Archives for June, 2010
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Robert Davi
“There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.
Gina Gershon as Cristal …continue reading
I have become a fairly heavy user of social networks. I’m on Facebook, Linkedin, Foursquare, and Twitter daily and I still maintain Gowala, Myspace, and DIGG accounts. When you use these services as often as I do, you start to see the really great things about the services as well as the terrible things about them. I post a mix of updates about what I’m up too, articles I’ve written, and opinions I have about current events. I also post new pictures when I have them and links to things on the web that I found interesting that I think some of my friends might also enjoy. There’s no right or wrong way to use these services really, but the ways I use them are pretty common to most users. On these services, I have friends that I really care about but don’t get to see as often as I would like so it’s great to be able to see what they are up to. I also enjoy getting links to projects my peers are working on whether it be a new article or a new film. The good of a service like facebook far outweighs the bad. With that said though here is a list of five extremely irritating obstacles to navigating the world of Facebook:
5. People complaining about the lack of privacy on the service.
Facebook is not e-mail, it’s not your mother’s family photo album. Facebook is a “social” network so by definition you’re on the site to share and it’s really naïve to think that a company is going to give you a free online blog and storage for tons of pictures and the ability to network with friends for free. Facebook has to make money so they will reveal some of what you have put on your facebook page. So, know that going in and don’t put anything vital on the site. It’s as simple as that. With that in mind, it’s still easy to keep up with friends and share pictures and information, just make sure it’s nothing you wouldn’t mind the public seeing. If it’s a conversation you’d have at a public restaurant, it’s probably ok for Facebook.
4. Random song lyrics in the news feed.
It’s actually ok some days if you just don’t have anything to say on Facebook. Maybe you just want to check in and see how your friends are doing. There’s nothing wrong with that, not at all. Some people it appears feel they must share something so if they have nothing happening ,they just put up some random song lyric that pops into their head. I’m looking at your updates curious about how your day is going but instead you’ve posted the entire first verse of Sunshine of Your Love. In fact it took so many posts to get your desperately nagging lyrics out to the world (Didn’t Eric Clapton already do a good enough job of getting those lines out to everyone?) that it pushed all of the other updates off the first page of my news feed.
3. Baiting people for compliments
So you’ve been on your diet and taken off a few pounds, you got your hair “did” and you slapped on a spiffy new dress. Do you take a nice picture and post it to facebook? What text do you post along with said pic though? “Damn I’m just looking horrible today. I really gotta take off a few pounds and maybe get a haircut.” Is this sincere feeling? Nope, not usually. More often than not this sort of posting is “compliment bait” and the person that posts this sort of comment often has a bevy of friends that take the bait and post replies like “No no you are just absolutely beautiful.” Now, it’s not just girls that post this sort of update, guys do it too. How about just posting a pic and saying “check it out damn I look good!” Sure it’s vain, but at least you are being honest about your enormous ego. Or just put in the text “Here is a recent pic of me”. Also it’s ok to be proud of a nice pic of yourself from time to time, so if you aren’t the type constantly commenting on yourself in that way, then it’s really not all that vain either. If you are that type, again at least you’re honest.
2. The purposefully vague post
The purposefully vague post is like an inside joke that only one or two of your hundreds of friends get. This can also be a sort of bait, also but more on that in a minute. Often these sorts of posts come from a user who really needs to say something to another individual but instead of doing so they decide to post to the world and hope that individual gets the point. The way this sort of post also works as bait is that it goes up and 25 friends post “What’s going on, what’s wrong?”. More often than not said poster will just continue to be vague with replies, usually because it’s none of the public’s concern, but the initial post went where? It went to the public so all of a sudden, we are all involved. At a minimum, it went to all of the friends so at least they are all now involved. At the same time, it’s ok to post that you’re sad about something because your closest friends can contact you and your acquaintances on facebook can sympathize but getting said sympathy via purposefully vague posts just makes the proceedings melodramatic. If you have to be that vague you should just probably talk to the person that the post is truly intended for.
1. Games, Games, Games, and more Games
There are those that literally do nothing but play every possible game in existence on the service. Nothing is more frustrating than to open your news feed and see nothing but game updates. Sure, there are ways to disable some of them in your news feed on your desktop computer many users, myself included, most often access facebook through a mobile device and the mobile facebook app doesn’t have an option for disabling well, anything in the news feed. So, not only are you scanning the news feed on a much smaller screen, but you have to dig through all of the game updates. I have yet to succumb to the facebook games and will not because I don’t want to add to the madness that’s already happening in news feeds all over the world.
It’s a slow news week but we find plenty to talk about including The Green Hornet, the DC Comics digital app, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson versus SyFy Channel, and much more!
