Please forgive the extremely lazy nature of this post, but there are a few things I'd like to talk about, and at this late hour, I really don't have the time to write up fully fleshed-out posts about them. So consider the following and please talk about them in the comments:
-- I didn't think it was possible, but Big Love has absolutely picked up the mantle that The Sopranos, Deadwood, and The Wire left behind as the best show on television.* Though, I guess part of the stature of The Sopranos was that everybody you knew watched it and had an opinion on it, so in that sense I guess it hasn't reached that kind of cultural permeation. But it has absolutely stepped up its game in its third season, and every Sunday I walk away absolutely knocked out. Who else has been watching?
*Know that when I say "the best show on television," I do it with a heavy heart and the assumption that Battlestar Galactica is vacating this slot as of Friday. You guys! The tears!
-- Is anybody else put off -- or at least puzzled -- by the sneering, gloating tone that has greeted the big Watchmen box-office drop-off? I understand that this movie rubbed a lot of people the wrong way -- lord knows I thought it had its problems -- but I really don't see how its box-office shortcomings are something to celebrate. This wasn't some cynically engineered piece of studio pap; like it or hate it, this was an ambitious work and an honest-to-God movie. Cheering while it crashes at the box-office seems strangely classless.
-- I've updated the sidebar (through last week at least), so please comment here.
-- Any NCAA basketball fans with visions of bracket pools dancing in their heads? I managed to peg this year's bubble teams exactly correct, and as always, I'm in the market for some upset picks in the first round. More importantly: I'm looking for reasons not to pick all four #1 seeds to make the Final Four. I don't like to do that, but the 2 seeds all seem profoundly weak. Sell me on some sleeper picks, will you?