Friday, November 13, 2009

Song Of The Day

I don't really have a Song Of The Day feature (and I don't plan on starting one) but I came across this today and thought I'd share. It's from one of my favorite John Wayne movies, Rio Bravo.

Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Enjoy.







I can't tell you how many times I watched this movie with my dad when I was younger.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Wednesday: In Haiku


Up before the sun.
Work, then home. Smooch the wife. Gym.
Yanks stink it up. Bed.


Consider this my triumphant return to blogging.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Snowin' in the Wind

Excuse the third person: Jeff is very excited! Two of my favorite things are coming together…

Bob Dylan will release a brand new album (his 47th!) of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, on Tuesday, October 13. All Dylan’s royalties will be donated to various charities.

According to bobdylan.com, the track list will include “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.” Other rumored songs include “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

This is particularly good news for those of us who love copious amounts of harmonica and accordion with our Christmas fare.

There are only 120 shopping days left. I am pumped.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Music Review: HUMBUG by Arctic Monkeys

Way back in 2006, during my San Diego years, I feel under the spell of the Arctic Monkeys’ fast, high-energy rock. The Sheffield, UK quartet have been amongst my favorite bands ever since I got my first earful of “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.”

I’ve played their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, ragged – three of my top 10 most played tracks on iTunes are from this stellar debut. I’ve downloaded all their EPs. Their cover of “Baby I’m Yours” was prominently featured at my wedding last month.

After their follow up album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, I again tried to force it down all my friends’ throats. And when lead singer/guitarist Alex Turner put the Monkeys’ future on hold to toy with The Last Shadow Puppets last year, I supported that too – with slightly less enthusiasm.

Today, the band released their much anticipated third album, Humbug, and I’m already on my seventh listen.

Now I’ll readily admit that I get a false sense of coolness out of embracing a UK band with limited US appeal (akin to the feeling Zach probably gets when he wears one of his European soccer scarves). That said, I have another very elitist thing to say: “I like Arctic Monkeys old stuff better.”

To paraphrase Stuff Hipsters Hate: Irrespective of how good the new album is, hipsters have been listening to these guys for years, and they like their old stuff better.

With that very long-winded preface out of the way, let’s finally dive in… another installment of Jeff’s Music Review: Hipster Edition.

I got my first taste of Humbug more than a month ago with the release of the album’s first single, “Crying Lightning.” It was a start departure from Favourite Worst Nightmare’s debut single “Brianstorm.” Gone were the fast, high energy rockers. “Crying Lightning,” though I enjoyed it, lacked thunder.

It appeared Turner had embraced a new “tormented relationship” phase. Borrowing from Pitchfork: the Monkeys’ delivered “a jargon-y single about a candy-coated Veruca Salt-style ice queen and a guy looking for something a bit sweeter.”

“Crying Lighting” was a sign of things to come. Humbug is decidedly more of a whispering psychedelic trip than blitzkrieg rock. It’s melancholic. Their trademark riffs and rhythms are still front and center but are coming from a much darker (more mature?) place.

Key tracks:Crying Lightning,” “My Propeller,” and the Morrissey-esque “Cornerstone.”

Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed the album and who knows, maybe one rainy day I’m not feeling my jolly, happy self Humbug will be more resonant. But I don’t think any of these tracks are going to shoot to the top of my Play Counter and I definitely don’t think that this is the album that will break the Monkeys on this side of the pond.

Maybe I should be relieved; I can still carry that sense of superiority.

Verdict: B-



I would be remised if I didn’t mention that as a B-side to “Crying Lightning,” the Arctic Monkeys covered Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” which I have previously posted here. Check it out.

As far as their covers go, I prefer “Love Machine” and “Baby I’m Yours.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Schaible Wedding/Honeymoon - A Six-Part Narrative (Part One)

Okay… I am back. After taking a fair bit of time to digest (both figuratively and literally) I believe I am now ready to blog about my first wedding (I kid, of course).

There’s a lot to discuss. So I’ll start at the beginning: all the Pre-Wedding sh-tuff.

Friday, July 24th
First thing on the official agenda was the rehearsal. Everyone met up at the venue (Newport, RI’s Easton Beach) at 1:00pm. By “everyone,” I mean: my guys (best man Steve, second-best man Zach, “Duke” LaDuke – the high school best friend and Emily’s brother, Mike), her ladies (maid-of-honor Katie, college roomie Meg and cousin Sarah), the parents and our eccentric, gap-toothed pastor.

