Weekender: April 8, 2011
DVD: Girls Gone Wild – Hottest Makeout Moments
It felt like something of a rite of passage for a guy to catch the first viewing of a late-night Girls Gone Wild commercial (and then five more of them in the following hour). Who can deny the poker flop curiosity and reward of a woman flashing her finest? But sometimes a whole video of such—including the preceding minutes spent with a cameraman bargaining said breasts to come out in the open—can get tedious (even when it’s Snoop Dogg)! So Girls Gone Wild, recognizing the need for even more immediate gratification, gathers up their best clips of girls not only showing what their momma gave ‘em, but making out as well. Some of them strangers, some of them friends, some in the club, some in the shower, some even on the bar making use of cocktail cherries—it’s like you’re 21 and watching other people’s bad decisions at Mardi Gras all over again.
Music: Ray Davies – See My Friends
The Kinks might be a household name, but it almost fell off the tracks. In the mid-seventies, Ray suffered an overdose, turned the band into a theatre troupe and released something called The Kinks Present A Soap Opera. Luckily, a Van Halen cover of “You Really Got Me” suddenly reminded the world (and Ray) that the Kinks knew how to turn the knob to “11.” Decades later, Davies has gathered an A-list of his admirers for a self-tribute album. Nothing less than a duet with the Boss starts things off, and then Jon Bon Jovi, Mumford and Sons, Spoon, Billy Corgan and even Metallica take turns revamping classic Kinks tunes.
Movie: Your Highness
David Gordon Green stumbled upon the perfect mix of stoner comedy and action movie with Pineapple Express. How can he top that? Replace Seth Rogen (who’s still funny as hell, but sometimes a wuss) with Danny McBride, who’s been on fire in the hilarious Eastbound and Down. Your Highness takes McBride and his lazy, damn straight dudeliness into medieval times, trying to one-up perfect older brother James Franco. Throw in Natalie Portman kicking some ass, (and Natalie, ahem, showing some ass in a thong) and let the cast ad-lib all the dialogue. Result? This looks to be one of the year’s best reasons to leave the mancave.
Game: The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
The XNA Game Studio for Xbox allows the nerd elite to program their own video games and distribute them to the public. The first game to really do anything with this was The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, James Silva’s 2-D sidescroller chop-em-up that looked simple, but played like an old-school dream. Two years later, sequel Vampire Smile brings more lightning-fast combo-crazy killing but also a lot of improvements to the style, controls and art. Oh, and did we mention the main character not only has a sword, but can teleport anywhere on screen and has a Gatling gun/chainsaw for an arm?
Television: The Masters Tournament
We play golf to drink beer and hang out with our friends. These guys play golf on television for money, lots and lots of money. And they play it on the nicest courses. The Masters wraps up this weekend at the illustrious Augusta National, with the third round on Saturday and the final round on Sunday. The field of pros vying for the coveted green jacket is still pretty open. Phil Mickelson, coming off a win at the Shell Houston Open, is poised for a strong showing. Tiger Woods may be slightly off his game, but he is, you know, Tiger Woods. Who will end up with the green jacket? Find out.