Saturday, July 31, 2004

"Feel The Power of the Dark Crystal"

Mike, Brandon, Sarah and I met up with Kirsten at The Living Room for drinks. We had a nice time. We decided to keep the main event low key (we were all tired, and some of us injured) so we went to a midnight showing of The Dark Crystal.



I had never seen it before -- it was pretty f-ed up. Very bizarre, very freaky. There were some funny parts but I just don't understand how that movie was marketed to kids back in 1982. It was scary-looking.

Anyways, that's what we did. I'm damn tired and I'm going to bed. I'll have a picture of Shar Jackson and Kevin Federline's new baby boy tomorrow.

Buy Your Own Damn Penis Cake Pan

Tonight is Stephanie's bachelorette party and Erik was in charge of the headgear (i.e. tiara or something) and the cake (in the shape of a penis). He was running late so while he was in the shower Mike and I went to Pricilla's adult novelty store (which is a welfare version of Lover's Lane). We had to purchase the penis cake pan in a store full of couples buying dildos and the like. It was not fun! We made the purchase as quick as we could and on the way out of the store I noticed an older gentleman holding an inflatable woman ... it was gross!

So while Erik was making the cake, Mike, Brandon and I went to see The Manchurian Candidate.



It was a very good movie. Very freaky and not what I expected. After the movie we had dinner at Pizzeria UNO and then came home. We are due to meet up with Kirsten for drinks and such. Stay tuned ...

There's Always Next Season

It is my sad duty to report that the kickball season is over; we closed out the season with another double loss. I know that losing 4 games in a row makes it sound like we suck but we so don't! I'm telling you, we were not meant to win any game last night. We led the entire first game until we fell apart in one inning to give up like 6 runs -- we lost. Then in the second game we also led the entire time. In the 5th inning the other team was up to kick and it started to rain, the ball got wet and slippery and we just couldn't catch it. They scored the runs to win by one point and then it started to pour, the referee (who was really shitty btw) called the game and they won again. It just wasn't meant to be. But, we're all playing in the fall league (every week in September) so we'll be back to regain our glory.

FALL LEAGUE! QUOP NEVER DIES!!

BTW: Adam totally reneged on playing dong out! I think I'm gonna sue!

Anyways, after the game the guys (the straight ones plus Erik) went to Canada for Steve's bachelor party for some boobie bar action. Brandon came out to watch our games and decided to not go see the strippers. Instead he hung out with the rest of us for Kirsten's birthday. We couldn't find a bar that wasn't overcrowded so we hung out at Kirsten's place. We did cake (baked by Michael T.) and presents and had a really fun time.


Cheeeese!


Lemon Drop shots make pretty faces.


Kirsten & her friend Rose. She looks sweet but Rose can incapacitate you with just 2 fingers.


The Flager Narcolepsy strikes again!

You can see the rest of the pictures HERE.

In other news, I found out that I am worth a measly $1,871,454.00 -- which is a bunch of bull shizz if you ask me. You can find out how much you are worth by visiting HumanForSale.com.

There isn't much goss for today. I do have a tiny Brit update:





Britney was out in Malibu with her mom while Kevin was out shopping with his dude at the same time. He looks like he's getting something altered or tailor made for him. Hmmm, I wonder what it could be?

That is all for now, Michael T., Brandon and I are going to hang out again tonight while Erik goes out with Stephanie for her Bachelorette party. I believe we are hooking up with Kirsten for more birthday celebrations.

Don't forget to check out the blue moon tonight.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Free Ballin'?

First things first, Happy Birthday to our dear fashionista Kirsten! She turns a beautiful 25 today

I feel much better today. Mike and I stayed out late last night and I didn't go to sleep until 3am but I slept until 12:30pm today. I am well-rested. And can I just say how happy I am that it is still July? Just today, the evil specter of having to return to work has reared its ugly head. The beginning-of-the-school-year informational packet (with return dates, seminars, blah blah blah) arrived in my mailbox. But, I can take heart that I have ALL of August to look forward to without having to think about going back to work. Sure there are some days in August when I'll have to go in to do some school-year preparations but, technically, I'll still be on vacation. Woo!

There is a rumor that tonight's kickball game (our last of the regular season) is going to be played sans clothes; here's an excerpt from an email (from team mate Adam) to the entire team, "Why don't we play dong out kickball, or in the ladies case, all smiles." Hahahahah! I'll have the camera with me just in case there is some dong/smile action.

