Monday, January 30, 2012

An Exceedingly In-Depth Analysis of the First 11 Minutes of the January 19th South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate

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-The first montage is a CNN montage of all the momentous occasions of CNN reporters announcing winners of presidential elections.  They sure know how to declare winners of stuff at CNN.  Except that whole thing in 2000.  Perhaps predictably, the clip in the montage they played to represent their work in the 2000 election shows a report saying “Too close to call in Florida.”  Well, what do you expect?  They’re not very well going to play the clip of them declaring Al Gore the winner now are they?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's discuss those nominations, you know those things, the Oscars? Yeah, those.



So...I had nothing to write about or I did but it 's much too time consuming right now seeing as how I have about a MILLION things to do today, However the nominations just came out and so I am going to put in my two cents, in red of course. Without further ado.




Friday, January 20, 2012

Burning Bush

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It seems somedays like this nation and this country has nothing but financial and social trouble, sometimes so much so  that it seems totally insurmountable. On days like this I need to laugh and I want you to laugh. So please submit you're favorite George W. Bush moments for a new running segment I dub  
      BURNING BUSH!
This clip I found on a fluke and I think it speaks for itself. It's only 8 seconds long which is technically the speed of light if you use comic book logic. So in the speed of light George W. Bush unfurled this quoterrificness.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Soapbox: SOPA and internet freedom.


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I want to try to make this a short piece, because lord knows how much I can delve in to this subject and idea of freedom, constitutional rights, the state of the United States today, and free speech.

You know when you feel like that person yelling very loudly and waving your hands back and forth to warn that danger is approaching as everyone just sort of enjoys the party? They are having too much fun of course, or are too preoccupied with their own small drama to pay attention to the real tragedy coming. This is how I feel about what's been happening in the United States every year since I became an adult. Maybe you can say that is because I am more aware, and it is true, I am more politically up to date than I was in high school, but I was no oblivious teenager, I was very aware that there were things wrong in the world and they need repair. How could  I have imagined though, how far and how fast this country that my parents came to when I was a child for better opportunity could fall. It's frightening.

SOPA is another in a series of dangerous decisions the joke of Congress and Senate that currently sit in Washington are contemplating, for their corporate interests, for their own greed, and for a future that they already see as bought and paid for by Big Pharma and Disney. SOPA essentially will use the same type of censorship practices that China uses (yes China, you know the place so many Americans are terrified of) to block sites in the quest to "eliminate piracy of drugs, movies, music, etc."

As a human being who has spent more than five minutes on the internet, it is laughable to think that this would be possible with out a widespread control of the internet. OH WAIT, THIS IS PROMOTING THE IDEA OF WIDESPREAD CONTROL OF THE INTERNET. The internet, the last bastion of true free speech even for the smelly thirteen year old trolls and homophobic racists of the world would become another notch in the belt of the United States government, and it wonders why it keeps catching all these nasty diseases from the amount of fucking it is doing to everyone everywhere. Recession, poverty, unwinnable wars, threat of attack, all of these are symptoms of a government out of control, a government overreaching in all the WRONG places and trimming of all the RIGHT ones. It is very difficult to imagine a world where everyone will agree, it seems almost impossible to get TWO people to agree at any given point( you understand this more if you are in a relationship) let alone 300 million, don't even get started on 7 billion, but can we please all stand up and agree that balance is important, nay a necessity in order to function in this world of ours. Can we all agree that systematic control of expression and the right to express is not the way?

Free speech and freedom of thought are NOT easy goals, some people say terrible awful things and think terrifying thoughts, and while I may not always approve their right to act upon them I do approve of their right to DISCUSS them, and then get a boot to the head by everyone with more sense than them.

So SOPA, if this passes, it's one more nail in the coffin, another NDAA in the form of thought, an intangible pair of handcuffs placed on true innovation and REAL solutions to piracy.

This is all fear and greed tactics, instead of adapting and growing the people supporting this bill are content to wave a very blunt object and hope that they bludgeon enough heads to make waves. Stop SOPA and PIPA, protest, petition, do the right thing.



