thoughts on pop culture

Twilight: Eclipse Trailer Reaction

I thought I’d join in the fun and post my reaction video to the trailer for Twilight: Eclipse.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Internet, Movies, Technology | , , | Comments Off on Twilight: Eclipse Trailer Reaction

Sci-Fi Masters of the Naughts

Stephanie Fox at always gives us some of the best nerd charts on the internet, and I really enjoyed deciphering this one. While I may not agree with the rating given to Peter Jackson’s King Kong, I must admit that the chart is mostly very accurate, and certainly a lot of fun to look at. Don’t be too intimidated by the multitude of crossing lines though, because Lauren Davis also provides a narrative version with full details.

Full Article at

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Internet, Movies, Scifi | , , , | Comments Off on Sci-Fi Masters of the Naughts

Amazing XKCD Visual Aid for LOTR, Star Wars, and more

Randall Munroe is an extremely talented individual who really knows his audience.  His gift for simplifying the complex is perfectly demonstrated in his latest offering.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Internet, Movies | , , , , | Comments Off on Amazing XKCD Visual Aid for LOTR, Star Wars, and more

Community Episode 1: Pilot

Despite my aggravation with The Peacock, I’m happy to report that at least one of their new shows left me wanting more. The pilot episode of Community has shown us that fast-paced, smart comedy did not end when Arrested Development was cancelled. Keep in mind, the similarity between the two is no accident, considering Anthony and Joe Russo have been at the helm for both.

Joel McHale turns in a good performance as smarmy lawyer Jeff Winger, and The Daily Show’s John Oliver is a lot of fun as Jeff’s former client and college faculty member Duncan. The cast is rounded out with Chevy Chase (who is great, but I’m not sure will be content to be a bit player) and a host of fresh faces. One of those faces belongs to Danny Pudi, whose short list of credits includes appearances on ER, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Greek, and the recent direct-to-dvd sequel, Road Trip: Beer Pong. Pudi stole the spotlight in this pilot episode, and in the process gave us one hell of a Judd Nelson impression.

The next few weeks will paint the full picture, but at this point the ratings outlook is good, especially considering McHale & company¬†held over 90% of the 18-49 demographic from their lead-in, The Office. As long as creator Dan Harmon and his writing staff can figure out how to let each member of this ensemble shine, I think Community has an excellent shot at filling the fourth spot in NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup.

The Onion A.V. Club has a great interview with McHale here.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Comedy, dvd, Home Video, Movies, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

RIP Patrick Swayze

The best way I can think of to pay tribute the late Patrick Swayze is to encourage you to read this great article from Noel Murray at The Onion A.V. Club. It was published in 2007 prior to the disclosure of Swayze’s battle with cancer, but the wisdom derived from his legacy holds true.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Internet, Movies, News, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments