Jan 18

Fox Friday – Won’t Back Down

 

My sweet baby and I settled in and watched this the other night, and it was fantastic. Everything about it was good, in my opinion, but I might be biased, because I love to see union leaders portrayed in a bad light. Have I mentioned that I’m not a big fan of today’s unions? No? Well, there it is. I understand why we need them, or needed them, but I’ll never like the assholes that run them.

Right now, our teacher’s union is in a battle of the bullies with our provincial government, and as usual the kids are pawns, because they are the only bargaining chip that’s worth anything. The thing that makes me mad is that there are some top-notch teachers out there, and it only takes a few bad ones, protected by their unions, to spoil the whole batch, so to speak.

Okay, you can start with the public shamingflaming and boycotting now.

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Anyhow, I’ve been a fan of the willowy, quirky Maggie Gyllenhaal for years, and Holly Hunter as well. The rest of the cast was stellar, and included Viola Davis, Rosie Perez, and Ving Rhames. There were several other fine actors in it, but I didn’t know who many of them were, so pffft. Continue reading

Jan 11

Fox Friday – 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Yep. I watched and reviewed this movie. First, if you haven’t watched the movie, check out the trailer.

It doesn’t look horrible, right? Maybe a bit dumb, but all of those parody movies look foolish to the average person.

I loved all of the Scary Movies that I have seen, which were 1,2, and 3, but I understand that to a lot of people they are asinine and idiotic. Sometimes I just want to veg out and watch some mindless, over the top humour.

Well, mindless and over the top, this might have been. Humourous, not at all. If it wasn’t so filthy, kids might have liked it, because they aren’t evolved enough to see past the failed attempts at potty talk, and brief appearances of celebrity lookalikes. Continue reading

Nov 19

Boy’s Weekend

Mr. Brady and I took his boys up to the camp for the weekend and had a great time. Unfortunately on a boy’s weekend, the old adage, What happens at the cabin, stays at the cabin, takes precedence over anything I’d like to tell you, so that’s that.

Proof that they know there is a rule.

I wanted to tell you all about how it was the first time on a boy’s weekend that I was the (mainly) responsible adult, and how oddly natural it felt to be in that role, but that’s about as far as I can go on the subject. It’s sad, really, because I think it would have made for a great blog post, what with me forgetting just about everything important, but I can’t write it, so without further ado I’m going to tell you about The Watch. Continue reading

Oct 19

Sparks Are Flying

Hey, I’m trying to get better at this gripping title thing.

20th Century Fox sent me a movie called Ruby Sparks the other day. I watched it.

I was skeptical at first, because I hadn’t heard of the main characters, but Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Maeby from Arrested Development, and that hot little redhead from True Blood were in it, so it had to be at least watchable, right?

Paul Dano (source: IMDB)

As soon as it started, I recognized the main dude. He was that freaky preacher in There Will Be Blood. I guess I know to associate the name Paul Dano with that face from now on. I know I looked him up after I watched TWBB, because he actually played a set of twins, and I was checking to see if it was two guys that did it. I thought DDL should have killed him right from the start, but I guess you kind of need the antagonist for the whole thing. That was a great movie if you are ever looking for a fantastic character study about intensely driven people.

In this movie, he played Calvin, a “genius” (he hates that word) novelist, that just can’t write. He’s a very quirky character, with some serious issues, but the guy does a great job with it. He has a hard time with people, and an even harder time with love. Well, until he gets to make up the rules that is. When he writes a character based on an artist he meets in the park while walking his dog, Scotty, he never dreams that he she would become a living breathing person in the form of Zoe Kazan.

Zoe Kazan *drool*

Yes, that Zoe Kazan. I’m just kidding, I’ve never heard of her before, but she is lovely, isn’t she? Her performance was flawless, in my opinion. She played every role perfectly, and with really great emotion. I was surprised to find out that she was not only starring, but had written the movie herself. That’s pretty amazing, I think. I’m always in awe of people that can think of a thing, and then make it come to be. I’m kind of the opposite, where I have all of these ideas, but lack the drive, or the self-confidence to make anything actually happen. Well, except for this blog, obviously, but if it would write itself, I’d surely let it.

I, of course, had to look her up, and found that she has many past, current, and future projects in film and television. This does not surprise me at all, because really, how could you not want her in your films? Unless she is a horrible, raging diva, I would think that she would be a winning addition to any project.

So anyhow, back to the actual movie. The psychiatrist (Elliot Gould), and the parents (Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening) were absolutely great. Mostly Paul’s parents though. They are just wonderful in the fact that nothing fazes them. They are like the people you love to meet, because they are so different than anyone you know. Well, usually they are. You may live in a commune in coastal Oregon or something, in which case, you probably know them.

In short, I don’t think everyone will like this movie, but if you have a good imagination, love interesting, quirky characters, and a very clever story, you will really enjoy this flick. The writer part of me is jealous of it, with it’s uniqueness and all of that. The movie lover just likes all of it.

Go check it out. Unless you get angry when nothing gets blown up, or no one shows you their titties.

I’ve been travelin’ for some time, with my fishin pole and my bottle of shine,

Birdman

Oct 05

The New AD?

As some of you might know, I don’t mind whoring myself out to brands if there is a benefit for me. This case is no different, except that my whoring nets you some shit, which in turn nets me some shit, in the form of potentially more readers that want to win something.

What the fuck are you talking about, Birdman? Did you finally get that endorsement deal from Eros Silicone Lubricant? Continue reading