Saturday, September 30, 2006

Iron Man role filled

Looks like the new Iron Man has been cast.

((Brace yourselves for what happens when someone makes the right choice for once.

Tony Stark will be played by Robert Downey, Jr.))

Downey looks the part, and I think it's a great choice. When Downey isn't getting arrested or getting high, he's a good actor.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Space Jam (review)

Space Jam

Something went wrong with this movie, and I'm not sure what. Michael Jordan during this time was a mega-media star with endorsements from Ballpark Hot Dogs to Nike shoes. Jordan's Nike TV ads with Bugs Bunny were very popular at the time, and that was the biggest influence in the development of Space Jam. Somehow, I get the feeling studio executives and advertisers got together and created the concept for Space Jam. They then threw the concept to a writer and said, “Make up a story around this shit.”

What we got in return was an unfunny, yet well animated movie. If there was one thing to say nice about this movie, it would be that Bugs and the gang have never looked better. The colors are bright and the animation very smooth. Like Roger Rabbit before this, the interaction between humans and cartoons is done very well. I just wish they took the writing to the next level too, but they didn't.

The 'human' portions of the movie are flat and uninteresting. However the worst thing about the movie is Wayne Knight (The fat dude that gets eaten in Jurassic Park with the shaving cream). His character just gets on my nerves in the same way Jar-Jar does. The movie isn't as bad as it was when I saw it the theaters years ago, but it hasn't improved that much either. The movie feels like one big ad for MJ with little story or character development.

Grade: C

Even today, the team still refuses to admit they use performance enhancing drugs.

Pundit Wars: Colbert and The Neocon Menace

Qui-Gon Jinn realizes that he left the Iron on back at his apartment.

Pundit Wars: Colbert and The Neocon Menace

This is really cool. I love Bush being the Phantom Menace, and Colbert likes playing around with the lightsaber.

Novak: Still Sucking

Novak realizes that for the first time in 20 years he's cracked a smile(Photoshopped?). Plus he realizes that his face is locked into this position.

Jon Stewart vs. Robert Novak

Novak is an asshole, there I said it. I've never really liked the guy, and he makes Tony Snow look like a boyscout. I lost what little respect I had for him when he walked off a show while saying, “This is BS.” He didn't like where the conversation was going and cut and ran. (I'm sure at his advanced age, he didn't do much running.)

John Stewart let's him have it in this clip. These fake news shows have become very big, and I think some of the old news people aren't liking it one bit, from the left and right. Get over it folks.

Mr. T works it out

Mr. T: “Hey, Fat Kid, you did good out there!”

Fat Kid: “You're the greatest, Mr. T! Can I have an autograph?”

Mr. T: “Hell, no, Foo!”

(In a fit of rage, Mr. T knocks out the Fat Kid)


Workout with Mr. T

Comment: Once again, Mr. T shows us how live our lives, and this time it's keeping in shape. He takes a group of kids out (Kidnapping?) to the beach and shows them how to workout. There's a really bad 80s song that really has nothing to do with working out and more to do with sex. For some reason, Mr. T likes picking on the fat kid.

Question: How does sliding down a slide help loose weight? (Seeing Mr. T sliding down is worth it)

Question: Did NBC force him to wear the A-Team hat?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Digital Underground - Same Song

Digital Underground - Same Song

Comment: Now there is a lot to say about this video. The song comes from the EP release This is an EP Release (That is the name of the CD, no joke). The song was featured in the comedy film Nothing But Trouble; remember they’re the band that got arrested and put on trial, but are set free because they jammed with the Judge. 2Pac joined DU during this time and this movie was basically his first movie.

Things to notice:

Dan Aykroyd is in the video, playing bagpipes. Why was he playing bagpipes in a rap video with a song that didn’t have bagpipes in it to begin with? No one knows. Then again he was in the We Are The World video for no apparent reason.

Dr. Dre and Eazy E are in the video. During this time, they were still friends and business partners, plus Eazy was still alive.

This song is actually around six minutes long so the movie and music video versions are shorter. Plus, the movie version of the song sounds different.

Family Guy Uses the F-Word. F-yeah!

Comment: Who the hell made this mistake? You have to love that FOX is going to get fined for this, but in the end it just gives The Family Censorship folks more fuel to the fire. It gets them talking again.

BTW, the joke about the Hummer/SUV driver was right on the mark, because these people get on my nerves. (Not all, but some)

The Butterfly Effect 2 (what?)

The Butterfly Effect 2

Why are they making another one? And, why is it being released on DVD only? Or was it released in the theaters? The only good thing to come out of this movie is the fact that Ashton Kutcher isn’t in part 2.


((What if you could go back into your past and change it? Altering history, though, can carry unforeseen consequences in the present as the psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect 2.

The thematic sequel to the 2004 hit The Butterfly Effect, follows Nick Larson (The L Word) as he turns back the clock to alter the fate of his girlfriend, Julie (Erica Durance, Smallville), and his best friends after a deadly car crash. However, time-travel has a way of catching up with him, and the future is not always what is seems.))

I heard this plot before, and I think it’s called Final Destination.

Screech WTF?

Screech sex tape? WTF

Comment: Screech bangs two women on a Sex Tape?

((Dustin Diamond, who played Samuel "Screech" Powers on the teen sitcom Saved By The Bell, stars with two women in a shocking and graphic sex tape.))

