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Author Archives: Jamie Insalaco

I'm not going to start watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but Brian Williams Raps "Gin and Juice" is awesome!

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Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac (quick movie review)

Chinese Zodiac was fun to watch, but I feel that it was missing one thing that all Jackie Chan movies have in spades. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Earth Day 2014

Another Earth Day is upon us and while we certainly aren’t batting a thousand (and it might be fair to say that every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back), we have our moments. It’s cherry blossom season here, so we’re living it up while the flowers are still showing.

In the spirit of Earth Day, take a sec and read up on recycling!

Happy Easter 2014

Sorry I’m late on my Easter Wishes for everyone. I hope you had a fun day, full of Batman Easter Eggs, Bunny Cakes and maybe even watching Easter Parade… but not Hop. I cannot stress that enough – do not watch Hop.

While the candy on the top of the cake is probably not vegan, the cake itself certainly is, featuring multi-colored coconut on top! This is my mom taking it to the next level after her first success (see the above ‘Bunny Cake’ link). It was both beautiful and delicious! The cake recipe comes from the giant Veganomicon cookbook.

Spider-man 3 (movie review)

I know, I know; Spider-man 3 is the one everybody hates: the Hobgoblin’s snowboard, Peter Parker’s emo hair and dancing, the lackluster portrayal of Venom…  And you’re not wrong, these are generally bad things, but they’re not what’s killing the movie.  (These things are more akin to covering a pile of crap with crap sprinkles. ) Read the rest of this entry

Jim Carrey sings I Am The Walrus while George Martin look on, does nothing to stop it

I didn’t bother to look up why this happened: Jim Carrey covered "I Am The Walrus" with Beatles producer George Martin helping out. I’m just going to let this exist and not ponder why.

It goes exactly the way you’d expect it to. Hey, it’s Jim Carrey doing Jim Carrey stuff. If you let that dude in the room, he’s going to do what he does. It’d be like hiring Al Pacino and then complaining he yells all the time. Read the rest of this entry

Spider-man 2 (movie review)

So, Spider-man 2 is, uhm, I dunno. It’s fine, I guess. Spider-Man’s in it, that’s good. There’s some cool fight scenes. The story… is… uhm… OK. It’s OK. It’s a little on the telenovela side for my taste, but there are worse super hero movies, that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry

Media Outlets Insist Disney Channel's Jessie is "breaking new ground," but it's just BS

The AP (as well as ABC News, but that’s Disney owned, so whatever) has a story out explains that the titular character of The Disney Channel’s Jessie will get engaged over a coming four episode arc. This is, somehow, news… in a world where passenger jets disappear and the conflict over Ukraine flirts with a third world war, this is what we’re going with. And then there’s the picture they posted with the article. Hold on a sec, I need to go put my anit-manipulation suit on.
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5 things to love/hate about Spider-man (movie review)

This movie is everything that The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t; it’s full of charm, drama, and characters you care about. It’s not perfect, but 2002′s Spider-man is certainly good enough. Here’s five things to love and five things to hate about Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s take on ol’ web head.
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Romancing the Stone (movie review)

Since I’ve been going through the Indiana Jones movies recently, this naturally led Dr. Girlfriend to introduce me to Romancing the Stone, a movie I’d heard of but never gotten around to watching when it was on its big TV run in the late 1980s. What’s the connection between this flick and the Indy series? Take a look at the trailer in all its 80s delicious-ness and I think you’ll see the synergy right away. Read the rest of this entry

Why is Hollywood making A Haunted House 2?

Why is Hollywood making A Haunted House 2? The first one is only 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Let me take a look at the Wikipedia page for A Haunted House

Oh.

Budget: $2.5 million
Box Office: $59,896,033

Never mind.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indiana Jones (movie review)

Raiders of the Lost Ark seems to be the favorite Indiana Jones movie of anyone who’s in their forties or older – if you’re in your thirties, you tend to gravitate toward The Last Crusade, but such is life. I mention this because I myself am a Last Crusade man and therefore don’t worship at the altar of the Lost Ark. That’s not to say I don’t like the movie, but I thought it was worth mentioning that this one isn’t my favorite so you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (movie review)

I finally got around to seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend and like The First Avenger, it exceeded my expectations. It’s at 89% at Rotten Tomatoes, but how does this movie work for the hardcore, casual and first time viewer? Let’s dig in! Read the rest of this entry

“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon (What the hell is this song about anyway?)

I’ve tried to unravel a fair share of song lyrics in my time, but now, I’m upping the ante and doing my best to decipher music videos.  This time, I’m taking a look at “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon and… well, I may have bit off more than I can chew, because this video is baffling.

I’ve been doing the “What the hell is this song about anyway?” feature for a while, but now seemed like the time for it to jump from the written form to a video series.  Right now, it feels like I’ll be staying with 1980s music videos, but who knows what the future will hold?  Certainly not me.  If you’d like to check out more of our videos, visit our YouTube Channel! Read the rest of this entry

5 things to love/hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (movie review)

I go back on forth on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – lots of people love it, lots of people hate it. I used to fall solidly in the latter category, but now, the more times I watch it, the more I get split on the subject. Therefore, I’m prepared to speak on both the good and the bad: here are five things to love and five things to hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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Playing with the StarWars.com Soundboard


StarWars.com has set up an official Soundboard, which is a great idea. People love Star Wars, people love soundboards, so kaboom – it’s like peanut butter and jelly… or a ration bar and some blue milk, I guess. Anyway, let’s play!
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3 Things Nobody Tells You About Getting A CT Scan


I had to get a CT Scan of my sinuses because they are a-holes. It’s no big deal, but I did have to stop what I was doing and get my X-ray computed tomography on. Before I could get the scan done, I had to get approved by the insurance company, have the doctor fax the imagining center a prescription and answer about a thousand questions, including:

Do you have high blood pressure?
Have you ever had surgery on the scanned area?
Have you ever burped, farted or sneezed or coughed?
Who’s your favorite Beatle? (HINT: "Ringo" is not an acceptable answer!)

But there’s one question they don’t ask that they really should AND two things they should mention before the scan starts that nobody tells you about.

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Turn (AMC series) mixed with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds

AMC has a new show out called Turn; it’s about American Colonial spies during the Revolutionary War against the British.  I decided the trailer would mix well with “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” which was written by Pete Seeger, but I’m using The Byrds version here.  The only things I edited was the start sync with the video and music as well as rocking that “AMC something more” title card back and forth until I got a sync-out with the music that I liked.

Star Wars Rebels LOOKS Disney-riffic, FEELS like Clone Wars

Now that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is over on Cartoon Network, we’re getting Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. The trailer isn’t giving us much, but Disney/Star Wars has dropped a bunch of "meet the characters" styled shorts, and they’re much more revealing. Read the rest of this entry

Laurel Hill Lime Tortilla Chips (vegan stuff)

I found out about lime Tortilla chips some time before I became vegan and, as it turns out, all of the big brand lime corn chips include dairy, so that doesn’t work for me. Fortunately, Laurel Hill hooked it up – so, I no longer have to live a lime Tortilla chip free existence. Not exactly a tragedy, I know, but if you’re vegan and you like snacks, then you know where I’m coming from. A good snack is hard to find, and Laurel Hill’s Lime Tortilla Chips are worth trying.

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