From the Mind of Mac D

  • The Tragedy In Holt

    Posted by Mac D

    Last night at around 2 AM, Five high school students from Holt where involved in a single car crash.  Two have died and three have been taken to a local hospital and there is no information on their condition.  Police are unsure what caused the accident but think that alcohol could be a factor. 

    My thoughts and prayers go out to those involved in this terrible tragedy and I pray for the safety for the person who is currently in the hospital.  As a Holt alumnus I can only imagine how hard this is going to affect Holt High School.  This is when we band together to help each other stay sane and stay strong. 

    Here is the story from the Lansing State Journal

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 1/28/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    Welcome to another weekend movie guide.  This week we see TONS of Oscar nominated films either released or re released.  Lets get into it.  

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, January 21th, 2011
    The Mechanic - Rated R

    The Mechanic
    A hitman (Jason Statham) is teaching an apprentice (Ben Foster) the ways of killing people and is also out for revenge.  I could go the “I already saw this one” route.  I could crap all over this.  But I won’t.  Why?  Because whatever action film Jason Statham finds himself in he makes it work.  The plot could be ridiculous, action could be less then realistic, but Jason Statham makes the movie worthwhile.  Add in rising star Ben Foster and I have a hard time thinking this will be bad.

    Verdict - Lets just hope there is not any ridiculous car stunts and I will be all set.

    The Rite - Rated PG-13

    The Rite
    A young priest (Colin O’Donoghue) is disillusioned but must learn to carry out exorcisms.  That might include having to get a demon out of Anthony Hopkins.  Anthony Hopkins is the only reason I would even look at this movie twice.  I still do not have much faith in this movie.

    Verdict - A demon possessed Anthony Hopkins isn’t enough to draw me in

    These films were released in a limited release that will see a release in Lansing on January 28, 2011

    Rabbit Hole - PG-13

    Rabbit Hole
    A Couple’s (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) life is turned upside down after loosing their young son.  Word of mouth is good.  Nicole Kidman is so good in this movie that she nabbed an Oscar Nomination for Best Actress.  I am very curious about Aaron Eckhart and if he can match Kidman.  I think Two-Face can pull it off

    Verdict - I will need to bring some tissues when I go

    Blue Valentine - Rated R

    Blue Valentine
    This is a movie about a couple (Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams) as they hook up, get married, and then their marriage dissolves. But their story is not told in a linear fashion.  Blue Valentine is a lot like Rabbit Hole.  Its getting released in more theatres because the Female Lead (Michele Williams) is up for Best Actress.  The non-linear aspect of the story intrigues me but I want to watch Aaron Eckhart more.

    Verdict - Might not see this right away but will definitely see this at some point


    Three movies are seeing re-releases this week due to the Oscar push.  

    They are
    The Social Network – Rated PG-13, Inception – Rated PG-13, 127 Hours – Rated R


    The Social Network has been back in theatres for a while but after the Oscar nominations came out I suspect it will get a full re-release.  127 Hours is getting a wide release to get behind James Franco for Best Actor.  Inception is being shown in Lansing this week but I am not sure how long it will be in theatres.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. No String Attached - Rated R
    2. Green Hornet  - Rated PG-13
    3. The Dilemma - Rated PG-13
    3. The King’s Speech - Rated R
    5. True Grit - Rated PG-13

    Nothing too surprising this week.  Critics have not been kind to No Strings Attached but that doesn’t mean it wont make money.  I am interested to see how the Oscars will shape the box office next week as a lot of nominated movies are in theatres right now.

    Still In Theatres
    Black Swan -Rated R, Country Strong Rated - PG-13, Gulliver’s Travels - Rated PG, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 - Rated PG-13, Tangled - Rated PG, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Rated PG, The Fighter - Rated R, The King’s Speech- Rated R, The Social Network - Rated PG-13, The Tourist - Rated PG-13, Yogi Bear - Rated PG

    These are the movies released on DVD the week of January 18, 2010

    RED - PG-13

    RED
    Old people kicking ass comes to DVD.  I have heard nothing but good things and there already is sequel buzz.

    Secretariat - Rated PG

    Secretariat
    This is the heart warming story of a horse and a boy . . .er a woman and her attempt to win the triple crown.  Diane Lane makes this worth watching.

    Glee Season 2 Volume 1

    Glee Season 2 Volume 1

    For all you Gleeks out there, Glee is back on DVD.  If you dont know what a Gleek is, pick this up because your girlfriend knows what I am talking about.

