Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
CHOKE - I read the Chuck Palahniuk book that this movie was based on a few years ago & I really liked it. My problem with the movie is that it is exactly like the book. The film version adds nothing to story. David Finchers version of Palaniuk's Fight Club had it's own style, while Choke does not. I'd rather just read the book. LAME BRUNO - It's funny, it's basically gay Borat. Probably the gayest movie ever. GREATThe FUGITIVE - I recently rewatched the Fugitive starring Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones, & it is as BRILLIANT as it was in 1993. I love it. One of the best movies ever. DISTRICT 9 - When D9 came out in theaters a few months ago I had a friend tell me the whole story so i wouldn't have to watch it. My friends were watching it so I sat in and I really liked it. I like the documentary style of District 9. GREAT FUNNY PEOPLE - This movie started off really good, it was just too long. Rogen, Hill, Schwartzman, & Bana are all hilarious, & Sandler was better than he'd been in 10 years. I enjoyed the mixture of comedy with serious drama & the cameos by a ton of comedians (oh & Eminem). I know Judd Apatow had full control of this project and it was very personal to him, but that's exactly the problem with it. Funny People would be a lot better if it was cut & edited to make it tighter and less drawn out. PRETTYGOOD RUSHMORE - The first time I watched a Wes Anderson film was The Darjeeling LTD. (with the Digital Kontent boys) & I was very impressed. In fact, I was so impressed that I waited 2 and a half years before I watched another. Rushmore is great. I loved everyones performances in this movie. I love Wes Anderson's style of filmmaking. BRILLIANT. I think I will check out The Royal Tenenbaums, next.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The inaugural 'Quote of the Week' is from the most quotable show on television, '30 Rock'. I recently just got into 30 Rock & am loving the shit out of it. I will try my best to not use 30 Rock more than once for Quote of the Week, but no promises.
Tracy Jordan: I'm gonna make you a mixtape. Do you like Phil Collins?
Jack Donaghy: I have two ears and a heart, don't I?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1) Who are you & what do you do?
My name is Lezley Davidson. I'm a cartoonist and publish "Peeling Onions", a daily auto-bio web comic. I also have a day job, which we won't discuss.
The last movie I saw in the theatre was "Up', which I liked - though why Pixar needs to kill off a character in the first 10 minutes of a kids movie is beyond me... but, whatever.
3) What are you listening to?
Lately I've been a little emo bitch and listening to Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie and other melancholy, deep sighing type of music. Yes, it's about a boy. Boys are dumb.
4) What do you do to relax?
I have a bath. With bubbles. Sometimes with salts. Sometimes both. It's nice and then I go to bed all toasty and comforted.
5) What's your favourite book?
My favourite novel is "The Colour Purple" by Alice Walker. My favourite graphic novel is the entire Sandman series. Yes, I AM allowed to choose the whole thing. Yes I am. Yes.
6) You order a pizza all to yourself, what toppings do you get?
I often order pizza all to myself and I order green olives, tomatoes, green pepper, pineapple, mushrooms and extra cheese. Yum.
7) What's your favourite fruit?
8) Favourite junk food?
Chips. Any chips, I love the fried potato in all it's forms and flavours. All hail potato joy.
9) What's the best concert you've ever been to?
Eminem's Up in Smoke Tour. Go ahead and judge me. It was awesome.
10) Biggie or Tupac?
Biggie. Tupac's hawt and smart and stuff, but seriously, Biggie had way better hooks and beats. You know it's true.
11) Who's your childhood crush?
Embarassingly, I had a crush on Ricky Schroder from Silver Spoons. I'm so happy this is being published.
12) If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
To another galaxy that had life. That would be so interesting. Or China. I've always wanted to go to China. And not the cities either, but the middle of China in the country and see the fish head mountains and Yang Tze. You know... stuff.
13) Any TV shows you're watching right now ?
I am watching True Blood online and House. And remain in scowling mode over Heroes. What a waste.
14) What's your guilty pleasure?
Billy Joel ballads.... aw hell, ANY 70's love ballad. Chicago, Supertramp. I'm not explaining this any further. You either get it or you don't. *runs and hides*
15) Favourite super hero(es)?
PLEASE. Wonder Woman. Of COURSE.
16) What pisses you off?
People who judge. It's the worst characteristic in the world. Oh, looking at me being all judgey. Meh.
17) Rank these hairstyles from best to worst - fauxhawk, comb over, mushroom cut, mullet.
2. Mushroom cut
4. Comb Over
18) Favourite Saturday Night Live cast member (past or present) & why?
Mike Myers for always and forever. He's from Scarborough.
19) Saturday morning cartoon you had to watch?
Gawd - I watched Krofft Super Star Special and Spiderman and Barba Poppa and Rocket Robin Hood...
20) Craziest place you've ever done the 'no pants dance' ?
