Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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
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
- Die Hard
- Lethal Weapon
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- In Bruges
- Ghostbusters II
- First Blood
- The Long Kiss Goodnight
- Die Hard 2
- Batman Returns
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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.
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
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
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
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
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
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
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
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:
2. Planet Terror from Grindhouse
3. The Walking Dead
4. Night of the Living Dead.
5. The Crazies
6. 28 Days & Weeks Later
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 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.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
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
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.
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
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
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
WARNING: DO NOT EAT THIS IF YOU HAVE CUT GUMS OR CRACKED LIPS.
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 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.
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 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.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
What would you do if you had a time machine? I'd stand in the background of classic movies, like The Observer on Fringe.
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
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.