Aug 26, 2008

George Carlin

I don't know how you feel, but I'm pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.

And, 'The Lord Will Not Be Mocked'.

Aug 24, 2008

Street Fighter IV...No, No, No, JUST IV. Not 'Turbo' or 'Alpha' or 'Super'....Yet.

The release of the fourth installment of the Street Fighter series is well nigh upon us, and the video below depicts four-and-a-half spine-shattering minutes of actual, honest-to-goodness gameplay.

SFIV looks like a reimagining of SFII (and all of its revisions) with a new engine and some new characters. The combo system appears to be kick-ass and the animation is absolutely stunning, even if it's a 'sort of' 2-D environment.

From what I'm able to decipher, the character list goes as follows:

Chun Li
E. Honda
M. Bison
Some chick on a cell phone
A fat guy
A guy with...a frying pan?

Aug 22, 2008

I Love This Video

I know this video is ANCIENT by today's standards and we're much more compassionate and sophisticated and all that garbage, but it gets me every time! Thank you so much, little kid. You always put me in a better mood.

New Metallica Single - 'Rubinized'

My first impressions:

You can definitely tell the track has some Rubin influence. The opening solo-ish licks from Hammett sound Justice-y (and definitely welcome!). The melody is nice - the clean guitar sound is pretty awesome. James's voice sounds extremely ethereal in the verses.

The chorus has a definite 'Fade to Black' sort of stop-start guitar part. Dun-da-de-da-dlum sort of thing. You know what I'm saying? I'm trying not to compare it to past Metallica tracks but it's hard not to. This track, entitled 'The Day That Never Comes', sounds too much like old Metallica and yet not very much like it. It's new and old and hard to compare to the rest of the Metallica collection.

I've made peace with the fact that Metallica has mellowed out. Even as angry as this song sounds, it still has a somewhat 'brighter' sound than earlier stuff. And I'm okay with that. As long as the songs are pretty good, they don't have to be face melters. Wow. I'm just hearing the final solo section, and it gets pretty fast. Kirk Hammett's playing is pretty solid here - thanks for bringing back the solos, sir! - and the rhythm playing, too, is as stellar as ever.

The whole structure of the song - and I'll use another allusion to the band's past - is reminiscent of 'One', from 'Justice'. No, it's not as epic, but it's reaching for something that I don't think the band has gone for in quite a while.

The lyrics, though, I have to admit, I'm not so crazy about. That's what I would have to say is the weakest element of the entire song. I'm sure they're not holdovers from St. Anger, but it's kind of what they sound like.

But other than that, I'm pretty impressed. The new album 'drops' in a month, and I personally can't wait to get it.

Aug 21, 2008

OK - What's the point?

I've got to say that I don't understand the whole honor system on the internet, where, when you're directed to material which may be offensive - if you're easily offended should you even be on the internet - you are faced with a warning screen and then forced to give an age (almost always fake) just to get to the desired material.

This is fucking pointless. Like, I'm not that into observational posts, but this whole thing has to end. I guess it's a wink-wink-nudge-nudge between the internet and the government and child-advocacy groups. Like, Okay, we won't mess with you as long as you make sure the people on the internet give lip service to the responsibility of being an adult.

I guess it's better than not having vomit- or tourette's- inducing material on the series of tubes, but when can we safely say that, if a child is smart enough to use the internet, he's going to be able to safely subvert these ridiculously tame warnings for the sake of a good time.

I mean, really, it would be much more entertaining if there were a warning that said: Look, we know you're probably about to go in this decrepit den of iniquity and partake in something that would make your grandmother's toes curl up with repulsion. But if you do and we find out, it's your ass BIG time, Muhammed (by virtue of the fact that it is the most popular name in the world [except in Britain, where Jack trumps it slightly]).

See. Already more palatable.

Aug 17, 2008

Deadites, Unite!

What do you do when you're the star of a deliciously campy horror series with a cult following and a director whose latest interests involve a certain alliterative arachnid?

Well, hell, that's an easy one. You make a tongue-in-cheek send up to it! In fact, that's what's happened with 'My Name is Bruce', a sort-of Evil Dead flick starring Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell. Or, rather, Bizarro Bruce, in which he is not himself at all, but rather a sleazy version of himself, a la his character in Burn Notice. Or Army of Darkness, if you prefer.

The release date is set for October 2008 and DVD release in Jan of 09. Awesome. Check out the trailer below. It looks awesome.

Aug 15, 2008

'Sex Drive' Red Band Trailer

Here's the red-band trailer for the teen sex comedy, 'Sex Drive', starring James Marsden as the douche big brother and that guy from Greek.

