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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Funny Games (U.S. 2007)

What it's about?

A film that touches on society's interest for thrill and violence. Two polite, articulate, yet violent psychopaths mentally and physically torture a father, his wife, and their son on their next stop in a spree through numerous vacation homes.
Who is in it?
Naomi Watts - Ann
Tim Roth - George
Michael Pitt - Paul
Brady Corbet - Peter
Devon Gearhart - George Jr.

The Death of Michael Jackson

It's a headline so shocking, that it seems unbelievable. Despite a tumultuous past couple of years, it always seemed that Michael Jackson would be around. He was part of our childhood, our upbringing, our lives. He was pop culture as we knew it. Now that is no more...and it still feels a little surreal.
(UPDATED 6/28) -There is not much that you can say regarding the events, or tragedies that have occured this week. As the years go by, and the experiences continue to confirm the valididty of deaths coming in groups of three, there was an eerie feeling upon hearing the hospitlization of Michael Jackson following the deaths of Ed McMahon and Farah Fawcett.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Miracle (2004)

What it's about?
The story of Coach Herb Brooks and the 1980 Unites States hockey Olympic team at its journey leading up to one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
Who is in it?
Kurt Russel - Herb Brooks
Patricia Clarkson - Patty Brooks
Noah Emmerich - Craig Patrick

The New Digs In New York

From 1923-2008 Yankee Stadium was the premier sporting venue in the United States. With various memories and moments, it connected with everyone that has visited, toured, or even driven by the "House that Ruth built." About 8 miles across the bridge and down the Grand Central Parkway, Shea Stadium once stood as the ugly, horrendous, yet very useful, second stadium of New York City. Used in the past for football andconcerts, and most famous as the home of the New York Mets, Shea never appealed to many, other than Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves.

Despite the memories, father time marches on, and both stadiums are no longer in existance. New York City unveiled two new ball parks for the 2009 season. As the season nears the half-way mark, yours truly finally had the oppurtunity to view both ballparks. After my experience, personal assessment seems to fall in line with critical reviews.

Despite the grandeur that Yankee Stadium is, by no means will it have the same feel of it…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Final Season (2007)

Welcome to the first installment of movie reviews here at the DP. It has been a section that yours truly has had brewing for a long time, but wanted to make sure the time, creativity, format, effort, and most importantly, zeal was right in doing so. For years films have garnered a variety of criticism, praise, hype, and disregard. Despite a sure definition, yours truly plans to contribute (by clarity or disagreement) to the area of gray regarding movies, films and documentaries. With that said, let's dive right in and look at the section's initial review: The Final Season.

What it's about?
The True story about Kent Stock, and the 1991 season of the Norway High School baseball team. After politics and envy force the school to merge with a nearby (and larger) district, Stock replaces his mentor, Coach Jim Van Scoyoc, a move to ensure the team's failure, and to break the spirit and tradition in Norway. After winning 19 titles in 23 years, Stock must overcome the doubt and…

Dome Pondering Import - "Baseball's LeBron"

This is an article written by Tom Verducci in the recent edition of Sports Illustrated covering a very interesting and developing story in American sports. With the recent success of stars such as LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and Freddy Adu, baseball may be on the brink of adding their own name to that very talented list. Bryce Harper. A sixteen year old phenom that is impressing many talent evaluators at every level, and have many thinking he could be the next big thing. It's an article worth the read as his story and name could develop as fast as his budding star.

On The Brink of Immortality

Many athletes know what it is like to be amongst the greatest in their respective sport. In every era, every generation, good, great, and remarkable players come through, do their best, and if they are lucky, participate in a moment which resonates throughout history. However, few athletes reach the pinnacle in their sport where their name is synonymous with dominance and greatness, comprehended in every household worldwide, and significant in any generation. Yes, few athletes reach that level. A lot are good. Many are great. Some are Hall of Famers. But, only a few are immortalized.

During the current 2009 baseball season, we are on the brink of seeing two athletes who have dominated for years, solidify their status as timeless. In a sport such as baseball where numbers and milestones measure the importance of the individual, these two athletes are on the brink of crossing milestones that will not punch their ticket for baseball's Hall of Fame, but immortalize them for years and g…

LeBron (Finally) Acts His Age

When it comes to LeBron James, we were all witnesses once again.
However, this time for a different reason.

Following the Cavailiers game six loss to the Orlando Magic, which eliminated them from the NBA Playoffs, James headed directly to the locker room. He showered, he dressed, he was out of there. No hand shake. No words for Olympic teammate, Dwight Howard. No words toward the press. Nothing.

Some have excused James' actions, and have chalked it up as a fierce competitor refusing to accept losing.

However, the truth is, after the loss to the Magic, James' took his ball and went home. He finally cracked what was once a perfect image, and showed his age.

James is phenomenal, period. There is no way around it or any other word to precisely describe how good he is. Let's face it, the dude is sick. Nonetheless, what makes him more amazing is his maturity and poise off-the-court at the age of twenty-four. James handles himself like a seasoned veteran with a savvy know-how for inte…