Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tiny Movie Reviews

Here are super-tiny, bite-sized morsels of my opinions on some of the movies I've watched in the past 6 months or so:

Roll Bounce, 2005: I loved it all -- the music, the kids, DMC's cameo ... well, except the love interest (Naomi) was lame.

Grizzly Man, 2005: Woah! Truth is stranger than fiction, indeed.

The Ice Storm, 1997: Good, but a tad depressing for my taste. I do like the critique of supposed 70s "liberation."

The 40 Year-Old Virgin, 2005: Pretty good, but as with most comedies I grew a little tired of it.

The War of the Worlds, 1953: Excellent! Much better than the Spielberg version.

Northfork, 2003: More like "borefork"! Great visuals. Weird, sometimes silly, dialogue. Didn't make much sense.

The Sea, 2002: Oh no, another weird Icelandic movie! It had it moments.

Me and You and Everyone We Know, 2005: Very good; I liked it! You might not, though, so don't get mad at me.

Saved!, 2004: Not as good as it could have been, but I'll settle for it anyway.

Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1959: Classic. Wonderful and entertaining.


Sunday, May 21, 2006

Thank you to everyone who came out for the first annual J to Steakers! We had over a dozen participants, we ate a lot of tacos (and burritos, and chips, etc), and we had a great time. I finished dead last, but they tell me that the race was a 4-way tie, and the winning time was 7 minutes. Congratulations to all! More information and pictures of the event can be found at: www.j2steakers.com.

There's still time to participate in the first annual J to Steakers. Find out more!

The First Annual J to Steakers Race starts in 1 hour and 17 minutes!

Rain or Shine, It's Steakers Time!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The moment you've all been waiting for (and you didn't even know it) is finally here!
Announcing Stick of Butter on a Stick(tm).

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

J to Steakers Race This Sunday at Noon

Don't forget - J to Steakers is this Sunday, May 21, at noon. Details below. Be there or be a rectangle!

The race will begin at the Minnick Web Services world headquarters on J Street (between 25th and 26th) and will end at the La Fiesta Taqueria on Alhambra Blvd (approximately half a mile away) where participants will eat carne asada tacos (aka "steakers").

Sponsors for the event include Minnick Web Services, Rogers Screen Printing,
Cuffs Urban Apparel, Bearded Lady Buttons, and PeptoGirl Industries.

Anyone who wishes to participate should show up at 26th and J at noon on
Sunday. Participants must purchase their own tacos and beverages. A limited
number of J to Steakers t-shirts will be available for $12 each.

More info: www.j2steakers.com

Friday, May 12, 2006

"Dick"-ing Around

There's a new movie coming out that is a total early 90's flashback. It stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson, and it's directed by Richard ("Dick") Linklater. Jeez, couldn't Dick have gotten one not-washed-up actor involved? Perhaps he is all filled with 90's nostalgia.

It also uses that annoying animation that looks like someone clicked "pen and ink" in Photoshop or something. At least it's not the animation where there's moving stuff all over the people's faces and their eyes get big sometimes and all that. That's so played out.

Oh, and it's called A Scanner Darkly, just FYI. Watch the trailer and all that here.

I wonder if this movie will be any good. It's adapted from a Philip K. Dick story, which isn't a rock-solid pedigree for a movie to stand on. Sometimes it works out (Blade Runner, Total Recall), and sometimes not so much (Paycheck, Minority Report).*

* I know some people will want to swap Minority Report with Total Recall in my breakdown of good-vs.-bad, but to them all I can say is, "Get your ass to Mars!"

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Should I be offended?

I was just attempting to retrieve my password for a site, and this image came up as the "enter these letters to prove you're not a robot" image ... uh ...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sidewalk Astronomy Day: May 6

Everyone should know about Sidewalk Astronomy Day! It's May 6 -- this Saturday. The Sacramento Valey Astronomical Society has a number of events going on in the Sacramento area (click for more info), and I'm told there are events planned nationwide (try here).

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