Friday, July 16, 2004

Survey on SG

This is a survey on SG.

I stole this from Firefly who took it from Aikaterine!I know this is silly but I did it anyway, so there.*
Have you ever...(put an X next to the things that apply to you)
(X) Been drunk.
(X) Kissed a member of the opposite sex.
(X) Rode in a taxi.
(X) Been dumped.
(1/2) celebrated new years in Times Square. I have seen the ball drop and been at the back of that mess
(X) Went on a blind date.
(X) Had a crush on a teacher.
(X) Skipped school.
A p p e a r a n c e
Height: 6'4"
Hair color: Dark Brown
Skin color: Avg. White Boy I guess ... about once a year get a lobster tan
Eye color: Hazel
Piercings: None
Tattoos: None (have considered it)
R i g h t n o w
What color are the pants that you are wearing? Grey checkerboard PJs
What song are you listening to right now? Watching Simpsons On DVR I guess Simpsons soundtrack
What taste is in your mouth? Currently just water .. I think chocolate soon ... And BTW Ginger Altoids are very Yummy and strong must like Ginger
What's the weather like now? Average NYC summer I guess.
How are you? Feeling wicked broke
Got motion sickness? On rare occasions.
Have a bad habit? Very bad at throwing away newspapers.
Like to drive? In the Country but hate driving slow
F a v o r i t e s
TV show: The Simpsons, Arrested Development, The Daily Show, Wrestling and PTI.
Book: One really cool book in The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau
Non-Alcoholic drink: Non-pasturized cider, Ginger Beer, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice
Alcoholic drink: I would have to say many types of beer .. just got back from Quebec and loved Boreaul Rouge and Rickards Red ... Also really like Porters like Guinness and some lagers like Red Stripe )
Thing to do on the weekend: Hang out with wifey wife, lounge around, see some flicks, catch some comedy, do some trips
H a v e y o u...Broken the law: Yes ... Yep sped and stuff
Ran away from home: No
Gone skinny dipping: Yes. Quite like the nude beaches
Ever tipped over a porta potty: No. Thats mean.
Used your parents' credit card before: Only with them there
Fell asleep in shower/bath: No, scary
Been in a school play: Worked behind the scenes and was in a chorus once or twice
L o v e
Boyfriend/girlfriend: Wifey wife ....Lanna .. she is beyond girlfriend now ...
Current crush: Wife/Ninanna Ninanna
Been in love: 3 or 4 times never like this though
Had a hard time getting over someone: Had some bad breakups.
Been hurt: A few times.
Greatest regret: Being timid about dating when younger.
Gone out with someone you only knew for 3 days: Sure.
R a n d o m
Do you have a job: No. Unfortunately only temping.
Your CD player has in it right now: Marilyn Monroe greatest hits
If you were a crayon what color would you be: Maroon
What makes you happy: The wifey wife, The Simpsons, Beautiful Weather, The country, new conversations, Silliness
Next CD you're gonna get: Still need to get last OutKast album

W h e n / w h a t w a s t h e l a s t
Time you cried: During Spiderman 2 (last week)
Time you got a real letter: Replies to wedding invites and birthday invites
Thing you purchased: Movie tickets to "The Terminal" last night ... as well as candy, soda, and popcorn
Movie you saw in the theater: The very underrated The Terminal ... Although the ending is much too short ***1/2
Last Cigarette: Over a year ago
Last Alcoholic Drink: PBR
Last Car Ride: Drive back home to Nj and then to train station to get to NYC
Last Kiss: fun ones with wifey wife
Last Library Book: Still owe book about Arthur Anderson
Last Book Read: Read the newspaper and magazines much more often...
Last Movie Rented: Rent movies infrequently ... last was the absolutely dreadful wonderland a month ago 1/2*
Last Cuss Word Uttered: Shiiit
Last Beverage Drank: water
Last Food Consumed: some chips
Last Phone Call: The Wifey wife
Last TV Show Watched: The Simpsons
Last Time Showered: yesterday
Last Annoyance: big one of someone unplugging the fridge
Last Thing Written: Reviews on SG page
Last Sleep: This morning. woke up much too late
Last Sexual Fantasy: great orgy of sin
Last Ice Cream Eaten:Coconut yumminess up in Wash Heights
Last Time Hugged: last night by my sweetie
Last Lipstick Used:n/a
Wasn't that the most interesting thing you've ever read? Its cool but I have read lots of stuff ...

