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Apple iPhone Commercial Parody – 3G using iOS4

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Apple iPhone Commercial Parody – 3G using iOS4

Times are tough right now for Apple.  With the constant complaints of the new iPhone 4 reception problems, the mass deleting of complaints on the Apple support forums, and the use of duct tape to fix said iPhone 4 reception problems, it has been a rough time to keep that Apple name as glossy, reflective, and shiny as possible.

Past the break, you’ll see one iPhone 3G’s version of the classic iPhone commercial.  What’s so funny about the video? It’s the fact that the 3G iPhone is using iOS4 and is very sluggish. See what I mean past the break.

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Isiah Mustafa (Old Spice man) responds to the internets

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Isiah Mustafa (Old Spice man) responds to the internets

Old Spice’s tradition to make funny commercials has finally stepped out from the television, on to the internets, and finally into our hearts.  Using the Old Spice man, Isiah Mustafa, Old Spice has created a huge viral marketing push on the internets using clever youtube video responses to Twitter comments about their latest commercial.

Past the break you can see one of the responses to the creator of Digg, Kevin Rose. Be sure to watch the whole video.

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Something to brighten up your Monday: The Oatmeal

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Something to brighten up your Monday: The Oatmeal

We all know Mondays are a drag. You haul your ass into work, even if that’s only across the living room into your home-office, fire up your email client and get hit with a deluge of crap – most of it demanding to have something done immediately, or you’re fired. You’re knackered from a weekend of ‘relaxation,’ which in laymen’s terms means busting your gut trying to fix something for someone in your family because, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this you’re more than likely ‘the computer guy’. Sound familiar?

Well fear not dear readers, I’ve got something that’ll bring a little bit of levity to your day, in that dark, irritable humour that fits perfectly with the worst day of the week, and it’s simply called The Oatmeal. It’s a site that most geeks will associate with and displays comics, quizzes and general random funnies from the eccentric mind of Matthew Inman. My personal favourite is the very telling story of the humble, or horrible depending on how you looks at them, printer. Here’s a small snippet:

There are many other hilarious comics including ‘What your email address says about your computer skills’ and of course the ‘What it’s like to own and Apple product‘ to name but a few, so head on over to The Oatmeal and get some laughs before Monday turns you sour for the rest of the week.

Despicable Me

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Despicable Me

I love Steve Carell. Like with Paul Giamatti, I will see just about anything Carell is in just to bask in his unique balance of warmth and dryness and fearlessness. Despicable Me is a middling movie made better by casting him. Carell plays Gru, a run-down, insecure supervillain who has hit a professional wall, polishing his tarnished infamy alone in his exquisitely-detailed lair. Jason Segal plays Vector, the biggest brick in that wall, an up and coming super-villain with technological advantage but without a sense of legacy or greatness as much as self-aggrandizement and showmanship. Enter three orphaned girls and a demanding bank loan manager (Will Arnett) and you have the makings of what wanted to be a comic heist movie but is more a sweet redemption movie in clumsy comic heist drag.

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If Games Had a Super Easy Mode

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If Games Had a Super Easy Mode

Most retro game developers were cold-hearted. ‘Is this too hard?’ probably never crossed their minds.

"I'm sure three lives will be enough"

What if a few of them decided to make things a ‘bit’ easier with a super-easy mode? College Humor has came up with a answer to this impossible scenario. Check out the video past the break.

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Grease Sing-Along

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If you haven’t seen Grease, somehow, but intend to break yourself in with this sing-along, be prepared to wonder what all the fuss is about. Grease is a girlhood rite of passage, a high school theatre staple, and a cheesy classic, but it is quite terrible. The film version of course being better known than the stage version, 1978’s Grease has even infected stage productions to add the movie-only songs (You’re The One That I Want, most egregiously). It’s amusing to watch the leader of the rival gang The Scorpions (nonexistent in the play) sport scars for acne his character should instead be aflame with afresh. It’s campy fun to see Frankie Avalon make mid-twenties actress Didi Conn swoon and to worry about 34 year-old (!) Stockard Channing get knocked up by her 28 year-old boyfriend. (And people complain about Glee’s 21 year old stars!)

