Monday, March 30

Tribute: Andy Hallett

It is so sad. I am a big fan.

Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne ("the Host") on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, according to his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady. After a five-year battle with heart disease, Hallett died on March 29, 2009 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

Sunday, March 22

The friend with Lisa Kudrow in Nintendo DS Commercial

Lisa Kudrow is in the Nintendo DS commercial for Professor Layton and the Curious Village with Lynn Brown Kogen, wife of Jay Kogen, producer of "The Simpsons" and "Malcolm in the Middle." They are friends.

Friday, March 20

Dollhouse Episode 6: Damn Good

Dollhouse has been good but it has gotten Whendon-good, supposedly this is the last epiosde that the FOX network has tampered with. Thank god it hasn't been canceled yet, "Wonderfalls" only lasted 4 episodes. It has the Whedon-ian twists. The detective in search of the Dollhouse has finally fond Echo face to face, but she is programmed to be Patton Oswalt's wife. He is always delightful to watch and the go-to guy to be a prick. Anyhoo, the trail goes cold and Ballard hooks up with his plus-size neighbor Mellie who has been flirting with him. In the Dollhouse, while Victor has been getting boners for Sierra, there is suspicion she has been raped. Echo's father-like keeper finds out it is Sierra's jackass protector and he is punished... by being assigned to kill Tahmod's neighbor... SPOILER ALERT in white

So in a turn of events, while Echo is sent to distract Agent Ballard while Sierra's handler is sent to kill Mellie but the catch is that Mellie is actually an active and is activated to kill the rapist employee. Just like Victor's actor Enver Gjokaj was originally said to be hired as Victor, then then revealed to be Lubov, but then hired to be Victor. Joss Whedon has stated about Miracle Laurie (Mellie) that "the show simply moves too fast now for me to do what I wanted with her". He has hinted, however, that the character November may emerge later in the series.

Cool Show.

Wednesday, March 18

South Park: Superheroes and Villains

Tonight's episode of South Park is not only a parody of Dark Knight but an otiginal story where Cartman is "The Coon" and becomes jealous as always and wants revenge... from Mysterion, another 'super' hero. And I wanted Professor Chaos to be in the episode... he doesn't until the middle of the second arc. I was so thrilled. It is hiliarious how Butters is a good dude but Professor Chaos is a 'villain'; and Cartman is evil and he is supposedly a hero as the Coon. So Coon, Chaos and Disarray (Chaos' partner) are in search of the true identity of Mysterion. Cartman thinks it is Clyde first... then Kyle... then Stan and then Kenny. I thought it was Kenny. Mysterion goes to Kyle for help. And of course Dark Knight's 'unmasking' and 'scaraficing' stuff is used. When Mysterion takes off his mask, everyone knows how it is but we don't, because all the kids' faces look the same.

Tuesday, March 17

Dora the Explorer's Controversial Growth Spurt

There is a lot of hoopla about Dora becoming a Tween, and I kinda agree, Nickelodeon and Mattel must be off their rockers. How do you change the main character of a big business venture? Dora the Explorer is everywhere, little girls look up to her. The biggest problem for the women of "The View" is that new version has nothing representing the explorer we have grown to love. She has ballerina shoes and no more backpack. They suggested having her as a separate character like Skipper was to Barbie, and they called her Kora the Horror or Hoe-rer. Joy Behar said one great thing about her going from Ellen DeGeneres to Portie deRossi. I agree, they should have her as a separate character if they wanted to hit the tween market.

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Monday, March 16

Kyle XY: Great Shows get Canceled

Kyle XY is a unique creature, Sci-fi, teen sexuality, comedy and family drama; It was appropriate for ABC Family but unfortunately it was too smart for its own good. Too good. Yet another to add to the millions of Brilliant but Canceled shows. It went out with a bang in this series finale, which was filmed as a season finale. Kyle has take down Latnok from making clone babies of him, that will be children without childhoods, and figure out his feelings for Jessi and Amanda. There is a great scene with Kyle's parents, Kyle and Jessi, in which they are so smart, smarter than the parents, that they take their word for it that their plan will work. The show is so smart to use Kyle's powers in a semi-realistic way and good how they use it. Also, there is a great scene with Jessi playing Oracle and Amanda playing Black Canary in working together, or another comic book reference... Betty and Veronica. My significant other loves the show and was not happy with the ending.