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Vanity Fair Party!!!

Went to a ridicuously cool event last night... Thanks Vanity Fair!!

A couple months ago, I joined something called the "A-list" from Vanity Fair ... It said their might be panels, and events and stuff.

A couple weeks ago, I got an invitiation to see a Film Foundation "Conversation" with Robert Altman (director Short Cuts, the Player, MASH, Nashville ....) and Buck Henry (Writer -- The Graduate, Catch-22 .....) ...

So the lecture/conversation was awesome and then I went to the after-party at the Le Parker Meriden penthouse on the 43rd floor.... The view of Central Park was ridicously beautiful (I need to get the pics from Ninanna) and there was free wine, and Hynotiq (sponsors) .... I even got to talk briefly with Mr. Altman and Mr. Henry .... Even free orders like Sushi ...

Pretty damn awesome event for nothing ... I kept thinking the cool police were going to catch me... ...

Enjoy May! .. ecq

Thursday, May 13, 2004


THURSDAY MAY 13 2004 8:22 PMHaving a very emotional week.

The wedding is getting close and I haven't heard from my temp agency in a while .... Def. need money to calm the seas of debt ...

The Frasier finale tonight was absoutely classic and I believe its on again tomorrow night at 8 pm/7 pm central. Set your VCR or TiVo if you missed it tonight.

The writing was absolutely great and the show had me in tears (which is relatively easy lately) .... Frasier, Niles, Daphne, and Martin are 4 of the great actors and characters in TV history and although I have not watched the show for a while it was really really solid.

I also got the chance to see the strange and wonderful, The Saddest Music in the World by Guy Maddin (Canada) ... It was most certainly avant-garde and had a very distinctive black and white look... The movie is close to indescriable .. .And Mark McKinney (yes the one from Kids in the Hall) was a surprisingly great actor... Its a hard movie to rate honestly because its so different. ... For its originality and style I give in ***1/2 ... Its only playing in NYC at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas btwn. 1st and 2nd Ave on the South Side of Houston St. ... Its a great theatre there and I recommend it..... I am also curious how it would play on the small screen.

Need to buy Triplets of Belleville DVD, which is actually still at Sunshine Cinema.

And in a final note, read courtney's rambling madness and if it is indeed Courtney Love courtney, I am deeply worried for you ..... This is probably the time to detox.


Wednesday, May 05, 2004


Hey everybody!

Not been temping at all the last week which sucks ... makes it harder to tread water on the Ocean of debt.

Had a really fun Sunday though.

Went to the Shad Fest/Festival of Drums at Inwood Hill Park on the Northern Tip of Manhattan(3 blocks east of broadway on 218th street) .... really great festival with a pow-wow, steel drums, indian frybread ...

Also went to a pagan celebration of Beltane at the Great Hill of Central Park and had an outrageously good dinner with friends on the Upper East Side.

Was amazed that on 10 pm on a Sunday went right on to a M86 bus and was at the subway on Broadway(1/9) within 10-15 minutes ... need to use that line more often.

Tempted to go down to Atlantic City too ... trying to figure out how to wiggle on a cheap hotel room too ... maybe should rent a car down there and stay a little away from the casinos.

Still need to see "Mean Girls" soon and see if its any good. The wedding is now officially less then 2 months away (3 July 2004) .....

Enjoy the Spring!

Monday, April 12, 2004

I hate feeling sick!!!

I hate being sick!!!

It was really nice going back to Princeton land this weekend for Easter.

Saturday had glorious weather and the air felt so fresh in Montgomery land. It was really nice to walk on the towpath and have a nice turkey to dig into.

I did hit a wall when shopping with Ninanna .. although it was nice to get some cartridges for my nintendo 64 (buy 2, get 1 free) and some shirts and socks from JcPenney as well as some panties, bras and shirts for "Ninanna" .....

I had a pretty mellow Sunday going to Washington Crossing UU church (although had great difficulty getting out of bed) and almost feel asleep during the sermon.. and then I took a nap when I got home for a couple hours while I did some laundry.

