Monday, December 24, 2007
It's the end of the year again. Can't believe that another year has passed by. I was able to post some videos this year in the no clue quickie web series. If you didn't get a chance yet, check them out. They're funny. I hope to make some more next year. I also hope to write a new screenplay. I redesigned the website and hope to keep that looking more dynamic in the new year too.
I am heading home to visit my family for a few weeks and then I'll have to get back to doing some more work sometime in the new year. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Catch this video of a car crashing into a Tim Horton's doughnut shop. This incident occurred in the Town of Tonawanda. I'm from North Tonawanda. If we crashed into the Tim Horton's, we'd at least grab some coffee & doughnuts too.
Then catch this story about a pizza delivery guy getting robbed of his pizza & wings. Now that is someone desperate for some good pizza & wings. Now if this were Pizza Junction pizza I could see it, but anywhere else, I just think that's desperate.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Christmas Lights Synced Up To THX Sound - Watch more free videos
I'll write more soon. Later.
Friday, October 05, 2007
I'm off on vacation starting tomorrow with the family in Florida. I plan to hit Disney World and relax in the pool and hang out with my family. Later.
This movie had a good trailer and an intelligent cast and director Neil Jordan. I thought I was in for a great movie. I was wrong.
I didn't really care for this movie. It was a revenge story, which was appealing, but for me the characters were not consistent. They seemed to be doing things that didn't seem consistent with their characters once I got to know them. I guess there is something to say for unpredictability, but I just didn't care for it.
That being said, it was shot well, acted well, and for the most part, just a good looking movie. I just couldn't get past the characterizations personally. I wouldn't recommend it.
If you'd like to know more about it, check out the website.
check out the video version of this review.
More reviews soon, until then I'll be at the movies....
Friday, September 28, 2007
Anyway, I found this video on a blog tonight and I thought I would share it. It's awesome! And a fun song too!
Lip Dub - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The third film in the Jason Bourne movies is a great movie. A great capper to the trilogy and a great movie in its own right. It features non-stop action and edge of your seat tension throughout. Matt Damon once again delivers in the role of Jason Bourne who in this movie is out to search for those in charge of making him into who he is today.
I really like these movies because they are filled with action and intrigue. The action is always realistic and makes you feel like you're right in there with Bourne. The action in this movie is so realistic, that if you sit too close to the screen you're liable to get motion sickness. Seriously. The car chases are amazing and some of the best ever filmed in my opinion. The fight scenes are quite incredible too. In fact, there is one fight scene where Bourne is taking out another assasin who is working for the people of Treadstone. The fight is realistic and fantastical all at the same time. They use whatever they have at their disposal to fight including a magazine.
This movie also manages to break in a little humor to lighten things up a bit too. Not a lot, but enough. Damon delivers a few one liners and they come at just the right moment to get the audience going. Don't get me wrong this isn't a laugh fest, but just enough humor to allow you to let go of the intense moments for a few.
Paul Greengrass once again directs this movie and delivers. The acting isn't great, but all the actors acquit themselves well starting first and foremost with Damon. I can't imagine anyone else playing this role, which is odd, because I could never imagine him doing this role when he first started it. The rest of the ensemble which includes Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Julia Stiles, is top notch. And Greengrass while delivering fantastic action and suspense, still manages to tell a full story and keep the audience thinking. I appreciate that fact the most. It's not all spoon fed to us.
I would go and see another Bourne adventure, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is it for awhile. And if it is, they went out with a bang.
For more info: Official website
come back soon, until then, i'll be at the movies....
watch the video edition, part of no clue quickie and 30 Days 30 Videos.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I must say that this doesn't make the Sabres look good as an organization. They suspend Numminen to save spending his salary, but that also means the man isn't going to get his paycheck and why, because he is going to need heart surgery. That is just awful. If that was done at my job, I would be appalled, but I guess anything goes in this very business oriented side of sports these days. Especially, the cash strapped NHL.
Good Luck Teppo and God Bless.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Well, the first 7 days of the all new no clue quickie web series has officially ended. I've tried out a few ideas so far, some funny, some not so funny. But when you're getting new videos every day, they're not all gonna be winners. It's putting me on a good schedule too to try and carve out time to do stuff. That part I like a lot. This week, I tried a simple animation, put up some tales of procrastination, debuted a taunting game quiz and had some fun with action figures. Hopefully, you check it out, you never know what tomorrow brings.
The website is new and improved and now contains links to subscribe to no clue quickie through iTunes. You've got to check it out. Drop me an email and let me know what you think.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
I've decided to try and make a bunch of new episodes this month. I'm launching what I'm calling 30 Days 30 Videos. I want to make 1 new video a day for 30 straight days. Can I do it? We'll see, but I got #1 out today. I have shot #2, which would've been #1 and as soon as I work out my issues, I'll post some more content.
So, check out the updated site and the new videos. Leave some comments and let me know what you think. Thanks for checking in.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Here's some randomness for you. This is a strange picture I took at my brother's house back home. It's a little sculpture on his tree that he had. I thought it was cool, but when you look at the picture it's a little strange.
Here's a story that I dug on digg. For those of you who know digg. Add me as a friend. I'm nocluefred. For those of you who don't. Check it out. It's cool.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Check out the this video that I made from the photos I took while I was there!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I added this to indenationPOP this week. Check it out.