Today's Britney update comes from Montana Nails along trendy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA. Note how she flashes her bling and shows off her tattoo:




There is a rumor going around that Britney has moved up her wedding to next month. It is being reported that she wants to get married at the $3 million dollar mansion she just purchased. November is a long way away and with the way Brit-Brit has been acting lately I wouldn't be surprised if she did move the wedding date up. We'll see ...

In other news:

Okay, I'm out. The rest of today will be busy so I'll update as soon as I can.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Quop Never Dies

Okay, let me get the bad news out of the way first.  We ended up losing both games tonight.  But let me tell you, we played great regardless.  I didn't feel so bad losing to the #1 team in the league.  In the first game, we were down by 4 points and we ended up rallying in the bottom of the last inning to tie up the score.  Instead of deeming the game a tie (a win for both teams) he decided to make us play one more inning.  They scored, we didn't -- they won by one point.  In the second game we were more sloppy and just let the game get away from us.  We did play great though, lots of teamwork, lots of great plays.  I am not a great loser by any means, but I was proud of our performance tonight.  Mark got to sub in for Mike after he hurt his groin region in the 4th inning of the first game.  Mike was able to score a point and then had to sit out for the rest of the evening.  Mark was very happy to play.  He is now an honorary Quopper!

We have 2 games tomorrow night and I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that we are going to win them both.

After the game, Kirsten, Erik, Mike and I were supposed to go to The Detroit Art Space to see Xiu Xiu perform.  Kirsten and Erik ended up opting out and Mike and I went instead.  I don't even know how to adequately describe the show.  They were very art rock. 



Their music was reminiscent of 80's bands with very interesting vocals by the lead singer.  It was a cool show though.  All of Detroit's coolest hipsters were in attendance.  It was totally fun. I took a few more pictures, you can see them all HERE.

And that's it.  I'm real tired from all the interrupted sleep I got today so I'm not going to stay up much longer.  But I'll dig up more goss tomorrow, that's for sure.

Deprived

Grrr.  I am not happy right now.  I stayed up until 5am, as I've been want to do for the past few weeks, and was abruptly awoken at 7:20am to deal with the microwave repairmen.  I was supposed to drive Erik to the dealership to pick up his truck (which is finally ready) but couldn't because I had to stay home with the repairmen.  They were here until 10am so I couldn't go back to sleep until then.  I fall asleep and then am woken up by Erik an hour later so that I can drive him to the dealership.  So now it's 2-something and I've woken up again. 
I'm pretty cranky when I'm sleep-deprived.

Anyways, let's just talk about the f-ing gossip already ...

Britney and her trashy beau spent some time at a "friend's" house.  Judging by the bars on the door and windows one can assume that it was a friend of his:



Why is she holding her checkbook in the first picture?  Was she giving him money?  Was she giving the "friend" money?  This story is still developing ...

In other news;

Tonight The Quop Brigade has a set of kickball games.  The games tonight are rescheduled from NEXT Friday which half the team can't make because of Steve & Stephanie's wedding.  Tomorrow night we play our last 2 games of the regular season.  If we do well tonight and tomorrow then we make it to the playoffs.  Wish us luck!

I need to go finish laundry, eat something and get ready for kickball.  Later on tonight Mike, Erik, Kirsten and I are heading to the Detroit Art Space to see the band Xiu Xiu perform ... I hope I can stay awake.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Backflip

Well, I gave the new layout a whirl but I was discovering too many problems with the way the margins were working out.  My blog is built on a template that I got from Blog Skins, therefore there are lots of little nuances that I have no idea how to edit.  I spent the better part of the day tinkering with the layout but in the end just couldn't fix everything to my precise satisfaction.

My next brilliant idea was to take ANOTHER template and edit the shizz out of it so that I could keep the essence of my blog without having to build from scratch.  Yeah, that didn't work either.  I wanted it to look like this blog, Three 1 Three, but have a hot pink, black and white color scheme.  I got close but came to the realization that it just didn't feel like my blog anymore.  I think I just wanted it to look more uniform like the other blogs that I read but then, on some level, it wouldn't be my blog anymore.

