Friday, December 21, 2007

Favorite Albums of 2007

I've been listening to lot more music compared to last year since I do so much driving for my job. The albums on this list are the ones I've been repeatedly listening to in the Mini while trying not to fall asleep on the 5 freeway. Anyone else have a list? Mike?



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10. Modest Mouse
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank



"Who the hell made you the boss / We placed our chips in all the right spots but still lost / Any shithead who had ever walked / Could take this ship and do a much finer job / This fit like clothes made out of wasps / Oh, fuck it, I guess I lost"

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9. Klaxons
Myths of the Near Future



"Light touch my hand, in a dream of Golden Skans, from now on / You can forget our future plans"

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8. Arcade Fire
Neon Bible



"I'm standing on the stage / Of fear and self-doubt / It's a hollow play / But they'll clap anyway"

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7. Beirut
The Flying Club Cup



"The pane of my window / Will flicker and glimmer / I won't leave a stitchin' behind"

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6. Thrice
The Alchemy Index Volumes 1 & 2: Fire & Water



"And while they still sleep / I slip out through the door / But how can I leave / With my anchors ashore"

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5. Spoon
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga



"He never claimed to say what he says / He smells like the inside of closets upstairs / The kind where nobody goes"

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4. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
First You Live

If The Decemberists had spent more time listening to classic rock, The Doors and Pink Floyd they might sound something like this.



"Hello young warrior / Dressed in white / You fight with passion / And you fight with all of your might"

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3. The Cribs
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever



"A girl's needs / Girl's needs / Just don't agree / Don't agree / With man's needs"

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2. Radiohead
In Rainbows

They're baaaaaaaaaaaaack.



"What's the point of instruments / Words are a sawed-off shotgun"

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1. Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me



"In the choir / I saw our sad Messiah / He was bored and tired of my laments / He said 'I died for you one time, but never again'"

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Round 1, Fight!



This is the song that unlocks when you complete the career mode in Guitar Hero 3. Most people* can't even get through the intro (which is actually a keyboard, not guitar), let alone complete the whole song. This guy got 5 freakin' stars.

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I went to the Brand New show at The Wiltern last Sunday night, and it was amazing. I was unaware (until about 2-3 weeks ago) that Thrice was opening for them. Thrice was awesome, of course. They played few songs from their new album, but most of their set was from The Artist in the Ambulance. They also played "Deadbolt", which was the highlight of their set.

But the reasonI went was to see Brand New... and they impressed the hell out of me. I had low expectations after watching some Youtube clips** of their shows, but they sound ridiculously good live. They went through all the songs (sans instrumentals) from The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, and a lot of songs from Deja Entendu. I was a little surprised they didn't play anything from their first album -- Your Favorite Weapon; I guess they've outgrown that style of music. They were considered "emo" when that album came out, and they even sounded very similar to Taking Back Sunday***. That all changed with their second album, and even more with the third. Give them a try if you haven't, I highly recommend their latest album (The Devil and God).

Going to concerts always leave me with a bittersweet feeling afterwards. WHEN WILL WE GET TO PLAY SHOWS LIKE THAT?! DAMN YOU DREW!



*Including me.

**I blame cheap cell phones.

***Jesse Lacey, the lead singer of Brand New, used to be best friends with John Nolan, former guitarist for Taking Back Sunday (now lead singer of Straylight Run). Keywords: "used to", since Lacey's girlfriend at the time cheated on him with Nolan. They each wrote a song for their bands about this -- "There's No 'I' in Team" for Taking Back Sunday and "Seventy Times 7" for Brand New. Now this could all just be some crazy internet rumor for all I know, but I'd like to think this is actually true, because dammit, it's pretty awesome. Listen to those songs back to back. It beats Kanye vs. Fiddy anyday.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Movie Night #14

*UPDATE* Time has been changed to 9:00PM!

Admit it, you've been missing this. Don't worry, now that I'm settled in my new place, these will be back in full force.