Got the chance to have my sister drive us uptown, thanks sis!!! Although she does not have the same musical choice as me. She also got to meet the kitty .... Hunter "Socks" Thompson and see the roof for a second although Ninanna forgot to point her south and show the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, etc. I had to stay by the car because sis had lots of stuff visible and i have been broken into before (also were too close to hydrant for my taste --- 3 paces when 5 ex. large paces much better) ...

Had a nice mellow night with Ninanna on Sunday seeing "Animal House" again on a VHS I had at home and just chilling.

Did not get called for a temping gig today (was not feeling great either) so I have slept and coughed a lot.

Considering going down to the Knitting Factory for a SGNY thing (still need to do stuff with you guys) but decided not great at standing today ... So did manage to shower and shave today and that made me feel quite a bit better.

In good news, taking some benadryl with the cold has made the redness around my wrist wound shrink considerably.

Going to bookcrossing meetup tomorrow at Starbucks at Park and 29th (n.w. side) at 7 pm and looking forward to that .... ...

Lets hope I feel better and Happy Easter everyone!!!


Friday, April 09, 2004

Book Crossing!!

Just found a really really cool website ... is a site which promotes letting books run free ....

Considering that I am a known bibliophile and also a horrible hoarder of all things written I think this is really, really cool.

I am still learning about how this works but basically you register a book by its ISBN number get a bookcrossing ID ... write it on a label or a printout you can use and when it is ready let it run free into the world.

Going to a Meet-Up meeting about BookCrossing on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Starbucks on 29th and Park .... So I will certainly learn more about it there....

Really cool idea though to see where a book might go on its travels and see if it can be more then a dust collector on your shelf ....

It also can work of a database of your books. There are like 230,000 users and 993,000+ books registered so far all around the world ...

If you are interested in this my ID is rurugby on the site and certainly become my friend and see if there are any books you are interested in.

I really love the idea of just leaving a book on the subway or in the park too ... Have to worry about the bizarre police though that do not like things left anywhere ...

The wound is healing well... And I actually temped all week for 40 hours this week ... the $600 pre-tax wont help my debt too much but should stem the bleeding a bit (much more dangerous wound then the 5 stitches on my wrist) ...

Here is a hot link to Book Crossing !!!! ....

Enjoy the Spring and we should go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and look at flowers ... At the parents place near Princeton, NJ this weekend which is overrun with books to use my new playful site on.

Wow this post is wicked long.

Thanks for the good words on my injury too.

And finally if you haven't already change your viewing style to blog mode so you can look at people's earlier posts ...

ed d

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Read in Wonkette yesterday that Uncle Sam has found yet another "war" to fight ... this time on Porn ...

The amount of money our current administration wastes on bizarre morality is simply frightening ... from being "tough on crime" with the war on drugs ... or stopping those "welfare queens" by cutting off welfare while millions are without any health coverage and liable for thousands of dollars in debt ...

Here is the story in the Baltimore Sun ...

And Wonkette has a glorious shot of
John Ashcroft's face made entirely of porn images too ....
This is something most deserving for quite possibly the worst attorney-general in history.

Yay Politics!


Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Wrist/Injury ...OUCH!!!!

Hey everyone.

I thank you all for your support with my injury and if you are OK seeing stiches I have a link with pictures ....

Dont worry there are of stitches not the open wound ....

Wrist/Arm Injury pictures

Luckily my arm is feeling much better and stronger now (week and half will do that) .. still a little red (doctor said might have been allergic to the stitches) ...

Also saw Secret Window with Johnny Depp tonight which I HATED (0 Stars) .. I can't remember being this bored at a movie in a while .. It was under 90 minutes but felt more like 3 hours plus .... I think watching Godfather I and II would have seemed shorter ... In short DONT see it ... even my sweetie Ninanna who is a huge Stephen King fan was disappointed by it.

See Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind instead, because if you haven't yet shame on you ... Also for you NYCers out there see Bridge and Tunnel with Sarah Jones down at 45 Bleecker and see the really fun doubleheader at the UCB Theatre of Julie Spero's "Who's Your Daddy" and "Gutenberg! The Musical" my vote for best use of trucker hats ever (will be a lot, probably already is, in the garbage throughout hipsterville) Who's/Gutenberg is being shown at UCB Theatre on Wednesdays at 8 pm for the low low price of $5

So lets hope the cold has disappeared and Happy Easter and Passover y'all .. I have to go out and drink with you SGNYers sometime soon (this weekend seeing the parents in NJ) ....


