31 Jan 2010

Away We Go

Well staying in from cold last night me and the ladyfriend watched the comedic drama Away We Go starring John Krasinski (Jim from NBC's The Office) and Maya Rudolph (Minnie Riperton's daughter!!! yes, daughter) as a couple expecting their first child and trying to decide where they want to settle and bring her up.

So they zig zag across North America and meet some weird and dsyfunctional friends and family along the way. Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels and Maggie Gyllenhaal all put in great cameo performances. There are some real laugh at loud moments, plenty of tittering and the odd watery eye piece of poignancy.

There are few moments when the pace of the film falls away a little too much and it drags but they are few and far between (great saying). The soundtrack is also a bit too twee and plinkity plonk for my liking but overall a really good film. I did read some reviews saying how the two main characters are unlikeable because they are arrogant and smug but that's really unfair. They are simply a couple who love one another, don't fight and enjoy each others company. Hardly a crime.

Also a big Happy Birthday to Mrs Pontiac who is 25 today. x

29 Jan 2010

Athletes Foot

A funny thing has happened to me as 2009 has become 2010. For over 10 years I never wore, or even considered wearing, Nike trainers. Its not like I had been boycotting them for some ethical reason and fashion principle. It was that I bought a pair many moons ago and took absolutely no wear or tear and felt apart like trainer I had ever owned. Since that pair I had never went back.

I now have 3 pairs and am looking to buy another pair. Here is my story:

In November I bought a really swell pair of these chunky Adidas Forum Mids....

However, it was a bad time to invest in such chunkiness as I was recovering from a busted ankle and they just felt right. So I took them back and broke that 10 year cycle of no Nike. For these super bouncy similarly black n white Nike Pegasus...

Within a month I had my second pair. Mrs Pontiac surprised with these monster Air Force Max 1 on Xmas Day. My cautious response to their size was overcome by some street pounding coupled with new thicker socks...

With my second pair sitting in the bedroom my 3rd pair were ordered from Crooked Tongue on Boxing Day. When I first saw them in Size? I laughed at the shag carpet swoosh but I kept checking them out and their Marty McFly chique with phat tongue meant I had my first pair of Nike Air Jordans...

And now I am at a crossroads. I want to buy a different brand next but my attention is being swung towards this lurvly red Nike Dunks....

But fighting for my feet are these glorious Adidas ZX 600. They look very comfy, that dash and sweep of green is very enticing and they're black is the color I am strangely attracted to at the mo'....

Aaaah but then again I have seen a New York Knicks color themed pair of Adidas Forums. The problems of a thirty something man eh.

3 Jan 2010

The Best Of 2010

Well all the blogs, facebook homepages and radio waves are full of top/favourite lists of 2009. So I am trying to get a headstart and laying out what I think and hope will be my 'bests' of 2010.

Best TV Show

Season 5 of 30 Rock was no doubt the funniest show of the year again but in terms of drama, excitement, dark humour, incredible writing and astounding acting it was easily Breaking Bad - Season Three.

Best Film

At the beginning of the year I was excited about a lot of films. If you asked me back in January what my favourite film would have been I would have put a large bet on Date Night starring Tina Fey, Steve Carrell as a couple who take another couples reservations...and deal with the hysterical consequences. Ruined by Mark Wahlberg. Of course I did enjoy Hot Tub Time Machine abd Toy Story 3 but the defo best of the year the rampaging atheist propaganda piece which combined the best aspects of Assualt On Precinct 13, The Mist and Prophecy to make an all action-all tension classic. I'm taking about Legion and its tale of an angry God sending his angels to wipe out humanity. Only a rogue angel and the occupants of a desert diner stoof in there way. I hope you enjoyed your 2010 at the cinema.

Best Album

Funnily enough I did not enjoy Peter Gabriel's new album and while Daft Punk score to Tron Legacy was worth the wait I am still listening to LCD Soundsystem's third album. On the surface more rockier than there previous output, I adore the disco sounds underplaying each track. A true example of the disco-punk-funk that inspired Pontiac Dream.

Best Act Of Parliament

An obvious choice but I know we were all ecstatic with the Sinn Feinn bill outlawing the advertising the comparison websites on TV. The Freedom From Comparison Act has cleared the tv channels of that meerkat, go-compare operatic Danny Baker lookalike, trolley surfing Peter Jones and of course those webcam recording faking douche-bags from confused.com.

Best Pair Of Trainers I Bought

After spending a couple of years spending 98% of their time (suedes excluded) making trainers for neds, Ferrari fans and skinny big haired students, Puma renounced this path in May with the release of the classic Puma Basket minus city themed designs, modern bulky curves and pimpled leather. Simple blacks and whites, blues and reds. I bought two pairs and they still fit like no other trainer I have ever worn.

Best Badget
Cowon's S10 media player. While the Cowon S9 was superior in terms of sound, video playback, battery life and appearance to the Ipod touch it touchscreen interface lagged way behind the almost unbelievable responsiveness of its fruit based competitor. So they released the S10 which matches and goes beyond the Ipod. The perfect player.

Best Game
Who would have thought I Spy would have been such a hit on the Wii. Me and mrs Pontiac play it each and every evening before we retire.

1 Jan 2010

Happy New Year

Hope you had a good one. The picture is in honour of my favourite film of the year. Up.