Archive for September, 2011

Norsk Hostfest

I will probably not be able to update my blog for the rest of the week.  I will be in Minot selling books at the Norsk Høstfest.

I hope all of you have a great week, and if you see any movies worth watching, let me know!

Moneyball

The main reason I wanted to see Moneyball, I will confess, was its baseball theme.  However, the movie is about more than baseball–it’s more about, as the main character, Billy Beane, says “Adapt or die.”

Moneyball is about people, including Beane, who had the guts to take a different look at how baseball teams are run and managed.  Of course, a lot of Beane’s need to rethink his strategy was the fact that he was the general manager for the Oakland Athletics, a “poor” team that had it’s best teams bought by teams like the Yankees.  Another reason to dislike the Yankees?  Yes, perhaps so!

The movie, which is based on a book written by Michael Lewis, does a good job of showing the managerial side of baseball, the side where people are obsessed by what they can get out of players.  It’s an interesting movie, I think even for those who aren’t necessarily a fan of the game.  It’s more about the desire to make things work where you are rather than throwing in the towel and walking away.  I definitely recommend Moneyball.

Quote Quiz 9.23.11 – ANSWERS

1.  ”That ain’t no Etch-A-Sketch. This is one doodle that can’t be un-did, Homeskillet.” – Rollo, Juno

2.  ”You can’t just take people away like that. Do you hear me? He was a good man, a good person. It’s not fair! We are not just helpless children! He had a life! Do you hear me? I mean, do you hear me? What’s the matter with you?” – Walter, The Visitor

3.  ”I always thought it’d be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” – Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley

4.  ”I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.” – Dignam, The Departed

How high can you go?

I really enjoy hiking and climbing–actually, pretty much any activity engaged in outside is on my list of “favorite things.”

So I’m asking you all to tell me your favorite climbing and or nature-related movie.  Anything from Cliffhanger to The Edge.  I’m always open for recommendations!

Michael Crichton, how I miss you

I re-watched Jurassic Park a couple of nights ago, and I was reminded how good it is.  I’m not saying it’s the best action movie out there, but it is certainly better than the average fare we get today.

The writing is good, the acting is good, and the plot is good (if you have trouble with the whole dinosaur thing, you probably won’t like it, but still).  One thing I appreciated about it was that it wasn’t belabored.  They didn’t seem to feel the need to draw out the scenes with the T-Rex and the raptors for half-an-hour.

Jurassic Park is a good blend of humor, action, suspense, and even a little romance (not too gushy, though).  If you’ve never watched it, I would recommend that you check it out.

Drive

After hearing some good reviews of Drive and actually having an opportunity to see a movie in a theater, I settled in to watch Drive.

I didn’t have any preconceived notions, but I didn’t enjoy the movie.  If it had only been drawn-out and slightly ponderous, I would have just thought it was a little bizarre.  But for a movie that’s about a heist-driver, there was very few car-chase scenes.  And the violence built up to a ridiculous and rather gross pitch.

I can’t recommend this movie.  I couldn’t find much to redeem its oddity, lack of vision, and bizarre quality.  It’s a sad thing, too, because there are a lot of good actors in the movie.

Quote Quiz 9.16.11 – ANSWERS

1.  “His and hers kids. No offense, Mom, but this arrangement really sucks.” – Hallie, The Parent Trap

2.  “…the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter. That’s right, the points are just like the plot in Mission Impossible 2.” – Drew Carey, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

3.  “We changed the can around a little bit though. See, the colors here are different, and we added a polar bear so the kids like us. Coke is very high in sugar and like any high calorie soda it can lead to obesity in children and adults who don’t sustain a very healthy diet.” – Man on commercial, The Invention of Lying

4.  “I’m not a geek, I’m a unique weasel.” – Stoney, Encino Man

5.  “When my nose tells me something stinks, I gotta have faith in it.” – Steve Everett, True Crime

I haven’t been posting much recently because life seems to be getting busier.  I finished a DIY project over the weekend, so I didn’t have much time to watch movies.

I did, however, take a little time to watch some old episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway?  That show is hilarious, even if you’ve already seen the episodes.

If I had to pick one person off the show as a “favorite,” it would have to be Wayne Brady.  After all, who else can do a convincing Michael Jackson impersonation and a very convincing Louis Armstrong impersonation?  He’s the man.

Quote Quiz 9.9.11 – ANSWERS

1.  ”Forgive me, Your Highness, I did not see you.”  -  ”Your aim would suggest otherwise.” – Danielle and Prince Henry, EverAfter

2.  ”I’m still alive, ain’t I? I mean, you’ve got to be running out of bad guys by now, right? Huh? Gabriel? Honestly, you can tell me. I mean, how does that work? Got some kind of service or something? Some kind of 800 number? 1-800-HENCHMEN?” – John McClane, Live Free or Die Hard

3.  ”Whole worlds have been tamed by men who ate biscuits.” – Bad Blake, Crazy Heart

4.  ”O lord, he will hang upon him like a disease! He is sooner caught than the pestilence and the taker runs presently mad. God help the noble Claudio. If he have caught the Benedick, ’twill cost him a thousand pound ere he be cured.” – Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

5.  ” I don’t believe in God.”
- “It doesn’t matter. He believes in you.” – Edmond Dantes and Abbe Faria, The Count of Monte Cristo

Classics

I’ve been watching Tommy Lee Jones movies recently.  Actually I should say I’ve been re-watching them.  Two of my favorites are Double Jeopardy and The Fugitive.

The Fugitive is one of all-time favorite movies.  It’s enjoyable, entertaining, moving, and extremely quotable.  Tommy Lee Jones has some of the best lines ever in this movie.  If you’ve seen the movie, you will always remember the “henhouse, doghouse, outhouse” speech, if nothing else.  It’s an all-around good movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it. Now.