Friday, April 10, 2009

CCR RULES!!!!!

Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) RULES!!!! So Lebowski is really got me turned on to CCR in the first place. Lebowski in and of itself needs multiple blogs which I don't think I or anyone are completely ready for. I have seen that film thirty plus times and each time it gets better...but that is going to be saved for another day...

Creedence is played throughout Lebowski, and at one point it just clicked and I couldn't wait to hear the next time it was played. So naturally, I called my neighborhood Newbury Comics and inquired about what they had in stock for CCR. Of course, like sun shining upon me by God, I was able to get my hands on a double cd of CCR's Greatest Hits!!!!!

I've been listening to them daily. Daily. It's almost sick how good their music is. Many, many...ahhh many adjectives can be used to describe Creedence. Powerful. Authentic. Passionate. Thundering. From the first note their sound is energetic, thoughtful, and raspy. They are in many more films, the other day I heard Born on the Bayou in Tropic Thunder! My words won't do them justice, so please take a moment and listen to American Rock in it's rarest form...



Moral: Got soul??

Keep dancin'

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pro is to con...

The new tobacco tax has been taken into law. Cigarettes are now up towards 9 dollars a pack. Cigars went up about 50 cents to a dollar; depending on what you fancy. Who got hit hardest? The low man on the totem pole, the man who saves a few bucks, the guy who roles his own cigarettes or smokes pipe tobacco got hit the hardest with tins skying up +5 clams...but it's alright, guess where this tax money is going towards? Yeah you guessed it, children's health care YAAAAAYYYYY CHILDREN!!!!!!

Well sign me up, if kids are going to reap the benefits then everyone should start smoking to help the kids right, but wait there are all these anti-smoke campaigns to get people to quit. What gives here folks? The price of tobacco has gone up so much that the people can't even afford the cheapest guilty pleasure with the stress of this economy. So a good thing, people will quit. But wait, what ff the people don't smoke, how do the children who's parents can't afford health care, get their health care?

While the government decides to punish people who are giving their lives to aid those of little children, they let people who sell tickets for sporting events get away with outrageous "Service Fees." I mean try going to a sox game. They are sold out to any one of a dozen scalping, and yes people, they are scalping websites. Why don't these guys get taxed more and have the money go to children's health care! Don't get me wrong, the tobacco tax sucks but hey, if it is for a good cause, more power to it. However, it does seem rather unethical to tax tobacco smokers more, who, mind you, are within the law, when there are "Ticket Service" providers bending the law to make a few extra dollars off commodities that already cost an arm and leg, and in the case of Fenway Park, at least your first born...



Moral: "Pro is to con as progress is to Congress. " I wish I can say I came up with that, but it is anonymous...

Keep dancin'

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Rewatchability

Sticking with the topic of film, and in all sincerity, I really can't get enough of film. Hear me out here. It is an adventure upwards of 3+ hours sometimes where you are no longer yourself. You are drawn completely into (if it is a good film of course) by the main character and the supporting cast, going for the proverbial ride of course.

Take for example yesterday's post about Fast and Furious. The film was predictable and mimicked the three before it, yet it was still entertaining for the time I was there. It lacked something though. Rewatchability! I would not rent that film to see anything about it again, well maybe Jordana Brewster, but that's neither here nor there...I'm talking about classics that stand the test of time. Stuff that you can watch multiple times because they are so good in all facets of the film that you just can't get enough of them...

This factor is a huge reason why movies like Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Shawshank Redemption still are on TV today. I know what you're thinking. What the hell is The Shawshank Redemption doing with the two classics. Honestly how can you tell me it isn't a great film, I'll put money down that every time you turn on TBS and see it on you sit there and watch Morgan "Red" Freedman carve "So was Red" right next to Brooks Hatlen's...



Moral: "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." -- Andy Dufresne

Keep Dancin'

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Warning: This is a spoiler

I'm going to ruin this movie for everyone because no one should spend their money going to view this film. Typical Hollywood, a very good original moneymaker they decide why not milk the cash cow for all it has. They have already made 4, count that, FOUR, movies of this kind! The Fast and the Furious! The original was a great concept, helped boost aftermarket car modification and really just energized people into learning more about cars. Of course, car manufacturers picked up on this and decided to include rims and higher end parts in their cars, nearly bullying out the small guy from his private business...Moving forward, I will preface this spoiler with I took my younger cousin to see this because he made high honor roll, woot woot, go drico!

So here goes, Vin Diesel and his gf are stealing truck loads of gas, why, cause gas is expensive, shiiiiiit! Anyhow Vin gets word that he is going to get caught soon, so he bails on his gf. Some time later his gf is shot to death after a road race she was involved in so Diesel goes back home in search of his loves killer. His path crosses with Paul Walker once again as they go about their ways in finding the killer. Well, they get involved in some heroin transportation project as the killer is involved in that. And so Vin goes about getting revenge and once again has to answer to authorities, where he makes a life decision not to run but to face the music.

So he stands in court and the judge makes his remarks about how his lifetime of crime can't be overlooked by one good deed (hello, he brought down a 60 million dollar drug deal and drug cartel but that's not good enough) so he is sentenced to 25 years of prison without early parole. Kinda steep right! Don't worry, Hollywood, in true fashion, decides that as Vin is being transported between the court house and the prison that Walker and the crew of bandits head to break him out of the bus...the movie was predictable, both in words and in actions...i mean look at the name...but, hey, that's Hollywood right...stay tuned for their next release titled Fastest and Most Furious coming in...and you know that's what it will be titled...



Moral: Self explanatory; She was the best part of the movie...

Keep dancin'

Monday, April 6, 2009

Just really erks me

I've given up alcohol, among other things, for lent and it has been going great. I have had cravings for the chocolate and the soda, I fought hard, and fought long, and won continuously. I have gone and tempted myself by going to lounges, bars and clubs, facing cups of scotch, and shots of vodka in the face, and turning them down...

I have been allured by the cedar aged scotch, or the sweet taste of fermented potatoes, an haven't been bothered by the drunken beings. Friends offering to buy me drinks only to remember once I turn them down. It's OK. It doesn't bother me. Its a test and I have passed it, time and time again; this is my third year of it.

I enjoy going and listening to the music and dancing, having fun, being social, but it never fails. What erks me? What really erks me? What really, really, erks me, is when I do go to a club and dance, we open up a circle, someone gets in and dances, and I'm telling you. It never fails. Some drunk walks right through the middle of the circle, gets bumped and then has the stones to give the person, who clearly has center stage, to give him the "watch were the fuck you're going" face! Like that area was opened for you to walk through? What did you think, you weren't going to get bumped when you see that person moving his/her hands and feet in a spastic array!



Moral: Just like the physics of cars, no two people can occupy the same space at the same time...

Keep dancin', and watch out for people cuttin' through...