Friday, April 30, 2010

This is Your Opinion of THE LOSERS

Amanda and I braved the rain last night and made our way to the Carmike 10 to see The Losers. Based on the Vertigo comic of the same name, features a motley crew of soldiers/mercenaries reminiscent of the A-Team.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Penny Project: 974

I found this little gem today as I was walking to get a haircut. Right outside a gas station that was inexplicably blaring "Danger Zone" over the loudspeakers, this penny is now number 974.

Monday, April 26, 2010

THE PACIFIC: Episode 7

Episode 7: Peleliu Hills, much like Episode 6, is Sledge heavy. A welcome relief from the wall-to-wall Leckie that we had been subjected to from Episode 1 until now, E7 was the best to date.
Ever the team player, Sledge does his best Leckie impression.

The Penny Project (985-975)

The Penny Project had another big find this weekend, with a dime found on the way back from a 2-for-1 Long Island Tea night at a local bar.
Despite the late hour and the bleary eyes, we both spotted this dime laying in the street.
The picture below is a re-enactment of the scene:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Recaps V In Pictures (Episode 1x8 "We Can't Win")

Our heroes are shocked, SHOCKED to find out that their "John May Lives" message has gotten 6 members of the Fifth Column killed and a list of members into the hands of the V.  Fortunately, one guy escaped, though - so no harm, no foul.

Lisa and her perky boobs fail the empathy test thanks to all the dry-humping with Tyler.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Penny Project 987 and 986

Another banner day for the Penny Project, with not one but two coppers found on a single parking lot. These were found at the corner of Washington and Demers in Grand Forks, ND. Pictures below:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Pacific: Episode 6

Episode 6 of The Pacific has Sledge, Leckie and the other boys of the 1st Marine Division still on Pelelieu. They have consolidated the gains they made the 1st day and are preparing to move across the airfield and eventually assault the hills, where the Japanese have holed up.

The battle promises to be bloody, and the entrenched Japanese are using their artillery to such effect that the Marines are not able to re-supply. Meaning, in short, that they are once again low on ammunition and water. In fact, much of the episode deals with the thirst the guys are feeling and how that is almost as bad as the enemy they are facing.

Sledge and Co. take cover under a Toyota with a faulty accelerator.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Penny Project (999-988)

Sunday, April 17th was a banner day for the Penny Project. We were at the mall looking for something called "The Omega Chain," which sounds like a Clive Cussler book but is really just a piece of jewelry.

While there, we found a cool 11 cents, bring our total to 12 cents and leaving only 988 pennies to go until we donate to charity.

Location pictured below:

Guest Actors We Like (I heart you, John Rhys-Davies)

I (Amanda) can quote literally every single line from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  And so how pumped was I to tune into Legend of the Seeker (Episode 2x17 "Vengeance") this Saturday and see this guy:

If you don't know who this is, then you haven't seen Lord of the Rings or the aforementioned Indiana Jones or Spongebob Squarepants and so there's really no reason for you to frequent this site because you should be locking yourself in a closet as a punishment for sucking.  The rest of the living, breathing world knows this is John Rhys-Davies.  Enough said.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Reviews KICK-ASS

Awesomeness, thy name is Hit-Girl.

Kick-Ass was not at all what I expected - although the movie is based on a comic book, so if I had taken two minutes and did a little Internet research before heading off to the theater, I wouldn't have been so surprised.

Frankly, the trailers and posters for this movie do not do it justice.  They make it look like a nerdapalooza comedy, where geeks dress up like superheroes and hilarity know, She's Out of My League, but with few boobies.  The actual Kick-Ass is a violent,  foul-mouthed, smart film created in the image of a modern-day true action comic book - think of the recent Batman franchise with brighter costumes (and I'm sure there will be plenty of tits once the unrated version heads to DVD).

The Penny Project

Amanda and I seemingly find a lot of pennies in our travels. Likely its really no more than any other person, but to us it feels like a lot. We usually set them aside and throw them in collection baskets from time to time, but yesterday we got to thinking that perhaps we should save them to see how long it takes to get 1000.

Figuring that the 1000 pennies would be a cool $100, we could then donate it to a charity and have something to fill these pages. So, without further ado, we wish to announce that we have found a penny and now only need 999 to reach our goal.

