BUENO 2009!!!

December 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm (Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

Well everyone, I guess it’s this time again. From the time I’m writing this in the good old Central Time Zone, there’s about 1 1/2 hours left in the year of 2008. What a year it has been. I’ve gotten my first job, I’ve had some great experiences, I’ve had some hard times, but some great times as well. This year to me has resembled change a lot in my life. Change in the way I think, change in my activities, change in my responsibilities, change in my hopes, my dreams, my interests, and the group of those around me (I now have a posse). I’ve had some great experiences this year, but they’ve all come at the cost of accepting change, and boy do I hate change. I hate it’s guts. Just when I establish my comfort zone (I’M STILL NOT IN IT THANK YOU VERY MUCH CHANGE FROM AUGUST 2008!!!) change comes, pulls out my rug, and leaves me to set up a new comfort zone. I hope I can cope better with change this next year, one of my resolutions. Below are some of my resolutions, enjoy. I hope everyone has had a great year, and I hope you all enjoy next year as well. I remember dreading 2007-08 b/c I hated those numbers, but always looking forward to 09, and here it is. Thanks everyone for the great year, hope I get to experience another great one with you all as my friends. 

  • Be a Wiser Nerd
  • Accept Change
  • Worry Less
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Call of Duty: World at War Review

December 30, 2008 at 12:12 pm (Video Games)

A few months back I got the chance to play one of my now-favorite FPSs, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I loved this game so much, the game’s intense story, well-constructed connection with your fellow squadmates, and beautiful graphics had me stuck to my seat for days. The company to thank for that was Infinity Ward, who was handed the Call of Duty license for an iteration. Now the company took one game off to hand it back to Treyarch for the 5th game, with Infinity Ward set to pick the series back up with a sequel to Modern Warfare next year. When I first heard this I was pretty upset, thinking there’s no way Treyarch can beat the great standard set by Modern Warfare. I was partly correct. They didn’t beat the game that is Modern Warfare, but they sure did come up with a great game that’s just what the doctor ordered until Modern Warfare 2. I appreciate that Treyarch didn’t try to replicate the modern storyline, but instead went back to WW2, and put some new, fresh ideas into play. The game works on the same engine as COD4, which makes all veterans feel right at home, and the game follows the same beloved in-game cutscene system and cinematics that attaches the player so well to the action. Like other COD games, this one follows two separate stories. You have Pvt. Miller being led by Sgt. Roebuck on the Japanese Island Peleliu, where the player is constantly on the alert and just trying to survive in almost a horror, and then there’s the storyline of Pvt. Petrenksky, a member of a Russian brigade invading Germany and avenging their lost ones in a revenge-soaked, horrific blood bath. Both are totally different in tone, although I preferred the Russian missions most of the time thanks to the emotion and tone set in by the horrific actions you and your team are committing to the German lines.

Which reminds me, this game is not for kids. It is rated M for mature for a reason. DO NOT BUY YOUR CHILD THIS GAME. IT IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. These two storylines are constantly delving into very mature themes of death, retribution, honor, and revenge. The violence in the game is gratuitous, banzai attackers that come at you will stab you through the stomach unless you stab them in the neck first in a disturbing cutscene. The language in the game alone is not for kids. The F word is shouted several times, along with other obscenities in the midst of battle. These mature elements feel real and are great for the older gamers, and definitely add a sense of realism and hopelessness, but are not for kids.

The game does a wonderful job of providing the cinematic feel of a big budget movie, you’re constantly dodging bullets, investigating dead corpses and downed ships, dragging others to safety or being dragged, and running for your life and trying to defend it. I could recommend the game solely on the theatrics alone. Whether it’s the Japanese environment of hopelessness and panic, looking around every turn, praying you make it out, or if it’s the constant fight, pushing Nazis back under an insane commander who’s lost his sight under the cloud of vengeance. The game is also great b/c it has some excellent voice work. Gary Oldman and Keifer Sutherland supply their voice talents as your commanding officers, and both do a fantastic job. The weapons in this game are also really great, and easy to build preferences on. I usually favored the rapid fires like MP40s and Type 100s, while trying to avoid the Masuri Bayonets. Then there’s the flamethrower, which is just indescribably great. Overall, the game is a lot like COD4, just a different story. The only times I had some trouble with the game was when the objectives kind of got frustrating, and sometimes my squad wasn’t the brightest (WHY ARE YOU SHOOTING A WALL THAT’S NOT EVEN FACING THEM!!!) Overall, Call of Duty: World at War is not only a great addition to the series and a great hold-over until Modern Warfare 2, but it’s one of the best, most theatrical WW2 games out there today, one that every one should try.

