Tina Fey, I’m sorry I doubted you

About three-quarters of the way up Old Rag and hating tectonic plates for their roles in creating mountains, I doubted whether a college-aged Tina Fey had climbed the mountain, as she had claimed in Bossypants.

But I had read the book too far back. Upon coming back to sea level and rereading her Old Rag chapter, climbing it at night with a crush in hilarious/sad fashion, I realized I was wrong to have doubted her. Oh Tina, how you win me over. I agreed with all three of these passages.

“The first leg of our journey was the walk from the parking lot to the beginning of the actual trail. It was about a mile and a half. By the time we got to the foot of the mountain, I was already nauseous from overexertion and trying to hide it.”

“The way down  from Old Rag is a forest road. We found a stream in the woods and finally got a drink of water. We scooped it up with our hands and it was the greatest, most satisfying drink of water I ever had in my life.”

“As weird as the night’s events had been, I couldn’t help but be excited about the fact that I had climbed a mountain. I never would have thought I could do that.”

My five favorite things about the Tina Fey book

Not including the wonderful back-cover Bossypants recommendations. Also, if you are afraid of the book’s man-hands front cover, you should open the book and read it. Then you can’t even see the front cover!

So, my five favorite things about the book, picked up at Tina night:

1. Addressing the scar in chapter one.

2. This line about a girl hanging lights for a play and swearing: “It was like looking in the monkey cage but you can understand the monkey, and what the monkey is saying is ‘Fuck all these fucking zoo people.’ ”

3. And these sentences, explaining improv: “THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities. If I start a scene as what I think is very clearly a cop riding a bicycle, but you think I am a hamster in a hamster wheel, guess what? Now I’m a hamster in a hamster wheel. I’m not going to stop everything that it was really supposed to be a bike. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up being a police hamster who’s been put on ‘hamster wheel’ because I’m ‘too much of a loose cannon’ in the field.”

4. The chapter about… Evanston! *Captain Kangaroo ping-pong balls.*

5. How I used up my five things on the first eight chapters, with 17 left to go; but having read the entire book, knowing Tina is probably okay with this, just like how she’s okay with her husband, like me, not much liking flying. (In related news, guess what I’m doing tomorrow night!)

The many faces of Tina Fey

Tina Fey was great at Sixth and I this month. As I said on Twitter, she was as you’d expect: smart, hot, funny, and real. Friend Melissa, sitting immediately to my left, could testify to my perma-grin/speechlessness.

What was not as great were my photos. Not one came out well. Digital zoom was never to be trusted, I knew that. But it was all I had. While Melissa had a camera too, hers was an updated version of mine. Same results. What did turn out decently for me, though, were great faces.

Let us name the faces.

First, obviously Lizzing. Then we go to 30 Rock quotes.

“I already have a drink. Do you think he’d buy me mozzarella sticks?”

Continue reading The many faces of Tina Fey

Why are you not watching 30 Rock?

Yes, of course, I’ve read MoDo’s Vanity Fair profile of Tina Fey. And seen the photos and watched the video. I had to do something to make up for not realizing until this week that Maura Tierney left ER.

Next to the part where Kenneth the Page says of Fey “she’s just a looney bird,” my favorite lines from Dowd are: She looks like a really pretty graduate student, and she has a soft voice and reserve that Matthew Broderick says cause people to “lean in to her.” (Like Daisy Buchanan, except her voice is full of funny rather than money.)

Deep Gatsby cut. Across the entire piece, there’s nothing that makes me like Fey less. It’s too bad I like husband Jeff Richmond so much, for seeming to be a good guy and succeeding way, way out of his league.

Field trip to the trailer park

As explained yesterday, I returned to Apple’s movie trailer site this weekend after several years. I thought I’d run down the most notable, for better or worse, of the bunch….

Street Kings. Same with Accidental Husband. Keanu, Forest Whitaker, House, Cedric the Entertainer, and explosions? Has to be watchable.

The Happening. Okay, so, after The Departed, we’re all the same page about Mark Wahlberg now, right? And after War of the Worlds (which I saw), I Am Legend (which I didn’t see) and Cloverfield (which I did), we’re all in the mood for something a little better now, right? I trust M. Night more than most to provide it.

Priceless. A man whom I can only assume is the French Steve Carrell meets seductress Audrey Tautou, whose big brown eyes are bigger and browner than ever. Hilarity and an all-too-conventional, sexy-Amelie-mood-killing trailer announcer ensue.

The Forbidden Kingdom. Imagine Rush Hour, except Jackie Chan is Chris Tucker, the heir apparent to Sean Astin is Jackie Chan, and it’s dramedy. Hmmmm.

Superhero Movie. Let’s get one thing straight. This movie looks awful. This movie looks worse than The Forbidden Kingdom. I’m not going to see it. But I already like the kid more than Tobey Maquire and the girl more than Kirsten Dunst.

Smart People. I’m wondering if this is one of those cases where a trailer makes a movie look worse than it actually is. Dennis Quaid, SJP, Juno, and Thomas Hayden Church, whose name I can now strangely remember before his mechanic character’s name from Wings.

Flawless. Ocean’s Eleven meets Office Space meets the sinking feeling that this movie has already happened when clearly it has not happened yet.

Stop-Loss. Saw it before Cloverfield. Most theater-silencing trailer I’ve witnessed in a couple years.

Backseat. Who is Aubrey Dollar?

Baby Mama. Tina Fey and Maura Tierney are in the same movie. Say it with me: Tina Fey and Maura Tierney are in the same movie. Again! Tina Fey and Maura Tierney are in the same movie. With Tina as Liz Lemon, Amy Poehler as Amy Poehler when she’s not on SNL and funny, and PC (vs. Mac) as himself.

What Happens in Vegas. No words.

Tina too

Appaently, Tina Fey also loves Evanston.

According to Darel Jevens of the Chicago Sun-Times, “the movie’s Evanston setting is a flashback to Fey’s first job in the area, manning the front desk of the town’s YMCA.” Gotta love Grove Street. “Evanston is a very 21st century suburb, sort of diverse and smart,” Fey tells Jevens.

She goes into more detail with The Believer magazine, discussing life at the Morse stop, early morning El rides with Polish cleaning ladies and YMCA residents threatening Evanston yuppies.

Related past entries:

-Oct. 30, 2003: Tina

-Sept. 27, 2003: I have a confession to make