Friday Diversion: Much Ado About Whedon

Back in 1993 Kenneth Branagh made Shakespeare cool. Well, to me he did. “Much Ado About Nothing” was the first truly “accessible” Shakespeare movie I had seen. Not sure if that was Branagh or the Bard, but “Much Ado” remains one of my favorite films.

As such, the Whedon remake intrigues and scares me. I rather he covered ground I didn’t find sacred. Do “Taming of the Shrew” or “12th Night.” But, I’ll live. Especially as I love how/why this film was made. Whedon and friends sit around every weekend drinking and reading Shakespeare. Why not film it?

First, onto the Diversion and the trailer:

First, before people calling me a Whedon Hater, I love, LOVE 95% of this trailer. I love the look. I love the music. I love the Black and White with hints of color. I love the arrangement of Whedon cast. I love hearing the dialogue I heard in the Branagh version. If someone new can crack humorous Shakespearean dialogue it should be Joss. And, even though he doesn’t speak in the trailer, Nathan Fillion should KILL as Dogberry (he’d be a better Benedict  but I’ll take what I can get).

What I didn’t like…don’t kill me Internet world but…

1) I’m not a fan of Amy Acker. Thus her being Beatrice doesn’t excite me. HOWEVER, she does pretty well in the trailer. So, right now this is a “pass.” I’ll hold judgement but not count anything against it.

2) The big problem is watching Alexis Denisof chew Shakespearean dialogue like a kid in my High School drama class. He doesn’t deliver any line (in the trailer) with any naturalism  It is all clunky. Nothing seems fluid. NOW, that might be fault of the trailer. “Much Ado” features rapid-fire dialogue  Chopping it up for the trailer may take it so out of context that it loses all ebb and flow. I hope so. I loved Denisof in “Angel” and have always been shocked he didn’t break into anything more after it (I assume his stints on “How I Met Your Mother” were gained by sleeping with a star).

On the double plus side, it’ll be nice to finally see Fred and Wes get together.

Friday Diversion: Off to OBLIVION

The Friday Diversion has been MIA of late. Maybe we can get it back on track. Seems the folks behind “Oblivion” have made another trailer. I think this is the 8th or 9th when you count Super Bowl spots. It seems like I keep seeing similar trailers for it, but all a little different.

This one, however, is a good deal different. And a good deal better. I liked the original trailer but every one since made the “Wall-E” aspect more and more pronounced. This one gives us a new look and I like it.

Today’s Diversion…

GUESSING GAME SPOILER ALERT? I know nothing of this movie other than the marketing. So, this isn’t a spoiler, just a complete guess. The trailer mentions the “we won the war” thing 2-3 times. Throw in a “so why did we have to leave” and the appearance of Cruise going rogue and we have our Act 2 Twist. I foresee something like “we” didn’t win but have to leave before annihilation or something.

Friday Diversion: Horrible Chrismas: The WWE Singers!

Here at Sweep-The-Leg we are more inclined to watch “Die Hard” on Christmas over “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We’ll howl at “Christmas Vacation” and never take a second glance at the “Miracle on 34th Street.” Thus, those sweet and sugary Christmas videos that go viral every December…we couldn’t care less.

Now, the truly awful ones (viral or not) – those we love. The ones crafted with love and care that you watch with abject horror and laugh all the way through (because you’re an evil person at heart)…now we’re talking!

Today’s Friday Diversion…Did you ever want to see pro wrestlers sing a Christmas song? Come on. Sure you do!

Wow…So happy it is subtitled. But with the bouncing ball? Are people really singing along to this? I mean, I’m as likely to shout out “I can eat enough red meat” as the next guy, but I don’t have Jazz Hands while doing it.

The real problem is…it’s catchy! I’m humming it right now. I can’t get it out of my head. Someone help! Hit me in the head with a steel chair. ARGH!!!

Friday Diversion: Chrismas Hell Edition: Revolting Travolta

Here at Sweep-The-Leg we are more inclined to watch “Die Hard” on Christmas over “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We’ll howl at “Christmas Vacation” and never take a second glance at the “Miracle on 34th Street.” Thus, those sweet and sugary Christmas videos that go viral every December…we couldn’t care less.

Now, the truly awful ones (viral or not) – those we love. The ones crafted with love and care that you watch with abject horror and laugh all the way through (because you’re an evil person at heart)…now we’re talking!

