Sunday, June 19, 2005

Part 2 will be postponed: Batman!

I know I promised Part Two of the idiotic journey, but let me just tell you I recently saw the new Batman movie (Batman Begins). After how bad the last Batman Movie was (Batman and Robin) I kind of had a bad taste in my mouth. Overall, I thought the movie was extremely well done. I usually lose my interest with long movies, but suprsingly this film held my ADD in check and had me focused. A lot of the props should go to the director Christopher Nolan. Picking Christopher Nolan to direct, was a bit of gamble considering his other two movies were "Memento" and "Insomnia." Movies that are drastically different than a superhero movie. Nolan was able to seperate this movie from than any other previously made superhero film. When you look at movies such as Spiderman, The Hulk, X-Men, Daredevil, and the last three Batman movies (not the 1st one) they all seem fake and comic-bookey. Nolan made this movie seem real, almost like it could happen in actual life.

The backstory of all the characters was very interesting. I thought Christian Bale did a phenomenal job as Batman. Michael Keaton was a great Batman, but I might have to give the slight edge to Bale. In a real fight between Michael Keaton and Christian Bale, who do you think would win? Bale would beat his ass in a heartbeat. Therefore, I think he makes a more believable Batman. I also need to call Warner Brothers because it appeared they used my body with Bale's head during his shirtless scenes. The rest of the cast was strong with Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine. Katie Holmes was the one character who I thought was replacable. She wasn't bad or anything, but nothing great. Her characater's perspective about the judicial system and morals got to be a little nauseating after a while. I mean I know your a great person and everything, so just shut up already! We get the point! Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.

Here's the big question, is "Batman Begins" better than the first Batman movie? As a a whole "Batman Begins" is a better movie. But nothing will ever compare with Jack Nicholsan's Joker in the first Batman. I did think the guy that played Scarecrow did a good job, but it is not in the same category with Joker. In addition, I saw the first Batman movie 16 years ago. (Has it been that long? Damn!) So its hard for me to remember how I felt when I left the theater that long ago. The natural feeling is to like the movie that is the freshest in your mind. Honestly, both movies are completely different so it is almost too difficult to compare. But becasue I liked Nolan's storytelling technique and Bale as Batman I guess I'll have to give the nod to "Batman Begins" Anyways, go see the movie. And if you don't care about seeing Batman, I would just go to see what it looks like with my shirt off.

I'm Out!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Drunken Idiotic Journey: Part One

I guess its been a while since I've written a blog. I must of taken some type of a blog vacation. The truth is I've been extremely busy the last few months doing various things. But I will say now, I'm back and committed to writing once a week.

Let me start off by saying that I graudated from college about two years. During those four years of fraternity life, I've had my share of stupid and idiotic drunken moments. Since then, I don't know if you want to call it maturity, but very rarely do I get oblierated. That all came to an end this past Friday night.

One of my co-workers was a having a party with two of her roommates at the new apartment she just moved into. So my buddy Nick came along for the ride. Before Nick got into the city, I was telling him on the phone that I'm sick of always drinking beer and never getting drunk. He then said, "I'll get some vodka and you go get some cranberry juice, tonic water, and limes." That sounded like a good and simple plan to me.

So he finally gets to my apartment and its time to make some drinks. Because the cranberry juice was pretty warm, I started to drink some Lemonade and vodka beverages. They were pretty strong, but I knew I had to put them down if I wanted to get a good buzz. So after a few drinks I'm feeling good, kind of in that "Happy State." The pre-drinking comes to an end and realize that the two of us have finished off a fifth of vodka. I probably ended up having 60% of it.

We head over to my co-workers party. As we walk in the place is very dark, but appears to be a very nice apartment. I spot my co-worker and she gives us a little tour of her place and eventually leads us to the alcohol. They had sangria there, a white kind and red kind. I chose to go with the white kind. Because I don't remember what sequence everything happened, I'll just list some of the highlights. I will also add, I do not rember some of these highlights and they were told to me the next day.

-They had the radio playing in one of the rooms. I did not like what song I was hearing, so I look and see that it was on 103.5 FM. Which is like a dance/pop station. I am a modern rock fan so I wanted to change it to Q101. As I said earlier, the whole party is dark. I then decided to turn the light on and disrupt the whole party by changing the station. As Nick tells me later, everybody at this point is staring at me. But I am so determined to try to change the station. Like two little kids fighting, Nick and I go back and forth turning the light on and off. Eventually, I listen to him and give up. But boy, did I want to change that station.
-When we first walk in one of the roommates goes up to Nick and asks him if he's Colleen's(the co-worker) friend. I then said, "No, actually I work with her." She then says "Oh" and walks away. (Just Classic.)
-Apparently, I kept on telling Nick I was going to punch some dude in the face. (Don't ask me why, because I have no idea.)
-I was standing up having a conversation and I almost fell backwards, until I my co-worker caught me.(It's good to have a spotter at all times.)
-A few mintues later she went to the other side of the room and saw me fall backwards again. (Apparently, I did not learn from the first time.)
-I knocked over a bottle of wine. (I would do the same thing if I was sober.)
-One of my co-workers friends went up to her during the party and was like, "Yeah I met your co-worker Jon and I could not understand one word he said." (Do you need any more proof how tanked I was?)

It was around 2 a.m., so Nick and I decided to head out and go to a bar near my apartment. And the story shall be continued . . . (Believe me, its gets more interesting.)

I'm out!