Joe Wanninger

Not Even Remotely Funny

February 17, 2014

It’s Not All American Idol

There are still kids who are listening to “old’ Nirvana music. Darlia is my favorite, most recent example. Here they are live:

You can absolutely hear Nirvana in this song (Napalm):

August 15, 2013

The 1975

I’ve been listening a lot to The 1975 lately. It started out with the kids in the back of the car laughing at the preposterous accent in Chocolate, but a few of the other songs on the EP are really solid also. My brother recently told me that Chocolate is about smoking hash, so I’m not sure that my 9-year-old should be as entertained as he is, but I think that’s mostly from getting to sing “guns hidden under our petticoats” in an exaggerated Cockney accent.

Anyway, I actually like this song better than Chocolate:

Their new album is out this September.

August 9, 2013

The Best Letter Ever

We received this at our offices a few years ago.  Definitely my favorite letter ever.


Some Trailers
August 6, 2013


As bad as the summer movie season has been, the awards season actually looks pretty good:

American Hustle:

Gravity:  (although I can’t figure out if I just watched the whole movie)

The  Wolf of Wall Street:

Captain Phillips:

12 Years A Slave:

The Counselor:

Out of the Furnace:

Inside Llewyn Davis:  (Coen!)

The Fifth Estate:

August 6, 2013

Mumford and Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

My brother said their Lollapalooza show was supposedly disappointing (although he watched The Postal Service instead), but I really like both this song, and more, this video.

August 4, 2013

A few quick movie reviews

I watch entirely too many movies. Most years, I see every Best Picture nominee (that doesn’t have singing in it) and I also manage to mix in nearly every superhero movie, action movie, psychological drama, raunchy comedy, and dumb “found footage” horror movie. This summer, though, has been particularly terrible on the movie front.

The Conjuring:  I was skeptical, and I feel like this kind of movie has been made about a hundred times in the past several years, but this was very entertaining, and actually really quite scary. The plot moved quickly, the kids were decent actors, the adults were pretty believable, Steven Tyler’s daughter wasn’t annoying, and the effects were good. Don’t miss this one when it comes out on video.

The Heat: I wanted this movie to be better than it was.  It wasn’t Bridesmaids, but it wasn’t Identity Thief either. It was crude, but almost forced. Entertaining, but not enough to see in a theater. Wait for it for sure.

This is the End: This is an acquired taste. Either you can deal with the crude, crazy, inside-baseball humor, or…you’re not funny. But really, this is a movie that is probably really divisive. It’s stupid and contrived in places, but I laughed the entire time.

World War Z: Summer popcorn movie. A little predictable, not the book, and blah blah blah. I was entertained, and sometimes that is all you should expect from a summer movie.

Star Trek Into Darkness: I was more than entertained with this movie. My favorite action movie of the summer.

Now You See Me: This was a silly movie with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and a bunch of other people. It wasn’t terrible nor was it amazing. Decent summer popcorn movie.

The Purge: An awful piece of shit. Skip it.

Oblivion: I don’t like Tom Cruise, and this was a little bit like a live action Wall-E, but I liked it a lot anyway. Worth a few hours of your time on Blu-Ray.

The Place Beyond the Pines: The director of Blue Valentine, maybe the most depressing movie ever made, made this one about fathers and sons and the legacies we pass down. Maybe it’s because I’m a dad, and maybe because I like the people in this movie, but I really, really enjoyed this movie, right up until I didn’t. It’s too long, and one actor is terrible, but it’s a powerful movie with an interesting viewpoint.

So, yes…I’ve seen some movies this summer. Hopefully you won’t waste your time on some of them like we did.


July 23, 2013

The Corrosion of Crony Capitalism

Co-sign. This makes me sad for our country and our way of life. I’m an unapologetic capitalist but capitalism should reward those who create things, and not those who simply create wealth. Unfortunately, I don’t see a way out of this mess. Do you?

The British Open
July 20, 2013

The Open Championship

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I love the British Open. I love waking up really early on the weekend to watch golfers struggle at golf courses like Muirfield. This weekend is looking to be a great tournament. Eventually, I’m going to play golf in Scotland and Ireland, but until then, I live vicariously through the Open Championship.

I’m kind of feeling a Tiger win this weekend. We will see.

(7/22 edit — well, that was a pretty bad prediction.)

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