Scarborough takes on Stewart. When will the Media learn??

“I like my news like I like my coffee, watered down and stupid.” -Jon Stewart

News flash for all the dumb media “professionals” that graduated with a 2.8 Communications Bachelor of Arts and expect to be taken seriously … DON’T F*CK WITH THE DAILY SHOW.  You have to be pretty dumb to take on a comedic giant like Jon Stewart and The Daily Show (with his “90-some writers”) from your meager morning news talk show.  You are lucky to have the viewers you have, and it won’t do you any good to mock the guy who gets more write-in votes during a presidential election than the green party.  The above clip was the latest attempt to take him on head-to-head, and for those of you who watched The Daily Show this week … it was damn fun to watch Jon Stewart take him down each night.  Can’t wait to see if Scarborough tried to come back yet again and give Stewart the TKO.

This is why Stewart feels it necessary to, at least once a year, remind everyone that he is a fake news program.  He is specifically here to mock, poke, and have fun with the news and more specifically … the people who give it.  His show is devoted to picking fun at people like Scarborough, Kramer, O’Reilly, Crossfire and the likes.   He doesn’t care if you get the news, he just wants to mock and have fun with the news.  And this is why I watch him every day for my current event updates.

(click the “Crossfire” link above for Jon Stewart’s best banter with the Media to date)

“The Hangover”, the most anticipated movie since The Beach

If you haven’t seen a preview for this yet, go to YouTube immediately.  Yes, I said immediately.  I think the last time I was this excited for a movie and KNEW it was going to be worth the wait was X-Men back in 2000.  (Of course, for that, I had Ross and Ben to help build it up and make all of Herzl Camp prepare as well).  Ingrid and I have been pumping up for this movie for weeks now and I know its going to be worth the wait.  Let me put it this way, there is no way possible for a movie that contains Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Las Vegas, Heather Graham, Mike Tyson, live tigers, and blackout Intoxication, to fail on screen.  Anyone want to go see it on Saturday or Sunday?  It’s supposed to rain in Minneapolis 😦

Carbon Leaf, Eminem, Green Day … new music is appreciated!

don’t think I didn’t consider added the HMTM soundtrack also.

These days, I’m not one to prepare for new CD releases.  Actually, I can’t even recall the last time I bought a new album from a store at all.  With the popularity of iTunes, Amazon.com, and Satellite Radio, and yes even Guitar Hero, buying an actual record seems so … archaic.  In the past 2 years I think the only albums I’ve physically purchased were the new releases by Bon Jovi and Counting Crows.  After all, if you don’t really love the band, why would you waste the extra money on the whole record when you can simply download the Poker Face on its own?

Which is why May/June is a welcomed change!  These past few and upcoming weeks provide us with new albums from some of my favorite past and current artists.  Although I haven’t actually purchased any yet, I am about to go on Best Buy shopping spree and bring home some very exciting new tunes to rock to.  By this time Monday, I should be rocking out in my rented Mazda mini-van (because some reason Hertz loooooves to give me that soccer schlepper) to some very welcomed new friends.  Which will be a welcomed change to the drek on the radio right now.  If I hear Boom Boom Boom one more time, I may vomit.  Check out the links below to hear tracks/previews of these awesome new releases:

Now all I need is for Mike Butterworth to get the boys to finish up that new album from The Nadas already!

Angels and Demons as good/bad as expected

*feel free to turn your monitor upside down now

Saw Dan Brown’s second book-to-film rendition the other day, and as expected … it was extremely mediocre.  I didn’t have too high of expectations of course, since The Da Vinci Code was pretty average as well.  Obviously half the world has read and loved these books, and its no surprise that his next book, The Lost Symbol, is the highest anticipated literary release of the decade.  But transferring Dan Brown’s intellect and insight to the religious world of secret societies is lost in translation.  You just can’t create a 2 hour movie that entices audiences, while including the deep historical explanations and genius thoughts of Prof. Robert Langdon.

