Mets Update

Every season I hit a slump.  It starts with missing a game here and there.  Suddenly I’m missing games for weeks on end, my minute-to-minute knowledge of the Mets reduced to nothing.  The past four weeks due to travel, a busy work and personal life, and other distractions I’ve not seen or heard a single Mets game.  Coincidentally, the Mets have played some of their worst baseball of the season in this stretch.  Yet they remain in first place because the Braves and Phillies slumps coincide with the Mets by some miracle.

Some may call me a fair-weather fan, but with the second half kicking off tonight with the Mets hosting the Reds, I will be making an effort to tune in again and watch my Mets, win or lose (until the next distraction comes along).  I haven’t been tallying Players of the Game so I don’t think I’ll be able to award Players of the Month for June or July.  It’s probably not worth it to go back and tally up all those games.

The big news in Metsville is that they have hired a new coach: Rickey Henley Henderson!  The Mets just got 50% more entertaining.  Watch as Rickey is activated to player-coach for a meaningless game in September.

For more of your reading pleasure, check Faith and Fear at Flushing’s Greg and his idea for the Mets as a two ballpark team.

Movie Review: Broken English

There’s a common argument that men don’t like “chick flicks” because these films tend to be about relationships. I tend to counter that I don’t like movies that earn the tag “chick flick” because they’re usually full of fluff and hackneyed clichés of both women and men.
Broken English (2007) makes an effort to be a film about relationships without being fluffy or clichéd.  It also stars Parker Posey whom I’ve had a celebrity crush on since Party Girl so I’m unable to be an impartial viewer.

The plot is familiar.  A smart, successful, and attractive New York woman named Nora (Posey) goes through a series of dates with unsuitable men and begins to feel she will never find happiness in a relationship.  Then she meets and falls in love with a very direct French man (Melvil Poupad) and decides to go to Paris to pursue him.  You may be thinking you’ve already seen this one with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.

Despite the recycled plot, Broken English is good enough to keep us on our toes and provide some realistic behavior from our characters.  I particularly like that Nora struggles with shyness and anxiety and that it’s portrayed in a sensitive but not sensationalist manner.  Like my favorite romantic comedy of all time Next Stop, Wonderland, the ending is ambiguous.  Nora and Julien meet in Paris and they may fall in love, they may remain in close contact, or they may never see each other again.  You can pretend that live happily ever after if you prefer, but the filmmaker doesn’t feel the need to spell it out to you.

So that’s Broken English, a movie that may not perfect the “chick flick” but at least give it the intelligence it deserves.