From the Mind of Mac D

  • Steve Jobs Lied To Me

    Posted by Mac D

     As a life long Apple user, I am hooked into all things Apple.  For the past couple of days I have been bombarded with teasers for an announcement to happen at 10 AM this morning.  “Tomorrow will be just like any other day. . . that you will remember for the rest of your life.”  What does that mean?  Perhaps it is the long awaited announcement of the IPhone to Verizon wireless.  Maybe they are announcing the next generation Iphone/ Itouch.  That would mean price drops.  A new Macbook? Who knows?  I was excited for the announcement.  It would make my life worth living again.   Here Apple take all my money I don’t need it.  I was so excited I could hardly sleep. Then Steven Jobs lied to me.

    What is Apples giant, earth-shattering announcement?  The Beatles are coming to Itunes.  Yes that is it.  All that anticipation for what?  A band is coming to Itunes.  I cant help but feel ripped off.  All that hype for nothing.  To be fair to The Beatles, if this was to announce Led Zepplin’s catalogue is coming to Itunes I still would be very irritated.  I wanted something more game changing then The Beatles but apparently Apple wants me to think this is a huge deal.  Well I still have Mac OSX Lion to fall back on. 

    The lesson here kids is never have high hopes.  They will always be crushed.

     

    Credit - Apple.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 11/12/2010

    Posted by Mac D

    This week Denzel Washington and Tony Scott play with trains . . . again, Harrison Ford acts mean, and more.  Lets see what’s hitting theatres

     

    These movies will be released Friday November 12.

    Unstoppable

    Directed by Tony Scott

    Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson

    Rated – PG-13

    The Plot: With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine) race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

    Mac D’s Thoughts: Tony Scott and Denzel Washington collaborate on their 134th movie.  Dark lighting ensues.  Even with Chris Pine (Kirk in Star Trek) and Rosario Dawson I still have this feeling that I have seen it all before.  Probably in The Taking of Pelham 123, the last movie Denzel and Scott worked on together.  The cast is stellar so if they are putting forth some effort it will not be a waste of two hours.

    Verdict.  Sure I will go see this if you really want to go with me.


    Morning Glory (This actually was released on 11/10)

    Directed by Roger Michell

    Stars: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keeton

    Rated - PG-13

    The Plot: An upstart television producer (McAdams) accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts (Keaton and Ford).

    Mac D’s thoughts: Girl works too hard.  Girl lands dream job. Girl says, “I am not looking for love.” Girl finds loved.  Ends story.  Well at lest that’s what I get from the trailer.  Every plot synopsis I read on the Internet said this is a story of some one trying to take control of TV anchors.  And when those anchors are Harrison Ford and Diane Keeton, sign me up.  I still love everything Harrison Ford does.

    Verdict; Its time to make the girlfriend take me to this movie as so I do not loose any man points.

     

    Skyline

    Directed by Colin and Greg Strause

    Staring: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson

    Ratied – PG-13

    The Plot: An extraterrestrial force descends upon Los Angeles, using strange lights to draw people into its deadly plan.

    Mac D’s Thoughts:  Transformers meets Independence Day, directed by some dudes who did special FX’s for the X-Files, staring some guys who need a break in movies.  Seriously these are the kinds of movies that I love seeing how it pans out.  The Directors The Brothers Strause having only Aliens Vs Predator Requiem under there belts.  And its two man starts are known for TV roles (Eric Belfour for 24, Donald Faison for Scrubs).  This is make or break for tons of people.

    Verdict:  Probably should go see it because I love me some Scrubs and Dr. Turk’s in it.

     

    Or you could just stay home and enjoy your couch

     

    These movies were released on DVD this week

     

    Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    Good word of mouth has peak my interest in this.  Michael Cera fighting tons of people would be good for a laugh.  Every one I have talked to said it was good.  That is enough for me to run out and take a look.

     

    Grown Ups

    Given my love for 90’s Saturday Night Live, I will give this movie a shot.  It probably is a whole lot better then it has any right to be.  Seems like a date night movie.

     

     

    Metalocalypse season 3

    The most brutal TV show ever.  Now twice as long.  Wear a cup when you watch this.  I haven’t seen much of this season but I will see it all.

     

    Next week, more Avatar if you havent already bought a copy for every room in your house, the begining of the end of Harry Potter, and Russel Crowe shows us how to escape from prison.  I have yet to deside if I should go to a midnight screening of the Deadly Hallows Part 1 and make fun of all the dudes.

