Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Daily moviefilm

It's Chrimma time! This means that most of the movies and dvds we are watching are holiday movies and specials. Rudolph, Charlie Brown, George Bailey, Clark W. Griswold, Ralphie and a plethora of other friendly faces have been taking up the screen. We are okay with that.

I've also been re-watching LOST from the beginning in preparation for the final season, which I am excited and sad about. I can't wait to see what the boys have in store for us as they wrap up one of the best shows ever, but the thought of not having any more new episodes EVER? So, so sad.

This is also little Ocho's first Christmas (outside the womb), so it will be extra special. Life is good. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Yikes! It's been awhile!

Yesterday I watched two movies I had not yet seen: The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Star Trek. One was cheese, the other excellent. However, I really like cheese (being from Wisconsin and all), and New Moon was a pleasant way to spend a Monday afternoon. No judgement - I read all the books and I enjoy the whole ridiculousness the way many people enjoy professional wrestling or bad reality t.v. It amuses me that the same people who made the second Transformers movie the number 9 box office movie of all time are ripping on a teenage vampire romance. Whatever.

I need to re-watch Star Trek, however, because as enjoyable as I found it, I also found myself falling asleep at the end because the day had just been too exhausting (as well as the night before when I took my celebration of becoming a SAHM just a bit too far).

Review to come.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Daily DVD

Ali: The second DVD in the collection that I had not yet seen. Why had I not yet viewed Ali, you ask? That is an excellent question. First, it is a boxing movie. The only movies about boxing I have ever really enjoyed are: Raging Bull, because it's amazing; and the Champ, because I was 6 and in LOVE with Ricky Schroeder. Second, it was released in December of 2001, and I am pretty sure I was having a nervous breakdown right around that time, and didn't have much interest in watching movies or being around AMC in general at that time. Third, it stars Will Smith, and even though he does end up doing a terrific job portraying the titular titlist, he doesn't do much for my personal box office, if you catch my drift.

I won't go into a plot breakdown (as usual), but I will touch on a few highlights. Michael Mann's direction is typically amazing, and I really like that there is virtually no exposition and you have to come to the film with some prior knowledge of Ali, Malcom X, boxing and the late Sixties/early Seventies in order to follow along. I also enjoy the fact that it's not really all that easy to like Muhammad Ali after watching the movie, even though Ali comes across as a generally affable fellow in interviews and clips and things. All in all, it was a very well-done film, but Michael Mann is the clear winner in this case. I'm glad I got to see it during this interesting experiment, as I would never watch it on my own accord. This is also one I probably won't seek out to watch again, but I wouldn't turn it off if it was already on or someone else wanted to watch it.

Daily DVD

Aladdin: One of my favorite Disney movies! Yes, I like Disney movies. I like Walt Disney World, too. No, I don't care that Disney is an evil conglomeration that wants to take over the world. Nope, don't care that Walt was an alleged communist, fascist, racist and anti-Semite. I don't think he was any of those things, but more likely an opportunist who would do whatever he could to make some money, by whatever means necessary.

ANYWAY....I believe Aladdin was one of the best animated films to come out of the mouse's house in at least 10 years when I saw it in the theater back in 1992 (I was not a big fan of the Little Mermaid). I believe Mermaid jump-started the animation house into a new era, and Aladdin cemented Disney's return. Both were overshadowed by the Lion King, which to this day remains their crowning jewel of traditional animation (at least in my opinion). Aladdin works for me because the genie is iconic, the songs are catchy as hell, the animation is gorgeous, and Aladdin & Princess Jasmine are hot. That's all I need for a heck of a good time - and it holds up remarkably well - 17 years....waitaminute - it's been 17 FREAKING years? Damn, I'm old.


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Akira: One of the first DVDs in the collection that I had not seen yet. Not being a huge anime fanatic, I wasn't totally looking forward to it, but I was intrigued. It is a genre I need to get to know better. I've dabbled, however (the Cat Returns is off the chain) but it is a little daunting to start to immerse oneself in. I had a few preconceptions of the movie due to just looking at the cover - I was thinking pure action because of the slick bike and the red/blue tones, as well as the lone figure wearing biking gear. Could not have been more mistaken. Sure, there is action, but is overshadowed by the science fiction. This is sci-fi, and it is FUCKING WEIRD. Really, really, really strange. In fact, I'm not going to break it down for you, because you either know all about it, or you know nothing about it and will go watch it now because I have proclaimed it's weirdness. The most disappointing thing about it was finding out that it came out in 1988, and would've been an excellent addition to my litany of drug movies I watched during my high school/college years, had I only known about it. Sadly, these days are behind me, but the movies are a fun reminder of the days when I could explore the farthest corners of my brain. Sigh.

