Welcome to the start of the Christmas shopping season, Overthinkers! Here’s the week gone by:
Some Oscar-bait opening this weekend: Precious, a film about a black teenager who rises up from crippling poverty, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, a film about a secret Army program to develop psychic powers and the hilarity that ensues. The former feels true but is adapted from a novel; the latter feels like a comedy but is based on a true story.
Question: if your life, education or job were made into an Oscar-season motion picture, what’s the one scene that audiences would think was too ridiculous to be true?
Activision’s new game DJ Hero has been out for a week now. Reviews have been largely positive, proving that gamers will buy a large expensive peripheral for just about anything. Except Steel Battalion.
Question: what profession, entertainment or otherwise, do you want to see emulated in a “Hero”-style video game?
And the New York Yankees won another World Series, which makes, what, 27 for them? Something like that. As surprising as it is that the highest payroll in professional baseball managed to net a championship, what’s even more surprising is how infrequently they pull it off. So the food’s no good and the portions are too small. I’m just being bitter. Fenzel’s a Yankees fan; I should let him say some nice things.
Question: should I let Fenzel say some nice things about the Yankees?