Several items on the agenda for today:
First, a belated Merry Christmas - My lack of posting the past few days can be attributed to large family parties on Chrismas Eve and Day, and a short daytrip to Chicago yesterday (more on that some other time)
Second, I've been saying a Die Another Day
review is on the way, so here it is:
This movie would perhaps best be titled "Hey, It's A Bond Movie!". This isn't really a criticism, I mean that the entire movie is pretty much a glorification and celebration of everything Bond stands for, today and in the past. It has plently of none-too-vague references to earlier movies in the series, and seems to really enjoy playing up the ridiculousness of the whole Bond idea. It's chock full of all the old standards: ridiculous cars, ridiculous women, loads of bad puns, a ridiculous (demented) villan with some kind deformity/enhancement, a ridiculous movie title that sounds catchy but doesn't make any sense, the list goes on and on. I was a bit worried a few years ago that the francise was becoming to moderized, feminized, and politically correct, which threatened to kill the series. Hovever, besides a few really awkward bits (the parasail/surfing thing, the horrible dialogue with Halle Berry when they meet in Cuba, that silly-looking gene therapy mask) Bond seems back to his hard-drinking, gun-shooting, womenizing ways. 2.5 stars.
Finally, some football picks:
PHI at NYG: NYG. Everything is falling into place for the Packers ...Tampa gets whupped, the Eagles fall to the Giants, and we ride into the playoffs with a #1 seed.
KC at OAK: OAK. KC has spunk, but I learned to always pick Oakland at home.
BAL at PIT: PIT. If the Steelers defense can't hold the Ravens in check, they're not going to get anywhere in the playoffs anyway.
DAL at WAS: WAS. Dallas games are by far the most boring things on planet earth. And yet they're "America's Team". Somebody please explain. "Game I Dont Care About Of the Week" in a landslide.
TEN at HOU: TEN. The breaking of the streak was bittersweet last week. Even when I pick the Titans correctly they still manage to screw me.
CIN at BUF: BUF. Even the revival of the Ickey Shuffle won't help now....
ATL at CLE: ATL. An imporatant game that I seem to have no feelings about. The Browns have a great ability to draw my interest elsewhere.
MIN at DET: MIN. Which Daunte Culpepper will show up is anyones guess. The Lion's pass defense will certainly try to bring out the best in him, though.
MIA at NE: MIA. Sorry Pats, but your reign is coming to an end. I just didn't know it'd happen this soon.
CAR at NO: NO. If the Saints can't win this one, they might as well start from scratch.
JAX at IND: IND. Sorry, but if the Jags can't beat the Titans when I pick the Titans, there's not much hope here.
GB at NYJ: GB. N/A
AZ at DEN: DEN. Arizona gave me a scare against the Rams a few weeks ago, but from then on the road to no more victories was clear. I told you so.
SEA at SD: SD. I'm off the bandwagon again, but I can't imagine LT getting less than 200 yards and 3 TDs on the horrible 'Hawks D.
TB at CHI: TB. Chicago's is going to use every wacky play in the book, but in this no-offense showdown tampa's D will win out. And hopefully Warren Sapp will get his head knocked off or something.
SF at STL: SF. Boy, MNF can sure pick 'em. If you look up "quitter" in the dictionary, there's a picture of the Rams. And if you look up "Bulgermania", there's a picture of me, because I invented it