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January 31, 2008

The Ears Have It

Filed under: Entertainment,TV — CPav @ 10:36 pm
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So I’m watching the premier of Eli Stone tonight, which turned out to be pretty much fun, when star Jonny Lee Miller has a scene with Victor Garber, who plays his fiancee’s father, who also happens to be his boss.

And while it’s a good scene, and establishes a bond between the two characters, I can’t help
but remember a review a number of years ago, when Garber was starring in either Alias or Justice, which commented on how prominent his ears were. I believe the phrase “acting with his ears” was used. And ya know, it’s true.

Funny how the weirdest things stick with you.

The 300 Project: 23/23

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Political Eggshells

So I was going to write an incisive dissection of the Presidential race. I was going to use egg metaphors. Breaking a few eggs to make an omelet, wittily used to describe the “gloves are off” tactics of the remaining candidates, with Clinton and Obama sparring over Las Vegas food service workers being allowed to vote at their workplaces or Clinton’s ill-phrased comments regarding President Johnson’s role in the equal rights movement, and Obama proxies deliberately misrepresenting it. It’s cropping up on the Republican side now, with McCain and Romney going back and forth regarding whether or not Romney was actually calling for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq when he spoke of timetables.

I was going to talk about putting all of one’s eggs in one basket, the way Rudy (9/11) Giuliani (9/11) did. He (9/11) decided that since (9/11) there were way more delegates at stake in Florida (9/11) than in those piddly little states (9/11) that came before it (9/11), he’d ignore (9/11) them and concentrate on (9/11) Florida. Of course, by that time, he’d been so totally marginalized in the race that nothing (9/11) could save his candidacy. There was a great quote by Missouri Senator Kit Bond, our state’s Giuliani coordinator, who observered “He went up against the conventional wisdom, and the conventional wisdom won.” Well, yeah, Kit. That’s why it’s the conventional wisdom.

I was going to use the marginally egg-related term “chicks” to mourn the loss of two hot first-lady-wannabees, as Elizabeth Kucinich and Jeri Thompson stood by their men as they withdrew their candidacies.

But I’ve been letting these chances slip by, not writing them down until now, and in a much less incisive, much less in-depth manner than I had originally conceived. I find that, with everything else going on in life, I just don’t have the patience or mental acuity to compose these kind of posts either in the early morning or late evening when I’m usually at the computer in a “leisure” mode. I would love to write the type blog my friend Mike Wallack authors (noted in this post), but just don’t have the energy.

And I’m not sure that I have observations that aren’t readily available elsewhere. Except about the eggs. And I’ve made those observations now.

So my work here is done.

The 300 Project: 22/22

January 28, 2008

Lost Returns

Filed under: Entertainment,TV — CPav @ 12:05 am
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Lost returns to television this week, shifting days from Wednesday to Thursday. For those who haven’t been following the show, last season’s two-hour finale will be re-shown on Wednesday night, in “pop-up video” style, with factoids and things displayed on the lower third of the screen.

The show then takes its new timeslot on Thursday at 8 p.m., following a one-hour “catch up” show designed to bring new viewers up to speed. If you don’t want the Reader’s Digest version, ABC is streaming all three seasons of Lost to-date, in High Def, on their web site, at http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/landing.

Lost is somewhat unique among current tv series, in that while it still has a rabid following, it has announced exactly how many episodes it has left in the story they intend to tell; there will be 46 episodes over 3 seasons before the series come to an end. But the beginning of the end starts this week. (Or, more appropriately, the beginning of the end is rebroadcast this week, with the repeat of the game-changing Season 3 finale.)

The 300 Project: 21/21

January 27, 2008

Really Cool Panoramic Photos

Filed under: General — CPav @ 10:02 pm
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I’m planning on a flurry of posts later this evening, but I wanted to start off with a really cool site that offers a variety of 360° panoramic photos, from New Years’ photos from various locations to the 911 Tribute in Lights for each year that it’s existed. The site requires Quicktime, but it’s well worth the installation (if you don’t already have it) to view the photos. Check them out at http://panoramas.dk/fullscreen/fullscreen17.html.

The 300 Project: 20/20

January 22, 2008

Instant Oscar Predictions

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 7:54 am
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Immediately after the announcements, without much thought, here are my immediate Oscar predictions. I’ll give some responses to the nominations themselves later, but I was very glad that both Ellen Page (Juno) and Johnny Depp (Sweeny Todd) were nominated, though I don’t think either has a hope of winning.

I also found it interesting that, more than most years, most people probably haven’t seen most of the movies/performances that were nominated. In fact, the most-viewed movie among the nominees this year was probably Ratatouille, which, of course, I haven’t seen yet.

In the order of announcement:
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan – Gone, Baby Gone (alternate: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There)

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men

Best Actress: Julie Christie – Away From Her (alternate: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose, for what supposedly is a total transformation into the character)

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood (alternate: The Coens for No Country for Old Men, in a kind of “lifetime achievement” award)

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody – Juno (the easiest award to give the movie, and potentially the most interesting acceptance speech)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton – Atonement (Could be the only award the movie gets, or one of many; this is a 1980s-style Oscar favorite, a broad, sweeping, British epic love story)

Best Animated Feature: Persepolis

Best Picture: There Will Be Blood

I’ll think about these some more, read some of the professional analysis, and get back to you closer to the date.

