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2011 1-2 A WHOLE NEW YEAR !!!

I’m trying to remember how my whole blog works – I’m amazed at how I can forget things when I’m just not doing them frequently. I’m in here trying to clean up the site a bit – had over 800 spam comments…thanks to all you spammers that suck. (that’s all of you by the way) on the off chance that anyone needs and drugs from another country, mail-order wife, nike shoes or viagra at REDICULOUS prices, let me know. Right now I’m working on the assumption that we are all good in those regards. I’m not prepared too much for this but just wanted to jump back into the blogosphere with both feet so I could just get started and refine/remember as I go. I’ll enter a number of comments today and build a new page or two and see if I can grab a few photos as well. And YES – I’m back to running, just barely, but hit the road a little bit this week and will do so again today. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

and HELL's COMING WITH ME!!!!

it turns out that T has NOT seen the best western(not the hotel) movie of ALL TIME…

Don’t attempt to argue with me, it would be pointless…it would waste your time and annoy me

Kurt Russel is great, Val Kilmer is AWESOME…the cast is fantastic…!

there’s NOTHING to not like about this movie…

When T told me he hadn’t seen this movie, I physically assaulted him…yep..punched him right in the arm….

I promptly informed him that we could no longer be friends until he watched the movie with me…I texted my beautiful wife and told her of my friends cinematic delinquency, she promptly called him on the phone to chew him out and J-Dog was there with us and we all agreed to see it at my house – we got a COOL theater room…on SUNDAY night…which turned into MONDAY night…it was good…really good

apparently my hypocrisy knows no bounds….

next time PUNISHER: WAR ZONE…

don’t even ask about Dolph Lundgren…that was a bad movie, poor adaptation of the comic (YES – I collect) and Dolph(Big Surprise) acted poorly in it…

the Thomas Janes version was better than that, but I have found MOST of my trips to the dentist to be better than that piece of filmatic failure…

Punisher: War Zone Poster - Click to View Extra Large ImagePUNISHER: WAR ZONE (DVD only version) was VERY good…very true to the comic….dark justice…Frank Castle just doesn’t mess around.

he punishes bad guys and I’m not talking about time out…I’m talking game over.

Up In The Air

MV-UpInTheAir KATIE:   Thumbs Up.  I would recommend this movie.  This movie is a true character study focusing on the deliberate isolation sought after by the lead character Ryan Bingham.  Throughout the movie, he is re-introduced to the idea of personal commitment on a level he has never understood.  His perky co-worker is appropriately played by Anna Kendrick (Twilight, New Moon).  She begins her career as an inexperienced protégé but comes to realize just how naïve she is in a reality of a grim profession which deals with the termination of careers.  I really enjoyed the “realness” of the characters who were losing their positions, whether they were actors or real people, they exhibited a very raw view of the pain and fear which follows job loss.  Vera Farmiga played the role of Alex Goran, a female counterpart to Clooney’s Bingham.  She plays to a tee and hits her role right on the head without being too obvious.  I liked their chemistry together, and appreciated her playing a more mature (older) woman sacrificing personal commitment as well to maintain her professional success.  This movie is fairly slow, but keeps a steady pace in which the viewer is drawn in to see how the characters might change.  I am not a huge George Clooney fan (gasp!!) but very much enjoyed him in this film.  He is truly getting better with age and plays middle-age bachelors with a hint of cynicism very well.

CHRIS: Thumbs Up – definitely worth seeing. Clooney filled this role well. Clooney plays Ryan Bingham whose job is in “outsourced” company downsizing. More simply, companies that need to lay off/fire an employee or many employees hire his company to handle the termination meeting, severance packages and placement services.  This requires he fly over 300 days a year and he has been living his life for many years out of a carry-on bag and prides himself on minimizing personal baggage, both literally and figuratively. Bingham is obsessed with accumulating frequent flier miles, travel points and concierge level service levels at all possible travel and hospitality venues which is pretty humorous.I think the extreme stance he takes in the spectrum of minimizing baggage helps us identify the relationships in our own lives a little easier. His employer hires a sharp young graduate(Anna Kendrick) who is bringing change to the industry via web-termination sessions but first this young lady must accompany Bingham to gain field experience. She begins to experience the very personal and emotional depth of the termination process and the impact is visible as the movie progresses. Bingham is fairly callous in his approach towards his job  but it is more pragmatic than unkind.  Subplots unfold as the storyline progresses and all the characters evolve in front of us.  While Bingham was such an extreme personality, it was difficult to personally relate, I did walk away a little thoughtful and feeling like the ticket was worth the movie.  My critic partner made the evening all the more well spent. :)