Does anyone even want to watch this sex tape?

((Shot in a hotel suite, the video begins with Diamond, now 29, sitting in a bathtub telling viewers what is about to happen. Then, holding the camera and providing a running commentary, the actor has sex with two unidentified women in several different positions.))

I think Paris Hilton has a lawsuit case here. And, Screech, do we really need a running commentary on sexual positions?

((Diamond’s manager, Roger Paul, told a New York newspaper the tape could be good for his client’s career. “Dustin has been trying to escape the Screech typecast,” he said. “So this may help get more bookings.”))

For one, Screech has never had a career outside the horrible Saved by the Bell show, so anything is better than nothing. And second, what kind of bookings will he get now?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Venture Bros

Venture Bros-Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? pt. 1

Venture Bros-Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? pt. 2

Venture Bros-Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? pt. 3

Another funny episode of the Venture Bros

Whoever wrote this episode had to be high. Not only is this a spoof of the The Manchurian Candidate but the episode also has a Lincoln ghost. However, the best character is the President. He's part Clinton and part Bush. Throw in some sexual jokes and you have a funny episode.

Chris Tilton: Up and Coming Composer

Tilton at center

Chris Tilton

Mr. Tilton is a new composer in the Videogame/Film business. Born in New Orleans, it would seem the city’s musical roots had an affect on the direction his life would take. Accomplished film/movie/TV Michael Giacchino took Tilton under his wing and showed him the ropes (musical strings?). Because of the intensity of TV’s post-production schedule, Giacchino needed someone to help fill in when he was too busy. In turn, Giacchino would help Tilton out with his videogame scores, mostly Black and Mercenaries.

Listening to many of his scores, I’ve come to hear some of the influences from Giacchino, yet he has his own touch that makes his work different from Giacchino’s music. With Goldsmith dead and Williams changing his style, it’s good to hear composers like Giacchino and Tilton base their style more toward 70/80s approach, while scoring new media forms (Videogames).

Look for very big things to come Chris Tilton’s way in the future. He's gots some skillz, yo (sorry)

Here are some links worth reading

An interview from Music for Games

Tilton’s own site


While reading AV's post on Cartoon oldies, it brought back memories of a simpler time. I watched one of the intros called Ducktales. Based on the comic book characters from the mind of Carl Barks, Disney updated the 1940/50s comics to a high production syndicated animated show. The show ran daily on various channels across North America, and it became extremely popular with both young males and females.

Because of Eisner's gamble, Ducktales made it possible for Disney to sell other high production shows into syndications. I still fondly remember coming home from school and watching a new episode every week. The mixture of humor and adventure was what kept me watching the show everyday. Sadly, today children's TV has turn into total crap.

Side note: Scrooge McDuck does make some appearances in the Kingdom Hearts videogame series.

Side Note: I still know all the words to the theme song and do sing it at work all the time.

I could never tell them apart

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Never Trust a pretty face…Part 3 of 3

On Monday, I slept quietly in my bed, as sugar plums danced in my head (Sorry, I had to type that). Suddenly, the phone rang, and in a foggy haze, I picked it up. “Hello?” I managed to say.

“James, this is Simone,” she said. Her voice sounded smooth on the phone.

Sweet, she called me back. “Yeah,” I said.

“Did you read any of that magazine?” she asked.

How about we discuss it over dinner? Yet, I didn't say that. I told her what I thought of the magazine, I lied and said it good and stuff, but in reality I found it boring. However, I noticed she wasn't really interested in the magazine.

“Well, if you enjoyed the magazine, you'll like what I have to say next...” Simone said.

I kind of nodded off, not really listening to what she had to say at all. See I'm already ignoring her, we were meant to be together! Anyway, I brought myself around.

“Let me patch you through to my Supervisor,” Simone said.

What...visor? I began to realize that my Simone didn't really want to chat on the phone. My first thought was that I've been bamboozled. After a short paused, the evil Supervisor came on, a dude.

“Hey, James. How you doing? I wonder if you’d be interested in a new business at home opportunity?”

Me want woman back! That was when I knew she set me up. I would call her the B-word, but I won’t because she's still cute. I hung up on the Evil Supervisor, feeling defeated and tired. I went back to see feeling like a sucker.

So, now I have some new rules that I live by.

Never trust a pretty woman that approaches you at a gas station, asking for your phone number. I know I wouldn't have given a dude a chance to speak to me, let alone to give me a magazine, or take my phone number.

Never trust a woman out of your league for anything, because she wants something.

Use the Magazine trick on chicks. Ask them to 'review' the Magazine and then get their phone number. (Note: Don't use EGM or Gamepro, or PSM: she might take this magazine the wrong way...).

Rosie O'Donnell has a doll

Searching through the Web, I came across this gem. Yes, Rosie has a freaking doll. If you look closely at the bottom of the package, you will notice that it says “Friend of Barbie”. Yeah, right. I'm certain she's a very special friend of Barbie, when Ken's not home. Who knew Barbie swung both ways.

I'm dying to know if the Rosie doll comes with a blue jean jacket and bag of chips. At least they have her correct head size.

Side Note: The site selling the doll actually has some cool stuff for sell.

Rosie O'Donnell's head grows

Rosie O'Donnell tries to out Oprah, but eats a bag of cookies instead.

