Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Underrated X-Files episodes that deserve credit

Lately, I've pulled out some of my old X-Files DVDs to re-watch some episodes. I must say, that the show holds up remarkably well. Plenty of the episodes that I recall as stellar upon the initial viewing remain stellar such as "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (hell any Darin Morgan episode for that matter), "Beyond the Sea", "One Breath", "Duane Barry", "Small Potatoes" and "Pusher", to name a few. However, there are also a good number of episodes that I think never received the acclaim they deserved. It could have been because they had the misfortune of being overshadowed by the mythology episodes or the audience didn't fully appreciate them.

However, these are the episodes of the X-Files that I think were really exceptional and never received their due credit. And no, I will not be including "Teso Dos Bichos", "Badlaa", or "Fight Club". Those episodes were atrocious the first time I watched them, and I'm sure they are now. As a matter of fact, it's hard for me to call anything really exceptional from season 6-9 (with the exception being the David Duchovny penned/directed outing, "The Unnatural").

These are my choices, feel free to agree or disagree all you want.


BLOOD



This Glen Morgan & James Wong episode (which features a story credit to Darin Morgan- who will go on to become the best writer of the series) is a very spooky tale which has townspeople committing murder after receiving messages from electronic devices. Of course, as with everything on the X-Files, it is a tad more complex than that. We soon discover that the town has been the subject of a controlled experiment with a chemical compound. All of this culminates in a shooting at a clocktower. The old chestnut of subliminal messages is used here and works amazingly well (the theme is used again in "Wetwired"- another solid episode). Although the shooting at the climax of the episode is memorable- my favorite moment would be the creepy scene with Mrs. McRoberts and the mechanic. There is a sense of unease that director David Nutter captured beautifully. Former porn star, Ashlyn Gere (who Morgan and Wong would work with again on Millennium and Space: Above and Beyond) showed she had some genuine acting chops with her role as McRoberts, who killed the mechanic due to her rape phobia. A very effective and jarring episode which also features the second appearance of the Lone Gunmen (and made me a fan of Frohike's for life)- and remains one of the most disturbing X-Files ever.


RED MUSEUM





"Red Museum" is tied to the mythology arc- but never seems to be remembered by X-Files fans. Written by series creator, Chris Carter, this episode is in ways, a sequel to the previous season's "The Erlenmeyer Flask". The episode has all the ingredients of a classic X-File: a Peeping Tom, kids being abducted and being returned with "He is One" or "She is One" on their backs. You have a cult called The Church of the Red Museum who are all vegetarians and contrast the meat-eating townspeople, who are becoming increasingly hostile. Then, you throw in the killer of Deep Throat, the Crew-Cut Man and this episode is an over the top success. But it ultimately falls by the wayside with fans. I do understand some thought it was a mistake for the Crew-Cut Man to die, but I'd prefer Mulder's search for vengeance to be thwarted somewhat. Also, this episode reminds me that Mulder (at least in the earlier seasons) used to have a brain when he starts discussing "walk-ins" with Scully. By the way, the scene with Scully and Mulder enjoying ribs together is priceless. I think the episode was quite disturbing which was something that show used to do very well.

This episode was supposed to be linked with an episode of the CBS show, Picket Fences, but it never materialized. It's too bad, I would have enjoyed to have seen the case carry over to another series. But, cross-network promoting was something that CBS had no interest in.

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This episode has gotten a fair share of backlash from fans but I like to think that most of that backlash was from the "shippers" who only want Mulder and Scully to be together. Personally, I think this episode was the perfect opportunity for Mulder to be vulnerable enough to sleep with someone. He was at a point where he was at rock bottom. The X-Files are re-opened but he is emotionally dead without Scully (who has been abducted). When Mulder goes to Los Angeles, the fires that are plaguing the state at the time, is a nice stand-in for Hell. A series of vampire-like murders are occurring and Mulder meets up with a woman named Kristen (played by Perry Reeves, who was Duchovny's real life girlfriend at the time), who may be a part of the trinity of killers.

