Jared will go to great lengths when it comes to distracting Tom while he’s reading the paper.

I know I had a little mini-rant about One Missed Call in Wednesday blog and pretty much said I wasn’t going to give it the time of day. But it was during a special Wednesday edition of The Triple Feature talkcast (download it if you missed it) that I hit upon this particular idea.

Alluding to a joke I wanted to make about the movie in the comic, my good friend Joe Dunn from Joe Loves Crappy Movies basically said “Don’t bother because everyone else is already thinking it.” So, to diffuse the situation somewhat, I purposefully am setting the joke up to fail. There’s nothing witty about comparing One Missed Call to The Ring. Any 5 year-old could make the same observation. So let’s all point and laugh at the obvious instead. Besides, I love an awkward pause.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to perform my civic duty and take part in the Iowa Caucuses. It was my first time attending and it was an enlightening experience. I felt good energy leaving the precinct hall and was pleased when the candidate I’ve chosen to support – Barack Obama – won the state with a resounding 37% of the vote.

More so than just my candidate of choice winning big, I was pleased to see so many Iowans turn out on a cold January night to do their part. Over 300,000, I believe was the last estimate? That’s astonishing. At our precinct alone there were nearly 500 people compared to about 120 four years prior. I think it’s representative of exactly how important this next Presidential election will be. People are hungry for change and they are motivated now more than ever to do something about it.

Wouldn’t it be great if President Bush’s legacy ended up motivating the American people into electing the most energetic and progressive leader since Kennedy in an effort to reverse his policies? That would be a trip.

But I shouldn’t stand up on the soapbox too long. While I think political discussion is vital to the health of this country, I don’t mean to exclude anyone and this is a somewhat one-sided conversation.

Back to movie news, Cami and I are going out with friends on Saturday to see Juno. Yes, it finally came out here in Iowa. This is one of those movies that has been slowly making it’s way across the country, but is lagging far behind it’s buzz. It gets released in the big cities as part of some preview weekend so it can make the Oscar cut off date, then it goes a little wider, then a little more before finally reaching the hinterlands. Meanwhile all the critics have had their say about it and you feel woefully behind the times for not having seen it yet.

That changes soon. I’ll let you know what I think of it on Monday.

And with that, I hope everyone has a great weekend! Talk to you soon!

↓ Transcript
Have you seen those commercials for One Missed Call?

People get voicemails of themselves dying and kick the bucket days later!

Sounds like a rip-off of The Ring to me.

You know what I think they should have called this movie?...

“The Ringtone!”