Based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, RED is an explosive action-comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. We’ve got the first trailer for the film right here! …continue reading
Starring: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Death Race 2000 is a product of Roger Corman, King of the B-Movies, and it may be his crown jewel. Made for $300,000 in 1974, it shows; hokey backdrops, obviously undercranked car chase scenes, plot holes you can drive a kit car through, but even for all of these faults there is a freshness and infectious energy that shines through. Thirty six years after the movie was made and even ten years after the fictional race took place the movie still holds up. Not just holds up. It excels. …continue reading
Home invasion films as a subgenre are a challenging lot. Often, it’s hard to say that they are “enjoyable” or “entertaining” films considering the subject matter is usually really dark. There are some exceptions to the rule. There are actually some comedy home invasion films, but for every comedy there are dozens of darker films. …continue reading
Directed by Breck Eisner
Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
A small-town sheriff and his motley crew get caught up in a military conspiracy about an outbreak that turns people smarter than your average zombie. Does this remake hold water? Yes, but don’t drink it. …continue reading
Created by Doug Ellin
Starring: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven
I should probably just go ahead and admit that I am not the biggest fan of this show. I don’t hate it but I don’t seem to love it as much as some of my friends do. Does the 6th season finally win me over? …continue reading
This week we discuss a Spider-man animated series, there’s some painful testivcal talk, and oh yeah freeze pops!!
Directed by Kazuo Mori
Starring: Shintaro Katsu, Toru Abe, Mieko Kondo
“Good and bad are intertwined like rope”
Japanese Proverb …continue reading
In this special late edition of the show we hit the high points of E3, get ticked over a Monster Squad remake, a Wizard of Oz prequel, and another dumb Syfy show!
Created by Alan Ball
Starring: Anna Panquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Forbes,
“I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”
-Bela Lugosi …continue reading
Starring Colby Donaldson
Produced by Pilgrim Films & Television for History Channel
How do you screw up a show about guns, bullets and expert marksmen? I would have thought the answer would be, “you can’t”. I mean how could a show that promises to bring sixteen world class marksmen together and have them compete against each other with rifles, crossbows, slings, throwing knives and who knows what else, recreating history making shots, possibly suck. Two words: reality, television …continue reading
Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel
Ok so what do you expect from a feature film retelling of a campy 80’s action TV series? Well you might rightly expect a disaster. Based on most of the 80’s TV to silver screen adaptations there’s no reason to have much hope. Anyone that grew up with The A-Team on TV probably feels some tug to hit the theater to see this film, for better or for worse.
I never thought about the A team having much of a back-story outside of the voiceover at the beginning of each episode of the series. This film actually manages to build out that back-story and risks making it a large part of the film. Hannibal and Face meet up with B.A. right at the beginning of the film and end up needing his help to get out of a sticky situation. From there they meet with Murdock and B.A.’s anxiety about flying is soon born. Like the opening of the original series (mostly) the team is accused of a crime they didn’t commit and put away in various prisons after many successful missions together. Of course Hannibal “loves it when a plan comes together” so he hatches one to break the team out and clear their names.
What follows is a total rollercoaster ride of action and laughs. This movie follows a trend for retro action set this year by the also surprisingly entertaining The Losers. There are plenty of winks at the fans of the show but there are also just funny scenes regardless of the movie’s pedigree. Liam Neeson as Hannibal plays the straight man, and the man always in the know, to all of the craziness around him. Neeson is good in the role but he just doesn’t get the opportunity to shine like he did in Taken. In fact in the third act it almost feels like he’s passing the baton as it were. Bradley Cooper as Faceman appears to be reveling in his role only second to Sharlto Copley who chews literally every scene he’s in. The real wild card in the film was Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, an ultimate fighter that dared to take on the role of B.A. that was made iconic by Mr. T. As it turns out he does a great job. Smartly he doesn’t try to play it as over the top as Mr. T did but the essence of what made the character great is intact. Jessica Biel is in the movie but the character could have been played by almost any female actress. That’s not an insult directed at Biel’s acting abilities as much as it is directed at the lack of character development. It is worth noting that she could have found some way to make the character her own and she didn’t.
The A-Team was directed by Joe Carnahan, the man who previously brought us Smokin’ Aces. The same slick look from that first film reappears in this film but this time around the hard quick cuts are kept to a minimum. There are really only two hiccups in this film. The first one is that the team doesn’t really help anyone in this film but themselves. The TV show was all about this team hiring out its skills to help underdogs. The other issue is that the final chapter gets a little too chaotic to follow at times and the final gag comes off a little unclear. The A-Team is supposed to be an over the top actioner with tons of laughs and explosions and with that in mind the movie is near perfect. Could some of the characters have been developed a bit better? Yes. Did the script need one more pass to tighten up the last act? Yes. But was the movie still a Hell of a lot of fun? Absolutely.
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by Miguel Sepulveda
Thanos is back, and he’s not too happy. And when he’s not happy, bad stuff usually happens. Co-starring most of the Marvel cosmic characters and some giant octopi. …continue reading