Inside Pulse » Chad Jorgenson A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:32:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Chad Jorgenson Venture Brothers (Season 4, Volume 2) – DVD Review Sat, 19 Mar 2011 17:00:25 +0000

I’ve now reviewed the entire 4th season of Venture Brothers, and I still have no idea what the show is supposed to be or what the hell is going on. Is it supposed to be a dumb comedy like Aqua Teen or is it supposed to be an action cartoon like Transformers?

If it’s supposed to be a comedy, I’m missing most of the jokes. If it’s supposed to be an action cartoon, I’d like some semblance of continuity from episode to episode or at the very least, something close to an actual ending for a few of the episodes. There are more episodes that end on a cliff hanger never to be answered than have an actual ending.

Naturally, the one episode that has an actual story and an actual ending is my least hated episode. In the episode, Zeus is kidnapping all the scientists, and Henchman 21 for some reason but not Venture, and having them fight for his amusement. In the end it turns out Zeus was a fake and it was actually Henchman 1. I think that’s why they needed 21 there; to have someone around who would know enough about the situation to figure it out, still doesn’t explain why he was one of the kidnapped scientists. There’s a fight, 1 is defeated and everyone goes home mildly happy. Showing that when the show tries, it is capable of putting out a watchable show.

The rest of the season is unremarkable. The stories still revolve around Doctor Venture and his two boys Hank and Dean. Brock shows up occasionally, and actually gets one of the few laughs in the season when trying to protect the Venture team from getting their memory erased yet again by saying “They live next door, they discover us every other week.” It’s a fun little meta joke. This qualifies as the best joke of the season.

It’s a TV show, so it’s in standard widescreen format with Dolby sound.
For an Adult Swim show, the animation is good making the show look fine. There are no audio problems.

There are Commentaries with Chris McCulloch for the episodes, only for the most die-hard of fans.

Deleted Scenes are included and got deleted for good reason.

I’ve seen the entire season, and I am happy that it is over. It’s a show that jumps around a lot in each episode and even more from episode to episode. If you’re looking for a show with a solid narrative, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re looking for whatever this show is, you’ll be fine. Overall, it’s season 4, by now you should know if the show is for you or not.

Warner Home Video presents Venture Brothers: Season 4, Vol. 2. Directed by Christopher McCulloch and Jon Schnepp. Starring Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, and Patrick Warburton. Written by Christopher McCulloch. Running time: 286 Min. Not Rated. Released on DVD: March 22, 2011.×120.jpg

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Soccer News: Barcelona Defender Eric Abidal Has Tumor On Liver Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:30:34 +0000 Abidal will have surgery to remove the tumor on Friday.

The team announced on their facebook page that defender Eric Abidal had a tumor on his liver and that he would have it removed on Friday.

The team didn’t say how long Abidal would be out, but it would appear likely that Abidal will miss at least Barcelona’s next game against Getafe.

The team will also be without forward Pedro Rodriguez, Defender Calos Puyol, while Lionel Messi is questionable, and defenders Dani Alves and Adriano are dealing with injuries that will make them game day decisions.

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NBA News: New York Knicks Acquire Denver Nuggets Forward Carmelo Anthony Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:50:23 +0000 The Knicks and Nuggets finally agreed to a deal for Melo.

The New York Knicks have agreed to send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, their 1st round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman will go to the Knicks. The Nuggets will also get the Golden State Warriors 2012 2nd round pick, 2013 round pick, and $3 million.

The Nuggets are expected to turn around and trade some of the pieces acquired for Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for draft picks and players.

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NBA News: Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan To Resign Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:22:22 +0000 Slight change of course from Monday’s extension.

Jerry Sloan has decided to resign as Head Coach of the Utah Jazz less than a week after agreeing to a one-year extension with the team.

The team will hold a 5 pm EST press confrence to discuss where the team will go from here.

Sloan’s resignation is effective immediately with assistant coach Tyrone Corbin taking over the head coach position.

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NBA News: Jerry Sloan Agrees To Extension With Utah Jazz Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:30:01 +0000 It would have been strange to see him go some where else.

Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep Sloan on the Utah bench through the 2011-2012 season.

Utah is currently second in the Northwest Division with a 31-22 record, 3.5 games back of Oklahoma City. They would currently be the 6 seed in the Western Confrence Playoffs.

The 68-year-old Sloan is currently in his 23rd season as Utah’s head coach where he has a 1221-802 record.

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Jack Goes Boating – Blu-ray Review Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:30:06 +0000

Sometimes a film can be adapted from a play and never quite escape its roots as a play. Jack Goes Boating, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, falls square into this category. Jack feels like a play in the fact that there are long scenes in the same location with the actors doing nothing but standing around talking.