  • Synopsis: Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan and they reminisce. Suspecting something fishy about Wang-jae's death, Tae-su and Seok-hwan start investigating it each in his own way. Both of their investigations lead to a land development project that Pil-ho is directing and the two embark on a difficult battle.
  • A Korean action movie? Come on! I know, I know. I can't remember the last time I saw a great, let alone decent, action flick from the motherland. But this one rules. Trust me. If Tarantino did a remake of Friend (a.k.a. Chingoo), it may have been something like this.
  • When: This Saturday (11/3) at 7:00PM.
  • Where: My awesome new place. 2708 Santiago Rd. Unit C. Fullerton, 92835. If you're coming from church, you can go up Bastanchury and make a left at Brea Blvd. Make a right on Beechwood, right on Santiago, then park at the end of the street. My place is on the dark, stinky, creepy alley to the left.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dead Fantasy part 1



That was made by one guy. Incredible. Why hasn't Pixar or Square hired him yet? He's the same guy that made the popular "Haloid" video*:





*I thought I had posted it before, but I couldn't find it. So I guess I didn't? My memory is getting worse and worse. One comment about my age and I dropkick you in the gonads.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hot Hot Heat

I was called into a lawyer's office this morning to troubleshoot his printer. His problem? The cable was unplugged.

Total time spent: 10 seconds.
Total cost for the appointment: $150.00
Having an extra hour to enjoy lunch: priceless

My Mini Cooper started overheating, so I need to take it in for repairs tomorrow morning. 7 effing AM.

I keep daydreaming about getting fired. Is that wrong?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Guide to Recognizing Your Demons

I was at a small business office in La Mirada today. The client that called to have his GPS looked at was caucasian, but the computer I ended up using to troubleshoot it belonged to a Korean employee. His cell phone was in front of the computer, so it was easy for me to see who was calling when the typically-Korean ballad ringtone went off.

The front display read "Mistress".

The guy was in his 30's. Had a wedding ring. He spoke to his "mistress" in Korean, telling her he was busy and would call back later.

Wonder if he had any kids?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hold Music





Today I was at the home of Katherine Breckenridge to fix her computer. Her sons are Eddie and Riley Breckenridge, bassist and drummer of Thrice. Unfortunately, they weren't there (they live in Orange, she's in Irvine) so I wasn't able to meet them. She did say they'd be happy to hear that a fan of the band worked on the computer. Sweet. That almost made working today worthwhile.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Stuleetuh Pituh



That's a damn catchy song.

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Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes trying to revive a dead computer. Then I told the client to get a new computer. She gave me a $20 tip. I swear, I make more money when I DON'T fix anything. Oh, then I got yelled at by the next client. She said "I could get you fired!" All I could think was, "can you please?"

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007

"What does it mean to be Superbad?"



In case you don't know who that "reporter" is -- that's Edgar Wright, writer and director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Superbad comes out next Friday. Who's down?

And uh, I want to see this. RIGHT NOW.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Dragonforce!



I got carpal tunnel watching that.

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The Worst On-screen Movie Ever Night (WOMEN) was... uhm... I can't exactly call it "successful" since we all wasted 4 hours of our Saturday watching horrible movies. But more people came out to see them than any of my previous movie nights, all thanks to the evite. You people. Oh, and James "won".

Monday, July 30, 2007

Movie Night #13

It's been a loooooooooooong time. Since my last post, since the last movie night, since I saw your mom, etc.

This one's going to be a little different. James and I will each be showing (what we think are) the worst movies ever made, back to back. Then everyone will vote on what movie they think is worse. The person that chose that movie will be the "winner" and will defend his title from a new challenger. That is, if we ever have another one of these again. In the best case scenario, it'll be like a real-life Mystery Science Theater. In the worst case scenario, it'll be 4 hours of our lives we'll never get back. Either way, James will take all the credit/blame, as it was his idea.

James' pick: SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE





My pick: I haven't decided yet. I was originally gonna go with KNOCKOFF, but I think I've found another candidate. You'll find out when you show up. You WILL show, right?!

