Futurama: Benders Big Score

26 11 2007

Futurama Bender's Big ScoreOk, I’m just coming down from a high because I watched the new Futurama movie. I can’t actually give it any sane type of rational review because I loved the show so much, I will just be too biased. But I can point out a few things.

As expected, the mediums of cable and DVD have allowed them to be a little more “coarse” with their humour, but they haven’t gone overboard with it. Although it was hilarious in my opinion, it did seem a little long. This will stand up better as the four standalone eps it will be split into in 2008 on Comedy Central.

This new beginning is no attempt to win new viewers, and thats good for fans of the show. The plot involves time travel, and takes us back to many favourite moments from the show, and a newb just wouldn’t understand. Fans of the show are well rewarded though, with a lot of meta-humour, although I did wonder why nibbler wasn’t under the table at Applied Cryogenics…

This movie is out on Region 1 DVD on Thursday, and as I said will air on Comedy Central next year. If you are reading this in the UK, you know what your options are. You have to torrent the hell out of this badboy! wait patiently for the Region 2 DVD, or hope that a UK network picks up the episodes.  Oh yes, those are your only options. Watch the intro for the movie after the break, to get you in that mood before you click on Utorrent head down to HMV or Virgin.

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Futurama preview…

7 10 2007

While I spent the weekend watching TV and decding what shows to kick to the metaphorical curb, I stumbled across this on one of my frequent trips to Digg. A sneak preview of the new Futurama movie, coming soon to DVD and then Comedy Central. Now I haven’t even watched it before deciding to post it up here (such is my dedication to my 3 readers), so don’t blame me if it’s not funny, clever or relevant to your life in any way. Watch it after the jump:-

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South Park S11E07 – Night of the Living Homeless

19 04 2007

I was just talking to someone yesterday about Randy Marsh and how funny he was, and lo and behold, we get an episode filled with his own brand of overreaction and crazy babble. The last time Randy lost the plot, in the ep “Something Wal-Mart this way comes”, we had classic scenes like when he rubbed his nipples against the glass in his dream like state while thinking about Wal-Mart, which I can’t find a clip of right now.

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South Park S11E05 – Fantastic Easter Special

5 04 2007

I am watching this right now, and it’s gone off at a weird “crab people” tangent. It started out quite well, but I’m not liking this ending. It started with Stan asking his parents why they all paint eggs at Easter, and what does it have to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus. It turns out that Easter is a conspiracy, and that the bunnies have been in charge all along. Stan is show a picture of Davinci’s Last Supper painting, and Peter has rabbit ears, and the meal was actually eggs. They then go onto claim that the pope wears that tall hat (obviously the proper name for it) because it was originally worn by someone with rabbit ears. All funny up to that point, then it sort of lost it’s way. Not unlike this post is about to. Hmmmm, first poor episode this season.

Buy it here. Maybe not immediately, but in due course.

South Park S11E04 – Snukes

29 03 2007

It’s about fricking time. Last night’s South Park parodied 24, and in particular this weak season 6 crap that I am currently thinking about ditching. You know what makes a good parody? When the copy brings to your attention some of the absurdities of the original that you hadn’t even thought were weird. Everything is taking place “within the hour”. The frequent product placement. The constant takeovers by other departments. It was fantastically well done. There was a serious message behind the episode, and it was about how racial profiling can stop you from spotting the real criminal when he is right under your nose. figuratively speaking of course, I’m not talking about midgets being the enemy. Anywho, the episode is on the right there, in two parts. Enjoy.

Strangers With Candy S01E01 – Old Habits/New Beginnings

21 03 2007

This is a show from 1999 I have been reading about and I decided to take the plunge and buy an episode from iTunes the other day. Described in today’s The London Paper as The best Sitcom Ever (TM), it stars Amy Sedaris as Jeri Blank, a 46-year old woman who has come out of prison, been through some hard times and decided to go back to high school. The program is a parody of the after school specials in the US that used to warn kids about the dangers of various things like drugs and… willies.

