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Saturday, 18 August 2007

Ralph Wiggum: A Tribute

He's my favourite character in The Simpsons and a certain Matt Groening's one too because his non sequiturs are brilliant in my pseudo-professional opinions. He's had many classic quotes and even a book based on him and his world. Very few characters in fictional history can get away with saying, "Oh boy! Sleep! That's where I'm a Viking!" So if you are looking for a Ralph fix, hopefully the video below will satisfy you until season 19 (!) starts in September.

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Friday, 17 August 2007

Winner announced in worst "Giant Robots From Space" movie category...

I've finally seen Transformers. If you haven't yet seen it yourself but still plan to, please avoid the rest of this post. To get to the point, I hated it. If I was to give it a score I'd give it three stars. That's not so bad, if you thought it was a score given out of a possible five, but no. It's 3/10 from me. It's not as if the cinema experience was ruined and I was surrounded by children who could annoy me by throwing popcorn or discussing the intricacies of eating fine imported crayons. The film managed to suck all on it's own.

When I saw the 12 certificate, I wasn't expecting the film to be written and directed by people with the abilities of a 12 year old, aiming for a 12 year old market. I'm going to just list out some moments here which made the film unbearable:

-The dialogue (i.e. Optimus flippin' Prime saying "My bad". Why not add "My bad, homie, you knows I'm keeping it gansta in this hizzle". Oh, and the predictable jokes.
-John Turtorro's pointless character.
-Bumblebee "lubricating" John Turturro's pointless character. High-larious.
-John Turtorro's novelty boxer shorts. That wasn't predictable at all, at all.
-The final fight scene kept cutting away from the action. But even during the fight scenes, it was hard to tell apart the giant spiky robot blobs apart. Also, it was hard to care about the action and the danger to humans. All the damage happened to empty buildings and vehicles with no loss of life.
-What plan did they have by the way? "Quick! Climb that building with the cube and climb in that slow helicopter to escape a fighter plane!".
-If there's anything that was done right, they managed to get the token hot girl. Well done on that.

Where can Michael Bay go from here? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (found here) he said: "I've got a lot of ideas for the next one. There's a lot of really cool, big robot stuff that I had in my head that we didn't do. I just want to see how this works. You might not grow as much as a director [to do a sequel]". The thing is, he's never grown as a director [since Bad Boys]. But, yeah, the thought of really cool, big robot stuff with the obligatory shaky cam/ direct sunlight between characters/ multiple helicopter swoop shots/ mulitple explosions/ multiple car chases is really exciting to me...

If I was given a chance to see Transformers again or witness Sean Bán Breathnach "singing" again then I know which one I'd find more entertaining. The often slated "War Of The Worlds" was much more entertaining than this malarkey (I love that word). If you think I'm being too harsh in saying the film is stupid and that you're stupid for liking the movie, you're wrong. I'm merely implying it.

Here's a little picture I made up after coming up with an interesting spin-off idea for Transformers. It seems that with the Decepticons disposed of and with no reason for them to attack Earth, sure what else is a shy sports car to do?

Click for a large version if you're into that kind of thing. Bumblebee has some cans by the way...

The truth is that this summer sucked for movies. It's nowhere near as good a year for films like last year or even next year which will include The Dark Knight. If you're up to seeing possible spoilers, check out the 18 new photos from the new Batman movie. It's still another ten months until the film release and I already know too much about the film. Chances are, however, that these are all screenshots from the trailer that's coming up in December.

The month before that (November, just before you have to go check out the calender- it's one of my nice guy qualities) that Bond 22 will be released and there's a production photo online already. Good times.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

"Before Elvis, there was nothing"

I bought the '68 Comeback Special on DVD yesterday. It's something I've always been meaning to watch in full. Here's just a trailer to let you know what the hell it is I'm on about. If there was a concert I'd want to present at this would rank high up there. Also on the "I wish I was there" list would be Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club in Hamburg and The Frames at the recording of "Set List" or this or this or even this. But that's just me going waaay off subject.

This is the Elvis you rarely see nowadays. The cool leather jacket that only he and Arthur Fonzerelli could have ever pulled off. The screaming fans who swoon at every word and scream everytime they look at him. Yet everyone who tries to impersonate Elvis adopt his glittery jumpsuit style from his worst period as a perfomer. Maybe they can pull off the fat-hairy-man-in-a-tigh-jumpsuit look better than the whole slick leather jacket image, I don't know. What do you think I am? An impersonation expert? No, for that you should check out this website but do yourself a favour and stay clear of this one. They're all a bunch of phonies. Sorry, I'm going on another off-topic tangent.

Have you ever wanted to see Elvis portrayed by Jack White? How about Jack Black as Paul McCartney and Paul Rudd as John Lennon? They'll all bem playing cameos in the new upcoming movie "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story". You can watch the trailer on YouTube or download the HD version here. It's yet another Judd Apatow movie and stars John C Reilly as the star of the show and about time too. It's a spoof of the musical biographies such as Walk The Line, Ray, Selena to name but a few...

-The official Elvis Presley website
-The official wikipedia entry
-The official fanclub in this time of celebration
-Rare footage from one of Elvis' last concerts (forgetting lines and possibly drunk)
-Quotes like the one I used as the post title by John Lennon
-"Jailhouse Rock" from the 68 Comeback Special:

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Clark And Michael

I was finishing off the third season of Arrested Development and doing a little "Where are they now?" search on IMDB when I found a cool internet-only mini-series called Clark And Michael. It stars Michael Cera (of Superbad and Arrested Development fame) as Michael Cera and Clark Duke (of "Greek" and "Hearts Afire" ... fame?) as the other guy whose name I forget.

The series includes cameos from some of the Arrested Development cast and the creator of the show itself. There are only ten episodes in the series so pleases enjoy all of them. That is, unless you don't have a sense of humor. It's the same humour of Arrested Development, The Office, Larry David and Garry Shandling then you'll love this. Use your pointing device to watch episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Michael Cera also made a short film: "Impossible Is The Opposite Of Impossible" which is a parody of this tragihilarious video "Impossible Is Nothing". It has it's own Wikipedia entry which goes into great detail. You've gotta love the word "puffery".

The next big comedy of the year which, shockingly enough, stars Michael Cera is called Superbad and is coming to cinemas here in Ireland soon. Watch the trailer on the Clark and Michael website. Check out a brilliantly staged press junket meltdown with Edgar Wright on YouTube.

Monday, 13 August 2007

This deserves it's own post

That shot could not be more perfect.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Song Of The Week 6

This week, I have been mostly listening to "The Pretenders" by Foo Fighters. Enjoy the song in video form below. I'll replace it with the official video as soon as it's released. Click here to view past "Songs Of The Week" posts. As always, this is also known as the regular lazy post of the week to let me chillax.

Update: The official video is up now.