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Date : October 2009

Movie Review: Dragonball: Evolution (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.30

No one was more surprised than I was at how good this movie is. Normally, I can’t stand the entire genre of bubble-gum, cartoon-inspired, hokey martial arts films. When this movie was first advertised, I immediately forgot about it. But recently, watching another ad on TV for the DVD version, I paid closer attention. It[…]

Movie Review: Zombieland (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.29

With a couple of exceptions, Zombieland is a fun, funny, and thrilling 88 minutes. The basic plot is much like that in any other zombie movie: a few surviving people fight off the thousands of zombies that have taken over the world. But that’s where the similarities end between this film and the ones that[…]

Movie Review: Good Hair (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.26

If you’ve somehow missed all the talk show appearances by Chris Rock over the last month or so, “Good Hair” is the latest project by Rock, a documentary look into the multi-billion dollar hair product market aimed most at black women. As Rock points out in the movie, African American women comprise only 6.5% of[…]

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.23

I waited a few days to write this review, mainly because when I like a movie this much, I don’t want to appear to gush all over it like a little fanboy. Simply put, Law Abiding Citizen is about a man (played by Gerard Butler) who’s disappointed in the prosecution of the men who killed[…]

No More Free Hulu?

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Published on: 2009.10.23

Several hundred articles appeared online today, many from respected news outlets, saying that Hulu might no longer be free, starting next year. (Here’s one article, from CNET.com.) Remember all the ads during the Super Bowl earlier this year, claiming that Hulu was free? Let’s break that down. First of all, it’s not free. Advertisers pay[…]

Surrogates (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.21

Bruce Willis, always known as a bankable action star, is increasingly becoming known as a sci-fi blockbuster name, with titles to his credit like Planet Terror, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, Twelve Monkeys, and others. In Surrogates, he delivers again, though his character’s emotions are slightly muted. There’s a reason for that. In the futuristic world[…]

Couples Retreat (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.10

Despite mostly negative reviews, Couples Retreat isn’t that bad. Yes, it features perhaps the oddest character ever played by Jean Reno (better known for The Professional, Godzilla, Ronin, and The Da Vinci Code), a strangely calm performance by Vince Vaughn, a few odd edits, and at times feels like a series of Mad TV sketches.[…]

Barack the Laureate

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Published on: 2009.10.10

My wife asked me last night, “What do you think about Obama winning the Nobel Prize?” I told her I didn’t know. So I did some thinking. For one thing, the prize’s list of past winners includes quite a few surprising names (and a couple of certified terrorists). I’m very skeptical of some of them.[…]

Pet Peeve: Stupid Abbreviations

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Published on: 2009.10.09

It’s really starting to get under my skin when people say “cell” as a short form of “cellular telephone.” “I forgot my cell” or “what’s your cell number?” Of course, the original word is six syllables. I understand that in our modern world, six syllables is too many. But if you absolutely have to pick[…]

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Published on: 2009.10.06

On Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, my wife and I visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Normally, when I review a tourist site, I’d link to its website, but this museum’s website set off my anti-virus software something fierce, so I’ll save you that trouble. If you really want to visit[…]

Obama Steps Up

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Published on: 2009.10.05

Because most states are still fiddling around with the idea, or handling “more important” issues, President Obama issued a federal order to ban federal employees from texting while driving. The order apparently applies to any government vehicle, or even personal vehicles, if the phone is government-issued. If you’ve been paying attention, I’ve been pushing this[…]

The Invention of Lying (2009)

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Published on: 2009.10.03

“The Invention of Lying,” written by, directed by, and starring comedian Ricky Gervais, has a simple premise, as detailed in the previews: No one in the world has ever lied, until now. Gervais’ character, Mark Bellison, apparently has a misfiring synapse when he lies for the first time, and it surprises him as much as[…]

No, You Don’t Have the Right

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Published on: 2009.10.02

(Originally published Sept. 29, 2003, as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) At some point in our nation’s history, some politicians sold us a bill of goods that has just about wrecked us. We came by our original rights as citizens honestly. We started out with the rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”[…]

Stop the Junk Mail

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Published on: 2009.10.02

(Originally written May 8, 2005, as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) Stop the Junk Mail(Don’t Worry About the Spam) I just read a news story on www.abcnews.go.com about a postmaster in another state who was convicted of destroying a junk mail, which is, of course, against federal regulations that “guard” our mail. I immediately fired[…]

What’s Wrong (And Right) With American Idol

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Published on: 2009.10.02

(Originally written on Thursday, May 12, 2005, 9:26 p.m., as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) Can I be a juvenile for a minute? I hope Carrie Underwood wins American Idol this year. I was originally hoping for Constantine, but he was mistakenly voted out. (I’m not juvenile enough to vote on this stuff, but it’s[…]

WNBA Gets the Shaft

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Published on: 2009.10.01

Tuesday evening, I watched Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. And I was very disappointed. Contrary to what some would expect, I was not disappointed in the game itself, but in the presentation. The game was tremendously exciting. It was 31-31 after one quarter (a WNBA record), and went 105-105 by the end of regulation,[…]

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