Random Thursday

*I’m surprised at the Oscar snubs of Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino.

*With Minnesota out of the playoff picture, I think I’m going to throw my support behind Peyton Manning, Chris Kuper and the Denver Broncos.  Good to see Kuper back in the lineup.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Justin at Judy’s World Famous Tavern.

*The Minnesota and UND hockey series next weekend in Minneapolis is going to be a good one.

*If you like a good television story like I like a good television story, you won’t want to miss TV’s David Schwab’s story tonight about a 102 year old Grafton woman who happens to be a bowling phenom.  You can also check it out on wdaz.com later tonight.

*Bonus shout out to the great people at Amazing Grains.  If you haven’t had soup or a sandwich from AG, you’re missing out.

*I bought new tires for my vehicle at Wal-Mart this week.  I could write a sitcom based on the experience.  And I could easily get eight episodes out of it.

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.)

The Town: Reviewed. Finally.

I finally got around to watching “The Town” starring Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm.  Hamm (of Mad Men fame) plays an FBI agent trying to track down Affleck and his gang of bank robbers in a very, very entertaining movie based on the gritty neighborhood of Charlestown near Boston.  Affleck directed the movie and if there is anything he knows well it’s all things Boston-related.  You get a very good feel of the closeness of the community, and the “way things are.”  I think it’s his best work since, well, “Good Will Hunting.”  And that was a long time ago.

If I had known this movie was going to be this good, I would have made a much better effort to see it in a more timely fashion.  As it were, I rented it for $1 at Hugo’s from one of those machines that looks like a Red Box but isn’t.  In fact, there is a crudely-made sign on it that reads, “This is not a Red Box.”

It seems as if the majority of the movie was shot in or near Boston, which is very cool.  Especially the scenes at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox.  Not to be confused with Red Box.

My house.  42-Inch Panasonic.

No treats.

Review:  4 out of 5 stars.

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