Tag: Rants

All because…

All because…

Funny Stuff
I don't know if you've seen these awful "All because two people fell in love" signs, but they're inescapable these days.  They're usually found either as stand-alone signs or as a frame full of pictures of peoples' kids.  The first time I saw one of these, I thought it was kind of sweet - in a somewhat treacly sort of way. Now the damn things are everywhere, and I've grown to loathe them.  The only thing worse than trite sentimentality is mass-marketed trite sentimentality, and this little saying is the verbal equivalent of those posters with the dressed-as-adults kids kissing or holding hands.  Or even worse, Anne Geddes posters.  *shudder* So as an alternative, I offer up a few variations on this "All because..." theme that are a little more grounded in reality.  Feel free to print
Thoughts on AFI’s 10 Top 10

Thoughts on AFI’s 10 Top 10

Movies
Purely by chance, I came across last night's airing on CBS of AFI's 10 Top 10, aka Summer's Here and This Oughta Kill Time Until Survivor Starts Up Again.  The gimmick here was that rather than lumping the so-called greatest movies into one list, they were broken into genres.  The categories for this list of lists were animation, fantasy, science fiction, sports, westerns, gangsters, mystery, romantic comedies, courtroom dramas, and epics.  And I got some problems here. First, notice anything missing?  I'll give you a hint - it rhymes with COMEDY.  So right away, I have a major issue with AFI.  I mean, did courtroom drama really merit its own category?  There are a lot of great movies that got overlooked because they aren't romantic comedies and they couldn't shoehorn them into another
Spin the black circle

Spin the black circle

Music
The Associated Press reported recently (confirming what I had known for a time) that the reports of vinyl's demise may be exaggerated. But while music purists may be rejoicing, it's important to keep a few things in perspective. True, shipments of LPs in the U.S. increased just over 36% from 2006 to 2007; but vinyl still accounted for less than a blip on the radar in terms of overall market percentage (CDs shipped more than 500 million units in '07 compared to 1.9 million for LPs and vinyl singles combined). And the overall trend is still down - LPs haven't shipped more than 2 million units since 2001, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Not that you'd guess from the tone of the article, which seems to infer that vinyl is poised for a major comeback. That being said, it plea...
Total freakout, maaaan!

Total freakout, maaaan!

Advertising, Rants
I've been known to enjoy one or two of these so-called "fast food" ham-burgers in my lifetime. I know they're no good for me, and I don't care. And sure, if something I order isn't prepared correctly or just not available, I have gotten annoyed. That's simply because I don't suffer incompetence lightly. But the level of betrayal exhibited by the people in Burger King's new "Whopper Freakout" ad campaign is simultaneously amusing and disturbing. Some customers were confused and mildly upset (Emo kid at the 1:11 mark) by the loss of the Whopper, while some became wistful and nostalgic (goatee dude at 3:18). And when their precious Whopper is secretly replaced with Folgers Crys...ur, another burger, some customers became downright apoplectic (start at 5:30). The campaign is su...
“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”

“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”

Movies
I hadn't intended to use a Popeye quote, of all things, to start my first blog entry, but such is the capriciousness of life. I decided to start this blog to chronicle my take on Western culture; from the obscure to the popular, from the enriching to the mind-numbing. Speaking of which, we have been presented with yet another reminder that the collective taste of the American moviegoer seems to be about as sophisticated as the children's menu at Denny's. I am referring, of course, to the roughly $30 million (yes, that's US dollars) that The Dukes of Hazzard managed to swindle over the weekend. I'm still holding out hope that some absent-minded auditor accidentally shifted a comma one number to the right, but something tells me I'm in for disappointment there. (more…)