Archive for September 2013

Fall TV Pilot Review: Hostages

Fall TV Pilot Review: Hostages
HOSTAGES Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on CBS Premise: A family is taken hostage by a group of kidnappers led by FBI agent Dylan McDermott (not Dermot Mulroney), and their freedom is conditioned on surgeon mom (Toni Colette) killing the President, upon whom she is scheduled to operate. Behind the Scenes: Jerry Bruckheimer, fresh from his... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Mom

Fall TV Pilot Review: Mom
Airs: Mondays, 9:30/8:30 Central on CBS Premise: A recovering alcoholic/single mom/waitress (Anna Faris) is forced to reconnect with her recovering alcoholic/horndog/mom (Allison Janney). Hijinks ensue. The Good: Well, it’s not Dads, so it’s got that going for it. Plus, Allison Janney is always a welcome presence on my TV screen. This pilot didn’t have me... Read more »

Breaking Bad review, "Granite State"

(The above video is of me making some predictions for the final episode and talking more about Todd. My awesome Game of Thrones T-shirt was cut out of the video. For that I am truly sorry.) Landry (sorry, “Todd”) has always been a bit of a Marlo Stanfield for me. In case you’re unfamiliar with... Read more »
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10 Totally Inappropriate Moments in Family Movies

10 Totally Inappropriate Moments in Family Movies
Lately, I’ve been re-watching a lot of ’80s movies with my son.  You know, the classics: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, etc.  It has been great fun seeing him experience these movies for the first time.  And yet, in many of them, there always seems to be that one moment of questionable taste. ... Read more »

Breaking Bad Is The Greatest Television Show of All Time, and You're Not Watching Because...

Breaking Bad Is The Greatest Television Show of All Time, and You're Not Watching Because...
As I was happily going about my day yesterday morning, sitting down at the table to enjoy some breakfast while reading the newspaper, I encountered an article in the Chicago Tribune that really got under my skin.  It was an opinion piece written by Mary Schmich, called “Breaking bad on that TV show.”  You can... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Dads

Fall TV Pilot Review: Dads
There are shows that pop up every once in a while that seem like such a bad idea on paper you wonder (knowing what it takes to get a show on the air) how the pilot ever got produced, let alone made it to television. Then there’s Dads, which not only made it onto the... Read more »
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Fall TV Pilot Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Fall TV Pilot Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Airs: Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on FOX Premise: Workplace comedy about a ragtag crew of police officers cutting up and catching crooks. Behind the Scenes: Creators Dan Goor & Mike Schur come from Parks & Recreation.  The pilot was directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 Jump Street). The Good: The cast is... Read more »

Movie Revue: Riddick, Insidious Chapter 2, The Family, Short Term 12

Movie Revue: Riddick, Insidious Chapter 2, The Family, Short Term 12
Movie Revue is a collection of short but sweet reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. RIDDICK.  Having recaptured a good chunk of his fame by stepping back into the Fast & Furious franchise, Vin Diesel could have gone anywhere with his career.  And, where does he decide... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Sleepy Hollow

Fall TV Pilot Review: Sleepy Hollow
SLEEPY HOLLOW Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on Fox Premise: Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up from frozen slumber over 200 years later to team up with a young police officer (Nicole Beharie) and track the second coming of the Headless Horseman, who may just be one of the four horsemen of the... Read more »
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Breaking Bad review, "Ozymandias"

Breaking Bad review, "Ozymandias"
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” — Percy Bysshe Shelley It’s gotten to the point where Walter White has lied so many times on Breaking Bad, that’s it’s almost impossible to recognize when he’s telling the truth. And it’s definitely gotten to the point where I... Read more »