Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wisdom Teeth Removal: What's in my Mouth?

I was talking with an old family friend who's about 40.  He's going to the oral surgeon for a consult this week to finally have his wisdom teeth removed.  All four are impacted, and they have bothered him for a long time.  I don't know why he's waited this long.  The procedure is going to be awful for him.

To give him an idea of how loopy he's going to be after his surgery, I started showing him wisdom teeth videos.  I probably watched this video about 20 times yesterday.  I find it just as funny each time I watch it.  The debilitating effects of general anesthesia.  Clearly for some, it's like pressing ctrl-alt-delete for your brain.

The look on the girl's face when the mom asks, "Are you ready to go in the house?", is pure gold.

I remember when I had mine out, my cousin's boyfriend was there at the same time.  We were in rooms across the hall from one another, and kept cracking jokes right up until they put us under.  Then I drank milkshakes and ate Spaghettios for a week.

Pretty sure I was nothing like the girl in the video, but thankfully my parents didn't videotape me... so we'll never know.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace: What Could Have Been

This poster... (sigh)

How excited were you when you first saw this poster?  It started popping up in movie theaters in late 1998 (The Phantom Menace was released May 19, 1999).  My whole childhood I watched the original trilogy.  I had the movie set on VHS and watched it religiously.  It was my go-to choice.

Needless to say when I first saw that poster at the age of 11, I nearly exploded.

Looking back now, that image is just a haunting reminder of what could have been.  I don't think even under the best circumstances the prequels could have lived up to expectations.  But for myself and many others, the finished product fell waaaaaaaay short.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time criticizing this movie or the prequels.  That has been done to death, and never better than by Red Letter Media.  I've even run into some people my age who like the prequels.  They didn't grow up with the original trilogy like I did, so the prequels were their first foray into the Star Wars universe.  For them, The Phantom Menace works.

The 3-D release of the Phantom Menace has stirred up some bad feelings on my part.  The eventual letdown... My 10-year-old cousin wants to go see it.  But he doesn't have that connection to the original trilogy.  He'll never know.  He'll never have that anticipation.

For him, The Phantom Menace is just another movie.

What are your thoughts on the prequels?  What was your first reaction to that movie poster?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Search for the Aggro Crag: Nickelodeon GUTS

So now at a friend's behest
I share with you a lifelong quest
The object of childhood's desire
A rock, e'er-glowing with bright green fire

Spoils of the victor for athletic feat
A challenge never called to meet
A final test for the show's finale
With Moira Quirk and Mike O'Malley    

A burst of glitter, flashing lights
Note arrival to those hallowed heights
No chance to peak if you're a klutz
Of this be sure... that kid's got GUTS

D-D-D-Do you have it?

I wish I had.  When I was a kid, there was no greater test of athletic skill than Nickelodeon's GUTS.  Forget the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl... my sports heroes were the kids who scaled the Aggro Crag.  Oh, the horrors they faced on that mountain.  Look at this madness:

The ultimate prize for these champions?

A piece of the very mountain they conquered.

Sadly I never made it on the show.  My first of life's many disappointments.  For years after the show was cancelled, I tried to put the Aggro Crag out of my mind.  Slowly it crept its way back in.  Thus began my search.  My grail quest for a piece of the Aggro Crag.

At first, mixed reports came in about the very existence of the trophy.  People claiming to have been contestants said they hoisted that glorious green rock on the stage, but only took home a medal.  Balderdash, I thought.  Surely Nickelodeon wouldn't deny these warriors their spoils.  As time went on, the reports stayed the same.  Could this really be?  There were only 126 winners on the show... maybe they just swore a pact of secrecy to protect their valuable treasure.  

I began to lose hope.  Occasionally I would find cheap reproductions on the interwebs.  Shoddy workmanship could never be confused with the true Aggro Crag.  My mind began to unravel. Did I imagine the whole thing?  Was GUTS ever even a show in the first place?  

After my stay in the institution, I got back to a normal life.  I won a silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics for the biathlon in Turin, Italy... but it was hollow.  It was no substitute for true athletic achievement.  It could not fill the void left by that mysterious green rock.  

I turned to drugs.  Freebasing rock chips of Olmec's face from Legends of the Hidden Temple, and snorting powdered slime from the Double Dare set.  I turned to a life of blogging...

Things looked bleak.

Then, a mere four weeks ago I came across this article 'How Much Can You Buy a Piece of the Aggro Crag from Nickelodeon's "GUTS" For?' Despite the poorly phrased title, I clicked and read the article.  


