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Monthly Archives: July 2013

16 points on Man of Steel (movie review)

man-of-steel-posterI desperately want everyone to refer to Man of Steel as Superman Returns Again. (For some reason, that is very funny to me.) Anyway, Man of Steel is a bit of mess (yet still entertaining), and so, my review is also just a rambling jumble of headings, a list that is trying to find its place on the internet, much like Superman trying to find his place in the world. See what I did there? Yeah, the movie is just as subtle as this review. Read the rest of this entry

Proof that Words with Friends is run by the Palestinians

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See?   Told ya.

Identity Thief (movie review)

Let’s review Identity Thief!  Because… I watched it… so… yeah.

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“I liked it better the first time I saw it when it was called Midnight Run.”

identity-thief-posterOr 48 Hours. Or whatever. I’m sure there are lots of movies like this – as I noted yesterday, many movies rely heavily on formula, and today’s movie is no exception. Hmm… Melissa McCarthy movies are no exception, that’s for sure. The Heat was a much more comedic version of a buddy cop movie, although I guess we’ve already seen that in the shape of Beverly Hills Cop. Double Hmm… 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop… is McCarthy just remaking Eddie Murphy movies? Sort of, yeah. Anyway…  Read the rest of this entry

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (movie review)

the-incredible-burt-wonderstoneIf you want to watch a by the numbers comedy that short on laughs, then The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the flick for you.

You’ve seen this movie a hundred times – this movie is so ‘by the numbers’ that I’ll just write out the formula for you:

  1. the protagonist rises up from humble beginnings and achieves success
  2. the success makes the protagonist a jerk
  3. the protagonist loses everything: best friend, money, etc
  4. the protagonist seeks the help of an old mentor and goes back to his roots
  5. the protagonist reconciles with the friend
  6. the protagonist and friend team up and achieve victory
  7. the protagonist gets everything he lost back and more – because he’s a better person and has found true love

See half the movies ever made for examples of the formula in action – and Burt Wonderstone is no exception. Read the rest of this entry

14 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 7

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeWe’ve finally arrived at the end of the road – the last Star Trek The Next Generation season list. Here in season 7, some of the best episodes of the series show up, so it’s good times all around! Sort of… Read the rest of this entry

“Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink VS the “Guatemalan Love Song” From The 40-Year-Old Virgin (video)

So… yeah.  The title is kinda says it all.  Kinda. Read the rest of this entry

Looper (movie review)

looperWe finally watched Looper this past weekend and I must say, it was worth the wait – or rather, we waited much too long to see this. If you like your action movies accompanied by a sci-fi twist, then you’re going to want to check this flick out. Read the rest of this entry

17 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 6

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeNo, I didn’t pick all of them, but close! (There are 26 episodes in season 6.) As the show went on, I felt it kept getting better and better, so my list for each season tend to get longer and longer.

I already talked about “Time’s Arrow” in my TNG Season 5 post, so that’s why it doesn’t appear here – but those two episodes are so good, I didn’t want anyone to think I was leaving them off the list intentionally! And here’s something I did unintentionally on this list – I dropped a bunch of quotes from episodes. I have no idea why… but enough of my yackin’ – let’s boogie! Read the rest of this entry

YouTube emails me about Rebecca Black/Street Fighter 2 Guile stage music a capella… for some reason

I have a YouTube channel, so I guess this means that YouTube is going to send me emails from time to time. That’s fine (I guess). I also subscribe to a few people’s YouTube channels and sometimes, YouTube sends me a compilation mail of things people I subscribe to have uploaded most recently. Also fine (I guess). But just the other day, I received a mail I still can’t make heads or tails out of A.) it’s content and B.) why they sent it to me in the first place.
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Super 8 (movie review)

super-8-movie-posterI don’t have a lot of J. J. Abrams experience, but after two entertaining (though not flawless) Star Trek movies, I might have had unrealistic expectations for Super 8.

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The Heat (movie review)

the-heat-movie-posterI’m sure someone has made a buddy cop movie starring ladies before, but I can’t think of it… anyway, it’s not as though Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are too old for this expletive in The Heat, but you’re on the right track.

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Graveyard Lovers: Dreamers (music review)

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I so rarely get the opportunity to listen to new music, but today, I’m taking the opportunity to check out Graveyard Lovers and their new album, Dreamers.

Graveyard Lovers have that Brooklyn surf music sound going mixed in with a heavy influence of the White Stripes. But on the other hand, other influences and sounds are evident as you make your way through the tracks. “You and Me” gives off a bit of a Stellastar feel while “From My Window” and “Blessed are the Ties that Bind” remind me of Pink Floyd. “Hunger” has a heavy White Stripes thing going, but it also reminds me of a tune off Paperhand Lincoln’s self titled debut album. It’s all held together with Zach Reynolds vocals, which are very satisfying. I enjoy not only his tone, but his diction – as a big 90s rock fan, I am always amazed when anyone can articulate.

I expected something dreary out of a band called Graveyard Lovers, but then, an album titled Dreamers might perhaps suggest something mellow, but I guess it depends on the dream. What you ultimately get is a good time and a fun listen.

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