Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons: The Simpsons Guy

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons: The Simpsons Guy
I haven't really watched much of Family Guy or The Simpsons recently, but I had to watch this crossover. For years, there have been major attacks against each show on their own shows. At one point, FOX had to step in and tell them to stop taking so many pop shots. I remember Seth talking about it on a commentary track. This crossover is clearly a peace treaty between the two shows.

And, I really dug the episode a lot.
Yeah, this is a Family Guy episode with The Simpsons universe. You can tell the cleaner jokes were Simpsons and the edgier things were FG jokes. Overall the two shows' styles worked well together.
I actually liked the episode a lot and loved the hour long crossover because it deserved it. Heck they even mention the fact the episode was a hour long. Most of the jokes worked with exception of the payoff of Santa's Helper. Has that dog been on the show that much?
I also like the not-too-subtle jabs at the Internet community and the hyper-sensitive aspects of said medium. I guess they knew their rape joke wasn't going to go over that well. And, I also like the swipes toward the state of the newspaper comic section now. Kind of meta, huh?
Speaking of meta, the show closes its second act with a lawsuit over beer branding, but it is clearly talking about the similarities between the two shows. Yes, Family Guy is influenced by the Simpsons, but the episode displays the differences between the shows.
I should also mention how amazing the animation is in this episode. It is smooth and bright and shows the differences in animation styles between the two. It does seem the animation turns up a notch with the major (Man of Steel) fight and the car wash scene. From what I read, both series did work on the animation for this episode (along with the Korean animators I guess). It just seems a lot more effort was put into the animation for this episode.
Does the crossover live up to the hype? Yes, with a few missteps. Maybe The Simpsons should have had an episode connected to this one to flesh out some of the left out portions of the story. I loved the final battle and the various jabs to each show. Will this get me to watch either show again? Probably not on a regular basis, but it was a fun one hour romp.
-Reddit mentioned: I really liked that call out, because this was discussed on reddit.
-Over 20 years: They mentioned the strange continuity in animated shows.
-Car Wash Montage: I didn't need to see that, but it was certainly a reference to all those car wash movies with those topless montages.
-Bob's Burgers cameo: I've never seen this show, but I loved the reference.
-James Woods and James Woods: I forgot he's been on both shows.
-Fred Flintstone as the judge: Well, yeah both characters are based on him and Fred was strongly based on The Honeymooners.
-American Dad cameo: I was surprised to see this cameo.
-Why do I get the feeling there's more to Harry Shearer  not showing up to do voices on this crossover? I know people say he was busy.
-Lisa and Meg: This episode does show us how much of a good person Lisa really is overall.  
Grade: B+

Monday, September 29, 2014

Random Stuff

Random Stuff
~I had to go to a funeral for a not so close family member. I am always uncomfortable with notion of sitting in a room with a dead person. And, for me, people dying is bit more unsettling because I am a nonbeliever in the afterlife. This is your life on this planet and that's it. The End. There's no more. For me, how you spend your life is the most important thing because there isn't anything afterward to look forward to. I know it gives people comfort when they're on their deathbed, but that's not for me. Anyway, it sort of drove me into a slump this whole weekend thinking about the death. 
 ~Trish Stratus: Why is she trending currently on Yahoo? I remember she was a part of that sexy WWF diva stuff. I never found her that attractive. I was more of a Miss Kitty (SP) fan and Leta was sexy to me. I guess Trish is now a yoga person from what I am reading about her. Was she the one that showed her boobs on a live PPV show or was it Kitty? 
~The Simpsons vs family guy: I watched the last 10 minutes of this crossover. First off, I truly think that they really bashed Man of Steel's last battle between Zod and Superman. Homer and Peter turn into mutants and start flying around destroying things in the town. Some people actually die in the battle and both character fly through buildings. I am almost sure they were making fun of Man of Steel. I think everyone wanted to see Peter and Homer duke it out for once. I can't wait to see the rest of the episode. I'm going to check and see if FOX has it online yet.
~Get to the chopper: A man refuses to move his car when a medical chopper tries to land to assist an accident victim: Dude, let them land so they airlift the victim. Why would you refuse? Of course, this happened in Florida. Shocking huh?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Talking White or right: Speak the truth, lady

Talking White or right: Speak the truth, lady
Damn, this is what I've been saying for years. I've been called a sellout or acting white because I don’t use broken English or slang words all the time. Both black and white people have told me this. I talk too “proper”. It is true that our culture does look down at people trying to be smart or intelligent.

