Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Shaq in Good Burger...

Shaq in Good Burger...
And, they gave this guy a DC Comics franchise in the form of Steel. Really? This scene gives a whole new meaning to sleepwalking through a scene.  This was at the beginning of his popularity. 
 Good Burger is a bad movie, but I can't turn off the TV whenever this is on TV. I can't help it.

The Razzie Award winners...

The Razzie Award winners...
 Because I am more into the Raspberry Awards than the Oscars, I will do a post about the “winners” of this award. I am more into people's failure than successes. I think people get too full of themselves and start overlook their flaws. Plus, we know it's more fun to piss on a turd anyway.
Worst Picture: Saving Christmas (Samuel Goldwyn) : Kirk Cameron's little baby of a film. Somehow, he's managed to make a more far worst than his other religious based movies. However, The Legend of Hercules is probably a worst movie. I sat through Legend and that movie is a flaming turd. I think the Razzies hated Kirk even more. I can understand that. 
 Worst Actor: Kirk Cameron in Saving Christmas as Kirk/Himself : Adam Sandler might be a bad actor sometimes, but he wasn't that bad in Blended. Blended was more of a boring movie with only one or two funny moments. Plus, he had to add his sports stuff in there too with Shaq again. However. I think Kirk is a bigger ass than Adam or Cage. Cage looked bored in Left Behind. Kellan Lutz is just a block of wood.
Worst Actress: Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman and Sex Tape as Carly Whitten and Annie Hargrove : Another Cameron, this time a Diaz. Yes, I saw Sex Tape and got halfway through The Other Woman before stopping, which is the reason I haven't wrote a review. She's really bad in both movies. However, I think Other Woman made a lot of movies, which probably should piss off feminists even more than 50 Shades of Gray.
Worst Supporting Actor: Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (voice only), Think Like a Man Too and Transformers: Age of Extinction as Bonaparte, Tin Man, Lee Fox and Harold Attinger : Damn, the man's been busy. He actually gets points though for showing up for a cameo in the new X-Men. Shaquille O'Neal deserves it for being Shaq in everything. He stinks up everything even Good Burger. Some say Kiefer Sutherland deserves it too. If he says “damn it” or “get down!” in a movie or series he's alright in my book. 
 Worst Supporting Actress: Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as April O'Neil : Okay, fine. She might be hot as hell, but there is not much else there. You would think they'd find someone much smarter to play one of the more important geek girls from this era of pop culture.
Worst Screen Combo: Kirk Cameron and his ego in Saving Christmas : I'd put “Kellan Lutz and either his abs, his pecs or his glutes in The Legend of Hercules ” in the running too. Actually, Lutz is the male version of Fox.
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: Annie (remake of the 1982 film with the same name) : Completely unnecessary, but I hated the original one too. Did anyone even bother seeing the remake? This was one of Will Smith's pet projects right? Was it worst than Atlas Shrugged part 3? 
  Worst Director: Michael Bay for Transformers: Age of Extinction : Yes, I can see that. I gave up on the Transformers movies after part 2, and this is coming from a guy that grew up watching the old show. Bay has ruined the franchise for me until someone forcefully removes him from the series. Bay has turned a nerd franchise into a the Mountain Dew version of TF.
Worst Screenplay: Saving Christmas (written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey) : Wait, there was a script?
The Razzie Redeemer Award: Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl) : Yeah, Ben has turned himself around. I am not sure about the Batman thing, but the movies he makes on his own are pretty good. I liked Argo. It's a long way from Jersey Girl and Gigli to Gone Girl.

