Thursday, September 20, 2007

4th Quadrant 9/24 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 24, 2007

New England Patriots Stealing

A New England Patriots employee was caught violating NFL rules by videotaping the signals the Jets' coaches sent in from the sidelines at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

It's still not clear exactly how the Patriots gained an advantage through videotaping the Jets' signals, but they most likely compared what they saw the Jets' defensive coaches signaling on the tape to whether the Jets subsequently blitzed and what kind of coverage the secondary used. Then, when the Jets used the same signals later, they could have adjusted their offensive play calling accordingly, or told quarterback Tom Brady through the headset in his helmet what kind of defense he was likely to see on the next play. (The New York Sun)

"Death Sentence"

Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family. (20th Century Fox)

Kamal Al-Solaylee of Globe and Mail says of "Death Sentence," ”Awesomely bad,” but Roger Ebert says, “There is a courtroom scene of true surprise and suspense, and some other effective moments, but basically this is a movie about a lot of people shooting at each other.”

(Note: The Roger Ebert article relates a lot of interesting information behind the "Death Wish" series, and how it connects with "Death Sentence.")

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

Shia LaBeouf, one of the franchise's new castmembers, announced the title of the much-hyped, long-awaited flick in dramatic fashion at MTV's Video Music Awards. For months, if not years, the name of this latest Indy adventure has been debated. Ever since the last Indiana Jones adventure, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," was released in 1989, rumors of a fourth film have run wild. In the end, it was a polished script by David Koepp ("War of the Worlds") that convinced Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford to break out the famed fedora one more time. The film has been shooting since June in locations ranging from Connecticut to Hawaii. (MTV)

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is set for release May 22.

Steven Seagal’s

Lightning Bolt Energy Drink

When Steven Seagal finished creating a drink that holds untold natural power, there was only one equivalent in nature- The Steven Seagal's Lightning Bolt. Both mysterious and powerful, it's a symbol of the untold energy the earth has to offer- such is Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt energy drink.

Steven Seagal's Lightning Bolt is an energy drink as unique as the man who created it. It has pioneered the way for nutritional, all natural energy drinks and emerged as many “firsts”: -

  • First energy drink to contain Tibetan Goji Berries
  • First energy drink to contain Asian Cordyceps

It is also one of the very few energy drinks to be offered in multiple flavors and is available in 60 countries worldwide. (Lightning Drink)


The New York Times
reported that “TMZ” the television show picks up where leaves off, embellishing and adorning the images with a thoroughness that still works best on fast-moving television. Much of what appears nightly on “TMZ” (shown on Fox and other stations) is timely, but still a rehash. More significantly, “TMZ” uses zany graphics to turn videos into judge-jury-executioner cases against marginal personalities.

Each episode of “TMZ” so far has opened with Mr. [Harvey] Levin (managing editor) consulting with his underlings: he calls on them, and they report their photo findings. Typically, he’s thrilled. Michael Jackson’s father thrown out of a nightclub? Gold! Madonna buying a vibrator? Hilarious.

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