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Disney Brought Me To My Knees

oh Disney World, what have you done to me (and the Mrs)

4 parks in 4 days equals memories 4 9evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvver!!!

Day 1 – Disney’s Magic Kingdom

if you ever went to Disney World as a kid, you probably have memories of it that you dearly hold onto. mainly these memories come from whatever pictures you took with the characters in costume, but they are memories nonetheless, and they are embedded deep into yer psyche

Well, in the summer of 1982, I was Disney obsessed, and especially with Chip n’ Dale. Meeting them was probably the biggest thrill of my life. Did I know that Chip was juss a person in a costume?

me and chip 1982

Do I look like I care that Chip is a person in a costume??? I don’t think I was ever happier (pre-wife), and I always wanted to recapture that magic. ALWAYS. Sure, I went back twice (I think) in the late 80s, and it was ALWAYS magical, but I was still a kid, being a kid, doing kid stuff

Then time passed, I got older, but never got to go back. Don’t know why, but never really had an excuse to… until I got married and found out my lady had never been. BOOM. Within 5 months of marriage, it was off to BestEverEVERland!!! FINALLLY!!!

And you know what, I may not be a kid, but I still want to be, and Disney lets that happen!!!!!!!!!!!

CHIP!!!!!!!!
DALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND DANCING WITH THEM!!!

AND BALOO!!

AND KING LOUIE THE ORANGUTAN!!!

me and king louie

WHO I ONCE PLAYED IN A SUMMER CAMP MUSICAL!!!!

OMG
OMG
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this really IS the happiest place on earth!!!!!

and you know what? meeting and hugging the characters (who you know are juss dudes in costumes) STILL gives one such an indescribable warm and happy feeling on the in AND outside, at ANY AGE. price of that? PRICELESSS!!! / the price of admission to the parks

and who cares if a lot of the rides are tame and lame and contain creepy robots!!!

long live Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!

and Sonny Eclipse and his horrible jokes!!!

(although I sadly didn’t get to the Hall of Presidents. NEXT TIME!!!)

they say you can never go back again (or something)

tiki families

BUT YOU CAN!!!!

tiki today

Day 2 – Epcot

Epcot is 2 things – an outdated world of tomorrow, according to the 80s + an around the world place to get drunk, without ever leaving America

oudated future sure, but dude, the geodesic dome sphere thing still inspires awe and shucks!!!
geodesic
bless you geodesic godfathers Walther Bauersfeld and Bucky Fulls

too bad the ride inside of the sphere doesn’t inspire much of anything – even with Dame Judi Dench’s voice as our guide

it’s like a boring ‘It’s A Small World’, STARRING DAME JUDI DENCH’s VOICE!!! they should have made a ride focusing on Dame Judi Dench’s work in that Vin Diesel space movie sequel that no one saw

poor Disney’s future of the 80s

monrail epcot

a future filled with glass pyramids and monorails and lots of oranges that never happened

epcot pyramid
but hey, I’ll take it over it not existing at all, cause it’s like a time capsule of 80s future!! it’s like the closest thing we’ll get to the future in Back To The Future II

whatever you don’t do, don’t do whatever this spaceship ride is
vomit ride epcot
it will make you vomit and crap your pants

DAMN YOU GARY SINISE!!

luckily they have non-Epcotish characters to take the vomit taste out of yer mouth, and poop smears out of your butt
me and pluto

and help you re-live your childhood

and luckily Michael Jackson died and became a saint and everyone forgot that he’s a child molester so Captain EO could live to dance again

CAPTAIN EO!!!

cpt eo

I was so inspired that I’m making my own 3-D movie
3d
it’s called Colonel Flustard – IN 3D!!!

as for the other half of Epcot – the mini-BS versions of other countries – shiz is cool, esp if yer a typical American who probably never leaves the country

this is actually as closest I’ve ever been to Canada!
epcot canada
no joke – I’ve never been to Canada

how bazaar?!
fez
fezzed up, yo!