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South Park S11E02 – Cartman Sucks

15 03 2007

Not gonna right much about this, but wow. As the credits were rolling last week I wondered how they could top copious use of the “N” word. How about Butters weiner in Cartmans mouth??? Huh??? Watch it and all will become clear. Season 11 is shaping up to be a classic. You won’t be able to watch it on Youtube for highly publicised reasons, but it will be on Paramount comedy 1 later in the year.

Joost news

21 02 2007

Joost are an IPTV company founded by the two clever cogs who brought us Kazaa and Skype. Hundreds of channels, available legally, free and worldwide. If it works, it will change everything. People will want their Flat screen TV’s to be “Joost ready” when they buy them.

In fact I applied for a job with Joost the other day, thats how much I believe in what they are doing over there. The fact that they haven’t got back to me, or that I haven’t been invited to their beta test hasn’t dulled my enthusiasm for the project either.

Today they revealed a massive deal with my current employers. They have signed with Viacom to show their programming on the fledgling Television platform. The very informal press release goes a little something like this:

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Stephen Colbert v Debra Dickerson

15 02 2007

We don’t get The Colbert Report in the UK. Not over the air anyway. and because of my hectic schedule, I don’t get time to download it either. So I missed this interview with black activist (I’m assuming she is anyway) Debra Dickerson, promoting her new book, claiming Barack Obama isn’t actually black. Her reasoning is so off (you can only be black if you are descended from slaves), that I watched it with my mouth hanging open, waiting for the punchline. and there wasn’t one, she was serious. But hey, don’t let me influence you. Click here and watch Colbert take her argument apart for yourself. Thanks to James for the link.

The Sarah Silverman Program S01E01

7 02 2007

Last Thursday saw the much anticipated debut of The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. Now I personally have never found Sarah Silverman funny. Bear in mind I have only seen her a couple of times, at Pamela Anderson’s roast, and in the movie The Aristocrats. Both times I found her attempting perhaps the coarsest humour possible, going for real shock value. I love being shocked, and I can be crude, but she just doesn’t do it for me. So with that in mind, it was strange that I was looking forward to her show.

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Matt Groening on the return of Futurama

2 02 2007

If there is one thing I am looking forward to on TV, it is the return of Futurama. I recently downloaded every episode, even though I have all but one of the DVD boxsets on my shelf. I did it so I can watch episodes in a little window while I write on my blog. My geekiness knows no bounds. God bless 20″ widescreen monitors!! By the way the episode where Fry tries to remember what he did to make Leela love him, awesome writing. Time Keeps on Slippin is the title. Back in the real world, the point of this post is to say there is an interview with Matt Groening about Futurama here.

The return of Futurama…

16 12 2006

…is imminent. It was great. Especially in the last season, when they knew they were getting cancelled. The writing and (voice) acting just got better and better. David x. Cohen gives an interview here, without giving too much away, about the episodes being prepared for 2008.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone in favour of downloading

16 12 2006

I was reading this long article here (don’t click it yet, it’s long and boring) about freedom of speech in the media, and I came across this quote from Matt Stone.

Stone: Our point was that if you’re going to pull this off for offending somebody, you don’t have any episodes of South Park left. Somebody will complain about every single episode.

When it looked like Comedy Central wasn’t going to rerun the Mary episode, people were still able to download it illegally online. Did you see that as a victory for free speech, or did you think, “My God, these people are stealing our intellectual property”?
Stone: We’re always in favor of people downloading. Always.

Reason: Why?

Stone: It’s how a lot of people see the show. And it’s never hurt us. We’ve done nothing but been successful with the show. How could you ever get mad about somebody who wants to see your stuff?

Parker: We worked really hard making that show, and the reason you do it is because you want people to see it.

Its all good, but I’m not sure they have thought about the long term implications of copyright theft. Maybe the *next* Trey Parker won’t be offered so much money by Viacom because of the all-round “freeness” of this interweb thingie. Which I suppose is good for the consumer, and bad for corporations… which is kind of good I guess. Maybe I need to reassess the long term effects of this illegal downloading doo-dah…