Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Never A Year Like 09

This is the week that all the news shows play their "end of the year" memories. The funny guys at JibJab have done their annual "year end" wrap up. They didn't get everything, but you will be surprised how much they can pack into 2 minutes and 17 seconds!!

Happy New Year!! :)

More info on JibJab here.



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vincent Price Christmas

In the spirt of the Holiday Season, I thought I would post this skit from Saturday Night Live (SNL). I think it was the funniest one from last week's show. James Franco was the host. He plays James Dean. SNL regulars are Bill Hader as Vincent Price, Kristen Wiig as Katharine Hepburn and Fred Armisen as Liberace.

Merry Christmas! :)



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore

Alyssa Milano recently made a video with the funny folks at http://www.funnyordie.com/

But to really understand the layers of the video, there are some videos that you need to see first.

First you need to see this short film from Dove. The film is interesting and neat on it's own.





Now you may or may not know about the new reality show on MTV called "Jersey Shore". Which is basicly "The Real World" set in Jersey with a bunch of punks from NY & NJ. Here is a clip. Make sure you look for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.


http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3896123/snooki_from_jersey_shore/


("Snooki" is wearing a black bathing suit in the cast pic below.)


Now after you seen both clips, you can really enjoy Alyssa's clip from Funny or Die! :)

Sorry that I could not have it here. Here is the link:

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4d2ebc8f52/alyssa-milano-s-evolution-jersey-shore




Saturday, December 19, 2009

Iron Man 2 Official Trailer


The wait is over! The trailer for the Iron Man 2 is here!

Here is the synopsis from Wikipedia.com:
The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

The trailer looks great! I can't wait to go see the movie!! :)



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Star Wars - General John Madden

Here's another great Star Wars video. It's a classic scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. But what is you took out the dialogue and replaced it with John Madden? (Or Frank Caliendo doing a great impression of John Madden!) :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Trailer: Daybreakers


Daybreakers looks looks very weird. But in a good way. I saw the commercial today. It almost looks like you crossed The Matrix with a vampire movie!

Premise from Wikipedia:

In 2019, a plague transforms the world's population into vampires. With fewer humans to provide blood, the vampires seek to farm the remaining humans and to find a way to continue their existence. A secret team of vampires uncover a way that would rescue the human race. At the same time, a group of surviving humans wish to repopulate the species and survive.



Official website
Official UK website
Daybreakers at the Internet Movie Database Daybreakers
Daybreakers at Rotten Tomatoes

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jodie Foster VS. Robocop

Here is another mashup that just fits perfectly.

You think you are watching a clip from Jodie Foster in "The Brave One".
Then all of a sudden, Robocop walks in?! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Movie Trailer: SALT


I saw this trailer last week. It's great to see Angelina Jolie back in action! :)

Plot from Wikipedia:

Evelyn Salt(Angelina Jolie) is a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.

Ever have trouble opening a jar?

Scar Wars

This is a great mash-up. One of those that made me think, why didn't I think of that...

Han Solo/Indy Jones as TONY MONTANA? :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

This is one of those videos that you must see. The great Muppets, cover Queen's epic song Bohemian Rhapsody!

Friday, November 20, 2009

What Happens If You Mix Mentos with Beer?

We've all seen Mentos + Coke. But what about Mentos + beer?...

The Assumption Song

I saw this today and I had to post it right away. I saw it in a tweet from my friend Susan!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Star Wars - Fire When Ready

When I saw this, I had to post it right away. I guess it's not just Stormtroopers that can't shoot straight... :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teaser Trailer for Clash of the Titans!!



This movie was one of my favorites from childhood! I'm super excited to see it!!

From Wikipedia:

Clash of the Titans is an upcoming 2010 American fantasy film which is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, itself loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Sam Worthington. Filming began in April 2009 for release on March 26, 2010.[1] The music will be composed by Craig Armstrong.[2] Matt Bellamy from Muse has also stated that he will be working on the music.[3]

Saturday, October 31, 2009

How I Use Twitter: Part 2, Twitter Pics and Bio



In Part 1, we went over the rules of Twitter. Here we will talk about your twitter bio and picture.