It was a bit chaotic and very rushed. There was barely enough time for Steve to injure a bridesmaid. We were dismissed with no greater understanding of how exactly this was going to work but whatever, there were more important things to do: the ladies had to get their nails done.

That evening was our rehearsal dinner which I will say was a resounding success. We invited all of our out-of-town guests. The food was good and drinks were plentiful. A special shout out to my parents – Mr. and Mrs. Schaible of Rotterdam, NY – who picked up the check. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Anyways, it was a great time. Over-stimulated, I excitedly bounced from group to group (largely ignoring the wife-to-be) loudly reminiscing and introducing folks. There were many highlights: LaDuke showing off his new lip tattoo, a surprise “groom’s cake,” visitors from as far away as Georgia and Hawaii, a late arrival by the enigmatic Mike Grimala, and Zach quietly brooding over a plate of humus.

It was a great night… too great maybe. I lost my voice (more on that later). Emily and I parted ways and I spent my last night as a bachelor in the honeymoon suite with Grimey. I slept soundly.

Saturday, July 25th
The day had arrived at last. Exactly 14 months after I popped the question, it was time to seal the deal, tie the knot, take the plunge, grab the bull by the horns …

But first, we golfed. As my groomsman gift, I treated the dudes – the four previously mentioned groomsman, my father and Grimey (who was filling the role of Emily’s father who went on the DL with a knee) – to a round of golf.

There was a hiccup. We arrived at the golf course, I walked in and said, “seven rounds please.”

“Not today you ain’t.”

The golf course, which I had spoken to three times over the previous month, said they had a tournament today and there were no open tee times. After a little swearing, a little pouting and on patented “Schaible-face,” we found another course nearby. Crisis averted.

It was an adventure. My father was probably the only one of us that belonged on a golf course – with all due respect to Grimey, who looked like a golfer in his borrowed robes, and the Mohonasen HS golf team, which thought enough of me to add its ranks as a senior. It was pretty ugly.

My foursome lost interest in keeping score about halfway through (shortly I knocked down a 20-foot put for the day’s only birdie). Between the seven of us, I think we lost 20 or so balls. We also dropped a significant amount of water weight (it was hot).

Zach and Steve finished up last. Their epic confrontation decided by just one stroke. Zach was relieved but we wrapped up knowing we were all losers.

I went back to the hotel and prepped… it takes all of 20 minutes to shower, shave and dress. So the waiting game begun. The guys were exiled to my parents’ room so the ladies could have more space. We sat around for more than an hour and I could feel all the “why exactly did we have to get here so early?” tension.

On our way over to the venue, Steve was almost doused in bird shit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he didn’t but had he, it would have made a classic Steve story.

And with that, I leave you now. To be continued…

Friday, July 10, 2009

1970s Mixtape – Part Five

My 1970s mixtape (concluded)...

Track Listing:
41. Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
42. Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
43. Warsaw – Living in the Ice Age
44. Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
45. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
46. Lou Reed - Walk On the Wild Side
47. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
48. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
49. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
50. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky



Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Part Four -- Part Five

1970s Mixtape – Part Four

My 1970s mixtape (continued)...

Track Listing:
31. The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Pop
32. T. Rex – Bang A Gong (Get It On)
33. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
34. Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
35. David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
36. Elvis Costello – Radio Radio
37. Bill Withers – Use Me
38. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
39. Billy Joel – Only The Good Die Young
40. Deep Purple – Highway Star




Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Part Four -- Part Five

1970s Mixtape – Part Three

My 1970s mixtape (continued)...

Track Listing:
21. The Who – Baba O’Riley
22. Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
23. Mott the Hoople – All The Young Dudes
24. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
25. The Clash – London Calling
26. The Sex Pistols – Anarchy In the UK
27. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through the Jungle
28. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
29. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
30. Pink Floyd – Goodbye Blue Sky



Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Part Four -- Part Five

1970s Mixtape – Part Two

My 1970s mixtape (continued)...

Track Listing:
11. Elvis Costello – Welcome to the Working Week
12. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
13. The Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker
14. The Kinks – Lola
15. The Doors – Love Her Madly
16. Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle
17. The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
18. James Brown – Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
19. The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
20. David Bowie – Sound and Vision



Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Part Four -- Part Five

1970s Mixtape – Part One

After a long drought, I feel compelled to throw up a blog post. Since my mixtape posts are so easy to put together, I’m proud to unveil my first decade-themed edition… an ode to the 1970s.

