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This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in awhile. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a made-for-internet movie from Joss, Zack and Jed Whedon. The movie features Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, a villian who hopes to join the Evil League of Evil.

Here is the trailer:

You can watch the full movie (it’s 42-ish minutes long) here on Hulu for free! Go now!

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Things that are Unnecessary Part 1

Why the hell is there going to be another Saw movie? I hate it when there is a decent movie that turns into total crap because the studio won’t stop making sequels.
But here’s the main reason why I don’t want there to be another Saw sequel:
While I think that the overall plots of the sequels are actually fairly decent, the movies have become so over-the-top disgusting that it overshadows any decency that the story might have had. The movies would be so much better if they would just imply the gore rather than showing us all the slicing and dicing, or if they would at least show less of the gore. The Saw movies have some really great twists, too bad it gets ruined by the gory over-share.

I didn’t even bother to watch Saw IV, why would I go through the trouble of seeing Saw V?

Also: The poster, Texas Chainsaw Massacre anyone? Or Silence of the Lambs? Why does Hollywood insist on getting all their ideas from crazy serial killers in WI? Oh well, ideas have to come from somewhere I guess.

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As you may know, I am a youtube junkie. I am also a comedy junkie, and as such, I am always on the lookout for new things that will make me laugh.

One of the people who makes me laugh is Neil Cicierega. He created Potter Puppet Pals and also makes music as Lemon Demon. I’ve written a couple of blogs about him, but this isn’t one of them. If you’re looking for blogs about Neil, you can read this or this. Anyway, so every once in awhile I’ll go back to Neil’s youtube channel just to see if he has any new videos up and a few weeks ago I found out that Neil and his friends Ryan Murphy and Kevin James were going to be making a video series for Plymouth Rock Studios.

This is my favorite “New Kids on the Rock” episode called The Curse of Spooky Manor

To watch the rest of the episodes you can head on over to Neil’s youtube channel or you can check out their profile at hollywoodeasttv.com to watch the latest episode and see messages from the guys.

Thus, in quick succession I was introduced to Ryan Murphy (who has featured in some of Neil’s non Potter Puppet videos), Max Pacheco, Kevin James, Spencer Hensel, and Jake Quilty-Dunn.

Here are my favorite videos from Ryan and Max:

This my favorite video from Max, it features Ryan, Neil, Max and J.L. Carrozza, plus Neil’s puppets make a brief appearance.

You should also check out Max’s “video a day” playlist from when he made a video every day for 29 days (aka the month of February). Here’s the first one:

This is one of my favorite videos from Ryan

Here’s another

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Ever had this conversation?
“Let’s watch a movie!”
“What movie should we watch?”
“I don’t know what do you want to watch?”
“I have no idea!”

Well never fear, now there is hope for all the indecisive readers out there. Just pop on over to http://hoffmin.blogspot.com to see what Tiffany and I are watching. My brilliant friend Tiffany and I have decided to pool our combined movie knowledge and have started a film commentary. Our first commentary, on There Will Be Blood is now posted and you should go read it.

Ps. If you haven’t checked out Tiffany’s blog yet, you should, like right now. The link is over yonder on the right side of the screen with the other links.

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Finger Pointing Part 2

In my previous post I talked (at length) about how even though there has been a rise in body acceptance, the media and our minds are clogged with unhealthy body obsession. The reason I named this blog “Finger Pointing” is because everyone seems to be pointing fingers at someone else as to who is to blame for this. So I’m just going be honest for a second. It’s EVERYONE’S fault. Sure, some of the blame goes to the media for telling us that “thin is in.” But then the fashion industry has always thrown damanging styles into the mix. In the eighties everyone fried, crimped and teased their hair, in the twenties and thirties black women tried their hardest to lighten their skin.

Discontent with and abuse of our bodies has been going on since forever, but that doesn’t make that okay or somehow a non-issue just because of it’s longevity. Let’s love our bodies and let that love permeate through society and fashion. For once, let’s look in the mirror and say that we are beautiful

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Finger Pointing

It seems as though everywhere I turn I encounter someone else talking about body image. I have begun to notice that shows/rants/blogs about body acceptance are really gaining some momentum. Dove’s got their campain for real beauty; Lifetime has How to Look Good Naked; as far as blogs go there’s The Curvy Life and Eat a Cheeseburger not to mention Joy Nash. But for all of these wonderful outlets calling us to be accepting and embracing of our own bodies, there are still plenty of ads featuring airbrushed and “perfect” women, still shows like America’s Next Top Model, Biggest Loser, Celebrity Fit Club, and Extreme Makeover.* That’s not even mentioning the fact that daytime talk shows frequently have “makeover” episodes, and shows like 10 Years Younger.

Why do these shows exist, or more to the point, why do we watch them?! We are obsessed with plucking, tweezing, tucking, smaller tummies, bigger boobs. Why is it that I’m not supposed to be okay with having thighs or a little bit of a roll ’round the belly? What are we teaching the generations below us when all they see is their mothers, aunts, even grandmothers constantly on diets and complaining about how they “shouldn’t eat this cookie because it will go straight to the thighs!”? All we are teaching them is how to hate their own bodies.

I have my own niece who is two years old. The only obsession I want to hand down to her is a love of books (or maybe a love of music), not a compulsive urge to compare herself to all the other girls in the room (or on TV). Today I went to chapel (yes, we have chapel at my college) and our new campus pastor, Laurel Bunker talked about body image. She began by telling us about how she went shopping recently with her daughters and how difficult it was to find pants for them (if I remember correctly they were five and seven) because sizes have been getting smaller and smaller in the passing years.

This is unacceptable! A seven year old should not have to worry about whether or not they can fit into a pair of pants. As a twenty something college student, I should not have to worry about whether or not I can fit into a pair of pants. At thirty, my sister shouldn’t have to worry about it. My mother shouldn’t have to worry about it in her fifties.

 

This is part 1. Part 2 is forthcoming.

*Extreme Makeover was cancelled in 2007, but its legacy remains.

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Dam Networks

I’m a little frustrated. As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’m not very into American TV shows, so I quite like to watch British shows like Doctor Who, The Mighty Boosh, Torchwood, Mock the Week, etc. The problem is that with the exception of Doctor Who, those shows aren’t available for me to watch on TV, so I watch them on youtube. This solution had been working quite well, but because of networks freaking out about copyright infringement, most of the episodes get taken down. Now, while I understand the whole copyright infringement side of it, I am also irritated by this. Except for Doctor Who, none of these shows are available to me in any other form than youtube. Since I live in America, I am unable to access the BBC website for these shows, and none of them are available for me to watch on DVD because they are not available in a compatible format. So I’m wondering how exactly my watching these shows on youtube could possibly deprive the BBC of money when the DVDs are unavailable for my purchase. I would be happy to buy them if I could, but I can’t, so why is it that there is no medium provided for me to watch these shows in peace without the paranoia that they will be taken down after a week?

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