Sunday, February 28, 2010

MISGUIDED MYSTERIES


So last week I was at the Blockbuster down the street from my apartment. Save me the merciless mocking...I'm on your side, here. Blockbuster is for buying ridiculously-low-priced previously viewed DVDs, and nothing more. As a matter of fact, I think they should change their name to "5 for $20 Video". But I digress. As I was perusing their selection, I came across something that simply could not be ignored: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.



What's really fantastic about this DVD cover - aside from the fact that Holmes and Watson apparently fought dragons, dinosaurs and London-based sea monsters - is that the brain children behind this film have opted to exploit the good name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to evidently give their production a little more gravitas. After all, it worked for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet...right?



While I fancy myself a connoisseur of bad movies, I decided against allowing this one into my home. If only for the fact that this direct-to-DVD film was brought to us by those responsible for one Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, starring Debbie Gibson. I actually did see this one, and it was difficult for even me to sit through. Plus, at least MSvGO took place in modern times - I fear greatly for what the "filmmakers" have done with Holmes-era London.

Speaking of which, I still have yet to see the Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. So I really can't compare the two. I'm guessing Guy Ritchie's take on the legendary detective is better than this odd splicing of Holmes and Van Helsing...but it's not always elementary, dear readers.

Monday, February 22, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 02.22.10



My apologies that the last Mix-N-Mash Monday of February is coming to you so late in the day, but I figure there's always got to be someone, somewhere in need of a little musical fun. Oh, and I was uber-lazy yesterday and didn't prep it beforehand.

We're breaking from the pattern this week, and you'll be getting another mash-up instead of a remix. The reason? I'm so frakking in love with this track that I didn't feel like following my own rules. So below, you'll find Mary J. Blige going head to head with British rapper Example...and I think it's safe to say that the winner is ultimately the listener:


I Am Watching
(I Am + Watch the Sun Come Up)
Mary J. Blige vs. Example
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Disposable Culture has also requested that I include the video for half of the source, Example's "Watch the Sun Come Up". He hasn't quite made the jump across the pond to our shores yet, but if this video is any indication - well, we'd be lucky to have him:



Happy Monday, everyone. Extremities crossed for a good week!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME



Seriously. I'm glad someone finally got around to spreading this kind of joy across the internet! Wait, you're confused? It's Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza. Don't over-analyze!

This blog requires absolutely no critical thinking whatsoever, and I'm enamored of it. In fact, I'd put money on this being created by a gay stoner. It's a glorious, wonderful thing. People probably said it couldn't be done, but this intrepid blogger's really shown them!



I mean, how could one (anyone?) go wrong with The Golden Girls' Bea Arthur, stunning mountain vistas, and the added benefit of delicious pizza?

The answer is that it's mathematically impossible for anything to ever go wrong when these three things are combined...in case you were wondering.



They're just getting started, but Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza is definitely one to watch! I've already added it to my Google Reader - won't you do the same?

Monday, February 15, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 02.15.10



Happy Presidents' Day! It feels a little strange to be observing back to back holidays, doesn't it? I wonder what the 'getting laid' statistics look like today compared to yesterday. You just know that there's gotta be someone giving it up in honor of Grover Cleveland today. Maybe?

Anyhoo - just because most people in the country have the day off, doesn't mean that Mix-N-Mash Mondays is gonna get lazy. So for all you working stiffs in the office today, Disposable Culture's got a new mash-up for you! Pairing the omnipresent Black Eyed Peas and newcomer Jay Sean, you get some pretty terrific results:


Meet Me Halfway Down
(Meet Me Halfway + Down)
The Black Eyed Peas vs. Jay Sean
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I'd also like to give a shout out to all of you that have been following Mix-N-Mash Mondays and spreading the love. The response to the column has been overwhelmingly positive, and I couldn't be more grateful. The same goes for Disposable Culture himself, as well. If you've got any suggestions or requests for future tracks, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. Have a great week!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A MANY SPLENDORED THING



Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, regardless of whether or not I happen to be in a relationship. For much of my life I've considered myself to be a relentless cheerleader for love. Even when - in return - it performs any number of Mortal Kombat-style fatalities on my optimistic (yet fragile) heart.

I'm very fortunate to be able to surround myself with so much love in my life, and I vowed many moons ago to never take that for granted. While the traditional relationship may be the most common way to celebrate V-Day, an expression of love extends so much further.

I have to take this opportunity to thank two incredibly important groups of people: My family - for teaching me what love meant from the beginning, and my friends - for continuing to teach me every day the evolving and diverse nature of love.


Without love, we are nothing. So take today as a reminder to show the ones you care about what they mean to you...every day. Boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, bestie or family member - it doesn't matter! Share the love, and you are guaranteed to find someone who will share it with you in return. XOXO!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

CORPORATE HOT TUB PARTY



The Office
airs its last pre-hiatus episode tonight, before the shitty Winter Olympics take over and ruin everything for a while. Now, I've very rarely made public my love for the US-version of
this show. I've been a fan since the earlier seasons (ie. Homely Pam, Serious Kelly) and I really enjoy where they've been taking the show since.

