Tuesday, June 27, 2006

You like that song by Paris Fucking Hilton? Really?

Okay, so I know any idiot with money and one of those voice-altering machine thingies *cough*lindaylohan*cough* can record a song, but... people are buying it. Unironically. This makes me sad. Hopefully the soothing balm of Superman Returns and The Devil Wears Prada will make the hurt go away.

And if anyone (I am pretending someone somewhere still looks at this) is in Boston this week and would like to see a fun show filled with blasphemy, full frontal nudity and a kick-ass papier-mache camel, go to www.encoreboston.org and get tickets for The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (June 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at the BCA's Plaza Black Box theater in the South End.) I will not be on stage strutting my stuff (sorry, legions of fans), but I will be selling the most fabulous snacks ever sold in the lobby. I'm all about the glamour of the business that is show.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

A dollar and a dream

The welfare state gets a bad rap, in my opinion. Most people don't want a hand-out, they want a chance. Check out these interviews with homeless people about jobs.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Go Dave

Happy new year everyone!

I know I'm often late to the party, but just in case you didn't catch this, it's fantastic. Good ol' Dave Letterman ripping into Bill O'Reilly. Why does that guy even bother going on talk shows? Laryngitis wouldn't do him any harm, me thinks. Check it out here: 60% of what you say is ...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Oh, Kong.

[Warning: Here there be spoilers. Arrg!]

I’m sure there’s some sort of obvious comparison I can make between Peter Jackson and an 800-pound gorilla, but I won’t. But seriously? Dude has got to get an editing buddy or something, cause that shit was way… too… long. And I’m not some sort of wimp who can’t sit still; my butt didn’t even get numb. It was just too much, what with the five minute long reaction shots, the dinosaur stampede that lasted a million billion hours, and, oh my god, the TON of exposition in the beginning! We get it! It’s the depression and they are all trying to get money to buy food to eat. Get. On. The. Boat!!

Now I understand that coming off Lord of the Rings, Jackson is fully licensed to make huge epics. That does not mean that every single movie he makes has to be three bajillion hours long; Kevin Costner tried that crap, and it got old. Fast. Don’t get me wrong; Kong is a pretty movie, the effects were well done, and I did find myself, at times, totally caught up in the story. And then the scene would go on for too long, and my mind would start wandering. There were just so many plot holes.

Now, I’m not looking for realism (this is King Kong, after all) but, when a sign on a theater pointedly says SOLD OUT, and a character goes running in without a ticket and does not have an usher attached to his leg? That is crap. Ten guys + rowboat = somehow loading Kong onto their tiny ship? Bitch, please. It’s not like they came in a whaler expecting to haul back a giant monkey (yes, primate, whatever, shut up). They didn’t even have room for one extra passenger; Adrian Brody got stuck on board and had to sleep in the cargo hold. The tiny cargo hold. I could go on and on and on.

And don’t get me started on Jimmy. The anemic B-plot was a mentor relationship between two of the ship’s crew; some older guy, and a kid on the ship named Jimmy. We’re supposed to feel bad for Jimmy, cause he stowed away on the ship as a kid with a broken arm. Poor Jimmy. Jimmy is reading a book, Jimmy should make something of himself one day, blah blah blah. So we’re supposed to worry about Jimmy running around the island, tons of nameless crew members die, Jimmy survives, and then we never ever see Jimmy again for the rest of the movie, period, end of the Jimmy story. My question: why the hell did we have Jimmy? All that time we wasted on Jimmy I could have spent not being bored, which is time well spent.

I know it’s hard to tell from the ranting, but I did not hate this movie, I liked it. It was good. But it could have been great, which makes me a little sad. Note to Jackson: Love you, your work is good, but if you make another movie that is way longer than the source material requires, I will personally haul ass to the WETA Workshop™ and kick yours. Love, Shannon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pandora

I've discovered the coolest thing yet on the internet.

Click here to check it out. You give it a song or artist name, and it generates a radio station just for you that consists of similar music. The sound quality and its suggestions are excellent.

Duane

Monday, November 21, 2005

Save Our Bluths!

Agh! FOX is probably going to cancel Arrested Development, one of the best shows on television. Go here to sign a petition to keep the show on the air, or www.saveourbluths.com to find out what else you can do. It probably won't accomplish anything (just like voting against a Bush), but it may make you feel a teensy bit better for five seconds. Until you accidentally watch an episode of Prison Break and your eyes burst into flame.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

This just in..

The kansas state board of education approves "science" standards that question evolution. In related news, Texas has voted to ban same sex marriage.

kentbrock

I for one, welcome our new idiot overlords.