Month: November 2012

Thought – Are you ready for some football?

Category : Thought

This is a part sports/part thought post, as it is about sports but it is also a thought in my head.  Stay with me.  Ok, Monday Night Football.  Now I love me some Jon Gruden, and Mike Tirico is cool too, but who here remembers when MNF was awesome?  I’m talking the 80s and 90s.  I’m talking John Elway, Brett Favre, Barry Sanders, Deion.  I’m talking Hank Williams  Jr. and his signature song that always got me going before a football game.  There is nothing that compares to “Are you ready for some football!?”.  Sorry Faith Hill, but you suck.  I miss that song and I miss that opening tradition.  I know they all had a falling out, but hey, that song defined a television show.  It would be like ‘Cheers’ without “Where everybody knows your name!”.  Something should be done.  I’m just saying.

Movie Trailer – The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Elia Petridis
Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Barry Corbin
Release: 2012

This cracks me up.  Who came up with this movie?  At the very least it looks original, interesting, and funny.  That’s enough for me.

Sports – NFL Picks, Week 13

Category : Sports

Here are my NFL Week 13 Picks:
(I was 11-5 last week)
Bye teams: none

No @ Atl – I predicted the Falcons one loss this season to the Saints in Week 10, but I don’t think the outcome will be the same this game.  Atlanta is undefeated at home and will get their revenge.
Jax @ Buf – The Jaguars are on a mini-roll, but their defense is still horrible.  Only three teams allow more points per game, but one of them is Buffalo.  The Bills will lose at home.
Sea @ Chi – Will Jay Cutler back and with the Seahawks terrible road play, this game shouldn’t even be close.  However, Cutler is fragile, and you just never know.  I’ll take the Bears.
Ind @ Det – Luck and the Colts are actually pretty good on the road and will make a game of this one, but I think the Lions will be playing angry after their embarrassing Thanksgiving loss.
Min @ GB – Talk about playing angry; the Pack got their collective ass handed to them last week vs. the G-men.  Rodgers will bounce back and continue his excellent home record.
Car @ KC – The Chiefs gave the Broncos a run for their money, but remain winless at home.  The Panthers are a good road team and Cam looked comfortable last week.  Carolina.
NE @ Mia – The only thing that could give Brady & Co. a hiccup would be Miami’s D at home.  But I think the Pats are just too much for the Dolphins to handle.  Could be close though.
Ari @ NYJ – After starting 4-0 the Cards have lost seven straight.  Ouch.  The Jets have their own problems, but they’re overall a much better team.  I will wear my Tebow jersey and hope.
SF @ STL – I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this game doesn’t end in a tie.  The Niners are much better all around and Kaepernick is looking good.  Rams could lose big.
Hou @ Ten – The Texans have had three narrow wins in a row and a team that looked almost unbeatable is now showing some holes.  However, they get to play the Titans.
TB @ Den – The Broncos had a little scare last week and the Bucs are by no means pushovers, but Manning is hot and on target.  It might come down to the wire, but Denver will win.
Pit @ Bal – Charlie Batch proved that the Steelers couldn’t win with him against the Browns, they’re definitely not going to win with him against the Ravens.  Blow out city.
Cle @ Oak – Which awful team wants a meaningless win more?  The Raiders have a horrible defense, but the Browns don’t have the offense to take advantage of it.  The Boys in Black.
Cin @ SD – The door is wide open for the Bengals with the Steelers struggling.  And the door is wide open for Norv Turner in a “don’t let it hit you on the way out” kind of way.  Cinci.
Phi @ Dal – The Eagles may not have a team left by the end of the season, as they begin to clean house for next year.  The Cowboys still have a chance and they will take advantage of it.
NYG @ Was – I can’t predict RG3, he’s a mystery to me.  But I know this; Eli is back and ready to win.  Also, the Giants love playing on the road.  The Redskins should lose a close one here.

Movie Trailer – Any Day Now

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Travis Fine
Starring: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt
Release: 2012

Talk about a tearjerker.  A movie about a gay couple struggling to adopt a kid with Down’s Syndrome in the 1970s?  Perhaps it’s a bit much, but I trust Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Titus) , and I’m willing to put myself through a bit of emotional torture.

Thought – Thanksgiving

Category : Thought

Hello everyone, I’m back from Thanksgiving break.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and got to spend some quality time with your families.  I consumed more pie this year than I normally do, and it was glorious.  Football was entertaining, Carcassonne was played, and I generally had a nice four days.  Now Christmas!  Decorating, getting the tree, 93.3, shopping, and hopefully some snow.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Sports – NFL Picks, Week 12

