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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 authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: michaelreyes72@hotmail.com

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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Monday GAAAH! - 1/10/11


I've been really lousy trying to keep this blog up to date.  I'm lucky if I get anything posted on The Bookish Kind as well, seeing as it's mostly used for reviews and what not.  I'm trying to get more content ready for both blogs but sometimes it's harder than it seems.  Nevertheless, it's time to KBO and bring ourselves into a new Monday of GAAAH!

- This weekend's shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was an outrageous tragedy, and yet some have chosen to focus on the "Left Wing Attacks" that are being lobbed against Right Wing figures such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin.  Two things: First off, this is a tragedy where a political figure was outright attacked by a lone nutjob.  Said nutjob has not been labeled as either a Republican or Democrat, at least not that I've read (I'm still bringing myself completely up to speed on the matter).  Life isn't partisan, and life is what was attacked during this vicious act; not politics.  Politics may have fueled the intent, but politics didn't put the gun in the man's hand.

- Second, those "attacks" being lobbed at the Right Wing Media...I completely condone them.  I'm going to rile up my Conservative friends with this, but I don't care.  As much as I respect their opinions, we can no longer ignore the harsh, violent, and downright scary tone certain figures on the Right have taken.  We've just come off of an election cycle where we've had candidates talking about "Second Amendment Remedies" (Second Amendment being the one that details our "right to bare arms", in case you're Constitutional knowledge is dusty), talking heads inspiring "revolution" and populist discord within the nation, and reality TV stars trying to act like politicians while politicians are succeeding in the reverse transition.  The phrase "Second Amendment remedies" shouldn't EXIST in polite political discourse!  When I hear "Second Amendment Remedies" I think of a Red Dawn scenario..."We're under attack by a hostile foreign power, and we need to defend our soil."  Not, "we don't like your politics, so we're going to overthrow you with weapons of force".  These idiots are starting to sound and act like Ed Harris's General Hummell in "The Rock", and as we know there's always a David Morse around to execute the sanctions of the willing should the General decide to have a change of heart and back down.  I beg the Sarah Palins, the Glenn Becks, The Rush Limbaughs, and the Sean Hannities of the world to PLEASE stop inciting and egging these unhinged persons on.  Scale it back and take it down several notches before someone else dies.

- One more piece of serious business before we get back to more light hearted fare: Major Richard "Dick" Winters passed away on January 2nd.  Some of you may remember the name, and that would be because you've seen Damian Lewis's portrayal of him in the mini series Band of Brothers.  For those that are unfamiliar, Maj. Winters was the commander of Easy Company,  506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade combat team of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.  He and his men saw action during some of the most harrowing points of World War II...most notably the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.  Major Winters was 92, and if you haven't already I'd suggest watching Band of Brothers, simply because it is a fitting tribute to the men and women who have fought and will fight to keep this country free.

- In lighter news, I have signed up for The Cannonball Read III, or as I like to call it The Cannonball Read: Osaka Slide.  The requirement has been relaxed to 52 books in a year, which seems quite attainable, but for my sake I've volunteered for the "Half Cannonball" in an official capacity.  However, I do hope I can break the ceiling and provide the Full Monty.  My reviews will be posted to The Bookish Kind, as well as (hopefully) leaking out to Pajiba in select instances.  (Spoiler Alert: this is going to be the first title reviewed.)

- MSN's Unfortunate Headline Coupling of the Week: ‘Attack a Teacher Day’ arrests | New Guinness record
(This sounds like a possible sequel to Harry Brown if you ask me.  Then again, can you blame me for wanting to see Michael Caine stick it to the Hoodies once more?)

- Jersey Shore premiered its third season this weekend, and it was just as one would expect: trashtastic!  Not only was I able to fit in a Tron Legacy reference on Twitter (SPOILERS FOR TRON LEGACY!!!!  I firmly believe Deena is the Clu to Snooki's Flynn, and that not only was she created in Snooki's own image, but that she's going to have the house cowering under her iron fist...only for the two of them to "reunite" and cancel each other out in a brilliant ball of energy.  END SPOILERS!!!!)

- True Grit is finally Number 1 at the box office, solidifying the clout of The Coen Brothers as well as everyone's favorite Dude Jeff Bridges.  Here's this weekend's Futile Box Office Predictions:

1. The Green Hornet
(Seth Rogen's star is rising, it's a 3D release, and it looks pretty freaking awesome.  Expect this to be the diamond in the January rough.)

2. The Dilemma
(Vince Vaughn + Kevin James/Romantic Comedy = A Cheap Buck)

3. True Grit
(The film's high profile this past weekend will be diminished due to more "crowd pleasing" movie going options.  However, last weekend's First Place finish will hopefully raise this film's profile enough to ensure a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.)

Lovable Loser of the Week: Tron Legacy, because if there were justice in this world, it would be pulling Avatar numbers and we'd already hear about the greenlight for Tron Resurgence.

Loathable Winner of the Week: The Dilemma, because not only does it look like one of the most unfunny RomComs since Valentine's Day, but it further cheapens the credibility of Vince Vaughan and Kevin James.  Damn you, Ron Howard!

- Verizon's iPhone is going to be a little more expensive thanks to extra components needed to allow it to access the Internet on Verizon's cellular network.  In other words, Verizon is telling you to buy a Droid.

This week's opening act is a Jazz take on a Rap song that ends up sounding rather awesome.  I remember stumbling upon this song on good old 88.3 FM WBGO as I drove to work the one day, and it stuck with me.  Searching for it on YouTube I shortly learned that this was originally a song for Mystikal (he of "Shake Yo' Ass" fame), only to be turned into a rather funky Jazz riff by Oliver Lake.  Here's "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)".  The weekend's over, but you don't have to fear it.



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