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I’ve finally caught up with FX’s Louie to season 3 and there are a lot of feelings.  Louie is not your traditional comedy.  It doesn’t play by the rules of other sitcoms.  The lead character is probably on the bottom of the tv totem poll of lead characters in terms of looks or glamour.  There is no useless eye candy of a character to buy in its viewers.  The jokes aren’t as obvious.  And the it’s definitely one of the harder shows to watch on regular programming.  But while these things are often used as a means to berate any given show, these are actually Louie’s strengths.

Louis C.K. the creator and star of the show says that this show of his is set around 5 years before he claims to ‘have made it big’, when he was a semi-struggling comic tasked with raising his kids from a joint custody divorce.  He’s overweight, balding, and is awkward in social situations.  His life has its ups and downs [mostly downs], but Louie seems to have a certain…’code’ he lives to.  And when the absurdities of society humanity try to warp and influence his code, he’s put in a fixed position: conform or defy.  Much of the optimism in a relatively dark show is displayed through these moments when Louis stays true to himself, but one of the show’s [few] problems is that it takes so long to get there, it’s difficult to stay along for the ride to wait for the punchline [which is ironically no punchline in some cases].  All in all, Louie boils down to many hard truths that are difficult to hear, but resonate with profound meaning…all while making us laugh at some of the situations he’s put into.  Check out my review and some of the highlights of what is definitely one of the smarter TV shows on air right now.

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This is a really colorful image that pitches Aang, the master of the four elements [as stated in the popular Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender] against the master of the periodic table of elements, Dmitri Mendeleev. It’s quite hilarious in the way when science and popular culture clashes. In truth, only nerds, engineers, and geeks will truly understand this. And since I fall under all three of those categories, this tickles me greatly.

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A long time ago, I wrote a very long article concerning my favorite comedy: Tropic Thunder.  It wasn’t soon after I published that article did I think of my favorite movies from other dramas.  It’s difficult to narrow them down, but I eventually settled on action movies.  I thought hard about which action movie is very much worth calling, ‘the best’.  But when you really come down to it, the most influential and generally awesome action movie of all time is “Die Hard”.  Almost every person can relate to the lovable John McClane, the idea of one man vs. a dozen is well displayed here, and the outside help elements are film staples we see in just about every action film these days.  It doesn’t take a movie critic or a film education to realize how elements from this movie have influenced the industry today, and I’ll try my best to break it down for you all.  But first, a summary.

John McClane, a New York police cop, is heading west to join his separated wife for Christmas and their children.  His wife is in the middle of a corporate Christmas party after a celebrated project wrap up, so he must make his way to the building itself.  Admist meeting her and her fellow co-workers, the building is suddenly taken hostage while John narrowly escapes.  In a game of cat and mouse between John McClane and the terrorists, led my Hans Gruber, he must shoot, trick, and explode his way back to his wife with the help of a local cop and a young limo driver.

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Dance sequences in TV is quite possibly one of the most mysteriously awesome things.  ESPECIALLY if the show isn’t about dancing.  While dancing in Glee is almost a given, Friends, Seinfeld, Scrubs, and other network sitcoms sometimes treat us with the main characters pulling a dancing routine right out of their asses.  Warming Glow has compiled some of the best sites in Youtube videos.  I almost compiled my own, but it would’ve been so similar to this list, it would’ve looked like I completely copied them.  And I’m trying to cut back on the illegal computer blogging rules.  So here’s the direct link instead.  While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia makes the cut with their dance themed episode, I think the finale dance for season 7 might make the cut.  The video below the link

The Best TV Dances

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It might be out of taste because it’s totally so last year, but it doesn’t change the fact I stumbled into this amazingly well done RPG representation of one of the best dramas on television.  It beat out Game of Thrones last year in my opinion, and with filming occurring this year for it’s final season, it’s the only reason why Game of Thrones will probably nab my favorite spot.  I’m off topic, so let me circle back.  Today I give you two different adaptations of a Breaking Bad Video Game.  The one above was done by Johnny Utah who’s taken the Street Fighter Route to tastefully include small jokes made throughout the entire series, and the one below follows a more Japanese/Korean style RPG made by College Humor.  Enjoy them both.

