- I saw a lot of movies in October, including Sex Drive, W., Happy-Go-Lucky, and Role Models.
- I failed to procure an acceptable costume for Halloween, which is just as well as I ended up staying in.
- I won the first season of Mad Men on DVD from Best Week Ever when I came in second in their Mad Men giveaway. Thanks, Kurt, for being a homo and for cutting Peggy’s hair.
- “You know how I know it’s fall?”
- Khloé and Jeff hosted their third annual autumnal feast. Everybody was impressed by the delicious food, the vivacious company, and the fancy Japanese toilet.
- I had a piece in Time Out’s weddings issue. Check it out here.
Category Archives: DVD
At Best Buy:
- Romantic Favorites Collection (shut up): DVD set consisting of Bridget Jones 2 (I know it’s bad, but I still liked it), Love Actually, Notting Hill, and About A Boy.
- The Simpsons Movie: No explanation necessary.
- This is London: I’m working on collecting them all. I already have This is Paris.
- Obsessive Compulsive Design ‘Happy Birthday’ card: For Jorge, if belatedly
- J & M Martinez ‘Happy Birthday’ card: For Cynthia, style no. BD0658.
- Peter Pauper Press Pink Elegance boxed ‘Thank You’ cards: Just because.
Notes: I’d avoided Transitions for years, put off by it’s presumed hippie nature. And I was pleasantly surprised to find a soothing place that buzzed with activity but wasn’t loud.
A list of movies I’ve always wanted other people to buy me
- Paris Is Burning: I first saw this when I was fifteen and spending a lot of time with Kim at her local video store. I think she used to work there or something, but she had a milk crate to sit on. I think I may have asked one of the guys to go to prom with me, but he may have been unavailable, gay, or both. I don’t remember why he went. BUT ANYWAY: this movie defines fierceness. If I ever went to graduate school, it would probably be in cinema studies so I could write my dissertation on this movie.
- Metropolitan: What it’s like to be an outsider on the Upper East Side, or anywhere else. So I’m not a white red-headed boy from the Upper West Side trying to fit in with a bunch of post-boarding school socialites and various hangers-on, but sometimes I feel in my soul of souls that I am, in fact, Tom Townsend.
- The West Wing – The Complete Series Collection: I kept watching, even after series creator Aaron Sorkin left to… do whatever. I don’t remember why he left, but what’s important is that the magic and the snark and the pedi-conferencing didn’t leave when he did. Also, Bradley Whitford? Adorable.
- Viva Pedro: The Almodóvar Collection: If I even have to explain it, then there’s something wrong with you. Or you just need to see this work.
- Eclipse Series 6 – Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy (Blood Wedding / Carmen / El Amor Brujo): I’d want it just for Carmen, which was the best movie I was ever made to watch for high school Spanish (followed closely by El Norte).
- Strangers on a Train: The perfect mix of hilarious and scary. Okay, maybe scary not so much as suspenseful. Seriously — the scene with the tennis match where all the spectators’s heads are moving, following the ball, except for Bruno’s, who’s fixated on Guy?
The Onion has chimed in for the third year in a row with The A.V. Club’s Third Annual Surpisingly Specific Holiday Gift Guide. I don’t know that the guide itself is surprising — Rock Band is their lead-off, and no surprise given its constant comparison to Guitar Hero — or specific — who couldn’t use a Slingbox? — but it skews towards DVD and CD box sets (duh) and is the first guide I’ve seen this year which features the Toilet aquarium: “For People Who’ve Become Bored With Everyday, Routine Pooping”
If I’d gotten my shit together, I would have gotten tickets to one of Rufus Wainwright’s “Judy at Carnegie Hall” concerts this past year. As it is, I got a few songs like “Get Happy” when I saw him perform at Ravinia this year, but it’s not the same. Anyway, I can now get the CD and DVD and relive the night that never was (for me).
Image from RufusWainwright.com.