Archive for June, 2011

Friday Funny: Balk!

This may be the best balk I’ve ever seen. A little over a month ago, Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey committed this fantastic balk against the Philadelphia Phillies.

I looked high and low for video of this gem, but can’t seem to find it. If anyone tracks it down, feel free to share.

Three years ago, Pelfrey had three balks in a single game. A couple of days later he was warming up before a game, and a fan had a little fun with him. It looked like Pelfrey was a good sport about it, though. Enjoy.

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The Inception Reception

This is simply the coolest wedding video ever made.

Movie Monday Postponed

No Movie Monday this week on account of the car being in the shop and no word as of yet on when it will be finished. That’s okay; I was struggling with whether I wanted to do it this week anyway. My main choice was probably The Green Lantern, but it’s gotten pretty negative reviews, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it in the theaters anyway. Next week I’ll return to it.

Friday Funny: Tyrion Lannister

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know about HBO’s epic new series, Game of Thrones. If you have been living under a rock, and therefore haven’t heard of Game of Thrones, you really should move. Living under a rock really can’t be comfortable.

Though I haven’t actually seen the show (I don’t have HBO), I’m familiar with the story. I’m currently reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the HBO series is based. I’m 3/4 through the second book in the series. It’s a fantastic read, although quite… brutal. It’s definitely not one of those The Good Guys Prevail and Everyone’s Happy sort of series, but it’s compelling nonetheless.

This video is a humorous remix of the scene where Tyrion slaps the insufferable Prince Joffrey, all set to Guile’s theme. Guile’s theme goes with everything. It tickled my funny bone, even though it’s a little too long. Enjoy.

Movie Monday: Super 8

This Monday I went and saw the much-hyped yet ever-mysterious Super 8, J.J. Abram’s latest foray onto the silver screen. The early trailers for the movie definitely had the Cloverfield vibe going for them. Disjointed and confused images tell you nothing except, “This movie is a J.J. Abrams film.” If I recall correctly, it didn’t even name the title again, like Cloverfield. I might be wrong about that. Anyway, going into the movie I knew little more than the fact that it starred Coach Eric Taylor and that J.J. Abrams wrote and directed it. I also learned this weekend that Steven Spielberg is a producer of the film from an article somewhere titled something to the effect of, “Is J.J. Abrams the next Spielberg?” I chuckled at that title, but as I watched the movie, I found the article’s title sticking with me as I watched the movie.

This movie felt like a combination of Spielberg and Abrams. Mysterious, suspenseful, and exciting, yet character-driven and not without heart and humor. As the plot was unfolding (it centers around a group of young teenage boys in the late 1970s, their attempts at a film festival submission using a Super 8 camera, and the mysterious events that unfold in their town), it struck me as having a similar “Spielberg” feel and tone to both E.T. and somewhat like The Goonies (it was Spielberg’s story), at least in how the characters interacted with one another. At the same time, there’s a larger story unfolding in the midst of the small town where the boys live, and it’s in this story that J.J. Abram’s flair for the mysterious comes through in spades. There’s a train wreck (that’s in the trailers), and you know something escapes (also in the trailers), but in true Abram’s style, it’s not until the last act of the film until you get a true look at what it was. You get hints, here and there, but nothing concrete. Throw in a healthy dose of lens flare and no shortage of suspense and you’ve got quintessential J.J. Abrams faire.

But it’s how all of it is woven together that really struck me. There’s a heart to this film that’s touching, and Abrams brings all of the disparate themes together at the right time in a way that feels very, well, Spielbergian. I’m pretty sure that Abrams stated in interviews that this was his homage to the Super 8 films made in the late 1970s, of course, but it also felt very much like his homage to Spielberg. And, knowing that Spielberg was attached to the project as producer, it also felt like a passing of the torch from Spielberg to J.J Abrams.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and would definitely consider seeing it again in the theater.

Have you seen it? I’d love to hear your thoughts or disagreements in the comments. Just no spoilers, please!

Movie Mondays

Goodness me it’s been awhile since I’ve written. Hopefully this will serve as a springboard back into it for me. Time will tell.

The Background
I’ve always been a big fan of movies, and the summer movie season is no exception. I haven’t been able to see as many summer movies as I would have liked over the past several years. Law school and all that went with it sort of got in the way, and before that, well, I can’t really say why I didn’t see as many movies during the summer. Let’s just say that each summer I make a list of all the movies I want to see in the theaters, and then I typically will see two or, if I’m lucky, three of them in the theater.

Shifting gears a bit… Every Monday night, my wife and her friends get together for a Supper Club. They get together, one brings a dessert (it used to be dinner too, but it got too complicated), and watch the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Shocking as it may sound, I have no interest in the Bachelorette. Thus, on Monday evenings I am left to my own devices. In the past I’ve just hung out at home, either playing Xbox or reading a book. But it’s summertime now, and this summer is a little different.

I haven’t wrote about it here, but if you’re one of the five people who (used to) read this blog, you already know that my wife is with child. We’re having a Baby Girl, due in October. I am beyond excited. It’s going to be a huge and thrilling change in our lives, and I can’t wait to meet her. Once she arrives, going to movies, especially movies of the type that are released during the summer, will (mostly) be a thing of the past. This is the last summer for quite awhile that I can expect to see movies in the theater with any frequency.

The Project
That brings me to my little project. Last week I took advantage of the free Monday evening to take in the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: First Class. I was skeptical about seeing it; I abhorred the third installment and didn’t even see the Wolverine “spinoff.” But, there was a moment fairly early on in the movie where James McAvoy looked up with an arched eyebrow, and he was Professor X. Not Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, but the one I remember from the comic books. It was like they took a frame from the comics I collected and put it in the film, albeit after putting hair on the Professor. In that moment, I thought to myself that I should blog about it. And I hit upon the idea of Movie Mondays. What better way to celebrate the summer movie season, in all its overhyped, overbudgeted glory? I’m not looking for Oscar-worthiness, I’m simply out to enjoy these movies for what they are… Good summer fun.

So, each Monday I’ll try and put up a post telling you what movie I’m going to see, perhaps with a link to a Youtube trailer or something. Then, if all goes well, I’ll try and write about it afterwards. I won’t put any major spoilers in the film or give you a formal review (For some reason, I can’t objectively speak as to how I feel about a movie without seeing it twice). I’ll give you my impressions, things I liked or didn’t like, and whether I recommend it as a Summer Movie. My posts may be wordy or brief, I have no idea. We’ll see.

And who knows, maybe it’ll get me into updating this thing a little more regularly.