After you jump in with 2 feet and set up your account, you have to "introduce" yourself to others with a witty bio and neat picture. Both are super important!

Your bio has to be 160 characters. And it can be anything about you. My bio is "Ask no questions, find no answers, live with problems." It was an old saying we used to say in college. I thought it was funny. And it gets lots of comments. But your can be anything. Your job, your hobbies, your favorite tv shows, etc. Try to be clever and think of something. Whatever you do, DO NOT leave it blank.

Next you have to choose an picture or "avatar". Twitter suggests that you use a real pic of yourself. I do not have real pic of myself. When I joined last year, The Iron Man Movie was still hot and in my mind. I grabbed a pic and made it my avatar. I sometimes think of changing it, but I think I will keep it. It gets alot of comments and people know it's me when they see it. And that is the important use of the picture. When people see their tweets, they could be scanning dozens maybe hundereds of tweets. ANYTHING that makes you stand out it a good thing.

You maybe temped to change your picture. You can at anytime, but I would advise against it. Some people may not know it's you! And you want to stand out. Not hide!! :)

That's all for Part 2. In Part 3: Content, Content, Content!!!

Planet 51 Trailer 2




Look Out! It's Planet 51! This movie looks so cute. In this new trailer, we see more of the "alien". My favorite part is when 'rover' wets himself! :)

Official site

Planet 51 at the Internet Movie Database

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Superfriends meets Friends

You like the TV Show Friends? You like the Superfriends? You will love this!! :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Movie Trailer: The Box


I just saw this trailer and I had to post it! It looks wild!! :)

Here's the info from Wikipedia:

The film is set in Richmond, Virginia, in 1976. One night, a financially strapped, married couple (Diaz and Marsden) receive a box containing a button. The next morning, a mysterious, disfigured stranger (Frank Langella) tells them that pushing the button on the box will have consequences. They will receive $1,000,000, but someone in the world whom they don't know will die.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Jeff Dunham Show starts Oct 22 on Comedy Central!

Jeff Dunham and Peanut introduce the first sneak peek of Jeff Dunham's brand new series, The Jeff Dunham Show, starting Thursday, October 22nd at 9/8c on Comedy Central! (Wow!! Can't wait!!) :)


Terminator - How It Should End

This is one of the best mash ups that I have ever seen!!! A must see for any sci-fi geek!

CRUISE FROM HELL!!!

Get my travel agent on the phone!! The trip is OFF!

Burnout Gone Wrong

I know that i have been neglecting my poor blog for a while. I will try to be a better blogger and post more often.

Here's a dope flipping his truck! :)
(Adult Language)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

How I use Twitter: Part 1, Know the Rules


Twitter is big these days. Very big. Me and lots of others are on it all the time. I joined in January of 2009 and since then have grown to love it and I'll admit that I'm totally addicted. I'm @dudeman718 ! Follow me! (Shameless Plug!) After talking with some other people on Twitter, I thought others may like to know how I see Twitter and how I go about my daily Twitter routine. I will say that there are no "right" or "wrong" ways to use Twitter. This is how I see and use Twitter. These tips may or may not work for you.

When I started to collect my thoughts I found that I had way too much info for one blog post. So I decided that this will be part 1 of a series. How many parts will we have? Don't know yet! How often will I post them? As often as I can! So here we go! :)

First things first, if you've never heard of or don't know exactly what Twitter is, here is the first paragraph from the Wikipedia page:

"Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees."

Here is one of the more popular videos that explains Twitter:




While it would seem that the 140 character limit is the only rule, there are in fact lots of rules. This web page from Twitter lists them out:

http://help.twitter.com/forums/26257/entries/18311

Here is an example. Follow limits. Everyone on Twitter can follow 2000 people. If you want to follow more, you need an equal or larger amount of people following you.

It's important to know these rules and limits. They may seem annoying, but they are there to protect you and help you, the twitter user. Know the Rules!!