Mulder is at his worst here and comes across Kristen, who is just as damaged as he is. The two have sex (although in famous Chris Carter fashion, it remains ambiguous because you never see it)- and in the end, Kristen sacrifices herself to stop the killers once and for all. All is left is a fiery blaze, and all Mulder has left to cling to is Scully's necklace.

I think the direction and music for this episode are top-notch. Glen Morgan and James Wong re-wrote a Chris Ruppenthal script which apparently included a lot of bloodsports and violence. Even though that aspect was watered down, I still find a lot of interesting things in this episode. Perry Reeves does a good job with her performance, however the real guest star is Frank Military, who steals every scene as John/The Son. He burns up the screen with his manic performance and he really made the episode special. He literally scares the living shit out of you because his intensity is off the charts.

It may always be loathed because fans are not pleased that Mulder had sex with someone else. But get over it, the man has to be human every once in a while. I applaud Morgan and Wong for showing the humanity (shippers would be pissed again with another Morgan and Wong script, "Never Again" which had Scully having sex with killer Ed Jerse).

FRESH BONES





Perhaps this episode's lack of notoriety is due to following, "Die Hand Die Verletzt" which was Morgan and Wong's swan song for The X-Files (they returned in the fourth season). I'm not sure why this Howard Gordon penned episode never really is recognized but it is a chilling hour. The episode centers around a number of voodoo related incidents happening to troops who are working at a processing center which holds Haitian refugees. Initially it seems that the culprit is voodoo practitioner and refugee, Pierre Bauvais. But in true X-Files fashion, the real culprit is Colonel Wharton, who has been beating the refugees. In the end, an already dead Bauvais turns the tables on Wharton.

As strong as Howard Gordon's script is, the performances are top-notch including Daniel Benzali as Wharton and Bruce Young as the charismatic Bauvais. I think the first scene with Bauvais in his cell may be one of the best acted scenes in the series. I absolutely love the passion in which Bruce Young recited his lines- you would truly believe that Bauvais is a powerful man. And I remember freaking out when I saw the refugee's fingers come out of Scully's hand and started to strangle her. I still think this episode is pound for pound one of the scariest X-Files ever.

SOFT LIGHT



I love the premise of this episode. Dr. Chester Ray Banton (played by future Monk star, Tony Shalhoub) is a man who is literally terrified of his own shadow. It turns out that he survived an accident when he was researching dark matter, and now his shadow is a black hole and kills anyone that it comes across. As great as that idea is, the episode really kicks into high gear when X, Mulder's informant (played with great intensity by Steven Williams), arrives. He manipulates and uses Mulder to find out where Dr. Banton is being held out- and tries to abduct the scientist, but allows him to flee when his two associates are killed by Banton's shadow. In the end, X is able to abduct the scientist and also damages his relationship with Mulder. The final shot of Banton receiving the "brain suck" he so dreaded is heartbreaking.

This episode was the first episode from writer, Vince Gilligan, who would go on to be the best writer of the show after Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan left (and who would go on to create the brilliant series, Breaking Bad).

GROTESQUE





Howard Gordon wrote this horrifying episode which is about a serial killer who claims that a gargoyle spirit committed the crimes. This episode was the darkest episode of the series to date, and in many ways, seems like the template for the look and theme of Millennium which would debut in the next season. The premise of this episode seems to be based on the John Douglas comment of catching a killer by getting into the mind of one. Mulder eventually becomes obsessed with the case, to the point where everyone around him questions his sanity. In the end, Mulder's former mentor is the one who has become consumed by the darkness he was chasing for so many years. It's a cautionary tale of not becoming what you are trying to fight. As good as the guest cast (including Kurtwood Smith) all are- I think that Levani Outchaneichvili really steals the show. He would later on portray the demonic Yaponchik on Millennium.

D.P.O.




When I first saw this episode, I didn't really care too much for it. I thought it was kind of a let-down following the mythology episodes that preceded it. Re-watching the episode now, I can appreciate it. I guess Darren Oswald and his pal Zero (played by Jack Black) are the closest the X-Files will ever come to Beavis and Butthead. I really enjoy the nice metaphor of the lightning powers being connected to Darren's out of control hormones. It's not a complex episode at all, and the episode is very straight-forward, but it's wonderfully executed. Giovanni Ribisi is outstanding as the emotionally fractured and destructive Darren, who spends his days creating accidents and slaughtering cattle with his abilities.

