24 March 2010

Hair Brained Ideas

A year ago I decided to grow my hair out, chop it off, and then donate it to Locks for Love. In my hand are several small ponytails with the longest layer adding up to 11 1/2 inches for my donation.

Below is the finished style... it's the shortest do I've had since high school.

21 March 2010

Movie Review - The Bounty Hunter

Has Gerard lost it?

In the film "The Bounty Hunter," Butler and his co-star, Jennifer Aniston, play ex-spouses thrown together when Aniston (a reporter) jumps bail and Butler (an ex-cop turned bounty hunter) must bring her to jail. After Aniston's capture, the two exs get caught up in some trouble due to the suicide Aniston's character was investigating prior to her bail jumping incident.

The film was mildly entertaining with a forced chemistry between Aniston and Butler. The Scottish hottie was still quite dreamy and funny (especially while wearing a hideous multi-colored stripe-y shirt). Aniston was also funny but it didn't ever feel like she and Butler connected. I guess as ex-spouses that could be part of the charm.

The real standout performances were from the supporting cast: Siobhan Fallon Hogan as a disinterested secretary working at the Bail Bonds place, Jeff Garlin as Butler's boss at the Bail Bonds place, Carol Kane as the nutty Cupid's Cabin (a bed and breakfast) owner, and my favorite, Christine Baranski as Aniston's Atlantic City lounge singing mother.

This film is not the ultimate must-see in chick flicks but it does hold some entertaining one-liners and far-fetched storylines that can keep an audience interested. If you plan to go, don't expect too much just go and have some brainless fun.

1.5 Monkeys (out of 5)

"The Bounty Hunter" trailer

19 March 2010

Movie Review - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons."

Greg Heffley uses sarcasm and wit to mull through his first year of middle school with his best friend, Rowley. This funny flick brought up memories of my own middle school experience as I thought back to the horror of those days and the fact that I never want to go back.

The film's use of a moldy piece of cheese - left on the blacktop near the basketball hoop to visually show time passing - was both brilliant and creative. But the "Wimpy Kid" showed the struggles of growing up and trying to figure out how to fit in. Bombarded with possible after-school activities to join and being terrorized by older kids (especially Greg's older brother, Rodrick), Greg, Rowley and the other kids discover survival skills as they avoid the bathrooms with no door stalls, skins v. shirts PE games, and wearing ridiculous costumes for the school musical.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" might not be the most hilarious movie out there but it was worth a ticket. The kid actors were spot on in their stereotypically middle school kid roles. And the adult actors were surprisingly cast with some greats like Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris and Rob LaBelle - as the safety patrol-loving principle.

2.5 Monkeys (out of 5)

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Trailer

15 March 2010

Do you like to Twit?

Thanks to a lecture on social network in my New Media class I was able to enjoy this hilarious mockumentary on Twitter. It showcases how Twitter works and why it's a little strange. Enjoy!