Penny #1 was found on April 17th, 2010 right near our house. Pictures are below:

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hot Girls I Did Not Forget About

Amanda has been running an irregular series of posts whenever she seems a handsome fellow on television that she forgot existed. In the spirit of things, I am going to also run irregular posts about hot chicks I didn't forget about. My memory is excellent.

The first contenders are two young ladies from across the Atlantic. Crystal and Charline from the Windows 7 commercials. Crystal, who is English and Charline, French, grace two of the Windows ads that are both clever and appealing. Mainly because they aren't Macs.

Lets take a look at Crystal first:

Very lovely. Pip, pip and all that.

And now Charline:

Magnifique! Tres belle.

These two are obviously very lovely and seemingly computer savvy. So, since the State Department no longer wishes to have a special relationship with neither France nor Britain, I wills step up to the plate in the name of foreign relations. I would like be the English Channel to these girls, Crystal representing the UK and Charline representing France. I can be the buffer between the two, connecting them in ways only geography can imagine. I would caress their, ahem, shores, provide a Chunnel between the two and gently bring the two together with Crystal's white Dover cliffs teasing the inviting beachs of Calais. Feel free to see through my double geography entendre.

The ball's in your court ladies.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Recaps CRIMINAL MINDS (Episode 5x19 "Rite of Passage")

This episode surrounds a topic near and dear to our hearts, because Kyle just received his unrestricted Green Card notice in mail this week (if you haven't figured it out already, he's Canadian).  And yep, we went through the long, expensive, time-consuming, and legal route, unlike our friendly neighborhood victims this week.

But, more importantly, here is the latest casting story from my sister

KK Recaps and Gives You Your Opinion on V: S1E7 "John May"

Episode 7, entitled "John May", curiously revolves around the 5th Column and their search for the semi-mythical John May and plans to rescue Georgie, who is still in captivity on the V Mother Ship.

Ryan (Morris Chestnut) believes that there is a way to communicate with the 5th Columnists on board the ship and that John May might still have the tool to do it. Seeing this as the best way to rescue Georgie, the gang heads upstate to where John May used to live. Kyle (Charles Measure) thinks Ryan is keeping secrets, and there is tension between the two men.

John May is convinced he sees aliens in the grass.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Your Opinion of DATE NIGHT, in Limerick Form

Amanda and I saw "Date Night" last night and, as the poet laureate of South Grand Forks, I offer my review in the form of a limerick:

Carrell and Fey together
With a plot, light as a feather
Franco was sweet
The movie was sheet
I'd rather watch the weather.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Reviews THE PACIFIC (Episode 5, "Peleliu Landing")

As you may recall, I wasn't too thrilled with the early episodes of The Pacific.  We're now halfway through the miniseries, and so I thought I'd give an update on all of my innermost feelings.

Nope, still don't like it.

Quote from THE BIG BANG THEORY (Episode 3x19 "The Wheaton Recurrence")

SHELDON: Perhaps he’s at a sensitive point in his menstrual cycle. 
WOLOWITZ: Are you saying he’s man-struating? 

KOOTHRAPPALI: Big or small, I don’t like rabbits. They always look like they are about to say something, but they never do. 
SHELDON: Rabbits do have a respiratory system that would support great size – and, on a side note, they are one of the few mammals whose scrotum is in front of the penis. 
KOOTHRAPPALI: Maybe that’s what they want to talk about. 

This is Your Opinion of HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, Episode 7

Episode 7, Keep on Truckin', is noteworthy because it sees the guys come tantalizingly close to realizing their dream of getting Crisp off the ground and because it dashes those dreams in a heartbeat.

The good news/bad news feel of this episode was a lot of fun. The guys found all the shirts they needed and had them printed. Good. They don't have enough money to pay Rene. Bad. The Japanese buyer tells Cam that if the shirts sell well enough, he will order some hoodies. Good. Rene forces the guys to peddle Rasta Monsta to pay off their debt. Bad. Rene has a chance to meet with the owner of Rasta Monsta to discuss securing the North American rights. Good. Rene's parole officer catches the thugs smoking up in Rene's office and insists on coming to the meeting. Bad.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Your Opinion of HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, Episode 6

Episode 6, entitled "Good Vintage", focuses on the guys desperately searching for 300 vintage t-shirts to fill the order from the Japanese clothier. Despite his best efforts, Cam has found only a handful and is paying top dollar for each one he finds. Ben skips out on work to help him and they find a HOT retail chick to help them out. She introduces them to her wholesaler, and they are in business. Literally.

