This is a hillarious Old Spice commercial of Bruce Campbell Singing a cover of Hungry Like the Wolf. I love the part when he lifts his fingers off of the keybord and the panio keeps playing. Watch the video above.
The Glee of Knowing Thy Self
We held a Glee party to celebrate their return with the episode Hell-O. What an excellent episode to return with. Glee is a great show with overall themes of the underdog story and follow your bliss. I give Hell-o a 9 out of 10. For the audio review check out Fandom Today #451 “Who Will Help The Sane”.
Exploring Glee episode 14 Hell-O
In Hell-O we get back into the show with a wonderful meta moment. The students get an assignment from Mr. Schuester to say hello but in a different way while the entire episode is a way of saying hello to the audience in a way different from how it is typically done.
Know Thy Self
This reoccurring theme and obstacle moves to the fore front. Part of being able to follow ones bliss is knowing who you are, what really makes you happy, and what do you stand for. Knowing this helps gives strength and direction when life gets confusing.
Many of the characters had to go through this in realizing their love of music and singing, being able to stand up and say glee makes me happy and is more important than popularity in school.
Hell-O points out that though one may have a self-realization moment it is not the end of the journey but merely an accomplishment along the way. The celebration gets cold slushy in the face which was supposed to wake them up. Finn, Will and Rachel in particular must discover who they are or face more problems beyond those already brought up in this episode.
One of my favorite scenes in Hell-O took place in the sheet music store two people were playing the piano and singing. Then out of the blue there were others chiming in with additional instruments. When this happened I cried out “Sneaky Bandies!” We all laughed.
I could not count all the moments when that very scene happened in real life. I have known many bandies over the years and they have an ability to sense music moments. Drawn toward them they are able to produce the instruments out of thin air and join in.
Eric knew a guy in high school who would go to the local mall sit down at the piano in the music shop and start playing. Bandies would pop out of the wood work with instruments in hand and join in. I even witnessed this one day while walking through the mall and found some of the friends in my company had vanished only to be found playing along in the sheet music store.
- "Hello" by Lionel Richie
- "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors: Finn did an amazing cover. Morrison’s version of this song is dripping with sarcasm and sex where as Finn’s version is introspective and dripping with disdain. The disdain in his voice gives a fresh twist and becomes a very introspective moment into Finns thinking and character.
- "Gives You Hell" by All American Rejects: Rachel’s version of the song got me to like it. Watch the Video below.
- "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC really well done I was pleasantly surprised
- "Hello Again" by Neil Diamond and
- "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles.
Review: Chuck 222 Chuck Versus the Ring
On Ellie's and Awesome's wedding day, everything has to be perfect. This becomes increasingly difficult when Roark crashes the party wanting the intersect cube. Watch the episode streaming online above.
Chuck Versus the Ring is the best episode of the season. The writers did an amazing job by wrapping up the loose story arcs, while maintaining the tension of and bringing to the forefront the main story arcs for season three. The acting from everyone is just spot on and they even raised the bar on the music front.
The music throughout the series amazed me. In this episode they introduce a new best fight scene to music and get to feature Jeffster’s cover of the “Mr. Roboto” by Styx. I think that Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky actually sang a cover and did a really good job with it. Their cover starts 14:53 in and below watch the music video of the Styx singing the original.
Do you think Orion is ambidextrous? He wears his cool wrist brace on his left arm operating it with his right hand suggesting that Orion is right handed yet he threw a left hook in a fight with Ted Roark favoring the left hand.
I really enjoyed how they brought the whole Chuck you are a hero motif to an apex in this episode. Throughout this season Chuck wrestles with what it means to be a hero. He learns what it means but still doubts that he is one. His father gives Chuck his final boon and sets him off down the path. Yet even with that Chuck still doubts his own awesomeness, but when the moment comes he makes the hero’s choice and puts together everything he learned from the series.
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- It was just great to watch all of the cast acting so brilliantly in this episode
- Bruce Boxleitner as Awesome’s father ruled.
- Jeffster returns!!! Their singing of "Mr. Roboto" by Styx rocked. I think that should be an MP3 for sale I would have bought it.
