The Epitome of Randomness #9 – Stephen Sondheim’s Company [REVIEW]

One’s impossible, two is dreary, three is company, safe and cheery…

How do I decide to cap off my weekend at the movies (seriously – this is the third time this weekend I’ve been to a movie theater – haven’t done THAT in a while) – by checking out…a musical? And it’s wasn’t even a film musical…an ACTUAL musical (well, more of a staged concert to be technical about it). I guess I took seeing the ads for it two days in a row as a sign that it was something worth checking out, so I did – after all, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks – all in ONE show? And singing (or at least attempting to sing)? I’d be lying if I said that that didn’t peak my interest at least a little.

So, here I am – just back from watching Stephen Sondheim’s Company at my little neighborhood arthouse theatre. I knew I had to get all my thoughts on this out of my system, so I decided to type up something brief about the show; and since I’m not necessarily reviewing a MOVIE this time, I figured I’d make this column The Epitome of Randomness #9.

So, enough chatter – was this melting pot of TV stars and Broadway veterans worth the trip (and the extra price tag that came with it)? Click on the link and find out! More

The Epitome of Randomness #8 – Michael Scott’s 10 Greatest Moments (#s 5-1)

TONIGHT, Steve Carell will take his final bow as Michael Scott on The Office. It’s a moment that I’ve dreaded all season long – a moment that I actually hoped would never come. But alas, folks – it’s here. To commemorate the occasion, let’s have a little bit of fun and take a look back at what are, in my opinion, Michael Scott’s 10 Greatest Moments on The Office.

So, without further adieu, here’s Part 2 of my trip down memory lane…
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The Epitome of Randomness #7 – Michael Scott’s 10 Greatest Moments (#s 10-6)

Tomorrow night, Steve Carell will take his final bow as Michael Scott on The Office. It’s a moment that I’ve dreaded all season long – a moment that I actually hoped would never come. But alas, folks – it’s here. To commemorate the occasion, let’s have a little bit of fun and take a look back at what are, in my opinion, Michael Scott’s 10 Greatest Moments on The Office.
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The Epitome of Randomness #6 – OSCAR PREVIEW Edition

All of the ripped ticket stubs – all of money spent on concessions – all of my movie reviews – have lead up to THIS – the one night that recognizes the best in film of the past year – the Academy Awards.

As I did last year (in my “Epitome of Randomness” section of Issue #9 of The Wide World of Sports-Entertainment), I will be previewing tomorrow night’s (or tonight’s, depending on what time you’re reading this) ceremony by breaking down the 6 major awards categories (Best Picture, Best Director, and the 4 Acting Awards) and giving my predictions for each one. Do I expect the Academy to throw a few swerves this year? Possibly – in a couple of categories – but for more on that, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and click on the link below to check out my OFFICIAL OSCAR PREVIEW.

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The Epitome of Randomness #5 – “True Grit – 1969 vs. 2010″

Alas, “True Grit Week” comes to an end with this – the FIFTH edition of The Epitome of Randomness. In this edition, I will be comparing BOTH the 1969 and 2010 versions of True Grit and finding out which one, in my opinion, is the superior film. Fair warning, though, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR BOTH FILMS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THIS COLUMN, so read on at your own risk (or if you just don’t give a shit about spoilers). So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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The Epitome of Randomness #4 – “MLB Hot Stove” Edition


Welcome, everybody, to the FOURTH edition of The Epitome of Randomness, the column that talks about whatever the hell it wants to.

On today’s edition, I will be getting into some MLB Hot Stove news. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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The Epitome of Randomness #2 – 2010 Summer Movie Wrap-Up

On today’s edition of The Epitome of Randomness, I will break down the summer that was in movies, and very briefly give my picks for BEST and the WORST (from the movies I’ve seen) this summer. And now, our Feature Presentation…

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The Epitome of Randomness #1 – The Inception Phenomenon

A minor schedule change today, folks – since I didn’t get to go to the movies today, I will instead switch my Epitome of Randomness #1 column (scheduled for Friday) to TODAY, and my review of Salt will be posted on Friday instead. Also, in case anyone is confused with what happened to my ORIGINAL Epitome of Randomness #1, I decided to divide the two movies reviews contained in it (for Despicable Me and Inception) into separate posts, and start fresh with a new #1. Now, with all that hubbub out of the way, enjoy the first edition of The Epitome of Randomness, here on SuperfriendsUniverse.com!




