Archives for June 2011

EftRoU 118: trivia & travel…

 

Shady has returned from St. Louis and Q has returned from Las Vegas. So you know what that means, the crew is back together and we’re ready to talk some entertainment. Once again we review a DVD and a feature flick. This week we discuss ‘The Eagle‘ and ‘Bad Teacher‘.

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The Eagle

Focus Features International

If you have listened to our show for any length of time you know we typically review a DVD and then a flick that is in the theaters. The DVD that we discuss this time is ‘The Eagle‘. This film is about a young Roman soldier that is on a quest to find a lost golden emblem of the Ninth Legion. Actors of note in this film include Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell.  If you saw The Eagle, let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below.

Feature Flick:

Movie - Bad Teacher

Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group

Bad Teacher‘ stars Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed middle school teacher who, after being dumped by her super rich fiance, begins to pursue a colleague (played by Justin Timberlake) who is born of money. This pursuit pits her against the school’s super-star teacher (played by Lucy Punch). Now sit back and enjoy as the EftRoU crew discusses and debates Bad Teacher.

As always, we would love to hear from you. So feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the show or the movies. Thanks for listening.

Until next time…

EftRoU 117: hanging out with the locals…

 

So this week is going to be a short show as The Moderator and I went on a trip to Las Vegas. I would have lots to share with you but as the saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” However we did take the time out to sit down with a couple of locals to record a show. We talked with David and Jonas to discuss the movie Green Lantern.

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Green Lantern Movie
Warner Bros. Pictures – Green Lantern

 

Green Lantern is an origins movie. It is about a test pilot that is chosen to become a guardian of the universe by a ring, that’s right a ring (what do you expect from a super hero movie). This movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong.

Like I said it’s a short show this week so, why not a short post.

We’ll see you next week when The Moderator and I are back at Stately EftRoU Manor.

keep margaritas within reach this summer…

Hello EftRoU friends. We are starting something a little new. Our first review on a book. That’s right, a book. We want to say thank you to Michelle Despres for this great review… Enjoy!

Tina Fey Bossy Pants

Reagan Arthur Books - Bossypants

In time for the official start of summer, I offer you Bossypants by Tina Fey as this season’s first summer read: quick and easy without sacrificing substance, funny and lighthearted without being frivolous. Bossypants is nonfiction, which is a wise choice for people who may not want to keep track of characters and plot as they move from one summer activity to the next, such as carpooling to camp, jumping into the pool, and having to get up from the hammock to get another margarita. If your idea of a summer read is Atlas Shrugged, I applaud you, and you had better get to it.

For those without a television, Tina Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer for both TV and film. She has received seven Emmy Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Fey recently became the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She is probably best known for her time on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

I like Tina Fey. I think she’s smart, funny, and real. Thankfully, her book is too.

Fey’s goal is: “maximum book performance whatever your reading needs may be.” While a seemingly tongue-in-cheek goal, she actually succeeds in meeting it.

I expect that some readers will complain about the book being all over the place. In a way, it is. Fey reflects on childhood, family, dating, working, parenting, beauty, celebrity, and turning 40 in a well-organized text. The book is chronological without being a comprehensive chronology. It is autobiographical without being an autobiography. It is opinion and observation without being essays. It is comical without being a comedy. It is ok that it’s a jumble of genres.

Some readers will expect the equivalent of stand-up comedy. Yes, it is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but sometimes it elicits a knowing smile or an interested nod. It is ok that it’s more than just a showcase of wit.

