Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Truly Evil & Awesome

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Hulu Original – Behind The Mask – Review

Behind The Mask

Behind The Mask is another Hulu produced show, this one being a documentary, focusing on mascots across a variety of sports and levels.

The first season, totaling 10-episodes, focused on four mascots:

  • Rooty – A High School mascot from Lebanon, Pennyslvania
  • Hey Reb! – Mascot for the University of Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Tux – Mascot for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Bango – Milwaukee Bucks mascot

The show goes into the personal lives of the mascots, highlighting the ups and downs of their lives, preparation for the big game, and of course showing them during the games. As the season progresses, you start to get attached to your characters as you learn about injuries, families, prom and possible graduations.

Season 2 has been promised for later 2014, with a fresh cast of 4 new mascots, and the first season was nominated for a Sports Emmy as “Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Programming”.

Find the full series here, and my rating is 8.5 out of 10.

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This post is the third part a series of reviews on Hulu Original programming. Find the first two reviews here: The Booth At The End – The Wrong Mans

Name That Charity

My Hebrew Birthdate is this Sunday, and as such, it is customary for one to give out extra charity on this day.

For that reason, I am asking all those around me to name charities that they feel an attachment to, and tell me what that charity means to them.

All legitimate charities that are named before Sunday, with a reason for your personal attachment, will be donated to.

Tips Aren’t Required

I park my car every day in a lot, to which I pay a monthly fee.

Upon receiving my car every afternoon, I tip the guys, as it is a service given.

But last week I didn’t tip one day, as the service was below sub-par that day, and I heard them talking amongst themselves saying “Did he give you anything” and “He must’ve given to _____ <another guy there>”.

Let’s just clarify what happened to justify my non-tipping:

  • When I park my car in the morning, they ask me what time I will be picking up the car. This I assume is so that they don’t bury a car that they will need at X o’clock. So when I come in for my car, at the time I said, it shouldn’t take that long to get.
  • This day I walked in at 2:53PM, with one person waiting for their car already. At 2:55 another person walked in behind me to get their car.
  • 2:55 – The women in front of me got her car.
  • 2:57 – A new worker came in, and headed to the elevators to retrieve cars, while another worker came down in an empty elevator, and walked to the office to count his tips (yes, I watched, that is actually what he was doing).
  • 3:01 – The first elevator came down (they have two) with the car of the person behind me.
  • 3:03 – My car arrived.

A ten-minute wait on a day when they have an overabundance of workers, and no customers…

Tips are assumed to always be given, but quite frankly, they need to be earned.

Very Good Girls – Review

Over the weekend I watched the movie Very Good Girls.

The movie is about two girls, on their last summer before heading out to college, trying to find their first “hook-up” so they won’t be the only virgins at college. The problem is…they both fall for the same guy, and when one starts seeing him without the other one knowing, you just know it’s a recipe for a disaster.

With an all-star cast, I expected it to shine, as it starred Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard and Boyd Holbrook.

While Elizabeth Olsen shone at times (and being my first glimpse at the “younger Olsen”, I was very impressed) Dakota Fanning just brought this movie down. Seemingly lifeless throughout, even when the character should’ve been showing something, the light in her eyes was dead until almost at the very end.

Personally, I’d say don’t waste a dime on this movie, and wait til it shows up on TV.

Rating: 5.5 out of 10.

People aren’t perfect. They make mistakes. Sometimes it’s harder to forgive yourself, then to get someone else to do it. But, people will surprise you. -Edward (Clark Gregg)

Birthday Gift Ideas

This post is simply shameless self-promotion.

My birthday is exactly two weeks away, and whilst I generally buy myself all the gifts I need, I figured it couldn’t hurt to put a few things out there, just in case someone wants to be especially nice this year 🙂

AMAZON WISH LIST

Some of the items on my list are video games (NHL 15, Crackdown, CoD), books (Under The Dome, A Million Ways To Die In The West) and even toys (Lego Architects).

Thanks in advance!

Hulu Original – The Wrong Mans – Review

The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans was created by Hulu in conjunction with BBC Television.

With a first season of 6 episodes, each 29 minutes in length, this show is only three hours in total, that will leave you excited for Season 2.

The premise is quite simple: Our main character Sam is walking to work and witnesses a car crash, finding a cell phone ringing on the scene. Picking it up, he gets pulled into a world of kidnappings, sex tapes, and murder…all because he, as well as his co-worker Phil, picked up the phone, leaving them as the wrong mans.

Being a British show, it is full of their dry wit and humour (which I’ve come to enjoy). And whilst we in America are used to Dramadies (Drama + Comedy) taking an hour to play out in an episode, so as to get a complete storyline, these episodes don’t feel rushed, or lacking in story.

Find the full series here, and my rating is 8 out of 10.

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This post is the second in a series of reviews on Hulu Original programming. Find the first review here: The Booth At The End