Del Taco Dan

I honestly had no idea the Oscars are this Sunday (I think they’re this Sunday). But in any regards, I WON’T be watching them. And it’s not because I hate the Oscars. I don’t care enough about the Oscars to even establish such an involved emotion. No. Instead of watching the Oscars, I’ll be eating Del Taco. Why? Because I LOVE Del Taco. I DON’T love the Oscars. So why would I spend time doing something I DON’T love? Exactly! And that’s why I’ll be eating Del Taco instead of watching the Oscars.

NOTE: Now I know I can probably do both and Del Taco might even make the Oscars more enjoyable, but I don’t want to make my Spicy Chicken Burrito jealous of Daniel Day Lewis.

Daniel Day Lewis

Fools Gold Movie - Matthew Mcconaughey and Kate Hudson

OK. So I opted to see the new Matthew Mcconaughey movie, Fool’s Gold, with a friend of mine. I decided to see it because, well, I don’t know. The minute I told my other friends I saw it, they pointed and laughed at me. But I don’t care. I’m known to like the cheesier side of movies. So they can point and laugh all they want. It aint going my movie watching habits.

However, in this case, I wish I did change my habits. The Matthew Mcconaughey Fool’s Gold movie is far from golden and only involves one fool — ME — for going to see it. Why? it’s not because there are no Alexis Dziena nude parts. It’s because it is what it is (read on for clarification).

Fool’s Gold (Matthew Mcconaughey and Kate Hudson) Synopsis

The basic premise of this movie is Matthew Mcconaughey and Kate Hudson are married and about to get divorced. They’re both treasure hunters searching the seas for underwater treasure. Of course there are rival groups of treasure hunters that make finding said treasure difficult, but everything seems to work out in the end.

Issues I have with Fool’s Gold

It’s annoying. Bottom line. Now Matthew Mcconaughey and Kate Hudson aren’t necessarily annoying. But some of the supporting actors and actresses are…specifically Alexis Dziena, who plays Gemma Honeycutt, the young, hot daughter of Nigel Honeycutt (played by Donald Sutherland), the wealthy gentleman who owns the boat Kate Hudson works on and Matthew Mcconaughey convinces to bank roll their latest treasure hunt. Now although Alexis Dziena is quite attractive, she is quite annoying. I’m hoping it’s just a product of really bad writing (this is a Matthew Mcconaughey action/comedy/romance movie, so bad writing is expected) and not a personality flaw of hers. However, her character in Fool’s Gold is quite annoying (and although bad writing probably has something to do with it, I still get the feeling she was born to play this role).

Why Fool’s Gold Aint that Bad

Kate Hudson is actual pretty cute. And I say cute, not hot. She holds her cuteness in her face, which is where you want it if you want to be a successful actress. And she’s not that bad of an actress. She aint the greatest, but you don’t pay $10 to see Fool’s Gold and expect to see greatness

A Note on Matthew Mcconaughey’s Chest – Yes it’s bare 80% of the time during the movie.

I get the feeling part of the Matthew Mcconaughey movie formula is to mess up his hair, tear off his shirt, and have him hang out on the beach or some other body of water (e.g. Failure to Launch, Sahara, etc.)

P.S. What the hell is Donald Sutherland doing in this movie?

Good.

80th oscarsIt’s 2008 Academy Awards time! The nominations have been announced and the journy to the Oscars has begun. True the writer’s strike might change up the award show but awards will be given in some manner.

OK. Enough with the Writer’s Strike. Let’s talk about the 2008 Academy Awards!

Nominees are the following:

Best Picture

‘Atonement’
‘Juno’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Director

Julian Schnabel, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Jason Reitman, ‘Juno’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Actor

George Clooney, ‘Michael Clayton’
Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘There Will Be Blood’
Johnny Depp, ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
Tommy Lee Jones, ‘In the Valley of Elah’
Viggo Mortensen, ‘Eastern Promises’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies – but I do know who these actors are

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
Julie Christie, ‘Away From Her’
Marion Cotillard, ‘La Vie en Rose’
Laura Linney, ‘The Savages’
Ellen Page, ‘Juno’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actresses

