Monday, February 08, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday weekend Edition

So the Denver Broncos won and I actually watched most of the game.  And as tradition dictates, if the game is good, the commercials are bad.  If the commercials are great, the game will be bad ... the game was good but not great.  It was fun to watch but the ads were pretty lacking in my opinion expect for the Prius ad, that was pretty entertaining.  One thing I will say about the weekend besides the Superbowl .... freaking Summer weather?!?  It was in the 80's all weekend and I was borderline miserable hot.  El Nino is a myth.

Weekly Update:
Had my last wisdom tooth pulled on Friday because it was decaying and this was fascinating, the nerves under it were calcifying or become a solid to protect themselves.  That is what the dentist showed me in the x-ray and explained to me why it was a white color.  I thought that was pretty neat, the human body and what it can do or tries to do ... in this case it worked till I could get it removed.  They felt it was not worth cleaning it out and keeping it, best to remove it.  So after I was numbed up, it took the oral surgeon a whole maybe 7 minutes to remove it and I did not even realize it was done till they were putting everything away.  But the weekend was spent laying in bed or on the couch, taking some pain meds when needed.  I really did not feel it till the Novocaine wore off which I guess is normal and to be expected.  They estimated a week for the recovery time.

At the movies:

Super Bowl Super Sunday and as predicted, "Kung Fu Panda 3" continues to lead the box office for a 2nd week in a row.  With another 21 million, it is just shy of 70 mil cume but still on track to break 100 mil.  New at #2 is Hail, Caesar! with 11.4 mil to open and good word-of-mouth on this film but more in the art world.  Holding on to #3 is "The Revenant" with another 7.1 mil as it makes its way to 150 mil cume which it should have it by end of tomorrow.  Still in the top 5 is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earning another 6.9 mil and now over the 900 mil mark.  Still too far for 1 Billion domestic but it sure made a good try at it.  New at #5 is The Choice with a soft 6.1 mil opening and right about expectations.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes in at #6 with only 5.2 mil and well below expectations.  I had a feeling zombies have run its course and this kind of nails it.

Quote of the week:
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Elliot

Facts & Tips:
The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy.

"I'm afraid he's right, take your shot Mr. Gilmore." - Dennis Dugan as Doug Thompson in "Happy Gilmore."

Monday, February 01, 2016

Some rain but not much.  It was suppose to be a whole day of it, or so I thought but ended up being only about 2 hours.  I thought this El Nino was going to be this horrific weather with tons of rain ... all lies.  And what is up with the incorrect weather reports?  They say it will rain this but it doesn't so they say, oh, we meant this day and it still doesn't.  I think we are better off just looking out the window and determining the weather for our self.  It would be a lot better in planning because we would not be relying on incorrect information all the time!  Just saying.  We need a dome so we can control our own weather.

Weekly Update:
So what happened this week ... nothing?  I can not think of anything that stood out this week for me other than ... nope, nothing at all.  Just a lot of work and more work, it is getting busier for me at least which is fine but I am tired.  Worked several 12 hours days this week, 4 maybe?  I think that is correct but if it is not than that means I worked all 5-days because it is a big blur right now.  I miss the days of making my own schedule as long as I got the work done but now everything is numbers and metrics ... very button pushing and no real incentive to be honest.  But, work is work and strive to be the best at it.

At the movies:
Chopping its way to #1 is Kung Fu Panda 3 with a solid 41 million.  Word-of-mouth is fair to good on the film and should make its way to an over 100 mil cume when it is said and done.  Slight drop to #2 is "The Revenant" with another 12.4 mil in its 6th week and should continue to maintain through the award season.  Gaining back to #3 is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with an extra 10.8 mil in its 7th week and just shy of 900 mil, should get that fairly soon.  New at #4 is The Finest Hours with 10.3 mil and not much to write home about on this film.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Ride Along 2" with another 8.4 mil and quickly ending the ride on this film.

New films that did not make the top 5:
Just one wide release this week as Fifty Shades of Black comes in at #9 with only 6.2 mil, below expectations but they were not even that high to begin with.

