Saturday, December 10, 2016

Keeping the tradition alive

For 17 years now I've been keeping my "tradition" of watching the Grinch every Xmas. For the first 10 years it wasn't on purpose. Just happened to be the movie people wanted to watch. When I finally decided to stop it, my sister pushed me on another 5 years. Last year we watched it Xmas Day and this year I watched it last week.

I have to admit, not only is it still my favorite Xmas movie but still enjoyable today!

See it lately? You should!

Friday, December 09, 2016

End of an Era

16 year ago I re-started the Santa Bowl. I tradition from the mid-80's that went 4 years before coming to a halt.

In 2000, while cleaning out my mom's cabinets I found the trophy. Since Xmas was the next week, I didn't hold a Bowl game but the very next year I put one together.

It's always been adults vs youth but back then (due to ages) 18-13 was considered the age for the youth and 19 and up was adults.

The next year the youth age jumped to 22-14 and would continue to go up (by minimum and maximum) until it finally settled to 26-17. In those years the Adults would dominate the series. Winning all by three contest. The Youth really fought hard and came close on several occasions and the 2014 Santa Bowl was super close.

Last year I was on a business trip to Phoenix for most of December and didn't have time to plan so I left it up to the others....they didn't do a thing.

And for the first time in 14 years, there was no Santa Bowl. Everyone thought it was a fluke that wouldn't happen this year since I was in but I knew that it was the end. Once you stop a tradition its incredibly hard to start back up.

We had little interest in re-starting it this year. There simply isn't enough youth to form a team. I'm not saying it'll never come back but I know it won't be back for a while.

Sad end to such a legendary era.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Kung Fury

Another movie I got to see last month was Kung Fury. A hilarious spoof on everything 80's and "awesome" rolled in to one! If you've seen (and liked) Turbo Kid, this 30 minute, Kickstarted movie available on Netflix is SO worth your time.

One word to get you to watch it? Triceri-cop!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Wolf Hall Review

Another show I got to see was Wolf Hall from PBS. I'd heard good things about the 16th century masterpiece and have to admit, it lived up to the hype.

The focus of the story is on Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with King Henry. It's amazingly captivating with strong characters and an excellent story line. Though it doesn't tell of Cromwell unfortunate end, the story does focus on how he helps the King through a failed marriage.

It's only 6 episodes and it's worth your time if you have Prime and a few nights available. I recommend it!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Pacific (Review)

Over the last couple of months I've had the chance to catch up on a lot of TV shows and movies, so I thought I'd start reviewing them now!

One of the shows I watched was "The Pacific" Now I've seen Band of Brothers several times and have enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to seeing this one.

And though it falls a little short from its predecessor this series is still pretty good. I enjoyed a lot of the characters in it. Though I couldn't keep track of them all (unlike Band of Brothers) the over arching stories didn't lose me.

The action and cinematography is superb and it you're looking for something worth your while to watch on Amazon Prime, this is the one for you!  

Monday, December 05, 2016

The Witch

I kept hearing talk about this movie on Amazon Prime so I thought I'd check it out for myself.

The Witch is a story, set in old folklore, back during the Salem Trials where people were accused of being a witch. But this story breaks away from tradition and follows a family as they move away from their settlement to find a new place to live, away from it all. Only to discover they've moved next to a residential witch.

The story has the feel of Sam Rami's The Village but with less "scare" and more ominous settings. That being said, this movie had me captivated with it's amazing cinematography, yet it suffered a weak ending in my opinion.

Overall, the movie is worth your time but only if you're prepared not to see much of an actual witch in the flick and more of a beautifully shot film, with interesting characters and a decent plot.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Chucky Review

This past Halloween, Megan wanted to watch thru the Chucky series so I watched them with her.

It's been a while since I'd last seen them and I remember thinking they were just "Ok" but after another review I have to say they're pretty decent. Not the best in movie series (Halloween still hold that title) but oddly enough, I liked the later ones in the series even better than the first three!

That and the continuity between movies holds up better than a lot of the rest. I'd forgotten just how well in fact! So if you're someone who loves Halloween in December or you're looking for something next year, I'd recommend you giving these another try!

Have a good weekend folks!