The Olympics are here, and for the first time in years, people are proud to be American. Michael Phelps has practically stolen the show, breaking every record (even his own), and now is being called the best Olympian of all time with his 10 (and counting) gold medals. There is so much controversy discussion surrounding this years Olympic games, the side stories are almost as exciting as the actual events: the opening ceremony, fake fireworks, lip-syncing, jail-bait gymnasts, and we have only been through barely one week of the games! Not to mention some of the debauchery that Mr. Bush is getting into, being the first president to ever attend an Olympic games abroad.
Some events I’m watching: Beach Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Synchronized Diving, Gymnastics, Swimming, and Basketball.
The Wire has been considered for some time to be one of the best shows on television. It is odd how under the radar this series has gone for so long. Probably THE most realistic crime drama ever created, The Wire follows a different case every season in the crime-riddled, destitute city of Baltimore. Even if you have a bad taste in your mouth toward the crime drama genre (I can see why, there has been an overabundance of really, really bad crime dramas), The Wire is the only of it’s kind; crime drama as we know it should be retired. Many people are sad the series is over after 5 seasons, but it did go out on top of it’s game, in a time where a lot of shows overstay their welcome (see: X-Files, Knightrider [yes, the revamp, and yes, already], Boy Meets World, and every reality show, ever).
Pineapple Express, the new flick from the Judd Apatow troop, is the latest addition to the stoner/action comedy (wait, what?). Paul Greengrass was an unlikely director choice, with his experience dealing mainly in indie dramas, but this gamble pays off, and Pineapple express is one of the funniest movies of the year. Does it measure up to Superbad or Knocked Up? No, but if you like the Apatow brand of humor, there is no reason you will not have a good time, and no, you don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy this movie though you may enjoy it more if that’s your thing. Not to mention one of the funniest opening scenes in a while, with Bill Hader, you guessed it, smoking a big doobie, saying “Well, sir, I feel like a slab of butter … melting over a big ol’ pile of flapjacks.” Classic. Seth Rogen tries out playing the straight man, and it works, but the film is stolen by James Franco as Saul the endearing drug dealer. Up-n-comer Danny McBride (who you will also see in Tropic Thunder) as Red was no slouch either; you might not know the name, but, two words, “thug life”.
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