Archives for July 2011

EftRoU 122: comicxtravaganza…

It looks like you found your way to Entertainment for the Rest of Us, the site where we review everything leisurely. This week the cast and crew tries something a little different. For those of you who are comic book fans this is old news. However for those EftRoU fans that are more of a movie watcher or TV viewer this episode is going to make you think. We discuss the Marvel Civil War, some ComicCon stuff and the movie Captain America.

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Points of interest:

#SDCC

#SDCC

So if you didn’t know this big festival of sorts that takes place every year in San Diego called ComicCon. Mike (EatSleepGeek.com) goes every year. So the crew thought we would ask him a few questions about his trip. It sounds much different from the one you hear about on Twitter, Facebook and news reports. On a side note EatSleepGeek.com has a new writer (Rob R.), check out his guide to summer conferences.

 

Catchall:

Marvel Civil War

Marvel Civil War

During the catchall segment most of the crew discusses a classic, okay I don’t know if it is classic, story about the Marvel Universe. In this series of comic books we find superhero against superhero, as the government works to get handle on all the super humans out their. It ends up dividing the Marvel Universe and you will want to pick sides. So sit back and enjoy as we discuss this great story.

By the way, please support the arts by going out and buying the trade back of this story. Search around for your local comic book shop and be sure to ask the clerk about the story. See what they think and compare it to what we think. Also feel free to let us know what your thoughts by leaving us comment.

Feature Flick:

Captain America

Marvel Entertainment - Captain America

Sticking with the comic book theme, this week’s feature flick is Captain America: The First Avenger. For those non-comic book readers this movie is about a young man who wants to serve his country and deemed unfit. Finally Steve Rogers gets to volunteer for a secret project that turns him into Captain America. This movie stars; Chris Evans (as Captain America), Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving and Stanley Tucci. Let me tell you, this is a must see film in the theaters, but don’t just take my word for it. Listen in to the crew and see what they think. Also be sure to check out the review Jess wrote.

Thanks again for stopping by. Towards the end of the show you hear a reference to our review of Thor and how Mike is concerned about the acting prowess of some starts compare to the others in the upcoming Avengers movie. After you listen to this episode be sure to go back and listen to our discussion for Thor.

Thanks again for stopping by, we really do appreciate you taking the time to listen. Until next time…

Review of Long Drive Home: A Novel

Hey there boys and girls, we got another book review for you from Michelle Despres. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Soon after my move to Colorado, a local man received two life sentences for killing two men. He had pulled ahead of their car and slammed on the brakes in a road rage incident. Last weekend, a woman pulled in front of the cab my husband and I were in and slammed on the brakes. She was upset that our cab driver had merged in front of her when his lane was blocked. Luckily, even though the cab hit the car, no one was hurt. These incidents bookend countless other acts of aggression and rage on our roads.

Cars are unpredictable and unwieldy. Mixed with adrenaline and rage, they can be deadly. I am both angry and perplexed when people use cars as weapons. I am also absorbed by stories that demonstrate how drastically and irrevocably a life can change from one second to another by the simplest actions. So, I was certainly looking forward to reading Will Allison’s Long Drive Home.

Long Drive Home

Free Press

As our narrator, Glen Bauer, explains at the start of the story, he has a rough drive home after picking his daughter up from school. Through Bauer, Allison sets the story up wonderfully; the first chapter is by far the best. Bauer explains, “With a different choice here or there – and I’m talking the small ones you wouldn’t otherwise give a second thought to – I could have gotten us safely home from school like I did every other day.” His family would have had a normal, uneventful evening. He continues, “At no point would we have considered the possibility that we’d dodged a bullet that day, that we’d come this close to our lives veering permanently off course.”

The chain of events that occur during that relatively short drive lead Bauer to “cut the wheel to the left – as if (he) were going to turn in front of [a reckless driver].” The reckless driver is killed. Bauer and his 6-year-old daughter are the only witnesses.

What follows would be better served if it were not in the form a letter from Bauer to his daughter. Scrupulous editing could have effectively tightened the writing. And the sub-plots could have been better woven into the story.

For me, the story could have successfully ended immediately after the accident, but the story continues and explains the repercussions of Bauer’s action. Some repercussions test the boundaries of believability, and other elements of the story seem downright impossible. J.K Rowling asks you to suspend reality; Allison should not.

Perhaps I can accept that a hyper-alert 6-year-old sitting in the back seat of a car is able to see everything that happens through the front windshield. I cannot, however, accept that a 6-year-old possesses a continuously perfect memory, unchallenged by a flurry of action and the passing of time. It also seems impossible for that child to accurately interpret her father’s unspoken motives behind a subtle action he takes with the car and to share that interpretation without being prompted. That’s all I can say without divulging too much of the story.

Additionally, the reaction of the lead detective is highly questionable. Given the totality of evidence he collects about this case, I would expect him to move on. Instead, the accident follows him around as much as it does Bauer.

Bauer is haunted by the accident, and he feels tremendous guilt. He knows he intentionally cut the wheel to scare the reckless driver. Unfortunately, Allison wants us to believe that everyone knows that intention. But it’s more likely that they assume he cut the wheel to turn and then noticed the reckless driver.

My apparently radical belief is that the accident is not Bauer’s fault, and so it was difficult for me to accept Bauer’s response and even more difficult for me to accept his wife’s response, the detective’s response, and his daughter’s response.

