Monday, July 30, 2007
If God does indeed exist, and he created earth and all that is and all that happy horse shit. Then why would he put us, humans, the things he "apparently" cherishes and loves most, on a planet that is 70% full of something that will easily kill you in many different ways??
I mean the ocean is made up of salt water! The whole fucking ocean! And there is a lot of ocean out there. Now if you drink this salt water, you are screwed, big time. And if you are lost at sea, and you have no fresh water, and nothing but sea water, why would God do that to you?
On top of that, there is this shit!!!!
Now not only has God created something that takes up 70% of the earth in which we live, he decides to fill it full of these kind of creatures that just love to eat us!! What the hell kind of shit is that?!?
Anyways, in my opinion, if God really did exist and love us humans oh so much, he would have made the Ocean out of fresh, yummy, spring water that is salt free and easy to drink, and had happy Dolphins all over it, instead of giant fish that have thousands of teeth that rip body parts off.
Silly God. You're fired.
This is my new God. He would have never created such an insane planet to live on. Thanks for nothing God!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
According to a published report by ESPN.com, Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Tom Davis, its ranking minority member, asked McMahon in the letter to “provide a series of documents intended to give the committee and its investigation a detailed look at WWE's drug-testing policy, including information about the results of performance-enhancing drug tests on pro wrestlers.”
Below are some excerpts of the letter that was sent to Vince McMahon:
"The tragic deaths of World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Benoit and his family have raised questions about reports of widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by professional wrestlers,"
"These allegations -- which include first-hand reports of steroid use by prominent former wrestlers -- have swirled around the WWE for over a decade. Investigations by journalists have described a culture of performance-enhancing drug use in professional wrestling, high fatality rates among young professional wrestlers, and an inability or unwillingness of WWE to address these problems."
"WWE has a responsibility to do everything possible to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs -- or the perception of such use -- by its wrestlers."
The requests in the letter are very similar to what Major League Baseball was asked to provide according to ESPN.com. Requests in the letter include:
- A list of drugs covered by WWE polices
- The entity that conducts WWE’s drugs tests and how many tests they conduct annually.
- The protocols followed by WWE following a positive test as well as their procedures on exemptions to a positive test.
- In addition to the number of tests that WWE does annually, the letter requested information on the number of wrestlers that were tested during that time period
According to ESPN.com, WWE has also been asked to provide "the results of any investigations prepared [by the company] regarding the deaths, injuries, or illnesses of current or former professional wrestlers that may have been related to the use of steroids." and "all communications between [the company] and outside entities including communications with health care professionals or law enforcement authorities, regarding allegations of drug use by wrestlers."
As for the teaser trailer, well its out there in the world, only problem is its kind of a bitch to get too since everyone on the planet is invading it, so if you wanna give it a shot, you may find the teaser
Oh and if its a bitch to get to the site from there, right click, save as, enjoy. Or go HERE. And see that weird little box on the right thats flashin and shit next to the word HANDED? Click it.
Wanna see this pic bigger? Then click to enlarge!
Watch the greatness right here.
The untitled Cloverfield project remains untitled.
Fans were hoping that director J.J. Abrams would release the name of the film that has created so much stir with its trailer, a grainy coming attraction that looks like The Blair Witch Project meets Godzilla on Independence Day. No one is even sure how it become the Cloverfield project.
Abrams wasn't saying much about the picture, which he is producing, though he did offer, "I had taken my son to Japan, and there were all these Godzilla dolls everywhere. I decided we needed our own monster. We're not showing any footage, but we're almost done shooting, and I think you'll love it. We aren't revealing a title today."
Thursday, July 26, 2007
UPDATE: Warner Brothers strikes. They took the teaser off the net.... Fear not, as soon as the real one goes up tomorrow I assume in quicktime clear format, it will be posted here. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
People have been looking for it unsuccessfully, as it's flying off shelves of store after store as fast as they are put out.
Originally released in 1987, the comedy/horror flick is a must-see for Goonies, monster-movie and '80s enthusiasts. The DVD set includes commentary, deleted scenes, a documentary and more.And, as soon as I can get my hands on a copy (even Netflix has it as a "very long wait") I'll get up an in-depth DVD report! For those of you wanting to purchase a copy now, you can purchase the 2 disc 20th anniversary edition HERE.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced a Nov. 9 U.S. release date for Richard Kelly's SF epic movie Southland Tales, according to a report on IndieWIRE.
