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What to look forward to in March 2013

Mostly to get myself hyped for the month ahead, I’m going to be doing a “What to be excited about this month” post to kick off each month. In essential blogging fashion, I will limit this to broad topics like sports, movies and TV and not the things I’ll personally be looking forward to like what Celtic garb I don on St. Paddy’s Day (I still haven’t decided!!!). Here you go:

Sports: March Madness


Kicking off on March 21st, this is undoubtedly the most beloved sporting event of the year for both quality, quantity and variety. There are blowouts and nailbiters and infuriating coverage issues from CBS. It’s like a free buffet of Ruth’s Chris filets, McDonald’s French Fries, some KFC Double Downs and a giant tub of JELLO, and the entire buffet is maintained for your visiting pleasure by a wealthy car dealership owner because the the experienced, buffet-running Asians down the street didn’t have the capital to support a buffet of such grand corporate magnitude. If that analogy doesn’t perfectly explain why they call it March Madness, nothing will.

How excited should you be for this? If you love watching 19-year-olds carry greater expectations with lower risks and higher rewards than their military peers against the dramatic backdrop of the thrill of victory juxtaposed against the pain of defeat with no run-on sentences involved, then this is your shining moment:

Movie: GI Joe: Retaliation

 

So maybe I did briefly consider the rom-com Mega Powers of Paul Rudd and Tina Fey in Admission, and I certainly considered trying to look cool by taking the snobby “I haven’t seen this but I know it would be an awesome short film” choice of Upside Down. But this was really a two-horse race. Every fiber of my being wanted to say you should be most excited for Olympus Has Fallen. It has a killer cast that appears to have pulled every string in Hollywood to place Gerard Butler into the John McClane roll of a “Die Hard meets Air Force One” plot. There’s only two problems with OHF. The first is that their opening weekend is metaphorically competing with the sporting equivalent of the world’s best buffet. If this movie opened on March 28th like GI Joe: Retaliation, I almost would have taken it. I still would have taken GI Joe because it has Duane “The Rock” Johnson, and in case you didn’t notice, Duane Johnson is Reaganing in 2013.

How excited should you be for this? If you like 2012’s sexiest man, the guy who used to play the real John McClane (there’s a reason A Good Day to Die Hard wasn’t in the running), cliff-side sword fights between repelling ninjas and the first film of overblown badassery that leads into the summer blockbusters, then you should be this excited (but bigger):

Television: Game of Thrones

 

Even with all the schedule-clearing hype behind ABC’s Celebrity Diving, nothing was going to compete with the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones. Last season left us with a hoard of undead ice zombies trudging towards Winterfell. This show is so close to being The Lord of the Rings meets The Walking Dead. I fully expect Jon Snow, Jamie Lannister and Khal Drogo, mysteriously revived as a White Walker with a clear mind, to go on a noble lost cause of coming to the age of the hobbit-like Tyrrion Lannister. I don’t care how many people who’ve read the books can tell me my expectations are too high, I don’t live in the bleak world of Westeros, and I’m optimistic about zombie-slaying Hobbits.

How excited should you be? If you feel like the sage wisdom below applies to you personally, then maybe not very excited:

 

Music: The 20/20 Experience

 

I’d like to apologize for this paragraph in advance. As you can tell by the March 8th posting date, I obviously forgot to write this post, let alone inform Tommy that I’d need him to write a music section. So my friend Google told me that this is the most hyped album of March 2013. Apparently it has sounds and a Wikipedia page. When asked about why he was making a music album when simply existing as a famous person is so much easier, Timberlake said, “Well, I’m married now, and I’d really like to be faithful for, like, between 32 and 47 months depending on Jess’s first pregnancy, so I wanted to do the thing that would most likely carry me out of our residential area code, and touring for a new album seemed like the best thing.” When asked to elaborate, JT seemed confused. “It’s not cheating if you’re not in the same area code, right? That’s still a thing, right?”

How excited should you be for this? If you believe that a married, acting, former singer should have just waited to record an acoustic N’SYNC reunion set, then you should be this excited:

 sad justin timberlake

Miscellaneous: CrossFit Games

 
[photo from Sua Sponte Raleigh]

March is the last window to be hip about the craze. The national CrossFit games are getting bigger every year, and after this years CrossFit open, which kicked off its regional qualifiers this week, you can just call it mainstream. If you see a fit girl this month, do your best to be working “You do CrossFit?” into the conversation. A) It’s a compliment that doesn’t yet have the stigma of saying “you must work out” even though it’s the same thing. B) CrossFit is one of the most innuendo-filled activities one can participate in. Things you can commonly hear amongst CrossFitters range from “we’re doing Cindy in the box today” to “how’s your snatch?” It’s all innocent in a physically-oriented, high testosterone kind of way.

