Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kal-El. Lorelai. Johnson. Fun.

So, I received quite a few e-mails and text messages from friends, all chuckling over the big celebrity news this week. Yes, Nicolas Cage named his son Kal-El. Yes, ha ha, the kid’s gonna get beaten up at school (as if the son of Nicolas Cage is going to go to public school instead of some private school with other overprivileged kids who will no doubt have stupid names and too much money as well). But y’know what? I think it’s fine. It’s better than “Dylan” or “Madison” or naming your kid after a goddamn ball player. I’d rather name my kid after Superman than Derek Jeter any day. Not that I’m ever going to have kids... but that’s another issue.

Speaking of Superman, the season premiere of Smallville contained more than one element that warmed geeky cockles. The Fortress of Solitude was one (although did anyone else notice the lack of John Williams music that’s accompanied every other aspect of Smallville that related to Superman: the Movie? I’m guessing Superman Returns has that music all locked up). Chloe’s talk with Clark about him being “more than a hero” where she said, “If more people were like you, the world would be a much better place” summed up why I love the character. It’s a good time to be a Superman fan, even one who doesn’t read the comics anymore.

And, as long as I'm pluggin' WB tee vee shows, here are three reasons from tonight’s episode of Gilmore Girls why that show is NOT a “guilty pleasure,” but just great television:
1) They made extensive fun of Riding the Bus with My Sister.
2) There was a scene about Lorelai’s and Rory’s lack of religious faith (kinda ballsy in the current climate).
3) “Davey is more accessible. He’s the Dandy Warhols to Martha’s Brian Jonestown Massacre

Whoops, make that four reasons (see left).

Speaking of Brian Jonestown Massacre, could it be that they really don't know that more than half the people who go to see them do so for the trainwreck, not for the music? They couldn't be that clueless, could they? Hm.

I manned the wood last night for the MC Chris show and felt 100 years old. I can’t stand Aqua Teen Hunger Force for the same reason I can’t watch Family Guy. I don’t care how funny it is, if the animation’s ugly, I cannot watch it. And AQTF is one butt-ugly cartoon. I did enjoy Chris’s anti-hipster rant, however.

But the crowd of young’uns brought up another sad example of apathy / ignorance that I encounter a lot at the bar. Whenever a bartender looks at a questionable ID, he or she usually asks a question to test the bearer’s validity. I like to ask, “Who was the president when you were born?” Only too many cries of ignorance have now made me realize that a lot of people don’t know the answer to that question. Sheesh. All the more to crankicize me (Johnson).

I was once called, “Mr. Anti-Fun” by a friend of mine. And she’s right. I was thinking about it last night as I stood behind the bar with too much time to think. I can’t remember the last time I had “fun.”

Hey, you know another TV show I love?..... sigh.


fuzzco said...

Mr. Anti-Fun is your super villan alter-ego. He's a frustrated high school vice-principal, who while stargazing (all high school vice-principals are amatuer astronomers) sees an alien space craft crash land in the hills outside of town. When he investigates, he discovers the crystal that powers the ship has the ability to suck the joy out of people. He the runs amuck at weddings, bar mitzvahs and parties, making everyone as miserable as he is - and while they are depressed, he steals their valuables.

Miss Tanya said...
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Miss Tanya said...

How're you supposed to know the name of the president when you're born if you don't even know how to poop in the toilet?

Tricky Dick!

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe your ignorance regarding the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the people who go to see their shows.... they are the best band of the last 30 years, and they are continuing a rock and roll tradition that has sadly produced few musicians of calibre for far too long. Do you think that people don't go to concerts to appreciate the atmosphere? People went to see the Stones for the show as well as the music, but it is the music that we listen to and it is the Brian Jonestown Massacre's music that has inspired countless musicians to both find meaning within themselves, their music, and todays 'rock and roll', which until the emergence of the Brian Jonestown Massacre i believed to be in an extended hibernation.