Saturday, November 29, 2014

25 Great Friend Songs: Celebrate Friendship with These Special Songs




Love gets all the, well, love when it comes to songs, but friendship can be just important. For anyone who's ever had a friend lift them up when they were down or turn a bad day completely around, the friend songs on this list are perfect for dedicating to your BFF. So celebrate your friendship with these great friend songs, and hope that your friendship really does last forever:

'With a Little Help From my Friends' by The Beatles - This has to be one of the most fun songs about friends ever written, an upbeat ditty about how the love of good friends helps us get by. It's one of the cheeriest, most uplifting songs about friendship on this list, and one that's best listened to in the company of your best friend.

'With a Little Help From my Friends' by Joe Cocker - But out of the two friend songs here that share this title, I prefer Joe Cocker's emotional version a little bit more. It's one of the deepest songs about friendship you'll ever hear, and I highly recommend you check out Joe Cocker's extremely emotional performance of this most tear-inducing of songs about friends below at Woodstock to really get its full effect.


'I Will Remember You' by Sarah McLachlan - For friends that are parting ways, this is one of the songs you've got to tearfully play while you spend a few last moments together. So if you're looking for sad (but meaningful) songs for saying goodbye, this is one that does adieu best.

'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers - And back to more upbeat songs about friendship. If you wear your friends out by incessantly talking to them or dragging them around everywhere with you, give back to them by letting them know you'll always be there for them to lean on when they need a break from your hectic lives with one of the best songs ever written for best friends.

'You've Got a Friend in Me' by Randy Newman (from 'Toy Story') - This is one of the best songs you'll ever hear in an animated movie (in fact, it was nominated for an Academy Award). But it's also one of the sweetest songs for friends, whether you're two gal pals or an astronaut and a cowboy.

'I'll be There for You' by The Rembrandts ('Friends' theme song) - All I can say about one of the most recognizable songs of the 90's being on this list of the best songs about best friends is "Duh!". It's a song about always being there for friends that's the theme song for a show called 'Friends'. How can the other songs here compete with that?

'Umbrella' by Rihanna - And here's one of the best songs about friendship for friends living in Seattle. Poor Rihanna needed her fair share of umbrellas not too long ago, and I can only hope your friends don't need to tote around the steel-reinforced type her friends have to keep at hand. Still, you can keep your friends and their outfits safe with one of the best modern friend songs on this list.

'Thank You for Being a Friend' by Andrew Gold - This is another of the songs here that's the theme song for a sitcom about friends, and we can all only hope we have the bond that 'The Golden Girls' do in our golden years. The original, full-length version is one of the most heartfelt songs about friendship, and any tune that makes you think of Betty White is bound to make you smile.

'You've Got a Friend' by James Taylor - Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call...the local radio station and dedicate this sweetest of songs about friendship to your BFF to cheer them up. I love the songs that just say "You've got a friend" to those that need to know you're there for them, and none do it better than this one.

'Low Places' by Garth Brooks - This is definitely one of the best country songs about friendship ever written. It's about the friends you can truly count on: the ones that haunt your favorite drinking holes keeping the jukebox playing your favorite songs and buying you a round when your feeling down. So don't be afraid to hang out with friends at "low places"; they might be some of the most real friends you'll ever find.



'Welcome Back' by John Sebastian - This is one of the best songs for old friends getting together again after many years apart, reliving their glory days and saying "Welcome back" to those that roamed far from their original home. Who knew sitcom theme songs were so warm and friendly?

'The Boys Are Back in Town' by Thin Lizzy - And here's another of the friend songs here great for a few best buds from back in the day to listen to over a beer. It's another song about old friends reuniting, and every guy knows that life gets a little more exciting when the boys get back together for one wild night of listening to their favorite songs, drinking heavily, and acting like teenagers again.

'That's What Friends Are For' by Dionne Warwick - And to change my tune a little from the last two friend songs, here's one that's quite a bit deeper, talking about love and heartfelt words, so it's one of the songs about friendship here best reserved for the truly special friends in your life.

'Wind Beneath my Wings' by Bette Midler - This is probably one of the most overplayed songs about friends out there (and some might say one of the cheesiest), but you can't deny that telling a friend that they're your hero is one great compliment. So when thinking of songs to dedicate to truly special friends, don't forget the incomparable Bette.

'My Best Friend' by Weezer - Again, this one of the friend songs here that mentions "love", so you've got to make sure your friends aren't afraid of the "L" word. But it's also one of the only rock songs about friendship on this list, so it's perfect for a little friendly head banging to.

'True Friend' by Hannah Montana (a.k.a. Miley Cyrus) - And for younger readers who have no idea what half of these songs are...you should really give them a chance! But if you don't care to, this is one of the best modern teen pop songs about friendship (and older readers who still refer to their bestie as their BFF might enjoy this sugary sweet guilty pleasure, too).

