Thought for the New Year

From Sage Master Shih Cheng-Yen (who has been too little consulted in the Year 2008):

Still Thought # 98

With great kindness, one has no regrets; with great compassion, one has no resentments; with great joy, one has no sorrows; with great generosity, one demands nothing in return.

On that uplifting note, self would now like to vent.  Following, self’s picks of the WORST movies of 2008:

(Caveat:  If you, dear blog reader, are one of those people who were rendered ecstatic by the Golden Globe nominations of Happy Go Lucky, as Best Picture for a Comedy or Musical, or for Tom Cruise as Best Supporting Actor in Tropic Thunder, then read no further.)

Happy-Go-Lucky:  Congratulations to Mike Leigh, his movie succeeded in getting self to walk out, after only 20 minutes.  Perhaps it was the relentless cheer, the lingering shots of people doing nothing, the grade-school-teacher-dressed-as-a-chicken stunt.  Perhaps it was that Sally Hawkins reminded self of a certain person, too soon after that person’s departure.  Perhaps it was because self firmly believes that people ought to be allowed their moods: not everyone wants to go around with a smiley-happy face all the time, particularly not in a bookstore, when one is engaged in reading.

Max Payne:  That makes two stinkers this year for Mark Wahlberg, the other one being The Happening.  After the high point of The Departed, this year was particularly disappointing for this Mark Wahlberg fan.

Tropic Thunder:  Only the first half hour was funny.  After that, self felt as if she was expected to find everything funny.  Which was tedious.  Profanity/Jack Black/smoking 12-year-olds, even cute Asian ones, are not funny.

2 Comments

  1. Margaret said,

    December 31, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Having just walked out of Four Christmasses, I would recommend that you avoid this unfunny and stupid “comedy”. What was Renee Witherspoon thinking of?
    On a different note, dear anthropologist, thank you for your blog. I discovered it early this year have enjoyed reading it, and have followed from afar some of your joys – and alas, some of your sorrows. May 2009 bring you great joy, good reading, no fresh sorrows and a fantastic holiday in Manila.
    Margaret

  2. December 31, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Oh yeah, really, what was she THINKING??? (It made a ton of money, though)

    I was watching “Old School” on TV the other night, and it’s really amazing to compare the Vince Vaughan of that movie with the Vince Vaughan of “Four Christmases” — he just turned into such a whale!

    Thank you for the good wishes, Margaret! I’m sure I’ll be blogging about my encounters with all and sundry in the Philippines!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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