As a sidenote, my views on internet "piracy" are fast and loose, I understand the negative aspects of it,but the other half of me not only sees the realism of the situation but also appreciates the fundamental idea behind certain types of piracy. That is another discussion for another day.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Top 11 of 2011 or 'How-I-stopped-worrying-and-learned-to-make-more-lists' Part 3

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Good evening people, I just woke from a zombie like sleep and decided it was time to blog. This is part 3 of my series where I countdown my 'Top 11 of 2011'. This top eleven will be my best movies of last year. A lot of good movies came out last year actually, I was very impressed, lets see if I remember them all.

Once again this is in no particular order, I just went with my ooh factor on these.

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Fincher - I had seen the Swedish version and fallen in love with Noomi Rapace but there was something so magnetizing about Rooney Mara that in some ways I prefer her performance, or perhaps it's just more fresh in my mind. Frankly, I think Rooney should spend the rest of her life with five piercings in her face and black hair. David Fincher and Trent Reznor's score really capture the under tone of unsettling darkness that this story has, the idea that there is something twisted about humanity and Lisbeth can see through people. I love that she is this subversive moral compass, worming her way in to people's lives illegally and discovering their darkest secrets. Daniel Craig was also a pitch perfect Blomkvist. This movie just had a very nice aura of cool around it. I believe this story to be one of the great mystery crime dramas of our time.



2. Hanna - Joe Wright - I watched this movie late at night by myself, thinking I would use it as a vehicle to fall asleep. Instead I was captivated by the story of this little girl, the pale starkness of the landscape and production design was an amazing backdrop to the sharp and bright violence of the story. This had great action, great suspense, and a child character that was at times ambiguous, and at times as innocent as she appeared. Kudos to Saoirse Ronan for a 'tour-de-force' performance. I've always wanted to write that.


3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Brad Bird - Brad Bird is the man. When it comes to superhero like action he knows how to do it well, he manages to give characters a human face among all the explosions and building climbing going on. This movie also has Simon Pegg who is one of my favorite people living today. I saw this in IMAX, and I don't think I could ever watch it again on a normal screen, when you literally get the feeling that you are about to fall off the tallest building the world, you can't go back to normal suspense. Can't wait for 'Dark Knight Rises' on IMAX!!

4. Thor - Kenneth Branagh - First let me say, that I LOVE Kenneth Branagh, I am a Shakespeare slut so after all of his awesome work with 'The Bard' I am fully behind all that he does. Plus he was great in 'Rabbit Proof Fence'. Thor was a surprise to me, I really did think I was going to enjoy  this addition to the Avengers  because it seemed such an easy trap for really corny cheesy mess( Poor, poor Green Lantern) but it was entertaining, set up the rest of the series and really got the ball rolling for the Avengers movie coming out this summer. Excited!!

5. Bridesmaids - Paul Feig - This movie was laugh out loud amazing. This is the girl comedy girls have been waiting for. It's funny, it's not condescending, it's honest, and Kristen Wiig was so likeable as a character, I almost cried as she made her sad little beautiful flower cupcake. Melissa McCarthy is one of my new favorite comedians, her physical comedy makes me snort milk out of my nose.

6. X-Men: First Class - Matthew Vaughn - Another suprise for me in the comic book movie universe. I did not expect this to be good even though it has James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, two of the most attractive men I have ever seen. This movie turned me on to the idea of period piece superhero stories, a pleasant surprise from some of  the over teched out contributions of recent years (Yes we get it, science is awesome). While this got a little slow in the middle, it was still a great story and beautiful to look at. January Jones was the perfect Emma Frost, seeing as how her appearance readily adapts to the idea of the frigid blonde ice queen. There is something way too disconcerting about white people that are so damn white, you look like vanilla ice cream that's about to stab me to death, this is why I'm so glad Nicole Kidman went back to being a strawberry blonde.

7. Super 8 - J.J. Abrams - I love J.J. Abrams, I loved this movie, these children talented to the point of creepy, and the nostalgic feel of this movie made me happy.

8. Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn - Devin Faraci had this to say about Drive: (and also has a pretty great Top 10 list for 2011 as well) : "Where Spielberg goes right for the heart, Refn goes right for the corner of the lip where James Dean’s cigarette dangled." His synopsis of the film is almost as great as the film itself, which is one of the coolest and most beautiful movies of 2012. I was captivated by this movie, and I think I need to see it about three more times.