Mrs. Amanda Recaps CRIMINAL MINDS (Episode 5x18 "The Fight")

Last night's episode was the starting point for the long-awaited spinoff with Forest Whitaker.  My family has been hearing about this episode for months from my sister as they cast the new BAU team, and so we were pretty excited to see the result (which was awesome).  If this episode is any indication of the show, it's going to be more action-oriented than the original Criminal Minds which should provide a nice contrast.

Before I get to the recap, here is a word from Erica:

This is Your Opinion of THE PACIFIC: Episode 4

Having watched The Pacific with eager anticipation for the time when the series will have make the move from mediocre to awesome, I was stoked to get back from Texas and check out Episode 4. Naively, I believed that the Marines would be all fresh from screwing and drinking their way through Australia and be ready to fight the Japanese.

The only known photo of Leckie with mouth closed.

This is how my mind envisions the script for Episode 4:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Tells You Your Opinion on HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

Hot Tub Time Machine is the manifesto of today's unsatisfied gentlepersons, an engrossing tale that tangles the Moirae's thread and gives us a glimpse of what could be, if not what is.

Hot Tub Time Machine is exactly what you'd expect it to be. 

It's not like people are standing at the movie line saying, "Well, Professor Johnstone, should we see The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) or Hot Tub Time Machine?"  You know what you're getting into with this movie - you see the words "Hot Tub" and you either imagine 1) a porno, or 2) a funny, silly, and vapid flick that's two hours of pure entertainment.  And that's Hot Tub Time Machine (the second one, not the porno - although there is a lot of dick talk in HTTM).

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hot Guys I (Amanda) Forgot About

Kyle had to be at the airport at 6:00am today, which gave me a chance to get back and bed and watch a little Saved By The Bell: The College Years before work. As a child of the (ahem) 80s, I spent a LOT of time with SBBT and had plenty of perfectly healthy fantasies involving Mark-Paul Gosselaar. But I also developed another crush once The College Years began - with Patrick Fabian, who played "Professor Jeremiah Lasky."  Professor Lasky was the gang's favorite teacher/Kelly's secret boyfriend (although they broke up because of the age gap - he was TOO OLD at 32).

I did a quick IMDB search on Patrick, and it turns out he's done a ton of television work, including a recent stint on Big Love.  So, hooray.  Nice to see you again, Patrick.
Patrick then.

Patrick now.

Screencap-tion Contest of the Week (Courtesy of LEGEND OF THE SEEKER)

WE HAVE A WINNER!  Congratulations to Melanie with:
RICHARD: If I stare at her hard enough, maybe she won't want to kill me.
CREATOR: If he stares at me any harder, I'm going to kill him early.
Melanie, please send me your episode selection/email address via the contact link on the right side of this blog.  And everyone else, please come back on Friday for the next Screencap-tion Contest!

See if you can beat mine (it shouldn't be hard - I'm having a sleepy Friday) by Monday, April 5 at 10:00am.  The winner will get their Seeker episode of choice on iTunes (for US residents only - if you aren't from the States and you win, you can claim all the glory and gift your ep to an American friend).

Richard tries hard to figure out how someone so small can be such a gigantic pain in the butt.

PS - Seeker fans, have you watched V yet?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mrs. Amanda Recaps CRIMINAL MINDS (Episode 5x8 "Outfoxed")

I have been avoiding reruns of this episode – not because it isn’t well-written or well-acted (which it is), but because it’s so disturbing and creepy that I can’t stop thinking about it after I’m finished with it. So, I wasn’t going to watch it again this week, but my sister actually sent me two casting anecdotes and I’ve been laughing at the second one all day (in fact, I’m going to put it somewhere inside this recap so you actually have to read it…or at least scroll down until you see the quotes text). So, fine. Here is Erica’s first quip: 

This Is Your Opinion on HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, Episode 5

With our DVR queue back to normal, Amanda and I were finally able to catch up on all of our back episodes of How to Make it in America.

With the status-quo Episode 4 (Unhappy Birthday) out of the way, we were looking forward to Episode 5: Big in Japan and hoping that something would actually happen. Wonder no more reader, as Cam and Ben finally get their long awaited sample of their new Crisp jeans. The sample, however, turns out to be less-than-Crisp and looked like something you would find your nerdy uncle wearing. The waist went up to Ben's belly button and they featured the hot tapered leg look.