Sunday, February 28, 2010


So the Olympics are almost over...finally. I don't know why it sounds so unpatriotic to say this, but the Olypmics really annoy me. The opening ceremonies are cool for about 30 minutes, snowboarding is awesome, luge is terrifying but exciting, hockey rules and I can watch various skiing events for 15 minutes or so before getting bored, but basically the winter games should last a weekend. I get it, it's cool and it only happens every 4 years and countries from around the world get to participate and it's historic and blah blah blah. Boring. Figure skating or ice dancing or whatever it's called had about ten minutes of excitement and that was when Kim Yu Na pretty much had 'the greatest olympic performance [random chick announcer] had ever seen!' You know what, it was cool. And while I could tell that she was the best on the ice by far, whoever came in 2nd didn't seem to be all that much better than whoever came in last. A friend said something to the effect of, "what kind of sport hands out kleenex after you're done and not a towel?" Exactly. Call me crazy, or unpatriotic, but I would rather be watching Parks and Rec or Community or 30 Rock instead of 4 hours of ice dancing.

That said, I am excited for the hockey game today. I love that it's US vs Canada. I hope we win, but at the same time, it's always nice when the host country can win an important gold medal. It would be like the US winning the gold in basketball if it were hosted here in Chicago or some other big city. Is soccer a summer olympic sport? If not, it should be and if it is, how do I not know about it?

Anyway, as this fortnight winds down, I'm glad that Korean girl won (anybody else think her life was in danger if she didn't?) and I'm glad Shaun White won (he's a beast) and I'm glad that other kid put his medal by his crotch and had some girl kiss it at a bar - that's hilarious. Anyone who thinks that kid is an ass, I'd like to remind you that he's like 20 and a dude and drunk and has a lot of attention on him for possibly the first time ever. That cracked me up.

Go big or go home

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tiger Woods Ya'll...

 I've been a terrible blogger this month. I'll try and get back on track. Did everyone watch Tiger's press conference last Friday? There are a few things to take away from it, the most important being that I'm still not sure when he's returning to golf and it sounds like he might not be at the Masters which would put on damper on my Spring. It's hands down the greatest golf tournament ever and without him, it might as well be any other tournament.

Also, after reading a number of articles about the press conference, it seems like people disagree about how genuine and sincere it was. I have been a fan of Tiger's since his days as an amateur and I'm pretty sure this is as apologetic and heartfelt as he gets. Watching him was sort of painful. You could see him trying to be remorseful but it was like he was trying to get choked up and like he kept waiting for a tear that never came. One thing Other Guy always though Tiger lacked, despite our clear resolution to love everything about him, was a personality. I can't blame him. He was pushed hard all his life and then pretty much became an icon at 16 that he never had a chance to be a person and learn how to be a person who has emotions and people skills and an ounce of empathy. I think Tiger feels bad for what he did because of the way things turned out, but like Rhianna said, "Don't tell me you're sorry when you're not, baby when you know you're only sorry you got caught." I'm pretty sure Tiger is truly sorry for the pain he caused and knows that it was his fault, but I'm still not sure that he knows what he is sorry for. I mean, those texts and voicemails are outlandishly cruel to Elin - to do something like that takes a complete lack of caring which would make any apology for it a lie.

That said, I've decided that while he may have let me down, I'm still a huge fan. I never looked up to him as a role model (come to think of it I can't think of any person in the media I think of in that sense...maybe Tom Hanks) so it didn't knock me off my feet. I was shocked but I love Tiger because of golf, not because he married some smoking hot Swedish model. He is the greatest golfer ever. Watching him on a golf course is jaw dropping and awe inspiring. The game needs him back and so do I.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - I hate Bill Simmons but he wrote a decent article about it

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Couple More Movie Things...

I'm sure most of you don't care as much about any of this nonsense as I do, but oh well, I just wanted to mention a couple more things.

First is a story that happened over the weekend you may have heard about. Kevin Smith (director of such terrible movies as Clerks, Clerks II, and every single movie he's made) was kicked off a Southwest flight because he was too fat. This is great on so many levels. I love that he got kicked off because I think he's incredibly annoying, a bad director, a worse writer, an awful actor and a huge lard ass. The gist of the story is that he was flying standby and they let him board but then realized he was too fat to sit in one seat so both he and anyone next to him would be comfortable so they kicked him off. He blogged about it and whined like a true douche (what kind of loser has a blog?) and Southwest issued an apology and refunded his money, which is pretty much where the story ends. His new movie Cop Out, is the first time Bruce Willis is going to be in an 'action' role and I have no interest in seeing it. It looks terrible. I may sneak into it to see Sean Williams Scott, who had me at hello, but other than that the movie is going to blow.

