Monday, December 13, 2010

Music Video Mondays: Post Chanukah Edition

Welcome to another installment of Music Video Mondays. This is the post Chanukah Edition (because I was to lazy/busy to actually post it last Monday, during Chanukah).

Ever since Adam Sandler created the classic "Chanukah" song, people have been eager to try create other hits based on this holiday. And why not? We have enough Christmas songs to last lifetimes over. And while Sandler's hit song may never be replaced, here a couple of songs created in the spirit of the Jewish holiday.

Fist up, we have a band by the name of The Maccabeats, with their hit song "Candlelight", which is a parody of the song "Dynamite" by Tiao Cruz. The Maccabeats are a Jewish acapella group, from Yeshiva University, who formed in 2007. The song was just released, and has become a viral hit on the internet. It's a fun and catchy song, which will totally get in your head and stay there for a good, long while!



Next up is another clever song entitled "Chanukah Musical Remix 2010" by six13 & NCSY. This song is a parody of not one, but three hit songs: "Baby" by Justin Beiber, "Heartless" by Kanye West & "I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull. I don't have any info on six13, the group that did the music, but NCSY is a Jewish youth organization dedicated to inspiring the young Jewish people out there.




**Bonus**
As a treat, here is the original song that started the Chanukah song craze, "The Chanukah Song" by Adam Sandler.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Trailer Time Part II

Next up on the list o' trailers is the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, entitled: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Based on the trailer alone, it does look intriguing. I will probably see this at the movie theaters, unless I see a horrible trailer that comes out to make me change my mind. I think this movie will be solid, if only to make up for the horrible movie that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (don't even get me started on that one).

**Tip** Full screen this for best viewing...

Trailer Time Part I(Comic Book Edition)

Okay, so seeing as how I have a slew of info that I want to put out, I am going to kind of clump things together for the moment. For this particular post, I have decided to post some new trailers that were recently released for the upcoming 2011 slate of movies. I'll give my thoughts on them as well!

First up, we have THOR...


The One-Sheet Movie Poster


In my opinion, I think this movie is going to be awesome! At first, I admit, I was a bit skeptical about it; but, after seeing the trailer, my skepticism was averted. I think this movie is going to be great, although I'm not sure if it will do as well at the box office as when the original IRON MAN came out. I hope so, because it actually looks like a lot of care and work went into it.

*TIP* Open this in full screen...



Wow! The story looks good, the action looks good, and the fact that Marvel Studios is building a little interconnecting movie universe is just awesome. It's an interesting concept (and one that will pay off when AVENGERS hits in 2012). When the concept works, it works really well (take Kevin Smith's movie for example; he has a whole little "Leonardo, NJ universe" for most of his movies; and they work well with each other). I will go see this movie in the theater for sure!!!


Next up, we have GREEN LANTERN...


The One-Sheet Movie Poster



Much hype has been placed on this movie; but after seeing the trailer, I think it's over hyped. I know, I am a hard core comic fan, and I am such a little nit picker when it comes to movies based on comic books. In all fairness, while making a movie is a challenge in itself, I don't think it is that hard to make a movie well. Christopher Nolan did it with BATMAN, Sam Raimi did it with the original SPIDER MAN movie, and even Jon Favreau did it with the first IRON MAN movie. So, what this is what the hell happened with GREEN LANTERN? If this is what the movie is going to be, then just look for me at the Redbox stand, because I am going to pay $1.00 to rent it. Why so harsh? Watch the trailer, and I'll give my explanation below....

*TIP* Go full screen on this...




Soooooo, whadaya think?! Okay, for those who thought it was good, I apologize for my nit pickiness. For those who didn't think it was all that it was cracked up to be, read below for my reasoning, and see if you agree with my thoughts....

THE GOOD

Okay, to be fair, there are some good spots in this trailer.

1.. Ryan Reynolds: I think he makes a good Hal Jordan. In the comics, Jordan is a character who makes with the wise cracks, and with Reynolds sense of humor and ability to deadpan, I think he was a logical choice for Green Lantern.

2. GRAPHICS - SOME of the graphics in this movie look really good. Oa, in general, looks good. Kilowog, one of the Green Lantern Corps. drill instructors, looks good ( he is the one that snorts air at Hal in the trailer). A severely injured Abin Sur looks really good as well.



THE BAD

1. THE COSTUME - Um, WTF is up with that costume?! First off, the mask looks like it was painted on to Reynolds face.



Next is the actual costume itself. It's ...It's...horrible (I just looked at the trailer again, to confirm). From far away, it looks okay, but when you have close up shots, it just doesn't work (See the screen grabs, below, for what I am talking about).







2. THE RING - Really?! This is the best that you could come up with on the ring?! Hell, if DC DIRECT can put out a better prop ring (based on the comic), why can't a better ring be made for this movie?! Really, it looks like a high school class ring with a green light up piece inside instead of a stone. It boggles my mind at how people get paid tons of money for things like this, and then this is what is produced.



According to one website, comicbookmovie.com the design of the ring came from the Neal Adams & Mike Grell 1970's run on Green Lantern (see photo below). Um, if this is true, really? Out of, what, 50 years and designs, you use the 70's style concept?! Really?!!!!! Not to mention, that Hal Jordan has pretty much had the same type of ring for a good, long time.



3. THE WRITING- Okay, granted, this is only the trailer, but based on this, I feel the writing is going to be weak. Some of the lines, to me, just don't come off as polished. One of the writers even comments as such in an interview with MTV. Marc Guggenheim was quoted as saying, "When we wrote the script, we did not expect to make the movie. It was really like, 'Let's do a good enough job that Warner Bros. wants hire us to write another movie.'" In the interview however, he does also say, "I’ve seen a fair amount [of the film]," Guggenheim told MTV News. "Everything I’ve seen has completely blown me away — and I really say that as a fanboy."


All in all, I don't think that I am as eager to see this movie as I am THOR. And that is sad, because I am a huge Green Lantern fan. Oh well, we will see what happens....

Friday, December 10, 2010

...Aaaaand I'm Back....



I'll keep this short and sweet:
I was out of blogging for a while,
but certain events have made it so that I can now blog a little bit more!
It seems I have a wee bit of catching up to do...
Let's see what we can do about that, shall we?!