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Weekend ramblings from The Content Guy

There’s an old fashioned romantic comedy with an edge – the kind that Hollywood used to make – in the theatres these days: In Good Company, starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson, and written and directed by Paul Weitz.

In Good Company is the story of Dan Foreman (Quaid), a 51-year-old magazine ad salesman who finds his company acquired by a conglomerate, his office and job taken over by a 25-year-old type A personality (Grace) with no personal life, his co-workers laid off, and his wife unexpectedly pregnant. And, oh yeah – the guy who took his job starts dating his 19-year-old daughter (Johansson). Beyond the obvious comedy of complications, the film has a winning performance by Quaid, who captures perfectly the angst of the middle aged man who doesn’t feel middle aged, but who can’t help worrying that he’s past his prime and approaching irrelevance.

Aside from the fact that for some of us, this movie hits a little too close to home, In Good Company is a delightful little movie that has strong performances, a neat soundtrack, and a lot of the same charm of Weitz’s About A Boy. Definitely worth seeing.

If you like Jimmy Buffett – and we gather there are more than a few parrotheads in the MNB community – then you’ll like his new novel, “A Salty Piece of Land.” The novel follows the adventures and misadventures of Tully Mars, a cowboy on the lam in the tropics who finds himself enraptured with the island lifestyle. Sometimes meandering but always entertainingly written and evocatively descriptive, “A Salty Piece of Land” is leisure reading with a capital “L” and just plain fun.

Finally, we had the opportunity to try three wonderful Australian wines this week:

  • Wirra Wirra Vineyards’ Church Block 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot blend, which was wonderfully spicy and smooth and went great with a meat loaf we made the other night. Yummm…..

  • St. Andrews 2000 Merlot, which is deep and dark and little more textured than many merlots…really, really good.

  • Thorn-Clark 2003 Brossa Shiraz, which is a little bit lighter and with a little more fruit, but also very drinkable.

The best thing about these wines – they come from off the beaten path, and we’d never heard of them before…and it’s always nice to be trying the unusual.

If you can’t find them, by the way, you can get them from our wine guy:

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Have a great weekend.

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