Thoughts of this Monday’s RAW

July 30, 2008 at 12:04 am (Wrestling)

First, let me say that this RAW will live in Infamy for most wrestling fans for one reason. MIKE ADAMLE IS THE NEW RAW GM! Why are they pushing this talentless idiot to such a high storyline position. I yearn for the days before William Regal got suspended when he was GM. I really think that the heel antics that he did for the GM position as the King of RAW was better.

Also, the worst matches of Summerslam are definately going to be on the RAW side, with another boring Title match between CM Punk and JBL, and John Cena vs. Batista. The best match on the card definately is Edge vs. a returning Undertaker in Hell in a Cell.

I am really considering stopping watching RAW and ECW in protest of Mike Adamle’s push. I think he is now going to be the announcer of RAW and ECW and now the GM of RAW. That means you will only see TNA Impact and Smackdown thoughts (only if it airs on the night it’s supposed to be on. I refuse to watch a show called Friday Night Smackdown on Saturday Night. The problem is, it’s going to happen a lot more again because of the move to My 9, with their “Friday Night Yankees” package. It’s going to be Saturday Night Smackdown a lot more often.)

One last note, Jillian didn’t sing which is quite a bummer, she is the funniest heel on the women’s side. One question though, why does Jillian’s theme song sound like the tune of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back?”

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Nights of Cabiria Review

July 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Culture)

There is nothing better than seeing a movie that doesn’t contain the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood blockbuster. The problem with those is that most of the time, these overhyped movies have everybody walking out of the theatre saying that the movie was extremely horrible. The movie, Nights of Cabiria is not that movie. It is a foreign film in the Italian language directed by Federico Fellini and assistant directed by Dominique Delouche (who was at the Theatre I saw it in, the Walter Reade Theatre.)

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Review of Eighty-1

July 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm (Culture)

What happens when you bring a classic novel like Around the World in Eighty Days and bring the novel into modern times? You get FACADE’s Eighty-1, which is a musical adaptation of the novel in that takes place in present-day London. The play overall was a pretty decent experience for someone who has never read said novel.

First off, the set has a very bare bones design, which is normal for a production that is a part of a festival. All there is is a trunk on the floor and a platform for the person playing on the keyboard. It was really funny how they improvised all the different forms of transportation they used on the trunk that was lying on the floor. I just wish there was a little bit more on the stage, but I will give it a pass. 3/5 for Set

The characters in the play are also pretty good too. The main protagonists are Phileas Fogg IV (Daniel Lincoln), who recreates his great grandfather’s quest to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. There is a reporter by the name of “Fixey” Fix (Nicole Weiss), who is a reporter who is also the reluctant love interest of Fogg. Fogg’s brother JP Passepartout (Brayden Hade), follows him on his journey.  The main villains of the play, Ralph Sullivan (David Albiero), and Lord Albemarle (John Anthony Lopez), are out to prevent Fogg from reaching his goal. Finally, there is Princess Aleysha (Jen Anaya), who is a set-up to put Fogg and company behind schedule. The characters seemed to mesh well with each other although the British accents on Sullivan and Albemarle were not that great. It just seemed a little bland. Other than that, the characters are good. 4/5 for characters.

The music was like a cross between a low-rent knockoff of Broadway showtune hits, to some pretty enjoyable numbers. Nicole Weiss has a pretty good voice along with Daniel Lincoln. The real standout was a pretty good ballad with a scene that was pretty funny called “Out On The Ice.” This was when the team was in New York and Fogg and “Fixey” Fix do some “ice skating” on a solid floor. Other than that, the music seemed like any Off-Off-Broadway Musical, trying to make it like Broadway, but fails often. 2.5/5

The plot is basically similar to the plot of Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg IV decides to place a bet with the Reform Club of London, that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. If he wins, he will be rewarded handsomely. If he does not, he will lose everything. He goes out on his journey while the owners of the Reform Club are doing everything in their power to stop Fogg from reaching his goal. Will he make it in time or will he lose everything? The plot has a unique twist in it, so be sure to check out the play to see it. This twist gives the plot a 4/5

Overall, this play should be checked out if you really want to have a real mindless diversion without having to think intellectually.

Final Score 3.5/5

Eighty-1 is playing at the June Havoc Theatre at 312 West 36th St. in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York. It is a part of the Midtown international Theatre Festival. The official website where you can find this and other shows at the festival is located at www.midtownfestival.org

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Hello there.

July 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Welcome to my blog. My name is Joseph and I will bring you reviews of cultural events that I attend and my musings on the world of Wrestling.

Once again, welcome and enjoy my blog.

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Great American Bash Predictions

July 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm (Wrestling)

 

Smackdown Title match
HHH Vs. Edge
Predicted winner:Edge Retains
 
RAW Title match
CM Punk Vs. Batista
Predicted Winner:CM Punk Retains
 
WWECW Title match
Mark Henry vs. Tommy Dreamer
Predicted Winner:Mark Henry Retains
 
Smackdown/WWECW Tag Title match
John Morrison & The Miz vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle vs. Jesse and Festus
Predicted winner:Either Finlay & Hornswoggle or Jesse & Festus
 
Long Island Parking Lot Brawl
John Cena vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
Predicted winner:John Cena
 
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Predicted winner:Shawn Michaels
 
WWE Divas Belt Inaugural match
Michelle McCool vs. Natalya
Predicted winner:Michelle McCool is the first ever Divas Champion

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