Sunday, March 19, 2006

Review: The Ice Harvest

I can understand why this movie didn't get a lot of box office and why no one really heard of it or liked it for that matter but I did, and I've wanted to see it since the trailer came out because: A. John Cusack is one of my heroes and B. the trailer made it seem like a straight up comedy about two guys stealing a shit load of money from Randy Quaid.

I've always been a Cusack fan..the man's just got this likeable factor to him. Even if the movie is complete balls (MUST LOVE DOGS) you still come out thinking you'd still want to have a beer with whatever character he just portrayed for you. Whether it's Martin Blank, Rob Gordon, Lloyd Dobler or the zany puppeteer, Craig Schwartz, who stumbles upon a portal to the great John Malkovich's head; you wanna just wanna hang out with him or the people he plays.

So anyways I rented the Ice Harvest and it was completely not what I expected. Instead, I got this VERY dark crime caper story about two losers who have nothing to do with their lives because everyone and everything around them is shit. They aren't really heroes in this movie....just assholes. Everyone in this movie is an asshole, even Cusack..(yet you still kinda like him). And the fact that its of the happiest times of the year and you get thrown into this story of how meaningless life is and that you're responsible for everything you do, and in the end you're gonna die anyways so might as well just steal a bunch of fucking money and see if you can get away with it. The film's also got this film noir style and look to it; backlit shots, shadowed figures, the whole nine. There are some colors in it..but mostly dull blues and sickly oranges to go with the film's ice theme. Its funny in some moments esp with Oliver Platt as the drunken idiot, but other then that its just assholes swearing and fucking things up.

I actually really liked this movie and if your in the mood for something completely different and not so cookie cutter hollywood...give this a try. Its a different kind of everything. Different kind of holiday season movie, different kind of crime caper, and a different kind of Cusack (yet still kinda likeable). Check it out its darkly funny and it felt real you know...not hollywood where people ought to be...more like a film that shows you how people really are.

"As Wichita falls, so does Wichitia Falls"

BTW...I bought Swingers and Jersey Girl for six bucks each at circuit city....yeah I like Jersey Girl SHUT IT.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


I've found out that since I've been back home, all I've done to keep my sanity is watch dvds. (and play Call of Duty on PC..OR 24 the game...) Seriously thats like all I do. I stay up late watching something and during the day I'm watching something...sorta. See it does tend to be a distraction and maybe I'd be more productive if I didn't watch something..but its like listening to music while I work...but instead I'm listening to the movie's audio and occaisionally looking back when Marty says, "Whats wrong with us in the we become assholes or something?"

But alot of other stuff has happened outside of my room. I went to 2 amazing parties this past weekend. The NIU cats came down for their spring break and invited me to the Bamboo Room in which I got to see all the faces I havent seen since I've been home. When I mean NIU crew, I mean Hodge and Burroughs, two of the coolest cats that I know. It was a good time and I stayed up WAAAY to late..but fuck it. Scrubs is a damn funny show and Jacy and I wanted to watch some episodes before we crashed. Eric on the other hand..he knocked out which was good because I didn't want him driving home in the condition he was. Every once in a while, you gotta unwind and leave all that stressful shit behind and thats what he did that night. Just let loose forget about school, drama, girls. I totally understand that. Why do you think I'm watching goddamn dvds every night. To take my mind off my own personal stressed, demons, and heart aches and breaks.

That same weekend, I went to a work party. Which is fucking weird because its people you work with hanging out.....outside of work, wearing clothes that aren't TCS policy and drinking and having a blast. I was kinda nervous about going..but all these people were fun to hang out with and just unwind as well. We had a whole place to ourselves (The Alumni Club) and it was open bar and just crazy people dancing and drinking. Plus I got my groove on with a couple of the ladies. I felt good after the party, I got to see these people as themselves not worrying about work or anything, just as is. It was interesting and fun. I've never been to a work party where we didn't meet at work and had shitty cake and we were all crammed in a room watching the front desk. This was very different. I got to see what these people were like hammered and it was awesome. I didn't drink, I could've but I was driving home that night and the weather was shitty as is. I couldn't see because of all the wind and the rain. It took me like and extra 45 minutes.

So that was my weekend. My Sunday pretty much consisted of getting a package together, driving my mom to work, watching Universal Soldier: The Return. Man what a shitty movie but Van Dammage for sure. Which brings me up to 3:00am right now. I've decided to watch every movie I have in alphabetical order and give my own review of it. I will then post the review on here since I have nothing better to do. Oh and just so you know that when I saw a WHOLE lotta dvd, this is what I've watched since I've been back home. And remember some of these tv dvd sets consists of 4 or more discs.

24 seasons 2, 3, 4

Desperate Housewives Season 1

Lost Season 1

Alias Season 1

Ultimate Avengers

Domino twice

Weatherman twice

Lord of War three times

High Fidelity

North Country


Elizabethtown (which I really liked)

Three Kings

All my Vandamme movies


Back to the Future

Lois and Clark Season 2

Friends Seasons 8, 9, 10

Theres so many more but I can't remember..those are the more recent ones. So all this dvd watching has led me to this new adventure. Which is to watch every movie I alphabetical order. Cuz sometimes I can't decide what to watch and I just thought this would be easier..because theres an order. Anyways..1st up is About A Boy. So when I'm done watching that and I decide to write about it....I'll post it. Peace out kids.