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Movies for schmucks?

One of my favorite comedians, Eddie Izzard, has a great routine about how American filmmakers take great stories from British movies, rip off the general premise and add a heaping helping of explosions, aliens and other eye-candy.  I’d try to explain the routine in more detail, but why not let a crude Lego animation of the routine explain it for me.

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Sobering, but must-see, TV

April 19, 2009 2 comments

Just got finished watching the next DVD in the World at War documentary that The Wife gave me for Christmas.  It was episode 20, “Genocide.”  While many of the other episodes touch on the Holocaust, this is the only one that is completely centered on the topic. Read more…

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Other movie ideas for Jim Carrey (apparently he needs them)

November 30, 2008 Leave a comment

If you’re like me, you’ve seen the trailer for Yes Man, the next in Jim Carrey’s long, slow decline from top-flight movie star to, well, Adam Sandler 2: Electric Boogaloo. The premise of Yes Man is that Jim Carrey has to say “Yes” to any proposal for an entire year.  So, Jim’s playing a man who has to make a wholesale change to his personality/lifestyle/habits. Read more…

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Can't-miss movies that I'm always missing

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

A few weeks back, I was talking to a friend about movies, and I mentioned even though I love Rudy and Hoosiers, I’ve never seen a couple of other sports movies. Like Remember the Titans. I’ve seen hella horrible football flicks like Wildcats, Little Giants and The Waterboy. Multiple times. For no good reason. But, I never saw this Denzel Washington movie (and I dig that guy’s work). Read more…

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Getting fired up for work

For a couple of years, my company shared a building with a shady auto credit company. And almost every day, I showed up at about the same time as a guy that worked for that loan company. We looked to be about the same age. Probably had about the same amount of experience and responsibilities. Biggest difference: he had to wear a tie every day, while I sported khakis and a polo shirt. He probably also spent the day explaining to people why he was repossessing their 1998 Ford Tempo. That’s a pretty big difference, too.

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Sex and the City movie: The good, bad and ugly from one' man's perspective

Last night, the Wife and I saw the Sex and the City movie, thanks to my son’s after-school care facility and their monthly “parents’ night out.” It’s not like it was the best movie ever, but I didn’t absolutely hate it. Which was an accomplishment in itself. Go ahead and stick that on the movie poster, HBO Films.

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King of the road: More stories from the San Fran trip

Other random notes about the trip to San Francisco:

  • God, what an unbelievably beautiful city. Take away the astronomical cost of living and the ever-present threat that you’ll die in the fiery shaking hell of The Big One, it’s a perfect city. Great weather, nice people, wonderful food. You never ask a San Franciscan why they live there. Just how.
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