when in Faux-France
fake fance epciotr
do as the faux-Francos do!

they had this special thing going on where there were like even more mini-countries, offering even more foods and alcohol that people could spend money on!! and people were literally eating and drinking it up and going bankrupt by the country/second. there were teams of drinkers with their own drinking team shirts! somehow we ended up with zero pictures of these revelers, but they were annoying and everywhere, so eff them

anyone up for Sesame Chicken Saturday?
epcot sesame chicken
sesame chicken epcot
where are all the authentic dishes from China, like chicken feet and Cream of Sum-Yung-Gai?

but who wants to eat any of that crud WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A HARVEST DINNER IN A SLOWLY ROTATING RESTAURANT WITH CHIP n’ DALE & PALS!!!!

dale and me

chip and me

although I’m starting to get the feeling that my wife may leave me for Chip

chip wife
no joke. think we may both have to get married to him if I still want to be in the picture

Day 3 – Animal Kingdom

had actually thought about skipping this park altogether, cause I thought it was just a zoo. well, it kinda was, but it was a zoo with lots of Lion King stuff and employess who are Asian and African American. FINALLY!!! THEY FOUND A PARK WHERE THEY CAN CATER AND EMPLOYEE PEOPLE OTHER THAN WHITE PEOPLE!!!!

the main attracion is the safari, which makes you feel like yer in the jungles of Orlando!!!
safari giraffe
too bad yer not allowed to hug these animals

but fret not, they still have plenty of normal Disney stuff like…

CHIP N’ DALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

those bros are totally my bros
me and chip and dale
CANNOT get enuff of them and their hugs

but they aint no bro of Donald!!!

and they have an awesome character breakfast / lunch at the Tusker House Restaurant where you can meet Safari Goofy and Safari Donald and Safari Daisy and Safari Mickey!!!
disney tusker bfast
AND YOU CAN EAT MICKEY TOO!

and they Kingdom even have non-Safari Daisy!
daisy
soon after I met my future wife, I actually told her that she looks like Daisy Duck – not as an insult – like she looked like a duck or something – but that she has hazy beautiful eyes and lashes juss like Daisy (like I said of Emma Stone). they like twins of hotness. Wifey once told one of my friends that I think she looks like Daffy Duck. Not even close. I wouldn’t bone Daffy, but I can and have gotten lost in Daisy’s eyes, juss like I do with my wife’s

MY WIFE!!! SHE A NICEEEE!!!!

Day 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

did we see Chip n’ Dale?
chip dale hollywood studios
DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! had to get in one last set of hugs :) :(

did we buy this shirt? nope. holding out for ‘We named the dog Indiana’
dont call me junior
btw – the Indiana Jones EPIC Stunt Spectacular was totes rad, although my 12 year old self woulda loved it more had I had the chance to go in 1989 which I always dreamt of

did we get to fight Darth Vader or that Jedi who looks like he’s 50?
vader
nope. only kids get to do it. they need to tear down the entire park and start over, making it 90% Star Wars, 5% Indiana Jones, 3% The Apple Dumpling Gang and 1% Condorman

btw – the Tower of Terror was awesome. so was the Aerosmith Rock n’ Rollercoaster too, but why Aerosmith? Couldn’t they make it like the Elton John ‘Circle of Life’cycle or something???

look, I’M ESCAPING NEW YORK!!!
escape from ny

THIS IS SO RACIST AGAINST NEW YORKERS
youse guys
where’s the FUGGETABOUTIT JEW BAGEL SHOPPEEE?

Downtown Disney

whatever you don’t, don’t even bother visiting Downtown Disney – which is basically a crappy mall with lots of Disney crap to buy and restaurants you can find back in the suburbs. It was a clusterfudge of crowds and commerce, not a welcome reprieve of being away from the parks, which is needed!!

