I’m going to say it’s a mixture of both. The pile of popcorn instead of cocaine? Sort of funny. Hearing children in elementary school call each other “sons of bees” and “motherfudgers”? Weird. Seeing them act out a scene full of murder and machine guns? It’s just wrong.
All posts for the month March, 2010
I almost didn’t want to write about American Idol again, because I mentally checked out of the show about halfway through last night, and because it was so damn boring/awful/pitchy/etc. that I don’t care who goes home tonight; it could be any one of six people and I’d be happy. But I have some perverse dedication to this blog, even though about four people read it on a regular basis (Hi Mom!), and honestly, last night was just too awful not to discuss. The Idols could pick from any number one single in Billboard‘s 50-year history, and they managed to pick some of the schlockiest, cheesiest, over-performed songs on the list. Guest mentor Miley Cyrus wasn’t as bad as I thought she’d be, although her statement that, “People take me seriously because I take myself seriously,” proves all that is wrong with today’s youth.
Lee Dewyze, my current favorite, started the show with “The Letter,” by the Box Tops. The brass ensemble was borderline hokey, although it was a nice departure from the ‘dude stands behind mic stand with guitar’ performances in Lee’s past. I liked the vocals, and he definitely brought more stage presence, although he clearly had no idea what to do with his left hand, the one not holding the microphone, and flailed it around awkwardly.
Why Paige Miles thought it would be a good idea to pick “Take a Look At Me Now (Against All Odds),” a song already covered on Idol by Corey Clark, George Huff, Jessica Sierra, Scott Savol, Katharine McPhee, and Ramiele Malubay, is something I can’t fathom. Calling her performance ‘pitchy’ is an understatement. My living room cleared when Paige started singing. I think my dog was in pain. The girl sang better when she had laryngitis, for crying out loud. It was just awful.
Another performance that falls into the ‘just awful’ category is Tim Urban‘s take on Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Freddie Mercury rolled over in his grave, for sure, during Tim’s performance. There was nothing exciting about the vocals, and Tim’s attempts to be fun by sliding across the stage, touching audience members’ hands and standing amongst the audience were just cheap gimmicks to cover up the fact that he’s a terrible performer.
Aaron Kelly – whom Ryan called David Archuleta when giving out his numbers – picked another tried and true Idol favorite: Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” It was okay. It’s nothing I’m going to remember in a week or two, but his vocals were decent, and his performance was another chance for him to show off his earnest faces.
Crystal Bowersox‘s “Me and Bobby McGee” was yet another crunchy granola acoustic jam, this time with a rug on the stage! She really makes it seem effortless, but homegirl has to mix it up with the musical choices in the upcoming weeks if she wants to be a true contender. Enough with the Starbucks music. Take a page out of the books of Lambert, Cook, Allen et al, and find a song that isn’t from your genre of music, and revamp it to fit said genre. Otherwise, I think Mamasox will find herself amongst the eliminated former front runners, including but not limited to Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, and Melinda Doolittle.
I missed Big Mike‘s performance; I’m not sad at all. I don’t like him.
Andrew Garcia‘s performance of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was cheesy and amateurish. I know, I know, this is an “amateur” talent competition, but I’ve seen more skill from drunken coeds doing karaoke. He lost the guitar and gained a whole lot of awkward stage presence. I won’t be surprised if he’s in the bottom three tonight.
Katie Stevens‘ attempt at being young and cool resulted in ill-advised suspenders and Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It reeked of high-school talent show. I just can’t get behind Katie as a valid contender for the Idol crown. Her voice is great, just not technically at the level it should be to compete on a nationally televised talent competition.
I may be the only person who enjoyed Casey James‘ “The Power of Love.” Sure, Huey Lewis and the News isn’t the most current song choice, but Casey’s vocals were great. I could have done without the horn section blasting down from the band loft; they definitely contributed to the outdated feel that Randy spoke of, and they pretty much muted Casey’s guitar playing. (I did quite enjoy his comment to Miley that he’s a big fan…of her father. Zing!)