Every bathroom at Art Camp during high school. (Camp Walden through the TDSB).
21) Beverly Hills 90210 or Saved by the Bell?
The ORIGINAL Beverly Hills 90210. We used to gather in the common room at university and watch 90210 and then Melrose Place. What a bunch of geeks. The boys liked it too though. Or they were there because the girls were there. It's hard to tell.
22) Favourite artist(s)?
Tara McPherson, Audrey Kawasaki, Andre Jolicoeur, Chris Uminga.
23) If you were on death row what would your last meal be?
Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mussels... mmmm seafood.
24) 20 years from now, you will be_____________?
Nearing retirement, which I will never do because I will be working as a cartoonist which I love. Who the hell knows. I hope I'm happy and satisfied.
25) How awesome are you? Feel free to use a scale of 1 - 10.
8 - nicely done, but still room for improvement.
Take good care,
Monday, November 23, 2009
Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by decision (split) - I was hoping Tito wins only because I don't like Forrest but as the fight went on I realized that I really don't care for either guy. In the third round Tito completely gassed & was basically a punching bag. We really learned nothing from this fight, except that no matter how healthy Tito says he is he will still come up with a lame excuse when he loses.
Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke), rd. 2 - Kos fought a good fight & a smart one. Johnson needs to work a ton on his ground game if he plans to be a complete fighter. Rumble has a ton of potential & is very young but he always looks absolutely lost on the ground.
I liked when Koscheck called out Hardy & said he hasn't fought anyone good, even though he just beat his AKA teammate the week before. Thumbs up to Koscheck for trying to get a title shot by running his mouth. It worked for Carwin.Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Louis Arthur Cane by TKO, rd. 1. - wow! I really underestimated Lil' Nog. I picked Cane to win because I thought he had the advantage in striking & Rogerio hasn't looked that impressive lately. I was wrong, Nog was lean and fast with very crisp boxing. I am excited to see Nogueira makes some waves in UFC's stacked light-heavyweight division.Amir Sadollah def. Phil Baroni by decision (unanimous) - Baroni is Baroni, he fought exactly how we thought he would, he got the crap kicked out of him but he's tough as hell. Sadollah was not that impressive in his 3 round beating of Baroni. We'll see what happens with Sadollah but I remain unconvinced that he is a quality welterweight. I did find that Baroni's blood all over Sadollah was very aesthetically pleasing. Paulo Thiago def. Jacob Volkmann by decision (unanimous) - There was a lot of great technical grappling in this fight. Volkmann clearly needs to work on his striking. I like Thiago, I think he's earned his spot among the top 10 welterweights.Ben Saunders def. Marcus Davis by KO, rd. 1 - I was blown away by Saunders knocking out Davis. Saunders looked more mature then in his fight against Swick, but what will he be able to do when he can't knee his opponent from the clinch?Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt by submission (triangle choke), rd. 1 - Jake was all over Grove, throwing him around like a ragdoll. Rosholt needs to work on his submission defense & not tap the second he gets caught. Caol Uno & Fabricio Camoes Draw (majority) - I didn't get to see this fight. They say Camoes would've won if he didn't hit Uno with an illegal strike in round 2.
Brian Foster def. Brock Larson by submission (strikes), rd. 2 - Brock didn't look like he'd ever trained anything but top position grappling. I thought Foster wasn't ready for the UFC yet but he looked good. I am excited for Fosters next fight.
George Sotiropopulos def. Jason Dent by submission (armbar), rd. 2 - Both guys looked pretty good. Dent showed some quality striking but it was Sotiropoulos' more rounded game that proved too much for him.
Friday, November 20, 2009
UFC 106 - Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 , November 21, 2009 , Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Amir Sadollah (170) vs. Phil Baroni (170) - Baroni is a joke. If Sadollah loses to him then he's an even bigger bigger joke. Sadollah by armbar, rd 2. On Spike:
Marcus Davis (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170) - I like Saunders & I think he is a great prospect, but he showed he was out of his league against Mike Swick in June, & I think the experience of Davis will also be too much for him. Davis by Decision.
Jake Rosholt (185.5) vs. Kendall Grove (186) - Grove has a weak chin & Rosholt has shown very improved striking, so even if Grove is almost a foot taller than Rosholt, it's still a recipe for deisaster for 'Da Spyda'. Grove was letting a gassed Ricardo Almeida take him down, so I don't see why Rosholt can't get takedowns & top position all day long. I think Rosholt will ground & pound Grove into a rd. 2 TKO.
Brock Larson (171) vs. Brian Foster (171) - Larson will prove too much for Foster. Larson by sub, rd 1.
Caol Uno (155.5) vs. Fabricio Camoes (155.5) - I'm taking the up & coming Camoes to get points for 3 rounds against veteran Uno. Camoes by Decision.