My lifelong suspicions were confirmed.  The piece of the Aggro Crag did exist.  And it only cost $1500!  A bargain.  Sadly I missed out on the bidding.

But hope has finally been restored.  If this fool could sell this most cherished of possessions, surely another will make the same mistake.  And when they do, I'll be there.

By the (now) bald scalp of Mike O'Malley I'll be there.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Walking Dead: The Many Faces of Dale

Busy weekend, lots of family stuff.  Haven't gotten around to watching the new episode of 'The Walking Dead' yet.  In lieu of an episode review/recap, I present: The Many faces of Dale...

"Somebody just farted" Dale
"Shane's a murderer" Dale
"You crazy" Dale
"Sex advice to Glenn" Dale
"I'm having a stroke" Dale
"Dale" Dale
"Shit just got real" Dale
"We found Sofia" Dale

And my personal favorite...

"Lori's pregnant" Dale

This guy's facial expressions consistently crack me up


r.i.p. Dale... Your insane reaction faces will be missed

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer

I feel compelled to talk a bit about this with the trailer hitting the interwebs this week.  Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's 2010 book of the same name, this is a Tim Burton-produced movie.  So I think we all pretty much know what to expect.  That Burton feel and filming style.  Very distinct feel, and the time period and costumes are right in Burton's wheelhouse.

Should be an entertaining flick.  I never got around to reading the book, but it seemed like a fun idea.  I must confess though, that the first thing I think of when I hear about this is the unjustly short-lived Starz series 'Party Down' with Adam Scott.  From the sweet 16 episode, with the always awesome JK Simmons:

I also think it a little funny that this movie is slated to come out this summer, with the Daniel Day Lewis Lincoln movie also in the works.  That Daniel Day Lewis is amazing.

And here's one of DDL just eating lunch off-set looking like Lincoln

Here's the full trailer for the movie:

I like the axe-wielding.  It feels kind of fresh.  And I have to admit the axe-tree burst at the end did look pretty cool.  

What do you guys think of this one?

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Tag Hammer is Coming Down on You!

My answers post was too long, so I put my tag list and questions in a new post.  The first part can be found here.

The Rules
Rule #1: Put the rules on your blog
Rule #2: Every person tagged should tell 11 things about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the one that tagged you, tag 11 other people and ask them 11 different questions.
Rule #3: Let the people whom you tagged know you've done so.
Rule #4: Don't tag anyone who's been tagged before
Rule #5: Really do tag 11 others, don't go all "if you want to take this tag".


1.  What... is your name?

2.  What... is your quest?

3.  What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

4.  Why are manhole covers round?

5.  Before you stand two identical guards, guarding two identical doors.  One of the doors goes to heaven, and one of the doors leads to hell.  One of the guards always tells the truth, and one of the guards always lies.  Both guards know which door is which, and each guard is fully aware of the other.  You want to pass through the door that leads to heaven.  You may only ask one of the guards a single question.  What question do you ask?

6.  Chunky or smooth peanut butter?

7.  You have eight balls of the same size.  Seven of the balls weigh exactly the same, and one of them weighs slightly more.  How do you find which ball is the heavier one using a balance and only two weighings?

8.  Your house is on fire and you only have time to bring one item out with you.  What do you grab and why?

9.  If you cook, what's your best dish?  If not, what's your favorite food?

10.  How was your day today?

11.  A cat is placed in a sealed box with a piece of radioactive material and a vial of poison gas.  The radioactive material has exactly a 50/50 chance of decaying after 1 minute.  If the radioactive material decays, the poison gas will be released and kill the cat.  After 1.5 minutes, what is the state of the cat?

The questions I was asked were really open-ended, but did require some deep thought.  So I though I'd include some questions that still require some thought, but have a more specific answer... and just some fun ones too.

People Tagged
D4 - at D4 and Music
Bio - at Establish, Evolve, Expand
watchr54 - at The Digital Era
Adam - at Neko Random
alucard0691 - at Vidyalife
JamesFitting - at James' Jubilant Journey
Dano - at 3-D Monster
Come at me Bro - at !ComeAtMeBro- Daily Tech News
Atley - at Absorbing What I Can
Sub-Radar-Mike - at Sub Radar
HBrager - at Games, funny posts, senses and nonsenses

Choosing people was tough.  Not only to find interesting people, but because it seems like everyone's been tagged already!  If you really don't want to answer the questions, let me know and I'll try to find someone else.  All in good fun.

