Monday, February 28, 2011
Another old school wrestling pay-per-view review. This one is of WWE's 2004 Judgment Day pay-per-view. Coming soon, probably second week of March, I'll be reviewing WrestleManias and do a list of WrestleManias.
Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. The Dudley Boys -
Liked the switcheroo heel spot at the beginning by the Dudleys. Nice RVD comeback kick spots followed by RVD and Rey high flying against the Dudleys. AWESOME hot shot move by Bubba to Rey onto the top rope. Match started off hot but really slowed down once the Dudleys were in complete control. Bubba manhandling Rey in the corner was great especially with Bubba saying "He's a pinata." lol Mysterio taking down with a Diamond Cutter Bubba while tied upside down in the corner was awesome. Catapult Hurricanrana with RVD catapulting Mysterio onto D-Von was an excellent spot. Ending was great with Rey hitting the 619 followed by RVD hitting the Five Star Frogsplash on D-Von Dudley for the win. Overall an okay match with some great spots thrown in here and there but the middle was a bit plodding which kind of took the momentum away from everything else.
Winners: Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio
Josh Matthews interviews Booker T and he's using a black bag to ward off evil spirits. I thought he was going to conjure up the Ghoulies for a second.
GM Kurt Angle comes out in a black vehicle and then appears in a wheelchair because of his injured leg. He then gives a great heel promo on the city of Los Angeles and Eddie Guerrero. He says that after he leaves he hopes there's an earthquake in Los Angeles, lol. He then calls out Torrie Wilson whom he blames for him being in the wheelchair. He says that if Torrie loses to Dawn Marie tonight then she's fired.
Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie -
I miss these two. They're two of the hottest divas EVER. Michael Cole just said "Will you stop?!" Reminded me of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan from the late '80's-early '90's. Cool looking spot where Torrie misses a top rope crossbody block and hits the mat facefirst hard. Boring match until Dawn Marie has a wardrobe malfunction and everyone can see her ass and thong. Other than the wardrobe malfunction, the missed top rope move, and a baseball slide by Dawn Marie this match sucked.
Winner: Torrie Wilson
JBL interview. He's like a racist George W. Bush wanna-be oilman elitist. He then said there's a country of Eddie Guerreros and basically runs down criminal people like Eddie Guerrero. He says everyone should speak English and that welfare people should be people who don't have nine people living in the same house in some sort of messed up family dynamic. This is GREAT! This is like comedy for me to watch. Heel wrestlers are funny as hell. They beat out any comedian on Comedy Central.
Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Mordecai -
Scotty 2 Hotty was still around in 2004?! How the hell did that happen? lol His opponent is Mordecai and he's like a religious zealot monk guy who looks like a sorceror from the time of King Arthur. Mordecai dominating early with power moves and basic general brutalization. Scotty has a brief comeback and Mordecai then comes back before getting the power of God and hitting the Razor's Edge for the win. Nothing match but a great way to make Mordecai look good in his debut.
Chavo in his locker room and Jackie comes in to give him a present. It's a bra and panties. She says he should dress like a girl if he's going to lose to one. Chavo Classic is now checking to see if they fit, lol. Always liked Chavo Classic.
World Tag Team Championship, champions Rico and Charlie Haas (with Jackie Gayda) (c) vs. challengers Hardcore Holly and Billy Gunn -
Charlie looks distressed to be teaming with Rico, lol. He then reluctantly goes onto Rico's runway before backing away and walking around it. Then comes Hardcore Holly and Billy Gunn. This is a weird match as far as the teams booked is concerned. Neither of them want to start against Rico. Rico knocks Holly and Gunn to the floor and they continue to argue about who will start after Haas gets tagged in. Nice chain wrestling with Haas and Holly. Rico then does the homophobic mind games against Holly. Rico's really messing with them. This is like Goldust from 1996. Rico licked his hand and then tried to wipe it on Gunn's chest which made him back away in fear, lol. Rico then grabbed Gunn's ass to get out of a headlock and then when he went to tag in Holly his partner jumped off the apron. Rico then rode Gunn piggyback and put his face in his crotch. Gunn wouldn't come back in until Haas was tagged in. Gunn and Holly then got the advantage using cheapshots on both of the champs. Great dropkick by Hardcore Holly. Nice boot to the face spot by Gunn onto Haas. Crowd into Rico after the hot tag. Blind tag by Haas and Gunn hits the Fame Asser onto Rico. Holly back in and goes for the Alabama Slam onto Haas but Rico savate kicks Holly in the face and Haas Sunset Flips him into the winning cover. So far this has been BY FAR the best match on the show and that's saying something.
Winners: Charlie Haas and Rico
Undertaker shown backstage with Paul Bearer in a dark, foggy room. Bearer says this is Booker T's judgment day and Taker says Rest in Peace.
Cruiserweight Championship on the line in a match where Chavo Guerrero must wrestle with one arm tied behind his back, Jacqueline (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero (with Chavo Classic) -
Jacqueline as the Cruiserweight Champion after a low blow to Chavo? Jacqueline pulling down Chavo Classic's pants the next week on Smackdown? This show just went from the high point to the nadir. Plus Chavo has to wrestle with one arm tied behind his back. This whole match is going to suck. It hasn't even started and already I want this crap to end. Leg scissors by Jacqueline that sends Chavo to the ringpost. Crowd isn't into this at all. Chavo Classic getting knocked off the apron by Jacqueline so far has gotten the biggest reaction out of anything in this match. Chavo Classic just untied Chavo. General observation: Chavo Classic looks a lot like Cheech Marin. Face first Gory Bomb after Chavo Classic's third referee distraction leads to an end to this crapfest.
Winner: New Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero
Post-match promo by Chavo saying that no one can laugh at him again after this title victory. Chavo Classic then walks over and kicks Jacqueline in the stomach. These guys are heroes that kids can cheer for and be proud of.
United States Championship, John Cena (c) vs. Rene Dupree -
The French cafe music in the pre-match promo video is great. Dupree had a show called Cafe de Rene? Lol, that's funny to me for some reason. Why is John Cena coming out first? Shouldn't the challenger come out first? That explains it. Cena does a promo and Dupree interrupts it with his theme music. Cena talking trash and gets kicked in the face by Dupree. Rake to the eyes by Dupree and then he rams Cena's head into the ringpost. That's skill wrestling right there. Cena got the advantage again and went for a crossbody block onto Dupree who was on the apron but Dupree pulled down the top rope and Cena hit the floor with a thud. Boring middle part until Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, Dupree gets up and hits a Spinebuster. Dupree then goes for the French Tickler but spends too much time mocking Cena and misses. Cena goes for the FU but Dupree counters into a reverse neckbreaker. Cena finally connects with the FU and gets the win. Okay match, nothing too special.
Winner: John Cena
Kenzo Suzuki promotional video...yeah, that guy sucked.