Saturday, 8-3-2007, 5:30PM. It's going to held at Stev's place, on the bigboychoiTEV. There will be pizza. I'll post his address later, in case ya'll don't know where that is.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Best of E307

Assassin's Creed





Call of Duty 4





Halo 3





Heavenly Sword





Killzone 2





Mass Effect





Metal Gear Solid 4





Resident Evil 5






Star Wars: Force Unleashed





And a little bonus -

World of Warcraft: "I Am Murloc"

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Rock Band gameplay (not final)





The bad part about this game is that you need 3 other people to play with you to get the most benefit. Sucks for those losers without friends.

On an unrelated note, who wants to play the drums? Not you, Drew.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Of Mice and Men

10:25 - Client complains that his computer "freezes" and he can't use it.
10:26 - Mouse isn't moving. Everything works, however.
10:28 - After trying the mouse on my laptop (it didn't work), I tell the client he needs a new one.
10:30 - Client digs up an old mouse he was about to throw away recently. Plugged it in, it's good to go.
10:31 - Client hands me a $20 bill and praises me like I cured cancer.

If the day had ended right there, it would have been a good day. But then I come home and read this. How can a guy - respected by his peers, who had nothing but great things to say about him last night for his tribute show (especially about what a good family man he was) - do that? What the hell happened? No one may ever know. This vexes me, to say the least.

“You always rooted for him, because he was a good guy and he overcame the odds,” said Dave Meltzer, editor of the Wrestling Observer, a weekly news letter. “It’s like if you watched ‘Rocky,’ and in the end it comes out that Rocky killed his wife and his son.”

Monday, June 25, 2007

R.I.P. Chris Benoit





He was found dead earlier today at his home in Atlanta, with his wife and son. He was my second favorite wrestler of all time.

Tonight's RAW was a tribute show to him. They showed his championship match at Wrestlemania 20, when he made that assmonkey Triple H tap like a chump. Greatest moment in wrestling, ever.

Man, this sucks.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The beginning isn't very exciting, but wait 'til he really gets going.





This week suuuuuuuucked. Glad it's finally over. Even our biweekly TGIF-hour didn't make it less excruciating.

Here's the new old Indiana Jones:



He might as well be sitting on a wheelchair. Nevertheless, I'm still damn excited that another Indiana Jones flick is gonna come out. Even if it's 15 years too late.

You can watch the new trailer for The Simpsons Movie here. It actually looks pretty funny. Mind you, I haven't seen an episode of The Simpsons in years. I think the last "new" episode I saw was the one with Mel Gibson producing a very violent remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Latest news on the next Batman:
  • Cillian Murphy was on set shooting few scenes, presumably wearing his Scarecrow getup.
  • Anthony Michael Hall (the dork from all those 80's John Hughes movies) is in the movie. What's the role? THE RIDDLER. Or not.
  • Batman has a new ride - the Batcrotchrocket Batpod! You can see it here.
  • Katie Holmes has been replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Upgrade or downgrade? You decide. Does Batman really need a girlfriend? Isn't he too busy kicking ass? Is Kobe a crybaby?
  • Aaron Eckhart is playing Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face. But you already knew that, of course.
So we have the Joker, Two-Face (before he becomes Two-Face), Scarecrow, and possibly the Riddler. Those are just the villains. There are also a bunch of minor characters like the aforementioned girlfriend, Gordon (Gary Oldman), Lucious Fox (Morgan Freeman), Alfred (Michael Caine), and yada yada yada. That's a lot of people, and it's making me nervous. Don't let me down, Nolan.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hot Damn



He can finally move his head! It only took them almost 20 years to get that right.






This movie needs to come out yesterday. What?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Brent Barry > Jordan > Kobe

Greg Popovich is wasting Brent Barry as a 3-point-shooter. Let the man PLAY!





Human Tetris





I've bowled 3 times in the past week. I think that's quite enough. J.Lo is still my pwnee, though.

Work is starting to suck, but that hardly comes as a surprise, does it?

Friday, June 01, 2007

Okkusen Man

Hahahahahahahaha!!





