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Well, I watched the Oscars last night. I won't get into my diatribe until later this afternoon/evening, but I will say this:

Out of the big ten (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Animated Film and Score) I picked 7 out of 10. A 70% accuracy rate. Not too shabby!

I am gonna go now. I have to spend more time with Steve Martin's kids or else they'll turn out weird.
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Well, I have been tapped to inherit an otherwise orphaned community.

I am now the maintainer of [livejournal.com profile] moviequotes!

Hmmm... All things considered, it's rather appropriate. isn't it ironic? Dontcha think?
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Over the weekend we rented a few movies...

Kicking & Screaming - I love Wil Ferrell, but I have to wonder who is picking his scripts as of late. This movie was just BAD! Don't bother. I had more fun looking at the one kid who has no chin (at the beginning he is the one who says he is having a baby with a soccer ball under his shirt).

Bad News Bears - Not as bad as Kicking & Screaming, but it pales in comparison to the original. I love watching Billy Bob Thorton, but overall I guess I am just going to keep comparing the original with the remake and Walter Matheau and Tatum O'Niel will win every time.

Serenity - This movie was a bit different. Not having watched a lot of Firefly, I wasn't familiar with the cast but I knew there was an entire backstory there that made me feel a bit like an outsider. Still, visually, I thought it was wonderful and overall I have to say that out of all the movies we rented this weekend it was by far the best.

So there you have it - my movie reviews for the weekend!
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I watched House last night and thanks to the repository of useless info and movie trivia my brain made an odd connection...

Last night's episode centered on a reporter named Fletcher (and was referred to as Fletch by his editor) who was struck down with an ephasia that caused him to speak gibberish and lose his ability to write out his thoughts. The reporter was played by Michael O'Keefe (who played Danny Noonan in the very awesome movie Caddyshack). In the movie, he starred alongside Chevy Chase (in the role of Ty Webb), who also played the lead in another movie - Fletch! What was the movie about? A reporter!

Is it just me, or is it sad that my head pulled that one out in a manner of seconds once the character details were revealed? Well, maybe not sad... How about just crazy?!
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We rented Wedding Crashers last night... Much better than that craptastic flick Brothers Grimm! I laughed my head off! The two lead actresses, oh my... My weakness for redheads was played upon by the girl who hooks up with Vince Vaughn. I personally like the scene where he wakes up and he is tied to the bed and she is sitting on him naked as a jaybird. I looked over at Mindy and asked, "How come you never do anything sweet like that for me?" She just rolled her eyes at me...

So, with that said, I give Wedding Crashers two enthusiastic thumbs up!
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How true is this?!  Very!

Ask any real friend of mine and they will tell you, I love movies and I enjoy Award Season to the fullest.  I used to have my buddies over for Oscar viewing just so we could have a reason to have wings, brews, and biting commentary on what was happening.  Heck, we could be worse than Joan and Melissa Rivers while discussing the fashion (and most of us were guys, but it was all in search for mistakes and the occassional trim shot ala Ashley Judd).  So when I read this list, I about died with laughter because it is so true!  You don't have to click on the link to read the list because I am gonna throw it down beneath the cut (and add my commentary as well).  But because I respect what my friends think, I want your take on the list as well...  Read more... )

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Not to get overly political and whatnot, but does anyone know why I can't seem to find a theater in the triad area that is playing Brokeback Mountain? I looked on Fandango - nothing in my area! I looked up my favorite theaters and their company websites, and nothing! Now I read how a theater chain in Utah isn't screening the movie, and that they made the decision just hours before their first showing was supposed to happen. I swear, people just need to let everyone make up their own mind about what they wants to see, rather than simply eliminating the opportunity to screen a film. I am a human being with a mind of my own and I don't need some close minded individuals trying to spare me from being exposed to what they deem inappropriate subject matter. Like watching two actors PRETEND to be gay is going to make we want to be gay or something. Yeah, I am that impressionable... *smirk* Nitwits!

Watch, it'll win big during all the awards happening over the next few months and I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

*sigh* Pisses me off!
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It's starting...  The 9/11 films are on the way as we approach the five year anniversary.  Do we really need to make movies about 9/11?  Maybe it's just me, but I think Hollywood needs to donate part of the profits to the families who lost their loved ones - after all, why should movie producers and movie studios be the only people to profit off of a tragedy?
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So once again, we have movie rental reviews for all to enjoy.

