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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, episode 5

Posted in Tv Series Blog by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

Episode 5- The Aluminum Monster Vs. Fatty Magoo

Charlie and Deandra are rummaging through a clothing store when Deandra runs into and old high school friend. Deandra become jealous of Ingred because she now own this clothing store and Deandra herself did not live up to her aspirations. It is revealed to us that both of them were “losers” during their high school days with nicknamed as the aluminum monster and fatty magoo. Deandra intends to bring fatty magoo down.

A big part of this episode has to do with manipulation. For example, when Mac is spray painting toxic paint to make Frank’s chair look like it was dipped in gold he foolishly asks, “Why am I doing this for you?”. While Frank replies, “Because I am manipulating you.” Mac then becomes intrigued by this new force of manipulation and learns from Frank that you need rant,rave, and yell at people in order to get what you want. Frank shows Mac how to show people who is boss so they can “find their place”. Mac even starts dressing like Frank and repeating word for word what he yells. Mac then learns that he can easily manipulate people into working and jokes around with Charlie’s weak mind by treating him like a dog.

Dennis comes up with the idea to sell Ingred dresses so they can sabotage her business and bring her down. With the Help of Mac and Frank’s manipulation, they develop a sweatshop in which Deandra, Charlie, and middle-aged European work harsh long hours in.At one point there is a speaker blasting out Nazi directions to the workers. This reminded me of the Der Fuhrer’s Face video due to its similar conditions. Mac even installed a steam horn as an attention function and blew it before speaking with the workers.

As I stated in an earlier blog, stereotyping has become a common yet hilarious tradition of this series. Charlie describes the European worker’s as “smelling like sausage”. This is a European stereotype because from what I know, their domestic dishes incorporate a vast amount of sausage. Deandra later bribes them to leave the sweatshop by saying she will give them knockwurst.

My favorite line in the episode is when Mac is explaining the standard working agenda to Deandra and she replies by completely disregarding his instructions and stating that his breathe smells like an old lady fart passing through an onion. That part cracked me up because it was delivered with a serious attitude and really caught me off guard.

I give this episode a rating of 4 because it entertained me to the point where I was laughing every four minutes.

I watched this episode at 6:24 AM Feb. 24th at home and now I am going to sleep.

-I am finally finished after 7 hours of watching and blogging. I intend to go to sleep for 3 hours before waking up for Mass Media class.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, episode 4

Posted in Tv Series Blog by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

Episode 4- The Gang Gets Held Hostage

Great episode. This plot draws its influence from corny hostage/action movies and the situations that coincide with them. The episode begins with Frank in the vents of the bar looking for his will that Charlie hid. This is the first instance that shows a sense of a chronological story-line because Frank mentions that Dennis and Deandra are entitled to lose a lot of money because they are not his kids. Another instance that has become canon for this show is the reoccurrence of the McPoyles. The McPoyles proceeded in taking the crew hostage while Frank is stuck in the vents.

I started paying more attention to the acting this time around. Danny DeVito has been doing a phenomenal job with Frank and I can see how he smoothly connects to his character by his improvisation. This show has a lot of improvisation and I respect and love that angle. I praise all of their acting skills except for Kaitlin Olsen, who portrays the character of Deandra. I enjoy Deandra as a character because she is really random and funny but I cant seem to get around Kaitlin’s acting skills. I noticed a few parts where Kaitlin seemed pressured and blurted out her lines with minimal emotion or feeling.

A great aspect of this episode is the mock drama that was performed. The plot had the characters frantic and turning on each-other on a dime, kind of like some cheap hollywood movies that lack decent plots, or redundant soap operas that seem to repeat some basic form of drama. Slow motion sequences were used, as well as long laughs between opposing forces. At the end of the episode when Frank, for the second time, decides to shoot at the McPoyle’s, he screams “Yippe Kiyay Mother Fucker!” This is a reference to Bruce Willis’ character John McClain in the Die Hard movies.

