February 26, 2010

It's Friday and you ain't got shit to do...

Need some "me time" in front of the computer? The office and family driving you crazy? Well, just stop working on that PowerPoint presentation, put the kids to bed and tell the husband or wife that you have a headache because I got some Internet goodies for you. You deserve a break.

Zoolander 2 in the works ...No Owen Wilson is mentioned. Maybe it's because it's been a decade since the first Zoolander. How long is a male model's shelf life?

Here is another tilt-shift video because I'm a sucker for this stuff...This one is all over the NYC. Just watch it, you'll wish the world was this damn cute.

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

I was just recently reminded of one of my favorite song covers of all time. Ben Folds performing "Bitches Ain't Shit". NSFW Lyrics... I shouldn't have to warn you about that.

Zach Galifianakis, um, interviews (?) Author John Wray. You don't need to know who John Wray is to find this funny(He wrote the novel Lowboy about a 16-year-old schizophrenic. I haven't read it yet, I have blogs to write). Book jokes, they're the best!

Hey! For those of you in the L.A. area, they are turning billboards into art next month! Keep an eye out for them. Here's a map. Gotta see 'em all!

I like it when something I hate turns into something good. Not the other way around, like with Mike Myers.

February 24, 2010

What I Talk About When I Talk About The Academy Awards

The Academy Awards' media frenzy has been growing and I think that actually does more harm than good. All this talk of Oscar "front runners" always leads to disaster. Think Titanic and Crash...then think of a joke involving an iceberg. Anyway I didn't want to go and add my snarky two cents on predictions and snubs because...well I didn't have a good reason, let's just say laziness. I sometimes find the Oscars predictable and uninspired. Why would I want to add anything to the media firestorm? But a few things a have been brought to my attention that I just had to address and perhaps, just perhaps, I can influence some of you out there.

1) There will be NO best song Performances this year.
Dear Academy,
What? You have nominated two Disney songs from The Princess and the Frog, one Broadway hit song from Nine and the Golden Globe winning theme to Crazy Heart and you aren't going to to give them a chance to perform? Are you scared the show might get entertaining if you allow them to perform the songs live? Your friend, TAC

The songs will reportedly be played with movie clips instead. And that's just brilliant because everybody knows that the clips and montages that play at the Oscars are so good. Oh, wait, that's right, they are usually awkward and confusing. For some reason they pick the most random clips and scenes from the nominated films that make no sense to anybody, even if you have seen the movie. But lets just hit play on your bejeweled ipod and let the songs play over some lame clip show because that's worth sitting through 4+ hours for. No. No. No. This will be the first and last year the Oscars are doing this. Remember this blogger, Academy, because I totally told you so.

2) Avatar will not win best picture or best director.
It won't. It might have helped evolve cinema to new visual heights but it took a nosedive in the writing, acting and editing department. The Hurt Locker might win, maybe... the Brits liked it at the BAFTA awards. Inglorious Basterds, perhaps... it's been getting a lot of lip service lately. I am rooting for Up In The Air but I haven't heard anybody say peep about that movie being a contender.

Side rant: These writers, bloggers and critics have to remember how susceptible these Hollywood types are. If you write about how "hot" Old Dogs is for best picture it would some how win best picture even though it's not nominated or any good for that matter.

So, just stop with the Avatar talk, please....those braided squid ponytails creep me the eff out. No more hype about what film is ahead in the Oscar "race" either. You actually influence the outcome writing all this Oscar "hype" and then we all end up being disappointed at the winners. Here's my message to Academy voters, don't listen to us critics. Use your brains and vote for what you really think deserves to win. And if you MUST listen to someone it might as well be me. Here's my one piece of advice: Don't vote for Avatar or The Blind Side, any other movie is fine, just not those two. Thanks (Smiley Face!)