    Next week another great Horror movie comes to DVD, we see the release of Single White Female Redux, and James Cameron takes us into the ground.  I have to get my security blanket ready for that one.  

  • Oscars are back

    Posted by Mac D

    The Oscars Nominations were released Tuesday morning.  Lets look at the Five big Catagories.

    Actor in a Leading Role

    Javier Bardem for “Biutiful”

    Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”

    Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”

    Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

    James Franco for “127 Hours”

     

    Who I want to win: James Franco for “127 Hours”

    Who will win: Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

     

    While it would be great if Jesse Eisenberg or James Franco won here, it will be Colin Firth because lets face it, this guy is winning everything.

     

    Actor in a Supporting Role

    Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

    John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”

    Jeremy Renner for “The Town”

    Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right”

    Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”

     

    Who I want to win: Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

    Who will win: BATMAN

     

    Out of all the nominees, Christian Bales performance in “The Fighter” was the most talked about.  I could see Geoffrey Rush winning here also just because he is good in everything.

     

    Actress in a Leading Role

    Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right”

    Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”

    Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”

    Natallie Portman for “Black Swan”

    Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

     

    Who I want to win: Natallie Portman for “Black Swan”

    Who will win: Portman  I think.  I guess

     

    As much as I loved Black Swan, I think it had more to do with Daren Aronofsky’s direction the Portman.  But Natallie did a great job.  I am just not confident that she will beat out Nicole Kidman or Michelle Williams.  We will find out. 

     

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Amy Adams for "The Fighter"
    Helena Bonham Carter for "The King's Speech"
    Melissa Leo for "The Fighter"
    Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit"
    Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom"

     

    Who I want to win: Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”

    Who will win: Crap I can decide.

     

    Not really sure what is going to happen here so I am going for the girl from True Grit.  She helped make that film better then average

     

    Best Picture

    Black Swan
    The Fighter
    Inception
    The Kids Are All Right
    The King's Speech
    127 Hours
    The Social Network
    Toy Story 3

    True Grit

    Winter's Bone

     

    Who I want to win: Black Swan

    Who will win: The King’s Speech

     

    Black Swan barely beats out Inception as my pick for best picture but it doesn’t matter.  I have a feeling The King’s Speech is going to win a ton of golden men.  Note that Toy Story 3 is the third animated movie to be nominated for best picture.  Last time this happened was for UP.

     

    The Rest

    Best Original Score

    TRENT REZNOR and Atticus Ross for The Social Network.  Is there any way we can have a Nine Inch Nails show at the Oscars?  I would watch the award show for his acceptance speech alone.

    Best Director

    There is a lot of buzz going that Christopher Nolan was snubbed for Inception in the category but really he has to get by Darren Aronfosky’s Black Swan and I don’t think Chris can win that fight.

     

    The full list of Nominees are found here

     

    Credit – Oscars.com

     

     

     

  • The Final Trailer For Scream 4

    Posted by Mac D

    Here is the final trailer for Scream 4.

    Movie looks good and this is director Wes Craven’s last chance in my book as none of his movies since the original Scream hold a candle to the terror he created in the 80’s.  On a more local note I will support this movie because this is the biggest movie completely shot in Michigan to be released up to this point.  The movie was filmed in and around Ann Arbor.  It will be released to theatres on 4/15/2011

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 1/21/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    Lets get ready for another great week of movies.  This week Ashton Kutcher is having sex with Natalie Portman, Ryan Reynolds acts in a box, and another Paul Walker movie makes me vomit.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, January 21th, 2011

    No String Attached Rated R

    No Strings Attached

    Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher want to be sex buddies.  Cary Elwes co-stars.  Normally I would say NEXT! and not bat an eye.  But two things intrigue me about this movie.  1. Natalie Portman is staring.  This doesn’t seem like her kind of film.  Why did she do it?  Does she need a paycheck that badly?  Probably not.  2. Director Ivan Reitman.  Yes the guy who directed Ghostbusters and Twins.  I have seen his later work (2001’s Evolution and 2006’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend).  While not as good as the stuff from the 80’s it was enjoyable.

    Verdict - This is one of those romantic comedies where if the girlfriend makes me I will go willingly.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Green Hornet  Rated PG-13
    2. The Dilemma Rated PG-13
    3. True Grit Rated PG-13
    3. The King’s Speech Rated R
    5. Black Swan Rated R

    I figured that between the movies released last week (Green Hornet and The Dilemma) that one of them would be the #1 movie of the week but I am surprised they went 1 and 2.  I will be honest.  I thought either The Dilemma or Green Hornet would bomb.  True Grit comes in at 3 and I think will continue to hang around for a bit longer.  4 and 5 are award winning movies gaining steam on the road to Oscars.  I recommend Black Swan.  It is the best movie I have seen in a long time.