I will end this first entry here. Thank you for checking out my blog!! :)

Next Post: Part 2: Your Twitter Pics and Bio!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Norton Anti-Virus Commercials

These are a new series of commercials from Norton Internet Security. They star Dokken and Kimbo Slice. They are....different. :)











Jedi - Questions Three

Here's another mash up from You Tube! If you like Star Wars and Monty Python, you'll understand! :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Video Movie Review: Bride Wars


We don't rent a lot of movies, but last weekend on a trip grocery shopping, we stopped by our Redbox vending machine and rented a movie. Bride Wars! I heard it was good and we felt like a romantic comedy.

Here is the plot from Wikipedia:
Bride Wars is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul and June Raphael and Casey Wilson.

Emma and Liv are best friends who have planned every detail of their weddings since they first witnessed a wedding at the Plaza Hotel. Therefore, they both have made it lifetime priority to be married in the same location.

It was a very cute movie. The back and forth between Kate and Anne is funny. Anyone who has gone through the wedding process, will find something here! I could also see a sequel or two. But the negative reviews it received make that unlikely. If your looking for a cute movie with a laugh or two, check it out! :)

Here is the trailer:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ellis Lanksder Tripping on Live TV

I saw this on AOTS today. I thought it was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. First, you have to see this press conference. This is unedited!



Now watch the remix!! :)


Monday, September 7, 2009

Surrogates Trailer



Here's a new trailer that I saw recently. It looks really weird/cool! Here is the Premise from Wikipedia:

Surrogates is an upcoming 2009 science fiction film, based on the 2005–2006 comic book series of the same name. The film is directed by Jonathan Mostow and stars Bruce Willis. Surrogates is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2009.[1]

The year 2017 is a future in which humans live in near-total isolation, never leaving the safety and comfort of their homes, and only communicating with their fellow man through remotely-controlled robotic bodies that serve as "surrogates", designed as better-looking versions of their human operators. Because people are safe all the time, and damage done to a surrogate is not even felt by its owner, it is a peaceful world free from fear, pain, and crime. Agent Greer (Willis) is an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the first murder in years, of the genius college student who invented the surrogates. The case grows more complicated, however, when several humans are murdered as their surrogates are destroyed. The withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to physically venture outside the safety of his home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent in tracking his target down. [2]


Saturday, August 29, 2009

G.I. Joe Movie Review


On Thursday night, I finally got to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra! I have been wanting to see it but something always came up. The movie is based on the popular kids toys from Hasbro. As a kid, I did not have the toys, but I was a fan of the cartoon from the 80's. And this movie is very much in the same vein as Transformers 1 & 2. A big cheesy summer blockbuster film. Don't think war movie, think X-Men. While not all the characters are there, most of them are. And most of them have a neat back story to boot!

The basic plot (in a nutshell) is Cobra wants to do nasty things to the world and G.I. Joe team has to stop them. And both sides have all the latest and greatest toys at their disposal. The film looks great. You know you are watching a big cheesy blockbuster, but it's OK. You can sit back and watch the eye-candy wash over you. While there is violence, it's mild with little blood and gore, etc. You can bring the kids who might not get the details of the plot, but will enjoy explosion after explosion! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Legion Trailer




I saw this trailer when I went to see District 9. This movie looks crazy!

Here is the plot from Wikipedia:

After God loses faith in humanity, the archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) is the only one standing between mankind and the apocalypse. This time using angels as the act of Biblical judgment, God's wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world's population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers to a small, New Mexico diner to protect a young waitress who may be pregnant with Christ in his second coming.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Wolfman is back!




We also got our first look at the new Wolfman movie!! When I first heard about it, I was not too sure about remaking a classic. But after seeing the trailer, I am very excited to see the film! The remake stars Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. The plot follows the original, with a few changes.