Angels and Demons was good enough though.  It was an action thriller set in Rome that had Tom Hanks running all over the Vatican and Papacy, always one step behind the bad guys.  It was thrilling, it was exciting, and it was fun to watch, but if you didn’t know the story already, it probably fell very short of expectations.  Since there is little time to explain the significance of the Illuminati, the Preferiti, Carmalengo, and the Papacy election process, if you can’t remember what you read in the book, these all become unnecessary lost plot.  There isn’t time to try and digest it all for new viewers, and if you did read the book you find yourself constantly thinking back to the text for further understanding.  I honestly wish I had seen it on DVD and had the book in front of me so I could stop and research along the way.  Nonetheless, the story held together well, the acting was good enough, and the soundtrack was actually really enticing.  I’d like to download the track played during the credits at least, that was a nice ending.

Counting Crows to Headline Basilica Block Party

Adam, we know you love this new Twitter phenomenon, but please keep the CountingCrows tweets to less than 10 in a row, I’m begging you.  You’re killing my text message inbox!

But I do know that one of the best things this summer is bringing is an affordable Counting Crows concert at the Basilica Block Party on June 11th.  Being a downtown native, I’m a huge fan of the BPP and the festival of people and talent that shows up for the weekend festival.  The last time the crows played it was when I lived at LV with Fineman back in 2003, so it will be fun to see them on stage again post their Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings album.

Even though that weekend is already jam-packed (Herzl Camp board meeting, Twins/White Sox series), I am definitely planning to TRY to do it all.  Why everything this summer has to occur the weekend of July 10th-12th, I don’t know!  I know some of you out there are other BPP regulars like me and will be looking forward to it, so I’ll keep you posted on my status.  And to answer your question … no, The Who are not opening for them nor are they going to come on stage for “Hanging Around”.  The list of performers, ticket prices, and additional info can be found at the link above.  Anyone else planning to go at least one of the days?

Its been 3 days, and I still can’t get Star Trek off my mind

No spoilers.  When you have low expectations (thanks to the awful recent history), a good movie can really leave a lasting impression.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a long-time fan (though no die-hard Trekkie can be found here), and I’ve appreciated the franchise’s 33-year run thus far … but with the last couple movies and series being mediocre at best, I wasn’t expecting to be wowed.

But I was.  Wow.  This movie is packed with great plot twists, characters, action, and twists.  Its no surprise at this point, but Leonard Nimoy makes a guest appearance and it’s well received.  And although Zachary Pinto (Heroes, 24) has been who Hollywood chose to point the spotlight at, Chris Pine (Smoking Aces) really captures his character best.  Pinto is a great Spock (and probably the best person to pull it off ), and the other characters are great on their own as well … but Pine’s representation of Kirk is dead-on and fun to see at the young age.  The other characters are good, funny, and enjoyable – but nothing special.  This movie is mostly about the relationship between Spock and Kirk, and its fun to watch develop.  Oh yeah, and Bones steals every scene he’s in, just like he used to.

Lastly, for the real Trekkie fanatics out there, J.J. Abrams did a great job of incorporating easter eggs in the film to retain story continuity and fan-fun.  When we meet Scotty, he can be seen with a Tribble.   The first captain of the Enterprise when the show aired in 1966 was called Christopher Pike, who was soon replaced by James Kirk.  And, Checkov still can’t pull off the English hard “v” sound.  This is a fun movie, I definitely will see it again.  And now I have a burning desire to go back and watch the first movies/episodes.  Well done Star Trek, you managed to revive a dying legacy with a new young crowd.  Dad, go see your first movie in theaters since 1997, you’ll be happy you did.

Review: Wolverine is no X-Men

this movie is as good as Wolverine’s claws look real

When the first X-Men movie came out in the summer of 2000, many of you will recall how excited I was.  Ross and I painted our half-naked bodies to resemble our favorite comic-book characters and ran around Herzl Camp singing, screaming, and building the hype for what we thought was going to be the best movie of our generation.  Honestly, we weren’t wrong.  X-Men set the standard for superhero movies that are still blockbuster smashes 10 years later.  And until now, the Marvel studio had never let me down.  But Wolverine’s Origin?  Wow was that a bustola.

