Monday, December 25, 2006

Holy Sheist

Tim Butron is at it again. Pee Wee's Playhouse is coming to the big screen, again. And yes, Paul Reubens is attached to play Pee Wee. That's all for now.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Death of a President: Reviewed

This film is a fictional documentary about the assassination of President Bush and the events leading up to the assassination, as well as the days and months following.

It's really an incredible movie, regardless if you're a Bush basher or supporter. Every aspect of the "what if" scenario is examined, including interviews with members of the secret service and others inside the president's administration, a forensic investigator, possible suspects and their family members. Fictional newscasts and actual file footage is used to add to the reality of the movie.

Something I found very intriguing is how a Muslim woman and her husband were afraid just to go in public after the shooting, fearing they would be arrested just because they fit the classic terrorist profile. The police eventually did arrest the Muslim man, and scraped up enough circumstantial evidence to bring him to trial.

The big pay off, the reveal of who the assassin is, comes out of left field. The Muslim, a white supremacist from Alabama, dozens of Al Cada terrorist cells, communists, Syrians, and hundreds of Bush haters all take credit for the killing.

I don't find the social commentary trite or cliche at all. It's an interesting theory of what the social and political ramifications could be if a president is killed while in office.

The movie stresses how intrusive the Patriot Act can be, and how justice really is blind, but these themes are overshadowed by the excellent storytelling. This movie is great because it tells a unique and interesting story extremely well. It would have been just as good and compelling if it would have been about Clinton, Kerry, Gore, or Regan. I don't feel it would have been as good if it would have been about a totally fictional presidential figure, because it wouldn't have seemed as real. I give this movie 4/5 stars!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

House of 1K Corpses: Reviewed - Finally!



When I was in high school, I saw a teaser trailer for a movie that looked totally sick. What appeared to be two men in space suits were digging a grave in a torrential downpour as the mud slopped around the shovels, a heartbeat pounded and a crow cackled; House of 1000 Corpses was introduced to the big screen. About six years later it finally found a distributor after Universal forced Zombie to censor the movie to get an R rating instead of an NC-17 rating. Many Zombie fans were disappointed with the movie, including Morty (contributor over at Book of Fitz) and myself.

As I mentioned, the movie was originally suppose to have an NC-17 rating, so Zombie took it to a different distributor that wouldn’t want to edit it down to an R. Eventually, after all other distributors passed on it, Lion’s Gate picked it up for the R rating.

The beginning of the movie actually hooks your interest. Murders start early. The characters are great, and there’s even some oddly good acting (for a horror movie). It’s the lack of direction that kills the movie (not the directing by Rob Zombie, instead it’s more like a stream of consciousness scenario). Things just happen without much reason or regard for how the movie will develop.

One of the gems of this movie is that Matthew McGrory is in it, though is hid by a mask the entire time. McGrory has been in Big Fish and not much else, and was known as Bigfoot on the Stern show back when McGrory was still alive (not to be confused with the new wack-packer Bigfoot, different person).

Zombie actually did a great job scoring the movie, which is very difficult to do. Too many movies are scored poorly, which just kills the movie. Although this movie is pretty much dead to begin with, the well-done scoring holds it together. The soundtrack is great, some original Zombie tracks included. His cover of Brick House is a breathe of fresh air, and not your typical kind of Zombie song.

The absolute worst part of the movie is the execution scene. At about the 59 minute mark, police investigate the suspected murderers’ house, only to have the murderers exterminate of all the police, one of them on his knees – a gun pressed to his forehead by the main killer. The execution scene is in slow motion and is scored by yodeling country music (the only poor song chioce in the movie). Right when the big pay off is about to happen and the last cop is going to get killed, the music ends and a crane shot begins for what seems to be a minute-and-a-half long, accompanied without sound or music. Finally the cop is offed at the crane shot’s 26 second mark, which is way past the rising action, climax, and well into the anti-climax of the scene. Zombie seems to be the only one that thinks this shot was a good idea and was different and terrific and unlike anything else in classic or modern horror cinema.