Burger King and Fox got together to promote the Simpsons Movie and came up with a fun site. Check it out and you can see what you look like as a Simpsons character.
Here’s all my Simpsons pictures. I might make a pretty good cartoon character.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I got an iPhone! Here's how it went down.
June 29th came and went. Apple released their iPhone to much fanfare. I have to admit that I was salivating at the idea of this new gadget. I love new gadgets and this one seemed to be one that did everything that I've been wishing for. A Video iPod, a cell phone, pda style functions, email, web surfing, etc. I was traveling around a lot in the end of June and beginning of July and missed waiting in line on day 1. To be honest though, I didn't think that I would get one right away. I mean $600 for a phone is pretty steep. But I knew I wanted one.
I went to the Apple store and watched as others took a look at these fancy new gadgets. The lines were so long, I didn't think it would ever be possible for me to get one. Plus, that price was holding me back.
My friend Mike got one and I took a look at his. It was utterly amazing. I held it in my hand and instantly knew that I had to have one. I went to the nearest AT&T store and they were taking forever to get to me, so I left. I ran some more errands and decided if I wanted to get one of these amazing machines I had to buy it from Apple. I went home and checked the website. It was a 1 - 2 week wait. I couldn't wait I told myself. I purposely hadn't upgraded my Sprint phone that I should've upgraded in January, because I was waiting to just look at the iPhone. I went to my nearest Apple store and thought let's just ask them if they have them. They did. I was shocked. What should I do now? I thought about it for like 1/4 second before I plunked down my credit card to charge $600 for the 8GB iPhone.
I haven't been disappointed. It's the coolest phone I've ever had and in my opinion, it's more like a mini computer than a phone. I use it to surf the web from anywhere. It looks great. I prefer to search the web from Wi-Fi but I can search over AT&T's EDGE network. I use it to easily check weather from the widget in the phone. The iPod functionality is killer. I just love it! I think it's one of the greatest gadgets I've ever owned. I think it even surpasses my euphoria that I had when I got my first iPod. Now, I'll be pissed if I drop it and it breaks, but this is such a cool space age kind of gadget, that I'm blown away. I can't believe that I have one. I think everyone should go and get one. Surprising since it's the first generation of this product, but it's that cool.
I'm so proud of it and excited by this gadget that I'm inspired. How often does that happen? I'm sure that you'll be hearing more about my iPhone in the future, but here's a little slideshow of me opening and activating my iPhone.
Also, if you're lucky enough to have one of these amazing gadgets, here's some video tips on CNET to check out.
The Buffalo Sabres appear to have their full team signed up and ready to go for the season. We've also had a few heartbreaks into this off season time. Here's a recap of what they've been up to.
Coach Lindy Ruff & General Manager Darcy Regier both signed new mutli-year contracts. I think this is a really good move. I think this gives the club stability and they've been around for all the turmoil over the years. They've also been a big part of why the club has been very competitive the last few seasons.
Two players who have been a big part of the winning ways of the Sabres the last 2 years have now departed. It was a sad day in Buffalo when both Chris Drury and Daniel Briere were lost to free agency. This one upset me a bit, but deep down I knew that the Sabres are a team that can't afford to pay all the really high salaries and I thought that we'd lose at least one of these guys. Plus, I also think that the Sabres weren't smart enough to try to keep them. I think this was a decision high up in the organization, saying we're not paying for superstars. Why didn’t they try to sign them during the season when they were in the mood to keep playing with the team? Why wait until you don’t make it to the Stanley Cup Finals and then drag your feet to start negotiations? It came back to bite them, because I don't think anyone thought we'd lose both of these guys. Briere is moving on to Pittsburgh joining other ex-Sabres Martin Biron & Geoff Sanderson. He signed an 8 year $52 million dollar deal. WOW! Drury is moving on to the Rangers with a 5 year $35 million dollar deal. Rangers were on a buying spree lately and snapped up Scott Gomez from New Jersey too. Both the Rangers and Pittsburgh will be more competitive with these guys next year and I think Buffalo will be a little less competitive without them. It was sad time and I was in Buffalo around the time the deals were announced and no one was happy about it, but like any other hard blows in life, you have to move on.
Sabres organization got a little smarter and finally started to sign some longer term deals with a few of their guys. Just days after losing Drury and Briere, Thomas Vanek was offered a 7 year $50 million dollar deal by the Edmonton Oilers and the Sabres reacted fast by matching the offer and signing Vanek for 7 years. This was a good move overall, but he has been a tempermental player in the past and I just hope he lives up to his expectations. I think he is a solid player, especially last year, but in the past he's had his share of ups and downs. Let's hope he turns into the superstar player that he has the potential to be. Derek Roy also got a long term deal signing for 6 years worth $24 million. This was a decent deal. Roy, Vanek & Afinogenov had a stellar year as a powerhouse line and I'd like to see that continue. But Roy, is a far cry from Drury or Briere.
Sabres also signed up a bunch of folks for 1 year including Teppo Numminen, Daniel Paille, Adam Mair (signed for 3 years), Nathan Paetsch(3 years), Michael Ryan and enforcer Andrew Peters (2 years). Sabres also signed as a backup goalie, Joceyln Thibault. He last played in Pittsburgh. Funny how Marty Biron is there now huh? Anyway, he should be a better backup than Ty Conklin. He didn't play much and when he did wasn't overly impressive. He's a free agent this summer.
