It's been a really long time since I have posted. Time's are changing, things get busy and yes, things are going well for my family! We have done so much in the past year! So much has happened! I hope that I get to slowly share it all with you and things will continue to happen! And as always, please be patient with my posts, along with submit any and all of your comments! That would be great!
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
"Mayday, Mayday", you can almost hear it coming from the Dell campus in Round Rock, TX and Michael Dell's house on Lake Austin. Every three to four months now there seems to be a layoff of some sort and the halls on the Dell campus' get quieter and quieter. The Dell campus' are becoming ghost towns. I am not sure on the numbers or anything, but on January 30th, 2009, many members of the "Dell Team" will be asked to give back their badges and leave work. Who is to blame for this? Is it Michael Dell's fault?
Now I don't want to give away my sources for any of this information, but let's just say that this is all pretty well deep inside the company. A few years back, a financial adviser was hired onto Dell and was asked to take a look at everything, and give feedback as to what to cut and what not to cut. The team that was assigned the, "impossible task" at Dell, quickly went to work and within a year, or maybe longer, presented a report to those in charge at Dell, to include Michael.
The report was pretty specific as to what needed to be cut and what needed to be expanded on. According to the adviser, if things were done properly, Dell would be able to rise above HP and settle down as the world's leading computer manufacturer. In the end of it all, nothing got changed. The report was probably thrown into the recycle bin. The team was fired and business continued to operate, seemingly, the same way.
Those in charge at Dell are really gutting the company and soon there will be nothing left. What once started out as an American computer company that we could all be proud of, is now a bunch of contractors located overseas. The companies fate is now in the hands of people who don't care one bit on the companies success. Left and right, jobs are being sent to Brazil, India and Ireland, from Dell. Austin is becoming a town for the unemployment.
To make matters worse, just recently we had President Obama swear into office. President Obama has made it clear that he will be taking from the rich corporations, like Dell, HP and Microsoft, by increasing taxes. These tax increases are also being directed towards companies that have outsourced to overseas companies. What do you think Dell is doing with that news? Well, put it this way, Dell has no plan to bring back these jobs to the United States. Matter of fact, Dell is working on sending most of the jobs, overseas. The jobs are created and started at the Dell campuses in Austin. The jobs get perfected and properly documented, then Dell employees travel overseas and train people on that job. Crazy huh!
To make matters worse, the company has no clue what it is going to do next. They have reported that they are going to close the Ireland sites in the middle of 2009. This is huge, because a lot of Dell business and servers are hosted in Ireland. Some business processes are going to be just trash canned.
Staff Management is the Human Relations company that Dell hired out. The company has been known, very well, to simply pick from a hat full of people and just start letting them go. Staff Management does not care about the activities of the company or the mission of the company, they just simply hire and fire people according to a budget they are given. There people to people skills lack heart and personality. It is my belief that this is one of the number one problems at Dell. Would you want a company that does not care about the bottom line, to be hiring your employees and firing?
I knew one of Dell's lead Linux gurus. He had been at Dell for a numerous number of years, and had a good standing record with Dell. He had two parents die and requested emergency leave to take care of everything and to mourn. His manager told him to take as much time as he needs, even suggested a month off. So that is what he did, he took off a month. Two days before he planned to return, he got a call from HR, who said, "Don't come back to work. You are no longer needed at Dell." The manager has no clue that HR made this decision, nor would HR reverse the decision. Less than 12 hours later, the Linux guru received a call from HP and was offered a job that he could not refuse. So why is Dell failing? Hmmmmmm...
I could go on and on about this topic. This hits home pretty well with me. If it wasn't for Dell being located in Austin, I would actually hope that the company would die, but I actually do like the idea of Dell. It used to be an awesome company, but then a massive amount of mistakes were made. PLEASE WAKE UP DELL, get your head on straight!
So here it is, Brad Pitt is going to continue to make movies but will not be doing nude scenes anymore. Don't get me wrong, Brad is a good actor. I just have to say for all the women, and for all the guys (gay or straight), that Brad Pitt is such a beautiful guy to look at.
At one of the parties that we hosted in the past, we took a poll from the gay and straight guys, asking everyone if they would let Brad Pitt fuck them. Shockingly, the straight guys were more eager to say yes than the gay guys. A few of the straight guys, are somewhat homophobic, so for them to be saying something like this, without being drunk, was pretty impressive. My point is, Brad, everyone wants to see you naked.