Booker T vs. The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) -
"I will slap the dead off of the Undertaker." lol Booker T's scared antics during this storyline are great. He went to a voodoo priestess, lol. Booker T went outside and rubbed some Voodoo Juice on himself, lol. This is hilarious. Booker kicked Taker and all it did was piss him off. Story so far is no matter what Booker does Taker keeps taking control. Booker T out to the floor for a third time already. Book clotheslines him on the top rope. Nice missile dropkick by Booker T. Booker beats down Taker in the corner but Taker comes back with punches of his own. Booker fights back, misses a bicycle kick, and Taker hits a clothesline. Taker follows his up with Old School and then a one arm DDT followed by an armbar submission. Booker excapes from the Last Ride but knocks the ref down. Booker then throws his mysterious powder in Taker's face but it doesn't work. It has no effect on Taker. Taker hits a clothesline in the corner but misses a kick to the face and gets caught on the top rope. Booker begins working over the leg. He rams Taker's knee into the ringsteps. Booker T finally hits the Scissors Kick but Taker kicks out and sits up. Booker goes for it again but gets a boot to the face and then is chokeslammed. Crowd really into Taker. Taker nails Booker with the Tombstone for the victory. Slightly better than average match. Better than the last match but not by too much. Taker's no selling at times hurt this match but still pretty good by this show's standards.
Winner: The Undertaker
WWE Championship, Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield -
Like this pre-match promo setting up the match. The best part was JBL putting his hands on Eddie's mother and she had a heart attack. JBL showing no remorse makes me like him even more. Heels are the best. JBL asks for the microphone and says he will be doing his promo in English and if anyone needs a translator they should look for an American nearby, lol. That was funny as hell. He then implies that the arena is filled with illegals. He then tells them to save a spot on the raft for Eddie Guerrero so they can take him back to Mexico. He then says he fired his maid, who according to him is from Mexico, for stealing and he is going to hire Eddie's mom as his new housekeeper, lol. If I was there I'd probably be the one person laughing in the whole audience while everyone else is booing over this. Great stuff. Eddie shows up and JBL asks him how his mother is, lmfao. Now Eddie is giving him the look of death. Match immediately starts off with brawling and goes to the floor seconds later. Eddie rams JBL into the barricade and ringsteps. Eddie puts JBL into the ring but JBL crawls back out to the floor. Eddie then rams him into the ringpost and then throws him over the Spanish announce table. Eddie now choking JBL with camera cables. This is awesome. Love wild, out of control blood feud matches like this. Both wrestlers in the ring and then out to the floor again in a span of 20 seconds. JBL tries to leave to the back but Eddie knocks him down and drags him back to the ring, ramming him into the railing once along the way. Eddie does multiple face stepping eye rake moves. That's skill wrestling right there. They're back on the floor again. JBL reverses Eddie's Irish whip and whips Eddie into the ringsteps. Eddie holding his wrist. Bradshaw rams Eddie into the Spanish announce table and then Eddie falls over it like JBL did earlier. JBL throws him back into the ring but Eddie fires back at him with punches only to get a boot to the face. Crowd really hates JBL. JBL whips Eddie into the corner so hard he bounces off. JBL using side headlocks to wear down Eddie. Crowd really into Eddie. Nice armdrag series by Eddie but JBL goes to the floor. Eddie tries to nail him with a crossbody from the ring to the floor but JBL catches him and Fallaway Slams him on the floor. That was a great spot. Now they're fighting on the floor again. JBL backdrops Eddie onto the Spanish announce table after he runs at JBL to go for a move. After JBL gets a brief advantage it turns into a fistfight again before JBL backdrops Eddie awkwardly before getting a two count. JBL again with a brief advantage but Eddie comes back. Eddie with a counter dropkick followed by the Three Amigos but JBL blocks the third one with a knee. JBL misses the Clothesline from Hell but Eddie fights out of it. JBL accidentally pushes Eddie into the referee and the referee is knocked down. Eddie backdrops JBL to the floor. JBL is down and out of it as is the referee. Eddie throws JBL over the English announce table. JBL then smashes him right in the face with a steel chair! Sickening thud and Eddie is bleeding all ovver the place. It's a bloodbath. Blood is dripping all over his face and chest. This is like a horror movie. JBL keeps punching the wound as Eddie staggers around. JBL then uses the steel steps against Eddie's head. JBL then poses in the ring holding Eddie's head and smiles, lol. That was a funny photo-op spot. Blood is all over the ring now too. JBL nails Eddie with the Clothesline from Hell. He goes to cover but referee is still down. Charles Robinson finally shows up and JBL only gets a two count. Blood is all over Eddie's back and arms now too. JBL goes for the Clothesline from Hell again but Eddie pushes him into Charles Robinson. JBL grabs Eddie into a powerbomb but only gets a two from the original referee who has finally woken up. Eddie kicks out of a second cover by JBL. This is one of the biggest bloodbath matches I've ever seen. JBL goes for a Sleeper Hold but Eddie counters with a jawbreaker. Eddie's whole head is covered in blood and blood is dripping from his open wound. This is sickening. JBL nailing Eddie with forearm shots but Eddie isn't fazed and he's pissed. Eddie making a comeback with fists of fire. JBL catches him and goes for a Fallaway Slam but Eddie counters with a DDT. Eddie goes for and misses the Frog Splash. JBL rolls out to the floor and grabs the WWE Championship belt and a steel chair. JBL throws the chair in and then goes to nail Eddie with the title belt but Eddie kicks him low. Eddie then nails JBL with the belt to the skull right in front of the referee who calls for the DQ. Eddie then starts punching JBL in the head repeatedly. More referees come out to get control. JBL announced as the winner but Eddie nails him with the title immediately afterward. JBL now busted open too. JBL on the floor and now Eddie has a steel chair. Eddie smashes JBL in the head with the chair and the crowd is going nuts! Eddie is still bleeding all over the place. This is out of control! I LOVE THIS MATCH! JBL back in the ring and is begging off and pleading for mercy. Eddie nails him in the head with the steel chair again anyway. Crowd going wild now. Eddie hits JBL with the Frog Splash much to the delight of the crowd. Referees come out to help JBL to the back to end this madness. Eddie staring down JBL who is backing away in the aisleway. Eddie chases him down and tackles him to the ground before nailing him with more fists of fire. More officials and referees out to seperate him and JBL. Crowd cheering Eddie after all of this chaos. Ring covered in blood and Eddie is still the champion. That match was one of the greatest matches I've ever seen. LOVED the out of control brawling and the bloody chaos at the end of this match was classic. I HIGHLY and I do mean HIGHLY recommend that you see this match as soon as possible. Even if you don't like JBL, trust me, it's worth it to watch this match.
