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Jan 3

The Song of Songs

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Friday, January 3, 2014 in Entertainment, Open Thread, Social

No, this isn’t Biblical. Not even close.

A few days ago, the entire family was warbling to the songs on the radio. We do that. Anyway, a discussion about the best songs ever written began. So did my headache, but I don’t think it was in relation to the topic. Quite a few classics were mentioned, some so great as to almost obscure the artists’ discography. The question asked by Hubby was, if you were able to claim one song written in the past 50 years as the only one you would ever write because you could never do better, what would it be?

sheet music

Several were mentioned:

  • Dust in the Wind, by Kansas
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen
  • Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today, by George Jones
  • Wheel in the Sky, by Journey
  • American Pie, by Don McLean

So, my friends, which song would you pick as your definitive, ultimate, can’t-top-this-ever song? :D

Nov 26

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in BOOZE!!, Entertainment, Social, TV Land

As some of y’all know, our friend Tiberius is here for an extended visit. Why? Because Texas is just THAT AWESOME.

Anyway, last year he sent me a DVD which, in my infinite ignorance, neglected to view. It’s of an Australian TV short series called Danger 5, and it is probably one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. Seriously, how can you go wrong with a TV show set in a 1960′s interpretation of World War II, where an international group of spies is trying to kill Hitler??

Danger-5

Especially when every episode gives you a cocktail recipe?? EXACTLY!!

This week’s recipe is inspired by Danger 5.

The Perfect Fruiten Kamoon

  • One part gin
  • One part pomegranate syrup
  • Pineapple juice

Pour first two ingredients into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Top with pineapple juice and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge if so inclined. I would have taken a pic of it, but it was gone before I knew it.

And make sure to check out the official Danger 5 site.

*goes off to sew her Danger 5 patch on*

Sep 21

One Less Thing to Watch

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Entertainment, Movies, Politics

Hollywood Reporter is breaking the the news that HBO Films is in talks with Jerry Weintraub to produce a new political film. Based on the book, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi by Fred Burton and Sam Katz, the film is scheduled for debut 2015.

Yes, after the 2014 elections.

The book, published this month, has been billed as a heart-stopping narrative of the diplomatic mission’s efforts to fend off and escape a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, which resulted in the death of four, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Fire reveals the 12-hour ordeal confronted by Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security contingent and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them.

Lest you think HBO is breaking ground being the first to make a film about Benghazi, this came out after Thunder Road Pictures released their intentions to make a film based on the book, The Embassy House. A lot of people think this is a step in the right direction as far as telling the country (the world already knows; it’s our LIVs who don’t) what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Personally, I have my doubts that HBO will be even remotely unbiased in this attempt. It’s not like they have ever, ever, been biased before.

Aug 18

Movies

Posted by ArmedGeek on Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Entertainment

Movies are discrete works. So many on the right (myself included) make the mistake of piling movies into right or left (mostly left).

The lack of actors’ ability to shut the fuck up and do their job prevents some of us from enjoying their work.

Johnny Depp is a douche bag. That does not make him a bad actor, nor does it make the characters he plays bad .. in themselves.

We, on the right, I think get too hung up on the actors’ douche baggery.

We all have our favorite movies and we all have our guilty pleasures … we also have movies that we can’t admit we like because they either have leftist themes or star leftist actors.

Movies are discrete works of art.

Who really gives a fuck what Da Vinci’s politics were? Who gives a fuck what Tesla’s politics where? Yes, I’m sure there’s some of you that actually know .. and even care. But does their politics or their belief’s really make any difference to the quality of their works?

The movie that brings this up is Mr Holland’s Opus.

Richard Dreyfus is a douche bag.

The movie, however, is the very definition of the ideal that “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans”.

Yes, there’s the whole dedicated rebel teacher and the evul conservative enemy teacher .. etc, etc.

I guess much like all art, each person see’s what they see.

But in this film .. once looking past the prejudice’s of the actors .. is … life is what happens when you’re making other plans.

There isn’t really a movie that hits this ideal as hard and as correctly as this one.

