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April 28, 2009

It's "Rat Pack" Night. It's Jamie Foxx? Oh, Why Not.

By: The Dude on the Right
Sure, I loved Jamie Foxx in "Ray," I wanted to see "The Soloist" but now will probably wait until it comes out on DVD, and thought he did a big cop-out when, after he made the Miley Cyrus joke, he called himself "The Black Howard Stern" as sort of an excuse, but sure, why not have him be the coach for "Rat Pack" night. Actually, why is he the coach for "Rat Pack" night? Jamie's got stuff to promote, he's popular, but Jamie Foxx aside, what the hell is Paula wearing (My BFF says it looks like she is wearing "two boob cones.")? Oh well, let's get to the singing..

Kris Allen
Sings - "The Way You Are Tonight"
 - Starts slow, picks it up-tempo, and did an okay job. Guess it must have been great in the theater because the judges are treating him like he's the next Frank Sinatra, well, all except Simon who didn't think he was all that. 

Allison Iraheta
- Sings "Someone To Watch Over Me"
 - She sings great, has some sultriness, is wearing an ugly dress, and I hate to make it about looks, but she needs to drop a few pounds to reach superstardom. Again everyone thinks she is the bomb, except Simon. Thank God for Simon keeping things in perspective and trying to keep Judge Kara in her place.

Matt Giraud
- Sings - "My Funny Valentine"
 - I thought he looked grumpy and wasn't that great, my BFF didn't care for him either and thought he shouldn't have changed the key he sang in, Randy didn't like him, but Simon thought he was all that and a bag of chips. Hmm?

Danny Gokey
- Sings - "Come Rain or Come Shine"
 - I think he did a great job, actually has been the only person to actually perform up to this point, and that might keep him around another week, but his looks just don't seem to have it for an Idol winner. Sorry, but at this stage you have to have the entire package because we already know you can sing. Randy seemed to want his baby, Kara seemed to want to jump his bones, and Paula, well, she's Paula. Simon, rightly so, gave props to the band for having a great arrangement for him.

Adam Lambert
- Sings - "Feeling Good"
 - Yup, you might as well just crown him already and not have us have to sit through any more weeks of this. He's into his groove, he knows how to work it, the crowd loves him, and Kara is almost hitting Paula level in her comments.

Well, we know they can all sing, now it is starting to come down to performing and their looks, so in that respect we get an Adam/Kris finale. Danny did great in the performance side this week, but his looks will drop him in the end, Matt will probably be gone next week, and the only thing Allison really has going for her right now is that she is the only girl left. In the end it's Adam's Idol to lose.

On the judges side, Kara is more annoying than Paula if only because she actually has this attitude of "I know more than you," as opposed to Paula who just, well, is Paula, and is it me, or maybe I've just not been paying attention, but has Ryan stopped saying "Seacrest, out!" at the end. I'm too lazy to go back to the tape.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at 8:07 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! No Swine Flu, Dirty Uniforms, Movies, a Brickhouse, and Jesse James.

Swine Flu probably would keep Stu Gotz and The Dude on the Right from doing a "Weekend Wrap-Up" podcast, but since neither of them have it, well, they decide to talk about the flu since, well, everyone else is, and since everyone else thinks they are an expert, the boys try to be experts, too. Thankfully their weekend escapades bring them away from pig talk and on to other conversations like a Confirmation ceremony, T-Ball pictures for the Gotz boys, Stu finding a restaurant called The Brickhouse, and The Dude finding out his BFF cooks some kick-ass ribs. Of course they have some movie talk, and who knew they were both fans of Jesse James on Celebrity Apprentice?

Posted by Rightdude at 8:50 PM | Comments (0)

April 20, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! Seeing the Chicago Cubs, Seeing 17 Again, Seeing Slumdog Millionaire, and Seeing More!

Crappy traffic couldn't keep The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz apart this morning, especially since they had a "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast to record! Stu had quite the adventure because he took The Gotz family to see The Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals, and little did he know but Wrigley Field would be invaded by seagulls. The Dude tells Stu that "17 Again" isn't that horrible and Matthew Perry might actually be a really good actor, and Netflix queuing abounded with Stu seeing "Slumdog Millionaire" and The Dude seeing "The Secret Life of Bees." Stu missed out, though, because The Dude saw Donald Trump make fun of Jesse James on "Celebrity Apprentice," but the both of them got to see some large breasts during The Miss USA Pageant. Such are their weekends, sometimes.

Posted by Rightdude at 7:55 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2009

This is "American Idol" and Quentin Tarantino is in Da House! But why?

By: The Dude on the Right
I know I've been lax in my "American Idol" analysis this season, but what the hell, there's no time like the present to start it up again!

Anyway, people were pissed last week because their TiVo missed the ending or cut into whatever show was after "American Idol" because it ran long. To trim time this week, now we can’t hear what all of the judges think about each contestant, instead they are broken into groups of two. You know what? I think they should have a shock buzzer on Kara DioGuardi so she shuts up some times because Randy is usually just inane but we like him saying "Dog," Paula is wacky and we never know what she'll say, Simon has the only comments that matter, and Kara just keeps talking. Well, it’s Quentin Tarantino week. I agree he picks great songs for his movies, but as a vocal coach? I guess we’ll see.

Here we go…

Allison Iraheta
Sings - “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”  Aerosmith
 - I generally like her, but thought she overdid the song a bit. I think it came across better live, as Paula and Simon really loved her.