Every time I see one of the thuggish black teens with their pants hanging down and talking ignorant, I want to tell them to cut it out. People aren't going to take you serious if you look and act like a clown.  

Forza Horizon 2: Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano

Prisencolinensinainciusol by  Adriano Celentano
I posted this earlier, but something caught my ear while watching Sons of Anarchy. An ad showed up for the game Forza Horizon 2. They played the song from above in the ad.  I laughed realizing someone on the XBOX marketing noticed the meme for this song and put the song of gibberish in their ad! Or I hope they realize the song is total nonsense on purpose to sound like English words.
Here it is
Here's an amusing attempt to translate the gibberish. And, it is nice to see other people notice this silly song.
The story behind this 70-ish song is rather funny too. From NPR.org, (("So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything." ))
Well, you pulled it off, brother. Also, this guy is now in his 70s. And, yes, he literally made this stuff up on the spot.  Heck, I like the damn song.  
There are a few amusing translations out there.
Celentano did a “Hip Hop” version with real lyrics and gibberish from the original song.

Here's Will Smith's encounter with the song...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mindhunters (2004)

Mindhunters (2004)
What do you get when you blend a horror/thriller movie with a CSI type concept?  You get a flaming turd directed by Renny Harlin and it stinks up the place.  MH is an unintended comedy.  It tries it hardest to be a stunning thinking man’s thriller, and it is partly a movie version of all those CSI shows from the mid-2000s.  None of it works.  It just represents Harlin’s career. 
Mindhunters is about a group of profiling students trying to get into the FBI.  They go into deep training.  Within this deep training, they find out they’re being hunted one by one using their weaknesses.  They start to turn of each other because they believe the killer is among them.  
Mindhunters is that ugly kid that keeps trying to get the phone numbers from the prefect ten girls.  He just doesn’t get that he’s way out of his league.  Mindhunters tries so hard to be a clever movie, but fails every single time even harder than other movies of its genre.  This partly has to do with Renny Harlin.  He’s not up to the task either because he doesn’t care or have the skill.  I swear Renny Harlin might be one of the worst directors working today.  Bay at least knows how to direct action scenes and he knows how to make things look cool.  Harlin tries hard to make things look cool, but the shots come across as comedic skits.  Harlin forget he was making a movie in the 2000s instead of the 90s.
One point, the team discovers Val Kilmer’s body hanging on some strings like a puppet.  Then, the strings start to move around making Val’s lifeless body move in a jerky fashion.  The team is horrified by the sight, but Harlin directs it in such a way that it seems like a comedic scene.  I actually laughed out with glee when I say Val’s body dancing around. 
Oh, there is another scene where a person seems to be just sitting there, and then their head flops off.  That was supposed to be shocking, but it was just plain funny.  So, this person was just sitting there dead the whole time. 
Another murder happens where a woman literally begins to melt before our eyes.  I laughed over and over.  That actually happened. 
Then, there are these strange zooms on things that make us want to think of better movies with this style.  This is clearly Harlin trying to be Ridley Scott.  Again, he fails. 
And, there is the appearance of Christian Slater and I say appearance because he’s not in this movie that much thankfully.  We also get LL Cool J playing a similar character to the one he played in Deep Blue Sea.  Here, his character should be called Red Herring.  Because, he’s in the movie only to be known as a red herring, IE someone the characters are not supposed to trust.  Yet, the script is so stupid that it just comes across very generic. People don’t trust him and then they do, and we repeat it over and over again.  I will give LL credit for actually trying to take this movie seriously.  He gives it all he has and more, but many of the rest of the cast members know that they are in a Harlin film. 
The movie climaxes with the villain and good guy shooting their CGI bullets underwater and we get a lethal game of Marco-Polo.  I am not making this up.  
The movie carries all the horror tropes we’ve come to hate in the 2000s, while also bring the boring science and blandness of those CSI shows and its clones.  It tries so hard to be a smart thriller/horror movie, but belly flops every time.  Renny Harlin is a hack director that somehow convinces studios to keep funding his movies.  This movie is just another one of those movies that proves his lack of skill. 
Truth be told, MH is probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.
Even though I am giving this movie a low score, I highly recommend you see it because it is so bad that it funny. 
Grade: F+

