Monday, December 28, 2009

Upcoming 2010 films and how Jim feels about them,

I like to make stupid lists...Here is the following:

15 movies I am looking forward to in 2010 and why (in no particular order)

  1. Iron Man 2 - Are you kidding me? Worship Downey Jr. WORSHIP HIM!!!
  2. Clash of the Titans - Looks like a fine remake. Trailers is great, and Neeson is Zeus. Noff said.
  3. Harry Potter 7/1 - Yep, I enjoyed the books and I like the films. Call me a sheep. Bah..
  4. Kick @$$ - Looks like and incredible amount of fun.
  5. Daybreakers - Killing Vampires who don't sparkle...Thank you.
  6. Tron Legacy - It's got Bridges and Boxleitner. I'm there!
  7. Legion - Bettany as a Angel...Did you need a futher explantion?
  8. The A-Team - Really clever cast and a mindless enough property to provide a good blank slate for a story.
  9. Jonah Hex - Good Comic + gnarly concept + Brolin = fine movie.
  10. The Expendables - Greatest action cast ever...
  11. Priest - Bettany fighting evil - See #7.
  12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Cool Trailer. Even Cage looks like he is having fun.
  13. Rapunzel - Disney seems to be back on the traditional animation train. So am I.
  14. B!tch Slap - Just awesome...
  15. Shutter Island - Scorsese. I am a fan.

15 movies that should just die in 2010 and why (in no particular order):

  1. Tooth Fairy - Oh, Rock. Go back to wrestling...please!!!
  2. Cop Out - I know, it's Kevin Smith. I should be bowing at it's alter. The trailer is completely uninspiring. This movie will blow.
  3. Alice in Wonderland - My antipathy for Tim Burton's later work is well know. If I have to hear that this is perfect Burton material one more time, I swear I'm gonna... Let me say, the Mad Hatter is NOT a central character in Alice in Wonderland, but appears to be in this film. Tim, if you have such a hard on for Depp, just have him play Alice. Not that's a movie I'd go see!
  4. The Runaways - The broad from Twilight (Kristin Stewart) is, without a doubt, the least convincing, laziest actress I have seen on film since Kirsten Dunst in Spider man 2 and 3, and at least Kirsten looked stoned. This broad just looks horribly vapid and deserving of midget porn.
  5. Tyler Perry's Why did I get Married Too - Just pry my eyes out with a fork right now. Do people of color really think this guy is funny!?!?!
  6. Shrek Forever After - really? I just don't see why another one is necessary. But then again, I didn't see why the first sequel was necessary either.
  7. Sex and the City 2 - Gays and put upon ladies, unite against this film!!! They are trying to cater to your lowest common denominator. You are better than this drek!
  8. Marmaduke - Why does Marmaduke talk in this film?
  9. Twilght: Eclipse - See #4 for my opinion on Kristen Stewart. Add Robert Pattinson, the worst source material on earth, and inept directing, and you get the teen sensation of the moment. Go I can't wait until this series ends and is forgotten. I can only dread what the vapid tween market will embrace next...
  10. Little Fockers - Die, just die...
  11. The Karate Kid - If they called this the Kung Fu kid, and marketed it as it's own film instead of a remake, possibly citing inspiration from the original, maybe I'd be OK with this.
  12. Killers - Kutcher + Heigl = Kill me
  13. Saw VII 3D - Didn't the killer die like four movies ago???
  14. Jackass 3D - Somethings don't need theatrical releases, or 3D.
  15. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead - Enough with the freakin' Zombies, already!

15 movies that I could care less about in 2010 and why (in no particular order):

  1. Green Hornet - I like Seth Rogen. I like Kung Fu. I could care less about Green Hornet.
  2. Book of Eli - Beat em up, Denzel!!! Looks like The Road with Kung Fu.
  3. The Wolfman - This movie has been in development so long, that I have completely lost interest at this point.
  4. Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps - Another example of a movie that doesn't really need a sequel.
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street - I like Jackie Earle Haley. This will probably be good, It may even end up in my NetFlix cue, but I am not clamouring for it.
  6. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief - I have absoultely no connection to this source material, although my wife says it's fun.
  7. The Last Airbender - I also have no connection to this property. Trailer looks cool.
  8. Predators - I am so burned on this series that normally it would end up on the list above. But Robert Rodriguez is involved in the production of this films, so there might be hope.
  9. Red Dawn - Another needless remake.
  10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Believe or not, I have never played this game.
  11. Narnia: Dawn Treader - The preceding movies were meh. This should be as well.
  12. Death at a Funeral (2010) - Didn't Frank Oz make this movie in 2007? WTF?
  13. Knight and Day - I am a Thomas Cruise Maporther IV fan. I admit it openly. I don't give a damn if he is crazy. I don't give a damn if his wife is a Scientologist comfort woman. I also don't give a damn about this movie.
  14. Dinner for Schmucks - I know nothing about this film. But it's called Dinner for Schmucks. It must be on this list.
  15. Hairspray 2 - Sure, make a sequel. Who cares? I give up...

