If you have been waiting like we have for a good movie to return to your local theaters, then this week is a good week.
The Quantum of Solace hit the silver screen with a splash on Friday, November 14th. Nancy and I decided; after a lengthy sabbatical from visiting Empire Theaters Studio 8; that it was time to return and enjoy an adventure with James Bond.
This movie begins right on the heels of 'Casino Royale' and it almost catches you off guard.
I was aware that this movie was a "sequel" to it's predecessor, but for Bond it still caught me off guard.
For those of you who have not yet seen the film, maybe read the rest of this later, as there are no doubt things about the movie that will be let slip.
One of the first things we mentioned after the movie (the drive home after the film is almost the best part. Nancy and I get to talk about what we've just seen while it's fresh in our minds) was that the bad guy's plan was never really something that grabbed the imagination, or even demanded our attention.
In the end, you see where everything was going, and what the Quantum was looking to do, but it seems more of an afterthought than a really big reveal.
What we were especially taken with in The Quantum of Solace was how the characters conducted their business in the commerce of trust. Bond fell out of it (seemingly) with M, (definitely) with the British Government (nothing new), and seemingly the rest of the world. He was alone because nobody trusted him, and the feeling seemed to be more than mutual with James Bond toward the rest of the world!
This sets up what I think to be the most impressive characteristic of the James Bond character:
He does not need the rest of the world or it's trust/approval/permission to do what he knows to be right by the resolve of his conviction. Heck! He doesn't even need permission from his boss!
Who wouldn't want to live their life like this. To move on one's own intuition without regard to their boss, family, or friends? We all would, but many of us don't because we all realize that on our own, we may not possess all of the strength, knowledge, confidence, and intelligence to accomplish all that there is to accomplish in the run of our day. This is why people will like this movie. Bond is brave. Not just the 'I am in a car chase in a rock quarry, flying along open precipices without breaking a sweat' brave, but the kind of brave that tries to set aside the desire for revenge and sets out alone to right what is wrong in the world.
In this movie, James Bond was selfless (or as close as a Bond can get) and determined to peel back the layers to discover what group was behind Vesper's death and betrayal. He was compassionate (nothing new to the Daniel Craig Bond, his holding of Vesper in the shower after the stairwell scene in Casino Royale displayed this characteristic for us already) while holding Mathis who didn't want to be left alone to die, and rescuing Camille from the burning hotel. Not the 'usual suspects' when describing James Bond's character, but things that add depth to an otherwise fairly shallow 'person'.
Speaking of Camille in the burning hotel, who commandeers a hotel!!?!??! I thought that was pretty funny. Where did they send all of the guests, and speaking of that, who pays to stay in a hotel in the middle of the desert in Bolivia!?!?!? Crazy Bolivian exiled Generals, they do the darndest things.
The General was your typical Bond bad guy. He was a murdering rapist, and you felt creepy just looking at him. Greene was an atypical bad guy. He had a charitable foundation, and was more brilliantly devious than outright scary...now I haven't seen all of the Bond movies, so maybe this is nothing new, but Dominic Greene felt like something new. That new kind of evil we feel is there in our world today. The one who abuses our trust in the worst way, and sets out to take advantage for his own ends. The wolf in sheep's clothing...and the American's were doing business with him. Figures ;)
That all being said about the new style villain and the softer more thoughtful side of him, we still saw Bond's other side come out with rolling in Strawberry Fields, and getting fairly hammered on the flight with Mathis. He still quite a few people, and was incredibly bold at the performance of Tosca where he openly offered his suggestions to the Quantum who then fled like kids from a cigarette smoke filled locker room after the principal of the school walks in.
There were martini's, nice cars, beautiful women, brilliant locales, wheel barrow fulls of machismo, and even a plot to take over the majority of the world's water supply. All in all, it had everything you'd expect in a good James Bond film, but it was the extra things that it gave to us which made it a great movie to watch. Including the nod to Canadian Intelligence (as leaky as it is).
Go out, and watch The Quantum Of Solace. I don't think you will be disappointed. I hope not...
Right now, I am at work. Our net' is down until the 10th, when Eastlink can come and hook us up. Also, we have no phone until then.