My favorite part is when Dennis tries seducing Margaret, an ugly McPoyle sibling, and succeeds. He compliments her unibrow by describing it as dark, thick, and so connected.

My favorite part of the episode is Charlie’s prank on Mac. Charlie insists that the map in which Mac is holding, a diagram to show where the will was hidden, is a decoy and that the real map is tattooed in his butt. So Charlie pulls his pants down and while Mac proceeds to look in his butt, Charlie lets a fart rip in his face. I knew this was coming from a mile away but I still found it highly entertaining. This is a typical show that I could watch and enjoy, because it reminds me of home-movies that I have made in the past.

I give this a rating of 4 because of its creativity and random humor. The creators did a wonderful job exploiting this specific genre of film.

-I viewed this episode at 5:28 AM on Feb.24th, alone on my couch.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, episode 3

Posted in Tv Series Blog by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

Episode 3-Dennis and Dee’s Mom Is Dead

Now I see their colors. This episode marks a milestone because I felt like I got to know each character on a more precise level. In the opening scene, we see that Frank is celebrating his x-wife’s death who I now understand to be Dennis’ and Deandra’s mother. This also exposed me to the fact that Frank is their father, only to be destroyed by the “will scene”. The “will scene” presented me with a humorous encounter that families have to go through after a loved one has passed. In this scene, Frank and Deandra find out that she has left nothing for them except the mansion specifically for Dennis. It is now known that Bruce, the real father to Dennis and Deandra will inherit all of the money. This is when Deandra and Frank’s true colors come out. They become greedy slime-balls who will do anything to get the money. They end up having Bruce marry them so that he can see them as an established couple and give them money to support their now adopted children that Bruce himself gave them. After he weds them he reveals to them that he knew all along and wanted to push them to their limits but they apparently have none! I was dying of laughter from Bruce’s surprise.

We also get to see Charlie, Dennis, and Mac in their natural states. They now have a mansion to hangout at but then realize that they lack a fair amount of friends, so they start a hunt. They create these flyers in the shape of biceps to give out to guys to lure them into their “non-sexual” party, only to find out that the flyers look like penises; if biceps weren’t gay enough.

I appreciated the Jackass reference because it use to be my favorite show.

Stephen Collins,the dad from seventh heaven played the character of Bruce and did a wonderful job. At first I had a slight prediction that Bruce knew that Frank was Deandra’s father, but after he supported them with adopted children, it simply slipped my mind and I’m happy that it did.

I actually didn’t like how the “mansion” plot ended up. I figured the guys would have a big party and some other intense comical situation would occur, but that ceased to happen. They only had two visitors in which they tied up and tortured. It was a little disappointing to see a dull configuration like that.

Overall the character’s have lived up to wikipedia’s definition of them, “They are dishonest, selfish, egotistical, and antagonistic, and are often embroiled in controversial issues.”

I rate this show a 2.5  because I thought some of the scenes were boring, irrelevant, and/or cliché.

-I watched this episode at home on Feb.24th at 4 AM by myself wondering why I screwed up the due date on my calendar.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, episode 2