Monday, March 02, 2015

10 Years of Blogging: Some Thoughts (Part 2 of 3)

In ten years there have been many ups and downs, many milestones. A lot of things can change in ten years including me and even my writing style. I have a lot of memories with this blog, some I am proud of and some I am not. But, it is still part of past which makes me who I am. Anyway, let's get through some of them.
-Post about my dog passing away: Being an animal lover, my dog dying hit me very hard. I wrote about years ago. I felt it was a touching moment and blog post. I still feel her loss today, and I haven't fully recovered from her death. I just can't bring myself to get another dog.
-My early readers: Nothing pleased me more than to see people reading my blog. While I wasn't that great, I was happy to know people liked my early stuff.
-The Writer From TNG commenting on a review: I wrote a review to Yesterday's Enterprise and the person that (Eric A. Stillwell ) left a comment on my review. That was one of those early crowning moments. Today, I would have written a better review. That was a great moment.
-The Yellow Ranger leaving a comment. I wrote a post about an ad and she left a comment. I was glad I said nice things about her and wasn't mean.
-Referenced in Know Your Meme: I was linked to a post about William Shatner's ego meme. The post was about Wil Wheaton and his encounter with Shatner. That story always stayed with me. I also got a shout out on Buzzfeed and Cracked.com. I love these shout outs.
-My piece on my writer mentor/teacher: After his death, I wrote a piece honoring him. I put a lot of heart into it. I got some major feedback from him family. His son and other family members contacted me and told me they loved my post. I even received an interview from the Indiana University Newspaper. I think I said some remarkable things in that phone interview. I can't seem to find anything on it though. I think they named some building after him.
-Jesse Camp diss: I love the fact that Jesse himself took the time to come to my little shitty blog and attack me for attacking him. I hated him when he was on MTV and I hate him even more for stumbling onto my blog. Why? The best part is he posed as his “second cousin” when he shat out his comment. Thanks for the entertainment, Jesse.
-Cheerleader Scandal: That sort of thing is an everyday thing today, but back in the early days of blogging, it was a total shock. The fact it happened in my hometown and in my university was also interesting. I wrote a post that received a lot of hits in the thousands upon thousands. While I was a little bit too mean and judgmental, I still can't understand why women would pose for nude photos and not expect them to get out. Someone will always leak them. If you're hot and I am dating you, I don't need nude photos to remind me. Don't worry, I will remember your naked body.
Anyway, so what happened to the nude cheerleader? Well, she got married recently and seems to be very happy. She's often overlooked today due to the hundreds of women and men with leaked photos and videos. Fappening is an overdose of that. The Cheerleader Scandal now seems a bit old fashion.
-My blog causing a lawsuit: Let's just say there was a crimimal case and a lawsuit grew out of that case against some companies. I did some digging and found out that my post was recorded in the KY Supreme court years ago. Certain former bosses of mine were called to witness in the case and they were not too happy with my blog being used in the courtroom. Keep in mind that this had nothing to do with the criminal case. Anyway, the lawsuit was thrown out because the state has rules against what they were trying to sue for. It is a law that protects companies from saying anything at all about former employees.
-Murder case thingy: I won't get into it because there could be more fall out from it. But it does connect to the company lawsuit. However, I never thought I'd be into so much legal mumbo jumbo.
-Famous Radio DJ contacted me: I really attacked a famous radio DJ from LA a lot of years back. It was very personal and mean. However, it was the way I felt about him and his job on a popular syndicated radio show. He replaced a guy I really loved listening to for about ten years. The show had changed with this new DJ and they producers really wanted to push everything that reminded the us of the old host out. On the blog, I probably hit below the belt attacking his wife's past work, plus I kicked him when he was down. He left the show under some pressure. Well, years later, he actually contacted me. I did some digging and found out he was legit. I got to talking to him via e-mail and came to think of him as good guy. I deleted the post.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

That Fan Made Power Rangers movie...

That Fan Made Power Rangers movie...
Now, if the new movie/series of Power Rangers was this short movie, I'd be into watching it. Yes, it's dark and violent, but it has a pretty good story attached to it. They even deal with PR lore too with Rita Repulsa and the Machine Empire.
The people behind the American version of PR didn't like what they saw and placed a copyright strike against the makers of this fan film. Keep in mind that Saban is making a new movie and they probably got a little jealous with the quality. However, they were probably more unhappy with the adult content.
Well, Saban Entertainment and the makers of this video came to an agreement. From Deadline, ((Kahn told Deadline tonight: “They put these disclaimers on so kids so don’t confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it.” ))
Well, that's good. This is just free press for Saban anyway, and I am glad they came to an agreement.
While Saban and the makers are pleased, Jason David Frank (Tommy) isn't really thrilled with the movie. From SCPR.org (("I'm just a PG-13 guy," Frank said. "The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff, it doesn't fly with me." ))
Okay, whatever.
Amy Jo Johnson on the other hand loved it had only nice things to say about the movie. From her twitter, ((cheers @kateesackhoff YOU rocked Kimberly... well so we thought ;-) Awesome/sexy JOB!! You make me want to be her! ))
((Okay @adishankarbrand & @vanderjames that was pretty amazing. Certainly not for kids! BUT satisfying. ))
-BTW, there is a NSFW version on Vimeo. With more boobs and gore. However, the YT version is violent enough.
-So, Bulk and Skull are asshole rednecks. They take a different turn in the real series.
-James Van Der Beek can act. People give this man a series.
-Joseph Kahn directed this short. He comes from music videos. There are a lot of directors that come from that field into action movies.
-The Black Ranger became a hired hand for the bad guys, and he is a Billy Blanks type of guy doing a Tae Bo video series. Plus, he's into hookers (groupies?).
-They turned Rocky into a villain/turncoat. That seems a little strange, because I would have made Justin, annoying little kid, a bad guy instead.
-IMDB claims that Bree Olson and Amia Miley played two characters in the short. However, I am not sure they're in the movie. They're both adult actresses. Are they the two women in bed?
-Rita is played by the original American version actress, Carla PĂ©rez: That's pretty neat.
-Will Yun Lee: He's the General. You will remember him from the final season of True Blood as the country-speaking Texas Japanese guy. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy RIP