Some others leaving the Sabres uniforms include Taylor Pyatt (not such a big deal - he's kind of inconsistent), Dainius Zubrus is going to the New Jersey Devils (he came in late, I figured he was gone).
There could still be some trades, but it looks like for now that the Sabres are ready for the season.
Overall, here's my take. I am hoping for the best and I am excited to see the team play. I think there are a few guys that will step it up and play even better than they did last year. I'm hoping Brian Campbell and young Drew Stafford will play a bigger role in the team this season. Anything can happen, but losing Briere and Drury makes the team a lot less stronger. I wish those 2 guys the best of luck with their new teams, but I will miss them from this team very very much. They were more than just good players, they were players with heart and they should've stayed in Buffalo because they fit in so well. It wasn't in the cards I guess.
Finally, the best news, after the NHL released the 2007-2008 schedules, I discovered that the Sabres will be out to play in Los Angeles twice this year. I'll be going to both those games hopefully. 1 in Honda Center in Anaheim and 1 in Staples Center in LA.
Monday, July 30, 2007
This played before The Simpsons Movie, but unfortunately, the AMC Burbank 16 screwed up the projection and I missed this trailer. I could only hear it. Not that great a trailer anyway, but the movie is still a year away.
I must confess that I haven't been watching new episodes religiously like I used to, but I had to see this movie. The Simpsons tv show always delivers the laughs and makes fun of anyone and anything. I always enjoy myself when I watch an episode. And since the show is 18 years old, I have seen a lot of it over the years. I did have my reservations though to see if this would translate into a good movie or if it would feel like an overblown episode that I wished I'd stayed home and watched. I'm happy to report that this stands on its own as a fun movie.
I don't think the movie even needs for you to be a fan of the show. I think you will enjoy it more if you are. The plot is basically outrageous but involves Homer getting a pig and then getting the town encased in a dome from the government based on a pollution problem in Lake Springfield. I don't want to give it away, because there are a bunch of pretty funny scenes that lead up to it. The movie pokes fun at itself, at Hollywood, at the current state of government affairs, and many other things. I laughed quite a bit at this flick and it starts out right away. Homer and Bart deliver the biggest laughs understandably. But there are quite a few residents of Springfield in this flick that we've come to know over the years. Alas, not all make it into the flick. No Apu and some others are missing, but the show's been around a long time and they've built up a massive amount of characters, so it's hard to include them all. This movie has action, adventure, tons of laughs and the plot is definitely big enough to be made for the big screen. The 1 hour 27 minute running time don't seem to drag on at all. It moves along at a very quick pace.
What surprised me the most about this movie is just how touching and a touch of family drama it delivers. There are a few scenes that feature Marge discussing with Homer about their family life, their marriage and his constant screw-ups. I was shocked to see how nicely that fit in and made the film feel whole and not just another episode. Julie Kavner delivers some lines in such a heartfelt manner that you really believe that Marge is frustated and heartbroken all at the same time. It's more based in emotions and drama than in the normal slapstick comedy. I was thrilled to see these characters taken to a differnt place. Bart has a few scenes too where he questions Homer's ability as a father and that he doubts that Homer loves him. Homer even manages to show us that he truly loves his family and cares for them deeply even though he doesn't always show it.
Don't get me wrong, this is a funny movie. It's just that the little dramatic pauses give it an ounce of something else that make it translate into a bigger screen. They even manage to squeak in environmental issues in there for us all to chew on.
I highly recommend this movie and you will really enjoy it. If you are a fan of the series from any point in the last 18 years, you should go see it. You will not regret it. It makes you realize that these are timeless characters that were created and resonate with us for some reason. They are classics and this movie will definitely hold up to repeated viewing. Even if you're not a fan of the series, you would probably enjoy it. But I guess I have a hard understanding why you wouldn't be a fan at some point.
What are you waiting for?
for more info: visit the official website
come back soon, until then, i'll be at the movies....
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Shrek the Third: This movie doesn't live up to the first 2. It has many slow parts and the funny jokes just don't hold up. To me overall, it seemed like it was trying to fit into an established mode with an established formula. I didn't like that. What worked so well about the first 2 movies is that they didn't seem formulaic. Very disappointed that this movie wasn't funnier.
more info: official site
Pirates of the Carribean 3: At World's End:I liked this movie better than #2, but it still didn't live up to the fun of the first picture. I liked the overall plot this time, not overly complicated compared to Dead Man's Chest, but still not as clear as Curse of the Black Pearl. It's like they decided they needed to do too much. I don't get that. Anyway, there are some way cool special effects and it brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion while leaving room for more adventures with Captain Jack Sparrow and company.
more info: at world's end site
Ratatouille:Is Pixar capable of making a bad movie? This wasn't my favorite Pixar flick, but it's really good. Funny, cute, heartwarming. It's a good movie that you can see with people of all ages. I went with my teenage nieces, my 5 year old niece, my Mom and brother-in-law. We all had a good time and enjoyed this story of a rat who just doesn't like to eat garbage and yearns to be a chef. It shows that everyone is different and showcases the importance of family and friendship. This shouldn't be missed.
more info: disney's official site
Transformers:Micheal Bay & an old 80's toy franchise? I didn't think that this would be a good movie. I thought it would be an overhyped piece of garbage. But I knew that I wanted to see it, because it looked like a summer blockbuster movie. I was pleasantly surprised. With a few nods to the old cartoons and movie, this movie delivers big time. It's got tons of humor, tons and tons of action and giant robots fighting with the coolest special effects. This was a highly entertaining movie and I can't believe I enjoyed it so much. I also think that this is a star making performance for Shia LaBeouf. I've always liked him since I saw him on Disney Channel's Even Stevens series, but he really is a good all around actor. I think he's destined to have a Tom Hanks kind of career which includes more serious roles and these huge blockbuster roles. Maybe more like Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks combined. We'll see.