Sunday, March 15

Desperate Housewives Women's age turnarounds

One of the issues of today's episode was about age. Lynette was trying to get a new job, going back to advertising which she had been absent from for about 7 years. She told an employeer she was 57 and he didn't squint. She revealed she really is 52. Swoosie Kurtz, 64 year-old actress who was in the sadly canceled "Pushing Daisies" and in "Sisters," plays Susan's lesbian teacher co-worker that puts the moves on her. It is so refreshing to see a healthy (as much as someone can be on the show) gay person on television that is over 40.

Tuesday, March 10

The Watchmen Movie Review


Newbie Review:
I can understand how a comic book superhero movie can be intimidating or seem dumb to a person who doesn't know about Watchmen, which is barely known to the mainstream. But if you like The Dark Knight and/or Spider-Man, than you will enjoy this movie. This movie is not for children or the faint of heart. The basic plot of the Watchmen is... what if? What if superheroes or vigilantes would actually exist? It is set in the 80's, where Nixon is still president and we are still in war with the Russians and in fear of Nuclear bombs. Basically, one former vigilante (as vigilantes have been outlawed) has been murdered and one vigilante who has not quit---Rorschach (above) researches.

There is a reason this movie is rated R. It has harsh language, blood (gushing jelly-like blood), rape, lots of gruesome murders, sex, nudity (lots of full frontal penis and butt butt butts) and much more 'depravity.' So if that is not any more reason to watch the movie, then go to the theater. If you think this movie is a 'rip-off,' it is not a 'rip-off,' it is a satire. It takes all we know about comic books and makes it more real and gritty and it is a mirror to our world.

Fanboy Review:
Since I once reviewed the Graphic Novel back in 2006, I wasn't a Watchmen-know-it-all before but now consider myself a big fan. I really do see a bit of myself with most of the characters, I can identify with Laurie, Dan, Rorschach, and Dr. Manhattan. This is a good fucking movie! It is fucking loyal to the book! It is not a page by page enactment. It is just like any book-to-movie adaption, scenes are taken out and scenes are smooshed together and characters are removed or exchanged and this happens here. The movie is wonderfully stylish and still pushes on the point. Wonderfully casted with people who I would have not imagine in the roles, they do fairly well. Theater buff Patrick Wilson plays Dan/Nite Owl (II) as the flabby sadsack he is, maybe with some youthful exuberance but still sadsack. He plays the cowboy, defiantly. Even though I would have picked someone older, Patrick has to play buff Dan and sadsack Dan in the movie, so he was a good choice.

Malin Ackerman surprised me in the role of Laurie, who I had the highest amount of respect for. Laurie has always been the strongest backbone of the book and Malin certainly does hold it. Even though her accent does leak through sometimes and her bangs are a bit distracting, she does a great job. Jeffrey Dean Morgan IS the Comedian. Jackie Earle Haley IS Rorschach, he even looks good in red hair and he has the voice right. Maybe just a bit of too much overacting in his mask---it is like mime. Billy Crudup seems a little too soft-voiced for Dr. Manhattan, I always pictured him with a deep voice but eh, what can you do? His voice seems more sympathetic than anything, which I guess was Crudup's way to make Manhattan more relateable. As for Matthew Goode as Adrian/Ozymandias, at first I thought he was too young. He embodies an elder rich feminine intelligent man, even though he doesn't look anything like Adrian in the comic, he does a good job---even with the strange changing accent. I like the touch of nipples on his costume. Carla Gugino delves herself in the character of Sally Jupiter, she is awesome and a great choice; hope she gets some more work.

The music choices were interesting. Just like in a book, we have music in own heads so they are not gonna match. Some of the choices made me cringe but I liked the 70's/80's soundtrack. I did like one choice... and it was a subtle music cue of "Everyone Wants to Rule the World" when Adrian was attacked. But most of the choices are actually in the book. I will not spoil the ending but it is a bit obvious with Pyramid, than it is in the comic book. For those purists, it was Rorschach who met with Adrian, instead of Dan. The scenes with Rorschach and Moloch (Matt Frewer, "Max Headroom") were merged, time restraints of course. I did kind of irk with the Action/Superhero slow motion stuff with the main characters but eh, it's Hollywood.