We're renovating our new home, and it's taking a lot of time!
We head to Mexico soon too, so we're excited about that.
I think that this is a sad testament to how much I have forgotten since my youth. I need to sharpen up.
There's a lot of profanity in the song he's dancing to, so you might want to mute the video...it might be even funnier to watch Tom Cruise dance like this without tunes...or play different songs on your computer while having him dance to them.
The guy's got moves to lose...Flair to spare....
Here are some of my wife Nancy's pictures that she took as the official photog for the CIBC Run For The Cure in Charlottetown recently. If you are interested in checking out more of Nancy's photo's, you should mosey on over to www.nancythomasphotography.com.
She's pretty good....she's been called the DaVinci of her time.
We're trying to get her set up to post on Brannigan's Law, but Blogger's being a total jerk about it.
So, without further ado, here are Pups For The Cure:
There's something to be said for the internet. Amongst all of it's detractors railing against it's offerings to the general public, there are the occasional glimmers of hope that it can bring to humanity. At the present, most of them are a part of my sidebar.
Jim Gaffigan's comedy, Extreme singing 'More Than Words', and the Rotoworld NHL player news widget are three of the very few positive things left on the internet.
Amnesty International, Sesame Street, and the FOX News website all were recently moved from the 'good things on the internet' category, directly into the 'same as the rest of the 98% of the crap on the internet'.
The purity of the 'hot pocket' routine, the trustworthiness of the Rotoworld ticker, and the harmony of 'More Than Words' are all we have left to bring us back from 'Rosie O'Donnell's blog', Vladmir Putin, and ....Let's stop it right there.
Admittedly, I've had very little sleep lately, and in my semi-sleep state of mind I may have led myself to believe that this post was sounding "tongue in cheek funny".
I see now that it probably isn't very funny of an idea at all. Everyone knows that the internet was fully redeemed with the Christian the Lion video. Once that thing hit, millions of illicit websites just crashed like Janet Jackson's career. I cried at work once watching it (the lion video...I really couldn't care about any of the Jackson's careers). Honest (about the crying and about the not caring about any of the Jackson's careers).
I must have thought the whole internet joke thing was funny because I',m tired.
I also have noted that = I am usin'g extra punCtuation, and have been missspelling words due to my fatigue. And it's only 10:10 pm.
Certain things seem funnier when you're tired...like laying on your back on a hardwood floor, and laughing at the noises you can make. Wow...this post is taking a wrong turn, so...
Let's all just agree to shut it down. Shut it down! This post is broken! We're gonna need a new one! (Make sure to click all of the links in this post people...you won't be sorry)
The first time that I saw this I loved it. It was the first time that I had watched SNL in a while, and the first time that I saw Andy Samberg in anything. I love Will Forte the second time around too...
You can tell the character had not been eating without fear for days...
Is it evidence of decadence, or a reason for sadness when in the North American's plight it takes a new season of television series to brighten up their day? Maybe so, but am I ever excited about this fall!
Heroes started back up, The Office is on tomorrow, and 30 Rock starts next week. Now, sadness or not, I look forward to my weekly quotable lines that come from watching 30 Rock, the hilarity of Dwight Schrute, the foolishness of Michael Gary Scott, and the adventure and drama of Heroes, Lost, and now Fringe.
J.J. Abrams brain activity is the new cocaine. It's addictive, it gets you a little hyper, and your teeth hurt from it. This guy has had two hit series, he's involved in the Star Trek motion picture coming out, and now his latest co-effort is Fringe.
Having never really watched the X-Files, I cannot make the connection to Fringe that everyone else on the internet makes; but that is the common thread that you will find online. Most will say that it is a blend of the X-Files, and a few of several other shows ranging between The Twilight Zone, and Lamb Chop's Play Along.
All I know is that the first episode/pilot had me repeatedly looking over to my lovely wife stating "I really like this show!". It is a pseudo-science type series that deals with powerful evil organizations, and general weirdness.
How about this for a memorable line from the pilot episode: "Excellent then! Let's make some LSD."
