Quick Hitters and Random Thoughts
--I barely watched the first season, but I’ve been watching the second season of Men of a Certain Age and maybe it’s because I’m getting to a “certain age,” but I really like this show. It doesn’t hurt that Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher are in it. I think there was a little more focus on Ray Romano’s character in the first season when he had some gambling issues, but I like it anytime he’s on the screen with his former bookie, now cancer-stricken friend played by Jon Manfrellotti. Quality, quality summer programming.
Like this from The New Yorker.
--If you missed Franklin & Bash it is exactly what you thought it’d be. I only watched during Stanley Cup Game 1 commercials and that was plenty of time to get the gist of it. It’s not particularly clever or funny it’s just kind of there though I will never say a bad word about Malcolm McDowell.
By the way, if the first game is any indication the first one to four goals total is going to win the Stanley Cup. Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo were ridiculous. 0-0 nearly the entire way and yet extremely entertaining, nail-biting, finger-biting game.
--Jon Stewart destroyed Donald Trump the other night after Trump took Sarah Palin to Famous Famiglia’s in Times Square for some “authentic New York pizza.” I’ve been to that exact Famiglia’s and if you want really average tasting pizza then you won’t do any more average than Famiglia’s. And then there’s that whole eating pizza with a knife and fork. You’re Sarah f’n Palin and you like guns and you’re Mama Bear and you eat pizza with a knife and fork?
--Apparently Denny’s has a $5 all-you-can-eat-pancake-special. So last weekend these seven teenagers in California decided to put it to the test for 24 hours of pancake eating. Twenty-four hours and they did damage to 301 pancakes or 43 per person or to really put it in perspective 14,000 calories per person. The really crazy part is that they were at a Denny’s for 24 hours and witnessed zero murders and zero fights. WOW.
--100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time.
It could've been nothing but Tombstone, Goodfellas, anything from Tarantino and They Live as far as I'm concerned. Too many comedies, I mean really Home Alone?! Major Payne?!
--Drudge Report Headline of the Week: “Did pork-coated bullet kill Bin Laden?”
--Inherently I hate all remakes of movies that were done well the first time and still hold up. Carrie falls into this category, but Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit as Carrie is a little promising. Not promising? Having the writer from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
--Scarlet and Sean Penn no more?! I had a good feeling about those two. At least we have Cameron Diaz and Alex Rod…no!!!!! not them too!!!!
--Of course asking for “extra meat” at a Florida subway meant in addition to your sub you got a bag of pot for a $10 tip. I watched Loverboy I know how these things like “extra anchovies” work.
A long, long time ago...in a galaxy far, far away...
--The Caperon is just what it sounds like half-cape, half-apron and all-American. What’s not to love?
--Wait, Jason Isringhausen got a win for the Mets?! What year is it? Isringhausen went 12 years between Met victories which was the longest gap for victories from one team since Doug Brocail went 12 years between Astro wins.
--I finally finished up the finale of Best In Smoke and to I don’t think anyone’s surprise Matt Lang won. The guy was clearly the most creative guy out there and had the chef chops to back it up as opposed to the BBQ circuit chops. I think that matters when you’re cooking for judges the likes of which this show had. Bryan Caswell and Tim Love did Texas proud and the show allowed Lance to add to his voice repertoire with Famous Dave.
--As Best In Smoke steps aside The Next Food Network Star steps in. I don’t watch Food Network nearly as much as I used to because it’s not nearly as good as it used to be, but I don’t miss this show. The unintentional comedy is off the charts and it’s hilarious watching these people envision themselves as television celebrity chefs, but freeze up when the camera turns on. Plus there’s just so much phoniness going on it’s irresistible. It’s also amusing to me that the word “Star” is in the title yet very rarely does the winner become what Food Network considers a star like Guy Fieri. Usually the winner ends up with an early weekend morning slot that lasts a handful of episodes. And half the time the runners-up get trial run shows anyway like Adam Gertler who has gotten multiple chances without making a mark. This show will be much more entertaining than the last season we got of regular ol’ Top Chef.
--Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan as sisters? Can there possibly be such a magical movie? Apparently yes and Martin Starr to boot.
Questions, comments or if you really need to stop eating an entire Slow Dough baguette for dinner…