George Sotiropoulos (155) vs. Jason Dent (155) - Sotiropoulos by sub, rd 3.
Manny Gamburyan def. Leonard Garcia by Decision, (Unanimous)
Karen Darabedyan def. Rob McCullough by Decision (Split)
Shane Roller def. Danny Castillo, by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), rd 3
Kamal Shalorus def. Will Kerr, by TKO (Punches), rd 1
L.C. Davis def. Diego Nunes, by Decision (Unanimous)
Cub Swanson def. John Franchi, by Submission (Guillotine Choke), rd. 3
Ricardo Lamas def. James Krause, by Decision (Unanimous)
Frank Gomez def. Seth Dikun, by Decision (Unanimous)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WEC 44 - Brown vs. Aldo - November 18, 2009 - Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
WEC Featherweight Championship
Mike Thomas Brown (No. 1 FW, No. 5 PFP) vs. Jose Aldo (No. 6 FW) - I love this fight!!!! I am gonna go with the upset & take Aldo. Brown is such a strong, well rounded Champ but my gut says to go with the explosive momentum of Aldo. Aldo has been tearing guys apart in the division & we've barely seen his Jiu Jitsu game. I really don't care who wins I just want to see a great fight. Aldo by TKO, rd 2.
Leonard Garcia (No. 5 FW) vs. Manny Gamburyan - Gamburyan by Decision
“Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Karen Darabedyan - Darabedyan by Decision
Danny Castillo vs. Shane Roller - Castillo, TKO, rd. 2
Kamal Shalorus vs. Will Kerr - I don't know much about either fighter but what I have heard is that Shalorus is the better fighter so I'll take Shalorus by Decision.
Diego Nunes vs. L.C. Davis - Nunes by Decision
Cub Swanson vs. John Franchi - Swanson by Decision
Antonio Banuelos vs. Kenji Osawa - Banuelos by Decision
Ricardo Lamas vs. James Krause - Lamas by TKO, rd. 3
Seth Dikun vs. Frank Gomez - Gomez, sub rd.2
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Terry Etim def. Shannon Gugerty by Submission (Guillotine Choke),rd.2
Nick Osipczak def. Matt Riddle by TKO(Punches),rd.3
Dennis Siver def. Paul Kelly by TKO(Spinning Back Kick and Punches),rd.2
Alexander Gustafsson def. Jared Hamman by KO (Punches), rd 1
Andre Winner def. Roli Delgado by KO (Punches),rd 1
Friday, November 13, 2009
I feel I missed the boat & will be beating a dead horse with my thoughts on the UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun controversy, so I will quickly run down my thoughts on that & last weeks Strikeforce : Fedor vs Rogers.
I really enjoyed the overall UFC 104 fight card & even though the main event was marred by the judges decision, I thought it was a great 5 round title fight. When watching it live, I scored the fight the same as the judges, 48 -47 for Lyoto Machida, with the champ taking the first 3 rounds. After rewatching it I scored it a 48-48 draw, with Machida taking rounds 1& 3, Shogun rounds 4 & 5, an round 2 a 10-10. they will do a rematch as soon as Machida is ready & I think that is great for everyone. More people will watch the second time around & it will turn both Machida & Shogun into household names.
Last weekend was the Strikeforce : Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers, free on CBS. This was a great card to showcase the top talent that Strikeforce has. I loved the Fabricio Werdum vs Antonio Silva, Gegard Mousasi vs Remeau Sokoudjou , & the Jason 'Mayhem' Miller vs Jake Sheilds fights. It was perfect for Strikeforce too because the main event ran a little long & a lot of people who were tuning in to watch the 11 o'clock news got to see Fedor knock out the huge Brett Rogers.
•Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera - This is the hardest fight for me to pick, but I'll go with Randy to push Vera up against the cage & beat him up for 3 rounds. A lot of people are saying that Vera's Greco-Roman background will help him to counter Randy's great wrestling techniques but I've seen Randy do what he always does against better wrestlers than Vera. On top of that Vera has turn into a counter striker that doesn't really counter, & second guesses himself too much. Vera should've finished Krystof Soszynski & he has all the skills in the world to stop a 46 year old Couture but I'll take Randy by Decision.
•Dan Hardy vs. Mike Swick - Another tough one to call. I think Hardy has the advantage standing up, but as long as Swick comes with a good game plan & takes it to the ground he should get the win. I like Hardy but I don't think he'll get past the more well rounded Swick. Ill take Swick by Decision.
•Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty - Etim by Decision
•John Hathaway vs. Paul Taylor - Hatthaway by submission, round 2
•Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle - Osipczak by Decision
•Paul Kelly vs. Dennis Siver - Kelly by Decision
•Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman - Hamman by TKO, Round 2
•Roli Delgado vs. Andre Winner - Winner should run over Roli Delgado. Winner by TKO, round 1.