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.

SSK

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.

Random Thursday

*I hate surprise storms.  I think we can stop with the wind and the snow and the cold.

*I might go to “Gangster Squad” next.  Or “Parker.”  I always enjoy movies with Jason Statham.  But at the same time, J-Lo is in it so I have a real dilemma on my hands.

*I might be alone on this, but I’m tiring of the Ray Lewis act.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Big Jeff in Alvarado.  Without his expertise, trains would be crashing into each other at the Alvarado Exchange on a daily basis.

*I don’t care who wins the Super Bowl.  I’d like for it to be close and have lots of funny commercials.

*Very entertaining game last night between the Wild and the Blackhawks.

Silver Linings Playbook: Reviewed

Good news and bad news concerning my recent trek to see the much ballyhooed “Silver Linings Playbook.”  The good news is that my string of seeing above average movies was extended to six.  The bad news?  It fell short of my high expectations.  Keep in mind that in the last two months I’ve seen “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Flight,” “Django Unchained,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”  A pretty impressive list.

This might be a case of when you see a movie.  After seeing all of those, my standards might have been a little askew.  “Silver Linings Playbook” might have been one of the better movies I’d seen if I had gone to it before the others.  But I didn’t.  And it was “just o.k.”

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro are fantastic in a story about a couple of people battling some mental health problems.  And the movie is centered around the Philadelphia Eagles and their importance in the lives of middle class Philadelphia family.  The movie is equal parts entertaining and predictable.  And while I enjoyed it, I’m really not sure where all the Oscar “buzz” for this movie is coming from.  I left the theater wishing it had been just a little bit better.  I also left the theater wishing I had more Peanut Butter M&M’s.  Those things are awesome.

So anyway, go to this movie.  It’s feel good and harmless all rolled into one.  But keep in mind, all of those other movies mentioned are a better option.

Silver Linings Playbook:  3 out of 5 stars.

Popcorn, Diet Coke, Peanut Butter M&M’s.  They really taste good with the popcorn.  I think it’s some kind of salt and chocolate deal. 

Random Thursday

*Nothing really brings the people of this country together more than a good lip-synching controversy.  It’s really heartwarming, watching people argue for days and days whether Beyonce actually sang at the Inauguration.  I have an idea, why doesn’t somebody just ask her?  Better yet, how about we don’t worry about it?

*In a league that recycles head coaches year after year after year, I wonder why Brian Billick and Herm Edwards haven’t gotten another NFL coaching job.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Hawke from South Bay.  He’s going under the knife and some other surgical tools today and I’m sure he’d welcome the thoughts and prayers of Reggie Tales Nation.  Yes, Reggie Tales Nation.

*My next movie will be “Silver Linings Playbook.”  I’m on an unprecedented string of seeing great movies.  And I fully expect it to continue.

*People say the cold “keeps the riff raff out.”  Well, I think they’re gone now.

*My good friend Bokko sent me this text this morning:  What’s the ruling on getting a new toothbrush after you are sick?  Doesn’t that make sense?  He asked that I open it up to the readers for discussion.

*On an unrelated note, I’m worried about my good friend Bokko.

Zero Dark Thirty: Reviewed

“Zero Dark Thirty” is the story depicting the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden by United States forces.  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, (The Hurt Locker) the debate over just how accurate “Zero Dark Thirty” is will go on for a long time.  But even if it’s only half true, it’s still an unbelievable story.  And an even better movie.

The heart pounding picks up shortly after the events of September 11, 2001.  The film depicts the sometimes not so glamorous world of trying to procure information from detainees.  I will leave the methods used for historians to debate.  If the movie is accurate, they seemed pretty useful.

Bigelow’s use of extremely tight camera shots to heighten your anxiety is incredible.  And Jessica Chastain as the lead CIA agent is award worthy for sure.

I’ve seen so many good movies in the last couple of months I can’t even keep them straight.  “Argo” is still probably my favorite.  Then it might be a toss-up between “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

“ZDT” is a great movie.  Incredible movie making skills and scenery.  It feels like a real look at the world of espionage and intelligence.

Zero Dark Thirty

4 out of 5 stars

Popcorn, Diet Coke, and M&M’s.

Random Thursday: Manti Te’o Edition

*Well…this might be the craziest story I’ve ever heard.  And my guess is we’ve only uncovered about 10% of the truth.

*So, for three years, Manti never actually met, in person, his girlfriend?  And he never once Skyped or iChatted with her?

*And he never went to her funeral?

*I think for me, the most interesting part of the story at this point is that Notre Dame has chosen to firmly stand behind Te’o.  They’ve had three weeks to investigate his version.  If it ends up Te’o is lying, Notre Dame is going to have a very difficult time circling the wagons.

*One thing is for certain, and I’m not even joking here, the book and movie are going to be fabulous.  It’s early, but I’m thinking Mario Lopez as Manti Te’o:

 

 

 

 

 

*And I leave you with this:  Even though Manti Te’o's girlfriend doesn’t exist, Brent Musburger still thinks she’s good looking.

*Ps…Reggie Tales shout out to Rudy in South Bend.

Warren Johnson

We lost one of the good guys this week. Warren Johnson, a long time Grand Forks lawyer in the States Attorney’s Office, died on Sunday. He was 73.
I met Warren twenty years ago when I first moved to Grand Forks. And he was one of those guys you liked to cross paths with because he was the happiest guy in the room. He seemingly always had a twinkle in his eye and a beer mug in his hand. And you would have never guessed he was a lawyer because he rarely spoke about it, even though he was a darn good one.
His love of UND sports was legendary. He once had his head painted green and white to resemble a basketball when the North Dakota women’s team made it to the Nationals. And in his spare time, he was a high school football referee.
I will miss his smile and his positive attitude along with his hearty laugh.
Warren Johnson was good people.