Friday, January 30, 2009

8. The O.C.


The show that made Josh Schwartz makes the list for the first season alone, which is a near perfect mix of escapism and wish fulfillment.

There hasn't been much that has done melodrama or hyperbolic angst better than The O.C., not to mention the shows massive influence on an entire generation of youth culture in everything from music, to lexicon, to fashion.

And the near perfect ending to the first season still makes me fucking weep.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kanye is humble


Another crazy rant from his blog (and very typically in all caps):

"THIS IS MY LAST DAY IN PARIS AND IT'S BEEN CRAZY. I'VE MET SO MANY DOPE PEOPLE. I FEEL SO INSPIRED BY THE TRIP… I'VE BEEN THINKING OF RAPS, BEATS, CLOTHES, VIDEOS ,STAGE DESIGNS AND PHILOSOPHIES … I ALWAYS FEEL MY BEST WORK IS MY NEXT WORK… I'VE MADE SOME GOOD CHOICES AND SOME MISTAKES… I'VE BEEN LOVED AND HATED…. I'VE BEEN HAILED AND RIDICULED… I'VE BEEN INVITED TO SHOWS AND AS USUAL ASKED NOT TO COME… I'VE BEEN ATTACKED FOR BEING ME… FOR BEING BRIGHT RED IN A GREY WORLD…. I AM NUCLEAR ENERGY… WHEN ENCAPSULATED IN AN IDEA OR BOX LIKE A STAGE OR SHOE DESIGN I CREATE MAGIC… WHEN LEFT FREE SOMETIMES I BURN THINGS… IT'S THE NATURE OF A TRUE ARTIST… I AM NOT PERFECT AND I WILL NEVER BE WHAT I WAS TAUGHT MY WHOLE LIFE AND THAT WAS TO BE "CHRIST LIKE"… I'M FINE WITH JUST BEING THE BEST ME! I ACCEPT AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY MISTAKES AND LEARN FROM THEM. I WILL NEVER ATTACK NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND THEIR ENERGY…I FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DON'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES BUT MERELY BASE THEIR OPINIONS ON WHAT THEY WERE TAUGHT. LIFE IS A GAME! IF EVERYONE UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WAS DOING WHEN I WAS DOING IT THERE WOULD BE NO CHALLENGE THEREFORE NO GAME. IT IS THE CRACK IN THE WALL THAT ALLOWS LIGHT TO SHINE THROUGH… SOOO THANK YOU SENSATIONAL NEWS REPORTERS … THANK YOU GOSSIP SITES… THANK YOU BARBER SHOPS… THANK YOU TO ANYONE WHO THRIVES ON THE DOWNFALL OF OTHERS FOR I WILL NOT FALL!!! YOUR PESSIMISM IS MY POWER… YOUR PRESUMPTIONS LEAD TO MY REDEMPTIONS … I DON'T LIKE THE OBVIOUS… I LIKE THE TENSION… I LIVE FOR THE FIGHT… I AM A SOLDIER OF FREE THOUGHT IN A CLOSED MINDED WORLD AND I AM READY FOR WAR… I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SO I AM FEARLESS … YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHO YOU'RE UP AGAINST… I WILL SPARK A GENERATION OF THINKERS WHO WILL QUESTION TRADITIONAL THOUGHT UNTIL THEY FIND THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME SOMEONE TO PROVE WRONG AS I HAVE DONE FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE… YOU FEEL THE WORLD WILL NEVER CHANGE.. YOU FEEL MISERY IS THE ONLY COMPANY… AND I AM HERE TO PROVE YOU ALL WRONG… (I'LL GIVE THE SECRET TO MY DEMISE FOR ALL THAT WISH I WOULD JUST DROP DEAD…. ACCEPTANCE!!… IF YOU COULD FINISH MY SENTENCES THERE WOULD BE NO REASON TO START THEM. ) THANK YOU PARIS ONCE AGAIN FOR ALLOWING ME ACCESS TO THE GREATEST ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS THIS EARTH HAS TO OFFER… THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION BECAUSE GENIUS LOVES COMPANY"

Great Pictures From Around the World...



Newgrange, Ireland

One of the most powerful places I have ever been.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Literary Quote of the Day


From the great Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw:

Cauchon: Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?

9. Echo Beach


Yeah, it's predictable, melodramatic, over-the-top, and ridiculous, but it also has one of the coolest loglines ever: "really good-looking people who have a lot of sex with each other."

