Monday, November 17, 2008

Official Star Trek Trailer Released! Geek out!

And now the official "Star Trek" trailer is available at Paramount's website. This is going to be sooo good.

New Star Trek Trailer Leaked

Went and saw "Quantum of Solace" yesterday, partially because I'm a big Bond fan and partially because I'm a Star Trek geek and I knew they were showing the new trailer in front of the film. Paramount has been odd about their marketing on this one. They won't be releasing the trailer online until later today, instead choosing to release it in the theatres first. This seems very anti-internet to me, but at any rate, somebody already bootlegged it and posted it here:

Check it out. So excited for this movie. There are two movie trailers I've ever seen that have resulted in audience applause at the end. "Star Wars" and "Star Trek". Let's hope this is worth it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nike "Fate" Leave Nothing commercial w/ LT & Polamalu

This is the new Nike commercial that I was raving about yesterday. Not only is it directed by David Fincher (Seven) but it also makes the best use of Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold". Absolutely fantastic!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Top 10 Movie Douchebags

A well-placed douchebag character in a movie can really add a nice touch. Not only do they contrast the good qualities and values of the hero, but it’s just kind of fun in general to see a douchebag portrayed well on the silver screen. It’s even more fun to watch a douchebag get his comeuppance and take a heavy fall.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Setting: Deep inside the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field, mid afternoon, October 14, 2008

Andy Reid: All this trade deadline talk is hurting my head. Oh! Hey! I've got an idea. Let's cut Tony Hunt.

Joe Banner: The guy we spent a first-day pick on less than 18 months ago to finally give us a short-yardage back?

AR: Yeah yeah. He's the one.

JB: Um, you realize that would leave us with three undersized backs?

AR: Yeah.

JB: And that you inexplicably keep calling for runs up the middle on 4th and 1 this season? We've already lost two games because of it.

AR: Yeah. Next time we'll just put in a package with two tight ends, a fullback, and a blocking receiver. No way they'll stop us then!

JB: But won't that telegraph the play? Wouldn't the opposing defense just stick eight (or more) men in the box?

AR: Shhh.

JB: [Exasperated Stare]

AR: Besides, I really want to sign Kyle Eckel to backup our defensive tackle playing out of position at fullback.

JB: Who? What? Why?

AR: Shhh.

Mailboy: Fuck you, Coach Reid. Fuck you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Berg Standard Playlist: Election & World Series Edition Posted

The picks are in and the following songs were selected as tracks for this weeks Berg Standard Playlist as songs that best represent the Election and Phillies World Series victory. Enjoy!

Track 1: "Joy" by NomeansNo
Track 2: "America Fuck Yeah" by Team America
Track 3: "99 Problems" by Jay-Z
Track 4: "I Have a Dream" by Common
Track 5: "Blue Monday" by New Order
Track 6: "Getting Better" by The Beatles
Track 7: "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits
Track 8: "The Angry Mob" by Kaiser Chiefs
Track 9: "We Are The Champions" by Queen
Track 10: "Throne Room/End Title" (From Star Wars) by John Williams

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Submit your picks for the weekly playlist (Election and World Series Edition)

With the Obama victory in the presidential election and the Phillies winning the World Series, this week's playlist certainly will have a joyous theme. Submit your picks for tracks for the mix and I'll post the mix in it's entirety on Friday afternoon.

Not a bad week if you're a Philly Democrat

Last Wednesday, I watched my beloved Philadelphia Phillies do the improbable and win the World Series. Less than a week later, this was topped by what could be considered even more unlikely - the country elected it's first black president.

As a not so secretive liberal and an even less quiet Phillies fan, I am on cloud nine right now. While a lot of us, including Obama himself, have preached for unity and working across aisles, I can't help but pause and gloat for a bit about the Democratic landslide victory that swept the nation, changed the political map, and might even get us the magic 60 in the Senate.

Look, I want to get things done and pass laws and make everyone happy, but I'll worry about that on Thursday. On Wednesday, the day after the election, I want to rub it in Republican faces that Democrats outcampaigned, outworked, and outhustled them across the board. They are a completely fractured party with half of the GOP wanting to return to Lincoln ideals and half wanting to be as right wing conservative as possible. After watching Democrats fight internally for years while Republicans remained disciplined and in power under Tom Delay's watch, I'm taking a little pride in watching them tear each other apart as they figure out what's next.

From a policy standpoint, I'm not crazy-lack-of-showering liberal and I can get along with the best of them and agree to disagree, but it's hard for me to be chomping at the bit to unify with a group of people who year after year have gone out of their way to divide the country and restrict the rights of women, gays, and anyone else who is not a straight, white male. I'm taking today to be completely intolerant of the Republican Party since they spent so long being intolerant of everyone other than themselves. Are Dems perfect? No. But we learned from Jim Crowe and our past. We don't all feel the need to legislate on social issues. We don't tell women they have no control over their bodies and we don't tell gays that marriage doesn't apply to them. On Tuesday night, the map changed. Obama won or performed strongly in areas of the country where no one expected him to hold down the fort. He really did something special.

For the first time in a while, Dems won't be able to blame negative government actions on the Republican Party. We're going to have to take responsibility for our own actions and decisions. We might fail, we might rise up. It's a territory we haven't experienced since 1992.

Watching the coverage last night, it started to hit me how amazing it is that we elected a black president. My mother called me excited about the results and screaming that "Bobby Kennedy said this would happen. This is history!" and I watched as CNN gave close up to numerous faces in the crowd who were overcome with emotion. I took a class in college where there was a heated discussion about whether or not the Civil Rights battle was a success for African Americans. The discussion steered towards the debate as to whether or not there have been any really successful black leaders since MLK. When I received text messages from my friend Karl telling me that his neighbors were voting for the first time in 20 years, it continued to hit me. This means more than we can ever imagine to those who fought for African American equality. For all his faults, Jesse Jackson must be extremely proud of this. Guys like John Lewis, who fought during the civil rights era and had the hoses and dogs turned on them. For them, this makes the fights of the 50's and 60's worth it.

The comment that struck me the most last night came from CNN and was in reference to the image of the Obamas on stage. They are the First Family now. The rest of the world will watch our news and see that our country elected a black family to the White House to represent us and our ideals. It's pretty amazing. Our history books will be forever changed. Children growing up now know more than ever that anything is achievable.

And obviously in a year where the Phillies can parade a World Series trophy down South Broad street, we know that anything can happen.