More info: official site
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I'm a Harry Potter fan and as usual the book is way better than the movie. This movie does deliver though and works at a good pace and manages to showcase the teenage angst that Harry feels at this stage in his life. It's a darker movie, so it's not good for little kids, but its tone matches what I expected after reading the book. The special effects are dazzling especially in the last 20 minutes. The performances are good and I think that the child actors that we've been watching grow up are getting pretty good. This wasn't my favorite Potter film, but it does manage to take a book that has enough material to make 3 entertaining movies, get to the heart of it and show us a conflicted, confused and angry teenager take control of his life. I plan to see this flick again to see the IMAX 3-D edition.
more info: warner brothers site & muggle net
And now I know that this movie came out in April, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday and I thought it deserved a blog entry since it may still be in some dollar theaters. It's one of my favorite movies of the year so far.
GRINDHOUSE: This Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature was high octane non-stop in your face action. I loved this flick. The movies are bloody, high action, fast paced and just plain disgusting. They are highly entertaining and really get your attention. My favorite was Rodriguez's Planet Terror. It just rocked. The overall presentation though made this flick. Complete with fake trailers, missing frames and cheesy 70's music, I was transported to a gory broken down movie house with sticky floors and questionable patrons without having to go to a sucky old broken down disgusting movie theater. I know it wasn't extremely successful, but it is highly worth seeing and I hope you check it out.
That's all for now. More movie reviews on the horizon. I'll be back at the movies again soon.
It finally happened. I got a good run out of the machine, but today my Canon ZR10 bit the dust. This is the camera that we shot chase: cut short with and that I used for all my personal video camera usage and editing etc. It was a tough day, but I figured it was time to move on. I hadn't been using it as much and I've been thinking of getting a new camera so I can try to do some HD work etc. I ordered a new Canon HV20, which is still mini DV, but it is capable of HD. I needed a mini DV camera, because I'm working on some new videos that I haven't transferred to my computer yet to edit. I should probably get a bigger hard drive for video too, but I'm going to wait on that for now.
Good bye ZR10. Rest in peace. Here's a few more photos. Sorry some are out of focus. I was a little distraught.
Forgive me for not posting in awhile, but I've been super busy at work, traveled to see my family a couple times, been a little lazy, my niece came to visit me and I suffered a slight case of the blahs. But I'm back and working on new video content. I know that I've said that a ton of times in the last year or maybe more for that matter, but I'm serious. I hope that you watch it and find it entertaining. It may not always be a high quality video that I churn out, but it will be something. My camera is due to arrive this week, so I hope to give it a spin and fire up Final Cut Express and see what happens.
until then, enjoy the blog. I'll be posting a bunch in the next few days.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Yes, that's right. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have won the Stanley Cup. Congratulations to both teams on a job well done. Ottawa just couldn't match up well against Anaheim. I'll try to write more later about my overall opinion on this hockey season. A fantastic season with some amazing hockey. I was fortunate enough to watch a bunch of games this year because they were on VERSUS. I would've rather had my Sabres win the cup, but.....
It's cool that Anaheim won, it's too bad, that I couldn't be there to see the Cup being raised.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The Sabres season is over. Another year of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals and another year of not making it to the big show, the Stanley Cup Finals. I would be lying if I didn't say it was depressing. A first place finish in the NHL, the Sabres won the President's trophy which meant that they had home ice throughout the playoffs no matter who they played. It also set them up as an elite team in the NHL. It's a huge accomplishment, but everyone always wants to go to the show. I am insanely proud of the team this year. Happy to support a team especially when they are playing well, but I really did believe that we had it in us to win the whole thing this year. It just wasn't meant to be.
Sabres played well on Saturday. Their power play still wasn't potent, but it was moving at least. It was too little too late I guess. They went into OT and ended up losing it in OT. I must say that NBC's decision to drop the game and send it to Versus sucked. Especially since I was watching the game on TiVo. I didn't have the opportunity to watch the OT since the game was over by that point. Preakness blah blah. I wanted to watch the Sabres. In fact, WGRZ- TV in Buffalo, New York was the only NBC affifilate who stayed with the game. There probably would've been a riot downtown if they had decided to show horse racing.
Anyway, my hat goes off to Ottawa. They played harder and more together than the Sabres did the entire series. The Sabres played the worst in game 3. By going down 3-0, I think that about sealed their fate. I think besides game 5, game 2 had to be the most heart breaking. Sabres at home, looking like they had come from behind lose it in OT. Devastating. I liked that the team didn't look like it was going to quit. I assumed we'd win game 5. It sure looked like it. And then the series would've been 3-2. Anything can happen at that rate.
