Liam

Pretty sure I know what I am doing for this assignment.  Liam Neeson has been on a roll with bad ass characters lately.  It is funny to me that all of a sudden the guy is turning 60 and people start throwing him scripts where he beats the shit out of people and kills everyone.  

Recently he played Bryan Mills in Taken where his daughter is abducted by some underground sex ring.  Anyhow, he beats the shit out of a lot of people and we can all relate to doing ANYTHING to save a loved one.

Pop Culture Artifact

The article written by Angyal was interesting but I have never watched Girls.  She brings up some great points but doesn’t provide any numbers to back up her claims.  I can believe the claims she makes, but just telling me something is better doesn’t really prove anything.  My golf game has got increasingly better, but I still suck.

I own a lot of albums.  I have sold a bunch of my albums to stores that buy used CDs.  The artists I hear anymore are not really my kind of thing.  Whenever I have the radio on it’s on AM.  I hear stuff here and there, but I really have a problem with a lot of the garbage that is pushed through anymore.  I still will buy a few artists’ records here and there, but I really don’t follow music like I used to.

I like the style of the article written about The Avengers, but I wasn’t really as blown away by the film as everyone else seems to be.  They shot a lot of the movie in my hometown.  Anyhow, I don’t really care for movies where I have to see like 5 other movies just to get the little ‘inside’ jokes that this movie was running.  Don’t get me wrong, I laughed at some of the comedy stuff in this movie, but I prefer my hero movies to be dark.  This movie was too colorful and geared towards a younger audience.  Maybe I should have paid to see it in 3-d instead of watching a solid bootleg copy.  Not a bad movie, but not something I would wait in line for or rush out to see again.

For my pop Culture Artifact I was leaning towards talking about Alien and Prometheus and the idea of the beginning of mankind, but since Prometheus is not out on DVD yet it looks as though I will be talking about Liam Neeson.  The guy has been a pretty serious actor for most of his career, and all of a sudden around age 60 (which he just turned this past week) he has been getting a lot of serious ‘bad ass’ roles.  The movie that set this all off was Taken.  I will be discussing Neeson’s recent ass kicking role where he beats the shit out of some wolves in The Grey.

If you didn’t get a chance to see Taken here is an example of the type of dialogue you can expect to hear:

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

That quote is amazing.  You have a week to see the first movie before Mills begins ripping apart another city in search of his family in Taken 2.

Exploration Essay Reflection

I thought it would be much easier to write about the ‘memory’ I chose, but it winded up being a little trickier than I thought.  I am no play-by-play commentator and that made it kind of hard to convey what I wanted the reader to see.

I chose the topic though because I am passionate about how good this athlete really was and he has such a tragic story. The second draft of the essay doesn’t even resemble the first one so much.  I took a lot of the garbage out of it and tried to tighten it up.  I put more emotion into the work the second and third time around and cut out a lot of the comedy angle I was originally working.  I kept some of my rants, but toned it down a bit.

I got good feedback from my peers, and it helped me see what they were missing or wanting more information on.  They all seemed to want the name so I figured put it at the end.  I really wanted to not mention the name at all and just leave people hanging.  I look forward to the next assignment because it seems right up my alley.

The Boss Articles

McKever’s article on Springsteen was an excellent read and he nailed it when it comes to the disconnect between audiences today and Springsteen.  A line that really stood out to me was “The big themes take too much time and energy to process, time which could be spent consuming lighter, easier fare.”   There is so much garbage in music anymore that I rarely even pay attention to music.  I stick to A.M. radio and the two or three shows I listen to, when I get a chance, play music like Arcade Fire, and Springsteen.  I can get better soundbytes of songs I actually like rather than turn on some F.M. station and here some Nickelback bullshit.

The last two CDs I purchased were classical music.    No lyrics, all instruments and sounds.  I really don’t care for the dubstep techno stuff.  The scratch sounds do not trigger any emotional feeling from me.  I hear it and think ‘next’.  People allegedly dance to that stuff, wonder how many leave with a headache?