First we have Must Love Dogs - I liked it! Mindy said she didn't like it as much as other John Cusack films, but I felt this was more of a Diane Lane film. Either way, I liked it a lot! Diane Lane may be in her 40's, but I think she's still a hottie! (And for the ladies, yeah, yeah, John Cusack is handsome, blah, blah, blah)

Next was Brothers Grimm - *insert sound of the worst vomit episode known to man* Matt Damon and Heath Ledger should have just had anal sex and called it Brokeback Grimm. It would probably have been a lot more entertaining than this piece of trash they called a movie. It sucked! If this doesn't win a Razzie this year, there is no justice in the world... Oh wait, O.J. and Michael Jackson are still walking the streets - there really is no justice!

After that we have Into the Blue with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba. Think The Deep, but with hotter movie stars. Mindy and I both enjoyed it and felt that it was the best of all the films we rented this weekend. Spoiler Alert )

Last we finally got to see Stealth. It was predictable, but ultimately it was okay. Nothing special to write home about.

Next week, I am hoping we can get Wedding Crashers!
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Last night after dinner, while watching the movie Four Brothers (which I did not get to see the end of it - can anyone let me know what happened?), our friend Kristen called in a panic. When she opened her door she noticed some wood splinters and it looked like someone had tried to break into their new apartment, so she was a bit worried to say the least. So we headed over to the apartment so I could check it out (which her fiance' Bert asked her to see if I would come over and check it out).

We dropped off the movie on the way over (it was due by 8:00) and when we got there I inspected the door. I didn't see any pry marks, any indention from a tool, just the splinters which were still attached to the door. The splinters were in between the dead bolt and the door knob, so if someone had tried to break in they must have been pretty stupid. I told her to notify the management that it appears someone tried to jimmy the lock and to ask them for a door knob that has a lock. I also recommended that when Bert comes home that they go to Lowes and get some wooden dowells to put in the windows and in the sliding glass door on the patio, just for her peace of mind.

The bottom line is that if someone wanted to get in there, they can find a way. Since Bert goes out of town on a weekly basis, we have given Kristen an open invite to sleep in our guest room if she ever feels the need. That's what friends are for, right? Now if I can just find out how that movie ended without having to rent it once more...
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I was lazy today... Watched four rentals. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy sucked! Fever Pitch was okay. The Island was predictable. 40 Year Old Virgin was funny as hell! There is my first video review of 2006.
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(This will be a run-on sentence, so in case my High School English teacher stumbles across my journal - I meant to do this) If you don't take time to keep in touch with your neighbors, build up those relationships to the point that you have casual conversation on the street or else just take a moment to know how everyone is doing in the house that is across the street from yours, don't send your fricking child up to my door step to repeatedly ring my doorbell (we're talking five times - back to back - nonstop), make my dog get all excited, wake my sleeping child up after getting her to fall asleep, and have to hear your kid say in a most obnoxious way, "Do you wanna buy brownies from the girl scouts? They are $3.50 a box!" Secondly, if you are going to send your kid to my door, have the courtesy to come up to the porch so when I tell your kid 'No Thank You' I can look at you and give you the evil eye so you know not to do it again. Lastly, if you don't have the time to say a kind word or be neighborly all year long, why knock on my door the very first day of 2006? I swear, some folks just have a lot of nerve!
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Did I mention that 40 Year Old Virgin is funny? I did? Okay, just making sure...
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I did manage to do a couple loads of laundry and I cleaned (and vacuumed) the living room. So I guess I wasn't a complete lazy person. Oh, and I made a pot of beans for dinner as well... Yeah, I am such a domestic god, I make Mr. Mom look like a wuss!
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"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole multi colored collection of uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon."

Totally sounds like something my brother might have said at some point in his life, but it's a classic movie line. (Actually it's a literary quote, turned movie line)
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I was reading a news blurb about Terry Gilliam not being able to scrape together $15 Million US Dollars to start filming Good Omens, the film adaptation of the novel by Niel Gaiman about the screwing up of the apocolypse. Here's the thing - the stars attached to this vehicle? Johnny Depp and Robin Williams! Who the hell wouldn't want to see that pairing?! I know I sure would! Hell, I'd stand in line right now with my $10 in hand to see that puppy.

After all, when you consider the crap they have been putting in the theater lately, this would be a gem that shines out amidst the sh!t...

Good Day!

