Tuesday, February 22, 2005


We're on a Tornado Watch in Los Angeles. I've never heard of such a thing out here. Beautiful weather always, that's what they said! We had hail the other night! It's been raining like mad lately. Horrible this is.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Barton Ahhhh

'Barton Fink' is another good Coen Brothers flick. It's the weirdest of their films, and falls in their dark comedy category. It follows the story of Barton Fink, played by John Tuturro, who is a playwrite who has a hit show in NY in 1941, which attracts the attention of Hollywood moguls. 'Capitol Pictures' offers Barton a lot of money to come write movies for them, and with persuasion from his agent, Barton agrees. So, off he goes to Hollywood, which is where the film gets weird. And if you read up to where I write 'All things considered...' you'll get some spoilers, so if you plan to watch the movie and you want to see it with a clean slate, read carefully. Once you get to the part in the movie where John Goodman's character(Charlie/Madman Munt) comes walzting down the hallway with a shotgun and blows away two cops, all the while the walls of the hallway catch fire as he walks, you realize that maybe that thought in the back of your head about this movie being a bit nutty becomes confirmed. By the end you get the sense that this Hollywood that Barton has entered in to is as close to Hell as you're gonna get here on earth. Once Goodman displays his otherworldly power, his disdain for most humans, and add in the fact that he posed as an insurance salesman you may think:
"Could it be...Satan?"
The answer is yes, maybe. He doesn't have to be Satan, he may be some sort of other horrid hellspawn demon.
All things considered, it's a good film with a weird ending that doesn't take away from the experience. After I watched it I looked up some things about it on-line and apparantly the Coen Brothers rushed through this script in 3 weeks as they were more involved in the 'Miller's Crossing' script at the time. After reading that and thinking about some of the dialogue in the film, I could see how that might have affected this script as the writing wasn't as connected as most other Coen projects. But as I said, this movie is a good one, check it out. It's dissapointing how after Lebowski the Coen's work has taken a turn for the worse. 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" was ok, and I haven't had the urge to watch it since I first saw it. Ditto for 'The Man Who Wasn't There." "Intolerable Cruelty" and "Ladykillers" were both 'misses' in the world of Coen. It seems their best work is behind them, but they've put out such great films that anything they do now that may be a bit 'eh', doesn't hurt their standing in my book.

Barton Wha?

Has anyone seen 'Barton Fink'? I saw it last night for the first time and it leaves me a bit confused. I assume Barton is insane? I'm gonna stew on it.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

I'm hungry and pissed

I come home from a hard night of work and was looking forward to some pizza. Low and behold, these chump LA pizza joints all close up shop at 1AM! What happened to the days of at least 2AM, sometimes 3am!! Are they serious? This is 'one of the greatest cities in the world' and you can't get pizza delivered to your home after 1AM on a Friday?! They also start kicking you out of bars at 1:15AM since liquor sales stop at 2AM. Disgusting.

Besides that, I'm ok. It looks like 'Scrubs' has an anonymous fan. This is another critically acclaimed show that I have never watched. A possible hurdle for me to start watching the show is that Zacharia Braph(ff?) is on that show and, as stated before, 'Garden State' and he, rubbed me the wrong way. Roger Ebert thinks Braffy is a quality film-maker, but Ebert also said this about 'Gigli':

"Affleck and Lopez create lovely characters, even if they're not the ones they're allegedly playing, and the supporting performances and a lot of the dialogue is wonderful"

I found this quote in one of Ebert's movie guides and it spoke volumes to the notion that movie reviewers might get paid to talk well of a film regardless of reality.

Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training and this is wonderful news to me. Pedromania is sweeping through Port St. Lucie which will surely excite any and all Mets fans. The guy is throwing full throttle from a mound, this is a good sign. They just need to give him the first two months of the season off and he'll be good to go.

I kid, Pedro Martinez never ate my dog, and for some reason I smile when I think about that first beanball thrown at A-Rod...oh yes...

With Wrestlemania fast approaching, I find myself watching some of my favorite matches of WM's past. Rock/Austin from WM17 is a great match, and that entire WM is pretty entertaining when compared to most of the second decade of WM's. From 11-20, I'd say the ones that stick out are 14, 17, 18, and 20. All of them involve Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Sean Michaels in high profile matches...Triple H as well, but I bet in 20 years time no-one will be talking about HHH/Jericho like they talk about Michaels/Austin or Rock/Hogan.

I am currently skipping back and forth between two CD's as I drive around, they are:
William Shatner - Has Been
Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop

Farewell folks.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


I want to start by thanking those who congratulated me on my first viewing of 'Teen Wolf.' Should I see 'Teen Wolf 2'? Jason Bateman is back, baby. I still ain't seen 'Arrested Development' and I hear it's close to being cancelled despite it's Emmy victory last year. Will I have missed a diamond in the rough? I hate myself.

I keep hearing this 80's show called 'Sledgehammer' was also a great show that was cancelled too early, any comments on that show?

So the last two weeks of 'Lost' have been solid outings. A while back I reccomended the show to you all and the following episode was a clunker in my book(insert Jesse/Gorilla joke here) But if you happened to take a gander at the last two weeks of brand-spanking new hours of 'Lost' you would have seen what I'm excited about. There continues to be odd things happening and more questions rising. I find it heavy on the Sci-Fi end of the spectrum but it's subtle and the mystery gains momentum with each episode. Somehow all of these people will be connected from their, ahem, previous lives. The Jack's father/Sawyer relation was unexpected. Is Sawyer that much of an asshole at the end? Can Walt summon animals with his mind, damnit?
So many more questions it gives me gas.

I gotta go. More to come.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

What are you looking at, dicknose?

I saw 'Teen Wolf' last night for the first time. I enjoyed it a lot. I'll update again soon.