EDIT: I've you've already been tagged, or just plain don't want to do it, no big deal.  I'm not gonna look for replacement slots though, because it seems pretty much everyone has done one of these already, and with all the hassle I've stopped caring

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tagged: I'm It

I got tagged by BonafideJones  yesterday.  Thought I might have skirted this trend, but alas.  The rules for those uninitiated:

The Rules
Rule #1: Put the rules on your blog
Rule #2: Every person tagged should tell 11 things about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the one that tagged you, tag 11 other people and ask them 11 different questions.
Rule #3: Let the people whom you tagged know you've done so.
Rule #4: Don't tag anyone who's been tagged before
Rule #5: Really do tag 11 others, don't go all "if you want to take this tag".

11 things about myself
1.  I'm my own grandpa.
Oh, many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red
My father fell in love with her and soon the two were wed

This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life
For my daughter was my mother 'cause she was my father's wife
To complicate the matter though it really brought me joy
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy

This little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad
And so became my uncle though it made me very sad
For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grown-up daughter who of course is my step-mother 

My father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild for he was my daughter's son
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife she's my grandmother too

Now if my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild
And every time I think of it it nearly drives me wild
For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw
As husband of my grandma I am my own grandpa
2.   In a rec hockey league, I once took my skate off and tried to stab somebody with it.  I'm the only guy to ever do that.

3.  I once ate 50 hard-boiled eggs in one hour.

4.  The mnemonic device I use to remember the 12 cranial nerves is : Ooh Ooh Ooh, To Touch And Feel A Girl's Vagina, Ah Heaven.  It was taught to me by a 64-year-old female biology professor.

5.  I love ska music, even though it hasn't been popular since the late 90's.

6.  My favorite place I've ever traveled to is Old Town in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I'd love to go back.

7.  I am perfectly at ease during awkward silences.

8.  I'm really bad at talking on the phone.  I tend to make a lot of my conversational decisions based on reading the face of the person I'm talking to, their mood, and their reactions to things said.  I'm very good at reading people.  I also make a lot of quick observational/contextual jokes.  I can be quite charming face to face.  On the phone I'm just lost.  It's pretty bad.  The conversation usually drags, then I start looking for other things to do while on the phone.  I've had a long-distance relationship fall apart basically because of this.

9.  Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.

10.  I know why hot dogs come in packs of 10, but hot dog buns only come in packs of 8.

11.  I am a notorious prevaricator.

The 11 Questions for Me

1.  Q: Have you ever cheated on someone?
A: No

2.  Q:  What do you think happens when we die?
A: I'd like to think that our consciousness goes on in some form, but realistically that's probably not the case.  I love this quote from Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson:
"Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us."
I tend to think that in this sense our death really just results in an 'ashes to ashes, dust to dust' scenario, but that dust goes places.

3.  Q: If male, are you happy with the size of your penis?  If female do you think you are pretty?
A: I've never had any complaints, so sure.

4.  Q: Stars. Old light or new?
A:  This one is actually pretty cut and dry.  The light is old.  The light we see from stars is limited by the speed of light, 3.00 x 10^8 m/s.  A light year is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in one Julian year.  One light year is equal to roughly 6 trillion miles, or 10 trillion kilometers.  The closest star to our solar system (closest star to our sun) is Proxima Centauri, 4.2421 light years away.  The light we see as that star in the night sky originated at Proxima Centauri roughly 4.2421 years ago.  Similarly, the light from our sun is about 8 minutes old by the time it reaches us.

5.  Q: For a million dollars would you kill another person?  They aren't really that important and you will not get caught.
A:  I'd like to think I wouldn't take the money.  But realistically it would probably depend on how personal/impersonal the method of killing would be.

6.  Q:  Should all religions be treated/respected equally?
A: Sure.  In terms of the belief set.  Who am I to question the beliefs/faith of someone else?  I can't say one set of beliefs is correct or more correct than any other, especially if they all share the same basic moral codes.  So in that sense they should all be treated with equal respect.  In terms of the religious institutions/hierarchy I'm a little more dubious, but they should certainly all be treated with the same skepticism.  The true grey area comes in when you question the definitions of a religion.  Is the Church of Scientology considered a religion?  I don't know.  If someone tomorrow starts gathering followers based based on radical beliefs set around cannibalism that goes against the generally accepted moral code, do we consider that a religion?  Maybe that was a bad example as Christianity has symbolic cannibalism at the base of its transubstantiation and communion rituals...
tl; dr: yes.