Thursday, April 01, 2004

Wow I haven't posted in a while .....

THURSDAY APRIL 01 2004 12:00 PM

I want to congratulate Max Molina.. for graduating from the New School (Actors Studio) MFA program, he did an outrageously good job in his thesis performance as the straight-man in Big Al and I enjoyed his performance immensely.

The cut feels very strange having 5 stitches feels kind of like having barbed wire on your arm and awfully strange (although I am sure some SGers are intrigued) ...

Planning to see the Circus this weekend at MSG ($5 mezzazine seats from a daily news promotion) as well as Secret Window on Friday ....

And saw the tigers at Tiger Mountain in the Bronx Zoo on Sunday and it was awesome .. they actaully fed them so you could see them standing up 8 feet in the air .. most impressive.

I wish everyone a happy Easter and hope you get a chance to see "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and visit the blog of my kitty ...Hunter "Socks" Thompson

be good y'all ... ecq

Friday, March 26, 2004

Family Guy will be back

Family Guy looks like its going to be Back!!!!

According to E!/Yahoo News ... In early 2005, there willl be new episodes...

The link is on the bottom of the journal ... But I was on millions who bought the DVDs so I am very happy about and submitted the story to SG news too...

And if you have been reading my last posts you know how much I liked "Bridge and Tunnel" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"... I think they are both better every time I think about it.

Another really good show is at UCB on Wednesdays at 8 pm through April ... THe first part is Who's Your Daddy ... a really good one woman show by Wendy Spero ... and the second part is Gutenburg! The Musical whihc is the most creative use of trucker hats ever in a show I could compare with "Waiting for Guffman" ....

UCB Theatre

So have a nice weekend and enjoy the warm weather ... tomorrow i go to the Bronx Zoo(my yearlong membership ends in March)

ecqFamily Guy is Coming Back!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Eternal Sunshine ....

Still didn't see every second I wanted of games but ....its like $100/year for ESPN GamePlan over and above the insanely high digital cable and internet bill like $150/month .... I love the DVR and stuff but it makes you want to watch even more things.

And even better when I wasn't glued to basketball actually saw the great play "Bridge and Tunnel" a one-woman show by the amazing Sarah Jones and the great movie "Eternal Sunshine" .. see both as soon as you can!

But CBS is only one channel in NYC so you can only pick one game sucks when you are stuck watching the game that doesn't interest you.

My Pattys day was pretty cool actually went to the Bowery Poetry Club and saw one my felllow level 1 improv people, Jedidah Clarke do some of his plays....

I also got tickets to see the stupendous one-woman show "Bridge and Tunnel" .. which I saw on Friday and was unbelievably good.

Just saw "Enternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" which was also mindnumbingly brilliant (****1/2) .. Maybe I should just make this a new post entriely...

So see "Bridge and Tunnel" down at 45 Bleeker before it goes to broadway and catch another amazing Jim Carrey performance in the Kaufman scribed "Eternal Sunshine"..

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Oscar recap

So the Oscars are over .. and I did watch all of it ....

LOTR obviously did unbelieveably well going 11 for 11 ... Would have been nice for some acting noms too ....

I must say they need to get rid of singing all of the best songs considering many of them are credits filler ...

Probably the best of the best songs was "Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from a Mighty Wind that was very much part of the film and one of the best parts of the movie ... The Triplets of Belleville song was great too, which is a movie I most definitely want to see ....

Nice to see Sean Penn and Tim Robbins finally win awards .. but it was most definitely Peter Jackson's night ... and a win that was most deserving ....

What do you all think ... Do you thinik like I do that you could have watched from 8:30 to 9:00 and 11:15 to Midnight and missed almost nothing in the middle ... And my god were the two Cold Mountain songs boring ....

Enjoy the warm weather this week NYCers .... ecq

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Ed's first balloon twists ....

So I am now in Peabody, MA for the "Twist and Shout" Convention with 300 balloon twisters/clowns.

I actually did the first balloon twisting ever tonight.

