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…so don’t tax my gig so hard-core, cruster.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

This is just a great movie. That’s all there is to it. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Now.
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Entourage Season 2

Much better than the first. I’m really into the characters now, and can’t wait to see what happens. Anyone have Season 3?
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3:10 to Yuma

Very good western. Unique plot. Great acting. I especially liked Ben Foster as Charlie Prince. If you like stories about good and evil, and the blurry lines between the two (and westerns), you should definitely check it out. The only part I’m not sure of is the end. It’s very hopeful, but seems super unrealistic. Anyone seen it?
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Rocket Science

Not a bad movie, but not really what I was expecting. Although it was pretty humorous at times, it wasn’t nearly as funny as I was thinking it would be. It was actually quite serious, at least compared to my expectations. It was also quite a bit longer than it should have been. About two-thirds of the way through, I found myself wondering a few times when it was going to be over. The main character in the movie was played by Reece Thompson, who did an amazing job. Anna Kendrick, who played the girl he was after, also did an excellent job. Remember Mike Yanagita in Fargo? That guy’s in this movie, and he pretty much plays the same character, but without the accent. Which is kind of awesome. All in all, worth seeing, but probably just once.
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2007 was a great year for T.V. Well, other than Season 6 of 24…
There were a few shows that either started in 2007, or that I just found out about in 2007, that have become some of my favorites of all-time.


5. Ninja Warrior – I know this is somewhat of a lame choice, but when this show first started coming on G4, I would watch like 4 episodes in a row everyday after work. Some of you may not know this, but I’m a ninja, so it’s funny to watch people try and do things that I can easily do. Also, there is no killing on the show, so they aren’t REAL ninja warriors. That’s kind of silly. Sissies.


4. Spaced – Simon Pegg is awesome. Pretty much everything he does is awesome. He did this show. Therefore, it is awesome. Season 2 is definitely better than Season 1, but you have to start at the beginning.


3. Brotherhood – This show is just really dang good. A brother in politics, and brother who’s a gangster. They love each other, but they live totally different lives. They try and stay out of each other’s business, but sometimes one could really use the other’s help. And then there are all the other awesome characters. It doesn’t have many cliffhangers, like LOST, 24 (Seasons 1-5) or Dexter (see below), but it’s just a really good story with really solid characters.


2. Flight of the Conchords – I’d been a fan of these guys’ stand-up for quite a while. I was very excited when I found out they were getting their own show. The show is just what I expected, and more. Brilliant.


1. Dexter – One of the best shows ever. Ever. Lots of blood/killing and language. If you can live with that, you need to rent the first season now.

Any shows you’ve been watching that I should check out?
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My friend Bobby just gave me the new Weakerthans album.

It is great.

Their last album, Reconstruction Site, became that cd that, after receiving it, I left in for months and listened to non-stop.

Their new album, Reunion Tour, seems like it’s going to follow nicely in R.S.’s footsteps.

Check out their myspace to listen to some songs from it.

If you’re new to them, at this point, I’d say start with Reconstruction Site, but I think both do the band great justice.

Anyone have any of their earlier albums?
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p.s. Here’s the video of the first single off of Reunion Tour, Civil Twilight:

You’ve most likely seen this commercial before:

Classic.

But have you seen these?

Funny, funny stuff.
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Your hand is staining my window.


Dan in Real Life

This is just an all-around good film. It’s funny, sappy, sad, happy, etc. And none of that is over-the-top. Again, it’s just plain good. It’s definitely one most people will enjoy. I went with Sheena, my parents and my sister and brother-in-law, and I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed it (except I think Jon fell asleep, not because it’s boring, but because he always falls asleep). I’d say check it out if you get the time. Definitely worth a rent.
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Entourage
– Season 1

I finished the first season last night (watched it all in two nights), and really enjoyed myself. I think it was a bit built up for me, but I still really liked it, especially a few episodes in when I got the know the characters better. I’m looking forward to starting Season 2. This is a very clever premise, and the actors, for the most part, are great (Jeremy Piven). This show isn’t for everyone, but if you can deal with the language and Hollywood lifestyle junk, it’s definitely worth checking out.
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10. American Gangster

9. The Kingdom

8. The Simpsons Movie

7. Hot Rod

6. Breach

5. Hot Fuzz

4. The Bourne Ultimatum

3. Once

2. The Darjeeling Limited

1. Zodiac

Honorable Mentions: 28 Weeks Later, 300, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Smokin’ Aces.

Movies I really wanted to be on the list, but just couldn’t do it and will one day give them another chance: No Country for Old Men, Juno.

Agree? Disagree? Don’t care?

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