So in the end, I settled on flipping the whole thing back to the way it was, making a few minor edits and adding a cool sparkly top header (unfortunately for those using Netscape you won't be able to see the cool sparkly header but then again, this blog template never looked right on Netscape anyway).  Voila!  It's Trent's blog ... only better!

Pink is *so* pimp!

Lest you think that web authoring is all I did today, let me tell you what else I did this evening.  Erik came home from work really late.  He's been working late a lot these past few days.  We decided to go to Amici's in Berkley for gourmet pizza with $3 cosmos supplied by The Living Room next door.  We had such a nice dinner together.

Erik was tired so we decided to just come home to chill out.  We managed to watch John Edwards give his DNC speech (you can read the text HERE) which was very well executed.  Then we watched as the convention delegates cast their votes for the Democratic nominee.  Ohio's delegation support gave John Kerry enough votes to make him the official nominee:



He arrives in Boston tomorrow to address the convention and formally accept his party's nomination for President of the United States of America.

Yada Yada Yada!

Anyways, I still think that I'm going to overhaul my entire blog someday but just not yet.  I want to make sure that I know what I'm doing, that I do all the work and that it's completely finished before I take down this blog template and put up another. 

But none of this is remotely interesting, I'm sure.  I'll make sure I spend less time fiddling with html code and more time scouring the Internet for cheap gossip.  BTW, Britney was last seen hobbling around with a new leg brace



This news isn't so juicy but you get what you get when I'm preoccupied with other things.  Ciao!

I've Flipped Out

Do we like this new layout? I always thought the page would look better if the sidebar was on the left side rather than on the right side. Now that I've changed the sidebar it looks weird to me. I think it looks weird because I'm so used to seeing it the old way. I don't know though.

I've been told that this new lay out looks funky in 800X600 resolution but most people have their screen resolution set at 1024X768.

This is what summer boredom does to a person.

My So-Called Band

Mmmmm! Guess what ... Jordan Catalano Harry Goldfarb Jared Leto and his band are in the studio recording the follow-up to their self-titled debut album 30 Seconds To Mars.  I am so not a hater on 30STM.   


C'mon feel the noise.

I'm a big Requiem for a Dream fan so I thought it would be neat-o to go see Leto's band play when they came to Detroit a couple of years ago.  I was pleasantly surprised by the album and was really surprised by the concert (photos HERE).  Ever since then I've been on the 30STM mailing list (I'll admit it, I'm an Echelon member) and yesterday I got an update that the guys were in the studio working on the follow-up album.  The official site has pix of Jared & co. in the studio:



I wonder if the new album, tenatively titled The Battle Of One, is going to be influenced by Jared's break-up with Cameron Diaz.  As long as they lose the latin lingo they were using on the first album (PROVEHITO IN ALTUM) I think they're going to be okay.

Watching re-runs of My So-Called Life on The N has rekindled my affection for JRequiem was such a good movie, I loved his part in Fight Club and I'm looking forward to seeing him in Alexander.

If you are interested in seeing 30STM in action visit THIS SITE, a fan page, for some videos and live performances. C'mon, Angela Chase would want you to do it.

Wed. Head

Day #42 of my house arrest and I think I'm starting to go a little batty.  Nah, not really but I think I am starting to get a little bored by not being able to leave the house.  The stupid Ford dealership keeps giving Erik excuses instead of his repaired truck so I'm still sans car and stuck at home.  But as long as there are celebrities out there living their lives, I'll have something to fill my days with ... GOSSIP!

But first, on a serious note, I had to go ahead and tell Mikey (last week) that I wasn't going to be able to make it down to Louisiana for his wedding and he wrote me back this morning.  Obviously he was hurt and I feel rotten.  I wish there was a way that I can swing it but I've played with scenarios and just haven't come up with a solution.  If the wedding was at the end of October, or sometime in November I'm pretty sure I could wrangle the time off.  In any regard, his message to me was so genuine and heartfelt.  I love him.  He's stuck by me through so much emotional stuff.  We were inseparable and I miss that a lot.  I'm very bummed that I've disappointed him but I know that he understands.  I'm going to have to make sure that I get his new bride and him a kickass wedding gift.

I got to talk to Megan today.  I've been such a stupid ass the past week (I blame it on boredom/stircraziness) that we've not been in contact with her.  I'm definitely going to see her this weekend, hopefully at a kickball game.  But we've got some plans in the works for Saturday night so it shall be a blast.

