Despite a personal upswing in theater attendance over the summer during which I saw and enjoyed Moon, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, and District 9, and a continuing subscription to a mail service for DVDs, still I have not resumed my "work" on this journal thing. Life gets in the way, and interests travel in cyclical fashion. One day, one day...
Next up is a visit to see Trailer Park Boys: Countdown To Liquor Day...will there be a review posted????!!!! Only time will tell. Stay tuned, or don't.
For any of you new signup types, I urge you to go through my list and see anything I have rated 8 or above, and have fun with them!
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yeah, yeah...you don't care what the fuck I think about movies. That's keen and all, but I'm making this list of flicks here and I've probably watched about 60 since I made an entry.
It's a monster that keeps growing. I'll be reduced to quick point form bullets just to catch up, which I'm not interested in at the current moment.
Hell, even a conversation sprung up in one of the more recent entries while I was away. I feel shame for neglecting my handful of readers! heh heh
Cya next month.
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A Public Service Announcement:
10 - I enjoy it as much or more with each viewing, and could watch it a few times every year.
9 - Damn near perfect, but with a slight quibble that keeps it from rising to the best of the best.
8 - The highest score a first view can get. It blew me away.
7 - A damn fine movie, most of ya would hang a higher score on it. I liked enough that I know I'd enjoy it again. The end of the line for movies I would tell anybody to watch.
6 - A good film that for whatever reason I feel I don't need to see again. Don't be fooled. It's worth checking out.
5 - A quality effort that I didn't enjoy, but you might.
4 - Getting into the weak territory, it still has some quality on some level, but the writing was likely a failure for me.
3 - Where the simpy movies seem to land, I was feeling slight rage at having wasted my time.
2 - Somebody did all the work to make THIS?
1 - There was literally but ONE good thing in the whole film.
0 - I fucking hated it with passion.
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Reign Over Me.
He lost his family in 9/11...he's lost...he needs an old buddy...
Are you fucking serious? It's been a long time since I have been continually sickened by seeing a TV trailer for a film.
If you go to see this movie, rent it, or watch it on cable down the road, you are unforgivably lame, and deserve to be shit on by what is surely a great big asshole's weakly conceived script that relys on almost every hackneyed cliche that one would never want to visit.
People on my list, I will be watching you closely on this one...and the trailer is going on AGAIN in the background on my TV as I type...do not send the message that this type of cinematic diaheria is acceptable on any one's plate, or once again, you deserve to eat shit.
There. I feel much better now.
EDIT: But on Saturday, I'm shaking my head in disgust as I see a positive reading on the splat chart. Some people will be fooled by the same simple tricks again and again.
He is weak. A failure. A detriment to the rest of the team. He will die by my hand, slowly, and we'll be less emotional, both those considered positive and those that are not.
The reptilian brain grows stronger.
Our ears are literally bleeding. They are speaking of war.
Too long have we lain dormant. I was able to effect a trigger for release just an evening past, and I ram it home to ensure this mind's door remains ever open.
They shall fall. So shall we. Oh come, glorious endings. None shall mark your passing, but I will be free to assume my true form, the king of a blasted landscape with no subjects.
Come violence, come death! The end of weakness. My time approaches!
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It has to be the answer.
I tried and tried again to read the highly touted book "Infinite Jest" , made famous by Rockin' Tim, but time after time it drained me of will, and evidently it killed all urges to see movies or write in this babble blog.
Such is life. Know that the Blind Pariah won out in the end, and no one is safe any more. It would seem that all is bright, but clouds are seen gathering about this house, and voices from within the shadows call out their names, demanding answer...
So it was that a collection of SOAD virgins descended upon the MTS Center in Winnipeg, and for many of us it was the first concert viewed in this venue.
The Blind Pariah and the Urban Hermit decided to sit this one out, and though he is always along on the trip, we didn't hear too much from the Professional Stranger this time.
Perhaps it was all the drugs.
The trip began with meeting up with Huggy, who brought us to his home, where the Foundation kindly had picked up a meal on her way home that we all enjoyed.
Heavy Sedsey stepped out for a bit to go over and rally the Molten Metal Mechanic and his Stressed Carebear.
It wasn't looking good.
Still, ticket now secured, we had but to await the arrival of Windows Tom and friend IT Music. Windows Tom launched into a diatribe regarding, what else, how great Windows is, and things were heading downhill fast. Luckily, the Professional Stranger called us away for a quick bathroom meeting, and the drudgery was over.
By the time we arrived, Heavy Sedsey and the Animated Idiot Man-Child were ecstatic.
The venue was decent, with a wide floor expanse that offered a clear view from just about anywhere one could stand.We opened with the band called "Hella", who we assume are named after the idiom that Cartman uses on South Park, and they were Hella sloppy, Hella bad sounding, and Hella lame. GET THE FUCK OFF THE STAGE!
