Thursday, July 22, 2010
...gee, I thought Lindsay Lohan should have been arrested for HERBIE: FULLY LOADED.
Doesn't the Angelina Jolie movie SALT kinda look like the Angelina Jolie movie WANTED ?
I love Steve Carrell in THE OFFICE, but DINNER FOR SCHUCKS looks like a dud. There are 3 different commercials for this flick, and not a laugh in any of 'em.
And hot on the heels of the disastrous MARMADUKE just a month ago is CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE. Gee, another talking pet movie. This one will be long forgotten before Labor Day.
Couch Potato Cop got off the couch yesterday to participate in the launch of Lighten Up Brooklyn. At the official weigh-in, I checked in at 255 lbs., a far cry from my "fighting weight" of a svelte 187 from way back when in the Academy. To show my total commitment, upon leaving Borough Hall I walked past Arby's & White Castle and had my first salad since the Bush Administration.
Credit the always energetic Boro Prez Marty Markowitz for coming up with the program about a decade ago, long before THE BIGGEST LOSER, LOSING IT WITH JILLIAN & CELEBRITY FIT CLUB.
for more info on Lighten Up Brooklyn, go to Brooklyn-usa.org
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A note on the passing this week of Peter Fernandez at the age of 83. Mr. Fernandez was an extraordinarily talented voice actor, most known as the voice of SPEED RACER, the mother of all Anime [before that term was widely known in America]. Mr. Fernandez gave voice to not only the title role, but also Racer X and many other characters. He also wrote the English-language lyrics to the theme song, which for my money is the best cartoon theme song ever. Genre fans also appreciate his work in other Anime imports.
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Fernandez at an Anime convention in NYC in 2007. He struck me as a true gentleman. I didn't realize that he was 80 at the time, as he appeared much younger.
I know he must have enjoyed appearing in the big-screen live action version of SPEED RACER in 2008. [He played one of the racing announcers.] That SR is fondly-remembered today is a testament to his talents.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Rhetorical question : will anyone remember who Snookie is 5 years from now ?
I mean, she can't sing, dance or act. But then again what do I know?
So, I put this question out in the blogosphere: 5 years from now will Snookie be
a) a cherished American icon
b) a forgotten pop culture footnote ?
Sandra Bullock won a Razzie for last year's ALL ABOUT STEVE. This clunker tanked at the Box Office, but it's now finding a wide audience in heavy rotation on the premium cable channels.
I gotta say...yeah, it's bad. But while it's a failure, it's a fascinating one.
The movie has been accused of being misogynist; anti- mentally disturbed; and even anti- pro-life. But I don't think any of those criticisms are valid. The movie has its heart squarely in the right place. One message of the film is that there's a place in the world for a square peg.
And Sandy Bullock is totally committed to a character who should be ...totally committed !
ALL ABOUT STEVE is a watchable bad movie. In fact, it's so bad, it's [almost] good. It's certainly more entertaining than other iconic clunkers: ISHTAR, WATERWORLD or HUDSON HAWK.
The narrative has enough momentum that you don't have time to be bored, and you kinda wanna see how it will turn out.
To be clear: I'm not saying it's a good movie -- I would lose any credibility.
But it's a goofy bad movie that would be fun to watch with a group with each person taking turns shouting witticisms at the screen.
I've seen worse, that's all I'm saying.
This first blog is to introduce myself, the Couch Potato Cop. I'm a former big city cop, who's now retired. The beat I cover now is my couch and I turned in my shield in exchange for a television remote. I did enough running around in real life; let the young bucks do that.
I've always been a bit of a pop culture maven: sitcoms, movies, pop music, Broadway shows. I've always had strong opinions on what was out there, and now I'd like to share that with you, gentle reader.
Don't know how often I'll post...I guess real life will dictate that. But there's a ton of bad TV out there, a lot to discuss fer shure. Until the next post, happy channel surfing.