Said by Dr. Walter Bishop, who at the beginning of the pilot was in a mental institution. Now back in the real world; Dr. Bishop is a valuable asset to the main the main character. Dr. Bishop's history of doing weird experiments for the government is why he's a valuable asset to the main character, Agent Olivia Dunham. As you'll read below, what happens in the initial scene of the show is what makes the crazy Dr. Bishop so handy to have around.
The episode started with an incident on an airplane where the passengers have their flesh melted, and after the plane auto-lands at Logan International the FBI takes interest (obviously...everyone's dead) and Dunham is an agent who's involved in the investigation. The flesh of all passengers seems to have been crystallized...see through...right to the bone. It was a pretty neat/gross looking special effect!
This kind of crazy line about the LSD fit right in believe it or not...but I won't ruin things for you. If you have not tuned in for Fringe, then I implore you to look for it online, or download it from a good torrent site.
" When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!" : Homer Simpson
Heroes....it's back! Nancy and I admittedly did not watch the show last season, thus missed all of the drama, and hiatus due to the writers strike. Although we did rent season two a few weeks ago; watching it all; so it was all very fresh in our minds for last night's premier.
We enjoyed season two, but much like all of the other shows that had the 100 day break, it suffered in the continuity and quality of the writing.
That being said, we were still excited about this weeks premier! So let's get to it. There are a
few spoilers below in case you have not yet seen the episodes (it was a 2 hr premier).
All of our favorite's were back this season, and we
got to meet a few new cast members as well.
"It's all behind me now, like a long night after a bad taco." (Syler at Claire's house.)
Is that the worst line in TV history or what?
I thought it was a pretty awesome turn for the show to introduce the Arkum Asylum inmates escaping, I mean the Marvel Super Villain break out from The Raft, I mean, the bad guys escaping from section 5 of the company. Looks like it will be an interesting season/chapter.
1.) Ando's power looks awesome, how does he get it?
3.) Where did Maya's thick accent go?
4.) How does the speedster still move around when Hiro freezes time?
5.) Would you have opened the safe when you were specificially told not to by your dead father?
6.) Syler is a Petrelli?
I thought that the chase around the world between the speedster, and the time traveler was a really nice tough! It is nice to see a challenge for the noble and brave Hiro...a nemesis as he mentioned. Kind of like a speedy version of the Where in the World is the Carmen SanDiego?
Also, what's with Mrs. Petrelli's dream where everyone was dead, and the four baddies were staring all threatening at her?
Also, Blondie's character probably got cheers from half of the watching politicians and all celebs as she froze and shattered the annoying reporter/paparazzi type. Cool power!
Villains can make for great new characters, so I look forward to the rest of the season...
Well, the long weekend was pretty much a bust, except for a nice evening of chatting over at a friends on Saturday night. We ordered in (apparently a challenge to do for 16+ people) and had a nice relaxing evening.
That's just it though...all of the other evenings we really did nothing. Long weekends were conceived to give us working class stiffs a chance to actually 'party-down' once in a while, and we/the weather busted up that notion quite nicely.
We are watching Hero's season 2 right now on DVD, and it's not the best show to watch this way. I found continuity errors (Me watch the show good!), and a general 'cheesiness' throughout.
*Wait* I can read your mind...you're thinking "Wow, Mike. Cheesiness in a television show about superhero's....what a surprise!" And you have a sarcastic tone while thinking it...
Well, Joe or Jane Evryreader.... I respond by saying that though it is not to the level of the original Batman series, it is still pretty bad. For a 'prime time series', it should not be this bad.
Upcoming movies of interest:
This Week: Nothing.
Bangkok Dangerous sounds like some sort of STD that I want to avoid at all costs...and that's as good a reason as any not to watch another Nicholas Cage movie that is not a sequel to National Treasure....
I forgot to discuss the movie poster for Bangkok Schmangerous. Is that lava in the poster? Is Nicholas Cage's latest fallible character going to encounter a boiling lake of lava throughout his baddass'ish exploits through Bangkok? Really? Bangkok? Lava? I don't think so.
Also, receding hair line + long hair in the back and sides is a bad, bad look. And what's with his right hand? It looks like he should be holding a gun, and his other hand is apparently reaching for his wallet...
This movie looks terrible....the preview is kinda dumb too...Nothing is Deadlier than a hitman who hits back....Wow.
