Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Movies

Getting movie recommendations has always been tricky since I like a wide variety of films and most are not popular. This year The Hangover was widely popular unfortunately it was not funny.

Let me just list them and you can decide for yourself:

The Hangover (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)  - not funny but clever, I kept waiting for the killer punchline but it was just too light on the jokes heavy on the visual aids.

Gran Turino - Great film although very depressing. Although the old man and young boy are the main focus the brilliance comes from the young sister.

Marley & Me - While I'm never fully convinced of the love between the main characters the love for the dog was undeniable.

Revolutionary Road - Hard to watch life behind the curtains of a seemingly perfect family. Well acted and again depressing.

Orz Boys - A Taiwanese film about boys growing up without caring parents. It is cut between cartoons and real life. It is a story told in an odd way and does not translate well so it may give some people a headache.

Die Hard - A freakin' Christmas classic. Wholly uplifting.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oh come on!

Alaina Reed Hall

Dead at 63.

Best known as the Olivia from Sesame Street and my old favorite Rose on 227. She was a great kind actor who also married Kevin Peter Hall, the original Predator, who died of AIDS at I time where people were more ignorant.

This year is not going quietly is it?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brittany Murphy

Damn shame.

I've been watching her on TV since she was a little kid on Almost Home, The Torkelsons revamped.
She was a great actress and singer, full of personality and a sense of humor.

She died at the age of 32 of a "cardiac arrest". Anyone with any medical knowledge will know that is not the whole story.

2009 has been tough for Hollywood.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

No TV for You!

John Lithgow in 2007Image via Wikipedia
I wnet for a new camera instead of a new HDTV.

The reason is simple most movies are awful and most TV shows are barely watchable. Now with the cancellation of soaps and the lack of 10 pm dramas their is less reason to huddle in my cave.

Plus a camera, theoretically, will make me more social. I shutter the thought.

But the 3 shows that are still on had great endings.

Glee was perfect with all their wrapping up of story lines.
Californication was great with emotional bombs going off left and right.
Dexter should sweep the award show, especially with John Lithgow as Trinity.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Day World Stood Still

The As the World Turns title card, from April ...Image via Wikipedia

September 17, 2010 will be the last episode of As The World Turns a 54 year old soap opera that spawned more great actors than every reality show put together.

I enjoy stories, well written or otherwise.

I hate reality shows but apparently I'm the only one. These aren't stories they are narcissistic trips into damaged peoples live. Plus they are poser since they are aware of the camera yet they claim to not notice them.

Slowly I'm getting away from TV but not because of me, it is them. I know when I'm being pushed towards cell phone/social network/internet lifestyle and the TV producers are moving their money to that scheme and want us to follow.

I will enjoy good shows wherever I get them, hell I still listen to radio dramas on WBAI 99.5 in NYC.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Monk Finally Ended

The Monk title card for seasons 2-8.Image via Wikipedia

Monk: Monk and the End Part II
Wow that was bad.

Monk often had a problem with consistency he often broke his own OCD rules. Then the final episodes brought back actors playing different characters. Then Trudy was discovered to be a lying tramp who solved her own murder before it happened.

Oh well at least the last two-minute montage was fun.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Nothing New to See

No new TV for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Turkey-Sandwich Tuesday.

All shows mentioned last post are still on my nice list.

Monk is about to finish and they are disappointing in every final step.

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