Friday, September 28, 2012

TV Report

You know the drill.

:: Okay, so, Castle didn't thrill me, but it didn't make me want to stop watching, either. I really don't know with this show. I wish they'd find a way to reinvent it, or reinvigorate it, or something. Seriously, it can be the same show it was before if Castle and Beckett are together; the will they/won't they garbage has been dragged on for so long that it's become a crutch that the writers can't seem to imagine walking without. Now they're going to keep it secret from everyone? Why? No other reason than to try and milk the last drops from a cow that's been dead for a year. Just let them be together for chrissakes and start remembering that the show used to be fun and clever.

As for the long-simmering "Who Killed Kate's Mom?" storyline, I know it's too much to ask for us to be done with it, but can we just let it go for a good while? I think they've reached an okay plateau with this thing now that they've brought it to the unbelievably silly point of the Mythical All-Powerful Politician. I think we can drop it for now, right? I mean, that was sort-of-almost-satisfying, and they can just let it lie until the character inevitably gets picked to be the new VP of the United States or something.

All in all, better than I thought it would be, but this show has a long way to go to get back in my good graces.

:: I really hope this is the last season of How I Met Your Mother. Not because I think the premise is running out, but because I think the series has run out of steam.

:: I'm very happy that Kat Dennings and her breasts are back on television.

Very, very happy.

I know, I know, the show's stupid, whatever, doesn't bother me. I hate seeing people whine constantly over the wasted potential of blah blah blah they don't have to give a blah about. I just like the two girls. (Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings, not those girls, though they are pretty fanfuckingtastic.)

:: I love Mindy Kaling, but I'm afraid I have to agree with Ken Levine's assessment of The Mindy Project: she's just not a star. She's not a lead. And frankly, I'm not thrilled with the supporting cast of Needlessly Italian Not-Very-Good-Looking Guy and Needlessly British-Pretty-Boy-Who-Can't-Decide-If-He's-Hugh-Grant-or-Hugh-Laurie-So-He-Does-Them-Both-at-Once. The whole thing is occasionally clever but kind of meh. It feels like a show I'd watch on Showtime that would be cute before something else distracted me. I don't see it lasting very long on a network where the expectations are higher. Terrible title, too; I thought that was just a placeholder until they came up with a real title.

Too bad; I just finished reading Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and really liked it. But I'm just not drawn in to the show.

Give Stephen Tobolowsky more to do. Now.

:: I just watched Vegas on a whim, and I actually loved it. It's another one of those high concept shows where the period production design is the real star, but unlike last year's Pan Am and The Playboy Club, I actually made it to the end of the pilot. And I enjoyed the hell out of it. I guess the key is to put Dennis Quaid in a fistfight in the first three minutes. (I seriously love Dennis Quaid, and I especially love him in this kind of taciturn cowboy role.) I'm really looking forward to this one in my regular rotation. I hope they can keep up the quality, because that was just a solid hour of television entertainment.

I also hope there's more Gil Birmingham, I love him. I want to see him and Dennis Quaid kicking ass together.

:: I kind of feel like I should hate Modern Family a little bit, but I still like it. I don't think I love it anymore, but I've been seeing a lot of hate online lately that seems over the top. "Oh God, it's popular and it's so conventional, I'm so angry and pissed off, why can't everything be Arrested Development?" It gets old.

:: Isn't this the last season for Parks and Recreation? I think that would be a good idea. Good as that show can be, it already feels played out. I've expressed that opinion and gotten enough hate for it recently, so hold it in, okay?

:: I really hope they turn Raj and Stuart into a couple on The Big Bang Theory. The potential for that is the only thing that was really interesting on the premiere episode.

:: I admit, I've been watching The X-Factor. They sucked me in with Queen Britney. And it's been totally worth it.

I still love her. I always will. Yeah, yeah, I recognize everything you're saying, but I just love her, especially now that she's made the transition from pop star to full-time icon. I will forgive her all of her inanities because I find her hilarious and adorable. She's like the cool aunt you love when you're 10 because she's totally immature and that's awesome fun when you're 10.