The only redeeming factor of the scene is that directly after the monstrosity is over, Sheri Moon bares her thong-clad ass, and some almost full-frontal boobage. The best part of the movie comes when Sheri Moon goes in the liquor store, and the clerk named “G. Ober” has a few hilarious and classic lines that almost make the movie worth seeing. Sheri Moon’s ass is the other reason that makes the movie worth seeing. Moon as Baby – Zombie’s long time girlfriend (wife?) - is totally hot, and shows some ass 25 minutes into the movie.



Other characters include Sid Haig as the evil clown, Captain Spaulding. Bill Mosely plays the patriarch of the killer’s clan, named Otis. Sheri Moon, who I already discussed, was in the December 2005 issue of Playboy. Harrison Young (old James Ryan in Saving Private Ryan) as the father of one of the kids that disappeared. Karen Black as the mother of Sheri Moon, who has been in Hollywood for about 45 years.

As much as I rag on this movie, it’s actually a very well authored DVD. The extras are good (as far as DVD extras go). The commentary by director Rob Zombie is terrific, and I’ve heard lots of lousy commentaries (including Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles, Tim Butron on Sleepy Hollow, Alex Proyas on The Crow to name a few).

You can tell (from the commentary at least) that Zombie didn’t always stick to the script and had lots of on-the-fly changes, which certainly doesn’t help the movie out. To Zombie’s credit, it was his first time directing a movie.

The best analogy I can think of for this movie is a scary campfire story. It starts out well enough, you’re aware it’s total bullshit, and you’re going through the motions by paying attention it, but you know it’s just bad. It’s a big homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and a thousand other horror movies that no one’s heard of that Zombie grew up with.

The really bad part is, I think the movie’s starting to grow on me. I’m giving Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses 2/5 stars. I’m tempted to give it a better rating, but I think back to my first impression of the movie and I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Zombie is now in pre-production for his new horror movie, the ninth installment and remake of the original Halloween.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

This Blog Is Not Dead

At least not yet. I’ve been pretty lazy lately, I just don’t take time to make a posting like I use to. Here are some postings I’ve been meaning to do:

Review of House of 1000 Corpses
Review of The Devil’s Rejects
Possibilities for Halloween costumes
List of famous girls that have hit the wall & a to watch list
Review of The Tick (cartoon)
Review of Robot Chicken

That’s all for now, bitches.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Great Sports Movies

I think I may be ripping off one of the other blogs on this one, but here’s my take on great sports movies:

61* - An HBO original movie that chronicles the home run race of 1961 between Mickey Mantle (played by Thomas Jane of The Punisher) and Roger Marris (played by Barry Pepper). Many issues are addressed, such as how athletes deal with negative media attention, the strain being on the road has on an athlete and their family, and the demons that can negatively affect an athlete’s performance. There’s also an interesting juxtaposition to Mark McGwire’s home run race of 1998. The acting may not be perfect, but it’s damn interesting and has great story telling. About the most unlikely character is Bob Cerv (played by Chris Bauer who I remember as the S&M killer in 8MM), and Mel Allen the announcer (played by Christopher McDonald who everyone knows as Shooter from Happy Gilmore, and will be starring in the American Pie 5: The Naked Mile and Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning as Boss Hogg).

Hoop Dreams – This is the documentary that mainstreamed the genre. Inner city youths that aspire to one day become pro ballers are followed throughout their four year high school basketball careers. It’s mostly tragic, watching these guys playing ball with drug deals going on ten feet from where they’re standing. It’s a really well done movie, and it’s the Godfather of all documentaries.

Pumping Iron – A documentary about Arnold in the pinicle of his bodybuilding career and Lou Ferrigno in his ascent in bodybuilding. I’ve got to admit, if you’re a straight man you WILL feel very gay watching this movie of greased up muscle-men posing and flexing and wearing nothing more than a banana hammock. But if you’re comfortable with being hetero and can appreciate the insane physical attributes of the bodybuilders in this very interesting and sometimes disturbing documentary, or you just want to see some vintage Anrold hamming it up for the cameras, then this is a must see.

