Monday, September 29, 2008
Another reason to rejoice about the upcoming holidays are, of course, the movies!! There are a slew of Oscar trolling movies ready to hit theaters in October, November and December. Here are some trailers that have me watering at the mouth:
Ron Howard gives us "Frost/Nixon". I automatically like any movie that has to do with Richard Nixon and Watergate. Oh, and, Sam Rockwell is in it!
Gus Van Sant with "Milk", the true story about "California's first openly gay elected official." (IMDB.com). I love Gus Van Sant and I cant wait to see this! See also: "My Own Private Idaho", "Drugstore Cowboys" and "To Die For"
"American Beauty" director Sam Menes with "Revolutionary Road". This looks like Titanic's Jack and Rose meets "Mad Men"... awesome.
This preview came on before "Burn after Reading", which I saw tonight, and it looks pretty interesting. It kinda reminds me of last years "Atonement", which I hated.
Charlie Kauffman writes and directs "Synecdoche, New York". Reasons for seeing: Charlie Kauffman writes and directs.
Because Oliver Stone has a way with Presidential movies. Homer Simpson said it best, "Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK to get the Jack Ruby". Oliver Stone's "W."
"Six Feet Under" creator, Alan Ball directs Towlhead. I'll probably see this over the weekend. It is now playing in limited release.
And now something for the kids!
Note that these are all dramas so you better get your laughs in with "Choke" and "Burn after Reading"... its gonna be a cruel winter.
Friday, September 26, 2008
As I mentioned in my last entry, Sam Rockwell is pretty much the bees knees and last night I finally got to see him in his new film, "Choke".
"Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical re-enactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night, Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who "save" him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father's identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny and his mother's beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever."
- I pulled the above synopsis from IMDB.com (I'm too lazy to summarize the movie myself. I start my review below)
In his first crack at directing/writing a film, actor Clark Gregg managed to bring most of Chuck Palahniuk's novel to the big screen with a few script stumbles here and there. However, with the help of a wonderful cast, that included Anjelica Houston and Kelly Macdonald (or that chick from Trainspotting and No Country for Old Men) and of course Sam Rockwell as Victor Mancini, Gregg managed to pull off an all round satisfactory adapatation.
With many first timer kudos to the director, I believe Sam Rockwell's performance made the movie work. Rockwell gave viewers a well balanced look at Victor and all the hang ups he contains. From the over the top, very realistic, choking scenes, to the raunchiest of sex scenes, Mr. Rockwell made it look seamless! However, I think, he was at his best in the dramatic exchanges between Anjelica Houston's character, Ida Mancinic, Victor Mancini's demented mother. In the end, "Choke" was proof that Sam Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors in show biz and he deserves much praise for his role as Victor.
As the end credits were rolling and the theater clearing, I over heard a person ask another, "who was that?" and the other replied "oh, that was Sam Rockwell".
What are you still doing here?! GO SEE IT!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Sam Rockwell had me at "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and If I would have seen "Box of Moon Light" or "Lawn Dogs" before seeing "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" I would have said the same thing about him in those two other films. I recently saw Rockwell in "Snow Angels" in which he plays Glenn, a sort of "dead-beat-dad" character, who had an alcohol problem but then seemed to recover by sobering up and becoming a born-again Christan. Glenn tries to return as the father figure to his young daughter and he also tries to show his wife, played by Kate Beckinsale, that he has changed his ways. The movie does have a whole other cast of characters that have their own, just as interesting, stories but Rockwell's portrayal of Glenn stood out to me the most.
As in "Snow Angles" and other films, Sam Rockwell brings a certain tangibility to his characters. Glenn, for instance, in the begging of the film, is apologetic and passive and the viewer, me at least, felt embarrassed for him as he would try to prove his changed ways to his family and friends.