Leonard Nimoy RIP
From The New York Times.com, ((Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. ))
This guy had a huge impact on my life, probably more so than Shatner. Nimoy was the guy that went from being a good actor to a successful writer/director/producer. In many ways, he was one of the creative forces that saved Star Trek from the mess that Gene turned the franchise into after the first motion picture. Yes, he was one of the people the that saved Trek.
Keep in mind that Nimoy nearly died in the first movie because they forgot he was in that space suit and he overheated sitting there between takes. This in turn made him not want to be Spock anymore and he wanted them to kill off his character in the second movie. Nimoy came in and also had a strong influence on Star Trek VI too with help in writing and producing that film, which bridged the gap between TOS and TNG. He would later play an important role in the two part TNG episodes Unification 1 and 2. I loved these two episodes. 
 Not only did he play Spock. He went on to direct Star Trek III and IV. He showed that he had a workman's like style to his directing. He also directed the popular comedy 3 Men and a Baby. Plus, the man worked all the way up to his death. He played a role in the third Transformers movie, (he also played the bad guy in the 80s cartoon movie) and he played a character in Kingdom Hearts series as well as a voice in some Disney movies. He had a couple of comic books series he produced as well. The man truly was the godfather of sci-fi.
He wrote two books I am Not Spock and I am Spock. 

  83 is a good run with everything this guy accomplished.
So long Mr. Spock. You meant a lot to me.
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers:I loved his almost too creepy take as a head doctor. He would later play an alien in human form in the second and third acts of the movie. He's great in this movie.
-The Transformers: The Movie : When I saw his name flash across the screen as a little kid, I was very giddy. Two of my favorite franchises crossed over due to his involvement. Galvatron !
-He made a lot of guest appearances on 60s and 70s era shows from spy shows to westerns. After TOS was canceled, he went right to work for Mission: Impossible .
-The Simpsons and Futurama : He played himself on both shows. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Random Things

Random Things
 ~House of Cards: While I am very sick and getting over a bad cold, I will be watching season 3 of this show on Netflix this weekend. I got done with the second season of Orange is the New Black within a week. Netflix is really pulling out the stops with these orignal programs. It is like they took the HBO model and mixed it with Showtime's model and made it their own. House of Cards is one of my favorite shows because it is so mean and evil. Heck, they killed off a major hero in the first episode in the second season. That takes balls. I can't wait to dig my claws into season 3. Remember, Frank Underwood is the president. 
 ~Robocop Remake: I tried to sit down and watch the remake. The FX were good and the acting isn't bad. However, I found myself bored with the movie. Robocop 3 was bad, but it was boring. I did like that ED robo shows up, however I couldn't stay with the movie. I turned it off. Why remake something that already worked? I like the first two movies, but hated the two TV shows. Yes, there were two TV shows and TV movies. Why are there so many R-rated franchises with animated tie-ins. 
 ~M. Night Shyamalan reborn?: Maybe. There is a new show coming out, limited like the 24 restart, about a strange town with strange people. It's called Wayward Pines. Doesn't it sound like Twin Peaks? MNS will produce and direct one episode. Can his ego be contained on the small screen?
~Listening to Back to the Future III score: I love this score so much. While part 3 is one of the weaker entries in the franchise, the music is a nice departure from Parts 1 and 2. The score has a western feel, but also adds some newer themes to the franchise. Alan Silvestri is one of my favorite composers. Make sure to listen to his Predator scores. Take a listen...
Here's my favorite Predator track.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Zendaya, Giuliana, Kelly Osbourne