Your comments are appreciated...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Post Party thoughts...

After Saturday Nights successful Elmwood Holiday Christmas Party, I have taken away a few thoughts:
  1. Captain Morgan is my good and trusted friend. Captain Morgan 100 proof is my Lord and Savior.
  2. I made too much chicken.
  3. My friends are many and varied, and I am very lucky to have such a motley array of people in my life.
  4. Note to self - Next time, start Strings earlier, that way there is a chance that I will be sober enough to watch it. Fortunately, Jon left it at the house, so I will be watching it...
  5. Christmas isn't about gifts, or stress, or commercialism. It's about togetherness, peace, and a mutual hope that we as the Human Race can strive to be better than what we are...

Yeah, and I am sober typing this :-)

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ya know what I hate...

...I hate it when people misspell things on Internet posts when they are telling other people that they are stupid or uneducated.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Well...it could have been worse.

Had Band Practice last night. I wasn't 100%. Hell, I wasn't 50% last night. I was however, aware of where I was vocally and am confident that I will be able to put on a good show Saturday Night.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are...

When was the last time a movie TRAILER made you well up with tears? Well, for me it was the trailer for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. The movie looks incredible and I cannot wait to see it.

And now, the reviews come pouring in, and they are everything one could hope for...

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/42679

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/42677

http://chud.com/articles/articles/21103/1/REVIEW-WHERE-THE-WILD-THINGS-ARE/Page1.html

See this freakin' movie.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The little things that make me happy...

When I was a kid, I loved the Lone Ranger. I didn't love the lame 1981 movie, but I loved the Cartoon with the Lone Ranger and Zorro. I don't know why, but it was just something that really affected me as a child. Ever since then, I loved the finale of the William Tell Overture. As I grew older and gained an appreciation for music, I came to love the entire piece and Rossini in general.

Anyway, I have been cruising around the movie sites and watched a script review on Latino Review. In case you don't know, this website has turned into a definitive and fairly accurate source of info about upcoming films. Today they covered the Lone Ranger film that is coming out. They talked up the script, about how it will more closely follow the old radio stories and what have you. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Here's the weird thing, I have had the damn finale from the William Tell Overture in my head all week anyway, before I read or heard anything new on the Lone Ranger film.

Weird...but nifty.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Rock N' Roll?

Last night I sang so much at Band Practice (auditioning new bassists) that when I got home, I spit up blood. Only once, and then it didn't happen again. I can't figure out why, but I guess I will let it go, for now, and chalk it up to Rock N' Roll...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Self - Sufficiency...or lack thereof

So,

I like to think of myself as a fairly self sufficient person. I cook for myself, clean for myself, do my own laundry, stuff like that. But then something happens that shows me just how ridiculously helpless in life I am.

My wife, Jaime, is going into work an hour early this week. Now usually, we carpool in together everyday (one of the myriad advantages of working at the same office). But, as she is going in a hour early, and I am not giving up an hour of sleep, she is driving in by herself this week. This, of course, throws off my entire morning routine, which is very important, considering that I am on Auto Pilot for about the first 1 1/2 of my day.

So this morning, I was quite impressed with myself when I got up on time, got dressed, remembered my lunch, and was at work in a reasonably punctual manner. And then I realized, I forgot to take my pills. Like so many other Americans, I am on a few medications for a couple of medical conditions that I am suffering from. Usually, Jaime gets downstairs first and lays the pills out for me with a glass of water. This morning, I didn't even check to see if she did that. Those pills could be sitting longingly on my kitchen island right now, next to an increasingly tepid glass of water, both waiting to be consumed, but to avail...

This got me thinking of the other stuff that I rely on my wife for. I seriously do not know how I would get my bills paid if it weren't for her. When we first moved in together, we had separate bills, but there were so few of them, it was fairly easy to keep track of. Once we got a joint checking account, though, I told her that from then on, she was in charge of finances, as she is much more responsible in that respect than I am.

Not that she doesn't rely on me for things. Hell, she would be eating Mac & Cheese and the house would look like her dorm room if I didn't cook and get her to help me clean up once in a while. Not to mention the fact that she would live in fear of every bug, animal, or strange noise she encountered if I wasn't there.

In the end, I am not complaining; not at all. I think that actually I am very fairly thankful to have her. And I would venture a guess that she doesn't mind having me...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ok, then...

So, people have indicated that they still check. Well, if that is so, I will post.

