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November 28, 2014

Now that is funny!

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A Cthulhu themed Thanksgiving turkey.  Dang, that is scary to look at, much less consider eating.  (h/t @Iowahawkblog)

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November 27, 2009

Your moment of after-Thanksgiving joy.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:48 am
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The funniest line ever delivered on TV is here.

November 25, 2009

Movie review: Pieces of April (2003)

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Again, thanks to the modelwife’s Netflix account we have another movie review.  This is one that a fellow flight attendant recommended to her.

It is a chick flick, but I have to say, it was pretty good.  The film stars Katie Holmes (pre-Tom Cruise).  While it was critically acclaimed, it apparently saw only limited release and according to the info on the Internet, it only grossed about $2.5M in domestic box office.

The movie also features Oliver Platt and Patricia Clarkson.  She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the movie.  It just shows how amy movies are released each year, that I had never heard of this movie prior to the modelwife getting it thru Netflix.

The movie itself is about an estranged eldest daughter who had a troubled childhood and is now living with her boyfriend in a small apartment in the city.  Her mom, with whom she had a bad relationship is dying of cancer, so she invites her suburban family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.  Of course she has no clue how to cook the meal and her stove dies on the big day causing her to seek help from a series of neighbors.

It is an excellent movie.  It has some standard movie tropes, but also has some tropes that it stands on their heads.  The whole movie is only 80 minutes long and this is great.  The writer and director had enough confidence in his work that he didn’t feel the need to pad the movie to make it longer.  That was a great decision.  I wish more folks in Hollywood had that kind of confidence in their work, and we wouldn’t get so many of these  2 and 1/2 hour snoozefests that Hollywood has been producing.

I recommend this movie.  It is especially good this time of year.

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