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.
The Dude on the Right still hasn’t gotten into the swing of things for the new year so, well, he is kind of playing catch-up. For today’s catching up he posts his review of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," (he thinks the movie is great for eight-year-old boys, and his, umm, he-better-not-give-her-age, sister), as well as his DVD review of "Swing Vote" (he thinks it’s a great DVD rental, thinks the extras kind of blow, but one "Campaign Commercial" still makes him nearly poop his pants). The Dude has a lot of other catching up to do, especially with his TV shows, so maybe the easiest thing would be for him to download, or is it upload, a bunch of crap to his iPhone, but what kind of fun would it be to see Jack Bauer kick ass on a tiny screen? The Dude just might need to invest in a Slingbox, or revisit his TV viewing set-up.
The Dude on the Right is changing during Manuary, but probably not in the way Manuary is supposed to change a man, so during this episode of Stu & The Dude’s "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast, well, The Dude takes a little while to get out of his weekend transforming, thanks to going to Nordstrom’s, seeing "Bride Wars," and watching DVD’s of "Funny Face" and "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." Stu Gotz does his best to get The Dude back into the real meaning of the month, although really, does his "listening" to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipettes," really count? The both of them do talk about some exercising things, The Golden Globe Awards, and Tina Fey’s boobs, so maybe Manuary is back on track.
The New Year arrives bringing a new feature to Stu and The Dude’s "Weekend
Wrap-Up! Podcast" – I Subscribe to Playboy for the Articles. Stu Gotz,
sadly, probably won’t be allowed to re-subscribe to the magazine after this
podcast even if it would be for research purposes. But the podcast isn’t
all about articles in Playboy – the boys also talk a lot about movies, with Stu
on the children side with "Bedtime Stories" and "The Tale of Despereaux," and on
the DVD side with
"Ghost Town," while The Dude on the Right should probably give up his
Manuary card because he got weepy while watching
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Marley & Me," and "Young @ Heart."
And to top off his start of Manuary, The Dude also watched, with his BFF,
"The Duchess" on DVD. The podcast also includes The Dude being excited
about the Macworld conference and explaining to Stu the health issues keeping
Steve Jobs away from it, and let’s not forget about talk of their New Year’s Eve
Dude on the Right always wondered if a helicopter scene in
"Eagle Eye" showed St. James, a church in Chicago where he used to
sometimes go to for mass on Sundays, as well as a view of Keating Hall, the
"sports center" for the Illinois Institute of Technology where The Dude used to
do can-openers off of the high-dive board, at the college where he also started
doing reviews, but that’s not important right now. What is important right
if he thought the DVD of "Eagle Eye" was any good, and pretty much The
Dude on the Right thought it held up as well on his plasma as it did at the
movie theater. He was disappointed that the alternate ending version on
the DVD wasn’t the realistic version The Dude was looking for, he did like the
"making of" features, and always loves a gag-reel, and maybe the commentary
feature was cool, but The Dude rarely, and didn’t, watch the movie with the
commentary floating around in the background. He does feel, though, if you
want an action movie reminiscent of movies like "I, Robot", "The Italian Job",
and "War Games," but with the effects of 2008, the DVD of "Eagle Eye" will let
you enjoy your time at home, and then wonder if your cell phone is watching you.