Charlie Sheen – Violent Torpedo of Truth Review

By , April 2, 2011 11:33 pm

You just spent $120 on a ticket to something to which you had no idea what to expect.  A guy, an actor, whom you’ve seen all your life is coming off what’s close to a melt down and announces he has a tour coming to your city.  So you say whatever and you buy a ticket.  You have no idea what to expect. Your tickets are sweet, second row behind the old orchestra pit.  As you’re walking up the aisle toward the stage you’re saying to yourself “holy shit we’re right up front”, but up front to what?  You have no idea what to expect.  But, you’re in high spirits and you’re with your friends and you’re enjoying the music. …

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Lars and the Real Girl

By , December 6, 2010 11:41 am

The caption on the cover of this movie sums it up best:  “A whimsical, funny, moving film”.  That’s exactly what it is.  My wife, bless her heart, is always bringing home movies, books, and music that would slip by me.  That’s one of the greatest things about being married to a teacher.  She’s exposed to all those kids each year and knows what they’re reading, what they’re watching, and what they’re listening to.  I’m not certain that all the kids are watching this movie, but she heard about it nonetheless.  It’s a funny thing about this movie too, if you weren’t paying attention to it, you probably never would have noticed it.  It was touching enough that I’m compelled to…

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Tequila

By , November 6, 2010 10:15 pm

This post about tequila will start out talking about absinthe.  Why?  Because it’s purported that Vincent Van Gogh’s drink of choice, absinthe, has hallucinogenic properties.  The hallucinogenic properties in absinthe have their origins in a drug called thujone which is most concentrated in grand wormwood (genus Artemisia Absinthium) and what gave the old world absinthes their green color.  The funny thing about Absinthe today, however, is that it really doesn’t have any thujone in it, but rather green food coloring.  When people describe their trippy experiences with absinthe, they’re most likely having a placebo effect and getting drunk from some high proof alcohol.  I think (and it could be my imagination too) that the blue agave from which tequila is derived actually gives you more…

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The Switch

By , August 23, 2010 11:30 am

I love movies.   I love to watch:  new movies, classics, kids movies, all kinds of movies.  One of my favorite things, however, is when I have a ho hum attitude about a movie going in and then I really like it.  This is the case with The Switch starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.  To top it off, critics had said they disliked this movie or it wasn’t worth the money or whatever it is they said.  I hadn’t really read a critical review, but I’d heard snippets on the radio and overheard rumblings from people checking out reviews in magazines and whatnot.  Well, I’ve never really trusted critics and this is one more example why.  Critics can sometimes…

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The Blind Side

By , April 12, 2010 11:24 am

It’s been hard for us to put a movie into the DVD player lately for fear of it sucking.   My wife has been busy grading school papers after we’ve put the kids to bed.  My work is non-stop.  We do our best to make time for the kids to get outside, et cetera.  When The Blind Sidecame from Netflix, I was squeamish.  It was that same monotonous feeling I’ve been having about how I can’t afford to waste time on movies that suck.  My watch/return ratio (i.e. the number of movies I watch to the number of movies that don’t suck) is somewhere around 5 to 1 and that is with a lot of upfront diligence on reading reviews, talking to friends,…

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Extract

By , February 4, 2010 12:57 pm

This is a movie that you probably missed if you weren’t looking for it.  I wanted to see it in the theatre and was waiting and watching for it and I still couldn’t find it.  The film’s creator, Mike Judge, is also the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head and the movie Office Space.  Ever since Beavis and Butt-Head, I have been a huge Mike Judge fan.  Office Space sealed the deal and therefore, I couldn’t wait for Extract. My wife was ho-hum about the movie but I managed to get it moved to the top of our Netflix cue when I realized that it was already on video (I still have no idea how it sneaked by us to video…

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500 Days of Summer

By , January 6, 2010 6:53 pm

This is a movie about boy meets girl.  The writing is very clever, fresh, and unique.  Like other movies that go forward and backward in time this movie starts near the end and then quickly takes you back to the beginning.   From there, it bounces forward and backward in time.  The way they did this was kind because they gave you a counter to let you know exactly what day of the 500 days it was.  The counter would spin forward and back so you would know exactly where you were along the timeline.  The color of the trees in the background setting of the counter would also change colors and let you know the mood of our protagonist.   To explain…

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Brandy

By , December 1, 2009 8:00 am

Brandy is made from distilling wine.  Its proliferation started when the Moors left the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th century.  The persecution and forced conversion to Catholicism of the Muslim population during the time of the Reconquista in the second part of the 15th century caused a mass exodus of Muslims.  In their hasty exodus of what is now Spain, they left behind the stills they used to distill their alcohol.  The Spaniards were skilled wine makers and it did not take them long to start using those stills to turn their wine into what would later be called Brandy.  Within 100 years, distilled wine or Brandy, had made its way all across Europe.

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