But I credit the Disney people for monetizing and branding anything AND everything. You can buy ‘Goofy Candy’ anywhere, and Goofy Candy is basically normal candy with Goofy’s name on the packaging

Somehow me and the Mrs escaped without buying a thing, but we were VERY tempted to at least get one of these

chip dale foods

but c’mon, no Chip chips? or Ginger Dale drink??? C’MON DISNEY!!! THINK!!

oh, and how could I forget to mention my 1st ever Uber driver Howard – who was #77 in the Adam Sandler movie Waterboy + was in Any Given Sunday (although I couldn’t find his name on IMDB under either movie)
waterboy howard uber

man, I really miss Chip n’ Dale. wifey and I think they should open a Disney character dinning restaurant in Times Square, cause we want to eat AND hug them, here there and everywhere

can’t wait to bring my kids to Disney world one day, and the kid still within me

remember – hugs not drugs

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A Moorish Home Companion

Skyfall
M Mmmmm Good
Official Website | Trailers & Mo
PG-13 | 143 min

BOND IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN HIS BESTEST ADVENTURE YET!  Not really, cause no Bond movie can complete with Bond getting married AND curling, but hey, Bond flick #23 – Skyfall aint no Quantum of Whateverness, but then again it aint no Casino Royal with cheese, but then again then again then again then again

So what is Skyfall?  Skyfall istelf is actually a something, a something we won’t spoil for you, but it hactually holds meaning, instead of being a something stupid like whatever the Quantum of Solange was is.  Oh, you want to know?  OK, Skyfall is the nickname of M/Judi Dench‘s cavernous vagina

No, but seriously, Skyfall the movie (not Skyfall the person/place or thing) is one of the more straightforward Bond flicks of recent memory.  There’s no needless & endless razzle dazzle, juss a much more simplistic, linear story that goes from point A to point B without being point-less.  Bond flicks these here days have to compete with the frantic Bourne series, but Sam Mendes & co decided not to go all Bourne again, and instead went with more of a Christopher Nolan – Batman route, exploring more of the personal side of Jamesly Bond and those who support him.  M is like Alfred, and Skyfall is like… !??#??#!???

If you’ve been dying for a Bond flick to take place mainly on the British Isles, well then, Skyfall is the Bond you have always been waiting for!  Sure, there are other locales – the opening Istanbul stuff with roof radness taken straight from Taken 2 + some Blade Runnery video buildings in Shanghai + some sultry, well-lit, well-lanterned, well-bobbed casino action in Macau + some Chernobyl-like deserted island, but this Bond and this Bond film works its mojo very mojoly back on home turf!!  Above ground, underground, in and around the actual Underground, MI6, MI7, and much moors!!  That spelling is on purpose, but we can’t tell you much MOORS than that.  SKYFALL!!! ROSEBUD!!!

So, how’s Bond he-self?  Daniel Craig is smooth sailing in his 3rd outting.  He’s gruff, he’s tough, and he can deliver the cheesy one-liners with a smirk and not look like a total jerk.  He’s a great Bond.  We loves him.  Who cares if he’s 4 foot tall

So, how’s the bad guy and his schemes?  Javier Bardem as Silva is super blonde and super gay and super strange and super great.  Of course he is, he’s Javier Bardem.  As for his character, he’s interesting, but not eggzactly fascinating.  Bardem does his best with him, but he’s mainly juss some guy who looks like a muppet with blonde eyebrows who hates Judi Dench, and who would hate Judi Dench?  WHO??!?!?!?

So, what about the Bond girls?  You already met them, but you don’t know anything about them besides them being sexy playthings for Bond to gawk at and sometimes touch.  There’s secret agent/secret hotness Naomie Harris, who everyone fell for in 28 Days Later, but really hasn’t made much of a mark since then.  She’s on team Bond, and she bonds with Bond, and Gold Bonds his balls.  Sorta, not really, but she’s cool and they HINTTTTTTTTT at her sticking around in the future, which is great, cause I said so.  As for an actual main Bond girl gal, the part French, part Khmer-Chinese exotic hotty Bérénice Marlohe sultrysizes up the screen in her brief, but steamy screen time.  There’s not much for her to do here besides give pissed off looks with her mouth, but we do sorta get to see her shower!  SORTA!!