These are known quantities, though I confess it had been so long since I had seen it (the DVD, a gift, remains shrink wrapped) I had forgotten much. It all comes swirling back, though. It’s certainly still got that good ol’ Rydell High spirit, fun costumes, and that terrible message. And fun, energetic dancing which was definitely out of vogue in 1970’s movies.

As for the Singalong part, well, it’s new and special all right. Has it been a while since you had to recall “rama lama lama, kadingety ding de dong, shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom de boom?” The lyrics are up there, in distracting yet fun and kicky animations. (Personal favorite: editorial commentary on Channing’s Rizzo’s virtue: TRASHY!) The Sound of Music Sing-along, which resembled nothing so much as a lush big-screen karaoke with discreet white block lettering, focused on the movie as the draw. Grease Sing-along pulls out the stops with hearts floating up and out of “devoted,” words getting kicked by dancers, and unnecessary extra bits like flying calendar pages and moons and huge fonts. Anyway, it’s fun, but it kind of feels like it’s trying too hard. It’s less a gift to the fans than an attempt to engage new, very young ones. You know how some movies do a cutesy little scrapbook or yearbook thing for the end credits, chockablock with really blatant and obvious jokes? That’s this. Inexplicably, the opening Barry Gibb theme song “Grease is the Word” has no screen lyrics.

Again, Grease is a romantic musical comedy from a simpler time, depicting an even simpler time. Blazing through the divorce-frenzied disco era came a sweet, slightly raunchy musical set during the innocent 1950’s, where girls are still girls and boys are still boys, where Frenchy shouldn’t pursue her feminazi dream of becoming a beautician, where Sandy has to change who she is in order to keep the man who’s not brave enough to admit to his friends that he did love you as you were, where your dates discard you like the Kleenex from your bra when you get home from semi-consensual drive-in petting. Grease sparked the 50’s retro craze that contributed to the new wave/mod look and reminded 1970s’ and 1980’s teens that they weren’t the first teenages: the Boomers were. It was our primer for romantic angst and negative peer pressure, and it’s still a rockin’ fun time, even if a slightly tarnished one.

MPAA Rating PG-13

Release date 7/8/10 (originally 1978)

Time in minutes 110

Director Randal Kleiser

Studio Paramount/Insurge

Cyrus

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You might think, looking at a poster featuring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, that Cyrus is going to be a broad and raunchy comedy. It is indeed a comedy, and there are a few amusingly inappropriate moments, but this is a bona-fide dark, mostly smart psychological art-house comedy. No, I’m serious. Reilly plays a spiraling sad sack who meets single mom Marisa Tomei, and they ease into a relationship. Hope for all the depressed and hopeless sad sacks in the world! The problem? Her son Cyrus (Hill), who is more than a little odd. The seemingly smooth and slippery slope of their burgeoning romance is confounded by that inscrutable young adult’s machinations.

The feel of the story is accelerated, then poky, but it never feels Written, it never feels forced so much as just wonky to us but organic to them. Perhaps it was the very short but intense shooting schedule, or the surprising amount of improvisation that went on. Even though just about every individual thing that happens seems really unlikely, the overall sense of Cyrus is a feeling of inevitability and naturalness. Credit all these fine actors, of course, including Catherine Keener as a concerned and affectionate ex-wife to Reilly.

