December 2008 Archives

Movie reviews: Prince Caspian, Tropic Thunder, Baby Mama

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So I've been chugging through the movies, so lately I've seen:



A lot of folks have said they liked Prince Caspian better than they liked the first movie.  I'm not sure I agree.  While the story is better I found Peter to be annoying in his need to be manly, and I found the faux-romance to be lame as well.  Still, it was a good spectacle.  Visually stunning (until LOTR comes out on Blu-Ray anyway) and a great sound design.




This wasn't nearly as funny as I thought it would be.  Everyone made such a big deal of Downey's performance and that was decent.  But if you ask me Tom Cruise stole the show.  He was amazing - they even threw in a tiny tidbit of the "you complete me" speech from Jerry Maguire.  His dance moves during the end credits are at the very least worth a rental.




This one came across as not being as nearly as funny as the trailers.  I guess I was expecting some of the amazing energy from SNL and...it's not there.  Maybe the format's not right for them or something, but it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped, although it was sweet.  Definitely plenty of estrogen in the flick - I felt like watching First Blood or something to cleanse the palate, like a testosterone sorbet...

Next up will be Dark Knight...I didn't see it in the theater and just got it in Blu-Ray.

Movie review: Hancock

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So I know what you're gonna say - John, this movie came out in July.  What are you, slow?  (Uhm.  Maybe.  But that's a different topic.)  The fact of the matter is that with the advent of Hypergeek Cinema it really is unlikely that I will go out to see a movie.  With Netflix dropping Blu-Ray movies in the mail to me I prefer to wait and see most flicks at home - these days I get better sound, if not better picture.  So most of my "movie reviews" will be rambling thoughts on the last movie I watched from Netflix.

Anyway, on with the show.  A movie like this is why I'm glad I have Netflix - it was a solid *meh*.  I *loved* Will Smith - he was hilarious as a bitter cranky superhero.  I will assume that the scene at the beginning was part of the "unrated" cut, as it finally deal with the impracticalities of Superman and Lois Lane having sex (you can thank Kevin Smith for that one, I guess).   His sense of humor was right on, and you could just sense the bitterness, like a fine sauce. 

The twist might have been nice - IF THE DAMN ADS FOR THE DVD RELEASE HADN'T SPOILERED IT. sigh I had heard this movie had a cool twist but it was really clear what that was just from commercials.  Even the main menu for the Blu-Ray spoilered it.  So I can't really get excited about anything else.  Big fights, yay.  They didn't really work that well for me.  So all in all this movie gets a meh.  Decent way to kill a Saturday night. 

Next up: Either Prince Caspian (which I did read the book, so I'm kinda spoilered) or Baby MamaDark Knight  is in the queue (yeah, I know, didn't see it in theaters, I suck) but that's being saved for New Year's Eve.

Was it real?

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This car was at the ALMS race this year. Is it real? I hope so. It'd be nice to think I got a chance to see the mythical 959 in the flesh...

Farewell Audi....

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I can understand why Audi is pulling out. Yes, it may have to do with the economy, and do they really have anything left to prove? No. The R8 and R10 have been amazingly successful cars. And I look forward to their R8-ish GT3 entry...but I still would have loved to have seen the R15 tear up the Corkscrew....

Moar pics

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I've got most of my pictures uploaded to flickr, including all of my motorsport pictures. Feel free to check 'em out.  Or not.

It's so wrong

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This has to stop. Today. Forever.
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You know you love it and hate it at the same time. And here I joke about "Darth Bailey".

Content

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Yeah, not all the content from the old site is up here yet.  Not all my pics are up at flickr.  I'm working on it.  If you are looking for anything in particular (which is highly doubtful) then drop me a note.

Changes...

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Yes, once again, it's time to do this all over.  I've decided to get out of the running my own box business...and am running this on a VM from the folks at RootBSD.  I'm also working on uploading my pictures to flickr.  Yay for the new web economy.