Thomas Balkcom’s Movies

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This is the first time I have ever used my blog as an actual “blog” so to speak, I just wish to talk about my trip to Pennsylvania a little bit, odd format but I hope it’ll be okay.

Wednesday August 6th, 2008

3:10pm: Arrived at airport, Bill and I stopped and got a bite to eat due to the fact that we were extremely early for our flight.

5:07pm: Flight takes off, three minutes ahead of schedule, relatively smooth and quick flight filled with reading Watchmen and nodding off, then waking up to Bill making weird faces or doing strange things with his hands.

7:09pm: Flight arrives sixteen minutes early (!) and we hurry off and meet with our Aunt and Uncle, then we adventured through the city of Philadelphia and ended up at Nick’s, a delicious little sandwich place in Philly. We both had roast beef sandwiches overboard with two orders of gravy fries, both of which were absolutely delicious.

Thursday August 7th, 2008

8:47am: Woke up, read some of the paper, showered, then got Bill up. We all headed out and took care of a couple things, nothing too exciting.

12:47pm: On the way to the Yuengling brewery we stopped at a local hot dog place, and we all had a cheese coney (dog with chili, cheese, onions, and mustard) which really hit the stop. We then continued on to the Yuengling brewery tour, which was fascinating. We got to see some interesting stuff, each got a shirt, and I had some outstanding Black & Tan for the first time since last Christmas.

6:06pm: Had a great dinner, and then proceeded to go out and buy clothes/shoes for my brothers’ upcoming school year. The place we went shopping at extremely cheap sports merchandise, especially the local teams. Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I am a pretty big Flyers fan, so luckily I found a five dollar hoodie up here that I am rather happy with. Finally, we came home and had some ice cream, then watched a bit of a God-awful movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4, something I remember from my youth.

Friday August 8th, 2008

7:45am: Woke up, had a cup of coffee, and read the paper. I am now struggling to get my brother up at a quarter till ten.

12:43pm: Made a trip out to Wheatland, the fifteenth President Buchanan’s home in Lancaster, and had a very fun time. We learned a good deal and saw an assortment of cool furniture, architecture, and various other things. We then headed out to Lititz for Wilber Buds, which was a lot of fun. After that, we headed back to have a relaxing evening.

6:14pm: We made two white pizzas, one with pesto and one without, and then we left to take a ride in my Uncle’s ’64 Cutlass, which is an incredible car and the ride was very nice as it was a calm and cool evening.

Saturday August 9th, 2008

7:23am: Woke up, similar routine as the past two days, managed to get Bill up before nine this morning and not much has happened as of quarter past ten this morning.

12:15pm: Bill and I went and saw a one o’clock showing of Step Brothers (our second viewing), enjoyed it as we did the first time we saw it, and headed back to the house where our day started. In our absence my Uncle made me a bookshelf, which was something I had mentioned in conversation as being one of the few things missing from our place, and the one he built is exactly what I needed, I couldn’t be more content with it.

4:55pm: Headed out for the night’s activities, this included a stop at Kaufman’s, which turned out to be an outstanding chicken place that I found to be great. After this we went out to a casino type place where they had nightly horse races, which was an awesome experience. It was a beautiful night and we had a great time watching Bill make ridiculous trifecta and superfecta bets. Doing this is something I wish I could do more often as it was one of the most fun, interesting experiences I’ve had in a long time.

10:04pm: We got back to the house and after checking my emails and realizing how awake I was, I came to the conclusion that it’d be best to head out tonight opposed to in the morning and all I had to was to convince Bill to do it as he wants to do as much of the driving as possible. We loaded up and left around five till eleven, and I am now typing this as Bill drives (we’ve gone roughly a hundred miles or so) and we should be home around ten thirty or eleven tomorrow morning.

Bill and I got home around 11:00am the next day, and we had a great time.

Heist – 8.5/10 <- – I originally saw this when it came out but did not remember much of it, and I am trying to watch as many David Mamet-related things as possible and this happened to be the first to come via Blockbuster. Magnificently written and a great story overall, Sam Rockwell was fantastic as the young hotshot and Hackman did a great job as usual. Great lines throughout such as: “You shouldn’t point a gun at someone if you don’t intend to kill them, it’s insincere.”/ “Why’d the chicken cross the road motherfucker? Cause the road crossed him.” This is utterly amazing due to the fact that it still feels natural as they say it.

Spartan – 6.5/10 <- – Another Mamet related film, this one he both wrote and directed and it was pretty good. Val Kilmer seemed a bit lacking at time, but he did an okay job delivering lines from such a brilliant script. Same goes for this movie as Heist, some incredible dialogue and as I said Kilmer had some great responses to questions. I have to say this wasn’t as strong a story as Heist or most of Mamet’s other stories, but it was still very enjoyable.

(revisit) Brothers Solomon – 2.5/10 <- – This movie is a guilty pleasure of my brothers and myself, Will Arnett is hilarious with his facial expressions and outfits. Not much else to say about it, it’s one of those movies that not many other people would enjoy, yet we find it hilarious.

(revisit) Lord of War – 6/10 <- – Very cool movie, just a neat story that flows extremely well, I have to say that I am not a huge fan of narrated movies (except when it is necessary) but this one is pretty decent. The reason it gets a six is due to its lack of a lasting quality, but it’s still worth your time.

And now for some more additions to my nerddom, I posted a question in a forum for the band X/O and got a reply from a pretty interesting person.

That is the guitarist of X/O and Say Anything, and it’s probably not that big a deal but I am huge fan of Say Anything so I thought it was pretty cool.

Sorry for the lengthy post and thank you for reading as usual. Expect a few updates soon.

Currently lIstening to: Old mix CDs I made back in high school (roughly late sophomore year, early junior year)

Currently reading: Watchmen, starting Cloudsplitter soon


Written by thomasbalkcom

August 18, 2008 at 3:07 am

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  1. Hi Thomas–I was able to leave a reply. I am doing this from my computer at work and I logged it. working real nice. Have you ever seen “The Panic in Needle Park”? Very early Al Pacino–first movie I ever saw him in. From the early 70’s of course.

    I, too, wish I was as cool as you.



    September 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm

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