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ANT-MAN IS A GOOD MOVIE TO PASS THE TIME

The Marvel movie universe is starting to get so big that a character like Ant-Man is rather small both in size and importance. It's a fun movie with a lot of charm, but it's a film that I quickly stopped thinking about moments after it was over.

Ant-Man will forever be one of those "what could have been" projects. This movie would not have even existed had Edgar Wright (the genius behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim) shown an interest in making it as long ago as 2006. Nobody *REALLY* wanted to see an Ant-Man movie as much as they wanted to see an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie. His style, vision, and insane creative approach would have made for a beautifully Un-Marvel Marvel movie. And that's probably why that version would never be made, as he walked from the project in 2014.

The resulting product from replacement helmsman Peyton Reed, who's last films were Yes Man (2008), Down With Love (2003), and Bring it On (2000), looks exactly like a movie a director who's output was 3 very mediocre movies in the last 15 years would make. It's not boring or exciting, but it's just kind of there.

If not for the charm exuding from the film's stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, Ant-Man would almost not be worth watching at all. It's a passable film that is easy to watch, and easy to forget, but there's worse ways to kill 2 hours.

Robert Berry
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DASH KWIATKOWSKI: A HILARIOUS DORK

I think Dash Kwiatkowski is super funny.  He's a super funny nerd who has a super funny CD called "You're a Wizard, _____" and I love it. With pop culture oriented  material ranging from comic books, to Star Wars, to The Bible, his influences are pretty damn close to mine. I was worried thinking my jokes would be pretty similar to his when I saw the track listing, as my latest CD has similar subject matter, but he comes at it from a completely fun and different place that I've loved the fuck out of and have already listened to this damn album twice!

Dash goes deep into deep deep geek territory with this album. How many comics do a bit about Aquaman's nemesis Black Manta? Not too fucking many, that's how many! Dash pulls it off.

My favorite piece on the album, which I've quoted to many, is "Jokin (Rhcp)" which turns the Bob Marley classic "Jammin'" on its ear and is just simply fucking hilarious. You'll love it.

Dash is the funny cool nerd at the party that you can geek out with and laugh at all of the stuff you were ashamed to talk about. I recommend his album highly and will talk about it no further as you should be surprised and happy to hear every bit of it. You can pick it up on iTunes, CDBaby, and other places, and even try it out on Spotify, if you so desire. You won't be unhappy. It's fucking great!

 

 

IT'S FINALLY HERE! BUY ROBERT BERRY'S COMEDY ALBUM "RETROCRUSH" TODAY!

Hey, folks! My debut comedy album retroCRUSH is ready to buy! I recorded it live at The Sacramento Comedy Spot and it's really funny! You can purchase through CDBABY (link below) and get your choice of a download of MP3, MP320, or FLAC file (for ridiculously unnecessary high sound quality), all included for just $9.99, or you can go to iTunes and pick it up for the same price. It'll eventually show up on Amazon Music, and every other place soon, too (except Spotify...just buy it, damn it!).

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MAD MAX FURY ROAD IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER...SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!

This the is the card I turned in for my "critic quote" after I saw the early screening for Mad Max Fury Road. Though I doubt it'll appear on the movie poster or DVD release, it perfectly captures my feelings for this movie. From beginning to end, it's simply one of the most amazing, action packed, visually stunning amazing movies I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. I felt like I was getting my ass kicked while watching this and when it was over, I just wanted to curl up in a ball and hide under a blanket to give my senses a break.

Every bit of this movie looks incredible and every insane bit of action makes perfect sense and drives the story forward. This isn't just mayhem for mayhem's sake. Mad Max Fury Road is a perfectly plotted ballet.

Tom Hardy is a great new Max. I loved Mel Gibson in the role, and he probably could have pulled this one off again, too, but Hardy gets the job done. A tough badass with a lot of crazy going on undernearth the surface. He's a great heavy that can easily carry a film.

But...

But...

Surprisingly, and amazingly, and totally welcome is Charlize Theron as the badass Imperator Furiosa who really steals the show and is easily Max's equal and often superior. She's not some sidekick or eye candy that we're used to seeing female characters relegated to in action films. In fact, there's a fight scene between her and Max early on that's completely free of misogyny. If anything, you're more worried that she's gonna kick Max's ass than vice versa.

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BANANAS GONE WILD!

Having a friend like retroRANDY is great, because when he comes by he leaves weird things behind.  He's always finding the craziest stuff at thrift stores.  Anyway, one day he left me this great 1940s book about all the great stuff you can make with bananas.  The recipes are truly revolting, and the illustrations are, dare I say it... PLUM loco!

Ham Banana Rolls wiith bananas, cheese, ham and mustard!  The amounts of marijuana required to come up with something this vile would probably kill Cheech and Chong.

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 HOW TO BE A GOOD COMEDY SHOW HOST

I love hosting comedy shows. I love being able to set the tone of the show and get people excited for the great night their going to have. I've probably hosted over 75 shows so far of all sorts (comedy, music, fundraisers, etc...), and I've learned a lot, messed up a lot, and have had some great success. Here's a collection of tips might help you learn some things, too.

A good comedy show host doesn't just read off the names and keep the show moving along, you're the Master of Ceremonies (that's where the MC comes from). You're managing the flow of the show. You're the conductor that is listening to the flow of the audience and the comics and tweaking things where you can to make it a great night for everyone. You're the face of the show. You're the one the audience will keep seeing over and over again. A host can make it really easy, or really difficult for all of this to work. Hopefully these tips will help you make some good decisions.

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