Friday, January 13, 2006

Steely Dan 'Everything Must Go'

Finally, I get a little break in my workweek. I spent my Friday with Preston, my nephew. We started out our day with The Three Stooges on DVD from Netflix.

He knows exactly what those red envelopes are… MOVIES! And since he knows how to spell and read his name, he knows which envelope is his.

We discovered The Three Stooges on television one morning as I was surfing the channels. It comes on weekday mornings on Spike TV at 9. For some weird reason, he doesn’t like ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ or maybe it’s too sophisticated for him. I don’t know which, but he throws a minor attitude when I stop there.

The physical Stooges comedy most definitely appeals to him and he had to learn the hard way why you don’t slap Unka Gene like I was Larry or Curly.

And for those of you keeping score, Preston likes Larry the best so far. When we get to the Shemp episodes, I’m sure that he’ll fall right into my favorite Stooge camp.

After he settled down to watch some cartoons on Boomerang, I hit the other room and started up ‘The Constant Gardner’. I’ve made it through about 45 minutes and it really hasn’t grabbed me so far.

Last night I watched ‘Broken Flowers’ and although I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars on the Netflix grading scale, I’m still not exactly sure that I like it that much. It’s a weird little film and I enjoyed it. The film’s pace was slow and the ending wasn’t really an ending at all. I can’t quite put my finger on why I really like this movie. It squirms like a Red Wriggler worm on the end of a hook. Maybe that’s the point?

I think that I’m going to have to watch it again… Bill Murray plays this “Don Juan” type of character that finds out on the same day that his girlfriend is leaving him, he has a son. Junior is on a quest to find his father without his mother’s blessing. She’d rather keep things as they are and sends a letter to Don Johnston (Murray) to warn him. There’s no return address on the pink envelope and the letter is typed in red on pink paper.

Johnston’s neighbor writes mysteries in his spare time and fancies himself as a Mike Hammer / Sam Spade type. His name is Winston and he plots out a trip for Johnston to find this woman and son through good old-fashioned detective work.

Every woman from his past has something pink and red going on and it’s not apparent who the mother is if it’s any of them.

Meanwhile, throughout the entire film, Johnston keeps running into the same young man in their travels. Could it be the son that he never knew about? You’ll have to watch the movie.

Tomorrow night, I’m taking Preston to his first Monster Truck Show. I’ll let you know how that turns out at some point next week. Right now, I’m going back and giving ‘The Constant Gardner’ another shot.

Have you seen pictures of the new nickel that the U.S. Mint is rolling out?

To me, Thomas Jefferson looks like Glenn Close as Sarah Plain and Tall.


  1. Anonymous10:33 PM

    I am not sure who the best Stooge is, but I can say with absolute certainty that the lamest is Larry.

  2. Anonymous12:23 AM

    I liked Broken Flowers too, but I doubt I would recommend it to anyone because it doesn't fall under any typical categories. It's one of those films where someone watches it at his or her own risk. No one can blame me, at least, if he or she hates it.

    Never understood the Stooges. I mean, Iggy and the Stooges, yes. Moe, Curly, Larry et al, no.