Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Cheyenne Kimball ‘The Day Has Come’

Over the weekend, I managed to watch Elf from Netflix. I had never seen this film before even though it intrigued me back when it was released. But after watching it, I quickly put it in my mind’s filing cabinet that’s labeled “never have to see again”.

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it did manage to make me laugh a couple of times. But overall, I don’t like Will Ferrell movies. Bewitched was all right… And that’s the only one that comes to mind as being all right. Most of the people that I work with (the only exception is Marcia Gan) give me the “I can’t believe you hate it” look when I talk trash about Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

I thought he was hilarious on Saturday Night Live, but his movies, like most of the SNL Alumni, just fall flat with me.

I also watched a couple of flicks that I borrowed from my new brother in-law Richard… The Program and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Program royally sucked! I remember this cat that I used to work with at Peaches Music & Video, David Grubbs, talking about seeing “Buffy” (Kristy Swanson) filming scenes in the movie at Duke University. He was going to school there as they were filming. I didn’t see it then and I had no interest in seeing it until I could see it for free or without wasting a pick on Netflix.

It seems that I was right… It would have wasted a pick. The film was awful and they didn’t add the “laying in traffic” scene that had been omitted because idiots around the country thought it would be cool to prove their manhood by lying in the street as cars whizzed by them.

I couldn’t care less about the characters and I found the film even worse than Friday Night Lights. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars.

Also, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a waste of time too. This was the remake that was made a few years ago.

First of all, the original is creepy as hell and scary. There was no reason to remake it. But, egocentric directors and people with money to throw around just don’t get it and therefore a remake was born.

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars only because it got a couple of laughs out of me. Sure, it wasn’t meant to be funny, but the sadistic bastard in me finds humor in gory and violent scenes.

And something I noticed in the film should be brought to light... The kids open the movie riding along on a rural Texas 2 lane singing along with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”. According to the film, the date was 8/20/73. “Sweet Home Alabama” wasn’t released until 1974 on the ‘Second Helping’ album.

I love continuity errors!

This Friday, a film opens that’s based on a television series. I know that Weather Dave is excited because he was a fan of the television series. It’s called Miami Vice and I managed to go through life so far without seeing a single episode.

Do I need to see the movie?

I think not, but I will when it hits Netflix.

I never understood the whole Miami Vice thing, although I do have the first two volumes of the soundtrack on LP (I got them as promos from Peaches Music & Video). Hey, the theme by Jan Hammer is cool and the musical choices were top notch by any standard.

The show really changed fashions and how people dressed. I never wore shoes without socks because quite frankly, I hate that. It just feels icky to me. I didn’t wear pastels, but I did have one of those jackets where the sleeves were made for pushing up past your elbows. I only wore it once to a party celebration for my parents wedding anniversary and it was quickly retired.

I’ll have to see if I can dig that picture up and post it on here.

I was never the style setter and I didn’t bother following any styles. I figure that if I can go through life wearing jeans and T-shirts, I will always be in style. Those two things will never fall out of favor as fashion styles come and go.

Back to Miami Vice… My main reason for never seeing the show was because it came on at 10 on Friday nights. I was busy hanging with the guys or finding a little bit of trouble to get into. We didn’t have VCR’s or DVR’s back then, so I just missed it. And judging from the folks that were big fans of it, I knew that I wasn’t missing anything spectacular. Besides, you cannot improve on the Hawaii Five-0 show.

I see that Miami Vice is once again running on the Sleuth Channel. But do yourself a favor and skip it in favor of a much, MUCH better show called Homicide: Life On The Street.


  1. Anonymous3:47 AM

    First off, I agree about Will Ferrell. I think he is good in small doses, but when it comes to carrying an entire movie, he's the worst. (Now that I am typing this, it seems as if I posted something similar somewhere not too long ago. Hmmm..) Anyway, Anchorman sucked when I first saw it, but then it grew on me a bit. But the only enjoyable bits involve the other members of the news team. I am thinking that no one goes into a movie with the idea of making the main character the lamest part of the movie, but that is what you get when you cast Will Ferrell. I can take him in Old School and... oh, that may be it. That can't be right. Anyway, Elf sucked. And Talladega Nights will suck too.
    I was going to post a random Homicide-related fact the other day, but I did not. The other day I saw that someone had turned in seasons 1-5 at Ed McKay's and they were on sale for 30 bucks each. Since 1 and 2 are a set, that would have been 120 bucks for the first five seasons. I almost bought them all! Instead, due to lack of funds (I blame my nebulous employment status) and the presence of the double-sized season 4 of OZ for $24 I could only get two, so I got 4 and 5, the seasons dealing with the aftermath of Frank's stroke and the Luther Mahoney war. Excellent tv. My mom said she never watched Homidide, which I find odd, as she is all about those crime-solving tv shows. If there are crimes being committed and cops getting to the botom of things, she's all over it, yet she never watched the best cop show on tv. Craziness.
    My word verification says ICDUD. Quite appropriate in a post that starts off about Will Ferrell.

  2. I too fear that Talladega Nights will suffer simply because of Will Ferrel. My friend Brad "Hinzy" Hines pointed out something to me that I noticed but never fully realized... Ferrel always runs around either naked or with briefs in almost every movie. Really? How many times do we need to see that puppy rollover?

    But, since he's getting me in to see it, with no cost to me, I'll check it out.

  3. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Ok, Eugene...the original Miami Vice was campy I admit...but for someone who couldn't get a date to save her life during her first year in college, I WAS home every Friday night at 10 pm watching away.....MV wasn't Shakespeare in the park, but it was good, formatted t.v. and it showed a world tipped off by Scarface and Carlito's Way--those movies showed the world of Miami and South Florida...and Miami Vice, just tapped into it a bit more, even if it is a watered down version. But the best thing about Miami Vice is its not meant to be anything more than the place it's suppose to be about...flashy, devoid of any depth, and pretty to look at. And sometimes mind and eye candy isn't such a bad thing....kind of think of it as t.v.s answer to Jennifer Tilly.
    Kiss Kiss,

  4. First of all... I DIG Jennifer Tilly. Just leave her alone.

    Secondly, Weather Dave talked me into putting Miami Vice onto my Netflix queue. He suggested that I start with the 2-hour pilot made-for-TV pilot movie and then start up with season 1.

    Are there any objections?