Monday, June 19, 2006

Nacho Libre: King of the Ring, King of My Heart

After watching Jack Black in Nacho Libre, I am temporarily assigning the movie as my temporary all-time favorite flick (sorry George Lucas).

This movie had me in stitches. It's a story I hold close to my heart because of my Mexican heritage and the Napoleon Dynamite-style authenticity the film-makers applied to this movie. The Spanglish, the jokes, the locations, all of it, was perfect. In my book, Nacho edges Napoleon in the end. Trust me, this movie is funny in so many ways, on so many levels, some which most audiences will never understand.

I grew up vacationing in Mexico and loving wrestling, so this movie connected with me like a Star Wars reference on FOX's "Family Guy."

Can't wait for the DVD, because it's gonna be Nacho Time!

P.S. 'Dynamite fans keep an eye out for a resemblance between Nacho's recreation clothes and the liesurely duds of Uncle Rico.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Gnarls Barkley Rules ... Star Wars Style


Any band that comes rocking out to perform in Star Wars uniforms is right up there with the Beastie Boys for me. The above photo is from the MTV movie awards.

Vader on vocals
X-Wing pilots singing back-up
Kenobi on a small keyboard/synthesizer
Jango on piano
Chewie on drums
Troopers on the guitars
Imperial officers on violins

Classic stuff that will live forever!

Monday, June 12, 2006

my SKATEY grail

After 15+ years of searching, I have found my grail. The quest is over. I will reclaim the Jeff Grosso "blocks" skateboard and live skately ever after. I first fell in love with this board in the late 80s, when my A's were were winning championships and before I was old enough to drive. I bought a used one off some kid and was very happy for a while. After I moved out of my parent's crib in the late 90s, the old Grosso board got tossed out with the bathwater.

Now, through the magic of the internet and re-releases, I will have a brand-new re-issue of this classic skateboard (although it will come from a new company with a new shape, not the shape by the original producer, Schmidt Stix).

Halleliuah, the search is over. Now ... to find that rubber, inflatable Incredible Hulk that would smash out of its plastic cage ...