Saturday, December 23, 2006

Road to Guantanamo Movie Review

Wow. I love my country, but this movie makes me ashamed to be an American. Read what I thought about the film and what I think about Guantanamo Bay at my Road to Guantanamo movie review.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Keep it in the garage: Cars Movie Review

It took me a while, but I finally wrote a movie review for Cars. I think Pixar is the greatest CGI company out there, but what the heck were they thinking with this piece of crap?

I just got done watching Cars, or at least as much as I could stomach. All I can say is: wow. How could Pixar, the most reliable CGI animation company ever, create such a dull, boring and inane film as Cars? It may look pretty, but the movie has absolutely nothing to contribute to the world of movies. I don't even know how children could get a kick out of it. More of the Cars movie review.

Merry Christmas I guess

Merry Christmas to the three people who read this blog. You know who you are. Yes, I have three split personalities...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

The title has been announced for Harry Potter 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Pretty good title, although I was leaning toward J.K. Rowling's first idea, Hermione and Ron finally get it on (ewww, who wants to see that?)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits theaters in July, 2007, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives November 2008. So does that put the last Harry Potter in 2010? A few years yet, kiddies...

Seahawks Chargers Showdown

Can you believe it? Seahawks had a four game lead with three games to go. Then they had a three game lead with three games to go. They are a half a game away from clinching a ride to the playoffs, but they cannot win. They have not looked sharp, they can't convert on third down, and Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck, the two men who were supposed to take the decent season from inconsistency to greatness (mainly thanks to an EXTREMELY easy schedule), have been completely flat.

Right now, the Seahawks suck, and they face the Chargers on Sunday. They are definitely the underdogs, but maybe that is exactly what they need. Either way, they are making me nervous - San Francisco is nothing to scream about either, but it could come down to the final game, and how pathetic would it be if the Seahawks failed to make it? Hush, Erik. We won't even discuss that.

By the way, I went to the Seahawks-Niners game. It was the most miserable sporting event of my life. It's not just that the game sucked, although had the Seahawks won everything would have just been fine and dandy. No, in the process of walking to the stadium, my friend Jessie and I got rained on so hard that we were soaked to the bone by the time we got to our covered seats. I had never been to a football game where I wanted to leave before it started, but we spent the whole time shivering. My feet were swimming in water. I was so cold I almost subscribed to the Seattle Times just to get a free blanket.

To make matters worse, it was windy. It was so windy that power was knocked out hours later at my house for nearly two days (four days at my parents' house). Back to the story, it was so windy that Jessie almost got decapitated by a ladder that came flying down from the catwalk on the roof of the stadium. Inches to losing her head. Or at least getting a bruise.

Seahawks suck, but I'm still confident (barely) they can make it to the playoffs. Then they might get killed, but oh well. And I was cold. It was windy. Trees fell down. I had no Internet. It was a bad couple of days.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Casino Royale Movie Review

Casino Royale is one of the most captivating Bond films, but is it one of the best? The very fact that this "re-imagining" is so completely different from any other Bond film makes it hard to compare it to any others in the franchise, but one thing is for certain: Casino Royale is a very good movie, but that doesn't mean you're going to like it. Read the rest of this movie review.

Stranger than Fiction Movie Review

Stranger than Fiction is Will Ferrell's latest attempt to move beyond mundane comedy where he shouts otherwise ordinary statements to make audiences laugh to a realm where comedy is a bit more sophisticated. The result is a well-acted, well-done picture that just never completely delivers the laughs. Read the rest of this movie review.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Da Vinci Code 2 Announced

It's actually a prequel, but is essentially The Da Vinci Code 2 - Dan Brown's Angels & Demons is being turned into a movie.

While I liked The Da Vinci Code the book more than Angels & Demons the book just a little bit, I think Angels & Demons is going to make for a much better movie (of course, Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code sort of sucked... okay, it did suck) because, after all, it's about some dudes trying to blow up The Vatican.

TomKat: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes get married

Wow. One of the best looking and yet grossest couples in history got married today in Rome. Good for them. Hopefully their kids will figure out that Scientology is for the looney bin and nothing more.

Despite all the crazy antics in the last year regarding Tom Cruise's fall from grace, I have to say I like the guy. Sure, he has some issues, but he's a good actor who people give a bad rap due to his success over the years as more of a pretty boy. He seems to get better with age, and Mission: Impossible 3 was the best of the three movies, and certainly one of the best action movies I've seen in years.

However, I was watching ET last night... what a stupid, stupid, stupid and pathetic show. Their episode was devoted to TomKat, and it essentially involved them following the couple around in their footsteps to figure out what kind of dinner they had the previous night, where they sat, who paid for it, etc. Who the hell cares? How is this of any value to anyone?

That being said, I can't completely blame them. There are a lot of people who actually like hearing about that stuff, even though it has no real effect on their lives whatsoever (and actually probably makes them dumber in the process). What a sad, sad world...

Friday Box Office Analysis for November 18, 2006

Here are box office stats from Box Office Prophets based on Friday numbers only, which marked the return of the James Bond franchise with a new and noticeably blond Daniel Craig in the lead. It'll be a close battle between Bond and Happy Feet, the new animated comedy that is also receiving rave reviews and stars the likes of Robin Williams.

Anyway, here's the breakdown (in millions $):

1 Happy Feet 43.5

2 Casino Royale 41.4

3 Borat 15.3

4 The Santa Clause 3 7.6

5 Stranger than Fiction 7.2

6 Flushed Away 5.9

7 Babel 2.8

8 The Departed 2.5

9 Saw III 2.4

10 Let's Go to Prison 1.9

Launch of my blog

Well, everyone who has been waiting for it can now let out a collective sigh of relief - Erik Samdahl, yes THE Erik Samdahl, has started a blog.

Why, do you ask? Why would THE Erik waste his time with such a thing as an online journal? Is it to share his wise opinions of the world? Is it to criticize the government for their poor handling of foreign affairs, the war on terror, the economy, gay rights, abortion and education? To talk about how even they have been so-so this year, I still hold out hope that the Seahawks will make it to the Superbowl? That the Mariners will be good once again? That I will go to at least one winning Sonics game before they make it to Oklahoma?

No... the simple reason is this: blogging helps search engine optimization of my movie review website,, and it needs the help. Yes, there are no noble efforts intended here - it is simply online marketing.

Of course, I may rant and rave just a little bit in the process...