I love how some scenes were added just for the movie's opening, like the inclusion of scenes of Silhoutte, the lesbian Minuteman. The scenes added are the death of her and her girlfriend and her kissing her nurse girlfriend, echoing the V-J Day Kiss. Which is fucking awesome! "not only foreshadowing The Silhouette’s demise, but ramming it home just how different their world is." --Davebrendon's Weblog I could not have said it any better. I loved Silhoutte, no one remembers her, mainly because she was just a Tertiary character but I remembered her because she is a lesbian. Also great is how in the small part of the hero caught in a revolving door with his cape is showed in the opening part without explaination. It is cool how things exist in the movie without explaination but if you read the book, you would know what they were talking about it.

Great casting! Rob LaBelle from "First Wave" as Wally Weaver, Danny Woodburn ("Seinfeld") as Big Figure and Niall Matter as Mothman! If your biggest problem is that Dr. Manhattan's junk is shown throughout the movie, GET OVER IT!!!! The movie does reflect our current situation and how Bush could have just made war to find peace. The end justifies the means and nothing really changes, the world keeps a turning. Okay Spoilery Fan discussion stuff: The replacement of the giant squid and telepathy with Dr. Manhattan is a bit easy, but a no-brainier. It does make sense to change it to him. But it does change the equilibrium in the relationship between Adrian and Manhattan. I liked how Adrian was proud of himself in the book and thought Manhattan would support him but he didn't and then disappear through a globe of the universe. It did seem that Dr. Manhattan had a big shift in emotion and point of view, but at least Rorschach mentioned this shift---I think he mentioned in the book too. His time warp of talking to different people at the same time was omitted... sort of. And Adrian is looked down by Dan, but it doesn't really give the same impact of 'you silly boy' from Dr. Manhattan but more like 'I am ashamed of you.' And Laurie and Dan not hiding their identities in the end gave it a more chipper ending than the somber ending in the book. I never was comfortable with the book's ending even though it was appropriate.

The New South Park: The Ring

Matt Stone and Trey Parker always want to start their seasons with a high point. The first episode of the new season tomorrow is centered around the Jonas Brothers' Purity Rings and Kenny.

Tuesday, March 3

The South Park Seasons: The Good and The Bad

Just like I did with The Simpsons, I decided to cover South Park.
Crude, rude, classic South Park:

Season 1
The first season is very memorable and established its crude humor. The first episode has been 'remade' in little snippets throughout the life of the series, well, only in Season 6's "Free Hat" and Season 7's "Canceled." Gems: Big Gay Al, Mecha-Streisand, Mr. Hankey, Pinkeye, Tom's Rhinoplasty, An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig, Death, Stravin' Marvin, and the finale Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut cliffhanger. Bad: Some parts of Tom's Rhinoplasty and Damien.

Season 2
"Terrance & Phillip in Not Without My Anus" pissed off many fans and it was hilarious to me and finally found out that Ms. Cartman is Cartman's dad. My Favorites: My Clubhouses (Stan's parents get divorced!), City on the Edge of Forever (cliphouse) and Chickenpox Gems: Ike's Wee Wee, Conjoined Fetus Lady, Spookyfish, and Merry Christmas, Charlie Mason! Bad: Gnomes, Roger Ebert... (the planetiarium one). This season wasn't as gross and was much more poignant (Conjoined Fetus Lady) and I think by far it is the most feminist for the series.
Hell-a Sweet Era

Season 3
My favorite season! It is fun and pretty and coloful. Gems: Rainforest Schmainforest, Spontaneous Combustion, The Succubus, Jackovasaurus, Chinpokomon, "Hooked on Monkey Phonics, World Wide Recorder Concert My Favorites: Tweek vs. Craig ("Push me higher, Richard!"), Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics, Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus, The Red Badge of Gayness (Civial War reenactment), and Starvin Marvin in Space (Marklar!) And for those who don't know, these three episodes all happened on the same night, everyone split up... "Cat Orgy" (Cartman and Shelly), "Two Guys Naked in a Tub" (Stan, Butters, Pip and Dougie) and "Jewbilee" (Kyle and Kenny).

Season 4
The season that introduced Timmy. My Favorites: Helen Keller! The Musical, Cartman Joins NAMBLA Gems: Cherokee Hair Tampons, Chef Goes Naners, Timmy 2000, Quintuplets 2000, Do the Hanicapped go to Hell?, Probably, Trapper Keeper, The Wacky Molestation Adventure, Fat Camp and A Very Crappy Christmas. Bad: Pip, 4th Grade Classic: Kyle wants to go to a concert and his parents tell him to bring democracy to Cuba and he does so with a homage to "The Year Without Christmas."