'The Gift of a Friend' by Demi Lovato - And here's another of the more modern songs about friends on this list, a super sweet tune sung by pixie-ish Demi Lovato for the 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure' soundtrack. So which of the teen queens' friend songs is better? Ill let the BFFs out there decide.



'We're All in this Together' by the High School Musical cast - And here's one of the best songs for a big group of friends getting together to celebrate. It's one of the most cheerful songs on this list, and one that celebrates the strengths of each individual friend that makes a group strong...together.

'We're Going to be Friends' by The White Stripes - This is one of the most surprising songs about friends on this list, a cutesy tune about best friends from grade school days. If you're looking for songs to play for friends that have been in your life for a long time, this is one of the most unique for reminiscing about those carefree days so long ago to.

'Friends' by Elton John - This is one of my favorite songs about friendship, a very poetic tune about watching time pass by and making true friends along the way. And despite the tragedy of aging and childhood slipping away, it's nice to know that everything will be alright as long as we've got good friends by our side.

'You're My Best Friend' by Queen - And here's one of the sweetest songs about friends on this list, made extra-special with Freddie Mercury's soothing voice. There's no better compliment than telling a friend that they make you live, so let them know just how special they are to you by dedicating one of the best songs ever written about friendship to them.

'Graduation (Friends Forever)' by Vitamin C - This is one of the songs about friendship I'm a bit tired of, because back in my high school days, it got a lot of radio play around graduation time. But friends and cheesy songs are just the dose of Vitamin C we all need around graduation time, as we jump into a scary new world and leave our old friends behind.

'Anytime you Need a Friend' by Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey is known for her extremely emotional songs, and this heartfelt ode to friendship is definitely full of feeling (and her distinctive falsetto). It's another of the songs here that lets friends know you'll always be there for them; it just takes a little longer for Mariah to get all the lyrics and her message out.

'Stand By Me' by Ben E. King - This is another of my favorite songs about friends, because it just makes you feel like a friend is giving you a hug as soon as you hear it. It lets friends know just how important they are to you and is one of the most unique songs on this list because it's sending a bit of a different message: asking friends to stand by you because they make you feel safe, instead of telling them that you'll be there for them. Is it a little selfish? Maybe. But who cares? Ben E. King still manages to make it sound super sweet and special.

'I'll Stand by You' by The Pretenders - And now back to friendship songs about standing by friends. Nobody can sing as sweetly about friendship as Chrissie Hynde, whose soothing voice makes everyone wish they had a friend that could sing songs to them in such an angelic way when they're feeling down.

So whether your looking to cheer friends up, reunite with an old friend, or celebrate your friendship, there's sure to be some great friends on this list for making you and your BFF feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Holidays And Merry Rick-mas From 'The Walking Dead'




"The Walking Dead" definitely isn't the holliest, jolliest show, but it has its heartwarming moments. In the spirit of the holiday season, let's take a look at some of season 5's merriest moments.

It's the most wonderful time of the year

The season 5 premiere of "The Walking Dead" gave fans a reason to celebrate when it returned with an explosive season 5 premiere. Carol saved her friends from becoming a feast for Gareth the Grinch, and she came bearing gifts: Daryl Dixon's bow and Rick's watch. Viewers got to see Daryl cry and give his savior a huge hug, but was he more excited about seeing Carol or getting his bow back? There were two more sweet reunions when Sasha learned that Tyreese was alive, and Rick and Carl lit up like two kids on Christmas when they saw baby Judith. 

  

Holly Jolly Bob

Before Bob's foot got roasted on open fire and Termites nibbled on his toes, he played an adorable game with Sasha called "Good Outta the Bad." Sasha would named the countless downsides of the zombie apocalypse, and Bob would try to find the bright side of mosquito bites (itching reminds you that you're alive) and having no privacy ("captive audience"). He provided some much-needed joy and cheer, and he gave Sasha some good memories to hold on to. Watch Father Gabriel find Bob's chargrilled appendage below.  




Beth's sweet gift

Noah proved that he was a good guy by presenting Beth with a festive green lollipop. That piece of candy would go on to star in a very disturbing scene, but at least it proved that the zombie apocalypse hasn't killed off all the giving people left in the world.



Eugene: The Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer of the zombie apocalypse 

Abraham's group found a great new toy when they stumbled up a shiny red firetruck, and unlikely hero Eugene finally stepped up and proved the brain underneath that mullet is a valuable asset by climbing on top of the vehicle and using its hose to take out a pretty large horde of zombies.



Slay ride

Carol survived Daryl Dixon's dangerous overpass joyride only to get hit by one of the hospital cars. However, there was an upside to Carol almost getting killed -- she was reunited with Beth after the poor girl had probably given up hope of ever seeing her old friends again. Just don't accept any lollipops, Carol!  





