Saturday, May 21, 2011

Game of Thrones: Unplugged

And on the opposite end... (and also awesome).

Game of Thrones: Heavy Rock Style

This is what the theme should actually sound like.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Randy "Macho Man" Savage 1952-2011

Randy Savage died today. He had a heart attack and lost control of his car.

You may recall that I recently listed the Macho Man as my favorite wrestler, and called him the embodiment of what made the WWF fun when I was a kid. I have a lot of great childhood memories that revolve around this guy, and I'm incredibly saddened to hear of his sudden death. This seems absolutely surreal to me.

Thanks for the memories, Randy. Thanks for the fun times.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New LEGO Games!

For the most part, I'm really enjoying LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. My only real complaint is... well, it's the same as with the movies themselves: too many damn characters falling all over each other making it confusing and irritating to get from point A to point B. And, like the films themselves, it's hard to figure out what's going on, if anything. There are levels where it's taken me several minutes of stumbling around just to figure out where I'm supposed to be.

But I do enjoy the game, and I like how the LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow staggers and swishes around.

We've also been playing LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, which is easily my least favorite of the the LEGO video games. It just gets repetitive and dull; too many levels which are nothing more than two gigantic armies lumbering after each other, making it fairly annoying to try and complete more of the puzzle aspects and put together the pieces you need to find the minikits. Not near as well thought out as the other two LEGO Star Wars games.

Hellcats Canceled

Why do I keep letting you do this to me, CW? Veronica Mars, Reaper, now Hellcats... seriously, I am fricking done with you as a low-tier pretend-network.

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

An odd, pastoral, impressionistic, beautiful-looking French film about... well, I'm not sure. It's about girls between the ages of 7 and 12 who are inside a mysterious boarding school they're not allowed to leave. They train in ballet, mostly, and perform before an almost unrecognizable audience. It's an allegory for the journey through puberty, but done in a very lyrical way without being heavy-handed or obvious (or obtuse and maddening). It reminded me a lot of Picnic at Hanging Rock, though less purposely obscure. ***1/2 stars.

35 Years Backwards

This is a stunning video, right up my alley, of Sam Klemke, who has filmed himself at the end of every year since 1977 summing up the year past and pondering the future and where he is in his own life. This takes us from 2011 all the way back, a compilation of moments from his tapes and films and files... it is well worth the six minutes it takes to watch it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Did I Miss Anyone's Comments?

I noticed people saying that some comments didn't get through when Blogger was down the other day, so if I missed anyone's, I apologize, I'm not ignoring you.

Monday, May 16, 2011

TV Report

:: First thing: I'm really on pins and needles about tonight's season finale of Castle. It's crazy. I've heard rumors about a character dying, and I think it might be Captain Montgomery coming down with a case of retire-ony. I don't want to see that happen. Also, please not Esposito. It's a great ensemble, and I hate to see it broken up...

:: The whole twist in Zoey and Ted's relationship and the reason they broke up on How I Met Your Mother might possibly have meant something if it the writers hadn't been telegraphing it all season. I still love the show, but Ted's quest for love is still the least interesting aspect of the show.

:: I think the real value of a show like 16 and Pregnant is that it shows you the total failure of our abstinence-only sex education programs. Every week, the pregnant girl, shame-faced, admits that she and her boyfriend weren't using birth control. This is where denying reality gets you: grandparents at age 38. Enjoy it, America!

:: Not much to say about these shows, but still loving Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Hellcats.

:: Parks and Recreation is just outperforming every other show I watch on NBC. I look forward to it the way I used to look forward to The Office, before it became terrible. One more episode of The Office to go... it has become an insufferable chore, and I won't be sorry to let it go. And even 30 Rock, over the past half-year or so, has become fairly routine. I love Tina Fey, but every time I watch the show now, I just sort of let it play and don't get very involved in it. I feel like they're just going through every possible permutation of the same plot now. I know it was just renewed, but if they were to suddenly announce at upfronts this week that they'd changed their minds and were canceling it instead, I don't think I'd feel too put out. Next season my Thursday viewing could easily just be Parks and Recreation and The Big Bang Theory.

:: Regarding The Big Bang Theory: I'm still not feeling the tension in the Leonard-Priya-Penny love triangle. Penny and Leonard just aren't an interesting couple to me, and even though I don't care much for Priya, I don't really hate her, either. Her big sin really just seems to be not fitting in with the whole group because she's not a geek... but isn't that a big part of the reason Leonard and Penny broke up, anyway? That's why I never liked them as a couple, because she got so annoyed with his geek stuff and treated it like a bunch of childish sidelines instead of his actual hobbies... and having been in that exact situation once in my life, I know it isn't fun. I love Penny, but as a girlfriend for Leonard? Meh. The only thing Priya's done that I have a real problem with is when she asked Leonard not to hang out with Penny as a friend anymore. I understand why Priya would be threatened by an ex hanging around, but you don't issue ultimatums like that to people you care about.

Also: even more Bernadette. As much as possible. It will never be enough.

:: I'm surprised how excited I am for the return of MasterChef. I will apparently watch Gordon Ramsey do anything.

:: Boy, I used to love the shows on Disney Channel... now I only watch Wizards of Waverly Place, and even then the episodes sit on my TiVo forever... it's been a fun decade, Disney. Call me when you get rid of the fucking Sprouse twins and have something better to offer than Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie.

:: Any goodwill I had towards Ed Helms as a comic actor has been destroyed by The Office, which made Saturday Night Live a bit of a chore this week, too. I don't understand why I'm supposed to think he's funny. Some people hate Will Ferrell, I hate Ed Helms.

:: I haven't said much (anything?) about Game of Thrones, but oh man, do I love it. It's bringing back to me everything I loved about the books, but without having to wade through George R.R. Martin's exhaustive exposition and the family histories of people only tangentially related to the plot.... I'm actually looking forward to the next book in the series, Meanwhile, in the Free Cities, the companion to the last book, Meanwhile, in Dorne. Seriously, are there plot threads anymore, or just stuff happening? I'm cynical, yes, but I'm also excited to finally have the new book and continue the stories of my favorite characters, pretty much none of whom appeared in the last book...

But I love the series. I'll probably have a lot more to say about it in the future.

:: And then there's Doctor Who... and so far, this new season, I'm just not feeling it. Of course, I'll always be grateful to have new adventures with the Doctor, and I'm always, ALWAYS glad to see River Song, but... well... I don't know, this season feels a little routine and a little... uncreative. And like it's trying to take on too much at once. Granted, it's hard to judge a new season of Doctor Who barely a third of the way in, but even with a couple of mediocre episodes, I much preferred the tone of the previous season to this one. It's like the dismal third season right now, and I hope it pulls out of this.

Also, I'm not sure I really give a shit about Amy and Rory. Rory's okay, despite how much Steven Moffat seems to like making him a punching bag, but Amy is becoming a real twat.

We'll see. Hoping for the best. Or at least better.

Kristen Bell Mondays

"Hey, guys; let's not take it there, alright?"

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Song of the Week: "Hollywood"

I've never heard Marina & the Diamonds before, but I've a family member who is completely in love with her. Not bad. Kind of Siouxsie & the Banshees combined with a pop version of Stiff Records. Not bad at all.

More Small Steps in Personal Growth

Today my Dad drove out here to pick me up so I could help him put my sister's remaining things in storage. She's still in Australia, and she needed to get the rest of her stuff out of her old house. It was the first time someone had driven me on the tollway since about 1996, so that was interesting. But I got over it after about 10 minutes or so.

I never could've done that a couple of years ago. That felt like a triumph. I'm really getting over this stupid thing.