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post #151 of 7853
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Last night was family movie night with "October Sky", one of my oldest daughter's favorites. At the end of the movie they transition from the little model rockets to a suttle launch. During the credits she exclaimed, "It was just like the rocket was in here!"

Of course I was pleased and my wife gave me a cynical look - certainly worth it!

Randy
post #152 of 7853
On Friday I was able to get a small sneak peek at a movie that is being filmed in Atlanta. This movie will not be out in theaters until March 17, 2004. The movie is called "Stroke of Genius" and is about the legendary golfer Bobby Jones - the only golfer to with the Grand Slam back in the 1930's. The movie stars Jim Caviezel ("High Crimes," "The Count of Monte Cristo," and "Angel Eyes") and Claire Forlani (Mystery Men, Meet Joe Black, The Rock, Mallrats) and the Director is Rowdy Harrington (Road House). How did I get this peek you ask? My daughter was chosen to play Bobby's young daughter! She filmed 3 short sceens on Friday and it was so much fun. Even though it is a movie about a golfer it should appeal to a wide audience. Tom Crow, consulting producer for Stroke of Genius, promises that "audiences will cheer, laugh, cry, and applaud when they see this film. We are determined to create a film that balances old- fashioned storytelling with state-of-the-art filmography. The quality of this effort will be appropriate to the stature of the man whose story we will tell."
post #153 of 7853
Randy, October Sky is one of my very favorite films. Don't know why, but I really connect with it. it's one of the few films (along with Field of Dreams and My Dog Skip) that leaves me in tears EVERY time I watch it. Call me sentimental. I think it's the music.

Tonight I watched "The Rookie" with Dennis Quaid. I was hoping it would be the same type of experience as watching October Sky or Field of Dreams. But not even close. An o.k. movie. Just not what I'd hoped and kind of flat. I'm glad I only borrowed it. I'm not sure why it got such a great reception. A disappointment since it could have been GREAT.

I cannot comment on the A/VQ. Saw it on my parents' low-res 27" t.v. using their Bose 3-2-1 system. Yikes. Actually, the Bose system doesn't really sound bad, per se. It just doesn't sound as good as it should for what it costs. It's a decent $400 system that costs $1000. I'm glad it's not mine. (BTW, my parents LOVE it--don't try telling them it's not great. Go figure.).

KP
post #154 of 7853
Recent screenings:

Adaptation: Hated it, or should I say, I hated Cage's character.
The Core: Dont think, just watch and listen. Fun.
12 Monkeys: Start early, stay awake, a classic.
Anger Management: Funnier with a crowd, great guest flick.
Chocolat: Very good, lots of laughs, interesting story.
post #155 of 7853
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Started off Halloween month with a family viewing of Young Frankenstein.

Still wickedly funny, but slower paced than I remembered.

"Put the candle back!"

Randy
post #156 of 7853
I'm still watching the Sox. It's a good thing alcoholism doesn't run in my family 'cuz they're driving me to drink!

Gus

P.S.

Later on, I'll watch The Yanks vs The Twins. I'm one of the few individuals on this planet that like both The Sox AND The Yanks. (Only I like The Sox more.)

Gus
post #157 of 7853
Saturday night The Transporter on DTheater with two of my children, my stepson and five of his buddies. Total action start to finish and as usual HD is just stunning! I realized this is just not a movie I would have enjoyed by myself but with a mob it was a lot of fun.

Art
post #158 of 7853
Friday night I watched "Bulletproof Monk". I was really disappointed. Not a whole lot of action, the humor was not there, and no really good fight sequences.

Saturday morning the whole family watched "Sleeping Beauty" again. I can't wait for for "The Lion King" and "Finding Nemo" so we have something new. Toddlers love watching the same thing over, and over, and over again.

Saturday night we watched "A Mighty Wind" by Christopher Guest. Again I was slightly disappointed. Compared to "Best in Show" and "This is Spinal Tap", the latter he didn't direct, it just didn't have the same dry humor. the funniest moments were with the "The Folksmen", brilliantly portrayed by the "Spinal Tap Guys".

After that we watched "2 Fast 2 Furious". My expectations were low so I wasn't expecting much. It was better then I thought and there was a lot of action.

later,

Don
post #159 of 7853
This weekend in between Yanks-Sox-Cubs-Giants-Sox-Yanks, we watched Meet Joe Black. This story had potential but, oh my, did they draaaaag it out.

Some of the scenes took so long, it was painful. A couple of times it looked like watching a live performance where the actors forgot their lines.
post #160 of 7853
Ok, now I've done did it! The Sox drove me to drink 10 beers on a work night!!

It's almost midnight and I have to wait for the bed to stop spinning before I get to bed. And this is ONLY ROUND TWO!!

All of New England, my self included is on F'ing clowd nine right now! Even if the Yanks beat our socks off, it's been worth the trip!!

Gus
post #161 of 7853
The matinee this weekend was Agent Cody Banks, a reasonably entertaining family movie. My daughter's a big Hillary Duff fan, my son cheers on Franky Muniz.

The "grown up" feature was "The pianist", a beautiful film with great acting, cinematography, etc. etc., but rather depressing (like holocaust films are).
post #162 of 7853
Gus - that pitching staff is pretty chewed up by now. Exciting game last night, but they've got a long road ahead.
post #163 of 7853
Yeah, I know. I'm getting a KEG ready for this one!

Gus
post #164 of 7853
Don't forget the tissues.
post #165 of 7853
The Curse of the Bambino

The Curse of the Bambino

The Curse of the Bambino
post #166 of 7853
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Originally posted by MVideo
Don't forget the tissues.

DOE!!

Gus
post #167 of 7853
Well,

Now that Grady Little has been paid off to take a dive and allow The Yanks to take the pennant, I will have time to finally watch The Matrix - Reloaded tonight.

