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I’m ordering Manchester Orchestra tickets today.
*The show is next Wed., August 8th. Doors: 8 – Show: 9*
If you’d like me to get you one, leave a comment before 3pm.
Tickets are $10, plus $2.57 (yes, $2.57) “convenience” fee.
Doesn’t seem too convenient, but whatever.
With that, I’ll leave you with an M.O. video podcast of two acoustic songs:

And one full-band (and then some):

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I loves my gun. Loves my gun!


1408

I’ll just take you through my thought process while watching 1408:
Hm…meh…well…maybe…no…lame…cool…no…wait…lame…wait…interesting…
well…wait…lame…lame…lame…
I think that’s pretty much it.
The “cool” and “interesting” parts made it ok. The “twist” ending pretty much ruins it, as you can tell by the three “lames” at the end of my thought process. I really like John Cusack, but I really hate movies where the house/room/whatever is alive. I guess Cusack got trumped this time. I also love movies with twist ending, but I hate when a writer wants to have a twist ending, but isn’t good at twist endings and it ends up just being stupid and making the movie last too long. There is just no real point to any of it. And no continuity. The main character is told that electronics don’t work in 1408, which is why he has to use the “creepy” old key instead of the room having a magnetic lock like the rest of the building, and why his cell phone won’t work when he tries to call for help, but somehow can watch TV and video chat on his laptop. About half-way through there was hope for this movie, with the way certain things were happening, but in the end, the interesting parts aren’t explained (just used for shock factor, I guess), and you look back on what you just watched and wonder what the whole point was. I’ve seen worse, but I wouldn’t waste my time if I were you.
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Ratatouille

Tuesday night Sheena and I joined the youth group at our church to see this movie. My first complaint is that there are a lot of annoying kids in our youth group who like to be loud and make obnoxious comments throughout movies. And some of them smell bad, too. But I guess that shouldn’t sway my opinion of the movie. So, on with the review… I thought it was good. Not spectacular. Not amazing. Not really even great. Just good. It was clever. It was funny at times. It was original. Obviously, these things are all positive. I guess maybe I was just expecting more. I mean, when the reviews for the movie are telling you that it’s the greatest Pixar movie yet, that’s a pretty high standard. That also means there is a good chance it won’t live up to such expectations. And it doesn’t. Honestly, I’d probably say it’s one of the worst. This, by no means, makes it a bad movie. I mean, come on, everything Pixar has done is amazing. My two favorite Pixar movies are probably Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. Sorry, but both of those movies completely blow Ratatouille out of the water. I would recommend seeing it, though. I especially liked Patton (great name) Oswalt as the main rat, Remy (by the way – Patton is doing a free show Sunday night at Bottletree if anyone wants to join me). Movie trailers…please stop building your movies up so high that they are destined to let down.
B


Planet Terror

I really liked this movie. I liked the way it was made. I liked the plot. I liked the action and dialog. It was a good purposefully made “b” movie. There were only a few parts that I didn’t care for. The main one was when the main guy character had to ride on the mini motorcycle. That was just dumb. I know it was supposed to be funny, but it wasn’t. At all. I thought all the stuff they did to make the movie look like an old grindhouse flick was cool (dropped frames, etc.). If you can put up with the gore, and general cheesiness (which is what makes it good, in my opinion), I’d recommend checking this out. It’s definitely not for everyone, though.
B


Death Proof

I actually didn’t like Death Proof as much as Planet Terror, which is the opposite of what I was expecting. Maybe it was the order of the two. Planet Terror is pretty fast-paced and Death Proof is pretty slow. I was just kind of bored with the whole thing. The end, however, is awesome and makes it worth watching. But just once.
C

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I can’t stop listening to this album.
I recommend you check it out.

Manchester Orchestra is a band from Atlanta.
They are awesome.
You should listen to them.

Myspace: My favorite song is Now That You’re Home.

They are playing at Bottletree on August 8th with
Colour Revolt and Wild Sweet Orange.

Wanna go?
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p.s. They video podcast and this episode is hilarious.

Remember that song?

I love The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

I love The Royal Tenenbaums.

I love Rushmore.

I (especially) love Bottle Rocket.

Yesterday the trailer for Anderson‘s newest movie,
The Darjeeling Limited
, was released.

I will love this movie, too.

View the trailer here.

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#6

From what I gather, the guy who made this found the tape that he used as the audio in a dumpster. Who comes up with this stuff?
Super-great animation.

Haha…what?
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#5

My name’s Little Cletus and I’m here to tell you a few things about child labor laws, ok? They’re silly and outdated. Why back in the 30s, children as young as five could work as they pleased; from textile factories to iron smelts. Yippee! Hurray!


Disturbia

I must say, this movie was way better than I expected it to be. Were there some cheesy parts? Of course. Is it the best movie I’ve seen this year? No way. Did I really enjoy myself while watching this movie? Yes. Sheena, Matt, Chris and I went to see this at the dollar theater Saturday afternoon, since our frisbee golf plans were rained out. As Chris so aptly put it, “That movie put me in a disturbing state…now I see why they called it Disturbia.” Hahaha. The first ten minutes or so are quite chilling, and unexpected. From there it becomes somewhat of a teen angst movie. And then the craziness. Although the middle of the movie was a bit high school, I wouldn’t say it took away anything. Pretty much everything that happened helped with the plot. There were a couple of unrealistic, “that doesn’t make sense” moments, but for the most part, the movie worked. Obviously, I’m recommending this one. I doubt it will be a purchase, unless Sheena needs it to quench her Shia LaBeouf crush, but it’s definitely worth watching.
B


Zodiac

I really liked this movie. I liked that it was kinda freaky and gory in parts (when the murders would happen), but for the most part it was slow and deliberate. Like you were trying to figure out the codes and solve the crimes with the characters in the movie. I did a little research on wikipedia before seeing this movie, so I pretty much knew how it would end, but that didn’t make the story any less interesting. There are so many questions that you want answered after seeing this movie, or even just reading about the case. I can’t imagine what the cops working on the case feel like if an outsider like me is this curious as to what all really happened. This is definitely a movie to see.
A

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#2

Here I am (the best I could do) Simpsonized:

It’s ok, but could definitely be better.
Maybe Matt should just draw each person individually that goes to the site.
Then I’d probably look more like me.
Eh? Eh?

Simpsonize yourself!

It doesn’t compare to the likeness of my South Park character (on the banner above).

The South Park Studio is way better, with a lot more extras to choose from.

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With inspiration from Eric (although he sucks at actually doing it) and Sarah (who just started Friday, but so far is ON FIRE!), Sheena and I have decided to try and do the whole “take/post a picture everyday” thing. Unfortunately, my good camera is a 35mm (I won’t be developing film everyday), and our good digital is technically Sheena’s (Christmas present). I say unfortunately here because Sheena likes to keep her camera with her, but doesn’t always think to take photographs. What does this mean? Mainly that this experiment will be a success or failure depending on Sheena. That’s a lot of pressure, so do me a favor and comment on the pictures when she posts them as motivation to keep it up. I do have an old Casio digital that I might try and salvage (maybe it just needs some new batteries). Either way, the home for our daily picture/pictures will be on our PattonPictures blog. Sheena should do the first update tonight. Fingers crossed.
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