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 +47Posted on Feb 7th | re: Heaven Just Got A Little More Videogum (267 comments)

wait wait wait. GABE was gossip girl?!

 +2Posted on Jan 10th | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (11 comments)

“Sherlock‘s executive producer Steven Moffat says that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have already plotted out the next two seasons of Sherlock.”

Would have been nice if they’d plotted out this current season. Woof.

But seriously folks, it’s a plotless, pandering disaster. I wish it weren’t.

 0Posted on Dec 23rd, 2013 | re: This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys (13 comments)

21JS is great!

 +2Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 | re: This Week In Comedy Open Thread (23 comments)

Is anyone here in the tank for ‘Trophy Wife’? People are saying stuff. Are they right?

 +2Posted on Oct 4th, 2013 | re: This Week In Comedy Open Thread (23 comments)

Chelsea Peretti is great and Young Sandwich is too obviously but the show isn’t there yet, and I think Kelly is right if she’s saying (as I think she is?) that it hasn’t really earned being P&R yet. Only I don’t even like P&R so, but, Community took a good few episodes before it worked, no stanno.

Still get a chris_hansen.jpg kind of feeling about the inclusion of Emma Watson but I guess that’s because you get old really quickly folks and almost don’t notice the world has moved on and Emma Watson is no longer like 19. Gotta be at least 22 now.

 +2Posted on Sep 30th, 2013 | re: Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey And Arcade Fire (74 comments)

Ahh no, they still haven’t got round to that dynamite sketch I sent in! It was an observational-comedy ‘bit’ (showbiz jargon) about how you know when you’re reading an American blog and you want to watch a Hulu embed and you can’t because of something to do with regions. Right? I mean are they holding out for a big sale? What’s up with that?

 +5Posted on Sep 17th, 2013 | re: The Final Season Of Mad Men Will Air In Two Parts (36 comments)

“this unique manner of ending”

Matt, no.

 0Posted on Jul 16th, 2013 | re: I'm Worried About The Bridge, You Guys (55 comments)

“Gillian Anderson does a passable accent”

Well… it’s kind of her accent! Or, she doesn’t exactly have an accent. She does American and English and both are her coz she grew up partly in England and lives here now.

 +2Posted on Jul 11th, 2013 | re: I'm Worried About The Bridge, You Guys (55 comments)

It’s not Diane Kruger’s fault, the original Swedo-Dano version had the exact same problem and I stopped watching after the first episode because it wasn’t too good and life is short. Try Borgen though! And the original The Killing.

 +4Posted on Jun 27th, 2013 | re: Yo, Is World War Z Anti-Semitic? (34 comments)

I’m glad Gabe called this bc it was creeping out that the reviews hadn’t. Oh, well, except this piece of verbal garbage in London’s ‘Evening Standard’:

“There’s one interesting idea – involving Jewish Israelis, conspiracy theories and isolationism – that creates a pleasing ambiguity (it’s possible to read the film as both pro- and anti- Zionist).” http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/world-war-z-film-review-8668020.html

Mmm, very pleasing!

Moving on, the film was a bit confusing but it seemed almost like Brad DID NOT KNOW that Israel was safe until the crazy man with no teeth on a South Korean army base told him. Would this not be common knowledge?

 +1Posted on Jun 24th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Morning Links! (23 comments)

“And whether it was the premiere this year, which really explored how we’re seen from the outside world; Megan’s miscarriage right away; the use of the soap opera; Sylvia and what she meant to Don; Don’s obsession with Sylvia; Peggy’s lack of choices; the Martin Luther King assassination; Don’s realization about his relationship with his kids; people being driven closer together … The merger — I mean, that’s episode five. So I don’t even know what to tell people. I feel very proud of the big events of this season, which are, honestly, where Don is, and where Don and Megan are, and Sylvia, the introduction of the chaos of the world in 1968, the merger, then Don reuniting with Betty, his obsession with and rejection by Sylvia, being discovered by Sally, trying to crush his partner, and eventually reconciling with himself. I don’t know what more you can do in twelve weeks of TV.”

What is Matthew Weiner talking about? That is literally a list of things that happened. Like, “the Martin Luther King assassination”. He was assassinated and some characters were upset and awkward around that one black character who then disappeared. There was a merger. It happened in Episode 5. It was almost as exciting as when those British people were in it for a bit. A big event of the season is “where Don and Megan are”, which is that he is a philandering scumbag? Or just “the Upper East Side”? Don reunited with Betty after that long, long absence, so there was that. I’m glad that Don reconciled with himself in the end though. It was a rough ride for him being rich and white and screwing who he liked.

