It’s not often that I get excited about what is ostensibly a kid’s movie, but I’m actually pretty jazzed about “Wreck-It Ralph.” An homage to two of my favorite things: The video games I grew up with in the ’80s – ’90s and the classic animated mash-up “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit.”
If you haven’t yet, check out the trailer and see how many different old-school video game references you get. I don’t know how much kids will get from this one (but then again, you could’ve said the same thing for Rodger) but it’s definitely well within my wheelhouse.
The Olympics have provided us some amazing moments this year. Usain Bolt going nuts, Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, a plucky pair of distance runners sharing first and second place after years of training together, um…archery?
But it has also provided several moments of utter hillarious, failure. Here’s my top five.
1. Birhan Getahum was a competitor in one of my favorite events, the Steeplechase. In the event, competitors jump over chest high walls in an attempt to earn a spot as a character in the next Gears of War game. Unfortunately, for Ethiopia’s Getahun, he didn’t quite get the height he’d hoped. The result? A broken leg and a trip back home.
2. Platform diving is stupid and dangerous, so of course it’s a popular sport. But when you think of potential diving accidents, usually you think of how perilously close the diver’s head and bodies pass next to the concrete platform. German’s Stephan Feck, however, took things to a whole new level, almost immediately losing control of his decent and landing flat on his back in the water for a 0.0 from the judges.
3. Sorry for the quality of this video (or rather the guys watching it), but it needs to be seen. Elisabeth Black a vaulter from Canada doesn’t get much height on her vault, and ends up sticking the landing. On her face. The vault was the site of many other slips and falls that night, including the United States’ McKayla Maroney, the prohibitive favorite in the event shortly after landing a near perfect vault in the team finals, landing on her butt and famously getting pissed at the results.
4. Even veteran Olympic Champions have problems. Such as German Matthias Steiner. Steiner won the 2008 gold medal and was hoping to repeat this year. However, when he attempted a 196 kilo lift (432 lbs) he accidentally dropped it on the back of his neck. He was ultimately ok, but he obviously didn’t continue in the competition. A few days earlier, a competitor from Hungary and one from South Korea suffered a broken arm and a dislocated elbow respectively. But those are gross.
5. The U.S. Olympic Swim Team had an awesome Olympics, winning medals in just about every event they were entered in, with a lot of those being golds. But their fail came before the Olympics with this lipsynch video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Ok, it’s pretty cute and harmless and kind of funny. But still, I didn’t need to hear this again.
Most people know Alex Morgan as that girl from Sports Illustrated who was just wearing body paint. But she’s actually a pretty talented soccer player, and her play (and mouth) has been one of the more talked about parts of this year’s Olympic soccer program.
But the real highlight was in the last game against New Zealand, in which she goes for a goal and accidentally delivers a wrestling quality Shining Wizard to New Zealand’s goalie. That’s one way to take advantage.
(It’s noteworthy that it was Morgan who limped off the field, the goalie was actually fine.)
In two weeks I will be attending San Diego ComicCon as a member of the press. This is very cool because it means I get to enjoy ComicCon without having to pay a ton of money. It also means that when I should be having fun and relaxing, I’ll actually be working.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with it, even if you can’t join me in San Diego. Morgan Spurlock filmed a documentary about the Con last year and this year, he’s set to unveil it. And it has some of the biggest names and fans in the business. Or many businesses because ComicCon is not only international, but it’s inter-industry these days as well.
Check out the trailer, and stay tuned to Hock Show Dot Com as bring some of my coverage here as well.
The WoW Team has put together a few cool celebrity videos over the past few years, but they seemed to take an odd diversion with Aubrey Plaza.
While other videos identified celebs with a character in-game (Ozzy Osborne was a Undead warlock, Vern Troyer was a gnome mage, Mr. T was a Night Elf Mohawk, Chuck Norris was an annoying meme, etc.) Aubrey Plaza’s was just, “I love WoW more than my boyfriend.”
While that certainly fits with Ms. Plaza’s comic persona, it didn’t really fit with the campaign.
Well, here’s the version that IGN claims was TOO HOT FOR TV(?)!!?!?!~~!
I guess because she says, “Orcgasm.” I don’t know.