Monday, January 14, 2008

Ephemera, 01-14-2007

One of those trailer re-imaginings: American Psycho - Romantic Comedy

The facts on Bottled Water

Saw Bucket List

Plot and story-wise, it's your basic Hallmark Channel quasi-weepy, but starring two of the biggest movie stars alive right now.

Yes, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson give great performances, but that's like saying it's windy on Mt. Everest.

It's worth a DVD rental, but don't bother with the theatre unless you specifically dig that voyage. (At this point in my life, I prefer the environment of my own living room for movie viewing.)

One great line, though. Nicholson offers his young assistant some advice about old age:

"Never pass up a restroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart."


Roger Ebert didn't like it at all. His points are valid. You start off with a HUGE leap to maintain suspension of disbelief in that a bazillionaire wouldn't just set up a hospital room at home and forgo the hospital altogether.

Also, Rick C. writes in to point out that the quote is "A combo plagiarization lifted from Robert Heinlein’s 'Notebooks of Lazarus Long' and one of Dan Jenkins’ football books."

You know this is going to be a reality someday.

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Anonymous said...

Regarding the heads-up-display in a car -

No, it won't be nearly as bad as the picture, simply because the safety issues will be too obvious for even the most corrupt legislator to ignore. Most states already ban LCD screens in the front seats of cars for one simple reason: drivers staring at a video tend to run into things. The only displays that will be allowed in the windshield will be the speedometer and maybe, just maybe, a GPS navigator. And they'll both be tucked down low on the glass where they don't interfere with the view of the road.

Trust me on this: car safety nannies are one of the very few lobbies that can make Toyota and GM cower.


Yahmdallah said...

True Joel, but it will be interesting to see how far it does go. I especially like the "look at target and blink quickly to install" message.