Kingpin – Roy Munson (played by Woody Harrelson) and Ernie McCracken (played by Bill Murray and arguably one of his best performances) star in this classic bowling comedy. The movie is absolutely hilarious, Vanessa Angel is incredibly hot, and the end has a performance by an Amish version of Blues Traveler.

Other movies that are good that I don’t want to get into: Happy Gilmore, Dodgeball, Legend of Bagger Vance.

I’m leaving off a movie many people consider great, A Field Of Dreams. I do feel it’s a very good movie, but it’s not really a sports movie to me. It’s a tale of a son getting one last chance to show his father how much he loves him, using baseball as a vehicle. It’s a great love story, but once again I’m not so sure it’s a sports movie.

Other good/great movies with sport subplots: The Big Lebowski, Finding Forrester, Rounders (if you consider poker a sport in the sense that it’s on ESPN all the time), Varsity Blues.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Which Super Power Would You Rather Have?

For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that you can only have one power, unless there are some listed together.

Invisibility
Strength
Healing
Super Vision (Heat, X-Ray and Telescopic) & Hearing
Wolverine’s Claws
Telepathy
Telekinesis
Teleportation
Flight
Speed
Invincibility (Bullet and knife proof skin)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviewed



Another great movie from director Gore Verbinski (The Mexican, The Ring, and original Pirates), though I’m not sure how great because when I saw it on Saturday July 15th, I was in the second row so the whole thing was like reading the beginning of a Star Wars movie.

From what I can tell, the movie was very well directed and written, the acting and effects were great, and the music, costumes, make-up, and everything else were all outstanding.

I would compare this movie to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode 5). The plot advances in a natural yet fast paced manner, and leaves a lot to be resolved in the final movie of the trilogy (which contrary to popular belief has NOT been filmed yet, it is being filmed right now).

There are some great new characters introduced, including some kind of Hoodoo/Voodoo/Witchcraft chick (which would be really hot if not for her rotting teeth), but I’m not sure which actress it is. Also, there are some unlikely characters returning that play a huge role.

Without giving anything major away, Jack Sparrow has to repay a debt to an undead (maybe?) Davy Jones, and manipulates everyone else into helping him. There’s plenty of swashbuckling, pirate trickery, and unexpected twists. If you liked the first Pirates, you can be absolutely sure the second will not disappoint.

So far the movie has been a huge success, setting all kinds of records including the records for opening weekend ($135 million), single & opening day ($55.8 million), largest Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday gross, and is currently #21 on the list of all time domestic grossing movies with over $305 million, and it’s only been out two weeks! So I was wrong about Superman being the Spiderman-squasher, but I can’t think of a better movie to take down Spidey (at least until Spiderman 3 comes out in March), except maybe for this movie.

I’m forced to defer my rating of this movie until I have a chance to see the movie from a non-skewed perspective, but trust me when I say that you must see this movie, but only after you’ve seen the first.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Superman Returns: Reviewed



Get ready for basically a blowjob aimed at Bryan Singer.

This movie is so excellent, my words can’t adequately sum it up. The acting, direction, effects, lighting, writing, music, and everything else is top notch. It’s a shame it won’t get nominated for any important awards, but hopefully I’m wrong.

One actor I want to point out is Frank Langella who plays Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet. He also plays a great devil worshiper in The Ninth Gate. Langella doesn’t have that much face time in Returns, but he does a great job.

Musically, I couldn’t have been more satisfied. The use of the classic Superman theme was key, and the rest of the score was just as excellent. If a new Superman theme song had been created, it just wouldn’t have been the same (think of trying to redo the peanut and jelly sandwich without peanut butter or jelly).

