Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Bodyguard Score Review

The Album artwork
  Today is my birthday and I turned 23 today. For my birthday I decided to write a review of The Bodyguard score by Alan Silvestri. Recently La-La Land Records had finally released the score to the 1992 hit movie The Bodyguard starring the late Whitney Houston. No score was ever released on CD before now. Sadly enough the only piece of score that was put on the original soundtrack was The Theme from The Bodyguard. Poor Alan Silvestri, he worked so hard on the score to get one track on the soundtrack that was dominated by Whitney Houston. Until now, it has finally gotten a proper release. This is a limited edition of 3500 copies.
  I am a fan of Alan Silvestri's work. He did an excellent job in scoring films such as The A-Team, Back to the Future series, Captain America, The Avengers, and Forrest Gump to name a few. This is one of those scores that is overshadowed by a big name singer, Whitney Houston.
Here is the tracklisting.
  1. Theme from The Bodyguard (2:44)
  2. Watch and See/Meet Rachel*/Fletcher**/Can I Help You? (3:40)
  3. Weirdo/Someone Was In Here (1:17)
  4. Frank Unpacks* (1:24)
  5. Followed/On the Job (3:08)
  6. Just Dinner (1:02)
  7. Walkman/Another One (3:20)
  8. Not There (1:27)
  9. Only If You Want To/I Know Why/Got You/The Glove/The Locker (3:06)
  10. Be Careful**/I Don't Approve*/The Sword (4:14)
  11. Silly Job (0:54)
  12. Well, Well, Well/Overlay (1:44)
  13. What Are You Doing?/Where Is She?/I'm Through (3:24)
  14. Snow/I Understand Now/Just One** (5:23)
  15. How About That (3:14)
  16. It Doesn't Matter/Where's Fletcher? (3:09)
  17. Tell Me About It (4:20)
  18. The Stairs/It's Not Your Fault/Do You Mind? (3:01)
  19. Relax a Little (1:32)
  20. This is the Night/Coming Thrill/Portman/Please Welcome (3:00)
  21. The Winner Is/Where's Portman? (1:58)
  22. Lunatic (3:15)
  23. My Bodyguard/How's It Going? (2:26)
    Total Score Time: 62:50

  24. Theme from The Bodyguard (film mix) (2:44)
  25. Meet Rachel (alternate) (0:49)
  26. The Winner Is (alternate) (1:41)
  27. It Doesn't Matter (alternate) (1:32)
  28. How's It Going? (alternate) (1:21)
  29. Party Piano (source) (2:28)
  30. Theme from The Bodyguard (album alternate) (3:52)
    Total Bonus Time: 14:35

    * Not Used in Film
    ** Contains Material Not Used in Film
    Total Album Time: 77:25
   Overall I enjoyed this score very much. I never really saw the movie to be honest except for a few pieces of it on TV. The score is very peaceful and dramatic during points in the tracks. I find some of it very relaxing and calming to listen to, even with the dramatic points and the thrilling points as well. The score can be very suspenseful at times too. It's one of those scores that never gets any recognition due to Whitney Houston being in the spotlight. I also find it nice that they dedicated the score in the memory of Whitney Houston. You kinda saw that coming though. It was a good thing they did that. Also If you're a fan of Alan Silvestri or Whitney Houston you should buy this. Overall I give it a 10 out of 10. Alan Silvestri really outdone himself with this score. It should have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
  The CD is available for purchase here. If you're looking for an mp3 for iTunes alas there is none.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I Hate Gangnam Style

  Do you want to know what really annoys the living daylights out of me? It's Gangnam Style. Why is this even popular? It's stupid and really annoying. I turned on SWRV this morning and guess what was playing? Gangnam Style. I watched the whole thing without throwing the remote at the TV.  I don't know how I managed to keep my cool there but I somehow did.
  I don't know how crap like this gets so popular here in the USA in the first place. The song isn't in English for Pete's sake. So to me there is a language barrier. I can't stand crap like this. I can't stand the god awful Macarena either and that's just as bad. I just hope that Gangnam Style ends up as a one hit wonder. 
  You want to know what is better than Gangnam Style? Any song by Waking the Cadaver. Their lyrics are nasty and indistinguishable but they are better than Gangnam Style. Yeah not not mention that you can't escape Gangnam Style on the radio either. I've only heard it around 3 times or so on the radio. So thats a good thing. I'd rather listen to (Cough) Justin Bieber (Cough). I can't stand Justin Bieber either but he is better than Gangnam Style.

