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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also a film journalist/critic for Cocktails & Movies and CinemaBlend, as well as the author of several short stories such as "The Devil v. George W. Bush". Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: mikereyeswrites@gmail.com

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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Monday GAAAH! - 10/18/10


After a particularly interesting, if not completely trying, hiatus; it's time for to GAAAH for justice and decency in the world.

- Fox and Cablevision have been at odds recently about their financial renegotiations, which has lead to an outage of all Fox stations.  Supposedly, they're asking for a substantial increase which may or may not be used to fund some of their more politically minded endeavours.  Now, I won't comment on News Corp's political activities, standings, positions, or their politics in general...but what I will say is that if your News network is a political tool, then the political funding should be coming from there.  I don't care if it's all just a part of one big happy family, divest it from the Entertainment side of the aisle so people can watch their shows.  Just because you want to fundraise and Cablevision won't let you do it, doesn't mean I have to miss House.
- I want to create a comic character who's a Hispanic Mad Genius and call him Cerebral Cortez.  Just saying.

- Nick Swardson's Pretend Time has turned out to be funnier than I ever could have imagined.  Here's one of the sketches from the premiere episode that turned me around on the whole concept.  Seriously funny shit, kids.  I recommend tuning in.

- While we're on the subject of TV, if you're not watching Boardwalk Empire, then you should be fearing the wrath of Chalky White.  Shape up and watch because he ain't buildin' no bookcase.  (Seriously, I'm starting to think that my allegiance of badassery is being shifted to Chalky thanks to 24's departure.)

- Jackass 3D was the unsurprising victor at the Box Office this week.  To paraphrase Rob Lowe, so much for movies not made by idiots succeeding at the Box Office for long.  Still, it looks like nice, dumb fun...even if I'm choosing Red over it for my Free Movie Night choice.  Here's this week's Futile Box Office Predictions:

1. Paranormal Activity 2
(More fake scary shit for those who eat it up like fucking Corn Flakes.  How this got an IMAX release is the biggest question since their decision to release Eclipse.)

2. Jackass 3D
(More shit, less eaters.)

3. The Social Network
(Because you can't kill smart THAT easily.)

Lovable Loser of the Week: The Social Network, because it'd be nice for a thought provoking film to be a runaway success again.  (Inception was the previous instance, for those of you keeping score.)

Loathable Winner of the Week: Life or Something Like It, simply because Katherine Heigl is the anti-fun and it looks so contrived that even chick flick fans might have problems with it.

- The film may have been utter shit, but Across the Stars from Attack of the Clones has to be one of the best pieces of film music in the past decade.  I'd also go as far to say that if the Star Wars series were nothing more than Anthony Daniels' pitch perfect narration, John Williams pitch perfect score, and a highlight reel of the finest moments (basically, the format of the Star Wars in Concert show) I'd gladly watch the whole saga again and again.  (Instead of just staying with I, III, and the Classic Trilogy.)

- Ewan McGregor...come back to movies.  We miss you.

- The special Halloween Short Fiction project I've mentioned in the past has been delayed.  I have a rather ambitious idea, and it looks like it's going to require some planning, some pizazz, and a lot of outlining.  So instead, the week leading up to Halloween will be the complete five part series of the project I'm working onMaybe I'll throw a title out there at some point, but I'd like to think the readers would rather be surprised.

- MSN's Unfortunate Headline Grouping of the Week:  "N. Korea's 'big threat' | Cop killed over parking space"  (While killing a cop over a parking space is a pretty dick move, I don't think it's as big of a threat as say...enriched uranium.  Unless he was killed by some sort of Super Villain weapon.)

- Still not sure if I'll be attending the March to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive, but I love how they're building this puppy up.  Seriously hoping to be there.

- If they ever reboot Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, do you think they could get NPH to be the new Wayne Szalinski?  Also, Felicia Day would totally be the perfect Diane.

- I should get into the merchandising racket.  I wonder what I could get away with branding as "Official Mr. Controversy Merchandise"?  Better yet, if some product endorsements could wind up on my doorstep, that'd be great. 

To open this week, I'm going to include the video to Across the Stars from "Episode II: Attack of the Clones".  Again, shit movie but beautiful music...which most fans believe is the unofficial log line for the Prequel Trilogy.  Have at it, kids.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Friday Video (10/8/10)


I don't know what they're feeding the writers over at True Blood, but Alan Ball MUST be rubbing off on them all over there, simply because this monologue showcases some of the finest television writing to date.  Although, Alexander Woo's writing wouldn't be half as convincing if it wasn't for the acting of one Denis O'Hare, an actor whom I've had limited but positive exposure to over the past couple years.  The way he twists from bloodthirsty tyrant to cheerful newsreader is convincing, and it's probably one of my favorite moments from Season 3.  So here, with your Happy Friday Video, is Russell Edgington: Vampire King of Missisippi.

