Sunday, February 24, 2013

OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2013

Best Picture - "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actor - Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Director - Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress - Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Screenplay - "Django Unchained"
Best Adapted Screenplay - "Lincoln"
Best Animated Feature - "Brave"
Best Foreign Feature - "Amour"
Best Visual Effects - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Best Cinematography - "Life of Pi"
Best Costume Design - "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Best Documentary Feature - "How to Survive a Plague"
Best Documentary Short - I have absolutely no idea
Best Film Editing - "Life of Pi"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Best Music (Original Score) - "Life of Pi"
Best Music (Original Song) - "Skyfall" from "Skyfall"
Best Production Design - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Best Short Film, Animated - "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'" (I wish "La Luna" was nominated)
Best Short Film, Live Action - no fucking clue
Best Sound Editing - "Life of Pi"
Best Sound Mixing - "Life of Pi"

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Smodcast Share Time: Sider chair 2 parter

This week on Saturday Smodcast share time we have a two parter ready to go for your viewing pleasure, exploring the delightful subject of morbid obesity. I love the animation style of this short its very cutesy which is a good contrast with the usual depraved smodcast debauchery.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Burning Bush: Jokery

Bush jokes are the corner stone of my educations humor. Living through the bush presidency jokes at his expense were a lot of fun and bush had some jokes of his own at are expense. Check it out.



Here Bush is with one of his impersonators doing a little show for we the American public how humorous.


Here's one of Obama's  best Bush jokes and Bush firing back with his own quips at himself. George Bush wasn't a great president but he can deliver a joke.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Tunes--My Top 25 Bands: 23. Deathspell Omega

Deathspell Omega

SCORES (Out of 25)
-Overall Positive Output: 3
-Overall Enjoyment: 3
-Good v. Bad Output: 8
-Popular Appeal: 1
-Best Album: 13
-Mixtape Factor: 3
TOTAL: 31




If you thought Funeral Diner wasn't for everyone, wait til you get a load of this band. Deathspell Omega is a very deeply spiritual French black metal band (although even calling them black metal doesn't even begin to do them justice). I heard about them at a time when I was listening to a lot of black metal (not the lame ass Cradle of Filth type stuff but real, raw, lo-fi, harsh, abrasive black metal deeply rooted in true Satanism which is more like a spiritual hatred of mankind) and my good friend Rudo introduced me to them and, at the time, made me promise not to show them to anyone because very few people will "get" this kind of music and don't really deserve to hear it if they won't fully appreciate it. We were young back then. I'm sure he wouldn't care about me sharing them now (also because they've gotten substantially more popular since then). If he does, tough. :)

As you can see, they come in just above Funeral Diner in Overall Positive Output and Overall Enjoyment. The OPO number is low for the same reason as Funeral Diner but the OE number has more to do with the fact that this isn't something you listen to just any old time. I have to really be in a specific mood to want to delve into a DsO album (of which I own two on 180 gram vinyl). And you kind of have to listen to them that way--which is why the Mixtape Factor score is so low; this is not a band you listen to a mixtape of. They take what they do very seriously and so do their fans. They don't even play live because they don't consider what they do to be "entertainment."

They get a pretty decent score for Good v. Bad Output because frankly they've never released an album that wasn't at least very good, if not transcendent. Their first two albums ("Inquisitors of Satan" and "Infernal Battles") are more typical black metal and they're still very good but after those two albums they became a different band and put out several transcendent records and a few other epic pieces for compilations and splits (we're talking like 20 minute pieces of music here, not just tracks on a compilation or split). 





These transcendent records are actually part of a trilogy representing God, the Devil, and Man, which is comprised of "Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice" (Latin for "If you seek his monument, look around you"), "Fas -- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum" ("Divine Law -- Go, Accursed, Into Everlasting Fire"), and "Paracletus" (Latinised form of a Greek word that means "comforter"; also another word for "Holy Spirit"). There is also another record that serves as a sort of "appendix" to the first record, entitled "Kénôse" (French for "Kenosis", a theological term).

I wouldn't really feel right about posting a link to a single song from any of these amazing musical experiences but I know I still have to give you something, so I present you with a compromise: a song that appeared originally on "Infernal Battles" but was re-recorded (much, MUCH better) for "Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice" entitled "Drink the Devil's Blood." Enjoy!




Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Smodcast Share Time: Toy Story and Neeson's cock

Welcome back to Smodcast share time this week we have some very funny smodco cartoons. The first is titled Schindler's Toybox and is a parody of sorts of Toy Story 3 and Schindler's list.


Over on Hollwood Babble-on Kev and Ralph are often talking about Schindler's dingus. Kev and Ralph love to tell jokes about the reported enormity of Liam Neeson's cock.




This fan made compilation of Liam Neeson cock jokes is one of my favorites as well.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Burning Bush: W's Black History

Since it's black history month, here on burning bush. I'd like to think about how George W will be thought of in regards to black people. Their are not a lot of things about Katrina one can laugh at, the storm damage and the lives lost are a great tragedy. However, Mike Myers expression at hearing Kanye West so passionately go off prompter an proclaim "George Bush does not care about black people", is hilarious and classic. The entire delivery and set up to this clip and Myers reaction seems to perfect to be unscripted and yet it was.



