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  • fuwalda says:

    Hmmm.

    These are three films I guess I am aware existed, but I never really thought about them at all. I’m not even sure if I’ve seen a trailer for any of these.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      The pickings at the Redbox have been pretty slim lately. Of the three here, the only one I actually was interested in seeing was 50/50.

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50/50; Contraband; The Woman in Black

50/50 (2011)

Rating: ★★★★½ 

It occurred to me only after having watched this that there have been two comedies in recent years about a protagonist facing a possibly terminal disease with Seth Rogen functioning as a sidekick: 50/50 is, of course, one of them, with the other being Funny People. Funny People was far blacker than 50/50. The latter is actually a rather sweet film at its core, though it does feature a scene in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt cracks up at the sight of a corpse being rolled away on a stretcher, so clearly, it’s not all sunlight.

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Anotherwards

One of my pet peeves about the way some people tend to use the English language is when they’ll employ some idiom or turn of phrase or whatever without giving any thought at all to what it means. The most glaring example is “I could care less”, but there are many others. Here’s one that I just saw:

Anotherwards

The user clearly meant “in other words”.

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  • Andrea says:

    That’s really funny, because I was listening to the same story on my way home from work. The woman was annoying right from the start, but when I heard the little girl I just had to turn it off because it felt so humiliating and I felt sorry for Neal. A minute later I turned it back on because I was sure Neal must have cut her off by then, but instead I heard this horrible racket that the little girl was making. Just the fact that this woman called up to say her solution is having her 10-year-old secretary do the texting, told you what kind of mother she was. People like that think that their child is so incredibly special that everyone in the world would like nothing better than to listen to a story about how helpful she is. I thought whoever selected her to be on the air should be fired. Justin, I’m on the same page as you with everything you said.

    Incidentally, as I got closer to home the traffic slowed to a snail’s pace. Then I saw that there was a huge accident on the corner with several police cars and a helicopter looming overhead. I wonder if there was texting involved.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Oh, good. Now if people ask me why I’m so intolerant, I can just say, “Blame my mother! I got it from her!”

      As an aside, that caller was proof that white trash listen to NPR. I wouldn’t have said they do.

  • Lili says:

    I can’t believe these people. A 10 year-old should definitely know her limits. Also, 10 years old is way too early to be texting, in my opinion. And, finally on the issue of texting while driving, what is so urgent that needs to be texted while driving and just can’t wait until you get to your destination? Seriously! I have developed this hate for people who text while driving. It’s stupid and irresponsible any way you look at it. And plain selfish, because they put in danger everyone else on the road.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Don’t look at me. You know I’m as prone to getting glued to my computer as anybody, but even I can step away from technology every now and then. Then again, as a result of not liking people, there are very few persons I’d actually want to talk to, anyway–at any time, let alone while I’m driving!

  • fuwalda says:

    I’m writing this comment while I’m drivin… FUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHH!!!!!

    sfkfsv.xv
    dvm fvkdj
    v,nskfj

    sdkvnsfv
    ksfksdv

    … somebody call 911…

  • fuwalda says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the comedy stylings of Donald W. Pfeffer!

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What’d Make You Stop Texting While Driving?

Here’s a fairly random post, but bear with me.

So I escaped from work for a few minutes today in order to make a sandwich run. On the way, I turned the radio on to “Talk of the Nation”–they’re talking about distracted driving laws. And it’s a call in show, you know, so the host Neal Conan posed this slightly odd question: “What’d make you stop texting while driving?” I say “slightly odd”, because if you text while you drive, then you’re already too stupid to make common sense, responsible decisions. The only thing likely to make you stop is you get in an accident and maybe kill somebody. You can listen to the segment here.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Hey, whatever happened to Justin Long? Remember when he was in everything? He wasn’t great, but nobody really minded because he was good enough. I liked him in this little clip.

  • Sid 6.7 says:

    John c reilly got some talent but he has got to be the ugliest actor ever. He looks like if steve buscemi put on a robert davi mask for halloween.

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Walk Hard: extended Beatles scene

All of this discussion about Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story inspired me to look up some clips on YouTube, whereupon I discovered this extended scene in which Dewey travels to India and falls into studying transcendental meditation with the Beatles. This scene is probably a minute and a half long in the actual film, but there’s over five minutes of it here, and it’s all funny.

That said, it’s probably better to watch this after having seen the film, so you have it in context. You’ll laugh either way, however.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Hmmm. She looked way better in Charlie’s Angels 2.

  • fuwalda says:

    On the other hand, my boy Cruise still looks fit as shit.

    That isn’t to say Diaz doesn’t. She looks fit as shit too. But, you know…

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      No joke–I wish I had Tom Cruise’s body. Instead, I’ve got Cameron Diaz’s body.

      For the record, I’ve got no problem with Cameron Diaz’s body. It just makes me laugh how consistently I see that popping up in my site stats.

  • Anna says:

    her body is probably the best thing about her. MUTED, she’s fine.

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Cameron Diaz in a bikini in Knight and Day

Since “cameron diaz in a bikini in knight and day” seems to be one of the main reasons people ever visit this blog through search engines, I’ll just make this easy for everybody. Rather than compelling you to scan through my review of Knight and Day, here you go:

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  • Lili says:

    I liked both of these movies, too. War Horse reminded me of movies I used to watch as a child. Walk Hard was really, really funny. I was also impressed with John C. Reilly’s singing skills. He’s a talented actor.

  • fuwalda says:

    All I remember from Walk Hard was the machete fight scene, but I’m laughing right now just thinking about it. Actually, there may have been several machete fight scenes.

    I don’t remember much about the movie, but I remember laughing. I’m gonna have to check to see if that’s on Netflix instant. I’m bored.

    And I liked War Horse a lot, maybe even more than you did. I thought it was a pretty great film and a pretty touching, powerful one too. I did see it with a group of children, and they all loved it too.

  • fuwalda says:

    But if you hate Spielberg, this isn’t the kind of movie that’ll change anybody’s mind. That gag with the duck, the contrived coincidences that move the story, etc. But if you hate Spielberg, I don’t want to know you anyway.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Regarding the contrivances, I guess that’s what my wife was implying when she said it was like a fairy tale. Obviously, it wasn’t meant to be plausible. And that’s fine.

  • Anna says:

    I would probably watch John C. Reilly in anything. I’m putting this on my list. I didn’t even know it existed.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I think you’ll like this film’s silliness. It’s like Airplane or movies in that vain in that it doesn’t take itself seriously for even a moment. And yet, it still somehow manages to be a pretty convincing biopic. In any case, it’s not as thoroughly frivolous as a movie like Anchorman.

  • fuwalda says:

    This movie is also worth watching for Raymond J. Barry as Reilly’s dad. Barry is one of the coolest character actors ever, and this was maybe the first time I saw him in an all out comedy roll. He was good.

    He’s always somebody’s dad. He played the dad in this, Tim Olyphant’s dad on Justified, Tom Cruise’s dad in Born on the Fourth of July, and… I guess that’s it.

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War Horse, Walk Hard

A couple of quickies.

War Horse (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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