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We’re really not a video gaming website, though it might be a direction I want to take it in the future.  But this is a rare case where television meets video games.  If you haven’t heard, South Park has returned with its 16th season and the jokes are absurd, crude, and hilarious as ever.  News says that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are now in the progress of making video game about the town of South Park, Colorado.  While there have been South Park games in the past, this is the first one including heavy involvement from Parker and Stone.  If this game has 10+ years of mythlore of the series in it and there is an RPG element that is rumored, then I’ll want these 9 favorites on my team to take down whatever darkness might incur on the streets of South Park.

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Spirited Away (2002)

There are a lot of lists that include the best movies ever.  Each list has its own personality and every movie on it has its own credibility and worthwhile aspects to be watched.  So if you ever wanna burn through 100 movies.  As for me…I’m at 64/100.  If you’re lower than me, you have work to do.  If you’re higher than me, movie film points for you.

100 of the Best Movies

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Pixar has a knack for creating some of the most lovable animated characters to ever hit the screen.  They’ve done more than 10 movies where each of them has at least 2 or 3 likable/lovable characters.  So I’ve made a list of my 5 favorites below.

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Dialogue is the writer’s way to speak the characters soul in a movie.  It relays personality, interests, priorities, and values that we come to love about our favorite movie characters.  Too much of it however, can be a bad thing.  Not in all cases, but most people don’t like people who have an infinite battery source on the chatterbox.  The ramblings of a disillusioned man or even an intelligent man can usually tend to get on our nerves.  Today I’ve compiled a rather small list [but equipped with videos as well as images] of some of the biggest chit-chat-kats in the movie galaxy that are worthy of your note.  As usual, please let me know who I’ve missed.  I like my mind stimulated as much as yours.

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Adult Innuendo in Kids Films

UGO does a good job in compiling lists and can be compared to Cracked.com.  Which is a humungous compliment to them.  They’ve listed a couple of movies of where kid’s movies have adult innuendos.  Not all kids movies are strictly for kids.  There are a couple of jokes that simply fly over their heads and the parents and baby sitters put their hands over their mouths and giggles.  Here’s the link.

Adult Innuendo in Kid’s Movies

 

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Last week, it sort of felt as though I bashed being a movie buff in preference for being a television buff with so many television related posts.   I can feel sometimes that I relay the imbalance of movies and television and I have to remind myself that I still need to write about movies every once in a while.  I haven’t really been to a movie theater as of late and all the movies I’ve been watching are either old or terrible, neither of which warrants a full blow review.  And I tire of lists that hold little relevance.  So I kind of went into the mind process of when I wrote about my ‘television ratio’ and ‘reasons to watch television’.  Today I write to defend the movie buff honor and claim how pride I am to being one. Below I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons or better yet, perks to being a movie buff.  Read below.

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I have two cousins around the age of 9 and 4.  When they come visit me [or I come visit them from college], I, my parents, and my uncle and aunt have found television a great way to pacify them.  As cruel and demeaning to them as it sounds, I’m sure my parent readers know what it’s like to require some peace and quiet.  But when I don’t feel old enough to talk to my parents and uncles and aunts [although I’m 20, so I feel as though I should], more than often, I sit with them to see what’s still running on good old Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network these days.  Truth be told, I’m pretty disgusted in what flies as acceptable for cartoon shows these days.  Things like this Gumball show or Chowder, what have you.  I don’t identify with any of it.  But I’m probably as disgusted as my parents were when I turned on shows like Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents in the 2000s, and even shows like Doug and Rockos Modern Life in the 90s.  Regardless, despite the childish aspect of some of these cartoon shows, there are a couple of respectable cartoon shows that, while catered to children, also capture my interest due to themes only adults would get and character/story development that goes far beyond the minds of the targeted demographic.  Below I’ve compiled 5 cartoon shows that are catered to mostly children and my explanations as to why a 20 year old like myself would totally still watch it.

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It’s no surprise that many movies have tried to copy the repeating success of a film franchise.  No one movie alone can beat the strength of a franchise in terms of box office.  Everyone beginning film wants to be the next Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings.  But where these franchises have succeeded, about 3-5 have failed.  Below you’ll find The Golden Compass, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Eragon.  While not all these films are bad [Mystery Men is in there, and I absolutely loved that movie], either their box office or uncommitted stars stopped these films from become sequels or even more.

20 Failed Franchise Formations

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Absurd things like the rappelling scene in Mission Impossible are like the dreams of a fantasia screen writer.  However, these 6 scenes were inspired by events that actually happened.  Check out this other Cracked article that compiled this awesome list.

6 Absurd Movie Scenes that Actually Happened

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I’m the one who knocks.

Bacon and Eggs.

Fallopian Tubes.

These are the best lines of 2011 compiled by the Huffington Post.    Check them out below.

The Best TV Lines of 2011

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Adam Withers got a commission [got paid to visualize an idea] to draw this collection of cartoon intellects.  When I originally saw this image, I could only identify about half, Velma, Dexter, Edd, and Nigel Uno.  When I visited his deviantart page, I soon realized that Jimmy Neutron is stud in the leather biker jacket.  The other two are apparently from TV shows called Daria and Johnny Test which I think we’re a little after my time.  Regardless, this is a genius collection of  cartoon intellects that with they’re combined knowledge, they could create world peace…or the means to destroy it.

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Little did you internet people know, today is my birthday.  And here I am continually writing stuff for you on a day where I should be relaxing and not worrying about stuff.  Sheesh, the things I do for you.  Nah, I’m just kidding.  I love this and writing for you guys is my vacation from the Hell hole of a school that I attend [JK, it’s not THAT bad].  So that wraps up today.  I’m 20 years old now.  Goddammit.  I’m old.  It felt like yesterday when I watched this television show and this movie.  But low and behold these are from the goddammed 90s!!  Sweet mama pajama.  Okay, enough with me facing my own mortality.  Someone get me a shot of something strong.

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Frank and Fiona Scene

Recently, I’ve been crushing so much television. Caught up with FX’s Archer and Justified. Looking into Life’s Too Short and Extras. Then there’s The Walking Dead that’s returned [one more episode till I decide my verdict on whether this show is still worth watching]. Awake and Game of Thrones come mid spring. And then a dry summer just gets us amped for Fall television. I’d say it’s almost a one year anniversity before I started taking television seriously. I remember a long time ago, my friends saying, ‘do you watch Parks and Recreation?’ ‘did you see last night’s Office?’ I was always left out of these conversations, trying to sway them to talk about movies for something I could possibly geek out about. Around this time last year, I finally started digging into television. Soon enough I had NBC’s Community, Parks and Recreation, and the Office entire series under my belt. Then Friends. Then suddenly I started craving more and more, catching up on Dexter, Firefly and more until the point where I’ve devoured everything from Arrested Development to more obscure TV shows like Better Off Ted. Now I find myself watching tons more hours of television than movies. I honestly say the ratio hours spent looking at a screen for television to movies is about 3:1. That’s maybe 3 hours of tv for one hour of movies. Translate a two hour movie, that means I watch 7 hours of television for 2 hours of movies. 7 hours of television either translates to 20 30-minute block, or 10 one-hour blocks.

Read below for a weekly take down in of my watching schedule and my thoughts on it.

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6. Is 'Prometheus' going to turn out to just be a prequel after all?

Yeah, this title is kinda funky.  This article is about 15 questions that will be proven in the year of 2012.  For example: will Prometheus be a sequel?  Can Melissa McCarthy become a movie star?  Will the Hunger Games be the next big franchise?  So check out these awesome questions that’ll be answered in 2012.

15 Questions Keeping Hollywood Awake in 2012

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USDIRECT.com created this sweet boardgame that pitches the study group against each other for priority registration.  Roll the dice and battle through hilarious trivia, references, and jokes in a Candyland-esque fashion as you make way for priority registration.  Check below for the entire image as well as click on it to get a full version.  You may want to save this to print out later for an actual board game.  TV kudos to anyone who actually does this.

In other Community news: Community is reschedule to come back March 15th at 8:00 pm.  Unfortunately this pitches it up against Thursday night powerhouse Big Bang Theory, but in the state of NBC, I’m sure it will remain one of the stronger candidates for renewel.

In other, other Community news: I recently watched The Descendants [wait for my review next week along with Hugo], and I saw Jim Rash aka Dean Pelton was one of the main accredited writers.  I would love to see a Jim Rash acceptance speech, but not over a Kristen Wiig acceptance speech.  But in all honesty I would just love it if any of those two showed up and held one of those statues.

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