Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Top 10 2010 Movies - His Edition


Top 10 2010 Movies—His Edition

For a movie lover, this our March Madness, it's Summer Blockbuster Season! Every year, I have a list, published or not, of the movies I would like to see over the summer. Some years are bigger than others, but there is still "The List" nevertheless. This may be a slower year (in my opinion) but I'm pumped regardless. Below is my Top Ten movies. Hopefully in the next few days, my wife will put out her Top Ten list. Enjoy and criticize. ;)


THE KARATE KID
(June 11th)

It's only because of my love of the the original (yes, I said "love") that this one made the list. I used to cry when Daniel-san pulled off the Crane Technique against Jonny. Classic. While there is no-way this 2010 version will ever be able to conjure up such emotion, I would still like to see Jackie Chan and Will and Jada Smith's son Jaden portray the mentor/student story.






PREDATORS
(July 9th)

I believe my reasoning for Predators making the list is my current stint as Mr. Mom. Don't get me wrong, I've always enjoyed the Predators series but they've never been a near must-see for me. I think this is my way of countering poopie-diapers and Sesame Street with some good old fashioned gore.







THE A-TEAM
(June 11th)

The A-Team at number eight stem's from my growing up in the 80s. I remember watching the A-Team and their sweet van. Mr. T. was always my favorite. I'll always recall stumbling upon a B.A. Baracus action figure my mom had tried to hide before Christmas. So while this movie will probably do okay at the box office considering it's another 80s remake, it's still one I'd like to see.






ROBIN HOOD
(May 14th)

Ridley Scott and Russel Crowe have always gone together like Bert and Ernie...Argh... I told I have Sesame Street on the brain. Anyway, I like the story of Robin Hood and whether it's Disney retelling the classic with an animated fox and a bear or Kevin Costner brandishing a mullet and a bad British accent, I've enjoyed every version. I'm counting on the same with this latest installment.






DESPICABLE ME
(July 9th)

Hmmm...what do I say about this one? It's Dreamworks, Steve Carell, and has a Spy vs. Spy feel to it. A movie where you're routing for one villain to overtake the other is creative and I'd like to be apart of it.






THE EXPENDABLES
(August 13th)

If you had to come up with an All-Star team of action heroes from the past three decades, this would be it:
  1. Sylvester Stallone
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  3. Bruce Willis
  4. Dolph Lundgren
  5. Jet Li
  6. Jason Statham
  7. Randy Couture
  8. Steve Austin
  9. Danny Trejo
  10. Mickey Rourke
Throw in Old Spice’s latest spokesperson Terry Crews for good measure, and I've got my fix of testosterone.






THE OTHER GUYS
(August 6th)

Will Ferrell as a cop. Need I say more?






SHREK - THE FINAL CHAPTER
(May 21st)

Despite the professional critics disliking the way the Shrek saga has gone, I have loved it. And despite the story have been told before (the alternate universe of "I have never met you even though you say you know me"), I'm looking forward to the Shrek-take on it. The animation, the cast of voices, the humor, and most recently the soundtrack (Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, and Harry Chapin to name a few) has got me hooked.






IRON MAN 2
(May 7th)

Iron Man is a surprising number two for me. Not because it didn't make number one, but because it reached number two. Believe it or not, I'm not an Iron Man fan. Reason? The comics. Tony Stark is a womanizing arrogant jerk who I still resent and blame for the death of Captain America. (See the Civil War saga and the fallout.) All that said, I really enjoyed the first Iron Man movie. So until movie persona of Iron Man catches up with his comic ego, I'll be an Iron Man fan.





TOY STORY 3
(June 18th)

And the number one movie of 2010 that I want to see is...ta-da...Toy Story 3. (Kind of anti-climactic, I know.) My reasoning for this easily being number one, is not because of me, but my son. He has never been to a movie that he can remember and for him to see his friends Buzz and Woody up on the big screen with several other people, in stadium seating enjoying a rare treat of candy and pop is one I can't help but get excited for.




This is movie going in it's purest form. A form I can only imagine happened when people only saw one movie each summer. It's an event. It's a first date with your eventual spouse. It's something to be remembered and cherished. Being able to experience this with my son is in a league of it's own. This is why movies should be made.

So whether it's crying at the end of a campy movie (Karate Kid) or wanting to experience a movie's in's and out's (Star Wars), movies should leave a memorable impression. It doesn't matter whether the public doesn't think the movie is worth the film it's put on, if you love it, you love it and that's all that matters. I'm going to experience that love of a movie with my son and I can't wait.

—b

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And The Winner Is...


JORDAN!

My guilty pleasure for the summer, Big Brother, had is finale tonight! I'm happy to report that one of my two favorite players won - Jordan! And Jeff, my other favorite player, won the America's Vote and $25,000! Not bad for 70+ days work :)

I love this time of year, and for those of you who know me well, know that I love my TV shows. I'm very emotional about the ones that I'm dedicated to - Bernt can definitely atest to this! I've decided to tell you about the shows I'm most excited about this Fall season because who really doesn't want to hear all about my obsessions...

