RaaD Movies, News and Technology

Dany's RaaD Roundup

The Hangover 2 Review

I was glad that even with the pending legal battle over the facial tattoo made famous by Mike Tyson that was also featured plastered on the  face of Ed Helms (see above) in The Hangover 2, that the film actually was released on time for this holiday weekend.

The film itself though, is none too different from the original Hangover. So, you can take that two ways, if you loved the original, you will enjoy what is basically the same movie, just this time replace the backdrop of Las Vegas with Bangkok, Thailand. There is a lot that was not necessary in this film, like why was there a car chase in this comedy or why is this group (wolf pack) of guys actually friends with each other (Galifianakis not included)?

I know I will not remember much about this movie’s plot or many of the jokes, but just as with the first film, I will definitely remember the montage during the credits that actually chronicles the bachelor party night and how impressed I was with that trained monkey (on a side note, probably the most memorable on-screen monkey since Friends).

Regardless though, I know I had a lot of fun just watching the film unfold with all its one-off jokes. I enjoyed just letting the madness flow over me for 100 minutes.

Thanks to Hangover 2 trailer for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

May 30, 2011 10:17 pm Posted by | animals, art, Bangkok, comedians, crazy celebs, Las Vegas, Law, movie reviews, movies, Nevada, travel, tv | Leave a comment

The Daily Show and Colbert Report for December 19th, 2010

It is rather amazing that the Republicans can still balk at the idea of passing the 9/11 first responder health bill especially after all the negative health effects facing those first responders. Well, here is just some of the outrage and video montages put together this week on this issue:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Former Governor and Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, promotes his book, Can’t Wait Till Christmas.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, promotes his new book Beyond the Crash. He talks about global demand or current lack thereof and financial markets.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ricky Gervais is just insanely funny and he has a new HBO standup special, Out of England 2.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Hmm, what would you do with a Goldman Sachs MasterCard? Thanks Buckley T. Ratchford for losing your credit card for the Colbert staff to find on the street.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Stephen tackles gay marriage so you don’t have to by interviewing lawyer David Boies.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

All I can say is that Colbert won Twitter for 2010. He won the first Golden Tweet from Biz Stone.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Stephen Sondheim promotes his book Finishing the Hat and explains how his first musical was edited.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Pancakes are going to be the terrorist scourge of of 2011 since they are invisible to TSA x-ray scanners.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Enjoy

Dany

December 21, 2010 2:33 am Posted by | books, clips, DC, health, Law, London, medicine, New York, NYC, politics, technology, travel, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Potential New US Peace Plan to Forward International Relations

OK, first off, let me say that this peace plan was originally attributed to Robin Williams, falsely, I might add (just check Snopes) but I laughed when I read it, so I’m adding it here:

1) The US, UK, Canada, Australia, France will apologize to the world for our interference’ in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Noriega, Milosevic, & the rest of those ‘good ‘ole’ boys’, we’ll never ‘interfere’ again.

2) We’ll withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea, the Middle East, & the Philippines. They don’t want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together & leave. We’ll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up & deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are from. They’re illegal!!!

4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don’t like it there, change it yourself and don’t hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone.  We don’t need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.

5) No foreign ‘students’ over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don’t attend classes, they get a ‘D’ and it’s back home baby.

6) The US, UK, Canada, Australia, France will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing non-polluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while.

7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don’t like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not ‘interfere.’ They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don’t need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us ‘Ugly Americans’ any longer.  The Language we speak is ENGLISH…learn it…or LEAVE.

11) ‘The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and she’s yelling, ‘you want a piece of me?’ (THIS is an actual Robin Williams joke, by the way.)

Now, isn’t that a winner of a plan?

Thanks to Snopes for the above pic and thanks to my father for sending me this “plan.”

Enjoy

Dany

January 10, 2010 11:26 pm Posted by | comedians, crazy celebs, DC, London, New York, politics, travel, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Cloud Nine Rescue Flights

There are very few causes I talk about on this site, I usually stick with movie reviews and political videos, but Cloud 9 Rescue Flights is an organization with a great cause: no cost angel flights, “to transport children and adults for medical purposes, and also transporting animals for animal rescue flights.”

I grew up with the founder, Ted Dupuis, and he has been doing such a great job that he’s been making the news around the country:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

ABC News 7 story

WUSA9 in the DC Area story

Go visit their website and if you can, DONATE.

Thanks to Cloud 9 Rescue Flights for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

September 5, 2009 9:11 pm Posted by | Angels, Atlanta, clips, DC, travel, tv | Leave a comment

Access-A-Ride Bus Burns to the Ground in Manhattan on 76th and Lexington Ave Today

*Updated 11pm 2009-06-02* As I was walking to the subway this morning around 8am in Manhattan, I noticed that on 76th st and Lexington avenue an Access-A-Ride paratransit bus had caught fire and had COMPLETELY burned to a cinder. You can click here to see the google streetview of the street where this burned bus was located. I’ve now posted a bunch of pictures I took while at the scene of the actual bus all a cinder, but  I still cannot find any news stories about this fire online.

Dany

June 2, 2009 9:04 am Posted by | New York, NYC, photography, travel | Leave a comment

Sarah Silverman’s The Great Schlep Gets Her Interviewed on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

I know I might have mentioned Sarah Silverman before (like here and here for example), but now she has not only gotten into the political scene by trying to convince grandchildren to head down to Florida to convince their grandparents to vote Obama in her The Great Schlep video, but she was interviewed on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann (subscribe to the video or audio podcast) during his October 9th, 2008 show where she was awesome.