This episode is either frowned upon or appreciated by X-Files fans, but I think it requires a second viewing. While it's not the best episode, I think there is something truly special with this tale. I think it deserves a second chance, and you won't be disappointed by what you see.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hmmm does this explain my birth sign?

I don't pay much attention to that whole astrology nonsense, but this article although poorly written, does have some correct traits about a Sagittarian male (or at least from my perspective):

Sagittarius Men


A man who loves social life and curious about every new progress, new development to make sure he is in the era and always have all up date information. He likes to know what the latest trend of fashion is and make sure he is not out of style. You can easily spot him at the grand opening of new pub, new restaurant for he loves to participate in social activity.

There is a few Sagittarius who is a private person as well, but you could see that he will be ahead of his friends. He will know what the best seller’s book is and what the top 10 hot hit of the week are. The hottest movies showing now, he must have already seen it. He hates routine, it makes him bored. He likes to get to his goals and succeeding in doing so is his true reward.

Money making is O.K. but it is not his true joy, for he can easily spend them in a short while. They say if you want the truth, go and ask Sagittarius. They are right, you can ask him and he will tell you all the truth and very straight forward. Even he may speak bluntly, his friend’s loves him. If you have problems, all your friends may feel sorry for you, but Sagittarius will be the one who will give you a helping hand first and even expect no return favor.

That’s why he is a real charmer even sometimes big mouth. When he is mad he can be quite fierce but quickly dissolve and easily forgotten. He is not a person who will take revenge, so if he says he going to burn down your house, you can relax. He likes compliments and sweet words, so you can manipulate him easily. If he knows you are not sincere, you will totally become meaningless to him. Some Sagittarius is gifted musician, or singer.

He is a happy soul, has a good humor and has lots of jokes. He loves freedom, lively and very energetic. If he is working, he will take his job seriously. He likes to travel, likes to see new exciting places. Going out or traveling make him happy. Sagittarius man is like a free bird. He lives as if everyday is Sunday. He will hardly be in a bad mood, but if he is in a bad mood, you will better leave his sight.

If you want to talk to him in such mood, try to avoid issue of commenting his life. He flirts like other man, but he has a built in brake, so he will come back to you by himself. If he disappear for a few days, not to worry for he is only recharging his battery to be that same lively person again, them he will be back. He has allergies to Pretty woman, so in love with many women for him would be normal. Setting dating schedule is his games and its fun for him, and this will keep him from being bored.

He hates obligations, so the word “marriage” would suffocate him. If you allow him to have freedom, he will not go anywhere. He falls in love as easy as he catches cold, especially if she is cute, funny and she has a strong personality. No one can tell how long he will be in love each time. If you want to really hold Sagittarius man, act like you are in an adventure movie. At all time, you should make yourself lively, tells him some jokes, always be cute so that it will ease up his allergy to other pretty woman a bit.

Turkey is not the only thing you can eat for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shame, Shame on you Redskins





I am livid beyond words with the loss last night to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chad Dukes summed up my frustrations with the nonsense with the Redskins players and personnel. The man has earned my undying respect because I know how he feels as a fellow diehard fan, and he took the words right out of my mouth.



I am just disgusted with the way the Redskins organization has fallen apart in over the last decade. Since Dan Snyder has taken over, it's been one mistake and disaster after the next. I remember when the decision was made to bring Deion Sanders in and get rid of a Redskin workhorse, Brian Mitchell. The Redskins get Deion and think they're going to buy themselves a Super Bowl win? What did they get in return? The Redskins were made to look like buffoons, Deion left after one piss-poor season, and Brian did great in Philly.

I may live in Los Angeles, California right now- but I will always be a loyal Redskins fan. I've been a fan since I was two and a half years old. I was the one who made my family Redskins fans. My family have been putting money into the product and organization for decades. I am cut from the cloth of Redskins fan who cared about community, who went to the old RFK Stadium, who was used to playoff games, had faith in the heart of our team.

Does this team have heart now? Well, watch our overpaid big baby, "Fat" Albert Haynesworth, doing what he does best, rolling over and just giving up.



