Long time, no blog

The first new blogolumn in months and months, due to a combination of being busyness and laziness. This will cover a hodgepodge of topics that are connected in no way other than being thoughts that are bouncing around in my head.

Firstly, my list of the Top 10 movies of 2007:

1. There Will Be Blood
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Zodiac
4. Lars and the Real Girl
5. Juno
6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
7. Eastern Promises
8. Michael Clayton
9. The Lookout
10. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

If you haven’t seen some of those, go see them now, and we can argue endlessly about the merits of them.

Also, I want to throw in a mini-review/plug for The Strangers. In one word, ‘intense’. I felt it was one of the best horror movies of the past decade. It is non-stop suspense from beginning to end. I have heard some say it is influenced by the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I feel it is influenced much more by the original Halloween. Visually it looks a lot like Halloween, from the muted colors to the use of steadicam to duplicating the ‘Michael Myers appears out of the darkness shot’ to the use of many of Carpenter’s cinematography techniques.

I plan on starting to learn Spanish (or re-learn, if you count the class I had in 9th grade which I have forgotten all but about 20 words from, one of those words being biblioteca or library for the gringos reading this). In fact, I will now use an online translator to translate ‘I plan on learning Spanish’: Planeo aprender el español. Now I will translate ‘Mike Myers new movie look awful’: Mike Myers nueva película parece horrible.

With TV on a summer vacation of its own, meaning there are very few quality shows to watch or Tivo (other than Gangland on History channel, Deadliest Catch on Discovery, and AWA reruns from 1988 on ESPNClassic). I have found myself watching Family Feud on GSN once in a while. Which brings me to my next list. Ranking the hosts of Family Feud:

1.  Richard Dawson – not only is he the original host, but it is my understanding that he was borderline drunk every episode. Also, he kissed EVERY lady on the show, no matter how homely she was, or if her father, brother, or husband was standing right there.

2. Ray Combs – legitimately funny at times. Don’t really want to make fun of him as he ended up killing himself a few years after he was done hosting.

3. John O’Hurley – you probably know him as Peterman of Seinfeld-fame. Since everytime I hear his voice I think, “Hey, that’s Peterman”, I have no problems with him as a host.

4. Richard Karn – aka Al Borland from Home Improvement. Blah.

5. Louis Anderson – why did we ever find this guy funny?

Some crazy host lady on Headline News just blamed Juno and Knocked Up for teen pregnancy. Just thought everyone needed to know that.

In conclusion, comments encouraged.

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