The company is releasing the movie in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.
Southland Tales debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival to disastrous reviews and has since been reworked and completed by Kelly.
It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Cheri Oteri, Kevin Smith and Amy Poehler, among others, with original music by Moby, a music sequence by Timberlake and a soundtrack that includes The Killers, The Pixies, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Radiohead and Jane's Addiction.
Set a year from now in Los Angeles, the film is described as, "an epic story that takes place over the course of three days, culminating in a massive 4th of July celebration."
"The time and additional visual effects that were added have allowed me to achieve my original vision for Southland Tales," Kelly said in a statement. "The fans' response has been overwhelming, and I anticipate that moviegoers will respond enthusiastically."
The filmmaker will discuss the movie at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 27.
And I say it's about damn time. 3 years ago I was looking at the cool viral campaign he had out to go with the movie, all these awesome websites and stuff. It's nice to see the movie is finally coming out, and I hope it's as good as Donnie Darko, or hell, even half as good.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
- The Number 23.
- Weeds: Season Two.
- Live Free or Die.
- Philip Marlowe, Private Eye: Season 1.
- Benson: The Complete First Season.
- The Contract. - The Host.
- Crazy Legs Conti: The Art of Competitive Eating.
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Also: A Bit of Fry & Laurie: Seasons 3 and 4, Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law Volume 3, Slow Burn
TMZ has learned that Britney's self-arranged photo shoot and interview with OK! Magazine was a complete disaster. We're told that the photos are so bad, execs at the magazine are, at this moment, trying to decide whether to report what actually happened -- or sanitize the truth to protect the pop train wreck.
According to multiple sources, Britney's behavior during the interview was "nothing less than a meltdown." She was, according to our sources, "completely out of it" during the shoot. The photos are "so bad" we've learned, that to publish them could "kill her career." Apparently, Brit Brit's eyes rolled back in her head at one point, causing her to look half dead. Her mood, we're told, was extremely erratic. She took frequent bathroom breaks our source says, and each time she returned her mood would change. She was also completely paranoid during the entire interview, fearing at one point the ceiling was about to cave in on her. Out of control y'all!
We've also learned that Brit had some issues with hygiene on the set as well. At one point, Britney ordered up some fried chicken to munch on. We're told after she chowed down, she wiped her hands on a several thousand dollar Gucci dress that she was wearing for the shoot, staining it with grease. Yuck! One of her dogs also needed some assistance in the housebreaking department. Our on-set spy says that the dog pooped all over the floor, and Brit used (what else?) -- a Chanel dress to clean it up! How trashtastic!
UPDATE (8:33 AM PT): In a surprising move, OK! Magazine says they're going to show Britney as she really was on the day of her disastrous photo shoot -- the good, the bad and the unbelievably ugly!
In an exclusive statement to TMZ, OK! Editor-in-Chief Sarah Ivens said, "OK! Magazine spent a heartbreaking day with Britney Spears and witnessed first-hand an emotional cry for help that will leave you shocked and sad. This week, on newsstands Friday, the truth will be told."
Lindsay Lohan was arrested for drunk driving in Santa Monica early Tuesday morning -- her second bust in less than three months. But DUI was just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., 21-year-old Lohan was popped for possession of cocaine, transporting a narcotic into a custodial facility and driving on a suspended license. Cops told TMZ that a "small amount" of cocaine was found in her pants pocket.
ITEM: A law enforcement source connected with the Lohan bust tells TMZ Lindsay was "a real bitch in the field." The source says Lohan, who was stopped at the intersection of Pico and Main in Santa Monica, was "uncooperative and showed obvious signs of intoxication." We're also told that Lohan refused to submit to a PASD -- Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device, but when cops administered a walk-the-line test, Lindsay flunked. Back at the police station, Lohan underwent a blood alcohol test and scored between a .12 and .13, well over the .08 legal limit.
ITEM: Lohan was then booked, an unflattering mugshot taken, and bail was set at 25 grand. She posted bail and was released early this morning.
ITEM: We're told Lohan was chasing a Cadillac Escalade, driven by the mother of Lindsay's assistant, who had quit just hours earlier.
ITEM: Ironically, Lohan was voluntarily wearing a SCRAM alcohol monitoring device around her ankle, which is supposed to sound an alarm if she's drinking alcohol. But TMZ called a honcho at SCRAM, who didn't even know she was arrested!