7.  Q: Think of something embarrassing that you did that makes you cringe every time it crosses your mind.  What is it?
A: I did choir in elementary school, and we used to sing at Mass.  I got picked to do a solo right around the time my voice started to change, in front of a huge crowd.  And it sounded pretty much like you'd expect.  I knew it sounded awful, and everybody else must have, but they all acted like it was fine.  Awful.

8.  Q:  If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?  It doesn't matter whether or not they would want to see you.
A: If it's just one person, I'd rather not say.  This is too hard a question to answer.

9.  Q: Would you rather lose all your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
A: I'm a very sentimental person, so I'd probably choose to keep my old memories.  In addition, your memories make you who you are.  You'd have no identity, no personality, no moral compass, etc. if you totally wiped out your old memories.  You'd be a totally blank slate moving forward.  That seems terrible.

10.  Q:  If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?
A:  A big part of this is because it's a necessary part of how our civilization functions.  Ideally everyone would just go and do whatever they want all the time.  Civilization would collapse.  Like the saying "the world needs ditch-diggers too".  There are a lot of jobs/tasks that no one really wants to do, but are necessary to maintain our society and civilization.  Does anyone really want to be a janitor?  No, but we need them.  So it boils down to doing things that we need to do but don't want to do, to provide the means for the things we really want to do. (ie money, mostly).  That's the broad sense.  In a more personal sense, like aspects of our personality/ bad habbits, I think that is more of a weakness thing.  A lot of the time human nature is to take the easy way out of things.  In the moment you're ok with it, but after the fact you don't like what you've done/how you acted.

As to the 'like things we don't do' part, I think a lot of that comes from a fear of the unknown and a grass is always greener thing.  It's great to say, "I want to go travel through Europe for a year" or whatever, but there's a big fear of the unknown there.  Can I really just quit my job?  Will I have enough money?  What would I do when the year is up?  It's a hard thing to do to make that leap.

11.  Q:  If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what actor do you think would be cast to play you?
A:  Daniel Day Lewis.  That guy could be convincing in any role.  Also, any on-screen shouting of mine would sound awesome.

This ended up taking a lot longer than I would have liked.  It also ended up being really long, so I'm going to do my questions and make my picks tomorrow.  Stay tuned for part 2.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Skyrim Mod: Macho Dragon Randy Savage

I... words fail me on this one.  This has become my favorite Skyrim mod of them all.  Absolute tops in ridiculousness and comedy.  A mod that turns all dragons into Macho Man Randy Savage. 

That's right.  Complete with hat, glasses, and catchphrases instead of roars.  
Hear a dragon off in the distance? "Macho Man comming to get ya".  
Dragon breathing fire on you?  "O yea!".  
Biting you? "Snap into a Slim Jim!"  
Taking off for flight? "Macho Madness, sky's the limit!"  
It goes on...

I love it.  Check out this video of the game's opening with the Macho Dragon:

I guess this mod's been out there for a while.  I'm not sure why it took me this long to find, but I'm glad I finally did.  It's the best.  

The download and details can be found at skyrim nexus

Now I'm off to the store to get some Slim Jims... and maybe a tasseled jacket

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day: Skyrim Valentine's Cards

Happy Valentine's Day all!

I'm single, so I'll spend tonight in the Barnes and Noble romance novel section picking up desperate, single women.

 If you have someone special, try wooing them with one of these awesome Skyrim Valentine's Day cards by artist Jemma Salume.  Her deviantart page is eatfun.deviantart.com.  

You won't need the Amulet of Mara with these at your disposal.  Who could resist?

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (Spoilers)


Right, so 'The Walking Dead' came back last night with its midseason premiere.  I have to say it seems like the show is gearing up for some action finally, at least more than the first half of season 2.  I was really almost ready to walk away after the first half of the season.  Just... ugh.  But the premiere renewed my interest a little. Looks like we may see some real conflict, get away from the farm.

A couple points:

So Herschel gets drunk after the barn slaughter.  Gets out the flask, heads into town to a bar to have some drinks.  I think, "ok cool, Herschel is gonna go back on the wagon (off the wagon?) and go nuts... shed the religious thing."  Nope... drunk Herschel apparently acts exactly the same as sober Herschel.

Lori goes off on an empty road, and hits the lone walker in the middle of the road, subsequently flipping her car into a ditch.  Wow.  I've seen cars hit deer.  Now, I'm going to argue a deer is much more solid than a rotting corpse.  A deer impact on a car wrecks the car for sure, but usually the car maintains some control and can come to a stop.  I would think that a walker, much like the one whose arm fell off on the truck earlier in the episode, would be in such a state of decay that it would more likely splat on a car rather than cause a major crash.

