Thursday, July 23, 2009

GO U.S.A!!!

In the first 'Transformers' flick when Bumble Bee transformed from an old '78 Camaro to a brand spanking new '09 Camaro the woman sitting next to me oohed and aahhed breathlessly saying that 'that's her dream car'. I was a little envious of that woman at that particular time because for a little more than 22G her dream car could be in her garage in the morning. My dream car on the other hand is a Jaguar XJ220 which, if you're really lucky, you might be able to track one down for a couple hundred thousand somewhere.

Regardless, even though the American Auto Industry is on thin ice on a warm summers day, I offer that GM with their Camaro, Chrysler with the Challenger and Ford with the Mustang have three of the hottest mass produced cars being sold on the planet earth right now. Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, VW, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Suzuki... whomever... don't have anything in their respective lineups in this category, in my opinion, of these glorious examples of fine American sheet metal. Especially at their price points.

I'm telling you this and I don't even drive an American car. I actually drive an eleven year old Kia, a car which would only be driven by someone who is poor. Destitute. Broke. Lacking fiscal resources. I'm not even sure which one of these beauties I would choose given the choice. All I do know is if I was fortunate enough to have around thirty thousand or so dollars to spend on an automobile in the next couple of months, this brother here would be buying American. And it has little to do with loyalty to my country and everything to do with me looking good, crusing down the street winking at the hunnies, with my wife in the passenger side cramping my style.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The new look of the Asian Male.

So the family finishes watching the Rugby flick 'Forever Strong' and while it is a typical sports movie filled to brim with cliche it was still entertaining. I'm in the middle of writing the review and click on the name of the star of that movie, this dude to my left, Sean Farris, to see what projects my man has coming up since he's not a bad actor and he was also pretty decent in the equally derivative 'Never Back Down'. One of these projects would be the video game flick 'King of Fighters' with Mr. Farris playing the lead role of Kyo Kusanagi. Allrightythen. Maybe its just me but I'm thinking this cat doesn't look like someone who would be named Kyo Kusanagi. I don't know what problems the suits in Hollywood have with Asian people, particularly Asian males, but they need to get over it. I guess this is nothing new, dating back to Charlie Chan and the late David Carradine get the nod over Bruce Freaking Lee for 'Kung Fu', but one would think in the 21st century that we would allow actual Asians play Asian characters. '21', that Dragonball movie, the new Streetfighter flick and the list goes on. The argument we often hear is that Asian actors don't sell tickets... which would mean that Sean Farris does sell tickets. Just as Justin Chatwin sold out Dragonball and Kritin Kruek set the box office on fire for Streetfighter. Now if they had cast Will Smith as Kyo Kusanagi, as wrong as that might've been, I'd buy into that ticket selling argument... but Sean Farris? Not that we're blaming Mr. Farris because I sure wouldn't turn the gig down, but that doesn't make it cool. I'd like to say because of this I think I'm gonna have to pass on the 'King of Fighters' movie but we all know I'm going to watch it so let's not front. I saw DOA for goodness sakes and can't wait for Tekken, no matter how bad they may be, but that STILL doens't make this cool.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Taking a stand!

I know we're in a tough economy and all but enough is enough! So we're at the Rite-Aid and the boy wants a box of Mike and Ike's which at one time in this glorious nation of ours used to be one of the better uses of a dollar bill. I grab the box and observe it was smaller than usual, significantly so. Damn if Just Born Inc. hasn't shaved 25% off the regular 8 ounce box changing it to six ounces while keeping the price the same. What kind of mess is that? But it gets worse. The next week back in Rite-Aid the 'New' Mike and Ike's box has big yellow tag on it claiming to give you a '10% BOUNS!!!' bumping it's piddly six ounces up to 6.6 ounces which is STILL 1.4 ounces less than what it was a couple of weeks ago while still happily taking our dollar bill. Where I come from we call that the Okey-Doke. What we Americans need in our current situation of financial uncertainty is more confectionery sugar products for the money. What we don't need is to be bamboozled, hoodwinked and led astray into thinking we're getting more delicious tooth decaying product for our precious dollar bill when in reality we're being stiffed. It's a freaking outrage. First The Man shrinks the Ice Cream boxes while raising the price, then The Man compresses inside of the cereal package while keeping the box the same size, this is followed by airlines charging us baggage handling fees under guise of 'high fuel prices' failing to mention that fuel prices are lower now than they were before they added these extra unscrupulous fees... but did they get rid of this highly unethical baggage surcharge? Hell to the no. And now this. Though it hurts to me my heart, due to the long and very personal relationship I've had in my life with both Mike and Ike, I will not allow one of these candies to pass my lips until this horrific situation is rectified. A Freaking Outrage.