Monthly Archives: November 2007

Microchips, 5th Grader Pickler, and Laptops

I took the dogs in today to get Microchiped.  Birch Lake Animal hospital has a pretty good deal on it and we have wanted to have it done for awhile.  Toby also got his Rabies Distemper combo and a clean bill of health from the vet (“he has a very nice coat” said the vet) but he does have a serious problem that I am going to call “Small Dog Syndrome” due to it being very similar to Small Man Syndrome.  Toby is a big dog but he is in a very small body and so when he sees a big dog he has to get up in their face and tell them that he can tango too.  I’m not sure what to do about it right now, but I’m thinking about giving Cesar Millan a call… maybe we’ll just start with some training and see what happens.

Did you see Kelly Pickler on “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”?  Check this out.  I am prone to think this is an act… don’t you think?  People are just not that dumb but everyone loves watching people who are.  I think I have a general distrust for people who appear ignorant and people who tell tall tales.

I bought a Dell XPS M1330.  I’m going to do a full write up after I get the laptop.  But currently I am pumped.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 20

We went to see No Country For Old Men last night.  The Coen’s prove once again that they are master film makers despite their last two inexcusable pieces of trash.  And I saw three new trailers!

The Bucket List

Unlike the Coen Brothers, Rob Reiner rarely makes a film that redeems himself and I think The Bucket List will be another Alex & Emma and not a When Harry Met Sally.  The film stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as dying old men who set forth to accomplish goals before they die.  The trailer is full of uplifting music and Jack Nicholson mugging for the camera.  Mark my words, this was a terrible trailer and the movie will be just as bad.

Pride and Glory

New York cop movie with Ed Norton and Collin Farrell.  It looks like a wanna-be The Departed.  It is directed by Gavin O’Conner who has done nothing of interest.  The trailer literally sat the audience down and explained every single plot point until we were all dizzy and nauseous… I think some people were convulsing by the end of it.  I like Ed Norton as an actor but there is this scene in the trailer where he delivers a line “It cost me everything!” with such a wussy winy tone that it leads me to believe that overall direction on the film is weak and nobody is going to show up on opening weekend to see it.

There Will Be Blood

There is something about Daniel Day Lewis that is just magnetic.  The very start of this trailer had me riveted and then the words “Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson” showed on the screen and I was sold.  The film is about a cut-throat oil tycoon (Lewis) at the turn-of-the-century.  Paul Thomas Anderson is one of America’s great film auteurs (along with the Coens) and I think it will be great to see him make a western with Daniel Day Lewis.  The trailer for There Will Be Blood is bold, sharp and very gripping and I have all confidence that the film will be so as well.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 19

Went and saw The Darjeeling Limited, can you believe I had not seen that yet?  I am the worst fan boy ever.  It was great, not better than The Royal Tennenbaums, but still very very good.  Onward with the trailers.

The Savages

As much as I always like seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman in movies the trailer for The Savages looked very dull.  It seems to be about siblings that are dealing with having to put their father into a retirement home.  The film is written and directed by Tamara Jenkins who also made the film The Slums of Beverly Hills.  It could be a good film… in fact it probably will be but the trailer didn’t convince me.

Shine a Light

Martin Scorsese documentary about the Rolling Stones.  How rad is that?  It’s very rad, that’s how rad.  Lindsay didn’t think it looked interesting, but I think that’s just because Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are butt ugly today.  I thought the trailer was fun and full of life and I hope the movie is as good as the trailer made it out to be.

Reservation Road

This trailer was a nightmare, pure and simple.  They have actors and they tell and entire story in the one minute trailer it was too much information for a trailer.  I guess it’s about family’s who tragically lose children.  The film was directed and co-written by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly.  It’s difficult to say what the critics will say about this film, but this trailer needed some serious direction and significantly less uplifting music. 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The “true” story of a person who is paralyzed over his entire body except his left eye and how the world looks to him through that one eye.  It’s French.  It has French people in the film and it’s directed all French-like.  The trailer was fine enough but I’m going to make a prediction that this film will win an Oscar for best foreign language film.

-Josh

It’s a very C.H.U.D. Thanksgiving

The most amazing thing happened yesterday.  We were watching The Simpsons and it was the New York episode where Barney loses Homers car next to the World Trade Center after a two month long bender.  Well, Homer is complaining about how much he hates New York and he specifically how he hates the pimps and the C.H.U.D. So I explained to Lindsay that C.H.U.D. was a terrible ’80s horror film and C.H.U.D. stood for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers (or Contaminated Hazardous Underground Disposal), then I explained that good C.H.U.D. jokes don’t come around very often.

Just about an hour later we were watching Pushing Daises (a very good show) and the main characters were searching through the sewer for a suspect and Chuck (the main female character) made a C.H.U.D. joke!  Can you believe it?  Two C.H.U.D. jokes in one day!?!?!  And within an hour of one another.  It is a rare event indeed.

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family that read this blog.

-Josh

Movie Trailer Review, Episode 18

I went and saw Southland Tales, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything.  Do.not.see.Southland.Tales.  Aaron will want a rebuttal, and I welcome that however Aaron has never been more wrong about anything.  Ever.  Do not believe Aaron if he says the movie was good.  Anyway, onward with the trailers.

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

This is the highly anticipated feature from Tim Burton.  The trailer has lots of blacks gothic style and Johnny Depp.  It’s based on a 19th century legend of a man who is banished from the city only to return as a barber… with vengeance!  Oh, did I mention it’s a musical?  Cuz it totally is!  The trailer for the film doesn’t really highlight that until about half way though…. and then it get’s pretty awkward.  All in all I thought the trailer was pretty bad, mostly because the musical aspect seemed really out of place.  Based on this trailer I probably will not see this film.

Persepolis

This is an animated film based on a graphic novel of the same name.  It is about a young girl in Iran in the late ’70s early ’80s during the Islamic revolution.  I have read the graphic novel and it’s fantastic, I fully expect the movie to be as good/better.  The trailer for the film is great too, it get’s the plot across with a lot of interesting topics and some humor.   Did I mention that the film is in Persian?  Cuz it totally is!  And it’s also won a bunch of award blah blah blah, I can’t wait to see this.

Blade Runner

Yeah, that’s right, Blade Runner, wanna fight about it?  The revolutionary 1982 Ridley Scott film is being re-released as a directors cut with so many minutes of new footage and a shiney new boxed set.

Juno

I would have paid $8.50 just to see this trailer.  The film is about a young girl who get’s knocked up and then puts the kid up for adoption.  It was written and directed by Jason Reitman who directed the 2005 sleeper Thank You for Smoking.  My two favorite things about the film are Michael Cera as the guy that knocks the girl up and Jason Bateman as the prospective adoptive father.  J.K. Simmons and Rainn Wilson also have supporting rolls in the film.  This is one of the best trailers I have seen this year and I can’t wait to see more.

-Josh