August 8th, 2005

CDs

The Boondock Saints

Just watched The Boondock Saints on DVD. Frankly, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Not bad. Not particularly good either. Rips off a lot of other movies. I didn't really see anything original in it. Afterward, I watched Overnight about the director, Troy Duffy. I definitely could see Duffy's worldview in the movie. Black and white. Everyone is for you or against you. Evil or good. Anyway, not a bad effort, but I'll wait for it to be on TBS to watch it again.

CDs

Overnight

Since I mentioned it as well, I did like Overnight. Kind of like the Metallica documentary, this one was originally commissioned by Troy Duffy's band The Brood just after Troy Duffy got his movie deal with Miramax. The band still didn't have a deal yet. And like Metallica, I don't think it ended up showing the group in the light they really wanted. Though in this case it was more Troy Duffy himself.

The show starts off from the point where Troy Duffy got his movie deal. Prior to that he was a bartender at a low-rent Hollywood bar. Almost from the beginning you can see Troy Duffy being an arrogant prick. Through his attitude, he manages to piss of everyone. The people paying him. His band. And in a telling fit, after the band's managers complain about getting no money when they sign them to a record deal, Duffy tells them they don't deserve anything. Guess who is making the documentary? Yup. The managers. In the end, the fuckwad made them see the money in the documentary that they didn't see from the record deal. Cause they could have made the documentary make Duffy look like a driven mover & shaker. Instead, he appears to be a manic depressive asshole. I think the latter is the truth, but had he been a bit nicer to his friends at least, they could have hidden the mistreatment of everyone else.

Anyway, in the end Troy Duffy blew the little money he made and everyone goes back to day jobs.

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Movies paid for and seen twice

What movies have you paid to see in theaters, more than once? Movies so good or so intriguing that you couldn't wait for it to come out on tape or DVD.

My list? The ones I can remember were all seen twice because I wanted to hang out with people who were seeing the movie. The Fellowship of the Ring, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean. I can't remember anything before 2000 that I saw more than once in the theater.

Added: Remember, you have to have paid more than once. Seeing twice on free passes or on someone else's dime doesn't count.

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Pictures

I collected together 9 rolls of film and developed them. Most of the rolls, I didn't know when I took them. They ended up covering 8 countries over the last 6 years, plus a random smattering of Pie Nights™ and Do Nothing Weekends™. Here's the ones from the travelling.
Bavarian building Entering Austria
Bavarian building
Not so different from Leavenworth, actually
Entering Austria
Windmill in Netherlands Capilano Suspension Bridge
Windmill in Netherlands
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Farmland in Rajastan Ruins of Jain temple, Rajasthan
Farmland in Rajastan
Ruins of Jain temple, Rajasthan
Young boy in Jain temple, Ranakpur Jain temple, Ranakpur
Young boy in Jain temple, Ranakpur
Jain temple, Ranakpur
Walls at Kumbalgarh Neuvo Vallarta, Mexico
Walls at Kumbalgarh
Neuvo Vallarta, Mexico
Underwater ray, Mexico Mexican village
Underwater ray, Mexico
Mexican village
Iguana Mexico
Iguana
I'm not really cringing, I'm staring into the sun
Mexico
Wild parrots Tour boat for Milford Sound
Wild parrots
South Island, New Zealand
Tour boat for Milford Sound
South Island, New Zealand
Milford Sound waterfalls
Milford Sound waterfalls
South Island, New Zealand. The sides of Milford Sound (a fjord) were mostly waterfalls on the wettest day of the year (our visit). Something like 18 inches of rain in 24 hours.