9. The Muppets - James Bobin - This is one of those films that just makes you happy. The return of the Muppets is one of the happiest moments of my life honestly, Kermit will forever make me smile. The music is by Bret McKenzie, of 'Flight of the Conchords' fame and I think that he deserves an Oscar nod for "Life's a Happy Song" and "Man or Muppet". I recently revealed that I saw this movie in an altered state, and let me tell you, this movie is great when you are in control of all your own faculties, but it is ten times BETTER when you are not, you will never experience such pure euphoria at a movie theather. I highly recommend it.

10. Young Adult - Jason Reitman - I loved this movie because it was a fantastic chracter study of a protagonist so inherently antagonist. You don't like Mavis Gary, but by the end of it, you HAVE to feel a bit sorry for her. Charlize Theron plays her without fear, she is open and raw about all of Mavis' worst traits and saddest qualities. The scene where she cannot understand why the range of emotions sheet Beth (played sweetly by Elizabeth Reaser) does not have a space for neutral or indifferent is more telling to her character than the entire film. Patton Oswalt is also my favorite comedian and he played Matt Freehauf with his patented sweet cynicism. You have to love Patton. I think Charlize may get an Oscar nod for this performance.

11. Don 2 - Fahran Akhtar - Why Don 2 you may ask? WHY THE HELL NOT, I say. This movie was two hours of pure delicious over the top silliness and great action. I wanted badly to put a foreign film in my list and this is one of the few I actually caught this year, (still have not seen Pedro Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In' much to my consternation) and while this is not going to be on any "Top Ten" lists this is going to be on MY Top 11 list simply because it was a fun ride from start to finish. Shah Rukh Khan is one of my new favorite people going in to 2012, simply because I believe he is the saint of Bollywood(Read his Wiki sometime) and a great actor(See 'My name is Khan' for evidence of his actual talent). See this movie and laugh and dance and enjoy. This movie is the biscuits. Stay tuned for my more in depth review of 'Don 2' in my new segment "Now and Then".



I was thinking of doing honorable mentions, but there are a LOT of movies that I liked and have seen, even more that I wanted to see and have not, so I think we are at an impasse entertainment. Get back to me in six months.

Fight for Your Right!

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Big news Craigslist needs your help. The site that helped build the internet and has helped countless people connect and trade pictures of their genitalia back and forth for years. As well as offering invaluable community service that allows people to organize, vent their opinion, buy, sell, trade, find even the rarest items, find homes and apartments, soulmates and one night stands,  and an infinite supply of pictures of penises.Now needs your help to oppose unfair bills that will pass in congress and negatively harm everyones internet freedoms.


" Congress needs to hear from you, or these dangerous bills will pass - they have tremendous lobbying dollars behind them, from large corporations reportedly hoping to prop up outdated, anti-consumer business models at the expense of the very fabric of the Internet -- recklessly unleashing a tsunami of take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora's jar of "chilling effects" and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences." - craigslist

As long as were talking about staples of the internet, now is as good a time any to show your support to probably one of the most important sites for education on the internet. You can either click the link or its probably all ready on your toolbar Wikipedia.org. People forget how important and amazing it is that wikipedia is a dot org it doesn't feel advertising would be appropriate on their site and yet they are the number 5 site on the web that is an amazing feat and it should be respected, commended, and supported. Everyone now a days, and especially on the internet is so eager to sell out and make a buck at any cost, part of it is cause we need the money recession and all the other part is just plain old greed. Wikipedia seeks not fame nor fortune, they just want to be available to remind everyone, what that episode of star trek was or why Stone Cold Steve Austin need bionic knees to wrestle it seems. Donate



In Local Miami news. This week Books and Books will have an exiting event which in the light of recent occurences could prove useful.