The trailer actually looks pretty good, like 'License to Drive' if Judd Apatow were to do it (and somehow, he probably has).

Aug 14, 2008

Tropic Thunder

I was actually really surprised with how good 'Tropic Thunder' turned out to be. I thought it'd be a brainless spoof of over-the-top Vietnam war epics and that it would be at least a decade-and-a-half too late (See Hot Shots).

But it turned out to be really funny, extremely gory, and full of the kind of explosions that would make Michael Bay's dick hard. Spot on satire. It was great. Tom Cruise's cameo was a little forced, I thought, though, and I'm not sure it was very funny, either. Not many people in the theater laughed at his turn as a studio exec caricature until the very end. But that's okay. It was good to see him not being a complete alien weirdo.

Additionally, the movie was pretty offensive/insensitive to (how do I say it tactfully) mentally-challenged people. I understand the satire involved and knew what they were trying to do, but apparently a lot of people didn't (See article) or didn't think it was done with any sort of grace.

And I think they're right, to a certain extent. And I think I'm right to a certain extent. You can't please everybody and the majority of this film was pretty racy, so they can be forgiven for missing the mark on that particular aspect. Anyone, though, who thought perhaps this movie would uplift discourse could not possibly have seen Zoolander. It's a 'guy' movie in every respect (and I'm being a little stereotypical here, too). There are only perhaps two or three women in the entire film (including the Christine Taylor cameo), so it is drenched in so much ribald testosterone (shouldn't it be pronounced tes-tos-ter-won?) that a few stray bullets were probably going to hit somewhere sensitive.

My Grade: Eight Pretentious Actors (out of ten)

Aug 13, 2008

Dynastic Policies

Taking a cue from joaj, I've decided to regale you with tales from my NCAA 09 Dynasty.



UGA, led by the ever impressive coach, USERTBLAKE, trounced Auburn in the SEC Title Game in Atlanta and then soundly beat Texas 41-10 to score their first national title since 1980. Junior quarterback, QB #7, became the school's leading passer EVER, as well as racking up the most TD passes in a season, and HB #24 finished third in the Heisman voting. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, QB #7 decided to enter the NFL draft a year early (and change his last name).

After the title game, USERTBLAKE signed a 5-year extension, turning down offers from Notre Dame and Tennesse (pfft!) to stay in Athens.

Fan Reactions: "I love this game!" "I love this game!" "You suck!" "I love this game!" "Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof!"

Aug 10, 2008

Metallica - New Song/Video Leaked

I don't know how many people care anymore, but a song from the new Metallica album got leaked a few days ago via YouTube. The quality is poor, but there are tons of versions of the vid on YouTube. Enjoy. Or don't, depending if you like Metallica or not. The song is called Cyanide.

Aug 9, 2008

Stephen King's N.

Through Entertainment Weekly, I just found out that a web series based on a short story of Stephen King's is on the internet(s). It's about a shrink who becomes obsessed with the life of one of his patients. The web site is Unfortunately, I caught this boat a little late, so only episodes 7-10 are on the web site (there will be 25). Each is about two minutes, and you can download sets of five on iTunes through August 25.

Additionally, the short story "N.", which the series is based upon, will be included in the short story collection Just After Sunset, to be released in November.

Aug 6, 2008

Resident Evil 5

Now, everybody who knows me knows I love my zombies. What's not to love? Stumbling, maggot infested corpses trying to take over the world - for no reason at all. One of the best zombie universes out there is found in the Resident Evil games. It successfully combines horror, zombie folklore, and science fiction into a single, monolithic story. For what it's worth, it's almost Tolkienian in its depth. For about a decade there, in the late 90s/early 00s, I couldn't turn on my Playstation or PS2 without it having some incarnation of RE stuck in there. RE 3: Nemesis is probably the game I have played the most in lifetime (other than DOOM, of course).

That being said, after a while, the story got sort of, um, stale (Codename: Veronica X, anyone)? So, they amped it up in Resident Evil 4, set in Europe and containing possessed people instead of the walking dead. Being a necrophiliac, I was a little disappointed...until I played it.

Same thing with 5. HOWEVER, there is a controversy brewing since the game takes place in Africa. To some people, it's sort of demeaning and, well, racist to depict a white dude with a gun mowing down black people. Never mind that they're possessed demons of the apocalypse. Just think if it were set in the South in the 1840s? Then how would it look? Actually, you reverse it and have the plantation owners become the zombies and have the slaves be the heroes with guns, and you've got a pretty good fucking idea! Lawyered. That I'll have to do before anybody steals it.

What was I saying? Oh yeah, Resident Evil 5 has got people playing the race card, so it must be one ill-ass, violent video game.

Too bad I don't have a next-gen system to play it on.