American Muslim 12/19/11


Well, I’ve kind of been locked away in my room for the past couple of weeks studying for my finals and rushing everything to finish the semester off. In this time it seems like I have missed quite a bit that has been going down. One that has really seemed to kick things off is this new American Muslim TV reality show that has apparently caused a lot of controversy. I clicked on the news to hear some prick spewing “It’s not showing the radical side” you do realize that not every Muslim out there is radical and wants to blow us up right? Here’s the thing, the show is about AMERICAN Muslims, people who practice the Muslim faith and are citizens to this country. These are mothers, fathers, children, and grandparents, not insane people who want to terrorize our country and bring about new world order, just people trying to live their lives. And I understand, I was there when 9/11 happened so I know the fear that comes along with some beliefs, but the fact of the matter is that that’s such a small percentage of this huge religion (On of the biggest in the world) and to say that because someone is Muslim that they have to be radical just tells me that you have your head shoved too far up your ass. One of the biggest scandals with this is Lowes taking down its advertisements for the show. I don’t really get this, I think they should have just stuck with it, kept their advertisements up, taking it down just kind of seems strange, I can’t say what their intentions are, scandal is bad for business but taking an action like this has just put the scandal on them. But now that they did pull it they’re in a world of hurt. The people that do think there should be more input to the radical side are the aforementioned head-up-asses type, so do you really want their business? Listen, thinking that every Muslim out there has some master plan to overthrow the government and kill every American is just the same as saying that every Christian has the same beliefs as Westboro Baptist Church and wants dead soldiers. This show is about a family trying to live their lives in a country where their customs aren’t exactly accepted. Being in college I have come across many Muslims and they are all wonderful people, honestly some of the nicest people I have ever met. They have loving families of their own and it may surprise you, but they love being in this country. These assholes that think every aspect of the Muslim faith has to do with explosives seriously need to shut the hell up.

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Sherlock Holmes Review 12/18/11


Now that the family is all back together (Me and my brother are back home from college for the holidays) we all decided that we would go to the pub, drink a few boozes, a french-tini for me, what I think may be the manliest drink ever, and go see a movie as a family, with a bit of alcohol in our systems we all decided on seeing Sherlock Holmes.

If your not familiar with the idea of Sherlock Holmes, he’s originally a great detective in the books known for finding small clues that anyone else would miss. If you read the books and are expecting the movie to be like the books, well, too bad. These movies are all action, Sherlock Holmes in these movies can somehow tell what peoples future actions will be. I don’t really get it but it’s a nice effect. In this movie the plot circles around this professor who is killing certain people all around the world. Apparently he is trying to bring about a war. I don’t want to give too much away because there are some major plot points throughout the movie.

Alright, review time, I’m making this one short and sweet because it is the Holidays and I’m exhausted. I really did enjoy this movie, there was so much action and so much wit going on, of course there were parts that left me cracking up (Especially when Holmes is riding around on a little horse) I don’t say this very often but this is a movie that needs to be seen in theaters, the sound works really nice there and the big picture really helps draw you in, so definitely see this one in the theater. Um, the only real thing I have to say is that there are so many characters to keep check on it can kind of get confusing and you have to listen to the dialog because as I said before, there’s a lot of wit being thrown around. Downey (Is that how you spell it) did a really great job with this and even though there was a lot of jumping back and forth with the plot lines it was still really nice, this movie has a really good blend of action and comedy which keeps you on the edge of your seat and laughing at the same time. Don’t bring the kids, there’s quite a nude part which will probably scar a child for life (It nearly scarred me) but bring your friends and go see this.

