Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Various Artists 'Movin' On Up'

I was telling you yesterday about how much I liked ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’ movie, but I had a few problems with it. Lets start with numero uno please…

Daisy Duke: Why is Jessica Simpson in that role?

Sure, Jessica is pretty, well endowed, and known by the general public, but she’s no Daisy Duke. I can let the blonde hair slide because that’s not really important to the character. Daisy Duke was a wholesome girl who dressed like a country cocktail waitress from a low-rent Hooter’s who looks like she doesn’t skimp on desserts.

Look at Catherine Bach from back in the day… That Daisy had thick sexy legs and a generously rounded ass. She filled out the bikini with a little spilling out over the sides. Jessica has spindly little stick legs and to me, that’s just not sexy.

Willie Nelson played Uncle Jesse and for the most part, I don’t have a problem with him in the role. I had a BIG problem with the new Uncle Jesse cracking lame jokes all the time. Why? Aren’t jokes supposed to be funny?

I don’t know who the dude was in the role of Roscoe P. Coletrain, but again, the writers got it wrong. James Best gave a Barney Fife/Gilligan type of feel to the character of Sheriff Roscoe. There’s no denying how well James Best was in that role. The new Sheriff wasn’t too much of a bumbling idiot and I didn’t like that. He was merely a stooge for Boss Hogg.

And Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg???

Two things wrong with that… For one thing, he’s too tall. And second, he’s just not fat or stupid enough. The old Boss Hogg cowered and ran. To me, the new Hogg has no charm.

Now lets move on to the good things about the new Dukes…

In the series, Bo was always getting the girls and I liked the turnabout with Luke getting more than his fair share of woman action. The writers managed to make that better and funny.

In the movie, Bo is in love with his car because he knows what to do and say around them. Where as with girls, he loses his power of speech and thought.

Cletus, Ennis, and Cooter are all fine and dandy with me because in the film version, they are minor characters.

The biggest plus for me from the movie are the driving scenes. The stunts and action sequences are big, bad, and awesome! I liked the homage to the movie ‘Bullit’ where the General Lee raced against the same black model of Mustang from that famous film. The jumps and the boys evading police capture were exciting and I couldn’t take my eyes off the television screen because those scenes were done so well. And I giggled from time to time too.

And it was cool to see NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett as one of the stunt drivers in ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’.

So, if you plan on seeing the new Dukes movie, just let your brain have a rest and enjoy the ride. Sometimes it’s cool to see a movie that just wants to drive you quickly to a good time.

For the record, I gave ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’ four out of five stars on the Netflix grading system.

I finally got my ‘Green Acres’ season three in the mail yesterday. Still, I’m not all that pleased with Amazon. I ordered it through them because no one ever seems to have ‘Green Acres’ on DVD in this town. I had to hit three stores last spring to find season two.

I knew Amazon carried them and so I pre-ordered it with regular shipping. I could wait a few more days. On Monday, December 5th, I received confirmation from Amazon that it was being shipped out that day and should arrive at my house on Thursday, December 8th. It didn’t show up on Thursday and that was okay. It should arrive on Friday. It didn’t.

I thought for sure that I’d see it on Saturday and sit back late that night and watch me some ‘Green Acres’. Guess what? It didn’t come and I was starting to get a little hotheaded about it. I was bitchin’ and complaining to anyone that would listen or not listen. I felt betrayed and lied to by Amazon.

The DVD collection finally got here yesterday (Monday December 12th) and I only had time to watch two episodes before I had to go to work. Damn!

My nephew and I watched a bunch of them today. He was particularly fond of Arnold Ziffle (the pig) going to Hollywood to make a movie. Those are classic episodes.

That was my first order with Amazon and I’m not exactly pleased, but I should keep in mind that the slow shipping may not be their fault. After all, it’s the Holiday Season and there are tons and tons of extra things being shipped around the country so, I’ll give them another chance.

I’m planning on ordering the films ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘The Phantom Of The Paradise’ on DVD from them real soon. Those are two titles that I can’t seem to find anywhere either. Hell, I had to purchase a VHS copy of ‘Vanishing Point’ from a seller on eBay a few years ago.

Another thing that I did yesterday was go to a photo session for the Rock 92 website that is being overhauled. I’m not very pleased about it because I don’t take good photos. I try to stay away from cameras when pictures are being taken. I’m just not the prettiest guy that you would ever want to meet and radio is meant for chaps like me. So, who knows what it will turn out like. Besides, I like with the current mug shot of professional wrestler Ric Flair used instead of my likeness.

We shall see what it all looks like when it’s done.

I’m crossing my fingers.


  1. Anonymous7:14 PM

    Blame the holidays. Nine out of 10 times, I get excellent service from Amazon. Anything can go wrong this time of the year. It's fair game if you get crap service in January.

  2. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Ditto on what Brad said. I love to order from amazon.com, especially from wish lists. I just got a package from them today -- including a DVD set that was just released yesterday (they ship them early).

    And I got my Conversations with Tom Petty book a day before the official release date. Sweet!