In other words, Rockwell is (always was) all the rage in my book and he should be in others' because the guy has like 6 movies coming out soon, just check out his IMDB page:
Don't even get me started on "Choke"! I recently finished reading the Chuck Palahniuk novel that was adapted into a film that will star none other then the golden boy himself. Ah, but this is another post all together and I will write more about it after I see the movie.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Now, I'm going to admit that I edited this picture but I think it could be effective for the McCain/Palin cause... you know, since the republican party is trying to win over those deaf, blind, and dumb Hillary Clinton voters (the words: deaf, blind and dumb used for sarcasm). Sarah Palin is woman. Hillary Clinton is a woman. It makes sense, people. If you got all the parts like a lady then you must be a lady. Put lipstick on a lady and she's still a lady. Say that a lady has a plan for universal health care... I'd say that lady is smart! Say that another lady believes that no other lady, excluding herself and her family, should have the right to choose what happens to her body... I'd say that lady has no right!
Also, for the record, I'm 100% sure that Sarah Palin is a ploy... hell, it even rhymes!
Don't you think its sexist of the republican party to use a woman as a blatant distraction so that they might win control of this country?
The facts are at our feet, people. The past eight years have been great examples of how we don't want the next four to be. Don't let a distraction like Sarah Palin get in the way of this country's lively hood! Vote for real change! Vote for Barack Obama on November 4th, 2008
*also, regarding the fine print at the bottom of the picture, have you heard McCain or Palin utter the word "gay"?
I pulled this from the Obama website:
Combat Employment Discrimination
Obama will work to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling that curtails racial minorities' and women's ability to challenge pay discrimination. Obama will also pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
I'm still looking for something that kinda resembles that las sentince from the Obama page. Prove me wrong McCain, prove me wrong!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Got a family?
Got animals who don't like to eat fake food from China?
Then you better vote for John McCain!
His (also G.W.B's plan) plan is to send YOU back to school (community college)! :D
Now, I've been working for a certain community college for almost 4 years now and its pretty damn easy to go to a CC for little to no money, in the state of California, BUT that is not the case in other states!
How are you suppose to go back to school when you lost your job? Who is suppose to pay the bills? Who the fuck is gonna pay your tuition? What the hell are you gonna learn? Why was your job outsourced?
If your a Republican, you don't have this "outsource" problem because your making $200,000 + a year! However, if you are one of the ones who has recently lost your job and can NOT afford to go back to school and learn another trade... then you will be cast out into poverty and eaten by wild dogs! For you see, you don't matter, you couldn't help your self when your company went over seas. What the hell is the matter with YOU?
Did you know Sarah Palin only has a bachelors degree?
I'm 4 semesters, 5 kids, and 1 PTA meeting away from being the next VP! YESSSSS! OH, and I'm a chick! Why didn't McCain pick me?!
this will be one of the last of my rants... I'm sorry to all of you who don't know what I'm talking about... I'm really, really, sorry for you(like sarcastically sorry)
Monday, September 1, 2008
Any how, I'm sure my two readers (myself just after posting and myself two days after posting) think its all genius. Look here's some good stuff now:
I recently wrote some stuff while I was waiting for my math class to start. I wrote it on the very last page of my note book so, when I get bored in class, I can turn to the back page and re-read what I wrote and wonder what the hell I was thinking.
I sat down at my desk and carefully set out my book, notebook and work sheet. I was the first student in the room and the teacher's lonely soul was looming in the front, facing his audience of desks. Turning my attention back to my materials on my desk, I noticed how picturesque everything looked, how obvious it all looked. I began to think of what a nice picture this would indeed make so I began to lean back in my chair to see if I could get a different look out of something that was flat on the desk. With my two chair legs off the ground, I cupped my hands over my eyes and tried to frame and snap a quick, imaginary, picture.
"Snap", I said, in a whisper.
As I was still leaned back in my chair, I noticed that two people had walked in the door. I quickly brought the chair legs to all floors, opened my notebook, to the last page, and began to write nonsense.