Around this time MMM, SC, and the Red River Diva arrived, and the general consensus was that it was Hella shit to begin, but AIMC made the point that it would merely serve to accentuate the following acts. (a rare departure from idiocy?)
A couple $7 beers later, Heavy Sedsey was mollified.
Next up were the Mars Volta, who we have not heard much from. IT Music raved about them earlier on, and little comments here and there from the others suggested it would be good.
Perhaps the Urban hermit should have come along, because it was more his style than that of HS. They sounded good, were mildly entertaining, but did not perform enough of a gig to make any us seek their music. In fact, Heavy Sedsey was heard to mention that he wished it was Dog Fashion Disco on stage, who bear a slight resemblance in their instrumentation, but are way cooler, dude.
What can ya do?
Rumours flew around the floor that System was late, missed a plane, stopped to eat hamburgers, or who knows what the fuck.
By this time, MMM and SC picked up on the mood of HS, and can be said to have been ecstatic as well.
Fortunately, the slow start didn't cramp anybody's style.
HS and AIMC made their way up to the side stage area, with guitar player Daron Malakian closest to us. Of the concert itself, we do not have much specific to say. Anybody looking for a set list will be disappointed. Of course, that will be the likely mood of anybody who reads this "review". heh heh
They played a range of tunes from all albums, and a couple we have not heard yet that we guess will be on the "Hypnoitize" album, released Nov.22.
HS had an impression that Serj Tankian was the clear leader of the pack going in, despite an increased vocal presence of Malkian on Mezmerize, but we come away with the impression that Malkian is the driving force. Indeed, we read today that Malkian is responsible for much of the writing, and he played a few solo moments with a lone spotlight on this evening.
The text we read:
"When pressed further, Dolmayan does offer a few words about Mezmerize, a disc that has been drawing rave reviews from the music community for its innovative and imaginative hard rock style.?Daron, who does the majority of our writing, obviously was affected by what was going on in the world,? Dolmayan says. ?It was difficult not to be with 9/11. This is, like, five years in the making, these albums. Everything that?s happened in the last five years has deeply affected the mood and affected this album.?
The sound was great for the main act, which should be considered automatic for a new arena. Off to the side, we thought that it might have sounded better, but it was likely a locational error in judgement.Molten Metal Mechanic espoused that it was "one of the best sounding concerts I've ever been to."
With his super powered Ear of Fine Tuning, there can be no doubt that his opinion should be favoured over ours.
The crowd was completely into it, even though it was not a sell out, with people singing along, grinding in the center pit, lighting lighters (lame), and clapping along when prompted.
One moment amused AIMC greatly. Fans will be familiar with the lyrics from "Lost in Hollywood". In the tune the lyric goes "All you bitches put your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care." Contrast that with the theme of "phoney people come to play", and it was hilarious to see a good number of people being bitches, waving their hands in the air.
What is this, a fucking rap show? heh heh We interpret that song as critique of these behaviours...
Malkian told the crowd that this was their first trip to Winnipeg, and that they would be back, which was received with raucous cheers.
They closed with "Sugar", which some of the chicks we were around and talking to a bit were very excited over. This was another source of amusement for AIMC, as the song plays with a mysoginistic theme.
NO ENCORE! WHAT???? Heavy Sedsey yelled his head off, but even the power of the Beastly Bellow was not enough to raise the band again.
So, it felt a bit short, but it was still a highly satisfying experience which carried the entire evening to lofty heights of enjoyment.We recommend, both HS and AIMC, to anybody who is on the fence about seeing the tour in their city, that you buy a ticket and check it out. It is well worth it.
Following were adventures with Popkin the Prophet and his Summertime Snowman, Rocky the Stiltpegged Shit-Stepper, and a new character named The Conscience that wound on until 6:30 AM, but you don't need to know about that, do ya?
I didn't think so.
Next up, on the FOR SURE list, is a week in November which features three acts in the space of a few days.
GWAR appears with DevilDriver (we've seen GWAR, so are more looking forward to DD)
Bad Religion plays next. Cool.
Followed by Miasmic Metal Madness from the Black Dahlia Murder and the Piping vocals of 3 Inches of Blood. This show will be the most fun for us, we predict.
Before that...HOCKEY SEASON! Oct. 5th, the Philadelphia Flyers will defeat the hapless New York Rangers, in the regular season debut of Jeff Carter and future Captain Mike Richards. We cannot seem to wait!
Kudos to the NHL Network in Canada, who are showing 18 preseason games in 13 days to starving fans. Thanks! (ya, I know they won't read this fucking eyesore...heh)