Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dag! I forgot Mystery Team!

I forgot to add Mystery Team to my Top 5 Favorites list.
Allow me to revise:
5. Star Trek
4. Mystery Team
3. Zombieland
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. District 9

We saw this premiere at the Downtown Alamo (Ritz) a few months ago, complete with a Q&A from the Derrick Comedy gang after the movie and an after party at Lovejoy's after the Q&A.

Check out the green band trailer here.
Or the red band trailer for the over 17 crowd.
Check out the rest of their work here.
Boy Band is still my favorite, I do believe.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What the Cuss...there's a blog here??

Eee-youch. As we approach the 7-month mark of posting on our blog (my cut-off mark for deleting blogs I normally keep up with is 1 year--1 year, no post, sorry 'bout ya, bye), I figured we needed to get on the stick. So, at the behest of our readers (ok, at Christian's behest), I've decided to do a short posting of movies of 2009.

Now granted, we never did get around to seeing some of the acclaimed ones, like Up, or The Hangover, and we've yet to see Up in the Air, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Nine, The Road, etc, but the following are my Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2009 (Top 10 lists are too long--not to read, just to come up with).

Mind you, this is not a list of award-winning proportions or deep, cultural's simply of the Top 5 movies I enjoyed getting lost in the theater to. Pure popcorn enjoyment.

5. Terminator 4 (aka: Terminator Salvation)--Ah, the rise of the mighty Sam Worthington (and Bryce Dallas Howard rocks too). Oh yeah, and some guy named Christian Bale was in it as well.
4. Star Trek--lens flares! Beastie Boys!
3. Zombieland--perfect use of the cameo.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox--Wes Anderson finds his niche.
1. District 9--best sci-fi flick, hands down.

My Top 5 Least Favorite Movies of 2009:
5. 500 Days of Summer--I just had no patience for its contrived usage of young-life love and love-lost...then new love-found.
4. Paranormal Activity--those two were so completely annoying that I couldn't wait for one of them to get killed.
3. Transformers 2 (aka: Transformers: Rise of the Fallen)
2. Jennifer's Body
1. New Moon

I didn't actually see those last three, but I'm pretty sure if I had, I would have hated them.
(It's probably just coincidence that Megan Fox was in two of those).

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ah, Nostalgia

Another list from

Forgiving the obvious omission of A-ha, I would also like to nominate:
The Tubes, She's a Beauty,
Dexy's Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen
The Clash, Rock the Casbah
(ode to Posse East, Austin, TX!).

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"If Matchbox 20 isn't the headliner of this list, I'll uppercut a nun."


Posted by: Fredo, commenter at

This list is hilarious.

It takes me back to the best of times (Crowded House, Kate!) and the worst of times (I swear I will punch in the neck the next person on the SGA entertainment committee who wants to book the Gin Blossoms...or was it the Goo Goo Dolls? Who the hell can tell the difference?) at Lipscomb University.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Now I need a Falcon Crest version

Created by this guy.

This one's been around for awhile, but it's pretty good too:

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Whole Shootin' Game, The Whole Shootin' Set...

Evidently the American Independent Film movement can trace its roots back to a movie made in Austin in 1979 entitled "The Whole Shootin' Match." Eagle Pennell was 26 years old when he made the film for somewhere between $30,000 and $45,000, and Robert Redford has cited it as one of his inspirations for starting the Sundance Institute. Roger Ebert wrote an influential review of the movie in 1980 and reviewed it again in 2007 after the film was restored from a print discovered in Germany (of all places). Up to that point the film and its negatives were believed to be lost forever to the ravages of time.

Eagle Pennell died in 2002. He had few mourners as he had spent the last two decades of his life drinking away every ounce of goodwill that his little movie about a pair of perpetually hungover slackers had earned him. The actor who played one of those slackers was Lou Perryman. Perryman had achieved a certain cult status during his modest acting career and was recently murdered in his South Austin home by an imbalanced 26-year-old. The second half of the duo, Sonny Carl Davis, spent much of the 80's and 90's taking small supporting roles in film and television. Recollections of their experiences in making the landmark movie and working with Pennell are captured in an interview here.

A copy of "The Whole Shootin' Match" is sitting in a Netflix sleeve in our entertainment center. I'll let you know what I think about it over here soon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Far Out, Man. Far F***ing Out."

Dude! First Zombies, now this?

Something's afoot in Austin...maybe aliens are taking over. And maybe that's why that idiot kid walked onto the elevator BACKWARDS, ipod in ears, staring at something in the hallway, and onto ME trying to exit earlier today. I mean, seriously.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Seeing as I can't sleep anyway...

For the many reasons I curse this town (i.e. rampant laziness, terrible drivers, young-adults whose parents let them out into the real world having taught them literally nothing of the real world but self-involvement...really, it's ridiculous--they walk into oncoming traffic, so apparently, their parents didn't even teach them how to cross the street, etc...), there are usually at least close to an equal number of reasons why I kiss this town.
Check this out. A friend in Nashville pointed it out. Then CNN Headline News covered it.
I must have missed it Monday while awaiting the plumber to fix our water main leak...