Friday, January 4, 2013
Going to go see Les Miserables on Sunday with my dad, which will make three times and thus my most watched movie of 2012, beating out The Dark Knight Rises and Django Unchained as contenders. I've listened to classic variations from broadway, but it's almost no contest: It's actually a challenge to get through Anne Hathaway's version of "I Dreamed a Dream" without weeping like a child. Any way you slice it, it's been a damn good year for her and my respect for her as an actress has increased enormously. Even Russell Crowe, who may not be quite as strong as the rest of the cast in terms of vocal range, certainly holds his own as Javert and I'd definitely be up for seeing him in other live-ish musical performances.
Yeah, it's uhh....it's good stuff. Time to read the book. :D
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
So I'm seriously considering going to Rio de Janeiro next year for, oh, the most badass concert of all time, pretty much. Metallica and Iron Maiden are going to be there, among others. I think there were about 1.2 million people at Rock in Rio IV back in 2011. Fucking insane. This is basically our generation's Woodstock.
I mean, it's totally insane and spontaneous and I have no idea what this would cost all together, but it sounds like a blast. Hang out in fucking RIO rocking out with a couple of my favorite bands. Maybe head over to Campinas, Sao Paulo to meet up with katthepoet. Hopefully not wind up dead in a ditch, although if you're going to bite it there are worse places, certainly.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I didn't realize it until last night when I was reading production notes on The Deer Hunter, but evidently John Cazale has the distinction of being the only actor in history to have every single movie he starred in nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Granted, he was only in 5 movies (The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), but all of them are classics and among the best films in the history of American cinema. Apparently he was also dating Meryl Streep prior to his death, who was insanely hot in the 70s, so I'm pretty sure he was the luckiest man alive. Except for the whole dying of cancer part. That part, not so lucky.
But I was reminded while watching The Deer Hunter why this is my favorite war film. First, you have Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and John Cazale, all of whom are at the top of their game. But it also resonates on a personal level with me because my grandfather has talked about how in many ways this film mirrored his experiences both in Vietnam and coming home afterwards. I think it does a really great job of capturing how war can change people. Listening to my grandfather's stories and the pain of not just losing friends but over time losing the memories of those friends, I can't help but wonder if a part of him never came back. That's a really difficult concept to understand, but I think it's accurate for many, many soldiers. The horror of what you see and what you experience doesn't just change you, it's like part of you dies and what's left is forced to evolve and become stronger to survive. Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now is an excellent illustration of that as well.
It's not something I will likely ever fully understand because I've never been to war, but I think some day I might like to work with veterans. I think being part of that recovery process would be a very powerful experience.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Heard this song the other night on Hell on Wheels and really liked it. Definitely an underrated show. I think I'm the only person I know who watches it, actually. Then again, I'm a bit of a Western nut. :P
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I don't think I ever shared this music video, but it's pretty ridiculous if people haven't seen it.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:17AM - Yup, still going to hell.
The Summer Paralympic games started in London. While browsing the sports to be featured I came across wheelchair fencing. I should not be laughing about this, but when I saw this video I cracked up a little.
I think it's mostly the fact that they don't actually maneuver their chairs at all, so it ends up looking like two people like casually swatting at each other from across the room.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I guess they must have tweaked subtitles for The Raid: Redemption before I saw it.
Not that anybody watches what is arguably the most insane action movie ever made for silly things like coherent dialogue.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Well, Petaluma just almost won the Little League World Series against Tennessee. At one point they were way behind but scored 10 runs in a single inning! Too crazy. Final score 24-16 Tennessee.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tom and Jerry cartoon promotes suicide.
If you don't have the patience for the whole cartoon, the gist is that Tom is going to kill himself because he threw his life away for a girl, who then left him for another cat with more money. Jerry is watching all this unfold and narrating the backstory, at which point he realizes his girlfriend has also left him for another, richer, mouse, and proceeds to sit on the train tracks with Tom. And that's how it ends!
Yayyyy, best friends forever!
Monday, August 13, 2012
This scene seems familiar somehow.
Ohh, animals. You make everything better. Even soul-deadening depression. :P
Saturday, August 4, 2012
TONIGHT'S THE BIG NIGHT!
Setlist looks great!
2. Can I Play With Madness
3. The Prisoner
4. 2 Minutes to Midnight
5. Afraid to Shoot Strangers
6. The Trooper
7. The Number of the Beast
8. Phantom of the Opera
9. Run to the Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear of the Dark
14. Iron Maiden
15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free
18. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)s
Opening act is Coheed & Cambria. Would have rather seen Alice Cooper, who toured with them for the first half, but C&C is decent too.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The only movie in this set that I currently own is Iron Man 1. I could definitely see owning Iron Man 2, Captain America and The Avengers, and it's not like Thor and Hulk were complete disasters. It's kind of a lot of money, though. I may wait for the price to drop a bit.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Also, I kinda love my Historical Tweets day calendar:
Hoping my "right to sexy slaves" won't get cut from what I've dubbed the Bill of Oh-So-Rights. ~ TJeffUSA
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Man, I really want to go surfing again. Anybody wanna be my surfing buddy? There must be a decent beach closer than Santa Cruz where you can rent a board and a wetsuit for a couple of hours.
I guess Bodega Bay could work, except it's a bit...rocky, especially for an inexperienced surfer. Not really interested in impaling myself.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
If you haven't seen Boogie Nights this won't mean much. If you have....it's the greatest thing ever.
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