Movie Review: Red

John Malkovich in "Red"

Red was a fun movie, plain and simple.

I’ve been known to rather enjoy Bruce Willis movies in the past.  Big fan of the Die Hard flicks, loved Sin City and I even remember being OK with Hostage.  You’d be hard-pressed to get me to watch a Willis movie and say, “Wow, that was utter shit”.  Throw in a little John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman and you at least have a movie I’m willing to sit down and devote a few hours to.

So, when I finished Red, there was no surprise that I really enjoyed it.  I think Willis was given the lead role and the marketing was thrown behind him to tell the movie going audience, “Hey, this is a John McClane picture”.  I mean, why not?  The guy is a bankable screen presence.  The only problem was that John Malkovich stole the whole damn movie!  All the best and most memorable scenes where created by Malkovich’s character, Marvin Boggs.

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Book Review: Death Clutch

Brock Lesnar

I’ve read a lot of biographies written by professional wrestlers. They all talk about the passion it takes to be the best, the crowning achievements of their careers, their most memorable feuds and experiences. Lesnar, who spent 2 years at the top of the WWE mountain, spoke of how it was just “a job” that helped him pay off his student loans and make some money. That blew me away! He spoke to the fact that most guys spend their lives stuck in the business, never really branching out and escaping the vicious road schedule and often horrendous lifestyle. It basically backs up what Chris Jericho had been saying all these years, that you need to be able to have a life beyond professional wrestling.

At the time he was leaving WWE in 2004, I didn’t quite understand why. How could he leave at this point in his career? The man was a monster who took the industry by storm. Lesnar was such a natural in the ring and clearly had his best years ahead of him. However, after reading about his desire to be more of a family man in spending as much time as possible with his wife and children, you have to hand it to him getting out when he did.

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Book Review: The Waste Lands (Dark Tower # 3)

Stephen King

Where do I start with this one? Do I talk about how it’s one of the best 3rd books I’ve ever read in a series? That’s kind of a weird honor isn’t it? I mean, you can call a book “one of the best you’ve ever read” but when you start to say it’s the best 3rd entry in a series of books, you’re getting weirdly specific. Do I talk about how much I love Roland, Eddie, Suzannah and Jake? Do I say that they’re probably my favorite group of 4 people to ever trek across Mid-World in search of a giant tower? Because..well, they are. Do I talk about how love the mixture of high-speech and Mid-World mythology with the integration of “real world” characters like Eddie, Jake and Suzannah?’s awesome.

From start to finish, this book just blew me away. The opening alone is probably one of the best openings I’ve ever read; I was sucked in immediately. The experience I had when reading this book is the closest thing I can compare with the experience I had reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I had that same feeling of urgency when Jake was searching through New York, desperate to find his entrance into Mid-World as I had when the Man and the Boy were searching for food in The Road. I just couldn’t put it down. I needed to know if Jake was going to make it.

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3 Count #3 (May 22 – 30)

WWE Tough Enough

CM Punks “Macho Man” tights – How awesome were these?  Really?  Actually, let me throw in CM Punk’s elbow drop from Over The Limit along with those tights.  On third thought, let me throw in CM Punk’s “tribute” to Bret Hart by using his moveset directly in front of him throughout the tag match on RAW.  Man, CM Punk is awesome.

Booker T/Michael Cole on Smackdown – Cole needed to loose to Lawler at the most recent pay per view but his back and forth with Booker T on Smackdown is way more entertaining.  I honestly think Booker needs someone like Cole on the show alongside him..otherwise, he’d never stop talking.  Seriously.  You could make a drinking game out of an episode of Smackdown for everytime Book says “Now DATS what I’m talkin’ ’bout” or “Like I said..”.

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Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids

I’ve never seen a movie like this before.  Well, let me elaborate that slightly.  I’ve never seen a movie with a predominately female cast like this before.  Judd Apatow produced and Kristen Wiig wrote a comedy that shatters the preconceptions of the “chick flick” category.  It proves that there is a place for talented and funny female ensembles that can achieve broad appeal across both sexes – and do it really, really well.

The film is about two childhood friends, Lillian & Annie, respectively played by Mya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, living inChicago,Illinois.  Lillian becomes engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor, who immediately accepts.  While juggling her crumbling personal life, Annie is expected to bring together the wedding but is faced with some unexpected competition.  Helen, the wife of Lillian’s fiancé’s boss, is hijacking the wedding planning process right out from under Annie.  Annie’s jealousy kicks into high gear with hilarious results.

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Book Review: Bossypants

Tina Fey

In my opinion, biographies are the best possible option for audiobooks. This may come from my love of talk radio and podcasts or perhaps audio interviews in general but hearing the author talk about his/her life can be very satisfying. It can lend a quality that cannot be experienced while reading the physical book. In Tina Fey’s Bossypants, those qualities are Fey’s impressions, which are often hilarious (listen for Fey’s Alec Baldwin) as well as her natural skill for storytelling and sarcasm.

Her stories about growing up as the lucky daughter of the always stylish Don Fey, made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Her adventures in dating are both entertaining and sad at the same time. I can’t believe someone as awesome as Tina Fey ever had a hard time attracting the opposite sex.
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3 Count #2: Top 3 “Macho Man” Randy Savage Matches

Ooooooo... YEAH!

So, given what happened on Friday with the untimely passing of Randy Savage, I thought I would change things up with this weeks “3 Count”.  Rather than highlight the week that was in WWE, I thought I would share my 3 favorite “Macho Man” matches for you.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Dear Mr. Larsson,

Stieg Larsson

What happened, buddy?

You and I were on such great terms! I loved the first two parts of Millennium series, especially the second installment.. and although some people found it annoying, your style of writing about every single thing everyone did in the run of a day was enjoyable.

Brandon woke up, turned off the alarm clock. He stepped out of bed and walked to the kitchen. He took out a loaf of bread and put two slices in the toaster. He waited until the bread was browned nicely on both sides and grabbed the butter. Applying a generous amount, he was standing before his breakfast.

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Book Review: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

James Frey

I’m not a religious man by any means.

Growing up, my parents never involved me with any part of their religion. I was the kind of kid that had to attend church on Christmas and possibly Easter. Actually, organized religion sort of frightens me and I’m not really quite sure why. I think it has something to do with the religious fanatics that populate our world. Perhaps it’s the fact that some wars are started or heavily involved due to religious beliefs; that or it’s used as a motivational factor. I’ve often felt that the world would be a better place if we could all just do away with it altogether. I’m not saying that people who have religious beliefs are idiots – I just haven’t really been exposed to the good side of it. So, you can appreciate why I was a little weary when I heard that this was to be the subject of Frey’s next project. However, I remained hopeful.

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3 Count #1 (May 8-15, 2011)

Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan

Hey Folks,  here’s a new weekly feature!

I was trying to think of a few ways I could integrate a weekly wrestling article into the website.  I didn’t want to get too heavy-handed or get too in-depth.  As I was wracking my brain, trying to come up with something that people may want to actually read while also keeping it pretty straight forward and to the point – I miraculously thought of something.

In 3 count, I’m basically going to talk about 3 things.  They could be 3 great things or 3 terrible things.  I could even mix it up!   There are no rules!  NONE!  Well, other than the fact that I have to keep it to 3 items.  Without further adue, here is the first edition of 3 Count.

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