Saturday, January 26, 2008

Movie Man

Just got back from watching No Country for Old Men and I have to say I am not on board with the critics on this one. Sure it was a quality movie that kept me interested for the majority of the 120 minutes but in the end (by the way my opinion has nothing to do with the ending) I left the theatre a little disappointed. The acting was good and the storyline was enticing but something about Tommy Lee Jones rubs me the wrong way and I just didn't like him in the role as the sheriff. I feel like he is better suited as the cop in the Fugitive or the villain in Batman...didn't enjoy him in this drama which was a movie of higher quality than anything I recall him acting in before.

The two other lead actors did a great job for 2 dudes I have not seen on the big screen before (or at least I don't think so...still haven't seen American Gangster which I am pissed about) and they definitely kept me on the edge of my seat a few times. I can see these guys landing gigs in other prominent roles after the success of this film and would pay to see them act again.

Woody Harrelson also appeared in this one and I felt his part was a bit lame as well. I had no idea he was in it before I went so at first I was glad to see him as I do like him in some of his other movies but his character never really did much other than get smoked. I am not going to go into the ending of the movie as you might have heard is unusual but I will say is different and that part I did like to a certain degree as if it ended different it wouldn't have made much of a difference in my rating. Speaking of which, I give it 3.5 out of 5 hockey sticks for quality & general entertainment (my default rating system for now as this is my first movie analysis post and I can't think of anything more entertaining right now). Oh well, maybe I am being overly critical since I just saw Juno a few days ago and loved of my favorite movies in a long, long time.

The cast from the lead actress (Ellen Page...who any 15-20 year old in the right mind would have a crush on) to the kid from Super Bad to Jason Bateman & Juno's Dad (also the newspaper guy from Spiderman movies), every character was great. Ellen Page is a remarkable actress and she is going to have a heck of a career if the stardom doesn't go to her head. I would recommend this flick to anyone and would see it again in an instant. Very funny, with some classic lines and enough seriousness (movie revolves around a pretty serious subject) without going overboard to get a rating of 5 out of 5 hockey sticks...yes, it was super, go see it and laugh with me.

That's all I have for now but I will definitely be back to ramble on about some other movies that I've already seen and will see in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy!



Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Quick Shout Out

Just wanted to take a minute to say one final congratulations to my brother and his new wife, Sheron. The wedding was very fun and went off without any problems as far as I could tell. I also made it through the best man speech alright and think maybe even a few people liked it. The food was good and the company even better, I wish them the very best in everything they do. Hopefully it is warm down in Mexico for their Honeymoon because it is ridiculously cold up here in Bmore.

My brother is also a big Eagles fan so I went ahead and pulled some strings with Jeffrey Lurie and I think we found a position for him in the organization...check it out.


Eli in the Superbowl?

I still don't believe what I just typed...Eli Manning has made it to the big game. Granted he hasn't been carrying this team on his back as the defense and running game are the ones responsible for the G-Strings postseason march. That's not to say Eli has played bad because he hasn't, but his play reminds me more of Trent Dilfer's circa 2000 with the Ravens vs Joe Montana's in the 80's.

I would have never guessed that the Giants would have even won a playoff game this season, let alone be representing the NFC in the Superbowl. I thought that they'd be lucky to go 9-7 and finish 3rd in the NFC East but I guess crazier things have happened. Then they go and beat a Green Bay team at Lambeau field in sub-zero conditions against one of the best QBs of all time who may in fact be the best cold weather QB of all time. I lost $50 on the game and am none too happy about the matchup as I really dislike both teams and am not sure who I want to win. Do I back the Giants because they hail from the best division in the NFC and have a chance to knock off King Brady and the undefeated Pats? Do I pick the Patriots because I hate the rival Giants who my beloved Eagles play twice each year and can't bear to thin about Eli winning a ring before McNabb? Seeing a team go 19-0 probably wouldn't happen again anytime soon either but haven't Brady & B-squared already had enough fun for one decade. It's tough...really a lose-lose situation for me as no matter who wins I will be disappointed. Why did Favre & the Pack have to blow it yesterday?

Maybe the game will end in a tie and Eli & Brady will slug it out at midfield to determine the winner. OK, that is definitely not going to happen but a man can hope something good comes out of this. I will have my predictions later in the week as we have plenty of time to dissect the game which is 2 weeks away. In the meantime, I will think of other exciting topics to discuss as everyone and their mother will be talking about the Superbowl all day all the time over those 2 weeks and there is only so much you can talk about unless of course it is the Eagles playing but we all know that only happens once every 25 years.

Stay tuned for details of the 3rd annual FSD Superbowl Saturday Pub Crawl....even if the matchup does suck, we'll still have a blast the day before! YUH!