Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some How I managed to make a top 10 list ... It only took me 10 days

  It's been a while since I have done one of these. But we are living in exciting times.  There is / was (depending on what day you read this) a  12 day 24 hour Simpson Marathon. What does that mean? Well, that's 552 episodes + a movie.

 When I first heard that this... monuments, historic, time consuming, insane event was going to take place. I went through the normal 3 stages of fan boy-dum. 1. Squealing, 2. Telling my friends , and 3. Canceling social obligations like work or going out. I spent the first few days just glued to my couch and I don't think I put on pants for 3 days.
  So now how do I complete this daunting task of taking 552 episodes and compressing it into a top 10 list? I will tell you, I started this on day 2 and it's now day 9 or  10 depending on how far I make it tonight.
 I do have some rules. Unfortunately I will not use specialty Episodes like the Tree house of horrors or the clip episodes even though I do Love the Wiggum P.I spin off segment. This is just straight up and down regular episodes.
OK lets get this going. 

10. Bart After Dark-Season 9, This is the one where Bart works at the "witch's house" which turns out  to be the historic Burlesque house. Homer and Bart try to hide this from Marge, but she finds out after returning home from cleaning up an oil spill with Lisa and she is not happy. She gathers up the towns uptight citizens to get rid of the house. But this leads to a fantastic musical number.  Alot of their problems are ended with a musical number.... This might be a theme.

9. That 90's show-Season 19. This is a flashback episode. The kids discover that Marge went to College. It plays out that Marge becomes infatuated with a college Professor and Homer becomes a hit musician in a Nirvana style bad called sadism. I like the episodes where they expand in the " 10 year" history that Marge and Homer and it shows how much Homer loves Marge.  Also its pretty spot on , on just how douchey the 90's were. Throw in a Futurama and a back to the Future reference then I am all about it.

8.  To Cur with Love-Season 24, This is the one where we fid on of the root causes on why Homer resents his father. As Homer remembers that Grandpa Simpson gave away his dog for no reason and when he ran away to save his dog, Homer saw that his dog Bongo was happy in his new home. Later we find out that Grandpa was actually saving Bongo by giving him away , and gave Homer a photo that showed Bongo still loved him. Look I am a huge dog person and have a soft spot for stories about Dogs. Plus they use the Harry Nilsson song Me and my arrow in a well placed time to almost make me get all emotional.

7. Cape Feare - Season 5. This is the Simpsons  take on Cape Fear. Sideshow Bob is sending out death threats to Bart . The Simpsons get put into witness protection on a house boat. Bob finds the Simpsons and plans to kill them but is out witted by Bart when he asks Bob to sing the entire score of the H.M.S Pinafore. I am a big Kelsey Grammar guy and I think he is a tremendous talent, and hearing him sing maybe for 30 seconds . Is incredibly enjoyable.

6. The City of New York Vs Homer Simpson-Season 9.  Barney loses a game so he has to become the Designated Driver . Barney  is going through some withdrawals and then takes Homer's car on a month long bender.  Homer receive notice from the city of New York to get his car which is parked in the middle of the World Trade Centers. Homer gives a hilarious back story on why he hates the Big Apple.  The gang persuades him to go back. As Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie tour the city and have a great time . Poor Homer is having a shitty time after eating Karvkalosh and drinking Crab soda. I like this episode because it doesn't hold back on how much of a character New York is. And Since I am from the state of New York, have visited some of the sites and share a common dislike for the hustle and bustle of the city. I can relate pretty easily . This episode was taken off the air for 5 years after the September 11th attacks. One of the producers said that it was a mistake to pull the episode but wanted to be respectful to everyone.

*** I love their take on Sid and Nancy. Using Chocolate as a metaphore a drugs and alcohol . Genius***

5. Hurricane Neddy- Season 8. A hurricane comes through Springfield and the only person who suffers any damage is Ned Flanders. After the towns folk do a slap dash job of fixing up his house, Ned has a mental break. Turns out that Old Neddy has been bottling up his rage for decades and it hit a breaking point. Ned was raised by two beatnik hippies who did not want to discipline their out of control son. So they let a Professor Dr. Foster use the new theory of "Spankalogical Protocol". It's a good episode because Flanders is one of those characters that says some crazy ass shit but you never pick it up the first time because he is so nice.

4. Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling grandson " In the curse of  the Flying Hellfish" Season 8 . I love Grandpa Simspon and his stories. After the funeral of Asa Phelps (one of the Hellfish) Grandpa and Mister Burns realize they are the last two Hellfish and as the story tells us the last surviving Hell fish wins the tontine of stolen Nazi Paintings. After a few failed assignation attempts by Mr. Burns. Grandpa has to bunk up with Bart. While Grandpa tries to convince Bart that he isn't a senile old coot , Burns steals his key (which is an important plot device). Bart and Grandpa end the episode with a stronger relationship. Like I said I love Grandpa Simpson stories and this is the best one.

3. Kamp Kursty and - Season 4-Season 4 is the start of a 5 straight season roll of fantastic episodes. The start of the run is Kamp Kursty, The Simpsons kids and most of their school yard chums go to a summer camp ran by their favorite Tv Clown Kursty. But it was run by corner cutting bullies. The campers took the camp back. The reason I like this episode is because it confirmed my opinions on sleep away camps. They are not what they are advertised and I was like 7 when it came out so I was very opinionated at the time.

2. You only Move twice - Season 8.A new plant is looking for an employee with some experience.  First choice , Waylon Smithers, he says no. So they go to the next most tenured employee. Homer who promptly says yes.  Though he never talked it out with his family and now they have to move to a brand new town that is too perfect. Everyone has a terrible time at their new  digs. Lisa is  allergic to all the flowers, Bart is put into a remedial class to learn cursive, Marge starts drinking because the new house cleans itself, but Homer is crushing it at his new job. Albert Brooks guest stars as Hank Scorpio as a super friendly, aggressively upbeat, and all around great boss... who happens to be a Super Villain. I love the twist and I love how even though Homer is successful he will give it all away for his family's happiness.

1. Homer at Bat - Season 3. Its time for the plant's softball team to start the season and Homer is looking to do some damage with his new hand made bat " WonderBat". The Team is one win away from becoming league Champions but Mr. Burns hires a whole bunch of ringers. Not just any ringers... Ken Griffey Jr, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Rodger Clemens, Mike Sosica, and Jose Consesco.. That was from memory people.  But after a few unforeseen events the Ringers cannot make the Championship game. Well, everyone except Darryl Strawberry. If you love baseball, softball and the Simpsons like I do, this is the perfect episode.


 Well, this has been an adventure on its own. The Marathon is just to wrap up. I hope you enjoyed my list. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ooh ooh child, movie mayhem is back , ooh ohh child your day just got brighter

    I don't have a lot of time. But this is serious business. Like super ultra omega crazy information.



 Ok, now that I said that here's why. It's one of the best Marvel movies to date. It might not be the greatest. Sure it has it flaws. It's an origin story that introducing a whole universe of characters that the main stream non comic book reading public may not be aware of yet. So there is some cheesey , ham fisted, obvious dialogue that is noticeable but that doesn't take away from the heart, charm and fun of this movie.

  I am amazed on how all the actors involved stepped their game up to a different level in this quirky, offbeat, sci fi comedy. Chris Pratt proves he is a leading man and might be able to match barbs with one  Tony Stark of the two should ever meet, cough cough Avengers 3 cough. Zoe Saldana changed the game for female characters in comic book movies. She was a sweet blend of aggressive, intelligent,graceful, funny and green as in color not in experience.  Shockingly Dave Bautista who was going to kick ass anyway psychically but was a scene stealer with his comedic timing. Finally the Bromance of Rocket and Groot were the heart and conscience of the film. Now for the Bad guys , you'll have to forgive me but I am not fimilair with Lee Pace but I give him and Karen Gilian who should be my wife a lot of credit for committing to their roles and being in head to toe blue make up, prosthetics and being unrecognizable. The entire cast knocked it out to the park.

  Now I don't want to spoil anything more then my little coughing episode that happened earlier. But.... Some shit is going to go down in the  Marvel cinematic universe. Phase 2 is just about over and phase three is set up to be insane. Stay after the credits and don't freak out. Have fun with it. Yeah , i think that's good enough for now

P.s - the sound track was amazing ..... Seriously iTunes that sucker and jam out.  

P.p.s- I wrote this on my iPad getting ready for work so grade me on a curve of 80%.