I can understand that Brad doesn't want to have his kids ask about these nude pictures, or scenes that he did. In reality, I would have to say that there is plenty out there already that you will have to explain, why not continue on, why stop now?
Here's my spoiler for this review. If you read my review on "Benjamin Button", then you will notice that I liked this movie 20 times more than "Benjamin Button".
Slumdog Millionaire was a fantastic movie! How is it that overseas is beating us out of everything, could it be hard work and originality? First we outsourced our technical and call center jobs overseas, and now, we may be outsourcing our movies. Honestly, I don't think that Hollywood will ever go away, but I must say that it is a really good competition. Slumdog Millionaire keeps you on your seat just wondering what will happen next and how does this story all get pieced together. When walking out of the theater, I could only think of two things. One, "Did I like everything about that movie?" Two, "Who was that cute boy (Dev Patel)?"
I really don't want to give away anything about this movie that will spoil someone's first time viewing of the movie. I do want to say though that the actors in this movie did a great job, from the young kids to the older adults. These actors delivered a wonderful story in such a real way. This movie was more believable and realistic than "The Blaire Witch Project". I am really going to look forward to seeing some more movies from these actors and this studio. Can they do it again?
May I also say that I actually liked Anil Kapoor, playing the host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", much more than I like Regis Philbin hosting.
One last thing, the music in the movie is just captivating, I am sure I will be buying this soundtrack off of Itunes! The music was great and the end credits dance sequence was just incredible, them showing off their talent and having fun too! Much like Tom Cruise at the end of Tropic Thunder, but hotter.
Have you seen the movie? Do you know who the third Musketeer was? What did you think of the movie? If you liked Slumdog Millionaire, then you should also check out "The Kite Runner" or vice versa.
After seeing Slumdog Millionaire I just hope that Bollywood can keep these movies coming!
So let me start out by saying that I did like this movie, it was very moving and it really did know how to tug at the old heart strings.
Now, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was very much like "Forest Gump" and "Titanic". I kind of got the feeling, in the movie, that this is exactly what the writer, director, and studio was thinking. They probably figured that if they make it similar to those movies, then the outcome of their success will be similar as well. Honestly too, I don't really think that there was a single part of the movie that surprised me.
As far as, jobs well done, I would have to hand that to the Special Effects team. I heard that they actually digitally aged, and made younger, Brad Pitt for this movie. If you pay close attention too, the smaller versions of Benjamin Button, in some parts, are Brad Pitt. I don't give Brad the award, or pat on the back, because I really don't think he deserved it. Some parts where Brad did his older man voice, was pretty annoying after awhile, and also I saw a lot of "Meet Joe Black" in this movie. We all know that Brad can act, but not in this movie.
Did Brad get naked enough in this movie? No not really, I mean can we get enough of nude Brad ever? I do have to say though that Brad did do some hot sex scenes in the movie and showed some of his backside, worth watching the movie for that scene.
As for the other actors in the movie, I am not a fan of whinny Cate Blanchett, but I will say that as her character got older in the movie, Cate's acting actually got more believable. The younger versions of Cate were done by a different actor, a child, and the most annoying part was when I noticed that the little girl's voice was Cate's dubbed in. Come on now, why can't they just use the little girl's voice, what is this, the Chinese hosting the Olympics again?
All in all, I liked the movie, the story was different and the special effects were pretty cool. Since I already have "Forest Gump", "Meet Joe Black", and "Titanic" in my movie collection, I probably won't be adding this one to it for sometime.
Yes, I know I am behind on things lately. So if you didn't know yet, I am a chauffeur for Longhorn Limos here in Austin, Texas. So when the news came out last week about Eddy Curry being sued by his driver, I was pretty interested to read on. Now Longhorn Limos does have a few famous clients, like McG as I have written about already, but we have yet to hit it huge! Here's what I get from this story, Eddy Curry wanted to have a private driver, as he should. He decided to give his driver a good salary, a place to live and so on, despite the driver's criminal record. Now Eddy's driver is trying to take him for everything.
So according to the driver, Eddy Curry showed his cock and so on, on multiple occasions. Here is what the New York Times wrote:
As the former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas once said of Curry, in a statement that was intended as both compliment and criticism, “He’s a nice man.”
