Friday, September 24, 2010

Bait and Switch

written by Russell Pinkston

The bullet struck the last remaining piece of glass in the SUV. The glass showered down upon Scott's head. Bullets thudded off the door that he currently ducked behind. It was Sunday afternoon and had better things to do besides this shit. He was suppose to pick up his little girl from his ex's and take her to the park and maybe they would have seen a movie later. But noooo. He was here dodging bullets instead. Fucking terrorists! They had no respect for other people's lifes.
This was an important case. One he has been working on and that had consumed his life for the better part of the past year. They had received a tip that the leader of the terrorist group and his merry band of misfits was holed up in this abandoned warehouse that they currently had surrounded. This group was armed and dangerous. They had some serious firepower and wasn't afraid to use it. His company isssued Suburban currently looked like swiss cheese. Good thing the door that was currently protecting his ass had inch thick metal reinforced plates in it.
The shooting had stop and he stuck up his head to catch a quick glempse. There was some guy waving a white hankerchef. About fucking time they gave up. His superior was on the bullhorn ordering for the guy to get down. The guy yelled back, "Scott Douglas come on down" Scott thought "Hey that was his name". The terrorist scum continued, "I got a present for you." Hey Scott like presents. Scott stood up. His boss yelled at him and told him to get back down. Scott didn't like his boss very much so he ignored the order. Scott didn't always do what he was told. He stood there staring at the terrorist. Scott reconised the guy from one of his photos they had in the file on these assholes. It was Jimbo "not so" Sharp. The number three guy in the group. Indeed this was a good catch and looking to be a great day. "How you doing?", Jimbo asked Scott. "Better than you asshole", Scott replied. "Really...we'll see if we can do anything about that", Jimbo responded. A girl was shoved out the door. Scott could see her blond hair. Jimbo grabbed her by the neck and turned her so Scott could see her face. The girl had something strapped to her chest but Scott didn't notice... It was his girl. He was suppose to spend the day with her and here she was. Scott felt sick...and he mad. Scott stepped out from behind the door and took a couple steps toward them. His partner and friend grabbed his arm. Scott shot her an angry stare. Jen said, "Don't that's what they want. They want you to lose your cool". "No they really don't", Scott told her. "Let the negotiators handle it", she said to him. Yeah like the negotiators haven't fucked anything up and sometimes someone died. Not today, not his little girl. Scott pulled away from Jen and took another step. "Let her go...NOW!" "I like her. She's pretty, like her mom. Well her mom was pretty." Jimbo sneared. Scott raised his Glock and aimed it at Jimbo's face. "I said LET HER GO!" Jimbo smiled and said, "She's our insurance policy, she's our Get Out of Jail Free card." "Take me instead", Scott suggested. "She has nothing to do with this, she's just a girl. "She's your girl. How about I gut her and watch you watch her die?" Scott flips on his laser sight and puts the red dot on Jimbo's head. "She dies, she goes to Heaven, you go to Hell." The moment is tense. Jimbo ducks behind his daughter. Chicken shit. "Enough!", someone shouted from behind Jimbo. Another guy stepped out. Holy crap. Paydirt. It was the leader of the group. They had been looking for him for a very long time. The leader walked up to Jimbo and his daughter and moved the hair out of her face. She spit in his face. That's his girl. The leader wiped his face. "We'll take that trade." Scott's boss started to object but the look Scott gave him changed his mind. "Send her over", Scott told them. "How about you guys meet halfway? That's fair...right?" But don't try anything stupid because she's wired with enough explosives to level downtown". For the first time Scott notice the green light and explosives that was strapped to his girl.
Scott turned back to Jen. They were partners but there also seemed like there was something more. She was pretty and smart. But neither one acted anything but professional. Maybe eventually it would have led to something more but now who knows? Jen really got along with his girl too. His girl had asked just the other day when he was gonna ask Jen out? He didn't know. He knew he had to get his girl safe. That was main thing. They could do whatever to him but not his little girl. "Thanks for everything. You don't know how much you mean to me", he told Jen. "Yeah I do", she told him back. She gave him a kiss on the cheek and whispered in his ear, "We'll find you." "You better". He shook his other partner Dave's hand. "It's been fun". This sure felt like a goodbye.
He looked around at the other faces. Was he ever gonna see any of these people again?
He turned back and stepped toward his girl and she started the long walk toward him. Halfway he bent down and picked up his girl. "I love you princess." "I know daddy, I love you too." "You gonna go and kick some bad guy's butts?" Seven years old and so grown up. "Yeah, daddy's got some butt kicking to do." "When you get back are you gonna finally ask Jen out?" Scott looked back to where Jen was standing by the SUV. "Yeah I've got some things to do first but when I get back I will. Will you tell her how much I like her?". "I have dad. We talk all the time. You know girl stuff". Scott started to tear up. "Well remind her anyways for me. Be a big girl for me. I love you and I always will." "Me too daddy." He hugged her again and sat her back down. The bomb squad guys waited for her. Scott walk on and stopped in front of Jimbo was smirking at him. "That was so touching...I almost got weepy." Scott struck so fast that Jimbo didn't have time to react. It was a straight right to his jaw and Scott could feel some teeth give and Jimbo's jaw snapped back and he crumpled to the ground. Scott turned to the leader who was holding the radio control. "You got something to say?" "Yeah he was an asshole and deserved that." Scott felt a sting in his shoulder. Jimbo had stuck him with a needle. The lights went out.
When he woke up he was in a bright room. There was bright lights shining down on him. He tried to move but he was strapped down to some stainless steel table. That didn't bother as much as the wires coming off the electrodes attach to his head, chest and groin. This wasn't gonna be fun. Jimbo walked up to the table and smiled at Scott. Well if you could call that a smile. His face was a mess. His lips were blue and red. You could see where a couple of his teeth had cut through his top lip. He was missing a couple of his front teeth. "Nice smile, you from Arkansas?", he asked Jimbo. "Laugh it up, funny man. We'll see who's laughing in a minute. The boss is gonna let me do the interigation", Jimbo mumbled though his broken face. "Did the boss let you shave my balls too? Bet you like that. You didn't play with them did you?" Jimbo's smile disappeared and he punched Scott in the face. "That's it? That's all you got? My seven year old daughter hits harder than that." Jimbo drew back his arm to strike again but the boss stopped him as he stepped into the room. "That's enough." To Scott, "We want to find out how much you know about us." "I know you guys are assholes". "Well are we gonna get this party started? My balls are getting a little chilly." "Well lets warm them up shall we", Jimbo said as he pulled the switch.
Downstars at the front desk the lights flicker and dim. Two thugs with automatic assault rifles smile at each other. "Someone's having fun." A faint far off scream pierces the quiet calm night.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Redhead and the Corpse

