Weekend Knowledge Gains…

Mounds of Paperwork

We’re learning all the time right?  This weekend was no different.  Here’s just a small sampling of stuff that I either determined as truths for the first time or reaffirmed based on very specific examples… When you have no “plans” for the weekend you’ll look back on Monday morning and realize just how tiring doing “nothing” really is. A child that takes a nap every day during the week will NOT take a nap on … Continue reading

‘Rock Star’ – Live The Life

Rock Star (2001)

So the other day someone updated their status on Facebook and said they were watching Rock Star on TV.  This of course got me thinking of this movie again and I just had to re-watch it for the blog.  Finally… a piece of work that both metal fans and Marky Mark fans can get behind! Plot Written by John Stockwell, directed by Stephen Herek, and executive produced by none other than George Clooney, Rock Star … Continue reading

‘God Save The Child’ – The Second Spenser

God Save The Child (1974)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: God Save The Child is the second Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1974.  Of particular note here is the first appearance of Spenser’s love interest Susan Silverman. Preceded By: The Godwulf Manuscript Followed By: Mortal Stakes PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is hired by the Bartlett family to find their son Kevin that has gone missing.  They aren’t sure if Kevin has been kidnapped or has run away … Continue reading

‘V’ For Victory or For Visitor?

V: The Original Miniseries (1983)

I recently re-watched the TV miniseries V.  Over the years (due to a subsequent sequel and television show) this has become knows as V: The Original Miniseries.  I remember watching this when it originally aired over a couple of nights in 1983.  I was absolutely enthralled so when it came out on DVD a few years ago I just had to pick it up. PLOT: Written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, V tells the story … Continue reading

This Just In – Verizon Makes Bad Decisions

Verizon Logo

So recently got a new Blackberry Curve from Verizon Wireless.  I’ve been with Verizon for years now and I’m very happy with the service.  I have very few dead spots and I’ve never had a problem with their billing.  Their customer service, on the other hand, leave a little bit to be desired. Bad Decision #1 My wife and I are both on Verizon plans.  Because we use vastly different amount of minutes per month … Continue reading

The Oscar Ignored ‘Gran Torino’

Gran Torino (2008)

The fact that this movie didn’t even get nominated for ANY Oscars just goes to show how messed up the Academy is.  From the very beginning this picture grabs you and doesn’t let go.  The dialogue here is absolutely incredible and makes what could be a slow movie absolutely incredible. Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalksi, a Korean War vet who has recently lost his wife.  He’s an old school grumpy old man who quite frankly … Continue reading

Things I Learned This Weekend

Frozen Lobster Tails

I’m sure everyone out there on the Interweb loves to read about my crap. I had a couple of interesting/funny things happen this past weekend… enjoy! A smoothie, when spilled by a two and a half year old, will splatter all over the floor, table, walls & windows.  When said smoothie is mopped up it will leave a stick residue on the floor until you clean it thoroughly.  You cannot simply wipe it up but … Continue reading

‘Best Pictures’ That Just Aren’t – The 1990’s

The Oscar Statue

The most prestigious award that any movie can receive is the “Academy Award For Best Motion Picture” — The Oscar.  Once a movie has this distinction it goes down in history as the “best” movie of that year.  The red carpet at the Oscars is a huge event every year where all the stars turn out.  The Academy goes through some sort of review process and determines which picture is truly “the best”.  Ol Chewie’s … Continue reading

‘The Godwulf Manuscript’ – The Original Spenser

The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: The Godwulf Manuscript is the first Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1973.  Many know this character from the Spenser: For Hire television series in the 80’s where Spenser was played by Robert Urich. Followed by: God Save The Child PLOT SUMMARY: Set in the early 1970s, this novel serves as the introduction to Spenser, a private investigator in Boston.  Spenser is hired by a university to … Continue reading

Gaming System To Big Screen – “Hitman”

Hitman (2007)

When this movie (directed by Xavier Gens) was announced I was so pumped.  For those of you that don’t know, Hitman is based on a video game franchise.  If you’re a fan of the game series then you’ll probably like the film (though many things have changed from the games to the movie).  That said, you certainly don’t need to have experience with the game to watch the movie. The main character is Agent 47 … Continue reading