Dec 22

Movie: Crazy Heart

Posted by ArmedGeek on Saturday, December 22, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies

This is a great film. Jeff Bridges plays a burned out, alcoholic country singer on his last leg. The trailer above is a tiny bit misleading as while the movie does feature a romance it is not exactly as central to the movie as it seems although it is pivotal in Blake’s (Bridges) story.

The movie is based on a book that was originally intended as a story about Merle Haggard but gaining the rights to Haggard’s life story were a bit hard to lock down, it became a more generic story with Blake’s character being more of a collage of Haggard, Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings.

I think the more generic, old-school, has-been country singer made for a better movie (I’ve not read the book).

The point here is, Bridges makes this movie. The story itself is not a new story, not a new perspective and there’s no twist or anything terribly unexpected. The actors here are what make this movie great. Bridges, Gyllenhaal and even Colin Farrell make this film what it is.

Oh, and who knew Bridges and Farrell could sing?

Dec 1

Being Human

Posted by ArmedGeek on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Entertainment

So a while back I stumbled across something that sounded interesting. A TV show about a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf living together. Sounds retarded, I know.

The first season is on Netflix.

Of course, this is not an original idea. The show is based off of a show of the same name from England.

At the moment, its a toss-up which is better. The BBC version is also on Netflix so if you’re bored this weekend, maybe give it a look.

Jul 28

The Ceremony is Over

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Bonus Hooker, Entertainment, Sports

And it was just as bad as I thought it would be. I have part 1 at Sithy, and part 2 will be written tomorrow.

Top Ten Idiocies of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies:

  • Voldemort
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • HUGE creepy baby
  • Hospital beds
  • Clubbing scene
  • Dancing nurses
  • Tribute to music by decades
  • Random carnival goers
  • The Queen parachuting in (Ok, that was rather cute, but it would NEVER happen)

And the Number One Idiocy of the Opening Ceremony:

  • Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer commenting on the AWESOMENESS of Danny Boyle’s trainspotting slumdogs. Or something.

Anyway, here’s a palate cleanser for y’all:

Hope y’all enjoy your Saturday!! ;)

May 8

Three Movies

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Bonus Hooker, Entertainment, Movies

30 Minutes or Less is about a slacker pizza delivery guy who gets forced to rob a bank. The reviews of the movie aren’t great and if I paid $10 to see it in a theater I might agree. I didn’t. I Netflixed it. I thought it was decent. Not great and certainly not a movie you’ll remember in 2 years but it was funny and certainly worth the price of a rental.

The Green Lantern is another movie that got less than great reviews. Again, this might not have been worth the price of a theater ticket, but is certainly worth the price of a rental. Bonus: You get to watch Tim Robbins die a horrible death.

This was 102 minutes of my life I really wish I could get back. I didn’t think much of the first one and this is much much worse. Not only do I not recommend seeing this pile of shit, but if someone invites you to watch it, come up with some excuse. Your time would be better spent sitting at home and staring at the walls.

Bonus Hooker:

Apr 24

Movie: Field of Dreams

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies

Aside from being probably one of the great feel-good movies ever made, it also features probably the most supportive wife ever portrayed in a movie.

Its a very rare moment when she shows doubt in her husband.

I’ve heard people say that Doc Graham got fucked. When Ray’s little girl fell and Moonlight Graham had to leave the field to save her. He couldn’t go back. Well, he lived his dream. He wanted to bat against a big league pitcher which he did. He also made statements to suggest that he believed being a doctor was more important than being a ball player.

In addition to everything else, an aging hippie who has come to realize his dad is not the bad guy he thought he was, gets to take it all back and play catch with his dad.

Anyhow, excellent movie in both concept and execution.

We all know Kevin Costner can’t act.

“Is this heaven?” ….. “No. It’s Iowa.”

Mar 25

From Dream to Screen

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies, Social

Just watch:

It stars Joel Murray, younger brother of Bill, and written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. I haven’t seen Kickass yet, but it has the same flavor, just darker and richer. Like a very good cup of coffee.