Thursday, August 30, 2012

Six Comedy Specials You Must Hear Before You Die

I will not comment on these, as they speak for themselves:

GameStop Going Vintage

GameStop has recently stated that it will embrace the retro by selling games from the pre-sixth generation era.  Apparently, over the last two decades, people have just been selling their old crap to them and they are finally of the mind, given the popularity of retro titles on sites like Amazon and Ebay, that they can sell 'em right back, as well as finding a way to secure a permanent position in that corner of the market.  As to how they'll do that?  Well, they don't know yet.  They're working on it.

Normally I would cry foul at the prospect of an already dominant monopoly sharpening their teeth toward healthier free-market sites like Ebay in order to expand their already bustling waistline, but I'm actually more or less psyched about this news.

First of all, in the interest of not sounding hypocritical, GameStop is my one stop shop for everything entertainment of the interactive variety.  Ideal?  No, but I have no other means of purchasing my games in my immediate area (read "monopoly"), and I basically parse by entire gaming budget solely on its pre-owned games (which is a GOOD business model, I don't care what you say), given that I am more often than not, broke as a joke.

The primary reason I enjoy the idea is that many older games are near impossible to find at a reasonable price, let alone new (forget about it).

Monday, August 27, 2012

Spaced Out

In the latest edition of "Half-Past Relevant News That I Can Now Comment On Because Blog", I figured I'd chuck in my two cents regarding the long abandoned American remake of the cult classic UK series Spaced, a clip of which can be found below:

Breaking Bad - "Say My Name" Review

Well, so much for that, huh?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm Available for Drafts, Warner Brothers

With Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy officially in the can, it comes as so surprise that WB is already talking reboot.  Allow me to interject by making a bold yet apropos suggestion:


Yeahhhh, remember this?  I do.  It was fucking awesome.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Breaking Bad - "Buyout" Review

The feverish pace that Breaking Bad has been running on these past few episodes slowed up a bit this week, as we roll around in the crater created by last week's atom bomb.

Watching them clean up the mess was very unsettling.  Just looking at that barrel full of hydrofluoric acid, knowing what needed to be done, was sickening and just plain depressing.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

RIP Tony Scott

Tony Scott apparently jumped off a bridge to his death.

Shocking.  Don't even know what to say.

Scott was a pretty prolific action director.  I've often referred to him as "the talented version of Michael Bay".  He was late to the directing game, and sometimes viewed in the shadow of his brother, Ridley, though he has produced and directed some awesome flicks, of which include personal favorites Top Gun, True Romance, and Crimson Tide.

This is terrible.

-VMA

It's The Little Things

I know this happened a while ago, but I just thought I'd briefly comment on this since the posting has been pretty dry this week.

When I talk about the systematic and progressive stupefying of our nation, I often reference the little things that most people just don't notice or care to give a second thought.  In case you were wondering, this is what I'm talking about:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Friends Don't Let Friends Read YouTube Comments

I was always warned, but part of me always wondered, what's it like?  Where does it lead you?  So I did the internet equivalent of crystal meth:

I read and responded to YouTube comments.

Politically charged YouTube comments.

And in just 24 hours, I'm going insane.  I can see where this rabbit hole is leading, and it's freaking me out.  I can't be that guy.  I just can't.

Already, my faith in the human race has fallen in triplicate.  I try to live a fair, tolerant, and honorable existence.  For chrissakes, I'm a moderate!  But the level of ignorance that so many people willfully employ just depresses me.

So I'm DONE.  No more.  I have slept on the proverbial crack mattress and I need to get the stiffness out of my neck.  I'm hanging it up.  I don't care what is said by anyone in response to me, after what I've seen, it's all futile.

DONE.

Wanna know why?  Here's a sample:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Breaking Bad - "Dead Freight" Review

Jesus Fucking Christ.

And to think, at the beginning of this episode, I thought that maybe I was in for a weaker episode. That opening just seemed like way too much of a non-sequitir.  Symbolism for the sake of symbolism.  The writers falling a little too in love with their own prose.