There are some interesting new stories introduced that I won’t go into, but I don’t think they have been dealt with in the comics, classic movies, or cartoons and TV series. This isn’t a remake or recycling of some tired old plots either…well it kind of is, but you really won’t care. Lex Luthor attempts to take over the world; Superman tries his hardest to stop him. So it’s pretty much the same old storyline, but it’s still great.

You will notice more than a couple cinematic similarities to X-Men and X2, but that doesn’t crowd the movie’s style. When I noticed these similarities, I thought to myself that Singer was just using the X-Men series as practice for the comic movie he really wanted to do.

Just before I saw Superman Returns I was lucky enough to catch the original Superman with Christopher Reeve on HBO, and it made me appreciate Returns so much more. There are tons of subtle nods to the original Superman (Lois’ smoking and not being able to spell, Kent’s clumsiness, along with a few well placed quotes).

As great as Superman Returns was, I hate having to give it a rating of 4.75 / 5 stars. There were a couple things that just got under my skin that I won’t get into yet; I’ll give everyone some time to see it. And when you do, make sure you see it in IMAX, the 3D scenes are so cool.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Superman Returns



It should be noted that no matter if Superman Returns is indeed a great movie, or 2:37 (h:m) of straight boobless crap, it is my prediction that it will tank Titanic and squash Spiderman and make $120 million it’s opening weekend. Here are a few reasons why.

The availability of IMAX. With this terrific new way to view movies, people are willing to pay more to see movies like they’ve never been seen before, which gives Superman Returns the advantage over previous movies not released in IMAX.

Superman has more of a following than any other comic book, is already a proven movie franchise, and has a director that has patterned two comic book movies after Superman (Bryan Singer, writer, producer, and director of X-Men and X2).

The movie appeals not only those that are already Superman fans (either the comic book, past movies, or cartoons) but to those that aren’t too familiar with him. What is it about Superman that draws people to him?

People want to be strong, confident, invulnerable, smart, good looking, and popular like Superman. They see qualities in Superman that they would like to themselves have, or have more of.

All that being said, I will be reviewing Superman Returns possibly later tonight, I’m going to see it in the IMAX. Don’t be surprised if it sound like I’m giving the movie a blowjob, because from what I’ve heard everyone else is.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Nacho Libre Reviewed



As I write this, so far the movie has grossed over $40 million. Danny Elfman was the composer for this movie, who has done some great work in the past. From the director and writer of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Jack Black as a Mexican monk that becomes the world’s greatest wrestler to raise money for the orphan children of the monastery. The antagonist is played by an ex WCW wrestler that went by the name of Silver King in the late 90’s.

Being a huge fan of JB, I had high hopes for this movie and I hate to say it, but I was greatly disappointed. The wrestling scenes were actually very good, as were the scenes with JB singing, but the rest of the movie was too much story and not enough comedy. Don’t expect your typical JB movie, which would normally have a barrage of puns and gags and physical comedy that makes you want to cry. This movie makes just makes you want to cry.

I think I know why this movie was a disappointment to me, as much as I hate to admit it. It was a Nickelodeon film, so their goal was to make the movie appeal to old kids and young teenagers. It just so happened that they suckered JB fans into seeing it.

Before seeing this movie I thought it would be impossible to put JB in a movie and not have him be funny the majority of the time he was on screen, but I was proved wrong. Don’t bother seeing this movie in the theater, and I wouldn’t even recommend renting it on DVD. Save your money for Superman Returns in IMAX, or Pirates 2. “Nacho Libre”, more like “Nacho Let-Down”. If you do buy it on DVD, you could always make Nacho Libre nachos on the disc.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Flickr

Of the 5 people that read my site, there’s probably only one person that will really appreciate my Flickr page, which is a site that I upload my better photos to. I’ve updated it with some of the pictures I took in New York and Niagara Falls, but I took so many pictures in NY (around 2000) it will take months just to sort them out.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

The New York Trip



I’ve been quiet lately, and I’m going to be quiet for a few more weeks probably. I hate making articles that are more like diary entries, but I’m going to New York City really soon and it’s going to be very awesome.