Category : Sports

Here are my NFL Week 12 Picks:
(I was 11-3 last week)
Bye teams: none

Hou @ Det – The Texans nearly let the Jaguars steal a win last week, but came to life when it came down to it.  They are undefeated on the road and should take care of a mediocre Lions team.
Was @ Dal – One of the best rivalries in football, Cowboys & Indians.  I need to start giving RG3 and the Skins a little more credit, but Tony Romo has never lost at home on Thanksgiving.
NE @ NYJ – Another great rivalry.  At least, it would be if the Jets didn’t suck.  Wouldn’t you rather see Tebow get beaten by the Pats than Sanchez?  I know I would, and I like the guy.
Min @ Chi – This game hinges on Jay Cutler.  If he plays, I think the Bears win.  If he doesn’t, Jason Campbell and that awful offensive line are going to get a beating courtesy of Allen and the Vikings.
Oak @ Cin – The Bengals are on a little bit of a hot streak right now, and the Raiders are on a slide.  Their defense is just atrocious, and Dalton should be able to carve it up.
Pit @ Cle – Seems like an obvious W for the Steelers until you remember that Batch will be their QB this week.  The Browns should be able to steal a victory here, might be their last of the season.
Buf @ Ind – I’m just not comfortable calling Luck amazing quite yet.  The Bills are a solid team that can run all over anybody, but since the Colts don’t lose at home I’ll give them the slight edge.
Ten @ Jax – The Jaguars were dead in the water, last in points scored, and nearly winless until Henne steps up last week and almost beats the Texans.  They can get their first home win vs. the Titans.
Den @ KC – I believe in trap games, but I don’t believe Peyton will fall for one.  No McGahee no problem as Hillman will step up this week and the Broncos will win big.
Sea @ Mia – If the playoffs were today, rookie Russell Wilson and the Seahawks would be in.  Not too shabby.  The Dolphins are trending in the wrong direction and ought to lose.
Atl @ TB – The Falcons won somehow last week, even with Ryan throwing 5 INTs.  He might have cost me my fantasy game, but I still believe in him.  He might throw 5 TDs instead.
Bal @ SD – The Ravens are playing Raven football right now and that it pretty scary.  The Chargers are playing Charger football, and that’s scary for a different reason.  Baltimore.
STL @ Ari – One of those “who cares” games.  Both teams have returned to normalcy after good starts, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Cards should win at home if they can choose a QB to start.
SF @ NO – Strength vs. strength in this nice match-up, as the Niners defense takes on the Saints offense.  San Fran has a QB controversy, and that’s never good.  New Orleans.
GB @ NYG – Coming off a bye week, which Eli will show up: Super Bowl Eli or Confused & Slow Eli?  It’s tough to tell.  Either way, the Packers are hot and should win.
Car @ Phi – Very rarely is there a MNF game that I don’t care to watch.  This may be one of them.  Cam Newton vs. Nick Foles.  Meh.  The Eagles looked bad last week and should lose.

Movie Trailer – Now You See Me

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher
Release: June 7th, 2013

Ok, so this might not be the best movie ever made, and yeah heists have been overdone, and yeah Jesse Eisenberg is kind of a douche bag, but I still want to see this movie.  It looks cool, at the very least, and that’s something.

Sports – Super Bowl Picks

Category : Sports

It’s getting closer and closer to Super Bowl time!  Now, a lot of people make their SB predictions at the beginning of the year, and I have mine.  But now that the season has progressed, would you change your mind?
My Super Bowl prediction: Preseason – Broncos vs. Giants – Manning Bowl!
My Super Bowl prediction: Midseason – Broncos vs. Packers – Elway/Favre!
So, what were your SB predictions at the beginning of the year, and have they changed?

Movie Trailer – Brooklyn Castle

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Starring: Pobo Efekoro
Release: 2012

I’m not usually into documentaries, but this one looks interesting.  If you watch The Daily Show, you may have seen the two names mentioned promoting their film, and if you did chances are they caught your attention too.  I think it’s worth a look.

Movie Review – Hollow Man

Category : Movie Review

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Year: 2000

Oh, Kevin Bacon.  It’s hard to judge him by his movies because he’s more about quantity, rather than quality.  Like Samuel L. Jackson, we love him as part of American culture, and every once in a great while he is part of a great film, but usually he just makes us shake our heads.  Combine his acting style with Verhoeven’s directing (RoboCop, Starship Troopers) and you’re in for a odd night.
Think The Invisible Man meets quantum physics and the plot will be set up.  The story follows a group of scientists on government payroll attempting to discover the properties of invisibility and, more importantly, the return to the visible world.  When Dr. Caine volunteers to become invisible himself, the results are not what any of the team could have imagined.  Things spiral out of control quickly as the power of his new state begins to consume Caine and the others race to fix this disaster.
Words can barely describe how utterly awful this movie is.  The plot is mildly interesting, but that’s as far as it goes.  The story falls apart, the characters remain uninteresting, and the acting; oh my.  Some of the worse acting you will ever see is on display from every actor.  Each cast member in the movie should be ashamed of themselves.  Josh Brolin, who is an incredible actor, ought to feel especially silly for taking part in such a horrible movie.  We can forgive acting in bad films at a young age, hey you need work.  But this was 2000, not 1978, they should have known better.  I would only recommend Hollow Man for a good laugh, please don’t watch it expecting talent.

My rating: