I’ve pretty much abandoned movie commentary for the week. Hillbilly Jeff seems to have struck a nerve with the readership, so I’ve committed myself to telling his story. As to exactly why Tom needs someone to watch him while showering?… Well, the world may never know.

If you missed The Triple Feature talkcast on Monday night, you missed a doozie. If I were you, I would download it right away. We interviewed JoBlo from JoBlo.com and it went great! We got into a really good discussion about the nature of online journalism, objectivity, web site management and standards. Good stuff, really. My thanks once again to JoBlo for taking the time to speak with us. This was easily one of my favorite broadcasts.

Another reason you should download Monday’s show is because we’re giving away free copies of the Denzel Washington movie Deja Vu which is coming out on DVD next week, Tuesday, April 24. The first half of the two part clue was given at the end of Monday’s show. Now is the time in the blog where I give you the second half.

The second half of the clue is “OUT”.

So all you need to do is combine the two clues and send them to me at theaterhopper@hotmail.com along with your name, age and mailing address and you’ll be eligible for the random drawing!

I spent Tuesday home from work. I took a sick day, which is something I never do. Today we have a big meeting that I have to take photos for and if I was under the weather, it would have really put my department in a tight spot. So, instead of going to work sick like I usually do, I stayed home and recovered.

I felt totally useless, though because I couldn’t do anything to help Cami with Henry. I didn’t want to touch him and get him sick. Henry is actually going in for his first round of shots today at the pediatrician, so it would have been really lame if he had gotten sick the day before.

I rarely ever take sick days because I’m typically in denial about any illness I may succumb to. I don’t know why, but for the first part of the morning Tuesday, I had it in my head that I was doing the right thing by preventing those at work from getting sick and that I wasn’t sick myself. For some reason I thought I would be able to get a lot of work done while I was home. Maybe even get ahead on some of the comics!

Of course, I am a moron. Between slipping in and out of consciousness for most of the day, I was barely able to get this comic done. Oh, well.

I started feeling better around 6:00 or 7:00 last night, so Cami and I sat down to watch Smokin’ Aces, which had just come out on DVD and the good people at Universal decided to send me a copy of. I think when the movie first came out, I slagged it for trying to be a Pulp Fiction clone. In hindsight, I didn’t know what I was talking about. I was really attacking more how the film was being marketed and not the film itself.

While Smokin’ Aces certainly has it’s own kinetic style, it’s not a Pulp Fiction clone. It’s actually a little bit more comedic than I expected and there are a fistful of cameos in this thing.

I still think I made the right decision to skip it when it was in the theater, but this thing plays great on the small screen. The DVD extras were pretty cool, too. There’s a whole piece on the stunt work, which rarely is highlighted these days. So that was nice to see.

If you’re looking for a fun rental this weekend, I strongly suggest Smokin’ Aces. If you’re looking to kill a little time until then, check out this game – the Smokin Aces Card Killer Game. I found it an interesting diversion.

That about does it for me. I’ll talk to you guys soon!

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