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Yahoo! Live: YES at the SAN JOSE CIVIC

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Davison admires the lighting.

 

I watched YES stream from the San Jose Civic on Yahoo! Live featuring the somewhat ragtag combo of Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards) joining YES regulars Alan White, Chris Squire and they lord Steve Howe.  (Worship no guitar players before Steve Howe.  Amen.)

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Ender's Game (quick movie review)

Ender’s Game is part of the seemingly never ending young adult novel adaptation wave – they keep coming, one after another, some crashing against the rocks and others gliding all the way to shore. This is a case of the former. Read the rest of this entry

Veggie Heaven – Teaneck, NJ (vegan restaurant review)

I won’t bore you with my fan boy worship of Veggie Heaven – let me just say that it’s the greatest restaurant ever in the history of food. You’re welcome. Read the rest of this entry

Divergent (quick movie review)

Each time I saw the trailer for this flick, my brain would go, “Divergent! So Divergent!” Is it just me? It’s probably just me.

Anyway, in the grand scope of young adult novel adaptations, Divergent was a better movie than Ender’s Game and Twilight, but that’s not exactly high praise. If you can get through the first 20 minutes or so, I think action/adventure fans will be pleased with the flick. Read the rest of this entry

&pizza (quick vegan restaurant review)

I don’t have much to say about &pizza except that they’re GREAT. They hooked it up with the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had EVER. Exclamation points are not necessary – the food is that good.

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"I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?" (photo)

This photograph of rain is just another example of me taking pictures of stuff I didn’t think I could take pictures of in the first place – like smoke. Too bad I never got to take any photography classes in college… I guess taking photos of any subject is simply a matter of having the right lighting and background to make said subject show up… I guess.

Anyway, yeah, – a picture of the rain. Never thought I’d get that particular shot. I presume this isn’t what Creedence was talking about.

First Blood (quick movie review)

OO – you know what I haven’t seen in a while? First Blood. It’s the first and the best (by far) in the Rambo series and features what is probably Sylvester Stallone’s best moment on screen. Read the rest of this entry

Candle Cafe West (vegan restaurant review)

We had dinner at Candle Cafe West, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Friday, August 8th. As I arrived early for my rendezvous with Dr. Girlfriend, my first stop was the bar, where things did not get off to a good start. Read the rest of this entry

Catalogs are awesome at casual racism and other things that are bad

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There’s nothing worse than politically leaning products, but if you really want to make it clear that your catalog caters to one specific market, put your “countdown to Obama’s last day” clock near the “Ho Lee Chit” t-shirts.  This way, it’s not only clear that you lean right, but we can take an accurate guess at what year you were born in based on the idea that you think “Ho Lee Chit” is funny and OK to wear on a t-shirt.

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In an effort to make sure they offend as many groups as possible, here we have the “Lead me not into temptation… Oh hell just follow me I know a shortcut” t-shirt just a few inches away from the “Like a good neighbor Jesus is there.”  I never took any marketing classes in college, but I’d venture a guess and just say that people who would wear the former t-shirt wouldn’t wear the latter.

It’s incredible how poor the taste can be in one catalog, but they did an amazing job of making me shake my head, laugh and point my finger at their general ignorance.  Well done, catalog!

“Bart! Get out of the Spirit of St. Louis!”

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We did our best to recreate this classic moment at the National Air and Space Museum from The Simpsons episode “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” (That’s from season 2 if you’re keeping score at home.)

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Le Week-end (quick movie review)

What can one say about Le Week-end?  The movie doesn’t have much of a plot, yet it’s still a flowing… well, “narrative” probably isn’t the right word, but it’s something.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are both excellent in their starring roles.  Their performances, along with direction by Roger Michell, photography by Nathalie Durand and editing by Kristina Hetherington are the driving force behind this movie.  I’m sure lots of other folks worked hard on this flick, but without these five people turning in masterful efforts, this movie would probably be a big pile of pretentious drivel.

