Random Thursday

*The Baltimore Orioles now have Lew Ford, JJ Hardy, Alexi Casilla, and Danny Valencia, all ex-Twins.

*I miss the Bronze Boot.

*Reggie Tales shout to Doc Litin in Olmsted County.

*Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are better quarterbacks than Christian Ponder.

*I wonder why I only play Powerball when it reaches record levels?  Why don’t I play it when it’s $20 million?

Lincoln: Reviewed

My string of seeing very good movies continued recently when I went to “Lincoln.”  Steven Spielberg directs a gigantic cast in this sprawling history lesson centered around the 13th Amendment.

Lincoln fans, history buffs, and people who enjoy high quality movie making will love this flick.  I think I’m a little of each.  Granted, I’m not a great Lincoln “mind,” and Spielberg might have taken liberties that I’m not aware of, I still found it to be a fascinating history lesson.

To be honest, I have no idea who the guy was that played Lincoln.  But he was very good.  Sally Field plays Mrs. Lincoln.  Apparently Mrs. Lincoln was not shy when voicing her opinion to Abe.  The rest of the cast is huge.  And filled with dozens of great character actors.

So if you’re scoring at home, and wouldn’t that be weird if you were, I rank the last three movies as such:

1.  Argo

2.  Lincoln

3.  Flight

Come awards time, Ben Affleck and Spielberg are going to have a battle for best movie and director.

Lincoln

4 out of 5 stars

Popcorn, 3/4 Red Powerade and 1/4 Sprite.

A man of about 65 years sat behind me and was wearing a healthy dose of Brut 33.  But he didn’t talk or doing anything weird so I gave him a pass.

Think Toys for Tots on Black Friday

We try not to get too preachy here at The Tales, but we’d like you to consider purchasing just one extra toy when you’re doing your Black Friday shopping.  Then swing on by WDAZ-TV at 2220 South Washington Street in Grand Forks and drop off your unwrapped toy.

People, the truck is a 26 footer.  It’s three times larger than last year’s truck.  We need help!

Toys for Tots

WDAZ-TV and Whalen’s Moving and Storage have once again joined forces to help the Toys For Tots program! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the truck during the next two weeks and help a child who might otherwise go without this Christmas Season!

This is our second year being involved in the program, and if last year is any indication, it’s going to be huge.  Whalen’s has loaned us a truck that is three times larger than last year.

And we intend to fill it.  With your help!

Random Thursday

*I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  Stuck On You is one of the most underrated movies ever.  Also making the list, Shallow Hal and Mr. Deeds.

*Belated birthday wishes to Blonde Daughter.  She doesn’t like a lot of notoriety like Red Sox Daughter and CJ.

*Slap Shot Pizza.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Adam in DL.

 

CJ and Groomer #7

                        CJ reflects on Groomer #7 late Tuesday night.

Long time readers of The Tales have followed the trials and tribulations of CJ the Dog.  If you haven’t,  the Cliff Notes version is that CJ doesn’t like getting his hair cut.  He also doesn’t like the mailman or anyone else that walks, bikes, or drives past our house.  And he doesn’t like anyone touching any of his stuff.  Stripes reference.  But I digress.

So for various reasons, we made our way to an appointment with Groomer #7 on Monday.  Groomer #7 is a nice lady who does dog grooming in her home.

In less than five seconds of meeting this nice lady, CJ tried to bite her.  Keep in mind, we were in her house.  Undeterred, she asked if I would pick him up and hand him to her.  In my mind I thought, “Please don’t bite me.  Please don’t bite me.”  I figured that would look really bad if he bit me, and thus harm our chances of a haircut.

But then some divine intervention took over, and as CJ wiggled around in her arms, he had a look in his eyes that he finally realized we were running out of dog groomers in the phone book.  And with that, they descended the stairs and she told me to come back in two hours.

The longest two hours of my life.  Except for the time I sat through “Joe Vs. the Volcano.”

Anyways, when I picked him up Groomer #7 said he had been a perfect little gentleman and said we could come back in three months.

As God is my witness, I tipped that woman more than I’ve ever tipped my own hair groomers.  But to my credit, I’ve never tried to bite any of them.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.

Dick Stockton

I can only assume that Dick Stockton is a nice man.  He seems friendly enough.  And I know he’s done play by play on many big time sporting events as a broadcaster.

But following the Vikings/Lions game on Sunday, I think he might want to consider retiring.  In fact, I’m surprised that FOX hasn’t made that decision for him.

I’m not sure what was more alarming:  his lack of knowledge of basic rules or his inability to remember who was playing and who was winning the game at any given time.  He seemed lost, and when he realized he’d made a mistake, he concocted back stories to try cover his tracks.  At times it was embarrassing.

At least the Vikings won.  I think.

 

Random Thursday

*CJ is trying a new dog groomer on Monday.  I’m requesting everyone’s thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

*The Vikings will finish the season 7-9.

*While I’m not a fan of election campaigns and the television commercials, I do love Election Night.

*The Minnesota Timberwolves are 3-1.  I’m not sure but I think that equals their win total from last year.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Shawn the Insurance Guy.

 

Flight: Reviewed

I went to see the Denzel Washington movie, “Flight,” this weekend.  And, if I hadn’t just seen “Argo,” I would be proclaiming “Flight” as the best movie I’ve seen in years.  But it will have to settle for being the second best movie I’ve seen in years.

Washington probably places himself in Academy Award conversations with his portrayal of a talented but troubled airline pilot.  In fact, his scene piloting a commercial aircraft at the beginning of the movie is so realistic that those of you who are afraid to fly might want to skip the first ten minutes or so.  The word that comes to mind is gripping.  There are some impressive movie making skills portrayed early on.

I won’t bore you with the details, but this film takes several turns throughout and some of the subject matter is so intense that it sometimes is even humorous.

On a side note, I don’t recall ever being at a movie where more people in the audience “talked back” to the screen.  Included in that group, but not limited to, was the guy two rows behind me who felt it was his job to add narration for the other 300 people in the theater.  And it wasn’t even insightful narration.  It was unnecessary narration.  For instance, at one point, Washington is unscrewing the cap from a bottle of vodka.  It is a very pivotal point in the movie.  The theater was dead silent, when Mr. Narrator Guy announced, “He got it open!”

Anyway, it’s a very good movie.  It carries an ‘R’ rating most likely due to a ton of alcohol and drug use.

Flight

4 out of 5 stars.

Medium popcorn and a large Fruit Punch Gatorade and Sprite Combo.

 

Argo: Reviewed

I finally went to see “Argo” the other night, and, it was worth the wait.  In fact, it’s probably the best movie I’ve seen in the last three or four years.

Based on a true story resulting from the American hostage situation in Iran in 1979, Ben Affleck’s ability for storytelling has most likely ascended to the ranks of Academy Award status.

This movie features the best fifteen minute opening sequence since “Saving Private Ryan.”  And the final fifteen minutes are just as riveting.  In between is movie gold.  It’s one of those movies you hope never ends.

Affleck directs and stars, and Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin are sensational.

Run, don’t walk, to see this film.

Argo:  4.5 out of 5

Carmike Theater

Popcorn, Diet Coke, Chocolate Covered Almonds (Don’t judge me.  The lady did a masterful job of upselling me on some kind of combo deal.)