So when his former driver this week sued Curry, accusing him of sexual harassment and verbal abuse, the news sounded surreal to those who know Curry best.
“Nobody can picture anything like this happening,” said Quentin Richardson, a teammate of Curry’s, a longtime friend and fellow native of Chicago. “Anybody that knows him knows that those things are the complete opposite of his character.”
David Kuchinsky, Curry’s driver from 2005 to 2008, made a number of salacious allegations in his lawsuit, which was filed Monday in federal court. He accuses Curry of dropping his pants and making lewd remarks, of using racial and religious epithets, and, in one incident, of brandishing a gun. The suit seeks unspecified damages, in addition to a claim of $93,000 in unpaid wages and reimbursements.
The dispute will eventually be settled in a courtroom or at a negotiating table. But the conflict underscores how easily and how often his career has been thrown off track.
In my opinion, I think that the driver is lying. Even if all of this stuff did happen, maybe when Eddy was drunk or something, who cares! I would actually put up with that kind of behavior, and just do my job. I know that drivers are not supposed to be babysitters but in cases when your client is famous, you do have to make sure that they stay out of the papers, no matter what your personal feelings are towards them or not.
Eddy Curry, if you are listening, please give me a call. I will work for you, be better than David Kuchinsky, and trust me when I say that I would never file a lawsuit over something as petty as this stuff. I mean honestly, it is kind of hot, in a professional manner.
Also, in the picture above, the cute boy might of been Eddy Curry's trainer at one time, or could just be a fan.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Joe Straus was sworn into Speaker of the House at the Texas State Capital. I know that I am not the only blogger posting about this, nor am I breaking the news of this in any way shape or form. I just decided to share the news.
From what I have seen so far, Joe Straus will be great for the State of Texas. He wants to try and mend what has been severed in the past, to include the division of the State Capital. Joe is probably not for gay rights, civil union, or even gay marriage, I could care less about that. I myself believe in family, and I hope that this part of Joe can shine through. He seems like a good man, a good fit for the job, and a bit humorous at times. I look forward to see what can be done this term.
Here is some quotes from the speech Joe Straus gave today:
"The Texas House of Representatives cannot conduct the people's business if it is divided."
"We will create an atmosphere where everyone's voice can and should be heard."
"We must work to provide quality education -- at all levels -- for our children... We must continue to improve access to healthcare; we must improve our transportation system... We must be better stewards of our natural resources and protect our environment."
"Let us reach across the aisle, then reach across the rotunda, to build a better future for Texas"
--From The Dallas Morning News
Here is Joe Straus, announcing his candidacy for Texas Speaker of the House.
So last night we ventured out, a little bit past our curfew, but we still did. We came across a band called, "Castro's Beard". Now mind you I like music, I like the sound of the band, but the lyrics, well I just have to look past those.
So a little bit about the band. The band is small, a singer/ guitarist/ harmonica, a drummer, and a sax. I know that these guys aren't exactly the best, but I must say that they are doing what they can with what they have.
The music is just that kind of music to lay back and listen to, maybe just "Rocking Chair Blues" would be what I would call it.
I want to see what these guys can do in the future, see how they can grow over time. I am sure it will become pretty interesting. Some things that I would tell them though is to add some bass to the group. I listen and hear a stand-up bass in the music, and maybe even a bass background singer, just to add more of a good feel to the music.
I must say that this just goes to show that you don't have to agree with the lyrics in order to enjoy the music and just jam out!
Last night's gig was at "The Parlor", just between 51st street and Airport, near the State Cemetery. Now I really don't think the venue was the best place, they had decent pizza and a small variety of beer. The band was even shortened to about 5, maybe 6, songs and the gig was over. Just when they were starting to warm up!
Like I said, "Castro's Beard" is something to look forward to more of in the future.
Stay tuned, and maybe even just check them out, wherever they are playing.
Check out their YouTube videos as well!
Here's my favorite song of theirs so far!
"Castro's Beard" Grade: B-
"Castro's Beard" has some more room to grow. They have potential to entertain us more!
"The Parlor" Grade: D
I was not impressed with "The Parlor", but probably just a small local bar/ pizza place for the area. They will probably stay that way, small. The service was not something to put up with.
