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Posted on 2009.01.19 at 00:10
Okay, so I just saw Revolutionary Road.  I cannot decide if I like it.  The acting in it was superb.  Leo and Kate were phenomenal.  You could tell that they both smelled Oscars (too bad neither will win).  But overall it is one of the few movies where I think the beginning was better than the end.  It was just so damn depressing.  And I feel as if the last two scenes order should have been switched.  Also, Sam Mendes directing his wife on very short sex scenes: AWKWARD!  But I had one major thing when seeing this movie: the audience.  I do not know what the expected to watch, but what the fuck?  They laughed at so many inappropriate moments!  Fucking New Yorkers are retarded!  Like at several CRUCIAL moments in the plot line, people would just be like "OH EM GEE!! HAHAHHAHAA!"  It was not funnY! WTF!  I think the best parts though were not played by the leads.  Michael Shannon stole the rfucking show.  Deserves a best Supporting Actor nom for sure.  Also Dylan Baker was pretty rad (as always).  Kathy Bates played hr part well.  Sam Mendes did an alright job directing.  He used many slow zooms and during the fights he used a steady cam as opposed to the normal stands.  The score was also very good.  Basically I would have really enjoyed this movie if the audience did not suck so much.

Oh and also I feel as though Let The Right One In should be in my top 5 movies of this year.  Maybe tie for 5th?

Thank you Carolyn Keogh for allowing me to use this computer and don't worry friends back home I will give a new york update (complete with pictures) when I get back on the 23rd.

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Brad's Top Movies

Posted on 2009.01.12 at 19:07
Well, this is incredibly overdue, but after finally being able to see the Wrestler and seeing Slumdog for what was basically a 3rd time, I have come to my decision for the top 5 movies of 2008. Some may surprise you, and you will probably disagree with me on at least one but here ya go:

1.) The Wrestler- Mickey Rourke just pwned this film. And while the filming style was clearly the work of Aronofsky, this film was far more linear than anything he has ever done. It was pitch perfect in my eyes. Incredibly bloody and violent though.

2.) Slumdog Millionaire- No surprise here. I am sure to some of you I overhyped the shit out of this. But I really did fucking love it. I understand that the whole plot revolved around the ending, but it was defnitely an ending that stuck with you. And about time Danny Boyle got some major recognition.

3.) Milk- Besides the first two, everything else was just Meh. But Josh brolin rules in this. And Sean Penn was pretty good too. I think mickey Rourke will (should) when win the Oscar but Penn was pretty good too. Diego Luna wasjust nuts though, and very similar to John Leguizamo in Too Wong Foo. Oh well. I wrote a longer write up in an earlier entry.

4.) In Bruges- I fucking love this movie. Replayability is amazing for me. And Colin Farrell was fucking funny. Plus, like I said, everything else this year kinda sucked.

5.) Burn After Reading- Maybe because I love the Coen broskies, maybe cuz I loved Brad Pitt's character in this. Either way, I liked it.


If you are wondering where Curious Case is, I haven't seen it. So it isn't on my list. But I am sure it is good, and I am sure it would probably be number 3 (hell, maybe even 2?). But, can't rank it until I see it....

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Milk

Posted on 2008.12.11 at 13:44
So, Emmett, Sabrina, Jirko, Rachel, Ryan and I stayed after work last night and watched Milk.  I must say that movie was overhyped as all hell.  Yeah, Sean Penn's performance was pretty damn good.  But that is no surprise.  In my opinion, Emile Hirsch did a better job than James Franco though but probably will never get recognized for it.  And Diego Luna played a character which resembled John Leguizamo in "Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything."  The highlight of the film would have to be Spoiler Alert?Collapse )I am very happy that that movie was not nominated for Best Picture in the Drama category at the Golden Globes.  Don't get me wrong though!  The movie was good.  Just not as awesome as all the old bitches who have come into work have been telling me.  I am sort of dreading all the customers who will come this weekend to watch it.  Oh also, Sean Penn fucking viciously makes out with James Franco in the opening scenes.  It was just weird to watch and it kind looked like Franco was caught by surprise.


