Thursday, July 28, 2011

Humor – Look-alike Celebrities

Have you ever been watching a movie, or a celebrity interview, and thought it was one person, only to find out that it was someone else?  Me, too.

It makes sense that some entertainers resemble each other, since attractiveness is a key attribute to have to be successful, and since attractiveness falls into some pretty standard categories.  Maybe it’s the eyes, or the cheekbones, or even the entire face that is similar.  Here is an example of what I mean:

Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) is on the left and Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception) is on the right.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Movie – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America is the last of the movies Marvel Studios is releasing prior to next May’s Avengers movie.  This movie introduces the last major character for the coming film.  Captain America: The First Avenger has something that none of the other lead in movies had – an honest to God hero.  This is a big, old-fashioned superhero movie, one where the good guy is actually worthy of being called a hero.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Movie – Sucker Punch Extended Version (2011)

A new review of the superior, extended version of Sucker Punch now available on Blu-ray has been included with my original review of the censored, theatrical version.  It raises it from a three star movie to a four star movie.  Both reviews are available here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Humor – Harry Potter Album Covers

Ever wonder what some classic album covers would look like if Harry Potter characters were on them?  Me neither, but seeing them gave me a good laugh.

(And if your response is “What’s an album cover?” then, yes, I am much older than you.)

Here is my favorite – Snape as Elvis:

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Movie – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

As the poster says, “It all ends.”  This is the eighth and final Harry Potter movie.  The prior seven have all been very popular and this one may end up being the most popular of them all.  Critics almost universally approve of the movie.  People who have read the books have been a little more critical of it, and not in a nitpicky “he wore a RED shirt in the book, not a GREEN one!” kind of way.  Reactions have been the strongest to the moviemakers choosing to weaken the intensity of the final Harry vs. Voldemort battle.  The result is that many readers who were looking forward to this incredible scene got something that was more anticlimactic than they were expecting.  I share this feeling.  Personally, while watching the movie I was figuring I would give this film five stars, but the last 15 or 20 minutes were a little bit of a let down.  It’s still a very good four star movie, though.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hike – Ocean Path

Otter Cliffs from the Ocean Path
The Ocean Path is a very scenic walk along the ocean side of the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.  It leads from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs.  While you can drive by the same views in a car, you get an entirely different perspective when you walk it.  This is an easy way for even non-hikers to enjoy tremendous views and it is highly recommended.

Hike – Gorham Mountain

Otter Cove from Gorham Mountain
Gorham Mountain is located in Acadia National Park in Maine.  It is a not-too-difficult way to get excellent views of the ocean and Park area from Great Head to Otter Cliffs.  It is also the first hike I ever did in Acadia.  My sister Lynette and her husband George asked me to join them on it. 

This post describes a loop that traverses Gorham Mountain and returns to the starting point via part of the Ocean Path.  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Movie – Bad Teacher (2011)

Bad Teacher is full of rude humor, bad language, and doesn’t teach us An Important Lesson.  In other words, it’s not like most of the comedy pablum that Hollywood has been pumping out for years.  It’s a movie with enough laughs to recommend it, if you are not in one of two major groups – 1. Idiot parents who took their children to see it because it was about a teacher; and 2. People in the “Justin Timberlake is so sexy no matter what he does” club.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Humor – Fails

The world has a lot of idiots and proof of this seems to eventually end up on the internet.  I have tons of these.  Here is a sampling:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Movie – Cars 2 (2011)

So what’s up with this movie?  It’s from Pixar, which has been a guarantee of quality over the years, yet for the first time movie critics have largely given a Pixar movie bad reviews.  Audience scores are quite high, though.  Why the big difference?  One word: Mater.  If you don’t like this character then you won’t like this movie.  If you love this character you will love this movie.  I may be one of the few people in the middle.  I think that this sequel is as good as the original, but I feel the original is one of the weaker Pixar movies.  I like Cars 2 well enough to recommend it, but not to say it is a must see.