"I need some fucking friends." -- Peter Klaven (I Love You, Man)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Judge will surprise you.

I didn't think it would be any good. Turned out I was wrong. It was good because of the acting. Robert Downey Jr. is always on point. Great to watch and chew up the scenery. Robert Duvall is an old man; ornery. Then there was the others in the cast, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thorton, and Vera Fermiga. They are all renowned actors. Not a bad one in the bunch.

So this movie is a display on acting, but there's a story there. The standard bad son comes home to resolve issues with his family, father, and hometown. You knew it would get there, and you know how it would end. But the acting makes it all worth while.

3 of 5 stars.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I think I'm falling into the camp which finds Gone Girl misogynistic.

At least, that's what I thought 2 to 3 weeks ago right after I saw the movie. I still feel it is a tad misogynistic, but I think it could be of how the balance of the story was told. The wife was batshit crazy, and the husband wasn't dickish enough. Not sure the book was imbalanced in that way. I just been reading other reviews comparing the book to movie.

Supposedly, the husband was a dick. More so in the book. In the movie, he just seems ass-holey. He could've been made more of an ass.

And the wife could've less crazy with capital K for KooKoo.

The best part is the ending. They are married.

3 of 5 stars.

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Monday, October 27, 2014
"They're coming to get you, Barbara, there's one of them now!"

Johnny, The Night of the Living Dead

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Back in August, FXX had run through #everysimpsonsever, a 24-7 marathon of every episode of The Simpsons. It was a brilliant tactic as it got people who had not seen an episode in a long while thinking about The Simpsons again. I was one of those persons. I hadn't watched an episode in a long while perhaps even a decade has passed. But I've returned, because of that marathon. While I missed the first several seasons in the marathon (the best I believe), I caught a few of the latter years. They didn't turn out to be half bad. I found some of them delightful.

Nowadays, you can find me watching The Simpsons when there is nothing on in the evening. I've even caught a couple of the latest season's episodes. And I've been playing that damn Tapped Out game too much.

Where would we be if you had to live in a place of too much Simpsons? Springfield? Nah. Try again.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Too early to tell.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Martin Prince: As your president, I would demand a science-fiction library, featuring an ABC of the genre. Asimov, Bester, Clarke.
Student: What about Ray Bradbury?
Martin Prince: I'm aware of his work.

The Simpsons, Lisa's Substitute


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When you read my review about Annabelle, there is only one thing you want to know: Is it scary?

Considering that I am writing this review in the dark of a stormy evening, and that I have to try to remember what scares the movie had, I think that isn't wasn't. There were some. You would've seen them in the trailers, but over all not scary.

Annabelle, the movie, is the prequel to the early part of The Conjuring. It tells how that dang doll became evil.

When we first get a glimpse of the doll, you will laugh. It was a present. When the box opened, you will laugh. It is the most ridiculous doll you ever saw. How can someone want that? Yet, it was accepted with gladness.

Annabelle, the doll, only becomes evil due to evil circumstances having to do with Southern California death cults. It's the Manson Family, but worshipping the devil.

The best scares were in the basement. The elevator scene had me cringing every time the door opened. Running up the stairs was frightening. The floating doll scary. And the way it looked evil from moment to moment made me scared.

Yet. When all's said and done, that's all the movie had. The denouement was lame. I knew it had to end that way.

3 of 5 stars.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Sunday, October 05, 2014
Orioles sweep. Going to the ALCS.

Baseball is good.

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Watching a day game is a perfect way to spend a day while skipping work. Watching the Orioles get an early lead is also a perfect way to spend a day skipping work. Watching that lead evaporate in 10 pitches not so much. Slipping slowly into despair? Not a great substitution for work. Sudden joy and elation? Beats work anytime!

For game 2 of the ALDS between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, I took my nephew. It's his first postseason game -- my second! I dragged him out of school around 10 AM to catch this game at noon. Orioles don't do day games very well, but they're gonna need to in order to make it through the next round. They'll be getting nothing but day games until the ALCS, so its sink or swim in the daylight.

The atmosphere in the morning is different than the night before. It was like everyone was still hung over and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet. Uggh. We all feel like we need a pick-me-up. Hopefully, the Orioles don't and won't.

On mound is Wei-Yin Chen, the only lefty started Buck Showalter will throw against Detroit. This is a team that mashes lefties. Chen cruised the first time through their lineup. He was staked to a 2 run lead by a Nick Markakis homerun, which barely cleared the fence. The second time through the Detroit lineup, Chen only threw 10 pitches and put the Orioles in the hole 5-2. He gave up doubles, a three run homerun, and a solo shot. It was a blitz, and he was yanked for the young Kevin Gausmann.

All through that brutal half inning, there was a Detroit fan sitting a few rows back cheering. He clapped for the double. He clapped for the three run homerun. He cheered for the solo shot. He was starting to become annoying.

This year was a good for me in attending Orioles games. The first game of the package, the third game of the season, the Orioles lost, but if you told me that they would sweep the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, I would've told you they wouldn't. And they didn't. Yet, since then, I have gone to nothing but wins. The closest loss was a 2-1 win versus Toronto in which the Orioles won in extra innings despite Tommy going boom and blowing a save.

While the Tigers beat out 5 runs, I felt my personal winning streak slip away. I fell into despair. The three beers didn't help. As the game continued, the Orioles would get men on base and fail to produce runs. The Detroit fan would cheer the failure, and I would slide deeper into my despair. My nephew would encourage me with signs for getting to the Detroit bullpen, but I don't think that would happen. Even when they took out their Cy Young winner in the fifth Detroit still threw a good pitcher for a couple of innings shutting out the Orioles.

Finally, at the depths of my despair, the eighth inning rolled around and the Orioles got to their bullpen. Adam Jones who isn't doing well was hit by a pitch causing their bullpen to be called in to get the final 5 outs of the game.

Jones moved to third on a Nelson Cruz single then scored on a Steve Pearce single.

JJ Hardy walked to load the bases.

While all this transpired, the crowd was sensing something special. They got loud. I was busy yelling into my neighbors ear, that Buck should put Delmon Young in for the ineffective Caleb Joseph. Buck is smarter than me. He brought him to pinch hit for the ineffective Ryan Flaherty.

I am a Flaherty fan, and I approved.

In comes Young. First pitch swinging. Bases clearing double. Orioles take the lead. The crowd goes wild.

It was amazing. From the pits of despair to elation! Yet, I could not comprehend what I saw. It was the most amazing thing to have witnessed. I was in a daze. It would take me another day to crawl out of the pit of despair, but the Orioles had taken the lead.

The eventually closed out the game for a win. Camden Yards was really, really loud.

We await the final game of the series.

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