Aug. 2nd, 2005 11:01 am
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So, things are picking up here at work and today I finally get my lap top. Almost a month after I started, but better late than never I always say. It is brand spankin' new so I guess it was worth the wait - it has a DVD/CD/W/RW - so I can watch movies when I travel (I know, I get excited about the smallest stuff).
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Lately I have been on a DS9 watching kick, thanks to my Tivo and double features every day of the week on Spike TV. The funny thing is I am finding myself preferring this show over ST:TNG and I think I understand why. TNG was always about adventure and exploring, whereas DS9 was about relationships and nowadays I care more about relationships than adventure. As I watch the shows from the beginning I can see how they built up the mystique of The Dominion, which of course leads to the Dominion War until the end of the show. It is such a shame that I didn't give the show as much attention back when it was first run on UPN before it was canceled!
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After listening to my Charlie & The Chocolate Factory songs I know it is a MUST that I see that movie. I wonder if I can get us a sitter on Friday night...

AWESOME!

Aug. 1st, 2005 10:48 pm
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hippie_chick I have heard some of the soundtrack from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and it is almost like hearing new music from Oingo Boingo again. I can hear elements of Danny's past incarnation as lead singer/songwriter of Boingo and I have to wonder as I am listening to the horn work if he brought the guys back out of retirement to play on this soundtrack.

And speaking of coming out of retirement, we are closing in on the ten year anniversary of the final concert - now would be a great time to treat the fans for a surprise Halloween concert. Of course, living here in NC it isn't as if I could go if they did. But it would be f'ing awesome for the fans if they did it. *sigh*

I can dream can't I?
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I talked with my brother Eric this week. Technically he is my step-brother, but we never really felt that way about each other. It is always good to hear from him simply because we are family by choice, even after our parent divorced, and I love the fact that he calls me his 'Little Brother'. I find that to be funny since there is nothing little about me.

Harry Potter is for sale after midnight tonight! I think I may stay up and head over to Wal-Mart to pick up a copy like I did two years ago. Of course, back then, we just happened to be at the store and saw that a line was in the beginning stages so I just went and stood in line. I think I was the thrid or fourth person. So the waiting will be over and I'll be able to find out about the 'Half Blood Prince' and all that jazz. I hope we won't have to wait as long as we did this time around for the next book, but only time will tell. Neddless to say, I am steering clear of all book reviews, spoilers and what not so I can enjoy the reading of it for myself.

Work is slowly gearing up to be busier and busier. From the sounds of things I may have to head down to Florida for a couple days in early August. The vendor is located in Miami Lakes, so if any of my buddies happen to live near that area maybe we can get together and meet in person! Other than that I am have been a bit limited as to what I can do since my laptop isn't here yet and the computer I am using doens't like to cooperate. Hopefull this will be resolved next week. So essentially I have been listening in on conference calls, organizing my project data, and getting ready to hit the ground running. Thank goodness it is Friday though, all of this has really been a tas overwhelming (not thaqt I am complaining) and I need to relax for a couple days before diving back into the deep end.

Funny thing about a trip to Florida is that I need to make sure I will be back in time to drive down to the coast with the family. My MIL and Mindy's niece will be arriving on the 10th of August, so if I do have to travel I will only be down in Florida for a couple days (will prbably leave on Monday afternnon and get back Wednesday night or Thurday afternoon) to make sure I get back in time to take our trip to the coast. Mindy is already planning for us to visit the Aquarium, so that should be pretty neat.

Lastly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hits theaters today. Man, I wish I could see it! We'll have to check and see if perhaps we can get a babysitter or something. The movie just looks cool, and I want to hear Danny Elfman sing like an Oompa Loompa... (I know, I am amused easily)
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Okay, first - who is going to see the movie this opening weekend? Anyone? ANYONE?!

Well over at the VH1 website they have twenty pieces of movie trivia. One of the tid-bits I found most interesting was the following - Former Oingo Boingo member-turned-soundtrack composer Danny Elfman provides the singing voices of the Oompa-Loompas.

Okay, now it is a moral imperative that I see this movie!
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Batman Begins debut this weekend was a little short of the expectations of Movie Execs by bringing in only $71 Milliom since Wednesday. Bummer for them... Personally, I think it did pretty damned good for a relaunch of a movie franchise that has sucked ass with the last two films - Joel Shumacher should be ashamed for those travesties. Still, it brings about a good idea for discussion. Can comic book based material be profitable in the face of declining ticket sales?

Personally, I think that it can as long as producers remain true to the core material without taking too much artistic license that alienates the comic fan. TV shows like Smallville have shown how good material can be molded from years of historical cannon to make something fresh and exciting. Movies like Spiderman, X-Men and Fantastic 4 are breathing new life into the Marvel franchises and are generating interesting in properties from the big publishers and even the indies. Me personally, I will make it a point to check out a comic based movie because I am a fan and I like to see the pages brought to life on the screen. Some films I have avoided, simply because I felt it strayed too far from the base material - Constantine being the most recent film that comes to mind.

What do you think?

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