Here is the plot from Wikipedia:

Set in the late 1880s, the film keeps the plot line of the original, with Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) meeting his father (Anthony Hopkins) following the death (and in the remake, disappearance) of his brother. The film details events during Lawrence's past that led to his estrangement from his father (which includes Gwen), and the setting is changed from the mythical Welsh village of Llanwelly to the English village of Blackmore and the city of London.[2] The official synopsis states Talbot was traumatized by his mother's death as a child, while Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) is his brother's fiancée. Following his brother's disappearance, Talbot hunts a murderer, which turns out to be a werewolf, and the curse is passed on.[3]

Here is original trailer from 1941!! :)

AVATAR - International Teaser Trailer




We got our first look at James Cameron's new film: AVATAR! He has been working on this movie for a long time, 15 years! His last success was Titanic. The trailer has opened to mixed reviews. Can Cameron find success again? A select few got to see 15 minutes of this new film in IMAX 3D. We will have to wait until December to find out.

Here is the Premise from Wikipedia:

The story’s protagonist, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is a former Marine who was wounded and paralyzed from the waist down in combat on Earth. Jake is selected to participate in the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk. Jake travels to Pandora, a lush jungle-covered extraterrestrial moon filled with incredible life forms, some beautiful, many terrifying. Pandora is also home to the Na’vi, a sentient humanoid race that humans consider primitive, yet are more physically capable than humans. Standing three meters tall, with tails and sparkling blue skin, the Na’vi live in harmony with their unspoiled world. As humans encroach deeper into Pandora's forests in search of valuable minerals, the Na’vi unleash their formidable warrior abilities to defend their threatened existence.

Jake has unwittingly been recruited to become part of this encroachment. Since humans are unable to breathe the air on Pandora, they have created genetically-bred human-Na’vi hybrids known as Avatars. The Avatars are living, breathing bodies that are controlled by a human "driver" through a technology that links the driver's mind to their Avatar body. On Pandora, through his Avatar body, Jake can be whole once again. Sent deep into Pandora's jungles as a scout for the soldiers that will follow, Jake encounters many of Pandora's beauties and dangers. There he meets a young Na’vi female, Neytiri, whose beauty is only matched by her ferocity in battle.

Over time, Jake integrates himself into Neytiri's clan, and begins to fall in love with her. As a result, Jake finds himself caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth, and the Na’vi, forcing him to choose sides in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire world.

It sounds interesting. Not sure if it will be the epic blockbuster that it wants to be. We will see.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Han and Chewie: The Odd Couple

Can two smugglers share a spaceship without driving each other crazy? :)

It's very hard to leave District 9


Last night, my good friend Tom and I went to the movies to see G.I. Joe. But we had just missed the last show by 10 minutes. However, we were just in time to see District 9, which we also wanted to see. So we decided on the sci fi movie. Calling this movie a science fiction only scratches the surface of this very complex movie.

The movie starts out as a documentary, very similar to Cloverfield. We learn that in this world an alien space ship appeared out of the sky 20 years ago! It was a large ship that just hovered over the city. Almost like the miniseries V or the movie Independence Day. But the aliens inside were not here to conquer us. The ship was filled with workers with no leaders. They were stranded here. Even more bizarre was the fact that the ship didn't land over Washington D.C. or London, but Johannesburg South Africa!

The "workers" were taken to "District 9" a refugee camp for the aliens. (Which are 6 to 7 foot tall insect like creatures.) This area quickly turned into a slum. After 2 decades of crime and trouble the local humans have had enough. The decision is made to have them moved to a new "camp". But before that the aliens must be served with eviction notices. That is where the story really starts. We follow one of these bureaucrats as he tries to serve the aliens with these notices. After getting sprayed with alien rocket fuel, he becomes very sick and strange things start to happen to him. He starts turning into an alien! He is quickly taken away by the government agency that oversee alien affairs. They don't want to help him, they want to harvest his body's secrets. Because the aliens weapons will not work for humans. Only for aliens. But because of his unique accident, he is the only human that can use all of the alien technology.

That's a lot to get your head wrapped around. This is a strange movie for sure. And it's set in a part of the world that we really don't get to see on film too much. It looks great and the special effects are very good. They don't overpower any seen, they make this "documentary" almost look real.

