Random Thursday

*When talking about movies, why do people sometime say, “I liked the book better.”?  Ok…I get it…you read books.  I go to movies.

*Reggie Tales shout out to the good people at The Tavern.

*Reggie Tales bonus shout out to Jared in Neche.

*Lots of Internet buzz about Out of Work Hockey Guy’s movie review yesterday.  The words most often used are “brutally honest.”  Other words tossed around were “bizarre” and “interesting”.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Reviewed by OWHG

Editor’s note:  Out of Work Hockey Guy has had some spare time on his hands.  That, coupled with his love of movies, moved him to write a guest blog for The Tales.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received his review a day ahead of schedule.  What appears below, is real.  Enjoy.

First off, I am honored and flattered about the opportunity to be a
guest blogger for The Tales. Seeing how this came after only
commenting twice on The Tales, I feel like a young Vince Papale,
plucked from obscurity to the Prime time. Enough of that shrimp
cocktail, now onto the iceberg wedge of this five course blog.

“Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming of age movie about a
freshman starting high school in the early 1990’s. I think we all can
agree that those were the days. The movie stars some relative unknowns
so I wont get into the full cast but the lead of “Charlie” is played
by Logan Lermin and the role of “Sam” is played by Emma Watson who
played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. I’d like to point
out Emma Watson has aged wonderfully, and by that I mean I like her looks.
Paul Rudd also makes a cameo.

Seabass and broccolini: So I hear you at home, “But OWHG, why do I need
to watch a ‘coming of age’ high school movie sandwiched between Emilio
Estevez duct taping a nerds butt and Stifler’s mom sleeping with
Finch?”  Because it’s not that type of film you Load. Gone are the
hokey pranks laid out in the John Hughes era and the toilet humor of
the American Pie series. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved both of those
genres, but “Perks” gives a fresh take on the trials of high school for
a kid who might not belong.

Cheescake summary: Movie is legit. I personally liked it more than
“Silver Lining Playbook.”  That might ruffle some feathers but I’m a
Lions fan, so screw it. Well directed and acted, kept me guessing the whole time and not at all what I expected going into it. So, if you prefer
the endings to “Zero Dark 30” or “Lincoln,” this might be the one for

Cocktail wrap-up: on a scale of 1 to 5, “Multiplicity” being 0 and “Bill
and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” being 5:  4.5
Snack recommendation for home viewing: a few casual Coors Lights and Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream Ruffles.

Big Day Tomorrow On The Tales

Recently, my other job has been requiring more of my attention than normal.  Sensing my stress level rising, Summer Sidekick volunteered to write a guest blog for The Tales.  You will recall SSK shredded “Gangster Squad” to pieces.

Now, Out of Work Hockey Guy has arisen from his slumber and has thrown his hat into the ring.  He has volunteered (volunteered = unpaid) to write a review of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”  I’ve never actually heard of the movie and I hope this isn’t some elaborate hoax he’s concocted during his time off.  OWHG movie tastes range from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” to “Les Miserables.”  So, suffice it to say, this should be interesting.  OWHG works in the West Coast office of The Tales, so if he submits his work by noon Central tomorrow, let’s consider it an upset.

Random Thursday

*I hear a storm is going to hit near Omaha and the lower Midwest.

*I keep one eye on the Minnesota Gophers basketball team.  How could a team with so much alleged talent be so mediocre?

*I hope we skip this Monday’s blizzard.  I fear the local newspaper is running out of names.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Richy in Felton.

*My Roomba knows seven languages.  I’m not making that up.  My favorite is when it speaks German to me.  It sounds mad.

*I think I’ve seen every movie I intended to see for the time being.  And even a couple I didn’t intend to see.  I actually went to a movie called “Mama” recently.  It is the first “scary” movie I’ve gone to since “Misery.”  Remember when Kathy Bates hobbled that one guy?  That was scary.


Side Effects: Reviewed

The other night I went to a movie I knew absolutely nothing about nor had ever heard of.  Sometimes I do that.  It’s pretty hard to be disappointed if you don’t have any expectations.  Well, I did have one expectation.  I expected my invention of combing popcorn and Peanut Butter M&Ms to taste really good. Mission accomplished.

Anyways, I went to “Side Effects.”  Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones are in it.  So is Channing Tatum.  Or is Tatum Channing?  I can never remember.  Whatever, he didn’t need to learn very many lines because he’s not in it very long (spoiler alert.)  Maybe I should have put the spoiler alert at the beginning of the sentence.  I will let history decide that.

Anywho, I loved this movie.  It’s gripping, smart, moving and plausible.  I guess I don’t know a lot about Jude Law but he was enjoyable as a psychiatrist caught in the middle of some shenanigans.