Comment: It looks like Star Jones wasn't enough for the Queen of Nice (Yeah, right), because now she has her meat-hooks on Oprah and her very close 'friend' Gayle.

One commenter stated this ((2. Rosie needs to keep her big yap shut. Even if Oprah is gay it's none of busy body Rosie's bussines.

Posted at 12:55PM on Sep 20th 2006 by Whatever))

I couldn't agree more. This is the same question I ask the religious right; Does it really matter if they're gay or straight? There is an element of the gay community that wants to out people whether they want it or not. Let people be, you can't go poking around people's business like religious nuts.
Respect people's wishes

Monday, September 25, 2006

Devil in the Dark, Remastered

Head over to for some cool comparisons between the old Star Trek shots and the new Remastered shots (Devil in the Dark). Two shots were extremely impressive. The Matte Paintings are now 3D with moving smoke or steam. The other cool shot is the Enterprise moving away from the planet at the end of the show. I think they finally got the right coloring and speed to the new CGI Enterprise.

BTW, The Remastered show does get rid of one big mistake on the episode. They cut out the part where Kirk tells Spock to go in one direction and he goes in another direction (I think he tells Spock right while he goes left. He ends up going right.) Smart move on the remastered folks part. Damn that Shatner for not taking orders well. “I'm Da Shatner damn it!”

Overall, the episode story wise was amazing, I'd forgotten how good the episode was. I like that they didn't paint the mining workers as bad people, just unaware. The look on Mining Chief Vanderberg face when he realizes that he's been killing thousands of those creatures was a nice touch. Despite Shatner's overbearing EGO, the show really was ahead of it time. Too bad Berman forgot that with Voyager and Enterprise.

Grade B

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

~I guess the good side of me is taking over because I opened a door for a woman at school. I almost never do that. What is coming over me?

~To balanced that good side, I did in fact cuss out one of my fellow coworkers and it felt damn good. The new people didn't know what to make of it, but then again, I am a moody guy.

~SuperHeroHype has some interesting thoughts from Bryan Singer on the next Superman movie. Singer is stating that he wants the next Superman movie to be the next Wrath of Kahn, and if there is one man I have faith in improving on the first one, it's Singer. I hope WB stays out of his way and let's him do it. But, remember this is the studio that grave us Batman & Robin.

~Looking back at my love life(or lack of), there were times when I should have asked some women out and not cared what kind of answer I would have received. Sometimes blind luck is the best luck.

~While watching Star Trek Remastered, a Trim-Spa ad came on with it promoting Anna Nicole Smith's pregnancy, and that she'll lose the weight with their product. Uh, not a good idea right now Trim-Spa with her song dead and all.

~Is it everyone's job to drive really slow when I drive behind you? Let's get it into gear (Sorry bad pun) people. You would think me driving on your bumper would give you an idea that your ass is moving too slow. 35 in a 45 is going backwards.

~Here is a random message board bit.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Peter Jackson talks about The Hobbit

Peter Jackson talks about The Hobbit and other projects

Comment: He says that he hasn’t been contacted about the Hobbit project, but I do hope they at least give him something to do with the movie.

((QUINT: And I'm sure they'd love the idea of two HOBBIT films. Twice the box office, more DVDs to sell...

PETER JACKSON: I saw that. Yeah, we're supposed to be writing The Lovely Bones, but of course Phil, Fran and I read the thing on the net and spent most of this morning talking about The Hobbit. We think the two film idea is really smart. One of the problems with The Hobbit is that it is a fairly simple kids story, and doesn't really feel like The Lord of the Rings. Tonally I mean. It's always may be a little worried, but with two films that kinda gets easier. It allows for more complexity. At that implied stuff with Gandalf and the White Council and the return of Sauron could be fully explored.))

Never Trust a pretty face…Part 2 of 3

Hello,” I replied, not sure what to say next. Hell, for all I knew, she could have pulled out a gun and shot me. She wants something and not in a sexual way either.

How are you doing?” she said, smiling.

GD she looks cute. I thought. I said, “I'm doing great.” You lie!

There was an uneasy pause before anyone said anything.

Simone then brought out a magazine from her car, and handed it to me. “I want you to have this.”

Great, a freaking magazine. Man, it better have your home phone number on it. I flipped over the magazine to the cover, Great Success issue 1 was the title. WTF

She smiled again. “Can I get your phone number and name, because I want you to review this magazine, and read everything.”

I shrugged and said, “Sure.”

I'll call you back and we can discuss what you liked about the magazine,” She said.

I should have turned her down and got into my car, but when it comes to pretty women, men don't think logically. Come on, James. This woman came up to talk to you, and not anyone else. She's freaking hot, give her your phone number. Do I have to remind you the last time you've been on a date, loser?

I gave her my name and phone number.

She took out a notepad and wrote it down. A tiny smirk formed on her thick sexy lips. She looked at me with her pretty eyes, and gestured with her pen. “I heard that name before... Can't place it though.”

Did I piss off someone she knows? Someone I dated?

“I get that a lot.”

After that, we parted ways and she promised to call me back in a few days...

End of Part 2

LOST: Orientation

Lost videos

Orientation Station 5: The Pearl

Comment: These orientation films are sort of creepy. There things to notice, the guy in this film doesn't have any gray in his hair and he has the use of both of his arms, yet it is dated in the 80s like the other orientation film.

Orientation - Station 3 - The Swan

Comment: This is the edited version with those few seconds cut out. The guy from the one earlier has a different name and now has gray in his hair. I heard this is connected to the incident and he lost his arm in the process.

DHARMA Orientation Film Sri Lanka

Comment: While this one does explain a lot about the island, I'm not sure if this video is approved by the producers.

X3 deleted scenes

X-men 3 extended scenes

Hurry and watch them, because I'm sure someone from FOX will remove them

Extended Jean Grey camp scene

Comment: Jean nearly kills Magneto's army in the camp site. This should have been in the movie, I liked it. It gives us more foreshadowing on how powerful she is.

Extended Fight between the X-Men and the brotherhood at the house.

Comment: This one is cool too, there is no reason for this longer fight scene to not be in the movie. I love how Storm and Logan work together. Bad move Ratner

Logan returning to Canada

Comment: Logan returns back to the same bar he met Rogue in the first movie. Get this, they actually got the same bar owner to reprise his role (the one that pulled out a shotgun on Logan). He pulls out another shotgun, but has a different response. Sorry, RATner, but this one should have stayed in the movie as well. It's a quiet way of showing that even people like the bar owner can change. Plus, this clip connects this movie to the first one.

After looking at these clips, I can see that X3 was in fact rushed to theaters and cut down to a slim running time, leaving out the character moments. If they had at least kept these moments in, more of the X fans would have embraced X3.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sigint's Dream

Fun With Mr. Sigint

In Metal Gear Solid 3, Mr. Sigint is a funny guy, and he says a lot of interesting things about weapons and gear. During your prison time, talk to Para Medic and save your game. Then reset your PS2 and upload that save, when you do, you’ll play a completely different game, before you wake up (you’re not even Snake). After waking up, call everyone on your radio, including Sigint. This is what Sigint says when you call him about your dream…

That's some funny sh*t

Cameo: A look back


While playing GTA Vice City, Cameo's song Candy came on the Videogame radio. That was when I knew the programmers grew up in the same decade as me. Cameo is one of those bands that everyone has heard at least one of their songs , usually Candy or Word Up!

The 80s were about excess, and this band wasn't any different. With their over the top acting and hairstyles, they stood out from the other two-hit wonders out there.

If you have forgotten what this band sounded like, here are some videos for you.


Notes: Man, this video brings back memories. Look at those 80s haircuts and the very 'fabulous' clothing. Plus, the leader is wearing his signature red (Codpiece) diaper. I'm not sure what the red diaper did for him other than it gave women a reason to look at his junk. I didn't realize the song was so dirty either.

I also noticed a big difference between this video version and the one heard on the Vice City album. The Vice City version is longer and has no Saxophone solo. It felt like the Sax was added for the radio/video version because that was what all 80s songs had. Want to make a song? Throw in a Sax solo!


Word Up!

Note: This was a classic as well. Please look for LaVar Burton playing a cop in this one! Yes, Mr. Reading Rainbow Geordi LaForge Kunta Kinte makes a cameo in a Cameo video. W-O-R-D UP!

Go to for more info

Perhaps they should tour with Hall and Oats...

Parappa the Rapper clip

Parappa the Rapper

This music game was often overlooked back in the days of the old PS1. It was a music game that gave commands that you had to follow in rhythm. In this clip, the user is using the freestyle game after you beat it the 1st time. He does a pretty good job freestyling too.

Friday, September 22, 2006

WTF moments on Film

Remember those times during movies when something strange happens and you say, “WTF?”?

Someone else has had those moments too, and he's compiled them.

My faves

American Psycho

This one has the murderer attempt to kill a guy in the bathroom, but gets a little surprise in the end.

Superman II Plastic Powers!

Talk about a weak power. One of the three villains comes charging after Superman, and rips an 'S' off his shirt and throws it at the Villain. The 'S' morphs into a plastic bag and covers the Villain. What does that do?

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings

is set for a November 7th release date. While I've been more of a Goldsmith/Williams fan, there's no denying that Shore brought back the old, grand, style of film scoring. In many ways, he use the thematic style of Williams' Star Wars movies as basis.

I hope there is going to an introduction of the Gondor theme in this score, like the extended ed.

((This historic release contains over 180 minutes of music on three CDs, comprising the full score of the 2002 film, composed by Howard Shore. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings marks the second edition of the three complete recording releases of the film trilogy whose score has been honored with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. This deluxe set also includes exclusive new artwork, packaging, extensive liner notes written by Doug Adams, and “Gollum’s Song” performed by Emiliana Torrini. ))

Spaceballs: The Animated Series

Spaceballs the Animated show

((The 1987 film, which starred Brooks, Rick Moranis and John Candy, parodied "Star Wars" and other sci-fi movies. The new animated version will poke fun at blockbuster movies, reality TV, politics and pop culture.))

(("Spaceballs: The Animated Series" will air on the G4 television network beginning next fall, it was announced Wednesday.))

This is great news. I’ve always loved that movie. The movie pretty much takes a jab at all the Sci-fi shows and movies. I hope they keep the goofiness from the film in the series.

And, one of my favorite bits in the movie is the VCR gag. The Spaceball villains want to track down the good guys so they pop in a tape of Spaceballs: The Movie into the VCR. They fast-forward through the movie until they come across themselves watching themselves watching themselves watching the movie.

Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
Colonel Sandurz: Now. You're looking at now sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now, now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to then!
Colonel Sandurz: When?
Dark Helmet: Now.
Colonel Sandurz: Now?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: I can't.
Dark Helmet: Why?
Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
Colonel Sandurz: Soon.
Dark Helmet: How soon?
Video Operator: Sir!
[Dark Helmet has becomed far too confused and everyone now ignores him even though he's center screen]
Dark Helmet: What?
Video Operator: We've identified their location.
Dark Helmet: Where?

Jet Li Throws in the Towel.

Jet Li says he done with Martial Arts flicks

((Expressing displeasure over the fact that the theme of martial arts movies is "always revenge," Jet Li has told the Los Angeles Times that he will no longer make such films. Li made his remarks on the eve of the opening of his latest film, Fearless, about a Chinese martial arts master who died in 1910. "In this movie and in my past three movies, I continue to say that violence is not any solution," Li told the Times.He said that he had become concerned that the spirit of martial arts, wushu, had become lost in movies, especially when young people confronted him. "On the street, I see a lot of young teenagers saying, 'Hey, Jet Lit. Beat up somebody! Fight! Fight!" The true meaning of wushu, he said, is "stop fighting."))

I’ve always liked Jet Li’s movies. I think he’s one of the few Martial Artists that can act well in English and Chinese. The man has a powerful screen presence that makes him stand out. While I understand his reasons, I hope he’ll reconsider.

BTW, rent Unleashed/Danny the Dog


Men's Room Etiquette

Paul posted this on his blog and I watched it and enjoyed it. With his permission, I’m going to post this movie here.

Men's Room Etiquette

My own rules

1. One of the things that always bugged me about public restrooms is that people that know you tend to talk to you when you’re in there. I can’t think straight when there’s the smell of crap and pee in the air, I’m sorry. Once we’re outside the restroom, then we can chat.

2. When you crap out the mother of all turds, flush the toilet. I know you’re proud of your oversized turd, but I don’t want to see it.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My 1st Troll! Let the Flame War begin

A few minutes ago, I noticed a person going into that certain post that got me some unwanted attention. I checked it out, and someone left me a comment on the page. Here’s what he said.


Thursday, September 21, 2006 3:55:38 PM

Well, hello Mr. Anonymous.

I did in fact know him for like 3 years while at work. Hell, I thought he was a good person, and he was a nice guy. However, he began to act strangely, becoming paranoid and withdrawn. I know this because I saw it with my own two eyes, I freaking worked with him. So don’t come in here thinking I didn’t know him. Besides, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve known someone, because people change. The man threatened many people in my work area, and that’s been documented.


Trust me, I’ve lived my entire life as an outsider. I’ll never fit with the crowd, but that doesn’t matter. I grew up being one of the few black kids in my area, and I was treated differently…judged. But, that doesn’t give me the right to take another person’s life. Yes, our personal history is important in shaping our lives, but it doesn’t take away for our personal responsibility for our actions.


For what, and why? The man murdered a father to an unborn son, a workingman. I have no reason to speak to him.


Whoa, hold on, Slick. For one, keep your prayers to yourself, because I don’t need them from you. How do you approach someone that threatens you with bodily harm? Work is no place for that kind of shit. I’ve worked there too long to have someone act that way around me. Everyone was afraid to do something and I was the one with balls to do something about it. And what would have happened if I confronted him? I’m sure I wouldn’t be typing to you right now, that’s for sure.

Thanks for the insightful input, and the smiley at the end. That just makes me feel so much better now. BTW, turn the damn caps off, Fartknocker. Come again...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Never Trust a pretty face…

Magneto: Mr. Laurio, never trust a beautiful woman. Especially one who's interested in you.

You know what, he's right.

Friday, 4:00 PM

Like many of my stories, this one begins at a gas station. After filling up on Chinese food, I drove my car to a local gas station. I got out and went to the booth to pay. As I walked toward my car, another car pulled up on the opposite side of my gas pump. I looked inside the side window of the car and noticed an African-American woman sitting in the driver's seat. I couldn't quite tell, but I believe she was attractive, but I didn't put much into it and went to the other side to my car to pump gas.

“Excuse me,” a female voice stated. Her tone was professional, yet sweet.

The young black woman from the car emerged on my side of the pump. Her skin was a warm light-brown tone, and she had a very fit and nice figure. Her face was beautiful and her light brown eyes enticing. She wore a black business professional outfit.

The first thing that came to my mind was Dude, she's freaking hot.

“Yes,” I managed to say. Don't stare at her chest while talking to her.

She brightly smiled. “My name is Simone.”

End of Part 1

LOST season 2

Locke Surfs the Internet for spoilers to season 3.

Yes, I've gone on a LOST Marathon. I've gotten through 4 dvd discs from Sunday to today. I can't get enough of LOST, but I am itching to get back into Prison Break as well. Because, I don't make it a rule to watch many TV shows as they're airing on prime time, I was shocked to see that there was someone actually living in the Hatch, and there was a Doomsdays machine in there.

I'll have a review within a week or so.

