Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Idol Thoughts (Girls Top 10)...


Ok, I have to get something off my chest before we get into the performances. What is up with Simon's new half antler move. Every time I see him he has his right thumb on his temple as if he is preparing to do some sort of semi nani-nani-boo-boo move. Who does this? Tonight's side project will be to count the HBs (Half Bullwinkles) this episode. I guarantee it will be higher than the number of performances I enjoy (I guess I'm still a bit underwhelmed eh?)

Carly Smithson, "Crazy on You" - All right then. Now we are getting somewhere. Maybe the girls will have more good showings than the boys did. It's certainly a good start. Carly has a great presence about her and was very polished vocally on that song. Still not jumping off my couch yet, but very nice. (A-)

Syesha Mercado, "Me and Mr. Jones" - The vocals were pretty good in parts, but that was a weirdly robotic delivery. I know this girl can sing, but she hasn't done anything to really impress yet. (B)

Brooke White, "You're so Vain" - That was excellent. I may actually have a favorite now. The guitar worked, the subtle jab at Simon worked, and the overall performance was pretty amazing. Plus she's an all around good girl. Right now, she's my fave. (A)

Ramiele Malubay, "Don't Leave Me This Way" - She missed a few notes, but the real reason this is a mediocre performance can be summed up in the word boring. (C)

Kristy Lee Cook, "You're No Good" - Wow, three great performances in the first five. These girls may just turn AI around for me this year. I couldn't have even told you there was a Kristy Lee on Idol this year, but I'll remember her name now. (A-)

Amanda Overmeyer, "Carry On My Wayward Son" - As one of the few finalists that got some pre finals air time, I thought Amanda, the rocker chick, might be one to watch. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case. I dig a Joplin inspired vocal as much as the next guy, but it seemed to be more style than passion. I'm not buying it. (C+)

Alaina Whitaker, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - Ouch, that was bad. Awful pitch problems throughout, and just a plodding sloppy delivery. Hopefully this will be the worst performance of the night. (D+)

Alexandrea Lushington , "If You Leave Me Now" - Well, maybe those first few gals got me a little too optimistic. That was just BLAH. Nothing about it was interesting or commanding of attention. These guys have to start realizing that if you don't stand out you walk out. (C)

Kady Malloy, "Magic Man" - COME ON! What is up? That was just another lackluster, seemingly half-hearted performance. Somebody, please step up.(C-)

Asia'H Epperson, "All By Myself" - Like that! It didn't quite work, but at least she went for it. That was a nice risky move, but in the end the song was just too big for her. She couldn't quite get there. But you have to respect the effort. (B)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Idol Thoughts (Boys Top 10)...

Welcome back to Idol thoughts. I have to be honest this might be a tough season. I know Simon said there were three guys worth praise last week, but I saw exactly ZERO Idol finalists (this includes the females) that I'm itching to root for. Sure there were one or two performances that were passable, but none that I found myself saying, WOW! And just so you don't think I'm always this harsh, this is the first time that has been the case. I'm scared, scared that I won't care this year, although that actually might be a nice relaxing change of pace, not seeing my favorite voted out at the final 4.

A list of the sure to be mediocre performances of the evening:

Michael Johns, "Go On Your Own Way" - Right off the bat, confirmation of my fears, he seems to be a decent performer, but the vocals were reaching, and I came away from the song saying "meh". In fact if the overall mediocrity continues, I will heretofore refer to this show as A-meh-rican Idol. (C+)

Jason Castro. "I Just Want to be Your Everything" - If you can see past the dreads this kid is a dead ringer for John Travolta, and for some reason I can't get past this. Last week, he was the best performance of the night in my opinion (a solid B), but tonight he missed so many notes and he seems so plastic, oh and the song was BOOOOOOOORIIIIIIIIIING. (B-)

Luke Menard, "Killer Queen" - Well at least it was a nice risky song choice, so it wasn't boring, it just wasn't, I don't know, GOOD! Be honest, that was some horrendous singing. ARGGG, I feel like such a hater, but I'm not going to root for someone just because they are the best of the mediocre. (C+)

