Tuesday, November 3, 2009

To discuss a month in review: October 2009

October is one of my favorite times of the year, what with the autumn foliage (suck on that Australia... just kidding, love you), its new TV shows, its football and its playoff baseball. The downside: There are no federal holidays I could take off. Let's invent one. Please leave nominations.

While you do that, let's take a look at the October Month in Review.

For a flashback, here's October 2008.

Favorite movie: "Zombieland" I love zombie movies. I love funny, quirky movies. I love random references to Ghostbusters. I love Zombieland. Easy enough, right?

Runner-Up (Two): "16 Candles" Capricorn couldn't believe it, but I hadn't seen "16 Candles" (or "Pretty in Pink, or a plethora of other 80s movies) before. So she made me watch it, and it was very enjoyable. Kind of funny watching a pubescent John Cusack.
"Wanted" It was a bit Matrix/Eagle Eye, but still managed to come up with some new tricks (landing a car on the side of a bus/shooting bullets in a circle), had at least somewhat plausible answers to obvious questions (a healing pool that makes up for the fact these assassins get shot at all the time) and had Angelina Jolie, who was perfect for the role and made me forget she's got 20 kids. Unless she only took the role so she could learn how to train her kids to be assassins. Because that would be genius. Watch out, Jennifer Aniston!

Least favorite movie: "Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporer" I am a huge fan of the first Mummy movie; I had a huge thing for Rachel Weisz, and it had all the funny lines and good action you could want this side of Indiana Jones. The second movie had the annoying kid, but still had you along for a great ride. The Scorpion King, the branch-off version starring the Rock, was, um ... how about that first Mummy? So when I finally got around to the latest Mummy, now with Jet Li and with Maria Bello, I at least hoped to be entertained. Sweet fancy mustard, no. It was believable for Rachel Weisz to be an English professor-type; it was ridiculous to ask Maria Bello to do the same. It was fun watching Brendan Fraser battle mummies; it wasn't that much fun watching his now grown-up son do it while he and dad tried to force some father-son bonding. Oh, and there are Yetis.

Favorite song: "Wishing Well" Airborne Toxic Event. Listen to it once. It'll get stuck in your head, but in a good way. Not like that "This is the song that never ends" Lambchops song. Which is now stuck in your head.

Runner-up: "Forever" Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne and Eminem. I'm on a real big rap kick right now. It's like I'm 16 all over again, except this time it's even more awkward.

Least favorite song: Anything Mariah Carey has done lately. So I guess that includes Nick Cannon.

Favorite TV Show: "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I think I was too jaded about the end of Seinfeld to catch on to this show when it started. Now that the Seinfeld cast is making guest appearances, I'm just jumping on board.

Runner-up: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" A little uneven- didn't really love the World Series episode- but at its best, one of the best comedies going. I told Capricorn she should dress like Desert Rose for Halloween. She told me to dress like Desert Grape ... Highlight this season so far: Charlie's blind date ("I'm a full on rapist."... "You mean philathropist?")

(Modern Family
gets an honorable mention, as does Say Yes to the Dress, if Capricorn had her say)

Worst TV show: "The Girls Next Door." On top of being creepy, now the girls aren't even likeable. I'm too old to date the twins. I'm in my mid-20s.

Best moment: Capricorn and I having a daylong date in Gettysburg, which included seeing Little Round Top and Zombieland- those are two different things. Runner-up: Fall Fest 2009

Worst moments: Not a worst moment for me, but man, some of you really love your Glee, don't you?

Best decision: Taking the latter part of last week to visit my college and talk to high schoolers about becoming journalists. One student was even kind enough to ask how much I make. Once I stopped crying and took the pistol out of my mouth, I was more than glad to help her. I also got to see my parents, who have updated me on everything our neighbors are doing. What are parents for?

Favorite Blog Post by Me: It's just fun to make fun of the very things we used to love, isn't it?

Favorite Blog Entry by Someone Else: LiLu did her very own Post Secret event, and the results were legen... wait for it

Blogger of the Month: ... dary. And that, among many reasons, is why LiLu gets my Blogger of the Month award for October 2009. Maybe this will finally make her family proud of her.

I have my doubts.


LiLu said...

I would lick your face if I didn't think you might take out a restraining order on me.

Hell, I'll do it anyway.


Thanks so much, love!

Children of the 90s said...

Who are you?? How have you not seen 16 Candles? Well, I suppose it's better late than never.

Modern Family is ah-mazing, I can't get enough. It's been pretty much playing on constant loop on Hulu on my laptop. And I must say, Capricorn has great taste: I love Say Yes to the Dress. I swear I saw my boyfriend enjoying it, too, but I could be wrong.

Loved loved LiLu's postsecret, too!

Anonymous said...

So with you about the Mummy movie. I love the first one, even the second. But this new installment was trash. And you're on point saying Bello was entirely unbelievable. That accent she had? Jeeeeeez.

Kellie said...

Love LiLu. She most definitely deserves this award. :)

And IASIP is my favorite show of all times. Desert Rose would have been a great costume! I unfortunately already had my costume ready to go before that episode aired. Damn it. Next year. I'm ready!

Amy xxoo said...

Australia has a national holiday in October - suck on that Andy! Just kidding, i love you...

Also, whats up with never having seen " 16 Candles "? And if you liked young JOhn Cusack in that i say grab Capricorn, some microwave popcorn and sit down and watch " Say Anything ". 80's Cusack at his absolute best.

P said...

You'd never seen "Sixteen Candles" before????


Andy said...

All- Considering 16 Candles came out when I still needed a bib, I think it's OK I hadn't seen it. Glad I did, and I'll try to catch up, but it's like being bewildered a 15-year-old hasn't seen Mighty Ducks.

Jenners said...

I'm a huge Curb Your Enthusiasm fan ...though I do think this season isn't nearly as good as his previous ones. If you haven't started from the beginning, you must go back and catch the first few seasons. They are pure genius. The chef with Tourrettes episode just makes me laugh thinking about it.

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