Superman III

Superman III

Whoa, who's bright idea was this piece of crap? Despite all the major behind the scenes battles over the creative control of the first two Superman movies, the first two films were major hits across the world. Even though WB wasn't happy with the infighting between Donner and Salkind family, they greenlit Superman III right away. Back when the first two movies were in preproduction, Donner brought his own writer to re-write the then campy scripts to I and II. The Salkind's wanted a campy Superman movie, but WB backed Donner and his vision succeed. After Donner was fired, Robert Lester got to oversee Superman III without any of Donner's creative involvement. What we got was a really bad parody of Superman. However, something far worst destroyed Superman III, and that was the character named Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor).

Richard Pryor was brought in to bring a bigger audience to the Superman franchise, because he was already making hits with his starring roles in comedy movies. However, Pryor and Superman never mixed too well together. Pryor seems lost in the part. We don't know if the film was supposed to be completely on it humor or taken seriously. When watching the first two movies, we see serious characters and a love story that many people liked. None of that magic was in Superman III, and it shows. Lois Lane was a but erased from Superman III, thus making the entire Lois/Clark chemistry built up from I and II inert. All the breathtaking FX stuff of the last two movies were narrowed down to comedy gags, and poor FX shots. John Williams left after Part I, and they used a different composer to reuse the main themes from Williams' far superior Superman score. The music was watered down and doesn't have the feeling and scope of the first film, then again you can say this about every aspect of the movie.

Most people believe that Pryor stole screen time away from the very well written Superman is Evil plot line, and I tend to agree with them. The junkyard fight between Evil Superman and Clark was probably one of the best scenes in the movie. It took the production team a long time to film that scene and it shows. In the end, Superman III was mere shadow of the first two movies and the drastic turning point for the Superman movie franchise. (The Batman movie series had a similar path as well.)

Grade: D+

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Superman: “Pryor, you're the lucky one, because I still have to star in the even shittier Superman IV.”


Someone has a 'crush' on Clark

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Random Thoughts (Space Jam)

Space Jam, one big Nike Movie…I’m waiting for Space Jam 2: I’m Retired For Good.
Do you smell what he’s cooking? 15 million.

Random Thoughts

~Yesterday, I filled out an admission form for the University Of Louisville, and paid freaking thirty dollars for the thing. Today, I have to go to my old College and pay them money to send my transcripts to UofL.

~While looking at Yvonne site, I came across another blog with some thoughtful material, and it's from an Australian named mooiness . What really stood out was a well written and thoughtful post on Moderate Muslims.

((To sensible and moderate Muslims here and everywhere else: it’s time to start speaking louder. The rest of the world needs to hear you. Your religion has been hijacked by the militants for too long now.))

It's time for all moderate voices on all issues to speak out and show there are sensible people on all sides of an issue. End of speech.

~Yeah, I saw Star Trek: Remastered, I really enjoyed the restrained take the FX folks took on the FX work. And, I was wrong about the first season opening credits, because They recorded an alt-take of the first season credits without the woman singing and without De Forest Kelly being in the credits.

~Because I am a weak minded fool, I've been hooked on Sushi. Someone mentioned it and now I've been to my local Kroger store to pick up freshly made sushi. Yes, out here in the East End of Louisville we have professional Sushi Chiefs working at a grocery store, they have their own section.

~Gridiron Gang is number one in the Box Office with 15 Million. Hopefully, this will be reason enough for Xzibit to stop doing Pimp My Ride on that turd called MTV.

~I came, I saw, and I farted

James B (Me)

~I rented Space Jam, and I don't even know why. However, it was a free rental.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Angry Professor vs. Cell Phone

Anyone that's reads my blog long enough, is fully aware how much I hate Cell Phones. Well, this clip shows a Professor lecturing a class, and a stupid student letting a cell phone ring and then taking the call. The Professor yanks the phone out of the stupid student's hand and throws it on the floor, and continues with his lecture without missing a beat. I want to sign up for his class.

Rule1234123: Turn the damn Cell Phone off during class: Your not that important, and plus I didn't pay to hear you talk to your girl/boyfriend. If I wanted to do that, I'd read your blog/myspace.

Matt Damon flips out

Matt Damon flips out, but was it fake? In the video, Matt is brought out after a long introduction and he gets bumped from the show, well Matt starts to cuss. It seems staged, but there's 10% possibility it was faked.

However, was it fake or real?


((Matt Damon...

At the end of the show, on a somewhat frequent, yet not daily, basis, Jimmy thanks the guests as usual, but then adds "Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time." The joke of course being that Damon was not scheduled to appear that night. Kimmel told that he says this "for no good reason at all."[1] He ad-libbed it for no apparent reason.

On September 13, 2006 on a primetime special, Matt Damon appeared after a very long introduction. However, the show was about to end and was asked for next week with a foul-mouthed response. During the credits, Damon pretended to be very furious and was calling Kimmel names. It has since been stated that Damon was actually furious and told Kimmel he would not appear on any show from that point.

Is there a source? The above information may or may not be true, since there are conflicting stories from "actual audience" members.))

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
This Steven Spielberg film was released in 1985 and was based on the book of the same name written by Alice Walker. The book was a collection of letters that told a story of a shy black woman that was forced into marriage with an abusive man. The movie of the same name was written by Menno Meyjes and produced by one of the worst producers ever, Jon Peters .

The movie tells a touching tale of Whoopi Goldberg as Celie living with a abusive husband played masterfully by Danny Glover. The way Goldberg plays her character gives you the sense that she's been beat down her whole life, yet has a spark of independence that makes her enduring. I also enjoyed the narration that Goldberg says throughout the film, and it gave me insight into the character.

Given her news background, I was surprised how well Oprah Winfrey plays the part of Sofia. Sofia at first is an outspoken strong black woman that can take a punch and throw a few. She's so proud that in one scene the Mayor's wife comes up to her, asking Sofia to be her maid. Sofia tells her, “Like hell.” The Mayor comes over and confronts Sofia, and she knocks him out! This of course pisses off the white people and a police officer runs over and knocks Sofia out, cause her nerve damage. The sad part is the fact the Sofia spends a few years in jail and ends up working for the Mayor's wife anyway. Winfrey then plays the character as broken down woman, and a mere shadow of her former self.

Seeing Spielberg use wide shots and cool imaginary, shows you just how skilled Spielberg is as storyteller. This was Spielberg's prime. Hell, I laughed when I read that Spielberg banned John Peters from the set, because Peters was such an asshole. There was some controversy over Goldberg's character telling Sofia's husband to beat his wife, but that was the sign of the times, and the fact that Spielberg, a white director, filmed this movie. However, none of that matters because he was the right person for the job.

If you get a chance, watch this movie.

Grade A-

Hello, we need work...(MIA actors)

MIA 'entertainers'

Have you ever turned on the TV and saw an actor on an old TV show or movie and wondered what happened to them? Well, here are some of the ones I want to see make a comeback.

Remember her? She was the total MILF on Alf. Sure, she wasn't a good actress, but at least she was...well never mind. She's had work here and there, but she needs to star in another lame-ass sitcom with a stupid puppet. Give her a job.


Richard Grieco

Sure his career peaked at 12 Jump Street, but this guy is fixing for a comeback. This man oozes with untapped coolness. Even when others think he's lame, he always believes he's cool, and that has to count for something. Besides, who can forget his hit show that lasted only one season called "Marker".

I believe Richard Grieco wants to be the next Mickey Rourke.


Captain Planet

The power is yours! Where can the worst superhero ever find work? Maybe he can monitor car emission. I'm sure he could make a comeback


Kirk Cameron

After Growing Pains ended its run on TV, Kirk Cameron's career had some growing pains of its own, like starring in a bunch of lame Fox Family and Faith Channel movies. Cameron, I'm sorry, but starring three freaking Left Behind movies doesn't count as an acting career.

Alfonso Ribeiro

This guy was Will Smith's lame cousin on that Fresh Prince show. After the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended, he decided star in another sitcom with another Rapper-turned-Actor by the name of LL Cool J in the show "In the House" .

He needs work! Don't you remember his good work in "Extreme Ghostbusters" ?

Random Thoughts

Cobra Commander keeping his Pimp Hand strong.

Random Thoughts

~I’ve been watching GI Joe reruns on cable of late. I’m really digging them, because it brings me back to my childhood. While troubled, it was much more simple than being an adult. I don’t want to grow up, because if I did, I wouldn’t be a Toys R Us Kid.

~I found an interesting post from this blogger on her thoughts about the shooting that happened a few days ago at Dawson College . I found her through, I enjoyed reading her point of view, so check it out.

~I would like to thank Rico for giving me a shout out on his site

~This week, I just got my first wireless keyboard and mouse for my computer, and I am loving every minute of it.

~I don't like white bread, and I am not a fan of toast.

~Someone needs to tell Google to update their Google Maps. I was looking at the thing and noticed my old car in one of the pictures! I'm not making this up.

~I woke up today with numbness in my left hand, it went away after a few hours. I must of slept on it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Come to Quarks, Quarks is fun, don't walk RUN!

He is fun

Come to Quarks, Quarks is fun, don't walk RUN!

Even if you're not a trekker, watch this clip. Quark decides to put Ad/spyware into the DS9 system. The best part is Lt. Worf's entrance, priceless. Looks like Spam will survive to the 24th century.

And, here's a SF channel Quark clip

Feel the Burn

There are times when real life is funnier than fiction and things you thought weren't possible do in fact happen (Like when I was bad mouthing the entire marketing industry, and a lady overheard my rant and told me she worked in marketing.) So, I went to Ayland's blog and read a freaking funny post about his encounter with a match. I nearly killed myself with my soft drink reading his post.

Don't take my word for it, read the post.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Score Review part 2

For Davy Jones, shaving is not an option.

7. Two Hornpipes (Tortuga): Uh, this is just source music for the tavern scene. Not much to say about this piece, except it does seems to fit with the time period. Moving on.

8. A Family Affair: Man, there's a lot of reused cues from some of Zimmer's other film scores in this track. He uses bits of Last Samurai and Batman Begins at the beginning , but there is some nice music at toward the end of this track with the return of the music box theme of Davy Jones. I'm really enjoying the Davy Jones theme.

9. Wheel of Fortune: Clever name to the scene this track is based on. I kind of like the adventure music at the beginning, and the use of the first Pirates movie theme thrown in for good measure. The track slows down a bit with portions of the Jack Sparrow theme, before going into the music box Davy Jones theme, and then the score switches to a small portion of the Kraken theme (why?). I loved the reprisal of the Jack Sparrow theme in all its glory. This is probably my second favorite track.

10. You Look Good Jack: I don't know, this track isn't that fun to listen too. The only thing worth listening to is the heart beats in the middle of the track. Yes, there are heart beats in this track. (kind of like the bat flaps in Batman Begins).