Posted in Tv Series Blog by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

Episode 2- The Gang Gets Invisible

As I expected, the episode opens in the bar with the crew arguing. Charlie, who is becoming my favorite character, screams on top of his lungs and then calmly states, “ why are we arguing? This isn’t like us.” I believe that to be a false statement because I have only seen two episodes so far and “arguing” is a frequent ordeal with these guys. Charlie then offers his insight by convincing the crew to go do something different. This is where a hilarious cut-scene takes place where it seems as if only the surrounding environment has changed because they remain in the same positions still drinking beer but they are not “so differently” located in a park. I found that funny. This is where they encounter their main objective/plot for the episode when they run into a guy thats trying out for the Philadelphia Eagles. Dennis and Mac decide to try out and are baffled when they find out that Deandra is insisting to try out as well. I cracked up when Mac slowly squeaked and stuttered, “but your, your, your a women.” Then Mac and Dennis begin stating other “sports” that are accustomed to women like cooking, complaining, and cleaning; which I thought was rudely funny. So far I noticed that the show does a good job incorporating common culture like the Philadelphia Eagles, who were champions at the time, and making reference to the 1969 Woodstock Festival. I laughed out loud when Frank decided to take acid by himself and said, “well I’m gonna trip balls.” I found that statement funny because I believe the term “tripping balls” is fairly new and it seemed out of place for a man of his age to express himself in such a way. I noticed a moment of foreshadowing when Mac and Dennis were on the bus and got into an argument with Doyle McPoyle, whose name is completely hilarious. I sensed this foreshadowing that we would see him again and we actually end up seeing his whole family, so I guess his occurrence was implied to be an obvious one. At the end of their argument, I noticed that Mac and Dennis quickly commented on McDoyles physical appearance;his unibrow, acne, and eczema. This happened directly after the conversation ended; a common social construct that I have seen people, including myself, exercise after an encounter with an odd individual. A great part of the episode is when a fake Donovan McNabb shows up to the tryouts and starts to promote McDonalds. This emulates how advertisement seemingly pops up out of nowhere containing unnecessary bullshit. A reference is then made about The Cosby Show and how they think the fake McNabb looks like Alvin, which only adds on to the pop culture essence of this show. This show is good at stereotyping. One example is the black football coach who is fat and is constantly yelling, which is something I have experienced during my life. My favorite part of the episode is Franks scene in the bathroom tripping on acid. I couldn’t stop laughing and actually rewinded it a few times. The way he was acting was on point and accurate. Not that I know how it feels to be on some psychedelic drug in an inclosed space… Moments later, Charlie begins tripping and talking in his head but then notices that he is saying his thoughts out-loud. He embarrass himself by revealing his thoughts to McPoyle, saying that his head is big and his skin is too tight. This reminded me of a a scene in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when Raoul Duke is rambling to himself and bursts out by saying “Jesus did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?”

I am also glad to say that I now no where “green man” is from.

My favorite line in the episode is when Frank anxiously says, “Into the toilet I go” after hallucinating a women telling him to hop in there.

The last scene is by far the funniest moment on this series that I have seen yet. Frank is still hallucinating and thinks Charlie is a lizard, Charlie is still green man, Deandra broke her foot, and Dennis and Mac are exhausted. The episode finally ends when frank accidentally shoots McPoyle in the leg.

-I rate this episode a 3 because I found it funny but not as entertaining or intriguing as the first episode.

-I viewed this episode on Feb.24th at 2:15 AM by myself at home.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, episode 1

Posted in Tv Series Blog by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

Episode 1- The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby

Wow, what an original show. I am almost mad at myself for not giving this hilarious series a chance in the past. I knew Danny DeVito starred in it, so I figured it would be funny; but it’s definitely more than that! The episode started with the time, day, and location which I predict will be a consistent routine throughout the seasons.  In the beginning Dennis, played by Glenn Howerton, is explaining how he had just seen a movie about Global Warming and is very concerned about the situation. It is interesting to see the correlation between this fictional world and the real one because the season was released in 2007, only a year after Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was released. This shows how Dennis was affected by the movie, I’m going to assume it was An Inconvenient Truth, and how his character mirrors how people reacted in the real world.

I noticed that in this episode, the roles of some characters were altered which ultimately distorted my initial observations of them. At first I thought that Dennis was a very calm and passive person. This was exemplified by his effortless remark when they find a baby in the dumpster, and also when he gets “walked on” by the hippie. He surprised me when he actually became aggressive and hippie-like by going to the protest. Later I find out that he only did this so that he could have sex with the hippie leader’s girlfriend, by tricking him to chain himself to a tree that is supposed to get bulldozed. A hilarious scene sequence then unfolds with Riders on the Storm by The Doors playing in the background as it rains on the hippie as well as Frank and Charlie who are now playing role playing as bums. I did not really “get to know”  Frank and Charlie because of their roles in this episode but I can definitely assume that they are outrageous and crazy. I was also proven wrong about my assumptions about Mac and Deandra. From the start, I thought that they were the most normal and rational of the crew. Later I find out that they try to tan and paint the baby they found in the garbage to try to pass him off as a mexican so that he can be successful in advertisement.

