Don’t let ‘Speed’ Pass you by!

I’m a big Speed Racer fan. I watched the cartoon religiously, bought posters, made a Mach 5 pinewood derby car (see Dee Animated‘s header if you have doubts)–I love it.

So when I heard the Wachowski brothers were taking on making a live-action Speed Racer, I was both excited and nervous. I loved the original Matrix and I knew they could take good care of comic book/anime style material, but Matrix 2 & 3… let’s be honest, they weren’t all that awesome.

So the day came and I went to my local IMAX (I mean, if I found I only wanted to see it once, might as well do it right) with worried expectations. The movie seemed a bit slow for the first half and pretty exciting for the second half, but all in all, worth the time and money. I was thinking, yeah, I guess maybe I’ll give this a B.

For me, I really have to let a movie kind of wash over me, like listening to a new CD. I need to feel it out a little. I felt out this new Speed Racer, and after giving it some more thought I realized there was a lot more going on that I had let my pre-conceived judgment get in the way of.

In other words, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I did enjoy the movie.

Then Indiana Jones 4 comes out. How is this related? Well, I saw it on Thursday and family came into town over the weekend and wanted to go to a movie while in town on Saturday. (Thank Buddah Indy Jones 4 was sold out! Don’t get me wrong, but twice in the same weekend….) I suggested/convinced them to go to Speed Racer, thinking of all the movies out it was one I could do again.

The second time was definitely the charm.

Frankly, I am a little surprised it still hasn’t been recognized as the phenomenal film it is–at least by the fans–but perhaps they went in too judgmental like I did. So, I give you my review, a comparison of the old series vs. the new movie, pros and cons, music, and what to watch for if you’re seeing it for the first time or giving it a second chance (it’ll be longish, so grab yourself a snack and let’s roll):

The Original SPEED RACER:

First of all, I think we should all tip our hats to Peter Fernandez, the brains of the US side of Speed Racer. For those who knew nothing going into the movie, Speed Racer is the American version of a Japanese anime called Maha Go Go Go! Peter had previously done work on Astro Boy and signed up for the chance to work on Speed Racer. (See Planet Comic Book Radio for an interview recently done with Peter Fernandez. He talks about the show as well as the new movie)

The elements of a typical Speed Racer show include Speed doing impossible sorts of stunts with his car, all the while Spritle and Chim Chim are in the back, and usually fighting crime at the same time as winning a race. Throw in Racer X, some oddly named bad guys (Dr. Morebucks) and you’ve got it made.

How does the film compare? We saw Speed doing some impossible sorts of stunts, fighting crime, Racer X, etc. So aside from the quick dialogue traditional to an old Speed episode, I’d say the film stayed pretty true to the original anime.

Now there were some modernizing modifications, but I don’t see the big deal any Speed Racer fan would have with them. Speed Racer was made in the ’60s. Some of the ’60s stuff just isn’t going to work anymore. The new tracks I thought were an excellent touch in lending to the Speed Racer style of racing. And I think the production design is something Tatsuo Yoshida might have done himself if the manga had it been written in the present day.

Emile Hirsch plays Speed Racer, and I thought a great cast as far as looks go. One of my cons for the films is this Speed doesn’t seem to have as much depth to him as the original series’ Speed. It may have been Hirsch’s acting, but he frankly doesn’t have that many lines when I thought about it, and I think only a sequel would really make that call clear. But I thought for sitting a car that isn’t really “moving” so to speak (green screen), he did a very good job making me believe he was “driving” that car.

John Goodman plays Pops Racer, and I thought his casting was spot on. He was everything I imagined a live action Pops Racer would be, and I think he brought more depth to the Pops character. I doubt the Academy would hand out many Oscars to the Speed Racer movie, but John, you’ve got my vote for at least a nomination as best supporting actor.

Christina Ricci plays Trixie, Speed’s girlfriend, also a good cast. Trixie in the original series was pretty “girl power” for the time, and Ricci took it to a modern level for Trixie. However, overall her performance was nothing revolutionary by any means. I think you could some it up with lots of alluring kind of smirks and seductive talking. Don’t get me wrong, I think she did well enough with the role, and maybe that’s just the way she was directed, but I would have liked to have seen just a little more.

