Archive for May, 2009

The Killer Anna

May 28, 2009

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JKJKJKLOLOLOL.  Sorry.  Another song for another day.  But in related news…

The Medic Droid was at the absolute forefront of the Myspace musical movement that I dubbed ‘Scenecore’ in late ’07-early ’08.  Unfortunately, after absolutely increda-sploding on Myspace and aligning an incredible touring schedule over the course of two years which included playing with A Cursive Memory, Breathe Carolina, The White Tie Affair, Innerpartysystem, From First to Last, We Are the Ocean, Hyper Crush, and Chronic Future, the band dissolved, citing the strain of constant touring.  The band’s form of next-gen techno/electro trance rock was the perfect accomplice to Breathe Carolina’s screamo-influenced dancecore mix, which, when their powers combined, produced the all-time best club mix in the history of CLUB MIXERY!!!  It’s too bad, had they continued we may have been on the verge of an all-out Scene Kid revolution of the mainstream.  And, really, who doesn’t love egregious amounts of eyeliner and neon hair dye?

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Kick-Ass

May 28, 2009

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As many of you know, the cinematic adaptation of Mark Miller’s Kick-Ass starring Nic Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is in post-production as we speak and, up ’til now, the very little we’ve been shown has seemed pretty shway.  This clip, however, blew the lid off of any qualms I possibly had with the adaptation.  This is the showreel of one of the reported stuntmen for the feature, Damien Walters.  The tricks and maneuvers he performs in this vid, at times seem to literally defy the laws of physics.  And even when Newton’s laws manage to stay intact, Walters incredamazing antics are so unique and genuinely fascinating, that I found myself closing my gaping-open jaw at the end of this video in admiration of this physical speciman’s abilities.  If this young man isn’t dressing in spandex and fighting crime in some metropolitan area, then a great waste of physical prowess is at hand.

American Idol FAIL

May 21, 2009

 

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I am not a fan of American Idol.  I never have been.  And until they start including a post-hardcore category, I probably never will be.  I have no idea who won the other night, causing the intrawebs to go all abuzz, as I have actually never seen an episode in my life.  What I do know, however, is that they recently dropped the ball on synthesizing television and comedy gold.  On Adam McKay’s Funny or Die blog (the man behind such videos as The Landlord and Good Cop Baby Cop with his daughter and Will Ferrell) McKay writes that the producers approached him and Ferrell about possibly producing a song for the season finale that aired the other night.  With a little bit of time to dream up a musical diddy, this is what the dynamic duo of McKay and Ferrell came up with:

 

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As you all know when tonight’s winner is chosen they will sing an original song written and orchestrated specifically for that magical moment.  However starting next year every winner will sing one song which we will premiere tonight. The song was written by Bob Dylan, Bernia Taupin and poet laureate Maya Angelou and orchestrated by John Williams. Here now to give us a preview of the new American Idol finale song is 12 time Grammy award winner and former bass player for the Doobie Brothers, Will Ferrell!

 

MUSIC: GENTLE PIANO LEADS US BY THE HAND INTO THE SONG

 

(WILL FERRELL walks on stage in a white flowing shirt and pants with white moccasins on. The VT overhead shows clouds against a blue sky.)

 

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IMAGINE IF YOU WILL A DOLPHIN
WEARING A TINY COWBOY HAT
THEN THAT SAME DOLPHIN GIVES BIRTH
TO A SOLID DIAMOND BABY…

 

THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER!!!
MAKES SUSAN BOYLE SEEM LIKE CHER
THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER!!
IT CAN MAKE AN EAGLE MAKE LOVE TO A BEAR!!!

 

(Reveal a choir of literally a thousand people. We can use seat filling cardboard cut outs if need be. But it should be absolutely gigantic.)

 

THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER
PAULA, THIS AINT LIP SYNCING, IT’S REAL!!
THIS SONG IS BETTER THAN ALL CHRISTMAS CAROLS COMBINED
LIKE FINDING A NAKED LADY, IN YOUR HAPPY MEAL!!!

 

TALK PART: You know when I first read this song I asked “Did Dylan, Taupin and Angelou really write this.” And they said sort of. And I said what does that mean? And then they ran away. But after five bottles of wine I knew who the real writer of this song was….. the big man himself, God Almighty.
A THOUSAND YEARS FROM NOW
THIS SONG WILL BE STILL BE SUNG
EVEN IF PEOPLE NO LONGER HAVE MOUTHS
THIS SONG COST NINE POINT EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS
BUT WE COULD NOT FIND A WORD THAT
RYHMES WITH MOUTH

 

WILL:

 

IF JESUS WERE TO SING THIS SONG
ON A MOUNTAIN OF PUPPIES IN A LAND OF OLD
IT WOULD BE SO BEAUTIFUL
THAT ACCOUNTANTS EVERYWHERE WOULD PISS GOLD!!!

