Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CASUALTIES OF WAR


The mid-season finale finds our cast of characters in deeper than ever, with Bridget losing control of her emotions and Siobhan losing control of her Bro Henchman. Agent Machado makes some headway thanks to an unlikely source, while Juliet will do almost anything to sleep with her teacher. And if you still care about Gemma, your burden may be lifted sooner than later. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

LIFE'S A HAPPY SONG



At long last, a movie worthy of the Muppet name! With writer/executive producer Jason Segel restoring the heart and soul to Kermit & Company, The Muppets uses nostalgia, humor and genuine good vibes to win back the silver screen.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

FOOD: THE HOLIDAY!


Happy Turkey Day, Americans! Our forefathers - armed with big hats, oversized belt buckles and muskets - celebrated the first Thanksgiving way back when, and this strange tradition just kinda stuck.

All of that dark history aside, I'm once again thankful for so much this year. My family and friends are probably the best under the Sun. What's that you say? Everyone says that? Oh. Well, they're wrong. I'm fortunate enough to have people in my life that support my endeavors and keep my insane neuroses in check, all the while providing me with a limitless source of entertainment.

You know what else I'm thankful for? YOU GUYS! Readers. I'm so appreciative and consistently blown away that people have indulged me for so long in doing something I love. To express my gratitude, please to enjoy some gobble-worthy TV favorites:





 


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Make sure to stay hydrated between naps with some liquor! My review of The Muppets is coming very soon...


Saturday, November 19, 2011

LAST BUT NOT LEAST


Considered a guilty pleasure in its earlier seasons, Gossip Girl now holds a more infamous distinction...that of the lowest-rated show on network television. It's a good thing there's still plenty of drama to go around on the Upper East Side, even five years in!

When I first saw the Gossip Girl pilot in 2007, I knew I was watching something special. Since then, I've loyally stuck with the UES gang, as other die-hard fans fell by the wayside. I understood their complaints, but I always knew that GG would creatively pull through. And while I personally think it has, that asshole Nielsen begs to differ.




It pains me to report that based on recent statistics provided by Vulture (whose comprehensive coverage of "The Greatest Show of Our Time" is unsurpassed), Gossip Girl is officially the lowest-rated series on network television. I'm willing to give you that it may not be the most relatable show, but one thing it has always been is ridiculously entertaining.



Serena Van der Woodsen is still the most beautiful, charming idiot in Manhattan. Her half-baked schemes are the stuff of legend, as is her questionable dating history (who falls head over heels in love this much?). Usually always by her side is Blair Waldorf, who remains as intelligent, elitist and unapologetically vicious as Serena is stupid.




This season has been as twisted as ever, with Diana Payne (guest star Elizabeth muh-fuggin' Hurley) pulling the strings of basically the entire cast. Well, except Rufus and Lily. I think the show has finally realized that they're irrelevant. Dan is much less insufferable now that Vanessa & Jenny are gone, but he needs to fix his stupid Jeff Buckley hair pronto. Chuck has surprisingly turned out to be one of the most level-headed of the group these days, and in case you're wondering...no, they still haven't figured out what to do with the sweetly-vacant Nate Archibald. If you need him, he'll be smoking a bowl and nailing cougars. Some things never change.

In summation: If you enjoy camp, fantasy-level drama and privileged people trying to destroy each other - AND you've got a Nielsen box in your home - do me and The CW a favor and tune in Mondays at 8pm. If this is going to end up being the final season, let them go out with a bang!

UPDATE: Vulture talked to executive producer Joshua Safran at GG's 100th episode celebration party, and he says that no one's told him that this would be the final season. The president of Warner Bros. Television would also like there to be at least one more (you don't say!), so there's still time for the Powers That Be to craft a wholly satisfying, mind-blowing season 6 before packing it in. But you should still watch!




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING...MILLENNIUM?


I LOVE A LOT OF WEIRD MOVIES. And you probably do, too, right? So let me share one with you, bite-size style. Maybe you've seen it, maybe not! I'll provide you with the trailer, and 5 'caps for good measure. My hope is that by the end you'll either want to watch it immediately, or will have experienced MovieTingle™ from revisiting an old favorite. I'd be surprised if you downright hated it, 'cause you're here in the first place. You probably know what to expect. 

Our inaugural film is the sci-fi/time travel/brain-wrinkling classic made from the last gasps of the 80s...

Millennium (1989)










Did you fall in love with the Kris Kristofferson / Cheryl Ladd power couple? Do paradoxes terrify you? Hit the comments and tell me what you think!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

WHO'S THE BOSS?


Bridget continues to get cozy with Andrew, which doesn't please his manipulative business partner one bit. Malcolm begins to suspect Charlie's motivations...which rightfully makes Bridget as paranoid as Siobhan, who was on antidepressants after lying to her therapist. In Butler news: Gemma's still alive, and the twins are real!

Monday, November 14, 2011

BEAUTY AND THE BLOODLUST


Full of breathtaking vistas and stunning beefcake, Immortals succeeds where its genre competitors failed - in truly captivating the audience. Henry Cavil's physique is appropriately mythological, but it's the combination of idyllic perfection and the ravages of war that makes director Tarsem Singh's film memorable.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

FELT ON FILM


With The Muppets returning to the big screen this Thanksgiving, it's time to revisit their cinematic history. No awkward television specials here - just a most sensational look back on Kermit & Company's six big screen adventures.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A SUPER CONVENIENT TRUTH


She may be free of a fake baby, but Bridget has to watch her step when the gang's (almost) all converging on Manhattan. Juliet is brutally rebuffed by her teacher, and Malcolm takes refuge in the worst place possible. Meanwhile in Paris - pretty, stupid Tyler inadvertently sets Siobhan on a collision course for New York.

Monday, November 7, 2011

THE BLOG SHOW


This weekend I headed to Downtown LA for the first annual BlogWorld & New Media Expo. One of the most highly-specialized trade shows I've ever been to, it was an eye-opening experience with much to see and learn. Here's a quick trip report!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

THE INVINCIBLE 'O'


So this is basically the greatest photograph ever taken.

Aside from the obvious "Oprah is firewalking" aspect, also notice the lunatic expressions on the faces of the 2 women directly behind her. And the...coach? Instructor? Motivational speaker? I just don't know.

What I do know is that this photo is the real deal...The Oprah tweeted it last night.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

IT'S DIFFERENT WITH TWINS


Under suspicion yet again, Bridget leaks a little truth to Andrew and Henry about her family. Juliet exhibits responsible behavior for the first time, and pays dearly for it. Malcolm trades Wyoming for New York, while Charlie lends a hand. Ringer returns...with more sass, sex and SMG faces!