- They fill in the Brice storyline
- They fill in the rest of Orion’s storyline
- The advancement of Chuck’s storyline by concluding his questions and concerns from this season and setting him up for next season.
- Best fight sequence to “Mr. Roboto”
- Introduction to the Ring and a brilliant set up for a season 3
- Casey’s facial expressions in the last scene were classic!
- Nice homage to the Matrix.
- This was a minor concern but I did have to stop and justify to myself on how Casey’s team was so easily taken out in the castle.
- “There is no need to curse. You know damn well what I want.”
- “If you don't deliver that Cube within a half hour, 40 minutes tops with traffic...”
- “Kevin, why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian wreck your wedding?”
- “Hmm, a real shotgun wedding. Just think that terrible pun is the last thing you will ever hear.”
- “Oh chuck me!”
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I loved that they revealed Orion having the intersect in his head. It helped to explain how he was able to stay one step ahead of everyone for so long.
It was a nice touch to give Brice an honorable conclusion. First they reveal that he was not the jerk he was originally portrayed to be, that in fact he was working with Orion to help protect Chuck. Even towards the end he did not try to steal Chuck’s girl. I was kind of sad to see him go.
The Ring is brought to the forefront in this episode. First, the name of the episode having a double meaning was not lost on me, I loved it. Fulcrum is revealed to only be a part of the Ring which has different goals from Fulcrum. The Ring also appears to have even better quality spies which should make for a very interesting season three (fingers crossed and letters sent) upping the stakes for Chuck.
To coincide with the added challenge from The Ring , Chuck moved from a hero to a superhero. I love how season 2 was all about Chuck learning how to be a hero and in this episode they move him into being a superhero. He gets Orion’s arm brace allowing him technological access to almost all systems and he gets an intersect upgrade allowing him to pull a Neo from the Matrix. The combat flash was awesome, especially that they finished the scene with chuck giving an homage to the matrix and my most favorite quote of the season: “Guys… I know kung fu.” I hope that season three will open with some kind of scene where a Morpheus type character (ahem… Casey) steps in and asks Chuck to prove it.
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Review: Chuck 220 Versus the First Kill
When Chuck's ex Jill is recruited out of prison to rescue his father from Fulcrum, trust is put to the test; at the Buy More, Emmett devises a ruse to steal Big Mike's job. Watch the episode streaming online above.
Chuck verses the First Kill brings the theme of who can you trust to an apex. I really liked how they used Chuck’s and Morgan’s experiences to debate the various nuances that goes into trust. Trust is earned and reciprocated.
I love how they used the music in this episode. First they use Twisted Sister’s "We're Not Gonna Take It" to symbolize the rebellion at the Buy More. They Play Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” during a chase scene that added a hilarious joke level to the scene. The return of Twisted Sister’s "We're Not Gonna Take It" but in a cathartic, striking back context.
I was very skeptical when they claimed that the last few episodes of the second season of Chuck would change everything. As corny as they promotional campaign sounds I must agree. With the reveal of Chucks dad in the last episode and with the bold twists taken in this one it appears that they are systematically turning every aspect of Chuck’s life on it’s head. I must credit the writers for taking such a bold move. To risk the fun and successful template that they had for the show in order to keep it from going stale deserves applause and I’m excited to see if they can pull it off.
The look inside of a Fulcrum recruiting agency was a very interesting part of this episode. They have up on the walls a motivational poster “Leadership First” that has images that are very reminiscent of the Hitler youth images. I found this a fascinating touch and supporting of my theory that the struggle between the government and Fulcrum is symbolic of the struggle between democracy and fascism. When they show the video watch it closely…
- The subtle and light debate on torture made through some quick comments by Casey and Sarah.
- Casey and Sarah’s subtle interaction was hilarious in this episode for instance Sarah’s look when Casey makes a crack about how Chuck now qualifies for conjugal visits.
- The Morgan a combat maneuver worthy of Max Smart
- Emmett who is a Machiavellian genius
- The “Are you wearing a wire?” running joke in this episode was brilliant.
