Monday, November 22, 2010

A Very Doctor Who Christmas

I love to talk with people about Doctor Who. For the longest time I was the only person in my set of friends who watched it, but slowly they began to wise up and they are now all hooked. One of my favorite things that they do is a Christmas special every year. The first special since the 2005 revival introduced us to Torchwood and David Tennant's first full appearance as the Doctor. Even Kylie Minogue was in a special, where a spaceship version of the Titanic is plummeting to Earth.

This year is no different. This Christmas we'll be seeing The Doctor, Amy and Rory together in A Christmas Carol (Doctor Whostyle.)  This special features Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon as a very lonely man (sound familiar?)

Now what's great about this special for us in US is it will actually be show on Christmas day. Until now we've only been able to see Christmas specials months after it's release. So check out the trailer for A Christmas Carol, premiering Christmas Night.

Which is your favorite Doctor Who Christmas Special? I think mine has to be The End of Time Parts I & II. Sure part two came out on New Years, but hey... it counts as a holiday special.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Very Suburb Pat Christmas

It's that time of year again. Christmas is a few weeks away, shopping season is in full effect. Dish Network has added holiday music channels to the TV ticker. While I was in China I complied a Christmas music playlist from all of my family's old Christmas cds and songs from the web. I couldn't put it up on the webs, thanks to the Great Firewall of China. Last year at Christmastime I complied my ten favorite Christmas movie (you can read that here,) now here's my Christmas compilation aptly named A Very Suburb Pat Christmas:

  1. Christmas Story (The Meaning of Christmas) from A Charlie Brown Christmas
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You - My Chemical Romance
  3. Silent Night (Acapella) - Boys II Men
  4. Christmas In Hollis - Run DMC
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Mel Torme
  6. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch*
  7. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - The Raveonettes
  8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
  9. The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
  10. Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autry
  11. Last Christmas - Wham!
  12. Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby
  13. Happy X-Mas (War is Over) - John and Yoko
  14. All Alone On Christmas - Darlene Love
  15. Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
  16. Christmas is All Around from Love Actually - Bill Nighy
  17. Wassail Song - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  18. Christmas With the Devil - Spinal Tap
  19. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
  20. The Chanukah Song Part II - Adam Sandler
  21. Let It Snow  - Michael Buble
  22. Hallelujah Chorus - George Fridric Handel

I love this playlist, each song is different than the song before it. It's a very eclectic song list, with a little of every thing (rock, rap, jazz, r&b,  classics, and pop). You can get the entire playlist here.

*Interestingly You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is not sung by Boris Karloff, it was actually sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. That's the man's real name; he's got the name of a Harry Potter character or a Lord of the Rings character.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yet Another Reason to Love Community

So I think I've established my love for Community, and all things Community. Look at their body of worth: They've done an episode based on mafia movies like Goodfellas, Casino and Godfather. They did an episode devoted to paintball that referenced zombie apocalypses and disaster movies; as well as a Halloween zombie outbreak. And two weeks ago they did an episode which was devoted to bottle episodes and was confined to their study room. These episodes just go to show that this show may be the most underrated scripted comedy on television (I say that instead of sit-com because there's no laugh track - I'm talking about you The Big Bang Theory.) What I'm excited for is their next Community Christmas, an homage to classic stop-motion claymation specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Here's the premise of the soon to be instant classic:
When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness.

Here's an example of what makes Community so darn entertaining. Abed, who could definitely have Aspergers, has been charting the behavior of the females of the group.

Now here's my quick rant of the week. NBC decided to keep Community at the 8pm time slot opposite The Big Bang Theory. The problem with this is they have painted a very large target on the show's back, because even though Community is brilliant a lot of the time, it doesn't have the dedicated following of TBBT. I'm forced to pick and choose which show to watch live and what to watch on the DVR. I pray that Community gets a third season and if it does, I hope they put it in a different timeslot where it won't be drowned by a ratings juggernaut.

Tron: Legacy - On the Grid

So Tron Legacy is about a month away and they have definitely stepped up advertising for it. A few weeks ago Daft Punk released a music video for their song Derezzed, and a third trailer was released recently that gives an idea of the plot to the movie. I for one and very excited to see it, and with the new non-sickmaking 3D technology I think it will be amazing. On the Facingbook they've gone a step further when it comes to viral marketing (pun intended?) for the movie. There is a facebook app that allows you to map your own face into a movie trailer. All you need is a picture of yourself; which can easily be done with a webcam but can also be taken from a picture off your facebook profile or your computer. After a minute or so you're put in the trailer... and it works really well. You even have the option of saving the movie to your hard drive, which I immediately did and posted it to youtube (gotta increase the traffic any way you can.) 

So enjoy me, Suburb Pat, in this Tron Legacy trailer, I'm On The Grid.

Here's the most recent trailer for Tron Legacy (my face not included.)

Here's Daft Punk's music video, Derezzed from the Tron Legacy Score

Here's another Tron Trailer, from Tobuscus. This one though, is a LITERAL trailer... Funny stuff indeed.

Is it me or is Michael Sheen become the new Michael Caine... He's in everything.