Track Listing:
1. Lou Reed – Satellite of Love
2. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
3. Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
4. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
5. Queen – Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To…)
6. Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
7. Wire – Mannequin
8. The Clash – Janie Jones
9. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
10. T.Rex – Mambo Sun


Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Part Four -- Part Five

Friday, June 19, 2009

I Ain't No Bookwormy Type

This New Years, I resolved (among other things) to read more. The goal: 50 books during the calendar year...

Well the year is almost half over. You might ask, “Hey Jeff. How many books have you actually read?” The answer is three. Three of fifty (6 percent, for the non-math wizards).

I’m not particularly surprised by this… I lack stick-to-itiveness. I go through a lot of phases. Anyways… I’m back on board. While there’s no chance I’ll make it to fifty, let’s see if I can at least make it to double digits.

And here’s the best part: thanks to the blogosphere, you all can come along for the ride! I’ll keep you posted.

So… the three books I’ve actually read in 2009 are:
1. The Stanger by Albert Camus
A quick read but kind of a downer. Very psychological.
3 stars

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Impossible to read and not think of the movie. Excellent book.
4 stars

3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
In spite of its length, this was a fantastic read. Highly recommend.
5 stars


Currently reading: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Not Much of a Blog Post But...

Last night, I was playing DJ while Emily and I were playing Wii Mario Kart. I played this... she said it was the worst song she has ever heard.



I disagree. That's all.

Jeff’s Rental Reviews (x 5)

Greetings moviegoers! Here it is, another Rental Review… made possible by Jeff’s Blockbuster Rewards membership. You know the drill; eerily similar to my regular movie reviews except in an abbreviated, rapid-fire style.

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Emily was sick. This was my best attempt at doing something thoughtful. It was as expected, a generic chick flick. What’s it got going for it? It’s cast. Sure that’s an impressive collection of actors but no one can tell me that Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly and crew are having trouble finding a dude.

Verdict:
2 Schaibles




Valkyrie (2008)
This is the perfect movie to pair with Defiance if you’re looking for mediocre WWII-themed double-feature one afternoon. The two are pretty similar… right down to the boring feature protagonists. These are not characters in a drama, they’re saintly warriors who suppress the evil doers with zero internal conflict. With that in mind, both films earn identical ratings.

Verdict:
2 Schaibles




Taken (2009)
Your run-of-the-mill action-laced, ticking-clock thriller, Taken stars Liam Neeson as a retired “preventer,” who has 96 hours to track down his teenage daughter after she’s kidnapped in Europe by sex traffickers. Taken’s bizarre mix of father-daughter sentimentality and ass-kicking violence make an odd pairing. While the action is engaging and the film was briskly paced, there were several moments of unintentional comedy (lousy dialogue) and the ending completely lost its treading.

Verdict:
2 Schaibles




The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Despite the glut of fog machines, glowing spheres and TV actors (Don Draper? Coach Taylor?!?), a good portion of this remake is unintentional comedy. I like the eco-friendly message but the last 15 minutes play out like a hurried concession to the audience’s need for a happy ending.

Verdict:

1 ½ Schaible




and a retro cut…

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
A selection from the middle (non new-release), Boys Don’t Cry is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man who was raped and murdered by his male friends. Hilary Swank won the 1999 Academy Award for her performance and it’s easy to see why. She was excellent. It’s not the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen (nominees: Revolutionary Road, Requiem for a Dream, An Inconvenient Truth) but it’s up there.

Verdict:

3 ½ Schaibles





You may have noticed that I’ve added a complete list of my movie reviews on the right side. Of course, those of you who only visit my blog through Google Reader won’t. Shame on you; you’re missing part of the experience.

Anyways, I thought this would add credibility (hopefully) to my reviews. You can put them in context. Or you can make sure I don’t just hand out the Steve Sears 3 Star rating to every movie I see.

Editorial Note: While I may review old movies (like Boys Don’t Cry) I’m not going to include them in this list… a movie should be reviewed during the period of its release. It’s a contextual thing.

Take On Me: Favorite Covers (Mixtape #6)

I posted my last mixtape more than a month ago… and there are massive protests in Iran. Coincidence?
Assuredly not.

So here we go… my cover songs playlist. There are some obvious standards in here and hopefully some below the radar selections that will make me seem oh so much cooler.




