Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (2010)

This documentary inspired me to make changes to my life, so I can be a healthier and better father. I have always been a pizza and burgers guy, with a large coke, and a DQ Blizzard on the side. Basically, I have never really watched how much or what I was eating and that’s the main reason why I hit 242lbs (I’m 5’10) at age 26. I felt fat, sick, and on my way to a shorter life.

What this documentary showed me was that you don’t have to stop eating the things you love for the rest of your life to stay healthy. As long as you eat those foods occasionally and in moderation. Also by making fruits and vegetables a large part of your daily diet, you can live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Since watching this documentary, I have doubled down my vegetable intake and cut pop and other sweets out almost completely. I do love pop, so that has been a hard one for me. Unfortunately I don’t like diet, so I’m basically an addict who falls off the wagon occasionally. I have also tried juicing a meal a day as a substitute for an actual meal. I am planning a 7 day all juice diet here soon to really kick some pounds and fill my body with some much-needed nutrients. But for now I have lost weight and am currently sitting at…. 229lbs.

Beyond the inspiration, the film is a great watch. Joe Cross and Phil Staples make life saving changes and show you what hard work and strong self-discipline can do. Just amazing.

Rating – 10/10

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The Watch (2012)

I was fairly excited about this movie when I first heard about The Watch, back when it was called Neighborhood Watch. The title was changed in order to distance itself from the highly publicized George Zimmerman trial. Regardless of all of that, the original teaser looked very funny… and then I saw the full trailer and saw the Men In Black alien angle they went with. At that point, I was unsure what to expect but I definitely lowered my expectations.

I must say I was entertained from beginning to end and laughed through out the movie. I was most excited to watch Richard Ayoade, who I loved in The IT Crowd. The rest of the main cast is full of heavy hitters with Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn leading the way. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this movie.

Rating – 8/10

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21 & Over (2013)

I have always been a fan if high school or college raunchy comedy movies, but I just turned 27 and maybe I’m maturing. 21 & Over is not a good example of these raunchy youthful comedies I enjoy. I laughed several times but a lot of what I was watching had been done before. It wasn’t creative with the jokes and the plot of these types of films are never very deep. Not that I was expecting a deep story by any means but something new would have been refreshing.

Rating – 3/10

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Extract (2009)

Extract is Mike Judge’s most recently directed movie and it is a very enjoyable one at that. The cast is great, the story is interesting, and the script is well written. Jason Bateman, Kristen Wig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, J.K. Simmons, and David Koechner all turned in great performances. Koechner was great as the annoying neighbor and probably my favorite part.

Rating – 7/10

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This Month in Watched It: June 2013

What I Watched in June 2013

Movies:

    • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    • Identity Thief (2013)
    • Ted (2012)
    • Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
    • The Master (2012)
    • Dark Shadows (2012)
    • Lost in America (1985)
    • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

 

The Good:

My girlfriend and I saw Silver Linings Playbook in theaters and it was my favorite movie of the month. Full of heart, great performances, and well timed comedic relief. David O. Russell hits this masterpiece out of the park. 10/10 and a lock for my Top 10 of 2012.

The Bad:

Definitely saw some bad ones this month with three movies tied at 4/10 and Identity thief generously getting a 5/10. Of the three crap-boxes Dark Shadows, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone… I would have to say Dark Shadows was the worst. I couldn’t wait for it to end and Johnny Depp is trying so hard to be relevant, when he can be so talented in the right projects.

The Old or Surprising:

I did check out an older movie this month and it was Lost in America. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty star in this Albert Brooks written and directed film. Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job, buying a Winnebago, and traveling across America? This is that movie and it’s so much fun. Just a classic that I will surely watch again. A solid 9/10 for me.