The reason I say that it's hard to leave District 9, is because this is a movie that will leave you deep in thought. At least I was after. When you see the harsh treatment of the aliens by the humans and how their 'inalienable' rights (pun intended) are taken away for their "own good", it's almost hard to watch. You almost want to say, is this a sci fi or a war crimes movie? If the aliens were taken out and replaced with any other human culture, the movie would be a hard hitting drama that shows a people's hard struggle.

The movie is very good and it's a must see. Be warned, it's rated R for language and violence. Leave the kids at home. But go see it. A great movie that will make you think. :)

Official website


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

J.J. Abrams to climb the 'Dark Tower'?


Today we had an atom bomb drop in the geek world!! We found out that there could be movies made from Stephen King's The Dark Tower! And they could be made by J.J. Abrams!!!

Here is a link to the story from cinematical.com:
http://www.cinematical.com/2009/08/11/the-next-lord-of-the-rings-j-j-abrams-and-the-dark-tower/

I cannot stress how great this is! These series of books are my all time favorites!! It took Stephen King over 20 years to write these books. It follows the adventures of Roland the Last Gunslinger of a world that has moved on. Think a "fantasy western". But this western is not for kids. It is a very gritty and bloody tale that is full of magic and doors to wonderful and not so wonderful lands.

This is the Plot summary from Wikipedia:

In the story, Roland is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld," his world's analogue of King Arthur. The world he lives in is quite different from our own, yet it bears striking similarities to it. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. While the magical aspects are largely gone from Mid-World, some vestiges of them remain, along with the relics of a highly advanced, but long vanished, society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have "moved on", and indeed it appears to be coming apart at the seams — mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Even the Sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.

Here is a YouTube Video that shows many images from and inspired from the books!



If JJ can work his magic like he did with the Star Trek movie, we are in for a hell of a ride. Think Lord of the Rings, but over twice as long!!!!!!

Did I mention that I'm excited? :D

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Weird Al" Yankovic - CNR

"Weird Al" Yankovic has a new video out!!

Weird Al's new single from the "Internet Leaks" collection. Video directed by JibJab.

"CNR" is available RIGHT NOW on:

iTunes!
http://tinyurl.com/nhlfbm

Amazon!
http://tinyurl.com/nfm64f

...and everywhere else that mp3s are sold!

And the video is available on iTunes too!
http://tinyurl.com/mwzeup

No One crosses CNR!!!! :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Shark Week!!!


In case you haven't seen, it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel! We just started watching today, and it is really good!!! If you're not watching, you should!!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shatner of the Mount...

I was watching Attack of the Show today and they highlighted this video. It is William Shatner on the set of Star Trek V. He is talking about a sequence in the movie. That may not sound very interesting. But after YouTube user: fallonyoursword69 gets a hold of it, the footage is re-edited and techo music is added. It changes everything!



The video is funny enough on it's own. But they couldn't stop there. They took it one step futher and made "William Shatner's Sex Hikes"?!? :)


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Official Tron Legacy Trailer


Here is some very exciting new footage from the upcoming TRON movie!! The original was one of my all time favorites. Totally Cool is the understatement of the year!!!!




Friday, July 24, 2009

San Diego Comic Con 2009!



For anyone who doesn't know, this week there is a comic book convention in San Diego. Check that, THE comic book convention is San Diego. What started out as a simple comic book convention, has turned into the sci-fi geek event of the year! Every movie studio is there showing exclusives. Every video game company is there showing the best of the best. If you want to promo anything in pop culture, this is where you go. Sadly, I am not there...AGAIN. But there are lots of people reporting and tweeting and taking tons of pics and writing blogs about their time there.

But besides the buzz and hype the real focus is on comics. This is where comic book characters become big summer blockbusters! Who knows what crazy mutant or super hero will become the next 'Batman' or 'Superman''s I, II, III, etc. I don't. But it's very fun to watch the madness unfold!

Here is the official website.

Here is the unofficial history from Wikipedia.

Here are some great pics from Marvel!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Movie Trailer for Jennifer's Body




Here's another movie trailer that I found yesterday. It's Jennifer's Body.