I’m going to do the usual tourist things like Empire State, Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Ground Zero, and Times Square, but the highlight is going to be Mets vs. Giants (Saturday June 3rd), and Yankees vs. Red Socks (Monday June 5th). The timing of my trip is too good not to take advantage of these two games, and the only way to make it any sweeter is if the home teams pull out some wins.

So not that it matters, but I may not update for a while. Or, maybe I’ll update way more often than normal if I have some spare time when I’m in the Big Apple.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Movies Coming in 2008

...and beyond.

The Green Hornet has been suspended for some reason, not that it would have been a great success anyway, I never followed any Marvel books so I have no idea what TGH is about.
Jurassic Park 4...this time, the T-Rex is back...again...and he's still pissed!
Puss In Boots, starring Antonio Banderas as the lovable cat we all know from Shrek 2.
Terminator 4, I don't want to spoil the whole thing for you...but I hear he fights a robot from the future...maybe even the past!
Sin City 3
The Smurfs
Batman Begins Sequel (Untitled)


And in 2009...
Captain America, and an Untitled Superman Returns Sequel

Friday, April 14, 2006

Movies Coming in 2007

In alphabetical order.

Andre: Heart of the Giant - I'm pretty sure I talked about this once before, but I just wanted to remind everyone it's probably going to not be very good.
AVP2 (Aliens vs. Predator 2) - I don't think it's possible for it to be worse than the first, but I have been wrong before.
The Butterfly Effect 2 (sans Ashton Kutcher) - I thought he died in the original?
Castlevania - Movies based on video games have always failed to impress me, am I right?
Fahrenheit 911.5
Fantastic Four 2
Fraggle Rock: The Movie
- Holy shit!
Futurama
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Homey the Clown
- Written by Damon Wayans, starring Damon Wayans, special guest appearance by me as I vomit uncontrolibly just thinking about this abomination.
Indiana Jones 4
King Tut
- Could be cool.
Magneto - Explores the life of Eric Magnus as he gets his revenge on the nazis and meets Professor Xavier. Could be a very good X-men prequel.
Meg - "From the director of Speed and Twister" comes a film adaptation of a book about a 50 ton shark. I think this one has actually been done already, about 30 years ago.
National Treasure 2
Ocean's Thirteen
Old School 2
Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll
- Starring Marilyn Manson, a series of 4 short films.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3
Random Acts of Cruelty
Random Acts of Kindness
- I hope somehow before either of these movies are released, they will combine and create a movie called Random Acts of Averageness, or these two open the same weekend and cancel each other out.
Resident Evil: Extinction - Making her big-screen debut...Debra McMichael (Stone Cold's ex-wife)
Ring 3
Rush Hour 3
Shrek the Third
Sin City 2
Spider Man 3
- Kirsten Dunst dies, Sandman is introduced, as is Venom.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Looks like it's going to be cg.
Three Stooges - Right now Jeff Bridges is in negotiations to play Larry, and nothing else is set.
Transformers - Directed by Michael Bay, the king of average movies.
Untitled Friday the 13th Sequel - Also directed by Michael Bay.
Welcome Back, Kotter
Whiskey River
- An American soldier is called back to active duty before he's fully recovered, prompting his father to kidnap him.
Witchblade
Wonder Woman

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Funny Four



I’ve been having a creative slump for quite some time, so here’s a link to RawDog’s (Sirius’s comedy channel) bracket for their March comedy tournament, The Funny Four.

Some interesting march-ups that are either scheduled or expected to occur: Artie Lange vs. Mitch Hedberg, Dave Attell vs. Dane Cook, and Dave Chappelle vs. Chris Rock.

Some of these brackets I wish there could be two losers, such as Larry the Cable Guy vs. Bobcat Golthwaite and Carrot Top vs. George Carlin (I don’t care what other people say, I don’t think he’s funny).

