Monday, May 30, 2005

God, Wine, and Naked Ladies

On Saturday, my friend Ann, was baptized. She wanted to do it old school style in a lake. So, we jaunted off to the local water hole. It went off, more or less, without a hitch, but it was by far the oddest baptism I have ever attended.

Just as she was being dunked we noticed the posted sign stating that in this section of the lake it is forbidden to swim or be in the water. So her first act as a Christian was to break the local law!

This being a public lake, and in the free thinking land of France, many of the ladies (young and old) were bathing in the sun without a top. It was quite an odd experience to take part of a religious ceremony and then to walk a few yards and see naked breasts!

She wanted to have a picnic afterwards, and so we walked around finding a non naked spot of land in which we could lunch. Many family members were present, and being both French and non Christians they brought plenty of wine. There are no strict rules in the church against partaking in a little wine, but most American versions make a big frown at the big A(lcohol). As the wine and champagne was offered around there were a lot of red faced shakes of the head.

I thought some of the American missionaries-in-training were going to drop dead on the spot, with all of that hedonism afoot. Me, I began to think that France was finally doing something right!

Saturday, May 28, 2005


So, here is a picture of my long hair. Unfortunately this profile also shows off my receeding hairline, and double chin.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Revenge of the German Heat

We finally saw Revenge of the Sith on Tuesday. I have decided that I will not be writing any kind of review. I am well behind on my review writing, and there are only about 18 billion reviews of this movie elsewhere.

I will say that I rather liked it. I went in with rather low expectations, and was rather delighted that the film was actually pretty good. The dialogue was pretty rotten, of course. The acting was much better than the last two, but this isn’t really saying much. I’d say the talented cast did a fair job of acting, and a very decent job of making poor writing tolerable. The action was good, if sometimes poorly filmed. Too many close ups, too many fights in cramped spaces.

As a long time fan, it was an often moving experience witnessing scenes that I have dreamed of seeing for many a year.


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We went to Kehl again today. I bought some blank CDs (50 for 10 Euros!). We have quite a collection of blank discs to take back with us now. With my obsession for downloading live music, my obsession for taking pictures of every conceivable thing twice, and our tendency to burn the discs we borrow from the library, we’ve managed to fill two spindles full of burned disks.

I was also a very good husband today. I generally loath to shop, especially with Amy. It has gotten to the point where I generally refuse to go with her, because it usually ends up in a fight. Today I let her cut loose and look at every little thing her heart desired. We went from store to store browsing everything, and trying on more than I care to remember. I even let her pick out one outfit and make the purchase.

German dressing rooms are a bit less private than their American counterparts. They have individual little booths for everyone to change clothes, but they are right on the floor, as opposed to a side room. Most of the little booths have big curtains that theoretically cover up the entire booth. However, in reality they are too bulky to shut properly, and wind up leaving little cracks in them. The point here is that my wife went into a booth and changed, leaving me standing in the middle of a women’s clothing store all by myself. All these fluttering dressing booth cracks are opening up revealing tantalizing bits of flesh. Meanwhile I stand there, trying not to look (at least not obviously so) at said flesh while catching all kind of hateful glances from the other ladies, all thinking ‘what a perv.’ To feel better, and to prove I wasn’t some wandering pervert, but a nice guy taking his gal shopping, I would periodically lean my head into Amy’s booth making observations on her clothing picks.

Amy got her hair cut this evening. It cost a good fortune, but it looks very cute. It’s much shorter than before, and is actually just about my length now. Which makes us either really cute, or nauseatingly so.

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It has been achingly hot here. I knew this would happen when we were all complaining about the general chilly and rainy weather a few weeks ago. It wouldn’t be so miserable if France had learned about the modern technology called an air conditioner. That’s not really true, they know what air conditioning is, I’ve felt it inside the nicer shopping centers. They just don’t equip their apartment with it.

Yes, I am a wimp. Yes, people lived without air conditioning for years and years. Yes, millions of people still live perfectly fine lives without air conditioning in much hotter climates. I am weak, I am a wuss. I want my air conditioning! Amy and I lay on opposite sides of the bed not daring to get near enough to touch, for that would bring too much heat. We sweat, we moan, we complain. Eventually we nod off and dream of icebergs.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

American Tabloid Review

Like the supermarket rags in the title, this James Elroy novel is loaded with grandiose stories, half truths and more conspiracy theories than an Oliver Stone wet dream. It rewrites history in a manner akin to the Lone Gunmen in the X-Files and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

It is filled with wall to wall celebrities. There are politiciansns (John F.and Robert Kenney, J Edgar Hoover), flashy millionaires (Howard Hughes) and mobsters galore (Santo Traficante, Jack Ruby, etc). It retells the rise to power of JFK through a myriad of conspiracies, ending with the ultimate conspiracy, the assassination of JFK.

It is filled with bits of history and fact, but also unproven conspiracies and outright fabrications. I am not a historian, so my knowledge of the time period, while pretty good, is by no means complete. I suspect this is true for the majority of Americans. None of us know exactly what happened the day JFK was assassinated. There are a lot of theories floating around, and they all sort of blend together after awhile. Elroy uses this to his advantage.

For example, it is generally accepted that John F Kennedy had affairs. During the Clinton scandals numerous journalists touted this as absolute truth, though I’ve never once seen any hard data confirming the information. Before anyone sends in the hard data, understand that whether or not JFK did have affairs is beyond the point. As a culture we believe it, it is accepted as fact. There are many more rumors and flat out lies, that as a culture we know, that we have heard for the umpteenth time, that it feels like the truth. Elroy writes all of these things as hard truths, and then kicks them up several notches. Here, JFK not only has a few casual affairs, but is an oversexed hound dog. He employs multiple persons to set him up with one night stands at every campaign stop, for every night of the week.

Likewise such fascinating conspiracies of the American group mind such as the CIA/Mob collaboration to assassinate Fidel Catro, the CIA sanctioning of heroin sells to support this collaboration,. Or Joe Kennedy’s mob ties, and Jack Ruby’s collaboration with the JFK conspiracy, are all made concrete facts, and punctuated with exclamation marks, ad infinitum.

There aren’t any good guys in this novel. Anybody who starts out with anything close to a normal set of morals has completely lost them by story’s end. Though filled with real people, it centers around three completely fictional characters. Kemper Boyd carries out a tangled web of undercover work for the FBI, CIA, the Kennedy clan and the mob. Pete Bondurant is an ex cop who plays body guard for Howard Hughes and then Jimmy Hoffa, and has a penchant for bloody violence. Ward Little is an FBI agent hungry for anti mob activity, who through a series of mistakes eventually begins working directly for them.

Each character is destroyed, destroyed again and sometimes built up a little before they are yet again destroyed. Nobody walks away clean, or undamaged. The plot gets a little thick and there were moments where I wish it had been supplied with a map and a compass. The subplots are so plentiful and intertwined its sometimes difficult to tell where you are at within the myriad of webs. Elroy’s style doesn’t help in this matter, for it is about as hard boiled as a writer can be. I don’t think there is a paragraph longer than five sentences, and there is a great many consisting of only one line. Many critics have found this immensely annoying and find the novel difficult to read because of it. I had no problem with it. It made the novel faster to read, and made it seemed much lighter than it actually is. Although, I must say that at the halfway point through the sequel, it has grown quite tiresome.

