What Really Grinds My Gears: Part 1

August 13, 2006

So this post is really about stuff that irks me. And if anyone seriously watches Family Guy, then they know that I stole this topic line from one of the silliest guys in Hollywood, Peter Griffin.

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First off I want to address some people. 

Dear terrorists,

Your religious motives are nothing but bollocks to me and I hope you all die slowly. I can not help but feel this way. I am not what you would call a “patriotic” person but attempting to kill hundreds of innocent people for your stupid cause is absurd. I had two close friends flying today and I am really glad that they are safe. Even though you know how to make liquid explosives, you are stilll uncivilized trash. Your religion means nothing when all you want to do is punish those who don’t see the same way as you do. Rot in hell, please.

I apologize to any potential readers for that filthy talk but isn’t that what the Internet is for?

You know what else really grinds my gears?

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Even though Jay-Z is one of my most respected people in the rap game, I read something that made me have a sudden change of heart. The sad thing is, it’s nothing new. Like most rapper biographies, he sold crack to get by as a young adult. He eventually used that drug money to fund the start-up of his label Roc-A-Fella Records. He became successful from it and is now the CEO/President of Def Jam Records. Now I’m glad that he is doing something much more prominent in society than dealing crack but I can’t help but think that his wealth has accumulated due to the deterioration of others.

Just a thought by Mawkus….

P.S. – Oh yeah, the Royals (worst team in baseball) swept the Red Sox a couple of days ago. Sorry to all the bandwagon Boston fans. I couldn’t let that one pass. Ha ha ha…..

Movie Review #2

June 4, 2006

I’m watching movies a lot more now. It rocks, thanks to online video rentals. What a great idea. I’m deeper in my conquest to become an even bigger nerd. I also might start keeping a “movie notebook”, to write comments as I watch these thangs and so I won’t forget.

To me, the best part about the movie is the feeling you get when you are finished with it for the first time. How does the movie make you feel? If you really like it, you’ll probably be asking yourself (and others) lots of questions. If you really thought it was lame, then you’ll most likely be making fun of everything about it and you will be a little furious that you wasted your time on it. Retain that feeling. Document it. That’s the whole purpose of me even caring enough to blog this crap. But I know people like movies so maybe they will be interested to hear my thoughts. I know a thing of two about film. I took a few classes at VCU. Ok, enough of me sounding lame. My wild and crazy Saturday consisted of 2 movies.

First I’ll start with the bad movie. Aeon Flux

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I didn’t show the movie poster cuz it’s lame and nothing new in the genre of female action movies. I’d rather pay homage to the character that kept me interested as a wee little lad. This movie is nothing like the animated series that I grew to love as I grew up with MTV. I should have known this when I saw that it was rated PG-13 because the animation was kinda morbid and sinister-like. And even though Charlize Theron looks much more attractive than this ripped dominatrix from the animated series, I was kinda let down with this adaptation. I think the two screenwriters from this film hung out on the set of The Island and ripped off their plot or something. The dialogue was super weak. Acting was horrible but that was kind of expected.

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Once again, I can look at Charlize with jet black or blond hair, but I don’t think she was the one for this part. Hell, Angelina the Tomb Raider could have done it better. Or even the chick from Underworld, which I’ve never seen or have the desire to see. I guess those would have been the obvious casting choices.

I did enjoy the sets, the visual effects, and most of the action sequences. I kind of wish I had seen this in the theater for the visual experience but this movie wasn’t worth $8 bucks. I also appreciate how the environment is bright and organic as opposed to the industrial gloom that is depicted in the animated series and in most futuristic films. Good choice.

Not a total waste of my time. 2.5 out of 5.

Next is the awesome movie I watched, The Weather Man

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This movie does not look that exciting, according to this movie poster and the website. So don’t tease me if you start to read this and follow my research. But I am a fan of Nicholas Cage and I know how good he is in the scheme of playing the pathetic person. Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas and Matchstick Men all came to mind when I watched this film. This character stands out among his role in those films because he doesn’t take sh!t from anyone as the weather man.

You must watch this. It’s hilarious but also serious. The plot revolves pretty much around the subject of family relationships. My favorite connection involves the father (Cage) and his daughter. All I can say is: camel toes and archery. And I will leave the rest for you to enjoy.

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I mean, would you really want to bother this guy on the street? Even if he was the famous local weather guy?

I might buy this one. 4.5 out of 5.

Checking in…

February 27, 2006

So I was going to do another movie review, this time with a duet of horror flicks. Watching the second of the two films however was a mishap. Halfway through the movie the DVD would stall and not play on anything – not my DVD player, the Xbox 360, my computer…nothing. So back to Blockbuster Online it goes. This movie review will be delayed until I am done watching that mystery film.

I will spread something good around in the meantime. If you are down with good music, then please check out my Canadian fools at WeFunk Radio.

This is what I listen to when I zone out for hours, working on my computer. It is the best online radio station out there. Old skool hip hop and funk. It’s all you need. These Montreal cats are keeping the goodies in rotation. I promise.

After you get that good vibe from WeFunk going, then check out my latest icons.