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Top 10 Greatest Witch Movies: Happy Halloween!

Barbara Steele plays a witch in "Black Sunday"

On this list you will find films about good witches and bad witches. Some are very scary, and some are lighthearted, fun, and safe for the whole family to watch. But no matter what kind of black magic you like, there's sure to be a bewitching film on this list that you will enjoy watching this Halloween:

"Black Sunday"




This 1960 film is about a vampire witch who comes back from the dead. She's played by the beautiful and unique Barbara Steele, who has dual roles in the film as the witch and a doppelganger princess who the sorceress wants to drain of her blood. If she pulls off this frightful feat, she'll gain immortality. It's an artistic film with great photography, and a must-see of lovers of the classic horror genre.

"The Witches of Eastwick" 

You won't find a trio of witches sexier than this! Susan Sarandon, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this film about a bewitching group of black-magic women who are all seduced by the same devilish man (played by Jack Nicholson, of course). It's a little bit sexy and a little bit gross, and while it's not the best film on this list, it's still fun to watch.

"The Blair Witch Project"

This 'mockumentary' was one of the most acclaimed independent films of our time because of its originality. To produce scares, the film relies on its realism and shaky camera footage. However, things don't start getting really freaky until we see the bizarre findings of the three student filmmakers searching the woods for evidence of the Blair Witch. Viewers never get to see the Blair Witch or learn the fate of the students, but the film definitely frightened audiences in a way they hadn't been before. Some filmgoers loved it, others hated it, and some couldn't make it through the whole film because the shaky camera work made them physically ill. At least it was refreshing and different.

"Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages"



his silent 1922 film is a very twisted look at witchcraft. It almost has the feel of a documentary to it, but you know the events that the film portrays can't possibly be actually happening. It has become a cult classic because of all of the strange scenes portrayed (including some with nudity, torture, and sexual perversion), and it has extremely good special effects for its time. The Criterion Collection currently has a DVD of the film available that features a restored print of the original version of the film along with the midnight movie edit of the film from 1968 narrated by William S. Burroughs (the writer of Naked Lunch.) It's a very interesting film, and it's a must-see for any hardcore movie lover or film student.

The Harry Potter films

These films currently are and will continue to be some of the most beloved movies about witches ever. The Harry Potter books have definitely cast a spell over children and adults alike all over the world, and the movies are just as magical. For a great Harry Potter themed children's Halloween party, just pop in a few of the films and serve up some classic Halloween treats like caramel covered apples and popcorn balls, along with some of the magical treats from the Harry Potter candy line. By treating your guests to a Harry Potter movie marathon, you'll be casting a magical spell over them that will make your job as party hostess a lot easier.

"Practical Magic"




Nicole Kidman has never looked more betwitching than she has in this film, and Sandra Bullock definitely doesn't look too shabby, either. The two sisters they play in this film have fallen prey to the same terrible curse that has plagued all female members of their family: any man who falls in love with them will die tragically. The film is full of crazy magic spells and curses, along with suspicious townspeople and even the undead. But despite all of the trouble these witches go through, like all romantic comedies, this one has a happy ending.

"Suspiria"

This 1977 horror film is one of the most notorious witch movies ever made, and the last produced in Technicolor. But the mood of the film is not colorful at all. It's about a group of girls who attend a dance academy that is so much more than it seems. Dance students begin to die in horrible and mysterious ways, and bizarre occurrences begin to happen at the school. After witnessing maggots falling from the ceiling, some of the girls become increasingly fearful of what is exactly going on there. One student discovers that the dance academy was once a school of the occult and a witch's coven, and it seems that this still might be the case. The film is full of blood and violence and is definitely not for everyone, but many consider it to be the best witch movie ever made.

"The Witches"

This somewhat spooky family film is based on the book by beloved children's author Ronald Dahl. The witches in this film are terrifying to children for good reason: their whole goal seems to be to rid the world of them (not by killing them, but by turning them into mice). A young boy learns of their plot when he stumbles into one of their gatherings at a hotel, and he must figure out how to stop them. This film really scared me as a child, and what disturbed me most was the portrayal of the witches/mice being stomped on and killed. I know the mice were supposed to be "the bad guys," but the scene still bothered me, and this film may not be suitable for all children.

"The Craft"




This teen film about female witches is definitely not upbeat, funny, or happy. It's about a group of teenage girls who are misfits at their school, a situation that they find can be remedied through the use of witchcraft -- they use their powers to put curses on their enemies. A newcomer to the group soon discovers that the ability to use the witchcraft has gone to all of the girls' heads, and they start to abuse it in dangerous ways. The film had an impact on gothic style, and it stirred an interest in the Wicca religion with teens for a while. It probably still has a profound effect on teens today.