Monday, January 12, 2009
So all in all the show was really good. The music side to it all was fantastic, as Jason Robert Brown wrote it to be. I love hearing musicals live and pure. The Austin Playhouse consist of a main theater and the Larry L. King theater. I have not seen the main theater, but for this show, we were in the Larry L. King theater. As far as the theater goes it is very small (55 seats) and cramped, but once you get into the musical it is really hard to tell. The best part of it being this small is that it is so close and so pure. There is no need for microphones and things like that.
David Gallagher, Myspace, is a performer that we have seen in many other performances, at St. Edward's University in Austin, like Assassins by Stephen Sondheim. He has always been pretty good in these musicals in the past, but this was his first performance outside of school. I was pleased with his performance, but Zack was able to pick out that he was a little pitchy at times, but all in all a good performance.
Annika Johansson, did an excellent job with her performance, barely a mistake in the whole show, that we noticed and remembered at least.
One thing that I rememebered from the first time I saw this performed live, was that there was little to no dialogue. In this performance though there was quite a bit of dialogue, not sure if it was added or if it was always there and I have just blocked it out. Either one could be true. I must say that it is hard for me to say though, whether I liked the dialogue or not. It did help with allowing some of the young kids that attended, understand the story a bit better.
For those gay guys or women that want to see the show, David is a handsome guy, not a model, but attractive. This is a show where David gets shirtless, and even gets undressed down to his boxer briefs. There is at least a bit of enetertainment value there.
This show really is a great musical, and I look forward to see what else this new company can do in the future.
Grade: B There is some more room to grow here, but a great start!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So earlier today we finally made it, out of our busy schedule, to the movie theater and got to watch "Doubt" with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Meryl Streep. So I know in my pre-review that I posted earlier, I mentioned how I was sure there was going to be racial notes in it, but not as many as I thought. I had also read earlier that the movie had put too much faith in the two main actors to really carry this on their back, but I believe this statement to be wrong. I surprisingly liked the movie. I had to keep on bugging Zack about some of the terms or traditions that the catholic church does, during ceremony. A quick synopsis, Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Steep) accuses Father Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of "favoring" a young black school/ altar boy a bit too much!
So this movie was very entertaining, a bit slow in a few parts (as you should expect), but all in all it was a very good movie and kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what the sisters were going to do about the whole issue. The three main actors did a very good job with their roles, and made things very moving and believable. I would have to say though that there is an actor who did an excellent small part, and a very emotional dialoge that deserves credit where credit is due.
Viola Davis plays the role of Mrs. Miller, the mother of a student at the catholic school. Davis' dialogue was so moving and believable, I would say that for a small role, she did an excellent job and deserves to get at least nominated for something.
I give this movie an A-. This was a slow movie, yet still all in all entertaining. I am still actually wondering where the truth lies in the whole movie. The movie was worth seeing because of the pure acting in it. There are no explosions or spectacular filmography in this to take you away from a good natural story that can stand up to any other movie out right now, as far as entertainment value goes.
I suggest that you check out this movie if you have an interest in religion, the catholic church, and shall I say, doubt.
So I wanted to post this as quick as I found out that "The Last Five Years" was in Austin right now. This is a wonderful musical by Jason Robert Brown. It's a newer musically, premiered in 2001, about a couple meeting, marrying, then divorcing. It is done so well, and simple, I have yet to meet someone who did not enjoy it. We have been following this musical for sometime now, since 2003, when we saw it in Laguna Beach, California. This was the first musical that Zack took me to and we enjoyed together. It has now been around 6 years since then. We loved it right off the bat and had to purchase the CD. Well...
I wanted to share with you that this wonderful musical is in the local area of Austin, Texas. It is showing January 10th at 8pm, 11th at 5pm, 14th - 17th at 8pm, and 18th at 5pm. Yesterday I looked up and found that it was only scheduled to be in Austin til the 18th of January. Today I am looking at them extending it, I guess they added three more shows, January 24th at 2pm and 10:30pm, and 25th at 8pm. If you get the chance please check it out. If your not in Austin, look up at your local theaters and see if maybe a local theater is showing it, or find the CD online!
If you are in Austin and are catching this blog soon enough, go to these links to see the show and purchase tickets!
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! One of my favorite songs is "The Schmuel Song".
Please share whether you liked it or not. Give me a review!
Friday, January 09, 2009
Waltz with Bashir is a movie that was recommened by Tony LeTigre, reader of Boi In Austin and contributer for "Just Out", a gay newspaper in Portland, OR. Tony has seen this movie, but I have not yet seen this and I will plan on seeing this probably soon. Just need to find a way to rent the movie, so I can see it, since Netflix does not have it in their queue. From the trailers and clips that I have seen though, this movie looks phenominal.