ITEM: TMZ has learned that Lohan's arraignment is set for August 24 at 8:30 AM. And how's this for scheduling conflicts? -- Lohan is scheduled to appear in Beverly Hills Court the same day for her Memorial Day weekend DUI bust.
ITEM: Lindsay's attorney Blair Berk issued the following statement to TMZ: "Addiction is a terrible and vicious disease. Since Lindsay transitioned to outpatient care, she has been monitored on a SCRAM bracelet and tested daily in order to support her sobriety. Throughout this period, I have received timely and accurate reports from the testing companies. Unfortunately, late yesterday I was informed that Lindsay had relapsed. The bracelet has now been removed. She is safe, out of custody and presently receiving medical care."
For More, be sure to check out Britney Spears's bio, nudity review, pics and clips at MrSkin.com, and Lindsay Lohan's bio, nudity review, pics and clips at MrSkin.com!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Former "NYPD Blue" star Esai Morales has written an open letter to his fans on his MySpace page in response to a lawsuit filed by his former live-in girlfriend, who claims he sexually assaulted her and gave her herpes:
To My Fans,
As you may have already heard, I have been put in a very frustrating situation by some hurtful accusations that were leveled against me in a recent lawsuit. But, because of the nature of the litigious society we live in, my very competent legal counsel is advising me not to comment at this time.
Yet, I need to assure you personally that the charges that have been leveled against me are absolutely false and without merit and I am prepared to vigorously defend myself and my reputation.
You know me. You've known me for nearly three decades. And you know in your hearts that these claims are baseless. This is not the way I live my life and I am incapable of committing these kinds of acts.
I am proud of my humanity, my activism and my respect for fellow human beings. I will continue to be optimistic and I will not let a personal attack deter me from the bigger picture.
I am grateful and humbled by your prayers, well wishes and expressions of trust and support at this time and look forward to the day when the truth will prevail.
So there you have it, whoever it is that is making these claims better watch the fuck out, before Esai goes and gets Mexican Ed to come after them and whoop some ass.
The day finally came that sent me over the top in my love for wrestling, my Dad had gotten us tickets to an event. It was leading into Summerslam and I got to meet The Texas Tornado, got to see Dibiase and Perfect wrestle live. Hogan fought Slaughter. And They also tapped some matches for Superstars. I remember my Dad buying me everything I wanted from the merchandise stand. I got my foam LOD shoulder pads, a foam title belt. A Hogan finger. and a T Shirt with some superstars on it. Michaels and Jannety split up so I took my marker and drew a line between the two on my shirt. I was a kid obsessed.
One day at recess I got into a fight, the kid threw me to the ground and kicked me, I instantly jumped back up, shot up a finger and pointed at him, my eyes wide, doing my best Hogan impression. Waved my finger back and forth and then socked the kid in the nose. Wrestling helped me win many a school yard fights. A knee drop onto a kid from the top of the slide got me detention for a week. Flipping my school bus driver the bird Stone Cold style got me kicked off of riding the bus. Every job I applied for, hours available, any hours except Monday nights. Working at Blockbuster once they actually put me down for working a Monday night, so I quit. Nothing in this world got between me and my wrestling. I never missed a show when it came to town.
John Cena. A name that will stay with me forever, the guy that made me quit watching. Bobby Lashley another name that made me quit watching. But the biggest name of them all, Vince McMahon. All of my favorite wrestlers quit, retired, or were released. And if they werent, then they were just reduced to midcarders and would stay there forever (Matt Hardy). The writing on the shows got horrible, the wrestling got stupid, and everything was so predictable and eye rolling that I just could not take it anymore, and gave up. In the past 4 months, I have only watched 1 full episode of Raw, the episode of Vince blowing himself up in a limo, some saw it as great, I saw it as stupid. ECW coming back was an awesome thing for 2 weeks, then it got stupid and was worse to watch than Heat and Velocity. Smackdown was just a giant piece of crap but I had actually gained interest in it since Edge was champ. Edge was always a favorite of mine. And now, Khali? Give me a break. John Cena on Raw is apparently the greatest wrestler of all time since no one can beat him, not HBK, not Orton, not HHH, no body. So whats the point in watching? None. Because of things like that, I have given up, I can say with a heavy heart that I am no longer a wrestling fan. I read wrestling news every now and then, and will read some of the results of the shows. But other than that, wrestling is dead to me. Thank you Cena, thank you Vince. You have turned away a life long hardcore wrestling fan. Will I ever watch wrestling again? Maybe, but it would take a lot to do so.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
There aren't many dark days in the Valley of the Sun in mid-summer, but Friday must have been pretty gloomy.