To supply some of the details left out in the brevity of his prose, Elroy supplies any number of fake documents including tabloid cut outs, top secret documents and verbatim transcripts of phone conversations.

It is a fast paced, exciting, often violent book. It is pulp fiction with literary sensibilities. It doesn’t work particularly well as revisionist history, but for fans of hard boiled crime stories, or those who can’t get enough conspiracy it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The Apartment Review

I came to this film expecting a light hearted romantic comedy. Watching the trailer did nothing to eliminate this idea. The actual film is hardly light hearted, and is really rather sad, and dramatic.

The set up is fairly antiquated, and somewhat sexist. Jack Lemmon plays CC Baxter, a quiet gentleman working as a small cog in a very big insurance company. He also happens to have a very spacious apartment to himself. Word gets around the office about the apartment and Baxter’s agreement to not be home on certain nights. Soon enough every male executive in the office is hitting him for use of the apartment for evening trysts.

Though modern audiences probably grimace at such a concept, it is pulled off quite well. For the most part, the comedy remains intact. When I said that it isn’t a comedy, I don’t mean that there isn’t lots of humor to be found. It’s just that the drama is more involved than what we typical consider to be comedy. There are some truly funny scenes one of which has Baxter getting out his apartment planner, rescheduling several visits from the office men. In my favorite scene, he cooks pasta with a tennis racket.

The conflict of the film involves one of the top executives of the office, Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) and a fun loving elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLain). When Sheldrake begins using the apartment to rekindle his affair with Kubelik, he promotes Baxter at the office, to keep him satisfied. Not knowing that Kubelik is Sheldrake’s love interest, Baxter begins courting her himself.

Tension builds up within the love triangle. Kubelik is not the fun loving gal she at first seemed. As Baxter gets to know her better we find that she harbors some deep secrets and her actions take a downward spiral. The film becomes rather dark, rather grim. It turns even bleaker when the principal joke wears thin. It seems the only thing holding back every married man from having an extra-marital affair is a nice place in which to have it. There isn’t a man in the cast, except Baxter, who has the slightest moral aptitude.

Billy Wilder is one of the great director’s of American cinema, and it certainly shows here. Instead of going for a more slapstick approach, and the material certainly could have been handled that way, he turns it into a more touching drama.

The three characters involved in the love triangle are all superbly acted. Lemmon and MacMurry are both at the top of their game. And MacLain reminds us that she was not always the kooky old lady waxing nutty about past lives. Here she is a beautiful screen presence and holds her own against the two male leads.

What I thought was going to be a light hearted, fast paced romp in the vein of Some Like It Hot, turned out to be a rather poignant, sad tale of the complexities of life. This was a little disappointing while watching the film, but after letting it sit inside the recesses of my mind, it has become one of the great films I have seen. This is not to say there isn’t comedy, but instead of jokes, the comedy comes from within the characters themselves. As in life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Region 1 DVD Releases For 24th May 2005

The Duke de Mondo is out with the royal conclave again this week. Deciding who will be the next Pope de Mondo takes plenty of time, apparently.

He promises to be back next week. Until then, here is this weeks Region 1 DVD releases.

The big movie release this week is Martin Scorcese’s the Aviator. Though he’ll never hit the creative peaks of his 70’s period, the Aviator is still a beautiful, brilliant film.

Jean Pierre Juenet’s A Very Long Engagement hits the shelves this week. The follow up film to the hugely successful Amelie likewise stars Audrey Tautou. For some dumb reason French theatres do now show their films with English subtitles, so I have yet to see it. But Jeunet’s films are always worth at least one viewing.

It is a good week for Generation X’ers who are feeling a little nostalgic. Two sets of After School Specials are being released. So put down your Trapper Keeper and cozy up to a bunch of melodramatic cheese fests starring the likes of such 80’s heartthrobs as Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Rob Lowe, Robert Reed and Dana Plato.

If that wasn’t enough to get you reminiscing about the time that punk Stephen stole your lunch money, or that other time you got pants in gym class then this week also sees the release of Superfriends – the Second Season, and Airwolf - Season One.

For those of you who are a bit older, and need something in black and white to feel nostalgic, the Andy Griffith – Complete Second Season also hits the shelves. Still need something to keep you saying “They don’t make them like they used to?” The Dick Van Dyke Show has packaged its entire season together.

Other notable TV releases are: News Radio – The Complete Second Season, Law and Order – The Third Year, and MASH – Season 8.

For reasons unknown to me, Richard Pryor has a couple of releases coming out. There is a two pack of his comedies with Gene Wilder, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy. The other release is a collection of his stand-up routines, Here and Now and Live on the Sunset Strip. I’m not that familiar with his stand up material, but the films are well worth adding to any collection.

Right alongside Richard Pryor on any list of great comedians is Red Skelton. His sketch comedy show gets a 2 disc greatest hits packaging.

Other notable film releases are: Drums Along the Mohawk, A Farewell to Arms, and a single disc version of the Godfather Part II.

Here’s the full list, with a few additional comments by me.

16 Years Of Alcohol) (2003
Studio: TLA Releasing
Rated: R


2B Perfectly Honest (2004)
Studio: Monarch Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Above and Beyond - The Complete Television Series
5-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


After School Specials: 1981-1982 (1981)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


After School Specials: 1982-1986 (1982)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Agatha Christie's Marple - Series 1
Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Airwolf - Season One (1984)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Second Season (1961)
5-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Angelina Ballerina - The Big Performance
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Angelina Ballerina - The Big Performance
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated



Anger Management/As Good As It Gets 2-Pack (1997)
2-DVD Set Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13


Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Are We There Yet? (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG


Are We There Yet? (2005)
Universal Media Disc
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG


Aria's Secret Desires
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Asalto En Tijuana (1985)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


The Aviator (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13


The Aviator (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13


The Aviator/ Memphis Belle
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Aviator/This Boy's Life
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 1 - The First Adventures Of The Black Sheep Squadron (1976)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Back in the Day (2005)
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: R


Batman the Animated Series - 3 Pack
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Batman the Animated Series - Volume Three
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Batman: Training for Power - Season 1 Vol 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Just in time to get everybody excited about the new movie.

Behaving Badly Vol 2 Boxed Set
Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


The Best of Everything (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Best of Everything (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Big Ain't Bad (2002)
Studio: Urbanworks
Rated: Not Rated


The Big Black Comedy Show - Vol. 2
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Billy Jack - The Ultimate Collection
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: Not Rated


Blank the World
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Blank the World
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Blank the World
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated


Blank the World
Studio: WEA
Rated: Not Rated


Blood Trap
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Bob the Builder - Getting the Job Done!
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

If you have kids, prepare to buy more toy dump trucks.


The Bravados (
1958)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Bravados (1958)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Broken Lance (1954)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Brooke Ellison Story (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG


Buffalo Bill (1944)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG


Bunny Wailer - Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Carlos Mencia - Not for the Easily Offended Live In San Jose (2005)
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated


Charlie's Angels (2000)
Universal Media Disc
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

For PSP players only.


