movie review: the go-getter

Film: The Go-Getter
Director: Martin Hynes
Year: 2007

The Go-Getter, aye? More of like, Get-Me Outta here! It wasn’t a disaster film. I can only give you 3 reasons why this movie is worth viewing. Jena Malone’s (constant) unforgettable role (can we say rowing a boat in Cold Mountain?). Zooey Deschanel’s voice and great film presence (show stealer). And Maura Tierney 5 minute role which was a sweet delight. Weak points of the movie include, the protagonist whose role was never well defined and his acting as weak as the trunk of a 5 month old Christmas tree… Oh, and I got one statement for the story… “Stop being something you’re not!”

Sonny gives this movie a sad “C-“

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movie review: marley and me

Film: Marley and Me
Director: David Frankel
Year: 2008

You know how sometimes during Christmas, you get that one unexpected surprise gift that you didn’t even know was coming? It could be a diamond ring, a DVD collection, or if your rich/Oprah – a new car. But for me, that gift was “Marley and Me”. Let me give you a brief background story of my journey to the theatres. It may seem naive, but I expected a disaster. I expected a Beethoven 8/Airbud type cross-breed film. I completely did not give this movie a chance, until the critic reviews came a-rolling. Doubt became curiosity and soon enough I found myself purchasing a “Marley and Me” movie ticket. From the hook of the film, I already knew that this wasn’t the mickey-mouse tune, family comedy I had a blind mindset against. You can say that I was foolish and close-minded, because this film is the BEST unexpected christmas gift the movie industry gave to me last year. Like a child, I unwrapped the present with haste and savored every moment, until the gift sits in full sight – pretty, new, and shiny. The film had a solid and perfect cast, wonderful and touching story/pace, and an all together timeless film. Now, let’s all get clearance puppies.

Sonny gives this film a whopping “A”

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the sound of music school

I’m not sure what middle school this is, but a friend of mine’s posted this video online and it’s a-frickin-mazing. The tag line for the youtube video is “Remind me again why music shouldn’t be in public school?” It makes you think why the hell are budgets being cut from the creative departments in public schools when all a kid wants to do is sing and draw? If public schools are planning to cut a department, in my opinion try removing the math department department. I never liked math and guess what, today, I hardly apply math at work! Just give a kid a calculator or a fancy application for their iphone and bada-bing-bada-boom – math. Art, however, needs a completely different approach. Firstly, art needs practice – and within practice comes growth as an artist – and possibly in the near future superstardom – and further beyond the near future – immortality and complete control of the world.

The point. Let the future generations know how important art is and kick math’s butt out the sidelines where it belongs. You could tell my animosity against math by reading this entry. Well, I strongly believe if I had a music department in my middle school, I would’ve had the chance – at least the chance to hold the Guinness World Record of the “highest vocal note by a male” by singing a vocal note of C sharp in the 8th octave. At least.

Here’s a few sites if you want to get involved in “Saving the Arts” in your local schools:
//Americans fo the Arts
//VH1 Save the Music

a swedish surprise





Sweden’s Parliament legalized same-sex marriage April 1. Same-sex couples can begin marrying May 1.

The vote was 261 to 22 with 66 abstentions and absences.

Six of the seven political parties in Parliament supported the decision, with the Christian Democrats the sole holdout. Sweden has had a registered-partnership law since 1995 that grants registered same-sex couples the rights, benefits and obligations of marriage. That law no longer will be used, though currently registered couples will have the option of maintaining that status or converting their partnership into a marriage.

Same-sex marriage is also legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S. states of Connecticut, Iowa (starting April 24), Vermont and Massachusetts.

Compiled by Rex Wockner

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I’d like to just say… “Bravo Sweden.”
Since Sweden is too far of a drive from California, I will be paying my respects to the Swedish government by visiting IKEA twice this month.

Come on California. You were almost there!

is it me?



Is it me, or was the episode of Family Guy last night (4/19) just plain pushing their freedom limit (a la hitler scenes and Jew bashing)? Don’t get me wrong, I la la la love Family Guy, but last night at times I felt a bit uncomfortable – not the kind of uncomfortable when your boss accidentally cuts the cheese in a shared elevator, but the uncomfortable where it makes me question if Family Guy will re-cross the bridge they built a few years ago when the show first got cancelled because of how the writers approach “honesty”, “world issues”, and “society”.

The animated sitcom is widely known to be vulgar and crude but the way they convey the humor on our televisions every Sunday night is just darn laugh out loud funny – sometimes we just have leave our pristine thrones and stand amongst everyone else and learn how to make fun of ourselves. With that mentality set, Family Guy is simply enjoyable and laughing won’t feel so sinful (not that I ever felt that way because I’m naturally evil).

The point. To Mister MacFarlane, keep up the superb work because life without Family Guy would be easily comparable to life without air. However, a smidgen of sensitivity goes a mile long when the FCC and yakking conservatives try to toy with the future of the beloved sitcom. In my opinion, there’s good humor (strategically plotted jokes and punchlines with a pinch of “there’s a line I won’t cross”) and then there’s sloppy humor (American Dad-esque meets Meet the Spartans). Last night, Family Guy fell in between. Here’s the episode:


Any thoughts?

Have an extraordinary morning.

Over and oot,
Sonny