    Still In Theatres
    Country Strong Rated PG-13, Gulliver’s Travels Rated PG, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 Rated PG-13, How Do You Know Rated PG-13, Tangled Rated PG, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Rated PG, The Fighter Rated R, The King’s Speech  Rated R, The Social Network Rated PG-13, The Tourist Rated PG-13,
    Yogi Bear Rated PG

    These are the movies released on DVD the week of January 18, 2010
    Takers Rated PG-13

    Takers
    Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen are in a heist film.  I think its like Danny DeVito playing in the X-Men movie.  I think I just threw up in my mouth.

    Buried Rated R

    Buried
    Ryan Reynolds is stuck in a box.  This is one of the better reviewed horror movies of 2010 but I worry that we have missed out on some of the atmosphere that the theatre creates.

    Justified Season One

    Justified: Season One

     

    When this series came out I thought that TImothy Olyphant would make a terrible bad ass.  Boy was I wrong.  This series was good for the first couple of episodes but got great towards the middle of season 1.  Bring on Season 2

    Next week Jason Statham returns playing the same character he has played for years, Anthony Hopkins might save a poor horror film, and old people with guns comes to DVD.  Now if you excuse me I have to go find a way to get Danny DeVito out of my head.

  • What Rich Rod Does With His Old Clothes

    Posted by Mac D

    One of the things you have to think about when your fired is “What am I going to do with my Uniform?”  You could use it as rags, wear it to spite someone, throw it away, bury it in your closet, give it to some co-workers that still work there, or do what I do; burn it in a bone fire while you dance around the fire naked.  

    When Michigan fired head football coach Rich Rodriquez it makes you wonder; would he really burn all of his Michigan clothes and dance around them naked?  That’s both dangerous and disgusting.  But Rich Rod did another thing people do with the uniforms when they get fired from a job; He gave all his clothes to Salvation Army

    Rich Rod went to a Salvation Army, halfway between Ann Arbor and Detroit, and said “here are all my clothes have fun”. The Salvation Army decided to auction off a lot of his items off in a sale.  Tons of people showed up and the Salvation Army netted $13,000 for their troubles.   Not bad but since it is Michigan clothing I would have opted for the large bond fire.

    Michigan Auction

    Credit – FoxSportsDetroit.com 

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 1/14/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    It’s another weekend Holiday.  Well at lest some of you have a three-day weekend.  This week two movies are in theatres that make me wonder and one of the best reviewed movies of 2010 hits DVD.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, January 14th, 2011

    The Green Hornet Rated PG-13

    The Green Hornet

    Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) is a playboy slacker whose father (Tom Wilkinson) died of a bee sting.  So Reid and his fathers mechanic/coffee maker Kato (Jay Chou) end up stopping a mugging at Britts’ fathers grave.  Thus begins the legend of the Green Hornet.  Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) plays a gangster.  After 30 minutes on researching on the internet  I could not confirm that was the actual origin but it sounds like something at 40’s radio would do.  This movie has a gigantic measuring stick as the 1960’s Green Hornet TV show launched the career of Bruce Lee.  I think the comedy could play right but the trailers make the movie seem too goofy.  Director Michel Gondry did do Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but that wasn’t an action comedy.

     

    Verdict – This may be a train wreck but what a glorious train wreck it will be.  Sign me up.

    The Dilemma Rated PG-13

    The Dilemma

    Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaugh and Kevin James) are best bud’s in Chicago.  One day Ronny catches Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) with another man. Should Ronny tell Nick or keep it to him self until after a big presentation.  It’s a Dilemma.  At first look, The Dilemma looks like a mediocre buddy movie.  Then I find out that Ron Howard directs it.  This is Howard’s first comedy since edTV.  That alone peeks my interest beyond measurement.  Ron Howard is directing Vince Vaughn.  This should be watch able.

     

    Verdict – If your going time me running to the theatre to see The Dilemma you might as well get a calendar but I will see this movie.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country

    #1 - True Grit - Rated PG-13

    #2 - Little Fockers – Rated PG-13

    #3 - Season of the Witch - Rated PG-13

    #4 - TRON Legacy - Rated PG

    #5 - Black Swan - Rated R

    4 of the top 5 were released in December (odd man out is the debuting Season Of The Witch).  For some reason Little Fockers keeps on hanging in the top 3.  Can it really be that bad if it is making this much money?  I full expect Tron to drop off next week and either Black Swan or Season of the Witch to follow suit.  Green Hornet and The Dilemma will make in the top 5.  But how high is yet to be seen.

