Posts Tagged ‘00’s’

Boondock Saints (2000) – wild schtuff….

Sat ,04/04/2020

Amid the various show-bingeing going on at present, we watched Boondock Saints last night. Crazy movie, ridiculous violence, but entertaining nonetheless despite its age (1999). And they do well with nearly a complete no-name cast, save for Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly definitely playing against type, and (if you know who he is), Ron Jeremy in a bit part.

Basically this is a vigilante movie of another stripe – here, two Irish guys from South Boston go on a killing spree, wacking lots of heavy hitters in the various Boston Mafia clans (Russian, Italian, you name it). The movie doesn’t have a positive view of the Boston police for sure (Willem Dafoe is the FBI agent who gives them their marching orders) and it’s pretty gritty generally.

There are also some pretty crazy scenes in this movie and at least a couple notable stunts. While it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, if you’ve ever watched ANY gangster movie or movies with big shootout scenes (a la The Matrix of the same year as this movie but far less blood) and while the climatic scene to us simply didn’t work, it’s still a great ride, even if it veers into weird territory several times (You have to kind of figure out what’s going on at the start for a bit, it doesn’t really have much of an intro, kind of like jumping into a moving car, plotwise – and Willem Dafoe has a multi-layered character, to be sure).

Given the amount of blood flying around is not really less than say, Zatoichi, Snatch or In Bruges, or other similar over-the-top style fight/samurai movies, i’d definitely NOT recommend watching this with any kids. Enjoy!

Too funny….

Sat ,21/03/2020

the Goldfinger comment about the cafeteria workers is priceless 🙂

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Rest in Percussion, Mighty One.

Fri ,10/01/2020

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart dies at 67

Rush’s Neil Peart: unassuming, thunderous drummer who became a music legend

Jack Black, Brian Wilson, and more pay tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart

Musicians Offer Tributes To Neil Peart On Social Media

Dave Grohl on Rush Drummer Neil Peart: ‘We All Learned From Him’

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RIP, Roy Batty…

Thu ,25/07/2019

Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ co-star and memorable bad guy, dies at 75

Rutger Hauer obituary – The Guardian

Need to watch The Hitcher again at some point – RIP.

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Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass

Mon ,13/05/2019

yet another very interesting looking book i’ll have to check out from the library sooner or later – great interview in the meantime….he’s also such a nice guy, just to listen to.

Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass
https://www.powells.com/book/-9780062747839

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VW Dreamin’…..

Mon ,04/03/2019

How fun!

BaT Auction Success Story: Family Adventures in a 2003 Volkswagen Eurovan Weekender

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The Summer of 1787 – David O. Stewart

Mon ,04/02/2019

Also finished this book a few days ago – this is the biographical story of the Constutional Convention, held in Philadelphia over several brutally hot months, where many (but certainly not all and some only sporadically) Founding Fathers and other wise men debated, re-debated, wrote, pontificated and argued over the ultimate form of our resulting Constitution and Bill of Rights. We all owe them a lot, even if the document wasn’t perfect by any means (ignored slavery, womens’ suffrage and some other key areas that have been mostly amended since. While there are certainly areas to the narrative the author points out are lacking (as he notes, we rely today much more on Madison’s extensive notes and some letters from other attendees but are still largely in the dark about outside meetings and gatherings that took place in and around the Convention all summer long by various groups) – I’d actually like to read more, if it existed…..

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Bloodchild and Other Stories – Octavia Butler

Sat ,02/02/2019

read this short anthology over the past few weeks. These are really good stories (one is an essay) and although I haven’t read much of her fiction, I liked these a lot. Time for more…!

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funny….

Sun ,13/01/2019

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William O. Douglas – enigma?

Mon ,26/11/2018

So just finished my second Justice Douglas biography, Independent Journey by James F. Simon (1980), published not too long after Douglas’ passing in 1975. I had read Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas by Bruce Allen Murphy (2003) immediately prior.

I had heard about the later book originally via a New Republic article some years ago, a book review by Judge Richard Posner. But after having read it, and the second book having mentioned the earlier bio in the end credits, I really felt I needed to read the earlier book. You see, while certainly Murphy’s book is an amazing example of dedicated scholarship – it largely focuses on Douglas’ personal shortcomings – and while there are many, many such egregious examples of them, Simon’s earlier book provides a much better balance of the actual SUPREME COURT activity Douglas engaged in and in some cases, led. Murphy spends so much time uncovering all the personal flaws, problems and misdeeds of Douglas that he largely blows off most of the Court stuff (why he wrote the book, hello?). Unlike Simon’s book, which tells a lot of detail behind two huge cases for example (Brown v. Board of Education in the 50’s and Roe v. Wade just before the end of Douglas’ career) – Murphy doesn’t really deal much with either one, if at all.

Ultimately, The Nation sums it up best for me in talking about both books and then about Douglas the man. Because so many of the *results* Douglas wanted to see (or helped bring about as part of the Warren Court or earlier as Chairman of the SEC) – are still RIGHT. So as bad a human being as he was in many, many circumstances, The Nation still makes the best final statement of him to me: “If more present-day Justices and judges embraced William O. Douglas’s ideals, constitutional liberties would be far safer than they are.” (and throw in environmental protection too, because while not part of his jurisprudence, he was d*** right on that one and way ahead of his time.

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