Friday, October 26, 2012


  Did you ever say to yourself that a particular movie series has gone on long enough? If so you've probably seen a franchise infected with Sequelitis. What is Sequelitis? Sequelitis is when a movie series gets way to many sequels and they keep going downhill after a certain number of them. Once a movie series gets infected with Sequelitis, it should be put down. Lets take a look at certain film series that have been infected with Sequelitis.
  • American Pie
  • The Land Before Time 13 films in series
  • Friday The 13th
  • Halloween
  • A Nightmare on Elm St.
  • Police Academy
  • Saw
  • The Final Destination
  • The Karate Kid
  • Tremors
  • Scary Movie
  • Any Disney Direct to Video Sequel.
  How can you stop Sequelitis? Well unless you are Hollywood executive then you have the power to stop this infection. Now another great way you can stop them is don't buy the DVD or Blu-Ray or see it in the theater. That will send a great message to the studios that there is no need for another sequel. So do your part to stop Sequelitis.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mattel Vs Jakks-Pacific Round Three

  Ok today's post is a quickie. In the neverending comparison battle of Mattel vs Jakks-Pacific we move onto round three.
  Mattel does some pretty stupid stuff like putting the Ghostbusters action figures on MattyCollector. Collectors hate MattyCollector for several reasons. Mostly because it is a huge pain in the butt to deal with and outrageous shipping prices. Standard shipping used to be UPS now its from Newgistics.
  Remember when Jakks-Pacific got the Rocky license? If you do that's a good thing. That was the only Jakks-Pacific product I would buy during 2006. I wasn't into their former WWE line at that time. Anyway where was I? Oh yes the Rocky line. I'm glad that Jakks got that license because we got to see them at retail. Even though mostly KB Toys carried them. I miss KB Toys. The Rocky figures were Ruthless Aggression bodied. That's classic Jakks-Pacific for you. Anyway how does this relate to Mattel?
  Well if Mattel had the Rocky license we wouldn't have seen them at retail. They would be on MattyCollector. GASP! Mattel would have ruined that line if they had the license. So who wins this round?
   WINNER: Jakks-Pacific! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Adventures in Kmart: The WWE Cube

  Ok I thought I would post about Mattel WWE action figures this time. If you are a WWE fan like myself, you probably know that Kmart is the Official sponsor of WWE Live events or something like that. I know that Kmart is billed as WWE Fan Central. So I belong to wfigs.proboards.com which is a forum for Wrestling figures. Members have posted about Kmart getting in a display cube full of Mattel WWE figure assortments. People have also reported to find the Elite series 16 Kevin Nash figure from the revision cases in those cubes. Yesterday I stopped in a Kmart after my 8:00 AM class to see if they had put the cube out. Surprisingly they had 2 cubes out for some reason. My guess is that the store is located in a higher populated area than where I live. Those 2 cubes contained Elite 16 The Rock, Randy Orton, and CM Punk. No Kevin Nash figure. Somebody probably got to them already. I already have E16 Diesel which is also Kevin Nash so no worries about that. I could live without the Kevin Nash from the revision cases. Now where was I? Oh yes, what the cubes contained. The cubes also contained that awful FlexForce stuff that clogs the shelves. Also there were Battle Pack series 18 in the cubes as well. For the single basic series figures there was series 22. I didn't need anyone from B22 because I have them in one form or another. I contemplated picking up a Booker T figure for my nephew's in Arizona but decided against it.
  Last night I couldn't get out to my local Kmart due to being at a local concert. When I get home I checked my email and got one from my former coworker who also collects WWE figures. He asked me if I got the E16 Kevin Nash figure. I responded back and said no I wasn't at my local Kmart due to the concert. Anyway I went to my Kmart to see if they had the B21 Beth Phoenix. Well I lucked out. B21 was there but the Beth Phoenix's were gone. Usually Diva figures are packed 2 per cube and 1 per case. I did manage to get the B21 Mason Ryan figure. I like it a lot. It's better than his first figure that had an uncanny resemblance to pitchman Billy Mays. Also the Kmart cubes had the kid sized belts.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Very Merry Perri Christmas Review

