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Johnny LaRue's Crane Shot
Friday, April 28, 2006
Maybe I Am Old
Sorry I haven't posted much lately, but I have not spent very much time at home this week. I'm either at work or out doing something until very late. I was barely able to sneak in this week's 24 yesterday evening...and 24 is a major priority in my life. Isn't it in yours?

Went down to the Highdive last night for the Comedians of Comedy tour. These four comedians are playing bars, rather than comedy clubs, which is an interesting idea, I suppose, but I think an ultimately unsatisfying one. For one, the audience has to stand for two hours, and for another, playing in bars where dumbass college students generally go makes for a somewhat rowdy audience. The audience has to be comfortable and relaxed to enjoy comedy, and I don't believe the Highdive is the proper venue.

For the record, the four were Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Eugene Mirman. Oswalt, the biggest "name", was the least funny, I thought, but all four were decent enough. I liked Mirman's charm the best, and when I passed by him after the show, I grabbed his shoulder and told him, "Hey, man, good job," to which he responded, "Thank you." Oooo, another brush with greatness. I mean him, not me.

They all mentioned being on the Conan O'Brien show, which I thought was interesting only because I assume that they haven't done Letterman or Leno. I suppose that tells you all you need to know about these performers: good enough for 11:30 Central, but not good enough for 10:30.

Wednesday night, the Stephenses and I went to Csiki's to watch BLADE RUNNER, which I had only seen in its initial video release in 1983 or 1984 and wasn't fond of. The Warners DVD of some years ago is of the "Director's Cut" (which isn't really one) and has been somewhat modified. I still don't like BLADE RUNNER very much. I think it moves too slowly in service of a story that's really not all that. It looks good, of course, and has some nice acting, but it all feels very pointless to me. I also played a bit of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE on Xbox, which is a kickass James Bond game in which Sean Connery "plays" 007 again. In just the hour or so that we played, Bond got to kill a bunch of Russians, fly a jet pack, blow up a helicopter, sneak through a hedge maze, flirt with Moneypenny, and destroy Q's robots. If I had an Xbox, I'd get it.

Tuesday night was my birthday, so we had some snacks and watched crappy movies. A 1982 theme of VICE SQUAD, CLASS OF 1984 and a BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS was on tap. We got to see Heather Thomas in the baseball dunk tank, but also Pernell Roberts in really tiny shorts. You take the bad with the good, is what I always say.

Monday night I went out to BW3, ostensibly to watch the White Sox game, but they either couldn't or wouldn't put it on the satellite, so we came back to my place to watch it. A decent game that the Sox lost in the 9th.

Tonight is Artists Against AIDS downtown, as well as Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. My neighbors are having a barbecue, and Cheeseburger is coming to town sometime. Busy weekend! And I haven't yet found time for PRISON BREAK.

Posted by Marty at 8:05 AM CDT
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Friday, April 28, 2006 - 11:10 AM CDT

Name: kt

you didn't mention anything about your excitement about your present. lame.

i'm coming down tonight fo sure. geez.

our outting has to do with prison break theme. it is cubebreak. lame. i think i'll try to sneak out. just for your complaining ass. this coming from someone who was late getting in town to visit us.

Friday, April 28, 2006 - 5:10 PM CDT

Name: Kool Mo P

You're obviously not man enough for Prison Break.

Friday, April 28, 2006 - 8:51 PM CDT

Name: John Charles

You aren't yet old, but your panning of BLADE RUNNER proves you are every bit the idiot that Leonard Maltin is! ;-)

Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 1:01 AM CDT

Name: Martin McKee

Hopefully I'm not that dumb!

Maybe it was because I was really tired anyway, but I found myself nodding off a lot during BLADE RUNNER. I wasn't impressed with it when I saw it 20 years ago either. As you know, I have a nice copy of the original Theatrical Version, and I'm considering giving that a spin. At least I'll get to see the gore that was cut out later.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 1:01 AM CDT

Name: Martin McKee

PRISON BREAK kicked major ass this week.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 1:04 PM CDT

Name: John Charles

I'd be interested in hearing what you think of the original theatrical version, though I personally find it inferior to the re-issue. Ford's lackadaisical, obvious narration does the movie no favors and the extra violence doesn't really add much, IMO.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:55 PM CDT

Name: kt

it was a good prison break. the other week it was being filmed at my L stop. i got to see the guys getting their makeup done. it was kinda funny.

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 10:26 PM CDT

Name: Lenny Moore

Belated happy birthday and many more!

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