And this one's funny and kickass:






I'm trying to stop with the Youtube nonsense but it's too fun.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

My Name Is Sho-Ryu-Ken

Guitar Hero 3, this time with a dash of WEEZER:





Street Fighter 2, the first-one-without-all-the-crazy-super-turbo-alpha-remix-subtitles edition. You've heard about Guile's "handcuffs" and the "touch of death", now you can finally see it in action.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fake Tales of San Francisco

Before anything else, here's Heath Ledger as the Joker:



What do I think? Not quite sure. It's definitely different. I'll probably grow to like it. It definitely gives off a Ichi the Killer vibe.



So, San Francisco.

It was cold. Very cold. And packed with tourists. And bums. Bums that blatantly asked for money to buy beer.

The aquarium was pretty damn amazing. You can see some pictures of it at Di's xanga.

We were walking along Fishermen's Wharf when Di pointed out a gallery. With the word "Dali" on the window. Oh EFF yes. I finally got to see some of his work after so many years (I honestly can't remember how old I was when I saw his paintings for the first time at Long Beach. Probably in high school.) and they were So. Damn. Good. The curator (is that what they're called?) was cool enough to let me take some pictures, so here they are:















and there's a few bored faces at the back
all wishing they weren't there

Friday, May 18, 2007

"It's probably Japanese."

http://movies.yahoo.com/summer-movies/Transformers/1808716430/trailers/31

Excuse me while I go change my pants.

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Okay, I'm back.

So...

Uh...

Hmm...

I'm going to watch that again. See ya.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Finish the Fight



I'm not exactly the biggest Halo fanboy, but dammit, I'm excited for 3 after watching that. I bet Pablo just soiled his pants. Didn'tcha, Pablo?

Spider-man 3 tomorrow. Pho king pho real.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Like Nipples On Batman

My last appointment today was a little old lady that had a problem with her computer not turning on. It was at least 7 years old. It was an IBM PC, with an Intel Celeron 533mhz processor with 64MB of RAM. It had Windows 98. I worked on it for 20 minutes. I called the office, they told me to give up - not worth the trouble of trying to fix such an ancient relic. I had to charge the lady $75. She gave me a $5 tip. Does that make any sense?

Check it out, it's Michael Bay's blog. You can see some high res pictures of the robots from the upcoming Transformers movie. I still don't like "teh ghey" flames on Optimus, but the others are looking pretty damn great. And if you read the post from 4/27/2007 (scroll down on his blog), he says that movie got the highest test screening scores in his career. Maybe it's actually good?



come one, come all, into 1984

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Selfish Jean



I was just thinking last week, "whatever happened to Travis" while running a AVG scan for the 847th time on some yuppie's virus-infected computer. Turns out, they released a new album. Yesterday. Huh. Okay.

Whatever happened to going to film school?

Hmm, that didn't work. Or maybe I need to wait 'til next week to find out.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Everything is bigger in IMAX

There's something different about you, Hermione. I just can't put my finger on it...

Okay, that was horrible. I apologize.

No Spider-man on Saturday. Fandango failed me miserably. And I'm kind of scared to see it now because of the mixed reviews. All I can say is, "please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck..."

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Game Over



The kitchen part was the best.

It's official: the Lakers are out. See you next season, Kobes. If you get KG to play with you, I may actually start cheering for your team.

I'm buying the tickets for Spider-man 3 in IMAX today so if you're interested, you better tell me now.

Friday, April 27, 2007

ROFLMAO

First, the classic:




Now, the new and improved(?)version:




Lakers barely squeaked out a win last night over the Suns, who played horribly. Mamba got about 86 layups. Pretty ridiculous. This series just got a little more interesting.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"By the power of greyskull!"




The 300 parodies just won't stop comin'. As long as they're good, no complaints from me.

Hot Fuzz was pretty damn great. I do like Shaun of the Dead a little more, though. But then again, I've seen that movie way too many times. The Fuzz will grow more on me after repeat viewings.

Our FBA team is 2-2 now. I don't get why other people say our team is stacked. Those same people are the ones with much better records than us. And any team that has me can't be labeled "stacked." Except for the old fogy team. Man that team is stacked.

With out-of-shape losers. Ohhhhhhh snap.

And here's something for you Harry Potter fans.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Fight In the Shade



More mash-ups with 300. Yay.