Just when Phoenix Suns fans were moving through the acceptance phase of their grief over last year's unjust playoff exit comes another knee to the groin.
As if the playoff suspensions of Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw (in exchange for instigator Robery Horry) hadn't been a big enough miscarriage of justice, now comes news that NBA referee Tim Donaghy is under FBI investigation for betting on basketball. There are even allegations of mob ties.
While those charges have yet to be proven, there is very little debate among the basketball cognoscenti as to what was the most dubiously officiated game in this spring's playoffs. It was Game 3 of the Suns-Spurs Western Conference semifinals on May 12.
It was a bewildering carnival of bad calls, bad non-calls and egregiously late calls.
Who did that game? Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard and Tim Donaghy.
The Suns' gut-wrenching six-game loss to the Spurs had already plunged their fans into the grief cycle, only then it was due largely to David Stern's failure to insert a measure of mitigating sanity to his zero-tolerance bench-leaving policy.
The pain played out like this:
Denial — This can't be happening. Robert Horry didn't just hip-check Steve Nash into the scorer's table with the result being the suspensions of our only low-post scorer and best low-post passer. This cannot be happening.
Anger — We hate you, David Stern! We'd like to see Charles Barkley throw you through a plate glass window at Dan Majerle's bar!
Bargaining — Please, please, let us squeak out Game 5. Let the series go seven games. We'll forget all about the unjust suspensions.
Depression — We lost. We're doomed. It's over. Our window of opportunity is closing. Nash is 33. That was our shot.
Acceptance — We're down, but not out. We just signed Grant Hill. Stoudemire will be another year away from microfracture surgery. Leandro Barbosa is getting better by the minute.
And then whammo! It looks like the NBA has a dirty ref and he called a pivotal playoff game that the Suns lost. So, for beleaguered Suns fans, the stages of grieving begin anew.
Denial — There is simply no way an official in a major American sport would do this. This isn't Italian soccer, dammit.
Anger — Was Game 3 the game when Bruce Bowen essentially assaulted Nash from start to finish? Was Bowen really whistled for only two fouls? Did Nash really shoot only three free throws? Was that the game where the Suns were in the midst of a run-out when they were interrupted by a foul call so late it just had to be an inadvertent whistle?
Bargaining — Okay. Please, Federal Bureau of Investigation, just tell us Donaghy hadn't bet on that game. Please just tell us that a pile of mob money didn't come down on the Spurs in Game 3.
Depression — Ah, what's the difference? It's not like Stern is going to give us a do-over.
Acceptance — Probably never.
First, Game 3 will have to be put under a microscope. Hard to believe it will look any better under a jeweler's loupe than it did on TV.
Off the top of my head, the worst non-call — after Bowen forced a turnover by chopping down on Nash's off hand as the point guard was crossing over — came right in front of Rush, not Donaghy.
One other critical officiating error was a whistle on a clean block by Stoudemire, who played only 21 minutes due to foul trouble.
And then there was the whistle delivered from Shangri-La. The Suns had forced a miss, secured the ball and were pushing it up court when a foul was called, retroactive to the shot attempt. If it turns out that Donaghy made this particular call — after having a couple of seconds to think about it — it will look very bad.
The Spurs were favored by four in Game 3 and won by seven, 108-101. They shot nine more free throws than the Suns, a perfectly reasonable gap between an interior-scoring team and a jump-shooting team. While the risk of fixing a playoff game is increased by the closer scrutiny of the game, it is easier to place large bets without setting off red flags because there's much more money being wagered on a playoff game than a regular season game.
If Donaghy is convicted of fixing any games over the last two seasons — during which the FBI was monitoring his games — how will Stern, who must have precious little credibility in Phoenix, ever convince Suns fans that they weren't the victims of a fix? I mean, besides the one he himself sanctioned after Game 4. (And if it turns out Donaghy did conspire to fix Game 3, how happy will Suns fans be with the FBI for allowing their team to be an unwitting victim in a two-year-old sting operation?)
