Okay, first off, Country Boy won American Idol last night. Whoaaaa, THERE'S a shocker. Soon to be appearing near you in a touring company of "Oklahoma" . I'm pretty sure I'm over that show. ("American Idol", not "Oklahoma", that is.) And everybody's going, "what TOOK you so long?"
So, last Friday, the night before the supposed Rapture, I watched "2012". I mean, it was practically mandatory, right? Nothing like a good end-of-the-world movie to give you survival tips for the apocalypse that is coming the very next day.
Except, (a) the Rapture didn't happen, and (b) the movie sucked.
Did anybody else watch this dog? Holy cow, was it bad. And if John Cusack raked his hands through his hair ONE MORE TIME, I swear I was gonna snatch him bald.
The special effects were cheesy, even on my dinky nineteen-inch TV, and the movie was full of ridiculous sub-plots like that Russian dude with his bratty kids and his trophy wife, although honestly, I couldn't watch enough of it at any given time to really pick up on any of the finer points. I kept switching away, and then after fifteen minutes or so, I'd switch back, thinking maybe a miracle had occurred and the movie had somehow gotten better in the interim, and ... no.
But! Last Sunday, I did watch a movie that was actually really good. "Anvil - The Story of Anvil" originally aired on VH-1, and it's about these dudes in a heavy metal band ("Anvil", duh), who basically had one moment in the sun back in the eighties and have been trying to get back in the spotlight for the past thirty years.
And really, they actually are pretty good musicians, they just can't catch a damn break. And, well, not to be blunt or anything, but ... oh, shit, the lead singer's so damn ugly it kind of hurts to look at him. Then again, Kiss made it big, and they were so flippin' ugly they had to wear disguises on stage. And you've gotta kind of love a guy who wears bondage gear on stage, the way the Anvil singer does.
But you wonder what would push these guys to keep trying, for DECADES, after all signs point to No.
It was kind of depressing, actually, but still really involving. I kind of want them to have big hit song, just to justify thirty years of tilting at windmills.
So! "2012", bad. "Anvil", good.
Seen any good movies lately?