How excited should you be for this? It depends on how pumped you get for stuff like this:

 

Hotter than the sand and bigger than the ocean,
Dusty “Beach Body” Riedesel

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What to Look Forward to in February 2013

Mostly to get myself hyped for the month ahead, I’m going to be doing a “What to be excited about this month” post to kick off each month. In essential blogging fashion, I will limit this to broad topics like sports, movies and TV and not the things I’ll personally be looking forward to like what I’m going to send my ex-girlfriends for Valentine’s Day (I still haven’t decided!!!). Here you go:

Sports: The Super Bowl

Kind of cheating to label this under sports when it’s really being celebrated as the USA’s fourth biggest holiday behind Christmas, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July. It’s not like anyone but gays (49er fans), criminals (Ravens fans) and gamblers (NFL fans) are excited for the actual game. But as we covered extensively last year, the fashion options, commercial appeal, and the food make this a big event. Oh, the food! I’m taking the first half of the day off on the Monday following February 3rd.

How excited should you be? If you’re an American, and not some kind of liberal, this excited:

Jim Harbaugh

Movie: Snitch

It’s hard for me to turn my back on A Good Day to Die Hard because John McClain was kind of my first action hero love, but as we mature, our tastes mature as well. And by maturing, I mean we find something new and young to replace the now old thing we once loved (writing that sentence kind of hurt my soul). I’m sorry, Bruce. Hello, Dwayne. The Rock is finally headlining his first can’t-miss flick since Gridiron Gang. Here’s the plot to Snitch, opening on February 22nd: A father goes undercover to take down a drug cartel and win his son’s freedom. If Mila Kunis shows up as some drug-addled floozie that Rock has to sleep with to not blow his cover, then this will be a perfect movie.

How excited should you be for this? If you can smell what The Rock is cooking in 2013 (seriously, all those movies, Royal Rumble Champion and Wrestlemania!?), you should be more excited than the first time you experienced the most electrifying move in sports entertainment:

Television: House of Cards

I know that The Walking Dead is coming back on February 13th, but the past two seasons did a good job of satiating my “how many ways can you explode a zombie head” curiosity. And while The Americans is looking like the best show of the new year, it premiered in late January. SO…House of Cards is the second show to premiere on Netflix It’s the first one that won’t suck, and is available to you on February 1st. I don’t really care too much about the implications for Netflix, but seeing Kevin Spacey act conniving in a world of political subterfuge is going to be one great Saturday: 13 episdoes, 2 pizzas and a bag of doritos will guarantee I enjoy watching this.

How excited should you be? If you like the idea of Keyser Soze taking down the President of the United States, then you better be a Netflix subscriber. If you don’t like that idea, then it depends on what this poster does for you:

MUSIC

This portion of  the blog is brought to you by the man with the golden ears, Tommy Cooksey.

Well guys and gals, based on my musical interests (and deep research) it looks like February is shaping up to be a rather slow month in the Music Alley. You know, unless new Tim McGraw, Buck Cherry and LL Cool J albums really get your motor running. I’d personally love to see the individual that ranks those 3 “artists” at the top of their music list. The only thing those 3 “artists” have in common is likely their love of wearing white wife beaters.

But I digress, as I tend to do. I’ll take a quick second before diving in to plug our new user forum where we invite any questions you’d like us to answer, suggestions for topics, music you’d like to share, random thoughts you want us to judge, etc. Since my musical taste is limited to what I enjoy, I look forward to being exposed to new music and more concerts from you guys!

The 2 albums I’m most intrigued by both drop on February 5th, and are virtually polar opposites from a style/sound stand point.

Coheed & Cambria – The Aftermath: Descension – This is Coheed & Cambria’s 7th full-length album and is releasing 11 years to the date of their very first album (pretty cool little tidbit if I say so myself). I initially fell for Coheed’s unique rock sound with “Blood Red Summer” some 8 years ago:

Several years later they released The Aftermath: The Ascension, the prequel to their upcoming album. The song Domino the Destitute was a big hit, and a pretty killer video as well!

The 2nd album is from Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse. These guys hail from Scotland and they’ll be dropping their 4th full-length album with Pedestrian Verse. Not sure much about the history here, since I really just stumbled upon them, but its safe to say after enjoying songs like Living in Colour:

…and “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”

…it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to seeing what they come out with next!

Shows

So far I haven’t come across any shows for February that have really revved the engine, and I’m terribly sorry to not share any. As a small consolation, I’m going to list a few super indie band names that I came across who are playing in the 919. If you know any of these bands, and can recommend me (and everyone else) going to see them, leave some notes in the comments!

The Whiskey Gentry
A Fragile Tomorrow
I Was Totally Destroying It (a quick YouTube search has me intrigued)
The Blue Ribbon Healers
Oh No Fiasco
Mobile Deathcamp

Have no fear though guys, Spring is right around the corner. The time when bands kick off tours. Followed by live music season…Summer!