I am disgusted by the millionaires who could care less about their performance and how it comes off to the loyal fanbase, who pump money into their wallets and pay for their mortgages. Call me selfish or pardon me if I seem entitled, but I expect a little bit more than the visual abortion I saw on that field Monday night. We are a disgrace to the National Football League, and I'm tired of it. I'm sick and tired of Dallas Cowboys fans consoling me. They are laughing at us?! They've won only two freaking games all season and meanwhile, they look down on us?!! I should be looking down on them, but no, it always ends with the Redskins fans having to take the abuse.

I have Redskins memorabilia all over my house. I have autographed footballs, pics with my favorite player, Joe Theismann, who was my childhood hero. I was brought up on the old school of football, and their mentality. So, it makes me livid to see these players nowadays with their "me, me, me" philosophy. There is no team anymore- it's just players coming in, raping the fans for their money and moving on. Its players like that- who make the ones who actually try look bad.

Stick your heads in the ground like an ostrich all this week, Redskins staff and players. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should be kissing each one of our asses one by one for sticking through with you after what I saw Monday night.

Monday, November 8, 2010

X-Files 3???? Really??


There was an interview with David Duchovny in France's TVMag where it was suggested that the third X-Files script was being penned (I would assume it be the team of Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz writing the script)- and would be returning to the show's labyrinthine mythology.

I was shocked that the movie was greenlit considering the box office failure that was X-Files: I Want to Believe, a movie that was geared towards the shippers (the fans who wanted Mulder and Scully to be together) and was an independent story.

However, Latino Review reports that the news was an error and that a script has not been written as of yet. I guess it would be nice for the fans that are left to have one last hooray for Mulder and Scully- but who really cares at this point? The original mytharc was so muddled by the end of the show that it was clear that Chris Carter had no clear idea where he wanted to take the storyline. And most importantly the great characters that supported Mulder and Scully in their adventures are already gone (X, Krycek, Cigarette Smoking Man, the Lone Gunmen), and I think the magic is honestly gone for The X-Files. It's something that can live on in comic form, but as a film franchise is pretty dead in the water.

I would suggest to Chris Carter, instead of focusing on a new X-Files movie, how about fans of Millennium get that feature film that has been discussed for over a decade now? Fans deserve it and dammit, Lance Henriksen deserves it as well. If you have written that script, Mr. Carter, I humbly apologize and encourage you to push for it. Shove it down a Fox's exec's throat if you must, but make it happen.

Like the poster on Mulder's wall says: I want to believe.

Just one more thing

As you can tell this Caprica fan, did not take the news of the cancellation very well:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

RIP Caprica



We hardly knew ye, Caprica, but when the news of the cancellation happened, I can't say I was totally shocked. However, the remaining five episodes of this season 1.5 (which I will vent about later) won't be aired, and will be on the DVD for the remainder of the series that comes out in December. Syfy states that the cancellation stems from a lack of ratings- however, this show was mismanaged by Syfy from the get-go.

I have not seen such a botched attempt by a network for promoting a show since FOX dropped the ball with Firefly. The 18 episode first season has been stretched out for three years, and the first half of the season was starting to gain ratings momentum- but by that point, Syfy was ready to give the show the axe. Out of sight, out of mind. But for those who watched, Caprica was a riveting drama with true science fiction themes that was being played out. Yes, it was a different beast than Battlestar Galactica, but it still worked. After the first half of the season airs, Syfy has a break for an extended period of time to where people forget about the show. Then, they air it on another night that is filled with competition (Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.) with virtually no promotion, and expect it to succeed? And now, loyal fans have to wait until 2011 to see the remaining episodes filmed (shall we call this season 1.75 that airs in 2011?)?

Yes, it is true that since the series takes place fifty years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, so I do know that the Cylon War will inevitably happen. However, there were so many stories on Caprica that I was intrigued by such as what would become with Clarice Willow's plan to bring about Apotheosis, what becomes of Lacy Rand and if she rises in the ranks of the STO. Also, Barnabas Greeley could have returned in some form since James Marsters revealed that producers hinted that Greeley could have survived. Mainly, I was interested in how the two fathers- Joseph Adama and Daniel Graystone, would continue to interact and deal with their respective demons. Not to mention what would become of virtual Tamara and Zoe- and how they would be connected to the eventual Cylon war.

