Monday, January 30, 2006


I had another “I won’t be denied” episode this weekend. It started off innocently enough when I went to Target for socks. I stopped by the electronics department as always. Seeing an ad for the latest Price of Persia game I decided I should pick that up to see how the story ends. Sure enough they didn’t have any. So, I went next door to Circuit City to see if they had it. Nope. Ok, I thought. Toys R Us is one the way home I’ll just swing in there. They didn’t have it either. In fact they were going out of business and for the past week have been selling their video games at 40% off. Of course I was too late, and all that was left was a bunch of Big Game Hunter 3’s. But I could’ve bought one of the cash registers and security gates if I wanted too. Frustrated, I went the long way around to finally pick it up at EB Games. Anyway, I say all this because I’ve become fed up with retail. Having spent many years in retail, I realize how much of a pain in the ass it is to work retail. Still show a little pride. Every single one of the stores I went to was chaotic. Perhaps it’s the ease of online shopping, or the size of these superstores? Maybe it’s just a generational thing. Still, when I’m standing in the checkout line and catch a whiff of noxious body odor, I shouldn’t find out it’s the cashier that’s so rank. I was fifth in line and could smell him. How can a store manager allow that to happen? I shouldn’t need a gas mask to make a purchase.

On to more enjoyable topics.

Browsing the internet, I was reminded of a childhood favorite: Escape to Witch Mountain. I’m certain it doesn’t hold up today, but I remember being entranced by the kids’ powers. And they were really aliens. To think that there could be a whole colony of aliens living in the mountains. As a kid I thought that was so cool. I will also admit that I ended up having a crush on the actress Kim Richards. Though, it wasn’t till later on after Return from Witch Mountain. When she started making guest spots on Different Strokes, Magnum P.I., and CHiPs was when the crush occurred. Odd fact: She’s Paris Hilton’s aunt. Second odd fact: Estrada was never considered for Zorro role.

If the Cubs don’t win it all this year or next, what should stop them from doing whatever it takes to win in 2008? By then it would be 100 years since the Cubs won a World Series. 100 years! Does anyone want to see it go to 101? If this means going the bankruptcy, they should do whatever it takes. Whatever it takes!

I’ve realized to succeed in TV you need to have no understanding of technology. I know it doesn't make sense, but it’s true. I’m screwed.

It was a sad day last week when Tyson and Thais were booted off of Beauty and the Geek. They were my favorite couple on the show. Tyson you were screwed by Thais. You should still be on the show solving Rubik’s cubes behind your back, and trying to be a little bit cooler.

Do we really need two weeks of Super Bowl hype? Steelers 24, Seahawks 20 is my pick. Unless the Seahawks realize what no other team apparently has; that the Steelers need to be in the lead early to win. Why do you think they start off throwing a lot? They can't come from behind.

I was surfing the channels on Saturday and came across a guy interviewing Uwe Boll. In case you don’t know, Uwe Boll is the director and EP behind such video game movies as House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne, and Postal. So, he’s made tons and tons of crap. The “gamers” have gotten there week old underwear in a bunch because of how he’s desecrated their favorite video games. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. If the companies are willing to sell the rights to him, then complain to the companies. My real problem is the unlimited financial backing he seems to have to make these movies. I wonder how many good movies aren’t being made because of lack of funds. If these films actually made some money, I’d understand. But they don’t. As proof of Uwe Boll’s hackery, I offer up this trailer from “In the Name of the King.” Try not to laugh too hard when the “noble king” shows up. Why Ray Liotta? Why? But Leelee Sobieske, you clearly deserve to be in this crap. I will admit in ten years I may own all his movies based on the unintentional comedy scale.

To counter my above rant, I admit that I am looking forward to seeing Slither. Why? Because it seems to be a ripoff homage to one of my favorite 80's B horror movies: Night of the Creeps. Oddly enough starring another celebrity crush: Jill Whitlow.


MOL Junior said...

i think this is your 2nd post ever about witch mountain movie. you're probably the only blog that can claim that.

if you will give me the points i will bet you some cache on the super bowl...i like the seahwaks with the 3.5 they're getting. we can settle up the weekend after. interested???

Bradford said...

That 3.5 scares the crap out of me, but I'll give you the points. What's the amount?

PotentialLunchWinner said...

You know what I hate about EB employees? How whenever you're you're browsing and checking out a game, some dipshit employee comes up and starts giving you his take on the game without being asked. That really makes me want to kill people, specifically the EB employees.

Jennifer Elizabeth said...

I never knew you liked Escape to Witch Mountain as much as I did, and for the same reasons, too. It is amazing to me that we grew up together and I had no idea you were so much like me. You can take that however you want to.