Wolverine’s Origin story was one of the biggest mysteries of comic universe.  Only a few short years ago did the comic book version even tell the story.  That was an amazing comic.  But what Marvel did with 6 issues in 2002 was covered in a 3 minute video montage to open this movie.  Then, the film subjects you to an hour and a half of nothing.  There really is no story, no purpose to any of the other mutants, horrible acting (Stryker, oye), and really just a dumb plot.  The entire movie is just your typical “”bad guy kills girl, good guy kills bad guy”” story.  And the worst part is that the bad guy keeps changing, yet you don’t really care.  Did I mention that Gambit is in it?  Yeah, who cares.  They could have cut his character completely and it would have had no impact on the movie.  However, the one shining role is Sabretooth.  Leiv Shreiber is actually a cool villain.

This is a let down from Marvel, and a horrible continuation of the X-Men franchise.   The movie studios will blame the internet leak to their bad financials, but really the public is going to show very quickly that the actual movie is to blame.  This had better not be a sign of what’s to come for this summer’s expected hits…

Review: Step Brothers

boats and ho’s

Holy crap, this movie is hilarious.  I watched it last night with Lindsey and I have no idea why I waited this long to see it.  I’m still laughing about the final scene at the F*CKING CATALINA WINE-MIXER!  I am not a huge fan of John C. Riley, but there really is no better guy to play alongside Will Farrell.  Bottom line, this movie is awesome and you should all go rent it (preferably from Netflix) right now.  Do it!

They really do take profanity to a whole new level, here are my favorite lines from the film…

  • “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I will kick you repeatedly in the b*lls”
  • “You have the voice of an angel. Your voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.”
  • “I manage a baseball team.”  “Oh, little league?”  “Fantasy League”
  • “I”m so scared right now. I’m just gonna to do what’s sensible, I’m gonna file for unemployment. Then I’m gonna try to get a job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car because they got an excellent corporate structure and they… they give you the tools to be your own boss.”
  • “Hold on. We’re not going on the boat, Derek’s selling the house, and we have to go to therapy?  … What the F happened?!”
  • “I swear, I’m so pissed off at my mom. As soon as she’s of age, I’m putting her in a home”
  • “Mom, I honestly thought I was going to be raped for a second. He had the craziest look in his eyes, and at one point he said, “let’s get it on.”
  • “Denise called and she said she can’t go out with you on New Year’s Eve because she’s not your girlfriend, she’s your therapist.”  “She’s a rascal”
  • “Brennan, I thought you were incredibly brave. And I mean that in strictly the most clinical and professional sense possible, with no emotional, intimate, sexual, or any other undertones that you could possibly infer.”
  • “I’m gonna shove one of those fake hearing devices so far up your a** you can hear the sound of your small intestine as it produces sh*t!”

Review: Kings

(of biblical, not burger, proportions)

Making its debut in the second half of the year, NBC’s Kings is truly this year’s best new show.  From the previews, I had it all wrong and wasn’t all the excited to see what the show was about. So I waited and let the DVR fill up with 4 weeks of episodes before sitting down to give it a chance.  Somehow I thought it would be some socio-political movie about if Barack Obama asked for full totalitarian power of the U.S.  Or perhaps what the US would be like if the American Revolution recognized a new king instead of a President.  I did not do my homework.

Kings is a drama based on the biblical story of King David in a kingdom that only culturally and technologically resembles the present day United States.   This drama is based on more religious and divine-power storylines, than that of straight politics.  Sure, the plot focuses on common themes such as war, economics, and social patterns of a monarchy … but there is a deeper connection to the biblical heritage that the story projects on you without even realizing it.  I was almost through the 2 hour pilot before I even realized the significance of the names and characters to the stories I’d heard in Hebrew school growing up.  This story is not about the what the U.S. would be like with a King.  This story is about King David,  the Kingdom of Israel, and what they would be like today in today’s world.   And I’ll admit, the Ryan Phillipe look-alike actually does a good job playing the good samaritan and would-be King David, and from the very beginning, you feel a higher power leading his decisions.

Do yourself a favor and Hulu the first 4 episodes to get caught up.  The show airs on Saturday nights now, so you better have a DVR in order to watch it hungover on Sunday.

Update:  Apparently Kings has been canceled.  F*** me!  Studio 60, Pushing Daisies, Kings … why do I always get hooked on the losers…