But enough about me, let's get to the good stuff: 

Well, my time in front of the computer is about done.  I need to check in with the couch but not before I visit the refrigerator.  It may sound like I'm complaining but believe me, I am not.  I shall enjoy every second that I am not required to be at work even if time seems to drag a little here and there.  Don't cry for me Argentina!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Cue The Calliope Music ...

... here comes The Cavalcade of Goss!

Can you guess who this is?



... geeze, keep reading, it gets better.

First, let's talk about Courtney Love.  It seems that her day of reckoning has finally come.  Oh wait, it has only just begun to reckon for our dear Ms. LoveCourtney Love finally found her way into a courtroom for sentencing and was hit with an 18 month stint in drug rehab.



Courtney avoided jail time but has to submit to a rigorous drug rehabilitation program and is subject to frequent drug testing.  She isn't allowed to take any non-prescription pills nor is she allowed to drink alcohol.  She isn't even allowed to go to places that serve alcohol!  There isn't a chance in hell that she is going to successfully complete her sentence.  Next up for Courtney, she is due in court on Thursday for 2 other felony counts.  Then is due in court on August 20 to be arraigned in a felony assault charge.  And, finally, is due in court, again, on September 7 for a hearing on an assault charge.  It would save so much time if they just locked her up already. But that wouldn't be nearly as much fun for me, now would it?

Next up in the cavalcade of goss, news of the just-sprung-from-rehab-a-treatment-facility-Mary-Kate Olsen.  It appears that she eats afterall.   M-K was seen in a trendy LA restaurant after being released from her treatment facility.  There was food ordered and, assumed, eaten. 

Poor Ryan SeacrestHis show On Air with Ryan Seacrest has been axed for good.  This news comes Tuesday after 20 affiliates dropped his show from their schedules on Monday.



I guess Brian Dunkleman and his voodoo doll win in the end.  It's too bad that Erik, Jeff and I didn't make it to a taping of On Air when we were in LA in June.  It seems that our chance will never come.  Seacrest Out ... for good!

And to round things up, Britney, Britney, Britney.  I'm sure you know by now that 20 seconds can't go by without another tidbit of Brit news to emerge.  Our beloved heroine and her w-t beau hit the high seas.

 

Were they out to celebrate her multiple MTV VMA nominations?  Who knows.  I'm just glad they ditched those fugly do-rags they purchased in Venice Beach, CA.



Where will she wind up in the next 20 seconds? I'll do my best to report it here.

"I'm In Love With A Strict Machine"

There has been shizz for music released all summer. All the singles that have been released to radio suck ass (if I have to hear that stupid Hoobastinks song again I'm going to f-ing scream). The most interesting song I've heard recently released as a single you might recognize from a Gameboy commercial.



The song is by Goldfrapp and has just been released as an EP with b-sides and tons of remixes!

 

I just picked up a copy yesterday (though I'm sure I would have found out it was released weeks ago if our Tower Records hadn't closed down). I love Goldfrapp's latest album Black Cherry. It's very electronic, kind of electroclashy and poppy.  The lyrics are great and the beats are very catchy.

Sorry, had to share since I just had a great time dancing around in the shower listening to the song.  Carry on ...

MTV:VMA:04

MTV has announced the nominees for this years Video Music Awards.



Here are noms for Video of the Year:



Britney is up against some stiff competition. She is the only nominee that is not rap/r&b. It will be interesting to see if she wins. It will be more interesting to see if she wears shoes. Here are the categories that Brit-Brit is nominated in:

Video Of The Year

  • Outkast, "Hey Ya!"
  • Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, "Yeah!"
  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  • D12, "My Band"
  • Jay-Z, "99 Problems"
Best Female Video
  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  • BeyoncĂ©, "Naughty Girl"
  • Alicia Keys, "If I Ain't Got You"
  • Jessica Simpson, "With You"
  • Christina Aguilera, "The Voice Within"

Best Dance Video

  • Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, "Yeah!"
  • Black Eyed Peas, "Hey Mama"
  • BeyoncĂ©, "Naughty Girl"
  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  • Missy Elliott, "I'm Really Hot"

Best Pop Video

  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  • Jessica Simpson, "With You"
  • Hilary Duff, "Come Clean"
  • No Doubt, "It's My Life"
  • Avril Lavigne, "Don't Tell Me"

I'm throwing all of my support to dear Ms. Spears. Maybe the glitz and glam of the VMAs will knock some sense into her and bring her back from the depths of her trashiness.