Susan Sarandon plays Mom Racer. I’m not really a Sarandon fan, but I appreciated having her in this role, because I think she helped bring the Racer family together in the movie. She’s barely present in the old series (not super surprising with Japanese culture) and I liked her inclusion in the movie.

Paulie Litt plays Spritle, and they may well have named it Spritle Racer, cuz this kid stole the show. Although I never imagined Spritle as a freckled-face, practically red head, he is the quintessential younger brother. He and Chim Chim provided fantastic comic relief and probably one of my favorite scenes of the movie is when him and Chim Chim are battling in Japanese anime style. I hope to see Litt soon in the future.

The rest of the cast was well chosen too. I loved Royalton (kept thinking, is this Tim Curry’s brother?), thought the newish version of Inspector Detector was great, Sparky was also spot on, the bad guys were great, and I love all things Japanese, so Rain was a welcome guest as Taejo Togokahn.

On casting, I think it’s only fair to rate this movie A+

We have Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Lost) to thank for a spectacular score. Something I always dislike is when the composer will just completely throw away any already established themes for the movie version of the show/video game, etc. Giacchino took the themes and ran with them.

I Am Speed” which plays right at the beginning is probably my favorite from the CD. Of course I’m thinking of all the color swirling as I’m listening to it, but from a musical standpoint, it’s telling us that we do in fact have a Speed Racer movie and it’s going to be big.

Racing’s In Our Blood” does a great job to heighten the emotion on the great scene where Speed and his father are watching the old Grand Prix race, by taking the original theme and slowing it down and turning it into a beautiful score.

And then of course we have parts of the original theme as well as hints through out all of the rest of the soundtrack, with the remaining score always playing back to the same style. The end theme song is by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors and I tend to favor the movie version over the remix single. I like that they’re trying to incorporate multiple languages and the original theme, as though the Wachowski’s wanted to tip off their hats one more time in homage to Speed.

Original Score: A
Pop Remix Theme: B+

The editing was revolutionary, and though likely unnoticed by most, reminded me of the same visual pleasure I got from seeing 24 the first time. It’s a little more complex than it looks, and truly a subtle homage to Japanese anime. I loved the composite of one image over another, it made me believe I was watching live action manga in all its full blown glory.

The production design was reminiscent of Tim Burton (no not the creepy side, the bright color side–he’s got two sides). I didn’t mind the Mach 6 design, as Speed in the original series had a couple extra versions of the Mach 5 he’d use on occasion.

This movie is full of little Speed Racer references and other fun things to tantalize fans. We got to see the majority of the characters in their cartoon version outfits–something not often done when transferred to the big screen. Speed jumps out of his car in the end in full blown Speed Racer pose. I loved Chim Chim wearing human pajamas and Spritle wearing monkey pajamas. Peter Fernandez appears as one of the announcers. The car jack sound effect was the same as the original–basically I found the movie to be a huge homage to the original show. I can’t understand the reviews I’ve seen that say otherwise.

On first view I thought the story was a bit slow in going, but upon more thought I realized it was all just playing into the end and bringing us along to understand the journey of the Racer family. Perhaps it’s just cuz I come from a rare breed of the nuclear family, but I loved seeing a movie where the family stuck together and relied on each other–even if some members did it more distantly. The race truly did become “a work of art” as Mom told Speed, because it was the warmth and art of the people who built the car that triumphed vs. the coldness and machinery or anonymity of the corporate rival.

So Moms and Mormons, this is a movie for you.

To be completely honest, I don’t think they could have chosen any better directors than the avid fans themselves. Worry as I might about Morpheus leaping out of the sky and telling Speed he is “the one,” (LOL) they did a great job with this piece. They picked a great crew which we owe for the awesome use of colors, production design, costuming, camera angles–the list could go on forever.

They said they weren’t finished with Speed yet and have hinted at a sequel, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ll be there opening weekend.

IN CONCLUSION: Seeing it twice did nothing but make me want to own it on DVD now. *sigh* I hate waiting. I went and picked up the manga and video game and I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve given them ample play time.

Go see this movie! Whether by DVD, regular theater, dollar theater, Netflix–go see it!

Overall Rating: A
Buy it on DVD? Definitely.



Is There a Trick to Stringing Cranberry Sauce?

