50,000 views – Thanks!

Hi all,

I wanted to take a break for a moment from my plagiarist approach of re-posting and re-hashing funny pictures and stories from the internet to say thanks.

Thank-you to you, dear reader, for stopping by and clicking on a few of my choice posts and pictures. I didn’t originate most of them and I don’t pretend to be the author of some of the funniest shit I’ve read, which is re-posted here. The fact that you’ve visited and spent a few minutes looking at stuff I find funny or topical is what makes my day.

1 hit or 1,000 hits a day – it’s all good.

I hope I can get some real blogging done this year and give some more substance back to this site.

Thanks!

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Movie Review – Cedar Rapids

An insurance salesman from Brown Valley, Wisconsin – Tim Lippe (rhymes with yippee) – travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and reaches the big time through re-living a lost adolescence.

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Sifting through the new additions to Lovefilm (most of which are just the same old films they’ve had for ages, but needing to re-promote because they are a lazy company), I came acorss Cedar Rapids. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ed Helms, but when i saw John C. Reilly was in this comedy, i had to check it out.

Cedar Rapids was a real surprise, and in a very good way.

Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) is introduced to the audience as a caring insurance salesman, instantly setting him apart from the cliched sales-focused, couldn’t-give-a-shit-about-the-customer type of salesperson we all know and detest. Straight away, we like Tim. the company he works for is his family and so are his customers. He’s not had a perfect upbringing – father left him when he was young, and mother deserted him as a teenager. His replacement father is his boss, Bill (Stephen Root), and his mother in all it’s Oedipus complexity is his former high school teacher Macy (Sigourney Weaver), with whom he is having a loving and physical relationship with.

He’s given a chance at greatness when a colleague passes away and the insurance company needs a representative to go to Cedar Rapids for a very important Insurance Convention. There he makes new friends – Ronald, Dean and Joan (Isiah Whitlock Jnr, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche) and experiences for real the growing pains of a twenty-something.

The movie truly picks up after Tim checks into his hotel and gets to know his colleagues. His relationships with his “proxy parents” back in Brown Valley slowly disintegrates, and Tim’s reactions are akin to those of a teenager or twenty-something coming to terms with life, the many situations we’re forced to face and the realization that the only way is forward.

Directed by Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”), this movie is handled without the need to shock the viewer with slapstick gross-out scenes like most comedy offerings. Arteta handles the direction deftly and with real attention to Ed Helms’ Tim, who is constantly in a state of wide-eyed excitement that you would associate with a baby. Helms carries off his role as Tim quite comfortably and keeps us engaged for the 87-minute run time. (Nod to Arteta for keeping the story tight and in control here). The rest of the cast are excellent, although I found Ronald (Whitlock) under-used and possibly could have had more of a story for us to uncover. John C. Reilly has so much fun as Dean Ziegler, and enjoys the funniest scene in the hotel pool – late at night wearing the rubbish bin lid over his head, balancing his drink and imitating R2-D2. Anne Heche as the flirty, melancholy mother of 2 (almost a MILF)  was also outstanding. Best movie I’ve seen her in.

This was a small gem of a film and had the right amount of laughs and the right balance of “real” moments, directed with the care that is lacking in most comedies being churned out by the Hollywood cookie-cutter. Give it look and you’ll see what I mean.

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The things I find while on Google+

[philthy’s note: I’ve never seen this cup in any other shop than the one I found in Prague back in 2009, and suddenly it turns up on Google+! While working in Prague, I had to assure the office cleaners that the coffee stain was intended, repeating “to je vtip!” several times and that they were not to scrub it off with a brillo pad. (“to je vtip” means “it’s a joke”!)]

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I’m pissed.

Proud to reblog Glenn’s post here on the Philthy Way – refreshing to see the fastfood, sugar-soaked companies getting a spray, because they are slowly killing us all off.

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Why? Well it started in Guatemala last week. I was eating in the weightlifting chow hall with Donny Shankle and thinking about the food. The meal that day included a sort of salad. Tasted like it had some kale in it, had some green beans, some corn, lettuce, and bits of bacon. There were diced up potatoes, cooked with onions. Diced up carrots that most people seemed to be mixing up with the potatoes and onions. And chicken. Not fried chicken, just chicken. It was representative of most of the meals, mostly vegetables and meat, some potatoes or rice. Nothing fancy. I remarked to Donny that it would be hard to overeat and get fat on such food. Not that it wasn’t good, it was tasty enough, but it was nothing you would want to go on eating once your hunger had been satisfied. And it wasn’t calorie dense, mostly…

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The start of something

The first thing that comes to mind is the idea that I won’t be able to maintain this blogging-thing as well as others do. Sure I’ve always got something to say, but who hasn’t? Remember the saying about opinions and assholes and you’ll be nodding along.
Who is Philthy, and why is he so called? Chances are you already know me, but if you don’t and you like my sense of style and humor, then let’s play. My mate Tom gave me the nickname Philthy and it kinda stuck. I don’t really think we need to explore this topic any further.
Special nod goes out to all my friends who have put up with my shit for some many years, and to those very special friends who I don’t see anymore, but who I’ve known since I was a pimply little teenager (you know who you are).
So to you, Keen Reader, I will do my best to keep you informed, up to date and above all highly entertained as i fill this site with all the crap and wisdom that makes up the Teachings of Philthy.

Cheers for now.

PS. Click on “Funny Shit” in the top left corner of the page to begin your journey. Enjoy!