I wish Ottawa good luck in the race for the cup. It's their first in their franchise's history. They will face a tough West Coast team. Anaheim is currently on top of Detroit, but only by 1 game. Anything can still happen.
I will be watching the Sabres in the off season. It's unclear how it will play out. They will have a tough time keeping the team together. Everyone wants to stay and hopefully they can work on deals for Drury and Briere and get them done before another team tries to lure them away with multi-million dollar dreams. The Sabres aren't a big time and can't afford to overspend, but keeping those 2 guys keeps the team strong and gives them another shot at the big dream of a Stanley Cup win in Buffalo. Here's hoping we can keep them. I'll be paying attention.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sabres stay alive with a win tonight by 3-2 in Ottawa. This was an extremely important win tonight. They skated better, they passed better and they kept their composure. That's what I like to see. They play again on Saturday. Good luck! Keep up the good work buffalo!
Detroit is up in their series and Pronger is now suspended from the next game for Anaheim. Wow! That's big. We'll see what happens. It would be cool to see Anaheim win. I wouldn't mind Detroit advancing either. There's the old Hasek in net for Detroit.
Anyway, it's late. More later.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Well, it's been a bit depressing for mre the last couple of days. I think the picture says it all. Sabres lost game 3 by a score of 1-0. UGH! They are now down 3 games to none. After the Cinderella season that the Sabres have had, it's hard to think of them not going to the finals. I believe they have a shot tonight and turn this around. I know it's a super long shot, but the Sabres have made those before. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and kind of afraid to look, but we'll see what happens tonight. LET'S GO BUFFALO!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This summer's first must see in my opinion. Spiderman 3 directed again by Sam Raimi delivers on the blockbuster level and gives us a few characters to look at and work with. That's what I like best about the Spiderman movies. They always deliver some charcterizations and show us real people who just happen to have extraordinary abilities and how they deal with them. With that being said, this movie isn't without its faults.
The special effects are quite impressive. The Spiderman moves look cartoonish, but they have from the first movie. But it's a comic book movie. That doesn't really bother me. WIth this being the third movie, these Spiderman swinging effects get better and better but not realistic. It's part of the look of the movie at this point. But this character isn't doing realistic things, so what's the difference? I don't have any issues with that. The Sandman effects are quite impressive. The big fight at the end is out of this world, the fight with Peter Parker and Harry Osborn is quite exciting. The character of venom and the goo that is embodying this alien symbiot is way cool. All in all, the state of the art special effects are out of this world and worth the price of admission alone.
The charcters all have a backstory. In this movie, it almost looks like we're supposed to be rooting for the bad guys. They all have a hard luck angle, but it's almost a little too much sympathy. I'm glad to see it though instead of a bad guy just showing up and cackling. The Doc Ock villain from Spiderman 2 is still my most favorite though. It also seems that Raimi goes out of his way to show us the ugly side of fame and the ugly side of Peter Parker. Yes, some of it is the alien symbiot that he likes the feel of the extra power (power of the dark side pretty much), but its also the price of fame. Peter Parker starts buying into the fame of Spiderman and at times appears not just in it for the trueness of helping others in need. But remember, this is a college kid who had this power thrust upon him and he's bound to make mistakes which I really like. I wish they would've gone a little further exploring the dark side though. I'm sure that would've turned a few people off maybe if they went too far, but for me they didn't go far enough. I like that Mary Jane gets jealous of Peter and Spiderman as her career is sliding as an actress. Fame is fleeting I guess, right? It's also addictive. I guess that's the point of it all. You can let it consume you like Eddie Brock did and become Venom or you can confront it and overpower it like Spiderman does. One of the other things that you notice about the movie is its play to comedy. Noticeable in all the movies, this time it seems a little forced or inappropriate at times. I guess there is a formula for this success now too. I as a moviegoer also have relatively high expectations going into this movie which plays into this review as a whole.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and it lived up to expectations mostly. I would highly recommend seeing the movie at least once. A good popcorn flick and that's about it. But its worth seeing it at a good movie theatre with a good size screen and good sound. We're off to a good summer so far. If they all are only this good, then I'll be a very happy moviegoer.
For more info: official site
come back soon for more reviews, until then, I'll be at the movies....
Now, we have to go back to Ottawa having lost 2 games on home ice where we've been unbeatable. It's really disappointing. But it ain't over until the fat lady sings right? She might be warming up, but she ain't singing just yet.
Sabres looked powerful in the first period. Unstoppable really. But their power play has suffered for much of the season and hasn't been any better in the playoffs. Ottawa's power play has been truly amazing. Scoring tons of times and moving the puck well. Sabres moved the puck better on their power play, but still not enough.
I still think the Sabres are capable of playing better hockey. I don't think that they've been able to pull it together for a full 60 minutes yet in the playoffs. That didn't seem to matter until now. They haven't been down yet in the playoffs. All of the sudden they're underdogs again.
Let's hope the underdogs can pull it off. I'm rooting for you Buffalo! I believe! LET'S GO BUFFALO!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Ryan Miller played very strong in goal despite the loss. Afinogenov looked good too. Of course, Drury and Briere were good, but everyone was all over them. Lydman showed why he's good to have around.
I believe in Buffalo and I'm looking forward to game 2 in the HSBC Arena. I'm chalking this one up to nerves for some of our guys. Bring it on Ottawa, bring it on...
