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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Disney World Test Allows Guests Double FastPasses


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The official line on Disney World’s new FastPass+ system is that it discourages the Park Hopper option.  Guests are allowed to select three FastPasses per day and those selections are limited to one park.  Fans of Park Hopping have complained since the policy was announced.  Recently, Disney started sending out surveys about ways in which FP+ could be made more friendly to Park Hoppers.

Currently, Disney seems to be testing one of these approaches.  I need to stress that officially, the FP+ policy has not changed.  So there is no guarantee that what I am about to tell you will work when you go on your next Disney World trip.  Disney could pull the plug on this at any moment.  But as of right now, guests who Park Hop can get up to six FastPasses per day.

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Bad Words: Review


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Some movies are more disappointing than others when they fail to live up to either expectations or their own inflated sense of self-worth.
Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, the cheerily grimy spelling bee comedy Bad Words somehow manages to underperform but charm anyway. While it could be more than it is, both in laughs and plot, what it brings is, nonetheless, a pretty satisfying entertainment. And isn’t that what people go out on a Friday night hoping for?
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The Walking Dead – Us


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Season four of The Walking Dead draws to a close this week.  As we approach the season finale, it feels a bit like show-runner Scott Gimple is checking off a list of dangling plot lines.  Last week, Gimple crossed off everything on the list from the first half of the season.  In this episode, he ended another story-line that  audiences were clearly expected to care about.

Spoilers after the jump.

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: The Big Bopper


The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” is one of the most famous and entertaining party time recordings of early rock ‘n’ roll. (That’s Dick Clark introducing him in the above clip, by the way) Though it’s equal parts novelty record and toe-tapping sing-a-long, there is nothing square about “Chantilly Lace,” even to 21st century ears. The fast-patter rhyming chorus and booming voice he employs would garner admiration from many modern purveyors of hip hop.

Though most of us know how his story ends, how many can name the other hit records he helped to create?
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Nope, Not a 1-hit wonder: Vanilla Ice


Earlier I reflected on whether or not the artist formerly known as Marky Mark (leader of the Funky Bunch) ever wakes up in the middle of the night with the song that’s erroneously regarded as his only hit playing in his head. Well there are times when I find myself waking up with the following playing in my head:

Alright stop
Collaborate and listen
Ice is a back with my brand new invention

I’ve tried everything I can think of and it still refuses to go away.

Today, that song is commonly regarded as the one hit from Mr. Robert Van Winkle. Or as he’s better known to much of the general public, Vanilla Ice.

But was it?

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Review


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I guess you really like Wes Anderson’s movies, or you just don’t get them. After the very sweet, quirky, and funny Rushmore hit theaters back in 1998, I was ready to declare myself a bona fide fan. I’d seen Bottle Rocket and had thought it showed promise, so things really appeared to be heading in a great direction.
But somewhere along the way, Anderson seems to have decided that a charming style was a substitute for fully realized characters. And as the cast list of his newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel shows, he has plenty of enablers ready to be a part of the lark.

This is not to say that I hated the movie…Far from it.
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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch


It’s one of those skeletons in his closet, like one of those outfits you wore in junior high that you really wish someone hadn’t taken a picture of you wearing. One thing that the esteemed actor Mark Wahlberg wishes people would totally forget.

It’s such a good vibration/Oooohhh oooohhh ooooohhh/It’s such a sweet sensation

I bet he wakes up in the middle of the night with that playing in his head and he mutters to himself: what the hell was I thinking?
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Walking Dead: Differences Between the TV Show and the Comic Book: The Grove


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This week’s episode of The Walking Dead TV series is one of the more memorable episodes in the series.  The basic story is based on similar events in the comic book the series is adapted from.  It’s been a while since I compared the TV show with its source material.  So I thought this might be a good time to look at some of the differences between the show and the comic book.

Spoilers for both the TV show and the comic book follow.

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The Walking Dead: The Grove


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I can’t discuss this week’s episode of The Walking Dead without spoilers.  So, be warned.

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Nope, Not A 1-Hit Wonder: Kris Kross


Originally after reading Daffystardust’s two previous entries on Falco and EMF and observing that the late 90s were full of one-hit wonders I contemplated writing an article on 90s one-hit wonders. Then I set out to do some research and came across:

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And saw that one of the songs listed was Kris Kross’s “Jump”. So it’s time to remedy that.

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: EMF


EMF’s huge hit “Unbelievable” is one of those pop songs where I just had to decide to turn off my inner snooty critic and give in to its intrinsic fun. They were a little confusing, which I decided was a good thing. Yes, they appeared to have actual musicians in the band, playing guitar and drums, but they also were relying on samples for some of their hooks and that guy at the keyboard was clearly jumping around way too much to actually be playing it, right? The lead singer/talker (James Atkin) had a delivery that was working at that moment, but could he make it fit into a long series of songs? The band sure didn’t look like pop stars. They didn’t look punk either. Were they poncey British skateboarders?  Unless the guys were just masters of the musical hook, there just wasn’t much to hang your painter’s hat on there.

EMF sure smelled like a 1-hit wonder.
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My Production of “Equus”


Excuse me while I shamelessly self-promote.

My name is David McGuff, and I’m an actor.

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It may surprise some of you to know that I’m actually a real life person with an approximation of a life. Outside of this blog I have a job in which I get paid to teach theater to youth and direct family shows. Also on the side I head up a small independent theater company that produces mature and provocative plays for the community. Yellow Lab Productions (my production company) next show will be Peter Shaffer’s Equus.

The show will be April 24-26, 7:30 PM, at the VK Garage Theater in Kerrville, TX. For more info you can check out the Kickstarter page here (or keep reading the article) where you can also help be a part of the show.

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Nope, Not a 1-hit Wonder: Falco


Sometimes a pop artist has such a huge and iconic hit that it defines the rest of their career. You can’t hear their name without that one big hit popping into your mind. Many of these artists disappear from sight just as quickly as they exploded on the scene. Typically we call these lucky/unfortunate folks “1-hit wonders.”

But often they only really match that name in our faulty memories.

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