Cliff Richard - The Event (1989)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Unknown


Combat! - Season 4: Conflict 1
4-Disc Set
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Combat! - Season 4: Conflict 2
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Compadres A La Mexicana (1990)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Con Todo El Corazon
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Corazon De Tequila (2000)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


The Dancer (1994)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Dangerous Living
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13


Dead & Rotting 4-Pack (1993)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


The Detective (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Di Gi Charat - Vol. 1: Nyo Arrival (2005)
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series (1961)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Drenched in Blood 4-Pack (2002)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Earthquake: About Got Damm Time!
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

You’ve got to love the title.

El Charro Negro vs. La Banda De Los Cuervo (1962)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated



El Escuadron De La Muerte (1987)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated



El Fisgon Del Hotel (1993)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Seems to be a very nice selection of Spanish titles coming out these days.


Everybody Loves Raymond - The Series Finale (2005)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

With entire seasons being released, I’m not sure why anyone would want to pick up a single episode. But, for those who do, here’s the last episode ever of Ray Romano’s hit show.

Fairies - Music and Stories from Fairyland (2004)
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Fairies - The Seventh Unicorn and Other Stories (2004)
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Fancy Dancing (2002)
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: Not Rated


A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Fat Actress (2005)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Forty Guns (1957)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
Studio: Palm Pictures
Rated: Not Rated


The Frogmen (1951)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Fully Loaded Jamaica (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Gaither and Friends - It Is No Secret (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Garfield Fantasies (1988)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Not what you think, you perv.


Ghoul School 4-Pack (1990)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Godfather Part II (1974)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: R

In case you’re like me, and are to cheap to shill out for the whole box set.


Golden Voices of Israel - Jewish Liturgical Treasures (2005)
Studio: Qualiton Imports LTD.
Rated: Not Rated


H (2002)
Studio: TLA Releasing
Rated: R


Haunted by the Past 4-Pack (2001)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


I, Robot (2004)
Collector's Edition
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

This film was visually impressive, but I found it too summer blockbustery for its material, and thus it gets no recommendation.

Ian Parker- Whilst the Wind: Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


In Old Arizona
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Invasion of Terror 4-Pack (1973)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


John Renbourn & Jacqui McShee - In Concert (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Unknown


Just a Question of Love (2005)
Studio: Wolfe Video
Rated: Not Rated


Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated


L'Argent (1983)
Studio: New Yorker Video
Rated: Not Rated


La Diosa Del Puerto
(1990)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


La Hija Del Ministro (1952)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Lady in Cement (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R


Lady in Cement (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R


Law & Order - The Third Year (1992)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Lena Horne - An Evening With Lena Horne (1994)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Lena in her later years. She’s still got a voice by this time, but its nothing compared to her glory days.

Luke's Freakshow - On Tour
Studio: Urbanworks
Rated: Not Rated


Man on Fire (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R


MASH TV Season 8
3-Disc Set
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Mission Mars Collection - Flight to Mars/Attack From Mars/Invaders From Mars
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


MPD Psycho
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated


Na Leo - I Miss You My Hawaii (2004)
Studio: Mountain Apple
Rated: Not Rated


National Lampoon - Lost Reality 2
Rated Version
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: R


National Lampoon - Lost Reality 2
Unrated Version
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated


National Lampoon: The Best of Romp
Studio: Genius Productions, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


National Lampoon: Tooned Up
Studio: Genius Productions, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (1995)
3-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Nick Jr. Favorites - Volume 1 (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Nick Picks - Volume 1 (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Now That's Funny
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Our Burden Is Light
(2005)
Special Widescreen Edition/ CD Included
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Partners - Fitness

Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated


Penthouse - Bedroom Fantasies (2004)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Studio: Criterion Collection
Rated: Not Rated


Pompeii: The Last Day
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: G


Possessed (2004)
Studio: Lion's Gate Films
Rated: Unknown


Psychotic Tendencies 4-Pack
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Unrated


Queen for A Day (1951)
3 Disc Set
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Razor's Edge (1946)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Red Skelton - America's Greatest Clown
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


Richard Pryor - Stand Up (Here and Now/Live on Sunset Strip) (1982)
2-DVD Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Romeo & Juliet: Thames Shakespeare Collection (2005)
Studio: Navarre Corporation
Rated: Not Rated


S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2004)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Samurai Jack: Season 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

One of the many cartoons released by Nickolodeon that works for adults just as much as for kids.


Samurai Jack: The Complete Seasons 1&2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Secuestro (1995)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


See No Evil, Hear No Evil/Stir Crazy 2-Pack (1981)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R


Sinaloa - Tierra de Hombres (1994)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Skinned Alive 4-Pack (1989)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated


The Sleepwalker Killing
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Smoklamentry (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated


Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated


Sorted
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Spanglish/50 First Dates 2-Pack (2004)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13


Spanglish/As Good As It Gets 2-Pack (1997)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13


Speed Racer - Volume 3
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Spin (2004)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13


Spongebob Squarepants - Fear of a Krabby Patty (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Stolen Heart (1997)
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: R


Straight Men and The Men Who Love Them
Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
Rated: Unknown


Street Fury - Redline
Studio: TokyoPop
Rated: Not Rated

Superfriends - The Second Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Superfriends - The Second Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Superfriends: Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


The Tai Chi Master
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Taquito De Ojo (1988)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


A Taste of Ambrosia: Jamaica Go-Go (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Three on a Match (1998)
Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Tony Rome (1967)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Torrente 2 - Mission In Marbella (2001)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Torrente 2 - Mission In Marbella (2001)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


The Trail to Hope Rose
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Ulrich Bien-Aime - The Body And Soul Trainer - Soul Stretches (2003)
Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Rated: PG-13


Ustad Vilayat Khan - Bequest Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated


Vagabundo en la Lluvia (1968)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


Verdugo De Traidores (1987)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated


A Very Long Engagement / The Affair of the Necklace
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: R


Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated


Voyage to the Planets and Beyond
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Voyage to the Planets and Beyond/Hyperspace
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Warlock (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Wiggles - Lights, Camera, Action
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


The Wiggles - Wiggly Party DVD
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


A Wind from Wyoming (1994)
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated


Wolf's Rain - Vol. 7: Final Encounters (2004)
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monday, May 23, 2005

I'm Ready For Bed

We have spent the lat two days finalizing our “last hurrah.” A few weeks ago we booked the packaged Ireland tour, the flights to and fro, and a place to sleep in Barcelona. It was there we stopped because we were unsure as to where we would like to spend a few days in France. In doing so over the last couple of days, one of the great differences between me and my wife came to light in the most unflattering way.

Amy is a researcher. For the last 6 weeks or so, she has been researching the details of this Barcelona to Strasbourg vacation. She got out all her maps and scoured the entire country for interesting cities. She wore out our guide book, and sifted through the internet for information regarding any and all places to visit. If a city exists with something minutely interesting to see, she found it, researched it and planned out a possible visit.

