Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Rumble is in the books, the undercard felt well like an opening act I wish I had missed- of course I was filled with anticipation for the Rumble match itself. There were many memorable moments in this year's Rumble match , Kofi does a handstand to save himself and then walks on his hands to the steps to get back into the match , Mr Socko tangled with the Cobra , The Road Dogg Billy Gunn and the first Rumble Winner Hacksaw Jim Duggan filled nostalgia slots and Alberto Del Rio's MC entered the rumble in a beat up hooptie- funny stuff. We had a new winner Sheamus - sure Sheamus was prematurely pushed to the top a couple of years ago- but I have always felt that Sheamus had all of the ingredients to be a champion in WWE- so I am happy with his win. I was underwhelmed by the event- but was fine with the Rumble match and it's result.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
My favorite PPV and match type of each year is tonight- the Royal Rumble from WWE. 30 men have a chance to win a main event title shot @ this year's Wrestlemania. While WWE tries to push the notion that anyone can win , it usually is a main-event guy or close to that getting the final shove/push to the top, last year they teased company clown Santino Marella winning the coveted slot, but in the end Mexican aristocrat Alberto Del Rio won the match and got to open Mania. Although the easy choice and pick to win would be Randy Orton, since he is a very over face competing in his hometown , I think announcing his return from injury a week early is an indication that he will not win(I COULD BE WRONG). I think he will be so mad at Wade Barrett that he will be as focused on banishing and beating up the Barrett Barrage as winning the match. I would not mind Sheamus winning, he has been on a major roll, but I don't think that will happen. My favorite scenario would have Chris Jericho(the best in the world at what he does) wins the match and challenges CM Punk( Best in the World) and Daniel Bryan for a unification match at Mania. This is the year to have that match, Rock and Cena is strong enough to fill most of an hour with entrances and whatnot and if HHH fights Taker that will eat up another 30+ minutes, also rumors are running that the Money in Bank PPV has been cancelled to fold that match back into Mania. Also rumors are out there that Cody Rhodes and Goldust may tangle at Mania(although prelim interactions between the 2 seemed to have evaporated).
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Beastie from GLOW -“I’m pretty sure after G.L.O.W. with all that aqua-net , glitter and g-strings we probably created global warming They should have banned g-strings from that point.”- Beastie
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Sterling Williams 2011
Spaceman Hickey picture by Dan Daniels 1970
Tired of WWE, bored of TNA - want something else something more
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Foxy Brown (1974)-
Classic blaxploitation flick starring the lovely Pam Grier as the sista with street smarts. Her brother Antonio Fargas is always working the hustle- numbers, pushing, etc. Foxy crosses paths with a notorious sex trade gang due to the nefarious ways of her wayward sibling. Some rather harrowing scenes. Former football player and AWA wrestler Hard-Boiled Haggerty is part of the second act problem when he takes liberties with the lead character while she is tied to bed and strung out on heroin. Some funny scenes and vintage clothing make this a decent time capsule for the era- not something to go bid crazy for on eBay- but not a bad choice for a retro movie. The DVD has a commentary track by the director. C+
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1980)
Gil Gerrard is Captain William “Buck” Rogers – he wakes up in the future and is constantly saving the world while Wilma Dering (Erin Grey) and Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) vie for his thick-thighed attention. In the episode Escape from Wedded Bliss-Ardala blackmails Buck into marrying her. As part of Draconian custom he must fight Tiger Man (Played by pro wrestler Hard-Boiled Haggerty) to prove his worthiness as the royal groom. This episode features a roller disco reception that has to be seen to be believed. The entire series is on DVD- very cheesy 70s sci-fi – this series only lasted 2 seasons. The real standout episode for so bad it’s awesome fun is the “Space Rockers” episode featuring Jerry Orbach and Richard Moll. I loved this show as a kid – and still have a crush on Erin Grey( she looked incredible when I met her at a con a few years back). Unless you have nostalgia for the show or love low brow sci-fi this is not worth seeking out. C+
Goldfinger (1964) –
The Godfather (1972)
My first encounter with the Godfather saga was the Mad Magazine parody- actually that was usually my first encounter with any action movie that came out when I was growing up. Because my mother eschewed macho movies for more family friendly children’s movies like Fantasia and Pollyanna – the upside is that she did get Mad Magazine every month for years- so I got to experience Mad parodies of such classics as the Shindig and SuperDooperMan instead of seeing their cinematic counterparts.
The Godfather is breathtaking in its violence (memorable executions) and its beauty (the Italian countryside, the lovely bride). This classic film from Francis Ford Coppola features a superb cast that includes film noir stalwarts like Sterling Hayden (Asphalt Jungle) and Richard Conte (The Big Combo) along with several A-List superstars (Pacino, Duvall , Brando ,etc.) . Do yourself a favor and don’t settle for the commercially interrupted versions that Spike offer – this is worth owning and if you are not the type that owns DVDs or Blu-Ray- at least watch this movie one time in your life intact-or if you ever can in the theater..
Luca Brasi was portrayed by longtime grappler Lenny Montana( he also appears in the hilarious Steve Martin vehicle The Jerk from 1979 as a con man) – he is the scary man reciting his speech for the don at the wedding scene that openings the picture. Ironically
Thank you to Sheldon Goldberg for clueing me in regarding
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Against All Odds (1984
This Taylor Hackford retelling of the classic noir Out of the Past features Jeff Bridges pursuing Rachel Ward( hot body- but such a mom haircut in this movie) to
The movie is compelling in part because of the great score and soundtrack – but hindered by a plot that feels part Out of the Past and part
Boardwalk Empire has all the elements to be my new favorite television show. However it ain't. I mean Steve Buscemi is aces as Nucky the corrupt county treasurer and his adversary the seemingly pious prohibition officer are interesting. I love the sets and the wardrobe on this show that strives to be overly accurate. For me the show falls down when it follows the moody Jimmy Darmody , I understand he is a veteran of the gruesome great war, but what a jerk. I know Nucky is a charming man who will order murder when he has to, but his character is fleshed out to perfection by veteran actor Steve Buscemi. Michael Shannon is riveting as the driven and conflicted prohibition officer Nelson Van Alden, although his righteousness can be a bit over the top at times. I wanted to love Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, and maybe I will get into the character more during the Klan war in season 2.