Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Denny's Robot Commercial- Human Substitute

This new Denny's commercial actually made me laugh out loud when I saw it this morning. It's part of their "machines taking over breakfast" series. I don't want to ruin the punch line so check it out: CLICK HERE TO WATCH."Just making conversation..."

Denny's is rockin their commercials lately.

Who knew.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

My thoughts on 17 Again starring Zac Efron

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This past Friday night I forked over $9.50 (ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME, AMC?) to see the new ZACEFRON (pronounced as one robotic-sounding word (thanks, Heike for the nickname)) flick, 17 Again. Me and 400 million teen aged girls.

I was more than a little skeptical going in to the film. After all, I had spent the equivalent of 1 hour of time filing papers in a doctor's office on the ticket so I didn't just want to see High School Musical 4 (except secretly that would not have disappointed me at all). Luckily I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually a very entertaining movie worthy of my dinero!

So we all get the gist: Matthew Perry is about to get a divorce from his wife, he remembers the good old days when he was Zac Efron, cool and popular, and he gets transformed back to his 17-year-old self by a magical old janitor.

Zac Efron goes back to his high school, where his son and daughter currently attend, and gets to have all those great father-daughter/father-son moments with his kids, as a creepy 17-year-old classmate named "Mark" who is oddly interested in their lives. Sure, there were the token "Who do you think you are, my FATHER?!" moments that you would expect from any movie where a young girl's dad has transformed into her teen aged classmate who still disciplines her as if he were her father (it's funny because WE know, but SHE doesn't know that he IS her dad! Hee hee), but this cheesiness didn't cancel out the otherwise entertaining portions of the film.

Sidenote: the daughter was played by Michelle Trachtenberg, who apparently never ages because she's still playing teenagers in movies, and I was under the impression that she was like 30 by now. (She's 23.)

Zacefron also gets close to his wife who, though he is 17, is still 37. These scenes tend to be a bit creepy. At least for the younger viewers in the audience. But I definitely noticed the, let's say, "more mature" women in the audience get a little excited at the thought of slow dancing with the Zacefron. These scenes were reminiscent of the creepy scenes with Jamie Lee Curtis and Chad Michael Murray in Freaky Friday when Lindsay Lohan had overtaken Curtis's body.
I should also add that throughout the movie I almost never thought of Troy from High School Musical. Well, except for in the first five minutes of the movie when Zacefron played basketball, did a choreographed dance on said basketball court, and then said "We're in this together!" But other than that, there was almost no Troy in this movie.

Overall, the Zacefron did a great job as a 37-year-old in the body of a 17-year-old. His ability to escape the High School Musical trap pleasantly surprised me. There's also a dramatic scene at the end of the movie that I'm pretty sure had 2,000 girls surrounding me reaching for the Kleenex.

So all in all the verdict for 17 Again is: Go see it!

PS: One of my favorite lines in the movie was at the very beginning and spoken by one of the extras to a friend who had just gotten a promotion: "But it gets better- because we're going to T.G.I. FRIDAYS!"

I don't know why that was so funny to me, but it was.

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Sundae Sunday #10: I don't want to be 17 Again

The 10th episode of the phenomenal Web series, "Sundae Sunday" is now posted!


This week's topics of discussion: 
- Annoying Spanish tests
- Sleepy handwriting
- The new Zac Efron movie "17 Again"

The movie got me thinking: would YOU want to be 17 again? 

I think I would like aspects of my 17-year-old life back (I mean, it's not like it was even that long ago though) but overall I'm pretty happy with my 21-year-old self.

What about you?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Britain's Got Talent- You gotta see Susan

So the video of 47-year-old Susan Boyle, from "Britain's Got Talent" has been making the rounds on the blogosphere the last couple days, and I finally took the time to watch it.

All I'll say is you need to watch this video (CLICK HERE TO WATCH!). Granted it's a little cheesy at times, but it still makes you feel as good as you do after watching a commercial for Disney World.

Definitely has the whole "Dreams come true" vibe going on.

(The song is "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SNL had the whole recession thing down three years ago


With all this talk of recession and no one having any money, I remembered an SNL skit done back in February 2006 with Steve Martin, Chris Parnell, and Amy Poehler. What's the gist?

Don't buy stuff you can't afford.

If only everyone actually lived this way...

(We probably wouldn't be where we are now.)

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It's Library Fair Day! Wait.. what?

I woke up this morning completely devoid of expectations for what the day would bring me. All I was certain of was that I was taking a Spanish test for which I was not too completely prepared. It is on days like these that pleasant surprises are very exciting to encounter.

On a typical Wednesday I will go to three classes then to the library for an hour break until my last class.