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
Javier Bardem, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’
Hal Holbrook, ‘Into the Wild’
Tom Wilkinson, ‘Michael Clayton’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actors

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘I’m Not There’
Ruby Dee, ‘American Gangster’
Saoirse Ronan, ‘Atonement’
Amy Ryan, ‘Gone Baby Gone’
Tilda Swinton, ‘Michael Clayton’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and don’t know these actresses

Best Foreign Film

‘Beaufort’ (Israel)
‘Counterfeiters’ (Austria)
‘Katyn’ (Poland)
‘Mongol’ (Kazakhstan)
‘12′ (Russia)

Comment – If I haven’t seen any of the American movies nominated, I think you can guess what my comment will be for foreign films.

Best Original Screenplay

Diablo Cody, ‘Juno’
Nancy Oliver, ‘Lars and the Real Girl’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Brad Bird, ‘Ratatouille’
Tamara Jenkins, ‘The Savages’

Comment – AH! Finally! I did see ‘Ratatouille’. It wasn’t bad.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Christopher Hampton, ‘Atonement’
Sarah Polley, ‘Away From Her’
Ronald Harwood, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Animated Feature Film

‘Persepolis’
‘Ratatouille’
‘Surf’s Up’

Comment – Again, I saw ‘Ratatouille’.

Best Art Direction

‘American Gangster’
‘Atonement’
‘The Golden Compass’
‘Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Cinematography

‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
‘Atonement’
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Documentary Feature

‘No End in Sight’
‘Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience’
‘Sicko’
‘Taxi to the Dark Side’
‘War/Dance’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Documentary Short Subject

‘Freeheld’
‘La Corona’ (‘The Crown’)
‘Ochberg’s Orphans’
‘Salim Baba’
Sari’s Mother’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Original Score

‘Atonement’
‘The Kite Runner’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’

Comment – Did “Ratatouille” have good music? News to me.

Best Original Song

‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’
‘Happy Working Song’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘Raise It Up’ from ‘August Rush’
‘So Close’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘That’s How You Know’ from ‘Enchanted’

Comment – ‘Enchanted’ has a 3 out of 5 chance of winning. I never saw it but with those odds, it has to win (or they’re just really lame songs).

Best Makeup

‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Norbit’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’

Comment – Of course I did see ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ and i agree the makeup was good. But I didn’t see the others. But I do know Norbit involved a ton of makeup (as does most of Eddie Murphy’s movies these days – so sad).

Best Animated Short Film

‘I Met the Walrus’
‘Madame Tutli-Putli’
‘My Love (Moya Lyubov)’
‘Peter & the Wolf’

Comment – Why do they even have this category?

Best Live Action Short Film

‘At Night’
‘Il Supplente (The Substitute)’
‘Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)’
‘Tanghi Argentini’
‘The Tonto Woman’

 comment – What the hell are these movies????

Best Film Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
‘Into the Wild’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment - I saw ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. Sure, I guess it looked like it was edited well.

Best Sound Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘There Will Be Blood’
‘Transformers’

Comment – I saw ‘Transformers’, ‘Ratatouille’, and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. They all sounded good to me.

Best Sound Mixing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’
‘Transformers’

 Comment – see above

Best Visual Effects

‘The Golden Compass’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’
‘Transformers’

Comment – Now this one is a toughy. ‘Transformers’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ both had some good visual effects.
 

Best Costume Design

‘Across the Universe’
‘Atonement’
‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Comment – What about Transformers? Those Transformer costumes were awesome (and must have cost a ton)!
Hmm. It looks like I might not be an entertaintment buff after all. Oh well.

First the Movie Trailer

I was recently forwarded the movie trailer for the upcoming Baby Mama movie by a friend of mine. I had no idea this movie was in the works nor was my life missing a movie about a 37 year old successful business woman who wants kids but can’t so hires the assistance of a Philadelphia air head to be her “baby mama”. That’s pretty much the story. And I’m sure hilarity ensues and there’s probably a twist ending and at the very least this movie will be flooded with Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast members. Now all of this really isn’t that bad. I mean one of my all time favorite movies is Night at the Roxbury which is an SNL skit made movie, so my tastes aren’t that refined to begin with. But there are still those movies I won’t see. I might just see this one.

Enough with the Baby Mama Movie Trailer. Now time for the DEBATE!

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

At this point, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are probably most known for doing Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. And Tina Fey is known to have a cult following of geeky guys who think she’s hot. Well here’s where the debate begins. I don’t necessarily think Tina Fey is hot. I’d rather have Amy Poehler. And here’s why…

Why Amy Poehler is better than Tina Fey – Based on Looks Alone

Benefits of Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

1) Amy Poehler’s got “that look”. It’s a look that some call “unique”; meaning “you’re not ugly, you’re not beautiful, you’re something in between; but definitely not dull.” Basically in some lights she’s HOT. In other’s, she aint so HOT. I like this look.

2) Amy Poehler can pull off a great twisted face. I’m one for crazy facial expressions and she’s one for making them. A good wacky facial expression can bring a smile to your face and forget about world hunger completely.

3) Amy Poehler’s confident but not conceited (at least that’s what I’m guessing). For some reason I get the vibe Amy Poehler is one chill girl. She’s confident but not conceited. And it doesn’t seem like she needs to be the center of attention (ala Jim Carey or Robin Williams). I could chill with this woman.

Downfalls of Tina Fey

Tina Fey

1) Tina Fey has the same constant expression on her face. Is it just me or does she only really have on expression? OK, maybe I’m being picky here, but it’s just an observation. I think it’s that smile. It looks evil (I will say she does have good hair).

2) Tina Fey has the 1,000 mile stare. It just seems like she’s looking right through the people she’s talking to. There’s just something about her eyes that give her a glazed over look…zombie like. It’s a bit creepy, and kinda cold.

3) Tina Fey wasn’t in Upright Citizens Brigade. OK, I know this one has nothing to do with her physical appearance, but I liked Upright Citizens Brigade. Honestly it took me a while to catch on to it, but once I did, I was hooked. And to be honest, at the time I wasn’t all that into Amy Poehler. It wasn’t until she appeared on Saturday Night Live did I start looking at her differently. So this reason really sucks (I know).

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong. I can see how some people would be into Tina Fey and the whole “Geek Chic” thing, but it’s just not for me. I’ll take wacky over geek any day (and there IS a difference).

I am legend movie poster I recently saw I Am Legend because the story line intrigued me. Just about any post-apocalyptic/world widecatastrophe story that results in only 1 man being alive or not infected always seems to peek my interest (sometimes I wouldn’t mind having all of New York City including all apartments, cars, parks, shops, etc. all for my own use). Of course most of these types of scenarios involve mutated humans or nuclear fall out so it’s not a happy world to live in, but the idea still intrigues me. And that’s exactly why I wanted to see I Am Legend.

My Review of I Am Legend

NOTE: If you haven’t seen it, don’t read this. I give out some spoilers here.

I really only had a few issues with I Am Legend:

- Background story not detailed enough (how New York City came to be
- Interaction with other people still in New York a bit awkward and short

What I Liked about I Am Legend:

- They painted an excellent scene of a destroyed, post-breakout New York City
- The premise of a cancer cure turning extremely bad and destroying a good portion of humanity is exciting
- Will Smith was believable as a military scientist determined and risking his life to find a cure

However….What would have made me a huge fan of I Am Legend is if they DIDN’T make it a move, but rather made it into a TV Series

Why I Am Legend Should be a TV Series instead of a Movie

As a TV series, you could expand greatly on the story. At the start of the story, Will Smith’s character has been in New York in its current state for 1,000+ days. He’s managed to compile an arsenal of weapons, vehicles, and fortify his extremely nice apartment with shielded windows and doors, lights, and explosives. He’s also managed to experiment with cures for the disease on a significant number of infected humans and rats. I want to know how all this came to be. When did he first become immune to this disease? How did he get the keys to all these cars? How did he fortify his home? I want details! This is a story that could go on and on and on. And you could have flashbacks to when this cancer cure first started to mutate. This is a very rich story that shouldn’t be confined to 101 minutes. Even though we already know how it turns out, you could have years after years of seasons building up to the very end. I would tune in.

