Quantum of Solace | B+

director: Marc Forster
starring: Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini

Quantum of SolaceFrom what I’ve heard, reviews of the latest James Bond outing seem to be fairly split between “fantastic action that carries on the outstanding precedent of 2006’s Casino Royale,” to “a boring, poorly-edited, plotless waste of time.” I guess some people are just too hard to please, because I freakin’ loved it, albeit with a few caveats. If you haven’t seen Casino Royale recently, you might be a little lost early on, and forget about knowing what the frick’s going on if you haven’t seen Royale at all. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading and go check it out. It’s well worth your time, so much so that I even upped it a grade after having watched it again this past weekend. And my one piece of advice before seeing Quantum of Solace is to do just that: watch it again, even if you’ve seen it before. The plot here carries a bit more resonance if you’re familiar with the character arc Bond starts upon in Royale.

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I Got Id


My lips are shakin’, my nails are bit off
Been a month since I’ve heard myself talk
Only advantage this life’s got on me
Picture a cup in the middle of the sea

And I fight back in my mind
Never lets me be right
I got memories, I got shit
So much it don’t show

Oh, I walked the line, when you held me in that night
I walked the line, when you held my hand that night

An empty shell seems so easy to crack
Got all these questions, don’t know who I could even ask
So I’ll just lie alone and wait for the dream
Where I’m not ugly and you’re lookin’ at me

And I’ll stay in bed
All blue, I’ve seen hell
If just once I could feel love
Oh, stare back at me

But, I walked the line, when you held me in that night
Oh, I walked the line, when you held my hand that night
Oh, I walked the line, when you held me close that night
I paid the price, never held you in real life

My lips are shakin’…

Pearl Jam
Release: 1996
Lyrics: Eddie Vedder
Music: Pearl Jam and Neil Young

Election '08 Recap

You all know what happened Tuesday night: change is finally here. GREAT to see the high turnout numbers, a sign that we had two worthy candidates for a change. Anyway, you can read exhaustive recaps and editorials from writers far more intelligent and skillful than I, so I’m gonna focus on what I seem to do best: berate the major network coverage of the festivities with my trademark sarcastic wit! Let the hilarity begin!

NBC’s graphics department must’ve just had a sizable bump in their operating budget, as they seemed determined to induce as many seizures as possible with visual aids, constantly shifting graphs and an entire green screen studio depicting a Roman senate chamber of some sort that looks like it might’ve been created by a couple of stoned out college students.


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It’s been a rough eight years for this country and the choice American citizens make today will have consequences for years to come, likely well after the administration of whoever wins is over. At least, let’s hope it does, because I’m not sure we can afford another status quo administration–Democrat or Republican–in the long term.

Never have I felt so empowered being able to vote in an election; this is the first time I’ve felt like there’s something truly at stake here. The past several races have featured candidates I found a difficult time tolerating, let alone embracing as a symbol of that ever-elusive “change” we’re all seemingly looking for. Both candidates in 2008 are using that buzzword again, but I feel like they both mean it this time. We get to decide who’ll have the chance to deliver it. Democracy has never felt more tangible to me. I think that’s a sentiment shared by a lot of my generation–a generation that’s nearing the time where we’ll make our mark and be able to influence the direction this country goes in. (And yes, this means kids will take over the country and put all adults in internment camps. 24/7 partytime!)

So please, get out and vote on Tuesday. Be a maverick and put that bag of Cheetos down, get off the couch and get to your local polling place. If you’ve got time to read a barely above-average blog (aw yeh), you have time to go vote. Don’t worry, I’ll have all manner of chimp video and alcohol-fueled ranting here waiting when you get back.


NYJBUFNot much to write home about on this one, folks. FAVRAH and the Jets beat the Bills at home, the second week in a row a division opponent has exposed a suspect Bills defense, while the offense didn’t do much to help. Thankfully, the Pats lost on Sunday Night Football, so we’re all square for the divison lead (tiebreakers aside). Big showdown next week in New England. Check out the gallery below while I go try to recover from eight beers too many.

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