When I was a kid and watching a lot of Nickelodeon, Nick-at-Nite originally really miffed me. I didn’t want to watch tired old black and white shows or shows where everybody wore way too much polyester for anybody’s good; I wanted to watch more Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, and You Can’t Do That on Television. I’m not sure when it happened, but I eventually calmed down enough to sit through reruns of classic I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched episodes. Soon I was also watching The Dick van Dyke Show and a host of other classic 60’s and 70’s sitcoms.

Somewhere in there Nick-at-Nite started airing a 70’s sitcom called The Bob Newhart Show. I’d always been a bit precocious and I’m sure my parents will tell you that my sense of humor almost always leaned toward the dry and sarcastic side, but I don’t know what made me actually sit down and watch it. Whatever the reason, when I did I was hooked.

Bob Newhart is, without question, my favorite comedian ever. I enjoy a good angry comedian (Lewis Black is particularly hilarious) and energetic comedians are usually pretty fun (Robin Williams killed me with his 2002 live stand up album) but I’ll almost always take dry wit and sarcasm when given a choice. There’s just something about deadpan delivery that sends me into hysterics. Bob Newhart can only be described as the god of deadpan delivery.

Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) is a Chicago-area psychologist with a private practice, a wife (Emily), and a bachelor for a best friend (Jerry). He’s also got goofy patients (Mr. Carlin being the most notable; I’ll talk about him later), a somewhat dysfunctional relationship with his parents, and a neighbor that spends more time in their apartment than his own (Howard). Unlike most other sitcoms featuring a married couple, there were no children in the picture, though Bob and Emily did talk about the family they would eventually have.

If I had to pick the perfect TV husband-wife combo, it would be the Hartleys. Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette had a genuine affection and respect for each other that translated incredibly well to the screen. I don’t care how good an actor is, if the chemistry isn’t there, the camera picks up on it. In this case, Newhart and Pleshette were a fantastic team and it showed. The relationship between Bob and Emily is interesting and it feels real to those watching, even 30+ years later.

One particular aspect of their relationship is especially refreshing to see: Bob is not a moron and Emily is not his savior. He doesn’t play clueless rube to Emily’s witty housewife/career woman. The norm nowadays is a Homer Simpson-type that looks and acts like a neanderthal but somehow has a sexy, independent, intelligent wife who has to bail him out of whatever stupid situation he’s gotten himself into. Don’t get me wrong, I love Homer Simpson – he’s my favorite Simpsons character – but he’s not meant to be a template for every male character on TV. I’ve had my share of thoughts regarding the stupidity of the male half of humanity (sorry guys), but I know they’re really not all un-evolved, posturing, alpha-male-mentality apes. Bob is an intelligent, responsible guy who has his moments, but those moments don’t last for 22 minutes broken up only by the occasional commercial break.

Oddly enough, if you do happen to run across an intelligent male character in any of the more recent sitcoms you will be watching a boring, one-dimensional character. The egghead types inevitably reject every typically male interest or pursuit. They don’t drink beer, they drink wine. They don’t watch football, they watch the History Channel, if they watch TV at all. They eschew action movies, instead preferring slower-paced intellectual films. Bob Hartley is an intelligent guy, but he’s three-dimensional. He drinks beer, watches football, and goes to basketball games. In other words, he’s a guy.

Bob’s wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), on the other hand, is definitely a woman. She takes her duties in the home seriously, taking care of Bob, keeping the apartment clean, and cooking but she also has a life outside the home. She’s a substitute teacher who eventually goes back to school in order to become a teacher full time. And she also went after what she wanted from Bob, which in itself was another area of the show that was brilliant.

The Bob Newhart Show was one of the first to acknowledge that married couples do more than fight, eat, and talk. The brilliant part: it did so without blatantly throwing sex in the viewers’ faces. It was innuendo, but it was never lewd. Parents could let their kids watch the show and not cringe at what was said; most of it would have gone right over the kids’ heads and by the time they were old enough to understand they’d have already stopped asking embarrassing questions in public anyway.

It really was a product of it’s time. Women’s lib was in full swing and social mores were in flux. This was visible through Carol’s dilemma in the first season regarding whether or not she should move in with her boyfriend. Howard and Jerry were both bachelors with revolving doors on their apartments as far as women were concerned. Still, it wasn’t shoved in your face like in so many of the current shows. Again, there’s nothing in this show that demands explaining to children (aside from why psychologist is spelled so funny 😉 ).

