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May 27, 2009

More Summer Movie Previews!

By: The Dude on the Right
I told you I'm working on getting the summer movie previews up and posted, and my next batch, telling you if I think the movie will be any good as well as including links to the movie sites, are up and ready for your perusal. With it you get the R-rated Johnny Depp flick, filmed in the Chicago area, "Public Enemies" hitting you in the face right before the 4th of July, and if you want to take a box of tissues to the theater, go ahead and see "My Sister's Keeper." If you're looking for Megan Fox looking hot combined with robots in disguies again, well, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" comes at the end of June, and maybe you're looking for a nice thriller with Travolta as the bad man, in which case you've got "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." Not to be forgotten in the June mix is a movie for the kids, thanks to Eddie Murphy, called "Imagine That," and since your honey is going to want to have a romantic night out, go ahead and catch "The Proposal," that is, unless you don't want to get married. And, oh yea, can Harold Ramis and Judd Apatow go wrong? "Year One" will tell.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!   L8R!!!

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May 26, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of : Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! Pork-Fest Weekend, Night at the Museum, Grilling, and Gay, Deaf Bikers.

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, and The Dude on the Right celebrated it with his BFF by having a Pork-Fest Weekend. The Dude explains to Stu Gotz during their "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast exactly what he means by that, while Stu lets the world know if they should go and see "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." The Dude also got to observe what appeared to be members of the Gay, Deaf Biker Gang at Millennium Park in Chicago, he cleaned a dryer vent, and tried to relax, while Stu definitely got is relaxing down by catching up on some TV. Next week they both figure to give their review of "Up," but probably not "Drag Me to Hell."

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May 25, 2009

Summer Has Begun, and I'm Finally Getting to Movie Previews

By: The Dude on the Right
So Memorial Day 2009 has come and is going, over the weekend a movie about a night in a museum beat a movie about computers and robots hell-bent on destroying us, and I spent a lovely weekend with my BFF which I'll be sure to fill in the details in my Podcast with Stu Gotz tomorrow. For now I just wanted to hip you to the fact that I am working on trying to help you with your future summer movie plans by checking out the trailers for some of the biggest (and some smallest) movies coming out and letting you know if I think they are any good. The list is starting small, with movies coming out in the next couple of weeks, but it will grow exponentially, or at least should be complete in the next couple of weeks, and I'll do my best to get some full-blown reviews posted as well.

For now, next week you've got family fun with the Pixar/Disney flick, "Up," and to get your horror mojo working, Sam Raimi is directing "Drag Me to Hell." The week after you can catch Will Ferrell in all of his "yelling is funny" glory during "Land of the Lost," the adult dudes can have their dudes-night-out by seeing "The Hangover" while sending their dudettes on a ladies-night-out to "My Life in Ruins."

See, your summer movie-watching plans are now complete for the next two weeks.

More previews will be coming soon, Stu will hopefully fill me in on "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" during out podcast tomorrow, and don't forget that I tweet, so feel free to follow me!

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!   L8R!!!

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May 20, 2009

What's New? A Movie Review of: Angels & Demons

The Dude on the Right is finally getting back off his ass and getting into the summer movie season, and he kicks it off with his review of "Angels & Demons." Yup, that guy from "The Da Vinci Code" is back to solve another series of puzzles, and this time it's to save The Vatican, and maybe some Cardinals. The Dude liked the movie, probably more than most critics, and gives the simple advice that if you enjoyed the Da Vinci flick, you'll probably like "Angels & Demons," even if you didn't read the book.

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May 19, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! A Birthday Weekend Part II, The House of Mouse, Star Trek, and Angels & Demon

Well, it took an extra day for The Dude on the Right to get the Stu & The Dude's "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast posted, mostly because yesterday he thought he might have come down with the Swine Flu, or the H1M1 virus, or just ate a bad donut, but in any case he had a fever, felt like crap, so here's the podcast being posted on a Tuesday, no worse for wear. Stu Gotz is happy that The Dude is in love but just hopes that tattoos never show up, Stu had his travel problems coming back from Mickey Mouse Land, and both of them recommend seeing "Star Trek." The Dude on the Right also recommends seeing "Angels & Demons," mostly because it's the same kind of movie as "The Da Vinci Code," and The Dude says that if you want a great soft shell crab, or the best crab cake ever, you should spend some dough and head to "Sugartoad" in Naperville, IL. Go ahead, have a listen.