Zendaya, Giuliana, Kelly Osbourne
I guess I am completely out of the loop. I hate fashion-based tv shows and I hate the people that host these vapid shows. I hate how they hate rate the women and judge them. Uh, shouldn't be about the content of the shows and movies they put out. (Great, I am sounding like a feminist) However, it's true. It's the worst thing about womanhood, women judging how another woman looks. What happened to “girl power”?
Anyway, I guess Giuliana (whoever) said something mean. From Huffington Post, ((While commenting on actress/singer Zendaya's look, which included an satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and a head of waist-length locs, Rancic said, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil." That sentiment was followed with, "Or weed," by co-host Kelly Osbourne and then repeated by Rancic. ))
Hold on, Kelly Osbourne is a host. What does she know about fashion? And, aren't you a recording artist? What happened to that singing career?
Anyway, naturally, Twitter got heated and people attacked Giuliana over her remark. And, then the race card slowly crept up into the conversation. Giuliana Rancic had to issue the above apology.
I have no dog in this fight and I have no idea who Giuliana and Zendaya are. Zendaya is cute despite her dreadlocks. I hate dreadlocks on a woman, but since she is so damn cute she surpasses the dreadlocks's ugly factor.
However, the person that annoys me is Kelly Osbourne. She threatened to quit the show if the issue wasn't resolved. I'd say let her quit. And, who is Kelly Osbourne to give fashion and beauty comments on TV?  Have you heard her music?
My ears are melting...

Last of the Mohicans: The Kiss

Last of the Mohicans: The Kiss
I always liked this version better than the one on the album. It feels like the fiddle (Fiddles?) is just source music then switches to score as the low chords start to come in at 1:04. It then turns into a full score sound. It should be noted that the fiddle solo turns into a group later in the piece on the album version.
Back to the Future also does this with the source song (Earth Angel) turning into the actual score during the dance. I love when score do that.
Here's the album version. It is less raw and clearer than the film version
It is a nice piece of music. It is a stripped down version of the main theme. I love how the native drums counter to the Irish theme.
Here's a concert version.

10 Years of Blogging: Some Thoughts (Part 1 of 3)

10 Years of Blogging: Some Thoughts (Part 1 of 3)
  I hate birthdays, but...
Way back on February 11 was my ten year blogging anniversary. I started this damn thing back in 2005. I did it because I saw other people on Streaming Soundtracks create their own blogs, plus I was a writer writing fiction in a writing group. Pre-2005, I was a writing machine cranking out pages upon pages of a book I wanted to publish. The blog was another extension of that. Because I loved movies and video games, I wanted to write and share with others.

I started out writing, if very crudely, without a mindset of what impact it would have on the Internet world. And, keep in mind blogging was much more of a wild west than it is now. Blogging was new and fresh when I started. There were superstars in the blogging that were extreme;y popular. I was just this new blogger with very few readers and followers. I don't know, but it all felt like a different place than what it is today.
I remember that first year giving my blog address to everyone I knew in the real world. I wanted them to read what shitty things I had to say. Looking back, those first few years were shit, but I didn't know it at the time. It was probably more personal than what the blog is now. I was completely different person. And, writing personal stuff too long can bog your blog down. However, I remember refreshing my stat-counter over and over again looking at who would visit my site. I remember seeing someone from Iran checking my site out, and that put a smile on my face. I got a kick out some of the random comments from visiting people. I still get a little giddy like a little school girl when I get to see new comments, and being mad when they're spam bots or spammers.
That's ONE thing that hasn't changed in blogging, because I just had to delete two spam comments. The spam will never end with it?
While those early years were rough, I was becoming a better writer and more entertaining with each posts. I think the blog really took shape when I started to become more of a Review/Preview/Pop Culture/Nerd/Geek blog. And, that's where I can thank MC, another long time blogger, for showing me that you could deconstruct and review pop cultural things and make fun of them. I think his blogs helped me see that you didn't have to have a personal blog just talking about your life, but a mixture of EVERYTHING. I could write my thoughts in my own witty and silly way and people would be entertained by it.
That's where the blog became better place. I think I've become a good writer and blogger around the 5 year mark of 2008 and onwards.
I had no idea how much of an impact this blog would have on me and the blog on the Internet. I've actually touched a lot people (in a non-sexual manner) and on a personal level through my musings. Some were good and some where bad. However, like life, that's part of the journey. All these things are what make you a better writer.
I'll have more on this anniversary in another post.
Damn, ten years...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Christina Aguilera impersonates singers...

Christina Aguilera impersonates singers...
Damn she's good, really good. It sounds like Christina has impersonated Britney Spears before. Plus, Christina does a better version of Britney than Britney herself these days. 
I heard Christina isn't a fun person to be around, but she has talent and can sing. Remember, there was a bit of a rivalry between Britney and Christina at the beginning.
I have to give her props. She has a voice. 
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