Location:  265 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, Florida 33134-5008 United States
ACLU Greater Miami Chapter Forum: How to Survive an Encounter with the Police --
The police stop your car, knock on your door, or stop you on the street. Do you know your constitutional rights and how to assert them in a non-threatening, effective way to protect your safety and minimize unnecessary arrests? This program includes the 40-minute film Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. Public safety is not the sole responsibility of law enforcement. Locally, the ACLU has played an ongoing role in monitoring police practices. Community input and oversight of the police are necessary for public trust in government and the police. Learn what you can do to help ensure that citizens have a say in how the police do their job. Panel Members: Matthew Boyd, Chief of Police, Miami Gardens; Ray Taseff, PA, Criminal Defense Attorney; Attorneys from the Law Offices of Public Defender Carlos J. MartinezMichelle Rosengarten, Assistant Public Defender and Antonio Valiente, Assistant Public Defender.

Call fax and email FIU President Mark Rosenberg and demand that the charges against the FIU7 be dropped immediately and that free speech rights be respected on campus. Also, call Chief of Police Alexander D. Casas and Lieutenant Ricardo Torres (who made the first arrest). 
Mark Rosenberg: Phone: 305.348.2111 
Fax: 305.348.3660 
E-Mail: president@fiu.edu 
Alexander D. Casas: Phone: 305.348.2623 
Lieutenant Ricardo Torres: Phone: 305.348.4098


Friday, January 13, 2012

Interview with Derrick Mustelier on NBCMiami

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Interview with Derrick about arrest and Occupy Protests.

GREAT interview, GREAT video. Derrick looks more handsome than he ever has, he has a face for TV. Look at those dimples!!

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The Huffington Post and other writers covering Derrick's Arrest

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Derrick is home safe and sleeping after a long night and day under arrest without food and water. He celebrated his freedoms with lots of hugs and a delicious breakfast with his family, he is currently enjoying some well deserved sleep and was unable to attend his classes today although he has emailed his proffesors as far as I know.

On a personal note, Once a year on campus Radical Christians come down and tell us the students that we are all going to hell and that we are "heathens", "whores", and "faggots". This is one of the nicer Christian's who I found footage of.

Since at least 1995 Christian's have been doing this for at least one day of the year on campus.How is it my peaceful unitarian universalist friend is more of a disruption to education than people saying mean spirited hateful things that are not aimed at large faceless corporations but kids in their teens and twenties.


I am attempting to compile all the youtube videos on one page so that we can understand how everyhting transpired and so forth also some links to reactions around the media.

I find the nbc-miami article about this to be incendiary merely for the fact that although there are a plethora of videos and photographs from the event they use a photo from some tented occupy maimi site that looks like a mess.This is the type of coverage and treatment that makes people think that big companies aren't expressing their side of the story fairly or impartially or even thoroughly.

Huffington Post articles with more video.  

This is one of the original flyers for the event.


Another excellent Huffpost piece by David Misch my favorite quote of his is

"I'm not ashamed to say it: I have a dream. A dream of an America where subchapter S and limited liability corporations will be able to join hands as sisters and brothers; an America where companies are judged not by the content of their characters but by the amount in their balance sheets. (Wait, never mind, we have that now.)
And so let tax breaks ring from the mighty mountains of Monsanto to the bucolic rolling hills of Halliburton! Let tax breaks ring from the infinite bowels of Walmart to the vast oily oceans of British Petroleum!" - David Misch


Another write up on the site Miami Beach 411 and i am attempting to post all the youtube videos here so that the people can watch them all in one place and be able to decide for themselves who is in the right and wrong.





***BREAKING NEWS*** Updates to follow.

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Fellow blog contributor Derrick Mustelier was just arrested for organizing a musical festival protest on FIU campus, the protest took place in a public forum for free speech yet FIU police said that they did not have a music permit and must disperse, before they were given the opportunity to get the message to leave out, people were carted away at random. Video of Derrick being arrested here(he is the one in the yellow shirt being led away)

 Derrick's arrest and confrontation with the FIU police.

Another passerby was wrong fully arrested when he expressed that the arrests were "bullshit" he was immediately handcuffed(as witnessed by my friend at the scene) and carted away with out being told what he was being arrested for.

Man being arrest for expression himself.

According to Occupy Miami, they had made attempts to obtain a permit and were told that one was not needed because the area where they were staging the demonstration because it was a "free speech zone".

Please visit: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyMiami for more details. Please keep updated and send your support!!




