Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bad Company '10 From 6'

I tend to write these updates after I exercise or workout, whatever you want to call it. I’m not all that concerned about my health; I just like to keep up my strength and stamina. Today, I worked out. Tonight, I might enjoy a loaded cheeseburger or a load of wings from East Coast Wings.

I firmly believe in enjoying life because tomorrow I may be dead.

When I cool down after my workout, I hop on this here computer and play a game of Spider Solitaire. I think it’s funny that computers have replaced playing cards. I wonder if sales figures for playing cards reflect that trend. Did sales start to decline when the Personal Computer was introduced? Do the figures match up? Figures down for cards and figures up with PC’s?

This is the type of thinking that I’m prone to do when I have a lot of time on my hands.

I received ‘The Cave’ from Netflix yesterday and promptly put it into the player. After twenty minutes, it was evident to me that the movie was boring. But, I stuck it out a little longer thinking that it was going to pick up. After another 25 minutes, that joker was pulled from the DVD player and put back into its Netflix return envelope.

I dropped it off on Christine while on my way to work last night. She called me later and told me how it had bored the hell out of her too.

We worked out a deal and I borrowed ‘Polar Express’ and ‘Unleashed’ from her.

I have a slight interest in seeing ‘Polar Express’ because I dig computer animation. But I have a distinct feeling that I’m going to hate it.

I watched ‘Unleashed’ already and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars on Netflix.

Normally, I don’t dig martial arts types of films because I can’t suspend my disbelief as much as is required. People are flying around with little regard to Newton’s Laws by floating around and stopping in mid-air. And, the action tends to be too fast for me to digest with my eyes. I didn’t much care for those ‘Kill Bill’ flicks and I absolutely hated that ‘Crouching Dragon Tiger Hiding’ movie.

But I stuck the DVD in the player and was pleasantly surprised! Bob Hoskins turns in another fine performance and Morgan Freeman could have phoned his in. Freeman didn’t give his character much depth; he just seemed to go through the motions to collect that paycheck.

Danny (Jet Li) is a slave / killing machine for Hoskins. When his business associates can’t make payments in a timely fashion, Danny is loosed upon them until an arrangement or death occurs. Then as fate would have it, the hit is put on Hoskins’ crew and Danny escapes the car crash alive.

Freeman and his stepdaughter care for Danny. There he learns table manners, joys of vanilla ice cream, and nice, wet kisses. Danny’s new friends become his family and eventually he protects them from Hoskins and his crew. Hoskins wants him back and is willing to die to show Danny exactly who is in control.

It’s a good flick and I recommend it.

My nephew and I watched ‘The Incredibles’ today and now he’s running all over the place like the character Dash. He wanted a cool name to go along with his fast superhero alter ego and I started to throw out suggestions. He didn’t like “Velocity”, “Super Charge”, or “Flamer” (yeah, I thought that attacking his manhood at an early age will prepare him for what’s to come).

He chose the name “Speed-O-Boy”. He runs around the house as fast as he can, telling me about his superpowers and repeating his name, “Speed-O-Boy” with gusto. And if he doesn’t quit sliding to a stop on his knees and tearing up his pants, he’s going to have a run in with the evil “Dr. Time Out” or the human hurt machine known as “Wayne Payne”.

Ahhhh… How little his mother knows…


  1. Anonymous5:53 PM

    Netflix shipped Unleashed to me but I never received it. About four days lated, I received an e-mail from Netflix saying I had returned Unleashed, and I needed to rate it. The only thing I can figure is the envelope got into the wrong P.O. box and the jerk took it home and watched it. At least he/she had the courtesy to mail it back in after viewing it.

  2. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Make that four days later. Sorry.

  3. Anonymous4:30 PM


    You must buy him a Speedo for his costume. Give your sister a heart attack.


  4. Anonymous11:22 PM

    Whoo hoo! I got a name drop!!!!