Thursday, March 26, 2009

Carrey, Del Toro, and Penn... 3 Stooges?

3 Stooges Movie

According to a Hollywood reporter, via an article I found at Yahoo! movies; Jim Carrey, Benicio del Toro, and Sean Penn are all set to star as the epic comedy trio, working with the Farrelly brothers & MGM. Jim Carrey is set to star as Curly, Sean Penn as Larry, and Benicio del Toro as Moe.

The film will be updated to modern times, but is aiming to remain true to the stooge's slap-stick nature comedy. It is also said that the film will show the three as young orphans, and have some of the story take place in an orphanage. The film is set for an estimated release in 2010.

Read more at The Three Stooges Official website here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Saw Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire Review

The awards and rave reviews are justified! Wonderfully shot, and an amazing cast. This is an excellent film in my opinion.

What's it all about?

Slumdog millionaire chronicles the endless bounds of love. Although premised on love, the story is not at all mushy-gushy. It is refreshingly real and hard. Jamal (played by Dev Patel and Ayush Mahesh Khedekar) and Salim (played by Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail) are brothers orphaned by circumstance, and on the run. Along the way, they are joined by another orphaned youngster Latika (The very stunning Freida Pinto). The three journey through the streets and are ultimately separated due a series of misfortunate events. Jamal's quest to reunite with Latika eventually leads to his appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Jamal's climb to the top of the pay scale, leads to accusations of fraud and cheating. He is detained, tortured and asked to prove why a common street "slumdog" would know the answers to all these questions without being a cheater. He recalls events in his childhood that have provided his knowledge as to these answers, and his life story is told through these sequence of events.

With many betrayals, twists, and comical moments; Slumdog Millionaire is one of the better movies I've seen in recent years. It is largely entertaining and smart. It fades in and out of subtitles, giving the movie a more authentic air to its Indian roots. The Indian music (which is very new to me) was really catchy and I liked its original sound (at least to my immediate and predominately Western-Culture musical repertoire). The subtitles are modern, non-invasive, and I actually liked the way they appeared visually on the screen.

Overall, I really don't have any complaints about this film (at least ones that won't give the whole movie away). I would solidly recommend this movie to any person who has the intellectual fortitude to sit down and enjoy a foreign film with intermittent subtitles. It is an entertaining film, and highly enjoyable. A great work of art.

(Slumdog Millionaire, IMDB is the respective owner to information resources & images used in post.)

  • Directors: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy and Vikas Swarup
  • Accolades: Won 8 Oscars, Audience Award, ASC Award, BAFTA Film Award, Critics Choice Award, and many more.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nickel and Dimed


Currently, I am listening to the audio version of Nickel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in America, By Barbara Ehrenreich. It's a very interesting book. It is semi-reminiscent of when you hear about rich girls going slumming (having sex with poor, trashy type guys because it's fun, defiant, and exciting). Except she applies this to her financial and occupational life, rather than her sex life.

Barbara is an (from what I can gather by listening to her words) affluent, upper class, journalist/freelance writer. Her views on low-income work in America are very skewed as the book the starts. It also sounds like she has a prestigious education from a possible ivy league, though, I'm not sure.

I was kind of appalled by her views on lower income society when I first started listening to this book. As it goes on, you see her start to understand people more. Eventually, she is one of the working class. This is evident by her writing.

In one passage, when recounting her employment with a maid service, she recalls an instance when she needs to bite her lip. She explains how she wants to explode on a rich lady, and point out how every little extravagance was made by a hard working person. In this point of her story, it seems as if she almost understands the working class completely. Although, many times throughout the book, she differentiates herself from the working-class, by referring to her former life or her "real life."

Another passage is a whole tirade on cleansing the toilet bowls of the rich. There was an almost a sick satisfaction I got out of listening to this particular part of the book. When she spoke about the difficulty of cleaning human waste and pubic hair. Maybe some far-reaching form of poetic justice?

Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this book.

Things I like about the book:

  • Someone took the time to try and see the world through the eyes of the poor (or middle-class on down).
  • She actually physically ached and excreted sweat researching this book.
  • She writes this book to have the affluent and wealthy sort of second guess themselves, or at least become self aware of this issue.
  • She becomes friends with her co-workers and sort of quits looking at working-class through a microscope or filter.
  • The human side of Barbara Ehrenreich.

Things I dislike about the book:

  • In the audio version, Christine McMurdo-Wallis' voice. She sounds like veteran smoker, and has that air about her that seems like a pompous rich old hag. I'm sure this all adds to believability of the story. I'm also sure, that Christine McMurdo-Wallis is a very nice lady. Nonetheless, it was something I disliked. I've heard Barbara Ehrenreich's voice from YouTube videos and personally think it would have been better if she had read it herself.
  • Her insistence that formal education is ultimate answer to breaking out of poverty. While I agree education and knowledge, directly reflect a person's social and a person's economic status... I don't necessarily agree that it will stem from a degree.
  • She's a sesquipedalian. Which may seem ironic for this statement. It means a person who uses large words. It often seems forced, out of place in this book, and is just rather annoying.
  • Her intended audience, is probably not the group reading this book.
  • Her assumptions of the intelligence levels of lower class.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I do think it should be read by many. If you haven't read this book, give it a shot and PLEASE COMMENT back on this blog as to your thoughts and reactions to this book.

(I am enclosing a YouTube video of Barbara... She's very intelligent, and I don't think my opinions should sway you in one way or another as to her works.)

