Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hey all-

Friday night here. Sorry I haven't posted in a while, it has been another crazy week. Seems like everything gets super busy around the holidays and there's more stuff to do than you have time.
I did get to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last Monday. I thought it was pretty good. They did a good job for the most part of adapting the book, although there were a few minor details that should've made the film, but nothing to bad. I still want to see The Ice Harvest next week. Supposed to be good--
Then, there's some sad news. Pat Morita has passed away. I love the Karate Kid movies a lot, and it's sad to see him go. Rest in peace, man.
Also, I'd like to note that Alias is being canceled at the end of this season. Boo-yah! I was right. (Insert the Rocky theme here). I'm making a big deal about this, just cause I'm very rarely right and need to celebrate when I am. Killing off Vaughn was like a death rattle for the show. Course, they might have suspected the end and wanted to prepare, so who knows.
Yesterday, I was supposed to go to my aunt's sisters' for Thanksgiving. So, about 1pm I hopped on the 5, and sat in traffic for over an hour. We'd gone barley 20 miles, and I decided to pull the plug on the operation and head home. I later saw on the news that there was an accident, which was most likely the cause for the back up. Ah well, some plans aren't meant to be. I'm going to try to take it easy this weekend, and maybe write some. Hopefully, things will settle a little bit before the rev up for Christmas.
Last but not least, tomorrow, Nov. 26th is my girlfriend and my one year anniversary. Go us! Hopefully we'll be able to work out the distance thing, cause it sucks. Love you, sweetie. Anyway, going to sign off for now. Have a good weekend and happy holidays.

Love, Andy

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Down for the Count

Hey all-

Here's a bonus post for you, on this lovely Wednesday evening. So, I'm watching the new episode of Lost tonight (which by the way, was better than the last few) and I happen to see a very strange ad. Aparently, the studio is re-releasing Cinderella Man in theatres before its DVD release on Dec. 6th. Now, I saw this film in theatres and thought it was pretty good. Not great, but good. However, despite critical acclaim, this film tanked in the box office. Probably because of a poor marketing campaign and an odd release date. Why release it in the summer? This film is certainly going to be oscar material.
So, I was surprised to see that this film is getting a second shot at box office gold. Why? My theory (and I may be wrong) is that the studio has absolutley no faith in this film, expects poor DVD sales and wanted to milk as much out of it as they could. I really hope this isn't a trend. When a movie fails to perform, no matter how good it is, it should be allowed to die with dignity on DVD. Not in this case, I guess. This is just more proof of the slow crumbling of artistic integrity. The marketing swine in Hollywood are destroying the buisness. I just hope there's some left for real talent to maybe turn things around- give the power back to the filmmakers and stuff. A big F+U to everyone involved in this decision. Booo!

Love, Andy

P.S.- Russell Crowe still rules. Throw all the phones you want dude, you cool.

A

Cars...vroom

Hey all-

Wednesday night here. Sorry I haven't posted this week, it's been crazy as usual. Sunday, Jeff, Dustin and I went on another Pirate run, so they could hunt down limited edition packs. After that, we went to Mcdonald's and got stuff off the dollar menu, and then played a game. It was all crazy cause everyone had new ships with new powers, and new events. I still lost, but I did some real damage.
Monday, I went to several car places to try and get that steering wheel squeak looked at. Most places wouldn't even look at it, but a guy at Jiffy Lube told me that it probably just needed some grease. He reccomended I go to Pep Boys. I went, but they said it would be a two-hour wait! I made an appointment for tuesday. On tuesday, they said they didn't have my appointment scheduled, and I'd still have to wait 2 hours. It was like "all right, let's try this again." This time they told me to come back when they open, so I don't have to wait. "Ok, great", I say. Cut to Wednesday, 8am. "Sure, we have your appointment this time. Have a seat in the waiting area and we'll get right on it." So, naturally, my car sits there for 2 hours. Freaking hilarious right? Anyway, they finally looked at around 10am or so and after like, 2 seconds, the mechanic said- "this just needs some grease". Fortunatley, the greased my wheel and didn't charge me, so the story does have a happy ending after all. I'll definetly be going back there for other car needs, I just wish they were a little more organized.
On tuesday, Jeff, Dustin and I went to Santa Monica so Jeff could get some puzzles for his mom. Sure enough, that trip took 3 hours, thanks to the evening rush hour. We got the KFC 4$ hearty meals for dinner, and played another round of Pirates. Much more of a spiteful game, ending with an argument over who one. Still fun though, I like this game a lot.
Today, I did the car stuff in the morning, and then the maitinence crew finally fixed my wall. Yay! And they did a good job too. Glad to see that 900 a month is going to good use. Finally, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire opens this weekend. I'm a huge Potter fan, and I'll post my full feelings on that and this new movie after I see it. Untill then-

Peace,
Andy

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Live From Burbank....

Hey all-

It's Saturday night here, and I just wanted to make a quick note. Not to worry, I'll put up another post probably Sunday or Monday. Recently, I posted on here that some folks were planning to remake the film Predator, starring WWE guy John Cena. Well, I just read today that he's denying all rumors of his attachment to the film. I guess that's a good thing, but it sounds like this project will actually happen. Where are the orignal ideas, Hollywood? Seriously. Also, there's a reported remake of The Wild Bunch coming soon, although I've never seen the original so I won't comment on the nessecity of a remake. Well, that's all I had tonight- more later.

