Archive for Movies

SocialbizUG.org 5 Questions with me - DevOps, PSC, Star Wars and more

July 27 2015

I was interviewed by Stephen Gainer for the Member of the Month over at SocialBizUG.org. Have a listen!

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? I hope you don’t have all your evenings booked in June ...

April 26 2011

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I am a massive fan of all things Lord of the Rings, the books, the movies and more. I read the books once a year, I owned every version of the DVDs, bought the Theatrical edition of the Blu Rays and pre-ordered the Extended Editions on Blu Ray. I even got to partake in Trilogy Tuesday. I am constantly checking new about The Hobbit. So when I learned about the release of all three extended editions of The Lord of the Rings movies in June. June 14th: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring June 21st: The Lord of the Rings: The Tower Towers June 28th: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Go to AMC Theaters and find your local movie theater and go get some tickets!

PSA: Talking to your kids about Star Wars

November 19 2010

This is the best public service announcement of all time!

The Big Four Live in the movie theathers!

June 21 2010

Do you know who the Big Four are? If you answered that the Big Four were the top four bands in thrash, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, you would be right. And for the first time ever, all four bands are playing on the same concert bill! Europe is getting this amazing line-up - we never get the good concerts here in the states - but someone got smart. Take those high end movie theaters and show this live! $20 bucks for 4 hours of music. Totally worth it - and maybe a once in a lifetime experience. This takes place tomorrow, June 22nd, 2010 - so if you interested, get your tickets. I will be seeing this downtown Chicago and can not wait!

What’s Your Guilty Movie Pleasure?

April 28 2010

So one of the movies that came out this week on Blu-Ray was what I consider my guilty movie pleasure. It's Armageddon. I know, I know. It's cheesy. It's Michael Bay at his worst. It's over the top and from a scientific stand point, a complete train wreck. But man, how I love watching it. Typical summer blockbuster action movie with a sappy under plot and some really bad acting along the way. It has a great cast - you can't fault them for putting together an ensemble of Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Steve Buscemi, Luke Wilson, Michael Clark Duncan, William Fitchner, and Jason Issacs. Oh, and the intro narration of Charlton Heston. When I need something mindless to get my mind off anything, and I don't want to play video games, this is one of the first things I will put in. What is your guilty movie pleasure?

Interesting Thought: Art is whatever moves you - and Roger Ebert, video games move me

April 19 2010

So if you have not read this post Video games can never be art by Roger Ebert, please start there. So Mr. Ebert says quite a bit on why he doesn't think video games are not art, and man, I totally disagree. To me, art is what moves you. It invokes emotion. There are many things out there that I feel lack taste, but are still art. For instance, the live performance art of naked people sitting in a chair - I don't get it, I think it's dumb, but I still think it's art. Just not my taste. But Mr. Ebert specifically calls out video games. I can think of many games that provoked as strong an emotion as any movie, painting, sculpture, statue, or building I have seen on this planet. Seeing much of the stuff in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg caused me to stop and stare. So did the first time I saw the Cyber Demon in Doom ... and then two seconds later got my first rocket in my face and red screen. There are movies out there that make me emotional, such as E.T. or Shawshank Redemption. I've

A Galactic Empire State of Mind

March 31 2010

Holy crap, this is the best Star Wars spoof video of all time ... See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. Via The Movie Blog ... take one part Star Wars and another "Empire State of Mind" from Jazy and Alicia Keys, and you get this masterpiece.

Time for another review: Inglourious Basterds and Quentin Tarantino Q&A

August 18 2009

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago International Film Festival Summer Gala that honored Quentin Tarantino and hosted the Chicago premiere of his newest movie "Inglourious Basterds." Because the movie has not opened yet, I am not going to give anything away about the movie. It is Tarantino doing what he does best - a great story with killer dialog. The story is a bit choppy as typical, but it not out of order. It is bloody as all heck [more along the Madsen ear scene in Reservoir Dogs vs. the comical blood in Kill Bill 1] and even bends the history of World War 2 a bit. So no story spoilers - but this is by far Quentin Tarantino's best movie. It flows amazingly and there are not any slow spots. Brad Pitt is great - but Christoph Waltz (who plays Col. Hans Landa) steals the movie. After the movie, Quentin Tarantino did a Q&A with the audience. He answered questions about the movie with passion and humor. He was awesome. When they announced he had time for on

Time for another review ... Anvil: The Story of Anvil (and why you must see this!)

May 17 2009

In the midst of the summer movie blockbuster season, there is this little documentary called Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Let me tell you - it might be the best movie you see all year. It is the most moving, inspiring, and telling story about always trying to make your dreams come true while living in reality. Anvil is a hard rock band that helped create the sound known as 'Thrash" - they came before the "Big 4" - Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth. While all four of those bands have had levels of success, Anvil has not. While their 1982 album "Metal on Metal" is still considered one of the best albums of rock. But how many of you know about Anvil? Even heard the name? Most have not. This movie is not about a heavy metal band. It is about two friends who are on a journey to fulfill a dream. Two men who met as kids, still best friends. You hear about their journey and you see how much bad luck they have had. It is a story of two fathers, husbands, and men who live a normal midd

Redbook Weekend #1 Part 1 - Watchmen with Alan Lepofsky

March 8 2009

So my first weekend in Boston started with connecting with Alan Lepofsky. Alan and I have been friends for a few years and it was great to see him. We first went to the Cambridge Brewing Company for a beer and some food and to gather all of the people. We then headed to Jordan's IMAX in Reading, MA. Now, its hard to describe this, but it is a furniture store with a Fuddruckers, an IMAX movie theater, and much more. I was visually assaulted by walking in there. WOW. Now something about the Watchmen. Having read the comic book before it was put together in a graphic novel (and yes, I have them somewhere in a box in storage), I was super excited about the movie. Yes, they made changes. So what. They made changes to the Lord of the Rings triolgy and it still kicked major ass. I loved the movie. The tone of the graphic novel and the characters came across super well. The amount of info presented to the watcher, including all the flashbacks, was done very well. I loved the characters - bu

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer

February 14 2008

Here is is folks, the first official trailer for Indy 4: Coming to a theater near you on May 22nd! I love it ... has the feel of Indy 1 and 3. What do you think?