Archive for April, 2007

Hot Fuzz

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Brilliant. Hillarious. Gory.

Easily the worst action movie plot ever devised, but played perfectly for laughs. Like Shaun of the Dead is a send up of zombie flicks, Hot Fuzz lampoons the action movie genre. The implausible plot is no more outlandish than any of the Die Hard pictures, Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, or (gag) Point Break. But since this is a comedy, the absurdity takes even more of a back seat and lets you laugh your belly off. You should recognize a ton of movie themes (or else you should be shot). I have to mark this one up as the best use of the worst blood effects in the recent history of cinema. You know the effect of which I speak – the cheesy-looking CG sheet of blood. However, it’s also the best exploding head scene of all time. And there was a hedgehog; I don’t know why.

I rate it a must see for fans of Simon Pegg. Also, if you enjoy a really impressive cinema audio experience, don’t miss this one in the theaters. It’ll be a pretty great rental for people with an impaired sense of humor and/or hearing.

Sore

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

I went hiking with Torey and Kiki, his girlfriend, and a bunch of people they know through meetup.com. We hiked up Old Rag in the Shenandoah National Park. It’s about a nine-mile trip up and down with a really fun rock scramble on the way up to the summit.

I learned that while I can walk nine miles pretty easily, climing up and down a 1700 foot vertical while walking nine miles is just a little bit beyond me. I made it, of course, but about two hours behind the pace. Torey was kind enough to hang back with me and make sure I made it down safely. I didn’t have any real problems getting up to the summit. Once we stopped for lunch, though, the muscles and tendons at the tops of my thighs cramped up and made the trip down a stuggle. I’ll go again, but I’ll drop another dime or two first and get some practice in on easier climbs.

Today, I’m sore all over. I’m going to spend the day reading and finishing up the second season of Carnivale. Oh, well shoot; I have to shower. I’m also going over to the realty office at my complex to see about buying a condo.

Grindhouse

Friday, April 6th, 2007

is awesome from start to finish. Just go see it as soon as possible. Be prepared to laugh and cheer.

Abs

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

I started doing morning and night ab sets about two weeks ago. Added running intervals on the third day. I can see the muscle tone developing in my belly. I grow sexier every day.