4 1/2 out of 5

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BEST/WORST MOVIES OF 2008

December 29, 2008 at 9:43 am (Movies, Top Ten)

   

   

                    

I decided this year instead of combining both movies and video games into one post, since I haven’t played that many new games this year, and since I have watched a lot of movies. I decided I would take one post aside to name off my favorite movies of the year, separating them into categories, naming the worst, and my top ten favorite for the year. If you have any suggestions to me for movies I might have forgotten, feel free to let me know. 

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE MOVIE (NOT INCLUDING SUPERHERO MOVIES)-

  • Traitor
  • Quantum of Solace
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Tie-007: Quantum of Solace and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian-Both are great movies that everyone should see, I simply could not decide though between them, given that I liked them for different reasons. That, and I’d get my head bitten off. 

BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE-

  • Iron Man
  • Hancock
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Incredible Hulk

Winner-The Dark Knight-This movie astounds me to this day. Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk would win any other day had TDK not been involved, however, TDK succeeds not only as a superhero movie, but as a true crime epic. That, plus Ledger’s unrivaled performance make it my winner. 

I must say that all the others are great movies as well, all could have won on their own. All worth exceeding honor. 

BEST COMEDY-

 

  • Get Smart
  • Drillbit Taylor
  • What Happens in Vegas…
  • Be Kind Rewind
  • Bedtime Stories

 

Winner-Get Smart-Although I loved Be Kind Rewind and thought it was a better movie, Get Smart just carries more laughs. It is funnier than Be Kind Rewind to me, and AS A COMEDY it succeeds. However as a film, Be Kind Rewind is a better movie.

BEST DRAMA-Winner-The Bucket List-I didn’t see any other dramas, go figure.  

BEST ANIMATED MOVIE-

 

  • Kung Fu Panda
  • WALL E
  •  Horton Hears a Who

 

Winner-WALL E-Even though Kung Fu Panda is one of the best animated movies I’ve seen in a while, WALL E proves to be another animated classic from PIXAR.

BEST SCIENCE FICTION-

 

  • Jumper
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

 

Tie-I couldn’t decide whose acting was more wooden, Christensen or Reeves, and Reeves is a frackin’ alien! Both movies are worth while sci-fi fair, nothing too great but still worth your time. 

BEST SEQUEL-

 

  • The Dark Knight
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • 007: Quantum of Solace

 

Winner-The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian-Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did ya? I judged this on which movie series improved the most, not which one was the best movie. Prince Caspian was a great improvement to me over  the first, which is what puts it ahead. 

BEST FAMILY MOVIE-

 

  • Bedtime Stories
  • WALL E
  • Horton Hears a Who

 

Winner-Bedtime Stories-Out of all these movies suited for families, Bedtime Stories does the best job of making it fun for both kids and adults. Kids like fantasy, there you go. Adults like Sandler, there you go. 

WORST MOVIE OF 2008-

 

  • Jumper
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  • 10000 BC
  • Cloverfield

 

Winner-You Don’t Mess with the Zohan-Oh what hopes I had for this movie. I thought it would be funny. I thought it would be entertaining. I thought wrong. DS and Nolan, you all can accuse all you want or defend, the movie was not funny at all to me. They basically take the same joke and they re-use it 50 times, each time grosser and even less funny. 10000 BC earned it’s way here b/c of, well, I can’t remember. Jumper is here thanks to Hayden Christensen. Finally, Cloverfield’s here just b/c it had the worst and most nauseating camera work ever.

TOP ELEVEN MOVIES OF 2008-I couldn’t get myself to rid the #11 spot, so I decided to leave it in as an addendum.

 

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Bucket List
  3. Be Kind Rewind
  4. WALL E
  5. Iron Man
  6. Get Smart
  7. 007: Quantum of Solace
  8. Bedtime Stories
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  10. Hancock
  11. Kung Fu Panda

 

More than Worthy Mentions-Edward Norton’s fantastic portrayal of Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, Kutcher and friend’s hilarious times in What Happens in Vegas. 