I should've known better. I really, really, really should've known better.

Why We Fight

(Wow, this is rant-tastic.)


Sometimes, it amazes me how entitled we are.

We live in a time/culture/generation that blindly believes that everything should be handed to us on a silver platter.  We apparently deserve the world simply by being in it.  Our wars are fought on primetime TV.  Our depressions are taken with the seriousness of a Seinfeld episode.  We increasingly disengender ourselves to the point of hyperbole and tout our "rugged individualism", yet most of us haven't ever gotten our hands dirty, and poltically, financially and socially, we employ more of a gang mentality than anything else.  Honestly, when was the last time it was cool to have a new idea?

In 2012, the ideas of the individual are dead, the grand irony seemingly lost on those who tout individualism the most.  Rhetoric is more powerful than intellect.  Allegiance more powerful than conviction.  We're happy to let others do the dirty work while we sit back on our high-horses and nod with approval.

Sure, we all have rights, but somewhere along the line that sentiment has become criminally over-simplified and distorted.  Let's get something straight.  We have rights because we decided to have them, because we believe as semi-high functioning beings that it is the humane thing to do, and the best way yet towards civility and order.  We constantly debate on what should constitute these universal privileges, and we try to evolve with ourselves and the times in which we live the best way we can.

Somewhere down the line, this became "god gave us rights end of story, America!", which isn't necessarily a bad sentiment.  I'm sure its wicked comforting on the front lines of battle, but if you so much as exercise the smallest smidgen of logic towards that the whole statement just falls apart.

Allow me to cite George Carlin, whose death you should be mourning to this day:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Holy Prologue, Batman!

After the jump, the first draft of the new version of the "prologue" from the fourth draft of The Hudson Avenue Chronicles.

Did that make sense?

Banged it out in two days.  It definitely needs work.  Its a bit wordy.  Dialogue is a bit overwrought, and I really need to fall out of love with adverbs.  But overall it's the best start yet, and posting things makes me feel like I'm progressing in my art, however superficial the feeling may be.

On a related note, I just stumbled upon the feature which makes final draft read my script back to me.  Fucking.  Awesome.  I've wasted way too much of my day playing with that feature.

Anyway, for those interested, go ahead and...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Moonrise Kingdom" Review

Who knew the boy scouts could be so damn entertaining?

Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most relentlessly charming love stories you are likely to see all year. Following the tradition set forth by The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Unlimited, co-writer/director Wes Anderson remains affixed in the middle of his own weird wheelhouse with this one.  If you enjoyed those previous films, there is no doubt you'll find something worthwhile here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chronic FX

It should be a rule that from now on, Dr. Dre is no longer permitted to write, produce, direct, or star in anything else under the clear blue sky until the sonic asymptote that is The Detox is released.  If it ain't a drug-referenced trilogy capper, he doesn't so much as touch a mixing board. As it is, this project is fast approaching and indeed in many respects has passed the point of vaporware.  For at least the past half-decade, the production has carried a Chinese Democracy like weight on top of itself, going through endless start-stop phases, still-born and false-alarm singles, and endless "buzz" from the surrounding hip-hop community that is causing it to implode from its own increasingly portentous reputation, its burdened expectations stemming from the never-reachable promise land of perfection.

Please, Dre.  I love ya.  You're very good at what you do.  Legendary even.  Certainly a big reason why I got into the music making business.  But your album will not change the world.  It will not live up to the hype.  Projects like this are never designed to and are basically fated to fall short, at least at first. Take solace in the fact that it will undoubtedly be a very good hip-hop record that will age like a fine wine once the polarizing shades of the pop-culture zeitgeist no longer give it the proverbial stink eye, leading way to the inevitable objectivity with which the record should have been viewed in the first place without the over-the-shoulder look at the endless staircase that preceded it.

Though I'd be lying if I said I didn't find this intriguing.

Now if you'll excuse me, I will return to attempting to take my own advice.

-VMA