Friday, June 26, 2009

Can Anyone Tell Me What These Two Reviews Have In Common?

I almost forgot to go to work Wednesday then forgot to actually make sure the door was unlocked for the groups to get in. I've been pretty absent minded lately. That's of course including the leaving my cell phone charger at my parents while clearly "remembering" it was in my pocket...

After I unlocked the door and finished dinner, I finished finally finished reading a book from Christmas: The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac. As really most of his books, it's a fictionalized autobiography about the Martin family of Galloway, MA which anyone who spend one night in the area knows it's Lowell. Despite the fact that there wasn't really a centralized plot per se, there was many a scene or chapter that was interesting. But Josh, if it was so good, why'd it take you six months to read it? Well, I kept getting distracted by books my book group wanted to read and I didn't say it was good; I said it had it's moments. I got the sense while reading it that this was the type of book that tugged at the heartstrings and made people want to read it. I don't think I have it in me...

Do I need books with explosions, nameless fighting robots and dog humping? Nope. Case in point, I went to see Transformers 2 and really wasn't impressed. This movie was put out to sell toys to kids. When I was a kid, I didn't discuss testicles in everyday conversation and I didn't find dog humping jokes funny then either. The movie is Transformers. Optimus Prime, the Twins and Bumblebee were really the only ones to do anything in this movie. Ironhide and Arcee were little more than name dropped. Also, there was really more character development in the '80's cartoon.

To be fair, I did really love what they did with Soundwave and the Megatron/Starscream exchanges are always good. Oh and scenes like when Bumblebee caused the college whore to slam her head on the dash were good on principle. Also, I'd like to hump Megan Fox's leg as much as the next guy...

While I agree the typical movie critic dislikes the summer popcorn flick, to me, this movie didn't even meet those standards when compared to such movies as The Dark Knight and Iron Man and should be held accountable.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Twitter Update

Instead of giving you a huge recap of what I did over my little vacation up north, I decided to give you, more or less, what I'd have said on Twitter, more or less, at the time. I'm not counting characters and this probably won't be in order.


-Had root beer float with dinner. Why is that funny, Dad? Hmmm?

-Why does the new Iron Man cartoon suck? I mean besides them making Pepper annoying...

-I'm glad the Sox finally capitalized on Lowe's weakness. Prick him and he bleeds.

-Saw Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Apparently basis for '70's sitcom. But funnier.

-If Green keeps this up, Lugo may never play again. #redsox

-Saw The Proposal with parents and aunt. Green card wife couldn't make it.

-Centurions not as good as I remember from my youth...

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Good, The Better And The Meh

It's been awhile since I did a full CD review on here so let me tell you about Kelly Clarkson's new All I Ever Wanted. It's more and more awesome with every listen. It's not as good as her previous two albums. She has less writing credits with this album so it's less personal or "personally personal" as it contains genuine emotion but in the more generic sense. The sensible side of me wants to say the songs she actually did write are the best but I really can't say that. My favorite tracks are "All I Ever Wanted", "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Which she didn't write) and "Already Gone" (Which she co-wrote with one other). I know this can't be the first example of an album that combines phat (which is in Firefox's vocab apparently) beats touching lyrics throughout the entire album but it's the first I've thoroughly enjoyed.

Yesterday, our final movie was The Spirit. It was very good but the cheese factor was worse in places than Black Scorpion. I learned several things. Scarlett Johansson could wear the dorkiest shit and be hot as hell. Her upcoming turn as Black Widow will be awesome even if she flubs every line! Conversely, Eva Mendez is not fugly by any means but she needs wardrobe assistance I think...Finally, Samuel L. Jackson somehow puts out the same damn performance with every movie and it's hit or miss. Here, it works well...Honestly, I preferred Sarah Paulson in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip then here but overall, again, I enjoyed this...

An update into the more personal. The university is interviewing their candidates and hope to make a decision by the end of the month. I'm hoping it takes longer as I wasn't contacted but that's just me...

The second agency I tried, or the first non-sketchy one if you prefer, turned down my query as wasn't what they were looking for right now. I had high hopes for this as the others on my list are more well-known and probably would be even less interested. I don't know what I'll do...

Also, my parents and I planned to go to Canada at the end of the month but then we realized that new law took effect and I now can't go because I don't have a passport! I had hoped to start the process and went down to my local PO but only the main branch does this. I found a website for an expedited one but unless I pay a lot of money even that wouldn't be ready... Argh!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I Was Going To Call This "Russel the Wilderness Explorer" But...