Here is a really good synopsis that I pulled from Blockbuster.com:
Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary Waltz With Bashir follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Folman was one of those soldiers, but nearly 20 years after the fact, his memories of that night remain particularly hazy. After hearing an old friend recall a vivid nightmare in which he is pursued by 26 ferocious dogs, Folman and his friend conclude that the dream must somehow relate to that fateful mission during the first Lebanon War. When Folman realizes that his recollections regarding that period in his life seem to have somehow been wiped clean, he travels the world to interview old friends and fellow soldiers from the war. Later, as Folman's memory begins to emerge in a series of surreal images, he begins to uncover a truth about himself that will haunt him for the rest of his days. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
With myself knowing what war is like, and get the idea of how you tend to forget what you have seen and done, I would really like to see this, not for just the story of the war, but also for the memory block and how he overcomes it.
I would really like to check this movie out, if anyone knows of any ways that I can, please email me or comment here about it.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Well, I know I am about seven days too late to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year, but oh well, I have been busy, as you can probably see! So I am really excited about this new year. This is a clean slate for everyone to start things a new. My New Years Eve was spent working, driving a Hummer Stretch Limo for a group of 12 people that went to a masquerade. My night was still good though, got to spend time with my family, while my love was working about 100 miles away. Thank god for cellphones and their ability to make us seem closer. A lot happened on New Years Eve though.
I am not sure if you have ever heard of Robbie Maddison, but he did something that was completely amazing. Now before I continue, I can't decide if he is hot or not, what do you think?
Any rate Robbie Maddison did a stunt in Las Vegas to bring in the New Year. He didn't do just a safe and cheesy stunt, like Robbie Knievel has been doing lately. Maddison broke records with this jump. With aide of a ramp he jumped just around 100 feet up to the roof of a hotel, and then completed the jump by returning back down. The problem with the return was that he completely over shot the ramp and went directly to the ground, around 90+ feet down. Maddison did this all successfully for the first time in history and I must say, "Robbie Maddison you are the man!"
I myself enjoy adrenalin, and I would say that I would be one to try something like this, as long as I received some proper training. Maybe I am a little crazy. I think we should always push ourselves to become better. We should all strive to be a better individual, and a better civilization. That is what the New Year is really about, setting a goal and striving to hit it dead center. What's your goal this year? Whats your New Year resolution?
Set a resolution and a goal, write it down and strive to hit it! Happy New Year and may this year be better than our previous, for all of us!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
So first off, this is a dark movie that is really hard to swallow at points. This movie is to make you uncomfortable in your seat. Vulgar came out in 2000 or 2002, unsure because it is reported differently everywhere. I loved this movie because it was so original and done in such a dark way. Yes, it is a low-budget film and yes the acting is not something to send to the Oscars. The director, Bryan Johnson, does deserve a standing ovation, in my opinion, for making us laugh and cringe within minutes of each other.
The movie is about a "loser" kid's clown struggling to make a living, while his mother is just "wonderful" (sarcasm). Basically he has a pretty disappointing life. He finally decides to try something new for business and to do an introductory act for bachelor parties as a goof on the guest of honor. So summing it up, things don't go the way he hoped. Brian O'Halloran does an excellent job portraying "Flappy" for the kids, and "Vulgar" for the adults.
I went into this movie, not knowing what to expect, or anything. I was extremly happy that I stuck through the movie to come to a decent ending. This is a Kevin Smith crew, with Kevin Smith making an appearance and even Jason Mewes showing up in a small part, but IT IS NOT A "Jay and Silent Bob", "Clerks" kind of film. Also, please don't let the kids watch it. This is one out of few that I would not let the kid's ever watch.
Let me know what you think.
You can get this movie through Netflix, and highly suggest that you do!
Anote about this trailer. This is not a good trailer for the film, this trailer makes it seem like this is a light movie, kinda funny. It is not though. This movie is much darker than trailer.
So the past holiday weekend+ was pretty crazy. The in-law family was in from out-of-state, had some great times. We went shopping just about everyday and I kept my spending down pretty good. In the shopping I ended up getting a "Pin Head - 3-Dimensional Pin Sculpture" that is a neon green color for less than $3.00. It's amazing how the simple toys are so fun! I found some other cool things, but really this has been the best find for the household.