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rape Shirt for sale? WTF

Rape Shirt for sale? WTF
Back in my day, we had Big Johnson shirts and that was considered offensive. Now, we got shitty shirts like this. It makes no sense. Plus, it is not funny. Why would anyone walk around in a pro-rape shirt.
This shirt was found in some malls in the Philippines under the roofs of SM stores. 
From the Daily Mail, ((Karen Kunawicz uploaded a picture of the T-shirt onto her Facebook page with the caption: 'Really? In the boy's section? 'It's Not Rape, It's A Snuggle With A Struggle?' ))
It's a snuggle with a struggle? What the frack does that mean? I am surprised this shirt was even there given that the Philippines is a very religious place. I'm all for jokes and laughs, but why make a shirt proclaiming rape even as a joke? It makes no sense.  I'm not Social Warrior, but this is just wrong in every way.  
By the way, I believe this Karen person is a writer/journalist that has her own wiki page.
If I see a douche dongle wearing this shirt, I'm walking on the other side of the street.  
Let's go back to wearing Big Johnson shirts.  You know the ones that were banned in middle and high school.  

Yee Victory

Yee Victory
Yep, this actually made my day. I was really feeling bad and just this clip made me chuckle.
Give me the Jam...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An overview of Starscream

An overview of Starscream
NC has a great overview of this character. Starscream is one of the best/worst characters ever from our 80s show. Why Megatron keep him around? He really wasn't that good of a warrior anyway and would turn on anyone good or bad in a second. However, kids liked his character growing up.
I also remember that they finally killed him off in The Transformers movie from the 80s. Once Starscream threw Megatron's wounded body off the ship, that was the final straw for Megatron/Galvatron. He came back and killed him. That was something he could have done numerous times on the show. Also, the movie jumps ahead 20 years to the year 2005. Uh, Megatron kept Starscream around for another 20 years, even after Starscream tried to build his own army.
20 years of Starscream's bullshit.
He comes back as a ghost two more times on the TF show and then he shows on Beast Wars.
The Bay movies did a disservice to Starscream.
What is interesting is Starscream is very similar to Cobra Commander on GI Joe. Chris Latta  did the voice of both characters and CC ended becoming second in command of Cobra by the second season. Just like Starscream. And, CC was supposed to be written out of the GI Joe story like Starscream, but another studio took over development of GI Joe and brought back CC.
Cobra Commander would actually show up as a villain in the third season of Transformers, thus connecting the two series into the same universe. And this gave Latta more work.  Also, Latta would show up on Star Trek at least three times.  

Yeah, CC (Snake) yelled out Cobra!  I love that bit. 

How to make eye-contact...and creep people out.

How to make eye-contact...and creep people out.
Look, even the ugly guy like me has had those moments too, but I am more interested in the sells that week than picking up a woman in a grocery store. And, I used to work at one for about 5 years. That look gave the chick was more than a bit creepy.
By the way, the video has more dislikes than likes.
I just a problem spitting game to a woman between the dog food and light bulbs.
It gets worst...
Talking about donuts always gets you a phone number. Always...
How to approach a woman in a park...

How to approach someone in the park and rob them? I spend a lot of time in parks and I generally tend to avoid people because everyone is usually on edge anyway because the homeless might harass them. All this might work, but 50% is also if the woman even finds you attractive.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Father’s Day: A tale of violence and anger (Part 3 of 3)

