Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hobo With A Shotgun brings the Troma charm to 2011.

Growing up, Troma was my favorite studio. Their films ranged from warped to depraved and I love every single one. What's better is that thanks to Netflix, I can actually go back and watch a majority of their catalog. The problem though is that due to financial problems, they really havn't released much since Tromeo and Juliet back in 95 or 96. No other film has been able to garner the feel and charm the early Troma films had, until now.

Hobo With A Shotgun started off as a fan made trailer added to the Canadian Grindhouse fake trailer pack. Oddly two of those fake trailers have manifested into actual movies. Machete, which was simply amazing for the for 100 minutes, and now Hobo With A Shotgun, a movie that was quite clearly Troma inspired.

The movie follows The Great Rutger Hauer as a hobo in a Tromaville esque town, minding his own business before getting caught up in the local crime family's murder spree. Due to this, he gets ambushed and mutilated. This is where he's had enough. Having saved up money for a Lawnmower for his son, he instead uses that to purchase a Shotgun and enact his vengeance on the crime family.

Now, if you grew up in the 80's like I did, you have a special appreciation for Rutger Hauer. He made quite a few memorable movies through the 80's and early 90's. You had Deadlock, Wanted: Dead Or Alive, The Hitcher, and  Bladerunner among his best, as well as various other great titles.

All in all, a solid 8/10 movie. If you know exploitation films and enjoy most Troma movies, i guarantee you'll get a kick out of this.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The new Bills uniforms look more like The Florida Gators than their old school style.

You tell me. Do these look like the old school uniforms or do they give off a Florida Gator vibe.

OJ Simpson sporting the old style.

New Bills uniforms.

I personally don't feel they look anything like the older style. The stripes on the shoulders resemble the Gators style so much. And if anything, the older style resembles the Auburn Tigers design than anything else.

Here's a Gator jersey for example.

Near identical.

So there you have it. Am I crazy? Or does it seem completely ripped from the Gators jerseys.

Wilfred kinda rocks.

Let me start off by saying that I love awkward comedy. It's one of my favs. Stuff like The Office UK, Louie and Life and Times of Tim have always had a place in my heart. They way the tension builds and makes you feel uncomfortable. That stuff gets me laughing, even so much that i try to create my own awkward tension. Other people hate it, but I don't care.

This is where Wilfred comes in. The show is about Elijah Wood wanting to kill himself, he can't do it, then starts seeing his neighbors dog as a person dressed as a dog. Sound silly? Well it is. While developing a bond with this talking dog, Wood goes more and more insane as Wilfred starts giving off a Son of Sam vibe, dictating what he does, causing mischief.

Overall episode one was pretty good, it had some awkward moments and some genuinely funny moments. It has room for improvement and I have somewhat high hopes for it. Wood and his epic beard and a human dressed like a dog. Good stuff.

Rest In Peace Columbo!

Peter Falk died today. The 83 year old actor had Alzheimers and reportedly died peacefully. I grew up watching Columbo when I was a kid, but I'll most remember him from Princess Bride. Oh well, everybody dies and he lived a long life, even if most of his recent movies were bad, i'll still miss his antics.

Mother Nature sucks!

So the last few weeks it's been literally 95-100 degrees outside, which is fine, but when there's no sun and it's just hot to be hot, it sucks. I've been trying to go to the pool to swim some laps and catch some rays but it's been so hot that I waited.

Gorgeous day.

Today was just gorgeous, very few clouds in the sky, just a perfect day overall. So I get ready and head out. Get there, there's some family's there, it's cool, I brought my iPod so I'm good. Go find a chair to set my stuff in, get into the pool and get to my lane and start doing laps. I havn't been in about a month due to various forces of nature or sicknesses but I feel fine. Get to my fourth lap when I stop to catch my breath and I notice this massive storm heading my way at a furious pace.

Turned to this in a matter of minutes.

Before I even get out of the water it's pouring. First thing I'm thinking is "oh crap, the iPod!", so I dart over, and slip sliding into the chair knocking my stuff onto the ground. Luckily my iPod landed on the towel and shirt so it didn't get wet or scratched. As I start making my way to the entrance, lightning starts crashing all around, I'm currently freaking out as I'm a good 20 feet from my car under this tiny entrance building not really providing adequate cover for a storm. So I dart out seemingly dodging strikes left and right, or at least in my mind, who knows, they could have been miles away, but the flashes had me trembling, I get to my car, windows left down of course, so I sit in a nice soggy seat, but it's fine since I literally just got out of the pool moments before. Head on my way as the wind is gusting around, palm trees wobbling left and right as their leaves break off slamming into my windshield. Make it home right as it all somewhat ends.

I get home, take a shower, go back outside, clouds in the sky but no storm at all, yet. So it seems that Mother Nature just gave me a giant middle finger.

