Sunday, January 28, 2007

WWE Royal Rumble

The Undertaker won his first Royal Rumble, which is huge news, especially considering he has been in WWF for about 230 years. It's also the first time entry #30 has won the Rumble.

Read more here.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Idiocracy: Reviewed

This is a Mike Judge film (Office Space, Beavis and Butthead) which is a DVD release. It never made it to theaters for a couple reasons which I will go into later.

The film starts out explaining that 500 years in the future the world will be inhabited by morons. Stupid people reproduce while smart people wait to have children for very good reasons, but this results in the world being overpopulated by idiots.

The main reason why this film wasn't accepted by Fox for theatrical release is the light commentary on conglomerates such as Carl's Jr. (Hardees), Starbucks, Costco, and Gatorade (it's got electrolytes). As a result of these companies having monopolies in their fields, coffee costs as much as a modern-day trip to Europe (but the good news is it does include a "happy ending") and the economy is entirely dependent on these companies succeeding. I don't really think that says anything evil about these corporations, but Fox apparently did.

Luke Wilson plays the lead role as an army private that is volunteered for an experiment to be cryogenically frozen for one year, but due to an army mishap, he and his female counterpart, played by Maya Rudolph, wake up 500 years later. When Luke wakes up, he finds he is the smartest person in the world.

Supporters include David Herman (Michael Bolton from Office Space), Horatio Sanz (though he's not credited even by IMDB) and appearances by Stephen Root (Office Space, Dodgeball), and Thomas Haden Church (Spiderman 3, Sideways and Wings).

The other reason, in my opinion, why it wasn't released in theaters is because the movie isn't great. I do think Fox would have made a decent profit by doing a nation-wide theatrical release, however there's nothing hilarious about this movie, and Fox thought it's resources would be best spent elsewhere. It is kinda funny, but not the funniest thing I've ever seen. I give this movie 2.5 / 5 stars, it's more or less an average comedy.