Rick's Ramblings

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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Playoff football on my mind.

Tonight, I really felt bad for the New York Jets. A great friend of mine, not to mention nearly all of family, were hoping against hope for a win. And they almost got it too. How can you miss field goals at a time like this! Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-17.

Tomorrow night, it'll be the New England Patriots versus the Indianapolis Colts. I think we all know where my rooting interests lie. This year, I'm especially fearful of the Colts because their quarterback, Peyton Manning, had such a stellar year. He was the league's MVP for crying out loud. But football is a team sport, and the Patriots have brought new meaning to team. Game on!

Thursday, January 13, 2005
I only watched 41 movies last year, four in the theater.

Out of all of these movies, I really liked Lost in Translation, the Bill Murray movie, written and directed by Sophia Coppola. Just some wonderful pacing and sentiment. I feel as if I get the Murray character. The movie captures the boredom of life, the loneliness one can feel even in a crowd, and the desire to connect, to be understood.

My other favorites from last year: Snatch, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Minority Report, Waking Life, Punch Drunk Love, and Sideways.

Some special categories:

  • Best DVD Commentaries: Comedian, The Limey
  • Favorite Male Acting: Paul Giamatti
  • Favorite Female Acting: Uma Thurman
  • Finally Glad I Watched: Narc, When We Were Kings, Paths of Glory, Donnie Darko, Solaris
  • Not So Hot: The Cooler, Heat