Well, the NBA Draft was uneventful.

Some surprise places for players, but mostly career ending locations. Derrick Williams will fade into obscurity in Minnesota, Jimmer will be forgotten in Sac, Kemba is going to be on one of the worst teams in the league for most of his career, Knicks took another random nobody that fans were up in arms with.

This is usually the night that changes the face of the league and the balance of power. The Celtics being formed on Draft Night, Future HOFers being drafted, Kobe traded to The Lakers, Kevin Love and OJ Mayo swapping destinations. This was the event that some of the most entertaining draft moments occurred. Sadly not last night.

I say it's because this guy wasn't around to spout his opinion.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My top 5 most listened to bands of the last 5 years.

I was thinking about this last night, the bands i've listened to the most over the last few years, then it donned on me that I really havn't listened to that much stuff. I can literally point out the year and who I listened to a majority of the year.

So here we go, my top 5 of the last 5.

LCD Soundsystem - I love them, it broke my heart that they called it quits earlier this year, but their 3 albums were amazing from start to finish. I guess I should just be happy for the music i got from them I suppose.

Muse - Got me through some good times and bad times. Every album is great from start to finish and they're one of the most complete active bands right now.

Chromeo - If you've never heard of them, google them, check out some Youtube videos, they're great. They're cool, suave, and hip. You can't help but feeling like a badass listening to them.

The Roots - I've told countless friends that despite being a rap group, they're the best rock act you'll ever see live. They do not disappoint. Amazing live, in the Studio and even on Fallon. Every album is great start to finish.

Journey - The "wtf" selection on this list. But from 06-08, there weren't many times that I wasn't blasting them in the car. Their Greatest Hits is possibly the greatest ever for any band. From start to near finish it's wall to wall jams and tells a great story.

So what do you think? Possibly post yours as well.

Peyton Manning is a Football Cop in DirecTV's new show.

How epic is Eli's Fu? Easily the best thing he's ever done.

Also, sorry for posting so many videos lately, but these have been too good to pass up.

More Muppet Parody Teasers.

The more I see of these, the more amped I am for the movie. I didn't know Chris Cooper was in this. He's amazing.

Jason Segel can do no wrong, unless it's Gulliver's Travels. That was a POS.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Dexter Promo.

Don't know about you guys, but Dexter is so amazing and the fact it comes back in 3 months has me excited. Here's a quick promo to get your mouth watering. After a lackluster finale, hopefully this one starts off great as usual.

I love I Love You Man.

I won't bore you with a long winded post, but this is for those who have yet to see this movie. It's a near perfect comedy. It's funny, smart, brash, cute, and wildly entertaining. What's more intriguing about this film is it's not a romantic comedy, it's a bromantic comedy. It's a true bromance. It's about two guys falling in love (pause) in the platonic way. It shows how awkward and unsettling it is to try and find a best friend.

Well this movie shows that. You try hanging with people you have nothing in common with, people who annoy you, and people that are flat out horrible. It's like dating but without the sex.

So the question is, when you find that perfect friend, how do you take it to the next level without forcing it or ruining it? That's the case of this movie. Rudd meets Segel and falls in "love" immediately. He tries his best to keep it cool, but Segel plays his character so cool, it's hard to resist him. So throughout the movie, despite finding his true one, he goes out more and plays the field, meeting friends of family and so forth. None compare though.

The main reason i enjoy this movie is the laugh out loud humor. It's not shocking, it's not gross out, it's just funny humor. There's no gimmicks needed like some other famous movies out there, this movie just flat out hilarious and you should do yourself a favor and check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Check that epic crew.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mac, Rob McElhenney, sure got fat.

Look at that, he used to be all glamour muscles, now he's just fat and bone. I really doubt he can free climb any building with that physique. Also sure it hampers his ability to visually pat down patrons who enter his pub.

Overall, I fear for his safety, as doing sweet kung fu kicks with that rotund shape is only going to hurt himself in the long run. Here's hoping his extensive training with Project Badass, helps him shed those excess pounds.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Damages comes back in July too.

Lost in the shuffle of my anticipation for Breaking Bad, I had no idea that Damages was getting a new season. I heard that DirecTV bought the rights, but all i ever saw was their pretentious commercials claiming it was the "Award Winning DirecTV Original Series" despite FX being the show it won those awards for. On top of that, they only aired the previous 3 seasons. I just assumed they got the syndication rights or something.

The show is literally one of the best written shows ever. People tout The Wire and Breaking Bad, but if you havn't seen Damages yet, i suggest you do so. Glenn Close is amazing in her role of Patty Hewes, and Rose Byrne shows her talents and sometimes outshines the amazing cast that the shows generally brings. It's had Martin Short, Ted Dansen, Marcia Gay Harden, Timothy Olyphant, Lily Tomlin, William Hurt, and this coming season John Goodman.

