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.
The Dude on the Right thought “Ghost Town” was okay when he saw it in the movie theater, but for this DVD review he feels it does a little better on the small screen, where you and your honey can snuggle a little more, make fun of things during the movie, and easily take a pee break without missing much.
The Dude on the Right let his BFF recommend some DVD viewing, so he watched
(and read), and
reviews, the movie "Like Water for Chocolate," complete with subtitles.
He realizes it is really a dudette-flick, but he enjoyed it anyway, because even
though things get kind of strange, like a spontaneously combusting outhouse and
a vindictive ghost, the story is nice, it made him dream about Mexican food, and
sometimes he can appreciate a well-made foreign film.
"Baby Mama" a movie for the dudes? Well, The Dude on the Right saw the
movie in the theater, and now does his DVD review of "Baby Mama," and he still
thinks most dudes will find it funny. It’s pretty obvious the dudettes
will find it funny, because, well, it’s about dudette stuff, and the dudettes
could easily use this movie as an excuse to have a dudette posse party, watching
a funny movie a lot of them can relate with, but hopefully their dude isn’t
really like Carl (the Dax Shepard character).
Tina Fey is on a roll, with her Emmy Award winning show "30 Rock," and if
John McCain dies, leaving Sarah Palin as President, and then Sarah has a brain
aneurism, Tina could actually be the next President of the United States, in
disguise, much like Dave became the President in the movie "Dave," and we
wouldn’t even know it. Wow, that last comment isn’t even about the DVD
"Baby Mama." You know what, just rent the damn thing – The Dude on the
Right says that it’s funny.
The Dude on the Right was going to save
this review of "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With" for a rainy day, just to
get something posted, but right now he is so sucked back into the Fall TV
season, well, it might as well be a rainy day. So here is his posted
review of the DVD, where more people than he can recognize are actually in this
movie, but to name two, Jeff Garlin (duh, he wrote, directed and starred in
it), and Steve Dahl (unless you live in Chicago you might say "Who?") have big
or small parts, but hey, if you are a fan of Sarah Silverman, and want to see
her in some slinky lingerie, this movie will probably be worth the rental, just
to, well, see Sarah Silverman in slinky lingerie.
The Dude does find the movie funny, in terms of dialogue, but also thinks the
movie drags a bit, even though he still thinks it’s funny. The Dude is
The Dude on the Right
As I work into the realm of getting more DVD review copies to, well, review, I
took it upon myself this week to work on catching up on some that I got sent to
me in the last month or so. So, without further ado, DVD reviews have been
posted recently of the made-for-TV version of
"The Andromeda Strain" (it’s so a TV movie, with lots of plot able to be
solved in the last few minutes of the DVD and "here would be a commercial break"
"The Lather Effect," (which in urban slang mode should have been called "The
Shampoo Effect," and has a whole lot of talking and doesn’t give you the
greatest song ever, though it works for the movie), and
"It’s A Boy Girl Thing," (a "trading bodies" movie with every cliché you can
imagine yet still gives some fun parts). I’ve got a couple of horror movie
DVD’s to finish up, one about traveling that I got out of the blue, and then
it’s to my Netflix queue and hopefully a return to reviewing all of the CD’s and
videos I have.
That’s it for this one!
I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!
The Dude on the Right could really use a nap before this podcast about, mainly, going to see “The Swell Season,” especially since getting back home was past his normal bedtime, but that’s not important because this podcast isn’t a full review of the show, just a quick blip at his still liking the folks from the movie “Once.” The Dude also talks about some BFF family stuff, he’s still watching “The Bachelorette,” and is bummed he missed the premier of “America’s Got Talent” where some dude did a great version of “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot, complete with Jerry Springer interrupting it, because, well, it’s on TV.