It was actually quite fun ... and the latex balloons take much more then you would think they could.

Also had some outrageously good Brazilian food tonight ... all you can eat different types of meats that came out of skewers for you to try a piece of .... definitely not for Veggies ...

Then again, I did go to Buddha's Delight in Boston's Chinatown which is all veggie on Monday night and had "pork" (made with gluten) vermecellli dish ... It was surpisingly good.

If you are interested in some pictures of some of my first balloon animals check out this new link ....

Either way I hope you all enjoy the rest of your feb. and realize that Spring will be here soon ...

mr. edmund

Friday, February 06, 2004

MMMM ... Monument Kisses

One of my fav. things is the "monument kiss" it is something that me and Lanna (my fiancee) started around the 2nd month of our relationship ... It works really well in NYC (especially in midtown) but could work in any city or could even be personal monuments ...

So when I see say the Flatiron or the Empire State Building I say "Monument Kiss" for a very nice smooch ... .... If I see more then one there is "Double Monument Kiss" etc which is even longer and deeper ...

One of the most special things about my relationship with Lanna is this monument kiss and of course any excuse to kiss is good .... One of the best spots I know for the monument kiss is Mad Square Park at 24th between 5th and Broadway (road triangle) there you can see the Metlife, Flatiron and Empire State Buildings ... A Triple Monument Kiss ... YAY!!! ...

and congratulations again to everyone who is on ... Check out the submissions some are really good ... be good y'all and monument kiss, monument kiss, monument kiss ... YATYYYYY!!! ./..... ecq

Monday, February 02, 2004

Trying to be blogger for Suicide Girls

Member Name: hellomrworld
full name: Edmund Davis or Edmund Charles Davis(-Quinn planning to add after wedding)
29 ... Uptown Manhattan, NYC ... Currently unemployed

Favorite News Sites and Blog: I get NYPost most days, NYTimes some ... as far as news websites ... obvious like,,, .... I also often read the Moscow Times ( ) ,, the Guardian ( ) ... and many other sites ....

Some experience I have writing is obviously at University (Rutgers BA- Political Science, Minor History and an MBA in Strategic Management at the Drucker School in Claremont, CA) ... I also wrote a little for the Livingston Medium at Rutgers, and had a piece published with the Hollywood Stock Exchange ( a while ago ... My experience is honestly limited .. I have just started blogging a little...


One of the big stories to come out recently which I heard on the "fake news" of the Daily Show is that some in the Bush Adminstration are admitting they will never find evidence of Mass Destruction ... although this is a huge issue stateside in England it threatens Labor's situation in Parliment as even 10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister) is admitting there is serious problems .. (,12956,1137113,00.html ) .... and they also worry about this situation hurting the "War on Terror" (,12956,1137270,00.html )

In Moscow there is an entirely different situation unfolding as the US tries to convince the Russians to stop proliferations of WMD dealing with possible weapons deals between Russia and Iran ( ) ....

Meanwhile back in the US "Bush Unveils $2.4 Trillion Fiscal 2005 Budget
$521 Billion Deficit Projected" according to the Washington Post with even more money spent on the security establishment ..... ... So it goes ... ecq

Thank you for your interest .. I hope the links work well.

Edmund Charles Davis-Quinn

p.s. I would be curious what permissions are required when you link to other websites on a big site like Suicide Girls.

..... Its pretty ranty but could be a good chance to blog and write ... It would be nice if I get it ...

I also got a chance to see Blues legend Bobby "Blue" Bland last night ... I actually forgot about the Super Bowl for a second (actually am a football fan -- Philadelphia Eagles) ... and because I went to see Blues/Rock legend Bobby "Blue" Bland at BB Kings in Midtown of course it was a great game .... But being able to relieve the first date with my girlfriend (at Brooklyn Academy of Music with Cody ChestnuTT) was worth missing most of some silly game ... I got to see the best part of the game anyway ... ecq

Well there is a collection of some Edisms today ... ecq

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Cold, cold, cold ...

I had a nice weekend in NoHo, MA but it was -20 windchill and even more fun my car's heater wasn't working in the very cold weather ... which means my hands were getting cold and I had to wear my huge coat in the last part of the trip in Conn. on the Merritt Turnpike ...