And thanks for the comments, John and Kristin. Please keep em coming.

The Weekend Update

February 20, 2006

I lost in a small $30 buy-in Hold-Em tournament on Saturday at my brother’s house. I finished 6th out of 9 rednecks. Near the end, I was the low stack in chips and went all-in on a K J suited. I had to do it. Some guy called me with an 8 4. And guess what came up on the board? A freakin’ 4. Better odds going in, but eventually I walk away a loser. Story of my life.

Now it’s time for the Mawkus Movie Review. I viewed three films over the past week. No big screen reviews, but still some good flicks. I will keep this brief because it’s Monday and I’ve got a lot on my plate.

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This French horror flick High Tension was pretty gory with a straight forward plot, until the twisted ending which is still gory. Minimal dubbed dialogue makes this movie worth watching. And if you like pointless bloody slasher films like I do, you’ll enjoy this. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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I obviously relate to this movie Waiting because I still earn some of my income from the service industry. This movie does not have award winning acting but I wasn’t expecting it either. I had never seen any film about waiting tables so I was eager to watch it. I wasn’t dissapointed. It was funny as hell, primarily for three things. First, there’s the character in the picture above Naomi. She has a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hide personality. Watching her Terrets syndrome episodes contrasted by her kiss-ass attitude to her customers is worth the hour and a half alone. Then there’s the kitchen staff, especially the head chef played by Luis Guzman and the grill guy, who’s name I don’t know. And finally, there’s the entire staff’s “genitalia game”. Which I will leave as a mystery for you to watch. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Quote of the film: “You’re supposed to be the coolest waiter at Shenanigans? That’s like being the smartest kid with down syndrome!”

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The third film is Hustle and Flow, which I thought would be silly because of the lame “crunk” music trend. I was way off. The acting was the best part of the film. Except for the lame white guy who helps produce the beats. They could have done without him, or at least replace him with Pauly Shore. Just kidding. The ending was also good. A ultimately happy one, but at the cost of some last minute strife. It’s interesting to notice that the film appears to be set in modern times, but I’m confused by the style Djay (the main character) and more importantly his hair. Is it really showing that crunk was hot way back in the 70′s or something? Oh yeah, I am always entertained by Ludacris, whether he’s spitting bars or acting. His appearance is limited, but just enough to be impressed. The movie is even up for two Oscars, Best Actor and Best Theme song. Despite my lack of interest in the southern crunk trend, there are some catchy and funny jams on the soundtrack. And if this film proves anything, it’s the fact that hookers and pimps can rise above and record hooks for radio airplay. Wow. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

If anyone reads my blog, can they at least leave a brief comment? I don’t mind negativity either. Bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. Thanks.

Steamboat, Colorado

February 15, 2006

Well my boy Alex finally got the pics developed from our recent Steamboat, Colorado trip. They are from a lame disposable camera, but it’s better than carrying an expensive digi cam on the slopes and breaking it from an unexpected tumble. The powder out there was so thick though that we weren’t worried about injuries or damaged technology. Luckily for you, I am not in a lot of the photos because I am taking them. And I am purposely trying to get my finger in the bottom right corner as much as possible.

Click on the photo below. Enjoy!


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Deadlines and Morons…

February 10, 2006

I generally enjoy big deadlines taking place on Mondays, because then I have the whole weekend to polish up my presentation and make sure there is no last minute rushing. Today, however, is a different scenario. Deadlines on Fridays can be good for freelancers because like those who have a real job, I now have the weekend off to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep. Oh wait, I forgot I started another project due Tuesday. Damnit. There goes my point, if I had one at all.

Here are some ICONS I presented today.

Thank god for lunch breaks and Newsvine. Today I got to catch up on the latest dumbarses in today’s news. Thanks to John V. for showing me this news site.

Such as the guy suing Apple claiming that iPods cause hearing loss.

This site also reveals more significant news. Such as Bush’s crazy antics.
Maybe our government could have saved some more lives during Katrina’s harsh blow to New Orleans.

Supposedly some of the White Sox aren’t impressed with Bush either. Well, unimpressed enough not to change previously-made plans in order to accept a honorary formal invitation to the White House as a World Series champion. Maybe Mayor Daley can go on a date with President Bush. According to his words, he seems really hard up to do it.

And I’m spent…

A Million Little Pieces of Poo

January 11, 2006

I finally got the blog thing going again. And I want to get something out there.

So, I am currently reading this book “A Million Little Pieces”

You may or may not have heard of this best-seller. It is a memoir about a young man in his early twenties dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. He writes about his time spent in what was known at the time as the country’s best rehab clinic. His subject matter is disgusting and attractive at the same time. However, as I am in the middle of the book and looking forward to his sequel My Friend Leonard, all of this controversy surrounds this man, named James Frey. Authorities are claiming that what he writes about is highly exaggerated and sometimes even totally fabricated.

He will be on Larry King tonight and I am eager to see what he has to say.

For the full details, which I care not to read about since I am still reading the damn book, click here:

Smoking Gun article on James Frey
A Million Little Pieces


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