She took notes. She searched train schedules, cross referencing other possible stops to ensure the best possible times and routes. She marked, checked and rated every city, village, and hut throughout the entire country.

She didn’t, however, make any type of decision. Amy is fantastic at research, and terrible at decision making. She wants to see EVERYTHING. So, after weeks of looking, she was no closer to having a plan than when she begun.

I am the opposite. I make decisions quickly, and sometimes, rather hastily. I sat down last night, after Amy had spent several hours reviewing and revising her notes, and started planning our voyage. We bought a Eurorail pass. Basically we can travel anywhere in Spain and France on five separate days within a two month period. We can make multiple stops during one travel day, but once that day is over, so is the days ticket. Now, I know we want to go to Paris for a couple of days, and we will be returning to Strasbourg. Two tickets gone, right there. That left us three travel days.

Looking at Amy’s notes I quickly surmised that she wanted to visit the Southern province of Provence. I quickly chose a city that seemed interesting and was far enough away from the highly crowded beach resorts. Montpellier is the name. From there Amy gave me two choices for our next stop. Skimming the pages in the guidebook I again quickly decided on Arles because it contains both some Roman ruins and was where Van Gogh lived for a time. Our next stop was easy, because we had already decided we wanted to travel to Tours so that we could do some castle tours.

In a manner of 15 minutes I had made decisions that Amy had been killing herself over for weeks.

She was not particularly happy over my quick decision making. Yet, she was not sure in which manner to attack me. Her first approach was to complain that it seemed like we were rushing from place to place too quickly. It is true that we were planning to see a lot of countryside in a very short amount of time. It is the nature of this type of traveling. I explained that with this type of tour, we had to move quickly through each city in order to see more things. On several occasions we will be traveling to a city in the morning, touring in the afternoon, and then traveling to the next city that evening. We simply don’t have the money or the time to spend a long time in each city. Besides, many of these smaller cities can easily be toured in a day, and any extra stay would become dull.

Without pausing for the irony, she then complained that we weren’t seeing enough cities. I reminded her that she just complained that we were moving too quickly, and that it certainly wouldn’t slow us down to add more cities onto the itinerary. There is little leeway to add more days to our tour, because we simply have to get back in order to pack up and fly back to the states. She then accepted my explanations, though adding in some sulk.

I must admit that Amy did a marvelous job of researching everything, which made my job of decision making so much easier.

The difference noted here, highlight the general differences in our life outlook. Amy is very thorough, detail oriented, and great at research. When she goes grocery shopping she looks over every single item of food. She checks the ingredients, net weight and price and then compares each with similar items in the aisle. After a close inspection of each item she then picks one out for purchase. It’s the same in clothes shopping. She inspects each rack, checking out styles, sizes, and colors. She runs a mental check for matching items already in her closet, then keeps an eye out for additional matches within the store. She chooses a large selection of potentials and tries them on. The try-ons get sorted into stacks according to their cuteness, price and how they fit. When items do not fit just right they are taken back and different sizes are sought out. This goes on for eternity. It doesn’t even matter is she actually has money to make the purchase, she will look for hours with no intention of actually walking out of the store with anything.

This wears me out to no end. When I shop, I do a slow walk through my section. If something catches my eye I pull it out checking price, size and wearability. If I get a match on all three, I will take it in for a one time tryout. I have never flipped through all the clothes within a rack. If I dig one item on the rack I will give it a good once over and then move on. If it takes me more than half an hour to shop for clothes I am disheartened.

It is like this in nearly everything. Amy is thorough and detailed. Which reads slow to me. I am quick, and decisive. Which reads rash to Amy.

Despite these differences, we manage to get along quite nicely. I let her go shopping with the girls, and she lets me make the final decision on where we’re going to vacation.

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On top of the two day long process of reserving our vacation the rest of the day was rather lousy. I had a horrible French class due mainly on my bad attitude stemming from the vacation planning. I have also moved up a level, so to speak, in my language learning. I suddenly feel like I am back at day one. The last several weeks have been mainly review lessons on what I have already studied. These lessons make me feel good about my language acquisition. I actually seem to know the answers. Now that I’ve been upgraded, everything is new again. The vocabulary has expanded, and the grammar has become more difficult. My head is sullenly resting in my hands again, and my answers become disenchanted mumbles.

After class I did the unfortunate thing of checking my credit card balance. Not good! I hate debt. I hate being in debt. Europe has slowly depleted our saving and put us in a great deal of debt. We’re certainly not broke. We will manage quite nicely. Bills will be paid and payments will be made on the card. It just feels miserable to feel like you owe a huge amount.

To top things off I missed seeing Star Wars. I intentionally put off seeing the film this weekend because I was going to see it with Daniel tonight. He did not want to see it with 8 million others folks this weekend, and I agreed to hold off until Monday night. Unfortunately, something came up and he was unable to go anyway. We got to the theatre only to find that our scheduled showing was in French. The next English language showing wasn’t until much later. By the time much later rolled around, Amy decided she was too pooped to view.

There is always tomorrow, I suppose.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Have Some More Wine

Amy’s department at the university had a picnic yesterday evening. Well, first they had a game of football (that’s soccer to us Yanks) which Amy and I were conveniently very late to, causing us to have to sit out and not play. The picnic was a very casual affair with everyone bringing their favorite dishes and sitting right smack on the grass. We had lots of quiches, pastas and vegetables. There was plenty of wine and beer to go around. The French mindset on the consumption of alcohol is very much different than the American concept. The only people drinking water or juice was the smallest of children. When Amy got up and poured a glass of orange juice she was heralded with a barrage of questions and jokes.

“You put vodka in that right?”

“What are you doing? Oh no, we’re out of wine!?!”

And so forth.

They literally could not understand an adult woman not guzzling down wine or beer with her meal.

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We packed our first bag today. Our American friend, Pamela, is flying back to the states to be at her brother’s wedding. She has kindly offered to take one of our suitcases along with her. She can ship it to Amy’s folks at a cost much less than we could do the same from France. We’re working on a few other folks who will be making similar trips in the next few months. It’s not that we’ve accumulated that much additional stuff while here. But, that the French airline is stricter with luggage limitations than the American airlines were when we came here.

It feels weird to be packing things up in preparation of our return.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Region 1 DVD Releases For 17th May 2005

A blogcritics friend usually does a bit on the weekly DVD releases. He's out of commission for a couple of weeks, and asked me to help out. As stated yesterday, I'm now posting all blogcritic posts here as well. I hope this doesn't annoy my faithful readers, but rather, brings some new folks into the fold.

Our friend, the Duke de Mondo, has been called away for one royal emergency or another. In his absence he has asked me to take over the Region 1 DVD releases for the next couple of weeks. We apologize for the lateness of this weeks installment.

I’ll try to live up to the legacy, minus the naughty words.

It is a good week for TV shows on DVD. My top three comedies of all time make appearances as well as a few other notable shows. As for movies, it’s pretty slim picking from my point of view.

Cheers - The Complete Fifth Season (1986)

The greatest television comedy ever made. This was the last season to feature Shelly Long, who left the show to find fame and fortune on the movie screen, and got lost along the way. It’s a pretty bare bones release, but contains one of my all time favorite episodes “Thanksgiving Orphans” where the gang stage the world’s greatest food fight.