Robbie Carrico, "Hot Blooded" - That was OK (just like the first 3), but seriously, if Daughtry or even Bo Bice had done that, the roof would have come off. He hit most of the notes, but there was nothing about it that was close to exceptional. (B-)

Danny Noriega, "Until You Come Back to Me" - Alright, the dude is more feminine than half of the girls in my high school graduating class (and those are some girly girls) but I will not hold that against him in this critique. I actually thought that was the best vocal of the night so far, but there was nothing to it, no oomph, no pizaaz (to put it in Noriega lingo). (B)

David Hernandez, "Papa was a Rolling Stone" - OK, now we are getting somewhere, I'm still not gonna call it, but that was a very good performance. The only thing that holds me from calling this a WOW performance, is that it just seemed a bit rehearsed (which I'm sure it was, but it shouldn't feel that way.) Still easily the best performance of the season (A)

Jason Yeager, "Long Train Runnin" - That was the definition of karaoke for me (typed before the judges and my wife said the same thing). If you still have it DVRed (actually they will probably show it 3 times in the results show Thursday) watch it again and think bar stage karaoke, it's a perfect match. Let's just move on. (D)

Chikezie, "I Believe" - OK, I'm no fashion guru, but I swear he stole that shirt from a Cedar Point worker (see pic above) . I really didn't like this guy last week and I still don't like him, but at least the vocal was better and it was definitely a clever song choice. (B)

David Cook, "All Right Now" - I thought I would like having the instruments available, but it seems like when they play it's more of a distraction, and I just haven't been that impressed. Maybe they were right in keeping the instruments off the show after all. I think he did alright with this, but just alright. (B-)

David Archuleta, "Imagine" - Boy, I know I'm gonna take flak on this one. I do not get this guy and it's hard to see people go crazy for him when I thought it was just a good performance of a good song. Hmmm, I'm so out of touch with what makes him the favorite, of course in this group I don't necessarily disagree that he is. Look, I understand he's a great vocalist and he hit the right notes, I just don't buy it. Give me another week, maybe I'll come around. (A-)

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Brief Return of the Workaholic Intervention....

In my tireless effort to rid the world of workaholism I establish a series of interventions at this blog to make sure you aren't working too hard at your job, school, or home.

Today's relief comes in the form of a very addicting and clever cursor game that allows you to work with yourself by yourself.

How quickly can you get to the final 16 floor? I ascended on my fourth try with a score of 161.

How about you?

Give it a whirl here!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The New Indy Trailer...

In case you haven't seen it, here is the link to the trailer for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I don't know about you but every new piece of info or media that comes out about this gets me more and more excited. Seriously, as the music swells to the familiar theme, you can't tell me it doesn't get you going. With American Gladiators on TV and Indy back in theaters, 2008 is shaping up to be quite the year of nostalgia for me. Now if someone could just make a Transformers movie.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

On the End to the Strike and it's Effect on LOST...

I had to pass along this link today to some comments made by Carlton Cuse (one half of the genius one-two punch behind LOST, the other jab belongs to Damon Lindleof) about the future of LOST now that the strike is over.

Here are my bullet points in case you don't like to read:

- There will be a gap between episode 8 and 9 this year.

- They will be doing 13 total episodes instead of 16.

- Those 3 lost episodes (dual meaning, cool) will be added to the last two seasons in some way.

- The story arc will end where they intended it to this season.

There's plenty more great stuff so click over and check it out.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Idol Thoughts (The Intro)...

Idol is back and so will be Idol Thoughts here on Rollin'.

Last year I broke down the American Idol performances each week with predictions and commentary, and the occasional query on Jordin Spark's height. I plan on continuing this as the new season progresses, and I would love to get your feedback each week on who you think deserves Idol status.

So far I've enjoyed the auditions, but it is by no means my favorite section of the process. In fact, this year I can't think of any auditioners I've seen that I am already rooting for. I'm sure some favorites will emerge next week, but for now I'm still waiting.

To hold you over until that point here is an announcement that came today on a new project that Disney has coming to the park formerly known as MGM Studios. If you've ever thought you could do AI but just never had the guts or have been in the wrong age bracket, here's your chance.

Next trip to Disney I'll definitely hit this up and let you know how it goes. I just need to go work on my version of "Go Down Moses".