After hearing about it for months, and anticipating it for a while, I finally got to see comedian Mike Birbiglia’s new movie “Sleepwalk With Me” on Monday.
I’ve loved Birbiglia ever since hearing him on NPR’s “The Moth” a few years ago, and he continues to be one of the funniest guys around.
The movie was … pretty good. I expected it to be funnier and less serious than it was, and it was really short (1 hour and 25 minutes), but it was still pretty entertaining. Birbiglia plays a slightly-fictionalized version of himself, dealing with life on the road as a comic, his dangerous sleepwalking habit, and ups and downs in his relationship with his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose, who was awesome as Claire on “Six Feet Under.”)
Some of the movie is uncomfortable to watch, as Birbiglia hits pretty close to home with some of the relationship stuff, but he’s always likeable on screen and Carol Kane is fabulous as his Mom. The sleepwalking sequences are the best, like the one (above) where Matt (Birbiglia) dreams he’s won the Dustbuster Olympics).
“Sleepwalk With Me” won’t win any Oscars, but it’s funny and I definitely recommend seeing it if it’s playing near you.
**This is one of the most powerful things I’ve seen in a long time. A song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert, called “Same Love.” It’s a beautiful song about marriage equality, how everyone deserves the chance at the same happiness. It’s haunting and pretty; read the lyrics, too if you can.
**So the Democratic National Convention kicks off tonight in Charlotte, and for three days we will finally, hopefully hear some truthful statements to contradict the Pinocchio-level lies spewed last week by the Republicans at their convention.
As a die-hard liberal Democrat, here are some things I really want to hear from the podium this week:
— “All these Republicans who want less government, ask them why they want the government to have a say in what a woman does with her body, and who is allowed to get married.”
— “Yes, most Americans are better off now than they were four years ago. In 2008 we were heading toward a financial cliff, were fighting two wars costing billions of dollars, and had an idiot and a dangerous war criminal as President and VP.”
— “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.” I want that said 100 times.
— “Will the Jets first-string offense score a touchdown this year?” (sorry, that’s a personal request.)
— “Has anyone heard ONE specific policy proposal from Mitt Romney? Just one Mitt, that’s all we’d like.”
— “Paul Ryan’s budget cuts money from every social program devoted to the poor, the same people he said last week he wanted to help. This is just one of his many, many lies.”
— “Racism is alive and well in the GOP. Just look at the voter-ID laws being passed.”
I’d like to hear all of that and more. Time to hit back on all these lies.