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Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006, 10:14 am

I'm on the second week of this "New me" thing now and while changes in lifestyle have a tendency to go south despite the best of intentions this one feels like something I can do long term. So far I've shed about half a stone - normally this might be alarming but I've never been able to lose weight slowly, I either slowly creep back up or it falls off me in a matter of a month. The excessive farting has also stopped, I no longer sound like the brass section of a particularly incompetent band. The smoking keeps creeping back up to ten and then I stamp it back down to seven or so. Either way I'm at about half what I was smoking ten days ago.
Huzzah!.. still can't run for the bus without coming close to death though.

Now, two sorta funny men.

I like Robin Williams. He may have done Patch Adams but he did Good Morning Vietnam too and the best actor in the world will stink when he's given a role as schmaltzy in a film as badly done as Patch Adams. Also, he does that great routine on how golf was invented that always makes me giggle. He is starring in a new movie that (from the trailer at least) looks like it might be the best he's done in a while. Its called Man of the Year. That is the trailer. He plays a Jon Stewart type presenter who decides to run for president. The trailer seems to give a good chunk of the plot away so I assume it all happens in the first hour or so.

I'm not a huge fan of Keith Olbermann - I don't get many chances to see his show but what I have seen leaves me a little cold. I can't fault what he does but he seems a little ... bombastic about it or something. Anyway, this aside I DO reckon he's a good presenter and this section on the way "terror alerts" always seem to follow events that aren't desirable for the US administration is interesting and of course comes with the disclaimer that Olbermann himself gives - you can draw the same relationship between shopping malls opening and the increases in terror alerts. Needless to say, last week's alert (which the UK police insist wasn't a threat at all) coincides with Ned Lamont's victory in the colorado(?) democratic senate primaries. Ned Lamont favours getting the troops out of Iraq. More and more I feel comfortable in being a paranoid conspiracy nutjob.

Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)

Congratz on the smoking cut down. Stick with it!

Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)

I aim to, mostly because I'm running out of asthma medication and the stuff is REALLY expensive.

Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)

Man of the year looks quite good. What's with Christopher Walken doing all these comedy roles lately? He's becoming the new Robert De Niro...

Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah, maybe I'm having one of my optimistic moments but it looks like a good formula, though... and this is the picky weirdo critic speaking, I was a little worried by the joke about politicans and diapers at the start and how it didn't exactly speak well of the writers' ability to capture the sly irreverence of Stewart. On the other hand, trailers rarely try to show off the highbrow bits of the movie so I'm still optimistic.

Robert De Niro wishes he could be Christopher Walken but didn't he start out as a comedy actor? SNL or something along those lines.

Wed, Aug. 16th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)

Afaik Christopher Walken started out as a dancer, but there is an excellent SNL sketch where Kevin Spacey plays Christopher Walken doing an audition for Han Solo.