Anoop Desai
- Sings “Everything I Do, I Do for You” Bryan Adams
 - I thought he was really good singing-wise, and he’s getting a decent stage presence. He’s almost getting a chance to stick around a few more weeks.

Adam Lambert
- “Born to be Wild” Steppenwolf
 - He’s keeping his persona, he’s trying to channel Elvis body movements, and Simon is probably just licking his chops because he sees the commercial potential Adam has. Simon, though, has the best looks at Paula when she talks. Everyone loves him.

Matt Giraud
- Sings - “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” Bryan Adams
 - Wow, this is a mess. I really, really, really, didn’t like him. He started nice enough, but in making it his own I couldn’t stand it.

Danny Gokey
- Sings - “Endless Love” Lionel Richie
 - This dude has no soul. I didn’t care for it, Paula seemed to love it (maybe it sounded better in the studio), and Simon had the right take on his performance. Could be time for him to go.

Kris Allen
Sings - “Falling Slowly” The Swell Season
 - I absolutely love this song, but cutting it into pieces really ruins this song, and as okay as he sounds, he doesn’t have nearly the passion that Glen Hansard has and it really needs a true duet partner like Marketa Irglova to be pulled off. I think Kara is crazy for liking his version.

Lil Rounds
- Sings “The Rose” Bette Midler
 - Well, she can sing, but I thought she was doing better keeping the song toned down. When she hit the middle where she gospel’ed it up, it seemed messed up. She needed to do it one way or the other, and not both. And what did Paula say? Simon had it right becuase f you’re into the R&B, the soul, and the gospel, then why did you pick “The Rose” which is none of them.

Let's wrap this up...
Even with them limiting what the judges said, the show still ran long. Someone needs to adjust some scheduling on Fox. As far as the performances, they can probably just shut the show down now because the person with the potential to be a star is Adam Lambert. That said, I'm thinking Kris Allen or Lil Rounds will be going home tomorrow night. Kris' song choice was too obscure and just plain bad, and Lil Rounds doesn't seem to be able to pick a song in her wheelhouse. The rest were probably good enough to stick around another week, but I've been wrong before.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at 8:27 PM | Comments (0)

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! Sandusky, OH., Naperville, IL., Observe and Report, and More!

Stu Gotz was stuck in Sandusky, OH, for Easter with a broken down RV and two anxious kids, to The Gotz family made the most of their vehicle troubles with a trip to Castaway Bay, a hotel with an indoor water park. Such was his weekend, as he tells The Dude on the Right during this "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast. Meanwhile, The Dude spent some quality time with his BFF in Downtown Naperville, IL, seeing "Observe and Report," and hanging with his BFF's family for Easter. All in all, broken down vehicle and all, it was a nice weekend for the both of them.

Posted by Rightdude at 8:11 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2009

What's New? A Movie Review of "Observe and Report."

The Dude on the Right reviewed the movie "Observe and Report," and wanted to like the movie a lot more than he did. His underlying problem with the movie: The film folks decided that for most of the last third of the movie Ronnie (Seth Rogan), the head of mall security, would turn into a complete nutjob. Sure, part of it is because he gave his bi-polar medicine to Brandi (Anna Faris), but The Dude thought the movie was really holding its own as a comedy up until that part. Thankfully, for The Dude, the movie took a funny, yet bizarre turn, at the end, to save it a bit.

Posted by Rightdude at 8:32 PM | Comments (0)

April 6, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! Being Tired, Adventureland Talk, and The Dude Can't Mix Crap.

The Dude on the Right is pretty tired from being up all night with a dog that wanted to lick carpet. During this podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-up!" he tells Stu Gotz all about it, and then realizes he is happy it wasn't Stu licking carpet that kept him up all night. The boys also have movies to discuss, mostly "Adventureland" but a little about "Monsters Vs. Aliens," and TV is also a topic of discussion as the boys talk the return of "Rescue Me" and then analyze "Celebrity Apprentice." All that and more in this week's episode, so listen up!

Posted by Rightdude at 9:19 PM | Comments (0)

April 5, 2009

Inaugural Blu-ray Reviews of "Pinocchio" & "Quantum of Solace" from The W.G.N., and a Movie Review of "Adventureland" from Me!

By: 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!!!

Posted by Rightdude at 5:58 PM | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! (Sort Of): Hangin' With no Drug Lords, Kidney Stones, Idol Talk, and Underwear in a Bag.

With The Dude on the Right being out of the country over the weekend and not returning until Tuesday, there wasn't an opportunity to do a "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast with Stu Gotz, but The Dude connects with Stu today to podcast with Stu about the vacation that he and his BFF took to Dreams Villamagna in Nuevo Vallarta. The Dude has a nice time down there, even learning about using towels to save your beach chairs and putting your dirty underwear in a bag, but the resort seems to be having some growing pains so sadly he can't highly recommend it at this time (The Dude is hoping to write a full-blown review in a week or so.) Vacation aside, both of the boys watch "American Idol" and have some comments about Megan Joy getting the boot, and Stu isn't a Lady Gaga fan, and Stu also had what he thinks were some kidney stones last week, but thanks to a homeopathic remedy of lemon juice and olive oil, things seem to have subsided. They'll be back on Monday for a normal wrap-up, but The Dude was excited to tell Stu that he didn't see any drug lords in Mexico, to at least there was that.

Posted by Rightdude at 8:35 PM | Comments (0)


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