Posted by austinburns on April 25, 2006
So, Entertainment Weekly has put their predictive powers to the test to rank the top 10 blockbusters of the summer. Here is their list:
- Superman Returns
- Mission: Impossible III
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- The Da Vinci Code
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
- Over the Hedge
- The Break-Up
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Good job, EW, but not a great job. You made some pretty brash decisions there. Here’s what you should have predicted:
- Cars (no doubt about it)
- Superman Returns (Cars will just edge it out)
- The Da Vinci Code (Not much will beat this)
- X-Men: The Last Stand (I want to see this)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (My sister alone will push up this movie’s numbers)
- Over the Hedge (I’m betting kids will love this)
- The Break-Up (Ashley says this will gross more than …)
- Mission: Impossible III (Tom Cruise has been WAY overexposed)
- Miami Vice (Poseidon will be a BOMB, Miami Vice takes their spot)
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Nothing can stop Will Ferrell)
The movies that I am looking forward to are Cars, Superman, Da Vinci, X-Men, A Scanner Darkly, The Break-Up, Wordplay, Lady in the Water, Little Miss Sunshine, Clerks II. Wow. EW previews 114 summer movies and I really only want to see 10 of them. Movies are sucking these days. We’ll see how my predicitons come true in a few months.
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Posted by austinburns on April 17, 2006
I'm really excited about Google's partnership with the Da Vinci Code movie! (link)
Apparantly, they're rolling out a new puzzle each day over the next 24 days, with each increasing in difficulty. It just started today, and the first one was not too bad. Kind of like a mini-symbol-sudoku with a twist. Plus, grand prize is a trip to France!
If you're planning on following along, you need to have a Google ID, as all your progress is saved through Google's personalized homepage (which I don't really use, but I will keep it up for this contest.
I love puzzles and am anticipating some really hard ones!
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Posted by austinburns on April 16, 2006
#40 by Dave Matthews Band
Tables turned again
And you my friend
You and I face each other
Oh time and time out
I know it's sometimes hard
But knowing just oh
That we will get along
Til we're old and gray
And huddled up
We're doubled up, we'll sit
And laugh of times were hard
And laugh of times when we thought
All it would end, it all was over
And know that I'm yours ??
And to leave you, well, I'll die
Oh my friend
It will be you until the end with me
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Posted by austinburns on April 15, 2006
So, I’ve been looking for a place to go running or biking after I move this summer and I found this awesome trail that used to be a railroad trail, but it’s all paved and pretty now. So, I was checking it out to see how awesome it was and wouldn’t you know it if I saw a turtle on the side of the trail! I hadn’t been on the trail for 15 minutes before I saw some real, genuine wildlife! Crazy! I wanted to scoop him up and take him home, but then he started walking, so I left him alone and just took a couple of pictures with my camera phone. Click on the picture to see a couple more of the little guy in action!
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Posted by austinburns on April 15, 2006
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
A book consisting of humorous essays written by Jon Stewart (before he got Daily Show famous). An overall enjoyable book, but some of the essays are hit-and-miss. Most of them are gems, though. I especially enjoyed The Recipie since he just hosted the Oscars and all. Check it out if you're into satirical humor!
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell is a contributer to NPR's This American Life and she also provided the voice for Violet in The Incredibles. That being said, this book is about Sarah's fascination with three presidential assassinations in American History, namely Lincoln's, McKinley's, and Garfield's. She points out many lovely and odd facts, like how Robert Todd Lincoln (Jinxy McDeath) was present at all three of those assassinations (and one wonders where he would have been if he were alive for Kennedy's). She tracks down the lives and motivations of the assassins and what became of them after they did their deeds. She also makes comments on the parallels between history and today. This is a great book for anyone, you don't have to be a history nut to like it. Highly recommended.
Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley
I decided to read this book when I saw a preview for the movie coming out. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. This book was fantastic. Great satire on lobbying as a whole, but it really makes you think about who has a say in what we do. It is pretty scathing of politicians who want to make decisions on behalf of the American public. Ultimately, this novel is about personal choice and the power of argument. As the main character says, "If I argue correctly, I am never wrong."
I have a few more books that I am in the process of reading, so I'll post those as I'm done with them. I hate doing these big catch-ups, and I'm going to try to be more punctual in my postings.
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Posted by austinburns on April 14, 2006
Last week, I volunteered at the Florida Film Festival and had a blast! I got to watch a total of 4 movies while I was there, so I'll run them down real quick.
This was a documentary directed by Alan Berliner, and it was about his battles with insomnia. Fufilled all good documentary requirements: take a potentially boring/personal story and make it interesting throughout, pepper the doc with little factoids about your potentially boring/personal story, and have it be humorous throughout. Plus, he was in the audience and sitting right in front of me and I got to shake his hand. Awesome.
The Puffy Chair
Written by, directed by, and starring the Duplass Brothers in various forms, this movie is about a guy who wants to get his father a nostalgic chair he found on ebay for his birthday. He wants to drive from New York to Atlanta to deliver it. His girlfriend pretty much guilts him into taking her along with him. Along the way he stops at his brother's house and takes him along with him, too. Comedy and drama ensue. Pretty decent. I felt it had "real" dialogue, so that was good.
Press On is the story of steel pedal guitarist Robert Randolph and his rise to "fame". I'm a really big fan of RR, so I loved this movie. Basically, he started out playing the guitar in church and he has successfully brought this instrument to the masses. He started playing gigs in New York and got the attention of some very important record execs who pretty much fast-tracked his career. In one year, he recorded his first album, was nominated for a few Grammy's, and performed live on the Grammy's and every other show imaginable (Letterman, Leno, Conan, Regis and Kelly, etc.). Awesome musician and a great documentary.
The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang
This movie is a complete Napoleon Dynamite ripoff. Later I found out that it was made by the producers of Napoleon Dynamite. I'm still not sure if that makes the ripoff better or worse. Nerds being prosecuted by bullies? Check. Mildly unattractive girl friend, but not girlfriend? Check. Cameo by Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite himself? Check. Jon Gries, better known as Uncle Rico, playing the town sheriff? Check. The only interesting thing about this movie was that it was told out of order, a la Pulp Fiction. Still, it was funny. I just feel they are going to ride this gravy train for as long as it will go.
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Posted by austinburns on April 11, 2006
Check out the new digs … my posts all gots categories now. Check it, yo!
To check out my previous posts, go to imafungi1.blogspot.com.
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