For years Stern has been dismissing the cries of conspiracy theorists and fining anyone who dared open his mouth about the officiating. He even went so far as to threaten to throw Jeff Van Gundy out of the league.
If during a criminal court proceeding it comes to light that Donaghy was influencing the outcome of games, is Stern prepared to return any fine money levied against a player, coach or owner who criticized what turned out to be crooked officiating?
Former Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill was fined $25,000 after complaining bitterly about the officiating in a game Donaghy did on March 6, 2006.
Stern could conceivably return that fine money if it turns out Donaghy was in the bag. But what if evidence emerges that Donaghy had money on the Spurs in Game 3?
If that's the case, Stern's refusal to adjudicate the Horry-Stoudemire-Diaw non-fight fairly will have compounded a criminal act. How could he ever make things right in Phoenix?
He might start by awarding Phoenix, one of the finalists, the 2009 All-Star Game. But would he dare show up?
Suns fans may still be grieving.
So now, I turn on this new animated show, and WOW, what do I see? The characters! Craig, Smokey, Craigs parents and sister, Debo, Debbie, Stanley, almost ALL of them. This show scored right away with me in the character department. Then, we kick things off on Craigs porch! The legendary spot that had me wanting to grow up and chill on my front porch all day watchin all the happenings of the neighborhood. The stories here also have the Friday feel to them, stuff you'd see in the original movie, with some current events thrown in to keep things current. I almost felt like i was watching a mixture of Friday with a black Beavis and Butthead. The voice actors attempt to pull off the same voices from the characters in the movie, and they met my standard, didn't do a bad job at all. The humor is done well, although of course smoking weed and F-bombs can't be allowed being its on MTV, I'll gladly trade those in exchange for the show sticking with the original Friday story as it is. Overall, this show grabbed me and kept me interested, especially since I'm a huge fan of the first movie but not the sequels. Maybe being that Ice Cube is an executive producer on this one, he was able to do things right, using all the characters this time without having to worry about huge money demands etc.
I'm really hoping this show is a permanent thing, i caught it very late at night, and had'nt heard one word about it until i saw it on the guide, but hopefully it catches on, as it could really do something I think and outdo a lot of the animated crap comedy that's out there today. You can judge for yourselves, as I've provided video below, but for some reason, my attention was grabbed, and this show is def. on my list of favorites. I give this one 2 thumbs WAY up, and you KNOW this.....MAN!
Friday, July 20, 2007
All started off with Bosom Buddies
then we got...
My personal favorite, Bachelor Party
The Money Pit
Nothing in Common
Of course the CLASSIC film, The 'burbs
Joe Versus the Volcano
then all of a sudden... this movie came along, The Bonfire of the Vanities
And since then, he has turned his back on comedies. Sure he still makes "cute movies" like a favorite of mine, Toy Story. But lets face it, the raunchy funny as hell slapstick Tom Hanks is gone. See all was well, He was makin A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle which dont even get me started on that film, well I already did get started on it which you can read all about right here! But there was always that hint of comedy greatness he once had in those film.
But then, Philadelphia came along. And he won an Oscar. And since then, he is a complete and totally different person. Not the same Hanks we once knew and love. I mean sure, he still makes great movies, Saving Private Ryan, Road to Perdition, The Green Mile, Forrest Gump, but seriously, watch those movies, then throw in Bachelor Party and see, not the same Tom at all.
We miss you Mr. Hanks, we miss you dearly and the comedy world needs you back. Please make at least one, more great comedy. Even a Burbs 2 would do. Something, anything. We love your films, but have a deep devotion to your comedy. Come back Tom.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Heroes, House, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, & The Sopranos.
My Pick for the win: The Sopranos. The final season was just TOO good to pass up.
Lead Actor, Drama:
James Gandolfini, Denis Leary, James Spader, Kiefer Sutherland, & Hugh Laurie
My Pick for the win: James Gandolfini. His final turn as Tony Soprano was definitely award winning.
Lead Actress, Drama:
Minnie Driver, Edie Falco, Sally Field, Kyra Sedgwick, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Arquette
My Pick for the win: Kyra Sedgwick. Her show, The Closer, has brought the highest ratings to USA ever, and she's great in the role.
Best Reality Show: Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef.
My Pick for the win: Dancing with the Stars. Amazing race always wins, but I think this year Dancing got the ratings.
