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Philips ‘Carousel’ Commercial – Adam Berg

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by Rick

This is pretty captivating. It’s, no doubt, a tool to tempt me to deem my current technology obsolete and sell my soul for something new. I’ll fight that battle while marveling at the wonder of modern cinema. Here’s the interactive weblink introducing you to the world’s first Cinema Proportion TV: http://www.philips.co.uk/cinema

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Save Yourselves!!!

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by Rick

That famous line was tossed around in horror movies and bad tv when one guy from a group of chasees twists an ankle, or steps in a bear trap and can no longer elude his or her pursuer. He selflessly urges his friends not to slow themselves down by trying to save him but to “SAVE YOURSELVES!!!”

In this tradition I offer a short list of recent movies and tv that have tripped me up and I implore you to…(you know)

#3. Kath & Kim (NBC)– This show stars SNL vet Molly Shannon and Selma Blair of…well…she’s not very famous but she was in the Hell Boy films and Legally Blonde (so I’ve heard). It’s a US retelling of an Aussie hit that clearly misses. The American version has been tossed in Australia and should be on its way to the heap on this side of the pond as well. Don’t Waste Your Life!

#2. Chocolate News (Comedy Central)– I want to file a Class Action suit against Dave Chappelle. His abandonment of the network forced them to rush to fill his spot. They offered The Sarah Silverman Program in all its racist glory, The Mind of Mencia in all its racist glory and now Chocolate News starring David Allen Grier…racist. These programs abandon wit and clever writing for crude words and images, and shock talk. They capitalize on doing things that garner more discomfort than entertainment.

#1 The Hearbreak Kid (2007)– The Farrelly brothers take another shot that misses the mark completely. Having success with Ben Stiller in There’s Something About Mary, the sibling writer-producer-directors run out of ideas and offer this course attempt at humor. This movie made me want to take a brillo pad to my soul. Its only redeeming quality is that it was on HBO and I didn’t lose money at the box office or Blockbuster. However, I will never get those 99 minutes back. Carlos Mencia stinks up this movie too.

To Those Who’ve Gone Before-Part 2…(The Scary Guys)

Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Movies, politics, random, television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2008 by Rick

Continuing the exploration into Hollywood’s portrayal of black presidency, let’s take a look at the guys who put could possibly cause America to hesitate even more at the ballot box.

Speaking of Barack and Sarah’s questionable executive experience, how about a seven-year-old in the oval office? (insert Dubyah joke here) Sammy Davis Jr. dances his way into office in the 1933 short-film Rufus Jones for President. The issues?  No locks on the chicken coops, a Memphis Blues National Anthem, public watermelon vines, you know, the usual 1930’s racial stereotypes. I mean really…a DICE president?

7yo Sammy Davis Jr as President Rufus Jones. He killed the talent protion of the campaign!

7yo Sammy Davis Jr as President Rufus Jones. He killed the talent portion of the campaign!

There were several amazing parallels to the beloved Clinton reign of the ’90s. Electing Davis was also electing a woman to the office ala Billary (Rufus’ mother/presidentess played by Ethel Waters), and when his actions were questioned President Jones gave a song and dance much like…I’m sorry that was too easy.

Fast forward 44 years and comedian Richard Pryor explores the faint possibility of being the nation’s first black president. He was doing fine until he mentioned that Huey Newton was the most qualified to run the FBI.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 40th President of the United States.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 40th President of the United States.

He promised to get black owners in the NFL. Who would have thought that would be more elusive than electing a black candidate for presidency?

The Fifth Element cast Tommy “Tiny” Lister as President Lindberg. As a commenter on the previous post pointed out, Lindberg was a decent president. But nobody’s sleeping while a cross-eyed, 6’7″, 260lbs bald dude with tattoos has access to the nuke button.

Tiny Lister as President "D-Bo" Lindberg

Tiny Lister as President "D-Bo" Lindberg.

They did let Jesse “The Body” Ventura run Minnesota though!

Recently another comedian took a shot at painting the White House black but he did it with a question, “What if President G.W. Bush were a black man?” At least he would “keep it real” about our true motives in this war.

Dave Chappelle's Black Bush admits the war is really about Sadaam's attempt on his father.

Dave Chappelle's Black Bush admits the war is really about Sadaam's attempt on his father.

This would make Kanye’s statement seem a bit more foolish.

FINALLY! The last African-American President on this list should scare anyone, regardless of race, creed or religion. Many people overlooked this movie, and for good reason. Idiocracy is not for everyone. I loved it but I’m sick and partially twisted. Among other hilarious things, this futuristic morality tale introduced the world to President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn star and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion.

Terry Crews brings bling and Zubaz to the Oval Office

Terry Crews brings bling and Zubaz to the Oval Office

Even Al and Jesse would have a tough time endorcinng this one. Well…maybe Al.

To Those Who’ve Gone Before…(The Harmless Guys)

Posted in Comedy, Movies, politics, random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by Rick

I am no Democrat and I’m no Republican. I would never vote for a guy just because we share ethnic heritage (but it helps). As I weigh the issues and wade through the partisan poop in search of the lesser evil, I can’t help but wonder what this country would look like under the leadership of a black Commander-In-Chief (even a half black one). To catch a glimpse of the possibilities I turn to one of my most beloved confidant…Hollywood!