Track Listing:
1. Joey Ramone – “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong)
My covers playlist has had several iterations… always track #1.
2. Lou Reed – “This Magic Moment” (The Drifters)
Part of the Lost Highway soundtrack. Never saw the movie.
3. The Ramones – “California Sun” (Joe Jones)
Embodies all that is good about America’s first punk rock group.
4. Johnny Cash – “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)
Bold statement: the best cover version of any song, ever. Boom.
5. The Killers – “Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits)
Notice I did not pick The Killers’ cover “Shadowplay.”
6. Frente! – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (New Order)
Completely transformed.
7. Elbow – “Running to Stand Still” (U2)
Like it better than the original… love the way it builds.
8. Beck – “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” (Bob Dylan)
Beck replaces honky tonk with blazing distortion.
9. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower” (Bob Dylan)
Obvious, I know… but it really has to be included.
10. Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold the World” (David Bowie)
Such a great cover, many people don’t know it’s Bowie’s.
11. Stereophonics – “Handbags and Gladrags” (Chris Farlowe)
The theme tune of the BBC hit comedy “The Office.”
12. Cake – “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor)
Far cooler (and more acceptable) than the original.
13. Laura Cortese – “Just Like Heaven” (The Cure)
A groovy cover of a classic 80s pop song.
14. Cowboy Junkies – “Sweet Jane” (The Velvet Underground)
Nearly unrecognizable seedy grunge.
15. Cat Stevens – “Another Saturday Night” (Sam Cooke)
Have I mentioned that I love key changes (done right).
16. Joe Cocker – “With a Little Help from My Friends (Beatles)
Another TV theme tune... Wonder Years.
17. Richie Havens – “Here Comes the Sun” (Beatles)
Havens has a bunch of really good covers.
18. Thom Yorke – “After the Gold Rush” (Neil Young)
Had a big Neil Young faze awhile back.
19. The Clash – “I Fought the Law” (The Crickets)
Punk-rock gods lend credibility to a clash with law enforcement.
20. The Beatles – “Twist and Shout” (Top Notes)
One of my favorite Fab Four tracks.

Cover Me Bad – Some Truly Terrible Efforts




And the WORST COVER EVER...



Sorry ladies.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Listapalooza

The Best Man recently did a two-part series of Top Five lists… dubbed “Listapalooza” (read Part One, Part Two). Since I subscribe to the notion that creativity is great, but plagiarism is faster, here we are… my own Listapalooza:

Pet Peeves
5. 99% of all Facebook applications.
4. Drivers with dogs in their laps.
3. Cubicle neighbors who are loud eaters.
2. When people say “I could care less.” It’s couldn’t!
1. People who clap at movie theatres.

Most Anticipated Season Premiers
5. Lost – If only because I’m ready for this show to end.
4. 30 Rock – See below.
3. The Office – Thursday night just isn’t the same.
2. Mad Men – Betty is pregnant. What’s become of Sterling Cooper?
1. Friday Night Lights – Coach Taylor at East Dillon?

Favorite Classic Rock Songs
5. Billy Joel – Only the Good Die Young
4. The Doors – Light My Fire
3. The Who – Baba O’Riley
2. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
1. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Favorite Bob Dylan Songs
5. Forever Young
4. The Times They Are a-Changin’
3. It Ain’t Me, Babe
2. Like a Rolling Stone
1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Favorite Beatles Songs
5. All My Loving
4. In My Life
3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
2. Twist and Shout
1. Two of Us

Embarrassing Songs on My iPod
5. Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots – Disco Duck
4. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
3. Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun
2. Bette Midler – The Rose
1. The Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge

Favorite Songs You May Not Know
Or maybe you do know them… I don’t care.
5. Joshua Radin – Only You (Our Wedding Song)
4. Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind
3. Colin Hay – I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You
2. Yeti – Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder
1. The Jayhawks – Big Star

People with Whom I’d Love to Have Lunch
5. Lance Armstrong
4. Don Zimmer
3. Barack Obama
2. Bob Dylan
1. Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant

Best/Most Popular Movies I’ve Never Seen
5. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
4. Titanic
3. Psycho
2. Citizen Kane
1. Casablanca

Favorite Non-Sports Video Games
5. Super Mario Brothers 3
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
3. Mega Man 3
2. Punch Out!
1. Area 51 – Arcade game.

Best Trips I’ve Ever Taken
5. Christmas in South Carolina 2009
4. Myrtle Beach – Age 13
3. Block Island Weekend 2005
2. The Sears, Hosseini, Schaible European Adventure
1. My Honeymoon – 40 days until departure

And finally, in response to Emily’s recent post

Celebrity Crushes
(bonus) Kelly Ripa
5. Alyson Hannigan
4. Christina Hendricks
3. Scarlett Johansson
2. Minka Kelly
1. January Jones

Honeymoon Planning: Brief Itinerary

Brace yourself; I’m going to blog about something other than movies. Those of you who are my Facebook friends may have noticed a flurry of Honeymoon-related status messages.

