Mind-Blowing Discoveries of the Day

This morning, self has just made the following interesting discoveries:

  • Clifton Collins is the name of the one-armed guy who was so charming as the diffident cleaning-shop owner who becomes Amy Adams’ only true friend in Sunshine Cleaning. And he is in Star Trek, the new movie. As a Romulan. Say what??? (Just to show you how good Collins’ performance in Sunshine Cleaning is, self actually thought he was a one-armed man!) 
  • Self has read several reviews now, and the consensus seems to be that Angels and Demons is a surprisingly good (or, anyway, not as bad as expected) movie (Once again, self is forced to eat her words — Please reference last week’s post on Star Trek)
  • Jennifer Aniston has made a movie that is opening this weekend. Self has seen not one single preview: poor Jen! In this one, she is stalked by a creepy Steve Zahn (Steve Zahn was perfect playing a creep on Sunshine Cleaning. Apparently, playing creeps is his latest career move! Way to go, Steve!  Self can tell you’ve been putting in some serious hours at the gym!  Exhibit A:  In Sunshine Cleaning, your arms were really, really, really buff!  In fact, from some angles, self forgot you were Steve Zahn and almost confused you with Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber!)

If dear blog readers would just indulge self in one more “Star Trek” movie review quote —  as it’s so sooo rare for a summer action movie to be so satisfactory on all levels, not since “Ironman” etc etc (Wait a minute, wasn’t that only last year???  But, self digresses)  Anyhoo, this one’s from the Buzzsugar review (whose title, “Move Over Kirk, Spock Is Hot” perfectly captures self’s feeling about the entire movie):

There are moments when seeing these good-looking youngsters in such a well-known uniform feels a little bit like the Trek version of Muppet Babies.

And that’s it!  End of quote!  That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Not all was movie-mania today:  self also went to the library and checked out a copy of Eveyln Waugh’s Vile Bodies (Took a peek at the Preface and the first line went:  “This was a totally unplanned novel.”  Sold!)

Also, she discovered that all five copies of Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way are still checked out.

Also, she started to read another book by Jim Harrison, True North (How can self describe her feelings for this author, whose writing she discovered with The Summer He Didn’t Die, just a few months ago?  Perhaps it’s a little bit like going out on a great blind date, and getting really happy, because it could all have gone so wrong . . . )

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. May 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Uh-oh, need to get you a Filipino flag jacket 🙂 . My husband says my radar is too finely-tuned to Filipino slash U.S. celebrities. List so far includes: Will.i.am from Black-eyed Peas (who was in the unfortunate Wolverine movie), Tia Carrere of “Wayne’s World”, and Rob Schneider of Adam Sandler films.

  2. May 15, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I knew about those others, but this guy can really act!! Check out “Sunshine Cleaning.” I had major meltdown. Funny, he did remind me of a Filipino so I waited for the credits to roll, and I saw his name was — Clifton Collins???

    Then, today, watching an interview with Star Trek cast on YouTube (HA HA HA!), he was one of the interviewees. There was a write-up that accompanied interview, and he happened to say he was part Filipino.

    I knew it!!!! Just rent “Sunshinge Cleaning” when it comes out on DVD. It’s a really good movie.

  3. May 16, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I’ll most definitely watch it.
    Thanks also for recommending “Elegy”, brilliant movie.
    p.s. Haven’t stopped trolling Zachary Quinto/Spock either 😉

  4. May 16, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I added a link to “Sunshine Cleaning.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t say anything about Clifton Collins, but trust me — he was good!!!

    So you liked “Elegy!” Wasn’t it incredible? Penelope Cruz was incredible in that.

  5. May 21, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Oops! Filipino in Black Eyed Peas is actually apl.de.ap. and so was not at all in Wolverine movie. I’m such a dork.

  6. May 21, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Oh, you’re not a dork! It would have been nice to have a Filipino in the “Wolverine” movie — maybe I’ll write a story making it so!

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