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I haven’t posted any hockey news and that’s mostly because I’ve been watching a lot of hockey games. The Buffalo Sabres have once again returned to the Eastern Confernce Finals. I have a good feeling still this year. I am very much looking forward to seeing my Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Let’s recap a little. The first series in round 1 against the Islanders was fantastic hockey. Islanders played better than expected. Sabres didn’t play as well as I expected. They still managed to pull off some amazing third periods and just managed to pull the games out of their ass. They won the series in five games. Goaltending on both ends of the ice was amazing. Ryan Miller for the Sabres had the edge though definitely. Chris Drury gave us some timely goals as well. But the great part about watching the Sabres this season is that it’s a true team effort and this was evident in the games against the Islanders as we were getting goals by a bunch of different team members.
The second round the Sabres played the New York Rangers. The Rangers had been red hot going into the playoffs and they disposed of the Atlanta Thrashers quickly. I wasn’t sure how the Sabres were going to react. They came out fighting but the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist. He was out of this world. Miller didn’t disappoint at the other end of the ice either. This was flat out amazing hockey. Highly entertaining and just exciting to watch. I was impressed by the play of both teams. Sabres seemed to handle the Rangers well in the first two games. First game they scored 5 goals and beat them 5-2, but the next game was tighter checking and the Sabres squeaked by with just a 2-1 win. The Rangers took the next 2 games, but fought hard to win. The game went into double OT and was thrilling. Game 4 was more all Rangers and the Sabres just didn’t seem like they could get it together against the Rangers. Maxim Afinogenov was even benched and didn’t play game 4 because of his poor performance. The Rangers were surging and I was worried. But fear not, the Sabres came back home and didn’t want to disappoint their fans. Despite a scoreless first 3 periods, the Rangers finally score one within the last 3 minutes. Drury ties the game with a goal on Lundqvist within the last 17 seconds of the game. This pushes another overtime game and Afinogenov pulls it out and scores the winning goal in OT. That showed heart and determination and I just wanted to finish this series for the sake of my heart. All the OT’s were killing me. Game 6 was all Sabres, but the Rangers wouldn’t die. They kept fighting. Both teams continued to score big in this game and the Sabres won by a score of 5-4. All in all, a really great series and if you’re a hockey fan, this one had it all.
Now, we bring on the Ottawa Senators. This is the team that had the big brawl earlier in the season with the Sabres. These are bitter rivals and both teams have something to prove. The Senators want to prove that they can play well in the playoffs. The Sabres want to prove that they won’t crack. We are healthier than last year, more confident as a team and playing fantastic hockey. In my opinion, the Sabres got this series too, but we’ve got to win 4 first before we go to the finals.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Sabres are a team of destiny this year. It all started last year with their surprising run for the cup. This year, there have been no surprises. We won the President’s trophy for having the most points in the entire NHL this season. That team normally doesn’t win the cup, but the Sabres have proven that their not a normal team. They are on a mission to bring the first professional sports championship to the city of Buffalo. The fans want it, need it maybe even. The energy that I’m feeling when watching the games tell me they can do it.
LET’S GO BUFFALO!!! I’ll be watching the games.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Click here to read all about it from Apple.
Sabres won game 1 in their first meeting with Islanders tonight. This is so exciting. They won 4-1. Chris Drury scored twice and so did Brian Campbell. Like I said, 1 down, 3 to go. Click here to read all about it.
Watch the video played during the opening of game 1. It's an inspirational video on the season that the Sabres have had. Set to "Better Days" by Goo Goo Dolls. LET'S GO SABRES!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Since I love the apple products, I started to play more with iWeb in the last few months and I think I'm getting a lot better. Since it's template driven, I wanted to use the templates, but make them more my own. I think I have finally started to figure out some good ways to do that.
I'm pretty excited about the new look. I'm anxious to get it out there. It is still a few weeks away before going live, but here's a preview of the new look. I am also working on some brand new content. Look for the new content to launch the same day as the new site. It should be the start of a bunch of new content from no clue productions over the next few months. I look forward to getting it all out there soon.
Keep coming back for more updates. Later.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Finally, iTunes announced today the launch of "Complete My Album". It allows you to buy an album at a reduced price when you purchase a single off that album. This should help spur more full album sales on iTunes. I definitely think I would take advantage of it. I have purchased single songs in the past and then went back to buy the full album because I ended up really liking the song. There is a time limit, but this is better than nothing. Thanks Apple and iTunes! Finally!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
ESPN the magazine just named the Buffalo Sabres the #1 pro team in sports in what kind of a product is given back to their fans. I whole heartedly agree and what a great comment for the city of Buffalo. Considering just a few years ago the team was in bankruptcy and was almost lost, this is a huge honor.
Check out the article.
Also read this one if you have time. Ales Kotalik should be back in action for tomorrow's game.
Good news indeed all around.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I guess we'll have to see, but I have high hopes for this team after such an incredible season so far. I don't want them to run out of gas at the end of the season. Here's hoping they don't. LET'S GO BUFFALO!
Read the story in the Buffalo News about goalie Ryan Miller trying to spark some fire in his team.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Jon also gave the main site a refreshed look like he likes to do. Check it out.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
I went to see the movie, 300, directed by Zack Snyder, today. I have to say that I enjoyed the movie immensely. It is ultra violent, highly stylized and a great action flick. It's not for history buffs. At least, I doubt that this is a true representation of acient Greece.