MTV is doing the Viewer's Choice Award a little differently this year. They have set up a playoff round of videos where viewers vote from now until 08.29.04 until a sole winner is selected (Britney's "Toxic" is in the running as well). You can participate and cast your votes HERE.

Whew!  Finally an entry where I can talk about Britney and not have to mention Kevin Feder ... d'oh! 

You can read the full list of nominees HERE.

Still; Tuesday

Boo!  It is so gloomy outside.  I stayed up late last night reading with the windows wide open.  I could hear the rain pattering on the window sill -- it was nice.  Today the sky is completely overcast and it's still raining -- now it sucks.

There ain't nothing going on today.  The most popular buzz seems to revolve around Mary-Kate's release yesterday from her fill in the blank treatment facility.  Some are reporting that she gained 7 lbs., others are saying 5 lbs.   Maybe she gained 7 lbs. and then puked up 2 of those lbs.?  If nothing else, I hope she at least got some rest ... and some new clothes.

And apparently, Britney and Kevin like to shop at Pier 1 Imports.



Stereogum has got the story  if you are interested (and I know you are!).  Three guesses as to whose idea it was to shop at Pier 1 for their new $3 million dollar digs:

 

It appears that blogging can get you into trouble.  A blogger that I have been reading for over a year has gotten into trouble because of his blog.  Unfortunately, he has posted, what reads like, a good-bye message.  He sounds really down on himself but from everything I've read he seems like a great guy.  I hope things work out for him.

But, it also appears that blogging can get you friends.  Pop Bytes (a hella cool pop culture blog that I've recently linked) gave me a little shout-out yesterday.  And motherfuck, I guess I am the only Catwoman fan on the planet.  So much for having my fingers on the pulse. 

Yikes!

Maybe I'll brew some General Foods International Coffee and hit the books again ... no wait, The Bold and the Beautiful is on in 30 minutes.  See ya!

Monday, July 26, 2004

Thar She Blows

So as not leave on a completely political note I do have some Brit news for you all.  Lord, I don't even know what to do with this girl anymore!  You just know that wearing those bandanas were his idea.  And, hello, can we please talk about how, instead of carrying a Louis Vuitton purse, she is carrying what looks like a plastic trash bag?!?



It seems that she has descended below the level of mere white-trashiness and into the depths of bag-ladiness!  Oi!

And just in case you can't make out what her t-shirt says, here is a closeup:



Cheeky, huh?

I can't wait until she starts doing some serious wedding shopping.  I envision bridesmaids in low-cut taffeta, barefoot. And, whoo-hoo, you just know she's going to have one hell of a bachelorette party ... stay tuned!

Conventional Wisdom

The Democratic National Convention shifted into full speed tonight.  Vice President Al Gore gave a great speech.  The tone of his speech was centered on reminding the American people of the circumstances surrounding the end of the 2000 election; "Let's make sure that this time every vote is counted."  He did a great job referencing the fact that the 2000 election was stolen and warning that we need to make sure that it doesn't happen again.  He reached out to Nader supporters, skillfully, by asking them to really pay attention to what has happened to our country under the presidency of GWB.  It is extremely important that Nader supporters realize that a vote for anyone either than John Kerry is a vote for Bush.  You can read the full text of Al's speech HERE.



Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-born Governor of Michigan, gave an amazing follow-up interview after Gore's speech.  I have never heard her be so partisan in my life; she did the Democrats proud.  She made a great pitch for Kerry.  I was impressed with her very much.

President Jimmy Carter took a great swipe at GWB's "military career" by merely stating that John Kerry showed up for his military service.  The speeches are extremely effective against GWB and his failed policies without ever mentioning him by name.  "We cannot lead if our leaders mislead."  Well said, President Carter.  You can read the full text of Jimmy's speech HERE.

CNN kept talking about the blogosphere as if it were an entity like the Internet.  They are taking great pains to call attention to the fact that there are bloggers present at this convention.  It seems to cheapen it a bit for me.  I am not a fan of the mainstreaming of blogging.  In any regard, you can read the CNN Blog here.

