Film and Television

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Characters, Ranked

It’s a cliché at this point to describe your noble parental intentions not to allow your child to watch television and succeed where the millions of parents before you failed, only to succumb to the relentless unhappiness and subsequent shrill shrieking of a teething/sick/overtired child and plop them in front of the idiot box and…

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Eaten Alive

I’ve been reading about last night’s Discovery Channel freakshow “Eaten Alive” (my favorite take is here, by the amazing and hilarious Sean O’Neal) where some asshole masquerading as a conservationist tries to get eaten alive by an anaconda. The mere existence of this show is infuriating. Let’s discuss why. 1. Anyone who knows me knows…

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True Blood

Last Sunday True Blood wrapped up its seven season run, after which I Tweeted and Facebooked: “Thank god that’s over. #TrueBlood” I meant it, too, because this seventh season has been a boring slog that Kristin and I have watched for the sake of completion, and basically no other reason. Without seemingly anything else to…

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Expendable

In honor of my appearance this week on the Reel Nerds Podcast discussing Expendables 3, I thought I’d take a minute to bestow upon you 5 of my favorite dumb action flicks. I appreciate good cinema as much as I appreciate a good duck confit, but sometimes you’re not in a gourmet mood and you…

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Forty-eight

This week’s episode of the podcast is all about the 48 Hour Film Project. I’ve only been a participant once, the experience of which I covered extensively here, but since I first learned of it, I’ve been a huge fan. Having to write, shoot, edit, and score a short film in two days is where…

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Debut

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (last post about Fallon for awhile, I promise) has been on the air for two weeks. I’ve watched many of the episodes, and I’m happy he’s kept many of the bits that made him popular on “Late Night.” I remember when Conan took over “The Tonight Show,” and promised…

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Joy

If you haven’t watched Jimmy Fallon say goodbye to Late Night by singing “The Weight” with The Muppets, please do so. I’ve embedded it here for you. Go ahead, I’ll wait: In a review on NPR, Linda Holmes had this to say: “…I had forgotten over the course of five years that I didn’t know…

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Litmus

While on Scott’s Blog of Doom recently, one of his writers had this question posed to him for the readership to answer: “What artists or movies that someone likes serve as your own litmus test?  The litmus test is essentially a non-mainstream artist/movie that hasn’t been shoved down the throat of the public and/or is…

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Obligation

Am I outgrowing television? Perhaps more pointedly, am I outgrowing my feeling of obligation toward television? It feels strange to think about my obligation to television, as if an electronic device on its own can force a person to do anything, but I think my sense of duty stems more from an inward desire to…

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Critics

I used to love watching TV. That is becoming less and less true. And the only thing I loved more than watching television was reading television criticism. So it should come as no surprise that as my sense of obligation to television is waning (more on that next week) my reading about television continues to…

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