A quick word about Jeff Goldblum:  this is Goldblum at his most Goldblum-i-ness.  He was the perfect person to play this particular role and it’s all the funnier that they’re playing off his reputation.  Not a show stopper, but a quiet joke that comes out of nowhere.

I didn’t love it, but if you don’t mind listening to an older married couple argue for 93 minutes, I’d give Le Week-end a whirl – let’s score it a 7 out of 10.

My 5 Favorite Robin Williams Movies

I don’t know anything about Robin Williams the man.  Maybe there’s a bit of a man in his art – that’s what I think, anyway.  I could summarize his Wikipedia page for you, but instead, I thought I’d take a look at what he’s left us:  dozens of movies, tv shows and appearances, comedy specials, documentaries and so on.  Here’s my five favorite Robin Williams movies in no particular order.

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Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (movie review)

On Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 7:30 PM, we saw the  much-anticipated Angry Video Game Nerd:  The Movie (screening dates) with a full house of raging Nerd Heads.  The flick has been in production for several years now, so expectations were high and enthusiasm boundless as the lights dimmed and the picture popped onto the screen at the Sharp Theater.  Would the fans get what they want, or would they go home disappointed?  I was predicting the former, but you never can tell how these independent productions are going to turn out.  Ready for anything, I settled into my balcony seat and watched the movie roll.   Read the rest of this entry

Batman (a 1989 movie review)

I know, the trailer is kinda stark, but Batman kinda changed everything. I hate to use a cliche, but it’s true. Before this flick, comic book movies rarely happened, and when they did, they were under budgeted punch lines. Now that we live in the golden age of comic book movies, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the movie that helped make this era possible. Read the rest of this entry

"The Final Countdown" by Europe (music review)

After discussing “The Final Countdown” by Europe with my buddy, I decided to take a deeper look into the lyrics and the music video. Read the rest of this entry

Will Reading – a movie in production by CreativeJamie.com (update #4)

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The Prop Table Is taking shape!

Pre Production on Will Reading is about to come to a close. Our little movie’s script has been shaped into a shooting draft, we’ve got a prop list, a shooting schedule… all that good stuff. At this point, I’m just waiting for the last bits of equipment and props to arrive in the mail while I’m putting together storyboards and shot lists for each scene.
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Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 7, season 2

Some dude’s @ss crack? And sort of in service to the plot? The nudity on Game of Thrones has taken a back seat to the plot, and it’s great!

I think my overall impression of season 1 was that it was fine… you know, just – fine. When season 2 started up, I was annoyed to find I was being served up a much more complicated version of season 1… but then, shiz got real. Read the rest of this entry

Does @KaiRyssdal hate everything?

I’m a fan of National Public Radio, which means I listen to WNYC here in the greater New York City area. On the way home from work, I usually get a dose of Marketplace. Kai Ryssdal is the man who explains the world’s money to me in a way that my feeble brain can understand, and I love him for that… but I am a little concerned about some of his recent reports. Read the rest of this entry

Guardians of the Galaxy (movie review)

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy this past Sunday with a full house at 10:50 AM. The movie is filled with murder, violence, profanity, betrayal, torture, sadness, jokes, pop songs from the 1970s, abduction, deaths of innocents, more murder, more violence… and it’s probably the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.

“And there’s your blurb,” as Christy Lemire would say.

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You know you’re old when you have to Google to figure out what "Weird Al" Yankovic is parodying

I am sorta wishing I had a 12 year old kid right about now – their friends could taunt my imaginary child with such jabs as “Your Daddy’s so old he has to do a Google search to figure out what “Weird Al” Yankovic is parodying!” (In response to which I imagine the other kids would shout, “Oh snap!” but probably not, because it’s not the 1990s anymore.) This seems to be official confirmation that I’ve let pop culture pass me by, and this message comes from “Weird Al” Yankovic… who is twenty years my senior. Read the rest of this entry

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