Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oscar Bait, Wining, Dining Downtown & A Frozen Pipe

Mrs Elliott is on a drive to catch up on as many Oscar-grade movies as she can, so we saw "Rabbit Hole" last night. It was brilliant. The acting, pacing, characters . . . pretty much everything was perfect. It is also a very trying movie, one that takes the audience through a lot of pain and struggle.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you're looking for a real good drama. Slow paced, a struggle, but pitch-perfect.

Or nearly so. We were both bothered by one detail. While they didn't tart up the highly tart-up-able Ms. Kidman (she looked almost dowdy, with flat, mussed hair and little makeup, something that Hollywood usually screws up, using, as they do, spectacularly good-looking actors to portray average people), her Restalyn-plumped lips were very distracting. Who thinks that look is even remotely human?

I'll tell you who: women who hang around other women with fake faces. Do their men ever get used to it, or do they go "yikes!" every time they come across their wives? 

We were planning to see "Barney's Version" this afternoon.
(Synopsis: Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.)
Which sounds like a film for adults.

But Mrs Elliott is suffering some vague ailment today. So we're staying home instead and she's watching her ladyshows on TV. Sniffling.

"Social Network," despite being mainly made-up and a poor depiction of the company's startup, was a fun roller-coaster.

"The King's Speech."differently Very very good, very very British, very very inaccurate, very very feel good. Great for America's anglophiles, great cast. But ultimately it's a Mighty Ducks story. Karate Kid, etc. Pure Oscar-bait.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Black Swan." I didn't expect to, but did mightily. Professional ballet dancers might feel differently.

So what about Best Picture? Which picture would I want audiences in the future to consider 2010's best picture? Me, I'd pick either "Winter's Bone" or "Up." I liked them both.

We had dinner at the Bond Street Grill, nĂ© The Decoy. Chris, the new owner, felt the old name was a little too "hunting club" in tone, and wanted something a little more blue collar. The place was filled when we arrived at the tail end of happy hour, two waitstaff doing a yeoman's job of keeping the ale, cocktails, appetizers and meals coming. The blackened chicken was quite good (ordered it sans the mashed potatoes) and the blackened ahi on a bed of veggies was excellent. 

And Now With Less Cold!

My favorite downtown establishment, The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar, has a new heating system. Instead of being chilly inside during this winter, as it has been for the previous two, it is now comfortably warm. Mrs Elliott, who chills easily, has never found the place very inviting. But last night she came in, took off her coat, sat down and stayed for over an hour chatting with a couple who have a condo here in Bend.

And of course it turned out that the woman with whom Mrs Elliott was conversing had met one of Mrs Elliott's sisters a few years ago. Two degrees of separation. 

I swear we could survive a shipwreck and wash ashore a desert island with eight other people and it would turn out that one of them went to Mrs Elliott's high school.

And while I'm on the subject of two degrees, it got down to a frigid 2 degrees here last night. Pipe feeding one of our toilets froze. As the house warmed up due to the sun, and the W.C. warmed up due to a little electric heater, I waited for the line to thaw and to see where the water came out. Thankfully it came out in the toilet tank, not the wall. I'll keep it on trickle tonight.

Snow shoveling, firewood hauling, sidewalk salting. These and other manly chores took me outdoors where the warm sun soon had me taking off my coat. 


  1. Wasn't "Up" a 2009 movie? Or are we talking about two different movies? I'm referring to the animated feature.

  2. Duncan thinks this freeze-your-ass-off weather is "beautiful," but he's one of those incorrigible Bend boosters. Born here, lived all his life here, without a doubt will die here, wouldn't have it any other way.

    Me, I could use the beauty of a warm sun, a blue ocean and palms swaying in the trade winds right about now.


------------ Facebook update page widget added 3/2012 --------------
------------ ends facebook update page widget -------------