Monday, July 05, 2010

The good thing about a bad season

The Cubs beat the Diamondbacks this afternoon! It was a good, competent game. And I'm happy, happy, happy.

My expectations this season are so low that every victory is cause for celebration ... and song!

"Go, Cubs, go. Go, Cubs, go.
Hey, Chicago, what do you say?
The Cubs are gonna win today!"

Movie Monday

This week's movie topic is all about Special Effects...

Here are my choices for movies that contain wicked awesome special effects. Share yours on your blog and back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

JFK. I have a ton of problems with this movie in terms of narrative and content, but as an exercise in film making, I genuinely admire it. Oliver Stone interwove the real Zapruder film with actual news footage with stuff he made up, and he did it seamlessly. So seamlessly that by the time you it's over, you're not sure what you believe anymore. Likewise with the autopsy photographs. Now we could debate the movie's veracity and even its morality, but not its impact. It's a special effects tour de forc
e that won multiple awards for its editing.

Die Hard. One of my favorite movies, a delightful thrill ride. Individual action sequences are still vivid in my mind's eye -- floors of Nakatomi Plaza being blown out, windows shattering and John McLane stepping through the broken glass with bare feet, and Hans' shocked face as he falls 35 floors to his death. Not unlike what the Bumbles said of Gary Sinise in Forrest Gump, I know that Alan Rickman probably only fell a few feet onto a mattress, but watching Hans descend sure as shit looked real!