    All images, movie data, and synopsis credit IMDB.com

  • The New NHL All Star Game

    Posted by Mac D

    The NHL is always trying new gimmicks to get fans excited about Hockey again.  They have increased interference calls in the past couple of years to open up score and make it more exciting for fans.  I suggestion to make hockey better; add bare knuckle fights to the death to hockey.  Doubt they will try my suggestion but I can hope.  Recently they have announced a change to the All Star game, which just might work.

    The NHL announced today new rules to the selection process to the 2011 All Star game.  Fans will pick the starters and NHL operations employees will round out the teams.  These are like normal.  The twist comes with how the teams are divided.  When all the players have been selected, the player’s chosen will then pick 2 captains per team.  Those captains then must chose players for their team (3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards per team).  Yes the NHL is doing this pond hockey style.  Hopefully to completely feel like pond hockey, the last two players picked will cry becasue no one likes them.  In fact, if these captains pick Sydney Crosby last and he cries, I will purchase them a coke.  Though I do think that Sydney Crosby cries every time he looks in a mirror because he remembers that he is Sydney Crosby.

    In all seriousness this is a good idea.  We are going to get line match ups that we could only get if we screw with the line-ups in a NHL video game.  Though I do wonder if the teams will end up the same even if they are told to disregard conferences.  I like how they are at lest trying to change up the All Star game.  While its not what MLB did to there All Star game, I am interested.

     

    Credit - NHL.com

  • Zakk Wylde Knows Kung Fu

    Posted by Mac D

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 again.  I enjoy the kung fu action and all the sword fighting.  I also enjoy Black Label Society.  Combining the two might seem like a bad idea but I assure you it is not.  The latest video from Black Label Society is for the song Overlord and is one gigantic kung fu film.  The only thing I apologize for is Zakk Wylde in a yellow jump suit.

     

  • This Week In Movies 11-5-10

    Posted by Mac D

    This week in Movies or finally some variety in the theatres

    So this week instead of one new movie in theatres we get three.  Three very different movies that are for three very different demographics.  Lets not waste time and get to it

    Megamind 

    Director: Tom McGrath

    Stars: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt
    Rated PG

    The Plot: Megamind (Ferrell) is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known, though after several unsuccessful attempts to conquer Metro City, a new foe sees him attempt -- for the first time in his life -- to use his powers for good.

    Mac D’s Thoughts – From a purely business stand point Megamind should do very well.  A lot of advertising behind it and nothing for children in the last month or so in theatres means a lot of kids will beg their parents to take them to the movies.  The voice cast is stellar led by Will Farrell.  This is new territory for Ferrel as I don’t believe he has ever been in a children’s animated movie before.  I want to see this but I have no kids.

    Verdict – If I had children or nieces or nephews old enough to take to the movies I would drag them to this.  Since I don’t I will have to wait for DVD. 

     

    Due Date

    Director: Todd Phillips
    Stars: Robert Downey jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
    Rated: R

     

    The Plot: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

    Mac D’s Thoughts – This is Todd Phillips follow up to The Hangover.  IT has Robert Downy Jr in it so I have high expectations to the quality of this film.  Of course Zach Galifianakis is also in this to make the expectations even higher.  More than likely I will be let down.  I don’t expect this to set the world on fire but I do expect two hours of fun.

    Verdict – Most likey to been seen in the theatre by me

    For Colored Girls
    Director: Tyler Perry

    Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg

    Rated R

     

    The Plot: A drama centered on a group of black women whose lives and experiences intersect at a 12-step healing program.

    Mac D’s Thoughts – This is a direct 360 from what Tyler Perry is known for.  This is a serious film dealing with very serious women’s issues.  This is a slight gamble for Perry but I know his fan base comes out to see his movies.  Early reviews are not that kind but I would still give it a shot.

    Verdict – Might be one of the more profound movies since the summer and will be worth a look at some point.

    Now some entertainment on the home front.

    DVD

    Toy Story 3 

    The same reasons I won’t be seeing Megamind any time soon is the same reason I have yet to see Toy Story 3.  I will be getting this on DVD to watch as it is one of the biggest movies of the year and it’s a Pixar movie.  I haven’t see a Pixar movie yet that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. 

     

    The Pacific the Complete series

     

    This is the companion series to Band of Brothers.  I have seen most of this series which is set during the Marine campaign in the Pacific for WW2.  Less action heavy then Band of Brothers didn’t mean it was any less amazing.  There are several aspects of the Pacific campaign that I never knew about.  This is worth several viewings.