GRINDHOUSE was awesome, but it's too bad it tanked at the box office. Whose bright idea was it to release it on the Easter weekend? Now they're talking about cutting the two features and releasing them separately. That was probably thought up by the same moron. I hope it does a lot better overseas, and I'm sure it will do better on DVD.

Work, work. Making the small bucks. Getting tired of WoW, but I gotta hit 70.

Friday, March 30, 2007

No Glory



Will Ferrell pretty much got pwned by the ninja. "I think that's Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Dirty Dancing 2 was Havana Nights. Both of them sucked."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Brianstorm



Their new album comes out next month. W00t!

I've been sick the last 3 days. I'm going to blame Grace because she got sick first and complained to me about it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

20 MUST-SEE MOVIES OF 2007

So, I'm only 3 months late on this. I'm a working boy. Bite me.

Before going on to the list, I must make three notes:

One - there are two movies on here (maybe three) that have been released already. I already know this. Don't be all "that movie came out two months ago" on me. Just because I saw it already doesn't mean it can't be on the list. The list isn't just for me, it's also for YOU. I'm trying to spread the word on some cool-looking flicks that you may not give a crap about otherwise. I'm doing you a service, bitches.

Two - 6 movies from last year's list actually didn't come out in 2006. 4 of those movies are coming out this year - CYBORG GIRL (more accurately called I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OK), GRIND HOUSE, SHOOT 'EM UP and SOUTHLAND TALES. ZODIAC came out just last week. Hell if I know when REVOLVER will ever be released.

Three, most of the synopses are from CHUD.

On to the list.



1. 300



Synopsis: A ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Miller's (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.

I saw this two nights ago in a packed theater at 11:15PM. Not even the smell of used diapers (with Indian food in it) nor the annoying guy that was sitting next to me hootin' and talking to his girlfriend like we were in his living room could ruin this movie. Prepare for glory, indeed.

2. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE



Synopsis: A romantic musical told mainly through numerous Beatles songs performed by the characters. A young man from Liverpool comes to America during the Vietnam War to find his father. He winds up in Greenwich Village, where he falls in love with an American girl who has grown up sheltered in the suburbs. Together they experience the sweeping changes of America in the late 60's.

A musical with Beatles songs. You can't go wrong with that. Oh, and the name of that young man from Liverpool? Jude. How can you not see that coming?

3. ANGEL-A



Synopsis: Down-on-his-luck petty criminal Andre (Jamel Debbouze) has reached the end of his rope. Irreversibly in debt to a local gangster, with no one to turn to, his only solution is to plunge himself into the Seine. Just as he is perched to do so, a fellow bridge-jumper beats him to the water. Diving in, he saves Angela (Rie Rasmussen), a beautiful, statuesque and mysterious woman. As they pull themselves out the water, the two form a bond and venture into the streets of Paris determined to get Andre out of the hole he has found himself in. As Andre will find out, not all debts are financial, and sometimes the solutions to life's problems are found in the unlikeliest of places. Is Angela simply repaying Andre for his kindness, or are there other forces at work beyond his comprehension?

Do you recognize that guy in the poster? You better, if you've seen AMELIE. Also, this was made by Luc Besson, the French filmmaker that directed LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL.

4. AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE



Synopsis: An action epic that explores the origins of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force (better known as Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad,) who somehow become pitted in a battle over an immortal piece of exercise equipment.

My sanity will be severely tested with 90 minutes of Aqua Teen craziness. The early word on this is that it's not very good, but I don't care. I have to see this. Aqua Teen was my favorite show until Venture Bros. came along.

5. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD



Synopsis: Delves into the private life and public exploits of America's most notorious outlaw. As the charismatic and unpredictable Jesse James (Brad Pitt) plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money - and the glory - riding on his capture. But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most.

I love long titles, and this is definitely a long one. The coward Robert Ford is played by Casey Affleck, who has worked with Pitt on the OCEAN'S NUMBERS movies.

6. BALLS OF FURY



Synopsis: In this secret society, the competition is brutal and the stakes are high. It is the unsanctioned, underground, and utterly unhinged world of clandestine Ping-Pong tournaments. Down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong phenom Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) is sucked into this maelstrom when FBI Agent Rodriguez (George Lopez) recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father’s killer – arch-fiend Feng (Christopher Walken).

