Archive for June 2010

True Blood Recap - Bosom Buddies

There was a lot of pairing up last night on True Blood (I, for one, would totally watch a spin-off show about the escapades of Pam and Jessica).  The episode itself was just kind of slight, and was mostly an hour of setting up things to come later in the season.  My full recap is... Read more »

Weekly Movie News Round-Up: June 14-18

I follow all the news so you don’t have to… Here’s what you may have missed: (1) Sam Raimi directing Wizard of Oz Prequel.  This is a huge get for Disney.  Sam Mendes was originally set to direct but pulled out, and now that Raimi no longer has Spider-Man on his plate, he was able... Read more »

Review - Rubicon on AMC (**)

After creating two of the most brilliant, defining shows of the last few decades in Mad Men and Breaking Bad (my current favorite), expectations were high for AMC’s third original series: Rubicon.  A special sneak preview of the pilot aired after Sunday’s spectacular Breaking Bad finale (seriously – please watch that show).  The show doesn’t actually premiere until... Read more »

So You Think You Can Dance - Let's Hear It for the Boys

But for some reason the tiger claws didn't really bother me.
On the one hand the guys of this season of So You Think You Can Dance are magnificent and I hope they all stay in the competition for the duration.  On the other hand, I hope they all get booted off this week so that I can keep watching all the all-star boys as well.... Read more »

Happy Father's Day! - The Worst Dads of Film and Television

He's allowed his son to live under the same roof as Charlie Sheen for seven years.
Normally as we head into Father’s Day, we take the time to remember the fathers who have touched our lives in positive, constructive, loving ways.  That’s not this list.  This is the list of some of the worst dads ever to appear on your TV or movie screens.  This list is by no means comprehensive,... Read more »

True Blood Recap - Conscience Off, Little Jason On

If you’re looking to pass the time before Sunday’s next installment of Sexy Vampires: Non-Sparkly Edition, please do check out my recap of the season premiere.  

EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) - Who Will Be the Next to Win One

Her acting didn't win her the Oscar, her singing did.  But who cares, she has the O and she's not giving it back.  Now all she needs to do is bring her giant set of pipes to the boards of Broadway.  And then, in her advanced age, play a sage old judge on "Law & Order: Anarchy" in 2043.
The EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony quadfecta) is the most prestigious badge of honor available to anyone in the performance industry (at least according to Tracy Jordan it is).  There have been very few EGOT award winners since the history of time.  The list includes Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, and Whoopi Goldberg.... Read more »

The Essentials: 1986

10. BLUE VELVET. I can't believe I originally left this one off the list!  I'm not a huge David Lynch fan, but I have to appreciate the gonzo, totally unique freak show that is Blue Velvet.  From the first shot of the severed ear to Dennis Hopper's freakin' insane portrayal of the sociopathic, deeply disturbed Frank Booth, this movie sears its way into your memory.
In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded.  “Iron” Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight champion ever.  Mad Cow Disease was first identified. The Soviet Union launched the MIR space station.  The Nicotene patch was invented.  IBM unveiled the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer.  Madonna hit it big with “Papa Don’t Preach” and the Bangles... Read more »

Review - The Karate Kid (****)

The Karate Kid.  140 mins.  PG.  Directed by Harald Zwart.  Written by Christopher Murphey.  Starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, and Taraji P. Henson. I’ll be the first to admit that I had grave reservations about this loose remake of the 1984 classic starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, and those reservations were threefold.  First, I love the... Read more »

Review - The A-Team (***1/2)

The A-Team.  117 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Joe Carnahan.  Written by Joe Carnahan & Brian Bloom and Skip Woods.  Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, and Patrick Wilson. I know I watched The A-Team on television as a child, but for the life of me, I can’t really remember... Read more »