MAIN TOPIC: The Inception Phenomenon


If you are the average moviegoer who keeps track of the summer movies every year, you might be inclined to agree that the 2010 Summer Movie Season has been…well…SUBPAR, to say the least. You can attribute the decline in revenue and overall interest in the movies this summer to one of the following reasons:


A.) The economy (in which case, you’d be 100% WRONG, as no one can claim “THE ECONOMY” as an excuse for hardship anymore while other entertainment venues such as sports – UFC. NFL, MLB, etc. – and concerts continue to thrive).


B.) The spike in box office prices in the advent of 3-D (while a viable case COULD be made here, it would eventually get SHOT DOWN for 3 reasons – 1.) it ties into the “THE ECONOMY” bullshit excuse, 2.) not ALL films are in 3-D (yet), and 3.) many of the films that ARE in 3-D are BREAKING BOX OFFICE RECORDS (Avatar anyone? Alice in Wonderland anyone?)


And FINALLY…


C.) The lack of ORIGINALITY among the current slate of films in theaters (“DING! DING! DING! What do we have for him, Johnny!?” Allow me to elaborate…)


So far, this summer (not even this YEAR, this SUMMER – May through August), 75% of the MAINSTREAM FILMS (independent films DON’T COUNT HERE) have either been a SEQUEL (Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City 2, Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Predators, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Step Up 3D, and Nanny McPhee Returns), REMAKE (Robin Hood, The Karate Kid, Dinner for Schmucks, and Piranha 3-D), SPINOFF (Get Him to the Greek, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), or a FILM BASED ON A TV SHOW, COMIC BOOK, NOVEL, OR VIDEO GAME (MacGruber, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Marmaduke, The A-Team, Jonah Hex, The Last Airbender, Ramona and Beezus, Charlie St. Cloud, Eat Pray Love, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). The majority – over 90% – of these films (the ones that have come out, at least) – have been greeted with poor box office receipts and, in many cases, even poorer word of mouth, with audiences ALL SUMMER begging the question….


WHERE’S THE ORIGINALITY, HOLLYWOOD???


That’s why, when the film Inception was released last month, it took the world by storm. Not only was this film NOT a SEQUEL, PREQUEL, SPINOFF, REMAKE, or BASED ON A TV SHOW, BOOK, COMIC, OR VIDEO GAME, it was also NOT in 3-D, which nowadays, is apparently a BIG risk for films to take (hence why every fucking movie is coming out in 3-D now – if you’re a studio exec, all you see is, “3-D = $$$$”). And yet, what happened? Inception BLEW everyone and their mother away, baby!


Inception is being called the “saving grace” of the 2010 Summer Movie Season, and is already starting to get some serious Oscar buzz…in AUGUST. But forget the Oscars for a minute. Let’s talk about NOW…why people are so consumed with this movie and why people have literally EMBRACED it as the savior of the summer.


Like I stated before in my review for Inception, it does not treat the audience like babies; on the contrary, director Christopher Nolan automatically assumes that the contemporary movie-going audience will be able to understand and follow his carefully-crafted storyline without a problem – in other words, he gives the audience too much credit, which isn’t a bad thing at all…why? Because it’s about time that SOMEBODY in Hollywood realized that people have fucking BRAINS (well – at least most of us do) and don’t like to sit through these boring, simplistic, “RINKY DINK” (as Big D likes to say) plots and storylines every fucking time. Once in a while, people like a CHALLENGE – and that’s exactly what Christopher Nolan gives us with Inception.


And how do I know this, Hollywood? Simple – Inception was #1 at the box office for the THIRD WEEK IN A ROW – not because there are all these new people who are, all of a sudden, seeing it – the MAJORITY of people who wanted to see it HAVE SEEN IT ALREADY. But many newfound fans of the film are so INTRIGUED with the story and the plot –and want to get a BETTER understanding of it that they are seeing it twice, 3x, 4x, 5x, etc. If that doesn’t prove that audiences like an intriguing, challenging plot once in a while, then I don’t know what does…


Hopefully, the success of Inception shows Hollywood that they don’t have to dig into pop culture history and just shell out half-assed scripts based on shit we’ve already seen 10x before – they need to STOP GETTING FUCKING LAZY and start using their brains to come up with original ideas, just like THEIR PREDECESSORS DID! Then again, I HAVE always wanted to see a remake of The Godfather…or a Family Matters Movie….NOT!!!!


Lazy bastards….






I hope everyone enjoyed my first official edition of The Epitome of Randomness. Look out for my review of Salt tomorrow afternoon (8/6) – PROMISE! LOL


Until then, I’m out!