Archive for June 2010

SYTYCD Recap: It's Alex Wong's World, and We Are All Just Visiting

Other than "I hope this is exactly how Carlos Zambrano's anger management sessions will go," there are no words to describe the glory of this routine except, "Dude.  Yes."
Hello, So You Think You Can Dancers!  The word of the night tonight is “erudite.” Many of the dances tonight were, as Cat would say, erudite.  (She uses this word, and I don’t think she knows what it means).  Some dancers came off brilliantly.  Some improved their standing with me by delivering packages that added... Read more »

Why Ryan Seacrest Should Take Larry King's Place

Last night on his CNN talk show, Larry King announced that he would be retiring from his hosting duties this fall after six centuries on the job.  When asked who he’d like to see take his place, King dropped the name “Ryan Seacrest,” which had been bandied about months before as a possible replacement for... Read more »

Film Essentials: 1988

10: THE NAKED GUN. Fans of Airplane probably got a big kick out of this movie adaptation of the short-lived television show, Police Squad.  Leslie Nielsen, so good here as Frank Drebin, would go on to star in countless other parody films, none of which are as good as The Naked Gun.  Heck, even O.J. Simpson manages to charm here.  I love, LOVE the baseball sequence at the end, with Drebin disguising himself as opera singer Enrico Pollazzo, and then an umpire, only to be later outed as Mr. Pollazzo.  "Nice beaver."  "Thanks, I just had it stuffed."
In 1988, Crack first appeared in U.S. cities, later prompting Whitney Houston to declare its “wack”ness.  Stephen Hawking published “A Brief History of Time.”  Prozac was introduced.  The Hubble Space Telescope was put into operation.  Guns N’ Roses had a “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”, Tracy Chapman drove a “Fast Car” and Billy Ocean asked ladies... Read more »

New Movie Reviews: Knight and Day, Grown Ups, Jonah Hex, When In Rome

Knight and Day (**1/2) Tom Cruise does his darndest to inject some old school movie star charm into this creaky, uninspired action comedy, but unfortunately it’s just not enough.  Cruise is great, gamely inhabiting the role of uber-spy Roy Miller – someone not all that different from his Mission: Impossible character, Ethan Hunt.  When Miller... Read more »

Steve Carell is Leaving 'The Office' and I'm OK With This

Steve Carell made it clear on the red carpet for his new movie Despicable Me that the next season of The Office will be his last.  He signed on for seven seasons, and next season will be his seventh.  He feels that it’s time for him, and Michael Scott, to move on. I’m not all... Read more »

Movie Review - The Human Centipede (**1/2)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence).  90 mins.  R.  Written and Directed by Tom Six.  Starring Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura. Available in theaters and On Demand The concept behind The Human Centipede is so sick, so twisted, so outrageous, and so watercooler-worthy that there was no way I could resist... Read more »

So You Thought You Had 'So You Think You Can Dance' Pegged...

Baddest Badass of the Night Award goes to Brian Gainer and his Remote Control crew.  I want to watch them every night before I fall asleep.
Just when I walk into a results show thinking that the judges would take the opportunity to send home a guy (any guy) if given the chance, Nigel goes and does the opposite. And just when I think I can safely fast-forward through any and all random musical acts, they have to go and stick... Read more »

Not Your SYTYCD Recap

Due to technical difficulties (i.e. me falling asleep), my recap of last night’s So You Think You Can Dance will be up later today. In the meantime, enjoy this amazing video:

Film Essentials: 1987

10. BROADCAST NEWS. James L. Brooks doesn't make too many movies, so when he does, you have to perk up and pay attention.  He's a master at the refined romantic comedy, and Broadcast News is proof positive of that statement.  On their own, the trifecta of Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and William Hurt may not be that appealing, but together, they sparkle, and blessed with a smart, funny screenplay - everyone comes out smelling like a rose after this one.  Sports Night and The Paper fans can thank this movie for paving the way.
In 1987, the Fox Network made its prime-time TV debut.  Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the third time, later prompting Wayne Campbell to picture her “naked on a cold day.”  Disposable contact lenses became available.  The Simpsons were seen on TV for the first time.  Michael Jackson broke “Bad”... Read more »

Review - Toy Story 3 (*****)

Toy Story 3.  108 mins.  G.  Directed by Lee Unkrich.  Written by Michael Arndt.  Starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Ned Beatty, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, and Michael Keaton. By now, you’ve probably read all of the glowing reviews from the nation’s top critics, seen the impressive box office... Read more »