Recently, I had a double hernia surgery. If that happens to sound unpleasant, I would most enthusiastically agree. As a matter of fact, it was one of the most unpleasant things I have ever managed to go through. Some of the related unpleasantness involved being on a couch unable to move. At certain points, that also involved not having a remote. To say the least, I was not exactly overwhelmed in the joys of discovery. The following is a few of the things that I managed to discover during a little while of uncomfortableness. I freely admit that none of it was intended for a thirty-eight year old just coming off of surgery with no other real choices. Continue Reading
I have easily seen the 2005 movie The Producers (a musical update of Mel Brook’s 1968 classic based on the Broadway play of the same name) a hundred times. I have always followed a strict policy of never apologizing for the intelligence of your jokes. If someone does not get the joke, then rightly the onus should be on them for not getting the joke. However, The Producers contains some of the smartest humor you will see anywhere. As a matter of fact, you probably need a college degree to catch some of it. Continue Reading
One of the stories that has either been under-reported or sadly unacknowledged recently is the death of a comedic and character actor Conrad Bain. Bain died of natural causes on January 14th , 2013. Bain is best remembered for his role of Phillip Drummond on the situation comedy Diff’rent Strokes in the early 1980s. Diff’rent Strokes is generally as famous today for being the breeding ground of troubled lives for child stars as it is for being a sit-com. By all accounts, Bain became a real father figure to his television children during their troubled lives, particularly Todd Bridges. Continue Reading
I recently took my daughter to see her first movie, Monster’s Inc in 3D. We already own the DVD but she has never watched it. Up until this point I have never been impressed with 3D. When I was young I remember watching a 3D movie on TV. It was sponsored by a convenience store where you could pick up the glasses. Sadly, I don’t remember much about this experience other then the quest to obtain the red and blue glasses. Continue Reading
Most people, even some of the ones that are familiar with Star Trek, tend to discount the importance of the animated series which was produced by Filmation. This is an interesting phenomenon for several reasons. First of all, The Animated Series is one of the few times in which nearly the entire case of a live action television show reunited for an animated series playing the same characters. The only regular cast member who was not in the voice cast was Walter Koenig. Koenig also made a contibution to the animated series in that Koenig was the first cast member to write any type of episode for Star Trek. Koenig wrote the episode for the animated series. In the 2009 movie Star Trek, they essentially allowed themselves a time reset situation in which any of the details of the Star Trek universe could be kept or thrown away. It may be lazy storytelling, but it essentially allowed the producers to come up with new entertainment. The surprising part is that in all that was jettisoned, there was a surprising amount which was kept directly from the animated series and no where else. Continue Reading
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The other day, I was watching the Fairly Oddparents with my ten year old child when I saw something that made me stop, pause the television with the DVR, and give the child a full explanation. Specifically, the episode was in the fifth season and the first half of the seventy fourth episode. The road sign flashes for a second and you would have to know exactly what was going on as well as the reference to even laugh at it. To say that this is a joke intended for ‘one percent’ of the audience may be giving one percent of the audience too much credit. You would have to be a student of animation and be able to process it as soon as you saw it within the context of the overall wish. In the episode, Timmy’s regular babysitter Vicki is replaced by an addled old man named Pappy. Pappy seems to hate all things that are modern. Pappy and Timmy seem to have nothing in common at all until they come upon a cartoon from the 1930′s. Timmy wishes Pappy and himself into an old 1930′s cartoon. As a tribute, the street sign above reads ‘Ub Iwerks.’ It works on two levels. To the average fan, it might simply read as nonsense and you might get a bit of a chuckle. To others, the mere mention would mean so much more. Continue Reading