Wednesday, August 11, 2010

America's Got Talent: Youtube Night

Twelve acts discovered on AGT's Youtube auditions took the stage. Most were underwhelming, but one amazing voice was discovered.

Who Will Advance

1. Jackie Evancho

Duh. She's incredible.

On The Bubble

2. Cam Hodges

Good voice. Strong stage presence.

3. PLUtonic

Cheesy gimmick. Great voices.

4. Maestro Alexander Bui

Probably not going to make it because his piano selection was boring. But he did say, "I want to prove that music is more than Lady Gaga."

5. Pizza Patt

Pizza dough. On fire. He has a chance.

6. Dan Sperry

He successfully freaked Howie Mandel out.


7. Booker Forté
8. Kristina Young
9. Dylan Plummer
10. Ryan Rodriguez
11. Austin Anderson
12. Pup

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Movie Review: Dinner For Schmucks

I've seen "Dinner For Schmucks," and it sucks.

Paul Rudd once again proves that he should either step away from leading roles or simply choose better ones. He plays essentially the same character as in "I Love You, Man" which is a funny movie, but not because of Rudd. And this is a huge, embarrassing failure for a guy that can do much better. What he really needs is to turn to frequent collaborator, writer/director Judd Apatow, the next time he takes his chances as leading man. If not, he may become the male equivalent of Jennifer Aniston. Even though "Friends" is a great show, this is not a compliment.

Steve Carell manages to bring about a few laughs, but most of the slapstick misfires. The supporting characters are terribly written and the concept, which was taken from a French film, is completely stupid. Zach Galifianakis got the biggest laughs, still riding high from last summer's box office superstar "The Hangover." His screen presence made the audience laugh harder than any of the intended bits.

I recommend you do not see this movie unless it looks hilarious to you. Because if not, you won't laugh. I promise.

Grade: C-

America's Got Talent Quarterfinal Four

The last twelve acts to perform in the quarterfinal round took the stage. Four will advance. And for the record, though I didn't have the time to post before the results show last week, I predicted all four that went through.

Who Should Advance?

1. ArcAttack

On The Bubble

2. Murray SawChuck

3. Strikers All Stars

4. Prince Poppycock

5. Rudi Macaggi

6. Anna and Patryk

7. Taylor Matthews

8. Doogie Horner


9. Lindsey Stirling
10. NU Covenant
11. Da Maniacs
12. Mary Ellen