The show had a lot going for it, and Syfy dropped the ball with this series. Perhaps, they couldn't afford it after paying so much money for wrestling or it was crowding their Ghost Hunters or millionth Stargate spinoff- but it's a crying shame. I remember the Sci-Fi Channel and loved it, because it loved and cared about sci-fi, this new Syfy is an abomination and to let this series die such a thoughtless death is a tragic injustice.

To sum it up, all I can say is...

Frak you Syfy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Randy Quaid is the mayor of Batshit Crazyland

Randy Quaid has accomplished what no one in Hollywood thought was possible...he makes Gary Busey look completely sane by comparison.

I heard that Trent Reznor wants to record a song in Randy's honor entitled, "Starwhackers Inc." for his next album.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

TV Shows that deserve to be released on DVD

Years ago, I would have placed War of the Worlds at the top of the list of tv shows that I thought deserved a DVD inclusion (however, both seasons have finally been released on DVD- with the second season being released this October). That being said, there are plenty more shows that deserve DVD treatment. These shows include:

CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE




A supposed show for children that featured plenty of adult themes and story lines, Captain Power was a show that centers on a resistance group fighting in a post apocalyptic future against machines that intend to exterminate humanity. It also features some of the first CGI on television. It may look primitive now, but the stories and characterization are enough to warrant a DVD release.


NIGHTMARE CAFE




Wes Craven + Robert Englund + a pre- Heroes Jack Coleman= a creative and original show that rightfully deserves to be on DVD.


Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light




This cartoon is one of Sunbow's best, and even though it has been released on DVD in the UK, it has never been released in the US. Please Shout Factory try to secure the rights to this cartoon asap!

WEREWOLF




Shout Factory was about to release this series on DVD, unfortunately a few artists who had problems with the songs being used on the series, caused the cancellation of the DVD. Who knows of this show will ever be released at this point. It's a damn shame too because I remember this show scaring the daylights out of me as a kid (it was one of the first shows FOX aired when they started as a network in the 80's).


LIQUID TELEVISION




Early Beavis and Butthead, Aeon Flux and early Milton from Office Space fame... should I go any further as to why this show should be on DVD already? Not to mention the various other bits that were a part of this ground-breaking television show. This show has been in desperate need of a release, hopefully, it will one day see the light of day.

HOUSE OF BUGGIN'



I was torn between "The Edge" or "House of Buggin'" but I think that at the end of the day, "House of Buggin'" is the better comedy series. It features Leguizamo with some truly inspired bits- and with the great Luis Guzman in tow, the show is ripe for a release. Whether FOX will ever do it though, remains to be seen.

There are tons more, but these are the ones that come to me at the moment.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trent Reznor and HBO moving forward with ‘Year Zero’ sci-fi series


Trent Reznor says HBO and BBC Worldwide Productions are moving forward with the development of “Year Zero,” the grim sci-fi epic that Reznor has chronicled in his music as well as in a celebrated Alternate Reality Game (ARG).

“We are in [the development phase of] pre-production with HBO and BBC [Worldwide Productions] to do a miniseries,” Reznor said Monday. “It’s exciting. I probably shouldn’t say too much about it except that I understand that there’s a thousand hurdles before anything shows up in your TV listing. It’s been an interesting and very educational process and it cleared the HBO hurdle a few months ago and now we’re writing drafts back and forth. So it’s very much alive and incubating at the moment.”

Reznor is working with the team of Lawrence Bender, best known for producing Quentin Tarantino films such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Inglourious Basterds” and ”Reservoir Dogs“ as well as the documentaries “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Countdown to Zero,” and Kevin Kelly Brown, who was executive producer on “Roswell.“

“BBC [Worldwide Productions] was the first to show interest and came on as the studio,” Reznor explained. “Our writer is Daniel Knauf from ‘Carnivàle’ and he’s busy with pages right now and revising the overall world Bible. It’s been an interesting collaborative effort but I’ve learned that [television development] moves at a glacial pace.”