Here is the info from Wikipedia:

Jennifer's Body is a 2009 dark comedy and horror film written by Diablo Cody. The film, described as similar in tone to Heathers,[2] will be directed by Karyn Kusama, and stars Megan Fox as the title character, Amanda Seyfried as her best friend Needy, and Adam Brody as the antagonist Nikolai. The movie is named after a song by Hole.

A cheerleader with the perfect life becomes the girl from hell when she gets possessed and begins killing boys in a small town.

It looks like a bloody good time! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

District 9 Movie Trailer




Here's a trailer that I found today. It looks like a sci-fi movie, but not like one that I have ever seen!

Here is the info from Wikipedia.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Living off the Grid


Hello! Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything in a week! This is because our home pc was taken over by a computer virus! A very nasty one too! It shut down our wireless network, so I was unable to go on-line. I had my iphone, but it's really not the same.

The virus that we had was The SYSTEM SECURITY VIRUS. Here is a help page from PC Magazine. This program looks like an anti-virus program, but it is really the virus!! It takes over your computer and tells your "you have a virus, you better scan your pc now!" (with their program that does God knows what to your pc!) Until you run their program, you can't do anything. And I mean anything!! When you click on any other program, it pops up with a "warning" That program is infected too. It even goes so far to change your wallpaper with another "warning message". Elyse spent 2 days restoring the entire pc and rebuilding our wireless network.

If you get this nasty piece of software beware! Make sure your anti-virus programs are up-to-date!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mean Robots Suck!





Last night my wife and I went to go see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. You might think that I didn't like the movie, based on my Title, but it's just a line from the movie! It was very good! I know that this film has gotten some pretty bad reviews. But I liked the first movie, so I was anxious to see this one. Whenever I go to a big summer-blockbuster, I kinda know what to expect. And this movie delivers the goods. I.E. giant robots fighting each other!

The movie takes place 2 years after the events of the 1st movie. There is a long and detailed plot, but the short version is the Decepticons want to destroy the Earth, the Autobots want to stop them and they need the humans to help them. That's really all you need to know. You strap yourself in and hang on for a wild ride!

Shia LaBeouf does a good job of playing Sam, the unlikely hero. There are just some roles that were meant for certain actors. Or roles that people were born to play. If someone else played Sam, it would just seem wrong.

Megan Fox is back as Sam's girlfriend. She has a couple of good scenes. Her and Sam seem to spend a lot of time, running from explosions. But she looks very good while she does it! :)

Most of the other 'human' characters are there, Sam's parents for comedic value. Josh Duhamel & Tyrese Gibson as soldiers fighting along side with the Autobots. But the real scene stealer is John Turturro who returns in the role of Seymour Simmons, a government agent who looking into alien activity. He has lots of funny lines and helps the movie move along.

If your expecting high drama or big belly laughs, you have lots of other choices this summer. But if your in the mood for a fun movie with tons of eye candy, this is it!

"Autobots, roll out!!"

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

Everyone have a happy holiday!!! Here's some "fireworks" that I found online!! :)


Monday, June 29, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened When the Stars Died...


This past week has been over-loaded with celebrities passing away! Everyone always says that they come in three's! But this time is really five!!! Let me explain.

On Friday, June 19, 2009, Gary Papa died. He was a local news sportscaster for WPVI-TV (ABC) in Philadelphia, PA. If you lived near Philly and watched sports, you knew Gary. He lost a very public battle with prostate cancer.

Then on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Ed McMahon passed away. He was a TV icon and was known far and wide. But he was elderly, 86, he was also in poor health. So his passing was not a complete shock.

Then on Thursday, June 25, 2009, we had two! Both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson passed away. Farrah also had a very public battle with cancer. So while very sad, it was also not a complete shock.

It was Michael's passing that was the earth stopping event that made everyone stop and watch. To call the event shocking is an understatement! I remembered him in a blog post myself.

Then on Sunday June 28, 2009, Billy Mays passed away. He was know as that wild Pitchman who sells everything you didn't know you needed! This one was shocking only because of this crazy week! By this point, I was checking and re-checking news stories to make sure these are really true! There were rumors that Jeff Goldblum and others had passed away, but they proved to be untrue.

