjoyment.

5. Terminator 4 (aka: Terminator Salvation)--Ah, the rise of the mighty Sam Worthington (and Bryce Dallas Howard rocks too). Oh yeah, and some guy named Christian Bale was in it as well.
4. Star Trek--lens flares! Beastie Boys!
3. Zombieland--perfect use of the cameo.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox--Wes Anderson finds his niche.
1. District 9--best sci-fi flick, hands down.

My Top 5 Least Favorite Movies of 2009:
5. 500 Days of Summer--I just had no patience for its contrived usage of young-life love and love-lost...then new love-found.
4. Paranormal Activity--those two were so completely annoying that I couldn't wait for one of them to get killed.
3. Transformers 2 (aka: Transformers: Rise of the Fallen)
2. Jennifer's Body
1. New Moon

I didn't actually see those last three, but I'm pretty sure if I had, I would have hated them.
(It's probably just coincidence that Megan Fox was in two of those).

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ah, Nostalgia

Another list from

Forgiving the obvious omission of A-ha, I would also like to nominate:
The Tubes, She's a Beauty,
Dexy's Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen
The Clash, Rock the Casbah
(ode to Posse East, Austin, TX!).

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"If Matchbox 20 isn't the headliner of this list, I'll uppercut a nun."


Posted by: Fredo, commenter at

This list is hilarious.

It takes me back to the best of times (Crowded House, Kate!) and the worst of times (I swear I will punch in the neck the next person on the SGA entertainment committee who wants to book the Gin Blossoms...or was it the Goo Goo Dolls? Who the hell can tell the difference?) at Lipscomb University.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Now I need a Falcon Crest version

Created by this guy.

This one's been around for awhile, but it's pretty good too:

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Whole Shootin' Game, The Whole Shootin' Set...

Evidently the American Independent Film movement can trace its roots back to a movie made in Austin in 1979 entitled "The Whole Shootin' Match." Eagle Pennell was 26 years old when he made the film for somewhere between $30,000 and $45,000, and Robert Redford has cited it as one of his inspirations for starting the Sundance Institute. Roger Ebert wrote an influential review of the movie in 1980 and reviewed it again in 2007 after the film was restored from a print discovered in Germany (of all places). Up to that point the film and its negatives were believed to be lost forever to the ravages of time.

Eagle Pennell died in 2002. He had few mourners as he had spent the last two decades of his life drinking away every ounce of goodwill that his little movie about a pair of perpetually hungover slackers had earned him. The actor who played one of those slackers was Lou Perryman. Perryman had achieved a certain cult status during his modest acting career and was recently murdered in his South Austin home by an imbalanced 26-year-old. The second half of the duo, Sonny Carl Davis, spent much of the 80's and 90's taking small supporting roles in film and television. Recollections of their experiences in making the landmark movie and working with Pennell are captured in an interview here.

A copy of "The Whole Shootin' Match" is sitting in a Netflix sleeve in our entertainment center. I'll let you know what I think about it over here soon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Far Out, Man. Far F***ing Out."

Dude! First Zombies, now this?

Something's afoot in Austin...maybe aliens are taking over. And maybe that's why that idiot kid walked onto the elevator BACKWARDS, ipod in ears, staring at something in the hallway, and onto ME trying to exit earlier today. I mean, seriously.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Seeing as I can't sleep anyway...

For the many reasons I curse this town (i.e. rampant laziness, terrible drivers, young-adults whose parents let them out into the real world having taught them literally nothing of the real world but self-involvement...really, it's ridiculous--they walk into oncoming traffic, so apparently, their parents didn't even teach them how to cross the street, etc...), there are usually at least close to an equal number of reasons why I kiss this town.
Check this out. A friend in Nashville pointed it out. Then CNN Headline News covered it.
I must have missed it Monday while awaiting the plumber to fix our water main leak...

Sunday, September 21, 2008


How can The Tennessean seriously think this was worth anyone's time?