What happens if the US President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are assassinated and the Vice-President is hopelessly invalid? Well, the president pro tempore of the US Senate is leader of “the most powerful nation in the world” (or some other arrogant cliche). This scenario played out in the movie The Man and somebody forgot to tell the assassins that the pres-pro-temp was a black man!

James Earl Jones as reluctant President Dilman

James "I-am-your-father" Earl Jones as reluctant President Dilman

While he was the most eloquent Head’s of State ever, his appointment didn’t sit well with America.

Deep Impact So a seven mile-wide asteroid hurls perilously towards the Earth, threatening the human race and whose sucky job is it to find a way to select one million Americans to be preserved in a cave and tell billions of others to duck-and-cover? Brother President Tom Beck.

Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck (Watch for falling objects)

Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck (Watch for falling objects)

Normally, Morgan’s characters assists random white people. As President, random white people assist him. That trend continues today which is why his wife wants a divorce (was that too far?).

Head of State Again someone had to die for a black man to get consideration, but neighborhood Alderman, Mays Gilliam, truly preps America for Obama because he has limited experience.

Chris Rock and Bernie Mac as Pres. and Veep hopefuls Mays and Mitch Gilliam

Chris Rock and Bernie Mac as Pres. and Veep hopefuls Mays and Mitch Gilliam

Ironically, I called Blockbuster Video in Juneau, Alaska and their only copy was rented by Sarah Palin. It seems she was inspired too.

If you wonder why America seems so poised to accept an African American as our next leader, don’t blame the current administration, but credit the producers of 24.

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Dennis Haysbert as 24's now deceased President Palmer

President Palmer’s warm baritone was enough to comfort any citizen, regardless of what color the terror alert was. And he makes me ask myself “Am I in good hands?”

Coming soon, Part 2…(The Scary Guys).

Woeful Weekend pt. 2…

Posted in Early Death, Entertainment, Movies, Music, people, television, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by Rick

This one hits hard because I love music (almost unhealthily). I am especially sensitive to the pioneers and trailblazers of the art form and there aren’t many more significant to the last 40 years than Isaac Hayes. News reports state that he was found by his current wife in his home. He was pronounced dead at 2:08am here in Memphis at Baptist East Hospital. Ironically, Rick McCory, our church’s bass player, joked that he thought the song “I Stand Amazed” on our song list read “I Stand Accused”. I proceeded to dust off my best “Black Moses” baritone and sing the song, oblivious to his passing just hours prior. Black Moses, as he was affectionately known, used soul and funk to minister to the emotional and social hearts of pop culture during the late 1960’s and 70’s. He helped popularize Memphis-based Stax Records keep America groovin’ while giving African Americans something to be proud of. He composed the theme for the movie Shaft and made everyone wish they had a personal theme song. His orchestral arrangements reshaped the soulful sound. He took Burt Bacharach classics like “Walk On By” and “The Look of Love” and transformed them into epic, 10+ minute, soulful-symphonies.

Hayes was a shining (literally) example of black pride, prestige and influence. He was not just another rich guy wearing a chain (literally). He used his celebrity to motivate people and support contemporary causes like Youth for Human Rights International and the One Campaign. During his eventful life, Isaac compiled a very respectable film and television career, despite having no formal training. He appeared in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka as well as Oscar-worthy indy-drama Hustle & Flow. He most recently noted for his voice role as “Chef” on the controversial animated comedy South Park. One of his final film appearances is in the yet-to-be-released Soul Men in which he shares the screen with recently deceased Bernie Mac. They will both miss the premier. God bless these men’s families.

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)

Woeful Weekend…

Posted in Comedy, Early Death, Entertainment, Life, Movies, people, television, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by Rick

Two of my favorite artistic forms took a solid hit this weekend. It began with the early exit of comedian/actor Bernie Mac. No doubt, if you’ve ever heard him, you recognize his signature cadence. If you’ve ever seen him it’s easy to recall the facial expressions that seemed to be punchlines all by themselves. If you’ve ever seen him deliver stand-up you know that he could handle a four-letter-word like a ninja does nunchucks. But he did make a highly respectable mark on popular culture with his family oriented The Bernie Mac Show that painted a colorful portrait of African American middle class life. He also earned some movie roles in Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13 and Guess Who. He was taken away at 50 due to complications of pneumonia. I will always respect him because despite growing up under adverse conditions on the south side of Chicago, Mac seemed determined to succeed without excuses. He persevered despite losing his only true parent to cancer when he was 16 years-old. He didn’t get his show biz break until he was 32 but until that point he punched clocks at UPS, a bread company and furniture moving company while trying to achieve as an entertainer. When he “made it” he did not take his celebrity for granted. He worked to be a positive role model for young people (in spite of foul language). Thank you Bernie Mac! You will be missed.

Comedian Bernie Mac

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008)

What Are You Waiting For?

Posted in Entertainment, Movies with tags , , , , on July 27, 2008 by Rick

Seriously! If you haven’t, do it soon!