This can either be really terrible or balls-out funny. HAH! I kill myself.

7. BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON



Synopsis: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.

What an awesome idea. It's going to be tough trying to find a showing of this, so I'll most likely see this on DVD.

8. BLACK SNAKE MOAN



Synopsis:
Desire is a burning sickness for Rae (Ricci), a feverish need that eats at her soul, while making her the white-trash sexual target of every man and boy in her small Tennessee town. When her true love Ronnie (Timberlake) leaves for military service, Rae plunges into wild excess. Beaten, left for dead, she’s taken in by Laz (Jackson) a reformed bluesman, a private self-contained black man who nurses deep anger of his own. Fiercely committed to his task of keeping her alive, Laz makes Rae his prisoner to give her a chance at freedom, and finds his own way back to the full force of life in the bargain.

This is Craig Brewer's second feature, after 2005's HUSTLE AND FLOW (which I still haven't seen). And uh, it came out last week. So go watch it, unless that whole "sexual" thing is scaring you off. Pansy.

9. BLADES OF GLORY



Synopsis: A pair of world-class men's figure skaters who are banned from the sport after their disgraceful brawl during the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. After three years of toiling in obscurity, they attempt to put aside their feud and exploit a loophole in the terms of their suspension, partnering to compete in the only category open to them -- pairs figure skating.

You've seen the trailer. What you haven't seen is the real-life-husband-and-wife comedy duo, Will Arnett (Gob!) and Amy Poehler ripping it up next to Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. Should be good.

10. FIDO



Synopsis:
Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50's, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants - a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control… but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn’t think so. At eleven, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney - Mom and Dad just won’t admit it. Now ZomCon’s head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmy’s Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn't have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person... Sometimes, it takes a dead man to teach us all what it means to be alive.

The world needs more zomcoms (zombie comedies).

11. HOT FUZZ



Synopsis: Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so embarrassing - the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman. The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman, Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life "bad boy," and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny's puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel's growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny's dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It's time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice.

First of all, did you see that poster? Straight out of BAD BOYS 2. Second of all, this is supposedly even better than SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Third of all, I will watch anything these guys make. Fourth of all, a granny gets jumpkicked in the face.

12. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD



Synopsis: An attack on the vulnerable United States computer infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the shattering scheme has figured out every digital angle – but he never figured on an old-fashioned, “analog” fly-in-the-ointment: John McClane.

Yeah, the title sucks. I much prefer the international title - DIE HARD 4.0. I'm not sure the world needed another installment of this franchise, but after watching the teaser all I can think was "ooooh, explosions". And that's all that matters, I guess.

13. THE LOOKOUT



Synopsis: Centered around Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a once promising high school athlete who becomes mentally impaired after a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

Watch the trailer and try telling me you're not getting a MEMENTO vibe from it. You're not? Okay then, me either.

14. OCEAN'S THIRTEEN



Synopsis:
In the new sequel to Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve, the cast is reunited with director Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub. Joining the cast for the new adventure are Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin.

Nothing to add, other than that I liked 12 better than 11. Yeah, really. I hope to see more witty banter and clever in-jokes. Oh, and I was trying hard to get this entry to be number 13, but couldn't. I know, nerd. I fail at life.

15. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END



Synopsis: In the follow-up to the record-breaking smash 2006 hit PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, we find our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones’ locker – while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese Pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final, titanic battle – as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire future of the freedom-loving Pirate way, hangs in the balance.

If Chow Yun-Fat kills Orlando Bloom in this movie, I'll die a happy boy. I hope he dual-wields two swords.

16. THE SIGNAL



Synopsis: A horror film told in three parts from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission which invades every cell phone, radio and TV, turing people into killers.

The three parts were also directed by three different people. This was a huge hit at Sundance, I believe.

17. SPECIAL



Synopsis: Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life... Superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.

This looks like UNBREAKABLE, if it were made by Michel Gondry (not in a visual sense, but storywise). And I love both.

