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My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

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The wife and I saw Boyhood last night and thought it was outstanding. Filmed over a 12-year span, it tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to “adulthood” while covering the ups and downs of his family’s life as well. I was incredibly impressed with director Richard Linklater’s ability to create something so grand in scope and vision without making it feel stale or compartmentalized. Aside from taking in a baseball game, two hours and forty-five minutes is a lengthy sitting for me (especially without crazy plot twists, mystery or action), but I had no problem being fully invested from start-to-finish. Certain moments reminded me of the best and worst parts of my childhood, and that “growing up” never really stops.

Highly recommended. 

Saw Godzilla last night and loved it (aside from the campy human story*), but my favorite thing by far was the frequency and consistency of Ken Watanabe’s WTF face.

*I could have watched the monsters fight for three hours as a dumbfounded/awestruck Watanabe WTF’ed his way through the movie, and done without any of the Brody family story.

This looks far better than I thought it would. I’m actually tempted to say it looks great. Godzilla? With Bryan Cranston and legit special effects? Yes, please.

I think I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but I was a serious Godzilla nerd as a kid. Movies, toys, t-shirts, books, whatever I could get my hands on. That said, 11-year-old me is doing backflips, watching this trailer daily and not sleeping until this movie comes out.

39-year-old me is doing pretty much the same thing (without the backflips).

Please don’t let me down, Godzilla.

So, uh … this is a real movie

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Yup. A real movie about “an unfortunate ten-year-old who suffers from nearly incessant intestinal gas issues” who wants to be an astronaut. He’s shunned by his family and classmates because he smells like poo, ends up on death row somehow, and only his friend, Alan A. Allen — a nerd with no sense of smell — will help him make his dream come true. The film also features an “explosive finale” (Oh, I get it.) in which I’m guessing involves farting and rocket ships which is … I can’t even.

Thunderpants was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

I can’t wait to see this.

THE FUNNIEST MOVIE YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER SEEN

I was lucky enough to stumble upon Big Man On Campus during a late night channel surfing session back in 1990 or so, and it’s been one of my favorite (but admittedly pretty horrible) comedies ever since. Starring, Allan Katz (who has since gone on to star in…well, nothing), Corey Parker (who also starred in such classics as Love Boat: The Next Generation, and Encino Woman), Cindy Williams (Shirley, from Laverne & Shirley) and Melora Hardin (Jan from The Office), it’s a hilarious and heart-warming biography of Los Angeles Clippers center, Chris Kaman tale of a socially retarded hunchback that goes to college. 

My half-assed research shows that it’s only available on VHS, which is pretty disappointing because only those of you who collect technological relics will have the ability to follow up on this recommendation and actually watch it. Until a studio remakes it, or the handful of people that have actually seen the movie make enough noise to warrant a DVD release, grainy YouTube clips will have to do.





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