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by John Lindstedt

24 Mar 2010

Is there anything the internet can’t do? It’ll take something that no one asked for, give it to them, and then make you realize you wanted it. It will take two elements of the universe that have never been mentioned in the same sentence, breed them, and make a beautiful offspring.

Case in point: Lil’ Wayne meets the theme from The Office. If you’re anything like me, you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve heard the latter so much, you use your DVR to fast forward through The Office‘s opening credits. After hearing this, that should no longer be the case.

by Jessy Krupa

24 Mar 2010

At one point in the last episode, Joel mockingly told Julia that “Only a Braverman can criticize another Braverman”, but anyone could criticize this episode, which saw most of the characters acting irrational and silly for no apparent reason.

It all started when Sarah illogically pressured Julia and Joel to hire Amber as their babysitter for “date night”. Later on, when they politely canceled, Sarah guilted her sister into changing her mind by telling her that Amber was sad about it and the “go-to girl of babysitting” in their old neighborhood. This was all a lie, because Sarah herself doubted her daughter. Despite the fact that she made vulgar accusations about her brother in front of the rest of the family and smoked a cigarette as she told Haddie to lie to her parents because “they’re like termites”, Amber did turn out to be a good babysitter. While making “paper turtles” with Sydney, she even noticed that her mother was sneaking around outside, trying to check up on them.

by Darren Ratner

23 Mar 2010

Now that Captain Kirk is almost 80, I’ll go ahead and confess to being a true Shatner fan, even if I’ve never been a Trekkie, never seen Boston Legal, never cared for the Priceline commercials, and found that my only favorite Shatner moment was he and Will Smith getting high on laughing gas during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

I’m not sure what’s funnier: Shatner himself making fun of Star Trek or Will Smith making fun of Star Trek. Either way, when Shatner grabs Alfonso Ribeiro and says “Scotty you’re…black!”, it’s hysterical.

by John Lindstedt

22 Mar 2010

Have you recently bought a high definition television set and are not sure what all the fuss is about? Well stop worrying, the fuss has been justified.

On Sunday, the Discovery Channel debuted Life, the breathtaking new 11-part nature documentary that serves as de facto sequel series to the equally stunning Planet Earth. Unlike Earth, which focuses on terrains and ecosystems, Life takes a deep look at the wide variety of life on our planet and the fascinating behavior it often displays.

Every shot of the series makes you stop and wonder how it was accomplished, and the documentary even contains footage of wildlife behavior that has never been caught on film before.

The above clip showcases the first known footage of Komodo dragons on a hunt as they take down a water buffalo, and it’s nothing short of incredible. For the full experience, be sure to check it out Sundays on the Discovery Channel.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Mar 2010

I recently wrote a post about all the sequels and remakes that are coming to the box office, and wondered if this was because of a lack of originality in Hollywood. But it seems as though the world of television might have the same problem. New versions of Melrose Place, V, and 90210 are currently on air, and this fall might see updates of Hawaii 5-O and The Rockford Files.

I can’t criticize those shows before I see them, but I can spread some light on what’s probably the worst idea out of all the networks this year: ABC’s plan to resurrect Star Search. The original amateur hour talent search aired in syndication from 1983 to 1995, and introduced the world to many future celebrities, including Britney Spears, Beyonce, Brad Garrett, Tiffany, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, Alanis Morissette and more. However, bringing the show back is an old idea. CBS remade it in 2002 with Arsenio Hall as host and a frequently changing group of celebrity judges. It tried to capitalize on the success on American Idol, but it was canceled a year later. Prior to that, original Star Search host Ed McMahon hosted and produced the extremely similar Next Big Star. It aired on the now-defunct PAX network in 2001. Every episode referred to and showed clips from the original Star Search, and the series was canceled a year later.

Now rumor has it that ABC offered former American Idol judge Paula Abdul a large sum to be a “combination of a host and a judge”, but she turned it down. Maybe she realizes that Star Search doesn’t have too much potential, or perhaps she’s just waiting to be on FOX’s spin-off of American Idol, X Factor. Either way, it’ll probably last a year.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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