 

THE END!!!!

 

WILL: Between me and you Ryan, this song is terrible.

 

SEACREST: Your mic is on.

 

WILL: Oh…. Good night Burbank!!!!!!

Here’s my take on Will Ferrell. I, myself, am a huge fan. I loved him on SNL, in fact, he’s 65% of why the season 34 finale the other night was so good. And I loved him at the academy awards when he performed with John C. Reilly and Jack Black. And, apparently, Broadway loves him as he has received a Tony nomination for his show parodying Bush. His movies, however, are less than memorable. Short of his stint in Anchorman and Old School (which it can be argued garnered its strength from its ensemble cast) Ferrell’s cinematic endeavors generally fall flat. I’m starting to believe that Ferrell is simply better suited for the stage. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Will someone please just tell HIM that? The onslaught of just-par movies that include Ferrell are staggering, with seemingly more to come in the way of Land of the Lost. So my ultimatum is either someone like McKay or a close friend sits him down and helps him recapture the magic that he attained with Ron Burgundy, or Ferrell sticks to showtunes!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2-Deadpool

May 21, 2009

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While I have before stated that I am in no way, shape, or form a gamer, I must confess, the new Ultimate Alliance game looks AMAZING!!!  Check out the trailer they have for deadpool alone.  At that rate, I’d play the game if it was just a Deadpool title.  Sheesh.

Hope in Cinema

May 20, 2009

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While not too long ago I wrote a page about the overwhelming dearth of sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes that are currently cropping up and strangling the grape vine of creativity in Hollywood, there recently has been a mini-revolution forming just under the surface of Hollywood’s cold, icy exterior of titles that have actually inspired hope in the face of a crippling wave of lifeless franchise flicks.

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First off, Derrick Comedy’s Mystery Team.  Described as a mixture of Scooby-Doo and Super Troopers, the ingenious sketch groups first foray into the feature length market premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, yet, failed to inspire enough faith in its marketability to secure a distributor; until now.  Just recently, Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions monicker picked up the film for distribution, giving the film a second chance at life.

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I Love You, Philip Morris was stuck in much the same state.  The comedy which sees Jim Carrey play a homosexual in prison who falls in love with his cell mate and attempts to break out of jail once his cell mate is released.  Being a HUGE Jim Carrey fan, the premise sounds wonderfully original yet distributors had cold feet about the project’s homosexual undertones.  Finally, Consolidated Pictures Group picked up the piece and will be releasing it shortly.

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Another title that has been mired by release issues but just recently broke through to see the light of day is The Road.  Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where cannibalism abounds, The Road follows a boy and his father on their quest to find food while avoiding peril at every junction.  While the Cormac McCarthy novel-inspired film never had a problem securing distribution in the way of the Weinsteins, the film has been sitting in limbo for quite a while as it was supposed to be released to be a contender last Oscar season due to “Visual effects issues.”  Many speculated that this ambiguous heading spelled doubt and a lack in confidense from the Weinsteins themselves, however, sure enough, The Road has been re-slated for an October 2009 release, just in time to play a role in the upcoming Oscar season. 

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Out of troubled film news and into films yet to be completed, Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sandwiched Inception looks to be another classic work by the director who can seemingly do no wrong.  Little is known about Nolan’s next work other than it is described as “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind,” and it stars Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Cillian Murphy.  The director alone would bring me to my seat, not to mention the bevy of acting heavy hitters.

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And of course, behind Inception, Nolan is expected to follow up with a third Batman that I will see even if he does cast Cher as Catwoman (at one time an ACTUAL rumor).  Rounding out the other superhero themed could-be-goods are Iron Man 2, Thor (Kenneth Branagh is attached to direct), and Spider-Man 4 as Sam Raimi has gone on record to say that he wants to patch up the errors he made in Spidey 3 and produce “the best [“Spider-Man” movie] of the bunch.”

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And since it seems that you can never have too much Robert Downey Jr. anymore, I am also immensely excited for the Guy Richie-helmed Sherlock Holmes slated for release in December of ’09. 

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Judd Apatow’s Funny People looks to be an immense winner as it will tie the Apatow family and the Happy Madison behemoth together to (hopefully) produce one superstar of a comedic drama.  As much of a Adam Sandler fan as I am, his comedic work as of recent has seemed lackluster at best (while his dramatic work has soared to levels that NO ONE thought him capable of) and gone seem to be the days of his comedic classics such as Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison and The Waterboy.  Perhaps pairing with a certified juggernaut in the form of Apatow’s production team will be enough to kickstart the funnyman’s comedy muscle again and get him back to helming the quality comedy that I know he is capable of. 