Winner: JBL wins by disqualification
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars but it was on 1 star before that main event. The JBL/Guerrero match was an all time classic. I LOVED that match. However the only other good match on this show was Charlie Haas and Rico against Billy Gunn and Hardcore Holly which isn't saying much. However the Main Event was awesome, I highly recommend watching that match. I miss out of control bloodbath matches like this one. That was one of the greatest matches that I've ever seen. That said, the other matches on the show sans the Tag Title match were mostly garbage with a few average matches near the end but I don't recommend this show at all except for the main event.
This is the first ever Heel Heat running commentary movie review and it's on the movie Big Trouble in Little China. This movie is directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, and Donald Li.
Running Commentary -
I LOVE this banter between the lawyer and Egg Shen at the beginning of this movie especially about the green flame.
WHOA...Egg Shen just made lightning come from his hands. Yeah, I think it's safe to say that this is going to be awesome.
"A man would have to be some kind of fool to think we're all alone in this universe."
This Jack Burton CB Radio commentary is amusing. This is a guy I'd like to hang out with on a Saturday night at some Star Wars Cantina-esque bar in downtown Las Vegas.
"Nothing or double. This knife cuts this bottle in half."
"It's all in the reflexes."
I love how Wang Chi says that he can't "eat, sleep, or drink without her" and Jack just rolls his eyes. Then he says "That's why the bottle didn't slice in half. My mind and my spirit are going north and south" to which Jack gives him a look that says 'yeah right.' lol
Uh-oh...it's a Chinese street gang from Back to the Future, Part 2.
Now they've kidnapped Wang Chi's fiance and Jack is pissed.
"A Fighting Tong?"
Wing Kong gang has arrived to fight the Chang Sings.
"Chinese Stand-off...don't make a sound."
AWESOME! Now it's an all out warfare battle in an alleyway between two martial arts gangs.
The Three Storms arrive and stop the fight. This is like when Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper showed up in the 2008 Royal Rumble.
The moment the Storms get weapons they run, lol.
Jack just drove through Lo Pan and then Lo Pan shot light out his mouth blinding him.
The Three Storms just massacred the Fighting Tongs.
Wang Chi: "Cops got better things to do than get killed." Jack: "Yeah? So do I." lol
Jack wearing telling Uncle Chu what happened is hilarious especially given the fact he's wearing a geisha robe, lol.
Jack Burton's dorky undercover character is amusing as hell.
GREEN FLAME! AWESOME! That part was cool.
Rain, Thunder, and Lightning kidnapped Wang Chi's girlfriend and kicked Jack's ass.
Wing Kong Exchange infliltration time.
Jack: "The last thing we had this kind of problem was on account of some squirrels."
There's an underwater dungeon with bodies in it. This is so cool.
David Lo Pan shows up as an old man instead of Mandarin from Marvel Comics.
Lo Pan: "IIIIIINNNNNDDDEEEEEEEDDDDDD!" Jack: "Or check into a psycho ward, whatever comes first."
"I'm supposed to buy this shit?" LMFAO That Jack Burton comment made me laugh. Sounds like somsething I would say.
I guess Thunder can expand like a ball after you put air in it.
The wheelchair part was pretty cool.
Where the hell is Iron Man to fight Mandarin?!
Love the part where Jack's gun locks up and he ends up killing the guy anyway but acts like he hasn't done that before but denies it after he does.
Now it's turned into a prison break.
Jack loses his knife and by the time he's back in the fight Wang Chi's already taken down all the Wing Kong bad guys, lol.
They escape but now Gracie Law's been captured by some weird Chinese sasquatch creature.
The Chang Sings arrive and Jack asks "Any of 'em savvy English?" LMFAO
Egg Shen's base looks like a cross between the Ninja Turtles lair and the Ghostbusters headquarters.
Egg gets on his battle gear and Jack looks at him like he's crazy, lol.
Jack: "Down where?" Egg Shen: "Down there, towards the universe."
Why is it Lo Pan's ancient Chinese ritual is just a bunch of martial arts moves done by his minions? Shouldn't there be a spell somewhere in there or something?
Flying swords...FINALLY some magic.
WHOA! WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! Whatever it is it looked awesome.
"My God, no, what is that? Don't tell me."
There's this flying head with eyeballs all over it. AWESOME! That thing looks so cool!
Jack: "Hollow?" Wang Chi: "Hollow." Jack: "Fuck it." He then slices up the decorative covering, lol.
I want a Six Demon Bag.
An unholy Chinese black magic wedding ceremony. Interesting.
"The moment of truth...the Needle of Love."
Wang Chi killed the eyeball creature with a sword. Awesome.
Jack just knocked himself out.
The flying swordfight scene is great.
Lo Pan is a black magic elitist. He said that Egg Shen uses "peasant magic," lol.
VIDEO GAME CHINESE MAGIC SWORD FIGHT! THIS IS SO COOL!
Mortal Kombat clearly modeled Raiden after Lightning from this movie.
Gracie saved Jack by kicking the Chinese bigfoot creature in the balls, lol.
Jack is going to fight Lo Pan with a small knife and lipstick all over his mouth. Amusing visual.
Jack throws the knife way off and both Mao Yin and Lo Pan look at him like he's nuts.
Lo Pan throws the knife at Jack and he catches it, throwing it right at his head killing Lo Pan. This causes a mini-earthquake.
Thunder inflates himself until he explodes. Wild scene.
They killed Lightning by pushing a statue down onto him. Awesome.
They finally found Jack's truck and escape after Egg Shen uses something from the Six Demon Bag to repel the cops.
Jack: "We really shook the pillars of Heaven didn't we Wang?"
LOVE the ending with Jack in his truck and the Chinese sasquatch creature appears.
Overall - Going to give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. The creatures were great as were the Lo Pan, Egg Shen, and Jack Burton characters however some parts of the story didn't make sense and at times there was a bit too much going on but overall not a bad movie.
It's Music Monday again so here's another music blog for ya'll. Coming up next: Big Trouble in Little China move running commentary and review blog.
Shadows of the Sun by Ulver
V by Golden Smog
Say it Ain't So by Weezer
Volcanoes by Islands
Waving Flags by British Sea Power
Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Glosoli by Sigur Ros
Vast by Lost Ocean
Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
This is my review of the WWF Survivor Series 2001.
WWF European Championship, Christian (c) vs. Al Snow-
I was surprised that this opener was as good as it was. Lots of great chain wrestling and the crowd got into it. Pretty good match with Christian winning with the Unprettier.
William Regal vs. Tajiri -
Was expecting a better match-up between these two. It was just ok, nothing special. Regal's nose got busted open the hard way. Regal won and then attack Tajiri and Torrie Wilson after the match with Powerbombs.
Winner: William Regal
Championship Unification, Test (c) vs. Edge (c) -
Nothing too special in this one. Another average match with nothing too special going on in it. Crowd was into it after the nearfalls and at the end but that was it. Edge won after a Spear.
