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I'm not going to start watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but Brian Williams Raps "Gin and Juice" is awesome!
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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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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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.
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
The Simpsons has now been on the air for so long, they’re making their own obscure references.
The fourteenth episode of season 25 (aired on March 16, 2014 here in the USA), entitled “The Winter of His Content,” featured Nelson’s bully cronies – those two dudes I can’t remember seeing since “Bart the General” way back in season 1. The episode, which heavily parodied the film The Warriors, featured a bully convention, at which the old cronies were in attendence, which Nelson explained away by saying they’d moved to Shelbyville. If that means these guys were also in the “Lemon of Troy” episode from season 6… well, then, your memory is better than mine.
One final point: Grampa and his friends were still living in the basement at the end of the episode; did they just run out of time or is this a brave new order? It’s hard for me to believe they’re actually shaking up The Simpsons after 25 seasons, but I guess time will tell.
Lisa Simpson ain’t just whistling Dixie.
I’m tired of the lousy Smarch weather we’ve had to put up with here in the greater NYC area. I just wish daylight savings time coincided with warmer weather, but it doesn’t. Oh well – guess we’ll have to tough it out for a few more weeks! I’m sorry to resort to talking about the weather, but I would really like to go outside at some point and not completely freeze my ass off! The cabin fever has set in and I am in full freak-out mode!
For me, the fourth season of The Simpsons is a "they can do no wrong" collection of episodes. I think all 22 episodes are great, but there are eight episodes that rise above the rest – and are, in my opinion, as good a sitcom episode as any show has ever made.
"A Streetcar Named Marge"
I love the "New Orleans" song, Jon Lovitz is excellent as the director, the way the art and the performance come together to create that Marlon Brando impression is collaborative genius… it’s a great episode.
So many memorable quotes, but I’ll just go with "Oo – they’re some quarters in here!"
"Treehouse of Horror III"
Any Simpsons Halloween is great, but "Dial "Z" for Zombie" might be my favorite short of them all.
"Show’s over, Shakespeare!"
"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie"
I think this is the beginning of the thread that Bart will become a lawyer and eventually a Supreme Court Justice. In "Lisa’s Wedding," Bart mentions he’s "…getting out all of his aggression before he goes to law school." On the other hand, in "Bart to the Future," he’s a struggling musician at age 38 and Lisa is President… maybe he goes out to law school right after that. OK, I’ve gone far afield, but let me just close out by saying that this may be the only episode where Homer makes a parenting decision, sticks to it, and Bart learns from it.
When I reviewed the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining, I gushed on and on about the atmosphere, performances and sets and saved my harsher criticism for the story points. I thought that with a teleplay by and executive producer credit for Stephen King, my story concerns would be alleviated… So as not to bury the lead, let me say right now that ALL SUCH HOPE IS MISBEGOTTEN. Sure, this version makes a little more sense, but it still provides more questions than answers. Spoilers after the jump! Read the rest of this entry
Please take a moment to check out The Magic Bears of the Land of Infinite Dreams! This is a new show by Dan Conrad from All Things Random and it is, in a word, fantastic. Loose Canon Bear from episode 3 is especially awesome. The show is parody, yet fresh – it could easily be covered with profanity, but it’s not. The art style if fun and vibrant and the episodes are nice and tight. Check it out!
This was a tough list to make as the second season of The Simpsons doesn’t really have any bad episodes. I decided that the best thing to do was just hunker down and pick my favorites; the ones that have really stuck with me over time. So, in no particular order, here are my favorites episodes from The Simpsons, season two style.
This… this… Vampire Academy… what? The only thing more unbelievable than the fact that this show exists is the fact that it’s called Vampire Academy. Talk about not burying the lead, huh? Why not just call it, Harry Potter, But With Vampires! This is the stupidest, most ridiculous, laziest flaming pile of feces that I’ve ever heard of. This idea makes Percy Jackson look original and classy. This is the very worst the vampire craze could ever get and surely a sign that nearly every vampire possibility can be exploited. I assume they’ll get even more lazy the next time and just go straight up Vampires in Space, Like, You Know, Star Wars – But With Vampires.
I’d swear I’ve seen a “my parents are magic” movie before, but I can’t seem to remember when. However, Merry In-Laws has Cheers alumni George Wendt and Shelly Long, so I thought this could have potential.
When it comes to Christmas Albums, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas is at the top of the heap. And, since, it’s a soundtrack, the album includes the signature song from the Peanuts specials, that being "Linus and Lucy." And here’s where we run into an issue. Read the rest of this entry
“We don’t know what’s happening here, either.”
A lot of these made for TV Christmas movies are ripoffs of other movies and Holiday Spin is no exception, except that I’ve never seen a ripoff of Save the Last Dance before. Read the rest of this entry