a true story by Russell Pinkston

We all have lost a love one who meant alot to us. This story has nothing to do with that. It's about cruising for chicks at a funeral (there is always at least one person who is single).
Years before Will Ferrell did it in The Wedding Crashers there was me. Sexy, adorable, sensitive, little ol' me. I was at my peak. I was irrisistable. I was charming. I was eight. Yeah the ladies loved me. I was four foot tall, eighty some pounds of strapping muscle, skin, and bone. Ok so not so much muscle. But I was tenacious.
So there I was at a funeral. Whose? Who was that corspe in the nice suit? Can't really say but pretty sure but it was a family member. I think it was my grandfather on my mother's side. She was in a pretty good mood. At the reception there was this guy. I didn't know him but once again I had the feeling he was family of some sort. But this isn't about him. This is about the girl he brought with him. His girl, his date (who brings a date to a funeral anyways?) She was early twenties and she had a great body (hey I had seen my dad's Playboys so I knew what looked good...and she did), and flaming red hair. She was hot (ok at eight I probably thought my mom was hot but that is beside the point). If a eight year old could of popped a boner I would of done so. She knew I wanted her. The ladies could always tell. When you got it you can't hide it. Somehow this bet or more like a challenge was presented to me. If I could raise enough money and give it to the guy (her pimp?) than she would be mine. I think we agreed on the sum of $2.50 (alot of money back in the day). Forget grandpa (I'll miss you, gotta go). I had more important things to do. So there I was hitting up the mourners for cash. I got a nickel here, a dime there, here a quarter, there a penny (cheap bastard). For what seemed like all day (more like a hour) I begged and pleaded for money. I think everyone was in on it and was told not to give me much. Sure...mess with a eight year old with a heart of gold and a premature sex drive. Each time I felt dispair and discouraged I would catch a glimpse of that red hair. Renewed determination. I wanted her. I had to have her. She was gonna be mine. I didn't have any idea what I would do with a redhead. I just knew I had to have one.
Finally at the end of the time limit the pimp guy asked me how much I had accumulated. I took the change out of my pockets as the redhead and the crowd looked on. I counted it out than counted it again. I had only raised like $2.25. One more beeping quarter was all I needed. Pimp guy said "Sorry pal, maybe next time." He told everyone goodbye and with redhead in tow he turned to leave. The redhead looked back and gave me a smile. What? No? Come on man. Cut me some slack. Give a guy a break. After all my grandpa just died. Then they were gone. To this day funerals aways make me cry.

Fat Girl and Little Boy

a true story by Russell Pinkston

Alright before you jump my ass about my title...I don't mean to offend anyone. It's just a title and happens to sum up my story so I went with it. Maybe it is a little politically incorrect for the times (but the times were the early 80's and I wasn't quite 10 yet). This takes place back when I was in elementary school (Yeah! Go Roadrunners!). Times were tough. There were gangs everywhere. Ok so they were just gangs of little kids. But when a bunch of kids congregate together you know someone's gonna get hurt. This time was no different. I was on my way out of gym..back before the renamed it P.E. I had to walk down this long dark hallway to get from the gym to the main concourse. There were like 4 guys in the hall and they were talking to this girl. I didn't want to stick my nose into other people's business and besides those kids looked like trouble. So I kept my head down and started to walk by. The guys had sort of cornered this girl. I kind of over heard a little. They weren't talking to her as much as they were calling her names. Fatty, Fat, Fat. You are big as a house. Look how fat you are. I was no hero and besides it wasn't my fight so on I kept. Until....one of the kids called out my name. "Hey Russell". Oh shit. They were all bigger than me. Besides back in elementary I was a lover and not a fighter. But I just knew I was gonna get it. I pretended to not hear my name and kept moving. But one of the kids step in front of me. "Hey Russell". How did they even know my name? They had to be a couple of grades ahead of me. Well I couldn't pretend not to hear any longer. "Huh, what you talking to me?" "Your name is Russell isn't it? It was. "Ahhh...Yeah." That's right talk your way out of it. "Me and the guys here were just telling this girl here how fat she was. What do you think?" I look at the girl who was actually a bit taller than the boys. You can tell the girl had been crying. "Ah......". She was...kind of big...I guess. One might say chunky. Who knows maybe she was just big boned. I didn't know. I only seen one way out for myself and that was going with the flow. "Yeah, I guess. She's fat. Sort of.......That girl's head snapped around and looked at me. Her eyes bore into me. Her lips curled up and she snarled. She reached over with both hands and grabbed me by my shirt and lifted me off the ground. My gym bag fell to the floor. Did I just hear her growl? She spun me around and slammed me against the wall. *Note to builders of elementary schools. Do not put tile on the walls. Tile is for the floors only. Any tile on the wall may look nice but when a giant of a girl grabs a wimp of a boy and drives him into the wall it is gonna hurt HIM. She really appeared to be mad. She just kept slamming me into the wall. My head just kept bouncing off that nice looking tile wall. "Don't worry guys I'll wear her down for you". I looked around for the other 4 boys and to ask for their assistance but they were no longer there. What the.... So there I was all alone with this girl who was taking all her frustration and anger out on poor little me. I might of passed out for a bit....I don't remember but she eventually she stopped. Maybe she got tired. Maybe or maybe she got hungry. Whatever the reason she dropped me to the ground where I slumped against the wall and slid to the floor. I needed a break. I think I got a concussion instead. The girl left me there lying on the floor. Eventually I pulled myself up and picked up my gym bag. I headed on to my next class whatever that was. I don't remember seeing that girl every again...I didn't want to see her again. Actually I don't think I even remember what she looked like. All I can recall is my head, tile, ouch. There is a lesson in this story. I believe all though the rest of school I had never called another girl fat......to her face. I guess I was kind of the Troy Aikman of school. I eventually got so many concussions I had to quit doing the stuff that was gonna hurt me. And that includes making comments about how big a girl might be. If a girl would have ever ask me if a outfit made her look fat I would have ran. Fuck if I can take another concussion.