Steel Cage Tag Team Title Unification Match, The Dudley Boys (c) vs. Hardy Boys (c) -
The first half of this match and the second half of the match were complete opposites. The first half of this match was boring and uneventful. The second half was great with escape attempts galore and lots of good spots. The end saw Matt Hardy escape the cage and then Jeff Hardy had a chance to escape but instead missed a Swanton Bomb through a table in the middle of the ring. Great spot to end the match. Budda Dudley pinned him before Matt could climb back in to make the save. Crowd was into the second half but dead the first half. Needless to say this was the second best match so far.
Winners: Dudley Boys
Immunity Battle Royal -
Pretty good match complete with lone wolves and wild brawling in the ring. It started off as faction vs. faction but eventually became every man for himself. Nice to see Lance Storm last as long as he did. Chavo Guerrero, Hugh Morrus, and Taz, three guys kicked out of the Alliance, entered which was good. Match ended up with Test eliminating Storm and Bradshaw but Billy Gunn held onto the top rope to stay alive on the other side. He attacked Test when he turned around but Test hit the Big Boot to win immunity from being fired for a year.
Women's Championship Match, Trish Stratus vs. Lita vs. Jackie vs. Ivory vs. Jazz vs. Mighty Molly -
A short spotfest match won by Trish. That sums this up.
Winner: Trish Stratus
Winner Take All Survivor Series Elimination Match, Team WWF/E: The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show vs. Team Alliance: Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Shane McMahon -
Great commentary throughout the show by Jim Ross and Paul Heyman. Crowd into RVD. Austin's WCW entrance music is utterly hilarious because it sounds like something that you would hear on a WCW show lol. Love the arguing between Ross and Heyman. Ross says to Heyman, "Jim Cornette can replace you tomorrow night." Cue Paul Heyman laughing. Just like the Inaugural Brawl match, the match begins with everyone taking turns both having the advantage and being on the disadvantage. Shane McMahon made about twenty saves at the start of this match. Everyone did their finishers on Show to eliminate him first. Shane McMahon got the pin before getting jiggy with it. Shane McMahon then received all the finishers of the Team WWF/E members before Jericho pinned him after a Lionsault. Five Star Frog Splash by RVD onto Kane. Kane tries to chokeslam him and Booker T stops it which causes out of control brawling all around the ringside area before RVD pins Kane after a Spin Wheel Kick. Undertaker then takes on all four remaining Alliance team members by himself in the ring. Booker T distracts the ref by throwing a chair in the ring and Austin stuns Taker which leads to Angle eliminating him. This leaves Booker T, Austin, Angle, and RVD against Rock and Jericho. After getting beat up by the Alliance, Rock surprises Booker T by pinning him with a roll up. RVD and Jericho had an excellent little sequence of moves before Jericho pinned RVD to eliminate him. This then leads to Austin and Angle brawling with Rock and Jericho. Austin slingshot suplexes Rock into the ringpost which leaves Jericho by himself. Austin and Angle then took turns beating up on Jericho for the next few minutes. Hot tag by Jericho to Rock. Rock comes in and soon eliminates Angle using the Sharpshooter. Down to Austin vs. Rock and Jericho. Nice match between Austin and Jericho. Austin's lip busted open. Series of counters leads Austin to countering Jericho and pinning him. Jericho then goes mad and hits the Breakdown on the Rock. Austin got a two count on the Rock and Jericho tried to interfere again until Undertaker came out to chase him off. Austin stomps and punches Rock for a little bit. Rock fights back but Austin tosses him over the top rope by the announce table. Fight on the floor now. Austin gets the advantage, Rock fights back but then Austin throws him head first into the ringpost and then the ring steps. Rock tosses Austin over the Spanish announce table and then starts punching Austin. Rock has the advantage but back in the ring Austin fights back and puts the Sharpshooter on the Rock. Austin tries to use World Title as a weapon but Rock counters and puts Austin in the Sharpshooter. Now both have survived the Sharpshooter. Rock nails Austin with his own Stone Cold Stunner finisher but takes too long to cover and Nick Patrick comes in to pull out Earl Hebner. Rock goes after Patrick but Austin stops it and grabs Rock into his own Rock Bottom finisher but only gets a two count. Austin beefs with Patrick and then punches his own referee in the face. Austin helps the WWF/E ref back in but Rock pushes him into Hebner. Ref is out. Rock is then countered and Austin nails him with the Stunner. Austin helping Hebner again. Angle back in with the WWF/E Title belt and nails Austin in the head with it. Rock grabs Austin into the Rock Bottom and pins him. WWF/E survives and WCW/ECW are dead once and for all.
Winner: The Rock, sole survivor, Team WWF/E wins
Overall this was an average show. Main event was really good and so was the second half of the Dudley Boys/Hardy Boys tag team cage match. Battle Royal and Christian vs. Al Snow were also good but everything else sucked which really hurt this show overall. Liked the fact that they showed the reactions from both faction's locker rooms during the matches and backstage throughout the show.
Going to do another dream blog. Had two of them this week. One had a UNLV budget rally put on by the student government. Somehow when I was going to the Student Union before class I ended up in the middle of the budget rally. Somehow, while trying to fight my way through the crowd, I end up on the stage and rip into the Democratic politicians there who are there to turn what should be a student budget rally/protest into a political rally. I ask them if this is a political rally. Everyone says no and then I go on a typical Varga rant about how there should be a third party because all of this is caused by the two parties that only care about their votes and basically just go off on a tangent about everything. Ends up with me getting cheered by the crowd whereas at the beginning as I was getting booed. Someone tells me I should run for office someday and they like the fact that I just went up on stage and told it like it is about everything. Pretty cool dream. The second one was even better. In class someone was talking and then brought up that me and the girl I like in my classes (we have 3 classes) both are single before suggesting that we go out. Cue awkward silence before we look at each other. She smiles and says "I wouldn't be against that." I respond with the same quote and then she asks "So when are we going out?" That's when the dream ends. Hopefully that one happens.
10 Potential WrestleMania matches -
Interesting list and I agree with all but the Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase, Jr. match. Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole will be the 10th match on here.
CBS and Warner Brothers Pull Plug on Two and a Half Men -
I guess Charlie Sheen is finally too out of control for him after going on a verbal rampage today.
NBA Trade Breakdown -
And finally the final list of NBA Trades done this week. The highlights are Shane Battier to Memphis, Goran Dragic to Houston, Aaron Brooks to Phoenix, Marquis Daniels to Sacramento, Nazr Mohammed to Oklahoma City, Gerald Wallace to Portland, Joel Pryzbilla to Charlotte, Jeff Green to Boston, Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City, Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the LA Clippers, Baron Davis to Cleveland, Kirk Hinrich to Atlanta, Mike Bibby to Washington, Deron Williams to New Jersey, Devin Harris to Utah, Carl Landry to New Orleans, Troy Murphy to Golden State, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler to Denver. Overall the NBA has been turned upside down and that is great for the sport. Good job by the teams this week.