Quote of the week:
"Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them." - Henri Frederic Amiel

Facts & Tips:
International tug of war rules state that the rope must be over 100-feet long

"I only work in black and sometimes very, very dark grey." - Will Arnett as Batman in "The Lego Movie."

Monday, January 25, 2016

So ... no rain ... I think anyone could be a weather person and I believe I have pointed this out before.  I could say it will be in the 65 to 75 degree range with a 20% chance of rain.  So, if it rains, than I was right.  But if it does NOT rain, I was right!  And giving myself a 10 degree gap is pretty safe.  I may through in there "with some clouds" and some could be one but you will probably miss it because you were not looking at that exact moment it passed by.  Also it was three clouds originally but then they merged into one.  Weather people are useless.

Weekly Update:
Tired, so so tired.  Still recovering from 12 hour days and I still had more 12 hour days!  In fact for while there I had more than 12 hour days till they realized that was incorrect.  Oh schedules and errors ... what are you going to do about it.  I am finding myself falling asleep before 10 PM but then waking up to go to bed and not being able to sleep ... what is that?!  How does that happen?  When I wake up I try to use very little to no energy and when I finally make it to the bed ... I am awake!

At the movies:
A new #1 at the box office again, after 5 weeks in limited and then wide release is "The Revenant" with 16 million and now past 100 mil cume for domestic box office.  Has solid momentum with the award wins and Oscar buzz that it should get north of 150 when it is said and done.  Holding ground at #2 is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with another 14.3 mil and just shy of 900 mil cume.  At the current pace it should get there sometime after next weekend however still short about 200 mil world wide to take the #2 spot for all-time.  Dropping down to #3 is "Ride Along 2" with another 13 mil and a pretty fast burn.  New at #4 is Dirty Grandpa with 11.5 mil and right were we thought it would be.  Rounding off the top 5 is The Boy with 11.2 mil and also right at expectations.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as The 5th Wave only earned 10.7 mil and enough for 6th place.  Well below expectations for this high budget science fiction film

Quote of the week:
"The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Facts & Tips:
At latitude 60 degrees south, it is possible to sail clear around the world without touching land.

"Well, what a group. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, and Feel No Pain. What's wrong with you people?" - Morgan Fairchild as Susan Taylor in the TV series "Mork & Mindy."

Monday, January 18, 2016

RAIN ... well, at least a day or two of it but we are supposed to get some crazy down pours very soon.  They are talking flash flood warnings, prepare to be trapped in your homes and get those drain gutters checked kind of weather!  But we really need the rain and bad.  People are happy with one day but we need weeks of rain to refill the reservoir and get some snow back on those mountains.  We do not need inches of snow but feet of snow because as it melts, it continues the water supply for us and having a few inches, half of that goes back into the ground before it even reaches us.  Oh storms, please come and stay for awhile.  Do not listen to those who complain because they have no clue of the bigger picture of trouble we are in and only thing that one day is good enough.  One day ... geez people are stupid.

Weekly Update:
I am trying to remember what I did this past week but honestly it is a complete blank.  I was suppose to go to some events but I canceled on them because I felt a cold coming.  I wanted to nip that in the bud because with this cold weather and anticipated rain, I do not want to be sick.  This weather only encourages it to stay longer and do not need that please.  Although I will say since a couple of years ago I try to keep a supply of Kleenex and cough drops handy.  Neither of which go bad and I discover friends need them so I do run through my cough drops pretty fast but that is OK.  I get the nice Costco 6-pack of sugar-free halls.  That will last me for awhile and they are on sale a lot too.

At the movies:A new #1 at the box office as the crown is passed to comedy.  Winning the box office this weekend is Ride Along 2 with a solid 34 million and very good for January in general.  Above expectations and something different for this time of year.  After several Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations, "The Revenant" is at #2 with an extra 29.5 mil and just shy of the 100 mil mark.  It should reach that probably by the end of next weekend.  Dropping down to #3 after 4 weeks is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with an another 25.1 mil as it hits 850 mil cume and will fall short of 1 billion domestic.  It still has a chance to hit the #2 worldwide mark but at this rate unlikely to take the #1 crown from "Avatar."  New at #4 is 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi with 16 mil and good word-of-mouth.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Daddy's Home" with 9.3 mil more.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Norm of the North earns 6.7 mil and the #6 spot ... and right at expectations for this rental style movie.


