Tag Archives: Brian Godar

Rick and Morty: Adult Swim’s best new show

rick and mortyBY BRIAN GODAR

Dan Harmon, the creative force behind the famously self-aware show Community, has taken his talent for controlled insanity and brought it to a new medium: animation. After getting fired from Community’s fourth season, Harmon started shopping around his idea for a show where his more insane ideas could come to fruition, which meant removing the limit set by using real actors on a real stage. As a result, his new cartoon, Rick and Morty, watches like an unholy mixture of Futurama,Community, and Back to the Future, which just a hint of Family Guy raunch humor thrown in for good measure.  Rick and Mortyis currently one of the highest rated shows in the coveted 18 – 45 male demographic, even beating out perennial favorite Archer. With that in mind, I watched the first six episodes to see if it lives up to all the hype.

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A plea to George R. R. Martin

georgerrmartinBY BRIAN GODAR

If you watch even the smallest amount of television, you are most likely aware that there is a show called Game of Thrones on HBO that has received wide critical acclaim. What you might not know is that this show is based on an ongoing series of fantasy novels written by George R R Martin. Fans of the show know this, and they also know that Martin likes to take his sweet time writing these books.

One of the more worrisome conversations when dealing with the relationship between the show and the books is that Martin has slowed his writing to a snail’s pace in recent years, which leaves fans of the show wondering if there will ever be sixth and seventh seasons. Martin took six years to write the fifth book, while the TV show takes one year to produce an entire book’s worth of episodes. At that pace, the show will have the first five seasons done years before Martin is done writing the sixth book.

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Poor Scholars’ Mascot Bracket

Northwestern's mascot will never make the NCAA Tournament, so here's to Willie the Wildcat.

Northwestern’s mascot will never make the NCAA Tournament, so here’s to Willie the Wildcat.

BY BRIAN GODAR

March Madness is here, so along with it, Poor Scholars did some goofy brackets of our own. Poor Scholars’ own Brian Godar unveils our Mascot Bracket.

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Exploring a Poor Scholar’s DVR: Brian Godar

dvrBY BRIAN GODAR

The next few weeks the Poor Scholars staff is going over their individual DVR habits for each other (and all of you) to ridicule. This week, Poor Scholars’ Brian Godar breaks down his DVR habits.

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Review: Taste testing the new Lay’s flavors

laysBY BRIAN GODAR

Besides being one of Poor Scholars’ television gurus, Godar spends a lot of time trying new snack foods while going on television binges. We asked Godar to taste test the new Lay’s flavors — Sriracha, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and Chicken and Waffles — to find out which flavor America should vote for and which new flavor you should be snacking on while watching your favorite show.

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The future of History

historyBY BRIAN GODAR

Does anybody actually remember when the History Channel (I mean History, since they are trying to take over the entire genre of “things that happened before now”) did what its name implies and broadcast entertaining history-based TV shows? No? Don’t feel too bad, because those memories are fading for me as well. The onset of tangentially history-related reality shows like Pawn Stars and American Pickers brought an end to shows about Hitler, D-Day, and dogfights (don’t get too excited Mr. Vick, that’s planes, not actual dogs).

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In remembrance of Doritos 3D

doritos3DBY BRIAN GODAR

Lay’s recently held a contest for fans to create a new flavor of potato chip and the flavors submitted were definitely different from the normal barbecue or salt and vinegar. All the entries are in and Lay’s has selected three finalists for fans to vote on. The three finalists are chicken and waffle, sriracha, and cheesy garlic bread. We at Poor Scholars will be testing out these three new flavors next week, because we frankly didn’t expect them to be so difficult to find and didn’t plan accordingly.

However, without tasting a single chip I can still tell you that none of these flavors, regardless of how good they are, are going to be anything more than a short-term gimmick. I say that as if it’s a bad thing, but gimmicks can be great. Gimmicks get people excited to buy your product. The problem I have with Lay’s attempting this newest gimmick is that it is completely unnecessary.

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The 5 Best NBA Player/Actors

michael-jordan-in-space-jam-1996BY BRIAN GODAR

In honor of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday and Space Jam’s 12-year theatrical release anniversary last week, I look back at some of the NBA’s most transcendent stars; players going beyond athletics and taking on the mantle of actors. Most of the time, the movies are bad or gimmicky, or the players discover that their acting talents don’t run nearly as deep as their athletic prowess. Luckily, this almost never has any effect on how entertaining the movie itself is, and it can actually make a movie better when an athlete-actor is bad. Sometimes the role in question requires someone to ham up the acting, and rather than embarrass a real actor, you can hire an athlete who is doing this for fun and will actually make the role better.

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Agent 47: Hollywood at the Bottom of the Barrel

20110425085903!Agent_47_BarcodeBY BRIAN GODAR

There is no point in hiding it; it has finally happened. Hollywood, fresh off another year packed full of remakes like The Amazing Spider-Man, Dredd, Red Dawn, and The Three Stooges, has run out of ideas completely. Where do you go once you have remade or created a sequel to every movie that was good enough to warrant it? The obvious choice is to look for new ideas from fresh writing talent, but Hollywood would much rather recycle than manufacture. Once you have made that decision, the only choice left is to decide what concept/film/franchise to recycle. You could remake a movie that is just a bit below average (which is now the best project available because everything good has been done and redone), but that might let on that Hollywood as a whole is slipping. No, instead of testing the waters by remaking so-so movies, the only choice possible is to cannonball straight into the deep end by taking a universally reviled film and remaking it. It is a move that is so overtly stupid and bold that the consumer has to believe that the movie studio has a trick up their sleeve. I am here to tell you that they probably don’t.

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Uncle Ruckus the Movie: A Kickstarter campaign you should back

uncle_ruckusBY RAMBO NOMOLOS AND BRIAN GODAR

The Boondocks is one of the smartest, funniest shows on television albeit a very controversial one. That is a fact, well actually it is our opinion, but it is a widely-shared opinion at least.

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