They just don't make me like they used to...

My suggestion is to forget everything you saw in the first three movies. Leave all that at the door, because if you expect a logical connection with the movie you’re about to see, you’re likely to be disappointed. I walked away from the theater sad and old, but that just may be me.


Your arms too short to blog with God....

Hey all. Still on the recovery trail. Writing is a tough chore that I'm not up to right now. Plenty of new movies coming out to keep me busy, though :)
Everyone stay happy and healthy, m'kay?


No Country for Odd Movie Endings...

Last year when the critics first started talking about No Country for Old Men I remember hearing that a lot of viewers were going to be on the fence about their feelings. The critics didn't give any specifics surrounding why people would feel this way, so I so I forgot about it just as quickly as I heard it.

Last night I finally got around to watching the film on DVD and now I understand. Our DVD player/recorder is a cheap model that suffers periodic bouts of heat stroke. The final five minutes of the movie was a little weird, but it always went back to where it belong. Or did it? I'm curious enough that when the film makes it onto on cable, I'll have to set it to record.

Perhaps I still have it wrong.

I'd be curious to hear other reviews--of the last five minutes or the whole thing.



For all my snowbound friends back in Chicago...

Here are a couple of DVDs for you to either love or despise. Love me, hate me, just don't call me late for dinner.

First up is 3:10 to Yuma, a film I didn't care for the first time they did it back in 1957, but this time, with the likes of Russell Crowe and Christian Bale on board, the sparks fly. I like these two actors a great deal by their lonesome. Together they're magic.

If you're a fan of small budget films that deliver big budget results, The Lookout features a favorite up and coming actor that I'm a fan of, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I know some of you will never forgive me for suggesting his Brick) but this kid keeps getting better and better with each film he's in.

I've been under the weather for the past few weeks so I've been at the mercy of basic cable upstairs, but lucky for me AMC has been showing Open Range (Kevin Costner's last good directorial and acting role. The man is hot as a pistol when he has a good script to work with. The other winner (overlooked) is Walter Hill's Wild Bill. I haven't liked Jeff Bridges this much in a long time.

Anyway, work if you've got it, but if time permits, load up you horse's feedbag (your own, as well) and treat yourself to a western or two.



Some of you know that I've been though hell in a hand basket over the past six months, First there was the pneumonia, which in time leaked out of lung and became septis. As a result, my kidneys and other major organs started shutting down. It was touch and go for a while. They put me in a coma for a while so they could try and scrape the infection out of me. Then, on top of all this, the doctors finally got around to noticing that I had suffered a heart attack and a stroke on top of all this.

Fun, right. The good news is that they determined that my heart and valves are in overall pretty good condition.

Anyway, printing and typing is a major chore, but it's somethig that I need to relvear.

Again, thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot.