Sunday, June 24, 2012


…A review by Claudia Puig of USA Today sums up the state of film today by zeroing in on the top five grossing movie of last week.
“It hasn’t even been a year since Adam Sandler tortured audiences with ‘Jack and Jill.’  But he’s back with ‘That’s My Boy,’ another bottom-of-the-barrel raunchfest that is bound to make far more money than such sludge could ever deserve.  “That’s My Boy” is puerile, mean-spirited and charmless…It’s beyond bad.”
In one week, Sandler's film took in more than double what the wonderful little indie film "Moonrise Kingdom" has taken in through a month plus.  That's sad and troubling.

…We just came off the weekend.   Here are some things you might or might not know about weekends and men…

51 --Percentage of men who say they live for their Saturdays and Sundays
38 --Percent who still log laptop time for work during those precious week ends
1 in 4 --Number who plan out their weekends a week in advance
214 --Minutes of TV time the average guy logs on a typical weekend
59 --Percent who use weekends to work on household projects
38 --Percent of men who've lied about what they did over the weekend
23 --Percent of men who say they have sex every weekend night
70 -- Number of extra calories men consume on an average weekend day
1 in 3 --Number of men who throw back five or more drinks on a typical weekend night
39 --Percent of men who attend weekend religious services
44 --Percent who say Sunday afternoons tend to bum them out

Here are a few things I like on a Sunday night:

"Are there not... Two points in the adventure of the diver: One -- when a beggar, he prepares to plunge? Two -- when a prince, he rises with his pearl? I plunge!" Robert Browning

"Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before." James Buckham

"Who begins too much accomplishes little." German proverb

"Life on the open road is be alone, to have few needs, to be unknown, everywhere a foreigner and at home, and to walk grandly and solitarily in conquest of the world." Isabelle Eberhardt

"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. " George Orwell

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