A special edition of Larry King Live featured Vanessa and Alexandra Kerry, John Kerry's extremely able daughters.  The only thing I kept thinking while listening to them was how much they could kick the Bush Twin's asses!  It's childish, I know, but true.

I flipped over to Fox News, mostly because I'm a masochist, and found myself completely disgusted by their bullshit rhetoric.  This news channel, "fair and balanced" mind you, was doing nothing but smearing every aspect of the Democratic National Convention.  How they have the nerve to claim that they report "the news" is beyond me.  The interview with Anne Coulter (I don't even want to tell you what I really think about that bitchface) just made me sick.  Then it made me angry.  It's people like her that make me fear for my country.  The Right Wing Agenda fanatics must be stopped for the good of our nation.  I was happy to switch back over to CNN. BTW, Bill O'Reilly is still a flaming asshole.

There was a nice tribute to those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The delegates all held up lights while Amazing Grace was played on the violin.  It was pretty touching.



Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton opened the prime prime time slot by first speaking on behalf of John Kerry and then introducing President Clinton.  She said "[John Kerry] knows you need to lead the world not alienate it," and I couldn't agree more.  She hailed the bravery of the families of those lost in 9/11 for their insistence on the creation of the 9/11 Commission.  She spoke boldly and eloquently.  God, I can't wait until she decides to run for President.  I hope to see her run some day.  You can read the full text of Hillary's speech HERE.



Anyways she finally introduced President Bill Clinton who emerged while Fleetwood Mac's song Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow played in the background.  It felt just like 1992!  He was greeted with such thunderous applause it's no wonder they put him on Monday night (so as not to overshadow John Kerry on Thursday night).  He hailed John Kerry as "a true New England patriot" likening him to John F. Kennedy who was also from Massachusetts.  He was funny and passionate, smart and witty.  You could tell he was talking straight to the American people.  Holy shizz, this man can give a speech!  It was like church in that auditorium.  All I kept thinking while he was speaking was how fast I would vote for him again!  I haven't picked up his autobiography yet, but you better believe I'm going to get myself a copy.  President Clinton did an absolutely incredible job talking up John Kerry.  You can read the full text of President Bill Clinton's speech HERE



Then Patti Labelle belted out a song and that was the end of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

Earlier today I found myself wondering who was going to watch this or any party convention and why.  I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to watch some of the convention broadcast but didn't really keep it in mind as a priority.  While watching the speeches tonight I actually found my pride swelling at the prospect of Kerry being elected President of the United States of America.  Yikes, this entry is so long because I sat in front of the TV with my laptop typing as events occurred on the screen.  I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to devote this much time to the Democratic National Convention beyond tonight but I will keep tabs on what happens next.  I hope to watch the Howard Dean speech tomorrow and, of course, the John Edwards speech on Wednesday and the John Kerry speech on Thursday.

"I Am Catwoman, Hear Me Roar!"

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived today and has a very fair review of Catwoman that I agree with whole-heartedly. I don't usually do this but I'm posting the full text to try and counter all the bad press this movie is getting.

Today's comic-book blockbusters pay a lot of lip service to the strangeness and torment of their split-personality heroes, but let's be honest: Beneath their bug and bat suits, these are pretty straight guys. Just because Tobey Maguire has a few problems shooting off his web in ''Spider-Man 2'' doesn't mean that his love is anything but pure. Catwoman, however, serves up a lonely costumed female savior, and you can feel what the pressure has done to her. Catwoman, a purring whippersnapper vixen who leaps around balconies and buildings like a jungle predator, isn't just an alter ego. She's a superfreak, a good-time bad girl whose kinky strength -- her banishment of all that's passive and fearful -- is also her craziness. She may not be a villain this time around, but she still thinks like one. She's a crime fighter who has snapped.

Halle Berry, in shiny ruby lips, bare-backed dominatrix leathers, and a pointy-eared Egyptian mask, looks sensational, and she gives Catwoman an outrageous sex-panther strut as well as a happy coo of a snarl. What really puts her over, though, is her startlingly sinuous kitty-cat posture: pelvis thrust, midriff sucked back, shoulders out, head lolling to the side. It's as if her center of gravity were double-jointed. This, it seems, is what a life of pent-up aggression will do to a girl.