I had no idea that when I went to the library today, the courtyard outside would be transformed into a magical outdoor carnival called "Library Fair."

OK- so it's not exactly "magical," but it does have balloons and a cotton candy machine so it's pretty close.Some people (myself included) would not call this a legitimate "fair," but with a tent of butcher and crepe paper like that, what ELSE would it be?

As I walked into the library, I heard one of the librarians that was giving a tour ask the touree "Have you seen our fair outside? It's pretty fun," as if the set of tables located outside the library's doors displaying brochures and information about all of UT's libraries was the equivalent of a traveling carnival complete with fun houses and dangerous Ferris wheels, just because they had rented a cotton candy machine. But then again to her maybe it is the same.

So the moral to this story is: even if you're worried about a test, keep looking up cuz you never know when it could be "Library Fair" day, whatever that means.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday Night Live: High School Musical 4

Zac Efron hosted SNL this weekend and though I didn't catch the episode, I did get to see several of the sketches on Hulu. Below is the "High School Musical 4" sketch where Troy Bolton comes back to East High after his first year at college to tell the kids how the real world works.

Funny stuff. Except, I could've done without the whole Walt Disney thing. That was weird.

TROY: "Word of advice: LOOK at who you're talking to! Once you leave this school no one projects or cheats out."

TROY -What have you learned here?
STUDENT: "I learned I don't have to play into stereotypes that people have for me. I can be a jock and a dancer, and I can be proud of it!"
TROY -What's the capital of Texas?
STUDENT: "Uhh, Texas City?"
KRISTEN WIIG STUDENT: "Texas Town."
TROY -I thought so. You're not gonna believe how little you know.

KENAN STUDENT -But at least you can fall back on basketball, right Troy?
TROY- "No. I may have been good here, but it's become clear that East High plays in some sort of musical theater league with a very low standard of competition."

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Set your TiVos!

Tonight's a huuuge night for television. My DVR's gonna be working overtime with all that I've got queued for it.

Here's the rundown:

7:00pm-Survivor: Tocantins (CBS)- The tribes finally merge and drama no-doubt ensues!
The Office (NBC)- The first of tonight's two all new episodes, "The Michael Scott Paper Company"

7:30pm-Parks and Recreation (NBC)- Amy Poehler's new sitcom from the makers of The Office based around the local city government of Pawnee, Indiana.

8:00pm-
The Office (NBC)- Another new episode where Michael assembles his company "Dream Team."

8:30pm-30 Rock (NBC)- New episode "Cutbacks."

Getting the shaft tonight are ABC's In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? Since Mr. DVR can only handle two shows at once I have to cut some corners here and there, but ABC.com has a fantastic episode player so I'll just catch up on those at a later date. (They're pretty funny shows if you've never seen them.)

So here's to a great night of television with great standbys Survivor, The Office and 30 Rock and what will hopefully become a new hit: Parks and Recreation. Seriously, Amy Poehler, I'm counting on you. Don't let me down.

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Respect the Art

Thank goodness UT's got someone to take care of polishing this giant piece of red scrap metal.. We wouldn't want it looking weird or anything plopped down in the middle of our library...

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Survivor: furnished by Martha Stewart?

So we all know how I'm a hardcore SURVIVOR fan, right?

OK well while I was watching last night's episode (4/2/09) of "Survivor: Tocantins," I noticed something briefly shown on screen that made me just for my instant replay button, and no, it wasn't any sort of wardrobe malfunction.

In one scene, the survivors of the Jalapao tribe are shown eating around their campfire while it appears to be raining behind them, but they aren't getting wet. Then the camera angle changes to show JT. Above him there appears to be some sort of tarp or umbrella straight out of the Martha Stewart for K-mart "jungle" collection covering them- definitely not something normal around the camps, or at least definitely not something ever shown on camera.So are they REALLY surviving out there or what? Geez first they get tarps- next thing you know they're sleeping on TempurPedic mattresses!

Any other SURVIVOR fans with me on this one? That's weird, right? I just thought their camps/shelters were only made out of stuff they built. Or did I miss some challenge where they won that covering or something?

Anyway that's all I've got.

Team Taj/Brendan.

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We want you to live, Bighorn Sheep!

While reading an old National Geographic in the library, I came across a little blurb about the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. PBS live in the mountain ranges of Southern Califorina and Baja California, and they are extremely endangered with only about 3,200 remaining in the world.

Normally I'm sensitive to endangered species and how humans can negatively affect animals' living environments and therefore survival rates, but after seeing this accompanying picture I have to say: Bighorn Sheep, you might have brought this one upon yourself...
Maybe if you didn't make a habit of hanging out on the sides of extremely steep (and by steep I mean nearly vertical) mountains you wouldn't all die.

Just a thought.

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