Decided to watch this one tonight and do a review on it.
Edge and Christain vs. Mike Awesome and Lance Storm -
Good opener with lots of action. All four of these guy can wrestle so that made it work pretty good. I liked the dynamic between these two teams. Very good match to start off the show with. There were a few good matches on this show and this was one of them.
Winners: Edge and Christian
Earl Hebner vs. Nick Patrick, Special Referee Mick Foley -
The referee death match of the ages. Honestly I thought this would be horrible but it was actually quite a good little short fight and the crowd was really into it. Hebner played like a Austin type pissed off face character while Patrick was the cheating heel. WCW referees interfered and then the WWF/E referees brawled with them. Foley sent them all to the back. Patrick was mad over this and when he turned around from arguing with Foley, Hebner nailed him with a flying shoulder block for the win. Foley then beat up Patrick after the match. Summary: Three minutes of chaos.
Winner: Earl Hebner
The APA vs. Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo -
Kind of a blah, average at best tag match between the tag champions of the WWF/E and WCW. Nothing too much to say here. This was on par with a typical WWE tag match seen on TV. Nothing really stood out. APA won after Bradshaw hit the Clothesline from Wall Street...I mean, Hell.
Winners: The APA
Billy Kidman vs. X-Pac -
Crowd really hated X-Pac. Match was pretty good especially in comparison to the last match. Pitted the WCW Cruiserweight Champion against the WWF/E Lightheavyweight Champion. X-Pac was the only WWF/E guy to get booed all night. Good little match about the same length as the last match. Kidman looked good here and won with the Shooting Star Press.
Winner: Billy Kidman
Raven vs. William Regal -
I completely forgot about this match and I honestly marked out when they both came out. This was a good little technical match. Lots of near falls and great mat wrestling, especially by Regal. Ending sucked. Raven got knocked out to the floor and when the ref was distracted Taz came out and attacked Regal. Raven then pinned him for the win.
Billy Gunn/Big Show/Albert vs. Shawn Stasiak/Hugh Morrus/Chris Kanyon -
This was the weirdest six man tag match in wrestling history. The match just had a weird flow and the action was kind of in slow motion. Finish was weird too with Morrus pinning Gunn after Stasiak interfered when the ref was distracted. Show chokeslammed the WCW team after the match. Bizarre match.
Winners: Shawn Stasiak/Hugh Morrus/Chris Kanyon
Tajiri vs. Taz -
Finally another good match. Short but filled with excellent wrestling and moves from both men. Crowd into it. Lots of cool moves in it. Tajiri won after using the green mist followed by a kick to the head. The action made up for the shortness of the match.
WWF/E Hardcore Championship, Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Rob Van Dam -
Match of the Night and a match of the year candidate from 2001. Lots of cool spots, lots of action, lots of violence. Rob Van Dam's WWF/E debut. RVD hit the Van Daminator on Hardy who fell off the stage. He also pushed Hardy off of a ladder onto the concrete aisleway. Great crowd fight in the match too. Blood, action, chaos, great match.
Winner: New WWF/E Hardcore Champion Rob Van Dam
Divas Tag Team Bra and Panties Match, Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler, Special Referee Mick Foley -
Not good but not horrible either. Trish had the best reversal of all time when she depants'd Torrie Wilson in a reversal move. Foley's refereeing was great. Amusing but nothing special.
Winners: Lita and Trish Stratus
Inaugural Brawl, Team WWF/E: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin/Kurt Angle/Undertaker/Kane/Chris Jericho (with Vince McMahon) vs. Booker T/"Diamond" Dallas Page/D-Von Dudley/Bubba Ray Dudley/Rhino (with Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and Paul Heyman) -
Long, good match. Started off with Undertaker jumping DDP because of him stalking his wife over the previous few weeks. Everyone got in on it including Austin who was coming out from the back. Fights all over the place on the floor to start off with. Match beginning had wrestlers coming in and out of the ring with everyone in the match getting both a little bit of time to have the advantage as well as be on the disadvantage except for DDP who was in full cowardly heel mode. Jericho got on the disadvantage but fought back and tagged in Angle. Angle then got beat up for what seemed like forever including numerous double team maneuvers and cheating sneak attacks. Taker finally had enough and came in to get a piece of DDP. They fought in the crowd and to the back as everyone fought everyone else all over the ringside area. Booker T and Angle were down in the ring and Austin got knocked down by getting rammed into the ringsteps. Dudley Boys fought Kane on the floor but Kane fought back and chokeslammed D-Von through the announce table. Rhino and Bubba Dudley then suplexed Kane through the other announce table. Rhino then got nailed through a third table set up against the barricade by Jericho. This left Kurt Angle vs. Bubba Dudley and Booker T. They double teamed Angle but he fought back until all three were knocked down. Vince McMahon tried to get the World Title belt into Angle to use as a weapon but Shane McMahon got it and knocked out Vince. He then tried to do this to Angle too but Angle ducked before tossing both Shane and Bubba Dudley out to the floor. Angle had Booker in the Ankle Lock for the win after an Angle Slam. Austin brought the ref back in but nailed Angle with the Stunner and helped Booker T pin Angle. Austin, Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon, and Shane McMahon celebrated with beers afterwards.
Winners: Team WCW/ECW
Overall: Not as bad as I thought it would be. Average overall to be honest. Half of the matches were good and the other half were garbage, about 50/50 show-wise as far as that goes. Really liked the Main Event and Hardy/RVD. Tajiri/Taz, Regal/Raven (sans ending), and Edge/Christian vs. Awesome/Storm were also good.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
CSN may have to close one campus -
Best Picture of the Year: The King's Speech (2010)
No brainer here too. Firth to win and his movie will win best picture.
Best Original Screenplay: King's Speech (2010) by David Seidler
The Social Network will win this but that's about it.
No contest here. Toy Story 3, which I think will get in the top five in the Best Picture race, dominates the field.
Another no contest. This one was a TKO before the ballots were even collected.
Oscar Nominations -
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
North Africa and Middle East Protests:
The region of the Middle East and North Africa is still in complete chaos due to the massive amount of protests. The countries where there is unrest are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Djibouti, Kuwait, Syria, and Palestine. Here's the update on each country. Algeria ended the state of emergency that has been around since 1992. In Bahrain the government urged the opposition to have an open dialogue with them. More protests are planned here. In Egypt, the British are allowing their people to travel there due to the chaos being over. Meanwhile the Egyptian military is securing the border to Libya because of the protests and unrest going on there. Libya is the country with the most chaos. Leader Moammar Gadhafi went on television and gave a very bizarre speech where he said he would die a "martyr" instead of stepping down like a coward. Protesters are being shot at by the military in some places while in others the opposition has control most notably in the eastern part of the country. In Sudan the president has said that he will not run for office again in 2015. He has been in charge since 1989. He is also the man behind the genocide in Darfur. The government is using brutal force against any dissenters. There are still protests in Yemen and the president said he will not step down. Here are some related links that are good reads.
