Friday, January 26, 2007

Movie Review: Children of Men

Been done already. Yawwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Movie Review: Pan's Labyrinth

a.k.a. "El Laberinto Del Pan."

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

This movie was OK. It's kind of a fantasy movie. But I wouldn't bring a child to see it, unless you happen to think it's OK for a child to see a movie with a particular scene where a baby gets murdered with a dagger. What's wrong with you people?!

I should probably also mention that the movie is in Spanish, with English subtitles.
Most people might not care, given that Spanish is the writer/director's first language, and the movie is set in Spain and the characters are Spanish. But some people might. Like in the forum, where "Ladytronstar" posts the question, "Why the hell isn't it in English."

And "Borred101" muses, "Did anyone else think it was wierd that the faun spoke spanish?" So, consider yourself warned. Not one character speaks English in this movie. Not even the godforsaken faun.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Eagles Game Review: Yesterday's

What a shame. What a shame indeed.
The Saints were favored by 5 points, but they choked and only won by 3.
I can't imagine how this must have crushed the spirits of the poor people of New Orleans.

But they still have Emeril LaGasse, I guess.

So, live another day.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

Now much has been made about how a New Orleans Saints victory tomorrow over the beloved Philadelphia Eagles, aka "America's Team," would dramatically lift the spirits of the downtrodden folks of New Orleans. And I've considered this thoroughly.

But here's the thing: In this stage of their development, you don't want to spoil the New Orleans people. The psyche of a people is a delicate flower. In my experience, the best thing to do is make sure they learn that life isn't easy. This is an important lesson to learn. Life can actually be difficult sometimes, and even disappointing. I want to make sure they understand this.

And I think the Eagles are very qualified to teach them this. They've been teaching this to Philadelphians for years. In fact, it's quite possible that after they win the Superbowl this year and the next, they'll lose it in 2009, thus depriving their fans of their oh-so-precious three-peat and teaching them the cold reality of disillusionment.

Something else that just occurred to me: Don't the good people of New Orleans have a city to rebuild? Those buildings aren't just going to reconstruct themselves. And everybody knows the biggest impediment to a city's progress is having their workers get drunk and piss away a day watching football.

So, let's face it. The Saints need to lose. And lose miserably. If the Eagles were to somehow lose tomorrow's game, wouldn't it be the same as a handout? Tsk-tsk. Wouldn't it be giving the people of New Orleans the proverbial fish, so they can eat for a day, rather than teaching them HOW to fish, i.e. lose to the Eagles?

In the long run, suffering will do these people some good. If there's one thing I've learned from the Bible, it's that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. The folks in New Orleans just need to learn how to deal with misfortune, and learn a little bit of humility in the process. The Superdome has been for too long a house of mirth and joy. Tomorrow it will be a house of education about life. That is, if there's any justice in the world.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Stuff Review: Stuff I Did Lately

Astute readers will recognize this as a bowl of ramen from Shinsengumi in Fountain Valley, California, after I probably put too much sesame seeds on it. That's a bowl of rice poking its head out in the upper left-hand corner.

My brother- and sister-in-law, who are fed up with society, are building a home here. You'll never find them so don't even try.

For Gram Parsons fans. This is his memorial in Joshua Tree National Park.
For non-Gram Parsons fans, this is where I peed cuz I had to go real bad.

Take that Joshua tree! That's what you get for selling out and letting U2 use you on the cover of their third, multi-platinum-selling album!

Carnitas a la Coca-Cola. At Lindo Michoacan in Las Vegas.

Something I ate in Las Vegas at a place called Rosemary's.
I have to say, it was actually all right. I don't know exactly what it was.
It tasted like stuff.

One other meal of note I should mention, is the time I was on my way to In-n-Out, and I stopped and got a carne asada burrito at Alberto's to take with me. I ate the burrito and cheeseburger back-to-back, and it was good. I couldn't finish my fries though.

In other news, I now weigh 200 pounds! So that's a special milestone in my life. If I can just gain 45 more pounds somehow, my weight will catch up to my cholestrol. Go weight!!!
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