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 +3Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (89 comments)

I did like Dr. Spaceman! He was the saving grace. Also, Dotcom. Why does everyone hate Dotcom?!

I also think part of Community’s problem is Chang. They don’t know what to do with him now that he’s not a teacher. I think that was a mistake, firing him from a position of authority. Now it feels like he’s shoe-horned in there. Though I did like his kids and their necklaces of mattress tags.

 +4Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (89 comments)

wow. TL:DR.

I guess I should’ve just posted a gif of Troy crying.

 +11Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (89 comments)

I think the smug undertone is rapidly becoming this show’s jam. Largely because of Jeff. They’ve gone to the “He really cares about these people and has learned his lesson!” well a lot. Only to have him fall back down that same well the next week where he professes to NOT care about them at the start of the episode, then realizes he does again and gives an ironically moving speech with a lot of eye rolling, like “I can’t believe I’m doing this!” It’s really becoming tiresome. At this point, you kind of just have to go with it. He’s got this group of friends and they’re weird and that’s it. Dealt with. Moving on.

I’m more interested in the other relationships, especially the weird Troy/Abed/Annie dynamic when they moved in together. This season has had some really strong episodes, but it’s also been really uneven. I blame NBC. They keep yanking it around and it’s probably tough to write well when you don’t know if you’ll be back and can’t get a sense of what the network is going to do with you.

As for this week’s episode, well, it was a note-perfect parody of Ken Burns. I’ll give it that. But I kind of wanted it to be more than that. It was too much of the parody and not enough of the regular show. They committed too well. Does that make sense? Like, when they’ve done this well before, making the action movie/western paint ball epics and the documentary, they haven’t taken me out of the world of the show as much.

Modern Warfare, Fistful of Paintballs and Documentary Filmmaking: Redux were PERFECT. This one fell a little flat.

However, I LOVED the email that Abed wrote about Troy (and his reactions to it) and the text that Troy sent Abed in return. And their pathetic pillow fight at the end was great. I wish that stuff had been the focus instead of it turning out to be yet another opportunity for Jeff to realize that, deep down, he’s still a dick, but he’s a dick who sometimes cares about his friends.

30 Rock made me cringe. That’s two weeks in a row where I’ve felt almost offended at how bad it was.

 +28Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012 | re: Game Of Thrones Open Thread (85 comments)

I never thought I’d like Cersei, but then she joined the Slap Joffrey hour and I felt a little tug at my heart strings.

 +8Posted on Mar 19th, 2012 | re: The Walking Dead S02E13: Season Finale (160 comments)

This show is EXACTLY like Lost, starting with the terrible leader who should absolutely not be the leader (Jack was a terrible leader. And also, seriously. WHY isn’t Darryl leading them again? I know he’s a racist redneck, but forget about it, Grimes. It’s Zombietown!) down to me arguing with many idiots who love it for no reason except “It’s good.” No, it’s fucking not.

I LOVE how they quit travelling even though there was plenty of sunlight and then reveal the prison, ten feet away. You couldn’t have sent super scout Glen or Darryl out to see what was what? No! NOW WE DEFEND OURSELVES! IN THE OPEN NIGHT AIR! Good choice, Grimes. Good choice.

This recap was great, but I am severely disappointed in this lack of enhanced Carl faces, from which there were many to choose.

 +3Posted on Mar 8th, 2012 | re: Who Should Lindsay Lohan Play In The Muppet Movie? (31 comments)

“Frank Lloyd Wrong is Batman now.”

-Christian Bale

 +4Posted on Mar 5th, 2012 | re: Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan And Jack White (60 comments)

And who doesn’t wish that James Carville had actually killed Newt Gingrich 15 years ago? I kind of like to picture Hader’s Carville rolling Newt off a helicopter onto an island and then hunting him Most Dangerous Game style.

 +18Posted on Mar 1st, 2012 | re: George Clooney Doesn't Care About Homophobic People (40 comments)

First of all, the fact that you left Adam West out of your helpful guide is just a travesty. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH ONE HE IS?

Second, a facetaco eating mozzarella sticks? That feels wrong. Morally.

 +1Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

Look, I would HAPPILY watch nothing but Cirque Du Soleil and Christopher Guest skits if it means not having to listen to Billy Fucking Crystal. He is THE WORST.

 +6Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

Where’s Hugh Jackman when you need him? I’m serious guys. I would watch Hugh Jackman pee his pants all night over this.

 +3Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

Yes. L.A.’s hottest club is The Oscars. And the bouncer is a bulldog who looks like Wilford Brimley and the password is “dia- beetus.”

 +6Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

AUGH. BRAD PITT! Cut and/or wash your hair please!