  I preordered Christina Perri's new Christmas EP on Amazon.com about a week ago. It arrived today. So I thought I would review it. Usually I cannot stand Christmas music but this is an exception. I am a fan of Christina Perri. I know the owners of one of the places she worked as a waitress in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. So there is a little backstory to this purchase.
The album artwork
  Now where was I? Oh yes my review of A Very Merry Perri Christmas. This CD has 6 tracks. Five of them are covers of Christmas songs with the exception of Something About December which was written by Christina Perri.
The tracklisting is as follows.
  1. Something About December
  2. Merry Christmas Darling
  3. Please Come Home for Christmas
  4. Ave Maria
  5. Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  Now this EP is way better than any Christmas music I have heard while shopping in stores during the holiday season. Christina gave a lot of effort and emotion into singing these songs. You can tell with "Other" artists are selling out and don't give much effort into their Christmas albums. Most of them are generally disliked and frowned upon by their fans. I really hope that stores will play some of her versions of Christmas songs instead of the boring versions that have been played for years.
  Onto the album artwork. I like the album art. It's really different than most conventional Christmas album artwork and isn't cheesy like some of them. I think the side profile of her head is a unique feature that separates this album from the others out there. On a side note this EP is not in a jewel case, but a Digipak instead which gives it a Nine Inch Nails album feeling. Most of Nine Inch Nails albums are Digipaks.
  Overall I give this EP 10 out of 10 stars. You're probably thinking that's a little biased. It's not trust me on that. This EP is fantastic and stands out from the generic Christmas albums put out by other artists. It's better than Randy Travis's two Christmas albums. I'm glad that Christina Perri stayed away from some of the more annoying and stupid songs we hear around Christmastime such as Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, or Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk this Christmas or Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. I highly recommend this EP.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mattel Basic 18 Kelly Kelly

My Dream Came True
  About a week and a half ago I had a strange dream that my Walmart had put out a case of Basic Series 18. Sure enough, I went to Walmart on that Friday and there enough they had put out a case of Basic 18 the RAW SuperShow case. When I had got to the toy dept, I almost had a stroke thinking that I must be a psychic. Sadly I am not. Now where was I? Oh yes, Walmart putting out B18. I already had Hunico and Sin Cara from that set already. I had bought them at Kohl's a few months prior. I didn't need a CM Punk, although they were all gone from when I got to Walmart. There were the Hunico's and Sin Cara's there and the digital camo Cenas and one Cody Rhodes. I had hoped to find Kelly Kelly but, She was already gone so I thought.
  It wasn't until yesterday when I went to go to work, I would find that Kelly Kelly. I know the dept manager of Toys at Walmart, because once worked in my department. He told me that the figure wasn't returned, it was probably hidden somewhere. Wait a second! I must be a psychic because I had a hunch that that Kelly Kelly was hidden by somebody who was hiding it from a scalper or didn't have the money for it so hid it until they came up with the funds. Well I guess one of the associates found it lying around their dept and returned it to toys. The top of the carding was a tad bit bent I guess from it being hidden for a week and a half. I bought it and went to work a hectic day all by myself until the other person came in at 5. So I decided to leave the Kelly Kelly in the box and I hung it on the wall in my attic.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me

  Today I got one of my birthday presents to myself in the mail. It's a Rihanna action figure. Actually it isn't a Rihanna action figure. It's really Alicia Fox. Many Mattel WWE action figure collectors think this figure looks like Rihanna including myself. I bought her from Ringside Collectibles. She was $40. You're probably thinking $40 is way too much for an action figure right? In reality $40 isn't that bad because when you buy from Ringside Collectibles you save money on gas you would use to go to countless stores looking for a figure. You can also preorder sets of figures too.
  Now I bought this figure two weeks ago and they said the figure was on backorder for late October. Well I got my shipping notice email on Tuesday and I got it today. I ordered B23 Kane yesterday.
  Overall I like this figure alot. It comes with the hood accessory. She is also wearing a skirt. Mattel has also made the Divas of Doom Beth Phoenix in a skirt also. So I can see this trend continuing in the future.
   The picture to your right is the attire her action figure is wearing minus the fur hood. That picture was taken at a SmackDown house show sometime last year that is where the Mattel Design Team scanned her head to be made into an action figure. The hood that comes with the action figure is removable by the way. Also some wfigs.proboards.com members said that her top and skirt is removable. Naughty naughty I say.
Take That Rihanna!
  On a side note Shelton Benjamin looks alot like Chris Brown minus all the crazy tattoos of course. However that is what I think anyway. One thing you can do is reenact the domestic violence between Chris Brown and Rihanna. I Keed I Keed.  I have bad taste don't I. Well. I can't wait to get my B23 Kane so I can show off his evolution through the Mattel figures.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Who Would Steal That?

  Today I thought I would write about a car. It's a car that my family owned at one point. The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was one of the top stolen cars throughout the 1990s. I don't condone stealing cars but it makes me wonder why would somebody steal an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. The car is the most bland unattractive car that General Motors had made. People don't steal ugly cars.
Why Would Somebody Steal this?
  To quote my late grandfather, "No one steals Oldsmobile's". He said that after his 1992 Cadillac Seville was stolen. He bought a new car after the Cadillac was stolen, it was a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera sedan. He actually thought that nobody would steal an Oldsmobile. Ironically the Oldsmobile he bought wasn't stolen. We ended up with that crappy car after my brother hit a deer with his 80s Oldsmobile Cutlass coupe going back to college. His car was totaled so my parents gave him their Buick LeSabre. So my Grandfather was nice to give us his Oldsmobile because we were in need of a car. My grandfather went out and bought what I believe was a Buick Century. I don't remember exactly what car he bought after he gave us his Oldsmobile, but I am sure it was a Buick.
  Now back to why would somebody steal that. here is a website that shows the top stolen cars by state http://www.securitygrades.com/cartheftsbystate.html. The info is from 2002 and is a bit dated. The stats show that the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera is or was one of the top stolen cars. Frankly I don't have a clue to why would somebody steal such a hideous car. My dad said that it had to do with the door locks were easy to get into for that particular model. I'm not positive on that info, that is what he heard awhile back. There are better cars to steal than this clunker such as a Cadillac. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Good Place to Buy Cheap DVDs