“Year Zero” began (as so many things do in the music of Nine Inch Nails) from a place of wrenching emotion and sonic adventure. Reznor found himself increasingly outraged by the geopolitical situation during the Bush years and he wanted to express the fury in music, but he found himself bored by traditional approaches to protest music. To read more about ”Year Zero,” read our 2008 interview with the rock auteur.

– Geoff Boucher



I must say, I'm very excited to see what Trent will do with this story. I think it's going to be very exciting.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Grow up please, Dallas fans

I normally don't post anything sports related on my blog or ever because I save my written words for obscure and geeky aspects of everything pop culture. However, football season has rolled around and as a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, I had to support my team against the team's arch-nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins beat Dallas in a tight nail biting game with the Skins coming out on top, 13-7.

First, this video that shows the joy and defeat of a Dallas fan all in a few seconds:



I love how the dude screams, "What are you talking about?!!" as if he cannot tell that Alex Barron of Dallas was practically putting Brian Orakpo of the Redskins in a fucking sleeper hold or some variation of a wrestling move. Why did he do that? Because doing something so flagrantly illegal is the only way to prevent Orakpo from sacking Romo. Would it have happened? Let me check the Magic 8-Ball which reads:

Without a doubt.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Magic 8-Ball never lies. Have faith in the Magic 8-Ball.

Which brings me to the heart of this blog, my amusement at the Dallas Cowboys fan base. They lose one freaking game and it's too much for them. Their world is shattered. You would think they went through a Holocaust of some sort. It's a freaking football game. Mind you, I'm glad my team is the one that came out the winners- but I guess Redskins fans are so numb at this point, we have coped with handling losses.

The Cowboys fans I've met (with the exception of a close friend of mine, who I respect greatly- and am always civil in victory (which is few) and defeat (which is far too often)) for the most part love to rub the Dallas victory in your face. I mean, just take your face and just rub it in there and step on you. I remember when the Redskins lost to Dallas so regularly, I remember a Dallas player commenting, "I wish we played the Redskins every game, we would be undefeated."

So, from the sheer pomposity of that comment alone, I could wipe my fuzzy ass with the sadness of a Dallas Cowboys player or most of their fans after this loss.

And naturally, they can't even credit the Redskins with the win. I had to copy and paste this comment I found online from a disgruntled Dallas fan:

Ok, we’re guilty of what should be Alex Barron’s farewell play as a Dallas Cowboy. We’re guilty of all the other penalties as well. I’ll accept that. What I won’t accept is the feeble excuse for officiating as it pertains to the Redskins O line pulling off the same sort of hanky panky only without a flag. I watched the game twice as I typically do. Once like any other would do. Then the second time I’m using the pause, forward, and reverse functions as any player or coach will do in the film room. On the last FG drive by Washington, Kieth Brooking was horse collared by a Redskin O lineman – no flag. On another occasion Anthony Spenser was taken advantage of by a Redskin O lineman. I cannot recall right now, but there were 2 other instances where blatant and in your face infractions like these were not called. If the call on Brooking had been made, We’d have a 10-7 game on our last possession. I’m not making excuses. The game is over now. But something has to be done about these officials who are unable to handle diversions within the game that stifle their ability to perform at an optimum level. Players are heald accountable. The officials need to as well.

My dear misguided Dallas Cowboys fan, that was nothing but a long-winded excuse. How many games have I had to watch (as a Skins fan) Dallas receive the favorable calls against the Skins and practically assault our wide receivers and get no flag? Redskins fans had to eat it because we just simply were not good enough to beat Dallas. One loss and suddenly it's the ref's fault you lose? Get over yourself- I'm crying invisible tears for you crybabies.

This was another comment I found hilarious:

The Redskins didn't beat us, we beat ourselves.


Re-check the stats and outcome, you knucklehead. No matter how you cut it, the Redskins beat you. There isn't an option of win/loss/tie/beating yourself. If that was factored into our record, the Redskins would have been Super Bowl bound the last few years.