Anyway, today it looks like NYC is finally getting some snow ... Lord of The Rings got 11 nominations and is a 1/3 London Fav. for Best Picture and Best Director ... Master and Commander got a solid second place of 10 noms.... [URL=]Oscar Home Page[/URL]

I was also very happy the Keisha Castle-Hughes got an actress nod (at the very youngage of 13) for the quite wonderful Whale Rider ... I would have liked to see more noms for Big Fish and my favorite movie of the year, American Splendor but you can't win everything.

I do def. still want to see Master and Commander especially, and The Triplets of Belleville ... I am also v. interested in the Station Agent (did much better in SAG nominations), Mystic River, and in some ways Cold Mountain ...

I am one of the few people/critics who did not like "Lost in Translation" and almost think I wasn't in the right mindset for what I found a VERRRRYYY SLLLOOOWOOWW movie ... I suppose Bill Murray was good in it, but for me it was a look at my watch how much is left C- ...

I wish everyone well and bundling up is good ... ecq

I also have another blog on the 20th on me and Lanna's wedding site ...

Saturday, January 10, 2004

What I am looking forward to

What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .

Taking it real easy staying out of the cold and watching Providence @ Rutgers Men's Basketball ... I hope the game is a very good win for Rutgers ... losing by one to UConn was great but I would rather win ... It should be a tough game ....

2. ...over the next week?
My improv class ... tightening up my resume ... and hopefully hearing from some employers and of course me and my sweeties first anniversary on Sunday, Jan 18th(from first date) .. I love you Lanna

3. ...this year? Hopefully, Bush losing the election ... The Athens Summer Olympics ... Working for a change .. Writing ... Taking more improv classes .. Having a clearer path ... Spending more time with Lanna ... Having fun with Lanna's Family on July 4th in Maine ... Also Rites of Spring and another pagan event in two weekends for mid-winter..

4. ...over the next five years?
Fatherhood, Marriage, Starting to see over my debt, a good career path, a home, coaching some youth sports, gaining more maturity

5. ...for the rest of your life?

Again Fatherhood, Having children and grandchildren, Traveling all around the world, meeting unbelievable people, Conversations, Books, Movies ... This should be a great century even with a most unaudacious beginning

I will say this probably will NOT be the American Century (that was the 20th Century) no matter how hard we try to be the hegemon of the world. The British Century was probably the 19th Century (although the did control the US through the 18th Century) and the 20th Century saw a great loss of power for the British Empire ... The Sun definitely sets on the British Empire and the post-colonial world is still terribly uncertain... Trying to form countries off of the lines drawn by Europe does not make for tribes and peoples that get along (ie the Sudan, Iraq .......)

I hope everyone stays warm today and I wish you all well... ecq ...

btw: Its 1 degree outside right now in NYC

Friday, January 09, 2004

mmmm Big Fish

Big Fish is very burtonesque ... if you like Edward Scissorhands and nightmare before christmas you liek it .. it definitely captures the spirit of southern tall tales and is beautiful to look at and very well acted including the small parts..... I saw it early with my girlfriend because I live on the crazy isle of Manhattan and it was released in mid-December here ... Its now having more of a nationwide release so definitely see it ... I had the luck of seeing Big Fish and LOTR in the same week ... and although I would give Big Fish ****1/2 LOTR was one of my very rare ***** movies ... only joining American Splendor this year which is utterly brillant uses of real people and fictional characters and animation ... catch it on DVD, its one of the most unique and fun movies you may ever see .... Although it does not have anywhere near the battle scenes of LOTR.

Right now it is probably my number 3 favorite movie of the year after American Splendor and LOTR 3 .... I am still interested in seeing Master and Commander and the Triplets of Belleville which may make my list ...

I actually feel obligated to see Cold Mountain because it is likely to be competition for LOTR (who I would love to see win Best Picture for one of the greatest epics ever captured on the big screen) ...

My pick for most overrated movie is the incredibly slow "Lost in Translation" ... Bill Murray is very good as the American actor insomniac pitching Whisky and Tokyo looks lovely but I must have checked my watch 15 times wondering when the movie might end .... So it goes....

