Go Away.
June 27, 2009, 11:10 am
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away we go

Unlike the rest of America, I really didn’t feel like wasting 9 dollars on a Transformers sequel that was littered with lukewarm reviews. I even had one person go out of his way to convince me it was the worst movie he’s ever seen. Most of the time, I prefer to judge movies for myself, but I’m absolutely certain I will eventually come across this movie in the future.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s paying for a movie, and feeling like I wasted a good portion of my life afterwards.

I’ve put off Away We Go for a couple weeks, but I finally got the chance to see it. Both John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph played characters we wouldn’t expect to see them play. They were quirky, but vastly different from The Office‘s Jim Halpert and the eccentric characters played by Rudolph in SNL. Rudolph’s performance, especially, was truly genuine. After seeing the trailer, I wasn’t ready to believe they were the best actors to cast, as the chemistry didn’t really seem to be there. Turns out I was wrong (who would’ve thunk?).

Supporting (and unexpected) performances by Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Daniels put this one over the top for me. Definitely three of my personal favorites.

The film follows a couple as they desperately try to find their calling and a new home to bring in their newborn. In the process, they are shown the failures and hardships involved with relationships and families. One of the best films of the year, for sure. And ten times more uplifting than director Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road.

– JD


Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.
June 25, 2009, 9:13 pm
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The first CD I’ve ever owned was his. Somewhere in my garage, buried deep beneath all the childhood memories are a collection of old Michael Jackson concerts and movies recorded on even older VHS tapes. I remember sitting and watching for hours, mimicking to the best of my abilities his every move. I failed miserably. Although under the urging of family, I still danced and sang his songs during parties. As a child, it was my introduction to music. Watching him perform was like watching a magician, and truth be told, he sort of was one. Who else could pull off some of the things he did?

He was an entertainer. The very best. And I learned the hard way that what he does can’t be replicated.

The reality is he affected our culture in ways very few have. Despite everything that went on outside of his career, his music is what mattered most to people. Describing him as unique would be more than an understatement. He was a transcendent, once-in-a-generation figure whose impact will always be felt.

– JD

June 22, 2009, 9:22 pm
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I feel for her. Her situation is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination. And I wish her and her family the best. But damn! Give the girl some water, Kate! She’s dehydrated! That’s messed up. Poor kids.

– JD

Welcome Home.
June 17, 2009, 8:58 pm
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Can you feel the love? 1, 2, 3, RING!!!

– JD

June 14, 2009, 11:22 pm
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09 champs

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I can be a very superstitious person. It’s the reason I haven’t written many Lakers related posts this postseason. But enough of that. The CHAMPS are here.

It’s been seven long years since the last title. I forgot what it feels like to have the team you follow every single game for nine months a year win a championship. It does feel new again, that’s for sure.

And in case you forgot, let’s take a moment to look back at what I wrote one year ago after that embarassing loss to the Celtics:

To Whom It May Concern:

To all of you who claim to be Lakers fans. To all of you throwing out those flags. To all of you jumping ship — please, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Where were you the past three years? Where were you when we missed the playoffs for only the 5th time in 60 years? Where were you when Kobe was on the brink of being traded? I understand fair-weather fans come with the territory. But to be completely honest, I don’t like you.

You don’t deserve to celebrate the success if you weren’t there to go through the failures. So jump off the bandwagon now, but when we come back next year — and we will, trust me — there won’t be any more room for you.

P.S. To those brand-new Celtics fans that seem to be popping up left and right — stop cheering and have a seat. You didn’t even know they existed a month ago. Your act is tired. Go Patriots.

Thanks for your time,
J Diaz

Thanks goes out to the Lakers for making me look like a genius. They’re finally back on top. And you know what? The last seven years were worth it.

– JD


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Flies and Dentures.
June 13, 2009, 11:49 am
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drag me to hell

Sam Raimi deserves all the credit here. The story itself isn’t vastly different from most typical horror movies, but Drag Me To Hell certainly wasn’t ordinary. I haven’t seen enough of Raimi to know if this style is consistent with all his films. But from what I’ve gathered, humor is a huge part of his game. And he definitely knew how to mix the perfect formula of humor, great character usage, and those all-important scared shitless moments. It’s a throwback film, to the days when scary movies were good.

– JD


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