Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sound Alikes

I used to think Mumford & Sons sounded like Bruce Springsteen.  But upon further reflection, I now think Wrecking Ball sounds like Mumford & Sons.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Jay Cutler
I totally understand now why Jay Culter has been such a pissy bitch since he came to the Chicago Bears.  What was the point of hiring a quarterback like this without putting the right people around him?  With Mike Tice at the wheel and Brandon Marshall on the field...well, it's a new day!  It's a long road to New Orleans but I think I'll clear February 3rd just in case!

Dane Sanzenbacher

On the other hand, the only problem with my baby, Dane Sanzenbacher, justbarely making the team is that, barring an injury to someone up the roster, we're never ever going to see him play.  This is a real problem.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Working Class Hero

I'm so grateful to Anne Helen Petersen at The Awl for helping to explain why I'm drawn to Jeremy Renner's good old-fashioned, brawny, American maleness.  I love the through-line she draws from Brando to Springsteen to Renner.  I, for one, welcome these manly-men as a respite from the carefully groomed metrosexual, the self-conscious hipster, the soulless financial titan, and the wan computer geek.  I'm also glad that after years of outsourcing to the blokes from Australia (Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman, Joel Edgerton, etc., etc.), America may finally be getting back into the business of Man-manufacturing.

Perhaps the one element Petersen misses, however, is the emotional resonance of the Brando/Springsteen/Renner archetype.  There's a thoughtfulness and a personal pride that elevates them above their calloused hands and begrimed skin.  The most attractive American working class heroes never give an indication that they are limited to physical pursuits or suffer from mental failings.  I'm not interested in just gobbling up the eye candy or descending into some brutish romance novel stereotype.  Brando, Springsteen, and Renner, through their characters as well as public personae, display intelligence, curiosity, and empathy.  (For this reason, I don't really agree with her inclusion of Channing Tatum who is probably a nice boy but who doesn't seem to have too many gears turning upstairs.)

Don't get me wrong, I've still got love for the nerds.  But in these final days of summer, during a political season of calculated name-calling, I'm deliriously happy to dream of a Man who is proud of the product of his own hands, who can build his own house, and who will smash the face of any asshole who tries to take it from him.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I could watch Jeremy Renner in this B-roll from The Bourne Legacy all night long.  The action surrounding the motorcycle, starting at 4:30, is intensely arousing.

You're perfect, Jeremy.  Funny, smart, talented, stubborn, sweet, proud, wild, controlled.  You're everything a man should be.  Now shut the fuck up and go make the movie you were born for:

The Steve McQueen Biopic

Friday, August 17, 2012

Man of the Hour: Jeremy Renner Part IV

The Bourne Legacy was the perfect choice for playing hooky on a Friday afternoon.  God, I love when the boss is out of town.

All those expectations, all that anticipation was worth it.  That was an enjoyable movie.  Jeremy Renner was the BAMF I expected but there was also a subtle vulnerability.  I can't really think of another actor his age who can simultaneously sell "sensitive" and "action star."

Rachel Weisz was unexpectedly good.  She's believable playing a "smart person" (I hate when dumb actors are asked to play smarter than they are.  It never works.) and she also does freaked-out-and-panicked very convincingly.

However, the movie definitely needs more of this:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Divided Loyalties

I caught the finale of the first season of Sherlock on PBS again last night.  How does Andrew Scott manage in just these few minutes, to completely creep me out and turn me on?

I think he might be an acting genius.

(Oh yeah, Benedict Cumberbatch is there, too!)

Simultaneously, I'm absolutely captivated by these pictures of Jeremy Renner at the premier of The Bourne Legacy.


It's like he's staring into my soul.  I feel like those eyes will follow me around the room.

I can't blink.

I don't want to.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Introducing, Dixie Followill

Congratulations, Caleb and Lily!

You gave your daughter an awesome name.  So far, you're great parents!