Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy Anniversary Of The Day On Which You Were Born...

to Christy's brother Andrew.

That's right! He was born on St. Patrick's Day.

Now, I could go into a historical look at the real St. Patrick and the virtues that Andrew shares with him and how appropriate it was for him to be born on this special day of the year...

But, beside the fact that I'm far too lazy for all that, what I really want to know is...

Who the heck is this dude?

...and why isn't Andrew keeping better track of his evil twin?!?!

If you don't know Andrew, here (below) are a couple of pictures from previous posts that contain his image. I was going to try to find a better comparison picture, but need I remind you about the laziness?

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Andrew? Care to explain?

Films recently watched:

Walk the Line (2005) dir. by James Mangold
This was OK. I always do this to myself and build up my expectations from hype and then get disappointed by the actual film. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but not worthy of the hype and glowing praise it has received by much of the media. Reese Witherspoon was also good, but not deserving of her recent Oscar for best actress, in my opinion. Joaquin Phoenix was good, but I never bought in to him being Johnny Cash. He was always Joaquin, playing Johnny to me.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) dir. by W.D. Richter
Big-boo-tay! Big-boo-tay!

Murderball (2005) dir. by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
An interesting documentary about the sport of full-contact rugby played by quadriplegic athletes. They discuss in the film that it is a common misconception that quadriplegics (or tetraplegics) are simply paralyzed from the neck down. Though some are (or were, like the late Christopher Reeve), many do have some function in their arms. These athletes have at least enough control over their arms and shoulders to push their customized wheelchairs, which look more like gladiator chariots or battlebots, across and around a basketball court. Though the film is about quad rugby, as they call it, all of the films' best moments occur off the court. These guys' stories about their injuries and recoveries are inspirational. Examples, etc...
The DVD is quite nice with substantial bonus features including a Larry King interview with guys from the film; Murderball guys having fun with Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O from MTV's Jackass; two full length commentaries, etc.

Batman (1989) dir. by Tim Burton
After listening to the excellent original soundtrack by Danny Elfman recently, I felt compelled to rewatch the film itself.

There are so many wonderful moments from this movie: The opening credits with the camera wandering around the iconic Bat symbol; Vicki Vale arriving at the black-tie party in white; Joker's reveal (and just about every moment Nicholson is on screen); "Improving" at the art museum; Descent Into Mystery; Batwing sillohoutted against full moon; Final shot with Batman and the symbol.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) dir. by George P. Cosmatos

West Side Story (1961) dir. by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

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