The Incredible Hulk: Not Incredible but Entertaining

No, the bar certainly wasn’t set very high on this one considering the last Hulk movie that many of us may remember. It was so terrible, un-action filled, lame and stupid that I considered shaving my scrotum with a rusty fork just to experience something that was less agonizing. But this Hulk movie did a nice job keeping me entertained for nearly two hours.

Edward Norton I always love. I have long since forgiven him for The Italian Job, especially considering how much I respected his attempt to bribe the studio not to release it. In pretty much all other cases, though, he’s excellent. Liv Tyler I have mixed feelings about, partially due to my hatred of Armageddon – no, not the event, that I can’t wait for…the terrible movie with Bruce Willis – and her usual inability to be loud or emotive in any but an overly-dramatic teary sort of way. I call that the Opposite of Al Pacino Syndrom. He can’t stop yelling and she can’t start. However, much to my pleasure and surprise, she yelled for like 6 seconds in The Incredible Hulk. It wasn’t her finest acting moment – clearly she’s found her niche with the quivering upper lip and whispery stuff – but it was something, so thanks.

The action was good and the super hero-ness of the story was decent too. I happen to love super hero stuff, though the movies rarely live up to my expectations. The Spidermans were not so great (second was best), I felt, and others fall short too (Fantastic Four – both). But I love learning how a super hero came to be. That’s very entertaining I think. This wasn’t the most detailed of explanations which is probably better for most people but they tossed me some bones. Though most people I think will have enjoyed Iron Man more, I was about as equally entertained by both.

Also amusing were all of the cameos. Stan Lee, of course, but also the guys who played the Hulk in the TV series – Bruce Banner (Bill Bixby – since he’s dead, this tribute was via a TV clip of Bixby in one of his other series, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) and the green Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Oh, and Stanley’s Pizza Parlor was a nice touch (“Stan Lee”).

I’m going to give it a rating of 6 Chocolate Salty Balls (this is out of ten, by the way).

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Oxford Commas – I mean, really

The Oxford Comma is a highly debated topic central to all of our lives. Okay, it’s not really that debated, but it is relevant to our lives. While I’m not going to go into all of the details and examples, I am going to say my piece and then ask for your thoughts and reflections – or at least ask you to have thoughts and reflections, because as writers we should be aware of this issue.

So what is an Oxford Comma? you ask. Well, an Oxford Comma is best demonstrated by example:

Me, myself and Irene (this contains no Oxford Comma)

Me, myself, and Irene (this contains an Oxford Comma).

Get it? An Oxford Comma is the optional comma you put before the last item in a list when you are listing things. In English writing, it’s optional. Some people think it should be mandatory and others think it’s silly and never necessary. My friend Kush, when he edits my work, often encourages me to include Oxford Commas because he thinks they add clarity. At first I dismissed his nonsensical ravings as sheer popery, but upon further reflection I realized that the Oxford Comma really can clear up a great deal of ambiguity. Hmm, I thought – I should rethink this.

What I decided was that I would no longer exclude the Oxford Comma for convention’s sake, but evaluate each instance on a case by case basis and decide whether or not it called for an Oxford Comma – if it clarified or not. What I’m saying could be really boring (in fact, it is), but that doesn’t change the fact that the comma (and other punctuation for that matter) is an important tool in the writer’s resources, and this special comma is something that should be thought about and not simply dismissed every time we write lists. Ask yourself if it clarified, but don’t be stuck with an extremist’s view that you should always use it or never. Use it when it helps. That’s the Middle Ground attitude towards Oxford Commas.

Do you use them? Do you support their use? Did you actually read to the end of this post? What’s your favorite sexual position?