Top Albums and Songs of 2012 (Stunt Granny’s 2,000th post!)

With Stunt Granny taking a turn toward pop culture in general, and with the end of a pretty mediocre year of music upon us, we thought it only fitting that we compile a list of our top albums and songs of 2012. If there’s anything we love as much as – or more than, gasp! – pro wrestling, it’s music, and with the glut of talentless Internet sensations and pirated-Pro Tools wizards gumming things up for the musicians who actually deserve attention, we wanted to offer our own version of Liquid Plumr by way of this post. So, in true Stunt Granny form, here are our opinions and strong stances on the cream of the crap that was 2012. We found some gems, and we hope you enjoy them. (Read and listen after the jump!)

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Stunt Granny Audio Movie Review: Django: Unchained

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What is better  at Christmas time than a movie about a freed slave ready to kill some white folk? This edition of Stunt Granny Movie Reviews brings you Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”  Who considers this to be Tarantino’s best movie? What scenes of awkwardness produced the best laughs? If you are one of these award season dolts, who should be nominated for a chameleon performance? Why isn’t Walton Googins a bigger star? It really makes no sense why he has all of these smaller roles. Anyway, download 45 minutes of gush as the boys talk some slave gone madness! Oh and as always, spoilers abound.

Stunt Granny Movie Reviews – Django Unchained

@PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 6

The opening match up was Benjamin Boone with N8 Mattson taking on Matt Mason. Mason started out by yelling O-H for the crowd to respond I-O. (Ugh. Isn’t this why you went less local with the name?) Boone rolled to the outside after a leg lariat by Mason. They both budged during a shoulder block. Mason talked to the crowd too much.Mason rolled to the outside which confused Boone. Mason went under the ring. He surprised them with a plancha. Mattson had a meeting of the minds with Boone courtesy of Mason. Mattson held Mason’s leg as he got back into the ring. Boone took advantage with some stomps. Mattson strangled Mason as Boone distracted the ref. Mason caught Boone with a back elbow and boot as he charged twice. Boone belly to belly suplex Mason. Someone botched a move. Boone locked in a bear hug. Mason raised the hand during three. Boone clotheslined Mason. Boone gave him a modified reverse chin lock.  Mason reversed the hold. Back cracker only got Mason a two count. Mattson grabbed Mason’s leg as he went to the top rope. Jake Lemon, the referee, did nothing as he watched it happen. Boone guerrilla slammed him from the top rope. Mason went for a back slide then flipped Boone around and gave him a knee to the face. Mason wins.

Analysis: Mason played to the crowd way too much. It’s OK to get them involved but leading a chant, having a talk and clapping numerous times is overboard. Clap once, maybe twice a match. I’m not sure who botched the move but it didn’t help the quality of the match which wasn’t that great. I’m not as high on Boone as I used to be but Mason seemed like the bigger problem. I also have no idea why the ref didn’t disqualified Boone for Mattson’s interference despite the fact that he looked right at it. Score: -1.

Ricky Shane Page was accompanied to the ring by Vic Travagliante. He was taking on an also debuting Jay Flash. Page rubbed his face on the top turn buckle. Page splashed Flash in the corner. Flash ducked the next charge and kicked Page in the face. Flash low drop kicked him. Page went to the outside. Page caught Flash during a suicide dive attempt then slammed him on the apron. Page slammed Flash’s head on the apron. Page chopped and punched him. Flash fought back. Page slammed Flash. Page gut bustered him.Page locked in a clover leaf. Flash reached the ropes. Flash ducked a Roaring Elbow and gave Page a running elbow. Page no sold it and  several moves after it. Page gave Flash a buckle bomb. Page with the Roaring Elbow for the win. Page kneed and elbowed Flash after the match. Page gave him some type of driver. Page went to attack the referees when the cops were called down. They arrested him and took him off.

Analysis: They established Page’s character really well but the finish is a little weird to me. He can’t come back right away, correct? I understand he comes back because he’s favored by the Aaron Maguire side of management. I think he losses a little bit of momentum to start things off unless it was a one off character anyway. Jay Flash is a great name. The kid was ridiculous fast and worked really well. Good big man vs little man match. Score: +2.

Nicki Valentino came to the ring unannounced. He told Chris Van Vliet to sit down. Valentino then told him to leave. Valentino admits to being a goofy guy. He said that he has a serious side. Valentino blamed Van Vliet for making the crowd stupider. Valentino told Van Vliet to punch him. Van Vliet acts like he wants to punch him. The referees separate them. Analysis: That might be the first time in wrestling history that worked so easily. It makes Valentino look stupid doing this. Van Vliet is just doing the announcing and hasn’t interfered in anyone’s match since Wrestlution. He’s not hogging extra time like hosts of Raw in years past. Pedro De Lucca took up the same amount of time so why didn’t Valentino attack him years ago? His promo rambled at times to boot. Score: -1.

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The Marine 3 has a trailer

So, here is the reason, other than his copious amount of charity work and appearances, that The Miz has turned face. After a casting change and months of wonder here is the splendor of another WWE independent contractor branching out. Yes it appears to have been filmed with a special Instagram/Viewmaster combination but that isn’t the real story here.

The real story is that Neal McDonough is the villain of the piece. What the hell is he doing in this thing? Hopefully he got paid a handsome sum for this role since he instantly classes up every project he appears in. I just don’t get it. After his stellar run on Justified he should have been handed role after role instead of accepting what is sure to be hot garbage (TM Kevin Difrango).  Come to think of it, Robert Patrick was in the original Marine. Marine 2 had Michael Rooker? How does this keep happening?