Show me a show that's had a better cast than this.

The show is about a cut throat lawyer who takes on class action cases and gets entangled in conspiracies that eventually boil over and and threaten to decimate Patty (Close) and Ellen (Byrne) strained relationship.

Make no mistake, there is no good guy or bad guy in this show. It's not black and white like most shows, it's basically evil and pure evil.

All in all, after getting mail from DirecTV about Damages returning, I've been stoked for it more so than Breaking Bad.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

One word to sum up Breaking Bad: Wow!

Spoiler free review of X-Men: First Class and Super 8.

First let me start off by saying that both of these movies alone were two of my three most anticipated movies this summer.

I absolutely loved X-Men growing up, and while the first two movies of the original trilogy were great, they lacked, and I won't even discuss X-Men: Last Stand. The Wolverine movie was mediocre as well, but enjoyable I suppose. This movie however, completely trumped what those movies had to offer. It provided a great story, that involved zero Wolverine, who while being a great overall character, focusing 4 straight x-men movies solely on him was pretty much shoving him down our throats. This movie provided the perfect change.

Some say the movie was a reboot, others say it's merely a prequel, i see it as both. While it seems on the exterior that it changes the entire story, it really doesn't. There's not many plotholes that don't tie this to the original trilogy, at least not like the Wolverine movie did.

Now, the reasons i enjoyed this were first, instead of just casting characters who look the part, they cast people who could actually act. The entire movie has near perfect acting from start to finish. And while you may recognize a few actors, notably Kevin Bacon, James McAvoy, and Oliver Platt, most are relatively new and obscure. But while being novice, most do a fine job carrying their character.

Next there's the characters. Unlike the other films, this film features mostly obscure characters from the universe. Aside from Magneto, Mystique, and Xavier, unless you read comics or collected cards, you won't know who Emma Frost, Banshee, and Havok are. That's what added to the fun for me. You didn't know what these guys will bring to a battle. You knew X would read minds and manipulate reality, and that Magneto would create carnage with metal, but how would Banshee or Angel look in combat. We get that, and more.

While there aren't many twists or turns in the movie, it develops the bond and relationship that Magneto and Xavier have. Speaking of Magneto, let me say this, if Ledger wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Joker, then Fassbender should easily win best actor for Magneto. He completely carried the film with his presence. It really reminded me of Daniel Day Lewis as Bill The Butcher from Gangs of New York. Every time he has a line you're captivated. He displays every emotion possible throughout the movie and you really feel for him from start to finish. Yes the story had a lot to do with it, but it takes a skilled actor to pull it off correctly.

If you're an X-Men fan, or if you like well crafted movies, this one is for you. It'll illicite every emotion you want in a movie. And for a movie that's based on mutants and freaks, it's strangely powerful.


Super 8 was on my radar from it's first preview. JJ Abrahms, and Area 51, I was sold immediately. As more details of the film emerged I sort of lost some of my anticipation. Kids filming a monster movie see a train wreck and are the focal point of the movie. How dull does that sound? First, kids in movies suck nearly 100% of the time. Very rarely will you find quality child actors who do their part well. Most come across as whiny or just flat out dicks. This movie however, had none of those problems. Then there's the fact that they sort of stopped mentioning monsters and Area 51. I started to think that my initial hype for the movie was unwarranted. Maybe instead of a cool monster, they were going to take the contact route and do something silly like making the monster a figment of their imagination or something. Again, that was not the case.

The movie starts off with a little boy at his mothers wake after she was killed in an accident. The narrative goes on to tell you that the boy and his father weren't really close, it was the mom and boy. This comes up throughout the movie as the dad, a local deputy sheriff is distant and more worried about work than taking care of his kid, and the boy never really depended on his dad for anything, so when things start happening, he has nobody to turn to.

As the story carries on, you come to find out that the kid and his friends are making a zombie movie. His best friend tells him that he got the cute girl from school to join the cast as the wife to the protagonist and he is elated. He does his best to hide his emotions, but you can see it in his face as he puts makeup on her before they film their first scene. She seems to be his way of getting over the loss of his mother. The one he can turn to. Before they start filming the director notices a train approaching so he tries to get the scene shot as the train passes by. As the kid stands there and watches her wonderful acting as the wife, he glances and notices that a truck has driven onto the tracks and derails the train. Here's where one of the best destruction scenes in film history occurs. It's simply amazing. Just train car after train car goes flying and exploding in an amazing 5-10 minute set piece that was both intense and fun to watch.

I won't go much further, but the film manages to get every ounce of those kids. They act well, they are pretty much the focal point, and they rarely get in the way of the film itself. The story is pretty well done, despite being a bit cliche, and the monster is pretty badass.


All in all, i was surprised these movies were so good.