 +5Posted on Jun 13th, 2013 | re: Theme Music In The Age Of Netflix (56 comments)

“Looking back just a few years, the habits of the American television viewer seem downright bizarre. Once a week, the viewer would clear her schedule at a time determined by a bunch of network executives somewhere far, far away” blah blah blah

Hmm, I dunno, though, is that really so bizarre? A lot of people seem to do it even now afaict! Millennials. Am I right?

Also, wasn’t there an almost as loopy long period where people watched “DVD”s which allowed them to skip the credits too? Even more easily than on Netflix?

 +5Posted on May 30th, 2013 | re: What Is Patrick Stewart Even Talking About? (73 comments)

We don’t really have the whole ‘slice’ thing going on here so much (we have Domino now, TA VERY MUCH America), or didn’t when P-Stew was young BUT THEN he has been living in LA since about 1987 so who even knows.

 0Posted on May 28th, 2013 | re: Arrested Development And/Or Behind The Candelabra Open Thread (106 comments)

I watched just the first one and it wasn’t good, was it? Lot of kind of, not quite homophobic jokes. And jokes about George Sr being racist that were somehow just kind of on the nose. Bleh, who cares, because the sun is shining outdoors, and when it isn’t we can marathon New Girl or some such thing.

 +10Posted on May 28th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Morning Links! (6 comments)

‘Community was Harmon shooting off a flare gun to attract like-minded weirdos, articulating a worldview — institutions are bad, individuals are good, normalcy is an illusion, people who feel uncomfortable on the planet constitute a kind of sociocultural 99 percent, what we all have in common is our brokenness.’ – Grantland.

Christ.

 +4Posted on May 22nd, 2013 | re: GIF Creator Steve Wilhite Drops A Bomb.GIF (Terrible) (70 comments)

Which raises the point: all these whingers who don’t want to pronounce “gif” “jif” are FINE pronouncing it “blinjee” as we ALL do, so what is the problem again?

 +2Posted on May 21st, 2013 | re: Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Movie Review (67 comments)

I thought this was a good-enough movie that I was in the right mood for. Not going to be talking about it in two weeks, but that’s OK.

With that said, I don’t know why they pay the writers so much when they are so bad. I’m not a Whovian, as I believe fans are called, but the Khan thing doesn’t make any damn sense except as a Big Reveal.

There was some really shaky plotting the whole way through: Mickey seems to have killed himself right? In return for Khan saving his kid’s life. But then Starfleet seems to have interrogated him to find out who gave him the ring/bomb, so uh? But then John Harrison, having devised this very elaborate bomb attack, up and flies his own attack craft when taking out the Starfleet meeting? K. Anyway, I could get caught up in moments like Khan and Kirk jumping between spaceships but all in all gimme a break.

Also ye gods Simon Pegg’s Scottish accent is, I dunno what the word is but it’s ridiculously bad, so bad it must be deliberate.

 +2Posted on May 20th, 2013 | re: Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Movie Review (67 comments)

No way, man. It’s a totally necessary shot, because her character ends up being Capt Kirk’s wife, and how could that even happen if he didn’t sneak a peek at her in her knickers? Think about it!

 0Posted on May 20th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Morning Links! (13 comments)

After ‘I Fucked My Aunt’ I was kind of worried Lonely Island had fallen off. Evidently I was wrong.

 +4Posted on May 15th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (19 comments)

It sounds terrible and probably will be; this has been a terrible season. I can’t even remember when it last wasn’t terrible. 2009–10 at the latest. Anyway, I downloaded it rather than watched it on TV, so it’s not my fault they renewed it, but it IS my fault that I watched it.

(Do hope it DOES end up being Jack and Kate after all, though.)

 +3Posted on May 10th, 2013 | re: This Week In Comedy Open Thread (50 comments)

“Also does anyone still watch How I Met Your Mother? This week…ugh!”

Yup. Almost the worst episode ever? Barney and Robin doesn’t work, it’s painful to watch, and yet the writers keep leaning into it with episodes about how it doesn’t work. And how obviously Ted and Robin does work much better. Can’t wait for a full season of the Mother worrying if Ted is too close to his ex, etc., that’ll be so fun.

 +5Posted on May 2nd, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Morning Links! (12 comments)

Jane Got a Gun, more like Jane “DOESN’T GOT” a lead actor haha am I right? *blows smoke from barrels of imaginary pistols*

 +5Posted on May 1st, 2013 | re: Benedict Cumberbatch Is, Once Again, Britain’s Sexiest Man (26 comments)

I dunno if the Sun is that racist now, but even then Benny C, star of ‘Parade’s End’, is a not-obvious choice for stereotypical Sun readers, kind of, isn’t he? It just goes to show.

Fassbender was raised in Ireland, but one of his parents was from Northern Ireland sooo ahh idk.

 +8Posted on Apr 18th, 2013 | re: Let's Run A Quick Internet Status Report (61 comments)

Glad no-one has mentioned bacon yet.