Yesterday, since my roommate was going with friends anyway, I went to see UP! What a great movie. After seeing Wall-E, I worried that Pixar had lost it but this was great. There are few actors still living that I can think of when I think crotchety old man and Ed "I Hate Spunk." Asner is at the top of the list. Christopher Plummer was awesome as the villain but this should not surprise anyone. (True story: he blames himself for William Shatner's rise to stardom.) I loved the Dennis/Mr. Wilson dynamic between Carl and Russel. ("Can help walk you across your yard?" "No.")

Last night, our friend that likes to cook and watch movies came up so we watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The first film was full of deep meaning and sadness. The one problem I had with this movie and I really don't think this is a spoiler, Benjamin is born as a baby-sized old man. As he grows taller, he grows younger at least until he reaches his fifties, I guess, and ends up dying as a baby-sized baby with Alzheimer's. Shouldn't he have died as a literally baby-faced adult or been born as a fully grown old man? I just confused by this. I didn't realize Mahershalalhashbaz Ali from The 4400 played his adoptive father of sorts. This was interesting because I had just recently started watching the series again...

Finished the night with The Exorcism of Emily Rose. If this was supposed to scare me, it failed but the story was intriguing nonetheless. Laura Linney's closing arguments sum up the movie: So-called Facts vs. Possibly Off-the-Wall Possibilities. The woman who played the young Emily Rose was very convincing as someone possessed...or crazy. If blood and gore disturb you don't see this but if like a decent courtroom drama this may keep your interest.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Survey For June 2009

15 Super Special Awesome Questions Survey from Quizopolis.com

Are you awesome? - Yes
Do you like nachos? - Who doesn't?
Do you know a person named Ashley? - Know a person? Yes. A few...
Do you have blog? - Apparently
What's your favorite food? - macaroni and cheese (homemade)
Puppies, kittens, or pot-bellied pigs? - Kittens
Do you forward those irritating chain e-mails? - Not usually.
Do you have any stickers? - On MySpace, yes...
Does your mom have the same color hair as you? - No but my dad does...
How many times a day do you go to Facebook? - I think I've been there 3 times today already...
When was the last time you had a staring contest? - Let's say four years ago but probably more...
When was the last time you fell asleep with the TV on? - Good question.
Has anyone kissed you today? - No but I guess it's still early...
Do you believe in love at first sight? - Strictly speaking, no...
Are vampires real? - Possibly.

Take This Survey at Quizopolis.com
http://www.quizopolis.com/survey/6310/15-Super-Special-Awesome-Questions-Survey/

Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Heart Of A Geek

While doing two stints at church this week unlocking doors, etc., first at the dance group and domestic violence group on Wednesday then for the final string quartet concert of the season just yesterday, I finished reading Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou for this afternoon's book group. Today due to vacation schedules and possibly naps, I was the only male among four women; all of whom are over 50. (I don't think that last bit's important but maybe...) The book had it's moments but, frankly, aside from all the name dropping, I've seen better Lifetime movies because "men are evil and they will hurt you." The book basically deals with her life between like '57 and '62. Several instances were interesting and amazing that one woman actually went through all this but it simply was not a "guy's book."

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Here's An Update (In Bullet Form)

1. My boss at the library is on vacation this week though was here on Monday anyway. Yesterday, it was fine. The semester is over so, besides the workstudy students, we had only one come in who needed help with the copier occasionally. The biggest problem lately has been our computers are totally crappy. We have 4 and it really seems like I have to go to each one to perform a specific task and it involves much rebooting.

Today, I walked down as usual to find the seminary closed today due to the elevator project my church has been involved in. (You knew it was the same building, correct?) Was I called? Nope. The secretary called me once so I don't know why she wouldn't have my number... ::shrugs::

2. Though thinking back I know when it happened, we discovered a couple nights ago that we no longer have BBC America as they moved it to the digital cable level. This was the cable system I've encountered where it was expanded basic but still... Epic Fail.

3. I heard through Facebook that the daughter of friends from college was in a nearby hospital due to dumping hot cocoa on herself so, yesterday, I went to visit. I really recall being at this particular hospital since the buttload of surgeries I had as a teen so it was more difficult getting around than I figured. Anyway, after visiting about an hour, I bumped into (not literally) a nurse at the elevator whom I also went to college with. Kind of weird...

4. Still no word on either the library job or the agent and probably won't hear anything for another two weeks. Woo. Hoo.
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