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10.25.2016

Seahawks Cardinals Game Sunday

Just have to put in my two cents, or really regurgitate a comment that I read online, regarding this bizarre game.

What are the odds that two field goal kickers would miss at less than 30 yards?  Less than 5%, I'd estimate--or probably even less.

However, when you look at the game in its entirety--zero touchdowns, all points scored exclusively from the field goal kickers--by the end of the game Hauschka and Catanzaro must have felt the enormity of the pressure placed on them and cracked.

I liked this comment from Glen Edwards, taken from the comment section in this article.

A game like last night where every point is solely on the kicker is pressure on the kicker all night long they are not used to dealing with. The special teams defenders know that it's all on them to make the difference to prevent a long punt or kick return or get after the punters and kickers to block or disrupt the timing. So it may appear to be mishaps and sloppy and ugly special teams play, and there was some of that, but it was really more of an extra effort to be all out disruptive to prevent field goals as that was the only way the teams were going to score.

 Additionally, as he states, the defense was going crazy with each field goal--as evidenced by Bobby Wagner jumping over the Cardinals to block the field goal.

Maybe from this point of view, what transpired wasn't so incredible.

But still pretty surprising.

10.24.2016

Kidnap Trailer

Wow.  This trailer is good for a laugh.  I almost pity the director--as a foreigner, does he realize the comical implications of having a mommy speed chasing in her mini van?  Apparently not, I mean to say, as this does not look the least bit tongue and cheek.  


Halle Berry's "You picked the wrong kid" at the end--I wonder how many takes she had before she could said that with so much gravity.  Undoubtedly she had dozens of takes where she started to say it then broke out laughing.  

(Fun fact about Halle Berry--all of her husbands have been the exact same age as her!) 

10.20.2016

Mr. Robot Exerpts

Here's two separate passages from Mr. Robot, taken from episodes towards the end of the first season.

Darlene: What if this all went away--the city, the money--all of it.
Darlene's Hook-up: What, like a zombie apocolapyse or something?
D: More like a revolution.
Hook-up: Last time we hooked up we agreed to check politics at the door.
D: There's no middle anymore. There's just rich and poor.
Hook-up: Look this shit is too heavy for me this early.  I've got to go to work.
D: Right.....solving the world's problems, one spreadsheet at at time.
Hook-up: Hey it's either suits like me or the government. You know how well they handle things.
D: Why can't the world just take care of itself?
Hook-up: Because the worlds is filled with stupid people.  And I get paid a lot to be smart.  Hey, there's not just the rich and the poor.  There's you, in the middle somewhere, the consummate survior. (kisses her)
___________

Elliot: This isn't my family, none of them are real.
Mr. Robot: Neither is whoever you're talking to.
Elliot: You're not real.
Mr. Robot: And what?  You are?  Is any of this real?  A world built on fantasy.  Synthetic emotions in the form of pills.  Psychological warfare in the form of advertising.  Mild-altering chemicals in the form of food.  Brain-washing seminars in the form of media.  Controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks.  Real?  You wanna talk about reality?  We haven't lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century.

The second passage is so, so much better than the first.  The first, while trying to address similar issues, sounds cliched and wince inducing, while the second is insightful, making important points about how we consume information.

I wonder if this is due to different writers?

And why are they giving the best lines to the men?

Anyway, this is basically my reaction to this show, after watching the first season--it has glimpses into insightful commentary on our culture, but then lapses into comical cliches.


10.17.2016

John Paul White

Wow.  Totally blown away by this cover of 'All That Glitters Is Not Gold".  Amazed that this was a life performance.  He's dead on!  


10.13.2016

"Iris Has Free Time" by Iris Smyles

This book somehow for some reason got much better by the end and I actually missed it and wanted it to continue for a hundred or more pages or so.  For the first two hundred pages (a 372 page book) I groaned inwardly at Smyles's recitation of her drinking and smoking sessions with college and post college friends in Manhattan (aren't these episodes funny really only to the participants?) and felt like the second title should have been "How I Finally Got Serious With My Life....Serious About Writing About How Vacuous and Narcissistic I Was In My 20s, That Is".

And honestly that might be the genuine second title.  From one perspective it sounds totally ridiculous and from another, as all of the reviews on the back cover say, like more of a nostalgic tribute to your 20s, to that age when you're supposed to be silly and clueless and have fun and waste time and evade responsibility.

10.10.2016

UnREAL: Season 1

UnREAL (do I need to write it like that, lol?) is, to me anyway, an original conceit.  I haven't bathed myself excessively, or at all really, in reality television and so this satire of sorts on the creation of a Bachelor-esque show I find quite eye opening and amusing.

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro created the show, which is based on her short film Sequin Raze (which is really well cast!), which is based on her own experience of producing for The Bachelor.  Shapiro is a refreshingly honest person.  In this interview on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour she says the show explores the way a person loses her ideals in the pursuit of a successful career.  About herself, she discovered that the compensation of only $1500 week without benefits was enough for her to justify torturing another person in order to create good TV.

10.06.2016

Litany of a Single, 36-Year-Old Woman's Experience with Men

Arsalan,
Bad boy.  Loser
Kevin,
Aging, overweight bad boy.  Schizophrenic loser.  Now married and stalks me online.
Gordon,
In a relationship.  Dotes.  I'm smitten.  Is now married with kids and reaches out to me online, after I told him, in no uncertain terms, that I didn't want to correspond with him anymore
Rob,
Alright.  WTF happened then?  Why did I let that dissolve?
Brian,
Super nice.  Fun.  Clean cut.  Age appropriate.  Loves his mother.  Employed.  Never any attraction though.
Several Dozen Men,
Cute.  Interesting.  Fun.  Local.  We hit it off.  Asks for my number.  I give it.  Never calls.
Todd,
Ancient.  Could have been an extra in Deliverance.  Pines after me.
Eric,
Type A.  Zero communication skills.  Debilitatingly shy.  I'm smitten.
Gopal,
Negs me.  Is that a compliment?  Don't know.  Don't like it.
Jesse,
40 something perpetual bachelor looking for hook-ups.  I'm smitten.


10.03.2016

Mr. Robot

This is a good show and I could see myself writing a little more about this, at a later date.  However, after binge watching the first several episodes (yes I am dozen months or so behind the times), I couldn't help but bemoan the fact that in order for a television show to achieve "Really good show!!" status, it needs to have several offensive, nearly pornographic sex scenes.

Since when does 'Hard R' really equate with quality?

The only exception to this rule, that I've seen, is Better Call Saul
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