A reminder. If it comes out of your mouth, than in some way, you meant to say it. The one thing I hate in life is people who don’t appreciate a good memory. A family member or friend will say something to you and days or months later will forget that it ever happened. They will say that they didn’t mean it. It was a fluke of built up proportions inside their throat that got put on the vocal chord speedbelt without editing. What they forget is that the target never forgot the intention of the words. Hopefully, by now, you understand what I am talking about. Joking doesn’t exist. Sarcasm is a tool used to shadow real intent. When words come of someone’s mouth, the makers had a clear intention for them. It’s almost unfair how sickeningly good my memory is. I remember everything that comes out of a person’s mouth, or pretty close to everything. This isn’t taking everything personally, trust me. This is a database of dialogue that helps in future conversations and arguments. If you said it to me in a tantrum or a blast during an argument, there was truth to it and for that it must be stored in the memory. Words aren’t wasted here. If drunk or high, words still aren’t wasted. If mad or happy, words aren’t wasted. Truth serum isn’t needed anymore. People reveal themselves through the language they speak. If its thrown in your direction, there was meaning and precise thought behind it. Remember this always.
Now let’s begin with the ideas, thoughts and random bits hiding inside my brain. Let the unplugged firing session begin.
A Tragic Note-Arlington firefighter Shannon Stone died last week at a Texas Rangers game while lunging for a baseball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton. Stone was sitting in the outfield bleachers, reached over a waist high pole, and flipped over it down between the seating area and the outfield wall 20 feet head first into a concrete floor. Lights out. Stone was a 18 year veteran of the firefighting force in Brownwood, Arlington. He died tragically and suddenly in front of his 6 year old son, who fellow friends and coworkers said was inseparable from his dad for his entire life. This is a sad story that will likely bring a lawsuit from the family’s lawyers about the safety measures in Arlington Stadium. This is two accidents in two seasons for the Rangers. Last year, a man with a few beers in him, flipped over a middle section onto the concourse below, and lived. Stone fell to his death doing what many fans would do. Reach for a baseball given to him by an All Star baseball player. Personally, I don’t reach for baseballs at games, but if thrown right in my direction by Albert Pujols, I might see the need to make an effort. Stone was stupid, but did something risky and paid for it. He was a firefighter after all. They are paid to take huge risks in high danger situations. Hamilton will feel horrible for a while. He didn’t kill a person, but he flipped a baseball that forced a fan to overextend himself and plunge to his death. If I were Hamilton’s “special adviser”, aka the person who keeps him away from drugs and alcohol, I would keep a close eye on him these next couple days and weeks to protect him against a relapse. Watching a man fall to his death the minute you connect with him and his kid is rough ground for a fragile addict like Hamilton. Just a precaution.
-David Backes-Give him The Captain stitch. Backes has earned it with his solid play, leadership and pure style of play over the last 3 seasons. A captain isn’t about points, goals or winners. Its about reputation. What the other players think of you and how your play sprinkles onto their future chase. Backes breeds toughness, smart play and knows how to play hockey. He deserves the right after Eric Brewer jokingly carried it for several seasons of mediocre play.
-David Perron-A mystery that could only get worse with decision making on horizon. GM Doug Armstrong pumped these team up with veteran juice last week with the additions of Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Scott Nichol. This puts David Perron in a hard spot if you ask me. Perron has been sidelined completely from hockey activity since November after suffering a mid-ice blind sided hit from Joe Thornton. Since the hit, Perron scored a game winning goal, took a seat the rest of the season and hasn’t done much since the last game at Scottrade. He is a poor French boy with a headache that won’t go away. Armstrong has a suddenly crowded roster that includes Matt D’Agostini, a 20 goal scorer from 2010-2011 who doesn’t deserve to play on the 4th line unless David Perron is out. Unless Perron starts hockey activity by next week, he will be out until November. What do you do with the talented yet head broken kid? Big decisions coming up. The team insurance is paying him while he heals from his massive concussion, but this isn’t a money issue. It’s a roster issue. He can’t go to Peoria, but he can go on the extended injured list. Perron’s concussion has built a huge boulder in the middle of his career. Highly unfortunate.
-Jaime Garcia getting a 4 yr, 28 million dollar deal with two options is a smart move by Mozeliak. Lock up a talented young lefthander for 7 million a season in the prime of his career. A similiar deal that Mozelaik worked out with Yady Molina and Adam Wainwright. A testament to Mozelaik and head scout Jeff Luhnow’s system. Look up and down the roster. Garcia, Pujols, Molina, Wainwright, Jon Jay, Fernando Salas, Eduardo Sanchez, Kyle McClellan, DD, and Jason Motte. Future rotations arms Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez are on the way. The Cardinals are building a team of young guns. A team of minor league born talent fully arrived. Garcia is latest to be locked in. Garcia is 9-3 with a decent ERA and duplicating 2010’s success. Anytime you can get a very good lefthanded starter at a young age for 7 million a season set up long term, you take the deal. If this is on the table, the Cards need to get it done.
1.)A raunchy well written comedy is always welcome in the summer when sequels, superheroes and CGI madness is going on. Comedy is golden because of its synthetic basis and makeup. The need to laugh and watch realistic situations play out horribly is classic fun. The script contains classic one liners, dirty dialogue and hilarious scenarios setting up our protagonists. The writers pull no punches and soak the script in filthy humor that plugs the film with required deadly dry humor.
2.)The film pulls a page from Hangover, citing an emphasis on the adventure of a group of friends instead of leaning on a concept alone. Everybody hates their bosses in some manner, but we must care about the good guys here or else the bad things they do hit down wrong. Great comedies don’t rely solely on a good concept. We must care about the characters in the script and follow them through their travels. Similiar to the Hangover, we care about what happens to these three friends desperatey trying to correct a piece of their lives. Batemen is a guy who is worthy of a promotion but gets stepped on by his user of a boss, played with complete evil deeds by Kevin Spacey, pulling a page from his Swimming with Sharks rotten bad guy. Day is a dental assistant who is sexually assaulted by his boss(a reinvented Jennifer Aniston) and only wants to be a good husband to his fiance’. Sudekis is a chemical company worker who loses his mentor in one day and has to deal with his worthless son(Colin Farrell, add hairpiece and gut). The problems these guys face are the problems of many, so we relate and follow. Key part to the film.
3.)Great ensemble acting, including a wow performance from Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. Aniston carries the dirtiest dialogue in the film and reinvents herself as an actress here by doing something here she never does. Play dirty and bad. She sheds clothing, spits out the naughty dialogue and pulls interest in her corner. She will never be a good actress, but she can play the occasional good role. This is one of them, because she goes away from her normal routine and spices things up. Farrell has always been a gifted actor, and plays the lowest of the shitty bosses in a four scene cameo meant to not shock his fans but add another layer of genius to it. Batemen, Sudekis and Day are all fine as well. Batemen gives another quality understated performance here, capturing the working man’s headache in a non sentimental way while Sudekis soaks up the lady man jokes and Day is the energetic speed demon, racing through his jokes while being effective.
4.)Quick pace keeps the action moving. Every comedy needs a good pace in order to let the jokes fall in place but keep the story moving. Comedies slow down and the excitement dies. Moviegoers want to be lost in a comedy’s good natured fun but don’t need too much plot.
5.)Consistent jokes that aren’t in the trailer. The key to any good film is to resist giving away all the goods in the trailer Throughout the film, we get new setups and jokes that weren’t seen in the trailer, which means Director Seth Gordon didn’t play his entire hand in the preview. This is always a good thing because surprises are in store.