Category Archives: TV

All Kings fall

The mighty David Hasselhoff (as everyone has seen by now) in his most primal and honest state. I’m not sure why, but Mr. Hasselhoff trying to eat his Carl’s Jr. while completely wasted on his hotel floor, is probably the funniest thing i have seen this year…

or if you prefer the puppet version…quite funny

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It truley is the TYRA BANKS show

The Tyra Banks show is actually one of my favorite shows – not because of its quality as a talk show, but rather lack of. She never fails to gloat and prate and talk about herself endlessly through the hour, and almost always says something so idiotic and irrational, that i think that it can’t possibly be topped…but she always proves me wrong as in this video below. Who gave this woman a talk show? She shouldn’t be allowed to think. She parades around thinking that she is a contributing women’s rights advocate, when all she really is is a spectacle. Thank God for that though, she has provided me with many nights of entertaining television…

here are some other great videos of the Tyra show

Vasoline and other stuff

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The new wild animal…

“Recent opinion polls suggest only one-in-three voters approve of the job the president is doing – making him more unpopular than any other president in the last 50 years, except Richard Nixon just before he resigned.”

This is reminiscent of a situation in the seventies, isn’t it?? He can’t even control it now. Vietnam whispers in the ears of our parents, and if it doesn’t…it should. Quite a difference between Richard Nixon and George Bush though isn’t there? Nonetheless, we should learn from our past, shouldn’t we? Bush has almost lost control of the whole situation. It’s at the point now, where even if he wanted to stop it – he probably couldn’t it.

This unchecked, unabashed, aggressive capitalism, world and market dominance, makes me sick. Why can’t we just end the war? War is over – if you want it.

Besides Green is the new trend and is quickly becoming a surefire way to improve every businesses bottom line. There are jobs to be made and an economy and a market to create, and the country is already headed that way. Therein lies our interests, and our saving grace – not some pointless war that undoubtedly span years and take more lives, and cost billions and billions…at the risk of sounding like a hippy… it worked in the seventies didn’t it? Never have we seen more social change and concern then we did in between 1969-1978. Maybe we should all just make love, not war. Maybe everyone should smoke a joint. (so to speak) Maybe i shouldn’t watch the news. I hate talking about politics…i usually don’t. I just can’t stand watching or reading about the State of the Union speech. Let’s face it, the state of the union is that we are in a volatile situation in the middle east. We are not retaliating against terrorists or punishing the “evildoers.” We hid under the guise of religion, or good foreign policy, and we really don’t give a shit about ending a civil war or making the world safe for democracy. The government conjures up anything to get the backing of citizens and feed their agenda – but the silent majority are getting wiser now.

The point is, and this refers back to my initial quote, that government is a wild animal. You think you have control, but in reality you never really do…i don’t necessarily care about policy and the state of the nation, and a bunch of made up concepts – i just care about people and lives. I care about now, and tangible things that are here and matter. If we could find some way to get back down to that basic level, things might be different. Things are too complicated now…there are too many variables and causes and in effects that are part of a constant ebb and flow that we can never really pin down or regulate, or effect in any significant or result bearing manner. So much policy is dictated by a whirlwind of immediacy and fear of consequence. We are, at this point in the game, constantly putting out fires. No real benefit can be reaped from policy at this point. It’s like the domino effect, only this time we are not dealing with Communism – we are dealing with Capitalism. This is a different beast. This is the last chance to tame the beast…i hope congress can enforce their check and balances…

enough, enough…p.s. where is Osama Bin Laden?

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Babel and other rantings…

For some reason, the bar for good film making has been set considerably low in recent years. I try to refrain from being so pessimistic on this blog, but when movie houses rip you off at $10.00 a pop for a shit film, i tend to get a little bent out of shape – especially since the last good film i have seen in a theatre was American Beauty, in 1999.

So, having said that, do NOT see the new film Babel.It stinks, It is perhaps the worst film i have ever seen. Somewhere along the line, film artist and film makers thought that it was a good idea to forego quality for gimmicks, and pretencion.  A personal masquerade posing as brilliant and intelligent filmaking when in reality it is sloppy, lazy, flacid work should be more apparent to filmgoers, but it so often they are duped. Less isn’t always more, and in this case, more is needed. The only reason something so flawed could do so well is because the majority of the American public perceives the aforementioned as cutting edge and creative and original.  That’s because the majority of the American public is stupid. That’s why they like shows like Flavor of Love, and The Real World.  Most people are entertained by the most mundane, stupid, idiotic, and obvious shit.  So whenever something is just out of the audience’s grasp, or whenever a plot seems convoluted it is often mistaken as intelligent and sophisticated.   Most people would rather watch VH1 and the E Channel, and Celebreality than critique a film. (Who cares what Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are doing, or Paris Hilton and Brittany??!!!  People like Ryan Seacrest are considered journalist!  Tell that to Dan Rather.  Tom Brokaw is rolling over in this grave.  Seagway…sorry.)

 Anyway, to get back to my point, (and that is to NOT see Babel) about Babel…it is a poor attempt to make an understated statement about the nature of communication (or lack of) in a complicated and fiber-optically connected world.  The premise sounds promising, and could have potentially been a great film or story, but the filmmakers fail miserably to do the most important thing a storyteller should do: tell a STORY. 

This neglected aspect is at the crux of what so many storytellers, including Alejandro González Iñárritu fail to achieve these days.  They think that if they blindside us with spectacle and long seemingly introspective panning shots of characters doing the most mundane of things, that somehow it reveals something about the character or at least to illicit your empathy for the them. Somehow this is artsy or “real.” The reality is that when the characters are thrown together into a loosely plotted, poorly connected, and underdeveloped montage of meaningless shots and garbage, it ceases to maintain your interest.  The reality is it’s boring.  I didn’t care about the characters.  The storyteller didn’t write in the drama or the anything to make me want to care or know more.  I just wanted it to be over.

It’s like looking at photography, which i enjoy by the way. It was a PRETTY film… It really just comes down to knowing the difference between presenting a sentiment or moment in time, and telling a STORY. It’s hard to scrutinize a photo for two and a half hours. Personally, 21 Grams was far richer and touching.  The STORY was there, and i genuinely cared about the characters.  I got swept away in it.  The story was also told in a an unconventional way instead to the straightforward linear mode.  I think the desire to do the same with this movie was apparent, but fell way short. In fact, without the title and the biblical reference it makes to communication i would have had no idea what the dierector was trying to achieve.  F+

P.S. i don’t want to disparage the actor’s performances in any way…i thought they were masterfully executed…

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