The story revolves around a budding relationship between Jack (Hoffman) and Connie (Amy Ryan). Both are shy and uneasy in the early stages of the relationship and not madly perfectly in love like most movies make it out to be. Along with the budding relationship of Jack and Connie, Jack’s friends Clyde and Lucy are heading in the opposite direction. Again, a nice job of acting from both actors as it takes about half of the movie before any of the reasons for their troubled relationship is mentioned, but you still can feel that there is a problem brewing between the two. And as the movie progresses, both relationships continue building toward their climax which comes at a dinner party hosted by Clyde and Lucy and cooked by Jack.

This is a dialogue heavy film and such has to rely heavily on the script to move the story along. This is a strong play that lends itself to the medium of cinema as the story has a real feel to it and that is a credit to the actors. The dialogue is good and keeps the story moving forward. There are a few jokes mixed in to keep the story from being too depressing, however most of the jokes are on the dry side and are delivered without waiting for a laugh. It’s not often the sentence “I’m not ready for penis penetration” goes by hardly unnoticed, but this movie manages to pull it off.

The pacing does drag a bit in the middle when they get a little too hung up on the message of dealing with trouble in any relationship but overall the movie does just about everything right.

Jack Goes Boating is presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1.
The movie looks fine, there’s not a lot of movement in the shots, just a lot of medium shots on the characters in the scene. If anything there could be more diversity in the shots taken.

The audio is another gold standard, it sounds great and they use sound wonderfully throughout the movie, but what I really liked was the music selection. The music is really good and used very well to break up the movie and even set up a few things.

Jack’s New York: A look at the city of New York and the producers and director talking about the pains they went through to use the city as another character.

From The Stage To The Big Screen: The actors and producers talking about the play becoming a movie.

Deleted Scenes: Two scenes. One from the subway that would have been one of the funnier in the movie and another on the subway that was just silly.

This is a slow moving, dialog based movie that is wonderfully acted and has a solid script behind it. It has a good sense of humor alongside some of the deeper issues it touches on. It’s not really a movie you’re going to sit down and thoroughly enjoy, but it’s good at what it does. It feels like an indie with a bigger budget. Renting it is probably a better choice.

Overture Films presents Jack Goes Boating. Directed by: Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Written by: Bob Glaudini. Running time: 91 Minutes. Rating: Rated R. Released on Blu-ray and DVD: January 18, 2011.×120.jpg

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NFL News: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu Named AP Defensive Player Of The Year Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:49:34 +0000 The Steelers safety earns the award over the Packers linebacker, advantage Pittsburgh.

Polamalu received 17 votes Monday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the league, edging Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews by two votes.

Polamalu had seven interceptions this season along with 63 tackles despite missing two games with an achilles injury.

Matthews finished the season with 60 tackles and 13 1/2 sacks.

James Harrison, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata were the other players to receive votes in the poll.

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MLB News: Mike Napoli Traded For The Second Time In A Week Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:56:40 +0000 Napoli is back in the AL West, this time with the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Jays have agreed to a trade sending Mike Napoli to a new team for the second time in a week. The Rangers sent Frank Francisco and cash to the Jays for Napoli. On Friday, the Jays traded Vernon Wells to the Los Angeles Angels for Napoli and Juan Rivera.

Last season Napoli hit .238 with 26 HRs while playing catcher and filling in for Kendry Morales at 1B.

Napoli is expected to be a power bat off the bench while playing some catcher and firstbase for Texas.

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MLB News: Los Angeles Angels Trade Mike Napoli To Toronto Jays Sat, 22 Jan 2011 01:14:29 +0000 A reported trade will shake up the AL East and West.

The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly traded catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera to the Toronto Jays for outfielder Vernon Wells.

The Angels missed out on Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre so to upgrade their offense they’ve turned to Vernon Wells who is owed $86 million over the next four years. Wells hit .273 with 31 HRs last season for the Jays.

Napoli hit 26 HRs last season, but asked for $6.1 million in arbitration.

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NFL News: New England Patroits QB Tom Brady To Undergo Surgery On Foot Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:30:06 +0000 He should be fine for the start of next season. Whenever that is.

Patriots QB Tom Brady has been dealing with a stress fracture in his foot and will undergo surgery to fix the problem, possibly by having a screw placed in his foot.

Brady suffered the injury in early November and was held out of Wednesday practices until last week when Brady took part in all three practices leading up to the Jets game.

The injury has forced Brady to pull out of the Pro Bowl, where he will be replaced by former backup Matt Cassel.

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