Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Because somebody had to challenge Glee for most extensive oversaturation of the market, right? Just after their latest album, Hurley (which was praised by those who don't take Weezer too seriously and excoriated by those who do), the proto-nerd rockers dug deep (though not very deep) into their unreleased tracks and have thrown together an album of songs that sound like they're mostly from the Maladroit period — i.e., before hating them got to be as popular as hating the mainstream media*.
There album touches enough Weezer periods (mesozoic, Green Album, etc.) to satisfy anyone who liked the group at some point, but the high points are "Losing My Mind" and "I'm A Robot." Though different stylistically, both contain the Weezer-y essence everyone claims Weezer lost. "Losing My Mind" is pure sad-sack Rivers Cuomo: "Totally wasted, trying to find a date/Just want to find the thrill that I felt once before." Contrarily, "I'm A Robot" is a long-overdue tribute to 9-to-5, workaday schmoes: "I'm a robot/I don't have any feeling in my heart/I have a wife and child waiting at home/Occasionally I give my dog a bone."
Alright, haters. You wanted them to get back to their roots. What's your complaint now?
Exec 1: Oh no, we're running out of ideas!†
Exec 2: Well, we have this movie called Goblins. Maybe we could use that.
Exec 1: Original ideas?! People would never pay for that. Let's make it, but we'll call it Troll 2.
Exec 2: But there's nothing about trolls in it. It's called f-ing Goblins. What do you think, guy who created it?
Creative Type: *Counts money* Meh.
It sounds like a terrible idea for a movie. In execution, it was even worse. The actors, the actresses, everyone involved in the production of Troll 2 thinks they — and everyone else involved — did an absolutely awful job. But, as hipsters are wont to do, they latched onto this abominable creation and adopted it as their kitschy, terrible own.
This documentary follows a few of the actors from the now-cult movie Troll 2 as they discover just how many people love the worst thing they ever did. The main actor is now a children's dentist, but he finds himself thrust into the spotlight 17 years after the movie's initial cratering. It's surreal. It's crazy. But damn if isn't a fun movie. We all know a few of those films that we love because they're so terrible (Mystery Science Theater made an entire TV series out of it), but Troll 2 is the epitome of the Ed Woods style of awful.
You won't get to see the whole movie... but really, that might be a good thing. With lines like "You can't piss on hospitality, I won't allow it!", the highlights are enough to get the gist of it. It's interesting to watch these people deal with their (possibly ironic) rise to fame, as well as fan reactions. --- (Those involved would be well served by remembering that fans watch this movie because — on some level, at least — they enjoy it.)
I know, I sang the praises of Rock Band 3 last week, saying how awesome it was that they're trying to use real instruments. Well, it turns out that's not always the best plan. When your game requires players to hook up an electric guitar to a PS3 or an XBOX 360, you should really make sure your game actually knows how to make use of a real guitar.
Sure, some of the problems with this game are nit-picky. Like, say, even though you use a real guitar, you can't actually the play the game using the same fingerings you would on a real guitar. Sometimes the game even forces you to hold down multiple frets on the same string. Which is pointless on a real guitar. But hey, at least the game features Eric Clapton! That's cool, right?
Bottom line: You can plug your controller into an amp because it's a real guitar! Which poses the same question people have been asking since the release of Guitar Hero: Why not just learn how to play guitar?