Monday Night - Castle on ABC
This is a drama about a writer and detective who must team up to solve the 'mystery' each week. I've loved Nathan Fillion, one of the stars of the show, ever since he was on Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. I'm so excited that this show got picked up for a second season!

Tuesday Night - The Biggest Loser on NBC
This and Big Brother are my favorite reality shows! Bob and Jillian, heart-wrenching stories, and an amazing amount of weight loss - need I say more? I was so excited to watch the season premire tonight! With only 1 episode down, I'm going to predict that either Daniel or Abby is going to win. We'll have to wait a few more months to see if I'm right!

Wednesday Night - Glee on FOX
This is probably the show I've been the most excited about! Singing, singing, some more singing, throw in a bit of drama, and you have the making of a great show! Bernt is pretty sick of the song Don't Stop Believing that they debuted on the first episode - sorry honey!

Thursday Night
This gets tricky. I love Grey's Anatomy on ABC, but Bernt and I are both pretty obsessed with The Office on NBC as well. The both start at 8:00, so Bernt graciously lets me watch Grey's 'live' and then we usually watch The Office online later that night or the next day.

Friday Night - Monk and Psych on USA Network
These are both summer/winter shows, and actually, Monk will be done after this summer :( They are both fun family shows, and surprisingly, Bernt and I both love them. It's a nice way to start the weekend.

Saturday
Usually movie night at the Eidsmoe's. We love our Redbox!

Sunday
Is anyone as excited as I am that Football Season is back!?! From January till August, Bernt and I are totally at a loss for what to watch on Sundays. We both love our teams - Go Pack Go - (sorry Bernt) and can't wait until October 5th! I think it is the Packers year - Go Rodgers - and I really think that Favre is done. Just my personal opinion :)

That's about it! I hope you all enjoyed an insight into my life after the kids are in bed :) Happy TV watching everyone!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Little Miss Ellie

Ellie's been eating cereal for awhile now, and we are slowing starting to introduce her to fruits and vegetables. I know what you're thinking - she's almost 8 months old are you're just starting this now! In my defense, we've had a busy summer. I know it's a flimsy excuse, but it's all I got :)

Anyway, we've tried carrots a couple of times with no success, so I decided to give it another go yesterday. She was not very happy with me, in fact, she physically removed the spoon from her mouth with her hand! Then the fun really started. She gagged herself and then proceed to throw-up her entire dinner all over herself and the highchair! When I told you she didn't like carrots, I was not exaggerating! Needless to say, I don't think we will be trying carrots again for awhile ;)

Ellie's also at that stage where she'll grab anything she can get her little hands on, especially my glasses. I don't necessarily want my glasses totally bent out of shape, so I've started telling her no when she grabs them. Enter another thing that she strongly dislikes! Anytime I tell her no, she bursts out in tears and a pout bigger than I've ever seen before. I have a feeling we are going to have a very opinionated little girl on our hands - we are in trouble!

I'll leave you with a cute little video taken at the Twins game 2 weeks ago. Ellie is all full of smiles and is really enjoying grandpa hat!

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Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Almost Wordless Wednesday


Minnesota's Cash for Clunkers Program

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend in Pictures

We had a fun filled weekend - Grandma and Grandpa Eidsmoe, Emily, Leif, Cyri and Kayle all came to the Cities to visit this weekend! We went to a Twins game, swimming in the hotel pool, and shopping at the Mall of America. It's so much fun to watch Brevin and Kayle play with each other! Brevin was so sad when we had to leave the hotel on Saturday night - it broke our hearts to watch him cry because he had to leave his cousin. The first thing he talked about Sunday morning was seeing Kayle. It's too bad we live 3 hours away from each other - I see lots of trips to Sioux Falls in our future!

Brevin and Ellie's first Twin's game - they actually won! We got to see a great fight between the Indians coach and an umpire. The coach got kicked out and the crowd was going wild!



Grandma held Ellie pretty much the whole game - Thanks for the break Grandma!

Ellie was obsessed with Grandpa's hat - she laughed and smiled whenever he put it on her!


She didn't last the whole game - all she needed was a quick cat nap though and then she was ready to take in all he surroundings again!


It's a good thing we came prepared - books, books, and more books!


Pool Fun!



Ellie's first time in a pool!

Mama Cyri relaxing poolside. They found out they are having a boy in December - baby Henrick. We are so excited - it was fun going through all of Brevin's old clothes this weekend. They took a full garbage bag home with them!





Checking out Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.

Kayle is a pro at making Ellie smile - she's going to be a great big sister!

We always have so much fun when we get together. Thanks for coming everyone, we can't wait to see you all again!