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mission accomplished!

last week, bee and i went to to see mission impossible: ghost protocol. we ended up seeing it in IMAX at the AMC in Columbia. i always try to go to late morning or early afternoon movies to avoid large crowds so we found ourselves at the 12:30 showing. it was the first movie theatre visit for bee in at least 2 years and her first time ever at an IMAX showing. we both really enjoyed the movie although her feet didnt touch the floor while sitting all the way back in the chair. haha.

quick review: overall, it was a pretty good action movie and one of the better ones that i have seen lately. they worked in many of the things mission impossible has been known for over the years like face masks. if you are a fan of the series, like i am, you will be pleased with that part. tom cruise continued his role as ethan hunt and was good in this one as well. jeremy renner’s character, william brandt, was weaved into the plot line nicely and without making you question the prior movies or what he was doing there. the other member’s of ethan’s team worked out well and rounded out the story, as well as the bad guy. the story line and the bad guy’s attempt at destroying the world are something we can all see based on the world’s current events and wasn’t as far fetched as it could’ve been. i was a little worried about simon pegg, who played benji dunn, and was the goofy tech guy who couldn’t pass the field ops tests but eventually did after repeated tries. pegg is known more of his comedic value and although he did add a few good jokes every now and then, played the role in the movie well. one thing, i didn’t like was the intro into the movie. as the beginning credits rolled, you basically got to see small clips of the movie throughout intermingled with credits for the actors in the movie. it gave away a little too much of the movie in my opinion.

the movie in IMAX is the way to go if you have one near you and can afford it. we had some gift certificates that bee had gotten from work, so we paid the extra $10 for the IMAX viewing. the sound and the locations of the movie are really enhanced because of it, but i am sure it would look good in standard definition as well.

one hint for families or folks who don’t want to spend a lot on concessions, buy the kids pack. you’ll get a small soda, small popcorn, and fruit snacks for just $6.25 and if you use the bathroom before the start of the movie, you won’t have to get up part way through the film.

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dinner and a movie

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But not together. Last week my wife was out of town ruling the world and doing a great job at her job. Meanwhile, I was home making the bacon as we like to joke especially since she doesn’t eat bacon. Sometimes on my off Fridays I will catch an early movie and this past Friday, I caught Tower Heist. It stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and a host of other characters. It’s a cross between a comedy and a heist movie. The basic premise is the same as the Bernie Madoff case. The Madoff like character doesn’t sell any of his assets and gets to say in his apartment on house arrest. Ben Stiller’s character and his co-workers break into the apartment and the movie continues from there. It was probably a B movie. Entertaining and some what light hearted but semi serious at other times.

Meanwhile after a week of dinners out, I continued my gluttony and caught dinner at a new pizza place for me called Pazani. It was suggested here on my blog and since we all know I love pizza, I went and checked it out. It’s off of Marshalee Dr. by Timbers of Troy Golf Course. The restaurant is a nice family friendly atmosphere and is like Trattoria da Enrico or many of the other local pizza places; however, they have a larger selection and a catering menu. The restaurant was a little smaller than I had expected from looking at the menu and there were about 5 or 6 other groups there, mostly with families, and they filled up the majority of the restaurant. Anyway, I got the small pizza with sausage… a standard for me. It was pretty tasty and had a nice crisp crust. It seemed a little greaser than some other places but it didn’t really sway me away from going back if I am in the area.

As a lone wolf that night, I enjoyed my pizza and caught a look at what others were eating. Many people had different varieties of pasta meals which also looked good and others of course had pizza. One group had the calamari which was a generous portion and others had the cheese steak and salads. The regular menu and the catering menu had a large selection so you could go often and get something different to eat there or for a party at your house. I will definitely go back again.

Also, thanks to @howchowblog for linking to my other pizza article earlier in the week.

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movie review: the fighter

generally on friday’s that i have off from work, i try to make it to an early/mid-afternoon showing at the theater. this past friday, i went and caught “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.  the story is based on the true story of Micky Ward and Dick Ekland. Ekland was a famous fighter for knocking out Sugar Ray Leonard, whereas, his little brother, Ward, is working to make his way to the top of the boxing world and will eventually go on to be a boxing champion. the movie has received many nominations for the Golden Globes and will do the same for the Oscars. both Wahlberg and Bale are outstanding in their roles, but in my opinion, Bale really shines and stands out as playing the crack addicted Ekland, who has everyone in his family believing HBO is making a documentary about his comeback. at times, he even believes it himself and is later disappointed when the shows airs on TV. the way Bale acts and moves in the movie, you can see he really got into his role as Ekland. Wahlberg, who plays the leading role of Ward, also shines as the hopeful boxer, who struggles in life with the realities of dealing with his brother and his family, who pushes him into a fight because his mother needs the money, while trying to make something of himself.

the ensemble casts also includes Amy Adams, who portrays Wahlberg’s bar-tending girlfriend, Charlene, really rounds out the hopeful side that Wahlberg shows as his character tries to break out from his family and the small town of Lowell, MA. Mickey O’Keefe, Jack McGee, and Melissa Leo help round out the cast and are the 3 other pivotal characters in the movie. The last main character of the movie is the sleepy town of Lowell, Massachusetts. this small town that has nothing more than Ward and Ekland to hang their hat on shows why the brothers are the way they are as well as their family in general. it shows where people were in the the late ’80s and ’90s, how they got stuck there in many parts of America, and how drugs affected even the small towns across the country.

the movie is nominated for several awards and definitely deserves it. it stands out a fantastic portrayal of a true story and is way more than just another sports or boxing movie. i would give a 3.5 out of 4 stars. go find out for yourself why Micky Ward and Dick Ekland are the “Pride of Lowell.”

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