For all of you scoring at home, there are only 40 days before what the press has dubbed the “Schaible-related Newport, RI social event of the season.” It’s very exciting.

The Plan (South to North):

(London to Chipping Campden to Liverpool to Edinburgh).

London, Liverpool and Edinburgh are all pretty self-explanatory. Chipping Campden is a small market town, part of the Cotswolds – an area characterized by its attractive villages, rolling hillsides and outstanding natural beauty… at least that’s what I’m told.

The Agenda:
London: All the touristy things… you know, ride the London Eye, dodge traffic at Abbey Road, visit Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, check out Shakespeare’s Old Globe, etc. Also, Emily and I have reservations at Gordon Ramsay’s place (remember: I proposed at his NYC restaurant), we have tickets to see Les Misérables and Emily’s pushing something called “high tea.”

Chipping Campden: This is supposed to be our “relaxation” portion of the honeymoon. We’ll be staying at a quaint bed and breakfast. We’ll explore the area, check out a few castles but generally, we’re going to just chill in the English countryside.

Liverpool: Rather than eating up a whole day of mooning with a drive straight to Scotland, we’re going to stop in Liverpool (home of legendary bands like The Coral, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and The Boo Radleys). We’ll be partaking in some Fab Four-inspired tourist traps, no doubt.

Edinburgh: Our final destination is Scotland’s capital city. We haven’t done too much planning for Edinburgh yet, other than booking our B&B (it’s centrally located). We’re going to be missing the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival by a week which is either really disappointing (it’s supposed to be awesome) or a great relief (apparently the population of the city more than triples), depending how you look at it.

I forgot to mention a source of much Werchadlo-anxiety… I’m going to be driving much of the journey. We pick up a rental car the last day in London and drop it off in Edinburgh. There are no guarantees but I’m hoping the vehicle looks a bit like this:



Yeah baby.

Jeff’s Movie Review: The Hangover (2009)

It’s not the funniest movie of the year (see: I Love You, Man) but it’s close. This contemporary guy-friendship comedy isn’t the wholesome, cornball comedy that the Paul Rudd-Jason Segal bromance was… it’s straight up raunchy, yo.

Waking up with a hangover and little (or no) memory of what happened the night before is an experience most people can relate to. It’s also a surefire device for comedy. We piece together the crew’s drunken exploits bit by bit… think Memento meets Old School.

Zach Galifianakis, of Between Two Ferns fame, is garnering a lot of attention… and deservedly so; he was hilarious. Ed Helms was well cast as Stu and performed a nice little piano number. Bradley Cooper was the ringleader and had Emily swooning throughout. Mike Tyson’s cameo was as advertised, funny.

There were a few lowlights: With the exception of his first appearance, Mr. Chow did absolutely nothing for me and I’ve never found Rob Riggle (the cop) funny. He yells… that’s not funny.

Nonetheless, I thought it outperformed the high expectations I had for it. I laughed throughout. While I’d put it a notch below I Love You, Man, it’s an excellent dirty summer comedy.

Verdict:
3 1/2 Schaibles

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jeff’s Movie Review: Pixar’s Up (2009)

Well the results are in; Up has definitely earned its lofty spot in the Pixar Canon of Great Movies.

It’s a wonderful movie. A breathtakingly stunning, flyaway fantasy fit for the whole family. Up never really aims for a higher purpose (like WALL-E did) but its imaginative storytelling, endearing characters and dreamlike visuals create what’s certainly the year’s most enchanting film.

The movie’s first 10 minutes function as a life story. It would have made a fantastic short on its own. Inundated with previews, I went into the theatre ready for a gruff, cranky old man. Instead, we’re introduced to a youthful Carl – and his gap-toothed wife, Ellie. We see them build a life together. Then Ellie passes.

If that sounds heartbreaking, it’s because it is. If it doesn’t, then I didn’t do the prologue justice.

Grumpy Carl and a stowaway, the chubby “Wilderness Explorer” Russell embark on the South American adventure, young Carl and Ellie never took. They pick up a few travelling companions on the way – Kevin, a gawky bird, and Dug, a goofy dog (“Squirrel?”).

Up is certainly sentimental – there is more than one opportunity for waterworks (just ask Emily) – but still fun. I’ve used the words “sentimental” and “heartbreaking” here… and while it’s definitely those things, I want to stress that it’s also whimsical and heartwarming.

It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits (and perhaps exercise your tear ducts).

Verdict:
4 Schaibles
To date, the best movie of 2009.