There has been more stuff going on in Wisconsin today. The first is that the main pro-union website that has been used by the protesters to get organized was partially blocked. The Democratic Party naturally blamed this on the Republicans and the Governor. They said it was an attack on their First Amendment rights. The Governor's people countered by saying that it was because the website was automatically blocked by the capital's software protection program. Governor Walker criticized the protests and said that if nothing is done about the state's budget shortfall will cost 1,500 people their jobs. Meanwhile the State's Democratic Senators are still in Illinois to block any attempts at passing the Governor's budget through legislature. However the Tea Party has now gotten involved in this situation. They chanted pro-Walker chants at the protesters. In this situation I can see both sides. The protesters think that if Walker passes the budget bill he wants then they will lose their collective-bargaining rights but at the same time I can see Walker's point. The budget needs to be under control and it wont happen if people continue to want things handed to them. It's time to make some tough decisions and if people don't like it then they can pull an Egypt and do something about it. That's just my opinion but Walker did say he would do this when he was running so I can't really fault him for lying. Both sides are in the right but something will have to happen to choose who wins in the end.
Monday, February 21, 2011
WWE RAW Review, 02/21/2011:
Show started off with a countdown clock to hype up someone. I liked that.
John Cena Segment-
Normally I would rip into Cena but I can't do that today. Before I go into this the crowd was clearly anti-Cena, pro-Rock at the start of this. His promo started off like his normal annoying promos do complete with clearing his throat but instead of following that with his usual cutesy stuff he then went back to being the Doctor of Thuganomics after showing a replay of The Rock's trash talk from last week. He then ripped into The Rock with a verbal barrage that we haven't seen from him in ages. Honestly I liked it. And it went PG-13 too which made it even better. Best Cena promo in a LONG, LONG time. Hopefully they keep him like this because it's much better than the normal shit material they use with him.
CM Punk vs. John Morrison -
They showed a picture of Punk's cut up leg which looked pretty bad. Haven't seen that injury from a Chamber match before. Both wrestlers selling injuries. Punk went after Morrison's hurt knee and eventually it helped lead to him winning after a GTS.
Winner: CM Punk
CM Punk then proved why he is the current lord and master of the microphone by delivering an awesome promo directed at Randy Orton. He told Orton to let it go but Orton came in from the crowd and attacked him. Punk escaped from the RKO before being saved by his New Nexus minions.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston -
Not really a match but a brawl. Del Rio comes out and Kofi ambushes him. Kofi wildly attacking him only to be stopped by a microphone to the head by Roberto Rodriguez. Del Rio then gets vicious and throws Kofi into the steps and barricade before putting the Code Red armbreaker finisher on him. Good segment, really vicious and brutal.
Miz Promo -
This probably is my favorite Miz promo. He ripped on both the fans as well as The Rock. Good stuff especially when he was making fun of the 30-year old fanboys who were cheering like kids for the Rock. He probably got the idea from my Twitter account last week, lol.
Bella Twins vs. Gail Kim and Eve Torres -
Short match but I liked the heel tactics of the Bellas. The switch at the end as well as the heel attack on the floor was pretty good. Liked this.
Winners: Bella Twins
The countdown ends and Undertaker is shown. His music hits and the crowd goes wild. Taker comes out, does his thing, and is immediately interrupted by Triple-H who's also returning! Crowd goes even more wild. Taker glares at Trips as he goes from corner to corner posing. They have a staredown, look at the Mania sign, and Taker laughs before shaking his head. He puts his hat back on and goes to leave before doing an about-face before getting back in Trips' face. He does the throat slash motion and Trips counters with the DX crotch chop. They have another staredown which ultimately leads to a commercial break. Segment was good for what it was even with the muteness of both wrestlers.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry -
Kind of a weird match. Sheamus dominates most of it and can't keep Henry's shoulders down. So instead of going for the Brogue Kick he pulls off the turnbuckle pad to reveal the metal underneath only to get caught in an Avalanche Splash and pinned by Henry. Like that they said he was weakened by the Chamber match which made sense but still took away Sheamus' momentum.
Winner: Mark Henry
"HACKSAW" JIM DUGGAN IN THE HALL OF FAME! I like it.
Michael Cole interviews Jerry Lawler -
I was laughing over Cole heeling out on the crowd before the interview. cole asking condescding questions while Lawler just glares at him. Good visual. This heel Cole interview making remarks about Lawler's dead mother makes me think of Bobby Heenan and the Big Bossman from 1991. Lawler finally gets pissed and gets on Cole before challenging him to a match at WrestleMania. Cole says it'll never happen and then goes back to the announce table but Lawler follows him out to the floor. YES! COLE THREW WATER IN LAWLER'S FACE AND RUNS OFF LIKE A COWARD! I like this feud already especially after Cole pulled a Heenan. I didn't like the idea of this when I heard about it but after seeing this I LOVE THIS FEUD! Awesome stuff here. This could be the sleeper feud going into Mania.
WWE Unified Tag Team Championship, champions Heath Slater/Justin Gabriel (c) vs. challengers The Miz/John Cena -
Miz starts and begins with the advantage. He starts badmouthing Cena throughout and they try to one-up each other. Miz hits the Skullcrushing Finale and Miz and Cena win the Tag Titles in a fairly quick match. Crowd was really cheering the new champs.
Winners: New Tag Team Champions John Cena and The Miz
Post-match had Wade Barrett get on the microphone and say that the Corre was inacting their rematch clause. The Anonymous GM agreed and said to ring the bell.
WWE Unified Tag Team Championship, champions The Miz/John Cena vs. challengers Heath Slater/Justin Gabriel (c) -
Slater and Gabriel get the advantage on The Miz and dominate him for most of the match. Crowd really cheering for The Miz. Like the Corre's cheating tactics. Distraction followed by an attack. That's skill wrestling right there. Miz repeatedly tries to tag out but comes up much short. He finally gets Gabriel down and tags Cena in and the crowd goes nuts. He gets the champs almost beat but Miz nails Cena from behind with the Skullcrushing Finale just as he's about to hit the FU. The Corre covers and regains the titles. Three tag title changes in 24 hours. I also think that Slater and Gabriel might be the quickest team to win three tag titles in WWE history.
Winners: New tag team champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
Post-match had Miz laughing about what happened while Cena looked bewildered and pissed at the same time.
Overall I liked the show. The only thing I didn't like was the Sheamus/Henry segment but nothing else bothered me. Liked this show a lot especially the Cole/Lawler stuff, the Miz/Cena promos, the CM Punk promo, the Del Rio/Kofi brawl, and all of the matches were good except for the Sheamus/Henry match. Good show.
