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WWE: 6 Reasons Your Criticisms Of The Current Product Are Plain Wrong

23 May

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I HATE SMARKS….

For those who are not in the know, a smark usually defined as someone who is totally obsessed with all things wrestling and not only watches the programming but follows the business in its entirety, from backstage politics to real life events in the Superstars lives. But I believe there is truly a significant difference between a “smart” wrestling fan and a smark. A smart wrestling fan takes everything into account when making his critique of the current product, basically we try to find improvements that will benefit not only the entire audience but the wrestlers in general and make for the best possible show & brand overall.

Now smarks as I see it, only look at ways how they can improve the product for themselves. They’re the most selfish people in wrestling. They constantly complain, tend to nit-pick and question every decision a wrestling company makes, never really offer any good suggestions. They want the show to cater only to them and if they had it their way, they would only push their favourite superstars only. Smarks are the type of people who say things like “the WWE is crap, I haven’t watched it in years.” That has got to be the most annoying statement ever. If you haven’t watched it in years, how do you know its crap and what gives you the right to critique if you don’t watch it anymore?

And with the ratings at an all time low (in America anyway) it seems that the majority of fans nowadays are all smarks, as the WWE right now, admittedly after a few tumultuous years is at its best period since 2002. I honestly can’t make sense of it myself, as the WWE seems to have listened to their fans as of late and done everything we have ever asked of them….including most of the smarks main arguments as to why the “pg era” is so bad….to which I have decide to retort, just so I can put to rest all of their petty little arguments & maybe add a few points to their ratings so as to make sure this new beginning does not get push aside because of what peoples misconception of the current product are….

(P.S. If I sound like I am one of those whom I have described as a “smark”, I honestly don’t mean to, ha…. this is just trying to be a counter argument to the main points most most of em scream about….I just like to think that I am more susceptible to my ideas being wrong and I won’t be defending them to the death in any type of gladiatorial spectacle, I welcome any and all “constructive” criticisms….these are in no particular order)

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Emmys 2013: 5 Nominations That Should Have Happened

11 May

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Well, the 2013 Emmy nominations have been revealed and there were a lot of surprise nominations and a lot of surprise snubs. Instead of looking at the surprise nominations, I figure I’d go the obvious route and look at the snubs.

Now, I never get too upset with snubs and nominations, and stuff like that. It doesn’t really ring important with me. However, I do think certain shows and performances deserve a little more recognition and a little boost to increase viewers and keep the shows afloat. Now, while I’m not positive getting an Emmy nom helps your ratings, I couldn’t imagine it would hurt them.

I use to take the Emmy’s seriously. I use to think they meant something. After Jim Parsons beat Steve Carell twice, I just didn’t feel like they meant anything. No disrespect to Parsons, I think he is great on BBT, but it is nothing compared to Carell’s portrayal of Michael Scott. I know it’s weird to think that one award, back to back years, made me change my entire mind on the Emmys and award shows in general, but it did.

I’m also going to come out and say that I don’t watch a decent amount of the popular shows that get nominated. So for me to say that someone deserves to be nominated instead of someone from Game of Thrones or Mad Men, would be insane. Because I don’t watch those shows I can’t say who is or who isn’t good on that program. These are just people that I think should have been nominated, also.

Enough rambling, let’s take a look at the snubs! (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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WWE: 10 Wrestling Finishers Even We Could Walk Away From

19 Nov

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Since the Golden Days of pro wrestling in the 1940s and 50s, would-be champs have been clawing and drop-kicking their way up the ranks of the industry by developing compelling identities, characters, costumes, and gimmicks for themselves.

From Gorgeous George and Haystacks Calhoun to the Undertaker and Shark Boy, any wrestler worth his or her salt has to be the ultimate salesman. They ply their trade and sacrifice physical health (and sometimes personal dignity) to build an audience, put butts in seats, and someday wear the coveted strap around their waists.

Regardless of a cool name, sexy outfit or goosebump-producing entrance theme, the true hallmark of any great grappler is a truly devastating, crowd-popping finishing move, for what is a Steve Austin highlight reel without the Stunner?

What is Jeff Hardy without the Swanton Bomb? In an effort to be unique and relevant in an industry that has hosted a cavalcade of outlandish characters and maneuvers, the pros have been toiling for decades to develop the signature move that will be forever immortalised in internet top 10 lists. This is not going to be the list they were shooting for!

I am sure JBL’s Clothesline from Hell would knock the wind out of me, and I know for a fact that the Iron Sheik’s Camel Clutch hurts like a cast-iron S.O.B. For every 10 finishing moves that create the involuntary “Ooooh!” cringe in the audience, there is bound to be one or two that, let’s be honest, just wouldn’t really be that effective in a non-scripted environment.

This is not to be confused with any 10 worst lists out there. I am not taking into consideration showmanship, fan reaction or marketability. This is strictly about whether or not the move would hold any water if performed in a real situation. I’m sure you’ve seen other articles that discuss the “least believable finishers”.

