Hobo Stu’s Weekly Recap

Hobo Stu

Hobo Stu

Hello everyone,

I can tolerate a lot, 24. I can look past the fact that you have killed off every major character not named Jack or Chloe. I can keep watching even when you give Jack a mysterious disease that keeps him from being able to kick ass, even though the entire reason I watch the show is to see Jack kick ass. I can even forgive you for curing Jack of that mysterious disease by just saying you somehow used stem cells, even though that makes no sense.

But the fact that you just announced you are bringing in Freddie Prinze Jr. for the final season of the show might just be too much to handle.

Why do you do this to me 24? Why do you make it so hard to love you?

Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:

Murphy’s Law – … Around
After having bitched for years about the lack of originality in Hollywood, this week Joel Murphy got the chance to review an independent movie made by a passionate filmmaker with an original voice. Did Murphy enjoy the indie film … Around or did the unremittingly cynical columnist still find a reason to complain?

Note to Self – That’s how you do it
Summer television isn’t exactly something typically worth getting excited over. And while the NHL has fully embraced the rerun concept with the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins squaring off for a second consecutive season, the NBA is providing “must see TV.” Brian Murphy has the details.

Outside of the In-Crowd – Commercial betrayal
We all have traumatic moments in our life that forever alter our perceptions of the world, like when we first realize our parents aren’t invincible or when we realize that the Easter Bunny isn’t real. Courtney Enlow recently had one of these life-changing moments when she found out that cheesy Empire carpet commercials she thought were exclusive to Chicago were really national spots.

Positive Cynicism – Who’s afraid of the big, bad media?
For weeks, the media hammered the “Swine Flu pandemic” story into the ground, creating panic around the United States. Then, a new shiny object caught the media’s attention and suddenly the pandemic was over. This week, Aaron R. Davis looks at the media’s fear-mongering and short attention span.

From the Vault – Hanging Around … Clambake Animation
Sunday nights on The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Assy McGee and his partner Detective Sanchez patrol the streets of Exeter, New Hampshire. Assy, like countless other television cops, is a gruff veteran who plays by his own rules. The difference is that Assy is made up of nothing more than an ass and a pair of legs.

You may find yourself wondering who exactly comes up with a show like that. The answer is Clambake Animation, a small studio in Watertown, Massachusetts that also produces commercials and children’s programing. Last year, we spent some time at Clambake Animation, doing our best not to make an ass out of ourselves while we were there. If you missed your chance to hang around Clambake Animation then, here’s a second chance.

– Hobo Stu

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