Wine of the Month - December, 2008

November 25th, 2008
2006 Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel
2006 Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel

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Movie of the Month - December, 2008

November 19th, 2008

Son of Rambow

Son of RambowImagination, fantasy, and the irreplaceable bonds of childhood friendship highlight this "comedy that's full of heart" (Joe Nuemaier, NY Daily News). Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of Rambo: First Blood, Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative -- and sometimes mishap-filled -- cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own! Entertaining, uplifting, and brimming with nostalgia, Son of Rambow "makes you feel like a kid again" (Ethan Alter, Giant Magazine).

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November 7th, 2008
Neil Gaiman - American Gods - 405Shadow had noticed that you only ever catch one episode of shows you don't watch, over and over, years apart; he thought it must be some kind of cosmic law.

The Love Guru

November 6th, 2008


The Love GuruMike Myers plays the hilarious character The Guru Pitka!

As The Guru Pitka vies for the title of the world's best self-help guru, Pitka must help a star hockey player win his wife back from rival athlete Jacques "Le Coq" Grande (Justin Timberlake) and, along with it, the Stanley Cup. Will Pitka's comic karmic intervention be enough to turn this losing team into champions?

Also starring Jessica Alba and Vern Troyer, The Love Guru is "one big laugh from beginning to end!" (Jim Ferguson, KGUN9 ABC)

The owner of a seemingly cursed NHL franchise contacts a self-help guru about helping the team's star player get back together with his wife. The team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup if its star can focus on hockey and not on the fact that his wife has left him for a rival player, nicknamed "Le Coq." I know it sounds like a recipe for a bad sports movie, but it isn't. The movie really has little to do with hockey at all. The focus is on Mike Myers's schtick and Justin Timberlake delivering comedy gold (as Le Coq).

The movie had a few hilarious scenes, but was just decent overall. I know it has not been well-reviewed by anyone, but I think most people's expectations were way too high. This is Mike Myers rehashing a few of the old bits that have brought him success in the Austin Powers franchise. His interaction with Vern Troyer (more affectionately known as Mini Me) is silly and for some people it is past its prime. I still enjoy it and I still enjoy Mike Myers so I still enjoyed The Love Guru.

The show stealer was easily Justin Timberlake. From the trailers you get a snippet with him on screen. I figured he would not play much of a part in the overall movie, but he had a good amount of involvement. He was fantastic. If he keeps taking rolls like this one I will see every movie he makes.

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October 28th, 2008
Thank You For SmokingJoey Naylor: Why did you tell that reporter all your secrets?
Nick Naylor: You're too young to understand.
Joey Naylor: Mom says it's because you have dependency issues and it was all just a matter of time before you threw it all away on some tramp.
Nick Naylor: Well, that's one theory.

Beer of the Month - November, 2008

October 27th, 2008
Erdinger Weissbier
Erdinger Weissbier

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Movie of the Month - November, 2008

October 24th, 2008

Layer Cake

L4yer CakePlanning to retire and begin a new life, Mr. X (Daniel Craig), a successful West End drug dealer, has been asked for one last favor: to negotiate the sale of one million hits of Ecstacy. Unfortunately for Mr. X, the pills were stolen from a Serbian drug lord who'll cut off his head if he sells them. And with a London crime czar (Michael Gambon) promising to retire him permanently if he doesn't, Mr. X may be rightfully concerned about his future. Nothing worth losing his head over.

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Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel 2006

October 23rd, 2008

I have been drinking a lot more Zinfandel lately and I tried this one based on absolutely nothing other than it's the one I grabbed when I was at the store looking for a Zin. I had never heard of it. No one recommended it.

I paid $16 for this (at Papa Joe's in Rochester) and found out a day later that I got pretty-well ripped off. In Michigan, I am told that Meijer stores will carry this at $6/bottle on special. At $6 this is a steal, at $16 I will probably never buy it ever again.

I liked it, but I felt it was unremarkable. It is very drinkable, but this is a wine that I would buy a few bottles at $6/per and keep on hand for one of those evenings where 1...or 2 bottles just aren't enough. So I grab the Rancho Zabaco and I know I'm in capable hands, but it isn't about good wine at that point.

Photo Theme of the Month - November, 2008

October 22nd, 2008

Book of the Month - November, 2008

October 21st, 2008

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboskystanding on the fringes of life...

offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

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