Paul Rudd on Conan
Paul Rudd is a national treasure. He’s been going on Conan’s late night talk show forever, and he’s one of the funniest guests (not as great as Dirk Nowitzki, but no one is). His best appearances are when he has a movie to promote. Instead of showing a clip from the movie, Rudd always sneaks in the same clip from the movie Mac & Me. Some beautiful soul on YouTube mashed all of Rudd’s appearances together and it’s a legitimate YouTube gem. Have a great weekend everybody.
From Matt Hardy To Broken Brilliance
Matt Hardy has been a household name in pro wrestling since the late 90s. He and his brother Jeff first rose to fame in the WWE Attitude Era as the Hardy Boyz. They had classic matches with Edge & Christian/Dudleyz and revolutionized the tag team division with their TLC matches. When Matt and Jeff split, Jeff was the one who attained singles glory and championship gold. Matt had a great, personal feud with Edge and his Version 1 character was entertaining, but something was missing. After he left WWE, Hardy wrestled all over the map, including ROH and Impact Wrestling. It would be in Impact where he would find his next great gimmick: Broken Matt Hardy.
In May 2016 Hardy turned on his brother Jeff and revealed himself to be ‘Broken’. He looked, talked and acted differently, but it was impossible to look away from him. The Broken character would become the focal point of Impact, and with Hardy given total creative control of his character, it flourished. Broken Matt, Brother Nero, Senor Benjamin & King Maxel were the highlight of almost every episode of Impact. Whether it was in ring promos, the reincarnation lake or the insane Final Deletion, the Broken Universe was the hottest thing in wrestling.
He Is Woken
When The Hardy’s made their shocking return to WWE at WrestleMania 33, fans wondered if we’d ever see the Broken Universe invade the WWE. It’s taken some time, but thanks to the end of a frivolous legal battle, it looks like Matt Hardy has finally transformed into his new, “woken” self. After Bray Wyatt beat Hardy on Raw two weeks ago, Hardy snapped. He was talking to himself and performed his trademark DELETE hand gesture, and it was magical. Hardy was transforming all over again, and his tweets signaled the dawn of a woken man. All that was left for Hardy was to find a new victim to delete. Enter, Bray Wyatt.
On Monday’s Raw, the trademark sounds of a Bray Wyatt dark room promo bummed me out. I’ve loved Wyatt since his debut and will forever believe that he should be the modern day Undertaker. He’s the perfect mix of an engaging promo and in ring ability, but unfortunately WWE has booked him like a bum for years. He ALWAYS loses the big matches, and even if he does win, it’s because of children singing or a exploding TV’s. Wins and losses aren’t the only measuring stick for a wrestler, but it’s tough to take someone seriously who loses all the time.
Another big issue he’s had are his opponents. The Undertaker had Mankind and Kane, two psychological and demented wrestlers, to play off of. Wyatt has had John Cena and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. While those three are great in the ring, they’re just normal guys from a character standpoint. Wyatt needs someone as weird as he is to keep things interesting, and a new ‘woken’ superstar is the perfect fit.
Woken Matt Hardy is the opposite of a normal guy, and has the perfect personality to feed off of Wyatt. He is the ideal dancing partner for Bray, and this is a feud I’ve wanted to see since July 2016 when they first started tweeting each other.
A Perfect Match
While we got a small preview of Hardy’s character two weeks ago, he showed up in all his woken glory on Monday. If the dueling promos and the laugh off are any indication, this feud will be a ton of a fun. Hardy’s new persona can give new life to Wyatt’s words and I want to see more from these two. This will also give Wyatt someone weird and wonderful to work with, which is something he’s never had. I hope these two feud and then join forces, because a woken Bray Wyatt could be something special. Here’s the full promo from Monday, including that maniacal Hardy laugh.
Barry – Spring 2018
The synopsis for Barry is simple: Bill Hader stars as Barry, a seasoned assassin who discovers a new passion for acting while on assignment in Los Angeles. Add in the fact that this will be airing on HBO, and you have one of the more anticipated shows of 2018. I’m a huge Hader fan dating back to his SNL days, and I think his brand of humor will be perfect for this role. Not a lot is known about this show according to IMDb, but Alec Berg is listed as a writer and director. If you don’t know that name, you’ve probably heard of some of the shows he’s worked on. Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm & Silicon Valley just to name a few. This is only a teaser trailer, but with a spring 2018 debut planned, I’m assuming a full trailer is coming soon.
Saoirse Ronan’s SNL – The Race
Fun fact: this is how I run around my house from room to room.
Saoirse Ronan stopped by studio 8H to host SNL last Saturday, and she was delightful. My favorite sketch was a pre taped gem titled The Race, starring Ronan, Kyle Mooney & Beck Bennett. Whenever a Mooney & Bennett sketch make it to air you can guarantee two things: it’ll be weird and I’ll love it. The Race is basically an office feud centered around who can run around the office faster.
The wardrobe and scenery are straight out of the 80s, and in this world, holes in your pants are the worst thing that can happen to you. Bennett’s character has the natural ability and confidence, while Mooney succeeds with some help from Ronan’s Lindsay. It has a bizarrely funny ending and the music is pitch perfect, plus there’s a cameo from Ronan’s Lady Bird co-star Greta Gerwig as the boss.
It’s so funny and odd and trying to explain it is pretty much impossible. Take 5 minutes out of your day to watch this sketch and appreciate the absurdity of Bennett’s and Mooney’s friendship. Don’t forget: James Franco & Sza are your host and musical guest this Saturday night!
