Sunday Night Open Thread

We have post after post on the Arizona shootings this weekend. Does anyone have anything else to talk about?

If you're watching TV, check out the premiere of Shameless on Showtime. (Free this weekend to Comcast subscribers -- even those who don't pay for Showtime.) It's really good.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Three - six inches of snow (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by jeffinalabama on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:22:29 AM EST
    here in Alabama... Icy snow, may snow more all day. My dog loves it. I'm making blueberry pancakes, potato beans and chorizo tortillas, a lima bean soup, arepas and hogau, and I might just make some biscuits with chicken gravy and/or bacon.

    That's just breakfast, before playing again in the snow!

    Dog runs, jumps, plays, then decides it's time to jump in the warm bed for 20 minutes. Then repeat!

    We only got icy roads (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:12:20 AM EST
    It was cold though last night so we ate spicy Jambalya with chili beans on the side.  Gotta take advantage of that cold weather food when I can because we don't get much call for it.

    We watched Salt (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 08:50:39 PM EST
    It was okay, not terrific though in my book.  Waiting for the ice storm to hit around 2:00 am.  Looks like it won't be missing us, school is cancelled for tomorrow as well.  I really liked Black Swan.

    I watched Salt (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:08:29 PM EST
    last night and agree, it was mediocre at best. I was pretty disappointed. And so many of the action scenes were not believable. Either was the plot, come to think of it.

    Rumor has it Angelina will play Cleopatra (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:11:34 PM EST
    in the movie version of the new bio I am reading.  I am kind of sick of Angelina, although I enjoyed her work early films.

    And, you guessed it, Brad Pitt: (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:25:40 PM EST
    Guardian  In 3D.  

    The action scenes were awful (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:13:16 PM EST
    in Salt when it came to being believable.  I had to move into a cartoon watching frame of mind.

    I thought it was a lot of fun (none / 0) (#7)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:15:31 PM EST
    in the theater.

    It was mindless pap, and didn't pretend to be anything it wasn't.


    I couldn't make that transition for some reason (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:56:54 PM EST
    I agree with you Andgarden (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by dk on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:55:02 PM EST
    Salt was fun in the theater.  Then again, I tend to enjoy all of Angelina's action flicks.  Definitely her strong suit, IMO.  

    Since school was cancelled today (none / 0) (#33)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 10:37:59 AM EST
    and I didn't see anything in Salt to overly worry about where Joshua is concerned, I'm letting him watch it now.  He loves it

    Does it detract from enjoyment of (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:28:18 PM EST
    Black Swan that Portman is reported to have had a scant year of ballet training?

    I didn't think so (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:56:17 PM EST
    She really looked like a dancer IMO.  The cords of her neck were impressive as hell in a few of the scenes and her back muscles too when she was fluttering as a swan.  She was like a little bar of iron.

    We had to drive all the way to Dothan to see it though.  The theater owner in Enterprise wouldn't show it.  I'm guessing it was because of one lesbian scene that was very believable but not graphic in any obscene way.  An orga$m was involved though between two girls and that is just too much for Enterprise I guess.  Now if it were two girls and a guy....that show would have played here just fine :)  Sometimes this place is just a little too trippy strange for me.  Maybe it wasn't the one girl scene though, maybe it was the portrayal what a doting controlling mom shoved up your backside can do to your developing personality that made it unshowable here :)


    Finishing "Cleopatra." (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:06:48 PM EST
    Looks really bleak for A & C. Listening to KUSC FM interview of Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano.

    I got the book you have all been (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:11:10 PM EST
    raving about the other day...Shantaram.  Haven't started it yet though.  I've been reading books with Josh that he got for Christmas.

    That's great news (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:21:12 PM EST
    you will love it. It's the best. One of my favorite book of the decade. Can't wait till the sequel.



    Escaped prisoner morphs into (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:26:27 PM EST
    travel agent!

    Once you start... (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:35:34 AM EST
    you won't be able to put it down...it's as enthralling as advertised...I'm about halfway through and digging it something hardcore.

