On the idea of the reds opening on the road

Yes, the weather was miserable yesterday, and yes, having the home opener a week later might lessen the chances of that kind of weather, but that totally misses the point of Opening Day.
Opening Day just wouldn’t be the same after a week of games. What’s great about Opening Day is the sense of newness and optimism. Every team is 0-0 and there’s still that chance for the Reds to go 162-0. If they started on the road then all that is ruined. When the team comes back 4-3, 3-4, or 0-7 then why even bother? Then reality has set in. Opening Day isn’t about reality. It’s about hope and rebirth and the belief that this year anything is possible.

My top and bottom movies of 2008

Limited of course to the movies I’ve seen.

The Best of 2008:
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Slumdog Millionaire
4. The Wrestler
5. The Dark Knight
6. Frost/Nixon
7. Gran Torino
8. Revolutionary Road
9. Milk
10. Iron Man
11. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
12. Rachel Getting Married
13. The Reader
14. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
15. Doubt
16. In Bruges

The Worst of 2008:

1. The Happening

2. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

3. Run, Fat Boy, Run

4. Yes Man

5. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

6. The X-Files: I Want to Believe

7. Be Kind Rewind

8. Eagle Eye

9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The 2008 Movies I’ve Seen

Once again it’s time for the annual list of movies from the previous year which I’ve seen, timed with the Oscars to give me a chance to see the films that take some time to make their way to Ohio.

January, 18 Cloverfield
January, 18 Cassandra’s Dream
January, 25 Rambo
February, 8 In Bruges
February, 14 Definitely, Maybe
February, 14 Jumper
February, 22 Be Kind Rewind
February, 22 Vantage Point
February, 29 The Other Boleyn Girl
March, 7 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
March, 7 The Bank Job
March, 14 Horton Hears a Who
March, 21 The Hammer
March, 28 21
March, 28 Run, Fat Boy, Run
April, 4 Leatherheads
April, 11 The Visitor
April, 18 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
April, 25 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
May, 2 Iron Man
May, 9 Speed Racer
May, 16 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
May, 22 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
June, 6 Kung Fu Panda
June, 13 The Incredible Hulk
June, 13 The Happening
June, 20 Get Smart
June, 27 Wanted
June, 27 WALL-E
July, 2 Hancock
July, 11 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
July, 11 Journey to the Center of the Earth
July, 18 The Dark Knight
July, 25 The X-Files: I Want to Believe
July, 25 Man on Wire
August, 1 Frozen River
August, 6 The Pineapple Express
August, 13 Tropic Thunder
August, 15 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
August, 22 Hamlet 2
September, 12 Burn After Reading
September, 19 The Duchess
September, 26 Eagle Eye
October, 3 Rachel Getting Married
October, 3 Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
October, 3 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
October, 10 City of Ember
October, 10 Happy-Go-Lucky
October, 24 Synecdoche, New York
October, 24 The Changeling
October, 31 Zack and Miri Make a Porno
November, 7 Role Models
November, 12 Slumdog Millionaire
November, 14 Quantum of Solace
November, 21 Bolt
November, 26 Milk
November, 26 Australia
December, 5 Frost/Nixon
December, 10 The Reader
December, 12 The Day the Earth Stood Still
December, 12 Gran Torino
December, 12 Doubt
December, 17 The Wrestler
December, 19 Yes Man
December, 25 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
December, 25 Valkyrie
December, 26 Revolutionary Road

That’s 67, the most since I’ve started keeping track.