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Akeelah and the Bee: Oh, Akeelah. Such a good movie, such a great cast, such an amazing premise. Why did I dread watching you again? Perhaps it wasn't dread so much as apathy - I've seen this movie many more times than the actual one viewing I had last year. You see, I've seen Stand and Deliver a few times already, as well as Bad News Bears, Educating Rita...blah blah blah. Local girl beats the odds and rises above her station in life by using that noggin she's been blessed with, just doesn't know how to use just yet. What saves it? An amazing cast and great acting. Fishburne and Bassett, even though Bassett's character was narrow and frustrating. It's a good movie, just really formulaic and predictable. Oh - did I mention that the community comes together to help her and root her on? Yeah - even the gang leader that is poaching her big brother for fun and profit. Seriously?

Daily moviefilm

Helvetica: I loved this movie. Another little-known documentary, and quite a niche work at that. This is an homage to the ubiquitous font, ye olde Helvetica. The doc is mainly for the graphic design set, but anyone who is interested in words, fonts, or just good design in general will find it fascinating. It starts with showing how the font is used everywhere (seriously...EVERYWHERE), and how it was a refreshing change in the advertising world in the sixties from the old messy script styles used in cheesy ads back in the day. I remember ads from the seventies using a nice helvetica and a period for emphasis.
The new Volkswagen Rabbit.
Hop to it.

Or something to that effect....except that example has to be in Arial, the shitty Microsoft bastardization of the real deal. I fucking hate Microsoft. So...anyway...the film goes on to follow the inevitable backlash against the type - it is used by American Airlines and other large, evil corporations, hence it is bad. The font stands for all that is wrong with the world, and must be destroyed. And here come the saviors! The 90's grunge designers who use dirty, diffused and chaotic lettering for everything...until the backlash experiences its own backlash, and the new millennium is dedicated to honoring the font, wallowing in the 'retro-ness' of it all, and finding it cute and anti-establishment yet again. Confused? Yeah, me too. At any rate, I love the font, and loved the doc.

Daily moviefilm

Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?: Now, please keep in mind that I do, in fact, know who Jackson Pollock is. I love Ed Harris, after all. I also love little-known independent documentaries. So I felt like this may be an interesting choice to watch on my time off. It was interesting, and most of the film was spent wondering if it was a mockumentary, but it was the real deal. It turns out that this curmudgeonly old lady trucker found a huge splatter painting at a yard sale and bought it as a joke for her friend who liked art. Someone saw it and mentioned that it could be a Pollock, and she suddenly saw dollar signs instead of paint splatters. Oh, art....you bring out the beast in all of us! Anyway, the film focuses on how the woman goes about trying to prove it's a Pollock, and everyone from Guggenheim art directors to shyster art dealers gets involved. Ultimately, the woman is offered $9 million or so for the painting, but holds off for more money, since the artists' works go for about 30 - 50 million dollars, or some such rubbish. Considering she paid like 8 bucks for the thing, she clearly should've taken the money and run, but she got a little greedy and probably has nothing after all the pain and humiliation she's endured. An interesting, yet ultimately frustrating film.

Daily moviefilm

The Rage in Placid Lake: I watched this movie just because it was the next one that looked interesting, and I didn't remember exactly why I added it to my queue. I knew it was a quirky indie flick, and that I would either love it or hate it. Surprise - neither! There were some real laugh-out-loud moments, and I'd never really known who Ben Lee was, so getting to know him was nice. But all in all, it seemed like it was trying a bit too hard to be something it just wasn't. However, it is an Australian film, and there are times when I don't get that humor as much as I dig British humor. I would recommend this one to people who like unusual films about underdogs and subculture, but not to my mom or my sister. They definitely would not get it.

Daily DVD

Airplane! ("Don't Call Me Shirley!" Edition): Voted one of AFI's funniest movies of all time (#10, I believe - though it should have been higher, IMHO), and probably one of THE most quoted movies of all time, this is a must-watch, must-buy, if-you've-never-seen-it-and-admit-it-in-public-you-will-surely-be-ridiculed-hey-don't-call-me-Shirley.