Berry starts out as Patience Philips, a fluttery art designer for Hedare cosmetics, which is run by the haughty George Hedare (Lambert Wilson) and his aging -- and therefore resentful -- supermodel wife, Laurel (Sharon Stone). After Patience stumbles onto secret information that the company's about-to-be-launched skin cream is toxic, she gets dumped into a river and is reborn, courtesy of a mystical Mau cat she had previously rescued. When Patience, as Catwoman, slinks into a nightclub and orders a White Russian minus everything but the cream (which she then licks off her upper lip), or when she gets hunky detective Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt) within reach of her jeweled talons, the movie gives off the funky twinkle of a very naughty sex comedy. Throwing her paws over her head, as if she'd like to be cat-cuffed, Catwoman lets Lone know that she's game for just about anything. Berry makes her so erotically empowered that she's funny, but her I'm-a-demon-vamp-and-loving-it performance deserved a far superior movie.

The director is a French graduate of TV commercials who bills himself as Pitof, and my assessment of his abilities is simple: Pitof, you're no McG. ''Catwoman'' includes a few fun fight scenes in which our feline fatale twirls and kicks like Charlie's Baddest Angel, but most of the movie has the cruddy lighting and generic, death-by-franchise atmosphere of a third-rate spectacle that's been worked over by too many hacks.

I wouldn't call ''Catwoman'' incompetent, yet it has no visual grandeur, and very little surprise; you can tick off the story beats as if they'd been graphed. As for Sharon Stone, cast as a woman who appears to be principally furious over having been cursed with Toni Collette's hair, she certainly makes a colorful impression as the villainous cosmetics bitch, if only because her sexiness has grown so disturbingly hard. Her cold porcelain is no match for Catwoman's hot taffy. If there's a sequel, I hope it's a better meow mix.
Grade:  B-

Get The Party Started!

Today is the first day of the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, MA.  Take note people, the Presidential election is only 99 days away.  I'm not sure how many people actually watch the party conventions but a full week of party unity and cheerleading can't hurt.  This year  the Dems are confident and unified and ready to take back the country.  I can't wait for them them to succeed!  As an interesting side-bar, Al-Jazeera will be broadcasting from the Democratic ConventionAl-Jazeera is the CNN of the Middle East who, in my opinion, tend to be painfully truthful in their reporting.  Fox News hates Al-Jazeera so they must have merit, right?  In any regard, Boston is ready for the Democratic Convention



are you?

Oh how I wish this was real: 



Xtina has been telling reporters that she is Dirrty no longer, saying that she is not interested in dressing like a skank anymore.

Christina revealed: "I have grown up now and have no need to dress like that anymore. I want my music to speak for me rather than the dress or lack of dresses I wore ... I've even ditched all my piercings - it's a new me," she exclaimed.
I thought she said that the whole reason for the piercings and the street-walker-wear was because she had "grown up".  $10 says that she's going to "grow up", yet again, into a more "mature" look.  She probably shouldn't throw away those edible panties quite yet.  Blah!  She bugs me to death. 

In other goss:



And that's all folks.  Today will be another quiet one for me.  Erik has my car (his truck will be ready later on today) so I'm stuck at home.  I've got a lot of reading to do so I'll be fine.  But, if duty calls, I'll be back.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Don't Believe The Hype! Catwoman Rocks!

I have come to the conclusion that the critics are full of bull shizz! I just do not understand why they hate Catwoman so much.  Brandon and I just got back from seeing the movie for ourselves.  I went in expecting the movie to be subpar, I mean how could I not have low expectations? Every review I came across hailed this movie as fit for the litterbox. I'm not sure what they were expecting but I think this movie does great justice to the Catwoman mythos.



There were a few really cheesey lines but given that it was a superhero/comic movie what do you expect? The script paid homage to Catwomen of the past (with a tiny kinda-cameo from Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman)



and did a great job with introducing Patience Phillips (giving her a great origin story) and making Sharon Stone a great villain.  I am not a Halle Berry fan by any means but trust me, if you are a comic book fan go see this movie. I totally loved it (Brandon didn't like it as much as I did but didn't hate it either).  I found one review that was favorable and well written.

OH and before the movie they showed the trailer for The Exorcist: The Beginning.  Yowza!  It looks good and scary.  It looks like it's going to scare the shizz out of me.  I might even schmear my undies!

And finally, 2XY posted this awesome picture



which I have put up permanently on my journal index page (at the bottom).  I love it!