Stay tuned for my picks for video games and TV coming soon. *Note-If I end up seeing Seven Pounds, Yes Man, or some other movie this month, I’ll edit this post. 


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Hard Knox-Parts 1 and 2 & The Recruit-Parts 1 and 2

December 29, 2008 at 8:44 am (Television, Video)

Usually I’ve skipped the Heroes webisodes unless they’re really interesting, or feature a character I’m grown to like. Most of the time they’re just about some new Sprint cash-in (no offense) or mailmen, which was still a good series. However, one of the new characters that was killed oh-too-soon in Villains that DS and I made jokes about the most, Knox, has gotten his own webisode series, Hard Knox, about his origin involving Matt Parkman. Below is parts 1 and 2 of “Hard Knox”, get it?

Also, here’s parts 1 and 2 of the series “The Recruit”, starring TV’s sexiest grandma according to G4TV, Angela Petrelli, and her adventures with the new recruits into the “Intelligent Design” program that kinda went up in flames…. literally. 

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New Monk, Heroes, and Psych Episode Titles

December 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Television)

Ok, I’m really hoping I don’t get slammed by that one Monk fan when I do this post. Below are the names and some descriptions for the final 8 episodes of the seventh season of Monk.

  • Mr. Monk and the Other Brother-Monk meets his half-brother – Jack Monk, Jr. – a charming grifter who just escaped from prison and is the prime suspect in a murder.Steve Zahn guest stars and David Hoberman directs. 
  • Mr. Monk on Wheels/Mr. Monk Gets Shot-When Natalie unwittingly helps a thief steal the bicycle of a biotech CEO, she ropes Monk into solving a crime right out of “Encyclopedia Brown” until Monk learns the hard way how dangerous this thief really is. Bradley Whitford guest stars. 
  • Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door-While investigating a murder at a museum full of oddities, Monk befriends a warm older woman, but he has trouble believing the friendship comes without a catch. Gena Rowlands guest stars. 
  • Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs-Monk scores tickets to the biggest football game of the year, but he and Captain Stottlemeyer can’t go inside until they figure out who tried to blow up a fan in the parking lot. Bob Costas guest stars. 
  • Mr. Monk Fights City Hall
  • Mr. Monk and the Bully
  • Mr. Monk and the Magician

Below are just a few titles for the new volume of Heroes: Fugitives, set to debut in February. 

  • A Clear and Present Danger
  • Cold Wars
  • Shades of Grey

Below are the titles and some descriptions for the latter half of the 3rd Season of Psych.

  • Six Feet Under the Sea-When Shabby the sea lion is found dead after being released into the wild, Shawn sets out to prove it was murder and stumbles onto a bigger mystery. Ted McGinley guest stars. 
  • Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing-Shawn and Gus must prove Lassiter’s innocence when he’s on the hook for a murder inside of the Santa Barbara Police Department. 
  • Earth, Wind, And… Wait For It-Shawn and Gus join up with a local firehouse to prove a series of arsons are more than they seem. Bruce McGill guest stars. 
  • Any Given Friday Night at 10 PM, 9 Central!-Shawn and Gus go undercover at a professional football training camp when the foot of the team’s missing kicker is discovered. Mykelti Williamson guest stars as the head coach. 
  • Truer Lies-Shawn and Gus must prove a pathological liar is telling the truth in order to stop an assassination plot. Jonathan Silverman guest stars. 
  • Tuesday the 17th-Shawn and Gus are hired by a childhood friend to find a missing camp counselor who disappeared near their old sleep-away campgrounds. Upon their arrival, spooky activity abounds and they must uncover if the dark past of the abandoned camp has come back to life. Justine Bateman guest stars as Lassiter’s estranged wife Victoria. 
  • An Evening with Mr. Yang-After eluding capture and disappering years ago, the famed Yin Yang serial killer is back, and he’s set his sights on Shawn. Cybill Shepherdand Rachael Leigh Cook reprise their roles in the season finale…and watch for a secret celebrity role of Mr. Yang. 