Lead Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Tony Shalhoub, Charlie Sheen
My Pick for the win: Alec Baldwin. 'Nuff said.
Lead Actress, Comedy: America Ferrera, Tina Fey, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mary Louise Parker.
My Pick for the win: America Ferrera. She won the Golden Globe!
Best Comedy: Entourage, The Office, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Ugly Betty
My Pick for the win: 30 Rock. The critics love this show, and I have to admit from what I've seen, it's the funniest of the noms.
Drama, Best Supporting Actress:
Rachel Griffiths, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Katherine Heigl, Aida Tuturro, Lorraine Bracco
My Pick for the win: Sandra Oh
Comedy, Best Supporting Actress:
Jaime Pressly, Jenna Fischer, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Perkins
My Pick for the win: Elizabeth Perkins
Drama, Best Supporting Actor:
William Shatner, T.R. Knight, Masi Oka, Terry O'Quinn, Michael Emerson, Michael Imperioli
My Pick for the win: William Shatner
Comedy, Best Supporting Actor:
Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson, Jon Cryer
My Pick for the win: Jeremy Piven
So there you have it, the upfront nominations, and my picks. I'll be back in September to see how well I scored!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
When The Sopranos took off, we didn't have HBO, and even if we did I probably wouldn't have been allowed to watch it. Fortunately, the show took so long to play out, that I had time to tack on a couple more years, and get caught up via DVD and OnDemand. But year after year, these shows would sweep the emmys, and you'd see all the hard working network stars getting snubbed left and right. It was a simple solution for HBO and Showtime studios. They were offering hour long, commercial free, shows - with all the grit, language, and sexiness that the network shows couldn't and wouldn't allow. No way were you going to see girls like the ones on Sex and the City on CBS. There was no precedence for talk of fellatio and promiscuity. You just couldn't get away with it on network television, where corporate sponsorship reigns supreme. You just couldn't.
So HBO and Showtime hit the jackpot. Here they are, offering the shows EVERYONE wants to see, and for people to watch them, they have to PAY. Who needs corporate sponsorship, when you can have paying customers? Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching.
As the notoriety grew, and the numbers rose, the shows got better and better. Instantly, HBO had the highest watched shows in the country with The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Sex and the City.
Over the years, those groundbreaking shows came to massively climactic ends, each one setting a new record for numbers of people watching. And in their wake, the new era of premium channels was born. Following in the footsteps of the Sopranos, but not necessarily in the same forumla, is the show Brotherhood. Centering around the relationship between two brothers in Providence, one an up and coming politician, the other, an up and coming mobster, Brotherhood gives a gritty and dark look at life in the Northeast, where most people assume everything is bright and beautiful.
The show stars Jason Issac, who has been a favorite actor of mine since his role in The Patriot, portrays Michael Caffee, the hard-edged older brother, who returns to his Providence neighborhood to reconcile with his estranged family and reclaim his title as underworld kingpin of Providence. Playing the role of his brother is, Jason Clarke, who plays Tommy Caffee, an ambitious local politician navigating the treacherous worlds of Rhode Island politics and organized crime. His determined plans to provide the best for his family, as well as for his decaying blue-collar neighborhood, become more complicated when Michael returns home after a seven-year exile.
On the flipside of Brotherhood, comes the show Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, who you may remember from Six Feet Under. This time, rather than playing a mortician, Michael plays Dexter, a serial murderer with a bit of a vigilante twist. The show has an amazing supporting cast, including the multi faceted James Remar, and the beautiful Julie Benz.
Hall, who played a meek gay funeral home manager in Six Feet Under, is amazingly evil and charming at the same time as Dexter. Dexter, who lives by a series of rules and principles, only kills those who "need" to die. The first season saw him going back and forth with a second serial killer, and I'm sure the upcoming second season will only be better.
Alongside Dexter, the hit show Weeds returns to Showtime, coupling alongside the newcomer Californication, starring David Duchovny. Both of these shows follow in the footsteps of shows like Sex and the City, and even Entourage, with their hip and witty comedic performances, coupled with the usual sex, drugs, and again sex of these types of shows. Going in to this new season, it seems, to me anyways, that Showtime has the leg up on HBO. Big Love is going great right now, but John From Cincinnati, Flight of the Concords, and even this season of Entourage just aren't cutting it. Whereas Showtimes has Dexter and Weeds returning, Brotherhood coming back soon, Meadowlands (which I really love), Californication(which looks like it's gonna be great) and The Tudors.