I was entertained by humorous anecdotes. I was interested in the behind-the-scenes look at working on SNL and 30 Rock and at what a celebrity photo shoot is like. I was enriched by her sharing the lessons she has learned from the events in her life.
Early in the book, Fey introduces improvisation concepts, which was interesting in itself, and how they can be applied to everyday life:

1. AGREE: “Start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.”
2. YES, AND: “Don’t be afraid to contribute.”
3. MAKE STATEMENTS:  “…with your actions and your voice.”  “Don’t ask questions all the time.” “Be part of the solution.” And especially for women and men with low self-esteem, “Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions.” As Fey says, imagine your doctor says, “’I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?”
4. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES: “Many of the world’s greatest discoveries have been by accident.”
Fey’s management advice: Don’t hire “hotheads.” Hire “the most talented of the people who are the least likely to throw a punch in the workplace.”  You need to consider whether you want to work with “dangerous” and “unpredictable” people day in and day out. A lesson she learned from Lorne Michaels on the set of SNL: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30.”

Her advice to women: “When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on.”  She also reminds women that “you’re not in competition with other women, you’re in competition with everyone.”

Her advice to working moms and stay-at-home moms: “Be kind to each other.” Fey was asked and declined to be “mother of the year” for a working mothers group and for a mommy magazine. Part of the reason is that she has no idea if she’s a good mother or not, and another part of the reason seems to be that she has advantages that other mothers don’t. I like that she admitted that the subject is messy and complicated. Fey’s child brought a book, My Working Mom, home from school. The working mom was a witch. Yes, a broom-riding, cauldron-stirring, black-cat-loving witch. I’m not a mom, but yikes.

Her advice to herself: “When Oprah Winfrey is suggesting you may have overextended yourself, you need to examine your (expletive) life.”

The two most poignant stories are at the end of the book. That’s all I can say. Well, look for the stories about her Greek mother working at the school and babysitting. Now, that’s all I can say.

Reading Bossypants felt like I was having a conversation, albeit one-sided, with a good friend. Fey’s tone is affable. She’s honest and appropriately self-critical and doesn’t take herself too seriously (see her chart about the stress levels of certain jobs). I laughed. I learned. And I accomplished all of this on one Saturday afternoon. (I made sure to keep margaritas within reach of the hammock.)

Visit your local library for this and other no-risk summer reads.

Bossypants by Tina Fey.
Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2011.
Hardcover, 288 pp, $26.99. ISBN 9780316056861.

Thanks Michelle for such a great review. I can’t wait for your next review.

EftRoU 116: Mr. Tumnus’ chaps

 

Well hello again my friends. Glad to see you are back for another episode of Entertainment for the Rest of Us! And for those of you who just found us, welcome! This week is one crazy episode me and the crew really get in to our discussions and reviews. This week we discuss, on DVD, True Grit and in theaters, Super 8. Enjoy as Mike, Shady and I get in to a virtual fist fight… okay really more a tussle of words.

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True Grit

Paramount Pictures - True Grit

True Grit is an Oscar nominated movie. This Coen brothers movie is about a girl who is seeking justice for the death of her farther. She hires a U.S. Marshal to help track down the killer. In this film you will find performances from Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.

Feature Flick:

Super 8

Paramount Pictures - Super 8

This week’s feature flicks is Super 8. It’s written and directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The movie is about a group of kids making a zombie movie. While filming they see a horrific train crash and soon discover that there is more to the accident than meets the eye. The cast of this movie includes, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso and Noah Emmerich. Tell us what you think of Super 8 by leaving a comment below.

Thank you once again for stopping by. We look forward to your reaction and comments.

Until next time…

QQR – American Chopper Cadillac build-off

 

In this edition of QQR I talk about American Chopper Sr. VS Jr. and the latest episode, Cadillac Build-off Part 2, where OCC and PJD build bikes for Cadillac. The intent is to raise awareness and money for Cure Duchenne a worthy cause. These last two episodes have been great, as they pit father against son. The executives at Cadillac are brilliant marketers as well as the producers of American Chopper. This was a clever concept to have OCC go up against PJD. I know I couldn’t wait to see these last two episodes. Now I can’t wait to see who’s bike will be voted the better bike. (go team PJD)

I also talked about American Chopper on episode 115 of our podcast. Check it out as The Moderator and Mike question if American Chopper is purely scripted.

Until next time….