Monday, February 27, 2006

Slasher: Review

Despite the title, it’s not what you think, neither a really bad horror movie nor a parody by the Wayans brothers. This is a documentary about a car salesman that travels to Memphis, one of the poorest cities in the country, to try to sell a ton of cars in one weekend. Apparently, car dealerships do this kind of “slasher” sale all the time, and hire slasher salesmen from all over the country to boost sales.

The movie follows Michael Bennett, aka the Slasher salesman, and self proclaimed best Slasher ever. A Los Angeles native, the raspy-voiced, chain-smoking, alcohol depended, middle-aged husband of two brings his followers (a disc jockey that plays music at the car lots to promotes the sale to drivers by, and another salesman that closes the deals that the Slasher starts) along with him to assist in his selling of fine used automobiles.

You may be asking yourself, what makes people buy cars at these slasher sales? The almost false promise of getting a really cheap car (less than $100). One such family that bought one of these cheap cars gave it to their college-bound daughter, and the expression on her face when she saw her brand new shit box is priceless. She’s also totally embarrassed when her parents brag to all the section-8 neighbors about their $88 rolling turd. There are only two of these cheap piles of crap for $88, and the other car literally breaks down in the driveway of the family that bought it.

This is a good movie for a number of reasons. It’s amusing to watch the Slasher try to worm and weasel his way through a sale. The Slasher, the people buying cars, even the owner of the dealership are all entertaining in their own way.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Huge Announcement!



According to Amazon.com, drumrole please, David Spade's comedy special Take the Hit is coming soon to DVD! The comedy special debuted in 1998 on HBO, and has been pirated on every modern kind of media known to man (mp3, cd, audio tape, and even vhs) except DVD. It looks like we won't need to look for an illegal copy any longer, friends. Release date is April 11, 2006, run time is 60 minutes, and hilarity is guaranteed.

Link to the Amazon dot com page here.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Hollywood Update



Pirates is coming out with a sequel later this year, meanwhile the third in the series is filming. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the guy that did the original Pirates, I’m sure it will be a crowd pleaser and a box office success. It looks like rumors that Keith Richards playing a cameo as Depp’s father in either the sequel or the third in the trilogy are only rumors, as IMDB has not credited him in either movie. If you like the first then you’ll definitely like the second and third. Especially with the return of Keira Knightley, and the debut of Vanessa Branch.

The Sin City sequel is in pre-production, and is due out in ‘08. Frank Miller in a recent interview was asked if there’s a possibility of a third in the series, and he responded that he’s already in talks for a 4,5, and 6 in the series, as well as a TV series.

Andre; Heart of a Giant, a sports documentary, is due out shortly. Having actors portray pro-wrestlers (Terry Funk, Bruno Sammartino, and director/writer Drew Sky (who?) as Vince), it will almost assuredly be a flop, even among the loyal wrestling marks. An interesting note is that Matthew McGrory was slated to play Andre; he even did some filming, before he unfortunately passed away in August ‘05. Best knows for his role in Big Fish as the giant, he has also starred in House of 1000 Corpses (HB Winner), as well as the sequel The Devil’s Rejects, as Tiny.



Lastly, Seth MacFarlane, creator, writer, director, and voice of Family Guy is heading up a new project called Family Union, which will be a Family Guy family reunion. Most likely it will be the format of the other Family Guy movie, a three-part series of episodes.

That’s all for now. Read this article on CNN.com about a movie that documents the film rating process, it sounds like an interesting flick.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sirius Reviewed


There are currently over 3 million Sirius subscribers. Cursing, commercial-free music, Howard Stern uncensored, and plenty of selection from bluegrass music to blue-collar comedy are all just a taste of what Sirius has to offer. What’s not to like?