So now Lori's hurt/lost.  First, I really hope this doesn't become a search for Lori like there was a search for Sophia.  Second, the big question will become "did the baby make it?  will this cause a miscarriage?"  I hope it doesn't, at least in the comics I think it caused Rick to become a little more extreme in his protective behavior.  I think that would make for better tv plot-lines.  At the same time, if you've read the comic, you know how the baby storyline eventually plays out.  I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work for tv.

Despite sober drunk Herschel, I did like that scene and how it was filmed.  Herschel was in white and had a good amount of light on him.  Rick was wearing black and had much darker lighting in the scene.  In the conversation, despite the "death" of his walker wife and step-daughter, Herschel remained hopeful.  Rick seemed to have changed to a generally darker outlook and realization of how the world had changed for the worse.

Which led into the ending scene, very suspenseful.  At first I thought, "O hey, it's the actor from True Blood and Terriers.  I'm glad he landed on another show.  Terriers got a raw deal".  Nope, dead by the end of the scene.  I think at the beginning of the show, Rick might have welcomed those people... or at least tried to help them.  Now new badass Rick sees the potential threat to his group's and family's welfare.  He's willing to make the hard choices and accept the new world he lives in, where he can't be the cop anymore.

Hopefully this new season will bring on more of these conflicts with other groups.  It would sort of match with the Governor storyline from the comics, although in the show lore, I'm not sure enough time has passed for that kind of thing to have cropped up.  But at least it should be more entertaining.

Maybe we'll even get Michonne.
Because I still don't buy commando Andrea (Amy Smart's mom), she's just not believable for me as that kind of character.

At the very least AMC has hooked me for a few more episodes.

In Defense of Miley Cyrus: Lonesome When You Go

Miley Cyrus catches a lot of criticism, and is constantly in the public eye.  Such are the hardships of any teen pop star, particularly one as popular as the former Disney golden girl.  I'm not of an age (or gender) to have been a part of the Hannah Montana phenomenon, but I can recall the fervor being widespread.  I had female cousins who were the right age to be on that bandwagon.  But mostly, I'm familiar with the 'Party in the USA' era Miley.

I always enjoy this mashup:

Now, most teen pop stars have a very generic voice: pretty; on-pitch; but on the whole generic and forgettable.  I'd probably cite Taylor Swift as the best current example.  Now she gets points for writing her own songs (catchy) and playing an instrument, two points in her favor, but as far as her voice goes... nice but nothing special.  Taylor Swift also seems to fit the teen star mold perception-wise.  Innocent, dainty, good-girl public image.

Miley really seems to have broken away from that mold as a lot of former Disney stars do, but without going overboard (Lindsay Lohan).  At this point it's safe to say Miley's become infamous for her pot-smoking, and seems to march to the beat of her own drum... a bit of an edge.  All well and good.  For me the thing that sets her apart is her voice.  It has a raspy, throaty quality that lends itself well to country/folk/rock songs much more than pop fare.  It's a voice with character.  One that I can easily pick out on the radio.  Actually, the pot smoking probably helps feed this quality.   A good example of this is her cover of Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go".

Now she hasn't written any of her big hits (she's credited on a lot her her studio albums, but usually in a group of names.  One wonders how much she contributes, but I digress), but her performances are perfectly cromulent.  Her voice actually reminds me a bit of Stevie Nicks.  Probably no coincidence her most recent tour was the 'Gypsy Heart Tour'.

I guess I'd just rather hear more of this style from her than the regular pop fare.  There's plenty of that on the radio anyway.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Pokemon Style

So I saw this webcomic posted earlier today, and it absolutely cracked me up.  It comes from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, and is actually about 5 separate entries rolled into one strip.  The webcomic itself is full of video game and movie references.  Another particularly funny one is a game of Spartan gay chicken between Kratos (God of War) and Leonidas (300).  Here's the awesome Pokemon comic:

(Sorry, there was no way to make the comic readable without cutting a little of the right margin.  click for a link to Imgur and an unhindered view)

Now I really want to go play Red/blue and nickname a magikarp Mr. Fish, and bludgeon smaller pokemon with it.

But really though, go check out that webcomic series.  I discovered that the artist, Kelly Turnbull, has also done work on the great series 'Ugly Americans'.