I see things like headbutts and punches show up on those lists; trust me, nothing is more believable when it comes to knocking someone out than a well-executed headbutt or punch! I feel fairly confident the average healthy individual could walk away from these “All show, no go” signature moves…

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10 TV Douche-Bags Who Get Away With Everything

13 Oct

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There’s no shortage of douche-bags in television; they’re the type of people you’d hate to be around in real life, but find enthralling to watch on screen. Any show that hopes to survive the pilot will inevitably rack up a fair few of these characters. Indeed, a quick google search will yield endless countdowns of personalities from every type of programme under the sun, each with their own personal brand of douche-baggery that has excited and infuriated audiences for decades

With all these douche-bags running rife, it’s perhaps understandable how the characters on this list have managed to fly so blissfully under the radar for as long as they have. Unlike the J.R. Ewings or Cordelia Chases of the world, the douches featured here seldom get called out for their attitude, rarely get held accountable for their actions and NEVER learn their lesson when things start going wrong, yet they always live to fight another day.

Naturally, the world of television is so diverse that it would be nigh on impossible to create an exhaustive list with just ten entries and as ever, this article is riddled with SPOILERS, so approach with caution! Nevertheless, 10 TV douche-bags who get away with everything, in no particular order are:

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10 Innocent TV Characters Who Were Horribly Mistreated

11 Sep

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There are regularly a bunch of television characters abused for our amusement. But you’d be surprised at the amount of characters that don’t actually deserve it. I’ve never given it much thought before writing this, but it was alarming the amount of choices I had. I feel quite passionately, especially by my the character taking the number one slot and I’ve been wanting to rant about it for a couple of weeks now.

Innocence is a funny thing, whether it be the innocence and naivety of the character in particular, or whether the show twists scenarios for a morally good person to end up in with a microwave curry for one as their dinner every night.

And microwave curries for one taste horrible.

10. Dave (Gavin & Stacey)

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I don’t like Dave. I never hide that fact. But that’s because I’ve been manipulated into disliking Dave. I’m a massive Smithy fan, not just because of my man crush on James Corden, but because there’s an innocence to him that I feel is often overlooked. But Dave, Dave is perhaps even more innocent.

He’s introduced as a love interest for Nessa, with the two eventually becoming engaged. We, as viewers, are encouraged to root for Smithy to step up and become a father for Neil, the baby. Dave is the roadblock. It’s not that Dave is a bad person, it’s a case of wrong place, wrong time. If he were already in relationship with Nessa, we’d probably think differently. In fact, there’s only one instance I can think of when Dave is a bad person, when he attempts to disallow Smithy his father / son time. This sort-of love triangle culminates in the last episode, as he nobly steps down and stops his marriage ceremony as he realises Nessa doesn’t love him. And then leaves, probably never to be heard of again.

Dave is largely innocent, but we’re encouraged to dislike him and that is mistreatment, because he’s not a bad person.

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12 Teams That Will Make The NFL Playoffs This Year And Why

26 Aug

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With the 2013 NFL Regular season rapidly approaching, I am going to attempt to do the nearly impossible: I will select the 12 teams (6 from each conference) that will make it to the playoffs this year. Then, at the end of this post, I’ll offer my Super Bowl prediction. Stick around.

Of course, sports predictions are about as foolproof as jumping out of an airplane sans parachute, but there is a science to it – one that’s much more interesting than that chemistry course you slept through in high school. Aside from the fact that I am not prescient, there are two main barriers that stand in the way of pre-season NFL predictions: the tantalizing yearly trade deadline and unforeseeable injuries. So, keep in mind the following predictions are based upon current rosters, coaches, and schedules.

Without further ado, let us begin with the NFC (because I’m a Packer fan)…

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9 Movies That Prove Capitalism Isn’t All Bad

25 Jul

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For the record, I don’t think that capitalism is all good either, I just think it has proved itself to be slightly more workable than previous attempts at economic organisation. No doubt one of those ‘capitalism is crisis’ types in a tent outside a Starbucks would shout at me for saying that, but it’s what I believe.

In compiling this list I have realised that it is far easier to find films that roundly criticise capitalism and blame the system for all that is wrong in the Western world than it is to find movies actively celebrating its benefits. It seems the creative types who go into film-making are a radical bunch. You’d have thought the fact that the movie business has made many of them incredibly wealthy would merit a degree of gratitude to the economic system that permits such a state of affairs.

In American Psycho for instance it is very easy to criticise the shallowness of Patrick Bateman’s lifestyle, and the fact that he likes to hack people to death with axes. No one focuses on the fact that Patrick does have a very nice apartment, as well as a truly impressive collection of business cards. (I should point out here that this is intended as a joke. In my last list I realised that some internet folk do not understand tongue-in-cheek humour unless you use that annoying emoticon, which I refuse to do.)

So anyway, I tried to find films that highlight the benefits of capitalism, not just the increasingly hipster-ish ideal that it somehow holds us all back. To quote Mark Corrigan from Channel 4 s Peep Show: “It’s only the miracle of consumer capitalism that means you’re not lying in your own s**t, dying at 43 with rotten teeth”.