The movie is an all out action flick about King Leonides and the city of Sparta being overrun by the army of persians led by the God King Xerxes. The source material for this movie though is not a history book, but the graphic novel "300" by Frank Miller. I felt like the movie was an all out rush of adrenaline for me. So many intense action scenes featuring beheadings, mass death and sword fighting. I just felt a rush from scene to scene. It did seem to drag a bit toward the end and maybe could've been cut a bit more in the editng room, but I have a feeling they were leaving room for some soundtrack montages. But, all in all, I really enjoyed the film.
Again, no marvelous acting. This movie is about style. And it has a lot of it. It's got a very unique look to it. I've read it was shot with a lot of green screen elements and the backgrounds were added later. But it's more than that. Shot on film gives it a grain which usually doesn't happen with the modern green screen films of today. Many of those are shooting digitally, which gives them an intensely polished look. This movie isn't like this at all. He's playing with colors in the film to make the red capes of the Spartan men just pop off the screen. The other colors are very subdued. It makes for a very breathtaking look. He's also got the bodies of the men in the movie as part of the style. Miller's graphic novel had these intensely buff men of Sparta fighting the Persians and Snyder's film has that too. Which must of required tons of intense physical workouts all the time by the entire cast. But it does lend to the style of the film. It gives it this graphic novel come to life look.
The movie also has fantstic sound. I mean really big sound. It's amazing. See this movie in a good theater to take advantage of all the amazing rumblings, fighting noises, screams of the armies, thundering armies, etc.
Overall, I'd say I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it if you like highly stylized, violent films. It's not for everyone. But I liked it a lot. It was a good movie to release tension and just have a good time. I've seen a lot of films that require concentration lately with subtle story points, etc. This movie was the complete opposite. It has a very clear simple story and purpose. I just sat back and watched all the fighting, cool look and cool filmmaking on display.
You can find out more at the official website.
Come back again, and I promise to have more movie reviews coming. Until then, i'll be at the movies....
This week Amazon Unbox on TiVo made its debut. I of course owning a TiVo had to give it a try almost immediately. That and the fact that Amazon is offering a $15 credit to just try it out. I have purchased TV episodes as of now. They have movies too, but they are standard definition and not in widescreen. Not interested in movies like that. TV is fine though. $1.99 per episode, just like iTunes, but I can download it directly to my TiVo. Amazon Unbox also allows you to store your video files on their servers and download to my TiVo whenever I want. That way I don't have to store items on the TiVo if I don't want to. I like that. The episodes I downloaded, Bones and Veronica Mars, were of very good quality, commercial free and branding free (no logos, watermarks, bugs, etc.) which I like a lot too. Overall, I'm very happy with the service. The website and order process could be a little less complicated. The order process is fine, if you can locate the Unbox page. Luckily, I bookmarked it. It's hard to tell, what's available for TiVo and what's available for your computer. Although, the process must be evolving on a daily process because I sent an angry email when my Veronica Mars episode wouldn't download to TiVo. Amazon quickly rectified the situation by sending me an email and the download was ready the next day. I will say that my TiVo is part of my home network, which I think has a pretty good connection. It does take a bit of time (20-25 minutes once the download starts) to download the TV shows. As long as you're not in a hurry though it's fine. Plus, it seemed that the downloads aren't always instantaneously available for download. All in all, it's not a bad service. iTunes is still by far a better user experience, but my iTunes TV shows and movies that I bought live on my Mac and not on my TV. That is why Apple TV is interesting to me. But all in good time. For now, I have yet another alternative to getting my TV when I want it where I want it. And that is good in my book.
I also want to applaud TiVo for staying in the game. I love my TiVo, but they definitley suffer from an inability to stay current and accept trends. Since they haven't been purchased by a behemoth, they are trying to stay afloat. I say to anyone, buy a TiVo. They are great. But they definitely have drawbacks. Like mine, is standard definition only and single tuner only. I had to buy a service and a box. Most people get that in their cable box and they don't have extra equipment laying around and extra service fees. So I say keep up to date and forming alliances TiVo. It's in your best interest. We don't want you going anywhere.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Well, I'm still watching some of the nominees (Babel, etc), but that won't stop me from trying to pick the winners. Again, this is a list of who I think WILL WIN. It's one of the tightest races in years that I can remember, so watch the awards tomorrow night. I will be watching.
Here's my picks:
Best Picture: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Best Director: MARTIN SCORSESE (The Departed)
Best Actor: FOREST WHITAKER (The Last King of Scotland)
Best Actress: HELEN MIRREN (The Queen)
Best Supporting Actor: EDDIE MURPHY (Dreamgirls)
Best Supporting Actress: JENNIFER HUDSON (Dreamgirls)
Best Animated Feature: CARS
Best Art Direction: DREAMGIRLS
Best Cinematography: PAN'S LABYRINTH
Best Costume Design: THE QUEEN
Best Documentary Feature: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
Best Documentary Short: REHEARSING A DREAM
Best Film Editing: UNITED 93
Best Foreign Film: PAN'S LABYRINTH
Best Makeup: PAN'S LABYRINTH
Best Original Score: BABEL
Best Original Song: LISTEN (Dreamgirls)
Best Short Film - Animated: THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
Best Short Film - Live Action: THE SAVIOUR
Best Sound Editing: LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
Best Sound Mixing: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Best Visual Effects: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Best Adapted Screenplay: LITTLE CHILDREN
Best Original Screenplay: BABEL
There's my ballot. Print your own at oscar.com
I'm off to watch more movies.