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And finally, in classic comedic muscle news, there’s Ghostbusters 3.  Now, normally I am COMPLETELY against junctures like this one where a classic, beloved franchise is unearthed an inappropriately amount of time after the series has CLEARLY run its course (see: Indiana Jones).  However, I cannot help but become giddy over the prospect of this film.  And here’s why.  ALL the original cast members (sans Rick Moranis) are back to reprise their role.  And while Reitman seems to be too busy to pick up at the director’s chair, Ramis has been rumored to be willing to step up to the plate and assume the role!  Of course, I will be the very first to come out and say how easily this jaunt into nostalgia could turn out awful (it’s been over twenty years, people) but at the same time, for reasons I can only partially explain, I really want to see this title succeed.  Which is proof that I don’t instantly start to froth at the mouth once I hear the word ‘sequel.’  Only when I hear the words, ‘George Lucas.’

My Favorite Movie

May 14, 2009

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In more Geek-related news, immediately after I watched the following video, my exact emotional reaction went something like this:  I immediately lost LOADS of respect for the new, Chris Pine-helmed Star Trek; then, I felt less upset about Star Trek and lost all faith in Hollywood writers again, as a whole.  Part of the problem, and the reason that MANY story’s adhere to this classic narrative approach, is that many writers in Hollywood follow a very succinct formula to get their script into the hands of the soulless, lifeless Hollywood bigwigs that have enough clout to OK their project.  The bigwigs know exactly what they’re looking for in a script (The Whitest Kids U Know have done an incredible sketch about it, actually, watch.), and will only snatch up what they have discovered works across the boards with test audiences.  Many (including /film) blame the Joseph Campbell-inspired Heroes Journey model that universities pump out and that many writers look towards as a ground plan for their work.  I, however, put the blame in no way on an old, tried-and-true model that described how epics work, and instead place the blame on myself and all of you, the consumers.  The studios only curtail ‘what works’ to actually mean ‘what sells.’  If people weren’t paying for this certain ‘business model’ of storytelling, we wouldn’t see it, rather, we’d see another, different cookie-cutter story model.  But, I digress.  This video does a great job of echoing what I always end up screaming eventually, “THERE’S NOT ONE ORIGINAL THOUGHT IN ALL OF H’WOOD!!!” 

P.S.  The saddest part is that I really liked Star Trek.

P.S.S.  SPOILER’S AHOY!!!

The Dark Knight in 1966

May 14, 2009

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE Bat-freak.  Pretty much every single incarnation of Batman is magical to me.  Other than a select few, of course (I’m looking right at you, Miller.)  I love almost all aspects, from the delightfully fun Adam West version of Bats, to Christian Bale’s snarling, reality-steeped Bats, to my all-time favorite, the Paul Dini and Bruce Timm-imagined 90’s cartoon Bats, voiced by Kevin Conroy. 

All that geeking out just to say that College Humor has a batastic new video that perfectly nails down the 60’s sensibilities personified by the Adam West years if they were incorporated into the scenes from The Dark Knight.  A wonderful blending of genres and a great chance to see someone take on the ole’ Cesar Romero Joker!  Holy long-winded, Batman!

Will Smith Vs. Tom Cruise

May 13, 2009

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Creator’s note:  OBVIOUSLY this is purely fictional.  None of these events actually happened, blah, blah, blah.  This is just a look into my sordid mind to see how a comic book geek like me views the world.  I want to start a Vs. section of posts where I pit two celebrities/fictional characters/whathaveyou against each other and see who leaves from the scrap victorious.  The stories will be just like picture books in that I’ve included a hyperlink everywhere where action ensues.  I have included a video in those links to better flesh out the action on the page.