******UPDATE******

It's been eight hours, and Derrick has been held by the police with no word on whether he, or the other seven arrested are being charged with anything. They have not been process, Derrick has called his lawyer and his family and is currently doing ok. It is possible they may hold him and the others for 24 hours without charges to prove a "point". What kind of point that is I don't really know, but all I know is, this is injustice, no it is not brutality, it is not excessive force, but it is injustice, none of these people deserved this, and they do not deserve to be sitting in Miami Dade Corrections right now, waiting for the hammer to either fall or lift from above their heads.

 Miami Herald Article.


**************UPDATE***************

Derrick is being booked with unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor, his bail is set at $500 dollars, with luck he should be home by late tonight.

**************UPDATE***************

Derrick was not charged with unlawful assembly, he was charged with "interfering with education" a misdemeanor. Frankly that sounds like something made up on Law & Order, but apparently it's a thing. Hopefully he will be back home soon.
Derrick is home safe and awaiting his day in court.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Occupy FIU arrests

Derrick Mustelier being arrested with no provocation. You can also see all the other demonstrators who were arrested, seven in all. They are being called the FIU seven. Please read previous post. Derrick was sent downtown to be processed we are still awaiting his release.   If anyone finds more footage or links we would greatly appreciate them in the comments. Another reaction.

Nick Saban v. Les Miles -or- The Absolutely Inexplicable Decision to Leave Jordan Jefferson In the BCS Championship Game

by Derrick Mustelier


Anyone out there who has ever wanted to see what it looks like when one football coach completely and utterly outcoaches another, I hope you were paying attention during the 2012 BCS National Championship Game because THAT is what it looks like.  Les Miles got thoroughly pantsed and there were no defensive touchdowns or Honey Badger Heisman Moments (and nowhere near enough missed field goals) to cover it up this time.  Your 2011 AP National Coach of the Year, ladies and gentlemen...

The fundamental problem of this game for LSU was that both teams came in with basically the same gameplan on defense--key in on the running game and dare the other team to throw the ball.  The problem for LSU is that A.J. McCarron can throw the ball and Jordan Jefferson can’t.  The bigger problem for LSU was that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide out-prepared them.

In the first game between these two team in Tuscaloosa, Jarrett Lee had been riding a wave of momentum, seizing the starting job from Jordan Jefferson after a suspension sidelined Jefferson for a game.  Lee came into Tuscaloosa and the Tide were ready for everything he tried to do.  What they weren’t ready for was Jordan Jefferson to come in and run the option.  That’s probably what won the game for them.  

The lesson Les Miles should have taken from that game is that when you face Nick Saban, you have to throw something at him that he doesn’t have film on or at least that he won’t be preparing for in the time leading up to the game (especially if that time is over a month).  Unfortunately for the Tigers, the “lesson” Les took from that game apparently was: “they can’t stop JJ and the option!”  And 'Bama was ready for it.

Here’s the crazy part to me: It was pretty blatantly obvious by halftime to anyone with half a football brain that Alabama was jumping all over the option and it wasn’t going to work.  They tried to put Jordan Jefferson into some safe passing situations but the Tide defense was a step ahead of them every single time with a little help from JJ’s very limited arm.  
This is where halftime adjustments come in.  Some coaches are defined by their halftime adjustments.  Les Miles?  Nope.  Let’s just keep doing what we’re doing.  Someone will save my ass.  Someone always does.

Not this time.

Jarrett Lee watched this entire fiasco unfold from the sideline.  The natural move there is to go to Lee because Saban’s defense is obviously prepared for what you’ve been doing so far and probably prepared a lot less (if at all) for Lee.  Many in the crowd even started chanting Jarrett Lee’s name to no avail.  [1]

If you’re Les Miles, you have to try SOMETHING in that situation.  You have to CHANGE something because what you’re doing is yielding consistent negative results.  And you have a perfectly viable option (which WORKED IN THE LAST GAME in reverse...HELLO?!) in switching QBs to Jarrett Lee and going to the air when they’re DARING you to throw.

