Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I may be the only person thinking this but Is Steve Jobs dying? If you saw the latest Apple Keynote Address introducing the new Mac Book Pro, Steve has lost a lot of weight and just does not look good. I shutter to think. I have never purchased anything other than a Mac so I am a die hard Appler. But Steve has me a bit worried. I hope I am wrong. Let me know what you think. A picture is worth a 1,000 words.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
few world champs. Have I gone mad you ask, perhaps but I just fell in
love with this sport.
You just have to check out the BEST Site then ask if I am still crazy. Www.bestkiteboarding.com
Thanks Ian for the initial push.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
If you have not seen it ESPN has an amazing new street campaign. It is wild posting of real astroturf. Just fantastic marketing. What is amazing in NY is to watch people walk up to these and touch them.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Still worth a slow Saturday at the movies but it needed a better ending.
From a marketing point of view I felt that the gadgets could have given the film some additional legs. Iron Man, Minority Report, 007 and others use this approach. Not sure why the studio did'nt give their film this fighting edge. One of the sweet toys featured is a Can-Am Spyder Roadster Motorcycle.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The fest, which focusses on mainstream cinema by and about people of color, will screen 85 films at the AMC Loews 34th Street Theaters.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I have to give a big plug to Tumi. If you did not know Tumi has a life time guarantee on it's luggage. And this summer I had a situation that I just knew they were going to throw me out of the store. On vacation out of the country my suitcase was lost and went on a bit of a journey. Finally a very nice baggage handler suggested I check at the other end of the baggage claim for my bag. There it was, but missing one of it's wheels.
Have you ever tried to look good dragging your bag through the airport with a missing wheel? Hard to do. Upon my return home I took my bag to the Tumi store on Madison Avenue. I was prepared to pay for the repair. The staff was amazing. The sales woman said we have a life time guarantee on our luggage. We will get it repaired right away. The next day I returned to the store and picked up my fully restored suitcase.
Tumi is the best. I have been buying Tumi for 20 years. They truly stand by their customers. Thanks to the staff at the Madison Ave location.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I found one part of the film disturbing. Anakin gets a Jedi apprentice (Ahsoka Tano). They constantly refer to how young she is. At least 20 times. There is some serious sexual overtones and play on words. Not sure if it was intentional or not. It worked in Star Wars Original between Han Solo and Princess Leia because there was a lot of comic relief around them with Luke, C3PO, Wookie and R2. But Anakin and Ahsoka are like a bickering married couple carrying Baby Yoda around. Just found that part strange and grew tired of it.
Still great film and worth seeing. The animation is nice and the camera work is spectacular. Some of the one liners from the droids is priceless.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Link: BBC Article
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Well looks like Paul is about to star in his greatest role. One that is thrust upon so many. Paul our prayers go out to you and your family.
This moment reminds me of a great Prayer
"Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it, Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and fearful imaginings. Trust in the Giver of all good gifts."
St. Francis de Sales
Thank you for being an example, touching my life and the life of so many.
Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer came to Urbanworld to premiere their film Original Kings of Comedy directed by Spike Lee (2000). We went through the usual intros with Spike calling up his stellar cast for shout outs. Then as they are walking off Bernie grabs the mic and if you never saw Bernie live you missed something special.
Bernie thanked the crowd for coming and then unloaded... I am glad y'all came and most of you probably snuck in here tonight and didn't pay. Cause ya cheap. On opening night you better go out and buy a damn ticket, cause I work too G** Da** hard for you MF's to be stealing from me. And don't let me see a bootleg copy of this movie.
Bernie had the place in stitches. Original Kings of Comedy went on to be an enormous success. It is still the second highest grossing film per production cost ratio in history. Grossing over 12x its production cost.
Bernie we are going to miss you. Neither Hollywood nor the Hood will ever be the same.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I just got off the phone with a friend who mentioned a motorcycle tragedy which is always very sad to hear. My condolences go out to the family. It brought to mind a couple of concept bikes that are out there to aid in such crashes and to help increase the likely hood of survival.
The fist it the Monotracer www.monotracer.com. This bike comes out of Germany. This particular design is a 2 seater. What is unique is that it has side wheels that come down at a stop position and also act as a support for a skid.
The second design is the TECA Concept bike - The Kneeslider http://www.concept-teca.com. It is a shell for a standard single rider bike. Not sure how these hold up in a crash test and could not find any information for that but seems like they are headed in the right direction to further protect riders while maintaining freedo.
Happy Safe ;-) Riding
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Dark Knight is amazing in so many ways. It smashes many ideas of one dimensional characters that we often see in comic fair. Batman is being attacked on two fronts. In love and war. We find that his love interest is tired of the save the world routine and is dating the District Attorney and the Criminal world have turned to a character like The Joker to get rid of The Batman. Even Gotham's towns folk are tired of the Batman as well because the body counts continues to rising in the battle between cops and robbers and they are the collateral damage. So Batman finds himself unliked, unloved and wanted.
The Joker is one of the finest villains you will ever see on screen. Heath Ledger will win the Oscar for this role. The Joker is a villain who rises above thuggery. He is on a higher mission. He calls himself an agent of Chaos. This is what makes him so dangerous. He has no vulnerable sides. He is the great disrupter to the status quo. He is in it for the sport of it. The Joker burns a mountain of money because it mean nothing to him. This film in many ways is a biblical battle between Gabriel and Lucifer. The agent of Order vs the agent of Chaos. Yen meets Yang. As the plot thickens the Joker puts life so clearly to Batman (to us)..."We need each other. You can't kill me and I can't kill you".