Speaking of Jerry and Howard, both are bachelors popular with the ladies, but the similarity ends there. Jerry Robinson (Peter Bonerz) is an orthodontist with an office in the same building as Bob. He is constantly visiting Bob in his office or near Carol’s desk just outside it. Over the course of the show we learn he was adopted and that he had a younger brother who was also adopted. He loves sports and is often either at Bob’s house to watch football or on his way to a game – if he wasn’t on a date, of course. As far as women are concerned, he always seems to have a really hard time figuring out his place in the world. He’s a serial dater clearly unhappy with being a serial dater, but whenever he hits upon that realization he dismisses it off-hand, often remarking that that couldn’t be the problem and wondering why anybody would give up the bachelor life.

Howard Borden (Bill Daily) is a divorced airline navigator with a son that periodically visits him. Howard is a mystery: he is not what you could call intelligent, in fact he is quite simple-minded, but he still manages to somehow get through life – with plenty of lady-friends. And in stark contrast to the male characters today, his bumbling idiocy is actually endearing, not annoying. You really can’t help but laugh when he just gets in from navigating a flight out of Tokyo or Paris and then gets lost in the streets of Chicago. His mannerisms alone are bizarre and absolutely hilarious.

More friend than co-worker, secretary Carol Kester (Marcia Wallace) is often to be seen in Bob’s office asking for advice on what she should do to solve a myriad of problems. Everything from the office coffeemaker to her love life is in bounds as far as she’s concerned, no matter how much Bob doesn’t want anything to do with it. If she doesn’t get the answer she wants from Bob, she’ll make a beeline to Emily, hoping to get a different answer. (This occasionally results in problems for Bob, as when Carol was unhappy with her job and Emily unwittingly agreed that maybe Carol should quit.)

Bob’s patients are the weirdest, most neurotic, funniest bunch of people on the show. Particularly Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley). Mr. Carlin belongs to every single one of Bob’s groups, including the unemployed group and the over 60 group. He’s neither unemployed nor over 60. The reason he’s in those groups: he has a hard time relating to people of all ages and employment states. Mr. Carlin is a successful businessman with a knack for finding all the worst in life. He has a hairpiece (it was actually Jack Riley’s real hair, which made the whole thing funnier than it already was), he wears lifts because he feels short, and he’s constantly criticizing everybody around him, often telling them their actions are making him feel like they aren’t respecting him, even if what they’re doing has nothing to do with him. I’d have to say, of all the TV characters I’ve loved, he’s probably my favorite. It might have something to do with the fact that he can say things in perfect deadpan that any other person would most likely laugh or cry while expressing. As the TV Land website says:

Elliot Carlin is probably Bob’s most notable patient. He is a financially successful, morally bankrupt bundle of neuroses. He appears to suffer from both low self-esteem and narcissism simultaneously—no small feat for a man in a toupee and elevator shoes.

Aside from Mr. Carlin, Bob’s patients include Mr. Gianelli, a man who has a host of problems and is constantly putting down Mr. Peterson, a small high-voiced man who was, unbelievably, once a Marine. Michelle Nardo is a woman in her 20’s with severe father issues (mostly the fact that he won’t listen to her and let her spread her wings). And Mrs. Bakerman spends most of her time in group knitting and saying “Isn’t that nice” whenever anybody else talks about their problems.

I’m sure by now you can tell I love pretty much everything about this show, but one of my very favorite things about it is the theme song, “Home to Emily” by Lorenzo and Henrietta Music. Normally I skip past the opening themes of shows but with The Bob Newhart Show I don’t mind sitting through it. It’s upbeat and I love the drums. You’re more than welcome to take a listen below.

Verdict: A. Even though I’m in my late 20’s and had to learn about The Bob Newhart Show through Nick-at-Nite, it is one of my top 10 TV series of all time. The writing was great and watching Bob do his signature telephone conversations sometimes has me close to tears from laughing so hard. Bill Daily is an expert at playing the somewhat clueless friend; I realized that while watching I Dream of Jeannie and this show just solidified that realization. My one major hope is that 20th Century Fox finally gets around to releasing the final two seasons on DVD so that I can enjoy the whole series together.