Will Smith was seen feverishly running down the streets of Los Angeles, right outside the Hollywood Scientology center the other day.  Citizens grew concerned as he kept yelling “HELP!  THEY’RE CRAZY!  THEY’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!” at the top of his lungs and stopping traffic in an effort to secure a ride.  As he managed to finally flag down a concerned, confused driver who offered him a lift, Tom Cruise tackled Smith firmly to the ground on his belly and began to slap hand-cuffs of some sort on the actor’s wrists.  As Tom performed what seemed like an everyday task, he looked up at the crowd, smiled, waved, and said “Nothing to see here folks.  This is just what can happen when you allow stress to contro-” Before Cruise could finish his sentence, Smith had bucked him off and was once again running at break-neck speeds down the street in between stopped traffic.  Cruise rose to his feet and calmly launched a grappling hook around the mega star’s feet, pulling him slowly back towards a laughing Cruise.  As Tom whipped out his cell phone to call in back-up, Smith pulled out a small, alien looking weapon and shot directly at Cruise.  Cruise ducked in the nic of time, but the kickback from the weapon sent Smith flying in the opposite direction as well.  As both stars scrambled to their feet, Smith, still terrified but with a slightly more confident air, pointed the gun directly at Cruise’s money-making mug and screamed, “One more step, Tom, and you know what the noisy cricket can do!”  Tom steadily dropped his arms, and in a hypnotic, trance like tone, calmly replied, “Now Will, is that really want you vant to do?  Come to me!”  As he repeated ‘Come to me’ in a weird, translyvanian accent, Smith, in a hypnotized stupor, dropped the weapon to his side and began to slowly move towards Cruise’s outstretched arms.  As Smith came closer, Cruise opened his mouth to reveal his monstrously large fangs.  As he began to close in on Smith’s neck, he whispered, “Shhh, it’ll all be alright, we’ll get you back to HQ and restart treatment.  Shhh…”  As Cruise began to nestle into Smith’s neck, a sleek, black Crown Vic roared up, blowing through traffic and screeched to a halt next to the awkward pair.  Tommy Lee Jones shot out in a dapper black suit and blasted Cruise with an unknown, alien-looking gun the size of a tree trunk.  “Take that you filthy Vampire/Scientist bastard!”  Jones then herded Smith’s seemingly unconscious form into the passenger side and leapt in the driver’s side of the Crown Vic as he sped off.  Cruise eventually scraped himself off the pavement and shook his fist in the air at no one in particular.  Bystanders quoted him as saying, “THIS ISN’T OVER JONES, NOT BY A LONG SHOT!!!”

Venomous Vindication

May 7, 2009

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According to GeekTyrant.com Todd McFarlane himself has come out and declared that Venom may be returning in Spider-man 4.  His actual quote was:

“I co-created Venom. He was in the last Spider-man movie. And I think he will make an appearance here in the next one, too.”

While hardly a significant quote to write about, the article does go on to quote McFarlane criticizing Raimi on the use of the beloved villain he helped to create. 

“He’s one of the more popular villains of the last ten, fifteen years. Given that I created him, I have a little bit of a bias. I would’ve done a few things different. When I first created him, I made him huge. That would’ve been the first thing for me; I would’ve wanted somebody who looked like he was three times the size of Spider-Man, so it was almost like Spider-Man going against the Hulk. [I want] someone who is really formidable; whenever you have a skinny character against a big one it’s like ‘Woah, I’m going to have to work today.’ But instead, the two of them were about the same size. I would’ve done something more dramatic. [I also would’ve increased] the nastiness; I never cared too much about the comics code. I always pushed the envelope until the editor said ‘You’d better pull that back.’”

My hope is, after the ruthless backlash that EVERYONE delivered in response to the dreck that Raimi actually had the gall to put onscreen, and after this little tidbit from Venom’s creator himself, maybe, JUST MAYBE, Raimi is considering retooling his flaccid original design of the character for the upcoming Spider-sequel.  Which, at this point, I would not be against at all.  At this point in the history of comic book adaptation, so many liberties have been taken with so many properties, that if a franchise has the gusto to go back and retcon a little of their work in an effort to further adhere to the source material, I say go for it!  I would forgot Spider-Man 3 entirely if Raimi came out swinging with a massive, maniacal, formidable foe, in the form of Venom.  Of course, this would all mean that Raimi had decided to use Venom in Spider-Man 4.  And that he would acquiese to fan demand and totally revamp his original concept.  Only after all that ego-bashing will Spider-Man 4 actually excite me.  Oh, and the recasting of Peter Parker.  A boy can dream, can’t he?

The Return of Relevant Television

May 4, 2009

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It’s been a LONG, long time but for the first time in who knows how long, I am actually excited for a network series!  NBC has greenlit Community, a comedy about a lawyer who gets his liscense revoked and has to return to community college.  What’s exciting is not the said premise, but the attached cast of characters.  Joel McHale (host of The Soup!) will play the down-on-his-luck lawyer who begins a Spanish study session in order to woo an attractive fellow student, played by Gillian Jacobs.  In response to the study session, McHale and Jacobs are joined by comedy legend Chevy Chase, Derrick Comedy member, Donald Glover, Asperger Syndrome-sufferer Daniel Pudi (who has appeared in almost every advertisement I’ve seen in the last 8 months), and Yvette Nicole Brown (from Tropic Thunder).  John Oliver, from The Daily Show, rounds out this supercast as McHale’s Colleague and friend.

I’m a HUGE Joel McHale fan, I grew up on Chevy Chase, I think Derrick Comedy is one of the best up-and-coming troupes out there, and I love John Oliver’s style and wit.  I have monstrous expectations for this, despite the fact that (judging by the trailer) I’m sure it will inevitably attempt to slide more towards the overdone, sappy dramatic rather than the comedic, but at this point in TV’s history, I’ll take whatever nuggets of gold I can find.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo of Arrested Development fame?  I know!  OMG!!!

Here’s the trailer.

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