My 2009 Oscar Checklist

“X” marks the movies I’ve seen.
Best Picture
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “Milk”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Actor
X – Richard Jenkins – “The Visitor”
X – Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon”
X – Sean Penn – “Milk”
X – Brad Pitt – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”
Best Supporting Actor
X – Josh Brolin – “Milk”
X – Robert Downey Jr. – “Tropic Thunder”
X – Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Doubt”
X – Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”
X – Michael Shannon – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Actress
X – Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
X – Angelina Jolie – “Changeling”
X – Melissa Leo – “Frozen River”
X – Meryl Streep – “Doubt”
X – Kate Winslet – “The Reader”
Best Supporting Actress
X – Amy Adams – “Doubt” (Miramax)
X – Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
X – Viola Davis – “Doubt”
X – Taraji P. Henson – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – Marisa Tomei – “The Wrestler”
Best Director
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – David Fincher
X – “Frost/Nixon” – Ron Howard
X – “Milk” – Gus Van Sant
X – “The Reader” – Stephen Daldry
X – “Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle
Best Animated Feature Film
X – “Bolt”
X – “Kung Fu Panda”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Adapted Screenplay
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Doubt”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Original Screenplay
X – “Frozen River
X – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
X – “In Bruges”
X – “Milk”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Cinematography
X – “Changeling”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Art Direction
X – “Changeling”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “The Duchess”
X – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Costume Design
X – “Australia”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Duchess”
X – “Milk”
X – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Documentary Feature
   – “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
   – “Encounters at the End of the World”
   – “The Garden”
X – “Man on Wire”
   – “Trouble the Water”
Best Documentary Short Subject
   – “The Conscience of Nhem En”
   – “The Final Inch”
   – “Smile Pinki”
   – “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306”
Best Editing
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “Milk”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Foreign Language Film
   – “The Baader Meinhof Complex” – Germany
   – “The Class” – France
   – “Departures” – Japan
   – “Revanche” – Austria
   – “Waltz with Bashir” – Israel
Best Makeup
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
Best Original Score
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Defiance”
X – “Milk”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Original Song
X – “Down to Earth” – “WALL-E”
X – “Jai Ho” – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “O Saya” – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Animated Short
   – “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
   – “Lavatory – Lovestory”
   – “Oktapodi”
X – “Presto”
   – “This Way Up”
Best Live Action Short
   – “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
   – “Manon on the Asphalt”
   – “New Boy”
   – “The Pig”
   – “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
Best Sound Editing
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Iron Man”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
X – “Wanted”
Best Sound Mixing
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
X – “Wanted”
Best Visual Effects
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Iron Man”
–1/26: Added “The Wrestler” and “Rachel Getting Married”
–2/7: Added “Revolutionary Road”, “The Duchess”, “Man On Wire”, and “The Visitor”
–2/9: Added “Happy-Go-Lucky”
–2/14: Added “Frozen River”
–2/22: Added “Defiance”

Syracuse 10 – Cincinnati30


“Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win. Fight to the finish, never give in. You do your best boys, we’ll do the rest boys. Onward to victory!”

Seriously people?!

A week and a half ago 300,000 people were without power here. Traffic lights weren’t working for days.
Today the power goes out again in large parts of Kettering, Centerville, and Beavercreek and people STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A TRAFFIC LIGHT ISN’T WORKING?!?! Seriously?! A week and a half ago NO traffic lights were working. How have people not figured it out yet?!

Thank God Paul Hackett didn’t win his election

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and wunderkind Paul Hackett on Daily Kos:

Both elements of strategy, an offensive and defensive plan appear to be absent in Southern Ohio.
The solution rests with local surrogates on the ground spreading the attack face to face coupled with an air campaign via radio and TV.
The message is simple and the professionals can refine it but essentially it should contain these elements:
“Sarah Palin? Can’t keep her solemn oath of devotion to her husband and had sex with his employee. Sarah Palin? Accidentally got pregnant at age 43 and the tax payers of Alaska have to pay for the care of her disabled child. Sarah Palin? Unable to teach her 16 year old daughter right from wrong and now another teenager is pregnant. Sarah Palin? Can you trust Sarah Palin and her values with America’s future? John McCain? Divorced from his first wife one month and marries a billionaire influence peddler and convicted felon. John McCain, a record of rash and impulsive decisions. That’s not change that’s more of the same.”
Daily Kos: Obama is losing Ohio

Stay classy Paul Hackett.

McCain’s Speech

My admittedly biased take…
It wasn’t the most soaring of rhetoric, and with McCain it was never going to be. But to a certain extent I think I fell in love with the idea of John McCain somewhere between the beginning of the introductory video and the end of the speech. The idea of a man who has truly given his life to his country and a man who has put his country first. Senator McCain may have fallen in love with his country while in another person’s country, but I think I fell in love with John McCain when I fully realized the love he had for his country. There’s a real power to his character and a real contrast with Senator Obama. You can really see that contrast just in their bio videos. Obama’s was a video about… Obama. About his search for himself. John McCain’s was a litany of the ways in which he has devoted himself to his country. What he has done for his country.
I went in to the speech with a McCain pin alongside a McCain button on my shirt, but I don’t think I truly appreciated John McCain’s story.
Some are going to say he doesn’t stand a chance, but they’ve been saying something similar for 8 years straight. There is a path to victory for John McCain here if they play their cards right and for the past month they’ve shown that they can in fact play their cards right.
It’s on.

And that is why McCain picked her

She’s certainly a fighter. She’s authentic, she’s serious, she’s gotten results in the past, she gives a darn good speech, she won’t be backing down to Joe Biden, and she won’t be backing down to Barack Obama.

The constant attacks on Palin

The constant attacks on Gov Palin have been staggering (and probably entirely predictable). In the past we’ve been able to diagnose this as “Bush Derangement Syndrome”, but I have a feeling we’ve moved into a new era here and are in need of new terminology. As such I would like to humbly offer this:
Palinoia: The belief that the subject’s lack of knowledge about another person is evidence of that other person’s lack of knowledge.