I did enjoy it — I laughed with my appreciative and generally older audience, but like was done the character of Cyrus, I feel like a lot was left below the surface. Reilly and Tomei have a sweet and easy chemistry, but I wonder at her character’s general lack of awareness or discernment. I wonder what draws her to Reilly considering the rest of her existence, and her weird “all things to all people” stance in her day to day life. Not that Reilly isn’t lovable, but we don’t get to see what she loves, as such. How does she make a living? She is neglected in the service of Reilly and Hill, whose battle is the centerpiece of the story. She and her son live in a sort of vacuum of dysfunction, which is generally made to be funny and harmless, but which should actually creep us out more. Magically, the film makes everyone relatable, everyone accessible, except kind of Tomei. Hill returns to his less-is-more approach that he introduced us to in Get Him To The Greek — no longer the blustering teenager trying to get laid at a party, his open face and unblinking eyes dare us to try and look within. We can’t see inside him yet but he shows great promise here.

Still, it was funny and we all wanted to know what would happen next. I didn’t laugh at what I expected to laugh at because very little of what might be expected comes out of this film. Cyrus is definitely a welcome antidote to the plethora of unsympathetic arrested development dude movies littering the landscape — and like any effective antidote, is formed from a benign form of the very virus it seeks to defeat. See what you think.

MPAA Rating R- language and some sexual material

Release date 7/2/10

Time in minutes 92

Director Jay and Mark Duplass

Studio Fox Searchlight

Your Friday Fix 07/02/10: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

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Your Friday Fix 07/02/10: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Genres: Comedy, Romance

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Seika High School, a traditionally boys only institution, has recently begun admitting girls. One of these girls, Ayuzawa Misaki, has pushed her hardest and became the student council president. Due to the unbalanced population at the school, 80% of the student body is still male. Misaki has decided she will protect the girls from the boys because they are rude, abusive, dirty, etc… she is labeled a man-hater.

Misaki’s family fell on hard times when her father, in serious debt, abandoned her mother, her little sister and herself. Her mother, Minako, works as a nurse as well as doing odd jobs like crafts. The sister, Suzuna, has a very blank personality but helps support the family by entering contests for food. Together they keep their dilapidated house on the brink of collapse and survive. Misaki’s biggest secret is that to earn enough money to keep her family afloat, she had to take a job in the neighboring town, in a maid cafe.

Misaki’s carefully kept secret falls apart when the most popular guy, a heartbreaker named Usui Takumi, passes her in the alley behind her work. He sticks around to confirm Misaki’s identity, then begins to return to patronize the establishment. He calls this his “secret entertainment” (but seems more like a ploy to stay close to her). Later on, three punks led by Shirakawa Naoya confront her in the same alleyway while she is resting. They threaten to expose her to the school, as well and make veiled threats about other deeds to be performed. Takumi steps in and defends her, while she passes out from a fever, and possibly from having Takumi call her cute.

During a school festival, which Misaki wants to use to draw more girls to the school, things go horribly awry. The boys in one class feel like she never gives them a chance at anything. In her own way she is doing the right thing, but when the boys walk out on her plans, she pleads with them for assistance. Takumi, again, steps in to smooth things out. At the post-festival bonfire, Takumi swiftly pins her to a tree and instead of an intimate moment, he uses it to taunt her about the maid job once more.

While many have called this series bland, it’s because of the lack of ecchi moments that I really find it entertaining. I was laughing many times during the first two episodes and I expect many more to come.

Overall Hook Rating: A

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Old Spice, Perfect amount of Awesome?

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Old Spice, Perfect amount of Awesome?

Old Spice has had a bunch of Wacky commercials as of late, in fact I remember a lot of them being weird in the past couple of years. You remember that one with Bruce Campbell in it? That was the first I remember being really funny.

But will it go too far? I would hate for my favorite brand of stick deodorant to be viewed as a farce. This commercial is funny, and it takes the idea of manly things that are appealing to women to the extreme thus making the funny. Anything less would have made this flop. Old Spice is Manly. Men wear Old Spice. If the joke was anything else, I feel the response would be negative. We don’t want our deodorant made fun of. Axe? They make fun of themselves. Tag? Too easy.

I think they should slow down on the jokey commercials. I said it. Go to something a little bit more serious so it doesn’t loose it’s respectability.

Feelings?

Go watch the video past the break

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