  One of the best places you can buy DVDs at is no other than Big Lots. Big Lots is home to $3 DVDs. They also have DVDs for $5 as well. I have bought all sorts of DVDs there really cheap. When I am done with them I trade them in at the local record store for store credit. Anyway back to some of the obscure movies I have bought there.
  I have bought Bubba Ho-Tep at Big Lots a few years ago. They have just about every 007 DVD there with the exception of the Daniel Craig ones. The 007 DVDs are $5. You can't complain there. I also picked up one or two SyFy Original Movies at Big Lots. They Were KAW and Mega Python Vs Gatoroid. Some of the DVDs at Big Lots have their barcodes slashed for some reason. I noticed that this has been declining in recent visits. I used to buy tons of DVDs here but I only buy them once in a blue moon when I find something that I have been looking for or have gained interest in. Yesterday I bought The Don Is Dead which is a 1973 mobster movie starring Anthony Quinn. I saw parts of it on AMC's Mob Week and saw enough of it to buy it.
  Buying DVDs at Big Lots can be a fun experience. They have them on huge 3 tiered cubicles 4 sided shelves and on table bins. You'll never know what you'll find at Big Lots. One time around 2009 they had a buyout of TV shows on DVD. Unfortunately I couldn't get there for some reason and I didn't hear about it until a coworker told me about it. It was too late then.
  Big Lots also puts out horror movies in the fall and Christmas movies around the middle of the fall as well.
So go out to Big Lots and buy a handbasket of DVDs.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Drive Bee

  One of my favorite comedy movies is a 1996 film called The Stupids. The film was a box office bomb and is generally hated among movie buffs and in some cases fans of the book series the film was based on. I never read The Stupids books when I was a child however I did read another book by the author and illustrator called Miss Nelson is Missing. I'm getting a little sidetracked here. Forgive me about that.
  Now where was I? Oh yes the movie The Stupids. I happened to catch this film on Comedy Central a while back when they sometimes show movies during the morning. I thought the movie was hilarious. So a few years ago around Christmas time I found the DVD of The Stupids at Big Lots for $3 and I bought it. It wasn't until I was on vacation in Maine in 2010 when I first introduced this movie to my niece and nephews who also loved this movie. So How does this relate to The Drive Bee?
  The Drive Bee is me and my nephews favorite scene from the movie. Everytime I visit him or he visits me, we talk about The Drive Bee. It's usual routine now. So The Drive Bee can be fatal. Any error you make with it can be fatal! How? When bees fly into cars or any flying insect for that matter, they sometimes can startle the driver of the car and cause them to panic and get into an accident. They can die from that accident as well. Bees flying into cars when you are driving is dangerous. So how do you stop the Drive Bee? The answer is kill it with a Well Made Shoe. Explosions may vary.
  This post is dedicated to my Nephew

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Sign of Growing Up

   In 25 days I will be turning 23 years old. I still have a lot of my old action figures from when I was a child. I have neighbors who moved in to a double home next door to my current house and they have a little boy who just loves Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. So over the span of a few months I began to give him some Power Rangers stuff that I had. First I gave him the DVD of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie. I only paid $3 for it at Big Lots a few years ago. He watched the movie and loved it. I also had a book about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from when I was about 5 years old. I gave him that as well and he loved it.
   Finally I was saving my old Power Rangers action figures for some reason. I had them since I was 5 years old. I was going to hold on to them to sell them when they would be worth some money. I realized that I would probably get diddly squat for them. I had six figures in total. They were the original action figures that when you pressed their belt buckle their heads would flip from their unmasked head to their power ranger helmet. Mine were all beat up from playing with them when I was alot younger. So over the last few days I was going to make an administrative decision on whether I should give them to my neighbor or keep them. My decision was clear I was going to give them to the little boy next door. When I gave him the grey Walmart bag with the figures, His eyes light up. I told him how their head mechanism works before I would give them away.
  Do I regret doing this? The answer is absolutely not at all. It was time for somebody else to enjoy them. I have outgrown them and gave them a new home like the ending of Toy Story 3.