But Les Miles is cocky.  You hear it in every interview.  The way he talks about his team.  He KNOWS they’re prepared and he KNOWS they’re going to win.  The team has backed up that faith in every game except the one that meant everything.  The game when they didn’t have any answers and needed their coach to have some instead.  Unfortunately for them, he didn’t.  He might have been the only one in the stadium who didn’t.  The answer was pretty obvious to most of the rest of us.

[1] The only kid with a more legitimate to be super pissed at his coach this bowl season is Air Force WR Zack Kauth--who caught a 33 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 3 with 52 seconds left to bring the Falcons within 1 of Toledo in the Military Bowl only to watch his coach go for two and miss, costing them the game.  After that happened, Kauth SLAMMED his helmet on the ground and I truly felt his pain.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Fight for your right!

by Stephen Escudero

My aim with the Fight for your Right! segment is to shine a spotlight on petitions or protests that I feel are of merit and important to get behind. People spend alot of time on the interent being totally unproductive. In less than  twenty minutes(giving that you watch the entire video and type in your information slower than my grandma on a pharmacy blood pressure machine) you can learn and choose to sign or not sign a petition on an important issue. We elect these people and pay their salaries the least we can do is boss them around a little. It's our government to run.

This Petition is called the Saving American Democracy Amendment. Sorry it has such a pompousy sounding name but that is in fact what it is aiming to do. Watch the video at least for a two to three minutes to get a gist for the amendments aims and decide whether it is worthy or not. People's biggest fear in signing online petitions is usually safety, this website is the dot-gov so it is safe...if it isn't write your congressman.


These are the main points



  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.




  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.




  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions or any election expenditures.




  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances




  • Feel free to make any arguments for or against in the comments. All comments are welcome as long as their in good taste and relevant to the topic.

    Perhaps if we are lucky Derrick and Danielle will grace us with their well informed impassioned opinions.

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    COMING SOON

    By Stephen Escudero
    COMING SOON will be my news roundup on films in pre-production I am interested in. I will try to link as much as possible to my sources and the names and faces I am speaking of.                
    According to Slashfilm.com Disney is in the process of developing a film based on the popular Disneyland ride The Matterhorn. The film just landed director Brian Beletic. I remember on the show Entourage, in either the third or second season, Vinny Chase was in talks to star in a movie called Matterhorn that was set in a theme park if i'm not mistaken. Here's hoping Vinny Chase is still involved, however with out Ari Gold still representing him things could be murky. Mark Wahlberg Entourage producer is working on two sequels to the award winning boxing film 'the Fighter'  the planned sequels would explore other major fights in Ward's career. Poor Christian Bale is going to have to lose weight again that can't be too great for his body or can it?

    Wahlberg also talks to Collider about a Micheal Bay film he and the Rock might be in called 'Pain and Gain' about two body builders involved in a Fargo-like kidnapping gone wrong. Wahlberg also says 'Entourage' Creator Doug Ellin is working on the script to an Entourage sequel. Jerry Ferrara who played Turtle on the show also had some interesting thoughts on the sequel and what it could prove about the Entourage fan base.





    In other Disney movie news, the Sleeping Beauty reimagining 'Maleficent' has found a new director.  Also, Angelina Jolie is still set to star in what appears to be pitch perfect casting. In case you haven't heard Disney also has Jon Favreau working on a Magic Kingdom movie that I am uber excited about. If he injects even half the whimsy he did in 'Zathura' in Magic Kingdom the film will be something to remember. Tim Burton who was previously helming Maleficent for Disney has Frankenweenie in the works with the studio which I am extremely excited for, along with the millions of people who shop at Hot Topic.



    James Franco might star in a film adaptation of  Neil Strauss's The Game. I loved the VH1 reality show based on the book, starring Mystery. Franco is set to play Mystery which could prove hilarious. I'm excited and I hope it's rated R because I'd love to see how Mystery's nerdy ass manages to bang all these women, absolutely hotter than him.

    It seems Kickass 2 is still in the works however it appears director Mathew Vaughn who gave us the entertaining X-Men First Class, will not return in the directing chair. They are still working on the script however based on the follow-up comic. I followed and loved the original film and comic I haven't read the sequel yet but will a soon as its available on my Nook.