Big Fish

My number 3 favorite movie of the year is Big Fish dir. by Tim Burton ... It is just starting to have a nationwide release and is very good ... I gave it a short capsule review in my last blog ... I was lucky enough to see it before Christmas because I live in the crazy isle of Manhattan and it got a early release there ... great small parts in the movie too .. and of course the tall tales are wonderful ... my gf who usually like the books much better and insists on usually reading them first actually liked the movie better ... the circus for instance is added in the film and not in the book at all.

Big Fish is very burtonesque ... if you like Edward Scissorhands and nightmare before christmas you liek it .. it definitely captures the spirit of southern tall tales and is beautiful to look at and very well acted .....

Right now it is probably my number 3 favorite movie of the year after American Splendor and LOTR 3 .... I am still interested in seeing Master and Commander and the Triplets of Belleville which may make my list ...

I actually feel obligated to see Cold Mountain because it is likely to be competition for LOTR (who I would love to see win Best Picture for one of the greatest epics ever captured on the big screen) ...

My pick for most overrated movie is the incredibly slow "Lost in Translation" ... Bill Murray is very good as the American actor insomniac pitching Whisky and Tokyo looks lovely but I must have checked my watch 15 times wondering when the movie might end .... So it goes.... ecq

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Rutgers played very close

It was a big treat to go to the Rutgers Athletic Centre and see RU vs. #1 UCONN ... although the scarlet knights lost 75-74 to be in a packed house with 8,044 fans was wicked fun. I need to see more games ....

I would also love to Rutgers play as well on the road .. on a neutral site Conn wins by 10-15 at Gampel prob. by 20+ ...
If Rutgers can play this well on the road they are a borderline NCAA team... More then likely though this Scarlet Knights Squad is NIT bound.

RU does have a huge matchup versus Providence (#25) this weekend ... It might be even tougher then UCONN following Providence's last second loss to Texas ... If Rutgers can win though they would be 1-2 in conference with a relatively easy game vs. Monmouth coming up.

I hope everyone is enjoying their year so far. I did see "In America" on Tuesday and its quite good ***1/2 ... The acting was terrific especially from the kids and its a very nice tearjerker kind of film .... I actually liked "The Last Samurai" and "Big Fish" much better. This despite Samurai's very middling reviews ... I found it a fun Samurai epic actually far better then "Dances With Wolves" ... I would give Samurai ****

"Big Fish" is simply marvelous... It is a story of "Fish tales", Tall tales by a larger then life southern story teller and his on not knowing the truth but hearing only the stories .. A brillant picture incredibly well acted by Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, etc.... I recommend it very highly ****1/2 ... the only movies I have liked better this year (2003 releases) are American Splendor and Lord of the Rings which are both ***** movies in my mind.

b good and stay warm ... ecq

Tuesday, January 06, 2004


Hello everyone.....

Long time no talk ....

In the wilds of NJ tonight going to see Rutgers try to beat the Connecticut men tonight (#1) team in the country .... Rutgers generally plays well at home so should be very fun.

I have not blogged in a while because Hunter "Socks" Thompson (my kitten) has been very busy updating his website Hunter "Socks" Thompson

Feel free to buy some kitty kitsch and please make comments or join the newsletter.

Happy new year everyone and may 2004 be a great year for all of you.


Sunday, January 04, 2004

Welcome to the new year.

Decent weekend for Rutgers B'ball played tough after first 10 minutes but lost at Georgetown... women had a great win on ESPN2 with #17 ranked Ohio State.

I have enjoyed our early Spring blast in NYC land but apparently it is dissapearing wicked quick.

One of Ed's favorite things is beer though ... I like many different types and am a pseudo - "Beer Snob" ... I say pseudo because I will still drink Bud?Rolling Rock/Rheingold etc if its $5 a pitcher and Guinness is $5 a pint ...

Who am I kidding .. beer is NOT $5 a pitcher in NYC ... you feel lucky if its $10/pitcher for Rheingold ( a regional lager) ... some places around here will charge you $17/pitcher or more for simply Yuengling ... I have a problem paying that much for a mass consumable.....

Lots of sports this weekend... I must say with Bowl Week and all ... I basically have no football watching left in me this weekend... Congratulations on the National Title -- USC!!!! ....

I will however watch the Eagles dominate next weekend as I am a Philly sports fan still.

Aaaaaah rants!