11. Hello Beastie: This ten minute track isn't the best, but there are some nice pieces here. Some of the beginning parts do sound a little like Gladiator. But, I do like the use of the mixed choir in this piece and a harpsichord! Plus, I did really enjoyed the last portion of this track with the old Pirates theme in a sad key. While the first Pirates movie used the exact theme, it was more upbeat. However, the best part of this track is the last few minutes where the sad theme slowly morphs into the upbeat Pirates theme, and it's a nice send off to probably the best scene in the entire movie, (When a certain dead character returns).

12. Bonus Track: Turd track by DJ Crap-maker. I want to know who's bright idea was it to include a stinking Techno remix to the Pirate theme? It's pure junk and a waste of space when more suitable material could place on the album.

Blogging and the real world Part I

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

fanboy funk

Yeah, so I’m a fanboy even though I don’t look like one. So, I decided to look up some more terms based on the word Fanboy from

Fanboy: A passionate fan of various elements of geek culture (e.g. sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, Magic the Gathering, etc.), but who lets his passion override social graces.

At the mall I almost got mowed over by some Dragonball Z fanboy on his skateboard.

Comment: You better be glad the DZ fanboy didn’t turn Super Saiyan 3 and light your ass up.


Fanboi: A person who posts in internet forums with a bigger signature than what he posts. Signature sometimes contain full computer specs, 1-2 images (that contain the LOGO for the company/game/other the person is a fanboi of)

LOL! You suck, I have no problems!

Comment: I don’t have a long signature, hell I have no signature at all, but I someday want to be promoted from Fanboy to Fanboi.


Fanboygasm: Over exitement similar to an orgasm only over something like a videogame.

OMG! I just got FFX-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!1111!!!!!1111!!!!! !! *fanboygasm*

Comment: Unlike most fanboys, I don’t fake my Fanboygasms. “Whoa, FFXII Rockz !!!!1111”


fanboy funk: A smell that emanates from a fanboy. Usually due to a lack of hygiene.

That is some serious fanyboy funk, he probably hasn't showered the whole week!

Comment: When I first saw this term, I thought it meant like a nerd jazz song or something. Anyone that knows me personally knows I like to smell good and keep very clean, people say I smell like a bar of soap, so I am not big on the Fanboy funk, but I’ve been around many folks that do have that funk, and it’s not pleasant at all.

Powned, I rulezzz !!!!11111

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest score review part 1

Hans Zimmer has had a steady and successful career in film scoring. While his extensive work ranges from heart felt dramas to mindless action movies, his work seems to always spark some kind of reaction from movie score fans. Some people are fans of most of his work, while others can’t stand his mixing of rock, orchestral work, and synthetic music. On the other hand, I like his some of his work, such as Batman Begins, Gladiator and Last Samurai, and yet I despise the hard rock mess called MI2. With this knowledge, it should be noted that Zimmer seems to use both styles in POTC2 this score.

For some reason, I bought the CD to the Score of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. While my thoughts on Zimmer’s take on Klaus Badelt’s themes from the first movie are slightly better than when I watched the movie, I still can’t get over some of Zimmer’s instrumentation choices. There’s no need to use an electronic guitar for a period piece.

Because another composer was fired from the first Pirates movie, Badelt had to rely on more synth than live performers to finish the score in time. And yet, Zimmer’s version of Badelt’s themes sound much better because there’s less sampling and computer work done to the tracks, which was smart move by Zimmer. It’s fun listening to Badelt’s music with a full orchestra.

1. Jack Sparrow: This theme is playful and fun. It’s interesting to listen to Zimmer build on Badelt’s Pirate theme and make it a completely new theme solely for Jack Sparrow. I love the use of the strings, which turns into the entire orchestra joining in. This theme is used a lot in the movie. This is one of Zimmer’s better tracks, and it seems to fit into the time period. Very nice…

2. The Kraken: The first half of this track has some really cool music with the bass, organs and choir. Zimmer has some dark stuff working in the first half of the track, but the track falls apart with the strange use of rock music, and it begins to sound like Mission Impossible 2. The use of the bass guitar does make this track sound cool because it’s connected to the Kraken, but the second half just turns into noise.

3. Davy Jones: It’s interesting to hear the playful music box play the tragic Davy Jones theme and there’s some nice work with entire orchestra building on the same theme. I loved the way the music box bookends the track. Good work here.

4. I've Got My Eye on You: While the use of the Back Pearl theme is nice, I didn’t care for the choir stuff here. However, I liked hearing a full orchestra play the Pirate of Caribbean theme.

5. Dinner is Served: First half of this track is neat with its tribal beats. However the playful waltz is fun to hear and I wish it were longer.

6. Tia Dalma: There is a bit of Gladiator music thrown in, I really don’t care for the track that much. Yet, here’s an interesting fact, if you listen carefully there’s a music box tune thrown in there too, which gives support to the theory that Davy Jones and Tia Dalma were lovers.

End of Part one

Many people attack Zimmer for reusing a lot of his own work, and maybe he does, but he is not even close to being a hack like James Horner. Horner rips complete themes from his older pieces and reuses them without giving a damn.

BTW, an online friend who interviews Film Composers has stated that Zimmer is one the most laid by composers he’s met, while Horner was a complete asshole.
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