Thursday, August 30, 2012
The 1966 movie Blow-Up is not what it seems. Throughout the movie, there is a lot more than the 60's London Mod style and murder mystery. Though the movie has Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles as the headlining stars of the movie, the reality is that both only really have a quarter of screen time combined. As for the real main lead, played by David Hemmings, he is a photographer that while developing pictures from a park, believes that he may have captured a murder. Yet, for director Michelangelo Antonioni's part, he doesn't even begin to focus on the murder, but rather Hemmings' slow descent into a world where the line between reality and illusion gets blurred little by little. The mimes at the beginning and end of the movie are a metaphor for the invisibility that Hemmings' character feels as he tries prodding at what really happened in the park.
Blow-Up is a deliberately paced movie that benefits from the soundtrack of Herbie Hancock and sounds of quiet during the park scenes. If you pay attention, you may spot the Yardbirds playing during a scene, which means you get to see Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (pre-Zeppelin).
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The 2012-13 NHL season preview (lockout be damned!) will be starting this Saturday, and I will eventually get to doing a primer for both the Ontario Hockey League and the QMJHL, since they fall under the same Canadian Hockey League banner that the WHL does. Today, however, I get to do a beer review. The beer you see is a Founders Dirty Bastard, and as you can see, it has a dark color, which typifies a Scotch Ale brew. The smell isn't particularly impressive, but the taste is superior. It carries a generous 8.5% ABV, so tread carefully.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Medicine Hat Tigers have had a pretty good history when it comes to their existence in the WHL. Last season, they finished with 255 goals and only gave up 209. However, their season came to an end in the Conference semi-finals in a sweep at the hands of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Much of the scoring was spearheaded by the team's leading scorer Emerson Etem, who is likely ticketed for NHL duty with the Anaheim Ducks. Alumni to have played in Medicine Hat include Trevor Linden, Tyler Ennis, Rob Niedermayer, and Darren Helm.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
As for the team, they squeaked into the playoffs, where they were a doormat to the eventual Ed Chynoweth (WHL trophy) champion Edmonton Oil Kings. They gave up the third fewest goals with 201, but could barely manage any goals, with a paltry 222. The leading scorer was Max Reinhart, a prospect of the Calgary Flames. The next highest scorer? His brother Sam, who will be returning to the team while Max is likely ticketed to Abbotsford in the AHL before eventually heading to the NHL. As for alumni, Jarrett Stoll and Roman Polak are the most notable names to have donned a Kootenay Ice jersey.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Last season, the Wheat Kings made it to the Eastern Conference semi-final, where they would be swept by eventual WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings. Their leading scorer was captain Mark Stone, who will likely begin this coming season as a member of the Ottawa Senators. As for playoff aspirations this year, the Wheat Kings last missed the playoffs in the 1999-2000 season, and offense shouldn't be a problem, as they were tied for second in the conference as far as goals for, trailing Edmonton and tied with the Calgary Hitmen. One thing that the Wheat Kings will have to be better at is stopping pucks from getting into the net, as they were last among the Eastern Conference teams that made the playoffs last year.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Detroit Red Wings are clearly a team in decline. It all began with a first round exit at the hands of the Nashville Predators. Soon, both Brad Stuart (San Jose) and Nicklas Lidstrom (retired) left the Wings with major holes on the blue line. When free agency rolled around, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise spurned them for Minnesota and they weren't even thought of by Columbus in the Rick Nash sweepstakes. And Jiri Hudler decided to take his act to Calgary. So, who did Detroit manage to get to sign with them this off-season? Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo, and Jonas Gustavsson. Not exactly world-beating, is it? All that has happened to the Red Wings in the past few months has me believing that this is the year the Red Wings will miss the playoffs. The last time the Red Wings missed the playoffs? Lidstrom wasn't even on the team. That's right...the Red Wings never missed the playoffs when Lidstrom was playing in the NHL. Why is missing the playoffs a real possibility for the Red Wings this coming season? Let's count the ways...
- Their most obvious hole is on the blue line, and when you think about who the number one defenseman could be, it could from any of the group that features Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Kyle Quincey. The two youngsters on the roster are Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith, and neither are ready to assume those duties right now. Do you now see why they tried to get Ryan Suter?
- Currently, their goaltending duo is Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson. Howard has actually been good, but he has not raised his level of play to the elite level. There is question as to whether he will ever be in that category. He has also never led the Red Wings to the Conference Finals as a starter, and if you know your expectations from Red Wings fans, then you know that won't cut it. Fair or not, Howard is going to be criticized until he can win when it counts the most. Gustavsson failed to seize the starting role in Toronto, a team that is goaltender-starved. Part of the reason he hasn't proven to be a reliable starter is due to injury, but when he has been healthy, he has dealt with bouts of inconsistency.
- Yes, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg remain, but who will step up and score? Hudler wasn't the most consistent player on the roster, but he was the closest that the Red Wings had to a goal scorer. Samuelsson is in his second go-around, and certainly he has done well as a scoring threat. However, he turns 36 this season and has had injury issues lately. Tootoo will provide a little offense, but his real role is to stick up for teammates by dropping the gloves, something the Red Wings didn't do often for most of the last 20 years or so. Gustav Nyquist, Darren Helm, and Justin Abdelkader will be among the group at forward that will be asked to shoulder a heavier load on offense. The question is not whether they will be able to do it, but how soon they can do it.
- The prospect pipeline hasn't exactly been great, largely because they've always drafted in the lower half of the NHL Draft. The Red Wings have been patient with the prospects, which in turn, has given the team tremendous reason to believe they will succeed in the long run. However, with the core of the team either gone or aging, it is time for the prospects to finally step up, and many of them remain largely unknown as far as whether they will play to potential. Only Nyquist and Brendan Smith appear to be ready to contribute to the Red Wings this season.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Brennaman has been the voice of the Reds for a while, and while he isn't the only voice the Reds have had, as he and Joe Nuxhall were the voices when the Reds had their dynasty in the 1970's and their last World Series win in 1990. Currently, he is still the radio announcer, but now is joined by his son Thom, who has been on television announcing baseball games.