Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bye Bye Michael Scott

While I haven't exactly been a fan of the last couple seasons of The Office Michael Scott still has brought a lot of smiles to my face over the years.  With only two episodes left I can't help but tune back in (OK, the Will Ferrell thing didn't hurt either).

My friends over at Pop Sugar sent me a fun little video showing some of Michael's greatest moments set to a ditty.  Fuck, I wish I had the budget for a dude with a guitar over here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Game Of Thrones Reviewed

What can I say?  It was perfect. 

The casting was beyond reproach.  Three days ago when I pictured Eddard Stark I saw a tall wirey guy with dark hair.  Now all I can imagine is Sean Bean. As for my two favorite characters, the brothers Lanister, they knocked it out of the park. Peter Dinklage is going to be a lot of fun to watch as Tyrion.

Anyone who read the books has to be as blown away as I am. It isn't just true to the book, it is the book brought to life. I'm already excited to see these locations I know so well in the weeks ahead.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the show is also my largest reason for concern. This show LOOKED fantastic.  No crappy CGI, no cost spared on the sets and costumes.  So what am I concerned about? HBO has a well-documented history of canceling expensive period pieces no matter how well they are received.  Deadwood sits on the scrapheap after a fantastic three season run culminating in one of the most critically acclaimed seasons in history.

Thanks HBO, after only one episode, a roaring success mind you, I am now already prepared to write off my new favorite show. 

PS - I'd love to hear from anyone who watched without reading the books first. Was it hard to follow or did you still enjoy it?

Monday, April 11, 2011

14 Minutes Of Bliss

HBO recently aired the first 14 minutes of The Game Of Thrones premiere as a teaser. As someone who LOVES these books I have to say this: PERFECT.

I'm not sure how HBO does it but they sure throw money at their shows.  This completely puts to rest all of my concerns. Done cheaply these magnificent books would look like something off the Sci-Fi network. But HBO doesn't fuck around.

If you aren't planning on watching this show you are making a mistake. George RR Martin makes JRR Tolkien look like Dr Suess. The characters in this series are so complex and fascinating the only thing standing between it being the best show on TV is the matter of cast and direction.  So far I feel pretty good about our chances.

Tune in to HBO next Sunday to check it out!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My (Late) Thoughts On Wrestlemania

Just when I thought I was out... THEY PULLED ME BACK IN! (If you didn't get that you suck)

After being free of my wrestling addiction for years I got some bad news. The Rock is back. If you know anything about wrestling you are already DVRing next weeks Raw. If not let me explain.

The Rock is to wrestling, what Jordan was to basketball, TIMES TWO. He is like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain in the same body. Great on the mic, great in the ring. He has it all. So needless to say, last weekend I tuned into Wrestlemania, and loved it.

Here are some of my random thoughts:

I love heel announcers. They are great for demanding the police come to the arena and arrest the face (good guy) wrestlers for defending themselves.

Stone Cold is like a carny when it comes to catching beers. He gets like nine out of ten one-handed. He would be HUGE at frat parties.

The Rock is funnier than most TV comedies. It is way underrated that he writes his own promos. I absolutely do smell what The Rock is cooking.

John Cena came out to a combo of a Gospel Choir and a DMX prayer. I'm not sure what happened for the first five minutes after that because I blacked out when I couldn't breathe while I laughed so hard.

The Undertaker and HHH are legends for a reason, what an amazing match.

John Cena is popular with middle America for the same reason I bought a Hootie And The Blowfish CD when I didn't know anything about rock music. He is a caricature of what an ignorant person might think hip hop is about. I'd die happy if I got a chance to spit on this fucking clown.

I cannot believe how likable the guy from The Real World is. GREAT heel. And a very competent wrestler.

Have always liked Stone Cold. But his promos always remind me of one of those old Mr T keychains that spit out a series of his catchphrases. This motherfucker NEVER deviates from his comfort zone.

I don't think I have ever seen a bad match involving HHH. Not great with a mic in his hand, but he can make anyone look good. True professional.

Jerry "The King" Lawler vs Michael Cole on a PPV would be a crime. On Wrestlemania?! Get out of here. This should be fodder for Monday Night Raw while they try to figure out some new storylines.

I'm glad they played the entirety of The Heartbreak Kids intro music for once. I never heard the guitar solo before. Was that Hendrix?!

Overall, I'd say I thoroughly enjoyed Wrestlemania.  Ridiculous? Yes.  Enjoyable?  Quite.