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Thursday Morning Rockpile:

Okay, as somebody mentioned yesterday, I have way too much time on my hands, so I'm going to mail in today's post. Hey, I gave you a lot of stuff yesterday, I've got the time off coming.

Holliday, Apodaca named to USA Today's Team 2007, apparently Tulo was close, but I think the notable Rockies omission comes in the "Backup Outfielder" category, where Reggie Willits got the call. Willits had a VORP of 15.2, Ryan Spilborghs had one of 16.5.

My favorite movies of 2007:

  1. No Country for Old Men - I still have nightmares about Javier Bardem after I saw this movie. I think it's the Coen's best work since The Big Lebowski.
  2. Juno - It was the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. I just saw it on Christmas, so maybe I just think this because it's so fresh in my head, but this is probably the first 2007 movie I actually buy for keeps.
  3. Waitress - Alright, so apparently I like my sassy and sarcastic pregnant female leads.
  4. The Simpsons Movie. Honestly, it wasn't their best work, but I love the TV Show so I'm probably way biased.
  5. Beowulf- Speaking of animated naked people... I've got to say that this one works best with the dorky looking 3-D glasses. I think the screenwriters made an interesting choice to adapt the poem and thereby have an excuse to show more animated Angelina Jolie, but since they were equal opportunity, it works for me.
Movies I haven't seen, but still want to:

If any of you have seen these, let me know if I'm making a mistake.

  1. There Will Be Blood - I'm a fan of the works of both Upton Sinclair and Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch Drunk Love is underrated) so this seems like a natural fit to me.
  2. Diving Bell and the Butterfly - I like Elle magazine and always secretly wanted to be French, so again, I think this is a natural.
  3. Atonement - This one I'm a little skeptical about because of the reviews I've read. The book has to be one of my favorite contemporary novels of the last ten to fifteen years, along with Middlesex, Underworld and just about anything by Carol Shields or Michael Chabon, but I fear I might be too invested in the novel to like the movie version.
  4. Persepolis - This is another book that merits favored, easy access status on one of my shelves.