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Last Night and Netflix Reviews

So yesterday was the last hurrah for Wetsel (IN THE HIIIIIIGHEEEESST) before he left for Baltimore. We went out for dinner to a place called “Five Guys,” which Ed described as a slight step up from Wendy’s (Five Guys entry on Wikipedia), which turned out to be a fairly accurate statement. Apparently the franchise was established in Virginia by a couple and their five sons, who are the “Five Guys.” I would go on a rant about how much it annoys me when people name things after their children, but really there’s not much to say nor can I really justify why it annoys me so much.

The restaurant is one of those places that puts on a faux “Mom & Pop” atmosphere, which comes across as very forced. They had a bulletin board saying that their potatoes for the day were coming from Rexburg, Idaho. Which transitions to the food itself – the Bacon Cheeseburger was good, the fries were TERRIBLE. So either the “Five Guys” recipe is bad, the cooks at that particular location are bad, or Rexburg sucks quite a bit when it comes to potatoes. Take your pick.

They also had this weird fascination with peanuts. Which…you know, peanuts are cool and all. I guess. But they were REALLY obsessed with peanuts. They had gallons of peanut oil just sitting around, which made it even weirder. That was another thing – they had sacks of fries and jars of peanut oil lying around to give you the feeling that you’ve just wandered into the kitchen and decided to eat in there. As someone who worked in food service part-time in College, nothing turns me off more to a place’s food than being in the kitchen, so it gave me kind of a weird vibe.

Oh, did I mention they had stickers posted everywhere that said “We Serve Our Peanuts in Open Containers”? I found that funny for some reason.

Anyways, more importantly, it was with good people so it was a good time. After dinner we went to “Cold Stone Creamery” for ice cream. FALSE FACT OF THE DAY: The chain was started by none other than “Iron” Mike Tyson, who named it after his favorite professional wrestler: “Cold Thtone” Thteve Authtin. Cold Thtone’s his boy, you know.* I heard a lot of good things about their ice cream, but to me ice cream is ice cream unless it’s Ben & Jerry’s (specifically the “Chunky Monkey” flavor).

Afterwards, we went to Ed’s to hang out and play Trivial Pursuit (three on three). The game went on for quite awhile, and I was on the losing end. C’est la vie. Overall, good times were had by all, and it was good to have an excuse to get out of the house on a Saturday evening and see Wetsel (IN THE HIIIIIIGHEEEESST) one last time before Thanksgiving.

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NETFLIX REVIEWS
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars (* to *****).

These are gonna be short, just because. Not like anyone actually anticipates these anyway.

Brick (2005) – ****. Film noir set in a suburban High School with in the verbose “noir” style. It’s done well and the movie doesn’t take itself seriously at all, so it works a lot better than you would imagine.

V for Vendetta (2006) – ***. At times it was very good. Other times it had potential to be great, but then seemed to slip for one reason or another. Hey, if anybody has contact info for either of the Wachowski brothers, can they send them this link? It’d be much appreciated. They showed as much restraint in noting the source of the totalitarian rise of the Conservative Party in England as they showed with the two sequels to “The Matrix” (that is to say none at all). The first mention of it (brief and subtle) was more than enough. Yeah, we got what you were getting at twenty minutes into the film. Oh well, at least Hugo Weaving was awesome.

Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006) – ***. I liked the first one a lot better, but still enjoyed this enough to want to see more sequels produced. Although it’ll be nice if they just drop the freaking alien thing already. Bring on Baron Von Zemo! Or Kang! Or the Red Skull! ANYONE!

Enduring Love (2004) – ****. Rhys Ifans and David Craig both attempt to intervene during a hot-air balloon with a handful of other potential rescuers, however their efforts are for naught and one of them is killed. Ifans then starts stalking Craig. Good balance of drama, creepiness, and unintentional hilarity. Ifans was awesomely weird, and Craig was perfectly cast as the slightly unsympathetic protagonist. Highly recommended with the note that I have a feeling a lot of you will be as disappointed with the ending as I was (it’s quite dull).

Currently in the Queue:
Carnivale: Season 2 (6-Disc Series) (I just finished Disc 4; Discs 5 and 6 will be here on Tuesday), Rome: Season 1 (6-Disc Series), , American Movie, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and New York Doll.

Needless to say, with the 6 Discs Rome takes up, it’ll be a while before the next set of reviews. Recommendations for movies already on the Queue or ones you think I should have on it are always welcome.

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I did absolutely nothing today. Watched TV, ate food, watched the first half of the “Better Than Our Best” Ring of Honor DVD, and that was it. I think the weather prohibited me from even attempting something that resembled productive. It feels like a cold, rainy October evening, and marked the first time since March that I’ve had to bring out the jacket.

Well, that was exciting, wasn’t it?

More later…

*Five people reading this have the potential to get that reference, and maybe ONE of them will actually remember what the Hell I’m talking about.

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  1. August 28, 2006 at 2:50 am

    You will put Deadwood on the queue and you will write glowing reviews. Else.

    • August 28, 2006 at 3:04 am

      *stares at the floor* Yes ma’am.

      • August 28, 2006 at 3:06 am

        Oh, I do channel my inner Seth Bolluck so well!!

  2. August 28, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    You successfully reminded me that they built a whole WrestleMania main event around Mike Tyson. He was such a huge fan, he got the biggest draws name wrong.

    At least back then, WWF wasnt using lame angles for everything. So it didnt serve to kill the product.

    • August 28, 2006 at 10:05 pm

      Well in fairness(?), it’s very possible he was a big fan at the time, but is just an idiot.

      Yeah…those were the days.

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