I just finished watching the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards and Little Miss Sunshine was a big winner. The awards ceremony hosted by Sarah Silverman was carried Live on IFC. There will also be an edited version of the show on AMC later tonight.
You can see who the nominees were and who the winners were and much more at the spirit awards website. I'm going to use my blog to give some mini-reviews of the movies that I enjoyed watching the most during the voting process for this year's ISA. But first, here's who I voted for.
BEST FEATURE - Half Nelson
BEST FIRST FEATURE - Day Night Day Night
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Chalk
BEST DIRECTOR - Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson)
BEST SCREENPLAY - Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY - Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson)
BEST FEMALE LEAD - Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration)
BEST MALE LEAD - Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson)
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE - Amber Tamblyn (Stephanie Daley)
BEST SUPPORTING MALE - Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth)
BEST DOCUMENTARY - You're Gonna Miss Me
BEST FOREIGN FILM - Days Of Glory
I must admit that I didn't get to watch all the movies that were nominated, but I did my best to watch as many as possible.
One film that was nominated I gave a full review to earlier in the year. Click here for the review for "Thank You for Smoking". It's got a great script and was very funny. Aaron Eckhardt is fantastic.
And now, the mini - reviews:
Little Miss Sunshine: Great movie about a crazy dysfunctional family going on a road trip to a beauty pageant for young beauty queen Olive. Reminded me of a little kid pageant that my parents took us to once. We were so not right for the thing, but it was a fun time. Not sure why we went, it was called Cutest Kids or something. This movie made me laugh so hard. It has an outstanding cast and a fantastic ensemble performance. It is a movie with sad characters each trying hard to cope with their life's dreams, failures, etc. But it's also a movie about family. And how a family pulls together and no one loves you like your family. Did I mention it was hilarious.
Half Nelson: An amazingly well done movie about a teacher who is struggling with watching one of his students possibly fall into a world of dealing drugs, a world he lives in as an addict. Ryan Gosling leads the film with a career defining performance. He's amazing. He is great in a lot of movies, but in this film he really gets to shine showing many different sides to this greatly flawed character. It's a great movie and deserves to be watched. Even though at times it's terribly difficult to do so.
Chalk: This is a very funny movie about teachers. It's shot in documentary style and looks very improvised, by a great number of very funny very talented writers/actors. It gives you the low-down on teacher politics, bickering in the teachers lounge and even one teacher's crusade to be named Teacher of the Year. This is a fantastic movie. It was also a welcome respite from some of the heavy handed films that I was watching for this year's voting process. It's not been released theatrically or on DVD that I know of, but join their mailing list and get the details on when it comes out.
For Your Consideration: What else do I need to say? A Christopher Guest Film about a film that gets early Oscar nomination buzz. Fantasticly Funny. It's out on DVD now.
Stephanie Daley: This wasn't a great movie. Overall. This was an interesting movie about teen pregnancy and its effects on this one individual girl. You see Stephanie Daley is the name of the character in the movie that is charged with killing her newborn child while on a high school ski trip. This is a heavy movie, but the performance of Amber Tamblyn is not to be missed. She's incredibly convincing in this role. It blew me away. She was just so good as this scared girl, not wanting to really admit to herself what was happening even as her body is going through these incredible changes. This movie is going to get some sort of theatrical release in the next few months and will come out on DVD after that. Seek it out just to see this incredible performance and make the judgement on the movie yourself.
You're Gonna Miss Me: The documentary category is usually filled with political films and statement pieces for the Sprirt Awards. But, this film took me by surprise. It's a documenatry about a fallen rock star into a state of mental breakdown due to drugs and quite possible family history. It makes no judgements, but tells a fantastic story about Roky Ericson. He's a member of a 1960's rock band 13th Floor Elevators. The movie is really interesting to watch and the music is utterly fantastic. A stand-out rock documentary.
Pan's Labyrinth: This movie was described to me as an adult fairytale. It's really a movie about war, family, struggle with good and evil and one girl's escape to a fantasty world. This movie is so well shot and has amazing images. It's really worth going to see. It has subtitles yes, but ignore those and just let the images tell you the story. It's a great experience.
I normally don't want to talk about movies that I hated, but I feel a need to tell you about a movie which I feel destroyed itself. It's called "Sorry, Haters". The movie stars Robyn Wright Penn as a woman who is hurt after 9/11 and is an emotional mess. The movie becomes a portrait of her as a tortured soul, but the movie ends amounting her to nothing more than a common psychopath. I feel this movie just killed itself and makes itself about nothing. I think the movie wastes an amazing performance by Robyn Wright Penn who is a fantastic actress. Watch it if you want, it's out on DVD, but I hated this movie with a passion that I can't fully explain.
On that note, that sums up my 2007 Independent Spirit Awards posting. I hope to have more movie reviews for you coming up soon. I'm definitely watching flicks, just don't always have times to write about them.
I'll post my oscar picks next.