The Simpsons - Bart Wars

What was the greatest television comedy about four seasons ago has released a specialty disk just in time to settle your jonesing for more Star Wars after watching Episode III. Similar to their other specialty disks on the likes of Halloween and Christmas, this disk contains four episodes and no special features.


Seinfeld - The Fourth Season (1992)

To round out my top three television comedies, Seinfeld releases it’s best season this week. There’s a massive amount of extras on these disks including: documentaries, interviews, deleted scenes and a whole lot more. Not that a season including such episodes as: The Bubble Boy, The Junior Mint (“It’s a little mint”), The Pick, and The Contest (“I’m master of my domain”) needs any extras to sell itself.

Rounding the television releases out come the Golden Girls: the complete 2nd season, the Commish: Best of Season 1 and Scrubs: The Complete First Season

There are only a few standouts in the new film releases category.

Steve McQueen Giftset - 4 Pack (1960)

This set includes two of the all time great great McQueen films, The Great Escape and the Magnificent Seven, a very decent, but dated caper The Thomas Crown Affair, and something I’ve never heard of, Junior Bonner. It doesn’t look like either of the films includes anything not already on previous releases. But, if you haven’t purchased any of the classics, it could be worth the packaged deal. Though I would have preferred something along the lines of Papillion over Junior Bonner, if you get it at a reduced price, there isn’t much room to complain.

Kinsey (2004)

Sex on film from my neck of the American heartland. Kinsey did a great deal of his research in Bloomington, IN, which happens to be where I’ve been living the last couple of years. So, he’s kind of an odd hometown hero. I’ve embarrassingly not yet managed to see the film. There is the regular edition and a special edition with audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers and a couple of documentaries on the real man.

The other film release worth mentioning is the Grudge. It’s noted as an extended cut, and you can assume their will be some more bloodshed in those extentions, but I see no indication as to the content or length of said extended cuts. I have to admit, I’ve not seen the shortened cut, so I can only recommend according to reputation.

Well, here’s the remainder of the releases. I’ll add a comment or two throughout. I’ll be back next week with new releases.

1 Love (2003)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: PG

Abouna (2004)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

The Adventures of Pete and Pete - Season One (1993)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - Kinsey (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Just in time for the release of the film, PBS releases a documentary about the man behind the film.

American Experience - MacArthur (1998)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - Return With Honor (1999)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - War Letters (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Arlington: Field of Honor
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Big Black Comedy Show - Vol. 2
Studio: Naxos
Rated: Not Rated

The Biggest Fan (2005)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Black Cadillac
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Blue (1968)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Bounder 2: A Tale of the Unexpected
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Call Me - The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Camp Utopia
Studio: Tempe Video
Rated: Not Rated

Candide
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Charisma (1999)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Cheers - The Complete Fifth Season (1986)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Clarissa Explains It All - Season One (1991)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Before Melissa Joan Hart became a witch, and grew breasts.

Classic Comedy Teams - Dance With Me Henry (1956)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Spindled
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Commish - The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Conagher (1991)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Cybuster - Vol. 4: Micro Black Hole Cannon (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Desperate Trail (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: R

Eddie Griffin - Voodoo Child
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

El Dia De Los Albaniles 1 (1984)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Elective Affinities (1996)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Escort West (1959)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Escuadron 201 (1945)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Fortunes of War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 6 (1998)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Galaxy Hunter (2004)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gamera: The Ultimate Collection
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Special Edition
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

I dig the original film, but this sounds a little too far removed to be worth paying money to watch.

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Ghost Lake (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: R

Giant Robo - Ginrei Special (2005)
Studio: Media Blasters
Rated: Not Rated

Golden Girls - The Complete Second Season
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Green Butchers (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R

The Grudge (2004)
Extended Cut, Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gungrave - Vol. 6: Erosion (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hot Body - Bad Girls Wet T-Shirt Contest (2005)
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

An old college roommate used to get catalogs from this group. If you like this kind of things, they seemed to deliver what they advertise.


Hot Body Competition - Beverly Hills Covergirl Model Contest
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

Hour of the Gun (1967)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hoxsey - When Healing Becomes a Crime
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

I haven’t a clue what this is actually about, but the title alone makes it worth checking out.

The Hunting Party (1971)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

I'll Take Sweden (1965)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Infection (2004)
Studio: Lion's Gate Films
Rated: Unknown

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

It's Easier for A Camel (2003)
Studio: New Yorker Video
Rated: Not Rated

Isn’t it always.

Johnny Reno (1966)
Wisedscreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio Meets Billy Bang: Live at the River East Art Center (2004)
Studio: City Hall Records
Rated: Not Rated

Kidvidz - Let's Get a Move On! (1990)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition, Canadian
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Go Canada

Last Stand at Saber River (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Los Verduleros (1986)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Loving Feeling (1968)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Madame Brouette
Studio: VAI Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Man Outside (1988)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

A bare bones release to run in conjunction with the sequel that no one saw.

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Monarch of the Glen: The Complete Series 3
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 1 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 2 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD Plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 4 Intermediate/Advanced
Bonus Jam Alond CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 5 Advanced
Bonus Jam Along CD plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

More Dead Than Alive (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Mosquitoman
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

NBA 25 Years of Champions
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Dynasty Series: The Philadelphia 76ers
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Furious Finishes (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NFL Greatest Follies Collection Giftset
2 Pack
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Night Sun
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Notre Musique (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Older Adults Walk & Firm - With Leslie Sansone
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

Peter Gabriel - Growing Up on Tour: A Family Portrait (2005)
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Gabriel’s music is always worth a listen, and his live shows are closer to theatre than a rock concert. Filmed by his daughter during the 2002 tour, this is suppose to capture both the live show and the tumult of Gabriel’s personal life as he tries to balance rock stardom and family life.

The Piglet Files 3: Case File Sex, Spies and Videotape
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Be afraid, be very afraid

The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Purgatory (1999)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Rata Blanca - En Vivo - Teatro Gran Rex (featuring Glenn Hughes)
Studio: DLN Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Red Dwarf - Series 1 & 2 (1988)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures Of Adam And Burt
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Sam Whiskey
(1969)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

The Scalphunters (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Scrubs - The Complete First Season (2001)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Sea Inside (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Seance (2000)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Secret Sins
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Seinfeld - The Fourth Season (1992)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Silk Stalkings - The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Simpsons - Bart Wars
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under - The Complete Third Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under: Complete Seasons 123
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Son of the Mask (2005)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: MTI Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Tai Seng Video Marketing, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Steve McQueen Giftset - 4 Pack (1960)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

St. Michael Had a Rooster (1971)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

The Stone Boy (1984)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Tai Chi Master (2002)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Tarnation (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Time of Fear (2004)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Tough to Kill
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ultimate Hero
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Vampiyaz (2004)
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Voices of Jamaica: Live in Concert (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Vuelta Al Paraiso (1960)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Walk Aerobics For Seniors
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

You know you want it.