18. SPIDER-MAN 3



Synopsis: Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most-feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

Number 2 was better than the first, so I'm hoping that trend continues here and this will be even better. And that little teaser with Venom at the showing of 300 the other day was badass.

19. STARDUST



Synopsis:
A young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) tries to win the heart of Victoria (Sienna Miller), the beautiful but cold object of his desire, by going on a quest to retrieve a fallen star. His journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village. On his odyssey, Tristan finds the star, which has transformed into a striking girl named Yvaine (Claire Danes). However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king’s (Peter O’Toole) four living sons – not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers – all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), who needs the star to make her young again. As Tristan battles to survive these threats, encountering a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais) along the way, his quest changes. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.

I haven't read Neil Gaiman's graphic novel that this is based on, so I'm not sure how this will turn out. But that's a damn fine cast you got there, Mr. Matthew "I almost directed X3 but screwed ya'll with Brett Ratner" Vaughn.

20. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES



Synopsis: After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to apparently take over the world. And only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them—those heroes in a half shell—Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael! With the help of old allies April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind Winters’ endeavors. Making this new incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles truly cutting-edge, the film will be created entirely with state-of-the-art CG animation, giving them a completely new look for the 21st century.

I was hoping this would be a badass R-rated (or at least PG-13) CGI fest hearkening back to the original graphic novels, alas, I'm going to have to accept this kid friendly PG fare. However, it feels damn good to see the ninja turtles making a comeback. Ahh, memories.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rider of Lohan

Here's my new job. And yes, they did give me a Mini Cooper. Her name is Lindsay.

Not much to say, really. I still need to write my "20 films to see in 2007" post, but it's March already and I feel like it's too late to do it.

Here's something I know Pablo will enjoy. It's a mashup of the 300 trailer and footage from Halo.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Shippuuden



Finally, the fillers are over. The 1 hour special wasn't that great... but at least they're back on the main story.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Directorial Debut

Here's the commercial I made with Pablo for the EM banquet. I personally don't think it's that great, but it went over pretty well with those that saw it tonight. I did have fun making it, and would love to get a camera of my own so I can mess around with it and make more crap like this.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Favorite Movies of 2006

Okay. I'm finally done. Frankly, 2006 was a lot harder to do than 2005. Remember, this is a very subjective list. I just hope that if you missed any of the movies on here, maybe this would somehow motivate you to seek them out and see what the fuss (from my end) was all about. Come on, indulge me a little. Without further ado, here's my list of top ten movies of 2006.

10. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
written by Michael Arndt



Sam is not going to like the fact that this is on here. That makes me happy. The movie is a little formulaic, but that's not a big issue as long as the formula is done well (right, Amy?). And it's done pretty well here. I was largely won over by the cast, especially with Alan Arkin (Grandpa) and Paul Dano (mute-by-choice Dwayne). And hey, I believe this is the first time I heard a Sufjan Stevens song used in a movie, unless I'm mistaken.

9. ROCKY BALBOA
written and directed by Sylvester Stallone


I rolled my eyes when I heard that Stallone was making another Rocky flick. He's 60 years old. Number 5 sucked. He hasn't made a good movie in 10 years. Months went by. Then I saw the teaser. Okay, that doesn't look too bad. Another couple of months later, I saw the trailer. Dammit, they just had to use "Eye of the Tiger," didn't they? And "hurtin' bombs?" Oh that Duke. Then Stallone went on aintitcool.com and did 20 Q&A sessions over 20 days, just before the movie premiered (you can check them out at this link). He won me over, that big lug.

Oh, and the movie? It was great. It's a very fitting conclusion to the series. (Let's just forget ROCKY 5 happened, okay? This is the real ROCKY 5.) I got teary-eyed at the end. Who says I have no emotions?!

8. CASINO ROYALE
directed by Martin Campbell
written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis



I was never a big fan of James Bond movies. I mean, I liked them when I was a little kid. But when I watch those movies now, I see just how silly and cartoonish they are. A guy who kills people with his hat? Mike Meyers wasn't exaggerating (too much) with Austin Powers.

