On a side note, a friend of mine got a huge chinese dragon on his chest/arm right when he turned 18 and then couldn't figure out what to do with it. I convinced him to do the lake scene from The Hobbit. Luckily, another one of our friends is an amazing tattoo artist and continued the work after the other dude did the dragon. Now his whole right arm is Tolkien-themed.
This episode of Mad Men is cracking me up.
Not that anyone asked but for me the best Woody Allen movies -- not that I've seen them all -- are Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Match Point is excellent but it's basically a rehash of one half of Crimes and Misdemeanors with more of a Hitchcockian tone and better looking actors. I personally really loved Midnight in Paris, too, but that movie is not for everyone.
On another note, saw Star Trek today. Really enjoyed it, for what it is. Like the first one, it's closer in tone and style to Indiana Jones than, you know, Star Trek. But I like a good action movie when it's smart and made with care.
These Star Trek movies are just so completely different from the TV show and even the first batch of movies that it doesn't seem like the same franchise at all. Plus the whole "alternate timeline" gimmick, though cheesy, makes it a different universe entirely and therefore doesn't bring up any issues with canon, though I'm not as geeky about that as some people.
While i havent seen the new Star Trek, i dont disagree with the rest of your post. If i could erase 2 parts of my mind, it would be my memories of the newest Indiana Jones and The Scorpian King. And this is from a guy who used to have to watch Greys Anatomy.