My mom, Sue, made the trip from Fresno to hang out with me and her best pal, Sue Wilcox, for a few days. These two grandmas with a combined 11 grandkids love movies as much as I do, so during lunch we had to decide which movie to see.
If it were up to them we would see some English period piece with a lot of letter writing. The Sues are artists, so they love artsy movies with a lot of letter writing. Why do the Brits write so many letters in movies?
We definitely wanted to see a film that was a legitimate Oscar contender, so we decided on "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Here's the IMDb storyline for "The Master": After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, a charismatic intellectual creates a faith based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as "The Master". His right-hand man, a former drifter, begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.
Basically, what I heard about "The Master" going in was that it's about an L. Ron Hubbard-type who starts a Scientology-like religion.
OK, first of all, Phoenix, Hoffman and Adams turn in brilliant acting performances. They are sure to be up for many awards, but this movie had way too many cringe-worthy moments when you are sitting in a theater with two grandmas. Needless to say, the two Sues were stunned.
That brings us to Thursday Night Football Madness. I plan on conducting a scientific experiment tonight. The Sues know absolutely nothing about OC football. I mean, nothing. I am going to use my considerable OCVarsity football knowledge to predict tonight's winners and the Sues are making their picks based solely on which mascots they like. Here we go.
Aliso Niguel vs. Woodbridge at Irvine High, 7 p.m.: This is the game of the night and I'm expecting a ton of offense. I'm going with Aliso Niguel's aerial attack to be the difference. My mom is picking the Wolverines because "I like Hugh Jackman and he was a Wolverine." Sue Wilcox is picking the Wolverines because "They are mean and they bite and they are vicious."
Foothill at El Modena, 7 p.m.: I'm taking the Knights, who are on a roll and recently cracked the top 10. My mom picked the Knights because "I love Camelot" and Sue Wilcox picked the Vanguards because "I used to be a cheerleader and I love to see a cavalry."
Calvary Chapel at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m.: The Matadors won a 29-28 thriller against Calvary Chapel last season and I'm taking Bolsa to win again this year. The Sues both picked the Eagles because "We saw these baby eagles being born on this show on the Internet and they were so cute and ..." This went on for a while.
Loara vs. Magnolia at Glover Stadium, 7 p.m.: The 1-3 Saxons take on the 0-4 Sentinels. Loara has hung in there and played teams tough, so I'm going with the Saxons. Both of the Sues are picking the Saxons and they agreed "because they like pillage."
Savanna vs. Santiago at Garden Grove High, 7 p.m.: I'm going with the 2-2 Cavaliers to take down the winless Rebels. The Sues are going with the Rebels because "we both like the 'Rebel without a Cause.' James Dean was before your time, but he was so cute." Ugh. I didn't need to hear that.