Brooke and I really shot the moon this weekend. Well, compared to what we usually do, which is stay in, watch stuff On Demand, play with the cats, read magazines and dick around online.
This weekend we saw two movies in the theater back-to-back: Be Kind Rewind and Persepolis. We ate every meal at a restaurant. and. . . AND. . . We cruised around select neighborhoods to see where we might want to buy our first house. That’s right, we’re looking into becoming homeowners. It seems like the right time. The unceremonious bursting of the real estate bubble has created a buyers market. Add to that the fact that most mortgages in our price range are less than what we pay in monthly rent, and we’ve got all the reason we need.
Today was all about scouting ‘hoods, but we’ll probably make an appointment with a realtor soon.
Say, let’s talk about those movies. Be Kind Rewind is the new Michel Gondry flick starring Mos Def and Jack Black. It’s so much better than I could’ve anticipated. Who cares if the plot arc resembles the Brady Bunch Movie? Mos Def is a fantastic straight man. His laconic delivery is earnest and droll, and helps temper Jack Black’s manic bluster. This movie requires a considerable suspension of disbelief, but if you can accept it’s odd-cute-goofy gimmick, you’ll be rewarded by an effortlessly charming film. I really liked the fact that it had poor people in it. And they had dignity. In fact, that’s kind of what the whole thing is about. Oh, and I still think Mia Farrow is hot.
Persepolis, the animated story of a young girl living in brutal and socially backwards post-revolutionary Iran, is more important than it is exhilarating, but that’s OK. Based on a celebrated graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, it’s visually agreeable and tells its story well. But man, did it make me angry at repressive monotheistic religions. Required viewing. (Or at least pick up the comic.)
Watching the Oscars right now. I rarely make it through the first half-hour. Not expecting to beat this record tonight.
On Tuesday, I’ll be bringing Low-Power FM advocates to the offices of Senators Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand. Hillary won’t be there, of course, but we’ll meet with her staffers. Schumer and Gillibrand might be kicking around, though. Wish me luck.