In a culture that has allowed things like Jersey Shore or the Kardashians to get popular is any of this really surprising?  Reality T.V. shows like Survivor, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, etc.  All feature a bunch of idiots acting like jackasses.  Then they are somehow famous and end up on another recycled season of the show and these sheep continue to watch the same stupid product over and over again.  Even though the stuff is probably produced and ‘fixed’.

The Twilight movies are some of the lowest rated movies I have seen rated by a consensus of critics, yet people continue to pay to see them.  Nic Cage is in every single horrible movie over the past 10 years.  How does this idiot still get work?  Adam Sandler and Jim Carey have sucked for the past 10 years and I can’t understand how they still make 20+ million per horrible flick.

South Park recently did a multi-part episode where one of the kids becomes a ‘cynical asshole’.  The show struck a chord with me because it basically summed up all of entertainment.  It is all a bunch of shit.  Maybe I have become a cynical asshole myself and need to start drinking Jim Beam every hour like South Park suggested.

Bueller scene

Cam waits patiently in his fathers garage as the car rolls in reverse jacked up on cinder blocks.  Ferris and Cam came to the brilliant conclusion that the miles on the car would erase if they throw the car in reverse and let it spin off the miles.  As they patiently await the results Cam is debating on whether coming clean with his father.  He is terrified of his dad and what he might do if he finds out that the crew stole his car and skipped school.

Cam, looking all depressed, checks out the odometer and notices not a single mile has wiped off the car.  He begins telling Ferris and Sloan that he is just going to come clean and tell his old man what he has done and accept the punishment.  As he is explaining his plan to Ferris he puts his foot up on the bumper to rest.  His father’s prize possession then comes off the cinder blocks and races in reverse towards the back end of the garage.  Cam’s fathers garage is just as luxurious as the car itself.  It is mostly glass and sits elevated like a deck over a wooded area.  As the car races towards its end Cam can only stare in amazement.  The car explodes through the back of the window and winds up way below in a pile of twisted steel.  Cam, looking at Ferris and Sloan who now have the expression of shock on their faces, asks them if the car is okay.  Ferris coldly replies, “You killed the car.”

Klosterman Articles

I didn’t really care for Klosterman’s piece on Super Size Me.  One part in the essay begins with “In 1996, I ate chicken McNuggets for an entire week…”  It sounded to me like Spurlock left this guy out of his movie and he was bitter.  I didn’t care for his attempt to ‘defend’ McDonalds.  That dump puts all sorts of chemicals into their foods.  The same addictive chemicals that go into cigarettes and potatoe chips.  Anything that you consume that tastes good and makes you want to return for more probably contains that shit. I do my best to stay away from fast food anyhow.  The stuff is poison, man.

The other article that talked about GNR was a solid read.  I have always liked GNR and it is such a shame that Axl is such a moron.  The band could still be selling out stadiums today.  Axl refuses to ‘reunite’ the band, and the last time I saw Axl sweating it up on stage it looked like he had a few of his remaining fans for dinner.  The thing that stuck out to me the most in this piece was where Klosterman talked about the guys that witnessed the ‘lifestyle’ of this band.  “Of all the bands we’ve met, Guns N’ Roses appeared to live their life like their image.”  I have heard several stories to confirm that this band did infact party harder than any other band.  Probably why they will never get back together.  Something REALLY shitty must have happened. 

Axl has provided one of the most epic soundbytes I have ever heard to the radio program I listen to anytime I get a chance.    He is also the butt of a lot of jokes pertaining to his weight.  “Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got pies and cakes!”  There is an internet meme of fat Axl.

I could write up all kinds of things about Breaking Bad.  By far the best thing I have seen on television in X years.  I am a big fan of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but once I started watching Walter White cooking up meth and going from a high school teacher to an insane drug kingpin, I can’t really say anything comes close.  The writing in this show is really what sets it apart from anything I have ever seen.  The main character is such a horrible guy, but you still continue to care for him and like him.  He has done horrible things to the people closest to him and there are only 8 episodes left for him to die.