It's what amuses me of a lot of Dallas fans and Dallas personnel as well. Jerry Jones, the Dark Sith Lord of Dallas commented that he had to give the Redskins "some credit". As if admitting they outplayed the 'Boys would ruin his carefully built reputation of an ignorant asshole (which he still comes off as).

Do I think the Redskins are Super Bowl bound? Of course not. I think they will be definitely improved but I don't believe in an instant turnaround. It takes time. You have to build a winner. Face it Dallas, your time isn't that great. Just because Jerry Jones, Wade Phillips, and Tony Romo blow smoke up your ass, doesn't make it reality.

The play-calling for Dallas is troublesome (and as a Redskins fan, I know inept play-calling), your quarterback is decent but very overrated, the offense isn't consistent, and your defensive I can say is solid. Otherwise, as with every season, the Cowboys come in tooting their own horn- but can't put it together. Maybe, I'm wrong- it is only the first game after all, but you sheep who believe that Dallas is a lock for the Super Bowl need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

And as a Redskins fan, I can respect Emmitt Smith and assorted other Dallas Cowboys players who I honestly can't remember at the moment, but this team assembled right now? Lots of talent but nothing to show for it. And Dallas fans, learn to be more humble in your wins, when the shoe is on the other foot, it would make me hesitate in gloating.

Until then, here is D'Angelo Hall running back for a touchdown last night:



All Redskins fans, please be advised that a parade will be held on Wednesday in honor of Alex Barron of the Cowboys. Don't be too sad, Alex- we 'Skins fans aren't mad at ya.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Richard Chaves interview



The quality of this video is poor but it's always great to see this fine actor talk.


Looking forward to seeing how the second half of the season will unfold. It looks like lots of New Cap City action, lots of James Marsters as Barnabas (hopefully, they'll keep him around), and more Tauron gangsters (Sam was an unexpectedly one of the best characters on the show so far).

And Grandma Adama is badass. Hopefully, her grandson takes notes before he heads the BSG.

Good thing that Syfy (I hate calling it that name by the way) is bringing the show back on October 5th. After watching the first season of BSG, I think Caprica has plenty of potential like it's predecessor.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The great Transformer Headmasters fan dubs..

These fan dubs are so horrendous, they're hilarious. I could imagine the Mystery Science guys ripping into this but I have compiled a few of my favorite clips which leave me wondering, "WTF?!":




New Soundwave? What a creative new alias.





I have no clue what Galvatron, Sixshot and Cyclonus were talking about in the above clip.

Rutger Hauer is a Hobo With A Shotgun



There are not enough adjectives to describe the kick-assery of this trailer.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I cannot wait until I get my hands on this...




All the features alone make me excited:

Disc 1 – Theatrical Exhibition:
Grindhouse Feature (Planet Terror)
Intermission Cards
Don’t Trailer
Werewolf Women of the S.S Trailer
Thanksgiving Trailer
Grindhouse Feature (Death Proof)

Disc 2
Planet Terror
Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Film School
The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
The Guys of Planet Terror
Casting Rebel
Sickos, Bullets, And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror
The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent
Planet Terror Poster Gallery
Death Proof
Stunts On Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
The Guys of Death Proof
Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
Finding Quentin’s Gals
The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Introducing Zoe Bell
Double Dare Trailer
Death Proof Extended Music
Death Proof Poster Gallery
Blu-Ray exclusive bonus features:
Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School
The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror
The Hot Rods of Death Proof
From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof
Trailers
Extended Werewolf Women of The SS Trailer
View Extended Cut Of Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer with Commentary by Director Rob Zombie
The Making Of Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer
Extended Don’t Trailer
View Extended Cut Of Don’t Trailer with Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
The Making of Don’t Trailer
Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison
View Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison with Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
Don’t Storyboards Still Gallery
Don’t Poster
The Making of Thanksgiving Trailer
New York Times Talk with Quention Tarantino and Lynn Hirschberg at Comic Con 2006 Featuring the Directors and Cast of Grindhouse
Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winner Hobo With A Shotgun

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mellow Man Ace- "Mentirosa"



Music used to be so great back in the day. Sigh...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hell has officially frozen over...