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Bedtime Stories Review

December 27, 2008 at 12:22 pm (Movies)

“I’m just like the stink on your shoes, I’m not going away…” These are the words spoken by Adam Sandler in the new movie Bedtime Stories, and I hope this movie is like the stink of my shoes, hoping that it’s not going away. The movie is about the life of Skeeter Bronson (Sandler), a man neglected in his father’s dreams. Marty Bronson, back in the 70s, owned a hotel with his son and daughter, and sells it to the Nottingham name to keep it alive, with the promise that Skeeter will eventually become head. Skeeter’s sister (Courteney Cox) becomes a principal with two kids, and Skeeter is stuck in the job of lowly housekeeper and janitor. Pretty soon he’s left in charge of her kids for a while, starts telling these bedtimes stories, and pretty soon, they start coming true. The movie’s rated PG, and is a Happy Madison production, not a likely pairing, but Disney proves to be a matchmaker. I went into the movie expecting a uber-kiddish romp with tons of fart jokes and 6 year old humor, but I was probably the guy laughing the most in the packed theater. The comedy was spot on for me. The movie found a brilliant way to create humor that’s funny for kids, and also funny for adults. Hardly any of the jokes were aimed for one audience or the other, it was just plain, old fashioned funny. Think of it like a regular Adam Sandler comedy, just built for kids. I was rolling in my seat before the 1 1/2 hour run time was up. Probably my favorite thing about the movie was the number of great cameos in the movie from Sandler alumni, and some other great comedic forces. Lucy Lawless, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell, Richard Griffiths, the man himself Rob Schneider, Nick Swandson, and one of my new favorite actors, Russell Brand, who is drop out funny in this movie. The movie is also great at incorporating that classic Disney magic feeling, which you never think you’ll see in a Sandler comedy. I was surprised at how funny the movie was. The movie has your classic Disney elements, character gets something magic, character has conflict, happy ending with plenty of magic, and happiness. All of the dream sequences are hilarious with Sandler working his family friendly style and his slapstick goofy gags, and the work between him and Brand, or him and Griffiths, are some of the best in the movie. Some of the jokes aimed at kids specifically (Bugsy) weren’t as funny to me sometimes, and sometimes you get a little lost in all the whimsiness and pacing, but the movie still provides a great time. You mix in a little bit of fantasy, a great cast, a great message and family friendliness, and a whole lot of comedy, than Bedtime Stories is your prime result. If you’re looking for a critically acclaimed movie that’s gonna leave you feeling just as bad as you went in in the happiest time of the year, go see Doubt, but if you want a movie that’s gonna take your mind off some troubles, or just want to see a movie that both your kids will love and you will too, then Bedtime Stories is definitely the right way to go. 

4 1/2 out of 5

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MINESWEEPER: THE MOVIE

December 26, 2008 at 11:38 am (Movies, Video, Video Games, Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

Sad thing is, I’d probably watch this. 

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Merry Christmas to All!

December 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm (Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

I might be a little late to the “Merry Christmas” band wagon, but I might as well throw my hat into this. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to every body, whether you’re a first time reader or a regular, I hope you have a great holiday season, may your days be merry and bright. I hope you get everything you want for Christmas and then some, and I hope you take some time to hang out with your family, they’re not as dorky as you think. The main purpose of the holidays are not just awesome gifts, but getting to spend time with one another and enjoy eachother’s company. That, and also really cool gifts, I’ll admit. Right now I’m takin’ a listen to my new Ipod while trying to sync all my music and vids, and look forward to re-watching Get Smart and The Dark Knight, and get some play time with Call of Duty: World at War. DS, I hope you got some good games because I will want to play them.

Long story short, I hope you all have a great Christmas, and a great new year, all “in the spirit of Christmas and Kwan-zo!”

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Return to Hyrule, In More Ways Then One

December 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm (Video Games)

If you’ve never played The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, I strongly recommend it. I’ve owned my Wii for 1 1/2 years, and that is the best game I’ve played on it. The sheer emphasis on combat, exploration, landscape, and a brilliant & exuberant story alone, among other things, make it a game any and every one should play. I bought the game a week or two after I bought my Wii, and beat it about 2 months, or 45 hours of gameplay later. Let’s just say it’s not an easy game. In the 2007 summer, I lent it to a friend of mine, and let’s just say I just now got it back. I haven’t realized how much I’ve missed this game. I wanna re-play through the entire story, just to experience all of the epic bosses, all of the amazing puzzles, all over again. Just in case you didn’t know, this game is great, and you need to play it. You need to play it, you need to play it. Play this game. Within the next few weeks and months I will definitely be paying a few more trips to Hyrule.