For Christmas I finally got an iPhone, which I have been trying to get for sometime now. A quick review on it. I don't like how it does not allow for you to customize the colors (software, theme wise) and icons, unless you hack it a bit. This is something I will be doing too, found a site that tells you how to change the icons and the colors on the SMS application. The last thing that I have found, that I don't like is that it does not do MMS. I love sending and receiving pictures, sounds, and contacts. None of these things are currently available, what was Apple thinking? What I love is the ease to install applications, and the ability to stream music, or listen to my Itunes. All in all, I am extremely pleased with it! I look forward to seeing if Apple can release an OS that allows us to customize and send MMS. You would think that with most of Apple's customers being people that love to express themselves and be different, how do they do that with an iPhone? Seems like Apple has set us all to be sheep, BAHHHH.
What else did we get for Christmas? Well, we got a Playstation 3, which is awesome! We also got a cool TV cabinet that allows for the TV to be mechanically lowered into the cabinet or lifted for viewing.
The PS3, Playstation 3, is better than what we thought. We still have some learning to do, but one of the reasons for going with PS3 instead of XBox was because of the Blue-ray. Also we already had a PS2, and many games that we wanted to be able to continue to play on our new console. The Blue-ray is excellent quality, for viewing movies and also has some added features to make the movie experience more special, with bonus material. I also like the fact that the PS3 does a lot of stuff through the network, like a media player and it seems to also see our DirecTv DVR, but we have yet to figure out how that works with it, yet. We are also increasing our usage because we added Blue-ray to our Netflix account and we also got a new subscription to GameFly. I highly suggest this to everyone, it will cut down on costs and increase your fun meter!
The TV cabinet was definitely not a need, but once we saw it, for about 50% less than retail, we talked ourselves into getting it. It does not fit all of our electronics in it properly, but that just means that we are probably going to get a separate shelf in the future to set next to it. The idea is to make everything nicer, and more hidden. The up and down function on the cabinet is nice, slow, but still cool, kind of a bit noisy motor, but for the price, we are happy! As one friend said, "Your turning into Scarface!" Maybe that's because of our limo in the driveway though, not too sure.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
So I have yet to go to the movies or even get out of my pajamas, but with family here we are about to sit down for dinner. First though, I wanted to send out a little cheer. Here are some hot pictures of Santa, thanks to the following blogs and YouTube.
Hope you all got what you wished for! Merry Christmas!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Ok, So these are all movies that I am curious about. No sure if they are going to be good or bad or what. Most of these have been pretty low on the radar too! I guess we shall see!
So the first one I will point out, "While She Was Out", which had a premier release to LA, NY, and Austin on Dec. 12th, 2008. Seems to be pretty interesting and dark for a Christmas movie. I'm sure it ends with Dela, Kim Basinger, winning in the long run.
"Seven Pounds" has Will Smith playing an interesting role, where I guess he is doing some kind of "Pay It Forward" role. Looks interesting, just not sure if I will go see it in the theater or choose to Netflix it. Release date was December 19, 2008.
So "The Tale of Despereaux" looks really cute. Looks like it will be the younger kids choice for a movie this Christmas. This movie seems to be a mixture of the Fievel Mousekewitz movies and "Ratatouille", I may not see it in the theater, but it is a maybe. Release date was December 19, 2008.
As far as "Yes Man", with Jim Carrey, I am going to wait for that to come to DVD. I liked "Liar Liar" and the Ace Ventura movies, but I think doing the same formula is getting to be, NOT FUNNY! Honestly I am surprised that Tom Cruise isn't the movitavional speaker for the YES MAN! group. May of been better. Release date was December 19, 2008.
Walt Disney's "Bedtime Stories", with Adam Sandler, looks cute because of the kids, but other than that it looks pretty bad. Adam Sandler was funny, and good in "Big Daddy" but is starting to get too old to do the stupid noises. The story line is good though, not really unique, but different, maybe they could of gotten another under-used actor to play the father. Release date is December 25, 2008.
I have already done a review, or at least my opinion on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", with Brad Pitt. Please see my blog post about that! Release date is December 25, 2008.
