Archive for August, 2005

 The 40-Year-Old Virgin

I’m a big fan of Steve Carrell. Loved him on The Daily Show. I also like Paul Rudd. But, Anchorman being the unwatchable mess that it is, I was a little apprehensive about this re-pairing of two of its stars. But they pulled this one off. It’s very entertaining. The story is predictable, but has an undeniable appeal for thirtysomethings, whether you are still a virgin or not. Like just about every Hollywood movie, it suffers from traileritis — too much plot and too many punchlines are thrown away in the trailer — but there are still enough gems in this one to make it worth seeing.

 The Dukes of Hazzard

Let’s be honest. There are only two reasons to see this movie: Jessica Simpson. But you know how when you really like a movie or a TV show as a kid, and then you see it again as an adult and it totally sucks? I think that may be the case with me and dem Duke boys. I haven’t watched the TV series in at least 15 years, maybe 20. But I suspect that if I did, I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it. And I also suspect that this movie stuck pretty close to the original series, in that respect. It’s pretty hard to tolerate. Even Jessica couldn’t save it.

 Cathedral Online

A few years ago, I was addicted to this board game called
Cathedral. It’s your typical “minutes to learn, a lifetime to master” kind of game. I went looking for a software version of it (so I could play it when I couldn’t find a partner, which was often), and thanks to the
Wayback Machine, I was able to salvage the Java class files from a version some guy wrote and posted to his web site, and then subsequently deleted (no doubt in response to some lawyer’s cease and desist orders).

Well, that was back in ’02, and I put it up on my site and promptly forgot it was there. Until today. If you’re a Cathedral veteran, you won’t like it much because it doesn’t quite follow the rules. But if you’re jonesin’ for a game, and don’t mind the computer cheating,
here you go. If you’re a newbie to the game, you probably won’t want to play this version due to the cumbersome user interface on this Java applet. In which case, you should go
buy the game, and then harass your friends and family into playing with you, like I did.