Best Excuse EVER!

a true story by Russell Pinkston

Most everyone has done it. You didn't want to go to work for some reason or another. So you called in and told your boss that you would not be coming in today. But what excuse did you use. That you were sick or you're having car trouble? I had already used the I am sick excuse several times before. One time in Phoenix I even skipped work, called in sick, and went to the waterpark with my friends. I even got a real bad sunburn. The next day my co-workers ask me how I was feeling. I told them I was still wasn't feeling that good. To which someone replied "Yeah you don't look so good, your face is all red." I almost laughed out loud but I didn't, "Yeah I don't feel so good." That was a good excuse but I knew I could do better. Here's my best excuse ever. I was attending school in Arizona and working at a grocery store in the deli. Scott was a sacker (paper or plastic?). One day (not the first) after school we decided to we didn't want to go to work. Our boss was getting really tired of us calling in all the time. The same old excuse wasn't gonna work this time. It was gonna have to be really exceptional. Smiling with the perfect excuse in mind I headed down to the pay phone by the pool with Scott trailing behind me. Scott deposited the money, dialed the number, and handed me the phone. This was gonna have to be handle by a professional. After a few seconds our boss answered. SHOWTIME. I held the phone so both Scott and I could hear. "Yeah Jesse this is Russell, ah...Scott and I are not gonna be able to work tonight." "And why not?" Jesse asked. I could tell he was upset. "Well....because we're in jail". Scott starts to laugh. I give him the shut the beep up look. Jesse says "Jail? Why are you guys in jail? What happened?" "I was stopped for speeding and the cop did a routine search of my truck and found a bag of marijuana tuck into the seat." Jesse was excited now? "Marijuana? You guys had dope on you?" Scott was almost rolling on the ground laughing. I shove him away. I was having a hard time keeping a straight face and staying in "character". Scott leans back in to listen. I tell Jesse, "It wasn't our weed. It was a friend of ours that I gave a ride to a couple of days ago." Jesse, "Oh man that sucks." Me, "You're telling me. It's gonna take some time to get this straightened out." "I just wanted to use my phone call and let you know what was going on and that we wouldn't be in tonight." Jesse, "Thanks for calling and good luck." Me, "Thanks, I don't know how long this will take but hopefully we will be into work tommorrow." Jesse, "Ok, you guys take care." Me, "We will, thanks." We said goodbye and I hung up. Scott and I laughed. I said to Scott, "Well... we got the day off." We laugh some more and high fived. "Now what are we gonna do?" The next day we went into work and we had to tell our co-workers our adventures leading up to and including our incarceration. A couple of people called me names like dopehead and druggie. They didn't even doubt the story or even consider all the holes in it. Now who were the dopeheads? I even came up with another better excuse for Scott to use the next time he didn't want to go to work but he never used it. I told him to call in like an hour or two late and tell Jesse that he had met this girl that morning and one thing led to another and they ended up at a motel. And in the process of sex tied him up and than robbed him and left him tied naked to the bed. He was tied up for several hours til the maid came in and called the police. THAT would of been the best excuse ever. Scott could have pulled it off if he wasn't such a chicken but my boss would never believe it coming from me, "You had sex, yeah right...GET BACK TO WORK."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tap, Tap, Tap

 
a true story by Russell Pinkston
 
This is another Phoenix story. We were coming back from South Mountain (a local hangout that overlooks the valley). I believe the cast of characters were Rey...who was driving, Maggie (Rey's girlfriend) who was in the front passenger seat, than Scott and I were in the back. It was dark and pretty late. We were just on the edge of the city and pulled to a stop at a red light. We sat there waiting. We heard loud TAP, TAP, TAP noice. Was there something wrong with the car? No...we didn't know what it was that was making that sound or where it was coming from. We all looked around. Than we heard it again. TAP, TAP, TAP. What the heck is that. Scott and I look out the side window to our right where a van had also had pulled to a stop at the light. Then we knew what made that sound. The van was a older model not like the mini vans they have today. It was a big rusted beast of a van. Behind the wheel was a a big bearded monster of a man. This guy had a crazed wild eyed look and was grining at us. He was looking at us and...TAP, TAP, TAP. In his hand he held a knife...it wasn't just a dinky ol pocket knife...it was one of those Crocodile Dundee things. "That's not a knife, this is a knife". The blade of the knife itself had to be 12 inches...no really it was a BIG knife. For all I knew it could of been a machete it was so fricking long. The sound we had heard was the man tapping that big ass knife on his window. Oh crap...which I am not sure I didn't. We all started to feel around for something we could use to defend ourselves with. That car had nothing in it. Scott found a old armrest with a screw sticking out (probably a sign on how screwed we were). I reached under Rey's seat and pulled out a big....box of kleenx. A BOX OF KLEENX! What the beep was I gonna do with that! Use it to stop the bleeding after he gutted me? Use it to wipe my ass ? Actually it probably could come in handy for that. We were all freaking out and that red light still hadn't turn green yet. We told Rey to run the light. Rey punch it and left the van behind. Maybe he was just messing with us or maybe he already had a van full of dead bodies. That guy was death and we never wanted to see him again.

