Friday, March 30, 2007

Movie review: TMNT

Back in ’83 there was an independent comic book released about 4 wisecracking, adolescent, mutated turtles, that love pizza and had ninja training. From that unlikely source came several different afternoon cartoons, three movies, and many, many toy sales. In 2007, someone decided to update the franchise with a fourth movie. However, instead of turtle suits and white rappers, the turtles returned in computer generated animation. It was a good choice.

I loved TMNT. From the incredible graphics to the sci-fi storyline, it was a fun ride. There is even a scene based on the life of Duane Trantham, pre-1994. (If you know Duane, you’ll know it when you see it.) It is a family friendly film that shows the redemption of broken relationships, but mostly just has sweet action scenes and some great wisecracks. If you like stuff like that, you will like TMNT. If you are looking for something deeper, skip it.

Great scene: The Turtles and their allies fight the entire foot clan with POD’s “Light’s Out” in the background.

Great line: Michelangelo: Did anyone get the license plate of that thing that hit us last night? It looked like your mom, dude!
Donatello: Yeah, that would make her your mom too, doofus.
Michelangelo: Nuts.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Toby Mac, Demon Hunter, and Rocky

I (Tim) received three CDs for my birthday. Here are my reviews:

The other day someone that Heidi works with said “DC Talk doesn’t rap.” That is a sure sign that I am getting old. I am a long time DC Talk fan, but when the three guys started doing solo albums, I only bought Toby Mac’s albums. His first two albums, Momentum and Diverse City were great. His third album, Portable Sounds, does not disappoint. He still does a great mix of rock, hip hop, and gospel without sounding stale. I like this new album a whole lot.

Demon Hunter is heavy. Their previous album, Summer of Darkness, was about as heavy as I could take. Their latest effort, the Triptych, is a little less heavy but no less brilliant. They add even more melody and two haunting ballads. I got the special edition, which has three acoustic bonus tracks, including their show stopping “My Heartstrings Come Undone”. I bet they are great live. I like this album a whole lot, too.

I am a sucker for the Rocky movies. As well as being enjoyable movies, they contain great music, or, more specifically, great 80’s music. I now have the Best of Rocky soundtrack. It contains such gems as “Eye of the Tiger”, “No Easy Way Out”, and “Burning Heart”. Of course, there are also the fantastic instrumentals. This is the kind of music you listen to before or during a workout. Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Yesterday was my Birthday!!!

Hooray! I love my birthday. Well, except for last year. Tim was sick and I worked, so we couldn't really celebrate. But that's ok, b/c this year was great! I had breakfast with a new friend from work, then got my eyebrows waxed at Juut (for the first time!) with some more friends from work, and then we headed across the street to Cafe Latte for some yummy dessert. And then I visited a dear friend at the Bibelot where she gave me a darling gift and then I headed home to my sweet husband who got me gifts I would never buy for myself but really wanted - perfect! Then we went for sushi and came home to munch on Good N Plentys and watch a movie, a wonderful day!!

I wanted to sent a special thanks to everyone who sent me emails and hilarious e-cards yesturday, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your kind words and watching those great cards. THANKS for making my birthday extra special, friends like you are great!!

Heidi's Birthday was yesterday!

Yesterday was Heidi’s birthday. 28 years old. I sure am grateful that God brought Heidi into my life. Marriage has been even better than I expected. I sure do love my Sweet Baboo.

Last night we celebrated Heidi’s birthday by eating Sushi. There is a place near our house, on Nicollet and 26th Street, called Azia, that we decided to try. It was good. The California roll with Tempura was incredible. We also got a spicy tuna roll and a smoked salmon roll. We liked the salmon roll a little better than the tuna. The total bill, with tip, was $25. If you don’t buy beverages, Sushi can be a reasonable meal.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Diaper Wars and Flyboys

On Friday night we had an overnight event with the Lost N Found (young adults) group at church. It was great fun. There were about 20 people that showed up, but not all stayed the whole time. We started with mixer games and pizza, followed by Diaper Wars. The Fellowship Hall was turned into the Diaper Wars arena and a good time was had by all. Julie finally tore us away to play Sardines. After we had our fun sneaking though a darkened church, we settled in for a movie in the Sanctuary. Sahara was the film of choice. With the ending of the movie, the few of us that were left crashed on the floor of the Fellowship Hall. We all deemed it a success event.

On Sunday night Heidi and I rented Flyboys, a little known movie about WWI pilots that just came out on DVD. The movie is pretty clean and contains a sweet, but unnecessary, love story. The audience gets to learn a little about the dangers of flying the early biplanes and what it took to learn how to fly and fight with new and generally untested technology. While weak in character development, the movie’s strength is the aerial combat sequences. The scene where the pilots try to take down a well defended Zeppelin is just fantastic. Flyboys is not a perfect movie, but worth checking out.

It is a beautiful day. Unfortunately there will not be time for one of my favorite activities in the whole world, which is walking around a lake with my Sweet Baboo. I sure do love my Sweet Baboo.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Movie Review: Amazing Grace

Last night Heidi and I ventured out to the new Rosedale theatre with Eric and the Candace to check out Amazing Grace. The movie is the story of William Wilburforce, a member of the British parliament who led the crusade to abolish slavery in England in the late 1700’s. It is a good story and it was well told.

Heidi and I agreed that we would have like to have seen more interactions between Newton and Wilburforce, since those scenes were some of the best in the film. The scenes where the evil of the slave trade was portrayed were well done. I felt like we understood how awful it was, but it was not gratuitous. The movie was also realistic with how the fight for Abolition took its toll on the people. They paid a high price for another person’s freedom and that inspires me. The movie does make it clear that Wilburforce drew his inspiration for social reform from his Christian faith and the Christians in the movie were portrayed in a positive light. Heidi and I agree that we recommend this movie.

One last thought. Hollywood puts out lots of garbage. Let’s vote with our money. We should pay to see movies like Amazing Grace and be more discerning about what else we put into our minds. It begins with me.

Great moment:
The speech about Wilburforce after the final vote at the end of the movie was fantastic.

Great line:
John Newton: Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly. I'm a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.