The Dark Knight is a defining film of our times. It does not give us answers, but asks us questions. The imperial idea of what is good and what is evil is not so simple any more. As a Nation we seem to have lost our way. By any means necessary is the new motto. Laws are only to enforce on those we see as criminals. We want to be right at any costs. The right God, The right Oil and the right brand of freedom. When a great nation doubts it self it needs someone to fight to define it's ideas. And the agents of chaos hiding in the mountains of far away lands need an empire to fight, an oppressor to destroy.
In one of the final scenes Batman has the Joker suspended upside down and as the Joker explains to Batman that he can't kill him because he needs him. The camera rotates 180 to give a Joker world view and we find even in all his killing he is an agent to serve the same universe. Batman realizes this is true. We are looking in the mirror at self. There is very little difference between these two Knights they are twin brothers. The quote by Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton "Absolute power corrupts absolutely", comes to mind and the Joker is an equalizer very similar to the battle between the Architect and the Oracle in the Matrix. It's as if these films are trying to remind us of our humanity. In our digital age or differences can travel as fast as our similarities if we chose to focus on them. I am my brothers keeper.
Monday, July 14, 2008
There is a great documentary film called "Soldiers With-Out Swords" on the history of the Black Press in America. The Black Press would emulate the mainstream press in their tactics to vilify people of color. To be balanced I wonder if we will see Mr and Mrs McCain dressed in White Sheets, with photo of Hitler on the wall as they click their boots in an Arian salute. Probably not!
New Yorker GROW UP! And members of the staff who are persons of color SPEAK UP! You have a responsibility to your families, your community and your country at large.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Hellboy picks up where it left off in this dysfunctional super hero family. Hellboy old plot is saved just in time by the departure in the Guillermo Del Toro directing and script. The film gets a little stale.Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth Director) gives the film great depth. We enter a world very similar to the Cantina bar in the Original Star Wars. These characters are refreshing. Hellboy is definitely worth seeing and will do great at video.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Hancock (played by Will Smith) is a bold, daring movie taking a shot at our present super hero culture. It takes a complicated hero and tries to rehabilitate him to what should be his natural sober state. People want to love Hancock, but his drunken blunders just seems to make everything worst. Peter Berg does a great job in directing this cast with Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman. At the end of the day Hancock leaves you wanting more. The flaw is in the script. The film can't decide if it wants to be a Super Hero Flick or a Love Story. We all know that underneath all super hero films is a love story, but Hancock gets confused by it's brilliant opening and does a sloppy job ending the film.
Spoiler - Cover your eyes. The 2nd half of the film is similar to Cast Away when Tom Hanks character comes home after he was considered dead. We discover that Smith and Theron both have super powers and we're married prior. Smith lost his memory following an injury and Theron settled into a normal life with Bateman leaving Smith to fend for himself. That part is fine and a great twist, but at the end of the film our hero ends up with nothing. When Hanks character in Cast Away is standing at the crossroads and not sure which direction to go. Hope drives by with the wings on the back of the truck similar to the package that kept him alive all those years. We see that the hand of fate was there all along. Giving our hero a shot at love after all. That's is missing in Hancock. Smith ends up with a bird and making hearts on the moon. He does not get the girl or any girl.
Hancock is still worth seeing, even though it's not the great film it could have been.
Monday, June 30, 2008
If you liked Fight Club your going to love "Wanted". It's the perfect antidote to the cubically challenged. James McAvoy does a great job as a loser who is just being walked on by life. Wanted's Geek Gone Bad is a throw back to Michael Douglas in "Falling Down". McAvoy snaps into his new life after a wild chase filled night with Angelina. Once you get past the fact that most of the stunts are impossible and you are seeing an alternative world the movie is a blast.
The opening window jump scene is nice and definitly a Matrix knock off, but still well done and great to watch. Timur Bekmambetov brings such cost effective approach to filmmaking. It's unbelievable how successful he is on the budget given. He is on trajectory to becoming a great director.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
My wife and I took our 2 year old daughter to see Wall-E this weekend. She woke this morning saying "Daddy We See Wall-E today"? "Yes Honey, we will...". Wall-E is fantastic on so many levels. Pixar has made a poignant and important movie with a message for our times. It is a call to our kids to rise up and fix what we have so resourcefully broken.
The music soundtrack is just wonderful. Wall-E has discovered our ancient romantic past in old movies. He is ripe for love when his angel EVE comes from the heavens in a thundering ship. EVE is sent to find plant life on Earth.
The adventure of Wall-E is a protective layer for a true love story. Simple in it's innocence, you realize that love and sacrifice are the fundamental ingredients for survival. The love and fight for life displayed by Wall-E and Eve smashes our person video screen image of ourselves like the hammer in "1984". In an instant we are transported from the world of the ME back to the future of the WE.
This love story between 2 machines has the power to wake us from our 700 year sleep. They show us the way home and help us to believe again.
Pixar Team good job!
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Sunday, June 22, 2008
Miracle at St Anna
The trailer for Spike Lee's new film Miracle at St Anna was on the head of The Incredible Hulk. The film looks spectacular. You can see that Spike has really become a master of his element. Despite all the silly back and forth with Clint Eastwood, it's probably a good thing that there have not been many WWII stores about the Black Soldiers. It leaves the door open for Spike to tell them.
I will be there to salute their memory and service to us and our counrty. Opens September 26th.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Icon Aircraft headed up by former F-16 Pilot Kirk Hawkins and the designers from Burt Ruttan are launching the ICON A5. A 2 passenger Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft. With a flight range of 300 nm, cruising speed of 120 mph and price tag at about $140k. Oh and wings fold up so you can park it in your garage.