The Dude on the Right
Finally I am getting back into the swing of things after my vacation to Dreams Villamagna last weekend (more on that in the coming weeks), and thanks to the inaugural Blu-ray reviews from The W.G.N. of "Pinocchio" and "Quantum of Solace," all I had to do was write about seeing "Adventureland." As far as those Blu-ray movies, The W.G.N. liked "Pinocchio" (and who doesn’t?), although he does get a little conflicted with the Blu-ray version because even though it does look good, he still can’t stand the black bars on the sides because it just seems like such a waste. He liked "Quantum of Solace" on Blu-ray a lot more than I did in the theater, but hey, to each their own, and I was as snookered as many of you might have been, thinking "Adventureland" was some kind of "Superbad" remake, but it’s really not, in fact it’s a really good movie but more in an adult/artsy kind of way.
I’ve got my new calendar/todo application for my iPhone to keep me organized now, I’ve got my new "what the hell am I eating and how little am I exercising" tracker was well, and in a matter of weeks the dude-pad renovations will be complete, so "Back to normal!" is now the rallying cry for the 2nd quarter of 2009. Oh, who the hell am I kidding, 2009 is looking like nothing like normal, I guess I should just keep writing, keep posting, and enjoy the ride!
That’s it for this one!
I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!
The Dude on the Left has been absent for a while, but there’s nothing to bring him out of hiding like a request to review "South Park: The Complete 12th Season," and since he’s got a Blu-ray player, he busts his butt to give a complete review of all aspects of the 3 DVD set. And since he figures most "South Park" fans have already seen the episodes, he begins his review immediately commenting about the special features of the set, and then delves into the various episodes (like "Britney’s New Look," "Major Boobage," "The China Problem," and "About Last Night"). The boys of "South Park," Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan, looked better on Blu-ray, but The Dude on the Left is bummed a little because other than really looking good, there really isn’t that much extra in terms of special features on the Blu-ray version.
The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz are a day late for this "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast, but it’s only because they were celebrating with their people, thanks to Monday being Casimir Pulaski Day. They tried to celebrate Square Root Day, but Stu had trouble with his math, so instead, for most of the podcast they talk about Stu catching up on his TV viewing without Mama Gotz being around, The Dude saw "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and some other movies on TV, but neither of them hit the movie theater. There’s a huge shout-out to The Dude’s sister (well, maybe not huge, but at least a "good job") for her latest accomplishment, The Dude has to re-enact "The Bachelor" finale since Stu didn’t watch it, and a new iMac isn’t as important as other purchases that The Dude on the Right is planning to spend his money on, at least, until, The Dude wins the Mega Millions jackpot.
The Dude on the Right wondered if Stu Gotz was in "little kid" euphoria mode when he originally saw the movie in the theaters, so for this DVD review of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," The Dude tests the waters to see if the movie is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. Well, The Dude thinks that for the most part, if you are a parent you’ll enjoy the movie and won’t poke your eyes out, but unless you’re a big, burly dude who owns a tiny dog, you’ll probably want to steer clear because this movie probably isn’t for you.
The Dude on the Right realizes that staff member, Stu Gotz, probably won’t understand, but for the release of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," coming up on DVD on February 17th, The Dude actually thought the movie did exactly what it was meant to do during his DVD review, namely please the millions of fans that love the Disney series, and will give them something to sing-a-long with, now, for years and years to come. The only question that The Dude has is if the songs will stand the test of time, like the songs of "Grease" have? But, in the end, the underlying story is the same – about the decisions that must be made, whether about love, future, or baking a cake, that leaving high school sometimes seem to develop. Who knows, you might leave high school looking to design airplanes, and instead, well, you are reviewing "High School Musical 3: Senior Year."
The Dude on the Right wanted to like "City of Ember" a lot more, but then his BFF wondered how the river of water led the heroes to a higher level and the engineer in The Dude kicked in for this review. It’s a nice story that won’t harm the little ones, but there are so many unanswered questions, even with some nice acting, that The Dude can’t recommend the movie. Visually it is cool, actiony it is fun, but logically the movie falls apart. Bummer
The Dude on the Right sort of wanted to do a new podcast tonight, but then really wanted to watch Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich be interviewed by Larry King. When that interview really sucked, he finished his DVD reviews of Paramount’s Centennial Collection editions of "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" and "Funny Face." The Dude liked "Breakfast at Tiffany’s," and not even because of the song from Deep Blue Something, and he liked "Funny Face" as he fast-forwarded through the singing and dancing, though he still wonders how a nearly 60 year old dude could snag an almost 30 year old dudette. He also wonders if people realize that Holly is the original "Pretty Woman."
The Dude on the Right realizes that someone will find this movie funny, but for his review of "National Lampoon’s Stoned Age," he knows that it isn’t he, or is it him, or is it, well, The Dude didn’t like the movie, even with all of the nudity. Maybe he was diverted becase Ali Larted didn’t get naked, or maybe he was diverted because, well, he didn’t actually like the movie, but National Lampoon has a DVD out, it’s called "Stoned Age," and the funny isn’t as close to "Animal House" nor even "Van Wilder." Search out the trailer and if you laugh, it’s your kind of movie.
Sometimes movies just can’t decide if they want to be "kid-friendly" cute, or "college-age" raunchy, and during his review of the DVD "Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling," The Dude on the Right does his best to explain why this movie is stuck in the middle. There are some fun moments, The Dude is still mystified at the obsession with squirrels (and The Dude is a huge fan of squirrels), but in the end the movie tries to tread that fine line between raunchiness and cuteness, and doesn’t do it well. That really bums out The Dude on the Right because he thought the plot, even as dorky as it was, had potential.
The Dude on the Right is flying solo for this podcast, and if he’s not careful his BFF might just break up with him. The sad thing is it would be over a Lava Lamp, and not something serious like putting the toilet seat down. But relationship difficulties aside, The Dude is also sucked back into all kinds of TV, like "American Idol" (He wants them to get to Hollywood already), "The Biggest Loser" (He hates Joella, likes Jillian’s butt-crack, but misses Jillian being a hard-ass), "Lost" (He wonders what the hell is going on), and "Survivor: Tocantin’s" (He wonders how you actually say "Tocantin"). And even though The Dude Twitters, he wonders how you can actually "follow" 20,000+ Twitterers.