Browsing around Television Without Pity the other day, I saw that they kinda "sublet" to Hulu for clips and some full episodes. I happened to be on the page for
The Office, and right there waiting for me was a clip from last week's episode, "Sabre".

BACKSTORY ALERT! I'm sort of in love with sadly-now-former Dunder Mifflin CFO, David Wallace (Andy Buckley). I haven't the foggiest idea what he's like in real life (aside from being a financial adviser and 'part-time actor'), but oh man does he make me happy on the show. And while there's a very good chance we may not see this dreamy, bespectacled man again, I was
thrilled beyond measure that the writers decided to let David Wallace make his possible exit without wearing his signature tailored suit:


And here's what I have to say about that:



But listen up, writers! You need to get David Wallace out of this current "situation". While I would never look a gift jacuzzi in the mouth, this fine corporate specimen needs to be at the top of some hierarchy/organizational chart. Please work on this. KTHXBAI!

Monday, February 8, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 02.08.10



Happy Monday, gang. If your day has been going anything like mine, I'm willing to bet you'd like some musical refreshment. And with this, I am happy to oblige!

This week's edition of Mix-N-Mash Mondays features an entertainer both famous and infamous - the one and only Britney Spears. Now, I've been a fan of Britney since her debut album ...Baby One More Time. Say what you will about her antics (or her singing "talent" for that matter), but I've always maintained that she's a very fun entertainer.

Today's remix is from Ms. Spears' most recent single, "3" - a song that admittedly took a little while to grow on me. But thanks to Disposable Culture, he's made it an industrial, sexy-ominous (sexominous?) track that will really make you wish she performed in warehouse parties more often:


Britney vs. The Machin3s (Disposable Culture Remix)
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In closing, you may want to take a listen to this (and future tracks) sooner than later. I got notification last week that due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Ke$ha remix from a two weeks ago had to be taken down. So get it while it's hot...and available!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

ISLAND FEVER



After a dreadful 8-month absence, Lost returned with much fanfare on Tuesday night with a 2-hour premiere. As expected, we were treated to a new timeline in which Oceanic Flight 815 never crashed - as well as a pretty miserable timeline where Juliet's wailing sacrifice was all for not.

I'm not going to be recapping (go here and here for that). What I will be doing is presenting you with the 3 most exciting parts of "LA X":


#1 - RICHARD ALPERT


#2 - DESMOND HUME


#3 - DHARMA SHARK

Tuesday night was also big for me, by way of my employer. Entertainment Earth's Lost bobble heads were featured in their own segment at the beginning of Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a green-screened jungle and their own interpretation of Smokey. Check it out here:


And finally - because I really can't do so enough - let's see and talk more about Richard Alpert. Did you forget what he looks like? Allow me to assist you:


In a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious interview with the MTV Movie Blog, the man behind the [insert any impressive physical feature here], Nestor Carbonell, spoke about the possibility of portraying Khan in the Star Trek sequel. And then he said this:

"Listen, all modesty aside, I'm pretty shredded right now. Richard may not get to flex his muscles, but he's not averse to taking off his shirt. Should it happen, the fans will know."

And then I got dizzy and had to take several cold showers.



Well, that should do it for now. I'm off to go pretend that Faux-Locke is carrying off Richard Alpert with the intent to bring him to my apartment. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

CONCERNING RACIAL SENSITIVITY



Oh, racial stereotyping. It's still hangin' on like a gremlin on the wing of a plane in that episode of The Twilight Zone.

But before you start to panic that I'm going to write an essay on race relations, allow me to explain. My good friend Eric sent over this photo, which was apparently snapped at the NBC Commissary:



To borrow a quotable from my Twin and/or Kylie Minogue - Wow wow wow wow. Comcast/NBC/Sheinhardt/Universal - currently one of the largest worldwide media conglomerates - never stopped to think that serving fried chicken and collard greens specifically in celebration of Black History Month might be viewed as offensive? Are the employees of the Commissary all dressed as mammies, too?

While it's an epic sensitivity fail on NBC's part, it also immediately made me think that the writers of 30 Rock would have a field day with this. So there you go - my TGS moment for the week. Happy Black History Month from NBC!

Monday, February 1, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 02.01.10



It's the beginning of a brand new week and a brand new month, so what better way to celebrate than with a brand new mash-up? It may not be an extra hour of sleep for everyone, but it's the best gift I can offer. So let's get on with it!

Today's mash-up is the Silversun Pickups' "Lazy Eye" vs. The Chemical Brothers' "Surface to Air". While I had never really heard much of the former (despite being LA-based), I've been a fan of the latter for many years now. In fact I can vividly remember wearing down my cassette of "Dig Your Own Hole" from listening to it so many times. Yeah....nevermind. Disposable Culture really knocked it out of the park on this one:


Lazy Eye to Air
(Lazy Eye + Surface to Air)
Silversun Pickups vs. The Chemical Brothers
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Thanks again for clicking over - there's lots more to come. In the meantime? Download, enjoy and just say "eff you" to your case of The Mondays!