3) (500) Days Of Summer wasn't snubbed.
There is a lot of "talk" out there that Summer was snubbed. It's not as good as you think it is. It's was like a film school nerd wrote a script that tried to cram in everything that he has been doodling in his composition notebook since he was 14. I do appreciate that it's trying to be different from other romantic comedies. I like how much it featured downtown L.A. And I like the karaoke singing of "Hear Comes Your Man." But just being different and having an adorable leading couple doesn't mean it's Oscar worthy. Seriously, watch it again. Not as good as you remember, is it?

4) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was snubbed.
It was a great year for Animated movies. And Cloudy should be up there with the other best Animated Feature nominees. We need to acknowledge films like Cloudy so DreamWorks can see what a good animated movie with thoughtful characters, compelling storytelling and actual jokes looks like. I cannot bash DreamWorks Animation enough.
4.1) Also, I think Wall-e is a better movie than UP. That's right, I said it. That little robot made me cry.

Bonus Material! Here's a cool look at the numerical values "behind" the Oscars, all in an easy to use visual, with graphs and pictures and stuff. If you are invited to an Oscar party hosted by mathematicians, you are going to want to print this out and bring it with you. It's sure to impress.

February 22, 2010

The Tonight Show Promo With Jay Leno Should Sound More Like This

In this reedited Jay Leno Promo for his "return" to The Tonight Show they simply replaced the Beatles "Get Back" with a more appropriate song. NBC plays this promo during the Olympics non-stop which begs the question: Does NBC want every last person in this country to hate Jay Leno? Because that is what this promo is doing.
At first I was :( but then I was :D

February 12, 2010

Hear Music Now! Generationals

What album have I been listening to nonstop lately, you ask? Well I'm excited to tell you that I have been neck deep in Con Law the first album from Generationals. Two dudes from New Orleans have created an inspiring, upbeat pop album that is greatly influenced by the rock of the '50s '60s & '70s, back when pop music was good. Nowadays good pop music is "Indie." Each song on Con Law feels familiar but contemporary at the same time. "When They Fight, They Fight" is a song you know by heart even though you are listening to it for the first time. Go ahead and give them a try and I dare you not to bop your head. Listen Here.

February 11, 2010

Goin' Back To Wally World!

Vacation Is back! Variety reports that a new Vacation movie is in the works. I have to say from the details so far I am on board with this one. I'm not one to the support beating of a franchise like a redheaded-stepchild-riding-a-dead-horse, but this sounds like it could be fun. I am a huge fan of the first three vacation movies (Yes, even European Vacation) and my family, like a lot of families, is very attached to the first Vacation.

One Vote For Jack
I would recommend deleting from your mind any Vacation movies or spin-offs past "Christmas" and get a load of this...

Wally World is closing down and a grown-up Rusty is going to take his family back to the theme park for one last visit. It is speculated that Chevy Chase will reprise his role as "Grandpa" Clark Griswold. Seth Gordon, who directed the documentary The King Of Kong (See it now if you haven't) is set to direct. Jonathan Goldstien and John Francis Daley are writing. You might remember Daley from Freaks and Geeks and to a lesser extent Bones. In my head I just call him Sam. National Lampoon is not going to be apart of this one, but, really, who cares about National Lampoon anymore?

I'm pretty excited about this because it seems like this has all the ingredients for a movie that I would like. So I hope they don't screw this up. Also, I've found a new appreciation for Chevy because of his role on Community. Which , if you haven't seen yet, you should give a chance, it's a funny show and Chevy is in top form on it. (Side Note: Also Check out Modern Family and The Middle. Two new sitcoms that heavily feature the children and doesn't just focus on the parents which is something that has been missing in prime time lately. But that's a rant for another post.)

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Vacation moments. NSFW, because of foul language in one of the best speeches of all time.

February 2, 2010

It's Groundhog Day!: A Tribute to Ned Ryerson

For all of you that love the movie Groundhog Day, like I do, here are all the scenes featuring your favorite annoying ex-classmate, Ned Ryerson. Bing! Don't tell me you don't remember him because he sure as heck remembers you.

Bing, again!