There isn't much to say about this Zucker/Abrahams collaboration that hasn't already been said, so I'll just share my favorite bits with you guys. The Red Zone/White Zone bit, the religious zealots bit (though the youngsters may not get the humor - airports used to be overrun with Moonies and Hare Krishnas, spreading love and literature to annoyed vacationers), and the 'drinking problem' bit. Oh..also, how the little prissy girl takes her coffee, the gratuitous boobs bouncing in front of the camera, the 'I speak Jive' genius cameo by Mrs. Cleaver....I could go on and on. Which, naturally, speaks to the genius of the movie. You should go re-watch it right now. :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Daily DVD

Air Force One: Here we go again...biased, because my favoritest actor in the whole wide world plays the baddie. It's not a very good movie in that it doesn't hold up and it's very Michael Bay-ish and of the popcorn variety, but it is fun to watch and Mah Boo looks good in a goatee with a Russian accent.

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An Affair to Remember: It's true. I had never heard of the movie before watching Sleepless in Seattle, and it makes me very sad to have to report such news. However, I really didn't care for the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson opus (because, let's face it, Rita is SOOOO smokin' hot that she commands every screen she's ever been on...ever), but the movie gave me two things...An Affair to Remember, and a molar cavity. Also - a hate for Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson. Even more depressing is the fact that I already was a huge fan of Cary Grant, but in my knowledge at the time, AATR wasn't one of his better-known works. I was more of a 'That Touch of Mink' kind of a gal, and I still prefer Mink just for the campiness of it, as well as Gig Young. But I digress. 'Affair' is a smart romantic comedy with a complete re-watchability, and a cute kid that gave me one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Well, whaddya crabbin' about?". Nothin', kid - it's pretty much perfect.

The Age of Innocence: One of my favorite movies of all time, period. Scorsese period piece? Check. Daniel Day Lewis not chewing scenery? Check. Tortured Love That Can Never Be? Check, check, check. I love it, and no one can ever tell me anything else about it to the contrary. Also, completely quotable, though nobody will ever know what I'm quoting. "Well, that explains it, then." "What?" "Why they are so influential...they make themselves so rare." Only 1% of the population will ever know that I'm talking about the van der Lydens. And I'm okay with that.

Daily DVD

Whoops! This leave of absence has been going by much faster than expected, and every day is taken up with the minute-by-minute dealings of having a newborn. Excuses over - let's rock:

As a movie that pretty much serves as the gold standard of comedy in the 90's, and a film that I pretty much know by heart, we decided to save time by skipping this one and moving on to the next DVD in the bunch. Not that much time was saved, and we're still many weeks behind. I'm going to leave this entry with three words: Finkel and Einhorn.

The Addams Family/Addams Family Values: MY LOVE FOR RAUL JULIA WILL NOT BE DENIED. Addams Family was the first movie I ever went to solo, and I would do it again repeatedly, if only to watch Raul smolder, simmer, and ignite the celluloid while freaking the Tango with Morticia, perfectly played by Anjelica Houston. I love Anjelica in this role, and I love her even more in Woody's Crimes and Misdemeanors - she is so blocky and awkward, as opposed to her slinky gothic grace as Morticia. Christina Ricci as a young Wednesday = just about perfect casting, combined with a very adept big screen representation of the classic television show, and you've got a fun popcorn flick that holds up.

I am having issues posting pix and moving them to where I want, so...sorry about the haphazard arrangement of the dvd covers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Daily DVD

I've bitten off more than I can chew.  In addition to the daily moviefilm (that I haven't kept up with), I now have the added pressure of viewing a daily DVD from our collection.  My lovely husband likes to do this from time-to-time (with CDs and DVDs), and I have joined him for the first time ever.  I like it when he does it and really enjoy his recaps (even though he never seems to get past the B's or thereabouts), and I'm really excited to take part in it with him.  It will also be interesting to see the difference in our reviews/ruminations.

We have watched two DVDs in three days (there was a particularly fussy baby day yesterday that threw a wrench in the works), and I will have to do a double recap on those:

About Last Night:  standard 80's schlock with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe in the pinnacle of their respective hotness, based on a Mamet play (I would venture to say 'loosely', judging by the horrible opening dialogue between Lowe's and Belushi's characters).  Elizabeth Perkins is annoying and unattractive, and Jimbo is just as annoying and unattractive, as well as sociopathic and repulsive.  The leads are nice to look at, and there is an interesting take on what happens when people move in together after having a nice run of romance and great sex, but in the end...not a fabulous movie.  This is definitely my addition to the collection, purchased because of it's 80's-ness, and because it was $4.99.

About Schmidt:  I had seen this when I rented it right after it came out on DVD, and remember it being very depressing.  Upon re-watching, I noted that it was directed by Alexander Payne, and suddenly it all made sense.  Yes, it is still somewhat depressing, but there are a few uplifting moments.  There are a lot of visual cues of desolation, isolation, death and meaninglessness (shots of disgusting pieces of meat being hacked apart as well as other slaughterhouse allusions) and a sparse soundtrack; but there is also the peek into Schmidt's psyche through his letters to Ndugu which lend to a sweet narration that keeps the interest piqued.  If I didn't hear from his heart I don't think I'd have any reason to care about his character, but because of the letters and some heartfelt moments, the watcher ends up caring about this old grizzled bastard who is just trying to figure out where he belongs in the world these days.  A must watch, but not one for copious repeat viewings, IMHO.   

