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Archive for October, 2009

Heroes

I don’t watch a lot of television unless it is HGTV (I’m married), reality shows on VH1 (again I’m married), Fox News (because they get in peoples faces and really try to get them to say what they mean..and you have to respect that whether you are Independent, Liberal, or Conservative).  However, on Monday’s or sometimes on On-Demand (thank you COX Cable) the wife and I are watching Heroes.  It is what the fourth season now…I must say…I like the new characters except maybe the evil cheerleader, in fact when are they going to get Claire back into doing something worthwhile…her storyline is pretty boring (hers and Peter’s).  I like the carnival man…although I’m not quite sure what his power is…he can make ink come to life? make the earth move? make a carnival appear out of thin air?  which is it?  The last episode with him destroying the police station was cool and all but at one point he made the carnival appear in place of the town…uh…care to elaborate?  My only other annoyance is Parkman, Matt is such a dork why wouldn’t he want to use his powers…he doesn’t have to meddle or anything…but when things go down…it is always good to have the powers as a backup.

When are you too tired?

Have you ever had the experience that you were so tired that you felt like you were looking at life through a hand-held camera?  Like even if you were sitting still the image through your eyes is shaking.  I get that every now and then.  I’m guessing it is a sign of me needing sleep :)  but I can’t help it.  I always stay up late and run on 4 hours of sleep…and then Saturday I’m sleeping in all day until I get up to go to church in the evening. 

I seem to always have something to do…and those times I don’t I’m playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare and losing badly.

Law Abiding Citizen

Last night on our way to getting a luscious caramel frappocino with extra caramel, which, by the way, we get at least once a day (sometimes twice…thanks starbucks ;)), but that’s besides the point… Marina (my wife) turned to me and said “want to just see a movie?” 

Now I was stunned, I didn’t expect that to happen…you see earlier while we were at work she was panicking over the amount of work that she had to do and how she had to come in after work to do it, which was where we were planning to go once we got our Frappocino, however, she asked that simple question and of course being the movie person that I am I said “sure”.  Of course that was after I put on my own acting job and asked “are you sure?” in a very sympathetic voice which I’m sure she saw right through.  She was sure and we bought two tickets to Law Abiding Citizen. 

When I first saw the previews for this movie I was pretty excited…I mean you shouldn’t be able to go wrong with Gerard Butler and Jamie Fox right? Okay so maybe you can but I still like both of them.  So my excitement eased up as I started reading reviews and saw that it only garnered a 22% on rotten tomatoes which kept me from seeing it on opening night.  But there we were, tickets in hand grabbing a Blue Raspberry Slurpee and heading into that dark yet exciting theater.

Now I normally need to get in the theater so I can watch previews but because this was a spur of the moment decision we were five minutes late and we caught the tale end of the Shutter Island Trailer (which is another movie I’m looking  forward too, although I might have to convince Marina to go since she is not into the creepy stuff). 

Anyway, Law Abiding Citizen is about a family man named Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) who one night get’s targeted for a home invasion by one rather disgusting and vile person and another who seems not to exactly want to be there.  These two tear apart this man’s life by not only murdering his wife but also his little girl.  The police eventually nab the two but the prosecuting attourney, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), is hesitant about going all the way with the case because he’s afraid about his conviction record so instead makes a deal which doesn’t sit well with Clyde.  This deal which sent one man to death row and the other to prison for 10 years sent Clyde into revenge mode and gave him 10 years to plan out exactly how he was going to take out his revenge. 

I thought Gerard Butler did a splendid job with this role…although I felt his mournful moments in the beginning weren’t necessarily his best.  Jamie Foxx also turned in a good performance.  The cast as a whole really seemed to work well together aside from maybe the Mayor.  I think Viola Davis is a good actress, however I think she made the Mayor a little too much. 

The story went at a good pace and had great balance but it failed me at the end.  I just didn’t think the ending fit.  I think they felt they needed something big to end on since the whole film was on that level but the problem was the fact you were kind of rooting for Clyde and what he was trying to accomplish so the ending that was put together fell kind of flat. 

So I say go see the movie but maybe see it during the day when you have nothing better to do and the prices are lower.

55 Seriously Useful Front End Web Developer Cheat Sheets

Long title ;)
I got sent this link today and wanted to pass it along. I use severl of these sheets…they really help out a lot. Enjoy!

55 Seriously Useful Cheat Sheets

What is it about Tuesdays?

A lot of people like to think Mondays are the nemesis to the average 9 to 5 worker but in reality, at least in my profession as a web designer…it is the dreaded Tuesday that is the bane to all existence. I mean yeah Monday’s mark the beginning of the week and all but it is also the beginning of the week for our clients and those who send work my way. After a good (or even bad) weekend, people use Monday as a way of catching up and getting back into the swing of things which means Tuesday is when that swing starts heading my way. Tuesday is truly the beginning of the work week because that is the day everyone sends out new jobs and designs and customer complaints that need to be handled. It is horrible! The only good thing about Tuesday is that is usually the day that the movie industry has set aside to release new DVD’s…which rocks, other than that I’d rather just not remember Tuesday.

The Dead Weather – Horehound

Alright…I’ll admit it. I am a huge fan of Jack White and I really feel like this guy can’t do any wrong. His latest trip into the blues-rocker spotlight brings along several key players from other bands: Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence, Queens of the Stone Age keyboardist/guitarist Dean Fertita, and, Alison Mosshart of the Kills. Now I’m not that eloquent or versed when it comes to doing a full on review of any kind of albumn…so I’ll let Stuart Berman from Pitchfork.com take over. All I can say is that if you like Jack White but want him a bit more on a darker moodier side then pick up this albumn.
Stuart Berman on Horehound
Great Video – Treat Me Like Your Mother

The Stepfather

Saturday, the wife and I went and saw The Stepfather…not really sure why…I think because we were bored. Anyway the movie was only so-so. It is a remake on a 1987 movie (which I did not see so I can’t really compare). The movie started out ok, kind of reminded me a little of American Psycho (great movie). It is the story of a guy (Dylan Walsh) who befriends widows and recently divorced women who happen to have children in search of the perfect marriage (although they never really explain the necessity). Everything usually starts out alright…the two adults mingle then the female feels sorry for him because he mentions his previous marriage ended with the death of his wife and children (not far from the truth) and they end up getting together and after awhile they marry and then we get to watch as every little annoyance within the family takes its toll on the Stepfather. The acting was actually pretty good in this one. Dylan Walsh did a great job at switching between the “perfect” stepfather to the ever increasing psychotic that he is. Also Sela Ward, who played the mother, did a nice job of playing the nieve “my new husband is the best thing to ever happen to me” role. This one ended up falling a part because it just turned into a normal “I’m a weird guy who needs to kill people who might give away who I am or who just aren’t my type of family”. I think it would have served the movie well to delve into the mind of this guy and see what it is that happened to him in his past to make him this way…there was not one explanation as to why. At one point he had a flashback of sorts at the dinner table but it didn’t do anything for the movie. I would definitely recommend renting this one.