Archive for May, 2005

A couple of quick movie reviews.

May 31, 2005

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I have to say I appreciated this movie more than I enjoyed it.
It was a finely crafted film, and one fucked up way to tell a love story.
The cast was very good, and Elijah Wood played a weasel quite well.
One of the cool things was you had this really ground breaking technology and it was operated by people who made Dante Hicks and Randal Graves look professional.

The Aviator. I really liked this movie. You can almost forgive DiCaprio for some of the crap he made earlier for this film. He really was quite good at Hughes. He did a lot of research and it shows. Martin Scorsese, of course deserves a lion’s share of credit for putting it all together. Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn was brilliant. It was good to see John C. Reilly play something other than a husband with a cheating wife. Alan Alda and Alex Baldwin were deliciously evil. Alda as the Senator on the take playing the media like a fiddle and Baldwin as the oh so cool Juan Trippe. Kate Beckinsale just had to be on screen and look gorgeous, which so did so very well.

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Before the Star Wars buzz dies…

May 31, 2005

It’s announced that George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg have approved a script for a fourth Indiana Jones movie.

Why they blew the Socialist Weasel up.

May 31, 2005

One of the highlights of Team America: World Police is where Michael Moore emulates his heros and blows himself up.

Matt Parker and Trey Stone have not been happy with Moore for awhile.
Parker:

What he did that made us a little angry is he put an animation in right after my piece in Bowling in Columbine that is very South Park-esque in its look. And I think 99% of the people who saw Bowling for Columbine think Trey and I did that animation.

Stone:

We strongly believe in guns. So then he kind of did it anyway. So then later when he did Fahrenheit 911, people were like, well, Michael Moore kind of lies and manipulates to make people think certain things. We’re, like, personal victims of that. So we basically decided to make him into a puppet and blow him up.

Parker:

I mean, he didn?t explicitly say, “Matt and Trey did this animation.” But he made it look like it. And that’s what he does in his movies. He uses two images together and creates meaning where there isn’t none.

Possible new Star Trek movie

May 31, 2005

According to an article in Trek Today, Rick Berman is making noise about a possible new Star Trek movie.

Quote of the Day

May 31, 2005

“Filipinos are a warm, gentle, caring, giving people,” Avi says, “which is a good thing since so many of them carry concealed weapons.” — Cryptonomicom by Neal Stephenson

Why the democrats have gone quiet on Tom Delay…

May 31, 2005

It used to be the daily “Death Watch” soundbite on Doonesbury and Err America.
Lately, it’s been pretty quiet. Could it be that the “hounding of Tom DeLay continues to backfire on House Democrats…”
Captain Ed thinks so.
He quotes this AP story that reviews a flurry of belated trip disclosures.

While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004, some date back to the late 1990s. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips, the oldest dating back to 1997. … Hoyer’s undisclosed trips were nearly doubled by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., with 21. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., reported 20 past trips and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. reported 13. … Staff members for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., disclosed 11 prior trips, while staff members for DeLay, R-Texas, had 4. Rep. John Linder of Georgia, a former chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, belatedly filed 9 trips, as did Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

I called this a month ago.
The smoking gun there was a junket by Ohio democrat Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a member of the Ethics Committee.

It’s that time again…

May 31, 2005

Carnival of Cordite #15

Memorial Day Parade pictures

May 30, 2005

I just uploaded some to Flickr.

Quote of the Day

May 30, 2005

“Freedom isn’t Free” — The U.S. Army

War Memorial Pictures

May 30, 2005

I’m starting off this Memorial Day by posting this collection of War Memorial pictures.

My deep thanks to all Veterans and their families.