The Gun

a true story by Russell Pinkston

Well I guess I can tell you the story of the pictures of Scott and I holding "the gun". It was back when Scott and I were attending school in Phoenix, AZ. We were roomates and our apartment overlooked the pool and the public telephone. One evening Scott overheard a woman crying loudly on the on the phone. Actually Scott couldn't hear the tv over the woman's sobbing. He would have probably ignored it and just turned the volume up but he also observed her bloody and ripped clothes. So being the hero that he was he headed down to the phone to talk to her and see if he could help her or see at least if she could keep it down. I followed along for "backup". Her belligerant husband soon showed up and quickly turned his rage on Scott and I. He warned us not to interfere and mind our own business. Scott informed him he would have but he couldn't hear his tv and didn't condone a guy beating up on a woman...not while he was watching tv anyways. Scott told the guy to leave her alone or else get his ass beat. The guy said that he would shoot us. (Us, ah... I am not with him...I just wanted to use the phone). So much for the back up. Before it could get ugly the police showed up. They took the guy away for public intoxication. The police was taking down our stories when the lady informed us and the police that her husband really did have a gun. She took us to her apartment and in the closet in a space in the ceiling she showed the police the gun. That big beeping gun in the pictures. He also had a loaded clip that held 20 or so Winchester 308 rounds. The police let us hold the gun and even took the pictures for us. The cop even gave me the loaded clip which I still have today. Anyways the police and us convinced the lady to go to a battered woman's shelter before the guy got out the next day. About two weeks later we we sitting in our apartment with the front door open when the husband walked in. He appear to be sober this time. We were just a bit nervous that he was standing in our living room. He asked us how we we doing (ah crapping our pants) and said he had just stopped by to say hello. He didn't stay long and it was a good thing because I don't think either one of us let out our breath til he was gone. What the fuck was that about?

RussellMania


a true story written by Russell Pinkston

Is this a story about an underdog triumphing over adversity in the face of overwhelming odds? Nah....this is about two guys with no skills whatsoever slugging it out for no reason at all. So there I am back in high school (yeah Wildcats rule!) in between classes. I had to go to my locker and change out my books from the last class for the next one. As I approach my locker I notice Kelly Moore (a friend of Scott's) was standing in front of my locker talking to a couple of his friends. I didn't feel like waiting or even being polite so I kind of gently moved him over and out of my way. Kelly looked back to see who had pushed him over but seeing it was only me he turned back to continue talking to the guys. But his friends weren't gonna let it slide. They said to Kelly. "Hey are you gonna let him push you around like that." The other one said, "Yeah you gonna take that crap from him." Kelly wasn't gonna make a big deal of it and said "He probably didn't even mean to push me, it was probably just a accident." His friends wasn't buying the accident thing. They kept on Kelly until he turned back to me. I had just made the book switch and closed my locker. Kelly asked me if I shoved him on purpose...to which I replied, "Yeah, you were in my way." His friends keep on him. One of the other guys added, "You should kick his ass". "Yeah Kelly, why don't you beat his ass." Peer pressure...gotta love it. I was like...whatever I have to get to class. Danny Wolf said "Why don't you two box." Yeah...just where are we gonna get some boxing gloves. Danny replied, "I have some in my truck,". Crap! "Why don't you two meet in the weight room at lunch and you can settle this like men". Why not they weren't having anything good in the lunchroom anyways. So it was all set. This was gonna be the fight of the year. And Kelly was gonna be in a world of hurt. What you gonna do brother when Russellmania runs wild over you. At lunch I was shown where the weightroom was (as if I had ever been in the weightroom before). I thought this was gonna be a a little friendly expedition between two friends. We're just gonna spar a bit. That's all. I open the door to the weightroom and there was Kelly waiting for me. It was just him, his two friends, and 50 other people. My jaw would of dropped if I didn't already have my game face on. I got helped into my gloves, hopped around a bit, and jabbed at the air. I felt good. This was gonna be a walk in the park. Clint was gonna referee. We both met at the middle of the mat. LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE. Clint explained the rules...basically there were no rules. If someone's head popped off and they couldn't reattach it than the fight would be over and the fighter still with a head would be the winner. LET'S GET IT ON. The fight started and we both bounced and circled each other, occasionally throwing a jab at each other. This went on for a bit until the ref/Clint informed us we needed to make some contact. "You two better fight or I will beat both your asses." Motivation. We both charged and swung at each. There for a glorious twenty seconds we went toe to toe. We were punching for all we were worth. We were both winded and I thought I WAS having a heart attack. After the intial flurry that wore us out we punched only when promped by the ref. " I think I will fight the loser." Incentive. More punches were thrown. I can't really say how long this bout lasted (probably just a couple of minutes) but it seemed like an eternity. Neither of us were very skilled in the art of boxing (yeah I can honestly say...he sucked...I mean we). I don't remember very much of that fight. Could of been the head trama I was received. I couldn't even say who was winning. All I know is I gave it all I had. I left it all out there on the mat. Toward the end of the fight was when I remember I landed my best punch. We were tied up and just had been seperated when the door to the weight room opened. Someone in the crowd yelled, "It's the principal." It wasn't, just some guy arriving late. But Kelly looked to see who it was. I didn't. Sucker! I steped up and swung my right fist with all my might and landed it to the side of his head. My punch knock him back and off balance but not for long...he got his balance back and even appeared to be a little pissed off...we went at it again. A few minutes later the fight was called for lack of action...or they felt sorry for us...or was it they felt we were sorry? Referee Clint didn't know me and hated Kelly so it was it was an easy decision for him to make. I was declared the winner. Yeah...that'll teach him for messing with me and standing in front of MY locker. After the fight I went to my next class...Anatomy. My face was red, my head was pounding and my stomach ached. That was the worst I have ever felt. I don't think the food in the lunch room would have made me feel this bad.

Capitalism: A Love Story

a review by Russell Pinkston

This is a documentary written, directed and starring Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11and Sicko). 
This movie deals with many aspects including the financial and economic crisis, foreclosures, Washinton's bailouts, the greed of Wall Street, the banking industry's influence in Washington, the minimum wages of our piliots, Jesus and captialism and it basically raises many valid questions on the greed of Wall Street and Washington.
I know some people don't like Michael Moore as they think he's bias and one sided but I happen to think he's a pretty darn good movie maker.   He raises questions that should be answered and raises awareness to situations that should be known.   He is a maverick and a voice for the people.   His movies are thought provoking and informative.  While all details might not be exact I find for the most part he means well and he is one of minority of people who possess common sense.   He speaks from his heart and I for one am thankful for his films that bring light to situations that alot of people would rather be left in the dark.  
I could go into more about this movie but I would just rather say...watch and decide for yourself.  Everyone has different opinions and everyone views things differently.   While this movie made me angry and sad it also brought a little humor to an otherwise unfunny subject.
This as well as the other Michael Moore movies I had listed should be on everyone's must see viewing list!
Check them out, discuss and VOTE!!
I give Capitalism:  A Love Story 4 out of 5 bank bailouts
   

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New teaser video is up!