    Still In theatres

    Country Strong - Rated PG-13, Gulliver’s Travels - Rated PG, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 - Rated PG-13, How Do You Know - Rated PG-13, Tangled - Rated PG, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Rated PG, The Fighter - Rated R, The King’s Speech - Rated R, The Social Network - Rated PG-13, The Tourist - Rated PG-13, Yogi Bear - Rated PG

    Lets see what you can enjoy on your couch.

    These are the movies released on DVD the week of January 11, 2010

    The Social Network - Rated PG-13

    The Social Network
    The best reviewed movie of 2010 heads home.  This is the Facebook movie.  Now I usually get a little nervious when a film has to promote its self as the best reviewed movie over and over again but I have been sold on this one for a long time. Yes I am aware the Social Network is being released on DVD and I am also saying it is in theatres right now.  This film got a re release to make an oscar push.

    Piranha 3D - Rated R

    Piranha 3D

    An award winner I think not.  Every one I spoke to that saw it loved it.  Its one of those horror movies where no critics liked it but it’s a fun, scary way to kill 90 minutes.

     

    Next week Ryan Reynolds gets buried, perhaps we get to see Ben Affleck again, and find out how to be sex buddies with Natalie Portman.  But you will have to defeat me in a battle to the death for title of Natalie Portman’s sex buddy. 

  • And Now A Message From The Little Sisters Of The Poor

    Posted by Mac D

    I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools.  We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.” –Gordon Gee The Ohio State University President.

    Gee said this in November. By knocking schools like TCU and Boise State.  Gee believed they should be out of BCS title talk because of their lack of strength in schedule.  He thought he was making a great point.  We get it Gordon.  The BCS is flawed and might need some fine tuning.   I am not hear to debate that fact.  However because Gee decided to be kind of a jerk TCU took his comments to heart.  Somebody who really likes TCU decieded to put this 20 electronic billboards around Columbus.

    Little Sisters Of The Poor

    Nice.  I can hear the cries of the Buckeyes from up here.  It’s like some magical symphony that I will never get tired of.

    Credit - Rivals.com from Yahoo Sports   

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 1/7/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    Happy New Year everybody!  We start the year off right with Nicholas Cage in a fantasy movie.  Wait that is a bad omen for the year.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, January 7th, 2011

    Season of the Witch - Rated PG-13

    Season Of The Witch

    Nichoals Cage and Ron Pearlman return home from the Crusades and find the Black Plague has made an appearance.  Because it’s the dark ages a witch did it, so Pearlman and Cage have to take her to some monks to remove the curse.  Ron Pearlman in a fantasy movie?  Sign me up for that.  The director, Domic Sena, has Gone in 60 Seconds and Swordfish on his resume.  So I am mildly excited.  But I see Nicholas Cage either bringing the entire movie down or holding its head above drowning.  Fantasy Movies do not do well at the box office so I bet some one thinks Nicholas Cage can bring em to the theatres.


    Verdict – I will skip this and just go re watch the Lord Of The Rings.

    Country Strong - Rated PG-13

    Country Strong

    Gwyneth Paltrow is a country singer with a drug problem.  (I think it’s a drug problem).  He heads back on the road with her husband Tim McGraw.  Opening for her is a beauty queen turned singer (Leighton Meester) and some dude they found in a bar (Garrett Hedlund).  While on the road there are love triangles and life epiphanies.  Country Strong is one of those movies that is doing everything possible not to cater to my age or demographic. Critics haven’t liked it yet but I have a feeling that good or bad Country Strong is going to bring people out of the wood work to see it.  It will make money and maybee some awards and kick start the careers of Hedlund and Meester. 

     

    Verdict - I thought country strong is the kind of strength that Sly Stalone had in Rocky 5.  Since this is not true I will be avoiding this.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country

    #1 - Little FockersRated PG-13

    #2 - True Grit - Rated PG-13

    #3 - TRON Legacy - Rated PG

    #4 - Yogi Bear - Rated PG

    #5 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Rated PG

    Another mildy surprising week as the top 3 movies don’t switch spots and Yogi and Narnia do switch.  The weird thing is I do think we will see much a shift next week as I have a hard time believing Season of the Witch will unseat Fockers or True Grit.  Country Strong on the other hand will go #1.  People will see that movie

    Still In theatres

    Black Swan - Rated R, Gulliver’s Travels - Rated PG, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 - Rated PG-13, How Do You Know - Rated PG-13, Love and Other Drugs - Rated R, Tangled - Rated PG, The Fighter - Rated R, The King’s Speech - Rated R, The Social Network - Rated PG-13, The Tourist - Rated PG-13

    So lets stay at home and get a pizza

    These are the movies released on DVD the week of December 28, 2010

    Dinner for Schmucks - Rated PG-13

    Dinner For Schmucks

    Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd have never made a movie I didn't laugh at.   Though I think this will end up being a comedy that I will enjoy but will forget soon after.  I will check this out.