They needed to reinvent Bond. Start fresh. So they got the director of GOLDENEYE to do it. /sigh

Yet, it's good. Really good. Daniel Craig is an asskicker. People complained he wasn't pretty enough. Excuse me? He's a SPY. I never got the whole "James Bond is a suave pretty boy drinking martinis all day" thing. That's actually not how it is in the books, according to those that read them. (I haven't.) Yes, there are James Bond books. The books came first. SHOCKING, I know. Anyway, that whole "pretty" thing started with Roger Moore and culminated with Pierce Brosnan. They were good, but they are not asskickers. People also complained that this new Bond is too rough. He's too thuggish. Not as smart. Made too many mistakes. Well, DUH. This was his first real mission as 007. This was the origin story. This was BATMAN BEGINS for Bond. Did you do everything perfectly on your first day?

Okay that was way too long, and all I did was defend the new Bond flick, as if it was a bad movie. It's not. It's awesome. It's my favorite. You want action, you got it. And all the "complaints" I think are actually what makes this Bond interesting, to me anyway. I like that Bond makes mistakes. I like that he gets dirty and bleeds. Eva Green was icing on the cake. Screw the haters.

7. THE PRESTIGE
directed by Christopher Nolan
written by Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan



Every year, for some unknown reason, two movies come out that look and sound remarkably similar. End of the world with ARMAGEDDON and DEEP IMPACT. 9/11 with WORLD TRADE CENTER and UNITED 93. Volcanoes with, uhh, VOLCANO and DANTE'S PEAK.

For 2006, it was magicians. And this was better than THE ILLUSIONIST (which seemed like THE USUAL SUSPECTS in period costumes). Finally we get an answer to the eternal question: Who would win if they fought against each other? Batman or Wolverine?

Like I would spoil it for you. Go watch it for yourself.

6. JACKASS NUMBER TWO
directed by Jeff Tremaine
written by (Are you kidding me?)



I have never laughed and cringed as much as I did while watching this movie. Yes, I know it's just clips of guys doing stupid things. And it's brilliant. I find it quite tragic (and funny in an ironic and morbid way) that these guys are still alive but Steve Irwin isn't.

5. NACHO LIBRE
directed by Jared Hess
written by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess & Mike White



I want to be best friends with Jack Black. People say he always acts like himself in movies, and I don't care. He's the most consistent actor when it comes to making me laugh. I would watch him read a phonebook (in that Spanish accent) for 2 hours. I would even watch that crappy looking romcom with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet because he's in it. So yeah, I'm a little biased when I say that this is the funniest movie of 2006.

4. THE FOUNTAIN
written and directed by Darren Aronofsky


I remember when I saw this at the theater, as the credits started rolling at the end of the movie, the guy that was sitting 2 rows in front me stood up and said "This is my favorite part. The end!" The group that was with him laughed and walked out, probably heading to the box office for a refund.

That pretty much sums up how this movie will play out to the general audience. But I loved it. I'm not saying I'm better than that guy I described above. I'm not saying I'm smarter than him. I can't even tell you why I love the movie. I just do. And I can't stop thinking about it. Go rent the DVD when it comes out and give it a try. If you don't like it, that means you're stupid.

3. PAN'S LABYRINTH (EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO)
written and directed by Guillermo del Toro


Hype is a powerful thing. Too much of it can ruin things, especially for movies. I've heard nothing but glowing reviews for this film, and was expecting the best of the best. Of course, it did not meet those huge expectations. But this was still pretty damn good. Just don't expect a crazy fantasy flick. It's actually more about the Spanish civil war with bits of fantasy elements here and there. And the ending will cause a debate. Which side do you land on?

2. CHILDREN OF MEN
directed by Alfonso Cuaron
written by Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby



If you are not impressed by Alfonso Cuaron after watching this movie... I don't know what to tell you. Maybe you're blind? And Clive Owen is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.

That's all there is to say. Go watch it if you haven't.

1. ERAGON
directed by Stefen Fengmeier
written by a 16 year old kid



I'm just joshing with ya.

1. BRICK
written and directed by Rian Johnson


I've written a lot about this movie for about a year, so I'll just say one thing. This is the most impressive debut feature since Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS.

If that's not high praise, I don't know what is.

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