Moving on. This story was sent to me yesterday about the Avatar Blues. At first, the title made me think what I had already been thinking, that seeing other movies after that incredible 3-D experience just isn't the same. But it wasn't. It was about how people fell in love with Pandora and the Na'vi and are now depressed that it isn't real. Some people contemplated suicide. This is too much. People are ridiculous. This is an actual quote someone posted on a message board, "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' " Are you f*cking kidding me? Apparently a lot of it stems from how beautiful Pandora is and how Earth could be like that to which my only response is: seriously? I mean, seriously? Earth could not be like that. Humans are not the Na'vi. Get a f*cking life. If you care so much about the environment, try recycling. Try and eat less. Try to not be so crazy.

Good grief. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Two Three: Movies...

I finally saw The Hurt Locker. Meh. Not impressed. The acting was fine and I thought the movie did a great job of really making you feel the tension more so than any other war movie I've ever seen, but the characters weren't as flushed out as I would have liked for such a character driven movie. It seemed to me like it was just a really tense hour and a half instead of a story and nothing really happened at all. If you were planning on seeing it, don't move it to the top of your netflix queue or rush out to a redbox anytime soon...

Avatar continues to pile up the money, earning another 24 million this weekend. It's already technically the highest grossing movie ever, though that doesn't account for inflation (in which case Gone With the Wind is number 1 domestically and may never be topped). It has now earned 2.35 billion. Billion. Billion! That's insane. This movie may never be topped...Valentines Day somehow wrangled in almost 60 million which is huge for an opening weekend of a chick flick, especially one that was so bad. I mean it wasn't awful, but it was bad, and I love chick flicks. It's like it was shot in a weekend with no rehearsal. The acting was horrendous all around (surprisingly though Ashton did a descent job and I didn't hate George Lopez like I usually do) and Jessica Beil looked incredible as always (why she would get cast as a girl who can't find love is beyond me), and Jessica Alba still somehow gets work despite being possibly one of the worst actresses out there. The best part about the movie was Bradley Cooper's button down he was wearing, the whole movie all I could think of was where he got it.

I can't stress this enough: go rent Moon. Please. It's the best acting and story you will see in any film from last year. I am a big fan of the Oscars. They generally pick a group of movies for best picture that are mostly deserving and usually the best actor/actress nominees are deserving as well but this year it's turned into the Grammys. Worst choices ever. Hands down the best acting I've seen from a male lead last year (and one of the best in many years) was Sam Rockwell in Moon. It's incredible. It's also the best directing as far as pacing and story goes though I'm not going to argue against Avatar winning anything. It might not be the best story or acting, but it's surely the best movie, special effects, art direction, and directing based on it's look and the response it got alone. If not for that, in my book, Moon gets every Oscar there is. Do not be dismayed by any Sci-Fi label given to it, it's just a really interesting story that happens to take place on the Moon. Do yourself a favor and watch it. If you don't like it, I would love to hear why so I can tell you specifically why you're wrong and I'm right.

Anyway, go big or go home.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Best of Sunday...

Sorry, I've been slacking lately on the blog front. I've been a bit busy this last week. I'll fill you in soon on all my life adventures but for now, I just wanna say that the Superbowl was probably the best one I've seen in a long time. I'm really glad the Saints won and I'm glad it was such a good game. It's not often there's a team that I actually like and can really get behind since the Lions haven't been to the playoffs since 1998 and the rest of the NFC North can't seem to get to the big dance. Anyway, it was a great game and that show afterwards, Undercover Boss, was actually not too bad. This years Superbowl had the most viewers ever (avg. 106 Million people), and the second most for any show ever (the finale of MASH clocks in at something like 121 Mil.)

The commercials were pretty solid as well. Here are my three favorite:

3: KIA Animals

2: Sad Intel Robot

1: Google Love (this is one of my favorite commercials ever)

As always, go big or go home.

-M, p, z & shredder

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Superbowl Sunday is finally upon us and it's as American as Thanksgiving. Only not nearly as cool because the Lions never ever get to play... I think everyone in the country that doesn't live in Indiana is rooting for the Saints. I mean come on, their first Superbowl appearance ever and they could still use some post-Katrina love. It would be cool if CBS donated all the earnings to N.O. but that would never happen in this lifetime. Anyway, my favorite thing about the game is the commercials but I think it'll be hard to ever top my all-time favorite from a few years ago...

Go big. Go Saints.

-M, p, z & shredder