Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I think I'm in love...

Okay, maybe not the foul-mouthed baseball fan bit but she plays World of Warcraft...

It's a pity that she's wayyyyyyyy too young for me. I need to find a cute geek who's my age.

Saturday Weigh-In: October 18, 2008

Weight: 365.4 lbs

Total Weight Lost: 26.4 lbs in 23 weeks (1.15 lbs per week)

Saturday I had a job I had to get to bright and early so while I had time to weigh myself, I didn't have time to post a journal entry. I'm a little disappointed to have only dropped one pound but not too much. My eating is still a little off but I'm getting closer to being back on track with it. I really need to start getting some exercise and the weather here may finally be starting to cool down to the point where it's not too hot to go walking in the middle of the day so maybe I'll start doing that.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Celebrity Endorsements

Finally a celebrity with something intelligent to say about the upcoming election...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Weigh-In: October 11, 2008

Weight: 366.4 lbs

Total Weight Lost: 25.4 lbs in 22 weeks (1.15 lbs per week)

It continues to be a struggle to get back into the groove post-Ike. When it comes to bread these days, I eat a whole grain wheat bread but I find myself missing other types of bread, particularly sourdough. Which lead to my picking up a loaf of cinnamon brown sugar swirl bread. It's good stuff but not the sort of bread I should be eating and I've gone through it much faster than I should have.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Movie Review: An American Carol

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Usually when a movie isn't shown to critics prior to its release, it's because there is an expectation that it will receive bad reviews. Such was the case with An American Carol. What's different about the movie not being screened for critics is that it wasn't because its a bad movie but because it was believed that movie reviewers' would find the movie politically unpalatable. Many of the reviews that have come out about the movie have shown those fears to be grounded in reality. Can we really expect an unbiased review that begins with:

Pity conservatives. They've got the lamest politicians and the lamest comics.

This is my review of An American Carol.

I went into the movie hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Hollywood has turned out a lot of really bad parodies in recent years and adding political commentary didn't seem like a formula for success. Though I've liked David Zucker's past work on films such as Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, the trailer for An American Carol seems kind of lame.

On the other hand, I was hoping the movie would be as funny as Zucker's past work so that it would do well at the box office and Hollywood might see value in doing more movies with a conservative bent.

That said, I think the movie landed somewhere halfway between my hopes and fears. It's got some very funny bits, such as Rosie O'Connell's film showing that radical Christians are just as bad as radical Islamists, but some other bits fall flat such as a joke about everyone in a terrorist group being named Mohammed Hussein.

Like most of Zucker's work, the movie is cheesy, cornball, and over-the-top. That's not a bad thing in this kind of movie but if you don't like that kind of humor, this movie probably isn't for you.

As far as I can tell, most conservatives seem to really like this movie and most liberals seem to really hate it. So where you fall on the political spectrum should probably be taken into consideration if you're thinking of going to see it. In my case, I found the movie to be very enjoyable. I certainly had more fun at it than I did at Tropic Thunder earlier this year. Judging by the laughter I was hearing from my fellow movie goers, I wasn't the only one.

If you do go see An American Carol make sure the theater box office gives you tickets to the right movie. There have been reports about some theaters trying to sabotage the box office by selling tickets to other movies. It doesn't effect your ability to see the movie but it does effect the reported box office and thus the perception of whether the movie is a success or failure.

James Gunn's PG Porn

James Gunn has teamed up with the Spike cable network to produce James Gunn's PG Porn. It's pornography for people that like everything about porn but the sex. In other words if you like bad acting, bad scripts, low budget sets, and fuzzy guitars but no sex then it's just the thing for you. The first webisode, Nailing Your Wife, is up and stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog) and Aria Giovanni.

It's funny stuff and I look forward to future webisodes which will follow the formula of pairing mainstream actors with porn stars. Though I do have to say that I think it's a sad commentary on our society that this is considered family friendly fare, and I've certainly seen worse on television during prime time on shows such as NCIS, but had there been any nudity or sex, even of the simulated variety, it would have become an R.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

For he is Jeff and there is no cure.

The last few weeks have left me needing a good laugh or two so I have turned to one of my favorite British comedies, Coupling. A hilarious look at how men and women view relationships and sex differently. Well worth at least renting the DVDs if you've never seen it before.

Last week was a friend's 50th birthday and his wife through a surprise party for him which reminded me of this scene from Coupling in which Jeff's girlfriend tries to throw a surprise party for his 30th birthday...

Saturday Weigh-In: October 4, 2008

Weight: 367.6 lbs

Total Weight Lost: 24.2 lbs in 21 weeks (1.15 lbs per week)

My weight continues to bounce around in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. I'm still spending a fair amount of time at my parents' house and thus eating at the places they like to eat at the time they like to eat. Not the most ideal of circumstances but at least I've managed to steer them to places that have healthier choices. (It helps that one of their favorite places is currently closed while repairs are made to the roof.)