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Top 11 of 2011 or 'How-I-stopped-worrying-and-learned-to-make-more-lists' Part 2

    Second part, top 11 singles of 2011. This is going to be simultaneously easier and yet more difficult for me because there is way more choice, but you are also going to despise my mainstream poppy choices. Don't worry, Derrick likes bands that only play in dark rooms for a crowd of seven. Besides, I think the main point of a single is to be something fun and addictive, something you can dance to, sing to, and then in a month when you are sick of it, you discover the rest of the album.

    1. Party Rock Anthem- LMFAO - The song you now love to hate, is the song that makes me happy. I will dance to this until I pass out on the floor because 1.I love this song 2.I am out of shape. 

    2. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People- Did you know? ALL THE OTHER KIDS WITH THE PUMPED UP KICKS BETTER RUN, BETTER RUN, OUTRUN MY GUN! *twitch* Too catchy, toooooo catchy. It's evil. But I loved it. This song was for people in 2011 what 'Bird is the Word' was to Peter in 'Family Guy' when he discovered it  in a dusty record shop. My ears are bleeding.



    3. Ni**as in Paris - Kanye and Jay- Z - Does putting the asterisks there really make a difference? I guess it stops white people from saying it, frankly I think it's a trick Jay-Z and Kanye played on white people. You know they listen to your music, don't make them say "N-word" in Paris, I think it's even worse then. This song is awesome, the beat is fierce, and nothing makes you cooler than listening to this song with your windows down in your 2009 Prius. Aw, yeah. "We're gonna skate to one song and one song only." 

    4.  We Found Love - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - I LOVE this song. I dance to this song all day, in my underwear. The video was great and stylistic, perfect for the tone of the song. Rihanna never looked so good overdosing on drugs. 

    5. I Love You Like a Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene- That's right, I like this song. Big whoop, wanna fight about it? I also very much enjoyed all the pretty colors in the video and Selena's gravity- defying hairstyle.


    6. Without You - David Guetta feat Usher - You are going to fist pump and jump to this song. Don't deny it, denying it causes it to come back to you three fold so Usher will come to your house at night and David Guetta will host a whole continent party in your parent's back yard. This song is the shit. 

    7. Dance (A$$) - Big Sean feat Nicki Minaj - Because I had to find a way to put Nicki Minaj on one of my lists, and because this song makes me do very dirty crazy things. In another life I was a stripper. Wobbly wobbly bitches.



    8. Rolling in the Deep- Adele- While her album was lackluster for me, this song is undeniably impressive. 

    9. Headlines - Drake- I learned all the words to this song within a week it was released as a single. 

    10. We Are Young - Fun. - Yes I like the Glee version, but the original is way better, also it has Janelle Monae in it. The video is creepy, but compelling. Apparently it is about loss of virginity, I definitely see the symbolism with the apple and the blood and the hot Asian girl.


    11. Party - Beyonce feat Andre 3000 - Because we DO like to party. I listened to this song 15 times in a row one day, no lie. 


    That's it for Part 2, yes there are many good singles, these are the ones I liked the most. You can watch and hear all the videos on our youtube playlist here. 


    Stay tuned for Part 3, top 11 movies of 2011. 




    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    And the Nominees are...

    written by Stephen Escudero

    Award season is about to stir up and the Producers Guild has announced nominees for 2011.The list gives us a pretty clear ideas which movies struck a chord this year and which didn't.

    I will highlight our personal favorites in deifferent colors.
    Stephen     Danielle     Derrick

    The following is the presse realease send out by the Producers Guild of America


    LOS ANGELES, CA (January 3, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in December 2011.
    All 2012 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also award special honors to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (The Stanley Kramer Award). The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim.

    The 2012 Producers Guild nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.
    The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

    Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

    THE ARTIST Producer: Thomas Langmann

    BRIDESMAIDSProducers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
    I wish I had watched all these movies but I haven't, yet. Keeping that in mind, I think this was the hardest film to produce on paper and deserves alot of credit  for not being a different film. Apatow took his brand of raunchy dialogue from the mouths of overweight, sweaty, jew-froed, unshaven men and shoved it into a bunch of pretty, sometimes sweaty, well grromed, and extremely talented women. Which worked perfectly and has forever disproven any douchebag guys comment that women are not as funny as men. Cause they are and can be and they probably smell nicer. Probably.