"I Married a Witch"

In this classic witch movie, the lovely Veronica Lake stars as a centuries-old witch out for revenge against the ancestors of the man responsible for her burning at the stake. Her spirit manages to gain a human form, but she ultimately ends up falling for the man she is out to torment. Hilarity and insanity ensues, of course. Veronica Lake is simply stunning as always, and the film does have a pretty unique plot.

If you're planning on dressing as a witch this Halloween, perhaps some of these great films can inspire you to come up with a unique and different take on the classic black pointy hat and wart on the end of the nose. Whether you like your witches fun, funny, sexy, or frightening, there's sure to be a film about witches on this list that will cast a spell on you.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

10 Cartoon Characters with Names That Sorta Sound Dirty

Sometimes cute cartoon character names aren't so cute when you really think about them. The ones listed here sound more like vulgar Urban Dictionary entries or search terms that you wouldn't want showing up on your browser history:  

Quick Draw McGraw

How "Fifty Shades of Grey" is it that he wears a mask?


Penelope Pitstop

Poor Penelope


Pinkie Pie

Just don't think about this one too much


Lemongrab 

This "Adventure Time" character has a name that sounds a bit too adventurous

Snow Job 

Yup, there was actually a ginger G. I. Joe with this name

Woody Woodpecker 

Insert obvious joke here

Thumper 

Bambi's BFF was a little over-excitable 

Sandy Cheeks 

What a cheeky name for a sea squirrel 


 Snagglepuss

"Heavens to Murgatroyd!" 

Poopeye


Popeye had a cruel sister

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kanye West Calls Himself a Blowfish: He's Thinking of the 'South Park' Gay Fish Episode, Obvi



Kanye West has compared himself to a lot of people. Yeezus wants us to believe that he's Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, and Maya Angelou. If this were true, he might actually be legitimately interesting.

However, now that Kanye West has settled down with Kim Kardashian, he's definitely lost his comparison game. Instead of aspiring to be a business mogul or artist, he's perfectly content with being a blowfish. Here's what he said during a recent GQ interview:

"I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a—what's the fish that blows up? Yeah. I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it's like a blowfish. I wasn't coming out of my house going to a paparazzi's house to attack them. I'm defending my family in front of my own house. I'm defending my name as someone's screaming something negative at me. That's a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people."

How hilarious would it be if Kanye West's chipmunk cheeks inflated even more every time he was confronted by the paparazzi?

Now is definitely the time for "South Park" to do a follow-up to its infamous "Fishsticks" episode – maybe Kim Kardashian could convince Kanye West to get so many fillers injected into his face that he starts to look like a blowfish.

Surely you can't forget the "South Park" season 13 episode that attempted to take musician Kanye West down a few notches. The rapper is known for his inability to keep his mouth closed (he has this in common with fish), so everyone was eagerly awaiting his response to the skewering (and breading and deep-frying) he got back in 2009.



"Fishsticks" gave us the "funniest joke of all time" (unfortunately the Taylor Swift thing hadn't happened yet), and it used Cartman to demonstrate how some people have such big egos that they can make themselves believe anything they want to. Kanye West was upset because he just couldn't get the fishsticks joke, and he was determined that a "genius" like himself would eventually figure it out. But when he didn't, he retaliated. First he attacked an innocent but unfunny Carlos Mencia, another egomaniac who was also brought down a couple of notches (he literally lost a few inches when Kanye beheaded him). Yeezus then went after Cartman, who was taking credit for coming up with the gay fish joke even though Jimmy created the zinger.

Kanye West was portrayed as an egotistical maniac, but by the end of the show, he just accepted the fact that he was a gay fish.

Under the Seazus responded to the gay fish episode on his blog, but first he had to share an article about how he's the "man of the moment" and a flattering drawing of himself. So did he tear the creators of "South Park" a new one? No. He admitted that his feelings were hurt, expressed no anger at all, and stated that he was working on his ego. He even posted the fake music video portion of the episode (which was incredibly well-executed).

Yeezus' Kanyeuniversecity blog is gone, but I did manage to find Kanye West's shout-y response to the "Fishsticks" episode in an old Rolling Stone article:

"SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER. I USE TO USE IT TO BUILD UP MY ESTEEM WHEN NOBODY BELIEVED IN ME. NOW THAT PEOPLE DO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT MY MUSIC AND PRODUCTS THE BEST RESPONSE IS THANK YOU INSTEAD OF "I TOLD YOU SO!!!" IT'S COOL TO TALK SHIT WHEN YOU'RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE. WHEN YOU MEET LITTLE WAYNE IN PERSON HE'S THE NICEST GUY FOR EXAMPLE. I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM. I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKE DOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SH*T WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I'M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I'M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I'M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY ALSO!! I'M SURE THERE'S GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THIS... THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW IT'S ME!"
So now that it's five years later, do you think Kanye the blowfish is doing a good job of being less douche-y than Kanye the gay fish?