Didi Benami just plain sucked last night. There’s no other way to say it. Her performance of Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good” was cheesy, overdone, and flat. I believe I may have changed the channel to check the weather forecast during this performance.
Siobhan Magnus and her magnificent pink faux-hawk took on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Vocally, it wasn’t perfect, but I did like hearing Siobhan’s voice against a more upbeat, less morose song. “The shriek” is getting old fast, though, and while I don’t hate it, I find myself bracing for impact throughout her performances, waiting for that note.
My bottom three prediction for tonight: Urban, Miles, Garcia, with Urban going back to safety first and most likely Miss Miles heading back to her kindergarten class.
Photo courtesy of USA Today.
Posted by aljal on March 24, 2010
There won’t be an American Idol recap this week for too many reasons to list on here, one of which being I may be suffering from Idol burnout. Anyway, I still cry myself to sleep at night over the travesty that is Alex Lambert’s elimination. Here is Alex’s interview and performance on Ellen. Could he be any more adorable? I think not.
Posted by aljal on March 18, 2010
Posted by aljal on March 12, 2010
Posted by aljal on March 10, 2010
The awards season comes to a close tonight with the most prestigious of ceremonies: the Academy Awards. It will be an interesting telecast with an unprecedented 10 nominees for Best Picture, and, for the first time in Oscar history, two hosts. The duo of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin is either going to be great or terrible. I’m hoping for the latter, because I find both of them funny separately, so they have to be funny together, right? I’ll be picking apart the fashions as they appear, since I can’t stomach any network’s red carpet coverage. Check back for my thoughts on Hollywood’s most important evening, and bear with me, because I think I’ve seen one, maybe two nominated movies.
8:30: This intro of the Best Actor/Actress nominees feels like a beauty pageant.
8:32: Neil Patrick Harris! Love him and his sequined tux. Of course he’s singing.
8:33: Loving the SYTYCD alums in this number, courtesy of producer Adam Shankman.
8:35: Meryl Streep is awesome.
8:37: Great “damn”/”dame” joke at Helen Mirren’s expense. BTW, has she found the fountain of youth? If so, please share.
8:39: Gabourey Sidibe’s mom is loving Baldwin/Martin.
8:41: Awkwardddd…James Cameron is sitting behind Kathryn Bigelow.
8:43: I asked why Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner were invited and my mother’s response was, “They’re in movies.” Thanks for clearing that up, Mom!
8:48: And Best Supporting Actor goes to…Christoph Waltz. Can’t say I’m surprised since he won a Golden Globe.
8:50: Ryan Reynolds – one of Canada’s best exports.
8:52: It’s nice to see that the real family from The Blind Side was invited.
8:56: This bit with the animated characters is cute.
8:58: Not at all surprised that Up won Best Animated Feature Film. I haven’t seen it, but it’s Pixar, so it has to be fantastic.
9:00: Go home, Miley. Amanda Seyfried looks lovely, though.
9:03: The song from Crazy Heart is probably going to win.
9:04: I’m three for three with winners so far. Too bad I didn’t take part in an Oscar pool.
9:05: So far we’ve had Ryan Reynolds then Chris Pine introduce a Best Picture nominee. I like the trend that’s being set here…
9:12: Tina Fey. My idol. My mother thinks she looks like “Tarzana” in her polka dotted-ish dress.
9:13: Fey and Downey, Jr. are killing it with their writer/actor bit.
9:15: As a writer (I use that term loosely,) I love when they do nerdy writer stuff like read the stage directions on scripts.
9:17: Molly Ringwald? Did you get lost on the way from 1987?
9:19: This John Hughes montage is making me feel old.
9:22: This gathering of Hughes movie alums may or may not make me cry.
9:24: Now the clip of Up is making me tear up. Get a grip.
9:27: I have a total girl crush on Zoe Saldana, even though she was in the Britney Spears cinematic disaster Crossroads.
9:30: John Lasseter, you are awesome.
9:32: I may love Zoe, but hot damn, her dress is UGLY.
