This Boxing Day, my cousin brought her kids over for a family get-together. My littlest cousin/nephew/nephew-cousin Austin brought along his new Optimus Prime toy, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to borrow it and update my nativity set with something that wasn’t a cardboard cut-out.
So what’s on my slate these days? What’s keeping me from going out and leading a healthy social life? What’s quickly sapping me of my sanity? What’s gluing my butt to a chair and causing my legs to fall asleep on a nightly basis? The answer: both of these. Neither are anywhere near finished, but enjoy the trailers nonetheless.
I think I’ve found a new holiday tradition alongside watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” – watching Team Four-Star’s new special: “Christmas Tree of Might.” Something about it just keeps me laughing while filling me with Christmas cheer. Also, figgy pudding FTW.
On a completely unrelated note, I wanted to follow-up that Katy Perry post I made a while ago by posting a sketch recently done on “The Simpsons.” Youtube’s pretty strict about showing the clip unless it’s backwards or in bad quality, and they’ve disabled embedding, so here’s a link if you want to see the Simpson family as Muppets. I enjoyed it.
I really wanted to include Optimus Prime into this year’s nativity, but, man – he doesn’t sell cheap on eBay or any toy store. And the toy stores only carry the Primes from the new cartoons (which don’t look anything like him and are twice the size of the nativity set.) Fortunately, through the magic of a printer, an X-acto blade, and some cardboard, the Autobot leader is now free to join our ninja friend as he defends baby Jesus from Decepticon attack.
Red What is it?: Bruce Willis and a bunch of old people are retired CIA agents who go around hilariously blowing people up. It’s pretty awesome. John Malkovich steals the show. Anything else to add?: Nope. This is a pretty clear-cut movie. It’s funny and action-packed with a great cast.
New DVD: Mystery Team! What is it?: Probably the best comedy no one’s ever heard of. No, really – what is it?: It’s a film from DerrickComedy, about three child detectives who grow up and are still solving kid mysteries. It’s amazingly brilliant, yet still ridiculous and raunchy. Much like DBZ Abridged, it’s one of those rare things I want to keep in my collection so I can show it off to friends and we can make in-jokes about it later. Should I show it to my kids?: Probably not. One random coincidental thing: So a couple weeks ago, my friends and I were watching “Mystery Team” and “Scott Pilgrim” back-to-back, and we suddenly notice that the same girl (Aubrey Plaza) stars in both movies. So we look her up and find out that we just watched two of the only three movies she’s ever been in back-to-back. I thought that was kind of cool. If we had watched “Funny People” too, it would been the most random marathon ever.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Spoilers!) So.. the verdict?: Pretty enjoyable movie. Some great performances, lots of sudden-impact action and humor, and the scenes they added really fleshed out the first half of the book into a solid story. The worst part (as predicted) was that the whole middle of the movie feels like a never-ending camping trip, where instead of solving mysteries and fighting evil, they just sit around waiting for Harry to do something. So did it need to be a two-parter?: I’ll still say no. Considering they summed up over half the book in one film, and even added some decent filler, I still would have preferred a “Return of the King” style epic where they try to fit the whole book into a three-and-a-half hour film. Part 2 better be padded with awesomeness or it’ll be a very short movie. Any big changes from the book?: The most noticeable change for me is a scene at the beginning which involves Harry’s owl Hedwig heroically fighting a Death Eater before getting blown out of the sky. Somehow, I rather like Hedwig’s death in the movie as opposed to the book – where Hedwig dies when Harry holds her up as a shield. Favorite Scene?: The story of the Deathly Hallows. It’s just cool how they did it for the movie. Does it cut off at the right time?: That was the big question for me throughout the movie: “Where the heck will the cut-off point be?” And I spotted about three different instances where I thought the movie might end. Ultimately, it does end at an appropriate time, and even manages to get a few good action sequences in beforehand, so I didn’t find myself expecting more. The cliffhanger’s pretty good too.
And just for fun, here’s Chester A. Bum and a whole crowd of people re-enacting the movie (Spoilers!)
And more Harry Potter fun – this time with Disney music. Thanks to Marty for finding this one (Book 6 spoilers!)