November 9th, 2009

Metatron rant


I've been quiet here lately, though I've been posting things on Facebook a bit. I seem to lack multi-paragraph thoughts of late. Work has been hectic and I blame some of it on that. I did try to embed a Comedy Central clip here, but for whatever reason, it didn't work and I gave up and posted it on Facebook and Twitter. Jon Stewart did a wicked parody of Glenn Beck. Actually, I haven't watched Glenn Beck's show (just insane clips of it), but Cliff has and said Jon didn't so much parody him but flat out copied Beck's insanity for laughs. That's kinda scary, but then I suppose the tea baggers are kinda scary, too.

Twitter steals the germs of an idea for posts. I twitter quick thoughts and then before I get a head of steam for an LJ entry it feels like I've already done it.

Over the weekend, I twittered about Mariah Carey's new song Obsessed. She uses auto-tune on it. Why the hell is Mariah Carey using auto-tune? If she wants to be one of the cool kids, she's awfully late to be jumping on that bandwagon. Plus, I tend to associate auto-tune, even super obvious auto-tune, with "singers" who can't really sing. It seems so gimmicky and faddish. I'm not really a Carey fan, but it seems like something she ought to not stoop to. Can you imagine Whitney Houston, Celine Dion or Barbra Streisand using auto-tune?

I saw Men Who Stare at Goats over the weekend. It's was funny, but I'd only give it a B-. I won't spoil it, but the movie wouldn't be nearly as funny without the casting of Ewan McGreggor. Ewan McGreggor played a straight character around loony characters, but the things they made him say with a straight face! It wasn't always the strength of the script so much, but *Ewan McGreggor's* resume. It NEVER stopped being funny. However, if you didn't know who McGreggor was, a chunk of the humor would be lost. I'm thinking this movie will not stand the test of time because of this. However, my buddy and I giggled through all the references. Sorry to be cryptic, but I don't want to spoil.

Cliff and I watched Watchmen, the director's cut, this weekend on Comcast. We skipped the theatrical version. The director's cut clocked in at about 3 hours. It was an interesting, dark alternate look at superheroes and the mid to late 20th century. Imagine if we had superheroes working for us in WWII and Vietnam, etc. Imagine if some "superheroes" were just sociopaths that worked for the US. I didn't care for the ending, but it still had plenty of ideas to think about. I do feel the movie is flawed, but still has much to recommend it.

Finally, I wanted to mention tv stuff. Saw V last week. The pilot was decent, but they need to up their game character-wise. I didn't really emotionally bond to anyone. I think future episodes can do this, but if V doesn't get me emotionally involved, I'll forget to tune in.

I'm watching Farscape, too. I'm deep into season 3. It's entertaining and I'm enjoying it, but it's not a *focus* level show. Characters die and there's no great angst. There are multiple irritating characters. There's a big romance brewing between John Crichton and Aeryn Sun and I just can't get to the level of shipping them. It's like, well I can see they-are-going-to-be/are together, but I'm not passionate about it. I guess Crichton and Aeryn just aren't EPIC like Mulder/Scully or even Doctor/Rose. I'm more interested in the dynamic between Crichton and Scorpius (the big baddie).

Jeez, this ended up being long.