Love, Andy

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Get Lost

Hey all-

Thursday night here. Just thought I'd throw up another post. So, I thought tonight I'd say a few things about the show Lost on ABC. I got into the show a few months ago, when my friend Jeff lent me the first season DVD. I watched it in 3 days, which is a record for me. The first season is in a word, awesome. It's a great concept, good writing, and a good cast. It's sorta like Gilligan's Island meets The Twilight Zone. The season ends on a really high note, making you want more, only frustrated by the three-month gap in the summer. Well, season 2 is underway, and so far, it's been...underwhelming. We're six episodes in, and it's like they've already run out of gas. Jeff says it's because they're afraid to make anything happen, cause if they do, then they'll be forced to explain some stuff, and then- show over. I have a second theory, which I wanted to put up here.
I think the problem may be with creator J.J. Abrams. Everyone seems to love this guy, like he's a creative genius. Don't get me wrong, I think he's good, but overrated. His problem seems to be that he's good at starting shows, but runs out of ideas quickly. Then, he lets the show sink and starts another one. Look at his past shows: Felicity ran for four years, then he got the idea for Alias, which has been on for five (this is rumored to be the last season) and now Lost, which has been on for not even 2 years but already looks like he's done with it. I really hope he stops messing around and makes this show work, it's got promise and so does he. I may be way off base here- maybe TV execs like to start new shows as much as possible, like fads. It would make more sense to keep a hit show going, so you don't have to keep rebuilding the fan base. But, hey- what do I know? Let me know your thoughts if you watch the show- othwerwise, have a great weekend and I'll post more later.

Love, Andy

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Post Halloween...Post

Hey All-

First off- I'd like to apologize for the title. I thought it sounded cool at the time, but the more I look at it, the less clever it gets. The lesson here is that writing isn't as easy as it looks...

It's Wednesday night and I thought I'd throw up another post here. I guess I haven't been doing this as much as I should, but what can you do. Firstly, I finally got to see a new episode of Lost tonight, after a three week dry spell. They promised one more survivor would get the axe tonight, and sure enough, they did. I thought the episode seemed ok, but there seemed to be a lacking energy about the show, which has been plaguing it all season. I think one of the main reasons is having Michelle Rodriguez on the show. She's ok as an actor, but her character is really unlikeable and I'm getting tired of her whining.
I finally saw Jarhead yesterday, and I really liked it. Great film all around. It started kinda slow, but once it started to make its point, it was great. One of the best performances I've seen from Jake Gyllenhaal. Peter Sarsgaard and Jamie Foxx also turned it great performances too. And that's not all- I also saw the anticipated longer King Kong trailer. If possible, I'm now less enthused to see the film than I was before. Say what you will, but Peter Jackson does not do great special effects. There's this shot in the trailer of Kong fighting the T-Rex and it just looks like card-board cut outs against a fake background. I seriously don't get what the hubbub is all about with this guy. The Lord of the Rings movies were OK at best. He's just overrated. And I'll say it again- Jack Black should not be in this movie. He's not right for that part- sorry, Peter, it's true. Black is fine at comedy, but his serious stuff looks goofy.
Also, yesterday I linked to a review of a movie called An American Haunting at Aint It Cool News. I checked out the trailer and the movie looks good- it opens in January. More interestingly, I looked up the story on which it's based, and that's very interesting too. If you're interested, go to google.com and look up The Bell Witch. It's a creepy story, but like all ghost stories, the end results are ultimately inconclusive. One site had a "picture" of the supposed ghost, but it looks like it could be anything- like fog, or mist. Not convincing at all. Still, the movie should be good.
Tomorrow, the city inspector comes by to look at the work the plumbers did, and then, hopefully, this ordeal will be over. Well, I think I'm developing corporal tunnel syndrome, so I'll stop for now. More later-

Love, Andy












Sunday, November 06, 2005

"Up in the morning with the rising sun, gonna run all day till the running's done!"

Hey all- It's Sunday. Sorry I haven't written in a while, it has been a crazy week. The maintinence crew has been doing construction work here in the building all week, which has been especially noisy. They've been doing plumbing upgrades, which I guess is important. I've been up at 7:30am almost every day last week, and as some of you know, I'm not a morning person at all. I much prefer night over day. In retrospect, I think I'd make a good vampire. The re-adjusting to mornings was tough, but since it's the weekend, I finally got some sleep. Next week, the guys have to come back and fix my wall, which they put several holes in. Not that I use the wall for much, but it kind of brings down the property value. Also, the city building inspector is supposed to come by next week and look at the jobs they did- he better say they did ok. If they have to do this again...But, they're going to start replacing the windows in all the "units" over the next two months, so I guess it never ends. BTW, just a side note- I hate how they call the apartments units. So impersonal, like I'm just a $900.00 dollar-a-month check.
On a more lighter note, a group of us were going to see Jarhead today, a movie I'm really looking forward to. The plan wound up falling through, cause someone couldn't go. So, I tried to go by myself, and found out that all shows were sold out for the day. Guess I'll have to see it later. I like director Sam Mende's previous films, American Beauty and Road To Perdition, and this movie looks good too. Gotta see something until Harry Potter comes out on the 18th. Also, I got to see new episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy tonight, which both had some funny stuff in them, but weren't great all the way through. There's also finally a new Lost on this week, so things are sorta calming down a bit. Also, there was a new George Carlin special this weekend, but since I don't get HBO I didn't see it. Guess I'll have to wait for the CD.
Well, this is starting to run long, so I'll sign off for now. Talk to you all later,

Love, Andy