Quote of the week:
"Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount." - Clare Boothe Luce

Facts & Tips:At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.

"I asked for a replacement for O'Riley and this is what I get.  A useless, skinny, untrained snot.  Let me be clear, I intend to trade you a-s-a-p.  My army has been undefeated for the last 21 battles.  I'm trying to get into command school.  You can get your training at someone else's expense." - Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid in "Ender's Game."

Monday, January 11, 2016

GOLDEN GLOBE EDITION

This weekend we had the annual Golden Globe Awards which is pretty much the start of the award season shows.  This show covers both movies and television, ranging from actors to music both domestic and foreign.  Most say this sets the stage for other awards which is partially true but the majority of voting is already done by the time this show comes out.  But it is a neat way to gauge how things may come out for the rest of the season till the final award show, the Oscars.  It is a nice prestigious award with a voting pool of about only 100 people.  Compared to the Oscars who have thousands voting.

Weekly Update:
This week was nothing but busy!  Kicked off Thursday with a special screening of the film "Brooklyn" and a little reception afterwards.  Ran into just one person:

*Saoirse Ronan - Star of the film and super sweet!

Then on Friday attend a special pre-Globe party for the movie "Spotlight" and ran into a few people:

*Rami Malek - best known for the "Night at the Museum" franchise a very cool guy.
*Chris Noth - best known for "Sex and the City" and an OK guy.
*M.C. Hammer - too legit to quit and an awesome guy!
*James Woods - so many to pick but I like the voice of Hades from the movie "Hercules" and way cool guy!
*Michael Keaton - "Mr. Mom," "Beetlejuice" and the original "Batman" movie ... a nice guy.
*Christopher Lloyd - "Taxi" and "Back to the Future" should be enough ... very quick guy.

Sunday was the big day but also utter chaos ... The Golden Globes!  It was fun to hang out and see many old friends.  The take on pictures was very low this year but there were so many complications with the party I was with.  Still manage some though:

*Brad Garrett - all around funny man and super cool guy!
*Terrence Howard - original Iron Man movie and he was just OK.
*Colin Hanks - best known for the film "Orange County" and really nice guy.
*Keir O'Donnell - I know him from "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" but a very cool guy!
*Josh Brener - from "Silicon Valley" and a very nice guy.
*Kumail Nanjiani - also from "Silicon Valley" and very chill guy.
*Paul Dano - from "Little Miss Sunshine" and way nice guy!
*Elijah Kelley - know him from the film "Red Tails" and a cool guy.

*Dule Hill - I know him best from the TV show "Psych" and really cool guy.
*Ridley Scott - director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," very quiet and nice man.
*Stefani Germanotta - best known as Lady Gaga and incredibly sweet!

At the movies:
The force continues strong for the 4th week in a row ... Still holding on to #1 is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earning another 41.6 million and has now passed 800 million domestic cume.  This is where it may start to slow down and currently looks like it may be shy of 1 billion.  New for a wide-release is The Revenant at #2 earning a solid 38 mil and the award season should carry it to a potential 100 mil cume.  Holding ground at #3 is "Daddy's Home" with an extra 15 mil and has surpassed the 100 mil cume mark.  New at #4 is The Forest with only 13.1 mil and very close to expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Sisters" with another 7.2 mil and doing well for this R-rated comedy.

Quote of the week:
'Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John W. Gardner

Facts & Tips:
The typewriter was invented in Milwaukee, WI in 1867.

"All right, we all need to look into our hearts and go, "Do I think this dude is gonna die in a few years or not?" Is old Leland here gonna fight off a man... who goes by the last name "Reaper," first name "Grim"? Or will this BASE-jumping, crocodile-wrestling, shark-diving, volcano-luging, bear-fighting, snake-wrangling, motocross-racing bastard die?" - Philip Seymour Hoffman as Sandy Lyle in "Along Came Polly."