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Some of the wonderful things rattling around in this full brain 'o mine. UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY (or at least twice a week)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

101 Greatest Simpsons Quotes

You know, running down through these quotes, it’s hilarious because I can still pretty much hear each one in my head, and for the most part, tell you which episodes they were from.

You know, I thought that the Simpsons Movie should have been made years ago…to take advantage of the huge popularity the show had in it’s first 6 or 7 seasons…now though, I think they did it the right way. Think about it, all those huge fans from 10 years ago, are older now…a lot of them have kids, that they’ll now take with them to the movie…that’s even MORE money that this movie will take in. I would have loved to have seen Harry Potter, Transformers, and the Simpsons open on the same weekend just to see who would take the cake. For my money, I think the Simpsons won’t beat Harry Potter’s opening weekend haul…but they’ll make a load of cash from this film.

Great quotes on here...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

NBA Summer League and NBA Season Predictions

Weird off-season so far, definitely. Grant Hill walked to a contender for about 92mill less than his last contract. Rashard Lewis somehow became a max player. The draft was interesting. Randolph got traded from the TrailblazersI believe I called that one a while ago, but he didn’t go to the team I thought he would.

I actually got a chance to watch the Pistons Summer League team play on NBA TV. The kids look good. Afflalo looks to be very much in the Lindsey Hunter mode, and Stuckey looks great. I’m still concerned about that front-line for my Pistons though…oh well, I’m sure Joe will do something, or nothing…whatever.

Anyway, here’s my top 5 teams to watch next year (these being teams that won’t necessarily be good, but they’ll be fun to watch):
1. Portland Trailblazers: Oden’s going to be fun to watch along with the rest of a well put together team.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Milicic will be good next to Gasol.
3. Toronto Raptors: The kids will just get better.
4. Boston Celtics: Allen’s going to help these kids grow up a little faster.
5. New York Knicks: Randolph and Curry in the same frontcourt….oh boy.

That being said, I’m predicting one of these following teams will win next year’s championship:
1. San Antonio Spurs: Did nothing, they don’t need to.
2. Dallas Mavericks: Still searching for Webber for Stevie Franchise…
3. Phoenix Suns: Adding G. Hill will solidify their locker-room.
4. Detroit Pistons: The kids will help the starters and push them enough.
5. Chicago Bulls: Another year of growing, Joe Smith helps.

Later Y’all! Time to look forward to college football season!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon interview with screenwriter!

This is a pretty decent interview with David J. Stieve, who wrote "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon." For those of you who haven't yet checked it out on DVD, it's the best horror film of the year. This interview gives good insight into where they're going next with the character, as well as how he got into screenwriting.

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I had to digg the interview with David J. Stieve, but I figured I’d couple it with a short review / recommendation for those of you out there who are horror fans.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon will go down as one of the most original, cool, and funny films of it’s genre…a very close second behind Scream. I have to admit, I didn’t really know much of anything about the film going in. It was out earlier this year, and played for all of one week at a local theater. I saw a banner ad on Aintitcool and thought it looked interesting, and I knew it was a more local product, so I wanted to check it out.

Well, it turned out to be one of the best surprises I’ve had watching films in a long time. You know what I’m talking about, one of those films that just catches you completely by surprised. Somehow you go into the film knowing next to nothing about it, and it ends up being so great that it sticks with you for a long time. I’ve had a couple of those in my lifetime: The Matrix, Equilibrium, Memento, and now Behind the Mask. These are movies that are so incredibly original and well-executed that I forever hold them close to my heart.

I’m not going to go in depth on Behind the Mask, for that would do it an injustice. Suffice to say that the synopsis is of a documentary crew following around a would be killer as he readies for his big night. Go in with nothing more than that, and enjoy the movie.

I would be remiss though not to mention the lead: Nathan Baesel. He hits all the greatest notes, as he seamlessly rolls from comedy to incredibly intense and intimidating. I couldn’t help but explain with joy during the films how many times the main character is just completely and utterly insane…but in a way that is entirely realistic and entertaining.

I give Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon a solid 5 out of 5 *’s. It’s one of the most entertaining and original horror films in years, and would be a solid addition to anyone’s DVD shelf.