All these deaths are sad and the fact that they are all together is weird. But it was Billy Mays that hit me. Why? I was not a super-fan of his. I knew of him. I watched his show, Pitchmen on the Discovery Channel sometimes. But I didn't know him personally. No more than any other of the five from that week. What was different? It happened on Twitter. (I know again with Twitter, but stay with me on this.)

While on my way to work, Alyssa Milano put out a tweet @Alyssa_Milano, that said send your condolences to Billy Mays' son, Billy Mays III, who was also on Twitter @youngbillymays. I did not know he had a son! So I thought I would check out what he was saying about the situation. What I saw stopped me cold. He spoke of how he could not believe this. How it all seemed all too real. How he would try to stay strong during this difficult time. But mostly just how much he missed him. To him, Billy Mays wasn't the wild pitchman on TV. He was just Dad. His tweets showed his real raw pain. He would never again be able to pick up the phone and call his Dad. Never be able to ask him for advice. Never be able to share a joke with him. Never be able to tell him he loved him. It moved me in a unexpected way that I was not prepared for and I wept for him. After I got myself together, I called my Dad and told him what had happened. I (kinda) held it together and told him I loved him.

Which brings us to today. I sat down and wrote all this stuff down here. I guess the moral of the blog post is "Life is Short." We get so caught up in the day to day "little stuff", we forget about the "big stuff"! Don't wait until it's too late. Call your Mom or Dad, or that Aunt or Uncle, or Grandma or Grandpa. Tell them what's in your heart. You never know when it will be too late.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson


Unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you've heard the sad and shocking news of Michael Jackson's death.

It was one of those rare world-wide events that makes everyone stop and remember. All the 24 hour news channels drop everything else and it becomes the one and only story. I first saw the news on Twitter and then watched TV coverage with the rest of the world.

Here is the Official Michael Jackon YouTube Channel. All the hits are there! Go check them out. I bet there are some that you haven't seen in a while!

Here is Michael's info from Wikipedia:

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he made his debut onto the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1969, and later began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the "King of Pop"[2] in subsequent years, his 1982 album Thriller remains the world's best-selling record of all time[3] and four of his other solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller"—widely credited with transforming the music video from a promotional tool into an art form—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.

Jackson donated and raised millions of dollars for beneficial causes through his foundations, charity singles, and support of 39 charities. Other aspects of his personal life, including his often changing appearances and eccentric behavior, generated significant controversy which damaged his public image. Though he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993, the criminal investigation was closed due to lack of evidence and Jackson was not charged. The singer had experienced health concerns since the early 1990s and conflicting reports regarding the state of his finances since the late 1990s. Jackson married twice and fathered three children, all of which caused further controversy. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.

One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career, and the sale of 750 million records worldwide.[4] Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, aged 50.[5] The specific cause of death has yet to be determined.[2] Before his death, Jackson had announced a 50-date sell-out This Is It comeback tour, in London, England.[6]

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

AOTS does Wilkins Coffee!

I admit that I saw the Wilkins Coffee commercials on AOTS. I couldn't resist putting their take on Wilkins Coffee! :)

I couldn't get the direct video here. Here is the link to their video!

http://g4tv.com/videos/39455/Kevin-Pereira-and-Olivia-Munns-Coffee-Commercials/

Wilkins Coffee!

Check out these old commercials for Wilkins Coffee! It shows a very early version of the muppets!! They come from YouTube user: godwhomismike







US to Trade Gold Reserves for Cash!


US To Trade Gold Reserves For Cash Through Cash4Gold.com

Why didn't I think of that! :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Trailer for Zombieland!




I just saw this trailer for Zombieland and it looks funny! It's great to see Woody Harrelson again!

Here is the info from Wikipedia:

"Zombieland is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic, zombie comedy, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures and is scheduled to be released on October 9, 2009.[1]"

"After America is ravaged by a zombie plague, a lone band of survivors fights the living dead while they cross the nation from coast to coast. They stop in an amusement park, where they believe they will be safe.[2]"

Official website
Zombieland at the Internet Movie Database

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Full Trailer for 2012



Here is the full trailer for the new movie 2012! The end of the world never looked so good!!!