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Daily moviefilm

Now, this is a movie!!!  

The Lost Weekend, directed by the amazing Billy Wilder, is just what the doctor ordered after the last sad attempt at watching a movie (see Dangerous Beauty post).  This is a high quality film about the desperate life of a chronic alcoholic and his last binge weekend, complete with flashbacks and hallucinations!  I already have a favorite quote: 
It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra.  

Also, is it bad that this movie made me want a drink?  Yeah, that's probably bad.  But the movie is SOOOO good.        

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Daily moviefilm

I'm already sucking at this.  It is harder than I anticipated, with a new baby and all.  I have time to watch a movie or two while he sleeps during the day, but I also have an apartment to clean, and the cleaning seems to take precedence, especially when I have the energy (which is rare).

So I've decided to run through my streamable Netflix movies on the Xbox 360, since it's easy and the choices are expanding day by day.  I began on Thursday with the first movie that came up:
Dangerous Beauty.  I was so bored I ended up listening to my digital audiobook and cleaning up the living room.  Usually I like a nice period piece, especially one with sexy people and debauchery, but this one didn't do it for me.  So, I started it again today with hopes of a renewed interest and fresh p.o.v.  Conclusion?  Not so much.  I think I'm going to have to admit defeat on this one and move on.  Sorry, all you Dangerous Beauty fans that will not read this blog.  I tried.

Oh, and no art will be posted, since Blogger limits the amount of pix one can post on one's blog, and I will not waste that space on movies I'm not feelin'.  Now - on to the next one!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

MySpace blog: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Leslie wins...the bisque quote is from Seinfeld.  
Currently listening:
Wingspan (Hits & History)
By Paul McCartney
Release date: 08 May, 2001

"My name is Otto...it means eight." = Lucius wins!!!!

Otto: Don't call me stupid.
Wanda: Oh, right, to call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. I've known sheep that could outwit you, but you think you're an intellectual don't you, ape?
Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes, they do Otto, they just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things here. Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself,' and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up. 

Posted by textkitten on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 4:59 PM

Clearly, none of my friends watch old movies, or have the time to view what AFI rated the #1 comedy of all time:

"I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop." = Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Posted by textkitten on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 12:31 AM

Mind the stepchildren! = Old School
Alan wins!!!!
Posted by textkitten on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 5:33 PM

MySpace blog: Thursday, September 01, 2005

I decided to start a new blog to announce the winners of the little quote game.  Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far!  It has been interesting to see who has seen which movies and who has played.  The only bummer I've discovered is that character length is VERY limited, so I can't do some of my favorite lines...but I'll get something from the same movie in there at any rate.

If it takes me longer than normal to respond, it is because I am obsessed with watching Katrina coverage on CNN & MSNBC....my heart goes out to all of those who have lost homes, lives and loved ones due to this tragedy.  Best Buy is planning on sending 5 people from our store (probably P-cola, Destin and Panama City, too) to volunteer with the Red Cross next weekend in Mobile since we are so close...I'm hoping that I can go.  I can't even imagine losing absolutely everything...

Anyway, on a lighter note -- Lucius!! wins the latest quote (and also gets double kudos for being the farthest away = 3000 miles): "You taste like a burger. I don't like you anymore."

For those of you who haven't seen this movie yet: shame on you!  (And you know who you are...ALAN.

Peace and love, homies.  

Currently watching:
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Unrated Extended Edition)
Release date: 07 June, 2005


"I look like a banker in this!": Leslie wins!!!

Posted by textkitten on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 4:56 PM


"Your husband ain't dead, lady. He's hidin'." = It's a tie!  Peterio got it first, but Alan was a quick second and got the character and scene.

 Posted by textkitten on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 6:44 PM


"He said...."Go back inside!'" = Josh wins!

Posted by textkitten on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 7:50 PM

Lucius (The Awesome) 

Woo, frikkin' HOO!!! I'm a winner! (doing backflips!) In your FACE people!
Posted by Lucius (The Awesome) on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 8:36 PM

MySpace blog: Saturday, August 27, 2005

I had an idea today that flirts with brilliance.  Since I am a trivia & movie harlot (whore is such an ugly word)...I thought I would incorporate them both while feeding the MySpace addiction by starting a little game that everyone can play.

