Tuesday, October 26, 2004


For the ball-lovin' Donnie Fiedler and any of our foreign readers...Very cool video of Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane.

Take five minutes and appreciate some soccer, wouldya? It's the part of the game that we here in the States enjoy, it's scoring! Scoring, goals, yeaaaah! Soccccer!


At 10:15 AM, Blogger ethan said...

zidane all the way. i like the background of dre's "that's the difference between me and you" running in the background (but i'm sure he sampled that from somewhere else).

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I thought Ronaldinho had the better moves in that little video, but I'm definitely not qualified to speak on the subject...my soccer days are mostly behind me.

Ethan, was shcoked to see on your site that you loved Huckabees so much...I liked it, don't get me wrong, but wasn't lovin' it like McDonald's, ba da ba bahhh bahhh. Marky Mark (I'll never stop using that moniker) was brilliant, and there were good performances from the other actors, but definitely dragged on in the middle there. I don't know, I give it about a 7. Doesn't hold a candle to any of Wes Anderson's works...not even close.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

I agree with your take on Huckabees, Ace. Marky Mark was good, as was a brilliant Lily Tomlin. Overall, the movie didn't do it for me. Why do these movies that claim to be "smart" hit you over the head with their theme or message. They'd be a whole lot smarter if they did (you'd be a whole lot cooler if you did). Can't they respect the audience? Let's here it for subtlety... And soccer. How bout subtlety in soccer? Band name?

At 12:43 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i was too busy trying not to piss myself (literally - i wasn't kidding about drinking beers before movies) to notice if it dragged a bit in the middle. i was actually thinking the same thing in the theater but assumed it was because my kidneys were screaming at me (you know, how if you have to pee real bad minutes take hours?). plus in any slow scene all i had to do was think about marky mark in those fireman's boots and i was set.

you should be warned for the future, though: im pretty infamous for having weird (read: bad) taste in movies. can't wait for steve zissou though.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Rik said...

soccer rules! I love soccer. This video rocks, but i've seen video's with these guys and many others that are even better :)
soccer all the way.
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At 1:00 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Right on Hoobs...were you the guy in the theatre (English spelling) sitting right next to me? Subtlety in Soccer is a great band name -- I love it when a plan comes together.

Ethan, I'm not knockin' ya, because I liked the movie...I just didn't fawn over it like I thought I would have. Hoobs is right, there was no subtelty whatsoever. But I disagree with him in one respect: I didn't think it was all that smart. I thought it TRIED to be smart, but didn't necessarily accomplish its goal. Just my opinion. I also didn't like how it went away from the whole coincidence angle in favor of the French bitch. I really thought the movie would have been gold if it stuck with the coincidence/blanket stuff, but that's just me.

The new Wes flick, Zissou, looks awesome. I can't wait for it...hope it doesn't disappoint me.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

First, thanks for the soccer video. Nice to see some old shots of Zizu (Zidane, not W. Anderson movie) from his Juve and Marseille days. Plus it's nice to see the juxtaposition of Zidane's tremendous bald spot and Ronaldinho's hugemungous buckteeth. I think Zidane would give Mariano Rivera a run for his money for best baldspot athlete of his generation, especially b/c he doesn't wear a hat. But best bucktooth soccer player of a generation? Hmmm...either Ronaldinho or the girl from Ladybugs who kept kicking the ball over the goal on PK's. BTW...best buckteeth in a movie of all time? Easy...the girl who was making out with Hershfelder before they blew off the dance and got paddled by Doucheflek.

As for the smartness/too smartness of Huckabees. Doesn't it seem like D.O. Russell would have anticipated the "it's trying to be too smart" argument? Maybe the smartness of the movie is that it is subtley making fun of movies that try to be supuer smart (i.e. all Charley Kauffman movies). I mean, it doesn't take the whole existential connectedness vs. nothingness argument to any real end. It's not passing some sort of moral judgment. It's more like a cartoon with real characters. Less a parable than a romp on a weirdo subject...you know...for kicks. I'm not sure I've explained this adequately. What I'll leave you with is that saying it tried to be too smart seems to be playing into Russell's hands.

And if no one has ever seen Flirting with Disaster, this is a must-buy. Or else.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger ethan said...

im with dyslexic cecil on this one. i thought it was a knock on the "smart" movies, but regardless i don't give a hoot (don't pollute) either way because the characters/roles are what did it for me. right down to the members of the churchy family, the casting was unreal (though i couldn't tell if the french chick was hot or old or both).

"soooo they bump you, and then they mutilate you and take your car."

At 1:46 PM, Blogger ethan said...

oh and FYI, real life cecil is on the lam for gambling debts. weird, eh?


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