Also, I figured this was a neat little coincide-ment, according to Gamespot, some analysts predict the next Zelda game to be announced soon, with the release of the game coming possibly in late 2009 or 2010. Sure, that’s still a long way off, but it’s enough to get my hopes up after being disappointed by the Nintendo E3 Press Conference, James, Colt, and Steven can back me up here and remember it vividly-

  • Jake-Hey guys… you wanna come over tomorrow and see what big announcement Nintendo’s gonna have for E3? 
  • James-Sure man, just let me finish watching this podcast of live feed from Microsoft’s Event… Wow… AVATARS!!!

(Next day at E3 Nintendo Event)

 

  • Jake-Don’t worry guys, they’re probably about to announce something BIG!!! I can feel it! There’s still 30 minutes left in the broadcast… They’re gonna save the big stuff for the end!
  • James-Wait… Why are they spending so much time playing these “instruments”?
  • Colt-I don’t think she really can ski or snowboard…
  • Jake-Ehhh…..

 


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Jim Gaffigan and Jeff Dunham

December 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm (Comics, Video)

Browsing around for some new vids for my Itunes, I found some great new comedians to share with all of you. I’ve already converted DS to the stylings of Jeff Dunham, now all the rest of you are to undergo your conversion. Below are some samples of 3 of my new favorite comedians-Jim Gaffigan’s routine about hot pockets, his set on cake,  and Jeff Dunham’s set with Ackhmed the Dead Terrorist, along with his routine with Walter.

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Earl’s Evaluation-It’s Your Life, Do What You Want

December 19, 2008 at 10:28 pm (The Way Earl Sees It)

 

This is a new series I’d like to start, maybe every Friday set aside some time to share my opinion on some sort of topic. Whether it’s life, something in the video game or movie world, or it might be just something that was on my mind. Sort of like the regular Way Earl Sees It, but more structured. In this time of giving, I feel as if I should give you, the viewer, the reader, the subscriber, a gift. Not a physical gift, an Ipod, a PS3, or some blu-ray player that I’m hoping will never really catch (I don’t wanna spend $30 on a movie I’ll only watch once), however a mental lesson, a life lesson if you will. I’d like to share my thoughts, help you and even myself with coping and making it through life. If you don’t wanna read this, think I’m preaching to you, I’m not. I don’t preach, preachers do, and I’m not a preacher. I’d rather you listen to a preacher than me. 

I hear so many people complain about life. I hear people whine about the position they’re in, the people they’re around, complaining about how they don’t like their life. It’s one thing to state that you’re unhappy on something, that you don’t like something in your life, that something really burns you. That’s life. If you’re out in the world today and you don’t already know it, life ain’t fair. Life can have you feeling like you’re on the edge of the world sometimes, but other times it’s gonna roundhouse kick you, then keep kicking you in the gut over and over until you get up, or you can just choose to stay there and keep gettin’ kicked. It’s another thing to constantly whine, constantly brood over those things. It’s unhealthy to let that fester in your gut. If you know what I’m talking about you know it’s no fun to bearound someone that just complains all the time and is just so pessimistic. It’s not just lack of optimism, it’s also laziness. If you’ve got something in your life that you don’t like, change it. Don’t just sit there, whine about it and expect it to get better on it’s own, you get up and you fix it yourself. I understand you can’t apply this standard to all things-bad family, etc., but that doesn’t mean you can’t change your attitude, or even other people’s. It’s not always your fault either. Sometimes you might just have to pray and help others to get better understanding. Sometimes you might just have to get over things, but long story short-There’s never any situation that you can’t get out of. When life kicks you in the groin of couple of times and throws you to the ground, when you get dealt a bad hand, it’s up to you to do a little praying, get up, dust yourself off, and fix your life. If you’re lucky, you might just have some people around you to help you. You can’t change the past, but you sure can change your future, I learned that from Heroes. Whenever life starts to beat you up, you can’t let it get to you, you can’t let that keep you laying on the ground. I know I’ve said it 15 times, but it’s your job to either A) Change your attitude B) Change Others’ Attitudes C) Get Over It and Adapt a Little or D) Change your life yourself. Life’s what you want it to be. (I am so glad I didn’t say Life’s what you make it to end this one….)