Yeah, that is really 75% of the show for me.

What's surprising about The X-Factor (I'd never watched it before) is that it really is a pretty enjoyable little show. It's totally manufactured and processed to hell; the editing on this show is so ridiculously over-the-top, and the audio sweetening where they play music over the results to leave no emotion unmanipulated (the show is totally telling us how to feel about every contestant and that's that) is completely insane. It's like watching master propaganda. Thank goodness they're only using it to sell Pepsi instead of, say, popularizing the idea of invading a Middle Eastern nation that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.

But it's fun in that dorky, pseudo-hip way early MTV was; you know you're being manipulated and pandered to, but it's easy to ignore.

Oh, Britney.

I know these are for the most part insubstantial comments about insubstantial shows, but that's mostly what's on right now. I'd say the Vegas pilot is probably the thing I enjoyed most this week that wasn't Louie.

Stew Smile

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

Another fun flick; it's different from The Return of the Pink Panther, much more silly and now completely divorced from its mid-sixties oh-so-hip-and-classy origins. Mostly the reason to watch this is for Herbert Lom's wonderfully loony performance as Clouseau's former Chief Inspector. Having been driven completely mad by Clouseau's incompetence in the previous film, he goes all-out super villain in this one. Very much like a Bond film, and you can see the seeds of many Austin Powers bits. ***

UPDATE 9/27: I hope my praise did not somehow doom Herbert Lom...

Cute short about SHIELD, just filling in some bits in the Marvel Movie Universe. Count me in with the people hoping that this is a first look at what the proposed SHIELD TV series might look like, cast and all. ***

Another cute fill-in, this one firmly tying the events of The Incredible Hulk to the rest of the Avengers flicks. This time, count me in with the people hoping that they find a way to bring Agent Coulson back. (Come on, Vision theory!) ***

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Doctor Also Happens to Be Cute

EW has a fun video up in which Grover and Cookie Monster stop by the office and parody a number of recent hits, including Doctor Who. Is it too late to replace Matt Smith with Grover?

Very Quick Health Report Update

I went to the doctor for a regular appointment this morning. They put me on that big scale and I've lost 24 pounds since the last time I was there in March. That makes me feel especially good for a few reasons. First, it's the first time I've gone to see Dr. Patel in a couple of years and my weight's gone down instead of up. Second, I lost a bunch of weight in June and then gained it back. The nurse thinks I must have crashed and lost it too quickly; she also thinks I don't eat enough (and I do tend to stick to two meals a day, generally) and that my body's holding on to all of it. But I've lost the first 24 pounds and I'm getting so much of a handle on being able to relax and not being so panicky.

I feel really good today.


Lorna is really my favorite Russ Meyer girl.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Today in Substitute Teaching: A Paraphrased Moment

ME: Hey, I'm here to sub for you!

TEACHER: Oh, good. You'll be doing a reading course with five 3rd graders who need the extra help.

ME: Wow, sounds great.

TEACHER: I don't know why they started you now, because no one needs you for an hour. So you can just sit here and read or whatever you want to do.

ME: No problem.

TEACHER: After the group, you don't have anything to do, either, so you'll have a lot of time to just do whatever, I guess.

ME: Oh, okay.

A half-hour passes in silence.

OFFICE WORKER: Hi, could you do us a favor?

ME: Sure.

OFFICE WORKER: Another sub never showed up, so could you teach a 5th grade classroom today?

ME: Oh. When do you need me?

OFFICE WORKER: In five minutes, and then for the rest of the day.

ME: Oh, boy.

Hours later.

MY FEET: Here's that dull pain you ordered. Please enjoy it for the rest of the day.

MY BACK: No... kill... I...

God Damn, Kat

Kristen Bell Mondays

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Song of the Week: "Do It Anyway"

Ben Folds Five, the Nerdist, Anna Kendrick and the Fraggles all in one place... how can I not put this up? Just great, great stuff. Fun trivia: this is the first time Fraggles (other than Traveling Matt) have interacted with humans. Guess the secret's out!