    V- The Complete First Season

    I am not really sure why I am hooked on the new version of V.  It is not well acted.  But the conspiracy keeps me in.  Well sort of.  I have yet to see last season’s finale.  I am excited for original cast members return this upcoming season but answer me this: Where is Robert Englund?

    Goonies 25th anniversary edition

    Goonies never say die.  And now they never say die on Blu Ray.  There are new special features, I think.  Some other goodies but you just want to see Sloth in HD.

    That’s it for this week.  We have a transformers rip off and Denzel on a train to look forward to.  But the threat of Harry Potter clouds the future. 

  • Martha Stewart teaches how to survive the zombie apocolypse

    Posted by Mac D

    As you may know I have an irrational fear of lots of things; Cobras, Getting gored by a Rhino,  Space apes, and uncapped pens.  But one of the biggest fears I have is the zombie apocolypse.  What will be come of me when the zombies come for my brains?  How will I eat? What will be come of my cats?  Luckly Martha Stewart has my answer.  She recently appeared on E!'s The Soup to explain her solution.


    I am picking up three

    But what does Mac D say about the coming zombies?  Well you better loose all emotional ties to everything & every one you know, grab a shotgun, and say groovy alot because it's open season on zombies.
     

  • Kid Rock is off his rocker

    Posted by Mac D

    Kid Rock needs to learn to book places he wants to perform in.  Sure he might be able to play any venue in Detroit but the promoter would like a bit of fair warning.  The Detroit News is reporting that at his annually Halloween Party, Kid Rock announced a huge show for January 15 at Ford Field.  The problem? Monster Trucks.  There is a rally for Ford Field scheduled for the same day.  Tickets are all ready available.  Kid Rock is also saying that there is a Comedy Central roast for him at the Fox Theatre on January 17th.  Even though no one at the Fox Theatre or Comedy Central know anything about it.

     

    You know what I think?  These events are going to happen.  All in Kid Rock’s mind.  Hopefully one of these things actually happens because I would love to go to a huge Kid Rock show at Ford Field.

     

     

    He does look kinda off.

    Source The Detroit News.

     

     

  • The Return of Batman to Our Theaters.

    Posted by Mac D

    The Dark Knight Rises, is the name of sequel to 2008’s The Dark Knight.  But we really don’t know much more than that.  Let me break down what we know.

    1. Director Christopher Nolan is back and he is bringing back his brother Jonathon and David Groyer to write the script. These guys wrote the last movie.
    2. We are fairly sure that Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis and Inception) has a role. We however are not sure if he is playing a hero or a villain.
    3. Filming starts in April.
    4. The film is scheduled to be released on July, 20 2012
    5. No Riddler or Mr. Freeze

    That’s it

    I am sure we will get more juicy details before April.  I think most if not all of the cast whom characters didn’t die in the last movie will be back.  Who Tom Hardy is playing is something of a mystery.  Many believe he is the new villain.  With Riddler out, many are now just grasping at straws guessing who Hardy will play.  Guesses range from Dr. Hugo Strange, Bane, or The Black Mask.  My black horse pick is that Hardy is not playing a villain but Detective Harvey Bullock. Yes I said Harvey Bullock.  I think the tooth pick eating Gotham cop will be used as the head of the hunt for Batman after the events of the Dark Knight.  Then again there is probably at lest three other characters that could do the same thing. 

    I would be a bad Mac D if I didn’t give in to the persistent rumor that the female lead in this movie will be Catwoman.  Nothing has been said to make anyone else think otherwise but I have a wait and see approach to this rumor.  This will be the biggest movie of 2012 so let the hype begin.

     

    What do you think?  What would you like to see happen in The Dark Knight Rises  Leave me a comment below.

    Credit - Hero Complex at LA Times, Deadline.com, SuperHeroHype.com, TWICE

  • The Future of Michigan State Football

    Posted by Mac D

    Well MSU lost but it’s not the end of the world.   We are no longer in control of our destiny and with that new 16 rank in the AP, 14th in the BCS , our national title hopes are gone.  I am very happy I can even say that for a week or two, Michigan State University Football was in the national title hunt.  Yes we lost badly on Saturday.  Yes it was a very poorly played game.  I do not like to dwell on the past.  It was always coached in me that when you loose you let it hurt for a bit but then go and start focusing on the future.  That is what I will do.  I will focus on the future.  There is still hope for a share of the Big Ten title. I don’t even care which bowl we go to as long as we win a share of the Big Ten title.  Minnesota, Purdue and Penn State stand in our way.  I know you guys.  You still want to go to the Rose Bowl. And it is still possible.

