Happy Monday!

David Hasselhoff has a new music video and it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s crazy-awesome-ridiculous for all the right reasons. At the very moment when you think it can’t get any more absurdly risible, he takes it to another level.

Take a deep breath before watching this video:

Have a Hasselhoff-Caliber Week!

Superman’s Bright(er) Future

This blog is called, “Jimmy’s Daily Planet.” Therefore, intriguing Superman news naturally takes some precedence.

When fans saw Man of Steel in summer 2013, the tone was darker than past film adaptions of the greatest superhero in history. It was understandable, since it was an origin story rooted in realism and constructed in the same spirit as the successful Batman Begins. The latest Superman movie was co-conceived and co-executive produced by the brainchild of Batman Begins and its two cinematic follow ups: Christopher Nolan and Co. For The Dark Knight trilogy, that bleaker color scheme was a brilliant visual decision. However, Superman is not as emotionally dark and conflicted as Batman. There can be moments of inner-friction, but nothing sustaining.

Superman proudly stands for “truth, justice and the American way.”

The brightness of the character and his surroundings never illuminated to full potential, specifically at the end. This seemed to dispel what appeared to be a clever diluting technique that would have symbolized his “coming into the light” of himself, his super powers and his grand purpose in life.

VideoLab produced a fascinating video analysis comparing the real colors when filming versus the finished altered colors in Man of Steel, a final call made by director Zack Snyder.

When the true Man of Steel sequel (not Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) comes out in the next couple to few years, it’ll be worth noticing the brightness of the film’s color scheme.

Here’s to hoping that “S” will really pop-off the screen when his journey continues.

A is for “As You Wish”

Spoiler Alert: Content from this blog entry was featured in the April 22, 2015 episode of The Goldbergs

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(The Goldbergs Twitter)

During the summer in 1991, The Rocketeer flew into our imaginations with rocket-fueled fun (don’t forget about the gum). To a six-year-old, it was a spectacular time to be alive. What was better than the idea of flying like Superman, without needing Kryptonian genetics, through the skies to save the world?

The answer was nothing.

Mesmerized, I took it upon myself to scrounge through my very own tool shed/kitchen drawers to find the necessary pieces to build my own personal flying machine. With an old garage door opener in hand, I was one click away from soaring to unknown heights and adventure! This enthusiasm was shared by Adam Goldberg in last night’s episode, except his cinematic obsession was the cult favorite, The Princess Bride. Specifically, it was the film’s famous sword fight that drew him in. Fought on a dramatically set cliff, the battle was intense and immensely entertaining. And the dialogue was surprisingly equitable and conversational.

Another battle fought on a cliff of sorts was between Adam and Murray, underscored by a jockeying of similar interests and ulterior motives. Using Westley-level charm, Adam convinced his stingy dad to buy him two fencing swords to practice in his “pursuit” of becoming a future Olympic champion. Unfortunately, the overly dramatic hijinks in The Princess Bride were no match for Murray, who saw right through his son’s grand manipulation. It also didn’t help that immediately after quitting fencing, Adam was sword fighting Dave Kim in his basement in full Princess Bride gear.

Plus, stabbing your father in the neck rarely helps anything.

Meanwhile, Beverly was busy being a yenta hell-bent on cross-fitting athletics with music. The result was the sweet sound of faculty romance (and kissing at school). The only downside was ruining Barry and Erica’s lives. Oh, and can’t forget about altering the stable career path of a certain music teacher. Besides that, this social experiment was a rousing success.

In order to fix everything, Beverly had to match up the unmatchable, romantically bitter teacher in his brown clothing from head -to-toe. But if this series has taught us anything, it’s that there are three words that inspire the greatest from Beverly Goldberg:

“Can’t be done.”

Back to Adam, he would need magic that could only be found in one place. The question was whether Murray would play along. This situation called for both sides to realize to be bigger than their own self-interests, no matter how embarrassing. Adam discovered his fencing inspiration from The Princess Bride for his fencing battle in front of a large crowd at school, including his dad and grandfather sitting front row center. And would you believe it? Embodying the goofy personalities from a movie led to an unexpected point for the swordsman-in-training. And in perfect harmony with his son, Murray literally embodied a giant character’s clothes (AndrĂ©, to be precise) from The Princess Bride movie for a scene of bonding with his youngest son and his friends after the match.

One of Adam’s dreams came true: His father understood the importance of an influential movie in his life.

You could say it was an inconceivable reality.

Whilst engaging in misguided hilarity, Beverly did manage to match the unmatchable with a little help from a future yenta. Erica couldn’t fight it, she has meddling DNA. In this instance, Beverly’s excitement nearly reached the adrenaline level achieved at a Jazzercise session.

This episode beautifully revealed that no matter how much we may resist things that we swear to ourselves are foolish and/or ridiculous, we are uncontrollably drawn to the foolish and ridiculous because, despite all logical reasoning, we know deep down that wishes are meant to come true.

Sometimes, all it takes is clicking play on a VCR…or an old garage door opener.

Perspective Day

Today is Earth Day, which means that for 24 hours only, we need to individually and collectively care for the planet we live on.

Or, perhaps, we should do this everyday.

Protocol for most everybody is to be courteous of nature. This is demonstrated by us throwing trash away daily, recycling each week and engaging with nature in its various forms in peaceful, respectful fashion. And yet, there are still those who see the coming apocalypse with every plastic bag in a grocery store, every napkin blown to the ground by a gust of wind and every private jet polluting the air…except when en route to multimillion dollar environmental conferences.

Wouldn’t a conference call or video chat be more environmentally sustainable if the planet is in such dire jeopardy?

There is no argument that we all want clean water, fresh air and for animals to live in the wild without being proactively and unnecessarily targeted. However, in the grand environmental argument, there does need to be some perspective injected about the complicated, surprisingly youthful relationship between humans and nature.

The late George Carlin was a brilliant observational stand-up comedian and thinker. If you’re wondering if he had any thoughts on the environmental movement and even Earth Day in particular, then check out the video clip below. It’s just a slice of his full routine on the subject (which is hilarious and relevant), but for language sake, here’s a portion that is 100% suitable for all ages (a rare find in classic George Carlin rants) that hits on his major point.

Just continue to be in awe of what the Earth has to show us in 2015…on this Wednesday.


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