Gus
post #168 of 7853
Ya see, I told you it just wasn't to be. Truly, it is the Curse of the Bambino. Remember to tell your kids about it, its real.

Sorry Gus, The Red Sox are a good team and I expect they will be there next year. I think Little learned and will continue to learn and the Yankees are lucky that they have a great manager in Joe Torre. Without him, the Yankees don't even make it to the ALCS.
post #169 of 7853
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Forgot to post from last week. Had a house full of company and the kids watched "Spy Kids" - the first one.

Then we watched Ohio State get their butts kicked.
post #170 of 7853
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Originally posted by Gus
I will have time to finally watch The Matrix - Reloaded tonight.

Don't even get me started about how pissed off I am that the "Widescreen" version's aspect ratio sucks, so that it doesn't fill our 16:9 screens. I HATE THAT!!!!!!!!

The original "Matrix" was that way too, but I had hope that this sequel would fill it up.
post #171 of 7853
Since the "Alias - Season One" DVD set was released just a couple weeks ago, my wife and I thought it was finally time to finally check out that TV show.

Well, as we expected, we are sooooooooo hooked on it. Every night after the kids are asleep, we slip down to the HT and watch more episodes well into the night. We have been very tired at work ever since.

I LOVE that though they were made for TV, they have 5.1 surround AND fill the ENTIRE 16:9 screen.

We did the same with "24" and "The Shield" (our favorite TV show).

We are now almost done with Alias' 1st season. It will be a long and painful wait until "Season Two" is released on DVD on December 2nd.

And don't even get me started about how HOT that Jennifer Garner is in every single scene!

Anyone else finally getting into Alias?
post #172 of 7853
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Originally posted by Markito
Don't even get me started about how pissed off I am that the "Widescreen" version's aspect ratio sucks, so that it doesn't fill our 16:9 screens. I HATE THAT!!!!!!!!

The original "Matrix" was that way too, but I had hope that this sequel would fill it up.


You're kidding, right?

In case you aren't:

http://home1.gte.net/res0mrb7/widescreen/aspect.html

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...eenorama2.html
post #173 of 7853
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Originally posted by David Guill
Ya see, I told you it just wasn't to be. Truly, it is the Curse of the Bambino. Remember to tell your kids about it, its real.


I am emmotionally numb at the moment. Had it not been for vast quantities of alcohol, last night's game could have easily broken up my happy home. You see, my wife is a devout Yankee fan ( She grew up in uptown Manhattan, just acrosss the river from Yankee Stadium.) Last night she was celebrating her victory as I was trying to find a reason to go on living.

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Sorry Gus, The Red Sox are a good team and I expect they will be there next year. I think Little learned and will continue to learn and the Yankees are lucky that they have a great manager in Joe Torre. Without him, the Yankees don't even make it to the ALCS.

I maintain that Little took a dive. No one is THAT DUMB. If you polled all 6 billion human beings on earth, you would find exactly TWO that would have let Pedro start the 8th (never mind try to finish it): George Steinbrenner and Grady Little. Only those two dispiccable persons would dare inflict such devastation on the entire eastern seaboard.

Gus
post #174 of 7853
Tonight was chick flick compromise night, as I've been watching baseball almost every night for the past 3 weeks (but that all ended Thursday night. With the Marlins and Yanks on tap, I refuse to watch a single pitch of the WS). So anyway tonight we watched "Anna and the King" with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat, which we found in the $9 bargain rack at Circuit City. I don't know if I should be embarassed to admit it, but I kind of (o.k...really) liked it, even if I thought it was a little overlong. And it was a very high quality disc (anamorphic, commentary, extras, extremely good video and audio). Maybe I liked it because I've never seen any version of "The King and I". But still, I'm glad we picked it up.

Gus-as a die hard and heartbroken Cubs fan who was also rooting for the Sox, I feel your pain. Starting Pedro in the 8th was bad management. Leaving him in after the two hits was absolutely criminal. Again, my tv will NOT be tuned to the WS.
post #175 of 7853
My family flew in from California and Georgia for the week. We had a regular moviefest...

My favorite pick this week was the Italian Job. The scenes with the BMW Mini's were outrageous!

Mom loved the Tuxedo with Jackie Chan, she just kept chuckling to herself.

My brother loved Starship Troopers, he just couldn't get enough of those "bugs".

Nephew was enthralled with Monsters Inc, "even the fur moved".

Daniel
post #176 of 7853
Last night we enjoyed the first baseball-free night in a couple of weeks. We had some friends over and I popped in Matrix - Reloaded. It turned out to be a disaster. I was the only one interested in the movie. The kids were running around ( my 20-month-old and their pair of 21-month-old twins, a real tripple tornado). The ladies were more intersted in their girl-talk and my buddy is still reeling from The Crime against The Sox. Now I have to find some good quality "personal time" to pop it back in and actually hear the dialogue.

Gus
post #177 of 7853
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Yesterday I took off early - the kids had the day off school. We went out and saw "School of Rock", with was fun.

But then we came home and the wife and I continued with the Halloween theme to watch "The Dead Zone"

The movie, not the TV series.

Tonight we're going out to see "Mystic River" - that's the most we've been out to movies in months!

Randy
post #178 of 7853
The Dead Zone, huh? I LOVE that movie. That reminds me, I have to pick this one up next time I get up to BestBuy.

Gus
post #179 of 7853
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The Dead Zone was hard to fine - finally tracked it down at Media Play.
post #180 of 7853
I went to BB today and cruised the DVD aisle looking for The Dead Zone, came up empty. I did, however, scored The Lion King and the new Coming Attractions freebie from BB. SHowtime for TLK is 7PM tonight. I suspect it's going to be a smashing success with the family.

Gus
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