Sunday, December 18, 2011

Community Modern Warfare fanvids

Community is one of my favorite shows, and I love when people make music videos and mashups. Here are just a few using the paintball episode, Modern Warfare...

Top Christmas Movies

Youtube user Mewlists, who normally compiles things like the best F-Bombs in movies categorized by part of speech, has compiled a video of the Top 25 Christmas movies and Top 25 Christmas songs... no swearing included...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Did Community's Christmas Save the Show?

So the last episode of Community on NBC's came on last Thursday and took a swipe at musical episodes. It was obvious that the show was making fun of Glee, as well as holiday themed episodes. Community has gotten really good at lampooning popular culture, as well as lampoon tv elements that have become commonplace (bottle episodes, mockumentary style single-camera comedies, and now musical themed episodes.)  The question I guess is was this episode funny enough to save Community?

The dialog was as witty and goofy as ever, and the musical numbers were funny and satirical. For instance Annie, the Jewish member of the study group, dresses up as a scantly-clad Santa Claus to seduce Jeff into joining the Glee Club.

Troy the resident Jehovah's Witness, unable to celebrate Christmas because of religious belief raps out a plan to infiltrate Christmas.

I really hope Community get's a reprieve, it is one of the funniest shows on television; they are doing avant-garde jokes that may go over some people's heads, while other show remain content low balling it in with dick and fart jokes. The past few years have been odd when it comes to television. Some shows are allowed to flourish while it's obvious they've lost their edge, other shows are cancelled before they are able to find their legs. I'm surprised the show has lasted this long but I honestly believe it could go for six seasons or more, like The Office or 30 Rock, if NBC allows them too.

Just cancel Whitney already... it's not even that good.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups

Now I'm on the fence when it comes to remakes of foreign films, this year we're getting a Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Over the past few months people have been taking the trailer for the movie, which features Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Trent Reznor doing a cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, and making mashup trailers for other movies in that same style. Here's the original:

Here's one for Watchmen

As well as one for Inception

Here's one for The Social Network

Here's one for another Fincher directed movie, Fight Club

The best one I've seen so far has to be a mashup of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which is ending with The Dark Knight Rises.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Justified Season 3 Coming SOON!

FX has released some teasers for the next season of Justified... Take a look.

Top Ten Unorthodox Christmas Movies

So we're a day away from Thanksgiving so I decided to compile another list of Christmas movies. But this year I decided to do something different. Some of the best movies are actually set at Christmastime, and you might not have ever realized it. So here are my favorite unorthodox Christmas movies:

  1. Die Hard
  2. Lethal Weapon
  3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  4. In Bruges
  5. Ghostbusters II
  6. First Blood
  7. The Long Kiss Goodnight
  8. Rocky
  9. Die Hard 2
  10. Batman Returns
Check out the trailers below

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Return of the Sirens

The new season of the Naptown Rollergirls roller derby is upon us. They've returned from nationals just in time for a bout against the Ohio Roller Girls. This one will be a treat for Star Wars fans too, the 501st Bloodfin Garrison will be making an appearance at the bout. I've seen them in the past, they spare no expense in the level of detail in their costumes. They make appearances at many local events, and this time they'll be appearing along with the roller girls. I've become a big fan of the NRG as has my buddy Ewzzy. Here's a video he took at Monumental Mayhem, the roller derby regional tournament hosted by the NRG:

I need to get me a season pass to the roller derby... you get your own backstage-passesque badge and NRG merch. Yes, please.

More Stop-Motion Videos

Here's some other really good stop-motion videos.

The first video from Counter 656 is a stop-motion homage to Final Fantasy VII

He's also done a few stop-motion fight sequences using Mobile Suit Gundam models.

I admire anybody with the attention to detail and skill to make something like this.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Community's not on the Midseason Schedule

That's what I said when I saw the news that Community was not on NBC's midseason schedule. Freshman comedy Whitney will be moving to Wednesday nights and 30 Rock will be taking Community's place, up against ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Instead of shifting Community's time slot to 9:30, Up All Night will be moving there after The Office. Does this announcement serve as a possible death-nail for one of the funniest shows on TV? There's no denying that Community pushes the comedy envelope with it's avant-garde style, is that the reason why it's not in the rotation? Or, is NBC just giving show runners the opportunity to come up with some new episodes?

This has happened in the past, Parks and Recreation was bumped from the Thursday night roster midseason after Outsourced got a full season order (even though it was never really funny.) Cancellation rumors where all over the place, but it wasn't cancelled. It has since been one of the funniest shows on NBC. I hope this isn't the end of Community, move it to another night or another timeslot, keep it away from The Big Bang Theory for starters. It has consistently been delivering some of the funniest and interesting material on television... Please don't cancel it... please.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Official Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - The Vet & The n00b

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Hobbit Behind the Scenes Blog

I'm excited for The Hobbit... This behind the scenes look at the film looks at how they film in 3D on the Red camera, as well as how concept artists draw for 3D.