I’m officially giving The Bob Newhart Show the “Ultimate Fix” award.

On a more morose note, I’d like to express my sadness at Suzanne Pleshette’s death in January this year. While I’ve never seen her in anything but The Bob Newhart Show I truly enjoyed her wit and sense of humor. She definitely deserved all the accolades she got as Emily Hartley and with at least the first four seasons of the show on DVD I’m deeply grateful that I get to see her shine even though she has passed on.

The Ultimate Fix Award

Sometimes there are shows, movies, or games that are just so good words don’t express just how important it is that you give them a shot. So we’ve created the “Ultimate Fix Award” in order to give you a visual indication of what we consider to be the best of the best. Under our review tabs if you see a tiny TV next to a review, that show/movie/game is one that you should absolutely take time to check out. In reviews from now on we’ll also be indicating whether a show has been given the “Ultimate Fix Award” by placing the following graphic at the bottom. We’ll also add a new category so that you can easily find your “Ultimate Fix”. We hope you enjoy these gems of the screen as much as we do.

Seaquest DSV: Season 1

Since I’ve got unlimited access to Netflix InstantView I figured I’d make the most of my monthly fee. Enter Seaquest DSV.

For those unfamiliar with Seaquest let me give you a basic plot description:

In the future mankind has colonized the ocean and is looking to police it. In comes the Seaquest with Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) at the helm. Join talking dolphins, a mouthy kid, and a sort of racially integrated crew as they race around the ocean being both scientists and police.

I’m making it sound worse than it actually is, but if you’re going to enjoy it, you’ll have to suspend your disbelief just a bit. I watched this as a kid, so for me half of it is nostalgia.

*Did I mention Roy Scheider is in it? Don’t know what it is about the guy, but I’ve loved him since Jaws.
*It takes place underwater, which makes for a nice change when it comes to sci-fi type shows.
*It explores psychic powers, which I’m always interested in, though I believe it explores it more thoroughly in upcoming seasons
*You get to see Bill Shatner with a nasty mustache and his usually fab acting. 😉
*If you like the Star Trek/Stargate, etc. sci fi shows, this one’s probably right up your alley.

*It can get to be pretty campy dialogue wise.
*It can get obnoxious in its “Go Green!” push.
*Jonathan Brandis’ big hair is really big…
*The dolphin-speak gets a little hard to swallow at times.
*This may be a pro or a con, but basically the show is a direct rip of Star Trek: TNG, which I’ll illustrate later below.

Verdict: Well, since I sort of got to watch this for free it’s going to get more points for that. The stories are interesting a lot of the time. They discover the lost library of Alexandria, do a ghost ship Halloweenish episode, and make little episode plays on movies (like Silence of the Lambs). So yeah, it’s a bit campy, but I think fun. Mostly I’m in it for Roy Scheider’s character, and probably nostalgia.

So, if you saw it before in the past and are looking to revisit, I say do it, DVD or Netflix. If you’re new to it, and you like sci-fi, you’ll probably enjoy it. Otherwise, maybe check out an episode on Netflix InstantView if you’ve got it before putting any money down.

Rating: B

And now, presenting…

Star Trek: TNG vs. Seaquest DSV

Okay, so Spielberg was probably just making a big joke of all of this, but see if you can see the almost copyright violated similarities.

StarTrek: The Next Generation and SeaQuest: Deep Submersion Vehicle

Hopefully this is painfully obvious. For the not so clever: star=space, sea=ocean, trek=journey, quest=basically journey

Dr. Westphalen and Dr. Crusher

Scientists and general doctors aboard their ships. Often the voice of reason for the Captain. Both develop relationships with their captains.

Lucas and Wesley

Both the grab for the teenage audience (at least intended). Both basically geniuses aboard their ships to find their way to come of age.

Catch phrases

“To boldly go where no man has gone before” and “For beneath the surface, lies the future,” which are both stated by the Captains in a similar sort of narration of the beginning of the show describing the missions of their vessels.

Theme Songs

These are so eerily similar you may have trouble remembering both since one will inevitably stick in your mind as both. Check out SeaQuest and Star Trek and see what you think.

Other similarities

We don’t really get aliens, but we do get modified humans–aka humans with gills or manufactured humans. They also bring a psychic counselor on board.