Ehh whatever, this won’t sell very well and not a lot of people will actually watch this so what does it matter. A paycheck is a paycheck.  -Jeremy

Merry Christmas

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Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate the pictures of myself and my younger brother dressed up as the Bush Whackers for Halloween. Luckily for everyone who enjoys me making an ass out of myself, I found a picture of myself celebrating my tenth birthday with a WWF cake made by my mother. Merry Christmas. -Kevin

Five other Christmas movies to watch instead of that one.

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Alright look, “A Christmas Story” is going to play for twenty-four  straight hours again and it gets a tad repetitious. Yes Ralphie and his Red Rider bee bee gun is still a lot of fun to watch but isn’t it time for some other movies to take over the Christmas day slate? Well, you are n luck as Stunt Granny has a few other flicks for your consideration. No Christmas Vacation is not on the list, you’ll figure it out why by the end. If not, well, I can’t help you. -Jeremy

1) Gremlins- Yes the very same Gremlins you are think of. Bet you forgot this movie takes place at Christmas time huh? Just get over the logic gaffes and enjoy some idiotic mayhem.

2) Rare Exports- Incredibly fun movie from Finland. It may help to watch the Rare Exports short films as well as they may be better than the actual feature.

3) Silent Night Deadly Night– Yeah I know Christmas theme horror movies are usually shit but this is totally watchable. Now if you want absolute garbage check out Silent Night Deadly Night 2.

4) Trollhunter- Now technically this isn’t a Christmas movie but most of it takes place in the snow. So, as far as I am concerned it fits. Don’t let the title fool you, this Norwegian film is a hell of a lot of fun oh and pretty good.

5) Black Christmas- Not the hunk of garbage release from 2006. The original 1974 version of this film is a concise, tight and suspenseful movie. It takes place on Christmas Eve as well. Oh and fun fact it was directed by Bob Clark of A Christmas Story fame.

Kevin’s Blog: @WWE #Raw Review Is Not Happening

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I’m going to enjoy a nice evening with my family and friends. I’m not watching that garbage. It’ll ruin the fun. Merry Christmas. Or whatever heathen holiday you may celebrate. -Kevin

Bull Nakano is a burger

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Well she is.

And for those unfortunate enough not to understand the reference:

Happy Christmas. – Dusty

The Art of Wrestling: #UFC’s Benson Henderson by Dethrone

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I don’t have a lot of favorites in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but Benson Henderson is certainly one of them. I started enjoying his fights when he was in World Elite Cagefighting (WEC). He had a thoroughly entertaining fight with “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. Ever since then, I’ve followed his career quite closely and looked forward to any event. He fought smartly to soundly defeat Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5. Henderson wore a new shirt to the ring. Considering my penchant for reviewing merchandise, I figured this was a good topic.

It was easy to notice that Henderson’s shirt played off of his back tattoo (above for those who are blind) by having an angel wielding a sword. The idea of taking from the fighters tattoos is definitely something that has happened in the WWE with Edge. The feathers on the angel are layered well because of the black and white contrast. The feathers however don’t have a grey tone like Henderson’s tattoo which makes them easier to print but does hold back the depth. The feathers and wings are a perfect show of contrast, if it weren’t for the fact that the background is a dark grey. Even if they lightened it up to a heather grey, it’d be a much better contrast from the image to the background.

The armor is colored a flat gold which keeps a contrast but doesn’t provide much of a pop because of the flatness. The black that helped to provide depth for the feathers, helps to dull the gold even more. They also use it in a heavy handed way on the skirt armor but more sparingly on the other pieces of armor.

The last main part of the shirt is the print at the top of the shirt. I have noted my affinity for Gothic lettering more than once. I think it is a good choice considering that Dethrone is inspired by medieval monarchies. They use white for Dethrone and the flat gold for Royalty Co. It’s a solid and standard use for multiple colors. What I don’t like is the giant black blob underneath the lettering and above the right hand wing. It would have looked less like a blob if the black were trimmed for the background dark grey.

The rear of the shirt just has a stamp for Dethrone and “Smooth” Ben Henderson on it which is nice. Overall, I dig this shirt a lot. Now I hope Henderson can take out his next challenger. -Kevin

#SippyTimeBeer Review

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Birra MorettiPremium Lager – The first time I had this beer, I was just starting my studies in Florence, Italy. One of my goals when I went there was to try over one hundred beers. I surpassed my goal but no thanks to the efforts of some of my kin. Moretti is the Budweiser (not the Czech kind) of Italy. It goes down and comes out with no special flavor. I wasn’t paying for this because it was at my office Christmas party. I wouldn’t go out of my way to order this beer, no matter what Italian restuarant you frequent. Order Chianti. You’re welcome.

Bell’s BreweryWinter White Ale – I went to see my friends’ band Australosurfecus on Thursday night at Byrne’s Pub. My window for tasting winter beers is closing with the New Year around the bend. This beer was a mix of the expected from a winter beer (clove) with a twist (the white ale). I really like the crispness that comes from white ales. Bell’s also drops hints of fruits (I think orange and lemon) to help freshen up the beer. It makes it taste more like a refreshing summer beer. If you live in these areas, you can taste this tasty beverage from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Never forget to check out TheFullPint to see if they agree with my palate about Moretti or Winter White Ale. -Kevin

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