Waterhole #3 (1967)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

West Point - The First 200 Years (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

White Noise (2005)
Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

White Noise (2005)
Full Frame
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Dark Star Orchestra To Tour Again After Keyboardist Death

I've decided to post any news type items that I post on blogcritics here as well. The following is a little blurb I did on the Dark Star Orchestra.

Dark Star Orchestra will continue their spring tour after the sudden death of founding member, and keyboardist Scott Larned. After canceling numerous concerts to regroup, the band will restart the tour in New York City on May 27. From there, the band will head to Connecticut and continue to tour the US pretty much non stop until August.

Scott Larned, passed away suddenly of heart failure this past April, while touring with the Grateful Dead cover band. Larned helped found the band in 1997, played keyboards and even did a stint as group manager in their early days. Much like the Grateful Dead, whom Dark Star Orchestra emulates night after night, they have vowed to continue playing after losing a vital member. During their 30 year history, the Grateful Dead also lost 3 keyboardist to untimely deaths, yet continued to be one of the biggest touring acts in the country.

The bands website (darkstarorchestra.com) has this to say about the decision:

The decision to resume touring was an easy one to make; one that we're sure would have pleased Scott. He himself had made many sacrifices in order to continue touring and playing the music that he loved. To do anything but continue onward would be a disservice to his memory and to this incredible group he helped nurture for over the last seven years.


The tour schedule is as follows:


May 27, 28 – New York, NY
May 29, 30 – New Haven, CT
June 1 – Providence, RI
June 2 – Poughkeepsie, NY
June 3 – Red Bankd, NJ
June 4 – Philadelphia, PA
June 6, 7 – Teaneck, NJ
June 8 – Chifton Park, NY
June 10 – Somerville, MA
June 11 – Hampton Beach, NH
June 13, 14 – Burlington, VT
June 16 – Buffalo, NY
June 17 – Erie, PA
June 18 – Bluffton, OH
July 10 – Milwaukee, WI
July 14 – Indianapolis, IN
July 17 – Masontown, WV
July 21 – Detroit Lakes, MN
July 27 – Denver, CO
July 28 – Aspen, CO
July 29, 30 – Bellvue, CO
August 13 – Mariaville, NY
August 17 – Springfield, OH
August 19-21 – Garrettsville, OH


For more information on the band visit darkstarorchestra.com

Talk To Her Review


A friend of mine recently lent me her Chinese bootlegged copy of Talk to Her. I have seen a few other Pedro Almodóvar films and expected another tale filled with bizarre violence and kinky sex. What I wasn’t expecting was a rather moving tale of unrequited love.

Talk to Her reminded me quite a bit of the films of Todd Solondz. Like his movies, this film manages to make characters who commit rather heinous acts quite sympathetic. Equally alike, Talk to Her deals with the immense loneliness of its characters.

The story begins with a chance meeting between Marco (Dario Grandinetti) and Benigno (Javier Cámara) at a dance recital. Neither man knows each other, but they happen to have seats that are side by side. They later meet again at a private hospital, where Benigno is the caregiver to a beautiful dancer, Alicia, who has been comatose for several months. Marco is there visiting his girlfriend, a bull fighter who was recently gorged by a bull and is likewise comatose. A friendship builds between the two men, as they care for the women they love, though they cannot be loved back.

The film’s title comes from Benigno insistence that Marco speak to the women as though they could hear him. He urges Marco to open up and tell his lady the intimate details of his life. Benigno is deeply in love with Alicia, and treats her as if she was his life long lover, though she cannot respond in anyway.

The film is very subtle and nuanced in meaning. Both men, though apparently quite heterosexual, spend most of the film in more standard feminine roles. They are the caregivers: washing, cleansing, taking care of the women. Benigno is a male nurse. They become very good friends, and indeed seem to love each other deeply, yet they are hopelessly devoted to women who are deemed hopeless, doomed to never awaken from their coma.

Neither Benigno or Marco really knew these women in their waking lives. Benigno watched Alicia in her dance classes, from across the street, through his window. Marco had just recently met Lydia, interviewing her for a magazine, and finding the beginnings of romance. It is really only through their caring of these women while they are asleep that they begin to feel love for them.

Almodovar is careful to portray the characters as sympathetic while still tainting their devotions with something sinister, something perverse. As the stories conclude, one character’s actions become slightly horrific, and yet we still feel sympathy for him. Almodovar understands life’s complications and that it is too easy to broadly label people as one thing, when reality goes much deeper.

In keeping with the kinkiness of his prior films, Almodovar throws in a sequence with Benigno retelling a silent film he watched recently. It rivals the bath tub scene in Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, and inside the cheerleader’s pants scene in the USA Up All Night classic, Getting Lucky. Let’s just say for lovers of perverse, whacked out cinema, it is a must-see.

Ultimately, Talk to Her is a bizarre, but moving portrait of unrequited love, friendship and the complexity of human life. It is undoubtedly a difficult film emotionally, but one definitely worth sitting through and contemplating.

Monday, May 16, 2005

I Want To Thank You

I have to give a great big THANK YOU to Jamison for creating the new Brewster’s Millions banner. It took me nigh on forever to figure out how to replace the old banner, and I’m still working the kinks out. I now need to figure out how to change the colors of the rest of the blog to make it look even better.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Look! Pretty....

The longtime reader of Brewster’s Millions will notice a few new things here.

“Wow!” you will be saying about now. “Look at all the cool pictures.”

After a few moments of bewilderment, you will probably start thinking along the lines of,

“Why do the pictures link to Amazon.com? Has Brewster’s Millions sold out?”

The answer, of course, is a resounding YES.

In reality I recently discovered that Amazon has a cool feature to help web site owners, and themselves, out. Basically I get free use of their artwork, by linking directly to their site. Anytime someone purchases something from one of my links, I also get a 10% of the asking price. Now, I really expect to make a big pile of nothing out of this deal. I don’t generate enough hits to believe for a second I’ll make a dime from people linking over to Amazon and buying a bunch of crap. I mainly signed on because I can use the artwork for my reviews, and what-not, without having to worry about copyright issues. And if I happen to get a couple of dimes out of the deal, who am I to complain?

So, I would appreciate it, that if you plan to buy something from Amazon, click over through one of my link. Heck, drop me a line beforehand and I’ll set up a link to that specific item :)

I have also added a one of those flashy link thingies to the sidebar for blogexplosion. It is a site designed to boost the traffic to your blog. It is based on the principle that everyone involved wants more traffic. But, in order to get more hits, everybody has to view more blogs. So, I spend a few minutes checking out other peoples blogs. In doing so I earn credit for my blog. This credit is used in putting my blog in the line of blogs that everyone else is looking at. I've only been doing it a few days, but I've already seen a big increase in traffic. So, if there are any bloggers out there looking for a few readers I would recommend it.

The only problem is that the hits you'll get are most likely not going to be long time readers. The system works so that you have to view a blog for 30 seconds or more. But it is easy to have the blog up while you're doing something else, and check back every half minute in order to punch through to the next one. I've viewed a whole bunch of blogs lately, but have ready very, very few of them. Unless the blog has something really catcy right up front, I'm likely to jump back over to playing Spider. All of which makes me really want to spend more time making my blog look better. Hence, the amazon pictures.

