Five TV Comedy Sketches That Changed My Life

In my early years I was a huge sketch comedy fan. I even planned, at one time, to run off to Chicago and join Second City after I graduated from High School. I didn’t, obviously, and I am a lesser person because of it.

In remembrance of that lost dream and the importance that filmed sketch comedy had on me as younger person, here are Five TV Comedy Sketches That Changed My Life. Continue reading

Muppets Most Wanted – A Facebook Thread (inspired by my movie review)

After I posted my review of Muppets Most Wanted (as a series of Bullet Points) here, I shared it on FB and it created some great conversation on how the new generation of Muppet Movies compare to our childhood love of the Muppets. Since we are all old, that basically dates back to the original movies and TV series, as well as their premier on Sesame Street.

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Serenity – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 11-05-05)

I never saw the TV series. A lot of my friends were huge fans of it and took every opportunity they could to encourage me to watch it. But I never did, and quite frankly I went out of my way to not watch it (some silly excuse having to do with my overstrained ego and being jealous of the way director and writer Joss Whedon has been able to build huge and loyal fan bases while I languish in IT Sales…). Suffice it to say, though, that I have now purchased the whole TV series of Firefly on DVD based simply on how well I liked the movie.

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Land of the Lost – Movie Review

(Originally posted on Republibot.com on 6-7-09)

I am disappointed and heart-broken. I know that general consensus has been that this remake was a bad idea as constituted, but – if you follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/jobfaust) then you know that I am a dedicated and overly apologetic fan of Will Ferrell. I admit it – the guy makes me laugh. And he makes me laugh spasmodically. The relative quality of his films can easily be challenged, but the fundamental fact remains that, as it relates to me, almost all of his films have had 3 to 4 gut wrenching laughs that make up for all of the rest of movie’s failings.

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Aeon Flux – Movie Review (**)

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 12-17-05)

Aeon Flux is a bit of a conundrum to review as far as a movie goes. It is a big screen adaptation of an all flash over substance cartoon in which a scantily clad female assassin jumped through body contorting physical stunts in the pursuit of her quarry only to die at the end of each episode. And, oh yeah, each installment only lasted 2 minutes. And it was made for MTV – Music Television. You know, the place where intellectual depth is prized above all else, unless, of course there is the option of shaking your booty or spring break fashion show concerts or pretty much anything else sparkly that would catch the eye of an average attention deficit 15 year old. And did I mention she was scantily clad. Really scantily clad. I mean “electrical tape” scantily clad.

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Star Trek (2009) – Movie Review

(Originally posted on Republibot.com on 05-08-09)

To preface, let me be clear – I am not a big fan of JJ Abrams. I have maybe seen 15 minutes tops of Alias across three episodes, and for Lost you could safely add another 10 minutes to that total. I loathed Star Trek: The Next Generation and had no use for the movies. I cannot speak intelligently about any of the other Next Generation series other than crack Borg Jokes about self-important looking status climbers sporting their latest blue tooth ear pieces or an occasional completely out of context sexist Seven of Nine comment. I liked the original series (which is apparently now referred to as TOS) well enough as a child, but that was mainly because my brother loved it and anything he dug must have been worthwhile.

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