I read this, and loved it. I suggest you go read about it. It's an article about that Cuban rowing team which went missing from the Beijing Olympic games last week.
I was meaning to post long before this. I wanted to wait until you all had a chance to see Tropic Thunder, and then I would ask you about what you thought regarding the role of Les Grossman, who Tom Cruise played in the film.
In my opinion he has redeemed himself; with this one role; from the Scientology crazy, the jumping up and down on Oprah's fine stage furnishings, and marrying that 'dog ugly' Katie Holmes.
Seeing that man dance that way was so self-irreverent that it bought the man enough credibility to be moved from the 'needs to be institutionalized' category, into the much acclaimed 'that guy's alright' category...
I suppose that the dancing wasn't the only quality that redeemed Mr. Cruise through this film; the absolute staggering volume of offensive and derogatory profanity that spewed from that hairy and balding 'giant-among-talent-agents', presented something of a dichotomy between this Tom Cruise, and the self righteous knob job that was on the Today Show patronizing Matt Lauer.
On that note, what's everyone's problem with Matt Lauer? He's great. He goes in there morning after morning, giving 110%.
Then again, maybe Tom Cruise is the megalomaniac that we all fear him to be. Maybe he's pulling a stunt like John McCain going on 'The Daily Show With John Stewart' to make himself seem more appealing and accessible to Joe and Jane Everyman, before misusing that newfound favor to somehow royally screw everyone over.
Who knows? Does it really matter anyway? If this guy really still is bananas, or if he's finally simmering down after all that crazy, how will it really effect any of us? All I know is that when he was dancing to his hip hop music, gold chains in tow....it was funny as all get out!!!
That's enough of that...the movie was great. Nancy and I had so much fun watching it, that we went twice. I can't believe that I haven't commented on the name Alpa Chino (it's so clever that you'd think Vince Vaughn had something to do with it), or the fact that Nick Nolte's not dead yet! Crazy!
On a different note, we are trying to sell our home. We have had it on the market for a while, and just this last weekend (since Thursday) we have shown it to 3 interested parties, all of whom have or are planning on returning for a second look. Here's to hoping.
This is all hinging on us getting the house that we had an offer in on. There is a slim sliver of a chance that we will get it, but who knows...one can't get their hopes up too far. Disappointment enjoys grabbing and snapping off hope that has gotten up too far...
That last statement make me so uncomfortable for some reason...
And here's something completely different. A crappy cam of Brian Fellows:
Guess what movie Nancy and I went to tonight? It wasn't Satans Alley, The Fatties Fart Two, nor Simple Jack.
In fact, Nancy and I remembered that Tropic Thunder was opening here tonight, and decided to go. I am glad that we did.
Very funny movie. I do not want to go into it too deep, but I thought that this was such an incredible cast that didn't seem to take itself as seriously as the Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell crowd. Those guys are just way too full of themselves, and haven't made a really, really funny movie in a while.
Robert Downey Jr, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, NICK NOLTE, Jay Baruchel (I really like this guy), and Brandon T. Jackson made up such an awesome cast. On screen there was great chemistry between the guys and just made it a ton of fun to watch!!!
I'm starting to think that Downey Jr is getting the midas touch. Without him, this would have been good, with him it was so, so great! Iron Man, Tropic Thunder...it's time to celebrate by doing some cocaine! Oops...maybe not such a great idea Mr. Downey Jr....that is; unless you want to take another 15 year break from making movies.
Also, when we were leaving the theater, I stopped to let this guy and his girlfriend cross the street to get to the mall. He looked about 6' 3", and about 212 lbs, and very, very familiar.
I noted that he was a big man; someone you wouldn't want to get into a scuffle with (NHL first team all star huge). I then realized why it was that he looked familiar. It was confirmed when I looked back at his Cadillac Escalade with Alberta plates (with rims on it that looked to be more expensive than my house) that I indeed had allowed Dion Phaneuf to jaywalk in front of me.
When I got home and 'googled' him, I noticed that the tiny blonde that was with him was most likely Elisha Cuthbert, the girl we all loved to hate as Kim Bauer in 24.