First off, thank you to all the people reading my Father’s Day posts.  It seems they are garnering a lot of attention.  I just hope my story will help others that had similar incidents their troubled lives.  I will have an epilogue to this story in a few days summing up my thoughts and stances on these things. 
Anyway, let’s move on.
I really can’t remember when my mother arrived at home.  And, I don’t remember the travel to the ER.  However, I do remember sitting in the room in the hospital with my mother teary-eyed by my side as I sat on the bed.  Looking in her eyes, I knew that she blamed herself for being with this monster for so long.  But, she didn’t need to take blame for it.  We really didn’t have the information on abuse and the toll it takes on people. 
I felt my forehead and noted there was a giant bruise right in the middle.  I figured my father’s powerful fists caused that. 
The nurses and the doctor took care of me as the police showed up.  And, that was when I felt violated because they had to take pictures of my bruises and cuts.  Under normal conditions, I was never a guy that liked taking pictures, but it was even worst when I had a cop taking the pictures.
Then I had to relive the horrible experience again by recounting everything that happened just a mere hour ago.  I really understand why people are uneasy about pressing charges and making a statement.  We as violence survivors have to relive that awful thing again…where you second-guess your choices and feeling bad about yourself.
Retelling the story, I realized I was beaten and could have very well been killed by my father.  The police tried to give me comfort.
Nothing feels as worst than being a victim of something that intense.  Especially, when someone that was supposed to protect you and care for you does such a horrible act.   You tend to lose trust in anyone or anything.  You feel defeated and overwhelmed with sadness.  Getting your ass kicked by a family member completely changes everything in your life. 
I started to realize that our family unit was going to change…It HAD to change after that incident. 
I didn’t go back to school for at least a couple of days.  However, at home, my father was no longer there.  He didn’t live there anymore, and that was a relief, but also there was a large amount of confusion too.  Up to this point, we always had our father there.  Good or bad, he was there, now he wasn’t…because of me.  Because of what I did, he wasn’t there anymore. 
Because of the incident, rightfully my mother was going to divorce him.  This gave her the courage to leave this man that was truly no longer her husband or our father. 
Our full family, while not normal, was a traditional family structure.  That was gone.  And, I actually started to feel apprehensive about the future.  Dare I say I felt guilty about it?  Was the blame all on me?
Survivors should never ever feel this way.  You’re not the one that savagely beat someone down.  You survived and you made the choice to put an end to the domestic abuse. 
Going back to school, everything really didn’t matter anymore because my entire home structure had changed within a couple of days.  I really didn’t have any friends to talk to me to give me support, so everything was internal.  I was pretty much all-alone in this.  And, I was never going to get a girlfriend in middle school.  As I stated before, I was always depressed and this incident just made it worst, but I did have an outlet with the concert band stuff. 
The divorce was completed and my father was no longer a part of the household.  As time went by, we were all the better for it.  And, I am certain I would have committed suicide if he continued to live there.  I’m not saying everything was great, but things actually got better for all of us…with the exception of my father. 
I found out my father found a place to live somewhere in the West End of Louisville.  It was pretty far from our house.  He also paid child support and had visitation rights.  My father would come to visit from time to time.  The anger I felt grew every time I saw him, yet I was civil.  And, truth be told, I grew as person without him around.  The flaws I saw in him made me not want to repeat them. 
I was as nice as I could be to him.  For the most part, he was more low-key than before.  I guess losing his family and his house humbled him some.  Yet, the anger for him still grew.  I hated him every time he showed up.
After a while, the visits started to become less and less frequent.  He stopped paying child support, but my mother didn’t really take him to court over it.  She was aware things had gotten pretty bad for him.  He could barely take care of himself financially before the divorce.  Now, things were worst for him. 
We also heard rumors that he shacked up with some white woman that had a couple of kids.  Rumors where people saw them together.  I never asked, because I wanted nothing to do with him.  I had no idea if he worked at the prison or if he was still a parole officer.  I didn’t care anymore. 
Later, we discovered that he promptly left Louisville and went back to his home city of Memphis.  He moved back in with his elderly mother.  We only heard there was some kind of mental or financial breakdown and he couldn’t take it anymore.  Now, we just got a few random long distance phone calls.  
He had a major stroke and a few heart problems over the next 20 years that turned him into a shell of the opposing figure that loomed over my bed with that belt.  He was no longer the guy I feared when I didn’t do something he approved of.  He was just a regretful old man. 
I saw him a few years ago and it wasn’t pretty.  He lives in a shitty apartment by himself.   He can barely walk and is frail as can be.  Giving into my anger for him, I could kicked the living shit out of him and put him in the hospital.  But, I won’t because I am a better person than him.   
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