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Redbelt – Honor Through Jiu-Jitsu by David Mamet

There are very few directors whose new movies I actively seek out, but David Mamet has been on that small list ever since he came out with Glengarry Glen Ross.

The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (a man I’ve been on the lookout for ever since he played the big bad in Serenity), Tim Allen and Joe Mantegna and Mamet crafts an interesting tale of honor in a world that seems to have it in short supply. The story takes place around the world of Jiu-Jitsu.

Ejiofor plays the instructor and proprietor of a Jiu-Jitsu school and he gets sucked into a world of sticky ethical situations, sometimes with honorable and other times despicable people and it takes some time to figure out who is who, but with Mamet‘s amazing dialog, scenes that would normally be rushed are filmed with care and scenes that seem like they are going to be cliche, end up surprising you.

This is not an amazing movie, but it was an interesting study of honor among today’s characteristic shades of gray in life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks to IMP Awards for the above pic.

Dany

May 5, 2008 11:00 pm Posted by | movie reviews, movies, sports | Leave a comment

Best of YouTube Amazing Bike Skills

I don’t normally watch bike videos and I almost turned this one off midway through, but the bike skills in this video are just shockingly good. Thanks to the Best of YouTube podcast (subscribe here)for highlighting this video.

Enjoy

Dany

April 4, 2008 7:20 pm Posted by | clips, games, podcasts, sports | Leave a comment

Picnicface: NFL Crunch Time

From the creator of Powerthirst comes NFL Crunch Time, a hilarious take on the state of modern sports video games and how they keep trying to add non-sports aspects to these games.

Thanks again to CHTV for sending this out via podcast.

Dany

March 8, 2008 3:59 pm Posted by | clips, football, podcasts, sports, video games | 2 Comments

Semi-Pro

I wasn’t sure what to make from the trailers for Semi-Pro, it looked a bit stupid to be honest, but after watching the film, I realize it was COMPLETELY stupid, but in probably the funniest possible way. I loved this movie, I was laughing so loudly during so many different scenes, it was great seeing Andy Richter in the film as well, I always like seeing him, I wish his career had really taken off after he walked away from being the Late Night with Conan O’Brien sidekick.

It was also great seeing Maura Tierney in the movie, it was odd seeing her though, since the last movies I saw with her in it were Insomnia and Scotland, Pa. I’m used to seeing her on the now defunct Newsradio and ER. Her storyline with Woody Harrelson brought a little bit of cinema into what was otherwise a pure comidic farce of a film.

Without giving anything away, having scenes like that the bear fight and the origin of commonplace modern basketball moves really made this a killer comedy.

Thanks to Film School Rejects for the above poster pic.

Dany

March 6, 2008 9:47 pm Posted by | basketball, comedians, movie reviews, movies, sports, tv | Leave a comment

One Armed High School Basketball Starter

It has been a long time since basketball has really thrilled me… probably not since the Patrick Ewing/Michael Jordan era of the 1990’s, but I saw this story on CNN‘s podcast In Case You Missed It and had to bring light to it. This high school student, Porter Ellett, is STARTING for his school’s basketball team even though he only has one arm and he looks like one of, if not their best player on the team.

It’s pretty cool to see and very impressive.

Dany

March 1, 2008 2:32 pm Posted by | basketball, clips, games, podcasts, sports, tv | 1 Comment

Blast From the Past Snickers Gheorghe Muresan Commercial

I promised a friend that I would find this clip for her. It has been over 10 years since this ad first aired, but this Snickers ad with Gheorghe Muresan is still hilarious! I wish their current ads were as funny as this one.

Enjoy

Dany

February 5, 2008 8:53 pm Posted by | basketball, clips, commercials, crazy celebs, sports, tv | 6 Comments

Congratulations to the New York Giants

The New York Giants were 12 point underdogs coming into Superbowl 42, but after 2 4th quarter touchdown passes by Eli Manning, the Giants defeated the (previously) undefeated New England Patriots 17-14!

The game was low scoring, but back and forth the entire time. The Pats played a good game, but the Giants‘ defense, with all the sacks and knockdowns of Tom Brady was just too much and they ended up with one of the biggest upsets in recent Superbowl history.

