Cartman Becomes “Awesome-O,” Butters Robot Pal, in Episode 802

Oh, Cartman, you silly bastard.

In an attempt to pull one of his biggest pranks on Butters to date, Cartman dresses up as a robot, calling himself Awesome-O and pretending that he will be Butters’ servant and best friend. The two become disturbingly close – with Butters thinking the whole time that he really does have a new robot best friend – and when Cartman learns that Butters has a video of him dancing around his backyard like Britney Spears, he realizes that he cannot leave Butters’ side until he finds it … especially considering the fact that Butters plans to show the tape to everyone if Cartman is ever mean to him again.

Still not realizing that it’s just Cartman, Butters takes Awesome-O on vacation with him and Hollywood producers abduct him and make him think of movies for them. Cartman continues giving them ideas with Adam Sandler. Eventually the U.S. military grabs Awesome-O, believing he can assist them in the War on Terror by generating movie ideas for anti-Islamic films. Brilliant!

By the end of the episode I’ll give you one guess about what happens with that video of Cartman….

What did you think? What was your favorite part?

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe are Excellent in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies

As far as I know this hasn’t been a critically acclaimed film. In fact, it’s one among many Hollywood attempts to expose the problematic approach of the United States to the War on Terror. Well, we all know it’s flawed but throwing it in our faces when we’ve paid $10 to be entertained is not the greatest approach.

As it happens, this movie was pretty entertaining. It was, I contend, too long, and quite frankly I don’t understand why almost every movie these days is over 2 hours. I wish I could say I thought they were trying to give us our money’s worth, but when it comes to movies, value is not measured in time. It’s measured in the quality of the product on the screen. Now, it’s not that there were a huge amount of scenes that needed cutting, but generally I find long movies to be a problem with ego or intelligence. Either the director/editor thinks that his material is too good to be cut or (s)he’s not smart enough to figure out how to cut material while making sure the story doesn’t fall apart. It’s an art and it’s difficult, I understand, but that doesn’t mean I need to sit there through 30 minutes of bunk material because you can’t get your cut on.

In any case, this movie was good, if a little long. I’m not generally a big Russell Crowe fan, but he did a good job being a character I wasn’t supposed to like much anyway. Leonardo DiCaprio, as always, was spectacular. I often say that he is one of the premier actors of our generation and I stand by that. He is incredible and this performance was great – not Oscar great and perhaps not Blood Diamond great, but he’s great.

I loved the portrayal of certain aspects of Muslim culture in Jordan, including the difficulties between the Muslim woman and DiCaprio’s character, and I loved the defense of the Middle East and Islamic culture by DiCaprio. The Middle East is a great place with great people and this global struggle that we’ve all become embroiled in makes it rather difficult to realize that. Obviously, that’s what Hollywood, in all its glory, wants us to see, but unfortunately it would rather slam it in our faces than subtly demonstrate the fact. What can you do?

I give Body of Lies 7 chocolate salty balls.

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