 

Muppets review 12/10/11


Jesus it has been FOREVER since I last posted. I was going to post something else but then my parents decided we were going out for a dinner and a movie so I decided to leave the shadows of my dorm and join them. And now I just have to write this review, because, well it was a necessity. Being born in the nineties, well straight on 1990 in fact, we had the Muppets in our lives through movies like the pirate one “Treasure Island” and the one where Gonzo tries to go back to his home planet. We were raised on the group functioning as a whole with silly little quirks and gimics. Kermit would try to dodge the love of Miss Piggy while poor Beaker tried to survive the next terrible experiment the professor guy tried to dish out. Anyway even though I didn’t get to enjoy the full benefits of watching the original show, I had an idea of who they were and some of the dynamics that worked between them.

 

The way the movie had actually come into being was really cute, Jason Segal, the main guy in the story, fell in love with the series as a kid. Even though he wasn’t around when the original show was out, his parents had recorded the episodes and watched them with him. He was the one who brought this back, paying out of his own pocket to get the production rolling, and even sitting down and writing the movie out with someone else, which I think is really sweet. Stars, both young and old joined the project with him, which is why you see famous actors of all ages appearing as cameos in the movie.

The story of the movie is nice, Walter is the main star, a muppet himself, who notices pretty early on that he isn’t like other kids. Walter watches the Muppets and after seeing the similarities he has with them he becomes their biggest fan. Everything in his life has to do with the Muppets. His brother, Gary (Jason) grows up as a normal kid, but seeing his brothers differences as well he stays by his side. They do everything together, and by everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Gary turns, I don’t know, lets say… 25? And is still in a bed next to his brother, keeping things nice and clean for the kids despite the fact that Gary has a girlfriend of 10 years named Mary. Though Gary is happy with the relationship, always keeping Walter involved, Mary wants to be more of a couple. The two are going to go to L.A. to celebrate they’re 10 year anniversary, of course Gary invites Walter along who wants to see the theater which hosted the show when in was on. They go to the studio to find it has fallen apart with time. Walter sneaks into a closed area which was formerly Kermit’s office to find a few menacing looking fellows talking over the contract of the Muppets including the property, they want to get the land from the muppets to tear it down and drill for oil. Hearing this Walter springs into action and finds Kermit telling him about the terrible news, the small gang ventures out to get all the muppets back together to put on one last show to get enough money to save the theater. The story goes on for a while, emotional problems are solved and the gang is brought back together once again. They put on the show and defeat the evil guy and are brought back into fame. Of course there’s more into it than that, but well, I think you guys get the gist.

Now for the review. It’s important to remember that this movie is for kids. It isn’t meant to have mature humor or death defying stunts, there’s no sex or foul language and that’s how it’s meant to be. For me, the movie seemed pretty slow starting off, it took it a while and I found myself almost being bored at times. There seemed to be some situations that only adults could understand like trying to find yourself and regretting things that have happened in the past. I thought these things would go right over a kids head and would bore them as well. One of the reviews for this movie mentioned Fonzie Bear’s fart shoes, saying it was inappropriate and stuff like that, for me, the shoes were fantastic and were used ingeniously, so those reviewers can just blow it out their butts, because Fonzie is blowing it out his shoes. I think this movie would be good to watch at home on your screen, there were kids in the theater and you wouldn’t believe it, but kids aren’t known for sitting down quietly. Let the kids watch this at home while playing with their toys and they’ll be plenty amused. Keep it as a movie for them to watch over and over again as I’m sure they will so they can grow up with Kermit. There aren’t many adult jokes hidden in there as I was hoping there would be, except for a few references to the older movies and an adorable scene where the chicken ladies sing “fuck you” by Celo (Or however you spell it) Green. I think you really saw the innocence of Jason Segal in this, with cute little musical numbers and the look in his eye which portrayed the innocence of a child. Oh! I also enjoyed the Cameos that people played, the guy who plays along with Jason in “How I Met Your Mother” is in there along with Neil Patrick Harris, for the kids there is also Selena Gomez. I did enjoy this movie but as I said, it sometimes left me getting a bit antzy in my seat so I could imagine what the kids were going through. As I said before, buy this when it comes out on DVD and pop it into the TV for the little ones to enjoy.