May 2016


VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: The Ten (2007)

4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us.
Native rating: 2.7/5 stars, 5.1/10.
Netflix’s guess for us was 3.9/5 stars — very accurate.

After the resounding success of Wanderlust (2012), one of the funniest movies we’ve seen in awhile, we noticed there were David Wain/Ken Marino (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) movies we had not seen!

Enjoyable anthology of 10 stories analagous to the 10 commandments. The only problem was some of the stories didn’t really have too much to do with their corresponding commandment. But that’s okay, as it was really just a framework for Wain/Marino comedy.

Incredible cast: Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Adam Brody, Jon Hamm, Winona Ryder, Gretchen MolLiev Schreiber, Rob Corddry, Radhisa Jones, H. Jon Benjamin, and pretty much every member of The State. And most of these people did a musica performance together at the end. Unnecessary, but funny and entertaining. Gretchen Mol sings her own name in a lyric explaining that this movie is fictitious and she’s just an actress.

If you need a reason to watch this, I submit this one: Wynona Rider passionately making out with a wooden dummy.

Basically, if you like Wain-style comedy (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Superjail, Wanderlust), you should check this out. It’s probably the least good out of all of the above, but it’s still better than the general public thinks.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0811106/

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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Clash Of The Titans 2 – Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Clint: 3.2/5 stars (compared to 3.4/5 for the first remake), 7.2/10 (compared to 7.4).

Carolyn: 3.6/5 stars (same as what she gave the first remake), 7/10 (compared to 7.6/10 for the first remake).

Native ratings: 3.7/5 stars  (compared to 3.5/5 for 1st remake) (guess for us=3.7/5), 5.9/10 (compared to 5.8/10 for first remake).

Yeah, our numbers and everyone else’s are kind of wonky for this one. Nostalgia clouds all of our judgement.

This movie LOOKED great, and the battles were nothing short of epic.

Yet, it was missing something. The story and characters could have been more developed. At 1hr39min, it felt rushed. I probably would have liked this more if they could have fleshed out an actual 2.5-hour movie out of it.

Kronos was nothing short of spectacular, and seeing him incarnate is reason enough to see this. But the story? Kinda meh.

The plot reminded me of the last season of Xena:Warrior Princess, where she ends up perma-killing most of the gods from most mythologies. This is about the death of many gods. I guess they aren’t doing a sequel…No.. wait.. they ARE?!?! Where are they going to go from this?

Either way…. At least it doesn’t look like an old episode of Land Of The Lost, which is what the 1983 movie looks like nowadays.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1646987/

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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Dante 01 (2008)

3/5 stars, 6/10 from both of us.
Native rating: 2.5/5 stars, 4.9/10.
(Netflix’s guess for us was 3.1/5, very good Netflix!).

Directed by Marc Caro, who co-directed The City Of Lost Children & Delicatessen with Jean-Pierre Jenuet.

They used to collaborate together, then they went their separate ways when Jeneut went to work on Alien:Ressurrection. After that, Jenuet went on to do Amelie & Micmacs. These movies are very much in the same cinematic style as Delicatessen & The City Of Lost Children, except they are very whimsical, missing all of the darkness from Delicatessan & The City Of Lost Children.

Apparently, the darkness came from Marc Caro. So we sought to see what a Marc Caro movie was like WITHOUT Jenuet.

The answer: Not as good.

This kind of came off as Chronicles Of Riddick meets Clockwork Orange meets Pandorum. The movie had very good visuals, an interesting moral dillema, and a disturbing, claustrophobic insane-asylum-on-space-station atmosphere — but the ending was a total cop-out that left few satisifed.

And a lot of questions were never answered, which makes the mystery aspect retroactively come off as pretentious. Like, for instance, what was the company *TRULY* doing with the nanotechnology? Adding Christ allegory only makes a movie more pretentious and revolting to me.

I don’t regret seeing it, but my impression is Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet are both incapable of making a single movie as good as when they both collaborated.  They should get back together!

Special thanks to Ian Buckwalter for helping me understand the Jeunet/Caro dichotomy, and pointing out to me that this movie exists in the first place.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487928/

