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Friday, 9 July 2004
468 Entries In This Blog Since Feb/13/03
With 76 movie reviews, lots of dumb jokes, new age views on Christianity, top ten lists on anything, our experiences in Brampton and Newfoundland, this blog keeps on going like the energizer bunny.

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Posted by qualteam at 11:14 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 9 July 2004 11:17 PM EDT
Thursday, 8 July 2004
Canadian Idol Notes
While there are many fine young singers on Canadian Idol, I find the judges comments lacklustre and unenlightening.

The judges have a tendency to back each other up rather than giving individualist, thoughtful and well considered opinion. I hate to say this but the "experts" on Canadian Idol are worse than those on American Idol.

The more passionate and specific a judge can be on a performance. The more the performer and audience can benefit from the analysis.

I find the best music critics and reviewers are columists in newspapers. They tell they audience exactly what they like or dislike in a performance and then rate the entertainer on a star system. No such quality or quantity assessment exists on Canadian/American Idol.

For the above reasons, I'll only watch the occasional show.
Canadian Idol

Posted by qualteam at 11:18 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 8 July 2004 11:21 PM EDT
Wednesday, 7 July 2004
I Got A Severance Package
You may think that I was just terminated from my job but that isn't the case. While some supervisors may think that I've gone into early retirement, I'm still working regularly and drawing a paycheck every two weeks. I also get a fair amount of overtime in my section.

Many others got their severances too, but they liked the paychecks so much they kept showing up to get them.

The only place that this could happen is the Canadian Post Office. Getting your severance doesn't mean you're out of a job. It's just like getting a big bonus."Only in Canada? What a pity."
Canada Post

Posted by qualteam at 10:56 PM EDT
Tuesday, 6 July 2004
Beware Of The Dwarf
Mood:  on fire
A dwarf escapes from prison where he has been for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns and finds a young couple in bed.

He orders the guy out of bed and ties him to a chair. While tying the girl to the bed, he gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom, While he's in there, the husband tells his wife: "Listen, this guy's an escaped convict, look at his clothes. He probably spent lots of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain, do whatever he tells you. Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is very dangerous. If he gets angry, he'll kill us. Be strong honey, I love you."

The wife replies: "He wasn't kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute and asked if we had any vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong. honey. I love you too!!!
Other Fun Places

Posted by qualteam at 11:01 PM EDT
Monday, 5 July 2004
Movie Review 76: Identity
Mood:  down
On a rainy night, ten characters gather at a sleezy hotel. If you're thinking shades of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", you're dead right. Of course, the victims are murdered one at a time. There are some very unusual twists, turns and coincidences, but that's it for the good points of this dark thriller.

The story is senselessly violent and the acting hammy. The plot careens along a path like a car out of control.

The murder mystery in this movie is solvable, but for some stupid reason no one solves it. There's no satisfying ending or conclusion. Hitchcock this ain't. Two stars.
More Reviews Of Identity

Posted by qualteam at 10:32 PM EDT
Sunday, 4 July 2004
My Favourite Brando Movie:The Wild One
Mood:  cool
Brando's "Wild One" set the stage for the anti-establishment movies that were to come later like Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke", Warren Beatty's "Bonnie and Clyde" and Peter Fonda's "Easy Rider".

Most of the World War Two generation was heavily into conformity and blind obedience to authority. The baby boomers changed much of that with their "do your own thing philosophy" which was reflected in the literature and movies of the time.

While many baby boomers ended up as part of the establishment, Brando always remained his own man and tried to look at the film industry without rose-coloured glasses.
Reviews Of The Wild One
Reviews Of Cool Hand Luke
Reviews Of Easy Rider
Reviews Of Bonnie And Clyde

Posted by qualteam at 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 4 July 2004 10:25 PM EDT
Friday, 2 July 2004
I'm A Brando Fan Too
Mood:  sad
I liked Marlon Brando for a number of reasons. He was a fine actor who was didn't have acting pretensions or a big Hollywood ego.

He obviously didn't fit on any "A", "B" or "C" list. He was his own man on his own list.

In the Hollywood world of overhype and PR, Brando was a refreshing eccentric personality who did his best even on inferior material.
Others Talk About Brando

Posted by qualteam at 11:51 PM EDT
Thursday, 1 July 2004
Canada Day Quiz
Mood:  quizzical
How well do you know Canada? Take the test and find out.
1. What was Canada Day previously known as? 2. What is Canada's National anthem? 3. What is Canada's Most Westerly Province? 4. What Canadian Was Nicknamed "The Rocket?" 5. What Canadian city claims to be the only walled city in North America? 6. What is a loonie? 7. Who set out to run across Canada to raise money to fight cancer?(1980)8. What bay is noted for its high tides? 9. What is the name of the schooner on Canada's ten cent coin? 10. Canada has 10 provinces and how many territories?

Answers To The Canda Day Quiz

Posted by qualteam at 3:55 PM EDT
Wednesday, 30 June 2004
Movie Review 75: The Ice Storm
Mood:  down
There's such a great cast in such a bad movie. Unsympathetic characters focus on drug and sex, but not rock and roll in this tepid slice of life film in New England.

Not even Toby Maquire, as the super student philosopher, can save these victims of middle class self-indulgence.

One and a half stars. I liked Maquire's performance.
Reviews Of The Ice Storm

Posted by qualteam at 11:23 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 June 2004 11:25 PM EDT
Tuesday, 29 June 2004
It Was A Tough Election To Sit Through
Mood:  surprised
Real democracy is tougher on the politicians than the voters. The separatists(Bloc Quebecois)won 54 seats.

The Aftermath Of The Canadian Election

Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004 10:14 PM EDT

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