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 4 stars
5. Star Wars, Episode II: The Attack of the Clones -
The movie starts of with a bang of an assassination attempt on Padme Amidala. Palpatine is a such a manipulative liar. He'd be a great wrestling villain. Then comes a pretty cool flying car chase scene. Why is it that Coruscant is basically New York City from The Fifth Element? At this point Anakin Skywalker is given protection duty for Padme. Obi-Wan Kenobi goes to find out information about a bounty hunter and ends up in a sixties style diner. This diner looks like the same one in Back to the Future, Part 2 where Marty McFly has to impersonate his son. Padme Amidala is back in cougar mode seducing Anakin yet again. Now they're in a full blown romance with her now. Anakin goes back to Tatooine to find his mother. In this movie Watto looks like a guy who'd be hanging out in the Stardust sportsbook circa the year 2000. Anakin's killing rampage is by far the most interesting thing in this movie so far. I like how Anakin is remorseless about commiting genocide and he showed no mercy to the Tusken Raiders. He's a hero kids can be proud of. Palpatine's manipulations in this movie are great. Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme all end up on Geonosis and get captured. So the alien bee army captures them and then takes them to the Roman Colisseum to be sacrificed to some mutated animal creatures. To top it off the three captives are winning and the 500,000 or so flying creatures are doing nothing. This whole scene makes no sense. The Jedis come to the rescue. Why is it that Yoda is the only Jedi in this entire movie that has any brains whatsoever? The Yoda vs. Count Dooku lightsaber duel is the best part of this movie BY FAR. I find it hilarious that Yoda immediately knows that Anakin and Padme are lovers yet has no clue about Palpatine being a Sith Lord. Overall better than the last movie.
Rating: 2 stars out of 4
4. Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi -
Shocked it's not Episode III? Yeah I am too. Starts off with Darth Vader getting on his general for the slow completion of the new Death Star. "The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am." After seeing how Vader has been in the first two movies the Emperor must be really heartless. Going by the prequels, he's an uber-villain. C-3PO and R2-D2 are on Tatooine and are at Jabba's Palace. Jabba's Palace is so cool. It looks like a scummy cantina somewhere in the Vegas slums. Jabba the Hut is like one of these Vegas high roller scumbags who has a girlfriend that's forty years younger than he is. Leia tries to rescue Han but gets captured by Jabba and his goons. Luke arrives and Jabba sicks the Rancor on him. The Rancor is probably the coolest creature in the Star Wars universe. It looks like something that you'd see in a horror movie. Princess Leia's Jabba love slave outfit still is probably the hottest nerd sci-fi costume in history. Liked the Pit of Sarlacc battle and escape scene. Luke goes back to Dagobah to meet with Yoda while everyone else goes to meet up with the Rebel Fleet. Yoda died. Now that was an emotional scene especially with the revelation of Luke having a sibling. Luke figures out that Leia is his sister on the first try. This is why he remains good as opposed to Anakin who turned heel. He had common sense and could control his emotions whereas his father could not. Han and the Rebels start planning their attack on the second Death Star. Seeing Admiral Ackbar makes me want to go eat out at Red Lobster for some reason. Luke arrives and joins Han and his crew on the Endor mission. Cool Endor Speeder chase scene. Oh no...it's Wicket the Ewok. Now all of that cool stuff that just happened is going to replaced by a live action version of Disney's Gummy Bears television series. Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and the rest of the crew go looking for Leia who's missing. Now they've been captured by more Ewoks. I'm waiting for Jar Jar to make a cameo with little Anni so they can pander to kids like John Cena. Luke uses the Force on C-3PO, who the Ewoks think is a God, in order to gain their release after they are captured. Now Leia knows that she's Luke's sister and now Luke has let himself get captured by Vader to try and turn him good. His plan backfires and Vader takes him to see the Emperor which he didn't think would happen. The Emperor taunting Luke is great as is his set-up of the Rebel Attack Fleet. On Endor the Rebels get caught by the Stormtroopers however it's the Ewoks to the rescue. Space and land battles going on at the same time. How are little Ewok bear creatures armed with sticks and stones able to take on elite Imperial Stormtroopers armed with laser blasters? I'm starting to think that they were trained by the Tahrir Square protesters at this point. This verbal taunting and mind games in the Luke vs. Vader lightsaber fight makes this whole scene work. Tactics being used, psyche-outs being used. It don't get no better than this. Death Star shields down so now the Rebel ships go in for the kill. Vader finally turns face again. This is like in 2002 when Hogan left the nWo and became the Hulkster again. And naturally the whole Star Wars saga ends with a happy ending. Not bad overall. However I liked the battle scenes in Episode III more as well as the darker tone which is why I ranked it above this one. Not better by much but still slightly better.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 4 stars
3. Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith -
Yeah, I know. Shocking that this ended up being ranked above Jedi. However the happy ending scenario and the Ewoks kind of ruined it for me. Also the Palpatine character and action scenes in this one were great. The movie starts off with an awesome massive space battle scene above the planet Coruscant. This space battle opening sequence is already better than anything in the first two prequel movies combined. R2-D2 just deep fried to robot soldiers using fire and gasoline...yeah, that was pretty awesome. Palpatine manipulating Anakin to kill Dooku was great. So far everything up to the crash landing scene has been really good. Hopefully it stays like this throughout. And here comes the shitty dialogue to ruin the thirty minutes of awesome that started the movie. These Anakin and Padme romantic scenes are horrible. Palpatine is EASILY my favorite character in this movie. I find myself rooting for him over the boring Jedis. Yet another great manipulation scene involving him and Anakin. Obi-Wan's fight scene with General Grievous was pretty good. Palpatine tells Anakin that he's a Sith three times before Anakin figures out that Palpatine is the Sith Lord. That amused me. Anakin tells the Mace Windu that Palpatine is the Sith Lord. Windu takes three other Jedis to confront him as Anakin and Padme have the Rumination scene which is their best scene in the entire series. Why? Simple. No talking and the music makes it work. The Mace Windu vs. Palpatine lightsaber duel was great. Palpatine acts like he's weak and can't defend himself thus manipulating Anakin to cut off Windu's hand and allow Palpatine the opening to shock him with Force Lightning! AWESOME! What a great scene. This Anakin Skywalker heel turn into Darth Vader is probably the best non-action scene I've seen in the crappy prequel movies. Palpatine set all of this up perfectly. He eliminated all of his enemies so no one can challenge him. Vader is now his personal assassin. Anakin shows no mercy in the Jedi Temple takeover scene. He even kills the kids. This guy is ruthless. The lighstaber duels at the end of this movie were excellently done. Both the Yoda vs. Palpatine and Obi-Wan vs. Anakin/Vader lightsaber duels are very well done, probably the two best fight scenes in the Star Wars movies. Why does it seem like Darth Vader is Frankenstein and Palpatine is Count Dracula at the end of this movie? Liked the ending to this. Set up the original trilogy as well as having a non-happy ending with the Sith ruling the galaxy.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
2. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope -
Liked this movie a lot. Starts off with Vader capturing the ship of Princess Leia looking for the stolen Death Star plans. Leia hides the plans as well as a message in R2-D2 and he escapes down to planet Tatooine along with C-3PO. The Jawas look like guys who would be hanging out the Vegas slums trying to sell you cheaply made knock off goods for ten bucks. It's sad that after only 15 minutes into this movie R2D2 and C3PO are already more interesting than every Prequel character sans Palpatine. The Jawas then sell the two robots to Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen and he finds the message Leia put in R2-D2. However R2-D2 escapes to go find Ben Kenobi to give him the message and they have to go find him the next morning. The Sand People are so cool. In fact, they are so cool that they pissed off Anakin to the point where he helped form the Galactic Empire. Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi saves them and takes them to his place where he tells Luke about his Jedi origins. Stormtroopers kill Luke's family so he goes with Obi-Wan to Mos Eisley. Mos Eisley looks like downtown Vegas. Now my favorite scene, the Star Wars Cantina Scene. The Mos Eisley Cantina looks like this metal bar I go to called the Cheyenne Saloon. It's even got the same scummy clientelle. The Han Solo vs. Greedo scene was awesome. I love how after Han shoots Greedo he flips the bartender a coin and says "Sorry about the mess." Good stuff. I like how Han Solo is a good guy with a heelish mentality at times. That's why I like him so much. The Death Star destroys Alderaan and then the Millenium Falcon arrives only to be caught in the Death Star's tractor beam. So Darth Vader can sense Obi-Wan Kenobi but not his own children? That doesn't make sense. Funny garbage disposal scene. All Han Solo cares about is money. Cool battle scene and space battle escape sequence. Darth Vader dominates the entire Rebel fighter fleet by himself but Han Solo gives the assist to Luke Skywalker who scores the winning shot. Death Star destroyed but Vader escapes.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
1. Star Wars, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back -
By far the best of the series. Not a bad thing to say about this movie and probably one of the best movies of all time. Here's the synopsis of the movie. Starts off on the ice world of Hoth where Luke is captured by a Wampa. The Wampa is so cool looking. It's like an evil intergalactic Yeti or something. I love how Han is already instigating things with Princess Leia. He's an instigating trouble maker anti-hero which is what makes him great. Luke chopped off the Wampa's arm with the lightsaber...AWESOME. Now if only someone did that to Jar Jar's head in the Phantom Menace...Wishful thinking. Darth Vader kills his general for screwing up. Yeah, this is getting good already. The tone of this is noticeably darker already and it's only just twenty minutes in. The Hoth battle scenes are great but the part when Han Solo and the gang get inside the Millenium Falcon is pretty funny. Liked the asteroid escape scene too. This has been the best Star Wars yet as far as the first half of the movie goes. Han and Leia finally kiss while Luke is looking for Yoda on Dagobah and Vader has his ships searching for the Millenium Falcon. LOVE THAT GIANT WORM TRYING TO EAT THE MILLENIUM FALCON SCENE! That was cool to see. The bounty hunters Darth Vader hired to find the Millenium Falcon look awesome as hell. Luke is now being trained by Yoda. These training scenes are pretty good. Yoda's the best coach since Vince Lombardi. Han and friends are now hiding out in his buddy Lando Calrissian's Cloud City. Chewbacca is now fighting the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz over C-3PO. Lando with the epic betrayal on Han and Leia. Good stuff. The Han Solo Carbonite Freezing scene is one of the best Star Wars scenes ever. Lando turns face and now is helping them escape. This is getting good. The Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker lightsaber duel is GREAT. The "I am your father" speech by Vader after he cut off Luke's hand made it perfect. Best scene in the movie. Luke is saved by Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando. GREAT MOVIE.
Rating: 4 stars out of 4 stars
Music Monday is back again and here's some more music for you all to enjoy.
Pushit by Tool (Live version from the Salival album)
Digital Bath by Deftones
Dead and Bloated by Stone Temple Pilots
The Zephyr Song by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pardon Me by Incubus
Got Me Wrong by Alice in Chains
Idioteque by Radiohead
Fragile Tension by Depeche Mode
Rusty Cage by Soundgarden
Fell in Love with a Girl by The White Stripes
Song 2 by Blur
Got some more recommendations for you guys.
My buddy Lee (no, not Lee from HOW but the Lee from GLOBAL) is one of the web directors of this site. Check it out. All things man are discussed here including video games, sports, and hottie women. Good stuff all around.
Jaded Hope -
A movie review blog run by my buddy Alex. You can give him suggestions about movies to review.
Stephen King -
The website of author Stephen King filled with all sorts of news and cool things including Dark Tower comic book information and art.
Lisa Scinta -
This singer I know from Vegas has her own website and here it is. She's going to be a star one day.
AAA Lucha Libre Website -
I've always been a bit of a Lucha Libre fan especially because of the cool masked characters that they have on there. AAA is no exception. The coolest looking ones are Electro Shock, Espectro de Ultratumbla, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown, Super Fly, Ultimo Gladiador, Aerostar, Amadeus, Dark Espirito, Dark Ozz, El Alebrije (one of my favorites), and Gronda. They also have midget wrestling which is awesome. Recommend a looksie at this site.
Kyle Busch -
And finally KyleBusch.com, the official website of my favorite NASCAR driver Kyle Busch. Lots to look at on this site which is why I'm recommending you to check it out especially if you are
After a college aged student in Tunisia committed an act of self-immolation, protests started in that country to overthrow the ruling party. Then it spread to Egypt. Now there are protests in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, and Libya. However the Arab World isn't the only place where protests are happening. There are protests called the Jasmine Revolution in China as well as protests over union rights here in the United States in the state of Wisconsin. Everyone seems to be protesting something here lately. It's like the world's gone mad in a span of two months. Some of the governments are allowing the protests whereas others are cracking down using the military. The most notable of the nations using military crackdowns are Libya, Bahrain, and China. In fact two Libyan jets defected to Malta seeking political asylum after refusing to bomb their own people as they were ordered to do by their military leaders. There's a lot of protesting going on worldwide which to me makes the whole world stage a powder keg right now. Add to all of this that Southern Sudan voted to become an independent nation on January 15, 2011 which only adds to the instability of the region. I'm not expecting these protests to stop anytime soon. In fact I think it's only going to get worse especially here in the United States. Wisconsin is just the start. Once other Governors try to cut down the budgets there's going to be more protests spreading throughout the country. My state of Nevada is one of the prime candidates for this so I expect to end up in the middle of all this madness especially with all of the liberal viewpoints at UNLV and the fact that we have a Republican governor who wants to cut the budget. In other words, expect it to get worse and don't be surprised to see this going on in multiple states here in the US as well as multiple nations across the world.