Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Super Bowl Prediction Meme

ALOTT5MA asks us to guess:

1. Winner/final score.
2. Official Game MVP.
3. Which movie ad/trailer will get the top score on the USA Today Ad Meter?
4. Springsteen’s setlist, being reported as four songs squeezed into twelve minutes.

Here goes nothing:

1. Steelers 27, Cardinals 17.
2. Troy Polamalu
3. “Star Trek”
4. “The Rising”/”Born to Run”/”Working on a Dream”/”Glory Days”

Film Critic Quote of the Week

Dana Stevens, on the abominable “New in Town”:

Maybe it’s just my native Zellweger animosity speaking, but I don’t know when there’s been a romantic-comedy heroine as relentlessly unpleasant as Lucy Hill. Baby Boom and its formulaic offspring may have been retrograde, arguably anti-feminist comedies, but at least they featured women who were struggling to balance career success with human relationships. Lucy Hill is Type A, as in asshole; she picks her high-heeled way through the icy streets of New Ulm as if walking in excrement and treats her secretary, the provincial but kindhearted Blanche Gunderson (Siobhan Fallon Hogan), with such horrific snobbery that it’s hard to accept the plot convention by which they eventually become friends. When Lucy’s car gets trapped in a snowbank on a remote farm road and Ted happens along to dig her outthereby saving her from potential death by hypothermiaher first response is not, “Oh my God, thank you,” but “Watch the hands, buster.” Why is this woman worth saving from the snow, much less building a movie around?

I hated this movie for many reasons, but the biggest one of all is that it treats its Minnesota characters like they’re functionally retarded. Call it “Fargo” without the violence, or the brilliance.