So, what about the other people?  There’s Ralph Fiennes, who always plays a smug a$$hole in movies, and here he plays a smug a$$hole, but maybe he’s a smug a$$hole with a secret nice side!  Anywho, he doesn’t do much cept doubt Dame Judi, but maybe he secretly wants to sky fall into her Skyfall vagina.  Then there’s Albert Finney.  All we will tell you about him is that he’s in this movie, and bearded, and he still has the greatest blowhardy voice in acting.  I hope he never dies.  He will, but maybe he can DIE ANOTHER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!  And then there’s the new Q – Ben Whishaw, who has the greatest voice in acting, period!  exclamation point!   HOW CAN WE HAVE SEX WITH HIS VOICE!!!!  So, one would think that Q would pop up for like ten seconds to give Bond 10 gadgets and then disappear til the next movie, BUT THAT’S NOT THE CASE!!!  This movie has more Q & M and Ps & Qs and A&P & A&W action than all the other Bond movies combined!!!!!!!!!!  Maybe!!!!!

So, what are you waiting for to sky fall into Dame Judi Dench’s cavernous skyfall vagina???  You never know if you’ll get the chance to do so EVER again!!!!!

oh, and upon further reflection – the Adele theme song is fcuking fantastic, although the opening title sequence was 1/2 rad, and 1/2 bad

VerdictgoJeepers Mos Def Worth A Peepers

Skyfall LANDS in a theater near jews this Friday!

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Glumdog Thousandaire

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Dench & Denturesability
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
PG-13 | 124 min

Do you love old British people AND India?  Well boy old boy, do we gotzz the movie for you!!!  It’s about old British people IN India!!!!!  The only thing more awesome than that is old Indian people IN Indiana!!!  Not really, and not really either for the movie about old British people IN India.  The old British people IN India movie is called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the only thing exotic in John Madden‘s screen take on some book not of the same name is… nothing

The old British people is be Judi Dench (being all Denchy), Bill Nighy (being mildly Nighyyy), Maggie Smith (she looks like walking death, even though she’s wheelchair bound in the flick), Tom Wilkinson (is he old?), Penelope Wilton (wait, that wasn’t Lynn Redgrave?  wait, Lynn Redgrave is dead????), Celia Imrie (she kinda skeeves us out) and some dude named Ronald Pickup (who seems kinda awesome!!!).  These old British people are wooed to the hotel in the title that’s run by Dev Patel, because he needs to co-star in some movie, right?  And guess what, the hotel is not as advertised!!  OH MY!, but wait…

AND GUESS WHAT, THESE GREAT BRITAINERSERS AINT IN GREAT BRITAIN NO MOOOO!!!!  THEY IN INDIA, SO IMAGINE THE FISH OUT OF WATERNESSNESS THAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN OLD BRITISH PEOPLE ARE IN INDIA!!!???  Don’t imagine too hard, cause the movie doesn’t imagine too hard neither.  It’s juss a 2 houred slow ride of old British people IN India, being British, IN India.  That about slums it up.   Zzzzzz???  Kinda, but in a sorta watchable way.  maybe?  DENCHY!!!

Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Marigold is kind of a medal below bronze, in limited release tomorrow

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Every Man Prefer Blondes

My Week with Marilyn
Companionship Is A Girl’s Best Friend
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
R | 99 min

Colin Clark is one lucky fellow.  He was born into money and used family connections to get onto the set of Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl, and somehow sirprizingly into the heart and soul of Marilyn Monroe… for a week!!  Of course any man would give both of their testicals to be in her presence for 10 seconds, so we’re pretty dang darn jealous that Clark did what he got to do, especially since he’s a dweeby guy played by the dweeby actor Eddie Redmayne (he needs to get a lip reduction or something).  But even if this is CC’s story, Simon Curtis‘ film version of his true story is truly all about Marilyn through and through