From now on, my headline will be a quote from a movie or possibly a well-known televison show.  Whoever guesses the correct movie/show first will be the big winner....just message me with the title.  And...just to make sure you little buggers aren't looking it up on 'the IMDb', I will need the name of the character and a brief description of the scene in which the quote was uttered.  Sound like fun?  Of course it does!

We'll start with an easy one...just to get the ball rolling and see how many people respond and how quickly.  The winner of each will be rewarded with a lovely comment on their page, and most likely a running comment thread on this blog.  Ready? 

Currently listening:
Valley Girl: Music From The Soundtrack
By Various Artists
Release date: 22 February, 1994


Isn't that from one of those weird Star Wars movies? :) Am I right??? Who knows... two kudos if you show up for the meeting tomorrow and listen to my spheal.
Posted by YourMomma on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 11:10 PM


"Son of a bitch was right! She tastes like a peach." = Leslie wins!


Posted by textkitten on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 10:57 AM 


We wasted the good surprise on YOU! The winner is ALAN!=)
Posted by textkitten on Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 8:46 PM


"I'm your huckleberry" : Tombstone.

Sandra wins!

Posted by textkitten on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 2:25 AM


Somehow I am missing where you put all of these quotes... so confused... 

"Who is this? Don't ever call him again... I sure showed him- nobody messes with Adam We!"

Posted by YourMomma on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 5:15 PM


I found it- disregard
Posted by YourMomma on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 11:58 PM


Oooh...nobody's getting this one! Here's a hint: If you have HBO and On Demand, you might want to catch up with the last few episodes of a certain show....
Posted by textkitten on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 2:32 PM


Posted by YourMomma on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 5:01 PM


Very good -- but I'll need character and scene before I can declare you the Big Weiner!
Posted by textkitten on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 5:17 PM


Ari said it when he saw some mom with big breasts (and possibly a stroller) run by while he was talking on his cell.


Posted by YourMomma on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 10:58 PM


Thank you! And, let me take this opportunity to say...I dream of one day being able to watch a 2 hour feature movie called: "Ari Gold - Super Agent".
Posted by textkitten on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 11:10 PM


Kristy wins!  Mission Impossible.
Posted by textkitten on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 1:36 PM


I won twice in a row!!! I retire as champion!
Posted by YourMomma on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 11:23 PM

MySpace blog: Monday, August 15, 2005

I haven't had much to blog about lately....work, work, work.  However, I have recently happened upon something quite disturbing and I feel I must comment.  Finding an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend on MySpace should normally be cause for some alarm (not many relationships end on good terms...for why would they end at all?), but finding this guy is like opening up the ark!  My head is melting!

He was supposed to move to California and BE the next Batman...not join MySpace and post a picture of Batman as his default image!  He definitely wasn't supposed stay in Orlando, become a stunt man at Universal Studios and start dating Vanna White's freaking clone!  Plus...who told him he could age?  He's supposed to stay the same way I remember him, and he's not supposed to make me do the math and actually COUNT how many years it's been since I've seen him and spoken to him.   Euww! 

It's gonna take some time to shake this feeling of ickiness (and I just got the Hoot out of me -- go figure).

Currently watching:
The Alan Clarke Collection (Scum / Made in Britain / The Firm / Elephant)
Release date: 31 August, 2004

Leeloo Dallas Multipass 

Ickiness!  You should have sinisterly laughed whence happening upon this reject batman's myspace account.  Whereas you have remained a timeless tribute to the marvels of science fiction and NOT AGED AT ALL (need I mention I thought you were younger than me when I first met you?)... he looks like a tribute to plastic surgery gone disturbingly wrong, (or a myspace dedicated to "fun-with-photoshop").  Feel better hypnotoad, and linger no more on this discovery.  
Posted by Leeloo Dallas Multipass on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 12:32 PM


Look at it this way: You can either stumble across him on MySpace looking "not as good as you remembered," confirmed that he's only been able to reach mediocrity with his career, and that his choice significant other is, well, fairly "dime-a-dozen"


You can google him to pull up about 20 different pages of him enjoying fame, fortune and complete stardom with about a dozen divas.....

Which would you rather have?

Posted by sandra on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 2:27 PM


Sandra's got a point... and I am personally glad I can't find any of my ex's on here because I don't remember any of their last names... you think I joke........................  oops.

For you remembering, have some kudos. There ya go. Bathe in the warmth of kudos.

Posted by YourMomma on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 3:05 PM


Ex-boyfriends? You mean there are people in this world who would part with you? I don't believe it. This is all fake isn't it? Where's the camera? Whats the catch?  
Posted by Kyle on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 3:05 PM