Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Back and forth with Movie Snob 2

So it was another Redbox Monday (free 1 day rental) and I was on my way to my nearest Redbox location when I received a text from the Movie Snob asking me for a recommendation. I thought to myself, "This must be a trap since the Movie Snob doesn't regard my opinion when it comes to movies." But in any case I played along especially since I had no clue what to get myself. In the end, he gave me two future recomendations and of course we had another back & forth:

Movie Snob: Anything good in Da Box today?

Troy: I'm on my way now. What do u recommend?

Movie Snob: I grabbed Run, Fat Boy, Run but you've already seen that.

Troy: Yes I did. Rated it 3 stars on Da Flix.

Movie Snob: Get Transsiberian (should have known the Movie Snob would know some Indie film to recommend). And get Stuck if you feel like getting two.

Troy (currently at Da Box now reviewing selection): What?? And pass up Morris Chestnut & Gabrielle Union in The Perfect Holiday?? Are you trying to turn my nubian brothers & sisters against me or something?

Movie Snob: Well, Transsiberian & Stuck are the only two I've seen.

Troy: Well, I got Perfect Holiday...stepping up my Black cred!

Movie Snob: You crazy!

Troy: Dude, Obama in the House now so u have to step up ur Black cred. For example, if you haven't seen at least 3 movies where Morris Chestnut & Gabrielle Union play love interests you get labeled a poser.

Movie Snob: LOL (texting like a teenage girl), The Best Man, Breaking All The Rules, The Brothers.

Troy: Oops, I mis-texted. I meant FIVE movies. See, just as I thought, you are a POSER!

Movie Snob: The Inkwell & Two Can Play That Game. I'm still Black with a capital 'B'.

Troy: Inkwell?? I said Union & Chestnut playing love interests.

Movie Snob: You can't get blacker than Inkwell. It was written, produced, and directed by a Black man. Chestnut was the love interest of Jada. He was a love interest.

Troy: I can't even remember Jada in Inkwell. Was she an extra or do all Black people look alike to posers? And first off they (Chestnut & Union) have to be in the same movie as love interests. This has nothing to do with Jada Pinkett Smith.

Movie Snob: Yes, Jada was in Inkwell. Chestnut & Union have only been in THREE movies together and I've seen two, Breaking All The Rules and Two Can Play That Game. Oops, I almost forgot The Brothers and I've seen that. Still Black with a capital 'B'.

Troy: Dude, the rule is FIVE (5) not THREE (3).

Movie Snob: Alright Poser, you name FIVE and show ME your Black card.

Troy: The three you mentioned, Perfect Holiday which I plan on watching tonight and the fifth is a pilot I saw for an ABC Sunday Night Movie called Bringin' Down Da House: Obamas that stars Chestnut as Barack & Union as Michelle and it tells their story of their journey to the White House. Hell, an up & coming actor we both know plays the role of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. So as you can see, I'm BLACK for life...all the letters are capitalized in my BLACKness.

Movie Snob: It just dawned on me that you might be setting me up for your blog again.

Troy: Never a setup. This is all truth...but it does make for a great blog entry. :) Hell, I can see that up & coming actor getting best actor nominations for his role as Rev. Jeremiah the BET awards.

Movie Snob: Damn, why it got to be the BET movie awards?

Troy: Oh don't get me wrong, his performance was stellar. Unbelieveable if you ask me. Hell, the acting job he did had ME wanting to walk out of that church. :)

Movie Snob: Let the record show that you couldn't name three Chestnut-Union movies that you've seen.

Troy: I have seen 4 and I am watching the fifth now.

Movie Snob: Name them.

Troy: Brothers, 2 Can Play, Breaking Rules, Bringin' Down House: Obamas, and I am watching Perfect Holiday now.

Movie Snob: Alright, but at best you a redbone.

Troy: Concede. I'm Black like tar! Flavor Flav has got nothing on me. I stand unsurpassed in my Blackness. I'm unseen, void of light, like a SHADOW.

Movie Snob: Tell me the ending of Perfect Holiday and the Obamas.

Troy: Ummmm, Christmas came and Obama (played by Chestnut) won the presidency.

Movie Snob: That's what I thought. I SAW BOTH TOO!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Doom & gloom entry

I started off the year by calling the economy "a$$". I have argued since the 2nd half of 2007 that the bailouts would only prolong this a$$ economy. While it is real hard to say with any certainty what will happen when a new Congress and President lead the country in 2009 I have to admit that even if they did everything right I still have a good chance of being right on this new prediction. Drum roll please!

The economy will be super-a$$ due to all the bailouts and most importantly the pending bailout of the US auto makers. With each new bailout, confidence further drops in the Gov't's ability to right the ship and the bailout of US auto makers will be the nail in the coffin. I have yet to meet anyone who supports that bailout (US auto makers) but the Liberals won Congress & the White House on the backs of the Unions so I will be SHOCKED if that bailout doesn't take place. Plus, what logical justification can one give why you bailout one industry and not the other or one company and not the other??

And when I say super-a$$ I mean everything but Depression Era which translates into the economy being worse than everything seen in the US between now and the Great Depression. And now for an ounce of perspective for those who think the worse is behind us.

From a market investment perspective the Great Depression lasted much longer than the ten years (1929-1939) your history book dictates:
Day 1 (9/3/1929): Pre-crash high (381).

7 weeks later (10/24/1929): Black Thursday-- crash begins (300).
3 years later (7/8/1932): Crash low (41).
25 years later (11/23/1954): Pre crash high attained (381).

While I don't believe cycles last that long today I do think that even a fifth (5 years which also happens to be my estimate for this downturn, plus or minus 2 years) of that 25yr period listed above would be much more than the average person thinks this downturn would last. I hope you note this blog entry and use it to call me a fool if it turns out I am wrong. Oh what a happy fool I would be in that case.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So, Obama won

And what does that mean to someone who is a conservative like myself? Well, guess what? He made a blanket call to us conservatives post election and said the following in his unique Obama voice:

I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world... without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

I actually recorded the message if you want to listen to it. Sort of freaked me out. :)