George W Bush will then go on to tell  the today show what he thought of the incident and Kanye will respond back. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Tunes--My Top 25 Bands: 24. Funeral Diner

Funeral Diner
 
SCORES (Out of 25)
-Overall Positive Output: 2
-Overall Enjoyment: 2
-Good v. Bad Output: 12
-Popular Appeal: 2
-Best Album: 6
-Mixtape Factor: 4
TOTAL: 28





Generally when people nowadays talk about how much they love "screamo", I have to cringe a little bit because I know that usually what they're talking about is not actually screamo (or anyway, it's not the original definition of screamo but rather the genre title currently assigned to the legions of bands that combine the screaming and energy of hardcore with the catchy hooks, bad poetry, and whiny singing of many pop punk and indie pop bands). Funeral Diner does not sound like those bands. This is "real" screamo, so to speak. Truly emotionally raw, dark, melodic, sometimes discordant, sometimes sparse, sometimes jangly or even twinkly; always powerful and captivating.

They scored low on Overall Positive Output simply because they didn't produce very many songs in their time as a band. They released two full length LPs (eight songs apiece) and a three song EP and most of their other songs are spread out over various split records or compilations (nine of which were collected on a compilation for a European Tour they did which many consider their best "album" even though it's not technically an album). This also brings them down a bit on Mixtape Factor since almost all their songs can fit on one CD which kinda defeats the purpose of a mix CD (although it would still be one badass disc).


In terms of Overall Enjoyment, although I used to listen to this band CONSTANTLY (back when I was really into screamo), I barely ever listen to them anymore. Thinking about it now, I'm wondering whether I shouldn't have given them an extra point or two for how much past enjoyment I've gotten from them but I doubt it would have helped their score too much anyway. Popular Appeal is obvious--the only less popular band/artist on this list being next week's entry: #23. Deathspell Omega. Being that their best album is a pseudo-greatest-hits album, they didn't get much for Best Album. They did, however, score fairly high on Good v. Bad Output because in spite of not putting out very much, it was all really good.


This is definitely one of those "not for everybody" entries on this list but if you want to know what "real" screamo is all about, these guys are pretty much the best screamo band you can find (at least for my money). The best place to start is the "Is Dead" album (also known as the "Euro Tour CD") which has probably the two best songs they ever wrote: "Yeah, You Remember That" and the beautiful, epic "This Truly Is God's Country." If you're not captivated by the time you hear "as much as it hurts, they were right when they said: 'change is the only constant'" then this band clearly is not for you.





Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday Smodcast Share Time: Sexy Time

As often happens when listening to a smodcast show often the subject of discussion will veer towards that of a sexual nature. So todays smodco cartoon show selections are all about such sensual encounters. Our first offering is Scotty Mo and Fat Kev talking about the possibilty of traveling through time and having a three way with yourself.



This next premium smodcast animation features the exploits of Kevin Smith's wife Jen. Jen and Kev have an outstanding podcast called plus one which is extemely entertaining. Especially their episode with wrestling legend Mick Foley. Another plus on fav is called the jengularity.

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

BURNING BUSH: DELICIOUS COLBERT ROAST

My favorite late night talk show catholic Stephen Colbert had the pleasure of roasting the president to his face. It is aclassic moment in history to me, that could only happen in America. Thank our fore fathers for the first ammendment because it is amazing to be able to say these jokes in front of  the ruler of a nation. This is why Colbert gets his own delicious Ben and Jerry's flavor he is fearless.
 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday Smodcast Share Time: The Knock Off


 If you've enjoyed the previous smodcast share time blog posts I've done, this one will be a slight departure. Thus far, I have only featured official Smodcast Internet Television cartoons. As you will see this next clip is a fan made version of a smodcast show. 



The other unofficial Smodcartoon that capture's my fancy. This is a very rusty semi-crude in a sort of southpark style way, animation for the intro of one of my favorite Kevin Smith podcasts FATMAN ON BATMAN. I love his Fatman on Batman podcasts their the first podcast of his I ripped though before jumping onto smodcast. On the podcast Kev talks with Paul Dini master Batman writer on several episodes. The topic is always some apect of the Dark Knight and the people who make the stories of the bat. Some of my favorite episodes are the two dedicated to Diedrich Bader, and another two Mark Hamill episodes that make you feel like you've experienced a hangout sesh with Mark Hamill.



The last bootleg for your docket is an animation about Scotty having some shower antics involving Taylor Swift and Air supply. I love the way he animates Kev getting high and smoking.

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Burning Bush: Bush Never Flip Flops



I hat the term flip flop. But I love the shoe flip flop. Here George W is George Bush in 2000 on the campaign trail. Bush paints a picture of America I very much agree with. Unfortuantely he didn't act likes this...at all. Ughh.