Breaking up is hard to do.
February 28, 2009, 1:55 pm
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macbook

aluminum

After years of fighting off the Apple fanboys, the PC-lover in me finally gave in. This morning, I purchased my new aluminum-based Macbook. To be completely honest, I made the decision about a year ago. The design world is very much a mac-world, and therefore, the transition was inevitable. Say what you want about macs, but it’s hard to ignore the overall sexiness of this new model.

It took me a while. Saving money is hard to do, especially in today’s world. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t worth it. It’s so pretty, I don’t even want to use it. I might just stare at it for a few days.

– JD



Gold.
February 23, 2009, 9:07 pm
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I don’t know how they did it. The movie gods somehow managed to round up all my favorite people ever and place them into one movie. March 20 is still a few weeks away, but I’ve already made up my mind — this movie is gold. Pure, absolute gold. Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Adam Samberg, J.K. Simmons, the list goes on. I beg of you, please don’t disappoint.

– JD



Oh Oscar.

In honor of the Oscar’s tonight, here are my top movies of the past year, including predictions that will hopefully turn out to be better than those I made last week.

1. The Wrestler

wrestler

Mickey Rourke gives pretty much one of the best performances I’ve seen in this year’s best overall film. I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out how it was left out of the Best Picture category. Benjamin Button?! You’ve got to be kidding.
BEST ACTOR Prediction: Mickey Rourke

2. Slumdog Millionaire

Part of me wants to call this 1b because it was that good. There’s simply no getting around it. Tonight, I’m just hoping for a Bollywood victory dance and a lot of airtime for Freida Pinto.
BEST PICTURE Prediction: Slumdog Millionaire
BEST DIRECTOR Prediction: Danny Boyle
BEST CINEMETOGRAPHY Prediction: Slumdog Millionaire

3. Revolutionary Road

I considered Revolutionary Road to be the most underrated of the bunch. It doesn’t seem to be getting as much acclaim as it deserves, but it’s somewhat expected with a book-to-movie depiction. Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have a certain chemistry that could make any film worth watching.

4. Doubt

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The most compelling acting from the best ensemble cast plus amazing writing is a great combination. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams were all phenomenal. But it was Viola Davis’ 10 minutes of fame that put this film over the top.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Prediction: Viola Davis

5. Frost/Nixon

Ron Howard’s adaptation of the 2006 play was impressive. Having previously seen the actual Frost/Nixon tapes, it’s hard not to admire Frank Langella’s portrayal of President Nixon. Rebbecca Hall is also a standout in what turned out to be a successful year for her.

6. Milk

It wasn’t the typical biopic we’re all used to seeing. Senn Penn obviously deserves recognition for his performance as Harvey Milk. Although he seems like he doesn’t care much, I’m sure it would mean something to come away with Best Actor. The movie involved a story that needed to be told, and it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time.

7. The Reader

The film was powerful at times, but I couldn’t help but feel Kate Winslet carried it. Would anyone be paying attention to the movie had another actress starred as Hannah Schmitz? Probably not.
BEST ACTRESS Prediction: Kate Winslet

8. The Dark Knight

dark knight

Christopher Nolan deserves all the credit in the world for reviving a dying franchise. Thinking about those Joel Schumacher films makes me want to vomit. Very rarely does a sequel surpass its predecessor, especially when the first one was incredible. Heath Ledger’s performance is unmatched.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Prediction: Heath Ledger

9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It was the best comedy of the year, outranking the grossly overrated Pineapple Express. It was smart, hilarious, and dirty — all without going overboard. In his film debut as a writer, Jason Segel left viewers eagerly waiting for his next project.

10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen’s story about our need for love, structure, and everything in between was fascinating. I was pleased with the way it remained a character story amidst all the distractions. Penelope Cruz deserves to win something; I truly believed she was psycho.

Honorable Mention: WALL E

– JD



Teeny Tiny Tour.

kina

Finally got a chance to catch Kina live before she heads out East. Her show was held at the legendary Coach House at San Juan Capistrano, where even Justin Young decided to show up and support. But yeah, we definitely had a moment. She’s awesome.

– JD



Search.
February 20, 2009, 11:48 am
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While the rest of the world was plotting a way to destroy Chris Brown, I was appreciating the idea that while so many complain that days aren’t long enough, they probably weren’t talking about Thursdays.

Also, I was reminded that we are still in need of a roommate, or two. If anyone is interested or know of anyone who might be interested in living in the Long Beach area with a few awesome dudes, don’t hesitate to contact me.

– JD



Faulty Predictions.
February 17, 2009, 11:32 am
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the machine

Alright, so I did get every one of my predictions wrong for All-Star Weekend. In my defense, no one in their right mind picked Daequan Cook to win anything. And if I remembered to make a prediction about the actual game itself, I would’ve chosen the West with Shaq and Kobe winning co-MVPs. So there. Suck it.

I must admit — I don’t really have a reason for posting that picture of Sasha Vujacic above. I just think it’s the greatest picture ever (no homo). A photo like that needs no explanation. The Machine needs no explanation.

– JD



Cornrow Era.

cornrows

iverson

The cornrow era is officially over. Allen Iverson, the one who started it all, has shaved his off. As you can see above, his East coast teammates are enjoying it.

– JD