Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Now in Courier...and Movie Reviews

Daily Quotes

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy. ~Rabbi Abraham Heschel

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
~John F. Kennedy

Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
~Vladimir Lenin

gPod Nanana-nano

I. Tyrant – The Bravery

II. Say It Right (Live) – Nelly Furtado

III. Survival – Bob Marley

IV. What Goes Around Comes Around – Justin Timberlake

V. Hypocrites – Bob Marley

VI. Bone Broke – The White Stripes

VII. Settle For Nothing – Rage Against The Machine

VIII. Angelina – The Bravery

IX. Get Busy – Sean Paul

X. Is This Love (Horns Mix) – Bob Marley

XI. No Sweat – T.I.

Charlie Wilson's War

This was my Christmas movie. It's traditional for Jews to go to the movies on Christmas...this was my family's pick. I highly recommend this flick, and although it wasn't quite out side of Tom Hank's comfortable typical roles...it was outside enough to make a funny yet poignant movie. Phillip Seymour Hoffman absolutely stole the show, and I hope he gets at least a nomination for a supporting role.


I love the imagery and color of this movie. A very good plot with a couple twists...but I cannot say enough about the colors, symbolism, and cinematography of this movie. Another great from a director who truly understands his media. I love Yimou Zhang's vision...Hero is an early attempt if you enjoy this movie you will enjoy House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, and vice versa.

The Kingdom

I was surprised to learn Peter Berg directed this movie because I mainly know him as an actor. This is a great movie in all aspects...directing, acting, and story. Berg's style is reminiscent of Michael Mann, but somehow brighter, slightly less gritty, but just as real.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

At Least I Get to Come Home From The Gulag Nights & Weekends

Daily Quotes
War Presidents Edition

No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.
~Woodrow Wilson

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
~Abraham Lincoln

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

We're kicking ass.
~George W. Bush

1. Hungry Heart ~Bruce Springsteen
2. My Moon My Man ~Feist
3. Help Is Coming ~ T.I.

4. Talk ~Coldplay

5. Emit Remmus ~RHCP

6. Clandestino ~Manu Chao

7. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) ~Darlene Love

If you're paying attention to the gPod, you might notice there is something "different" about song #7...It's a Christmas song. As a Jew, retail establishment frequenter, and sane person I have a natural aversion to Christmas ditties. However if you know the song then you also know the big motownesque, poppy, rocky, and soulful quality it has. That being said to all my goyim peeps...in the words of the Beatles...Merry Happy Crimble...hope it's really gear.

What a wonderful night on Saturday...a small dinner party with old college friends...I made a great Man & Chee, JD supplied roasted meats and his cozy abode, 'Nother Level Contento brought delicious butternut squash, Flowerschild furnished some fancy type beers, and the Rythers purveyed a Ukrop's dessert medley of the ever scrumptious rainbow cookies and chocolate, apple and pumpkin pies.

The Gang
One of the toughest street gangs in the Shenandoah Valley...they call themselves....
The Season Ticket Holders
(They would have leather jackets, but their gang name was too long to embroider.)
It looks like Ryther is sticking his fingers really deep into my ear...but I assure you he's not.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Daily Quotes

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
~Aldous Huxley

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
~Mel Brooks

Ping Pong... is not the macarena. It takes patience. She is like a fine, well-aged prostitute... it takes years to learn her tricks...She is cruel, laughs at you when you are naked, but you keep coming back for more, and more! Why? Because she is the only prostitute I can afford.
~Master Wong


1. Sensual Seduction (aka Sexual Eruption) ~Snoop Dogg
2. Paper Planes ~M.I.A.
3. Success ~Jay-Z
4. No Hook ~Jay-Z
5. Wait For You (Live) ~Nelly Furtado
6. The Turn ~M.I.A.
7. All Good Things Come To An End (Live) ~Nelly Furtado