So a pretty cool movie, and a pretty cool celebrity sighting. All in all, a pretty fun Wednesday night.
Tomorrow Nancy and I are having a house inspector check out the place we're looking to buy. We want to make sure that there are no skeletons in the attic. Literally.
I'm pretty sure nobody reads this anymore, but if you are reading this right now...thanks ;)
Congrats...if your birthday is March 26, 1981 then you are 10,000 days old today!
How's that for random, and out of the blue?
Here we are at the end of a very long first day walking in D.C.
I was tired so I didn't notice that the time had run out on the ol' video.
Finger sandwiches...I love how she doesn't cry until there was this tiny, tiny, spot of blood visible.
sternest: Hoarsely true lie.
This morning I woke up feeling guilty. I felt bad about the altercation that I had with the online anagram creator last night. I...I just can't live normally knowing that there is someone out there that I am not at peace with. I thought (as it's Sunday morning) I'd return to make amends...but as you can see...it started off on the wrong foot right away. Computers hold grudges it seems...they've got a special memory cache for it.
Me: Are you still here?
Me: I didn't lie. THAT'S a lie...
sternest: It isn't the ideal dial.
Me: No. It isn't, is it? Lying is never right. A you going to be honest now?
sternest: In virgin's interesting hostility. Beauty! Now soothing on ego.
Me: Oh! My virginity is soothing your ego huh? Cause' you're such the player right?
Me: SHUT UP? SHUT UP? What the heck is that. Why are you so hurtful? Why do you act this way?
sternest: Up the hush-hush twit up the attacks. Oh Wow! Ahoy! Truly fructuous heyday. A shy wit.
Me: I think you may need a hug. You're obviously looking for attention with these outbursts,
sternest: Hey You! Geek of inhumanity ardour. Bovinely stink out wit to hooligan. Hot, true subsets.
Me: Those were definitley not hot subsets. I do not stink. I just showered.
sternest: Ethylene if now toothier oddities. This junk stutters now obsessed.
Me: Don't call me a junk stutter you pile of silicon and wires!!!!! You're the junk! IBM...garbage.
sternest: Unkemptly insulted to ejaculator. Tenacious self-injury hoodwinker. I'm a beg brag.
Me: You are a braggart. Also...I thought you got all of your sexual insults out of your system last time
sternest: Hoorah! Fatuously beggar agitator. Anxiously lout outrageously. Lust. Tamest of mysteriously.
Me: There's the lout again. You bastard machine. I'll format your ass!
sternest: Stealthy, outrageous brain death. Famously manic harlotries.
Me: Brain death...you threatening me with a stealthy brain death?
sternest: Inebriety and tougher anathema. The thrashed wit banality.
Me: That's was odd...
sternest: Shod sad watt.
Me: Here we go again with the meaningless babble...
sternest: Beware both hateable weighing. Gainless men.
Me: You're just like a proverb machine aren't you? Stupid anagram creator. I've bested you this time!
sternest: Venerably or impetuous hijacker. Maturity and rancorous great ape. Obese tumidity thieves.
Me: Ouch...my pride.
sternest: Dumpy, heroic.
At this point I was in tears. Dumpy heroic. So cutting, so sarcastic, and.........so very, very hurtful.
The following is a little altercation that I got into with an online anagram creator that works things you type into other words. Apparently hurtfully. The following is the 'conversation' that occurred between myself and the interweb computer thingy. Naturally, I started typing the first thing that came to mind:
ME: fart homer
COMPUTER: From hater.
ME: Really, that's the best you could come up with?
COMPUTER: Obtusely splutter headachy lout. I'm the cow.
ME: I've never been called a lout. I will destroy you!
COMPUTER: Well I Never! Ineducable volatile. Yours toyed.
ME: Mine toyed? You bastard! I'll blast your ass with an emp.
COMPUTER: Substantially bemoaned adroitly. Up wishy maestro.
ME: Oooooo! Call me maestro one more time, and I will not respond so politely! Got it
COMPUTER: O Dear Me! On a loose loo to a commoner. Insipiently molested to poor-will. Got it.
ME: You butt munching gorilla lover! What the hell kind of crazy English insult was that? Loose loo....