    Machete - Rated R

    Machete

    Robert Rodriquez directs a movie with pissed off Latinos, guns, and sexy ladies.  This originated from the awesome Machete trailer in Gridnhouse.  I am excited to add this to my collection.  This is the R rated version and more then likely an unrated will be on its way.

    Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: the Complete Series.

    Rocky and Bullwinkle

    This is complete with Mr. Peabody, Duddley Do Right, and Fractured Fairy Tales/ Aesop and Son.  I can relive portions of my childhood all over again.  I have seen episodes recently and still find the hillarious.

    Next week the Facebook movie comes home, another Kevin James movie in January, and Seth Rogan kills an pulp icon.  Got to love the January Movie season.

  • Tell Dave Grohl What To Do

    Posted by Mac D

    The Foo Fighters have a new album coming out this spring.  AND LET THE PROMO MACHINE BEGIN.  First up is a contest to give you a chance to make a Foo Fighters music video.  Finally all the crap I filmed in high school will get me somewhere.  The idea is they look at your demo real and decide on 11 and go from there.  Hopefully a hybrid Survivor/ American Gladiators contest will follow.  My video will be the best.  It will have hot chicks, random celebrity cameos (is the guy who played Mr. Belvedre still alive?) and have the entire thing set in space.  It’s a winner.  Get more info at thisvideosucks.foofighters.com

    Foo Fighters

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 12/31/2010

    Posted by Mac D

    Welcome to the last weekend movie guide of 2010.  What treasures of the cinema will be revealed to us this week?  Lets find out.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, December 31st, 2010.

    Wait

    No movies are being released to theatres this week?

    Huh

    WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO WATCH NOW!

    I guess I have time to play catch up on some of the movies that I haven’t seen yet. 

     

    Lets get on with it

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country

    #1 - Little FockersRated PG-13 

    #2 - True Grit - Rated PG-13

    #3 - TRON Legacy - Rated PG

    #4 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Rated PG

    #5 - Yogi Bear - Rated PG

    Really?  Little Fockers took #1?  If a friend hasn’t told you yet, Little Fockers is terrible.  I have heard nothing but bad things about it.  It never looked good to begin with.  Lets see how far it falls next week.  I am equally shocked that True Grit did not take #1.  I saw it with what looked like abnormal movie crowd on Christmas and that gave me hope for #1.  The rest are dropping like bowling balls in water.  No movie has made its money back yet but the only one that looks like it will be getting a sequel is TRON.

     

    Still In theatres

    Black Swan - Rated R, Gulliver’s Travels - Rated PG, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 - Rated PG-13, How Do You Know Rated - PG-13, Love and Other Drugs - Rated R, Tangled - Rated PG, The Fighter - Rated R, The King’s Speech - Rated R, The Social Network - Rated PG-13, The Tourist - Rated PG-13

     

    Lets hope something came out on DVD

    These are the movies released on DVD the week of December 28, 2010

    The American - Rated R

    The American

    George Clooney plays a assassin on vacation, who then becomes a target of more assassins.  Shot in Europe, this is suppose to look great and George Clooney might have some fun playing a international man of mystery.

    Resident Evil: Afterlife - Rated R

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    While I lost my taste for these movies with #2, I still want to see Chris Redfield on the screen.  I read an in-depth plot synopsis that did not once mention zombies and that scares me.

    Jeresy Shore: Season 2

    Jersey Shore: Season Two

    Now the virus that is destroying our youth can now be bought on TV.  I wonder what redeeming entertainment values this show has but I don’t have the stones to find out.  At lest I have some new coasters.

     

    Next week Danny Trejo has a gigantic knife, Nicholas Cage makes me sigh, and that might be it.  Have a safe and happy New Year everybody!

  • When Mascots Escape

    Posted by Mac D

    One thing the Independence Bowl taught is that you cannot control wild animals.  Watch this video of the Air Force Falcon taking the field. 

     

     

    WOW.  If that happened with Sparty you better believe you should be locking your wife/daughter/sister/mother/other daughter in a room with no windows.  You do not want Sparty getting to them.