9:35: That red haired lady was pretty intense. I got the impression that she wasn’t supposed to be onstage and/or speak.
9:37: I am not shocked at all that Ben Stiller is dressed as a Na’avi.
9:40: I still love the Will Ferrell/Steve Carell bit from when they introduced Best Makeup a few years ago. I may YouTube it during a commercial.
9:47: I love Rachel McAdams (aka Regina George).
9:52: Queen Latifah always looks classy at awards shows. Her dress tonight is very flattering.
9:54: Cameron Diaz, I see you in the background chewing gum.
9:55: Robin Williams is oddly subdued.
9:59: Best Supporting Actress was a strong group with lots of talent, but Mo’nique totally deserves this.
10:01: Colin Firth is so dapper.
10:06: Of course Avatar won Art Direction. It’s easily the most visually stunning movie I’ve ever seen.
10:09: More Martin and Baldwin, please. These two are getting lots of laughs in my living room. SJP’s dress and hair piece are heinous.
10:11: I like this lady who just won Best Costume Design. Way to thank the under appreciated costumers!
10:13: Ugh, I can’t even escape Twilight on the Oscars.
10:15: I’m getting sleepy and bored. I might not make it to the end.
10:18: Color me shocked…Kristen Stewart’s dress is nice and she doesn’t look as slouchy as usual.
10:19: Do. Not. Like. Horror. Movies. I’m watching through my fingers.
10:22: Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick are very cute together.
10:27: Hmm…I thought these sound awards were a lock for Avatar. Does this mean The Hurt Locker has some big awards in its near future?
10:30: Quentin Tarantino – the Dwight Schrute of directing? Discuss.
10:35: Sandra is looking super shiny tonight. I kind of like the dress.
10:36: Avatar finally wins a technical-ish award tonight.
10:37: Oh no. The death montage. We’ve lost a lot of greats this year. Sad.
10:45: Oh, hello, Sam Worthington. I like your glasses.
10:46: LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS! I love them so much.
10:54: Do you think Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper talked about Jennifer Aniston while they were waiting backstage?
10:55: A big “DUH” that Avatar won Best Visual Effects.
11:02: Matt Damon – smart, talented, and a writer. Yes, please.
11:08: Dear Keanu, please shave. Thanks.
11:13: All the big awards are coming up, and just in time too, because I’m by myself now and I can barely stay awake.
11:14: I rest my case re: Quentin/Dwight.
11:19: Kathy Bates, you own Dunder Mifflin now.
11:20: I got chills watching the Avatar clip reel. It truly is a story that sucks you in and keeps you emotionally involved until the end credits.
11:23: There is a GIGANTIC spider crawling across the wall towards me. I just want this awards show to be over so I can get away from this speedy arachnid.
11:28: These personal tributes are actually quite interesting and touching.
11:31: Oh my god, West Coasters, it’s 11 freaking 30. Wrap it up, already.
11:33: Best Actor goes to…Jeff Bridges. No surprise there.
11:37: All right, I have to close up shop. I needed to go to bed like, an hour ago. Unlike everyone at the Oscars, some of us have to go to work tomorrow and earn a living : )
Posted by aljal on March 8, 2010
Having been Office-free for a while, thanks to the Olympics, made the anticipation for this momentous event even higher. I had so many questions going into last night’s episode: Boy or girl? What kind of Michael Scott antics could we expect? And, most importantly, would Pam make it to the hospital or would it be a Dunder Mifflin delivery?
Since this is my first time blogging about the Office, I need to admit that I’m a total Office-aholic. I own all the seasons on DVD, and I have calendars, posters, Schrute Bucks at my desk, etc. I can quote the show at length, and now that I’m a receptionist, I feel like Pam Beesly and I are kindred spirits. (Except for the whole married and pregnant thing.) I anticipate big Office events, such as weddings and birthdays and mergers more than things that happen in my life.
Photo courtesy of the Halpert Baby Blog/NBC.
Posted by aljal on March 6, 2010
Posted by aljal on March 5, 2010