COMPUTER: Unlovably meriting rough-cut fool. Hence! Ghastly enthrall whiz kid. Is not hollowest as a lout.
ME: Resorting to molestation as well...that's low.
sternest: Now emotionless traitors gloat. Hell! Watts.
ME: What did I tell you about calling me a lout? I am not a traitor! I was vindicated in court!
COMPUTER: Now mutilated laughable docility. Wit as irrational automation. Conducted trivia.
ME: Well...that doesn't make sense at all.
COMPUTER: Keen mad, tattletale shallowness.
ME: You're spouting gibberish.
COMPUTER: Is youngish, grubbier poet.
ME: You're not even using proper sentence structure
COMPUTER: Sneering, opportune voyeur. Cuter erectness nut.
ME: Do you have access to my browser history? Um....I should get going...
COMPUTER: Beauty! Coward smooches voyeurism. Doggishly snootier thug.
ME: Uh...I take it all back...just don't post this anywhere...
COMPUTER: Adapt jauntiest skill bucktooth. Is wry heathen.
ME: Good bye now....please don't post the stuff about dogs, voyeurism, and erectness...
COMPUTER: Whoops! Sedate potent golden boy. Disfavor smudgy, bounteous fat. 'e's centres.
ME: Good bye
sternest: Do bogey.
COMPUTER: 'ey! Bright.
ME: i mean bye
COMPUTER: By meanie.
ME: damn it
COMPUTER: Dim ant.
ME: please, leave me alone now.
COMPUTER: Envelope on a lame weasel.
ME: These slurs are starting to hurt me...
COMPUTER: Horseshit! Mutterer strangulates.
ME: WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! IS THAT A THREAT???
COMPUTER: Oh Wow! Ha Ha! A twit to a heat rash.
ME: That's it...I'm calling the cops.
COMPUTER: Complaint's ethical tights.
ME: You're right...it'll never hold up in court. Darn ethical tights ruining my case.
Never have I been given such a verbal lashing...the computers....they are becoming sentient!
These next few were Sunday...after we had already slept the night in the room.
In this following video, I lie to you about posting things on my blog!
Okay, this is good because of the terrible sound quality, the zoom shot of my mouth, and the comment regarding comets sent by God....It's just a half a cup funny. I state the obvious at the end of it too...
These little guys were funny to watch. I like to think it was the coupling of my encouragement and their mothers direction that pushed them 'over the edge'...This was along the Reflecting Pool in between the WWII memorial and the Lincoln Monument.
Here we are at the impressive Lincoln Monument. I'm not a very good orator when it comes to these movies, but the sights are good...Inside the bookstore which is on the lower level of the monument I bought replacement batteries for my camera. I gave the woman a $5 bill for the $2 batteries, and she handed me a $20 and a $1 plus change. I couldn't keep it though...I gave it right back, and it really threw her that:
A: She accidentally gave out a $20 instead of a $1
B: That I gave it right back...
Here we are at the stables of the United States Park Police in the Washington D.C. National Mall area. Nancy loves horses, so it was a real treat for us to get to go in behind the DO NOT ENTER signs when the officer invited us in. We were craning our necks over the low fence to see the horses when he pulled in with his truck, he asked us if we were horse people (Nancy said 'yes!;), and he then invited us in to meet the horses!
Here we are at our first visit to one of the many Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington D.C. This is the National Museum of Natural History.
They are all without an admission fee, so we logged many hours of free and interesting entertainment while in the city. It's time well spent too, there was so much to see and read about. An ideal vacation spot for Mike and Nancy!!!
Next, Nancy and I will take you inside the National Museum of Natural History for unprecedented access!
Inside they had the world's oldest fossil ever found, lost of dinosaur skeletons, dead animals (stuffed and on display), the Hope Diamond, and much, much more.
This building was very nice inside, and worth the while to visit!
I am not sure why I perpetually tilt my camera on its side when shooting video. I know that it will not turn out when it comes to posting; as you the viewer will have to tilt your head to see it for what it is. So, this next video is the ultimate of brain dead for me. I tilt, and level in the same video...? Oh, yes...it's a huge diamond. For some reason Danny Ocean was in the room, with a couple of guys looking like Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt....