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9th-Apr-2011 03:25 pm - T5R Memorial Post
Calvin Emo

R.I.P.Sidney Lumet (1924 - 2010)
29th-May-2010 11:38 pm - T5R Memorial Post
The Dude

R.I.P.Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)
26th-Sep-2008 09:56 am - Santo y Atlantis vs Rubio y Guerrera
Seventh Seal
For whatever reason, I still continue to watch American pro wrestling on TV and still find things to like or even some cases love about it. It's not perfect, but I think a large reason why I haven't gotten as sick of it as some of my fellow wrestling buddies is that I usually tend to try to watch a wide variety of wrestling just to keep it all balanced. This past year, I've gotten really deep into lucha libre and just immersed myself in the style. It's paced differently, they sell differently, they have a different psychology to their style, and they bump differently. It's understandable if some may have a bit of difficulty getting into it at first, but give it a shot. Here is a review of a classic I saw recently:

El Hijo Del Santo y Atlantis vs Lobo Rubio y Fuerza Guerrera: This happens to be El Hijo Del Santo's Arena Mexico debut, where he tagged with Atlantis vs Fuerza Guerrera and Lobo Rubio on November 25th, 1983. Santo was at this point just an year into his career, and Atlantis was about 5 months in his career and may be the guy who picked it up the quickest. So yeah, I don't think I've ever seen rookies as impressive as Santo and Atlantis looked here. If you dig lucha mat work and awesome technicos outsmarting the rudos with elaborate sequences you'll really love this match. At this point in the world, Tiger Mask was having his series with Dynamite Kid in New Japan Pro Wrestling that people called revolutionary, but honestly the work in this match was of a much higher caliber, much more impressive, cooler spots and it flowed better too! Santo was hitting these blind armdrags that I had never seen before, that both him and Fuerza had to time perfectly and of course they did, and they looked beautiful. Fuerza and Atlantis also did that spot (many years later, Rey and Juvi have done it in AAA, Casas-Dandy in EMLL, and Danielson-Quackenbuch in ROH in 2007) where they tie each others legs, then they roll over to do a headstand while their legs are interlocked and they proceed to slap each other. I won't spoil the way the 3rd fall ends, but the finish is perfect and totally satisfying. I'm not much for star ratings but I would rate this around the ****3/4 to ***** range.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/sj8jvz - Here is the match in case anyone is interested.
26th-Sep-2008 09:45 am(untitled post)
Seventh Seal
Pretty much every year I tend to discover new favorite filmmakers of mine, I remember 2006 fondly since I discovered Ermanno Olmi's great films, and this year I was able to immerse myself in even more great filmmakers. This year I finally saw films from Chantal Akerman, Shindô Kaneto, Aki Kaurismaki, Guy Maddin, Mario Bava, Fernando Arrabal and Satyajit Ray. All those directors produced so much great work, but it's Ray's work that lingers in my mind constantly. The images and sounds of the Apu Trilogy are just sublime and it's one of those films like Kurosawa's Red Beard that has this feeling of total beauty. So lucky me, I got a Satyajit Ray box-set from amazon.co.uk that was released a few weeks ago, so some cinematic treasures await me.

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Starring Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, et al
Rated PG-13, 93 minutes

16-year-old Miranda (Wood) has had to do things on her own for quite a while. Her father was committed, and a web of lies kept her by herself in the family home, working at McDonald's to make ends meet. When her dad Charlie (Douglas) was finally let go from the asylum, he raved about some lost gold left around California. Miranda gets dragged into the adventure, digging up backyards and golf courses, looking for pottery shards and dubloons. Eventually, it takes help from an old friend and infiltration of a major American business institution to claim the big hit.

Breaking and entering makes everything taste...different.Collapse )
9th-Sep-2008 01:22 am - Top Ten Eddy Guerrero Matches
World Champion Eddie Guerrero
I felt like writing about Eddy Guerrero since this past Summer, I pretty much watched his whole career unfold. An internet acquaintance of mine makes essential comps of various great workers around the world of pro wrestling, and in June he finally completed an epic Eddy Guerrero set that was an astounding 36 discs. So, yeah a few days ago I finally finished the set and had some thoughts on Guerrero's best work.

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3rd-Sep-2008 02:40 pm - JA1 Presents: Wag the Dog (1997)
Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Dustin Hoffman, et al
Rated R, 97 minutes

Conrad Brean (De Niro) is a master strategist for the president – finding ways to divert media attention from the commander-in-chief’s major foibles. Just days before election night, news of a sex scandal breaks, threatening the president’s try for a second term. Conrad decides to stage a full-fledged war to get it out of the headlines. Enlisting the help of major Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Hoffman), America locks horns with who-cares-what-country on the soundstages of Tinseltown. Challenging candidate Senator Neal makes it hard for the team to just march back to Oval Office; so the lies get even more twisted.

It’s okay, he’s not dead. *gunshot* Uh, strike that.Collapse )
Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, et al
Rated R, 102 minutes

Adapted from a novel by Hubert Selby Jr. and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Requiem for a Dream is a story of addictions. Harry Goldfarb (Leto) is young and out of high school. He and his friend Tyrone (Wayans) begin to push drugs on the street – in part, to finance Harry’s girlfriend (Connelly) in her quest to make something of herself with a clothing store. Meanwhile, Harry’s mother (Burstyn) suddenly gets a call to be a contestant on television. Now a widower, with her son away from home, the phone call means more to her than perhaps it should. She begins taking speed to lose weight. Our characters, as one might expect, go on to experience some mighty big ups and downs.

California, Florida, whatever. Either way, your pale ass is getting a tan.Collapse )
Starring Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, Joel Moore, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, John Malkovich, Ethan Suplee, et al
Rated R, 102 minutes

Jerome (Minghella) has always aspired to be an artist. His idol is Picasso. Now he’s finally in college to pursue his dream. Jerome absorbs the culture at the direct of two new acquaintances – his would-be film director roommate Vince (Suplee) and fellow classmate Bardo (Moore). Bardo gives him the rundown on how to score art school pussy, as well as an introduction to a washed-up artist living in the slums (Broadbent). This artist makes it clear Jerome should work on some other skills besides artistry in order to make it.

Even though I am super short and bald, I am able to have sex with any beautiful woman I want, just because I'm so great.Collapse )
23rd-Jul-2008 10:21 pm - Movie Review: Step Brothers (2008)

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Andrea Savage
Screenplay written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, based off a story by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Adam McKay
Directed by Adam McKay

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Journey’s recent discovery of new lead singer Arnel Pineda is all over the pop culture radar. CBS News has featured them a few times, they appeared on “Ellen,” VH1 dubbed Arnel winner of the “Best Week Ever,” etc. In case you didn’t know, the band had just released tour-fill-in-turned-permanent singer Jeff Scott Soto as buzz from the “Sopranos” finale built. With attention came the sudden need for a new frontman, and they turned to YouTube; scouring the internet for tribute singers, would-be Steve Perrys – the whole gamut. It was guitarist Neal Schon who saw Pineda singing “Faithfully” in his native Philippines that brought us to where we are today. For the first time in years, the band is getting consistent radio airplay of their new songs...new songs off their new album, “Revelation.”

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17th-Jul-2008 12:41 am - Movie Review: The Dark Knight (2008)

Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
Screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, based off a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer
Directed by Christopher Nolan

You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.Collapse )
10th-Jul-2008 08:58 pm - JA1 Presents: Fuck (2005)
Not Rated, 93 minutes

“Fuck” is a documentary more about hypocrisy in censorship and the recent moves in culture towards morality than it is about the word itself. But trust me, you’ll hear a lot of it in 90 minutes. Hundreds of fucks. Fuck fuck fuck fuck.

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I’ve seen more movies than my contributor’s index will ever show, but sometimes I just can’t muster up enough creativity to hammer out a full review. Or I worry that what I’ll say isn’t interesting enough and/or different enough insight to justify a post. But I always manage to scribble down a score somewhere on my PC. So here’s a way for me to get scores in my index for a group of four movies I’ve seen over the past year without having the worries. It’s Capsule Movie Reviews! I’ll give a brief synopsis, followed by whatever I can remember being my rationale for the score. All scores are out of five stars, per usual.

I Am Legend (2007)Collapse )

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)Collapse )

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Starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, etc.
Rated R, 101 minutes

Richard Hoover (Kinnear) is trying to market his “nine steps” to success...success Richard has yet to achieve. He is perhaps most militant in pushing these steps on his daughter Olive (Breslin) in her quest to win the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant. A shock phone call sends the entire Hoover clan to Redondo Beach to compete, including stepson Dwayne, who’s taken a vow of silence; recently-released suicidal Uncle Frank; heroin snorting grandpa...

I'm madly in love with you and it's not because of your brains or your personality.Collapse )
23rd-Jun-2008 12:27 am - T5R Memorial Post
Calvin Emo

R.I.P. George Carlin (1937 - 2008)
I had always intended on picking up the 20th Anniversary Royal Rumble Anthology collection, but I could never justify spending $170 plus dollars on it, and that was with my staff discount. Lo and behold, there was a shocking price drop on it the other day, going down to $99.99 and I immediately scooped that puppy up. 20 years of WWF/E wrestling history, and my favourite match of all time, the Royal Rumble. All of them. In one box. Eventually I should have reviews of every Rumble that has ever taken place, and if something like that doesn't kill this community, then you all need to up your games and bring it back from the dead.

January 24, 1988
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Attendance: 18,000
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jesse "The Body" Ventura
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Ravishing Rick RudeCollapse )
Dino Bravo World Record Benchpress AttemptCollapse )
Women's World Tag Team Championship?!?!Collapse )
Hulk Hogan and André the Giant Main Event contract signingCollapse )
The Royal Rumble MatchCollapse )
More HoganCollapse )
The Islanders vs. The Young StallionsCollapse )
The BreakdownCollapse )
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