I am glad to see that there is no laugh track in this series. I also enjoy the music that is used in between scenes because it gives the show a youthful and joyful feeling. And I was extremely happy to hear The Doors in this episode because they are one of my favorite artists.

Favorite parts: When Dennis, as a hippie, takes acid and proceeds to have sex with Ezra the hippie. It was hilarious seeing his weird facial expressions,sounds, and movements. I also laughed hard when Frank is arguing with Charlie that he is not his father and blatantly says, “ your mother was a giant whore” while both of them are lying in a dumpster readying for bed. Finally, Charlie asks his mother about who his father is and she explains to him that it is true that she tried having an abortion but it didn’t work. She explains that the abortion was for him, Charlie, because Frank would have thrown him in the dumpster. I appreciated the use of irony and found it very funny.

They started and ended at a bar which I have concluded that they all work at. The last shot of the scene has them painting the baby and frank holding an Ali Baba sword as child services and police walk through the door. This just adds to the extreme nature of this show and how farfetched it truly is. I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to finish the season!

I rate this episode a 4 because it was witty, comical, and had more than one story-line in which all became tangled by the end.

-I viewed this episode by myself in my living room Wednesday Feb.24th around 1:00 AM because I procrastinated and thought the due date was March 4th. Luckily, I have about 12 hours to stay up through the late night and early morning to finish watching the episodes and blog them on time. I wish that I would have noticed this earlier…

Ward Churchill…Justified?

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on February 24, 2010

GO WARD CHURCHILL! MAKE YOUR MARK!

1. Should U of Colorado have launched an investigation? Absolutely not! This man has obviously done thorough research by digging deep into U.S. foreign policy and how it has affected our nation. An investigation for what? A man speaking his mind by absorbing research and spitting it out its truths? The court used falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism as an excuse to fire him. An investigation should have never been launched. The guy is clearly not a terrorist, he is an activist.

2. Should a professor, a public intellectual, who knows history and does research be allowed to speak on a subject like this? Is dissent like this protected? Of course he should be allowed to speak on a subject like this, it’s his constitutional right! The subject of 9/11 has and will always be a controversial topic ,in which unorthodox opinions will be frowned upon or in this case prosecuted. His research and input is essential to the revival of the American brain, which has been foolishly washed by our government or possibly a higher a power. Dissent like this is supposed to be protected by the right to free speech, but I guess they  made an exception this time.

3. Would you have fired Ward Churchill? No I would not have fired Ward Churchill because he did not perform any criminal acts. Even if I was in his opposers’ position and disagreed with his views, I still would not have fired him. He is not a criminal, he is a hero!

4. Should conservative students have their values protected as David Horowitz wants? In essence, should a professor have to teach BOTH sides of an issue? Or should it be their prerogative to teach what they believe is “true” or “most accurate”? Professors should be able to teach what they want. I do agree that both sides of any issue should be accounted for, but if a professor has a strong opinion about one subject, let him/her exercise their right. Just because conservative students are exposed to truth does not mean that they are required to agree with what is being said. Textbook knowledge can only go so far, we need professors to tell us what they think and what they feel strong about so that students can acquire different views and establish their own. I don’t want to be a robot.

Where do we go from here? An intelligent professor gets fired for utilizing the first amendment.<- ya, that’s a small “A” because it apparently means nothing these days.  I most definitely agree with Churchill’s proposal that 9/11 was provoked by U.S. foreign policy, but I tend to believe it’s much more than just that(ahem, conspiracies anyone?). We are merely creatures that acquire knowledge by the means of  people or organizations that  feed it to us. It should be our job as human beings to protect these few brave individuals that care about truth and vouch to shed it to the public. We need more professors like Mr. Churchill to instill fear into the establishment and let them know that their mind control days are over!

Hello

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on February 10, 2010

Greetings