Make Movies Great Again Podcast – Star Trek with Tarentino
for December 5, 2017
Could Quentin Tarantino direct the next Star Trek movie? And more importantly, would you want him to? On tonight’s podcast, we discuss! You can chat with us on Twitter @MakeMovieGreat, toss us a like on Facebook @MakeMoviesGreat and heart all our pictures on instagram, @MakeMoviesgreat. Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.
WWE Raw was live from Los Angeles California last night. The show featured Roman Reigns defending his IC title and The Bar defending their tag titles. Asuka & Braun Strowman murdered their opponents and we also got a great fatal 4 way cruiserweight match. As a reminder, this won’t be a traditional review of Raw. Instead, I pick out the five best things from the show (could be a match, promo or a specific wrestler) and explain why it was one of the best parts of Raw.
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And now, the five stars from the December 4th, 2017 edition of WWE Raw.
5. Roman Reigns vs. Jason Jordan
Anyone who complained about Roman Reigns winning the IC belt has watched his matches the last two weeks. I never understood the Reigns hate, especially from an in ring standpoint, but I love what he’s done for the IC title already. The only things you can ask of a mid card champion is to defend the title consistently and put on good matches. Reigns checked both of those boxes off for two weeks in a row, and I hope this trend continues.
As solid as Reigns has been, Jason Jordan has proved to be every bit his equal inside the ropes. His character still needs SOMETHING, but you cannot deny how great he is at the actual wrestling part. He’s quick, strong and is learning to sell on offense, which is something too few people do. His rolling northern lights Suplex into a pin that he tried to pull off with one leg was phenomenal, and I’m glad he’s getting a chance to wrestle these kind of matches. Similar to the match with Elias last week you knew Reigns was going to win, but that shouldn’t have affected how much you enjoyed the match.
I’m glad we didn’t get the Reigns/Joe match last night, because that’s a match where both guys deserve to be fresh. I’d prefer those two fight one on one, but adding Jordan into the mix isn’t the worst thing in the world either.
It’s crazy how much more enjoyable the cruiserweight division has been now that they have a little direction and are given time to perform. I enjoyed this week’s fatal 4 way more than last week’s match, and if you needed proof that Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali deserve to be stars, watch this match. They were both tremendous here and there’s no reason the cruiserweights shouldn’t be given this amount of time every week. WWE is at it’s best when they give us a show with variety. Spotlighting guys like Alexander & Ali, who can do things few other people can do, is a no brainer. It also separates the cruiserweights from the rest of the show, which in turn makes them seem more special.
Tony Nese and Drew Gulak were great complementary players in this match as well, and I’m glad Gulak picked up the win. Gulak vs. Swann has more of a story than Swann vs. Cedric or Ali, and it sets up two interesting possibilities. If Swann wins next week, Enzo has a legit exciting challenger who could beat him for the title any day of the week. If Gulak wins, maybe he gains enough confidence to try and take Enzo’s title from him. All in all this was an awesome match that sets up two more matches that fans should be excited to see.
3. Braun Strowman
Raw went off the air last week with Braun Strowman trying to murder Kane’s throat. Kane has had a great career but he doesn’t need to be heavily featured in 2017. Braun has so many more compelling matchup’s on the roster, and he’s more enjoyable against smaller guys who know how to sell. Case in point: Braun vs. Elias. Braun destroys everybody, so it makes sense that he would stomp on Elias, but he still got some good shots in on the monster. I like Braun versus someone like Elias over Kane because he can utilize his full arsenal in those type of matches. When he’s fighting Kane he can show off his strength, but when he fights a smaller guy he can show off his strength AND speed.
Someone as big as Braun should not be as fast he is, but I’ll never get tired of watching him run guys down and mow them over. Kane appeared on the big screen post match and set up a match against Braun for next week. Hopefully that’s the blow off to this feud so Braun can focus and gain as much momentum as possible heading into Royal Rumble season.
Similar to Braun Strowman in the men’s division, Asuka has been a one woman wrecking crew for her entire NXT/WWE tenure. She beat Dana Brooke last week in literally three seconds, and while Alicia Fox got in a little offense last night, Asuka still won easily. I’m glad WWE is going this route with Asuka, especially when it comes to Absolution. I wrote last week about how the way Asuka is portrayed in the ring and the way Absolution treads lightly with her separates Asuka from the pack. While the post match segment was pretty identical to last week, I liked that Absolution did take out Alicia Fox. Asuka should be treated differently from an Alicia Fox or a Dana Brooke, so I’m glad WWE is going out of their way to show that to their audience.
I’m sure Absolution will pounce on Asuka one day when the time is right but the slow burn of that attack is the right move for now.
1. The Bar vs. Rollins & Ambrose
The Los Angeles crowd was hot all night, and I’m glad they saved some energy for the tag title main event. The Bar/Rollins & Ambrose have already proven they have great chemistry and that was on full display here. The DQ/restart never does much for me, but it’s a good move to pull for a live crowd who clearly wanted to see these two teams fight all night. Besides the actual match, my favorite part of this segment was how it tied into the opener. Reigns and Samoa Joe still have unfinished business, so what’s the best way for Joe to get back at Reigns? Take out his Shield buddies and cost them the tag titles. Joe’s interference brought out Reigns and caused just enough chaos for Sheamus to Brogue Kick Ambrose and steal a victory for The Bar.
This finish leaves the door open for another tag title match down the road. It could also give us a 6 man tag in the near future, which sounds like the best possible thing.
Music Monday 12/4/17
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 over the weekend (again) and one of my favorite parts includes this song. When Yondu and Rocket are freed by Baby Groot and start taking people out with Yondu’s arrow, this song is playing in the background. It’s a great montage and a really fun part of a really great movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it immediately and then listen to the whole soundtrack on repeat. Have a great day on purpose.