Coming to DVD on October 26th, five years after the release of season one- is the second and final season of War of the Worlds. Like a true fan, I have to collect this DVD even though I'm not the biggest fan of this season.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The best thing about season 3 of TRUE BLOOD



Oh my gosh, I love Lafayette but James Frain is absolutely stealing every scene as Franklin. I'm not sure where they are going with this storyline with him and Tara, but please, Alan Ball, keep this guy around!

God bless you Frank Darabont



I'm so psyched for this show.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Predators review (SPOILERS)







With Predators, Robert Rodriguez (who serves as producer and wrote the original script which laid out the groundwork for this film) and director Nimród Antal, have not only breathed much needed life into this franchise, but have a movie that can be considered a continuation from the 1987 original.

I think the thing that I enjoy the most about this film is the careful pacing and the building of the characters before they get picked off one by one. In the original Predator and in Aliens, this bonding with the characters happened- which leads to shock when they are unceremoniously dispatched one by one. I personally am big on characterization, and it's nice to have characters that you can throw yourselves behind. I have to applaud Adrien Brody's performance as Royce. Brody is cast perfectly as Royce, the mercenary, who serves as the leader of this group of "monsters". Walton Goggins (who is fantastic as the born again wild card, Boyd Crowder on FX's Justified) plays Stans, who originally may come off as one of the deplorable characters but by the end of film, turns out to be the Hudson of the movie (he even has a cool and memorable Hudson-like final stand). Danny Trejo is also well cast and menacing- and the whole cast in general, do exceptional work. Again, characterization is a major reason why I enjoyed the film so much.

It's nice that this film pays so many homages to the original- from the Alan Silvestri original score that plays throughout the film, to the connection to the 1987 film as Isabelle reveals her knowledge of the events that happened to Dutch's unit. Hanzo's last stand mirrors Billy's death in the original, and also ends in a very rewarding sword-fight to the death with a Predator. In some ways, Nikolai's death reminded me of the way Vasquez died in ALIENS- with the doomed fighter having the last laugh on their enemy in an explosive moment. And Topher Grace's character was in many ways like the treacherous character, Burke, in Aliens.

The feel of the movie reminds me of the original, where the first half of the movie is the build up and once the predator's "dogs" are unleashed, then one by one, characters begin to fall. I've read negative reviews on some websites about Laurence Fishburne's performance as Noland. Some of the reviews I read stated that his performance was too over the top. I personally thought it was solid- I know that Rodriguez was trying to have Noland be the Colonel Kurtz of the film. If you survived on the Predator planet for 10 seasons- I think you would eventually lose your marbles as well. It makes absolute sense and at one point, it seemed that Royce was on his way to become Noland. Fortunately, that does not happen.

Instead of being treated to the crap-tastic Pred-aliens or any other nonsense that you saw in the god-awful Alien vs Predator movies, there are two distinct set of Predators. One is the Predator we've already seen. The second group are apparently the Black Super Predators that we see- which are incredibly deadly. And the two sects of Predator are feuding with each other. I think it's a nice way to further the mythology while in many ways not detouring at all from what has happened beforehand.

The movie opens with action and continues until the end credits- I love the way the movie opens hard with the hunted arriving one by one and completely unaware of what happened beforehand. The premise is simple enough but the movie is able to execute the promise of the premise wonderfully. In many ways, it does what the original did so well- you have a simple premise that you execute with interesting characters and a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

Long story short, this film is the Predator movie that fans have been clamoring about for years. This is the movie that would make fanboys cream their pants because the flick satisfies all desires. Now, whether or not, there will be a sequel, I'm not sure. I guess ultimately it's up to the box office performance, but I think this film stands on its own and is a worthy successor to the original Predator. If you're expecting Shakespeare, look elsewhere. This film is a hardcore and fun action film that gives the balls back to the Predator franchise after AVP nearly ruined things for good. I'm in the minority of fans that actually liked Predator 2, but this movie does what the original did- have memorable characters and moments that will stick with you.

I cannot even begin to mention how cool it is to have "Long Tall Sally" playing at the end credits- and if you don't get the reference, then you don't deserve to spout the line:

"Bunch of slack jawed faggots around here. This stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me."

Kudos to Robert Rodriguez for making a proper Predator film for the die-hard fans of the franchise.