However, for those of you who are out there saying, "Where's the music, Mike?!", I have a video for you too.  This week's closing selection is "We No Speak Americano", a remix of the Italian classic "Tu Vuo Fa' L'Americano" courtesy of Yolanda Be Cool and D-Cup.  It's been blowing up the radio waves, and I can't help but love the old/new school mashups.  I'm a child of two worlds, it clearly shows.  Happy Friday, everyone.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Monday GAAAH! - 10/4/10

A week's break has left me ready to write again...at least for now.  Monday has now officially begun.

- I was supposed to be back last week, but events prevented me from being able to write.  Mostly, drama went down and people were upset.  Needless to say, the dust has settled and all parties are relatively quiet about the proceedings.  Normally, one would expect me to go off on an expanded commentary relating to such matters, but in this case it's just not doable.  It's done, and the situation itself got too serious too quickly to even laugh.  Sorry for the gap in service.

- If you didn't see The Social Network becoming a box office hit then congratulations...you're Mark Zuckerberg.  Futile Box Office Predictions, ho!

1. The Social Network
(Kids can't get enough of the Facebook, and this seems to be the "must see to remain socially relevant" film of the moment.)

2. Life As We Know It
(Two words: Counter programming.  Another two words: Christina Hendricks.)

3. Let Me In
(I'd love to see this puppy pull a Polar Express and rise up through the charts this weekend.  It's Halloween, people.  It's time to get scared!)

Lovable Loser: Let Me In, because of the dismal first weekend it racked up this past weekend.  Yes, it's a remake, but it looks like one of those remakes that pays serious attention to the original product and adapts it in such a way that it doesn't disrespect the original.  I could be wrong, but the film community seems to be agreeing with me.

Loathable Winner: Life As We Know It, because housewifes and boring women are draw their queen shrew like moths to the flame.  (In case you didn't get that, I'm yet again calling Katherine Heigl an ungrateful, unwatchable bitch who spit on her film career the minute she badmouthed the film that made her famous.  You say it's pronounced "Hi-gal", I say it's pronounced "Fuck you, entitled fame whore, now get back to work".)

- I have a new short fiction project in the works.  The first installment was supposed to be last Friday, but sadly has been delayed.  However, I do intend for Part I to be finished for Thursday publication, with this Friday starting the weekly trend for the story's progression.  Trust me kids, it's worth it.

- Unfortunate MSN Headlines of the Week: Terror threat | Britney tattoos | Rick Sanchez  (Now THAT'S one hell of an autobiography!)

- The Cathy comic strip ended this past weekend, signifying that yes, Liz Lemon has replaced Cathy Guisewite as her comic's alter ego.  Forgive my callousness, but my opinion on Cathy as a kid was that all she did was prevent me from having a little more Calvin and Hobbes in my life.

- I miss my old best friend.

- I was planning on criticizing/mocking My Generation mercilessly, but unfortunately I'm going to have to cancel that project.  The reason is simply that the show isn't as fun to mock as I'd hoped it would be.  It's your boiler plate relationship drama where there's too many coincidences and connections to even believe it's organic.  It's too contrived and every love triangle sprouts another love triangle that just ruins any semblance of story structure.  I apologize, but I could do better.  (Besides, the show was predictably cancelled after two episodes anyway.)

- I love the Target marketing campaign officially dubbing the last weekend of October "Halloweekend".  Seriously, Halloween's always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid and it's awesome to see it get its due.

- NaNoWriMo is coming up next month, and as such I'll be developing my idea for my novel this month.  Characters will be fleshed out, locations will be (hopefully) scouted, and a cover will be designed.  For now, I'll give you info on the title and main character: the book is entitled "The Collegiate", and will be the first (of at least four) mysteries dealing with campus private detective Daniel Marlowe.  Of course, I'll be covering that over at The Bookish Kind, but I thought it'd be a good idea to cross-promote/announce things here.

- Might actually be going to the Rally to Restore Sanity, provided all the right details fall into place.  Chez from Deus Ex Malcontent and Jay from Best of the Left are both rumored/confirmed to be there as well, confirming that yes this is the "bastion of Liberalism" everyone's touting this to be.  Should I be going, I'll provide details in case any of you want to meet up.

- Christine O'Donnell has dabbled in witchcraft, hates pre-marital sex of any form, and looks like the bastard child of Sarah Palin and Rachel Ray.  In other words, she's the hardest candidate to beat (it to) in this year's Midterm Election.  (Though what does it say about us as a nation if we're looking for masturbation fodder amongst our political candidates?)

- I still have two My Abusive Relationship with Hollywood posts cooking.  Please forgive the lack of programming.

To open us up this week, I've selected a cherished classic.  Here's Henry Mancini with "A Shot in the Dark" as heard in the opening of the titular film.

As a bonus, here's Stephen Colbert pwning Capital Hill with his testimony on Migrant Workers.  It's amazing that this man wasn't allowed to run for the Primaries in 2008, but at the same time it's no surprise because he would have won.

Finally, to make up for the lack of a Happy Friday Video, here's a classic clip from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" featuring the irrepressible Colin Mochre.