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Traitor Review

December 19, 2008 at 9:34 am (Movies)

Is Don Cheadle working for the FBI? Or is he undermining a secret terrorist plot? To be honest, I didn’t know during the movie, and I still am not totally sure. The movie Traitor revolves around Don Cheadle’s character, Shamir, or something Arabic like that. Anywho. Shamir finds himself in quite a pickle. As a young boy, he saw his father killed by a suicide bombing. Then, about 30 years later he is caught in the middle of a terrorist plot himself. After getting caught by the other side of the fence and taken in by their side as one of them, he ends up doing a little work for them. Pretty soon he’s trying to get on the good side of the terrorists, but ultimately trying to trick them because he’s working with the police. Let’s just say I was confused. (Okay, I just checked Wiki… totally caught up now… I was pretty close to right.) I’ll go ahead and say it. I fell asleep during this movie. It might have been b/c I was on a really comfortable couch, maybe it was a boring scene, or maybe it was because I stayed up til’ midnight the previous night watching Whose Line is it Anyway. One thing I really liked in the film was the great theme of the Muslimfaith. Samir himself is Muslim, and his bombers are as well. The movie does a great job of explaining, going into focus on the motives, the inner reasons for the bombings, it even provided a greater understanding of myself from it, which is a great thing to come from a 2 hour movie. I could recommend this movie on that alone. The bombings aren’t just “ALL PRAISE ALLAH LA LA LA LA LA LAAAA!!!!!! (BOOM)” This theme opened my eyes a lot and even educated me on this topic and even stereotype that’s running rampant through the US. The performances in the movie were also pretty good. Jeff Daniels and Guy Pearce both did a great job as two straight edged FBI agents, but Don Cheadle was definitely the best cast character. The movie’s action and fight scenes contain a very surreal sense of realism, which when pertaining to a movie about suicide bombings, is helpful. You feel like all of this could actually happen. The movie is also very fast-paced, every other scene someone’s killed, someone’s revealed to be a double-agent, someone’s blowing up, someone’s getting executed, etc. which with a tired mind and a already difficult plot can be a little troublesome. The movie also kinda seems a little repetitive in some spots, doing the same things repeatedly, you’re almost expecting Don Cheadle’s big revelation at the end of the movie. You’re always expecting the unexpected. These are minor complaints though. Really what I appreciated on the film was it’s attention to the racing topic, it’s wonderful execution and real tone, and some really well-thought performances. I might actually buy this eventually. Overall, I really enjoyed Traitor, and if you’re looking for a movie that will get your mind going, and you’re ready to sit down and pay attention to a great story, then get some rest, and give Traitor a rent.

4 out of 5

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My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies

December 18, 2008 at 9:22 am (Movies, Top Ten)

  

It seems that I do this one every year, but to me every year it changes, just like Christmas. New favorites emerge, new runners enter, and you find something you never saw before. Or maybe I just got tired of the old one. 

  1. A Christmas Story-How can you beat the classic? The classic story of Ralphie trying to get his hands on a red ryder bb gun is my new favorite story of Christmas.
  2. Elf-Will Ferrel is and always will be hilarious in one of my favorite Christmas movies about one man trying to find his true home for the holidays.
  3. The Santa Clause-The classic Christmas tale of Tim Allen’s attempts at the guy in the big red suit will always be a classic in my eyes.
  4. Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas-Hilarious and heart-warming.
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  6. The Polar Express 
  7. Fred Claus
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Can I Count This?)
  9. Home Alone 2
  10. Ernest Saves Christmas

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Earl’s Tunes-Shattered, You Found Me, Gotta Be Somebody

December 18, 2008 at 8:50 am (Music)

This is another installment of one of my favorite series where I showcase some of my new favorite tunes out there right now.

First, this is just a song I heard on the radio, but I thought it was pretty good, and it led me to look into the band more. It’s O.A.R.’s new song, Shattered. 

Second, possibly my favorite Fray song, the new preview song You Found Me from their upcoming album. There’s no video, just a still pic, but the song’s still great and worth a listen.

Finally, the third is Nickelback’s new song from their new CD “Dark Horse”, Gotta be Somebody. 

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Brutal Legend Trailer

December 15, 2008 at 7:18 am (Video, Video Games)

Below is the new trailer for the new game from the genius Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine, centered around the tales of rock, Brutal Legend. The game is set for release in Fall 2009. If you’ve ever played Psychonauts you know why to be excited for this game. 

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