    Two other teams stand in our way; Wisconsin and Ohio State/Iowa.  Ohio State and Iowa still have to play each other.  I have never thought I would say this but “Go Bucks”.  I feel dirty.  If we win out and go 11-1 (which is very possible) lets see how we do head to head with these teams.

    The Wisconsin Badgers 7-1 (3-1).  They still have to play  @ Purdue, Indiana, @ Michigan, and Northwestern

    Head to head against the Spartans? Spartans WIN.

    Of course we win head to head against the Badgers as we are to blame for that 1 in the loss column.  That is actually the third criteria after a National Championship game and illegibility.  Wisconsin does not hurt us at all.  Oh by the way Wisconsin thanks again for beating Ohio State and Iowa.  You’re a doll.  They still have to play Michigan and Northwestern so it will not be easy for them.

    The Ohio State Buckeyes 8-1 (4-1) They still have to play Penn State, @ Iowa, and Michigan..

    Head to head against the Spartans? Spartans LOSE 

    It comes down to this.  If MSU wins out and Ohio State wins out we have the same over all record at 11-1.  The next tiebreaker comes to higher BCS rankings.  Ohio State still has to play Iowa, which will boost their BCS ranking if they win.  If they loose well then Iowa has a good chance to win out and there goes the Rose Bowl.  The rest of our opponents are unranked right now in the BCS.  We need people a head of us to loose to get a higher ranking.  Probably.  So I am looking DIRECTLY AT YOU UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.  You Wolverines need to beat Ohio State this year.  They need to knock off Iowa for us.  You need to beat Ohio State for us.

    The Iowa Hawkeyes 6-2 (3-1) They still have to play @ Indiana, @ Northwestern, Ohio State, and @ Minnesota

    Head to head against the Spartans? Spartans LOSE

    They beat us head to head.  Simple enough

    In a perfect world, Michigan State will win their last three games.  Iowa will loose to Northwestern and then beat Ohio State.  That way we would have the Big Ten title out right or share it with Wisconsin.  Either way we are going to the Rose Bowl.  I am happy with winning a share of the Big Ten title. and 11-1 sounds find to me. All that we do know for sure is November is going to be a crazy month of  college football and MSU is in the thick of it.  And I will be there, in my Lazy Boy, screaming my self horse at the TV

    Credit ESPN.com for schedules, rankings, and win loss records and bigten.org for tie breaker information.

  • Mac D's Guide To Decorating Your House for Halloween

    Posted by Mac D

    Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  By now you probably already have your costume picked out.  Probably Snookie or Iron Man.  You have put so much time and effort into your costume that you completely forgot about trick or treating on Sunday.  Fear not Q106 listeners I Mac D now presents my guide decorating your house for Halloween.

    First of all remember that your porch light has to be on for Trick or Treaters to come to your house.  The porch light not lit during Halloween is the universal sign for getting your house egged.  Porch light on good.

    Next your only source of light should be that porch light.  It creates good atmosphere.  Now your probably thinking “This is the point Mac D is going to tell me to have a long and winding path that takes a half an hour to walk” Well your wrong.  Keep the path to the candy short.  Its my way of being nice to the small children.  If they get scared its very easy for them to go someplace safe.

    Your Jack-o-laterns should put in completed darkness near the door for maximum creepiness. The darkness will highlight any scary face you put on your pumpkins.  You could put colored lights in the pumpkins for effect.  I always liked putting strobes in my pumpkins.  Something about strobe lights reminds me of Alien.

    Next lots and lots and lots of spider webs all over the place.   In the trees, in the trash cans, on your kids, in the candy bowl, on the hand rails, wear them as a hat, put the spider webs everywhere.  Spider webs everywhere is creepy for some odd reason.  I always like to use them as a way to say “Hey look at this place its old. But the previous caretakers didn’t like to dust at all”  Spider webs are also the easies way to unsettle small children.  On Halloween I like to unsettle the kids but not scare them.  If I scare all the kids then I have to eat all the candy and my dentist said not to do that any more.