The 300 Project: 19/19

January 21, 2008

Jumper Prequel Comic Preview Online

Filed under: Comics,Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 4:36 pm
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One of the other previews that we saw prior to Cloverfield is far a new sci-fi action movie called Jumper, starring Hayden (Anakin Skywalker) Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rachel (The O.C.) Bilson. It’s based on a YA (Young Adult) novel, which I didn’t know until today, and is the story of a young man who discovers not only that he can teleport, but also that he is part of a society of teleporters who are engaged in an ancient war with a group called the Paladins. The movie looks cool, and the novel (and its sequel) have gotten great reviews (I’m gonna go search them out this evening), and Oni Press is offering a prequel comic book. The first 23 pages (it’s a 96 page graphic novel) are available online at Oni Press.

The 300 Project: 18/18

The Best Political Line Thus Far…

Filed under: Uncategorized — CPav @ 4:15 pm

…belongs to John McCain.

As some of you may know, Chuck Norris is an integral part of Mike Huckabee’s campaign, to the point where in one of the early primary states, the only television commercial Huckabee ran was an unusual ad featuring Huckabee and Norris (you can see it on YouTube here).

Today at a campaign appearance, as the gloves in the race continue to come off, Norris raised a question which, honestly, quite a few people have wondered about when it comes to McCain: It is well established that even young, vigorous men are greatly aged by serving as President (take a look at before/after pictures of Clinton or the current Bush). Norris wondered aloud how McCain, who would be the oldest man to ever be elected to a first term as President, would fare with regard to stamina.

McCain’s response was priceless: “I’m afraid I may have to send my 95-year-old mother over and wash Chuck’s mouth out with soap.”

The 300 Project: 17/17

The Final Frontier

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 4:07 pm
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While we were blown away by Cloverfield Friday night, I was almost as jazzed by this teaser trailer. My interest waned in the both the last few series and the last few movies, but I’m definitely beaming up for the new one.

The 300 Project: 16/16

January 20, 2008

New Blog

Filed under: General,Politics — CPav @ 12:15 am
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I wanted to take a minute and point you all to Me Me Me Me Me, a blog started just before the first of the year by my friend and former roommate Michael Wallack. Me5 is a general interest blog which so far has concentrated on politics, and while a lot of the discussion is centered on Mike’s home town of Carmel (Indianapolis) Indiana, the issues he’s discussing are in no way restricted to Indiana. Mike’s commentary is something that I aspire to. Hopefully we here at Pavco can get some dialogue going with Me5 in the near future.

Me Me Me Me Me is available at http://wallack.us/blog.html.

The 300 Project: 15/15

Cloverfield

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 12:10 am
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It’s out. It’s making a ton at the box office, so it appears that word-of-mouth is good. But is the movie?

In a word: Yes. Chris, Chip, and I were all blown away by Cloverfield. Described by one guy in the row in front of us as “Blair Witch with a budget”, Cloverfield is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams, creator of Felicity, Alias, and Lost. While the other viewer’s description is accurate, I prefer my own: “Godzilla from the point of view of Tokyo.”

Cloverfield is the story of a group pf twentysomethings who gather one evening for a party for Rob (Michael Stahl-David), who is moving to (fittingly) Japan to take a lucrative job with his company. The party is being thrown by Lilly (Jessica Lucas), the girlfriend of Rob’s brother, Jason (Mike Vogel). Also invited are Lilly’s friend Marlena (Lizzy Caplan), and Hud (T. J. Miller), Rob’s best friend, who is drafted by Jason to document the evening on digital video. It is this video, including a the previous contents of the tape, which makes up the movie.

The party is interrupted by a momentary blackout, which in turn is followed by television reports of a capsized tanker near the Statue of Liberty. When the partiers go to the roof of the building to attempt to get a view of what’s happening, they get more than they bargain for, seeing explosions from that direction. The evening goes south from there, and the film follows a small group of the partiers as they attempt to escape from Manhattan.

Cloverfield represents a number of hours in the lives of a few young people who find themselves caught in the middle of something much larger than their lives. It is action-packed and intense, full of confusion, action, and emotion. The performances, from a group of relative unknowns, are realistic (much of the dialogue was evidently improvised). The plot is relatively minuscule, but it moves along briskly, with some true shocks along the way. The jumpy handheld photography won’t sit well with some viewers. The plot has holes in it you could fly an F15 through, and people who like everything explained and tied up in the end should probably avoid this movie entirely, but for us, Cloverfield is a roller coaster ride, and a really fun one at that.

With any movie that gets as much pre-release publicity and hype as Cloverfield got, there’s the risk that it won’t live up to the hype, but, for my sons and I at least, Cloverfield did.

Now I’m gonna hunt down some of those viral web sites and see if any of them answer any of the questions that were left wide open by the movie.

The 300 Project: 14/14

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