If you need car crashes, explosions, and chase scenes, skip this movie.  If you want a witty film where you find yourself trying to figure out the “end game,” check it out.  Definitely worth it.

Side Effects 3 out of 5 stars

Diet Coke, Popcorn, Peanut M&Ms

Random Thursday

*Happy Thursday!

*Rain Man and Mrs. Rain Man went to “Identity Theft” last night and they loved it.  “Identity Theft is a must see movie,” said Rain Man.  He continued, “It’s a 4 Skittle kind of a movie…that good.”  Keep in mind that the Rain People thought “Ted” was waaaay funnier than it really was.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Ron at the North End.

*I’m probably going to do a surprise movie review tomorrow.

*I’m fixin’ on going to George Strait on Saturday night with the Good Doctor, Hot Dog John: Straight outta Fosston, and his baby brother.  Should be fun.  I reckon I won’t wear a cowboy hat.


Random Thursday

*Multiplicity with Michael Keaton…one of the worst movies of all time.

*My new favorite television show:  Tattoo Nightmares.  It’s a reality show where tattoo artists in Los Angeles “repair” really bad/inappropriate/aggressive tattoos.  Sheer genius.

*I might have misunderstood, but did the Minnesota Wild trade for Lindy Ruff?  I question that move.

*Lot of buzz yesterday with Summer Sidekick’s scalding review of “Gangster Squad.”  SSK really took a blowtorch to that place.  And “.25 stars?”  Historians will love that.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Jeanette at Valley Dairy.

*A lot of people wondering if I want to become the next mayor of Stephen, since they’ve been without one since November.  I’m willing to listen.  Especially if the kickbacks are lucrative.


Summer Sidekick Reviews “Gangster Squad”

*Editor’s note:  Today’s installment of Reggie Tales is brought to you by first time blogger, Summer Sidekick.  The Tales Home Office appreciates his effort.  Future guest bloggers are being considered and some have been contacted.  Enjoy.

Well, a special thanks to the “Tales” allowing a first ever guest blogger.  Monday night I decided to go check out “Gangster Squad” starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.  The movie theater was quiet because of the snow storm.  I was fairly certain I was going to have the place to myself, when three minutes before the movie started, I swear it was either Santa or his doppelganger sitting directly across the aisle from me.  After looking around to see if this was a gag, I said “whatever” and settled into my spot with a half Diet Coke, half Cherry Coke and Peanut M&Ms.  Anyways, on to the movie.

This movie was to be released this past summer, but due to the Denver movie theater shootings, it was pushed back until this winter.  The basis of the movie is Mickey Cohen is a Jewish gangster that muscled his way to the top of Italian organized crime in Los Angeles.  The LAPD is a very corrupt unit during this period and the Chief puts together a group of misfit honest cops who are looking to bring justice to LA and make a difference for their families’ future.

Knowing this, I thought it sounded like it might be a cool movie with some actors I respect/enjoy watching.  To say I was disappointed would not be blog worthy.  I was downright mad at losing two hours of my life that I can not get back.  I have watched hundreds and hundreds of movies in my time, many of which would be classified as “B” movies, cult classics, and others that are just not that good but this ranks in my top 7 worst.

I don’t want to ruin this movie for everybody as some people might actually like it or want to see it still, but I have a few brief things I’d like to touch on.

*Ryan Gosling- Plays a womanizing war vet but the whole movie it sounds like he has the voice of a six year old girl.  It was really annoying and I couldn’t take him seriously.

*Josh Brolin- Was OK. That’s it.

*Sean Penn- To much makeup on, character looked and acted like a character out of Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty.

*Emma Stone- Where do I start with this girl?  In my humble opinion she brings nothing to any movie she is in.  I don’t get her movie cred, just flat lines any scene in the movie. I know people really liked her in “The Help”  and “Easy A,” but I’m sure all “Tales” readers have that one actor/actress they just don’t like and she’s mine.

I wanted this movie to be better because it is a period in LA history which I find interesting. I really enjoyed “LA Confidential,”  “Black Dhalia,” and “Changling.”  All those movies are in the same time genre and I just thought it was too cartoonish.

Well, thanks again “Tales” readers for reading my movie review, and Reg, keep up the good work.


Movie: .25 star out of 5 stars
Pop and Peanut M&Ms 5 out of 5

Guest Blogger Tomorrow

You won’t want to miss tomorrow’s edition of The Tales.  In a first for us, we will be having a guest blogger.  He’s one of the regular Tales characters and he’s going to be tackling a review of “The Gangster Squad” with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

This opportunity for the guest blogger has arisen from a perfect storm of me being “too busy” with my real job and tomorrow’s guest having some “spare time” on his hands.  It should be interesting.