    I'm not getting Showtime! (none / 0) (#12)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:42:43 PM EST
    What a gyp.  

    it's free today, why not? (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:27:52 PM EST
    I tried all the Showtime channels... (none / 0) (#18)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:45:26 PM EST
    and got the "you need to subscribe" message on each of them.  But, I just tried On Demand and am watching Shameless now...

    i guess I forgot to say (none / 0) (#19)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:49:46 PM EST
    you had to access it through on demand, sorry! Let us know how you like it.

    More of a derp moment... (none / 0) (#21)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 11:13:32 PM EST
    ...on my part.  

    So far, so good.  Liked hearing 3Oh!3 being played at the club.  

    Just glad I won't be up until 3am like I was last night catching up on the Justified episodes I missed...


    Justified is good (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 11:50:11 PM EST
    I'm glad it will be back for a second season.

    Finally saw the Town (none / 0) (#15)
    by CST on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:00:09 PM EST
    And.... wow.

    Sometimes a movie is too real.  And I'm not talking about the action scenes.

    I see people's faces in those characters.  Teenagers who might have grown into those adults.

    I couldn't get (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 10:31:58 PM EST
    Patrick Swayze's Point Break out of my mind cause of the masks. It was good, but I thought Mystic River (like The Town, a Boston movie) was better. I watched The Town twice because my attention kept wandering the first time. But it's getting great accolades, so I can understand that you liked it a lot.

    Winter's Bone, as others have mentioned in comments to other posts, is one fo the few movies that kept me riveted the past few months.


    never saw Point Break (none / 0) (#26)
    by CST on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:39:52 AM EST
    so maybe that helped.  Also never seen Mystic River.  Honestly... I have a hard time with a lot of the "Boston" movies because they are hard to watch.  I figured the Town would be okay for pure entertainment value.  But even that was kind of hard.

    I though Jon Hamm as the FBI guy was - what every Townie thinks of the FBI.  He made it impossible to root for him, which was obviously the point, but I wasn't sure they'd be able to pull it off.  He did.


    We are (none / 0) (#23)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 05:09:47 AM EST
    snowed under here in the ATL. I think everything is closed.

    excited about the next round of the AFC playoffs (none / 0) (#27)
    by CST on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:41:20 AM EST
    Pats-Jets and Ravens-Steelers.

    Pretty awesome matchups.

    Hell Yeah... (none / 0) (#28)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:56:26 AM EST
    You got your wish to face Gang Green...lets get it on!

    If nothing else our defense has settled in after the big loss of Jim Leonard to injury the Friday before our last meeting...I don't know if we can beat the mighty Pats in their house, but I'm confident it won't be another 45-3.

    Sanchez needs to step it up...not sure if the shoulder is bothering him but he was erratic and inaccurate during the wild card game...thank goodness the running game, defense, and special teams were on point.


    Oh I have no doubt this will be (none / 0) (#31)
    by CST on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:21:22 AM EST
    a real game.  There's too much at stake for a blowout between two solid teams.  But I'm confident that our boys will pull it off.  Brady/Belicheck always do well with a bye week.  Not to mention home field advantage, and of course the fact that they are the better team :)

    But there's no room for error, so anything can happen.

    Two divisional rivalries in the playoffs is hard to beat though.  I'm pretty excited about Ravens/Steelers too.  I'll be rooting for the Steelers because a) I think the Pats match up better against them, and b) the Steelers are my second favorite team (although if they ever beat the patriots in the playoffs that might change)


    Anything can happen... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:49:27 AM EST
    as the Seahawks have shown us...if you're reading Donald, I'm eating crow for breakfast on that one:)

    I'm waiting for tonight's game... (none / 0) (#29)
    by jeffinalabama on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 08:57:11 AM EST

    I liked Shameless a lot (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 01:04:39 PM EST
    I got so sick of the previews for it during Dexter that I was not even going to watch it. I'm glad I did.