This story isn’t entirely without merit, but a story concerning a split-second decision and its life-changing consequences could have been intense, complex, and riveting. I wanted to not be able to put this book down. Unfortunately, it was too easy to do just that.

Long Drive Home: A Novel by Will Allison.
Free Press, New York, 2011.
Hardcover, 224 pp., $22.00. ISBN 978-1416543039.

Thanks for your contribution Michelle.

Review for Captain America…

 

Captain America was very well done.  I am not big into the comic books, so I didn’t know a lot of the history behind this comic, however, as someone going into it without much prior knowledge, I thought this movie to be entertaining and fantastic for anyone.  These types of movies are typically done right in that regard. If you think you are not one for movies based on comic books, you should give it a try if you haven’t already.  At the same time from what I understand, you are not let down as a fan of the comics either.  I have been loving all of the movies done by Marvel and they sure know how to find some hot guys to play these superheroes!

This movie was one of my favorites by Marvel.  There was good action, story, humor, patriotism, and a pinch of romance that I love.   Captain America’s story is so different and fun.  Taking place in a realistic setting during WWII, I loved the idea of a skinny kid becoming a strong and sexy superhero.  Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans, wanted to help people and fight off bullies, but he, like many superheroes, had no desire to kill anyone yet had unlimited amounts of compassion.  You find yourself feeling that same compassion for him throughout the movie.  You might even get a little teary eyed.  It was exciting to slowly watch him move himself up in the world until people began to notice him for his bravery and heroic behavior.  When you finally see him in uniform fighting for the first time, it gives you that giddy happy feeling.

Red Skull

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The cast did a great job bringing the movie to life. Hugo Weaving was one of my favorite actors in the movie who played Schmidt aka Red Skull.  He had just the right type of evil in him and played the role very well.  There was a perfect touch of comedy to the film which is what you need in a movie like this.  Colonel Chester Phillips brought up much of the humor with some clever dialogue pieces.  The role was played by another favorite of mine, Tommy Lee Jones, who I’ve always enjoyed watching and never lets you down with his witty remarks.  Also looking forward to seeing more of Samuel L. Jackson in the Avengers.

Captain America is up there in the top movies so far this summer.  It’s fun and entertaining for all ages.  The only other thing you need to know is that you must see it while it is in theaters.  Not a big fan of 3D, but I know it can be enjoyed just the same either way.  Can’t wait for The Avengers movie to top it all off.  Make sure you stay for the end of the credits!  This movie was five stars.. or how about five shields!!

EftRoU 121: Helena Bonham Carter cutout…

The EftRoU cast welcomes a guest this week. The one and only CJ Garcia, that’s right the awesome dude who created our music for the show. CJ and the cast review a new DVD The Lincoln Lawyer and in theaters now Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. To listen to the show click the play button below or download it. You can also subscribe via iTunes.

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Points of Interest:

I bet you are wondering what caught our eye this week in the news. Point of Interest number one, the rise in Netflix pricing. Story number two, KFC okays a horse drive though. The third story we talk about is the teaser that hit the Interwebs this week of Dark Knight Rises.

DV-Debrief:

The Lincoln Lawyer

Lionsgate - The Lincoln Lawyer

Did you know, The Lincoln Lawyer is not a period piece.  It is a story about a guy who conducts business out of the back of a Lincoln Town Car. He also happens to be a lawyer that finds himself involved with a case that puts his family and friends at risk. The Lincoln Lawyer stars, Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe and William H. Macy. Listen in to find out what we thought of this movie and then leave us a comment telling us what you think.

Feature Flick:

Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Pictures - HP7 Part 2

So after ten years and eight movies the Harry Potter series has come to an end. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Harry and his friends chase down the last remaining Horcruxes to defeat he who shall remain nameless. The same actors that were in the first seven movies are in this one as well, if you forgot they are: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes. We here at Entertainment for the Rest of Us had an interesting discussion about this movie. Listen in and see if you agree with us or not. If you do please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Thanks again for stopping by and listening to our show. Feel free to tell a friend. Until next time…

EftRoU 120: the show about nipples…

Don’t let the post title miss lead you. The show is not all about nipples but we do talk a lot about them. Any way RossRoss, now know as Square Ross, is back and has joined the crew. So you better get use to him because he is here to stay. Also Shady returns and The Moderator is in the house! This week the EftRoU crew discusses some ‘Points of Interest’, a CD from the Foo Fighters and the feature flick Horrible Bosses.

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Points of Interest:

Just to try a little something different the we talk about some news related stuff, really it’s more of what caught our interest this week. Like a 16 pound baby, 7-Eleven’s birthday and an Air New Zealand safety video.

Catchall Segment:

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

So Shady and Mike took some time to listen to the latest CD from the Foo Fighters titled Wasting Light. The rest of the crew sits back listens in as the guys debate what is the best Foo Fighter album.

Feature Flick:

Movie - Horrible Bosses

New Line Cinema - Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses is a comedy about three friends who hate their bosses and want them dead. So they decide to get some help but end up taking the task on instead. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx. Let me lay it on the line for you, go see this movie. At least that is the consensus… for the most part. After you listen to the EftRoU Crew talk about Horrible Bosses be sure to read Jess’ review as well.

Thanks for stopping by and given our show a listen. Until next time…