Who is TheReelRussell?   All shall be revealed...well not all but you'll find out more soon. 
Click here to watch!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Religulous

a review by Russell Pinkston

This is a documentary by comedian and star of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher....Bill Maher.    It is directed by Larry Charles (who also directed the hit Borat).
Basically Bill Maher travels the globe in search of answers on religion.  He visits Salt Lake City, London, Jerusalem and the Vatican all while poking fun at everyone's religious beliefs.  His interviews are extremely bias and one sided and are more for entertainment than factual benefit.  It's a roadshow version of his stand up routine but where he asks people of different religion to prove the existance of God and then makes fun of their answers.  His goal is to cast doubt in people's minds about their beliefs.  Some people are good natured about it and play along while others are naturally offended.
Bill Maher is really a pretty funny comedian when he doesn't go to these extremes in making fun of people.  I don't know about alot of people but I take my religion and my polictics very seriously....and usually don't find the humor in jokes when they are directed at either of them.  This movie just isn't my thing.  I don't find religious satire funny.   This movie comes off like a coworker who tells you a offensive joke to you.  You have that moment of uncomfortable silence where you think to youself....did he just say that? 
While I like Bill Maher on Real Time alot and his prior show Politically Incorrect (where he was eventually let fired (his contract was not renewed) for a post 9/11 comment) I think he crosses the line sometimes.   
I found very little about this movie entertaining but maybe than again....that kind of humor just wasn't my thing so to someone else they might.   While I am sure God has a sense of humor I am hesitant to test it so I refrain from poking fun at him.
To each there own.  I reccomend Real Time with Bill Maher if you are into politcal discussion show with some humor but be forwarned he will make fun of your political party as the one thing he is....he is an equal political party offender. 
I just expected a better movie that would both make me think and make me laugh....I didn't do much of either.    
I give Religulous 1 out of 5 jokes.....cause that's about how many jokes I thought were funny.          

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paris Hilton Arrested....AGAIN

LAS VEGAS – Smoke wafting from a Cadillac Escalade on the Las Vegas Strip ignited Paris Hilton's latest legal troubles late Friday, when a motorcycle officer who suspected the smell was marijuana stopped the vehicle and police say a bag of cocaine fell out of the 29-year-old socialite's purse.
It's the second time this year Hilton has been arrested on drug possession allegations, although authorities in South Africa dropped marijuana charges earlier this summer. In 2007, Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
This time, the hotel heiress was with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, who manages a club inside the Wynn Las Vegas and was driving the black SUV that the officer stopped nearby at 11:22 p.m. Friday.
The officer "followed the vapor trail and the odor of marijuana to the Escalade," police Sgt. John Sheahan said.
As other police arrived and a crowd gathered on the busy neon-lit Strip, Hilton asked to go into the Wynn resort for privacy, Sheahan said.
"Miss Hilton pulled out a tube of lip balm," Sheahan said. "At the same time ... a bindle of cocaine in a plastic bag came out of her purse" in plain view of police in the room.
Police Officer Marcus Martin characterized the cocaine as a "small amount," or a package of the size usually associated with personal use. Police would not specify the weight of the cocaine or whether any marijuana was confiscated.
Hilton was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession. If convicted of the low-grade felony, she would get probation, but any violation of that probation would be punishable by up to one to four years in Nevada state prison.
Waits, 34, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in county jail. Police said he owned the 2009 Cadillac.
Hilton and Waits were booked into the Clark County jail, where Sheahan said Hilton was kept handcuffed on a booking room bench, fingerprinted, photographed and released without bail about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
Waits' lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, said Waits posted $2,000 bail Saturday. Waits was released Saturday afternoon.
Sheahan said Hilton was not taken to a cell and received no special treatment on a busy Friday night and Saturday morning at the jail. He said release without bail was common in such cases.
Hilton, a prolific tweeter, didn't mention the arrest on her Twitter site, although less than an hour after she was released her account was updated with a posting that said the actress was in bed watching the television show "Family Guy."
It was unclear if the tweets came from her, were posted by time-release or were sent by someone else.
Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Saturday morning that he was still gathering facts about the arrest.
"This matter will be dealt with in the courts not in the media and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law," Chesnoff said later in a statement. "There will be no interviews and no more comments at this time."
Schonfeld said he was "troubled by the circumstances" leading to the arrest, but declined to specify his concerns.
"As the case proceeds, a lot of facts are going to come to light that will ultimately lead to exoneration," Schonfeld said.
Court dates for Hilton and Waits were not immediately available. Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment Saturday about the case.
A spokeswoman for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Waits and his twin brother, Jesse, are managing partners of the Tryst Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas, Drai's after hours club at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, and XS The Nightclub at Wynn's Encore resort. A spokeswoman for Harrah's resorts declined immediate comment.
Earlier this week, Hilton was in the news when a 31-year-old man allegedly tried to break into her Los Angeles home.
Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives banged on Hilton's window Tuesday. She posted a photo of the arrest on Twitter and described it as "scary." Nathan Lee Parada faces a felony burglary charge.
Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.
Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told CNN host Larry King that the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted "to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."
While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series "The Simple Life," Hilton has appeared in the films "Bottoms Up," "The Hottie & the Nottie" and "House of Wax."

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Films

LOS ANGELES - Of all the old acquaintances coming to movie screens for the holidays — Rooster Cogburn, Gulliver, Yogi Bear, the Focker family, the Narnia crew — one kid with glasses stands above them all.