Season 5
Best Season Ever! Not one bad episode. "Towelie" was supposed to be bad. This season is monumental with the introduction of Jimmy and goodbye to Kenny. Good: It Hits the Fan, Cripple Fight, Super Best Friends, Behind the Blow, Towelie, The Entity (Kyle's jew stereotypical cousin visits), Here Comes the Neighborhood, Butters Episode, Proper Condom Use (boys vs. girls), How to Eat Your Own Butt (Cartman blows a funny bone), and finally Kenny Dies. My Favorites: Scott Tenorman Must Die, Cartmanland, Osama Bin Ladin episode

Season 6
With no Kenny, it was Butters' time to shine and Tweak became the new fourth friend. And then by the end, Cartman drank Kenny's ashes. Good: Simpsons Already Did it, The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer, Professor Chaos, Asspen, Fun With Veal, Ladder to Heaven, Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society, Child Abduction is Not Funny, The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers, The Death Camp of Tolerance (Lemmiwinks), My Future Self and Me My Favorites: The Biggest Douche in the Universe and Free Hat So-so: Jared Has Adies and Red Sleigh Down

Super Hit or Miss
Season 7
Good: Cancelled, I'm a Little Bit Country, Lil' Crime Stoppers, South Park is Gay! (Meterosexual), All About the Mormons, Raisins, It's Christmas in Canada So-So: Toliet Paper, Red Man's Greed (Native Americans give SARS to Americans), Grey Dawn (old people driving) Not so funny: Krazy Kripples, Casa Bonita (Cartman tricks Butters into apocolypse), Butt Out (Cigarettes, Ron Reiner); My Favorite: Fat Butt and Pancake Head

Season 8
Good: Good Times with Weapons, The Passion of the Jew, The Jeffersons, You got F'ed in the A, AWESOM-O, Goobacks, Up the Down Steroid, Something Wal-Mart This Way Comes, Quest for Ratings (Puppies with close-up lense) So-so: Douche and Turd, Cartman's Incredible Gift Distrubing: Woodland Critter Christmas Favorite: Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (I like how the series always have an episode centered around girls' issues like "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" and "Raisins."

Mr. Garrison's Wild Gender-Bending Ride
Season 9
Fans were divided with Mr. Garrison's sex change. Some episodes were still hit and miss. Good: Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina, Best Friends Forever, Wing (American Idol), Die Hippie Die, The Losing Edge, The Death of Eric Cartman, Follow that egg! (Stan and Kyle raise an egg), Trapped in the Closet, Ginger Kids, Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow, Bloody Mary; So-so: Erection Day, Free Willzyx

Season 10
Most of these weren't all completely funny, some memorable moments but not all great. The episodes I have as 'good' are classic, perfect. Good: Smug Alert!, Cartoon Wars Part 1 & 2, Make Love, Not Warfraft, Tsst!, Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy, Hell on Earth 2006, Go God Go! Part 1 and XII; The Distrubing: The Return of Chef; Bad: A Million Little Fibers, ManBearPig, Mystery of the Urinal Deuce; So-So: Stanley's Cup

Season 11
Too righteous to be funny. Good: With Apologies to Jesse Jackson, Cartman Sucks, The Sunke, D-Yikes!, Le Petit Tourette, More Crap, Imiginationland, Night of the Living Homeless, and The List; So-So: Guitar Queer-O, Lice Capades, Fantastic Easter Special

Season 12
Too righteous to be funny, notice how I have only 4 of them as good. Good: Britney's New Look, Elementary School Musical ("If this is cool, I'm going to kill myself"), About Last Night... (Obama) and The Ungroundable (Vampires vs. the Goths); So-So: Major Boobage, Super Fun Time, and Pandemic part 1 & 2; Not so funny: Canada on Strike, Breast Cancer Show Ever, Tonsil Trouble, and The China Problem

Monday, March 2

Medium's re-creation of Juno

Miguel Sandoval and Tina DiJoseph deliciously re-create the Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page scene in Juno, in which Ellen comes in asking for a third pregnancy test. I knew it was it when men in scarlet jackets and yellow tiny short shorts ran by a woman in a red jacket with a sunny D bottle. Miguel doesn't say "Home Skilet" but does say "Your eggo is preggo." Tina doesn't say 'siliencio' right, in fact, she says the lines very flatly. Anyway, it is hiliarious to hear Miguel Sandoval say 'just because you pee on it, it doesn't mean it's yours.'