Monday, October 31, 2011

I Never Thought I'd Be On A Boat

So I have to thank The Lonely Island for their music video, I'm On A Boat. If I never saw it I would have never decided to be T-Pain on Halloween. It came together last week, I found an I Am T-Pain microphone that auto-tunes your voice and you can make auto-tune audio files... I wasn't spending $35 on a big plastic microphone just to sell a Halloween costume.

I think it may be my best costume for a while; whenever I do a great costume I always end up being the black version of something. A few years ago I was Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, my name's Patrick Barker, but I was only recognized as 'Black' American Psycho (which is fine, I guess.) A few years later, I was emo... kinda hard to pull off with hair like mine.

I made this Demotivator myself...

So when I was giving out candy four black kids thought I was Flava Flav... and a white kid knew I was T-Pain. HE got extra candy, I gave the kids that laughed tootsie rolls.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Batman: Arkham City

Batman's back in a big way this month. Earlier this month the animated adaption of Batman: Year One was released on DVD and blu-ray. The movie features the voices of Bryan Cranston and Benjamin McKenzie as Lt. Gordon and Bruce Wayne as Batman learned the ropes in Gotham City.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill return as Batman and the Joker in Batman: Arkham City. Picking up some time after the events of Batman Arkham Asylum, Dr. Hugo Strange has turned a portion of Gotham City into a prison; housing most, if not all of Batman's villains. Batman and Catwoman are trapped inside Arkham City trying to find out what Strange's plan is, and what the Joker has to do with it. So far I've already fought Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze and Solomon Grundy, not to mention countless goons working for the Penguin, Two-Face and The Joker.

Side quests abound, including searches for Deadshot, Victor Zsasz, and some very interesting puzzles devised by The Riddler. In Arkham Asylum, The Riddler never appears, but antagonizes Batman throughout. Now he's devised some SAW-esque traps for the Batman to solve in order to save innocent lives.

Besides the main story there are also unlockable challenge maps for Batman and Catwoman and there is DLC coming soon that will feature Robin and Nightwing in there own challenge maps. Batman: Arkham City is now available for PS3 and Xbox 360

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Uncharted 3 Launch Trailer

The fall is a great time if you love video games. Batman: Arkham City was just released on Tuesday and there are a few big titles coming out in a few weeks. Two weeks from now, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception comes out for the PS3. Uncharted took the action platformer originated by Tomb Raider and gave it a much needed overhaul. Combining combat elements, such as cover-based 3rd-person shooting like in Gears of War with puzzle platforming from games like Prince of Persia made for a great experience. What sets the Uncharted series apart from other games is it's style, which pays tribute to the great adventure movies of old as well as appropriating elements from the Indiana Jones series and other series like it. The protagonist, Nathan Drake, is a treasure hunter who is a possible descendant of Sir Francis Drake. His attitude is not unlike Indiana Jones or Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Serenity, he cracks wise, and kicks ass in exotic locales.

Leading up to the release of Uncharted 3 Sony has been releasing trailers featuring Henry Jones Jr. himself, Harrison Ford. This video shows him sitting down for a Japanese commercial for Uncharted 3 and shows him taking the game for a spin. Whether he's actually playing or not is debatable but you cannot deny how cool it is to have the protagonist of arguably one of the best adventure movies of all time playing a video game that pays homage to the his character.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception drops 11-1-11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Movie Playlist

So Halloween is right around the corner... I've been trying to decide what I'll be. Right now, it's a toss-up between Office Predator (Predator in dress-casual attire) or a Black Lantern version of myself. While I decide on that I've decided to compile a playlist of movies/tv that is apropos for the season:

1. Ghostbusters
2. Planet Terror from Grindhouse
3. The Walking Dead
4. Night of the Living Dead.
5. The Crazies
6. 28 Days & Weeks Later
7. Psycho
8. Shaun of the Dead
9. Ghostbreakers (classic Bob Hope comedy)
10. Left 4 Dead 2
11. Dead Set

There's a slew of movies and shows Netflix and Hulu that I can watch too. Any suggestions?

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin Trailer

Christmas is coming quickly, and if I have to choose between an adorable action comedy collecting some of the best people in film-making together in one place and a remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I'm going to go with The Adventures of Tintin. Tintin is directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. You have the director of Saving Private Ryan and Raiders of the Lost Ark producing a 3D epic alongside the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; a movie written by the executive producer of Doctor Who, the director of Shaun of the Dead, and the director of Attack the Block. 

