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Captain Jack Will Get You High Tonight!

Bacardi 151 Rum

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The Rum Diary is the latest tribute by Johnny Depp to his late friend Hunter S. Thompson.  For me The Rum Diary is a much better movie than 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  The plot and characters are much more likeable and easier to follow.  Rum Diary is a much more heartfelt and overall loving tribute to a departed friend.  The movie is based on the experiences of Thompson during his stay in the Caribbean during the early 1960s.

The movie is quite funny in places but also takes on a serious tone in relation to Thompson and his fight against the “bastards” of corruption.  For me the lack of focus on the corruption is the weakest portion of the movie.  Depp does a great job of paying to homage to Thompson without going over the top.  Richard Jenkins, Aaron Eckhart, and Michael Rispoli all give great supporting performances, while Amber Heard does a great job of looking sultry and beautiful.  Despite showing the seedier side of Puerto Rico, The Rum Diary is a visually striking movie.  The beaches, blue skies, and overall beauty of the island really shine.

The Rum Diary is a film about finding your place and voice in the world, luckily Thompson did just that in Puerto Rico.

3.5/5

Current listening: “Shangri-La” – Mark Knopfler, entire album is great!!

 

Why You Hatin’ On Zooey?

Zooey Deschanel ( cropped version )

Zooey Deschanel

I never watch baseball.  Unfortunately there was no football on in my area at 6 p.m. CT Sunday night.  To kill time before the Sunday night NFL game, I flipped over to Fox.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Zooey Deschanel standing in the middle of the baseball diamond.  Zooey performed a pleasant rendition of the national anthem and I returned to watching the NBC pregame show.

Please refrain from condemning me as “unpatriotic” but more often than not I change the channel during any performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” or “God Bless America.”  They are often badly sung, overly dramatic, and way too long.  The only reason I hung around for the anthem on Sunday night was to hear Deschanel.  I found it to be sweet, pleasant, and concise.

To my surprise I have seen online criticism of her anthem rendition and the fact that she didn’t stay for the whole game.  Who would want to stay and watch a baseball game?  If it were me I would sing the anthem, accept my check, and head for the nearest exit.  Critics blast her for singing the anthem in order to promote her show on FOX and  the new She & Him Christmas album.  I find no fault in her for this.  Everyone who sings the anthem at sporting events is looking to promote their latest project or boost album sales.  Get over it!

What did you think of her rendition of the anthem?

You can view it here: MLB.com

Banned In Tennessee!!

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You've Been Banned!!!

Just confirmed, Roast Beef Vampire is now banned in Tennessee!  I must be doing something right.  My innocent little blog is blocked by the fascist Internet monitoring software used by the educational system of Tennessee, ths makes me intensely happy.  It is quite possible that I am banned in many other states as well.  Tennessee is clearly racist against Roast Beef Vampires and their personal opinions of movies, music, books, etc…

Maybe Bocephus can call up some of his friends within the Tennessee government or right a song about the discriminatory policies of the aforementioned government towards the Roast Beef Vampire.

Yawn!!!!

In 1998 Reed Hastings founded Netflix, the lar...

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I will make this short and simple.  Netflix has signed a deal to stream programming from the CW.  This is clearly the deal that will bring in business?  I cancelled my Netflix membership two months ago, and don’t plan on going back unless they really up their game.  I need more content available for online streaming and I need your website to undergo an user friendly re-design.

What shows come on the CW?  I can honestly say I haven’t even watched commercials on the network let alone an actual show.

Breaking News…Dancing With The Stars is a “Popularity Contest”

I admit it, I do not watch Dancing with the Stars.  Whew, that’s a real load off my conscience.  I read a headline where the most recent reject from Dancing with the Stars, Chynna Phillips, proclaimed that the reality dance show is a “popularity contest.”  This is a real genius observation, a show based on the votes of the viewers is a popularity contest.  I am floored.  Next thing you’ll tell me is that American Idol, Survivor, The X-Factor, and the rest of reality contest shows are “popularity contests.”

She should just shut up, enjoy whatever boost to your album sales you receive from your appearances on TV, then GO AWAY!

Face OFF!!!

Oscar the Meth Addict

Oscar the Meth Addict

The season finale of Breaking Bad was excellent!!  I won’t go into details, but if you’ve never seen Breaking Bad you need to seek it out.  Watch from the beginning and gear up for the final season.  This is one of the few must watch series on TV.  The transformation of the characters over the previous four seasons has been very intriguing and realistic.

In case you are wondering the final song in last nights episode is titled “Black” from the album Rome by Danger Mouse.  The vocals are by Norah Jones.  The Rome album is an excellent listen, very deliberate and intentional spaghetti western vibe.  Musicians from those familiar movie soundtracks were used in the recording of Rome.

Current listening: “Black” – Danger Mouse (feat. Norah Jones), “Werewolves of London” & “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”- Warren Zevon (It’s October!), “What I Hate” – Merle Haggard, “Oh, Mama, Come Home” – Jakob Dylan

Mac-surance!?! Blurg!!!!

Kraft Easy Mac

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Have you seen these Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercials?  Parents “terrorize” their children by taking bites of mac & cheese off of their plates.  Then this slick salesman informs the kids of “Mac-surance” to help protect against mac & cheese theft.

I hate these commercials, they raise my blood pressure through the roof!  First off how many parents will actually do this in real life?  Second, the parents purchased and prepared the mac & cheese so get over it.

Have you seen this commercial?  Does it anger you as well, or am I too wound up?