- The Homage of The Godfather
Dislikes / Concerns
- The Subway product placement: I found it sleazy… Like Big Mike I too enjoy Subway but if I were to ask the question what food does Big Mike like the most what comes to mind? Doughnuts! they really build this up through out the first and second season without mention of his love of subs. They should have done a better job with the product placement. This scene really shattered the immaculate reality, fun and adventure that the show usually maintains so well.
- “Talk about beauty and the beast, you must be loaded”
- “I don’t know if he wants to kill me or eat me” while playing hungry like the wolf by Duran Duran
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The Morgan: A combat maneuver invented by Morgan in school used to defend himself while being beat up by girls. Chuck gives more credibility to this maneuver in a brilliant Max Smart manner when Chuck gets his first two kills because of it… kind of. I love this touch. To execute the Morgan one would cower and cover the vitals… that is the head and groin area.
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Exploring: The Incredible Hulk
Review of: The Incredible Hulk Overall Rating: 9.0
Finally not another origin story! The Incredible Hulk was a good movie and fun to watch but not as good as Iron Man. I'm really pleased to see Marvel's positive influence on these projects. The movie is an exciting ride with a nice balance between action, drama, and suspense that carried me through the emotions of the story. There are some problems with the story line and maintaining the immaculate reality of the experience but overall they kept true to the spirit of the Hulk and I really appreciate that.
The Incredible Hulk is a tale about Bruce Banner the Geneticist and his quest for a cure for a condition that turns him into a raging monster known as the Hulk. All the while the military is hunting down Bruce Banner so that they can learn how to control the Hulk and use Bruce’s research to create super soldiers. In the end they only create an even more deadly monster known as The Abomination.
- The opening credits is brilliant: they cover the origin story in a few minutes and put in a lot of fun references.
- The way they ease us into the hulk: His first appearance is mostly from the shadows with only glimpses to help acclimate the audience with his look.
- the way they show the bullets and darts just bending and bouncing off of his skin. The really neat thing is that they do show on occasion lacerations in the hulks skin when the attack is sever enough to merit it. The 50 caliber rounds looked awesome when they dented his skin.
- The emotion that they were able to animate into the Hulk was amazing. Like Gollum before him the Hulk was really able to connect on an emotional level with the audience.
- The Cameos: Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno
- I liked the references subtly placed throughout the movie to Stark Industries, Nick Fury, and S.H.I.E.L.D.
- They used most of the Hulk's famous lines / attacks in a tasteful and story appropriate manner.
- The very end / the last page: not going to give a spoiler but after seeing it you will get it.
Dislikes / Concerns
- The skin of the hulk was too gelatinous and too textured: probably due to rendering or compositing issues because the animation was so well done.
- The love scene: it was funny but distracted me from the movie and shattered the immaculate reality. Personally I had a Mallrats moment and Brodie wouldn't get out of my head.
- The story had some issues: I didn't like the mcguffin of the cure and found the Emil Blonsky story line far more interesting and would have like it more if that became the dominate storyline.
- The end helicopter scene shown in the trailer still bothered me and seeing it in context didn't save it. I realize they needed a tension relief and I did chuckle because it was a funny moment but it completely took me out of the story and reminded me I was watching a film not experiencing it.
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"The Incredible Hulk" Feature Video
|The good people over at Universal and Marvel released a new feature video for The Incredible Hulk movie. We have the video over in the Project: Shadow HQ for you to watch.|
After watching the feature I was more excited about the movie. In it they they discuss how this is a re-envisioning of the Hulk. Although it is a re-envisioning they also really looked to the 80's television series for their inspiration.
In the feature they gave the appearance that they will pick up where the last movie left off with Bruce on the run from the government as he is in search for a cure.
They also talk about the tension device used in this story. Part of it is the standard hulk tension of Banner's desire to get rid of the Hulk and the government's desire to control the Hulk to use as a weapon. In this movie the tension eventually gets manifested when the Hulk has to stop the government's version of the hulk called The Abomination.
This feature got me a little more interested in the movie but I'm still not excited about the look of it. That being said I will let you know my final decision in Junes Theater or Renter feature.
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