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is the beginning of the end for one of Hollywood's most remarkable undertakings, a decade-long dash to adapt J.K. Rowling's seven novels about the young wizard before Daniel Radcliffe and his co-stars outgrew the roles.
Told in two parts, with November's first installment followed by next July's finale, the adaptation of Rowling's final book sends Radcliffe's Harry and pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) outside the safety of Hogwarts wizardry school on a quest to bring down their nemesis, evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), once and for all.
Radcliffe campaigned from the start to break the story into two movies. Unlike the earlier books, which had secondary plot lines that could be omitted, "Deathly Hallows" had few details to drop, Radcliffe said.
"It's just the three of them on the road, and that's what you're focusing on, that's where everything happens. So there's very little you can actually cut without changing the story," Radcliffe said. "There was no way you could do justice to the book and really capture the story in one film, unless you made that film six hours," Radcliffe said.
"And while I know there are some `Potter' fans that would be quite happy to have a six-hour `Harry Potter' film, we do want to make films not just for the huge fans of the books, but also for the other people, regular cinema-goers, who perhaps haven't read them. So it was essential to make it palatable for sort of everyone, while also remaining true to the book, and to do that, you have to make it into two films."

Here's a look at highlights among other films debuting for the holidays this November and December:

FAMILY STUFF:
Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey combine voice talents for the animated comedy "Megamind," about a supervillain with a void in his life after defeating the superhero who thwarted him for years.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" resumes C.S. Lewis' fantasy adventure, with the Pevensie youths reteaming with King Caspian on a perilous sea journey.
Live action and animation mix for "Yogi Bear," with Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake providing the voices of the cartoon bear and his pal Boo Boo, who face eviction from Jellystone Park.

FUNNY STUFF:
Father-in-law Robert De Niro and son-in-law Ben Stiller are at odds again in "Little Fockers," the third chapter in the "Meet the Parents" franchise, with fresh mayhem erupting at a family gathering.
Also on the comedy front: Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams star in "Morning Glory," about bickering hosts of a morning TV news show; Jack Black takes the title role in "Gulliver's Travels," a modern update of Jonathan Swift's tale of a man who travels to a land of tiny people; Robert Downey Jr. plays a high-strung man racing home for the birth of his child and reluctantly forced to travel with an aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) in "Due Date".
Downey said laughs were the main aim of the comedy from director Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), yet the filmmakers also sought to dig deep into issues troubling the mismatched protagonists.
"We were talking about a Russian family drama, the way we talked about the beats and what was important and what was missing," Downey said. "Without it being too self-serving, some of that really is what the movie is about. These subtleties. How desperate these guys are and how kind of fortunate it is that they come together. There's even a sense of actual recognition of fate. It's not two-dimensional. It's a pretty complex story."

ROMANTIC STUFF:
Jake Gyllenhaal's a fast-talking, womanizing Viagra salesman pursuing an elusive new romantic target (Anne Hathaway) in "Love & Other Drugs."
"How Do You Know" stars Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson in a comedy from director James L. Brooks ("Terms of Endearment"), about a woman torn between her ballplayer boyfriend and a new man.
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in "The Tourist," a romantic thriller about a heartbroken man swept up in intrigue in Italy after a mystery woman thrusts her way into his life.
"Blue Valentine" casts Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in a drama that cuts back and forth between a couple's hopeful beginnings and the agonizing disintegration of their marriage.

SERIOUS STUFF:
Helen Mirren does Shakespearean sorcery and hard-boiled espionage with a pair of December releases.
Julie Taymor's gender-bending "The Tempest" casts Mirren in a traditionally male role as a woman who conjures a storm to shipwreck enemies on her island home, where she aims to settle old scores.
"The Debt," from "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden, features Mirren and "Avatar" star Sam Worthington in a thriller about Mossad agents chasing a Nazi butcher.
Among other holiday dramas: Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") directs "127 Hours," starring James Franco as a mountain climber struggling to survive after he's trapped by a boulder; Colin Firth plays Britain's King George VI, father of the current queen, as a therapist (Geoffrey Rush) tries to help him overcome a speech impediment; Natalie Portman's a ballet dancer whose dark side emerges as she competes with a rival in "Black Swan"; Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale are sibling boxers who team for triumph in the ring in "The Fighter"; Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") directs "Somewhere," the story of a party-boy actor (Stephen Dorff) reassessing his life during a visit from his daughter (Elle Fanning); Naomi Watts and Sean Penn star in "Fair Game," a drama about CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose cover was blown by a Bush administration leak.
To prepare, Watts went to spy boot camp, where she was handcuffed, hooded, confined in a box, struck with canes and put through other ordeals to familiarize herself with Plame's world.
"The first day, I said, 'Ow,' when somebody kicked me on the shins, and the trainer said — he always would sound so fierce and angry, like these beady eyes and tight lips — great trainer, he just said, 'Don't be making any complaints unless you want to go to hospital. And we can go to hospital, but I don't want to humiliate you,'" Watts said. "So it was like, 'Oh, my God. I better really toughen up here.'"

MUSICAL STUFF:
Christina Aguilera's an aspiring singer hoping for a break at a musical revue in "Burlesque," which co-stars Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough.
Other music tales this season: The animated musical "Tangled" features Mandy Moore providing the voice of long-haired Rapunzel, the fairy-tale princess trapped in a tower; "The Nutcracker in 3D" features John Turturro and Elle Fanning in the holiday classic about a girl and a nutcracker that comes to life, with new songs set to music from Tchaikovsky's ballet; Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw star in "Country Strong," the story of a fallen country star hoping to revive her career on a tour with a rising songwriter (Garrett Hedlund).

ACTION STUFF:
Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott's latest collaboration is "Unstoppable." Washington's a railroad engineer who teams with a conductor ("Star Trek" star Chris Pine) to put the brakes on a runaway train carrying deadly toxins.
Washington said action ace Scott was like a kid with a giant train set.
"Literally, he's got the biggest one in the world. A mile and a half long worth of cars," Washington said. "It's Tony Scott playing with trains. Chris Pine and I are just pawns. It's him with a bunch of trains. He's blowing them up, knocking them off the tracks."
Also in the action lineup: Russell Crowe stars in "The Next Three Days" as a man plotting a prison break after his wife (Elizabeth Banks) is jailed for murder; An ex-con (Dwayne Johnson) on a vengeance mission is pursued by a cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman in "Faster"; Jeff Bridges resurrects two Hollywood heroes with "Tron: Legacy," a followup to his 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron," and Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," a remake of the John Wayne Western.
"Tron: Legacy" casts Bridges' video-game genius back into a dazzling cyber realm, where his son (Garrett Hedlund) follows to find his missing father. In "True Grit," which co-stars Matt Damon, Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn, a boozy, take-no-prisoners lawman hired by a girl to track down her father's murderer.
The two films, which open barely a week apart in December, sent Bridges back and forth between a visual-effects extravaganza and 19th century sets.
"It was really crazy. The big swing was, after `True Grit,' we shot some work on `Tron: Legacy,' and it was maybe a one-day difference, just right to it," said Bridges, who had the same makeup man on both shoots. "One minute, he was putting all this dust on me, combing my beard, and the next he's putting dots on my face to do some special effects."

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Amityville Moving Sale



AMITYVILLE, N.Y. - The owner of the New York house made famous in the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" just had a moving sale.

The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial on Long Island has been on the market since May for $1.15 million and is under contract. Owner Brian Wilson had a moving sale this past Saturday. Items include furniture and exercise equipment, not loot from the house's infamous past.
The Oscar-nominated film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house in 1975 after six members of the DeFeo family were shot and killed as they slept. Oldest son Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted.
The crime spawned a book and a series of movies that chronicled various supernatural horrors, including visions of walls oozing slime and moving furniture.


Would you buy something from this "yard sale"?  Maybe an alarm clock?  :P   Funny thing is that's about the time I get up on a work day.     I would probably go and look but I think I would pass on picking anything up....as I wouldn't want to pick anything up :)  I read the book and seen the movie when I was a kid and well that house still scares the crap out of me.

Is 3D on the Decline?




No matter how it's spun, the data on the expected 3D explosion just isn't going in the right direction.

After nearly 80 percent of those who saw "Avatar" saw it in 3D, it was assumed that the format would quickly overtake theatrical distribution.
But 3D's box-office trajectory has been pointing downward almost ever since, with moviegoers apparently growing disinterested in paying high ticket prices for uneven quality.
Only 45 percent of opening box-office revenue for Universal's hit animated family film "Despicable Me," for example, came from 3D distribution.
And the most recent 3D release, Warner's converted "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," grossed only about $6.9 million in 3D revenue for its opening weekend -- the worst performance in the format's modern era.
“I think the overall message isn't that 3D is a fad or that it’s going away, but I’m not sure we’re moving to a point where 50 percent of the box office is derived by 3D ticket sales as some of the bulls currently believe,” BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield told TheWrap.

With, as the New York Times noted Tuesday, nearly 60 3D releases queued up for the next two years, the “bulls” can still be found in herds back in Hollywood. In fact, the flurry will continue this weekend, when Disney releases “Step Up 3D.” (See accompanying story, "No 'Avatar' in the Next Batch of 3D.")
Studio executives stridently dispute the notion that the public is losing interest in 3D, despite data that shows, on a percentage basis, a declining amount of box-office dollars have been spent on 3D tickets of late.
(Sources: studio officials, BTIG Research.)

“It does not show that fewer people are choosing 3D,” wrote Patrick Corcoran, spokesman for the National Association of Theater Owners, in an email to TheWrap after a chart was published late last month (see chart on right) illustrating that trend.

Grosses for 3D, Corcoran contended, can be directly correlated to the amount of 3D-capable screens that are available for a film to play on. This has been a complicated issue in recent months, with movies competing for what is still a scarce number of 3D-equipped venues.
“The audience for 3D is growing, right along with the 3D screen count,” Corcoran said.
“You can’t look at just three or four movies in a row and say it’s over,” agreed Dan Fellman, president of distribution for Warner Bros.
For his part, Fellman believes family-targeted animated movies will, proportionally, always draw fewer3D admissions than more adult-targeted films like “Avatar” and “Alice.”
“It’s just hard for kids under 6 years old to keep the glasses on,” he said.
“In total, we’re making more money than ever from 3D, but nobody is noticing because we’re all fighting for screens,” added Disney theatrical distribution chief Chuck Viane.
True, Disney’s “Alice” and “Toy Story 3,” for example, combined to gross well over $400 million in 3D ticket sales in the U.S. alone. But there's no question that movie-by-movie, the trend has clearly been downward.
Since “Alice” sold over $80 million in domestic 3D ticket sales on its opening weekend in early March, only one film, “Toy Story 3” ($66.1 million), has opened to more than $45 million.

"Six months ago, everyone was hot and bothered, and they could get 3D fast enough," added one major-theatrical-chain executive. "Now they've probably gone too far the other way. The truth is probably that not everything should be in 3D."
Analyst Greenfield agrees, adding that that big, broadly targeted 3D event films likely will continue to draw a high percentage of 3D ticket sales.
“Consumers are going to want to see ‘Transformers 3’ next summer in 3D,” he said.
What he isn’t so sure about is whether lesser-event films like “Step Up 3D” – which will command the same $11-plus premium 3D ticket price as, say, “Avatar” – will draw well in the format going forward.
During second-quarter earnings call last week, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of 3D's most vocal proponents, continued to hammer away at the notion that quality execution of 3D films is directly related to consumption.
The percentage of of 3D-to-2D will continue to grow, he said, so long as production tools get better and  filmakers improve the way they embed the format into their storytelling.
"We believe 3D is very much here to stay and that audiences have a tremendous appetite for high-quality 3D content that can differentiate itself from the other choices in the marketplace," Katzenberg told investors.
Of course, some moviegoers are now questioning that differentiation (and Hollywood has taken note -- a recent TV spot for "Step Up 3D" pointedly mentions that it was "filmed in 3D.")
“Pricing and crappy content isn’t going to permanently railroad 3D,” said an exhibition chain executive, “but it isn’t going to help it, either.” With the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP) committing hundreds of millions of dollars to 3D-equip America’s big-chain screens this year, this executive believes “the boat has sailed” on 3D’s permanence.
But while the format will be here to stay, he believes the movie industry will become more selective about what it chooses to shoot in – and convert to – 3D.
He also thinks exhibitors will have to move away from its age-old, one-size-fits-all pricing model.
“For the first time in a long time, I think you’re going to see some adjustment on that,” he added.

