Saturday, December 26, 2009

El Nino, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

We are buried in about 18" of emeffing snow right now. If I wanted to live in Buffalo, I'd move there. El Nino, you're late again.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Where's Finding Nemo????

Do you like movies? I do. There's nothing better than being in a theater watching a good one. Instead of ranting about traitorous pricks like Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala) who became (R-AL) let's talk movies. It's the end of the decade and in the tradition of every other egomaniac, here are my Top 10 favorite Movies of the decade 2000-2009.

10) Zodiac- I'll never hear Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man the same again after this David Fincher offering of 2007. Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhall star in this story of the Zodiac murders that took place in the Bay Area back in the 1960's and 70's. It's long, it's mysterious and it's a helluva ride.

9)Half Nelson (2006)- Starring Ryan Gosling as a cool teacher in Brooklyn who inspires his adolescent students to care about learning and the future. Yet, he has a secret most of his kids know all too well. Directed by Ryan Fleck and also starring Shareeka Epps as his favorite student, this little movie is so good and has perhaps the decade's most heartbreaking scene when Epps discovers Gosling's secret. Get it.

8) Oh Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)- The Coens could really BE my top 10 but of all the great work they did, I especially liked this one starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson is retelling of Homer's the Odyssey. The dancing Klansmen scene, right out of the Wizard of Oz, is good enough to vault it over No Country For Old Men.

7) Pan's Labyrinth (2006)- I know, it's foreign and you have to read. But give this Gillermo Del Toro film a chance. It's a kid's movie not for kids. It's about a child in miserable conditions during the Spanish Civil War who invents a fantasy world to live in. Or is it real? Watch it, it's either the most depressing movie ever or the most optimistic one ever. It all depends on your point of view.

6) Brokeback Mountain (2005)- this is a love story, period. Once you get over the giggles as Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger kiss and embrace and well you know, this story of unrequited love could involve any two human beings. It gets better each time you watch. It's heartbreaking. Really. Get over the doubts and let people be who they are.

5) About Schmidt (2002)- this Alexander Payne flick starring Jack Nicholson hit home with so many people. Many didn't like it's honesty, others saw the truth of life in the Midwest. Nevertheless, it put "Dear N'dugu" into the language.

4) Million Dollar Baby (2004)- Clint Eastwood is 79. His films get better and better while other directors lose their edge with age. Clint, quite frankly, like the Coens, could BE my Top 10 also. But Million Dollar Baby is perhaps a perfect film. From the acting to the plot to the timing it flows as smoothly as anything I've ever seen. Keep it up, Clint.

3) Traffic (2000) - Stephen Soderbergh is really hit (Out of Sight, Traffic, The Limey) or miss (Oceans Whatever, Erin Brockovich) but Traffic, an examination of the illegal drug trade, its hypocrisy, its danger, its effects on a variety of characters was a masterpiece that featured a deNiro-like performance by Benicio Del Toro as an honest Mexican police officer. It is a fascinating look (catch the sun drenched look) at a "war" we will never win.

2) The Lord of The Rings Trilogy (2001 2002 2003)- I am no sci-fi geek. I am no wizards and dragons guy. This Peter Jackson trilogy I could sit down on a Saturday morning and watch all 9 hours of it without one moment of boredom. I haven't done that yet but the Godfather movies are the only other trilogy I can say that about. I cannot explain it, my geekiness that is, but these movies are what movies are meant to be.

1) There Will Be Blood (2007)- Daniel Day Lewis is maybe the finest actor on the planet. His Daniel Plainview, in full John Huston voice, is one of the most fascinating characters ever on film He is a total prick from beginning to end, yet you can't take your eyes off him. He's cruel, he's a liar, he's greedy and eventually he's a killer. This movie, like Citizen Kane or The Godfather tells the story of American history. Paul Thomas Anderson may have stumbled into legend with this one. He can send a thank you note to Daniel Plainview, every bit as interesting as Charles Foster Kane or Vito Corleone.

That's it. There's others that would make honorable mention like No Country For Old Men, The Lives of Others, The Reader, United 93, Letters From Iwo Jima, Almost Famous, Donnie Darko,Whale Rider, The Quiet American, Mystic River, Gran Torino, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Hangover, and who knows what else.