I am also looking to change the overall outlook of the blog. I've already put a request into a friend to give me a cool banner to run at the top, but I have yet to get a response from him. I hope, within a few months, to really redesign the whole thing to make it a little more mine, and a lot less blogspots. If anyone has any design skills, and wants to help out a lonesome blogger, drop me a comment.

I’ll officially have my one year anniversary as a blogger towards the end of the month. Unofficially, it is a few months later since I really didn’t start blogging until I made it to France in September.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Create Your Own Title

Once upon a time, Amy and I both purchased monthly tram passes. The idea was that we were both riding the tram enough to justify buying a pass. It was cheaper that way, instead of buying a ticket for each ride. The monthly pass is a driver’s license kind of deal; with picture, electronic devices for to validate the pass for each ride, and a nice little plastic casing. Anyways, due to the sunshine and warmth of the season, I have opted to not renew my pass. I walk pretty much everywhere now. Amy has kept hers though, because she gets a student discount which makes it still worth the cash.

To renew the pass you simply have to find one of the ticket machines, insert your card and pay for a new month. The other day while she was doing this, we noticed an option in which you could buy 30 tickets for 30 Euros. This is a rather good deal, since normally the tickets coast 1.20 Euro per ticket. We decided to go ahead and make this deal a reality figuring I’d use up the 30 tickets by the time we need to leave France. We were quite surprised when, after paying for the 30 tickets, know tickets came forth. It turns out the 30 tickets is actually not tickets at all. They loaded Amy’s card with 30 passes. This does me absolutely no good, because the card is in her name. We are not sure yet whether or not the 30 passes will forward themselves into next month since she has already paid for the month of May. My suspicions are that they will not, and that even though she is paid up for May, each time she validates the pass it will take another ticket off of her stockpile.

That’s 30 Euros out the window.

In better news, spring is back. After a week of rather cool, rainy weather, the sun came back out and the temperature rose. My tan is getting darker.

I went to a screening of the Wild Bunch last night. The local art house is doing a month of classic westerns. Amy was unable to go due to some poor planning with cooking a chicken. Instead I went with my friend Flore. I had never seen it before, and it was great to catch it on the big screen. A review, will no doubt, be forth coming.

As I have mentioned before on Mondays we often go to the local Irish pub to sit around with the English students and Amy’s coworkers. Last Monday was the best time I’ve ever had there. I’m usually not a big fan of the event. I don’t really know most of the students, and though it is an event meant for everyone to practice their English, it usually happens that everyone speaks French. So, I sit, sipping my Coke, feigning some kind of interest. This past occasion was different. Oh, there was still quite a bit of French spoken, but it didn’t bother me so much. Now that I am but weeks away from leaving France, I have gotten to know a number of French students fairly well. Or at least well enough to converse with them without much awkwardness. In moving from state to state over the last several years, I have found this to be the way of life. You spend the first several months living in a new place feeling kind of bummed out that you don’t know anyone, only to really enjoy yourself amongst friends right before you leave.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Maximum Bob Review

Reading an Elmore Leonard novel is a lot like watching a good, not great movie. There is a lot of style, dialogue that demands to be spoken out loud, interesting and twisting plots, with a great ease in being read. Maybe that’s why so many of his books are made into books. They read like screenplays.

Maximum Bob was actually made into a television show starring Beau Bridges, but it didn’t last past a season.

What we get here is a breezy, fun novel about Bob Gibbs, a conservative, hard-nosed judge nick-named “Maximum Bob” for his tendency to deal out the full force of the law. Bob begins to fancy a no-nonsense probation officer, Nancy Baker, who is busy tangling with a couple of low life losers. Things get complicated when a giant alligator shows up on Bob’s front porch scaring his former mermaid-turned-new-age-psychic wife into leaving him for good. Add into the mix Dale Crowe Junior, one of the aforementioned losers, who is plotting to flee from an oncoming prison sentence, and Owen, Dale’s uncle and recently released ex-convict. The outcome is a wild ride, which is enjoyable to read, but without a lot of depth or staying power.

Leonard is a good craftsman. He has a real knack for creating interesting plots. He is often praised for his dialogue, but I can’t say that I was too impressed with it here. It has that screenplay feel to it, and would probably sound a lot better coming out of an actor’s mouth, than lying flat on the written page. Actually, that’s a good idea. Next time I read a Leonard novel I’ll act out all the parts.

I read the novel in a couple of days, while basking in the sun at the local park. It was a good novel for that purpose. It was easy to pick back up after being distracted by the Frisbee players, and the ball chasing dog, without having to think about what I had just read. It was entertaining enough to get me occupied while loafing for several hours as well. It is also forgettable enough that once I’ve written this review I’ll pretty much never think about it again. Well, at least until I browse the L-N shelf at the library.

28 Days Later Review



There is probably a little Spoiling action here.


The zombies are fast.

It’s true that in Danny Boyle’s 2002 film 28 Day’s Later the crazed, flesh eating villains aren’t technically zombies. In fact, Boyle has gone to great lengths to qualify them as humans infected with a virus known as RAGE. Yet, to this reviewer at least, the differences seem moot. In traditional zombie pictures, and in this film the creatures are mindless, they carry a real zeal for human flesh, they have a predilection for turning everyone else into their like, and they are fairly easy to kill. Whether the creatures are the living dead so to speak, or infected by an incurable virus doesn’t make much of a difference. Though the zombies here, seem updated from their filmatic ancestors.

These zombies are fast.

Traditional zombies are a slow moving lot. Having been rotting in their own graves for untold years, their reanimated flesh is a little atrophied, causing them to move at a slow, sluggish pace. This has always been a helpful plot point for the heroes in zombie films, for they are easy to run away from. In fact, the means by which zombies generally kill their victims is through sheer numbers. Boyle has circumvented this convenience by allowing his monsters to run at normal human speeds. It is an excellent update to the genre, giving the ability for more scares.

Man, I dug the first half of this movie. Well, except for the very, very beginning. The opening scene gives us the origin of RAGE, with a bunch of Clockwork Orange inspired monkeys. I’ve never really dug origin scenes in zombie flicks. I think it’s much scarier to just have the zombies running around eating brains, without any reason for their existence. Origins, generally, just seem dumb. And here, with the infected monkeys being freed by some Green Peace types doesn’t really inspire any other feelings. Though, I suspect it was another move to plant this film outside the zombie track.

But after the dumb origins scene things get really good. We’ve got a naked guy named Jim (Cillian Murphy) hooked up to various tubes in a hospital bed. I always like it when there is a bit of male nudity in a flick, since there is always so much of the female variety. Anyways, Jim gets out of bed and wanders the streets of London. There are plenty of shots of Jim (fully clothed now) walking by big famous London monuments without another soul around. It seems London has been vacated. It is creepy and effective.

In a bit, Jim clamors into a church figuring to find some sanctuary, or at least have a few questions answered. What he finds is a bunch of dead folks piled up. In a good holy crap moment, Jim says, “Hello” to find a couple of the dead guys not so dead and jumping up. From there until the second half of the film, it is a constant run from the zombies.