Life has been a little goofy lately. I have had some random health problems pop up all at once, all of which turned out to be a little benign but still inconvenient as hell. Money, as always is tight; it looks like Jaime and I won't be able to go to the Cape for vacation. I guess we'll have to try to make the best of the time at home. Work is a mess. I need to find a way to advance in my non insurance career plans. Elmwood is busy busy busy. I am editing every monday, shooting on some weekends, and writing in the evenings. I have quite a bit written, but none of it any good. It seems to be the only way to get over Writer's Block; just write whatever, even if it's crap, and hope the block will clear and let you get back to work.

The Summer has just flown by, with little oppurtunity to enjoy it. I am going to make a point of working as hard as possible to truly enjoy my Autumn this year. It is the time of year when I am at my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual best. I am looking forward to it.

So, until next rant...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wow...So this band thing is really working out, huh?

The band is alot of fun! We had an awesome gig Friday Night @ Harbor Park. We did so well that they have booked us for another gig in May, and they want to us to play the 4th of July! This is a fairly big deal, with some good money coming in to boot! Now, add to that the other gigs that we have been hired for, and it stands to be a very busy spring and summer!

It was nice to be able to come into something that was already established and just pickup where the last guy left off. I have had the opportunity to talk to alot of people VERY familiar with the history of the band, and they have deemed me the band's best singer and the current incarnation the tightest and most talented of the lot. I have to admit that I get a little swelling of pride when I hear that, and I am really psyched that people are enjoying what we do.

Well, that's about it for today.

L8r

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Watchmen

Nope - Haven't seen it yet.

I have found myself completely unexcited about the prospect of a Watchmen movie since I first read the book many, many years ago. I feel there are somethings that shouldn't be made into film, and no matter how "good" they are, they seem somewhat cheapened by the prospect of transferring them to celluloid or, in this case, a digital medium.

I am certainly not being pretentious on this, please be assured. I am sure it is a fine film, and I am glad people have enjoyed or hated it. This is one of those moments on geekdom where we as "Genre Enthusiasts" (What a great euphemism, like calling a Garbage Man a "Sanitation Engineer...") can argue about something other that ridiculous minutiae and actually talk about what worked in the film and what didn't or, in my case, about why some of us are still not ramping up to see it.

I suppose that I WILL catch it eventually; I don't feel like Mark will allow me not to see it and, as a result, enter the verbal fray of varied opinions and such...

But for now, I am in the minority. I have not seen Watchmen yet, by choice. And I still have my geek card.

L8r!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

It's 3 am and I can't sleep...

...I shouldn't have gone to bed at 9. I fell asleep in my chair, and I decided to be responsible and proactive, so I went to bed...It's what you're supposed to do when falling asleep at night. So I slept about 4 1/2 hours, and now I am awake. I have had some cold like symptoms that may either be an actual cold or a side effect to the new meds, who knows?

Anyway, life is looking up, I hope. Hat Trick's got a gig this month, and we're sounding good. Jon and I have begun working on the preliminaries of a project that I started writing late last year. I feel like I am finally getting out of my writing funk, and hope to get back on that horse pretty soon.

Generally, I am trying to have a positive outlook for this year. We'll see how I do...

Friday, February 27, 2009

State of the Jim

I havent been posting a whole lot lately, as my mind has been focused elsewhere, but I thought I would give an update...

Life is generally good. Like everyone right now, my main source of stress is due to finances. It is a sad state of affairs when something as empty and meaningless as money can have such an impact on one's life, but alas, such is our society.

To help supplement my income and to get out of the house and do something I enjoy, I have joined a band. Unlike my last band experience, this is an established, locally gigging band who was looking for a new singer on Craigslist. I answered the ad, auditioned, and here I am. If any one has frequented any of the live music watering holes about the state, you may be familiar with them. They are called Hat Trick, and they have been playing around the state for a couple of years. They are a very solid band, and their set list is very silly. It promises to be alot of fun.
My first gig with them is Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at the Hardware City Cafe in my ole stomping grounds in New Britain. I'll have more info soon...

Monday, February 02, 2009

A Random Train of Thought...

Some days I just can't justify my getting out of bed. I think today is one of those days. Sometimes I just look at myself and where life is going. Often I feel compelled to kick my own ass for the decisions made, or rather the lack there of, allowing my fear to hold me back and not let me take the chances that not I regret not taking. And days such as this, I find myself standing at that precipice, pondering if today is the day that I will take the plunge and do something, not about the regrets of the past, but working to prevent the regrets of the future. Usually, I just shrug my shoulders, put taking the leap off for another day, and move on with life as it is. But every now and then, a decision is made to do something. The realization that you are what you do, after all, not what you what have done, pops into my head, and I take that deep breath as I step from the cliff into unknown waters.


Will today be one of those days?


Probably not...

Saturday, January 03, 2009