The eye of the storm

Tonight I’m the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time. I went to school today, finished and gave my presentation and now I’m done with everything until next week’s finals. Basically the rest of the week is a wash for me, I have to go to class but really I have nothing to do besides get ready for the tests next week. I don’t think I’m stressed about them really, just eagerly waiting for the year to be over.

Tonight I treated myself to two movies from Netflix. The first, Fun with Dick and Jane was great. Jim Carrey is one of my favorite actors and Téa Leoni is qucikly becoming a great actress in my mind. I loved House of D and The Family Man so I guess its time that I remembered her name without having to look it up on imdb all the time. Anyway the movie was good, kind of a Get-Enron-back-for-stealing-from-you thing that I never expected honestly. Cute, that’s what it was cute.

Now I’m kicked back in my chair watching Pieces of April staring Katie Holmes. I admit it, I got it because of her and because I heard it was one of her breakthrough movies that defined her. I could be making that all up. It’s a movie about second chances, a movie about people who don’t do what they should and still manage to come out happy. It’s kind of shot in that shaky old style too, like it was shot on 8mm by one guy with an odd perspective. So far so good on this one. I’m looking forward to the end.

So it’s going to be a slow week really for me, school, work, ball on Wednesday and TNH on Thursday. No papers or projects to do, it feels pretty good honestly.

MOVIE REVIEW: Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard (Unrated Full Screen Edition)

IMDB

Year: 2005

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Length: 107 minutes

Studio: Warner Home Video

Rating from : PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

UPC for dvd: 012569757134

ID in Amazon.com: B000BKJ75I

Rating: 1 out of 5
Well I thought I should rent this once just to see if it was worth watching. Sadly, no, it’s not really worth it. The jist of the movie is just like any other remake of a TV show into a movie. Lame. Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, and Seann William Scott are the stars with Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg. Nothing spectacular. One thing I did catch and I’m not sure that anyone else did was Jay Chandrasekhar, the director was in the movie as a campus police officer along with Erik Stolhanske, you may remember them as Thorny and Rabbit from Super Troopers. A subtle joke for an otherwise bland movie. If you must see this, rent don’t buy.

The Dukes of Hazzard (Unrated Full Screen Edition)

IMDB

Year: 2005

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Length: 107 minutes

Studio: Warner Home Video

Rating from : PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

UPC for dvd: 012569757134

ID in Amazon.com: B000BKJ75I

Rating: 1 out of 5
Well I thought I should rent this once just to see if it was worth watching. Sadly, no, it’s not really worth it. The jist of the movie is just like any other remake of a TV show into a movie. Lame. Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, and Seann William Scott are the stars with Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg. Nothing spectacular. One thing I did catch and I’m not sure that anyone else did was Jay Chandrasekhar, the director was in the movie as a campus police officer along with Erik Stolhanske, you may remember them as Thorny and Rabbit from Super Troopers. A subtle joke for an otherwise bland movie. If you must see this, rent don’t buy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Waiting

Waiting

IMDB

Year: 2005

Length: 92

Category: Comedy

Media: DVD

Rating from MPAA: UR

Rating: 2 out of 5
So I watched this movie after being told by a ton of people that it was funny or whatver. I can’t say I agree. Some funny moments but mostly I thought it was a bad remake of every other teen movie that came out during my high school years. I thought that having Ryan Reynolds might redeem it somewhat but I was disappointed totally by this flick.

Tags: movie review, waiting, ryan reynolds, 2

Waiting

IMDB

Year: 2005

Length: 92

Category: Comedy

Media: DVD

Rating from MPAA: UR

Rating: 2 out of 5
So I watched this movie after being told by a ton of people that it was funny or whatver. I can’t say I agree. Some funny moments but mostly I thought it was a bad remake of every other teen movie that came out during my high school years. I thought that having Ryan Reynolds might redeem it somewhat but I was disappointed totally by this flick.

Tags: movie review, waiting, ryan reynolds, 2

MOVIE REVIEW: Pirates of Silicon Valley

The ultimate geek move. The early life and times of Steve Jobs, Woz and Apple Computer. Of course Bill Gates is in there quite a bit too. The movie starts with all of them in college working on their next big idea. Jobs is clearly not a normal business man in any sense of the word. He is a sloppy, hippyish person, clearly the perfect omputer nerd. Gates is less hippy, he’s east coast, jacket and tie. But each of them created empires that control many aspects of the world.

If you have any interest in computers and how things got to be the way they are, check this out. A word of caution though, if you don’t have at least a slight idea about how Apple and Microsoft came about you might want to brush up on your history first.

MOVIE REVIEW: Walk the Line

The life of Johnny Cash. Erin and I watched this on Saturday. The movie was a bit slow to start for me, the story was good though and the characters were very believable. Phoenix and Witherspoon both did a great job. I learned quite a bit about JC’s life adn how he got to be where he was, I never knew June was actually the outsider. The music was awesome of course. I highly recommend this movie…

MOVIE REVIEW: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Basically this is a documentary about how Enron went from a small company to an energy powerhouse and then it all came crashing down. Interviews with key players in Enron, workers affected by the fall-out and news clips.

One thing I was surprised by was the CA Rolling Blackouts of 2001ish, Enron had a big hand in this, order power plants to shut down in order to reduce supply. Energy that normally sold in the $40-$50 range went over $1000. That’s arbitrage in the greatest sense.

I would say that if you are very interested in Enron, business or you have no life whatsoever, check it out, otherwise, go rent a classic like Meet the Parents.