So I love dogs, I am a dog person. So that could be why I would see this movie, "Marley & Me", with Owen Wilson. I think what sells me on this movie is a quote from Owen Wilson's character, "A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor. Give him your heart and he will give you his." This looks like a good family movie, specially if you like dogs. Even just watching this trailer reminds me of the things we have been going through with raising Juneau. I would love to see this in the theater. I also heard that this was an awesome book. Release date is December 25, 2008.
Frank Miller's "The Spirit" has been surprisingly getting bad reviews. I basically heard that the story sucks, and is corney, but I could only imagine that the artistic side of it is just awesome. I will wait for this on DVD. I still need to see "Sin City". Release date is Decemebr 25, 2008.
"Valkyrie", with Tom Cruise, has been on my mind since I saw the trailer. The movie looks interesting from the trailer. I have heard that this was filmed 2 years ago, but they tried a couple things that in the end didn't work. Things that I heard, were an issue, were "bad German accents" and "a Colonel Klink problem".(Here is a Batman and Colonel Klink reference.) Most of these were issues with Tom Cruise, so you will notice that no one in the movie is trying to act German or speak German. I am thinking that is going to piss me off, since it should be done in German and with accents, my opinion, but I heard that it is still fantastic without all of that. I will try to go see it in theater. Release date is December 25, 2008.
"Doubt", with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is one that I won't be doubting to turn our heads. These two actors I always love, especially when they play sinister roles like this. I look forward to seeing this in theater and I am sure I will not be disappointed. This is one movie I am sure that some catholics may not like, since it questions and tackles religion, morality and authority, not to mention probably child abuse, and racism. Release date is December 25, 2008.
So these are the movies that are taking out of 2008 and into 2009. I am still really excited about the year 2009. I am just interested to see if this year will be better than the last. As far as movies go, I think it will be a pretty big year for some pretty big movies!
Let me know what you think! PLEASE COMMENT OFTEN!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Charlie Brown is one of the classic Christmas Traditions. Charlie Brown has internal conflict trying to figure out what the "true" meaning of Christmas is. Yes, its not about hot boys, it's not about drinking, or presents, or decorations. All of that, we just added on and piled it so hi that we can't tell what Christmas is.
This next video has Linus telling us what Christmas is about. What it really boils down to is that Christmas is about being thankful and loving one another.
Even in the end of the movie, Home Alone, Kevin had figured out that the meaning of Christmas was about being with family, and being loved.
And who could ever forget about "A Christmas Story", about a kid in an American Family where all he wants is a Red Ryder Ranger Model Air Rifle, but of course he might "shoot his eye out"! In the end though it was about being with family. No matter how difficult your family may be, during the holidays, please enjoy your time with them, and make new memories this holiday season. Merry Christmas!
So another favorite Christmas Song of mine is Smashing Pumpkins' "Christmastime". I love the bells in it. It also brings back memories of Christmas my sophomore year!
What's you favorite, non-christmas carol, Christmas song? Let me know.
Also, what do you think about this video? This is a weird video, very depressing and sad, but still interesting.
So I love Christmas and the meaning of giving love, shelter, and so on to those you love the most, and to the rest of the world. I also believe that it should not be just at Christmas time. Yes, it is true. I don't give to every homeless person on the street, nor do I give money away, all the time. Let's just say that I am generous, randomly. In my past, I have done a lot of charity, and have been a part of a lot of projects. With all that said, I kind of have a problem with "Band Aid", also known as "Live Aid". Honestly, I think a lot of these performers get sucked into this release of an album, which lines other people's pockets more than those that they are trying to help out. Mind you I know that, even on a small scale, it is hard to make sure every dollar goes to where it is intended. My suggestion is to give to those in need yourself. There are plenty of people hurting this Christmas, and more pain is to come. Give what you can, that is all I say. If you don't know where to donate to, or who to give to, you can give to me, and I will see that it does good. You will also receive pictures, and stories from those that benefit, if you wish! Better yet though, just email/comment and I can make some suggestions! Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year!
Now, here are the three versions of "Do they know it's Christmas Time at All?" This is my favorite Christmas song this year, for some reason. Mind you, I know that it is the climate in Africa that does not let it snow, or rain. Do they celebrate Christmas in Africa? Yes, they probably do, but just like everyone in the U.S. does it differently, so do they. Either way, this is still a decent song , musically, to listen to. All three of them!
May I also suggest to take a look at the Wikipedia site, talking about Band Aid. Interesting stuff, and also shows who took a part in it all.