Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
Although the South Jersey shore region never really got a massive, crippling snowstorm this winter, the constant bombardment of 1-6” storms has been even worse. As a lifelong local, the years when we had big storms always seemed to have breaks with warmer temperatures and we normally only had one big storm a season. Snow is usually rare by the ocean (since the water cools slowly) but I feel like I’m living in Buffalo, NY this winter and it sucks.
I hate being a curmudgeon, bitching about how bad my arthritis has been for three months, but damn it, all this damp weather and constant chill has made me feel awful.
Throw in the normal course of moviegoing this time of year, when we are bombarded by the mediocre movies that follow the Oscar season and I’ve been feeling like Oscar the Grouch.
Maybe I’m just in a grouchy mood but despite liking the judges this year on American Idol — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick, Jr. — this is without question the worst group of contestants in the history of the show. It is so bad that this group might finally kill off American Idol and at this point I don’t think it will be missed.
Certainly I have to give the judges, who seem excited about the performers they selected, a healthy hunk of the blame for this debacle.
Look, we know that the producers were forcing the judges into selecting weak male contestants last year because they wanted a girl to win and she did. I loved Candice Glover but have you thought about her at all since the last season’s finale?
This year is seems like they don’t want anybody to win, except maybe blues rocker Caleb Johnson who does have talent. The rest of the Idols are consistently mediocre and none of them are strikingly attractive either. Being good looking has nothing to do with talent, but it does have a lot to do with being a musical star down the road, and this show is supposed to be about finding someone who has the potential to be a star.
I will check in on the show occasionally, but my weekly blogs on the series are finished. They just aren’t worth the time and effort.
Gee, I wonder if the weather has contributed to my rant against the 2014 Idols?
I don’t think so because the audience comments on the Entertainment Weekly recaps have reflected a similar point of view.