If there is a downside to Sirius, it’s that there is too much content. I don’t think the average satellite radio subscriber is going to listen to sports, dance, country, christian, gay/lesbian, rock, and pop content. Essentially, you’re paying for services that you’ll never use. If Sirius had different packages for people that just want rock or Stern or rap, I think they would have a lot more subscribers, just like you have basic cable TV packages, and your extras like HBO and Showtime and Stars. Give people one-tenth the amount of the channels filled with content that is interesting and relevant to their life, and Sirius would be much more popular.

Of course, my review of Sirius would not be complete without mentioning the Howard Stern Show. Unlike many of the other channels on Sirius, the Stern show is NOT commercial-free (about 6 minutes an hour), just so everyone has time to get a quick breakfast or bathroom break, etc. Also, the acquisition of George Takei (Star Trek’s Captain Sulu) as the announcer of the Stern show is absolutely perfect. He fits into the show like a piece of an elaborate jigsaw puzzle, like he’s been in the studio with them for years. He’s a great addition to the show, even if he is only signed for the first week. A gay asian with a deep, soothing voice is pure entertainment (nh).


Something very smart that Stern has done for his west coast fans, and fans that aren’t able to catch his broadcast live the first time around (on Howard 100), is to pre-empt his show two hours later on his other channel (Howard 101). This means that for everyone that doesn’t wake up ungodly early, you can listen to the second playing and not miss out on anything. And if you still can’t catch either the live or pre-empted airing, there’s a replay at night.

Something that I find interesting about Sirius is the text that scrolls across the Sirius receiver. You get scores for sport events, the band name and title of the song that you’re listening to, and any message that the DJ wants to convey.

The verdict; Sirius is a very entertaining medium. No matter what kind of music I feel like listening to, I have an entire channel with nothing but that genre. Stern’s show is funny, especially with the new addition of vulgarity (I don’t care what anyone says, sometimes a joke is better with swearing), but it’s more or less a five minute bit then fifteen minutes of, “I can’t believe we just did/said that, we can do/say whatever we want here and no one can do anything about it!” Not to say that the show isn’t funny and entertaining, but I’m sure eventually Stern will find his groove.

Other things to consider; the cost of the receiver, cost of monthly subscription (or one time cost of the lifetime subscription), and possible poor reception if you live in the boonies or if it’s raining (at first I had very bad reception, but after putting the antennae outside it’s much better). All that being said, I give Sirius 4 / 5 stars!

It could be better if it didn’t have so much worthless content to me, and if I didn’t have to put the antennae outside to get a decent reception (better yet if the antennae was just like a cell phone antennae and could actually get reception inside a building). Also, the receiver I bought has no battery, so I can’t listen to it unless it’s plugged in. There are some receivers that have built-in batteries, but they are very expensive and you also have to buy either the home or the car kits.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Band Camp Review



NOTE: I'm very biased with this movie.

If you didn’t like any of the first three in the American Pie series, you definitely won’t like the latest installment. I can best describe Band Camp as Ernest Goes To Camp meets American Pie.

Here’s the jist; Matt Stiffler (Steve’s younger brother) is sentenced to attend Band Camp as punishment for a high school prank. To impress his older brother, he uses spy cameras and sleezeball tactics to take Girls-Gone-Wild-esk videos of the girl’s showers.

Directed by Steve Rash, this movie is at least as entertaining as the other A.P. movies. Something that brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to the series is the absence of the majority of the original cast members. That means NO Sean William Scott (he would have cost too much). After all, he’s been in a movie with The Rock, and that means that he’s good.

As usual, you can expect the normal A.P. gags, such as ingesting bodily fluids and humping inanimate objects. And watch out for the bearded guitar player in the campfire scene, it’s Chris Rash, my former-neighbor when I lived in LA. (By neighbor, I mean there was about three inches between my room and his, God love the 100 year old Fraternity house.)

You pretty much know what to expect going into this movie. It’s no comedic masterpiece, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Great one-liners, Eugene Levy is terrific, and call it my low-brow sense of humor, but I give this movie 3.0 / 5 stars!

By the way, tons and tons of naked Playboy Playmate titties.