Month: April 2007

I have a dream – An American Dream

I have a dream – An American Dream

TV & Radio
Everyone has a list of movies that they are compelled to watch when they happen across them on TV - no matter how late it is, and no matter how much of it has already been shown. At or near the top of my own list is the immortal 1992 musical biopic, The Jacksons: An American Dream. I don't even care about the Jackson 5 all that much. I downloaded one of their greatest hits collections to my iPod, but that's about it. So I'm at a loss to explain why I love this movie (originally a two-parter broadcast on ABC) so much. Maybe it's the voyeur in me who loves getting a peek at the secret dysfunction of one of the most successful groups of the 1970s. Sure, Tito and Jermaine Jackson may have had scores of prepubescent girls fawning over them, but when Joseph (brilliantly portrayed b...
Rush Album Countdown: #4-#1

Rush Album Countdown: #4-#1

Music
Well we've arrived, and not a moment too soon! Snakes & Arrows is mere days away, and I look forward to seeing it take its place in the Rush pantheon. But before I reveal the four greatest Rush albums ever, let's recap one last time: Part 1 (#17 - #15) -- Rush, Hold Your Fire, Roll the Bones Part 2 (#14 - #12) --  Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, Fly by Night Part 3 (#11 - #9) -- Caress of Steel, Power Windows, Presto Part 4 (#8 - #5) -- Counterparts, Hemispheres, 2112, A Farewell to Kings For those who have been paying attention, a pattern has been developing over this countdown. Most of the early and recent albums, while good, don't seem to stack up as well. Last time we got into the creamy center of Rush's catalog, and now we reach the rich, nougat center. I think. I don't eat
George Lucas and Seth Green kick it up a notch

George Lucas and Seth Green kick it up a notch

TV & Radio
Fans of Robot Chicken no doubt remember one of the greatest moments in television history - the sketch with Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars taking a call from Darth Vader right after the first Death Star exploded. All the elements of geeky fandom came together, and thanks to the vocal talents of Seth MacFarlane we got an all-time classic bit. Apparently His Galactic Highness, George Lucas himself, was equally impressed. He agreed to lend his voice for an upcoming half-hour special entitled Robot Chicken: Star Wars. It'll air June 17 on Adult Swim, and promises to be all kinds of awesome. My only concern is that typically, the jokes on RC work best when they are quick. The longer sketches tend to get a little monotonous after awhile. I remain optimistic, however, that there...
Please excuse the mess…

Please excuse the mess…

Blogstuff
As much as I liked the most recent theme I implemented last week, it had some major issues I could no longer overlook. Biggest of all was that it used a modified version of the core Wordpress code, which meant that a lot of things I used to be able to do with Widgets had to be done manually. I'm a patient person, but not that patient. So please bear with me until this new theme is modified to my liking.
New Harry Potter trailer available on Yahoo

New Harry Potter trailer available on Yahoo

Movies
Words can't express how geeked I am for July 13, when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits the big screen, so I won't even try. In the meantime, Yahoo's page for the movie has a new trailer and some other stuff worth viewing. Holy crap, this movie looks like it will be awesome. This will be my first time seeing one of the HP movies in the theater, as I just discovered the series last summer. Lord knows I've seen the first movie enough times on ABC Family over the last 18 months or so.
Rush Album Countdown: #8 – #5

Rush Album Countdown: #8 – #5

Music
If you've been paying attention to the Rush album countdown thus far, you'll notice that with one exception, the remaining albums were released between 1976-1984, a period most fans consider the Golden Age of Rush (although some would stop at about '81 or '82). This is typical of many bands, I think. After finding their way (no pun intended) for a few albums, great bands tend to hit their stride by no later than the 3rd or 4th release. Then it's smooth sailing for awhile. Most bands experience a decline after some time, and it's just a matter of how much that decline is. I think Rush is in a select group that can claim a very soft landing, with some occasional spots of greatness in later years. But I digress... Here's the rundown of things so far: Part 1 (#17 – #15) — Rush, Hold Your
GFS Home Movies: For Your Consideration

GFS Home Movies: For Your Consideration

Movies
Prior to the theatrical release of Christopher Guest's latest movie, For Your Consideration, he stated that he was done with the mockumentary genre that he perfected with films like This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind. After watching the DVD last night, that became abundantly clear. The problem is he seems to have given up while making the movie. On the surface, all the ingredients are there - there is the brilliant cast (led by Catherine O'Hara and Harry Shearer, with superlative supporting work by Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and newcomer Ricky Gervais among others) and a great setup (a handful of washed-up actors believe the unbelievable Oscar buzz surrounding the hokey WWII-era Jewish melodrama, Home for Purim, they are filming). FYC doesn't follow the exact format...