Thursday, March 29, 2007

Music and Movie News...

Hey kids, sometimes I'm so behind on entertainment news, and sometimes I'm a little ahead. I just learned only today that the Silversun Pickups are coming here...Wish I knew earlier. S'ok though Honey and I are definitely gonna go see 'em!






-In other news, some movie reviews:

Curse of the Golden Flower-Visually magnificent, good plot line, good acting by Chow Yun Fat. Nice action sequences, go check it out

Children of Men- Bored the crap out of me. Though after seeing Daniel Craig as 007 last week, I know believe, contrary to my prior opinion, that Clive Owen would have been a better choice as Bond.

Happy Feet-some funny parts, but too long and drawn out. Ditch the overly complex(for little kids) plot message, and look to what Disney/Pixar have done. If you're not doing that with cpu animated films, chances are you're doing something wrong.

Honey and I are off to visit my 'rents in Naples, FL for the Easter holiday. I'll try to update while down at their house, but chances are we shan't speak again until I return.


(By the By, I am overly bummed that Rome is over, that was one of the best shows on TV period, and I shall miss it dearly.)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

More Chappelle!!

Chappelle...

One more round...

So kids I saw Rocky Balboa recently. Aside from the premise that a 60 yr. old man could actually take yet another titanic beating in a ring, the film was a lot better than I expected. In fact I think it should completely replace the catastrophe that was Rocky V.

Other films recently seen include:

Blood Diamond- not bad, but not great at all. I'm still trying to find out why DiCaprio got a nomination for this film and not his role in The Departed.

Eragon- I've yet to read this book, but the film was o.k. I think it would've been a better "made-for TV" film than a cinematic release.

-In other news, I recently rewatched the Indiana Jones trilogy for the umpteenth time. Damn they just don't get old. It's been a rather exciting week, as I've had to dogsit for my sister's puppy. He's not what you would necessarily call an intelligent dog, but he's not a bad dog either.

Friday, March 16, 2007

One one hundred, Two one Hundred, Three one hundred...





Ok kids, I just got back from Zack Snyder's 300. Let me just start by saying, "WOW". The movie is a visual feast, taken almost panel by panel from Miller's graphic novel. Its stylistic approach makes one feel as though one is viewing the comic book come to life. The storyline and emotions were strong, characters were marvelously played, the score was approriate (for the most part), and I have no complaints. In the past five years it is one of the best movies I've seen (Return of the King, The Departed, and Walk the Line are on that short list as well). Now, to the Iranian government that claims the story of Thermopylae to be a hoax (just like the holocaust), and complains that the Persians are shown in a falsely negative light, I have some news for you. It was real, the Spartans shamed the Persians, the Greeks eventually won, and it was 2500 years ago. Get over it, it was a film made for entertainment, not historical education. Worry about working on your image and standing with the world in the present day.
-In other news, I've filled out by NCAA basketball brackets, but I have no idea what has been going on. I'm usually ok on these office pools, but my sports wagering won't be at its finest until the Triple Crown begins in May. Stay tuned until then for tips...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Double-0-No...

Hey kids, I'm writing a rather difficult review for me. In case you didn't know, I am quite a big James Bond fan. I love the charisma, the feel, the inherent campiness, gadgets, action, style, etc... That said, I was wholly disappointed with the latest outing. Casino Royale is a decent action film, but not a good "Bond" film. Here's a rundown of my reasons:

- Daniel Craig is a good action star, but lacked the "Bond-like" qualities. He often seemed to mumble his lines, showed little facial expression, and lacked any type of Bond's stylish appearance. It was as though he was purely a "muscle" type trying to fit into espionage, not an elite member of the MI-6. Don't give me the argument of "well blah blah in the books, and blah blah blah in other roles." The fact remains it is a film, and we all know by now that films rarely adhere to books they are based upon. This is fiction to begin with, not history, so it's open to intrepretation and I understand that. That said, Bond's intrepretation (outside of Dalton and sometimes Moore) has been rather uniformly determined since the '60s; tall, dark, suave yet physical, he is an icon for crying out loud; one part Indiana Jones, one part Bruce Wayne, and one part Cary Grant. Craig was one part "thug #1", one part "silent sidekick guy that kicks ass", and zero parts Cary Grant.

-The film actually bored me in parts. There were brief spots of action but they were way too far apart. I know the plot of Casino Royale and understand the card playing, but poker!?! Ridiculous...and I love no limit Texas Hold 'em, but Bond (and any smarmy, European adversary worth his salt) plays Baccarat. Forget the whole, "well this is his beginning he has to learn everything". Ok that's crap, it's not like they took some schlep off the street and threw him into 00 territory. This is the elite in British espionage, presumably there shouldn't be much one has to learn (in terms of how to act in all types of society) to be selected for one of 9 positions where "blending in" is most likely a pre-requisite.

-Not enough, "oh crap" moments, the torture scene was blah (though unique), the poisoning was ennh, it just didn't sell me. Why destroy a perfectly good Aston Martin DB-9!?! They didn't even give it a decent chase scene. the lack of gadgets was a letdown as well. They are seminal to a Bond film. It's like making a Batman film without his utility belt, or grapple guns.


In conclusion the film seemed disjointed, and as I said, not a Bond film. I hope they improve on that in the future, I'd hate to see a devolution to the Dalton films.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A New Candycane!!





Oh Boy Kids, We Just Found out our favorite band, The White Stripes have finished their sixth album due to hit stores in June. Ready for the title? "Icky Thump" We are ecstatic, the preview tracks sound as though they are a harkening back to the big electric sound that the band focused on prior to '05's bluesy Get Behind Me Satan album. Can't wait for the tour! (By the by, if there's one band you should see in concert before you die, make it these guys-they put on one helluva show)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Anime and Queen on Ice...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Encore...

Ok some more film reviews that I forgot...

-Stranger Than Fiction- Some will say this is The Truman Show all over again, but in truth it bears no similarities. Shockingly, it was not a stupidly funny Will Ferrell movie, but still was just o.k.

-Flushed Away-Animated and Hilarious!! If you haven't seen it, watch it, and pay attention to the slugs, they're my favorite characters in the film.

-Borat...something something...I don't care...- Ok this is probably one of the most ludicrous films I've ever seen, but it made Honey and I laugh non-stop.

-Casanova-Obviously about the legendary Italian, and actually a very enjoyable film. It was nice to see Venezia again and reminisce.

-In other news, American Idol was disastrous this evening. I'm pulling for the heavy, curly haired, atypical contestant, because he is not the usual pop icon visually, and well because I like his personality and voice. That is all.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Please stop now...

ok kids some movie reviews, because well it's cold out and Honey and I have done little else.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints- Robert Downey Jr. (the future Tony Stark, Yippee!) stars in this memoir flash-back filled movie, and I liked it. I didn't love it, but I liked it. "Seriously fu$&ed up childhood" scenes alert for all those planning on viewing.

The Gathering- very cool concept, very rehashed "twist", but not unbearable.

Saw III-Oh God please make them stop. The first one was ok at best. I've rented the sequels in the hopes that they would be better, but they've only been worse, exponentially worse.

-In other news, picked up SSX Blur for the Wii, and I have found that my performance echoes that which I achieve on Tiger Woods '07. That is to say, I am a far better snowboarder (and golfer) on the Nintendo than I am in real life.

-Oh and also 300 this week!!! let the carnage begin. (At least it'll hold me over until Rome's next episode, Oh how I love that show.)

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