    The final touch is some fake tombstones.  Have fun with these.  “Here lies last years Tick or Treaters” is a good one.  “Hopes and dreams”, “ University of Michigan Football”, and “Common Human Decency” are tombstones you can have for the adults to chuckle at.  Of your course you must create your own tombstones.  Mine always say I died a hero and a villian.

    There you have it.  In one half hour you have decorated your house for Halloween.  The thought of your house now scares me and I think I wet myself.  Now if you really wanted to go for the jugular on Halloween do what my father does.  Dress up as a scarecrow, make like your not real, and then jump when kids are near by.  But I am more for giving a little scare instead of creating huge emotional scars that take a life time to heal.  I still cant go through my parents front door with out crying.

    Happy Halloween Everybody!

  • Weekend Movie Guide or So much blood so little time.

    Posted by Mac D

    Welcome to the weekend movie guide.  October is winding down which means no more horror movies until January at the earliest.  This month started out with the unknowns but now the heavy hitters in horror take the stage.  Paranormal Activity 2 did strong numbers in the box office but how will it do against Saw?  I hate horror movies Mac D, what about me?  Don’t worry I got you covered.  Or do I?

    These movies will be released Friday October 29th 2010

    Saw 3D

    Directed by Kevin Greutert

    Written by: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

    Staring : Tobin Bell, Costas Madylor, and Betsy Russell

    Synopsis from IMDB.com: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

    Mac D’s Thoughts:  If it must be Halloween it must be Saw.  Man I wish that wasn’t true.  This is the 7th entry into the Saw franchise.  I have seen most but not all of the Saw films.  I thought the first two were a breath of fresh air in the horror world when they came out.  But confusing plots have left me in the dark.  I could sit and describe to you all six seasons of Lost but I can’t tell you where we are in the plot of the Saw films.  Most people don’t care about that.  They just want to have a good time watching nameless bodies get sliced.  It’s now in 3D, which might be good seeing as the movie was shot for 3d.  Is it the last Saw film?  Was Friday the 13th part 4: The Final Chapter really the final chapter?  It will be a battle for tops in the box office between this film and Paranormal Activity 2.  My guess is Saw 3D wins and there will be more Saw.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have a very hard time which movie will get my viewing this weekend.


    Verdict:  I will let the girlfriend decide between Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D, and I will watch the loser on DVD.   Either way she isn’t sleeping well tonight.

    Yep

    That’s it.  Saw 3D is the only new movie being released this week.  But say you don’t want to put pants on.

    Here are some of the DVD releases for the week of October 25th

    Sex and the City 2

     

    As a single male in my mid to late 20’s I have never seen a minute of Sex and the City.  Something about Kim Cantrell talking about sex makes my gag reflex go off.  They are traveling somewhere in this movie.  Score some points with your lady and pick this up.  Apparently the ladies love Sex and the City.

    Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy

    The main reason I am saving up for a DeLoran is this movie.  New special features are in this set that give you a new glimpse into a movie most people have seen multiple times.  Now where is my hover board?  Are we not supposed to have those already?

    Santa Claus: The Movie 25th Anniversary edition

    This 80’s gem is about two weeks early.  It’s still Halloween.  NOT CHRISTMAS.  I used to love this movie as a kid for some reason.  It’s a great family holiday movie.

     

    That's it for this week.  Next week Robert Downey Jr. shows up on our movie screens again but alas not in Iron Man armor.  Bummer

     

    All Pictures and Movie Info credit IMDB.com

  • This is Madness! Madness? . . THIS IS EAST LANSING!

    Posted by Mac D

    This is Madness! Madness? . . THIS IS EAST LANSING!

     

     

    10/16/10.  I am at a sports bar out of the area with my buds for a bachelor party.  The bachelor, Tom, turns to me and asks “What happened at Midnight Madness?”.  “I don’t know” I replied as I went to my phone to check the internet.  We were watching the MSU vs Illionis football game at the time so several seconds later I looked up to check on the game.  To my shock I saw 300 star Gerard Buttler with MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo.  What did I miss?

    For the uninformed, Midnight Madness is the yearly basketball even run by Tom Izzo and the Michigan State University Basketball team to hype up the students and the community before the season starts.  It works every year.  Well Izzo’s entrance this year was of him in an astronaut suit because the Final Four is in Houston this year.  The surprise came when 300 Star, King Leonidas himself Gerard Buttler showed up.  And he tore the roof off of the Breslin Center.

    My initial reaction was of disbelief.  It wouldn’t be that cool I though.  Man was I wrong.  This video speaks for itself.