We are watching Slumdog Millionaire tonight.  I am predicting awesomeness.  


EDIT: The fact that In Bruges got nominated for 3 Golden Globes fucking rules.  I might have to go home and watch that movie again tonight to celebrate.  

Oh and so far the list of movies I am considerig to put in my top 5 of 2008 are as follows (in no order):
  • Burn After Reading
  • In Bruges
  • Let The Right One In
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Dark Knight
  • RocknRolla
  • Milk
  • Slumdog Millionaire (I am assuming....)
  • The Wrestler (I am hoping)
  • Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher don't let me down)

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Posted on 2008.12.09 at 02:23
Current Music: Voxtrot - Long Haul | Powered by Last.fm
I haven't posted in a while so here are some of the major events of my past 3 weeks (in the order that they come to me):
  • Let The Right One In
  • No Age/Titus Andronicus
  • I am apparently becoming assistant manager at Osio
  • Laurel found an apartment in LA
  • I only have one week of school left
  • Epic Video Chats
  • Michael coming to town on two different weekends
  • 40z
  • Teeth
  • Xbox breaking/fixing/breaking/fixing/repeat 12 times
  • Chilling w/ Kenji
  • Rock Band 2
  • Paying $1200 worth of bills.
I was going to make some best of '08 lists but realized I couldn't do the movie one until I see Milk and Slumdog Millionaire.  So I will probably make some on Friday night.  I am watching Slumdog thursday and Milk friday.    I really want to see the Wrestler too.

Too lazy to link trailers, so go look them up.  Seriously.  They are all going to be great.


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Speedy Recap

Posted on 2008.11.10 at 01:14
Election was nice.
Absinthe was super.
Sarah is still cool.
Michelle is still thought about constantly.
New York is still happening
Soul Men is surprisingly hilarious.
Laurel is back, sorta.
Osio is still easy.
Saving money is easier than I remember.
I really really really want to see Deerhunter/Times New Viking/BARR on the 24th.
And No Age/Titus Andronicus on December 4th.

Now for my Top 5 Albums with ridiculously absurd album titles (of 2008 and that I can think of off the top of my head):
  • "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust" by Sigur Ros (I had to look up the spelling, I just knew it was retarded)
  • "Pillowface And His Airplane Chronicles" by Steve Aoki
  • "Oracular Spectacular" by MGMT
  • "Kiss the Crystal Flake" by The Mother Hips
  • "Stainless Style" by Neon Neon


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New York New York

Posted on 2008.10.20 at 23:09
Alright so it is official.  I am going to New York from January 7 to January 21st.  Plane tickets just went down to $289 round trip, which is $130 less then what I was originally planning, which rules.  If anyone would like to go with me, let me know.

Now to just find a place to stay.  Hostels will be looked at.

I was going to discuss something else, but I cannot remember.  Oh.  I drank with my dad today.  Well, I drank; Dad just got high.  It was an incredibly awkward night.  And he kept telling me stories about him getting high.   I hate how comfortable he is with me.

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Fuck Oliver Stone

Posted on 2008.10.18 at 03:24
So I just saw W. with Emmett and Sabrina and I must say it fucking sucked.  Josh Brolin was bomb and really everyone in it played their role fucking perfectly (which I am assuming wasn't hard since they were all portraying people that they have seen on the news for the past 8+ years).  The only real problem I have is with Oliver Stone behind the camera.  Fuckin' A man.  Bush's life was not some artful masterpiece that was just threaded incorrectly for the main world.  It was fucking spoon fed to us.  All the bad shit about him was already known, so why did Stone think that he needed to skew in so that you sympathize for Bush.  And enough with the blurry camera angles.  It worked in Natural Born Killers, nothing else.  I guess I just had high expectations maybe?  I dunno.

Should be seeing Max Payne tomorrow though, which I am sure will be better that that shit I saw tonight.

I should be talking about my past two weeks but  I think if you know me, you already know what's up.  So no recap.  Instead: A List.

