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watch this world series!

People of America, please watch this World Series!! Most of the time, when fun, upstart teams like these make it to the Fall Classic, no one watches.

Please don’t let the fact that the Red Sox and the Yankees aren’t playing this year keep you from watching. Enough with letting ESPN create this ridiculous good vs. evil mythology that play the gritty Red Sox against the evil empire of the Yankees. The Red Sox are not gritty, they are not the anti-Yankees. If the Yankees are Hitler, the Red Sox are Stalin. If the Yankees took a few years off from baseball, the Red Sox would be the Yankees. So, get over the Yankees, we get it, it’s hip to hate them… the jokes have all been told, we can all pretend that if your team started spending tons of money you would disown them based on principle, we can pretend like you have a moral leg to stand on when bitching about the Yankees payroll while your team’s owners get a free pass for taking profits and buying yachts instead of players. Still, there is nothing you can do about it, move on and realize there is more to baseball life than Yankee hatred.

Also, move on with your life and get over the Red Sox and the bizarre false mythology surrounding them, they spent $52 dollars just for the rights to talk to Dice-K, they don’t fit into the blue-collar, scrappy, low-budget category. The Yankees payroll is an amazing $206 million, the most in baseball, guess who clocks in at #2, those scrappy Red Sox at $162. The Red Sox are not the cure for baseball’s ills, you know who is? That’s right, the Rangers and the Giants.

Last year, ESPN talked an awful lot about the disparity between the Yanks payroll and that of the Phils. With the disparity being a comparison of $201 million to $113 million that’s more than fair right? Well, yeah, a Yankee shopping spree looks like the baseball equivalent of a round of Supermarket Sweep. My issue is that no one talked about payroll the year before, when the Phillies ($98 million) played the Rays ($43 million). Yep, the Phillies payroll more than doubled that of the Rays. If you all feel so strongly about payroll fairness, everyone should have been pulling for the Rays, it was a veritable David vs. Goliath story… instead ratings were sad, down somewhere between 17% and 25% for most games from the previous year.

Well, this year we get another shot at making things right. Although, this is more like David vs. slightly wealthier David. True, the Giants did start the year with a payroll of $97 million to the Rangers $55, but since opening day the Rangers have added Cliff Lee and like $90 million of the Giants cash is being dumped down the Zito toilet.

Neither of these teams was expected to make the playoffs by most, and yet, here they are in the World Series! Each team beat last year’s league champs to get this far! At the start of the year, the Rangers ranked 27 out of 30 in total payroll… 27 of 30!!!!

Watch this series!

Cliff Lee is probably the best playoff pitcher any of us will ever get to see, it’s superhuman how good he is. There is also a fair chance he’ll be on that Yankees team you hate so much next year, so root for him now while you still can. You’ll like it, trust me.

And sure, you all know Josh Hamilton, but Nelson Cruz is a monster, outside of Hanley Ramirez, he is probably the best player most of the country has never heard of.

And Tim Lincecum may look like a 14 year old girl, but he pitches like some sort of mythological god. The dude strikes someone out about as frequently as Glenn Beck says something bat-shit crazy. He’s as much fun to watch pitch as literally anyone I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched a lot of fucking baseball.

Please, America, do me this solid. Watch this World Series. For like five minutes, forget all that garbage that ESPN has brainwashed you into believing about the only teams that matter being your favorite team, the Red Sox and the Yankees, and realize that if you want anti-Yankees, they aren’t the Sawx, they are the two teams about to square off for all the marbles.


‘an american werewolf in london,’ day five. [halloween moviefest, 2010.]

Finally, we get real werewolves, since Brotherhood of the Wolf wasn’t actually about werewolves at all.

Let’s keep this one simple.

The Good: Definitely the best werewolf transformation scene I’ve personally witnessed, especially taking into consideration that the film was made in 1981. I also really liked their mythology, they didn’t do much with it, but I liked the general werewolf rules here.

All of his crazy werewolf dreams were fun, original and unexpected. Always a good cocktail.

Also, I loved his visits from his dead friend, it was kind of like a warped Twilight Zone version of A Christmas Carol.

The Bad:

Maybe I was harder on this film because it is hailed and praised so highly, but the whole thing felt so abrupt. I never actually began to care about any of the characters, the lead performance was awkward and distracting, and it felt like they were trying to rush through the story much of the time. I’m in the minority in that opinion, so maybe I was just having an off night, and I certainly didn’t hate it, I just never felt connected enough to care about anything that was happening in the story… then BAM, it was over.