 +4Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

More like ASHES Baron Cohen. AMIRIGHT?

 +6Posted on Feb 17th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (101 comments)

I really want a Duke Silver mug. Get on it, NBC. And then charge me a billion dollars in border fees. That would be great. My Troy and Abed in the Morning mug is lonely.

 +12Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 | re: Goodbye House, We'll Watch You In Heaven (24 comments)

I think it will end with a giant bus crash/car driven through a house (by House, natch) crash and everyone dies, but House limps away, whistling You Can’t Always Get What You Want while gobbling down vicodin.

 +7Posted on Feb 3rd, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (103 comments)

I think so, too. Although I feel like this was really an opportunity for April to *ugh* CARE about people. God. That was my April impression.

But srsly. I like that she seems to be developing and caring in spite of herself. Last week, she was kind to Chris and this week, she’s helping Ann. And these are people she professes to dislike! Which is why I love how Aubrey Plaza is killing it with this grudging acceptance that she cares, but in an eye-rolling, Jesus, would you guys just get with the program because obviously you should give him a chance, Ann, manner.

It’s a rare sitcom that can have characters with multiple layers that don’t seem either overly sentimental or schmaltzy or totally out of character. And almost every character on this sitcom has layers. Except Orin. He’s just creepy.

 +18Posted on Feb 3rd, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (103 comments)

Suze: “How old are you?”
Kennth: “Don’t worry about it.”

That Kenneth is an ageless hillbilly vampire is perhaps my favourite running joke on 30 Rock. Maybe even my favourite running joke of all time!

What do we think of Ann and Tom potentially dating on Parks and Rec? I knew they weren’t going to go with the Chris/Ann reveal, so I kind of wondered if it wasn’t Tom she was meeting. This show is really good at convincing me that certain relationships will work, even when there’s no logical reason for them to work.

I upvoted you one, but I upvoted Paul F. Tompkins a million.

 +8Posted on Jan 31st, 2012 | re: A Brief Note On The Ferris Bueller Super Bowl Commercial (90 comments)

He is like Dave Foley and Leonardo DiCaprio: An aging man baby. Foley’s buddy Bruce McCulloch said it best on Kids in the Hall: The cute as a species do not age well.

I don’t really like this ad because I do not particularly like Ferris Bueller himself and I thought almost everybody had agreed that he is The Worst. But no. Everybody I know who is NOT on this blog loves him. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude. And I just think to myself, ‘Why should everything work out for him? What makes him so goddamn special?’ Screw him!

Sometimes I feel like the world is Save Ferris and we few, we happy few, are the Ed Rooneys and Jeannies who see through Ferris. *SIGH*

Whatever. Everybody knows it was Cameron who was The Business.

 +5Posted on Jan 30th, 2012 | re: BREAKING: Nicolas Cage Will Stop "Experimenting" With His Hair (54 comments)

It Could Hairpin to You

 +3Posted on Jan 28th, 2012 | re: STOP What You're Doing, Nicholas Cage Has An Amazing Idea! (38 comments)

brb. Writing spec script, which Nic Cage will CLEARLY accept.

 +7Posted on Jan 23rd, 2012 | re: Four More Years Of Obama Singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (78 comments)

I think it’s hilarious that Fox calls Obama a socialist. I really do. Especially living in Canada. Where Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are the furthest to the right relevant Canadian politics go and have been in power for what feels like FOREVER and people STILL think we’re a bunch of pot-smoking commies because FREE HEALTH CARE! In reality, Obama and Harper are probably very close to each other on the political spectrum. On the musical spectrum… Stephen Harper is a dorky white dude who loves classic rock and plays it like a dorky white guy. Obama is smooooooooooove.

Maybe it’s the pot-smoking Canadian commie who enjoys free health care in me, but look at the GOP candidates! LOOK AT THEM! Why WOULDN’T this GQ motherfucker toss off some Al Green while speaking at the Apollo? Hell, I’m surprised he didn’t grab his crotch, hike his pants up and moonwalk off the stage!

 +1Posted on Dec 16th, 2011 | re: The 2012 Golden Globe Nominations (72 comments)

I think Glee is going to clean up at Semi-National Regionals!

 0Posted on Dec 16th, 2011 | re: The 2012 Golden Globe Nominations (72 comments)

Those things will all be nominated next year. Like how Rango came out FOREVER AGO and is only just now being nominated for things.

I love how, right in the middle, one of the women is like “Whooooo! I need to sit down! These dogs are barkin’!” I also wonder if Grandpa was dating any of the Grandmas. Because if so, that is MY Grandpa, who is 95 and still kickin’ it by dating a 78 year old.