When we first saw a picture of Michelle Williams dolled up as MM, we were kinda creeped out by it.  We love Williams and all, but didn’t think we’d be able to buy her as her.  Well, after seeing MW be MM, we are now beyond sold.  So much so that we’d almos rather spend a week with MW as MM than with MM.  It’s true!!!  Throw in some stiff-upperlipping by Kenneth Branagh as Olivier, Judi Dench dame-ing it up, Julia Ormond ormonding(???) it up, Toby Jones standing tall, Emma Watson not being Hermione, Dougray Scott wearing the same exact glasses that Arthur Miller did, Dominic Cooper not being Uday Hussein, Zoë Wanamaker rapping with her raspy voice, and we got ourselves a solid supporting cast playing the cast of characters who supported MM during her cinematic journey in the old country

But there was something about the whole falling in love affair with MM that didn’t sit right with us.  It felt like we were being served a giant slice of nauseating sentimentality.  And this Colin Clark kid is just too vanilla a human being to give two flying figs about.  He’s as cardboard as… cardboard, and as interesting as… cardboard.  We ended up rooting against him getting into MM’s troubled life, and wished it was Olivier who had itched that seven year itch (whatever that means).  But it is what it is, and that’s what it is

moral of the story: Monroe has been portrayed on screen and TV 100+ times.  Michelle Williams hands in the 2nd best MM performance we have ever seen.   This is why you see this movie.  So, who’s #1?  Samantha Morton, who played a heartbreaking MM impersonator in one of the best films of the last 10 years – Mister Lonely

Smoke Em If You Got Em: yes, these did really eggsist.  EAT IT MR T!!!!

VerdictgoJeepers Worth A Peepers

Marilyn‘s Week begins limited release on Thanksgiving Eve Day

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

(this is Colin with Olivier’s wife Vivien Leigh!)

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FBI’s Wide Open

J Edgar
Hoover? What? When? Where? And Sometimes Why?
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
R | 137 min

Don’t know what’s wrong with more than 1/2 of the critics who reviewed J Edgar.  Did they even see the same movie we saw?  Was there not enough J Edgar Hoover picking up the dirt (hoovering!) for them?  Did they find the quality Clint Eastwood direction directionless?  Was Leonardo DiCaprio‘s best work since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape not bestiful enuff for their boasteringing, despite the impossible task of playing someone he looks nothing like (which oddly enuff was what made The Aviator crash)?  Was Armie Hammer too handsome for them to clap their hands some?  Was the Dustin Lance Black script too straight without a chaser?  Were they pissed Naomi Watts didn’t give Judi Dench some carpet cleaning?  What’s yer problems, yo???

Seriously folks, J Edgar is a fine fine movie.  It takes a notorious and mysterious figure of 20th century American history and notoriousizeses him, while still keeping his enigma wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a woman’s slip, and entertains us.  What more do you want?  We may not get a complete picture, but how do you make a complete picture of a man who ran a bureau of secrets, with a bureau filled with STILL unknown secrets????  You don’t, and even if this flick had early 90s Oliver Stone written all over it, Stone didn’t make it, and thank dog he didn’t today, cause he’s no longer up to the task, but Clint Eastwood is and he did it and he did it right (heck, there’s not a ton of gangstering goings on, but it’s a zillion times betterer than whatever Public Enemies was).  So, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!  and critics, GET OVER YER YAWNS!!!!!

moral of the story:  we’re totally gay for J Edgar Hoover and this movie about him.  He may have been misguided, but he got the job done, no matter what the costs were, and no matter how much make-up they had to cake onto Leo to make him look like old man Charles Foster Kane (see below below)

Creepy Ship Lollipop: J Edgar Hoover & Shirley Temple, a WTF relationship for the ages

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

J Edgar digs up the good dirt currently at a theater near jews

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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