Archive for July, 2006

How Messy is Bern’s my Desk Today ?

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Rate 1 (FR#^&% MESS !) to 5 (how very tidy !). Only rate the latest picture, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Just in case you did not read the title, this IS NOT MY DESK, this is from the chain smoking Bern. And in case you are wondering about the missing ash tray, he doesn’t need one. He eats his cigarettes whole, not wasting even the bits of burned up tar and nicotine.

Total: 5 out of 2 votes > Average is: 2.500

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Word of the Day

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Surreptitious. What it means ? You can find that out yourself. All I can say is, it’s always handy if you’re reading law suits that are being filed against you.

Review: Commander-in-Chief 104 – 118

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

After a joyful inauguration (16 million viewers premiere), it was quickly faced with dwindling ratings. A quick decision to replace creator Rod Lurie with a seasoned producer (Steve Bochco) didn’t help either. Drama seemed a bit distant, and story lines weren’t world changing. The mushy mix of feminism and patriotism isn’t something must-see week in week out, and the backdoor politics seemed highly predictable. Exit Geena Davis as Commander-in-Chief seemed like the right choice for ABC, and in this case, though the series was not half bad, I agree, so it can make way for new blood next season.

US Box Office

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Superman Returns with a bang, flying his way straight to the top spot, with $52.1 million (with the 5 day cume since its release at $84.2 million). Strong as he is, compared to last year’s War of the Worlds, it seems the Stephen Spielberg/Tom Cruise combo is more steely, with an opening of $77.1 million, and a 5 day cume of $112.7 million.
At number two, counter-programmed for the ladies, is The Devil Wears Prada, opening with a respectable $27 million.
Click has to do with the third place, dropping some 52%, with $19.4 million. Other left-overs round out the top 5, Cars with $14 million and Nacho Libre with $6.1 million.

Review: United 93

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Paul Greengrass takes on a daring project, and finishes it off in a matter-of-fact-ly manner. It plays out pretty much as a live action chronicled documentary, while of course you’ll have to keep in mind some bits of the plane scenes are subject to conjecture. Controversy aside, I think he won’t bump heads with anyone, as it’s mostly documented events with the least bit of bias involved.
This is the first time in my life I’m seeing a movie based on true events which happened in my lifetime, and it didn’t provide me with any new information. Emotional resonance comes from the fact it’s only been 5 years ago, and no real resolve has come to pass. It’s for sure this movie isn’t for anyeone, know what you’re getting yourself into.7+. @ Scheveningen 30-06-2006

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. So here’s a short photo-report of that day. Click here.

Review: Huff 201 – 213

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

And with the last episode of Huff, I’ve almost cleared my backlog of TV episodes I still had to see. And it ends on an extremely sour note, as the end was a cliffhanger, after which I found out Huff was canceled due to extremely low ratings (something that was already evident last year). Emmy nomimations (and wins) didn’t help it either, even though it continued this season with the same kind of excellent writing. As always, ratings (which translates to money) decides the fate of every series, but I’m still glad it had a chance for its short existence on paid cable.