Time for the Tuesday with Tony’s top tweets for the twenty first of February in two thousand twelve. Time to check in with our buddy Tony, and see what he’s been up to this week.
First of all, Tony amassed over 100 “!’s” in a two day period. He also tipped in a game winning shot against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, so he has been extra abusive with the “!’s”. If someone were smart (you can thank me later), they could start a charity organization that donates said amount every time @aa000g9 uses a “!” to a worthy cause. I’m such a philanthropist. But enough about giving, let’s talk about Tony!!!! Read more
Happy President’s Day from The Wise Guise! Even though there are more patriotic days (The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Super Bowl Sunday to name a few), it is important that we reflect on this day of the 43 men who have served as our nation’s Chief Executive, Commander-in-Chief, and for many, the leader of the free world. Each man helped shape our country as it is today. But each man was simply one man, human like all of us, with many weaknesses and frailties that also contributed to their leadership of this nation, the greatest in the world.
So, on today, I felt it would be appropriate if I let each of these men speak for themselves. Clearly, with the help from BrainyQuote.com, my wife, and many social studies teachers growing up, these are quotes I have compiled. Some are funny. Some are poignant. Some are inspiring. But, on this day, let us sit back and reflect on these men who have served our nation. Let these words motivate us to be citizens worthy of great leadership. Read more
It was the summer of 2000. In the aftermath of the Clinton impeachment, George Bush was running against Al Gore for President. 9/11/2001 was over a year away. Gladiator, X-Men, Mission:Impossible 2, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Bring It On were in movie theaters. American television was on the heels of Regis Philbin asking us all who wanted to be a millionaire and bringing game shows back to American primetime television. Then, CBS started marketing a reality show (something previously reserved for MTV) that was “Lord of the Flies meets Gilligan’s Island meets Who Wants to Be a Millionaire“. Brought to us by the producer of USA Network’s Eco-Challenge and the host of VH1’s Rock-n-Roll Jeopardy.
Sixteen Americans, previously strangers, were abandoned in a tropical location to battle the elements and each other for a million dollars. In that first season, these first sixteen Americans shaped how we would view the game forever. Immunity challenges. Reward challenges. Luxury challenges. Visits from family members. Alliances. A gay, nudist, corporate consultant teaming with a young 20-something, a crotchety conservative Navy SEAL, and a female truck driver. An athlete from the inner-city. An adorable girl-next-door. A virgin farm boy youth minister. A big-city doctor. The classical reality stereotypes were all there (or were created there). The premise was fairly simple, but few reality shows have been as successful or as consistently entertaining and thought-provoking. That first season was groundbreaking. It gave us the Snakes and Rat Speech. AND THEN, the villain won the million dollars, because he had “played the better game,” a phrase whose meaning has given fans thousands of hours of debate over the past 12 years. Read more
“[I]f you can’t look at Jeremy Lin and see why America is the greatest country in the world, well, then you don’t understand America.” – Jay Kang in Bill Simmons’ Linsanity Mailbag
I first saw the name Jeremy Lin on some tweets. I didn’t pay much attention. Then I found highlights from his first couple of games set to a rap song. I was on board.
Then the “flash in the pan” lasted a little bit longer. The Knicks kept winning. Jeremy Lin kept leading, giving us the best live-action Disney movie since Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Danza, Danny Glover, and Angel Doc Brown gave us Angels in the Outfield. And the movie’s not over yet! AND JEREMY LIN MIGHT JUST BE AN ANGEL!
After he took out the Lakers in primetime, I bought a Jeremy Lin t-shirt jersey. I consumed all the media I could about him. I told everyone I know about him. People who don’t like the NBA asked me more and more about him. Writers aptly pointed out what the GOP could learn from him. It has become a story through which preachers spread the Gospel. A unique take on the “Race in America” debate pops up everywhere, from the realm of sports to the topic of Asian-American faith traditions. He pops up on John Piper’s blog. He is humble on and off the court while firmly stating his faith. But then, he cold-bloodedly calls off his team for an iso, and drains a game-winner confidently. Read more
By the end of most weeks, you’ve had some successes and you’ve had some failures. But, by Friday, you’re exhausted and often feeling at the end of your rope. It’s at this point in time, whether it’s humility you need or some encouragement, that everyone needs a healthy dose of George Feeny. After all, most of our lives would probably be worse off and definitely be less wise without him. On a blog where we admit that our wisdom is limited, we felt we would be doing our faithful readers a disservice to not provide some authentic wisdom at the end of every week from one Mr. George Feeny.
Many have asked me what Feeny Friday will be exactly. When I explain, many are quite happy at the prospects. Few were as excited as my old pledge brother, Patrick Russell. He responded: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mr. Feeney comes to me, speaking words of wisdom: ‘let it be.’ Years of experience on that one. Mr. Feeny’s words are like mother’s milk and Reagan’s economic policies, all rolled into one. Everything a growing boy needed.” Patrick understood. I knew others would too. Our generation grew up on the wisdom of George Feeny. And, like our friends Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and Eric, Feeny is always there for us. Consider this weekly column the latest in a long line of plot holes that keep Feeny in the story, dishing out wisdom. Read more
“Movies entertain us, and often they are nothing more than grab bags of gimmicks, gags, and gab. But those that continue to appeal to audiences over time and to lodge in our individual and collective memories do so because they reveal patterns of how we live our lives. Our hopes and fears, our aspirations and our failures, our longings and our frustrations, our loves and our hates are all embodied in the memorable popular films.”
I’m a big quote guy. And so as I sit here in my CTU Bauer shirt, pondering how to kick off “The Imaginarium” portion of this blog, I found this quote ever so relevant. I am admittedly one of those occasionally obnoxious people who views films as more than just a fun entertainment medium. Like Joseph said in his profile, “I’m not one of those guys that gets all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.”
I think of my boy Jack Bauer and his dedication to preserving all that is good. I like to think that I am dedicated to the same, just in a far less badass way. For me, a well-made film is a very powerful thing. Well-made films embody something in each of us that either forces us to confront something or stirs up an emotional inner response. I’m not implying that every movie made has to be some deep, cerebral melodrama. One of my all-time favorite movies is Sullivan’s Travels, which argues that there is the most power in comedies. (And yes the entire movie is on YouTube). I just think too many people tend to see movies that were made for a very specific purpose and they view them with a different agenda and are disappointed. A lot of the movies on my list have to be viewed with an open mind and with the understanding that they weren’t necessarily made for your enjoyment. But alas I will step down from my soapbox and save that post for another day.
So before we get too far into things here on The Imaginarium, I thought we should first recap what I considered to be my top movies of 2011. There is no specific set of criteria for ranking these. It’s basically just a combination of equal parts what I consider quality, combined with how much I enjoyed it. Also I have to admit I’ve only seen one movie nominated for Best Foreign Film and none of the Best Documentary nominees. Those are usually viewed the week leading up to the Oscars. I would love your feedback and we’ll go through 1-10 next week leading up to my Oscar picks.
So without further adieu, let’s do this thing! Read more