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I for one is just about tired of 3D.  I haven't seen a good 3D movie since How to Train Your Dragon.  3D glasses make everything darker and costs extra.  I think Hollywood is now seeing a little backlash from pushing all these 3D movies down our throats.  They are making everything 3D now...Step Up 3D....are you you beeping kidding me?   3D was nice at first but now I think it needs to go.  And don't even get me started on those stupid 3D tvs that everyone are making now! 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Actress Ashley Bell Bends Over Backwards for Movie


Sometimes all it takes to turn a movie into a "must-see" is one memorable image. Lately, those memorable moments from trailers and ads have been eye-popping digital effects. Like tidal waves cresting over the Himalayas in "2012" or giant robots tumbling down the highway in "Transformers."

This week's horror movie release "The Last Exorcism" has been garnering much attention with a shot just as impressive as anything from a big-budget blockbuster. The trailer ends with the image of a young woman in a nightgown and boots bent over backwards at an impossible angle. It's so memorable and unsettling that the studio used it for the movie's poster. What makes it impressive, though, is that it does not use any special effects. No CGI, no puppets. That shot is actress Ashley Bell bending like that for real. 
"The Last Exorcism" uses a documentary-style approach to telling the story of a minister who has spent decades duping people with fake exorcisms. Tired of the deception, he takes a film crew with him to expose the fraudulent practice. But he discovers that Nell, the afflicted farm girl he's sent to "cure," may actually be possessed by a demon.
The film is the 24-year-old Ashley Bell's first leading movie role. She was previously best known for a recurring role on Showtime's series "The United States of Tara." Bell comes from a family of actors; her father, Michael Bell, has been doing voices on cartoons like "G.I. Joe" and "The Smurfs" since the 1970s, and her mother, Victoria Carroll, was a founding member of Hollywood's renowned improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings. Bell used both her vocal and improv skills in her audition, acting out an exorcism on the spot and nailing the role.
Producer Eli Roth ("Hostel") says the goal of the film was to make everything happening on screen look as real as possible, and Bell made that happen: "What you see is one-hundred percent Ashley Bell -- we did not use any makeup, CGI, or special effects in her scenes." Roth went on to say, "it's all her doing everything you see, down to the bulging veins on her neck and the back bends."
For the scene where she bends backwards, Bell told the Toronto Sun it took 20 grueling takes to get the shot just right. She joked, "[Director Daniel Stamm] nailed my boots down, pushed me over and yelled, 'Action!'"
Patrick Fabian, who plays the exorcist, Reverend Cotton Marcus, confirmed that Bell's performance was just as chilling to watch on the set as it is in the movie. He said, "Ashley would be turning her neck or slithering on the floor and a voice would come out and it just creeped us out. There was no acting involved in there."
Bell stated that while the film's shoot was incredibly demanding, she was happy to do it, no matter the physical cost. She said, "I got a lot of bruises and I was so proud of them, like, 'Yes, war wounds!'"
"The Last Exorcism" opens this Friday.

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I have never been a fan of Exorcism movies as The Exorcist was the scarest movie that I seen as a kids.  In fact for a time I was even convinced I was possessed.  Guess that's what watching scary movies as a kid does to you....I am all better now......or so the voices in my tell me I am. 

Scott Pilgrim VS. the World

a review by Russell Pinkston

22 year old slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera...who plays his typical character) plays base guitar for a band called Sex Bob-Omb!  But Scott has a problem with girlfriends weither it be his ex....Envy Adams (Brie Larson) who is lead singer for the band The Clash at Demonhead or his current girlfriend....17 year old Knives Chau (played awesomely by newcomer Ellen Wong).   But to make matters more complicated Scott falls for the mysterious pink haired Romona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).  Scott must figure out how to win her over all while trying how to break up with Knives without breaking her heart.  But that's not it.  In order to date Romona...Scott must fight and defeat Romona's 7 evil exes!
Included in the exes are Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Chris Evans (Captain America).  Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick (Twilight) also costar.   But one character who stole almost every scene he was in was Kieran Culkin (who's aunt is Die Hard's Bonnie Bedelia!)...who played Scott Pilgrim's gay roomate.   He was really funny.  It also has uncredited cameos by Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr.
The movie was directed by Edgar Wright....the genius who brought us Hot Fuzz and the cult hit Shaun of the Dead! 
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based on the series of comic books...Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
It took a little while for me to get into the movie but once I did....I found it fun and original.   I am not a gamer or a comic book nerd but I still manage to enjoy this movie.  This is one of those movies that needs to be seen a couple of times to be truely appreciated for how smart and well made it is.   I look forward to picking it up on dvd or Blu Ray. 
Michael Cera does basically plays the same character in every movie...and this one is no different...but as long as he's getting paid for it....why mess with something that's working for him.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World absolutely took over Comic Con this year...and somehow I still manage to miss almost every single SPvstW event.....as my first Comic Con was an awesomely epic event in it's self.  
It's a shame not as many people went to the theater and seen this movie although those who have....have been singing it's praises....and it's awesome soundtrack as well! 
If you haven't seen it yet....go check it out...you just might find you like it! 
Other movies I like by the cast of Scott Pilgrim VS. the World: 
Michael Cera:  Superbad and Juno
Mary Elizabeth Winstead:  Final Destination 3 and Live Free or Die Hard
Kieran Culkin:  Home Alone 1 &2 and Father of the Bride 1 & 2
Brandon Roth:  Superman Returns and Zack &Miri Make a Porno
Chris Evans:  The Perfect Score, Fantastic Four 1 & 2 and Sunshine
Thomas Jane:  Deep Blue Sea and The Punisher
Clifton Collins Jr.:  The Stoned Age, The Last Castle, Crank 2 and Star Trek 

I give Scott Pilgrim VS. The World 4 out of 5 evil exes!