Wednesday, January 23, 2013


So, Tim Brown and Jerry Rice:  You are telling me that a Head Coach of a NFL team, while on the cusp of the greatest achievement one could attain in their field, decided to lose the game on purpose?  Seriously, that might be the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

If you don't have a WaterPik, I highly urge you to get one.  They are fantastic.

I am currently digitizing our home movie library.  Not our DVD Movies, but the home video tapes that we have collected over the past decade and a half.  I have way more than I realized....this could take a while.

Bought myself one of those chin-up bars you put on a doorway.  I am going to be so ripped! (Not really...I will probably give up after three days, but who notices that?)

Zero Dark Thirty: Go see it.  Awesome flick.  Great story, enjoyable sequences...and no extraneous crap to muck up the main narrative.  Every second of the movie is about how they caught and killed Bin Laden.  Who knows how much of it is accurate, but it seems to get the main point down pretty well.  Highly enjoyable.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

American Taxi Driver Psycho

As is common for me when I need movies to watch, I like to go to the ol' internet and find lists...Top 10 Movies every Guy Should See, or The 30 Movies that mention Elastic Waistbands, etc.

So, I found a list and was intrigued by two movies.  First, American Psycho starring Christian Bale.  Bale plays Patrick Bateman, who works on Wall Street in the late 80's.  He is a pretty typical schmuck, as movies from that time period tend to depict...except that he is a murderous psychopath behind his mask of "normality".  I thought the movie was very well shot, but I was very confused at how the film played out.  I was left with quite a large question mark over my head as to the resolution of the film, and there seem to be a lot of people who agree with that assessment on the interwebs.  Overall, it failed to resonate with me but I plan on reading the book to see if I can gain further clarity.

The second movie I watched was Taxi Driver, a "masterpiece" starring Robert DeNiro and directed by Martin Scorsece.  I have noticed that there seems to be a time period of movies that I don't get, and this falls squarely into that time perieod.  This movie is considered to be one of the greatest of all time, and personally, I thought it was prettty awful.  Maybe I don't "get" older movies, but they tend to fall very flat for me.  I watched Chinatown a few months ago, and can't remember being more bored with a film...until I saw Taxi Driver.  The only interesting part of the movie for me was trying desperately to remember Harvey Keitel's name.  Other than that, I only watched the rest of the film because I was sure that at some point there would be a point to the movie.  Maybe I am wrong...maybe there is something that I missed that was critical to tying the film together, but whatever it was, I missed it big time.  I was confused the whole time as to what the hell was going on, and there really wasn't much of a plot to latch on to.  Was he going to kill Palentine?  Was he trying to date Betsy?  Was he trying to save Iris?  Who knows? I would love to talk to someone who "gets" this movie and have them explain it to me, and why I am so wrong, because lord knows I am not going to come to that realization on my own.

Can one of you help?