Already there is a buzz about a Spiderman Four movie coming out. I saw Spiderman One and never saw any of ther proceeding films. I have no idea what the story line is for Spiderman Two is and all I know about Spiderman Three is that Tobey Maguire has an emo boy hair cut in it (lame). Basically the First Spiderman movie didn’t impress me. I’m not a comic book guy so I never read any of the graphic novels (if you can call Spiderman a graphic novel). Regardless, there were tons of non-comic book people who loved this movie and probably can’t wait until Spiderman Four comes out in theatres. I am definitely not one of those people. “Spiderman Four? I’ll Pass.”

Reasons why I Don’t Care About Spiderman One, Two, Three, or Four

1) Tobey Maguire

I couldn’t see him as Peter Parker or Spiderman. He seemed too young (I’m not sure how old he is in the comic books but regardless, he still seemed to young). I don’t know why, I just couldn’t. And since they’ve kept him as Spiderman in Two, Three, and possible upcoming Spiderman Four, I’m not going to see any of them. They’d have to replace Tobey Maguire with someone pretty good to impress me. Rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal taking over the role doesn’t attract me either. What would be really cool is if they took the original cast of the first Batman Movie (Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, etc) and fit them into the characters some how. Now that would be cool (and different).

2) Kirsten Dunst

She just didn’t seem to fit the part. She also seemed a bit too young but also not as attractive as I’d expect a leading lady to be (especially for a comic book blockbuster). And just like with Tobey Maguire, they kept her in all three Spidermans, so I’m out. Just like with Maguire, they’d have to replace her with someone very HOT to get my attention.

3) Because There’s the Possibility of a Spiderman Four

I thought they were stopping after 3? I don’t blame them for making another one since each one tends to make a ton of money, but to say they weren’t going to make one and then go ahead and make one just rubs me the wrong way.

What I DO like about Spiderman

1) Willem Dafoe

I like Willem Dafoe. They should pay him a lot of money.

The End

CloverfieldI admit it – I’m drawn in by the mysterious movie previews of CLOVERFIELD. Finally a movie trailer that doesn’t give away the entire movie in 2.5 minutes! I am c urious about what this mystery monst er is who’s terrifying New York city and ripping the head off The Statue of Liberty. We’re all guessing as to what this CLOVERFIELD monster might be, and there are a ton of interesting theories, guesses, and ideas.

However, I’m not here to discuss monster theori es. I’m here to tell you 5 things this mystery CLOVERFIELD monster definitely ISN’T.

Here they are…

A Toyota Prius Transformer

Prius Transformer

There’s no way this unknown monster is a Toyota Prius Transformer. If there existed such a transforming eco-friendly car, it surely wouldn’t spend its days destroying things (unlike yo

ur typical Transformer who would inadvertently destroy downtown Las Vegas in a blink of an eye). Instead, it would drive to Congress and then transform into robot form only to discuss

global warming the United State’s reliance on foreign oil.

Lead Singer of an Emo Band (especially one who wears eyeliner)

Emo Band Singer

These sissy boys can barely make it through the day without crying about lost love, being unpopular in school, or animal cruelty let alone knock off the head of lady Liberty. And besides, terrorizing New York would probably mess up their perfectly sculpted emo hairdo (and we wouldn’t want them to do that now would we?).

The 2007 Miami Dolphins

miami dolphinsThese guys can barely win a football game let alone send New York citizens running for their lives (The Miami Dolphins are 1 – 15, as of week 18). This mystery monster has a better chance of getting to the Super Bowl this year (literally) than the Dolphins do.

French

French

This one is self explanatory. For starters, the French aren’t known for their “battle skills” or causing terror in the streets of any city in any part of the world. They’re more known for getting themselves conquered/defeated or opting not to fight at all. And besides, the French would be the last ones to destroy The Statue of Liberty (they wouldn’t dare destroy a French-made piece of art).

My Ambitions

Ambition pictureThis one might be confusing to some but let me put it this way. The CLOVERFIELD monster is obviously driven, determined, powerful, and big…all of which my ambitions AREN’T. I’m not DRIVEN nor DETERMINED to accomplish anything BIG or POWERFUL (understand now?).

Before we get into The Dark Knight Joker comparison, I must start out first by saying I’m 29 years old and I’ve NEVER read ANY of the original Batman comics nor do I know any of the original story lines from the comic book series. What I do know is that when I first saw the Original Batman movie (the one staring Michael Keaton) I fell in love with the modern day interpretation of the characters (Batman, The Joker, blah, blah, blah). To this day, I feel Michael Keaton is the best Batman. Of course Adam West’s interpretation of the Caped Crusader is second to none and Christian Bale has definitely breathed new life into the role – which by the 4th Batman movie in the previous series (Batman & Robin) was on life support and in desperate need of having the plug pulled (thank God they did); but there will always be a special place in my heart for Keaton’s Batman.

BUT WE’RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT BATMAN ~ LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DARK KNIGHT JOKER!

By now we all know that Heath Ledger is playing The Joker in the upcoming The Dark Knight (Batman Begins 2) movie. I personally have only seen the most recent movie preview and a number of promotional photos highlighting The Joker in this movie, but based on my first glance, it looks like Heath will do The Joker character some justice. However, just like with Keaton’s Batman, I feel that Nicholson’s Joker just can’t be beat… or can it?

The Joker Comparison

The Dark Knight Joker (Ledger) does look quite intriguing and appears to be promising. However, never trust a movie preview (that’s what I always say). My judgment on who is the true Joker victor won’t me made until after I see The Dark Knight but let’s do a comparison based on what we’ve seen so far.

The Original Joker – Cesar Romero

He definitely set the bar high for actors portraying The Joker.
The Joker - Casar Romero
Positives: Very animated, exceptional laugh, and of course, great over-exaggerated smile.

Negatives: Maybe it’s just me but although Cesar Romero added much arm movement to animate The Joker character, he seemed a bit stiff with his legs (unlike The Riddler in the original TV series – quite animated). I would have liked to have seen a bit more jumping around (am I being too picky?). Also, his lines were a bit cheesy. Of course that’s no fault of Mr. Romero’s, but it’s still something to consider.

The Tim Burton Joker – Jack Nicholson

A natural choice for the first modern-day Joker.The Joker - Jack Nicholson
Positives: Best facial expressions out of the three. The perfect marriage of a comical court jester and a murderous criminal.

Negatives: Laugh was just so-so. Also I personally didn’t care for all the hats he wore. You gotta show off the disheveled chemically mutated hair. He also wasn’t as animated as I’d like him to be. But then again, Mr. Nicholson is known for his personality and acting prowess, not for jumping around.

The Dark Knight Joker – Heath Ledger

So far, looks pretty good (although my coworkers do not agree). The Dark Knight Joker - Heath Ledger
Honestly I didn’t even know it was Heath Ledger playing The Joker in the upcoming movie. When I saw the trailer, I had to ask someone who was playing The Joker…and I was honestly surprised, and impressed.

Positives: You can’t really tell it’s Heath Ledger (and it’s a positive because if you could tell it was him, you probably wouldn’t be able to get the image of The Joker sodomizing Jake Gyllenhaal out of your head). Also, it looks like he has some good threads in this one (rather than the typical purple and green attire). And finally, it sounds like he has a pretty good laugh – not too corny, not too forced.

Negatives: In some shots in The Dark Knight movie trailer, The Joker kinda looks homeless, which actually works against my assumption that he’ll have some interesting attire (we’ll have to wait and see). Also, the white makeup and red lips look like The Joker just got drunk and fell into his mother’s makeup case. But I don’t know what back story they’re creating for this version’s Joker, so again, we’ll have to wait and see the reasoning behind it all.

SO, Which Joker is Better?????

Honestly, I don’t know yet. Each has its flaws and it’s perfections. And we don’t know the whole story with Heath Ledger’s Joker yet. After I see the movie, I’ll have to re -examine this comparison and see if my assumptions were wrong.

UPDATE!!!!!!

Unbelievable! On 1/22/08 Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment of an alleged drug overdoes. Since the Dark Knight Batman movie is in post (aka in the can), then this shouldn’t change his role in this movie. It just changes his role as an actor. We’ll still be able to compare his performance as the Joker.