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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Soundtrack Review:Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

Taken from the official site.
Songwriters:Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen

General thoughts:After the popularity of the internet musical, a soundtrack was to be expected. The whole album is very short (25 minutes), so don't expect hours and hours of music (unless you like it enough to listen to it over and over).

Neil Patrick Harris has a great voice here. Nathan Fillion does too, but since his character is such a jerk, it's hard to get excited about the parts that feature him. I don't much like Felicia Day's parts as much.

All in all, if you liked the film (or whatever you'd like to call it), then buy this.

Warning:The following contains spoilers for Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

You can read the review here.

The world is a mess and I just need to rule it.

  • You'll find video video applications to the ELE as a bonus feature on the DVD. Some are funny; some are just stupid. And watch out for language (the strongest being g*dd*mn), sex jokes, and an evil rapping reverend puppet (don't ask). Also be sure to watch Commentary! The Musical (which includes some strong language up to the f-bomb) at least once.

My nemesis [pause] is Captain Hammer. Captain Hammer, corporate tool.
-Well, he is a jerk.

  • Anyone else think the guy who talked to Captain Hammer in the soup kitchen looked kind of like Shepard Book from Firefly?

She called him sweet. How is he sweet?
-Good question.

  • The instrumental song that plays during Billy's heist isn't featured on the soundtrack.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review:Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

Premise:A supervillain aspires to join the Evil League of Evil, take over the world, and woo his crush from the laundromat.

Cast:Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible/Billy, Felicia 
Day as Penny, Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, Simon Helberg as Moist, Nick Towne, Robert Reins, and Jed Whedon as the Bad Horse Chorus, Maurissa Tancharoen, Stacy Shirk, and Steve Berg as the groupies, Richard Partlow as the mayor

Director:Joss Whedon

Genres:Musical, dramedy

Notes:Was released on the internet in three acts. Poster taken from the official site and belongs to Joss Whedon.

Pros:Catchy songs. Good acting.

Cons:Female lead isn't well-developed.

What if you wanted to take over the world? What if you could get into the Evil League of Evil if you played you cards right? What if you accidentally introduced your crush to your nemesis? So is the story of Dr. Horrible (aka Billy).

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fashions We Need To Stop Encouraging

Society is pretty messed up and focused on looks over personality (which is yet another subject I might get into sometime). Here are some of the "looks" we should quit treating as great.

You've seen it all over. According to the media, if you're not thin, you can't be beautiful, particularly if you're female. Celebrities who are even the slightest bit flabby get absolutely eviscerated for being "fat." And everybody's obsessed with the latest diets, many of which are worse for you than carrying around a few extra pounds.

High heels
What is wrong with wearing shoes you can actually walk in? Why must good-looking shoes be such a pain?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Movie Review:27 Dresses

Premise:A woman who has been a bridesmaid multiple times reluctantly plans the wedding between her crush and her sister.

Cast:Katherine Heigl as Jane, James Marsden as Kevin Doyle, Edward Burns as George, Malin Akerman as Tess, Judy Greer as Casey, David Castro as Pedro

Director:Anne Fletcher

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.

Genres:Romance, comedy

Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to 20th Century Fox.

Pros:The contrast of viewpoints between Jane and Kevin.

Cons:Mediocre story. Not that funny. Gets bad near the end.

Since she was a little girl, Jane has known she was born to be a bridesmaid. She loves weddings and helping her friends find happiness so much. She even is willing to grit her teeth and help out when her boss (and long-time crush) decides to marry her obnoxious little sister, Tess.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sole Mates

In countless romantic movies and novels, people talk about finding one single person, a soul mate, that is perfect for them. And as with many of Hollywood's romantic ideas, this is crap.

First of all, do you have any idea how many people are alive today? You could have to go through a million of them before you could find "the one." You know how much time that would take? Probably more than you have.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Movie Review:District 9

Premise:A prejudiced human is forced into a situation that makes him look at the aliens in a new way.

Cast:Sharlto Copey as Wikus Van De Merwe, Jason Cope as Christopher Johnson, David James as Koobus Venter, Vanessa Haywood as Tania Van De Merwe

Director:Neill Blomkamp

MPAA Rating:R for bloody violence and pervasive language

Genres:Sci-fi, action, thriller

Notes:Images taken from Rotten Tomatoes.

Pros:Deeper than most alien/action movies. Good story.

Cons:Ends on a cliffhanger. Constant profanity. Violence is often numbing.

In 1982, the aliens landed. At first, the human race was happy to welcome them. But nearly three decades later, things have gotten a little tense, to say the least. The prawns, as they are referred to, are stuck in a slum in Johannesburg and aren't allowed to leave. Until they're evicted to go to a concentration camp, that is.

Lots of movies feature human versus alien conflicts. In this one, they parallel real-world racism. The prawns are treated like crap by just about every human they meet, including the protagonist. So of course, most humans aren't meant to have our sympathy.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Robots

The review is here.

Listen, if I seem to be getting smaller, it's because... I'm leaving!
-Leaving with your foot.

  • You can see a robotic version of Sid from Ice Age. Look around when Rodney bumps into the rapper.

I'm hurting me.
-Fender again.

  • Rodney encounters Fender 4 times (and Diesel three) before they're formally introduced.