    THE DESCENDANTS Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

    THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Top 11 of 2011 or 'How-I-stopped-worrying-and-learned-to-make-more-lists' part 1 of 3


    This is my first blog post for The Vundablog, and I could introduce myself...but I'd rather just write about stuff I like.
    Both of my blog partners love lists, I think one is obsessed with them. It might seem a little Rain Man, but I see the appeal. Lists give a semblance of order in an otherwise chaotic existence, they give us hope for a new day, an opportunity to reach our goals, collect our thoughts, and help us find what is truly important. 

    And what could be more important than what kind of movie and music taste you have?

    (She said in a facetious tone.)As a professional nerd, I cannot lie that the movies, books, music, and TV are a way I relate to people. I speak in quotes, I live pop culture, and I enjoy picking it apart. If I can't talk to someone about say, the fundamental constructs in the political spectrum of Star Trek, I can still talk to them of course, but I won't lie that my opinion of them diminishes slightly. I can be a snob, self admitted, but I prefer to think of myself as a prolific consumer. If it is text or ink or idea then I want, no need to learn about it. I prescribe to the art of conversation, I believe in its flow, and I believe the more you take in, the more you can contribute to sustain it.

    So with my posturing out of the way and now that you all think I'm a big pretentious ninny head I give you my lists of top movies and music in 2011. 

    I'm going to do top albums and top singles because I don't listen to whole albums as much as I listen to one specific song. 

    Top 11 Albums
    (in no particular order, I hate ranking such a subjective topic, in fact THAT'S how I define snobby and pretentious my friends. I'm looking at you every music magazine ever.): 


    Watch the Throne-Kanye West and Jay-Z: Because I love Kanye, no matter how much of an asshat he is. This album was different and unexpected. Good damn times.


    The Muppets Movie Soundtrack- Various Artists, The Damn Muppets: Listen to this album and try not to feel joy. If you don't, you probably also hate puppies and Christmas and children.



    Take Care - Drake: His rap is smooth and melancholy and he still manages to be a BAMF.




    Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay: I won't lie, I liked Viva la Vida better, but listening to 'Paradise' on shrooms provided me a profound experience of which I couldn't duplicate with any other music. Coldplay's music just gets in my soul.




    ' 4 - Beyonce'- This is the definition of the kind of album that grows on you. When I first heard 'Countdown' I thought to myself 'There's no way I can ever get used to this song', but now it's my favorite off the album, along with 'I Care'.





     Fire & Ice - Kaskade - This year I discovered(was brainwashed) in to enjoying more electronic music. This was good times and it had Mindy Gledhill in it so...yay.

    Music is Better Than Words- Seth MacFarlane - Seth MacFarlane's voice makes me orgasm. His album was surprisingly good, funny, charming, and vintage in my favorite way. My favorite song is 'The Sadder but Wiser Girl' for some reason, I guess I just love his tone through out the song.




    Betty Wright: The Movie, Betty Wright, The Roots - This woman has got soul, it makes me happy and it's the FUCKING ROOTS. That is all.


    Born this Way- Lady Gaga- In truth, this album was not what I was expecting, it grew on me, and of course I love Lady Gaga because I have a vagina and I was in theater but, I can't say I preferred this album over 'The Fame Monster'. But even with that in mind it's on my list because Lady Gaga started a MOVEMENT with her album, her own personal following complete with disco sticks and really sharp shoulder pads. They are coming for you people. They want to take rides on your disco sticks, also they were born that way. My fave song just for good measure is 'Government Hooker', so bad ass. 


    Lasers - Lupe Fiasco - I liked this damn album. Nuff' said. Skylar Grey was on NPR, she's movin' on up.


    Lioness: Hidden Treasures - Amy Winehouse - She deserves to be on a top list one more time. Ugh it makes me so angry she died. If you ever try to tell me Back to Black isn't one of the greatest R & B/Jazz albums of all time you will LOSE sir.


    Ok enough of that, that was actually hard.

    Stay tuned, top 11 singles of 2011 coming next.