That's just the production staff, but just look at the cast assemble by what can only be described as a Dream Team: You've got Jamie Bell from King Kong playing Tintin, and Andy Serkis from Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Captain Haddock. Then you have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost from Hot Fuzz, James Bond himself Daniel Craig, and a slew of character actors. This movie is shaping up to be a big hit. With the talent involved,  the source material, and the technology available (James Cameron's 3D camera) this is shaping up to be the blockbuster of the holiday season. Take a look at the new trailer.

Avengers Assemble!

The Avengers movie is coming out next May, and last Tuesday the first official trailer for the movie was released featuring clips of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Iron Man in action. I have tried my best to keep myself spoiler-free, but watching the trailer definitely excites me, so I'm going to have to show some serious restraint. Plus the fact that Joss Whedon, the king of the nerd, is directing it... May can't get here fast enough. Enjoy.

Community intro Buffy style

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Walken Dead

Tonight's the season premiere of The Walking Dead... Here's a trailer for the new season.

Here's a spoof trailer for The Walken Dead, I don't know which I want to see more.

Portal: No Escape

I just finished the single player portion of Portal 2 on Steam. I had't played a Valve game since Left 4 Dead, and I never got around to playing Portal until I saw that it was free to play on Steam. I was pleasantly surprised by the original, and when I had the money and the time to play it I decided to buy Portal 2. I happened to buy it the weekend the newest DLC, Peer Review, was released and the price dropped to $14. That's a deal to me.
I thoroughly loved the single player campaign which balanced the incredibly aggravating puzzles with some laugh out loud hilarious dialogue. JK Simmons and Stephen Merchant had great delivery, Merchant especially.

One of the reasons I was interested in trying the Portal games was a recently released short Portal: No Escape. I think if any video game would make a good movie, it would definitely be portal

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monumental Mayhem

Roller Derby is back in Indianapolis this weekend. Friday thru Sunday Indy is playing host for the Midwest Regional Championships for the WFTDA (flat-track derby.) Indy's own Naptown Roller Girls are in the tournament and have a good chance to make it all the way to the championship game on Sunday.
Come on down to the Convention Center this weekend to catch all the action, the merch, and the girl on girl on rollerskate contact.

Corn Mazing

This weekend I went on a try to Lafayette, IN to a massive cornfield maze. Exploration Aches featured Halloween themed mazes like a spider web, a tombstone, and my favorite the horsemen an jack o'lantern. The maze had an underlining quest, featuing 25 hidden points throughout the mazes. The sun set around 7:45/8ish so we had to navigate in the dark, thankfully I had my trusty Maglite (I like to call it the Rodney King Special.)
Each spot had a hole-puncher and for each punch you were rewarded with a coupon for 25 different places in West Lafayette including Purdue's bookstore. Sure I live in Indy, but I'm a completist. Me and a few friends were able to find every destination in the maze in about 4 hours.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lunch Special: Taj of India

Today for lunch I decided to hit up the nearest buffet to work. There's a Golden Corral close by, but I was jonsing for something specific, so I went to Taj of India near the Castleton mall which has an All You Can Eat lunch buffet. The menu is diverse for such a small setting; this time including some Punjabi chicken curry, Chicken Tikki Masala as well as some garlic naan, AND MANGO PUDDING. All you can eat for $8.70, not bad.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fight Night: Dragon Gate

So my buddy Ewzzy and I got front row tickets to the Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling event at a Salvation Army gymnasium. So far there's been a lot of trash talk, sweat and tears; not to mention quite a lot of blood. One of the wrestlers went up for flipping kick from the turnbuckle to the floor. The floor is tile, no padding... he hit his head hard enough to give him a concussion and leave a large pool of blood.

The matches were great. I saw a lot of moves you'd never see a
WWE superstar attempt for their own safety. I'm thankful I put on deodorant because the room got so damn hot, I was sweating like a pig.

Still a great night.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lunch Special: Ceviche


I had my first McGriddle yesterday, my mom ordered it instead of a chicken biscuit. Honestly I have never felt more shame while eating until I bit into the amalgam of eggs, sausage, cheese, and bacon enveloped in two maple pancake patties. I walked around Wal Mart for an hour trying to work the sludge out of my system.
Today I decided for a somewhat healthier lighter lunch. So I'm back at Cancun for lunch. Today I'm eating the Ceviche, which is normally an appetizer but functions as a good dish. The whitefish is cured by the acid of lime juice and served with pico de gallo. The avocado slices are nice with it, and then you have your choice of ketchup or hot sauce to top the fish as well as club crackers to scoop the fish (or you can use their fresh tortilla chips.) All for $7.50

My colon thanks you Cancun.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fringe Returns 09/23

Fringe is returning for it's fourth season on the 23rd. I'm excited, one because I will be buying Season 3 tomorrow when it comes out (along with season 2 of Community,) but I'm also excited because I'm very happy with FOX for staying with the series for as long as it has. We live in a world where the network airwaves are dominated by reality shows and competitions; the scripted series is going the way of the dodo bird.