I mean it.
How is it possible?
Go on.
Take a gander at all 26 pics and let me know what you think.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Team Tacodeli

I stepped onto the elevator yesterday at noon with my Tacodeli menu in hand. A coworker got on at the next floor. The following conversation transpired.

She said: Tacodeli, eh?

I said: Yeah. I've got to have it at least once a week.

She said: Dave [her husband] can get junk food on Tuesdays. I let him get whatever he wants.

(stunned) I said: Have you ever tried this place? It's really good.

She said: Why would I... I mean... I can make tacos at home.

The doors opened and she got off at the first floor before I could retort. "Not like these you can't."

I have no time for these people.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Where the Days are Longer and The Nights are Stronger than Moonshine

So, several weeks ago I went to visit the Fryes out in Ventura, CA.
Kate and I had been marveling over the fact that she and I hadn't had any solid face time, one-on-one, in about 6 1/2 years and decided it was time. Plus, I hadn't seen Tom in 3 1/2 years and hadn't seen Jackson since he was about 5 months old and he's about to turn TWO!
Anyway...we got a whole week. It was fantastic.

My accommodations in their newly renovated guest house were perfect and the gardens were lush and beautiful.
(Lush enough for my allergies to kick into high gear about 48 hours into my stay.)

We had a lunch party with the newly wedded Lisa and Dave.

Then we went to the beach (once on bikes!) and to a couple of parks and to the zoo (where we looked for alligator lizards in the air) and basically just relaxed and got caught up and hung out with Jackson (whose favorite movies were a toss up between Cars and Shrek:2--with Shrek:2 slightly in the lead).
One evening we even went hiking in one of the parks on a gorgeous mountain path.

Thank you to Kate and Tom and Jackson for such a wonderful time!!!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

No Excuses

No, not the brand of jeans...
(Although, I like the way you think...)

Ok, so there are no good excuses of where we've been with the blog, except that we've been busy.
Yeah, yeah, I know! Everyone gets busy!

So, just to get back on track, I should say:



And, Boy! I cannot wait to tell you about this cutie pie!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tagged by Mouse Tails

So, my friend, the Mouse Asthmatologist tagged me with a "six word memoir meme." The instructions were these: Write a six word memoir, then tag six others.

So, here's what I've got so far...

"Staggeringly indecisive, yet optimistic there's hope."

Or how about:
"Support our troops, Mice for Cancer!"

Wait, wait!
"Too old for Late Night Drinking"

"Happy Hour Hero more age appropriate"

Or, on an election night:
"Full onset Voter Anticipation Fatigue, *sigh*"

This is kind of fun, Mark, thanks!

I think I shall tag Jono, Emma, Danny, The Wagners of Rock, The LaCrowes, and the newly preggers Loopty Lou, who I am convinced is the first person to NOT do this.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Overheard in Texas

3.11.2008, KUT traffic report, 5:30pm

"Loose cattle, rather, one large bull, in the road on Highway 71E. If you are traveling towards Bastrop and are anywhere in the vicinity of the Hog Wild Bar & Grill, be on the lookout for a few hundred pounds of pot roast on the hoof in the median."

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What's the Point?

How do I know that New Year's Resolutions are meant to be broken?
Girl Scout Cookies go on sale the 3rd week in January.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Commuting Sentence

I drive 16 miles to and from work, and while the majority of the trip is on the MoPac Expressway, it often takes me almost 45 minutes to get to work and 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes to get home. Some folks in Austin have taken to referring to MoPac as MoPark. Clever.

MoPac, on a Sunday morning, I imagine.
I'd use the bus if I didn't have to transfer twice and have it take an hour and 40 minutes. A MetroRail project is underway. I'd use that too, but it won't expand to our neighborhood anytime soon.

So for now, unless we move to another part of town or I change jobs (which may well happen if the wrong person reads my last post), I'm stuck on MoPark.

On the bright side, there's one good thing about being stuck in traffic: You're not alone.