And yes, Mr. Fish and trainer are recurring characters.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday Predictions

New York 31  New England 20
(Eli Manning file photo)

1.  I don't see New England being able to effectively cover both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
2.  New England won't be able to deal with New York's pass rush for 4 quarters of football.
3.  If Rob Gronkowski's ankle isn't 100%, New York can key on Wes Welker.  Then they just need to worry about the next matchup problem: Aaron Hernandez.

Vince Wilfork: He basically won the Baltimore game for New England.

Other Predictions:
- Madonna's halftime performance will be the best in years.
- Madonna's arms will still freak everyone out.
(Willem Dafoe in drag)

- At least 5 shots of Peyton Manning in the stands.
- The Ferris Bueller commercial will be a let down, reminding us all of Matthew Broderick's career from 1990 onward.
(Although I did just learn he voiced adult Simba in The Lion King)

- Michael Strahan will be shown in a luxury box when the Giants are up.
- Tiki Barber will be shown working the concession stand.  Proving once and for all that if you cheat on and subsequently divorce your 8-month pregnant with twins wife for a 22-year-old blonde (Really? Yea really), the public will turn on you and you'll lose your broadcasting career.
(Deal with it)

- At least 3 ex-Patriots players will be hanging out with Bob Kraft in his owners box, with one of them definitely being Tedy Bruschi.
- At least 35 plugs for NBC's new hit 'Smash' with at least 1 truly-afwul tie-in.  Like maybe Katherine McPhee is going to sing at some point.  And yes, NBC gave the runner-up from American Idol that one year a show (but 'Community' is on hiatus).
(Where is Justin Guarini's show?  For that matter, is Ruben Studdard still alive?)

- Puppy Bowl VIII will draw over 10 million viewers. (This actually isn't a joke.  Did you realize 9.2 million people watched over the 12 hours it aired last year?)
- Go Daddy will continue to lose business with Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels as spokeswomen.  
(Seriously, them? Are they funny or something?)

Lock Prediction of the Day:
- I won't be going to work on Monday.  

Really, can't we just make Super Bowl Monday a national holiday already?

Friday, February 3, 2012

LEGO Captain America Movie

You know, sometimes it really seems like a movie can fail because it gets stretched in too many different directions... Especially with superhero movies.  Studios want them to be at the same time gritty and family-friendly; realistic, yet true to the comics.  You can't always have it both ways.

 Captain America sort of felt this way to me.  I saw it in theaters this past summer with my 9-year-old cousin.  He liked it just fine, but his taste in movies isn't all that discerning.  In fact, he stopped mentioning the movie the next day and was back to his previous obsession (not a good sign).  It left a similar impact on me.  The movie was entertaining in parts, but felt very bland and generic.  A fine summer movie, but nothing I'd recommend to anyone or feel the need to watch a second time.  In all honesty, the beginning of the movie wasn't bad, but the second half just didn't have the same flow.  It's an origin story set in WWII.  Did we really need the alien cube thing?  Were they really that desperate to tie this movie into the Avengers setup?  Seemed a bit forced to me.  

In general, I'm a little worried with the direction Marvel in particular is taking with their movies.  Captain America was ok, Thor was ok.  Iron Man I was good, II was admittedly bad.  They all just seemed like setups for 'The Avengers', which for Marvel's sake, better be good.  They have a lot riding on it, since almost all of their other movies are tied into it.

The one departure seems to be the next Ghost Rider movie, which actually looks pretty decent in the sense it isn't trying to capture the young kid audience.  That's a good thing since Ghost Rider really isn't a character for kids, and never was.  It should be noted that the first Ghost Rider movie was very tongue-in-cheek and seemed to want to capture the kid audience, again an example of being stretched too many different ways.  Didn't work.  It should also be noted that the first Ghost Rider movie was not a Marvel Studios film.  Check out the trailer here

Who knows... I'll likely keep watching them.  It's just one of those things where since I have a familiarity with the characters, I'll always have a sense that some things could have been done better.  That some parts of those movies should have better met my personal expectations for how that character would be portrayed.  It's a double-edged sword: a built-in fan base, but one that is overly critical.

Anyway, the reason for my ramble was a cool little Captain America LEGO short that got me thinking about super hero movies.  It's one of the more over-the-top LEGO films I've seen, and I've seen quite a few.  It almost makes me wish the actual Captain America movie wasn't so kid-friendly so we could have had some scenes approaching this.

Super over the top, right down to the Wilhelm scream and the screaming eagle sound effect.
 Kudos to ForrestFireFIlms, this was really well done.