The zombies really work in this film. They are fast, furious, and vicious. Jim eventually teams up with some other survivors and they set about trying to figure out what to do. Boyle really does a great job of adding tension to the film and keeping the scares up.

Then the film changes.

The group is rescued by a gang of all male military types, living in a compound. Turns out the military types are a bunch of psychos and the film turns from being a zombie flick into being a stranded-in-a-compound-with-a-bunch-of-psycho-military-types kind of film. To make sure we know this is no longer a zombie flick, a big group of zombies launches an attack on the compound only to be massacred with machine guns and land mines.

This half of the film, I don’t dig nearly as much. Zombie flicks always have trouble filling out their whole hour and a half time slot. Even with a good introduction of characters, and a slow build to zombie free-for-all there is still plenty of filler time. Here, the filmmakers seem to have decided that they might as well dump the zombies and give us some other tension filled concoction. But, there isn’t really enough time to develop the military end of the story and it feels wrong.

It’s too bad too, because that first half was really promising.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

For Whom the Bell Tolls Review

What can I say about Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 masterpiece For Whom the Bell Tolls?

Read It.

I’ll have to give it a little time to settle, but I suspect this novel will officially enter my top 10 novels of all time list.

It is written in Hemingway’s usual terse style. Descriptive adjectives are few, replaced by verbs, lots of verbs. This is not to say that it is a book filled with action. For, in fact, much of the novel consists of waiting, sitting and talking. In the near 600 pages, there are only three scenes of real action: Pillar’s retelling of the beginning of the revolution in her town; El Sordo’s last stand, and the bombing of the bridge. The remaining pages consist of the relationships between those involved in the war.

The war, is the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. Instead of focusing on the larger aspects of this war, Hemingway decides to focus on a single guerilla outfit fighting against the fascists. The main character is Robert Jordan, an American Spanish professor, who has volunteered to fight against the fascists as well. He has been ordered to destroy an important bridge, and enlists the guerilla band of Pablo. In doing so, he details the experiences of the average, normal citizens of a country fighting for its destiny.

With the exception of World War II stories, most retellings of war, come from a prospective that all war is terrible and unjust. Here, Hemingway shows not only the horrors of fighting a war, but also the sometime necessity of it. Yet, he is also able to show the confusion of its participants.

Anselmo, a trusted companion of Jordan, midway through the novel ponders what he would be doing had he been raised with fascist ideals. He truly believes in what he is fighting for, but realizes that under different circumstances he would be fighting on the other side of the lines. Many wars are fought by soldiers without any true sense of the ideals behind them. For Whom the Bell Tolls is often called a novel on the death of ideals. And it is true, nearly every idealized truth that is held up by the band, seems tarnished and destroyed by novels end.

It is impossible, within the confines of a review, to fully expound upon the greatness of this novel. It is a piece of literature, of art, that should be read, reread, studied, and made mandatory reading for every human being.

Read It.

Friday, May 06, 2005

A Day In The Life

It is amazing how that with nothing to do, I still struggle writing for this blog. To demonstrate I’ll break down today’s activities.

I awoke at 8:30 this morning. I then spent the next hour or so checking my e-mail, having breakfast and generally shaking the sleep out of me. Around 9:30 or so I got a shower and dressed. Amy and I then went to the library to return some books. Even though I had promised myself I would not check any more books out in order that I would concentrate on finishing Les Miserables, I check out three more books. We returned home around 11:00. I read for a bit and then fixed lunch. Post lunch I continued my reading because Amy was busy researching our next trip on the computer. I did manage to write out a rough sketch of my For Whom the Bell Tolls review. I also played a little Gameboy. Then it was to the grocery store to pick up the next several day’s meals. Fixed supper and then watched the X-files on DVD. Around 7 I finally got on the computer to start writing a review. It’s not almost 9 and I am just now getting to blog, the first time in several days at that.

I don’t know if that’s bragging that I get to spend my days reading, lounging and writing, but to me it seems like the days just fly and I can’t get what I want to do accomplished.

It has been clouds and rain the last several days, so I have been unable to walk to the park. It has been good time to clean up the house though! There is a new AIMer here in Strasbourg, Kailyn. We had her and Pamela over for dinner last night. She is a very nice, sweet girl fresh out of high school. Her youth and nativity are both refreshing and a little unsettling. It’s been so long since I was so fresh and not cynical that it surprises me when I find someone so buoyant.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Vote For Me

I've been posting some of my reviews to Amazon's site in an effort to get a little exposure. They have a ranking system in which people with positive feedback get pushed a little closer to the top of their review stack. So, if you folks like my reviews please go here, and tell them that my review was helpful. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find my review (sorry there isn't a way to link directly to it.) You'll find me listed as Mat, and it says I'm from Strasbourg. I chose the Crouching Tiger review simply because I knew my review was listed on the front page. From there you may choose to list all of my reviews and vote for them all, but I'm really just asking for one positive click.

Thanks for the help.

Monday, May 02, 2005


See, how can you not love a picture like that?

Million Dollar Baby, Misbehaving, and Flowers

My wife is currently out seeing Million Dollar Baby without me. The louse! She had class all day today, and my memory said that she isn’t usually home until around 5 or so. So, a little after lunch I took off to the park, once again. I seem to be quite addicted to park strolling. I hate to rub it in again, but I really love having not working and living in France. Anyways, I returned home to find a note from the wife explaining that she had gone to see the film. It’s a movie she didn’t really want to see anyway! Why couldn’t she wait for me? I guess that’s what I get for not being home. Actually, I think it is payback for yesterday.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling rather nauseated and dizzy. I laid in bed awhile, and by lunch time the nausea had turned into just an upset stomach, and the dizziness was a pounding headache. A little later, I felt rather fine. We were going to church at 2 in the pm, but I decided to skip it. You see Sunday was another French holiday, and the trams were not running. Daniel had agreed to pick us up and drop us home afterwards, but I didn’t want to get there, only to feel ill again and have to make someone take me home early. So, Amy took off to the supposed meeting spot without me.

Twenty minutes or so later and I was feeling rather good, and rather bored. I decided some fresh air would do me good. As always, my feet led me straight to the park, where I spent a good two and a half hours sitting in the shade. I came home to find a very upset Amy asking me where I had been. Apparently she never met up with Daniel because I got the meeting place wrong. After 45 minutes of waiting she came home expecting a sick husband, and finding an empty apartment. She called Daniel, who sent Tammy because Amy broke down on the phone. Tammy sat with Amy calming her down and then left her here at home. Needless to say she was not pleased.

I felt like a boy with his hand in the cookie jar. I tried to explain that I had felt better and decided to take a walk. I hadn’t meant for it to be such a long absence, but there it was. The doghouse is where I stayed for a good while. And now she’s seeing the movie without me.

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I have so many pictures of flowers, it is ridiculous. As stated I travel to the park often. I always take my camera with me and I always take a ton of pictures. Even though I’ve pretty much covered the entire park in pictures several times over, I can’t help but take more. I’ve always been a flower fan, and the ones at the park are so gorgeous I get swept up in their beauty and take more and more pictures. Maybe I’ll post another one here.