I’d be up for watching that transformation scene again though.


‘slither,’ day four. [halloween moviefest, 2010.]

Movie #4 was chosen for one reason, and one reason alone… Nathan Fillion. However, that wasn’t the only reason to enjoy it.

This movie was the polar opposite of Brotherhood of the Wolf, whereas Brotherhood was unintentionally absurd and continually took itself far too seriously, Slither was very intentionally absurd, and never took itself seriously for a single, solitary moment.

An homage to B-Movies, it was really, really gross, and overflowing with visual gags to make some laugh out loud (i.e. me), and others cringe and look away. Somewhere along the way, it also turned into a brand new type of zombie movie.

Always over the top in the best possible ways, and with an R rating that let Nathan Fillion drop a few F-Bombs with the same perfect delivery he has previously blessed every other word in the English language with. Ah, what glorious fun that was.

My only complaint is that Slither should have done more of what it was doing. It could have easily been a full 30 minutes longer without stretching, simply continuing in the wonderful trajectory on which it was already set. I’m not sure if it was budgetary, or what, but there was quite a bit of unused potential here. Hey, maybe if we all buy the DVD we could convince them to reboot the whole thing with the same exact cast!


‘[rec],’ day two. [halloween moviefest, 2010.]

What would a series of scary[ish] movies, or life itself, be without some zombies?

The second movie we watched was our first new film, the 2007 Spanish zombie film, [REC]. Like Let The Right One In, this film was eventually given the Americanization treatment when it was made into the 2008 film Quarantine.

The film follows news magazine show host Angela, and her cameraman Pablo, as they follow firefighters on a call to help an elderly woman who is locked in her apartment. The film is seen entirely from the point of view of Pablo’s camera, which is used to good effect throughout the film. Obviously, there is more to this call than it originally appears, and it doesn’t take long for all gory hell to break loose.

The zombies in this movie were the 28 Days Later kind, not the Night of the Living Dead kind, with a little Exorcist thrown in for good measure. Since I am one of the seemingly few zombie fans who has no problem with fast zombies (they can be just as scientifically viable), the fast zombies weren’t a problem for me.

The film uses its concept to good effect, creating a tense, claustrophobic feeling throughout the film. The film is also really short, clocking in at only 78 minutes, which in one sense was disappointing, but in another sense, it was nice that they didn’t try to overstretch and ruin the whole thing.

Other than that, it was pretty straightforward. Nothing profound or groundbreaking, but more than worth the time to watch. It was definitely a fun movie-watching experience, especially with friends.


'let the right one in,' [halloween moviefest, 2010.]

At long last, it’s finally here. Halloween Moviefest 2010!  Last year was a rip-roaring success, in that Brian and I had a veritable truckload of fun watching all the scary(ish) movies. So much so that it spawned my desire to do the whole ‘Another Day, Another Movie’ thing with other genres. You can read all about it here.

This year, the list will include some new films, as well as some favorites from last year’s list.

Number one, Let The Right One In.

This one was my favorite film from HMF ’09. The story of lonely young Oskar, who broods over dark thoughts because he is bullied and tormented relentlessly at school. Then he meets Eli, the new girl in his apartment complex who appears as lonely as he is.

The two grow closer over time, connecting in their loneliness, and eventually Oskar learns Eli’s dark secret, she’s a vampire.

The film is small, character-driven, and deeply disturbing. The confined, realistic scale of the film makes the violence, which by today’s standards is never gratuitous, feel that much more palpable and troubling.

Yet, the ability of the film’s director, Tomas Alfredson, to create scenes of genuine sweetness and tenderness in the midst of a story which should make that impossible is a stunning achievement.

That tenderness serves the film’s many juxtapositions and ambiguities. There is never a moment of sweetness which isn’t tainted by the many troubling realities of the story, and yet there isn’t a moment of darkness which isn’t also colored by humanity. Somehow, Let The Right One In never sacrifices one extreme for the other, using the mythology that vampires cannot enter a home without being invited as a metaphor for who we choose to trust in our desire for connection. For Oskar, Eli truly does offer him what he needs in his loneliness, but the cost may be his soul.

This is a darkly beautiful movie in so many ways, but I don’t want to go into more detail than that, for fear of ruining it for those who haven’t seen it. However, I would love to talk to anyone about this movie, literally any time at all.