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Dustin Hoffman plays a down-on-his-luck anti-hero who reluctantly saves 54 people from a plane crash, including a news reporter (Geena Davis) whose purse he steals in the process of savingReview: Hero

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An extremely long time after I started it, I just finished Ex Machina's 50 issue run. Brian K. Vaughn puts on a heck of a story. This is one of thoseThe Colors of Control: Ex Machina

If you were the head of a movie company, which movies would you choose to spend $1.5 million per 30 seconds to advertise during the Super Bowl—an event watched primarilyTuesday TubeWatch: Super Bowl Movie Roundup

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Yep, it's a chick flick. And a period drama. The last movie I watched that combined those elements was Vanity Fair, which just about killed me to watch, so IReview: Sense and Sensibility

This concept video was apparently leaked from Peter Jackson's production of The Hobbit. It's an exciting early look at the controversial direction Jackson may take, thematically: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/XC73PHdQX04" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent"Leaked Pre-production video for The Hobbit!

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State of the House Report 2011

So here we are at the end of another year. What did we accomplish?

Well, we aren’t dead. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.

To be sure, stuff has happened… people got sick, people got better. Some are still sick and are being treated. Birthdays were had. Gifts were exchanged. Progress was made in education. Friends were made.

Here’s what I remember: we went roller skating yesterday – the whole family. The girls did remarkably well for having almost no experience. They very rarely fell and had a great time. I’m very proud of them. My knees and legs are killing me. I had to take frequent breaks in our 2-hour session. I also couldn’t turn correctly. I (wisely) did not trust my legs to cross and (more importantly) uncross again. I did, however, have a lot of fun despite that and we’ll be doing it again.

While we’re talking about my inadequacies, let’s discuss my memory. Or more accurately, my lack thereof. “They” say that the memory is the first to go. They’re wrong in my case – I started having other problems first – but holy crap is my memory full of holes lately. Not only can I not remember what I had for breakfast today, I can’t remember whether I had breakfast today.

Okay, that kind of thing happens to everyone, I suppose. But try this one on for size: yesterday I realized I couldn’t remember whether or not I had washed my face literally the second I pulled it out of the water. I had no idea whether I was rinsing soap off or just getting it wet. When I went to apply the soap again, I recognized the muscle memory of having done it recently, but until that point I really had no inkling  of whether I had washed it. It’s a very odd feeling to realize that you have no clue what you had been doing 2 seconds ago.

This gives new meaning to the “joke” uttered frequently around here: I’ve got a good memory, but it’s short.

So, understanding the above, you’ll perhaps realize why I don’t list a whole lot of accomplishments for 2011. I literally have no idea what they were.

Here’s one thing I remember: I’ve been playing a lot of DC Universe lately. I haven’t played any MMPORPGs in a long time (and I’m not even sure that’s the right acronym anymore). I’m hoping to do a full blog post about it at some point. It’s been a lot of fun, despite some failings (both the game’s and my own). In fact, I’ve probably spent so much time on it that I should stop for a while and spend some more time sleeping or talking to my family.


And that brings us to today. Tonight is New Year’s Eve. The plan, as usual, is to put the kids to bed and attack 3 movies. This year we have two challenges:

  1. We haven’t discussed yet which movies we want.
  2. We aren’t sure we’ll be able to stay awake. Recent experience argues against it.

Assuming we can beat number 2, what suggestions do you have for our 2011/2012 movie mini-marathon? The catch this time is that they have to be available via Redbox. (You can see what we did last year here.)

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2 comments to State of the House Report 2011

  • Funny you mentioned your memory loss, I drove to work on Friday and when I got to the office, I was surprised that I made it so fast. I tried to recall the drive in my mind and I couldn’t recall anything from the whole trip. (23 mile). The only thing I remembered was that I left the house. I don’t know if it was due to my age or to much on my mind at the time,but it was kind of scary. Good thing my truck knew the way there or god only knows where I might have ended up..

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    Jeff says:

    ha ha… I’ve done that too. When I was driving between Philly and Lancaster every weekend there were times I had the exact same experience. And that was 10 years ago, so I can’t pin that one on age.

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