As I’m writing this, I can hear the celebrators at the local bars down the street, as well as all the truckers celebrating with horns blaring as they drive down the street. The office is going to be interesting tomorrow.

I just hope that with the parade for the Giants scheduled for (Super) Tuesday, that it does not lower voter turnout. I think it could hurt turnout for a candidate like Obama. I’m not voting for him, but it would be too bad if the Superbowl hurt his chances here in NY.

Thanks to Sportsline.com/NFL for the above pic.

Dany

February 3, 2008 11:12 pm Posted by | Boston, football, Giants, New England, New York, NYC, Patriots, politics, sports, tv | 2 Comments

Powerthirst!

Powerthirst is for the human on the go, one that wants to be WAY more than human. Do you want all your fat to fall off? Grow the kind of muscle that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Mcguire and Barry Bonds tear up in jealousy?!?!?!

Thanks Dan for the linky linky. Enjoy

Dany

December 27, 2007 2:19 am Posted by | baseball, clips, commercials, food, sports | 1 Comment

Major League Baseball’s AL Postseason

For the AL, at least, the season is over and all the playoff matchups have been set. Even though I thought the Yankees had a good chance of catching up to the Red Sox, in the end, Boston played better ball and won the division.

That being said, seeing how the rest of the American League matchups turned out, with Cleveland surging ahead in the end of the season to tie for the best record in the majors with the Red Sox (mind you, EVERY AL team entering the playoffs has a better record than ANY of the teams in the NL!). This means that the Yankees will play Cleveland and the Red Sox will face the Angels in the first round since the wild card team cannot play their division leader in the first round of the playoffs.

It may be early to say this, but these matchups seem to favor another AL Championship Series between the Yankees and Boston! For Boston, it doesn’t really matter, they have been the best team, the team to beat all season and have winning records during the regular season against both the Angels (6-4) and the Indians (5-2), with the Red Sox doing very well at home against both teams (5-2 vs the Angels and 2-1 vs the Indians), it bodes well that they have home field advantage.

The biggest difference is for the Yankees, they have a MUCH better record against Cleveland (6-0) than against the Angels (3-6!) this season. This pattern isn’t just this season either, for the past 6 regular seasons, the Yankees went 29-13 against the Indians but only 25-29 against the Angels. Plus, the last two times the Yanks faced the Angels in the 5-game first round of the playoffs, the Angels won 3-1 (2002) and 3-2 (2005).

None of this actually means both Boston and the Yankees will win their 5 game series’, but this is definitely a much better situation for the Yankees than if they had to face the Angels (even with Cleveland getting home field advantage over the Yankees) and I think both Yankee and Red Sox fans look forward to seeing another GRUELING playoff series between these two teams this year!

Thanks to FightinPhilsFans for the above pic and thanks to Baseball-Reference for the stats help.

Dany

October 1, 2007 10:04 pm Posted by | Angels, baseball, Boston, Indians, New York, NYC, Red Sox, sports, Yankees | Leave a comment

Yankees vs. Red Sox Rivalry

Thanks to The Feed for the above pic.

Who who would have thought at the end of May, that the most exciting (or nerve wracking, depending on your point of view) story in baseball this season, would be the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry? At their lowest point in the season, the Yankees were 14.5 games behind the high flying Red Sox. The Red Sox have been the number one team in the Majors all season long, maintaining the best record in baseball for almost the ENTIRE season!

These two teams just finished off their season series with the Yankees eeking out the advantage, winning 10 of the 18 games these two faced off.

Now, with just under two weeks left in the season, the Yankees have surged to within 1.5 games of that former 14.5 game lead! Both teams have their Ace starters vying for a 20-win season, Boston’s Josh Beckett has two games left and is sitting on 19 wins, while New York’s Chien-Ming Wang also has two games to pitch and has 18 wins.

It looks like again this year, both of these teams will make the postseason, the question now is who will win the division and who will get the wild card.

Both teams have today off, so I can relax, at least for a little while from this whirlwind, but it will all start up again tomorrow.

Dany

September 20, 2007 2:34 pm Posted by | baseball, Red Sox, sports, Yankees | 3 Comments