Here is the info from the Wikipedia page:

2012 is an upcoming American disaster science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film has an ensemble cast, including John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures. Filming began in August 2008 in Vancouver; the film is expected to be released worldwide on November 13, 2009.

Maybe I should check my vacation time for that week!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Magnum v. Solo, sequence comparison



Here's another great video of Star Wars opening clips. This one comes from YouTube user TheCBVee.

Here is their run-down:
"Comparing our Star Wars spoof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYntjR...
to the original Magnum, P.I. opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2B0no...
We tried to match it shot for shot, but naturally had to make a few compromises"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Flying High!




Last night, my wife, my good friend Tom, and I went to see the movie "Up!". If you have seen the preview for this movie, it looks like a pretty standard film from the geniuses at Pixar. But the trailer and promo pics really just scratch the surface of this great movie!

Here is the info from it's Wikipedia page:

"Up is a 2009 computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film premiered on May 29, 2009 in North America as the first animated film to premiere on the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[3] The film is scheduled for release on October 16, 2009 in the United Kingdom. This is the second film of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.), and features the voices of Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson and Jordan Nagai. The film centers around a cranky old man and an overeager Wilderness Explorer who fly to South America in a floating house suspended from helium balloons. It is accompanied in theaters by the short film Partly Cloudy, directed by Peter Sohn.[4]

The film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews with a current rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is the first Pixar film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D[5]. A video game based on the film of the same name was released on May 26, 2009."

If you have ever seen any of Pixar's films, then you know that they set the bar VERY high for good movies. Filled with humor and amazing shots, the movies always are good, but always seem to have a great story. Without a great story all the computers in the world can't help the film. And Up! is no exception.
I will not give a complete re-hash of the entire movie. The trailer and info above give you a pretty good idea about what to expect. But what they don't tell you is the complex and very adult story behind all the colorful balloons. What the movie is really about is childhood sweethearts that connect over a love for adventure. The couple gets married and hopes to go on that great adventure "someday". But day-to-day "life" gets in the way. Then one day they realise that they've waited far too long and one of them has to go on alone. It's pretty heavy stuff for a cartoon.

After seeing the movie and thinking about how to sum up my thoughts in blog form, a Star Trek episode came to mind. It is my all time favorite episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Yea, I know always back to Sci-Fi! But stay with me on this one!) It's called Tapestry. If you have never seen the episode, the basic theme is this: When you make your way though life, will you 'Play it safe' or 'Take a chance & go for it!' "It" will be different for everyone. But you know it when you see it. And it is a shame to see those choices from a rear-view mirror and say to yourself, "What if..." or "I should have..." I think that everyone must face such choices sometime in their life. Up! is about an old man trying to make up for lost time and fulfill a promise that a little boy made a long time ago. Like I said, pretty heavy stuff for a cartoon.

But, that being said, the heavy themes will most likely be lost on young kids as they laugh at "talking" dogs and the "old man" humor. It's a must see for everyone!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Keyboard Cat!!!!


This is another one of those little clips on YouTube that seems to have a life of it's own. It is everywhere!!! This guy made a short film of his cat 'playing a keyboard' (less than a min.) And people have re-used it and now it's an internet meme (a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet)!

Here is the "official" description from the "Keyboard Cat" Wikipedia page!

"Keyboard Cat is an internet meme. It consists of footage of "Fatso", a cat (now deceased) owned by Charlie Schmidt of Spokane, Washington, "playing" an upbeat rhythm on a electronic keyboard. The clip has gained popularity by being appended to blooper and other viral videos as if to "play" that person offstage after the mistake or gaff, usually accompanied with the title Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat or a variant. The first such video was created by Brad O'Farrell.[1][2][3][4] Keyboard Cat was further popularized by Stephen Colbert on May 18, 2009, during a "toss" with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[5]"


Here is the orginial:




I can't list them all, but here are just a few of the ways in which it's being re-used as the best clip ever!!






The band Green Day got in on the action!




And my personal favorite!