They also had the balls to cast Ed "Eragon" Speleers, which is in itself hilarious to me as this is the show that saved him from working construction the rest of his life.

Lower your expectation, grab a beer (and maybe a bird ), and sit back and enjoy this one. It's hilarious if you don't take it too seriously.

Dude?


While there are new rumours circulating about her weight and her boyfriends infidelity, I am still convinced that Jessica Simpson is a transsexual.

Look at that jawline...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Good Sign


The Michigan Film Initiative increased revenue to the state by $57 million this past year.

(photo of Michael Cera shooting Youth In Revolt)

America's new favorite couple (or maybe just mine)


Today on Ryan Seacrest Dev Patel and Freida Pinto denied that they were together. What a lie.

Hey, she's 24 and he's 18 - it's legal in every country.

Akon is bizarre


Thought this was funny. In response to Prince Harry breaking up with longtime girlfriend Chelsea Davy, Akon said he can help Harry get over her in 48 hours:

"He needs to hang out with me. He'll get over her in two days. I'll hook him up with Lady GaGa."

Sounds to me like the Lady GaGa thing was a bit of an afterthought...

Monday, January 26, 2009

NEW BOY by William Sutcliffe


A hilarious portrait of youth on the northwest side of London by William Sutcliffe, a British author with a new and very authentic (not to mention hilarious) voice.

It's about Mark, an ugly 6th form boy who wants nothing more than to get laid but starts to worry that he's gay when attractive Barry moves in. He sets out to become his friend because he thinks Barry can help him finally lose his virginity. It's actually very much like a British American Pie.

It reminds of all the harsh insecurities of youth, the awkward moments and the unbelievable pressure. Besides being funny, it's genuinely real in it's portrayal of being young and spares us most of the melodrama.

"I didn't get an erection or anything when I was looking at Barry. I just... I just felt a certain manly admiration for his beauty. I think maybe I was jealous of his power to attract women. The reason why I couldn't stop thinking about him or staring at him was that I wanted to look like him so that I could have sex with lots of women. That's what it was."

10. GREEK


It might be purely nostalgia or just really low expectations for a show about college on ABC family, but I actually really enjoy this show (who ever knew that people played beer pong with ping pong paddles??)

It's over-the-top and predictable, but also funny and at times genuinely real. And besides, who doesn't want to relive college, even if it's just for an hour per night?

(Get my Cougar pack!)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Teen angst - the countdown


On a recommendation from Cameron McCumby, and as a gift to my many fans (I kid), I am starting a countdown of my top ten favorite shows of the 21st century dealing with one of my favorite things - teen angst.

And without further ado...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

17 Again

On the subject of Zac Efron...

Call me a fool, but I think this trailer actually looks good.

"Life As We Know It"


A tragically cancelled-before-it's-time series about teenage angst that is absolutely brilliant.

If you've forgotten about it, or haven't heard of it, go out and watch it immediately. It's basically American Pie the TV series.

It universally speaks to a teenagers unilateral train of thought and penultimate desire to get laid (but don't think it's any teenagers fan to get laid by Kelly Osbourne).

Oh, and while you're at it, check out the person that looked like Zac Efron before Zac did.

Evil Dick


How evil did Dick Cheney look in a wheelchair? Did anyone else see this comparison?

My favorite line: "Vice President Cheney threw his back out while moving boxes this morning."

That's the best you could come up with?

Literary Quote of the Day


"It's not a real place, but then so little of Los Angeles is real, and the parts that are real are the places you don't want to be. Real is for people with guns and hangovers. Real is what you want to avoid. LA believes itself full of magic, and sometimes can even feel that way, but much of this is a mutually agreed upon sleight of hand. You can stand in one place and believe that one day you'll be a movie star - stand somewhere else, and you'll believe that you'll soon be dead. You know that what you see is a trick, but still you want to believe."

-from The Straw Men

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What I'm thankful for today...


I know it's been awhile since my last post (maybe even more than a month), and if I even have any fans out there, people that actually read my blog, I apologize to all of you.

However, this morning, I want you all to know what I am thankful for: The Reader getting a Best Picture nomination over Revolutionary Road (which basically got shut out of the Oscars).

Even though Dark Knight didn't get nominated for Best Picture, something which coincidentally I happen to agree with (shoot me, Batman Begins was better), at least it didn't lose out to Revolutionary Road.

All you Dark Knight fans at least have that to be thankful for...