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Top 50 Euro Trash Films

8 May

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Eurotrash? I would call it Eurotreasure. But that’s just me. Folks are used to the mid to high brow films coming from our Continental friends. Virtually everyone has heard of Bergman, they may have no clue of his films but they know they are high art gloominess. Now I happen to be a huge fan of old Bergy and if I felt like it, I could discuss his films until the cows come home.

But I am schizophrenic in my tastes. As much as I love Through a Glass Darkly, I also love The Seduction of Inga – a Swedish sexploiter. As happy in the gutter as I am in the arthouse, I have put aside my Bresson DVDs to bring you the Top 50 Eurotrash films. These films are not ranked by the best as that would have scrambled my mind, but it is a pretty good general guide to what’s out there and it encompasses genres and sub-genres such as Horror, erotica, sexploitation, Nazisploitation, women in prison, Giallos, zombies, cannibals, Emanuelle, nunsploitation…

This is my kind of happening and it freaks me out!

50. Zombie Lake (1981)

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Zombie Lake is a film that is so inept, an old forum I used to visit had it as their pet bad movie – they thought it was the epitome of crapness. You wouldn’t even class it as a Zombie movie because it’s just so… bloody awful.

Controversy rages over whether it was Jess Franco or Jean Rollin who directed the movie, either way, thy should be highly ashamed of themselves. The maker of the film throws tons of gratuitous nudity at us to try and make us forget its diabolical nature. We are led to believe that zombies feel love and a dead Nazi soldier recognises his own daughter and walks hand in hand down the street with her.

You will either pee yourself laughing at this one or go mental as it is so bad. It fails not just as a zombie film and a horror film but quite possibly as any type of film altogether. It is total trash. You have been warned.

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The Joker’s 10 Most Iconic Moments Of All Time

11 Mar

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They say that a hero is only as good as the villains they face. Well, by that definition, the Batman could arguably be the greatest hero who ever lived. Boasting a rogue’s gallery second to none, Batman and the world of crime he moves in has sunk into the greater public consciousness more than any other. Yet there is no villain more associated and recognised with the Caped Crusader, than the Clown Prince Of Crime himself, The Joker. His past shaded in mystery, his future undefined due to the wild and dangerous spasms of his character, Joker has kept Bat fans on the edges of their seats for over 70 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Recently reintroduced in Scott Snyder’s run on the New 52′s Batman titles, Joker is currently showing a new generation of readers what it is to truly be unnerved by an adversary.

Wild. Insane. Crazed. Brilliant. The Joker is able to encapsulate all that makes a villain truly great whilst always staying true to the core concept of the character. So what are some of the Joker’s most iconic moments? Well, here are my top ten, but let us know what you think. Be warned though, if you haven’t devoured every Joker appearance, then there are spoilers ahead and they’re sure to leave you wanting more… More… MORE!!!!

10. Death Of The Family

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The most recent addition to the Batman mythos, the scope and impact of Scott Snyder’s current Batman run is yet to truly be seen, but few could argue that his Joker story, Death Of The Family has not had its share of iconic moments. Snyder promised that he would be pulling out all the stops in this tale of a deranged, faceless Joker returned to ruin Batman’s life and that of his ‘family’ and he certainly wasn’t lying.

Cunning, manipulative and extremely violent, this Joker is, seemingly, more unhinged than ever before and this time, he is not targeting innocents, he is targeting Batman himself. One image that will surely burn itself into the membranes of all Bat fans, is the amazing ending to Batman 13 where the Joker is in the process of introducing a hammer to the head of Batman’s loyal and long suffering butler, Alfred. Seeing as how the storyline is yet to conclude, it is certain that there may be more iconic moments to come from this storyline.

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10 Worst Actors To Ever Win An Oscar

7 Nov

The Academy Awards are a funny old business; half the time the wrong person wins, either because the Academy loves sentimental, pat melodrama, or they aren’t prepared to sit down and watch more challenging, visceral films. Every so often, they give out an acting award that beggars belief, either in its initial context or in the years that follow, once we realise that the winning actor actually isn’t particularly good. Either they were blessed with a flash-in-the-pan great role, or they’ve just gotten lazy and not followed up their award-winning turn with other befitting work.

Here are the 10 worst actors to ever be gifted an Academy award…

10. Timothy Hutton

It still boggles the mind that Timothy Hutton scooped up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn in Ordinary People – becoming the youngest winner of the award in history – beating out Joe Pesci’s immortal turn in Scorsese’s astounding Raging Bull. While the performance, like most on this list, is far from bad, it’s just not Oscar worthy, compounded by the fact that Hutton never returned to the same level of prestige, and three decades later, is stuck working in daft heist TV show, Leverage. It’s probably what he’s best known for these days, but all it does is remind us that Hutton certainly has that “flash in the pan” quality; his stilted, unfussed work on Leverage is sad proof that Hutton really wasn’t ever that good an actor, and simply appealed to the Academy’s fanciful sensibilities that year.

It’s a shame as most surely expected he would only improve after this glory. Rather, it seems he peaked too early…

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