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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oscar Analysis Still Coming!

I haven't forgot. Still working on it. May delay by a week just to keep building up the anticipation.

The Return of the Big, Bad...

Bruins! I have to give a quick shout out to Boston's forgotten team. They wrapped up an 11-1-1 month of November including wins over the Canadiens and the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Detroit Red Wings. I can't wait to go back home to simply watch the Bruins. It's an exciting time to be a hockey fan. Let's hope my Dad got him and I tickets for when I'm back!

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Coming...

Are you excited? The first official Oscar analysis of the season is going to be posted this weekend. Oh damn!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

Yes, I have left my job at the company I have worked for the last seven months. Am I disappointed? Yes. Sad? Yes. Though, I'm also content with the fact that it was the best decision and I left on good terms.

Looking back, I got some great memories, which should be some great stories for many years. I also met some great people, who I hope to keep in touch with for many years. Learned a lot and am still grateful I was given an opportunity to even work at such a company. You're probably scratching your head as to why I quit?

I realized that sometimes you do things that don't always make sense in the moment, but later on you realize that it was for a reason. Unfortunately, I'm not going to get into it on this blog, but the film industry is not an easy industry to work at by any means. It's the exact opposite. No, I'm not leaving the industry, but I needed to move on to a different company.

When will that be? Not sure, but sooner rather than later. Contrary to popular belief, unemployment is not that fun. Wait, it's fun for like a day or two, then you start to get restless and the days go by slow. It's only been a week and I'm already starting to feel it. Let me put this way I look like a lumberjack. Sad, but true.

I'm hopeful everything works out (cross your fingers) and I'm looking forward to my next gig in the industry. Don't forget my readers, I'm only 23 and ready to shock the world! Still not sure how that's happening, but that's what I wrote in my high school yearbook...

The Daisies Have Been Pushed

Ned the Piemaker and Chuck can finally kiss.

Pushing Daisies has been canceled. It's already over for the ABC show. The show was only two seasons old. I actually recently bought the first season on DVD and going into the viewing somewhat blinded, I enjoyed it. I love the visuals and music. The look and feel really reminds me of Big Fish and even Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton had no affilation with the show, but feels like he influenced it).

The two seasons had a total of 22 episodes (a couple I believe still need to be aired), which is practically a season's worth of episodes. There's no denying that the strike didn't help the show's cause. It aired nine episodes before the strike halted production. Did the long break hurt? Of course, but the show was somewhat in trouble before that with poor ratings. When season two didn't rebound, then that's trouble for any show.

I heard from a friend that the second season is not as good as the first. I haven't seen any of it, so I can't really say. Maybe, the show really just had a sophomore slump and screwed itself.

I don't know if this show will develop a cult following. There's is no denying that the show was unique and the visual style was very refreshing for a television show. One thing is for certain, it is another show added to the "Why was this show canceled?" list. So good, yet axed. Damn those ratings. Then again, look at the bright side, maybe Bryan Fuller will return to Heroes...

Monday, November 17, 2008

End of TRL is End of an Era

I was never a fan of the show and I barely ever watched it, but I was honestly sad to hear that TRL is now no more. It was easily the must see show in the afternoon in the late 90s. I was 13 during its premiere and everyone was watching it including my sister and dog. It was hard to avoid in the afternoon.

Now granted I never listened to any of the bands/musicians on the show, but I remember its impact. Every weekday Carson Daly would count down the hottest videos in Times Square. Mostly consisting of boy bands or pop princesses, there was the occasional band that snuck on there like Blink 182 or even Korn in the early days.

TRL served a strong purpose in its early days. It helped launch careers. It gave young artists an extra boost. NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Britney, Jessica, Christina, the list goes on and on. These artists went to another level that may not have been possible without the show.

I have no idea what happened to this show? I know Carson left in 2003. I know the kids that grew up with the show, simply grew up. I know the music landscape changed, but I figured the show would continue. Apparently, viewership has steeply declined, so MTV decided to pull the plug.

Speaking of MTV, what the hell is up with that channel? I know you have to adapt to the current times, but to me this channel is nowhere near what it was. Yes, I enjoy some of the reality shows (especially on VH1), but MTV should be about music videos and there is simply too much reality shows on. It's a music channel!

I do want to recall my favorite TRL memory (Yes, I do have one). It probably happened in 1999 (I know I was in the 8th grade). Chain letters were popular and there was one going around to vote for New Kids on the Block on a set date. This letter got huge and on that day I actually watched the show to see if it was going to be number one. Believe it or not, New Kids were number two that day (they probably lost to Backstreet or NSYNC) with their video, Hangin' Tough. I just thought that was funny and I think really proved the power of that show in the late 90s.

I'm sure most people feel the same way as me. Though not a fan of the show, the end of TRL is the end of an era. It's another sign that my childhood is dead. I need a tissue...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It All Began with The Experience

(Redding, Hendrix, and Mitchell in 1967)

I'm honestly shocked to hear the sudden death of Mitch Mitchell, who was famously the drummer of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. With his passing, now all three members of one of rock's greatest power trios are no longer here. Hendrix was 27. Redding was 57. Mitchell was 61.

There's no denying the fact that The Beatles are by far my favorite (and the best) band ever, but what few people realize is that my gateway drug to classic rock and more importantly The Beatles was none other than The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

It all started back in 1997/1998 when Hollywood Hulk Hogan started to use Voodoo Child (Slight Return) as his entrance music.  I was simply blown away and one of the first cds I ever got was Jimi Hendrix's greatest hits.  I listened to that album a lot while most of my friends and fellow classmates in middle school were listening to gangster rap.

I figured if this band was good why not listen to some other bands like The Beatles and The Doors to name a few.  And the rest is history.

In retrospect, I owe a lot to Jimi, Noel, and Mitch.  So, I've decided that I'm going to listen to Are You Experienced?, Axis Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland in order while smoking a joint.  I'm going to relive the magic long into the night.

I'm not working tomorrow, so fuck it, I'm doing it.  Oh, and about work, I'll write about that very soon.  Don't worry I didn't get fired...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No on 8

I just watched this and found it to be very inspiring.  Hard to believe Keith Olberman has spent a good portion of his career being a sports anchor.  Like Olberman, I'm straight and I just find this whole Prop 8 deal in California to be a disgrace.

Why do so many people care?  More importantly, why don't people realize that they are supporting discrimination?  I have to applaud many of my fellow Californians for making some noise.  It seems very evident that this fight is long from over.  Don't ask me how, but I've accidentally walked into two different protests in the last week for Prop 8.  Each time, I was getting a hamburger at Carl's Jr. (I had coupons...) and briefly joined the protest as I headed back to my apartment.

I've come to the sad conclusion that homophobia still rages on in even "liberal" parts of this country.  Tying this post into movies, I can't help, but revisit the 2005 Oscars when one of the most successful award precursor films ever, Brokeback Mountain, was upset by an extremely forgettable and overrated film, Crash.  There's no denying that Brokeback lost due to its profile of homosexuals.

Now, in 2008, another film, Milk, will be in contention for many awards.  Will it follow the same fate?  It sadly wouldn't surprise me at all.

I hope in 40 years, we'll look back at all this and shake our heads in disgust.  We apparently didn't learn from history.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Important Reminder

Will have more to write about in the near future, but just wanted to send a friendly reminder for everyone to head to the polls tomorrow regardless of who you're voting for...