As always, she lulls you into a false sense of security and nails you with a hilarious moment. Did I mention that she is amazing? If you want to see the full version of The Great Schlep, you can catch it below.

Dany

Vodpod videos no longer available.

October 10, 2008 8:43 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, commercials, crazy celebs, DC, podcasts, politics, travel, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Religulous Film Review

Religion is very complicated. There are a lot of connections between the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Isam), both historical and geographical and Bill Maher‘s Religulous looks into some of these issues.

In this documentary, Maher goes around the world, visiting various places in Europe, America and the Middle East (He doesn’t touch on Asia or Africa). Maher is known for his angry/cynical comedy, but in this movie, he is in search of answers, usually “why?”.

Going into this film, I was concerned that he would be spending the entire movie making fun most aspects of religion. I was glad to be wrong in the end though, this film was HILARIOUS. The only people that Maher makes fun of throughout the film are people who genuinely seemed deserving of being made fun of, but I think that only ended up being 2-4 specific people, he did make fun of aspects of different religions though (ex: Mormonism‘s magical underwear). He spends most of the film though going around to different groups of people of a variety of faiths, asking them questions about what he feels is the absurdity of the underpinnings of their faith.

I think the most important aspect of this film is that Maher points out that 16% of the American public tells pollsters that they are athiests/agnostic/non-religious, making them an extremely large minority that is vastly underrepresented in politics and public life today. Being a member of this group myself, I didn’t realize just how large a group this is in the USA.

He doesn’t make too many friends during this journey and if you’re a religious person, you might not enjoy it when he starts poking holes in your beliefs, but I enjoyed this film, especially his interviews of the Vatican Astronomer and Vatican Priest (which I was not expecting in the slightest). I felt that these two people had the most answers to give Maher and were his intelectual equal, if not superior. If I could re-edit this film, I would have downplayed things like the Truck Stop Church and the Amsterdam pot smoking believer and added in more from the two Vatican interviews.

Thanks to Meet in the Lobby for the above pic.

Dany

October 8, 2008 1:50 am Posted by | Angels, astronomy, comedians, movie reviews, movies, nature, science, travel | Leave a comment

Sex and the City – The Movie

There are very few things actually captures the true essence of living in New York City, Woody Allen films come to my mind first and foremost, but HBO‘s Sex and the City also comes to mind. but recently, Woody has been AWOL from NYC, spending his time in Europe and Sex and the City held their series finale in 2004. This has left a gap even with rumors that Woody Allen will return to his NYC roots for his next film, I might just need something to hold me over until 2009.

I was hoping that the Sex and the City movie would be that holdover. I enjoyed the television show, but I can’t say I’m a part of its rabid fan base. So, the advantage for me was that I knew all about these 4 women going into the film…

After watching the movie, I felt that it held pretty true to the television show and would satisfy the film’s built in fan base. It felt like 3 or 4 episodes of the television show back-to-back. After telling the person I saw the movie with this, I realized that this may not be such a good thing after all.

The film didn’t just feel like 3 or 4 episodes of the show, it felt like the film ran long, with these episodes just tacked onto the back of each other, instead of a tight continuously flowing story.

The next realization I had was there was very little setup for the main characters (and why the casual viewer should care about these 4 relatively well off women). Now, for someone like me, who knows these four strong ladies very well from their tv escapades, this was not a problem, but what about for someone who has either never seen the tv show or has only seen a handful of episodes? Well, these people just get a quick (~2min) video recap of the tv series laying out the history of the characters and a voice over by Sarah Jessica Parker to go with it and my guess is that this will leave the uninitiated confused and in the lurch.

Even with these misgivings and the fact that there were times when I felt the film was just a bit long, I DID enjoy the movie, there were a handful of unexpectedly funny moments, Charlotte‘s troubles during international travel being one of them (a point I disagree with my favorite reviewer, Roger Ebert on). I feel like for those people who are NYers, New Yorkophiles or fans of the tv show, you should definitely go out and see this film (especially if you’re planning on pre-gaming with a Cosmo or two), but if you’ve never really seen the show or know the characters, you’d be better off not initiating yourself to this world with this film, just go back and rent/borrow/buy the dvds of the original series.

Thanks to No Guarantee for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

June 9, 2008 1:13 am Posted by | dvd, London, movie reviews, movies, New York, NYC, travel, tv | 2 Comments

Chinatown Still Has Quantum Leap Fans

I was walking around Chinatown NYC and walked by this store front on one of the side streets and HAD to snap a picture of this after it made me laugh.

Even though the geek worship time travel show Quantum Leap ended almost 15 years ago, there are still geeks hoping that the show’s main character, Sam Beckett (played by Scott Bakula) will be brought home finally… by God?

If you are confused by that last line, go back and watch the show’s final episode, which is probably one of the best final episodes of a long running series I can remember.

Enjoy the geekdom

Dany

April 19, 2008 8:02 pm Posted by | New York, NYC, photography, travel, tv | 2 Comments

Japanese Commute

I know that most everyone hates commuting to work, but I doubt that most people are treated this poorly on a daily basis while trying to get to work!

I’ve heard how bad rush hour can be in Japan, but I had never seen anything like this.

Thanks Best of YouTube for the above video (subscribe here).

Dany

April 10, 2008 11:05 pm Posted by | clips, Japan, podcasts, travel | Leave a comment