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Here is a list of what we got the first 3 times we went yardsaling this year (NOT yesterday’s huge take):
20160305: 2016 Expedition #1: (Spontaneous expedition #1–just one sale):
* $~3.50: spray paint (5 cans that averaged about $0.70/can)
* $0.20: watches (2), Powerpuff Girls, pink & blue
* $0.80: hand cleaner (8), Citrus Lotion with pumice, Gent-l-kleen, 2 fl oz
* $1.00: mug, plastic, Skull, purple
* $1.00: towel hanging ring, chrome, MintCraft
* $1.00: candy cigarettes, Victory
* $1.00: candy cigarettes, Stallion
* $0.50: duct tape, glow-in-the-dark, Firefly, IPG, 1.88 x 10yards, 077922994304
* $FREE: string, kite
* $FREE: grids (2), square
* $FREE: case, leather, 14.25×8.125×4
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20160402: 2016 Expedition #2: (Spontaneous expedition #2–just one sale):
* $5.00: hoe, flat, longer handle
* $5.00: hoe, flat, shorter handle
* $1.00: laser pointer toy, Interactive Pet Laser Toy, Animal Planet, 2201020 (2294965), 694202230466, 2015 Discovery Communications LLC, 1800-374-2744 (EV:$20.99)
* $0.25: action figure, Star Wars, Jar-Jar Binks, 2 bendable joints, 5″ high, LucasFilm LTD, 0325
* $0.25: action figure, Batman, rubber cape, malleable, 6″ high, “Warning, Do not throw out of water” (s06) Possibly some sort of water toy
* $0.25: action figure, The Flash, 5.5″ “Warning, Do not throw out of water” (s06) Possibly some sort of water toy
* $0.25: action figure, Sinestro, 4.5″, 5 bendable joints, (s04)
* $0.25: action figure, Superman, 4″, 8 bendable joints, 287908
* $0.25: action figure, Superman, push button for swinging arms, 4.375″
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20160416 – 2016 Expedition #3: (Dedicated expedition #1–a 6 hr quest):
* $10.00: fan (2), black, floor standing, Lasko, 5 blades, 21.5″ diameter, Type 18P, Black 1827/1829/1823
* $7.00: jack, hydraulic, blue, 20″
* $5.00: tool, Bypass Lopper, Corona FL3460, red, 33″ (EV:$30.41)
* $5.00: accordian, Schylling, red,
* $5.00: litter box, blue, covered, with door flap, 21.75×17.5×18.75
* $5.00: microphones (2), one doesn’t work, but get to keep the 1/4″-to-XLR adapter (12′). 1/8″ jack
* $5.00: Digital picture frame, 7″, Panimage by Panidigital, 512MB internal memory,
* $5.00: lights, silver orbs (3), QVC, I/O merch spheres, 3 balls, 8″, 6″, 4.5″, 20130430, SKU H199995 848 000 . Purchased from Laura & Pat Johnson, 5201 Chowan Ave, Alex. 22312-2025
* $3.00: boombox, Sony, CFD-222, cassette, cd, radio, ~22.5″
* $3.00: boombox, Vextra, VX973, cassette, cd, radio, silver, manufactured 201005, ~16×10″, does not have that good of a sound
* $3.00: boombox, Sony, red circlular, ZS-E5, cd, radio, aux-in, no battery cover, 10.833 diameter
* $2.50: bowling ball, Tigger, COT7061 VIZ-A-BALL, with Brunswick blue case,
* $2.50: bowling ball, pink, Brunswick Axis GEV1195
* $2.00: boxes (2), plastic, G.I. Joe, Name Rank Serial No. stickers, army green, 13.5×6.25×4.785
* $2.00: box, storage, combination, 10x7x7.5″, Vaultz Lock It Up, VZ00102, barcode 826030001028, http://www.vaultz.net (EV:$19.99)
* $2.00: clippers, hedge, red handle, 21″, 9″ nose
* $2.00: snow shovel, metal, black, Klondike True Temper, 24×10″
* $2.00: snow shovel, plastic, orange, with metal lip, 18×13″
* $1.50: pantyhose (2), nude, Hanes, Silk Reflections, Size AB, (EV:$8.00 price tag)
* $1.00: seeds, lima beans, Dunecraft, Peace Out Bean, 2012, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, barcode 810017015474
* $1.00: tapestry, tie-dye, mostly purple, green heart in middle, “Heal The World. Cook dinner tonight. Penzy’s Love To Cook, Cook To Love, 94051, 27.5×27.5″
* $1.00: top, large, plays music, colorful
* $1.00: timer, lamp, Timex, Model No: 12-8800719, barcode 031323126917
* $1.00: blacklight fixture, 18″, black, automatic power-on, VEI, model # V801, prod date 201307
* $1.00: chair, camping, blue, low to ground It’s slightly broken, but still works (at least when we tested it at the yardsale).
* $1.00: decoration, Indian, wood, 10×8″
* $1.00: toy, turtle, stuffed, hard shell, Cloud-b, Reg PA-11308 (CN), 15×11”, date: 201111
* $1.00: toy, My Little Pony, g2, 2002, Strawberry Swirl, Glitter Pony with tinsel in her hair, front hoof has magnet on bottom and heart on ankle, had a picture frame keychain attached to it http://www.strawberryreef.com/Ind…/Name/strawberryswirl.html
* $1.00: toy, My Little Pony, g2, 2002, pink body, ice cream cutie mark, blue and white hair, front hoof has magnet on bottom (EV:$12.17)
* $0.50: toy, Smurfs, Crazy, 2013, McDonald’s
* $0.50: wax cubes, Better homes, butterscotch maple cream, 2.5oz, 6 cubes, barcode 877991003064
* $0.50: power outlet splitter, 6, 3-prong, Intermatic, Model No. EG63TIB/PT-10-3M, Clamping Voltage 400V L-N, N-G, 15A, 125VAC, 1875W, E115217, Date code: 00 09
* $0.50: power outlet splitter (2), 3, 2-prong to 3-prong, Leviton, Polarized Triple Outlet Grounding Adapter, 802-00698-W, still in packages, barcode 078477794012
* $0.50: bread pans (2@0.25ea), 9×5, metal
* $0.25: toy, My Little Pony, Apple Jack, real hair tail, 2.5×3.125″
* $0.12: lightbulb, green, Sylvania, 25W, 046135117145
* $0.10: reading glasses, brown, small
* $FREE: intercoms, Realistic, FM Wireless Room Monitor System, Cat No 43-208
* $FREE: bowling balls, duck pins, black with orange & yellow swirls, with case,
* $FREE: toy, Smurfs, Vanity, 2011, McDonald’s
* $FREE: charger, battery, GE, Charge 4, Nickel-cadmium. Model BC-4, barcode 4316812648. Includes 6 D batteries, 8 C batteries (EV:$12.99 price tag)