I'm really surprised to not see this kind of programming popping up on Starz or Cinemax. Cinemax especially, seeing as how it's now owned by HBO. It would be a great chance for them to air shows they might not necessarily have space for on the main channel.
Either way, paying for them or not, premium channel shows are only getting better and better, and they're certainly worth the extra 15 bucks a month on my cable bill.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I have not felt, the way I felt watching that movie, since I was about 10 years old. When it was first announced that Michael Bay would be making a Transformers movie. I was crushed. I fuckin LOVED my Transformers when I was a kid. Transformers, He Man, Voltron, and Thundercats were fucking IT for me. But then along with Bay helming, I heard news that another man would be very deeply involved with the making of it... Spielberg. Thank god. I rested easy, and prepared.
Then came the first teaser for it, and it had me geeking out. And then the waiting game, even longer, until this day, 20 years in the making. People out there are complaining about OH THERE WAS TOO MANY HUMAN CHARACTERS. Yeah well, there was human characters in the cartoon as well. And honestly, who the hell was really paying that much attention to the humans in this movie anyways?
This review is going to be all over the place, because I literally got out of the theater, got home, and sat down to write this bad boy. Because if you are a Transformers fan, you are going to lose your ever lovin mind over this movie. I have not felt like a 10 year old kid in fucking awe and amazed at what I was watching. Optimus Primes arrival made the entire theater geek out, the transformation sound, seeing the transformers move, talk, just like in the cartoons. And I waited even longer, see even though the Decepticons are the bad guys, my favorite character of them all is Starscream, and holy shit I was not let down at all. The human characters work, the transformers are fucking PERFECT. And holy crap the special effects are amazed, not once did I feel like I was watching computer animated robots, they looked, and seemed real in every single way. The cartoon I loved and cherished as a kid was brought to life in front of my eyes. It was like christmas morning, when I was a little kid, and opened up and saw my Optimus Prime toy there waiting for me in a present. This movie made me so excited, and so happy, and so fuckin relieved that it seems like the only thing I can do to really express my happiness is to throw shit around my apartment and scream out my window AUTOBOTS, LETS ROLL OUT! Holy crap, with Prime says those words in the movie, chills baby, fuckin chills.
Michael Bay, you did good kid, ya did good. I am sorry I ever doubted you. But you better kiss the holy ground that Spielberg walks on, because if he wasn't there to keep you tamed and show you how its done, I fear what might have happened. But it didn't. Ladies, Gentlemen, Newton. Transformers is a fantastic ride at the movies. Go and see it now.
P.S. Sorry this review is pretty much just a geek having an orgasm all over the place, I just do not know how to put into words the complete and utter awesomeness that I just saw. I am also eager to hear Newtons thoughts on the movie.
Monday, July 2, 2007
So far, every review I have read has been positive, saying FINALLY Bay makes a good movie. FINALLY Bay didn't fuck something up. Well what 99% of the morons (ahem Newton) seem to fail to realize that this is not just a Bay movie. But a Spielberg movie as well. How many times has Bay let us down? Damn near every time he stepped behind the camera. But how many times has ol Steve let us down? Rarely ever, save for maybe Twister and Men In Black. But those two movies are nothing compared to all the rest he has given us, like The Goonies.
I have been watching the cartoons lately, have not seen them since I was a kid. And in Newtons hate filled Transformers post, I find even more facts that he got wrong. Where he says something along the lines of, the movie doesn't really resemble the cartoon at all. Well after watching the cartoons recently, I can see that, the movie actually does follow the cartoon pretty well. The human characters from the cartoon are in the movie, the fact that the Transformers can put a hollogram of a human looking like they're being driven by someone in the drivers seat, and a few other things I'll leave as a surprise.
So tomorrow is the big day, and of course I will be here with a review for it. Will it be good? Or will all my hopes and dreams be shattered with a shitty movie? We will see. As for what other people are saying, here are some quotes from reviews for, Transformers.
"Better than sex."
"If it's true that there's an 8-
"All you can do is grin, shake your head and let Transformers steamroll you into having a blast."
"Has Hell actually frozen over? Are pigs now taking to the sky? I only ask because Michael Bay has achieved the unthinkable: he's directed a crushingly entertaining movie."