Friday, February 27, 2009

do not see this movie.

You have some generally funny actors surrounding Dane Cook who has consistently struck out in movies (except for "Dan in Real Life"). Alec Baldwin is a funny dude, and he's in this. My friend said they liked it a lot, okay Red Box, I'll watch this. MISTAKE. I really will never trust this friend's judgment. OH MY GOODNESS, this was horrible. Not funny, predictable, trying to be shocking but just flailing. Boo.

Okay, so I am not trying to be a hater, but I'd like to save my friends the time and money this film takes. I spent 100 minutes and $1.07. I will never get it back, and it was a loss. I looked and Dane Cook doesn't have any films coming up; Good.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flipping Out...

I LOVE A GOOD FREAK OUT! I don't know what it is, but I just can't help but love these clips. They are weird people at their best. Last week I talked about the Meltdown of Joaquin Phoenix. When it was turned into a bit on the Oscars it got a lot bigger. So, with that, here are some great clips from some great flip outs. The italicized descriptions are directly from the Daily Beast article. My own comments are below the videos. Enjoy.

Crispin Glover’s Epic Letterman Meltdown
It doesn’t get any better than this: In 1987, an agitated Glover, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, rambles about press coverage, challenges Dave to an arm-wrestling match, then nearly kicks the host in the head before the segment is abruptly ended.

I now fully understand why they didn't use him in the Back to the Future Sequels.

Jim Everett Tackles Jim Rome
In April 1994, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jim Everett appears on Jim Rome’s ESPN 2 talk show to confront the smartass host who constantly taunts him with the nickname “Chris Evert.” Let’s just say Rome falls.

This ones a classic. Good for Jim Rome to be willing to take a punch in order to keep your word. Even if you fell like a sissy, you kept your word. (I'd fall like a sissy too, by the way.)

Rosie vs. Hasselbeck
Meltdowns don’t only apply to guests—sometimes hosts get in on the act. In this 2007 episode of The View, co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck get so enraged that the producers go to a split screen, to ensure every second of insanity is captured for the home viewing audience.

Ok, I loathe The View, but this is a great example of hurt people not listening to each other. I love how the director had the split screen ready to go. I also love the other host yelling at the director to go to commercial. The whole time, the producers are saying in the booth..."STAY ON THIS, THIS IS GOLD." That show isn't about discourse, it's about fights and people talking over each other. Ok, ewwwww, The View is gross...let's move on.

Geraldo Fights Nazis, Loses
In the classic Geraldo episode from 1988, Geraldo Rivera gets his nose broken and, arguably, his career made.

I love love love how everyone is so shocked a fight broke out, this is just plain ridiculous. Watch how some of the audience is ready to brawl too. Nazis may be crazy but they still have friends to come fill the studio audience. I did want to see that guy give that uniform wearing buffoon a beating, so maybe it is good TV.

Tom Cruise Exposes Need for Psychiatrist
Back in 2005, we got our first glimpses of Tom Cruise’s descent from matinee idol to maddening enigma when he called Today’s Matt Lauer “glib” and went on a condescending tirade about the history of psychiatry. Makes you nostalgic for the Oprah couch surfing, huh?

Ego + Sci-Fi Religion + Soap Box= Tom Cruise Circa 2005
or to put it simply... Tom Cruise= Crazy
Dear Tom:
It's nice to see that in the last 6 months, your new PR firm has reigned you in and you're now whipped, but Tommy Boy, I do miss your crazy tirades but I miss even more the days when I could watch great films like Top Gun, A Few Good Men, and Jerry Maguire, without thinking of the fact that you're nuts.

If you want to see more... go to The Daily Beast for the first article, and the second.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar Confession

I didn't post my predictions because I didn't get around to seeing Slumdog Millionare. Therefore, I didn't think I was prepared to make predictions. EVERYTHING I guessed / hoped for was wrong in the results, so I guess I saved myself an embarrassing moment. (I was 95% right last year and this year, that was reversed. Then again, I didn't just make predictions based on what the Hollywood Reporter said (*cough* Emily *cough*)

I'm seeing the big winner this weekend and will post my thoughts on the winners and the show after that. In the mean time, stay tuned for a Frost/Nixon review soon. (That deserved Best Picture in my limited opinion.)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oscar Week

It's Oscar Week...

Football Fans enjoy an entire week of anticipation for their high holy day of Superbowl Sunday. People of the Jewish faith celebrate 8 great nights for Hanukkah. Movie fans celebrate the week of Oscar. Hollywood Boulevard is closed off as they set things up. I have to see a few more films and then I am done.

I'm going to publish my preferences and predictions later this week in the big 5 categories. If you dare, comment and share yours.

Happy Oscar Week to ALL!

Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin in "Milk"
Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Doubt"
Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"
Michael Shannon in "Revolutionary Road"

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams in "Doubt"
Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Viola Davis in "Doubt"
Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler"

Best Actor:
Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor"
Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn in "Milk"
Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler"

Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie in "Changeling"
Melissa Leo in "Frozen River"
Meryl Streep in "Doubt"
Kate Winslet in "The Reader"

Best Picture:
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Reader"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fan Boys doesn't break any ground, but still entertains.

When I arrived at the theater to watch this movie, I looked around at the small crowd that had gathered that afternoon. It was no surprise that it was males, 28-38, and slightly nerdy. No one was dressed up like a Wookie and there weren't any light saber battles in the aisles, but it was clear that anyone in the theater could have done this before. This was a film that was made by Fan Boys about Fan Boys for Fan Boys.

The story is about a group of friends that love the holy trilogy and decide to drive across the country to sneak into Skywalker Ranch to watch Episode I before it was released. One of the characters is dying of cancer and his friends are driven to see the film before they loose their friend. This on paper seems like a heavy turn, and the film is only book ended by the weight of this. In the middle its purely goofy hijinks and nerd references to the trilogy. Today I was reading that the studio (Weinstein) was trying to get the cancer story taken out of the film and make it simply about drunk nerds trying to sneak a peak at the Phantom Menace. I am glad that this didn't happen because this story was handled fairly well and made me want to guys to succeed.

Overall Fan Boys was not horrible and nothing great. I walked out of the theater fairly satisfied. I appreciated the nerd wars that took place between Star Wars and Star Trek. The jokes were certainly inside, but for the audience that sat in the theater that afternoon, we got it and laughed. It had the classic 80's movie fiction of a beautiful nerd girl (played by Kristen Bell) falling for a fellow nerd and him not realizing it until the end. This is pure fiction, yet will surely drive the hope that is possessed by fan boys.

So, if you love Star Wars and are willing to have the trilogy references make up for average comedy and story telling, then spend your money and see Fan Boys. If not, don't waste your time. While I was slightly mocking these nerds in this post, I acknowledge that I occupied a seat in that theater and deserve to be labeled a fan boy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

OldBooth is hours of family fun.

If I looked like this, would we still be friends?

#1"This scarf goes with anything, including this awesome ring"

So, in a first time ever "App" Review, I'm going to give you my thoughts on an application for the iPhone. If you don't own an iPhone then this article will simply be a reminder of how inferior your phone is. If you do own an iPhone then you're gonna want to download this App.

OldBooth is nothing groundbreaking but it is lots of fun. Sure there have been websites around for a while that would allow you to put your face into silly pictures, but have you been able to do it while in line for a movie, or at dinner with friends? Probably not, unless you carry your computer around with you. OldBooth has all the functionality of those sites in an easy to use application. My friend took one picture of me and made these 5 photos in about 2 minutes. I enjoyed the "what if" of this application.

I give this a strong buy reccomendation as the laugh is worth the 99 cents. Check out a few of my 'looks' all from one photo and tell me which is your favorite.


"I'm excited to celebrate Pioneer Day with my friends and family"


"This white denim jacket was on sale at Miller's Outpost and worth every penny"

"I'm not just a member of the debate team, I'm the captain."
(side note, this one is eerily similar to my actual senior portrait."

"Take a sip of that rich chocalate Ovaltine morning, noon and night and you'll grow up healthy, wealthy and wise"

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Meltdowns are sad, and I don't usually watch Letterman but it was on and this interview just plained killed me. What happened to this actor. I appreciate Letterman's candor, this guy is out of control and is lacking a lot of class. How can you come into a show and do this.

Go get 'em Dave!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

i did this once...

When I was 17, I had my wisdom teeth taken out and basically did the exact same thing as this kid. The only problem was, I got home and made some phone calls to friends and radio stations. It's an amazing story that I will tell you someday, but not via the world wide web.

All that to say, I not only laugh at this kid, I can relate.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

anyone leading anything...

If you're a leader or a spouse, the key phrase to know is "I was wrong, I'm sorry."

Here's what it looks like in action.


Good Job Mr. President.


note to the former governor:

you're pathetic. stop going on every t.v. show and just fade off into the distance. you are a disgrace to public office and if you genuinely were not violating any ethical standards then prove that in court, not on the view.

note to david letterman:

you've lost your zing in the last few years but it always comes back around when you get to confront someone. it may be time to retire from late night and get a show on a news network where you call people out. you could be the bill o'riley of moderates.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Random: Dog Torture

I found this clip because of The Soup on E! (here's the clip from the show) it brings me so much joy.

The cat at the end doesn't make sense if you don't regularly watch The Soup, but it's worth it. This dog is so entrancing and this woman is horrible. We need to stop torturing animals like this. I would pounce if someone did this to me. (I do love cupcakes.)

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