It was a big weekend for movies for me, and there's no way I'm going to be able to comprehensively cover all of them. So I'm going to have to roll Kittenpants style today and set you up with some haikus (hai-reviews? [sorry]).
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Cheap ending copped out:
song-and-dance sequence went from
sweet to snarky fast.
The Life Aquatic (on DVD)
This is Anderson's
Chinese Bookie—where Owen
is Esteban, dead.
Well-done genre flick.
Craven gives us shocks and laughs.
Girl power ending!
Memories bring pain.
Pay for sex, then disconnect.
Whisper your secret.
The Constant Gardener
No full frontal scenes
for Ralph this time—what a shame.
Rachel still bugs me.
Notable previews include Philip Seymour Hoffman's Capote project and Brokeback Mountain. (Woo! Who doesn't love gay cowboys?)
Chicagoans, be sure you make time check out the Daily Meaning audio/photo exhibit at the Peace Museum in Garfield Park. Though I didn't have any run-ins with NPR luminaries at the opening on Friday night, I was still thrilled to be there to support the Pitchman. Look for his excellent pieces on the chicken slaughterer and the lineman when you go.
Check out Bushman's blog for a host of ideas on how you can help donate your time and money in the aftermath of Katrina.
Bloggers, get your free graphic at Last Plane to Jakarta, so you too can say thanks to Kanye for speaking the truth live on NBC this weekend. (You can read an editorialized transcript of what went down here.)
Overheard in a coffee shop in Evanston on Sunday: a twentysomethingish man to a twentysomethingish woman, clearly flirting, "You are a violent person. Look at you—you're full of hate. [beat] I like that in a girl." Kittens, that was the sexiest motherfucking thing I have ever heard. I've been waiting my whole adult life for someone to say that to me.