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May 13, 2009

I'm Engaged! How Did That Happen?

By: The Dude on the Right
I must say that at 42 years old, after not having a serious girlfriend in just about forever, and even having some cousins thinking I was gay, it is both exciting and scary as hell to tell people I am engaged, as a new chapter in the book of my life started last Sunday when I asked my BFF to marry me. The thing is, at the time I asked, as much as I was 99.9% sure of her answer, that 0.1% is the reason for being scared to death she just might say no, or request conditions for our getting married, or say she wasn’t ready, or say anything but a simple “Yes,” thus leaving the experience, in my eyes, as a total failure. Happily she said “Yes,” she cried, I got weepy, and we went to go see “Star Trek.” My God that woman loves me, and no, she didn't dress like Uhura, and I didn't dress like Spock.

Looking back, though, over the past year, or I suppose I should say past 20+ years, it still amazes me how this is all coming together. Why? Because so many things had to happen for us to re-find each other. You see, I met my BFF back in high school. I was a senior and she came in as a new junior, transferred from this mystical city of Chicago because her dad ended up relocating to the Cleveland area for work. Somehow she was interested in drama, I was a member of the drama club, and we both took a school trip to New York City where a simple song played during the trip would always remind me of her. Over that year in high school I would say we became friendly, but not friends, as I ended up being focused on going off to college, in all places, Chicago, and besides, she was a junior and I was a mighty senior. As time went on I would remember her for one reason or another, and even one year, one of those high school alumni directories came out and I noticed she was living in Chicago at the time, but never really thought to reach out to her (hell, how creepy would that phone call be: "Umm, hello? I don't know if you remember me, but I noticed you in the newly published high school alumni directory and just wondered how you were."), and the years went by.

Me, I went from this job to that job, totally putting my Aerospace Engineering degree to no use whatsoever, living in the Chicago area, finally finding myself in a western suburb, and she, well, she became a world traveler, working in various countries, but then finding herself back in Chicago.

Then, one night, a little over a year ago, I heard a song, the same song that always reminded me of her, and I entered Google stalker mode. Low and behold there she was, and I did what may well be one of the smartest decisions I have ever made: I sent her an e-mail. The strangest part - She e-mailed me back! An e-mail here, an e-mail there, we decided to meet, and then, wouldn't you know it, 20+ years after we met in high school we fell in love, I found my best friend, and I also found the only person that has ever made me not care about all of my stuff. Sure, I'm leaving out a few details of our past year together, of our 20+ years apart, but hey, if Oprah wants to know I suppose we'd be happy to be guests on her show. Even some things, for me, I like to leave private, and I'm guessing she wants to, too.

And so I must now just focus on being happy because if I think about even some of the things that needed to happen for us to be together, it would be mind-boggling. I mean, if her dad never ended up in Cleveland for work; if I didn't come to Chicago for college, if I actually used my engineering degree I probably wouldn't be living here; if she didn't find a place in Chicago; if I had called her years ago and she thought I was creepy; if I hated dogs; if one of us didn't take that trip to New York City in high school; if I had won the Mega-Millions; if I weren't a Google stalker, and for that matter, if the dudes at Google never made Google, well, I would still be loving all of my stuff instead of being in love with my BFF, being engaged, and looking forward to merging the individual books of our lives into a new volume devoted to us.

I guess such is life. Happily, such is love.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!   L8R!!!

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May 4, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! A Birthday, Camping, Cubs, and Apprenticing.

The Dude on the Right had a Birthday, and even though Stu Gotz failed to acknowledge it on Facebook, B-Day wishes abounded and cake was shared during this Podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up!" The Dude gushes a lot about how he has the greatest BFF, and also got to catch a Chicago Cubs game, while Stu Gotz spent some quality family time at Jellystone Park in Amboy, IL, and got to wake up Yogi Bear. Stu also caught "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" via Netflix, while neither of the boys caught the "Wolverine" flick. Hopefully, though, next week, The Dude will write a review of "Star Trek," especially since Stu might not be around since he'll be hanging at the House of Mickey Mouse.

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