Have a great holiday season.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Birthday To Max!

Thirteen years ago today I was drunk watching the 49ers play the Lions. Then Max was born. See, good things can happen when you're plowed. Happy 13th to the teen called Max. We love you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

There Is No Place Like Nebraska! Except Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Etc...

I have been away. Bad month. Bad memories. Sick and tired of politics and politicians and lying ads on TV. But after this week, I have to come back to say I am embarrassed to say I live here and by the representatives the people of this state send to Washington D.C. You all know what a complete tool I think Earl Benjamin Nelson is (see two posts back).This two bit pile of dog dung is standing center stage getting his ass kissed by prissy little Democrats too afraid to stand up for anything. Earl and Lieberman have taken control of the party by extortion and by spite. The Democrats are standing for this? Wake the eff up! Earl Ben Nelson is a spineless, valueless, soulless former insurance company president. Of course he's in the industry's pocket. Jesus Christ, what the hell else do you idiots need to know?
Enough about that smelly stuff I just stepped in. The other Senator, the junior Senator from Nebraska , one Mike Johanns, has given the Nebraska the exacta in the Moron Derby this week. After right wing bloggers pulled some turds out of their ass that Barack Obama threatened Earl with closing Offutt Air Force Base if he didn't come aboard on health care, and Earl mustered up enough integrity to deny it, and Barack Obama sniffed it away, Senator Mike Johanns said hey that's enough for me to not buy it, but let's investigate it with Senate hearings anyway. 19 other Republican morons signed on and we have our story. Obama threatened Nelson. It's fact now. The teabaggers believe it. The stupid people who stand in line for hours to buy a book and a picture from a snake oil saleswoman believe it. Johanns needs to be ashamed of himself.
Mike Johanns is a former mayor of Lincoln. A former Democrat. A former Governor of Nebraska, just like Earl. Now he's our junior Senator. Why? I have no idea. He's as boring as the Husker offense. He has the personality of your average turtle at the zoo. He accomplished absolutely nothing in his reign of sleepwalking. Yet, like Earl, he's the perfect Nebraska politician. He does nothing. Zilch. The people love it. Nothing. Rock the boat and you are outta here. Just like the state, flat and long and full of emptiness. That is Earl Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns.
Say have you heard which state has a worse Senator than Earl Benjamin Nelson? You got it. Nebraska!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Deja Vu All Over Again!

Barack Obama will announce this evening at West Point that a lot of those young men and women in attendance will get to go fight somebody over in Afghanistan. The "somebody" is in question since there's just a few hundred, if that, Al Quaeda guys swinging on monkey bars there. The Taliban? Is that the somebody? Why? The Taliban is never going away. We can be there a hundred years, and the Taliban will still be there. Kind of like the Viet Cong would have never gone away in Vietnam.

This war started back in 2001 as a response to the Taliban's refusal to stop harboring terrorists. The Taliban government went away very quickly as did the terrorists who scattered into Pakistan. A corrupt former oil executive named Hamid Karzai was installed as head of a corrupt government. Does this sound familiar? American soldiers fighting for a corrupt foreign government because American politicians, safe in their gated bunkers, tell them that America isn't safe without a stable Afghan government. This is the same bullshit we heard in 1964. This is the same Bush-it we heard in 2001. Well it's not 2001 anymore. That time has passed. The revenge has been had. 3,000 people died on 9/11/01. How many more must we kill before the bloodlust tapers off? Obama is making a huge mistake.

As for General Stanley McCrystal's request for 40,000 more troops? Who cares what he thinks? This is the man who orchestrated the cover up of the Pat Tillman murder. This is the man whose background lies in so-called Black Ops. Secrecy and lies. Perfect! Yeah ,let him lead the effort in Afghanistan. The truth is a pile of quicksand and Barack Obama is stepping right in it.

If you don't care about American lives, or you still want to kill Afghan civilians, or if Dick Cheney's venom still makes you drool, note this. It will cost $1 million per soldier to get them into Afghanistan. I know teabaggers are very concerned about government spending. How about them apples? That's $30 billion dollars. Thirty Billion at least. On top of the trillion already spent. We all know how concerned you folks are about health care costs. Put that in your teapot and brew it.