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Curb Your Enthusiasm - TV Shows
Hasn't boned yet, and I'd just as soon put the idea that it COULD bone out of my head. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 19, 2011, 2:47 am

S#*! My Dad Says - TV Shows
Was this program supposed to be a 21st century version of All in the Family? I'm not clear what the hook was intended to be. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 19, 2011, 2:29 am

Robin Williams - Celebrities
Maybe they didn't care because Williams has a (D) next to his name rather than an (R). Or maybe because he is relentlessly PC. Or because any actor who plays a person like Patch Adams - cough cough commie cough cough - gets an automatic pass. However, I'm leaning toward the fact of his never having run for office as the key factor there. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 19, 2011, 2:12 am

Jennifer Aniston - Celebrities
Here's another case where I don't understand why a person is trashed with such enthusiasm. Is Ms Aniston the worst actor who ever lived? Is she known to be an unusually spiteful person? Does she vomit her political opinions all over us every chance she gets? Does she choose roles in movies that are calculated to spit in the faces of large segments of society? Answers: No, no, no and no. Therefore, she has done nothing at all to earn my ire. And I suspect that if some of you looked at yourselves a little more closely, you'd find that she hasn't done much to earn yours either. (Unless, of course, she personally "done you wrong" at some point in the past.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 8:21 pm

Glee - TV Shows
If there is anything in this world capable of turning me into a homophobe, it's this program. It is as alien to my TV and musical taste as a show can possibly be, yet I would be courting trouble if I were to admit this in certain public settings. (Rather like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer declines to wear the AIDS ribbon and gets tormented for it.) Look at the flak bands have gotten for expressing a lack of interest in having their music played on the show; they've practically been made out to be Nazis. The degree to which Glee is hyped is very unsettling - but I suspect it's more a matter of heterosexual guilt, and the mad urge to overcompensate for it, than anything else. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 8:02 pm

John Mellencamp - Celebrities
Pelirojo, I'm scandalized!! I'm beside myself with rage!!!How dare you!!!! LOL Hey, I'm not gonna bust your chops over a small matter of personal taste. Besides, I didn't say Mellencamp had no talent or was a bad person; I only said that he isn't my particular cup of tea. Part of it is a genre bias; I've never been into the whole heartland rock thing. (And not only because it's so TV-commercial-friendly.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 7:33 pm

New York Dolls - Music Groups
Much of the music that exists today - and probably some of what Irbloom listens to as well - would not exist had it not been for the punk movement. It wasn't all about weird-looking people playing their instruments poorly. Dismissing the genre as a meaningless dead-end is, to put it as diplomatically as I can, droolingly retarded; it indicates a serious ignorance of the evolution of rock. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 12:27 pm

Vikings - Random Topics
Considering that the population of Norway in the early Middle Ages was no more than a few hundred thousand (and that of Denmark, including the south of what is now Sweden, was not much greater), it really is astonishing how influential these people became. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 12:18 pm

Band of Brothers - TV Shows
The pinnacle of the historical miniseries concept. Just a stunning achievement. The only other series that comes close is From the Earth to the Moon. (And it's no coincidence that Tom Hanks, who can very nearly do no wrong in my eyes, had a major hand in both.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 12:01 pm

Kirk Cameron - Celebrities
From what I gather, they are among those "left behind" after the Rapture. (Apparently the Pope made it to heaven because he denounced his Catholicism at the last minute.) And then the really cheesy Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia kills them, and billions of other unpure human detritus too, while he's ruling the Earth in the run-up to the laughably rendered Battle of Armageddon (in the middle of which Jesus does his whole descending-from-the-clouds bit, with an ensuing exchange of thunderbolts, etc etc). I'll keep my opinion of Kirk Cameron to myself - making fun of young folks who take up a religious cause isn't my bag - but Tim LaHaye (the author of the books) is a slobbering old fool. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 11:49 am

Left Behind - Movie Series
The books were undeniably popular, but if you're not an evangelical Christian with low literary standards, you'll probably find them poorly written. And if you ARE a Christian with a fair understanding of Biblical doctrine, you'll probably find alot of non-canonical (and even heretical) stuff in the books. If you're Catholic or Jewish, you'll probably be offended by the negative portrayal of your faith. I'd imagine the same applies to the movies, which have the added weakness - so I've heard - of being very badly produced (and employing dreadful special effects). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 2:51 am

Will Farrell - Celebrities
Looks like I'm the odd man out, because I like the guy. Sure, most of his portrayals are pretty broad, but so what? Anyone who can make me laugh is worth his weight in platinum, so I'm not about to disrespect this guy. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 2:14 am

John Mellencamp - Celebrities
The so-called "poor man's Springsteen" never floated my boat. Nor has he had a decent-selling album in at least ten years. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 2:00 am

Jim Belushi - Celebrities
How did he cash in on his brother's fame? He was a Second City alumnus with a number of TV appearances and a couple of movies under his belt at the time of John's death. Was it his fault that he continued to be offered TV and movie roles? What was he supposed to do? "Hey, thanks for these nice offers but I'm going to get out of the acting business altogether - maybe become a plumber or a cabbie - so nobody will think I'm trying to ride my dead brother's coattails." Life goes on, and there was nothing wrong with the guy continuing to pursue his chosen career. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 18, 2011, 1:47 am

Avatar - Movie Series
One might also call the film racist, or at least condescending toward nonwhites, since it depicts a white guy as the noble aliens' savior. (Just like Dances With Wolves, with which it's been compared.) One wonders if Cameron had even considered any nonwhite actors to play the male lead. If he didn't, what does that tell us? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 17, 2011, 3:07 pm

Metallica - Music Groups
I wouldn't blame the vanillafication of Metallica's sound on Cliff Burton's death; And Justice for All was recorded and released a couple of years later, and it's a fine album. What pulled thema away from their roots was a new producer who didn't know jack shit about metal. Why they hired him in the first place, let alone kept him on the payroll for 20 years, is beyond me, aside from a clear desire for more mainstream radio time. I won't say that the band has sucked since then, only that they aren't a metal band and shouldn't be labelled as such. (And their "Let them eat cake" attitude toward the fans who made them EXTREMELY wealthy, as demonstrated by their stance regarding the Napster fiasco, proves they are businessmen first and artists second - in effect, that they see their music as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself. If they are happy to be viewed that way, good for them.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 17, 2011, 1:28 pm

Robin Williams - Celebrities
His Oscar for Good Will Hunting was well-deserved, and he's done other good work over the years. (Has anyone here seen One Hour Photo?) I never cared for him as a comedian, but he has some legitimate talent as a serious actor. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 16, 2011, 10:48 pm

Robert De Niro - Celebrities
He did such a fine job directing A Bronx Tale that it's odd he has only directed one film since then. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 16, 2011, 10:31 pm

Avatar - Movie Series
"...anything followed by the masses usually isn't any good." There are a few exceptions to this rule, but only a few. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 16, 2011, 10:16 pm

Steve Vai - Music Groups
Passion & Warfare and Flex-Able are both on my list of 20 greatest guitar albums of all time. The guy is just otherworldly. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:53 pm


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