I’m not really criticizing the show, just showing you the practically Xerox’d plot for my own amusement. If for nothing else you can watch the show just to find all the many similarities. If you find more than I’ve posted, and I haven’t posted everything, be sure to leave them in comments below–just for curiosities sake.

Sunday Night Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight Blogging


I watched Law & Order: Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight last night and decided I have a pathological need to share my down-and-dirty, unpolished impressions with all of you.

  • L&O:CI

    Goren is officially back on Major Case, but Eames is playing cold. Then again, I probably would be too if I came dangerously close to shooting my partner because he was working a case undercover and failed to tell me.

    Right from the beginning of the episode we see that Eames is still more than just a little miffed at Goren’s actions in “Purgatory”. If she doesn’t have to talk to him she’s flat out ignoring him and you can see that he’s both puzzled and hurt by the whole thing. I gotta say: awesome. I’m really sick of shows that have a certain emotional tone in one episode and then, as if by magic, it’s all back to normal in the next episode, especially when we’re dealing with weighty issues like having the person you’ve spent the last seven years trusting implicitly lie to you about being in an extremely dangerous situation. They don’t have to be lovers to care deeply enough about each other to feel betrayed. Heck, if I’d worked that closely with somebody for seven years and we ended up facing each other with guns because they were undercover and didn’t tell me about it I’d be downright furious.

    Then there’s Captain Ross, who showed a major weakness I hope we won’t see again when he essentially ordered his detectives to leave a possible suspect alone. This of course blows up in his face and hopefully teaches him a valuable life lesson: Even your friends will use you if they’re trying to get out of a whole heap of trouble and you’re in a position to help them.

    By the end of the episode Goren and Eames are getting back into their vibe, but they aren’t quite there yet. I image Eames is going to hold onto Goren’s slip-up for a long time and I wouldn’t put it past her to throw it back in his face if he angers her enough in the future.

    As far as Goren’s appearance is concerned, I think he’s looking better than he did at the end of “Untethered”, but I’m seriously hoping he drops the beard (and the weight) sometime soon. It seems like he’s slimming down a bit, but it’s hard to make comparisons when he’s not dressing like he used to much to my chagrin (what can I say, I love a man in a suit). My guess is that the weight will eventually come off since the word is that Vincent D’Onofrio gained it intentionally for a role he was playing. I actually think it also helped with the Goren character, because people going through hard times tend to have major weight fluctuations and Goren had definitely been getting the short end of the stick.

  • In Plain Sight

    Last night was the fourth episode of In Plain Sight and we were treated to our first very blatant display of major crushing between our two favorite Deputy U.S. Marshals. Of course, this is going to be going on for a while because even though it’s obvious to us viewers, it’s never obvious to the characters in the series (for example, Mulder and Scully of The X-Files).

    Marshall is a man of hidden depths. He went into medical speak and I was positively giddy because a) being a medic myself I understood exactly what he was talking about, and b) he got that exasperated look on his face everybody gets when they’re talking about something they think everybody should know but it’s obvious the person they’re talking to doesn’t get it. Poor Mary is worried sick and he’s making faces at her and passing out.

    Dave Foley was an oddly inspired choice to play a harmless looking man with connections to several contract killings committed by an assassin named “Lola”. He was incredibly narcissistic which I find Foley can pull off well, I don’t know why, but he does. Maybe it’s because he’s a comedic actor and comedy just doesn’t work right unless you’re paying attention to what’s causing the funny.

    At the end of the episode I was rather surprised to see Mary break down sobbing at the hospital while waiting for Marshall to come out of surgery. My curiosity is peaked as to just how far down this rabbit hole the writers and producers are going to go before they cool off the Mary-Marshall crushfest. I wonder only because Mary’s breakdown is probably one of the single most honest reactions to a horrible situation I’ve seen in a long time and I find it interesting. BTW, no, I’m not making up some love link between Mary and Marshall, you can find the actors, writers, and others involved talking about it in various interviews on the net.

I know those aren’t really polished, but as stated above they are my down-and-dirty impressions.

R.I.P. George Carlin

I am in absolute shock right now. One of the most recognizable, funny, and influential comics of our time died yesterday. George Carlin was 71 years old when he died of heart failure. I always thought of him as one of those celebrities that would live forever.

George Carlin
May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008