Visit Her Website:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coastal Trip

MP3 Tracks

I'm heading to the coast Thursday morning and decided to add a bunch of MP3s to my new Sansa View. I've been ripping albums to Windows Media Player, which is much more awesome than I would have ever known of, if it weren't for the Sansa View. They sync perfectly with one another.

The Albums:
  • Dave Mathews: Under the table and dreaming
  • Jay-Z: Unplugged
  • Bush: Sixteen Stone
  • Barenaked Ladies: Stunt
  • Limp Bizkit: Results may vary
  • Limp Bizkit: Chocolate Starfish and Hot Dog Flavored Water
  • Nelly: Country Grammar
  • Hootie & The Blowfish: Cracked Rear View
  • Bone Thugs 'N Harmony: E 1999 Eternal
  • The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (disks 1 & 2)
  • Usher: My Way
Those have been added to the existing:
  • The Verve: Urban Hymns
  • Tommy Lee: Tommy Land: The Ride
  • Tranquil Jazz
  • Nelly: Suit
  • The New Radicals: Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
  • Kayne West: Late Registration
  • Norman Brown: Just Chillin'
  • Ne-Yo: In My Own Words
  • Nu Flavor: It's On
  • John Mayor: Heavier Things
  • Frank Sinatra: Greatest Love Songs
  • Jack Johnson: Curious George Soundtrack
  • Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown
  • Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway
  • Green Day: American Idiot
As you can see, I have a very varied selection. It's really only the tip of the iceberg. I'll probably try and add another 20 or so albums tomorrow and then that should hold me over for a while. Until then.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon Song Lyrics

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra... a complete bad ass. You've got to love Frank Sinatra. This isn't a ploy to get you to agree with me... it's a command. YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE FRANK SINATRA! This man is the voice of love. An artist with one of the most recognizable voices of all time. He lived from 1915-1998.

Frank Sinatra also ran with The Rat Pack. The Rat Pack was the elite boys' club of both music and Hollywood in the 1950's and 1960's. This club was constructed of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.

This iconic group became so visible that a pop-art movement was sprung in likeness of The Rat Pack. Many online poster retailers have numerous renditions of the men playing pool or hanging out (image below). Frank Sinatra can also often be seen with the famous likes of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

(Read More About Frank Sinatra here.)

Frank Sinatra -Fly Me To The Moon Song Lyrics

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, darling, kiss me

Fill my life with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, darling, kiss me

Fill my life with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, in other words
In other words, in other words
In other words
I love ... you

(Lyric Source:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Garth Brooks - Alabama Clay

Country Music - Garth Brooks: Alabama Clay Song Lyrics

I bought my last Garth Brooks CD not long ago. It was not my first Garth Brooks CD however. I am a huge Garth fan! This CD cost me a whopping $3.00! It's a dated album of his, his first.

A while back, my sister and I were in the car. We wanted to listen to Garth Brooks for old times sake. She wanted to hear his song Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old). Upon digging through my cumbersome CD case, she notified me that I didn't have this album. I was almost positive that I owned every Garth Brooks album out there. I was wrong.

I made a mental note to pick up a copy as soon as possible. Wandering through Wal Mart (still trying to break the habit of not buying from local business), I found it at the bargain basement price of $3.00! I was shocked, but happy.

The CD lay in the back seat of my car for the next few weeks. I was listening to Tony Dungy's audio book, Quiet Strength. After that I followed up with Robert T. Kiyosaki's: Before You Quit Your Job. Upon finishing these audio books, I was in the mood for music again. I saw the still sealed disc in the backseat and immediately tore it open.

I sang along to all the ones I knew, which were most of them. Then came Alabama Clay. The music sounded familiar, as did the song. I wasn't sure if I remembered the track, or if it just seemed like I did. I decided these thoughts were pretty trivial and directed my attention back to the lyrics.

The vivid song spoke to me. I relate to the lyrics of this particular song, the older I grow. I remember times from my youth on horseback with my family, camping trips, vacations to national parks, trips to the lake, and more. It seems like the older I grow, the more time I spend in the city. So this song hit me. It's a great song.

Quick Album facts:
According to the official Garth Brooks website (click here), the album (titled: Garth Brooks) started it all. The site states: "One Artist. One decade. One hundred million. This is the album that started it all." This particular album sold in excess of 9 million units!

Garth Brooks -Alabama Clay Song Lyrics:

First time he saw the ground get busted
He was ten and it was 1952
His daddy worked hard from sunup to sundown
And the goin' got tough behind them ol' gray mules

The farm grew to be a moneymaker
And the house he lived in grew up room by room
The boy worked hard but soon got tired of farmin'
So he slipped away one night 'neath the harvest moon

(First Chorus)
His neck was red as Alabama clay
But the city's call pulled him away
He's got a factory job and runs a big machine
He don't miss the farm or the fields of green

Now the city's just a prison without fences
His job is just a routine he can't stand
And at night he dreams of wide-open spaces
Fresh dirt between his toes and on his hands

Then one day a picture came inside a letter
Of a young girl with a baby in her arms
And the words she wrote would change his life forever
So he went to raise his family on the farm

(Second Chorus)
His neck is red Alabama clay
Now he's goin' home this time to stay
Where the roots run deep on the family tree
And the tractor rolls through the fields of green

(Repeat Second Chorus)

His neck is red as Alabama clay.

Song Lyric Source:(

This cover actually does the song justice. Very nice work. Enjoy.

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