Thursday, December 20, 2007

Good Eeevening

Everyone knows I'm a big fan of Orson Welles (hence the pseudonym), but I'm also a huge fan of the great director Alfred Hitchcock. That's probably why this post from Ed Gorman's blog caught my eye.

Yes, yes, I know that the post is from April. But, I just stumbled upon Gorman's blog today and tried to catch up with all the back postings that I had missed.

16 Blocks

I finally saw 16 Block the other week on HBO. One of the many films I wanted to see in theaters, but never got around to. I don't remember what critics thought of it, but I thought it was very well done.

Bruce Willis has played cops many times in his career, but his Jack Mosley is not the typical Willis-cop character. He's a beat up alcoholic who seems content to put in his 20 and escape with his pension. He gets assigned the seemingly easy task of transporting Mos Def's Eddie Bunker to the courthouse to testify before a grand jury. Needless to say, things go awry.

The only quibble I have with the filck is Mos Def. He's a fine actor, but his portrayal of Bunker got on my nerves. The character was fine, but I'm not sure what he was trying to accomplish with the put-on voice.

Check it out when you get a chance.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kids Are Alright!

Here's some highlights last week from rookie defenseman Kristopher Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Can you believe they are his first two career shootout attempts?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Whole Lotta Love

In case you've been living under a rock, Led Zeppelin played a reunion concert on Monday night. Words cannot describe how much I wanted to be there. I guess I'll just have to do with the video clips, photos, and reviews. Probably going to try and get my hands on a bootleg. Much like when one of my favorite bands, Cream, reunited the other year, if Zep goes on a tour I'm going to try to get tickets.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Finally Saw: Fantastic Four

Yes, it's taken me a while, but I finally saw the first Fantastic Four movie. It felt to me like a throwback to the larger than life comic movies we used to see before the recent round of great flicks (X-Men, Spiderman, Batman, etc). The one thing that irked me was that there wasn't a real sense of danger. Who is the villain? Oh, this guy. Dr. Doom. What does he want to do? Beats me, let's just stop him.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fun movie. There were parts I actually laughed out loud. And I loved Stan Lee's cameo. Just don't expect too much from it. It's a fine way to waste a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dave Brubeck

Today is Dave Brubeck's 87th birthday.

The classic Take Five.

One of my favorites, Dziekuje (Thank You).