Today’s Friday Diversion…I don’t even know how to react to this:

Oh, wait a sec, yes I do, with sarcasm! Who in the blue hell thought this was a good idea? I wanted those soldiers to shoot these two by the end. No such luck. Isn’t there a tenant of Scientology that prohibits acts of incredible disgrace? There should be. L. Ron would not be happy. Some thoughts:

– Why does their dancing as advanced as middle school dance?
– Why does ONJ drive at 5mph?
– How does Kelly not realize that John is gay?
– Why am I still commenting on this?

Friday Diversion (Election Edition): Joss Whedon For Romney

Here at Sweep-the-Leg we know that work time is precious. A time to put your head down and get be productive. Work harder, get ahead.

Well…then there’s Friday afternoon. We all need a diversion on Friday afternoons. So, here’s your Friday Diversion (and, as always, we can’t promise that these are all SFW, but we’ll try).

Today’s diversion…the one thing you thought would never happen. The thing you figured would take some sort of horrific event to even make possible. I’d say more; but I think it best to leave it to the master himself what you should be considering before hitting the polls next week.

Friday Diversion (Wednesday “Halloween Is Better With Axes” Edition): Axe Cop Halloween!

Here at Sweep-the-Leg we know that work time is precious. A time to put your head down and get be productive. Work harder, get ahead.

Well…then there’s Friday afternoon. We all need a diversion on Friday afternoons. So, here’s your Friday Diversion (and, as always, we can’t promise that these are all SFW, but we’ll try).

Today’s diversion…it’s Halloween, so what better way to celebrate than to post this “Ask Axe Cop” short. Remember, kids, Wolvye are immune to garlic, sunlight, and silver bullets. The only thing that can defeat them is poison candy.

FYI, this is based on the awesome “Ask Axe Cop” comic found here.

Friday Diversion: Hitchcock

Here at Sweep-the-Leg we know that work time is precious. A time to put your head down and get be productive. Work harder, get ahead.

Well…then there’s Friday afternoon. We all need a diversion on Friday afternoons. So, here’s your Friday Diversion: “Hitchcock.”

A week ago I knew nothing about this movie. Then I saw the fantastic poster and I was intrigued. Now, this trailer and I’m hooked. Not only am I a big Hitchcock fan, but this film looks like one part history lesson (regarding the making of “Psycho”), one part throw back and one part Hollywood satire. I can’t wait.

Friday Diversion: Die Harderest

Here at Sweep-the-Leg we know that work time is precious. A time to put your head down and get be productive. Work harder, get ahead. Well…then there’s Friday afternoon. We all need a diversion on Friday afternoons. Today’s diversion…My wife knows I’m a true romantic at heart. I even have our Valentine’s Day date for next year planned out. What a better time/event/occasion to unleash the fourth sequel to the greatest Christmas movie ever told?  I give you the first trailer for “A Good Day to DIE HARD.”

OK, so some thoughts on this…This looks more like “Live Free or Die Hard” than “Die Hard.” And Bruce Willis is mugging for the camera waaaay too much (hell, even the still the clip above freezes on). Both of those sadden me a bit, but I can deal with it.

The thing that I really like? Like more than anything? The coolest thing about this trailer that makes this movie worth existing? Turning “Ode to Joy” into a fracking ACTION THEME SONG! Seriously, how cool is that?

Friday Diversion: “Do it Anyway!”

I know I told my fellow Adam that I was going to step aside and let him take all the glory for this week’s diversion, but then I remembered that motto of this blog is “Nerds Without Mercy!” So Mr. DiMuzio I’m sweeping the leg, and yes it feels good.

Aside from pulling the carpet out from underneath a fellow Adam, what could make this merciless attack even sweeter? The answer to that is easy, Fraggles.

When Ben Folds Five was making a video for their song “Do It Anyway,” (which is off, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,”  their first new album in 13 years) what did they do to ensure its success? I’m sure their first response was hire Anna Kendrick, but I’m sure their second or third response was Fraggles.

In short, Ben Folds Five reaffirms the scientific fact that all you need to make any situation better is muppets.

Friday Diversion: Daddy Drank

Here at Sweep-the-Leg we know that work time is precious. A time to put your head down and get be productive. Work harder, get ahead.

Well…then there’s Friday afternoon. We all need a diversion on Friday afternoons. So, here’s your Friday Diversion (and, as always, we can’t promise that these are all SFW, but we’ll try).

Today’s diversion…Daddy Drank. This is an epic sketch from Kids In The Hall. Never have tap shoes been so funny. Why? Because Daddy Drank for the Government.