Most Overrated Actors Who I Am Still Willing To Dish Out $9.00 to See in a Movie:
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • John Malkovich
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Martin Lawrence
  • Paul Giamatti (I Fucking Loved Him Until His Role in The Illusionist, I dunno what it was, but goddamn he bothered me in that)

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Posted on 2008.09.30 at 00:44
I have been more happy than usual recently.  So here is a list

Top Movies Which Contained Monkeys or Apes As Lead or Major Supporting Roles:
  • Speed Racer
  • Ed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_(film))
  • Dunston Checks In
  • Congo
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • George of the Jungle
EDIT:
  • Every Which Way But Loose
  • Monkeybone

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Posted on 2008.09.23 at 15:38
Damnit. I am at Noir again. (I think 4th time in 4 days?). This time i am actually studying for my Econ test. I think this would be twenty times easier if I was able to afford coffee, but seeing as how i have no way of picking up my final paycheck* I am broke. But anyways, I think I aced my calc quiz today and the fact that I pulled off writing an essay in 20 minutes last night made me feel pretty good. I had been stressing out all day yesterday because I had overbooked my schedule for that day and ended up having to cancel two plans because of my massive amount of homework that has been piling up over the past 6 days (I will never learn from my mistakes). But it looks like there is a light! Econ won't be too bad. I am thinking maybe a low B. Considering I just purchased the book yesterday, I think that is pretty impressive.

I am kind of excited to work tomorrow too. I close with CJ and Sarah. And Rachel is training me in the early on. So it is like the best people who work here all at one time. We rule.

*I guess they rushed it or something. Or the manager had lied to me, I really do not know. All I know is that my paycheck is ready and I will be picking it up after cmy Econ test tonight. Probably gonna purchase Star Wars: Force Unleashed too since I am a nerd. If anyone wants to advise me against this, please do so. The last thing I need is to dish out 60 bucks for a weeks worth of entertainment.

LIST OF THE DAY

Traumatizing Events That Happened To Me During My Childhood
  • Parents got divorced.
  • I told my mom my preschool teacher beat me.
  • I saw a man balance a chair on his nose.
  • My sister told me my Mom was Santa Claus.
  • I was hit in the chest by a baseball.  Now ribcage is dented.
  • Had girls chase me around soccer field in order to kiss me (fucking cooties)
  • Saw father naked.
  • Jurassic Park.

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Posted on 2008.09.21 at 13:43
Current Music: Discovered by Birds Fled From Me
Well, shit.  I am back home.  Fleet Foxes were fucking epic.  Should've taken pictures but I didn't.  But seriously, that was up there for best concert I have ever seen (not including festivals).  They for sure had the best stage banter of all time.  Deciding that Macho Man Randy Savage was the same guy as "Dr." Kool Aid.  It was epic.  For sure.  

Also met the most adorable little girl ever.  Her name is Rachel Williams, she performs under the name Birds Fled From Me.  She is also in Sleepy Suns.   We wore matching outfits, and she sand Akon and JT.  She played keyboard and had a lil puppy that all the proceeds from selling her CD went to.  Seriously, I am in love.  And want to see her now.

I am officially done with Borders.... sort of.  I basically had to tell my old manager of Borders that I will give her free tickets to movies if she gave up on making me contingent.  It was bullshit.  And looks like my paycheck won't be here until friday, when it would have been normally.  Fucking ghey.  

And tonight is supposed to be Laurel and my going away dinner, but since I am too broke I think I may just have some friends over and we will party?  Sound good friends?  Laurel is still going to the dinner but I told her to bring the old coworkers over afterwards.  Well, some of them at least.

That's all pretty much.  I may include a list later of best female vocalists (strictly vocalists, like pretty voices.  Not kyoot voices, so there will be no Kimya, Joanna Newsom, Bjork or St. Vincent anywhere on it probably)


EDIT!

Female Vocalists who I wouldn't mind singing me to sleep after a sweet cuddlefest with them:

Cat Power
Mirah
Rachel Williams (Birds Fled From Me)
Zooey Deschanel
Julie Doiron
Sian Ahern (Sian Alice Group)
Caralee McElroy (Xiu Xiu)
Leslie Feist
Jenny Lewis
Francoise Hardy (but like.... 1960's Francoise Hardy)


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