Fringe had a lot of ground to pick up, being a sci-fi series in the era of shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica. Shows have tried to create deep complex stories and have failed right out of the gate: Invasion, The Nine, Flashforward, Surface, Threshold and most recently The Event. These shows suffered from the LOST curse, and at the beginning it looked like Fringe would end up the same way with it's close parallels to The X-Files and LOST. There have been a few rough patches here and there but the show has gotten exponentially better season to season.

That success has a lot to do with J.J. and the team of incredibly talented writers/producers who have an understanding of how to tell a deep intricate story with a pacing that does not require us to focus on every single detail (you can still do so if you choose.) The success can also be attributed to the stellar cast; I feel if it wasn't for John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv this show would have probably failed like many of the other sci-fi series of the past few years. John Noble and Anna Torv even have been playing multiple versions of the same characters and never faltering in their delivery.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Jonny Quest Stop Motion

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

A video popped up on the web that is simply amazing. Kudos to Vimeo user, Robert D. Evans for creating this amazing recreation of the Jonny Quest Opening. HE did it using stop motion animation, which has been used recently in last year's Christmas episode of Community.

Scurbs actor Donald Faison got into Stop Motion animation himself with the youtube video, Black Stormtrroper.

The F@#$ing Short Version

One of my favorite shows from the UK is The Thick of It. BBC America is trying to bring it over to the states in their new British comedy block. The Thick of It follows the same sort of style that Ricky Gervais put into The Office, replacing the paper company with the dealings of the British Parliament. This post watershed series has very strong language; but if you like that sort of thing you get a kick out of the lead character Malcolm Tucker. Played by Peter Capaldi, Malcolm Tucker has to wheel and deal when the idiots at the fictional Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoCac) make mistakes or gaffs that could look bad for the sitting Prime Minister. The so-called King of Spin swears a lot, makes a lot of threats, when he swoops in to right the P.R. storm. 

My favorite youtube compilations are F@#$ing Short Versions of movies. Here are some of my favorites, including two featuring Malcom Tucker.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Doctor Who is Back

It's the classic time travel dilemma, what would you do if you had a time machine. The standard response is "Well, I'd kill Hitler." Well, the autumn premiere of Doctor Who tackles just that in Let's Kill Hitler. This season Doctor Who took some time off, ending on a very good cliffhanger. Many American shows like Burn Notice and Battlestar Galactic split their seasons in half, for production reasons, but it also made for some anticipation for the next new episode. The episode already premiered in the UK last Saturday, it's already on the web; and it is amazing. The Doctor, Hitler, and a regeneration... not a bad way to come back from a break. Check out the lead-up video to the premiere on youtube. Doctor Who Let's Kill Hitler premieres on BBC America this Saturday.

What would you do if you had a time machine? I'd stand in the background of classic movies, like The Observer on Fringe.

Lunch Special: Chili Cheese Etouffee w/ Crawfish

If I had a death row last meal, other I than an all you can eat continental buffet, it would definitely be some Yats. That's the place I take friends from out of town, buddies from school or work, and when I'm penny pinching, it definitely works in a pinch. Yats is cajun creole cooking, with a menu that changes daily depending on the location.
The portions go from a half plate to a whole plate (these are huge portions), you can also order pints and quarts worth of food if you're treating more than one person. You really get your money's worth when you go there, no matter what size you get. You can even mixmatch with their 1/2 and 1/2 deal.
Today I got the Chili Cheese Etouffee with crawfish. Quite possibly my favorite Yats dish, and a fan favorite. I got a full plate, a drink and extra bread for $7.50. Not bad if I do say so.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Community's Season 3 Casting Spectacular

So I am incredibly excited for the new fall season's television shows. I'm most excited for Community which is starting it's third season September 22nd. I never expected Community to last as long as it has and I think a lot of that has to do with creator Dan Harmon and the stellar cast he's put together. I got even more excited when I saw who's been added to the cast.

Michael K. Williams from Boardwalk Empire and The Wire is joining the cast as the study group's new Biology teacher. I'm really excited to see what he can do in a comedic role, normally he plays the thug or the street hood. His character in Boardwalk Empire, Chalky White, plays a very interesting role in the 1920's booze trade. I'm pretty sure he's going to knock it out the park.

I think the best bit of casting news so far is John Goodman is joining the cast as the new Vice Dean, and adversary for Dean Pelton. John Goodman joins the ranks of big name guest stars who've appeared on the show, like Betty White, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Lee Majors, Anthony Michael Hall, and Josh Holloway from Lost. Take a look at the first look NBC has released for the new season.