Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Quick Hitters and Random Thoughts

--It's been fun, but the next 30 hours are going to be a wild, frustrating, overreacting, fact-checking, rumor mongering ride.  I hope come Friday we're not talking about the best part of the Rockets week was their move to 790.

--After the first couple of episodes I wasn’t sure if Girls was going to live up to what I’ve heard. By the midway point of the season those thoughts were long gone. Really good, honest, unflinching stuff. I guess you can call a sex scene between the mom from Freaks and Geeks and Peter Scolari unflinching or the amount of times Lena Dunham takes over her clothes or Adam starts randomly masturbating. Adam was such a freak the first half of the season, but by the end he is the only character sure of himself. Everybody else is a hot mess, especially Allison Williams (Marnie) who is the hottest mess although Jemima Kirke (Jessa) is pretty damn hot as well. Though I wasn’t buying Jessa getting a talking to and then getting married. Regardless, well done Ms. Dunham. Well done. Just please more Phil the hoarder stories and less death stories.
Is it just me or do all the best love stories begin with “I was her crack spirit guide.”
I’m not sure it got much better than Marnie and Hannah’s argument over who was the wound. 
Bravo to the weekly opening credits as well with, not surprisingly, my favorite rendition using Sleigh Bells.

--Newsroom had a fairly good premiere. The news segment was paced beautifully even if the spill being the story and not the rescue fell into their laps through the powers of magical fairy source dust. When you’re covering real events months or years after they happen it’s easy to play armchair news show. I’m intrigued enough to see where it goes though the reviews from the first several episodes seem to indicate diminishing returns. I can see myself rolling my eyes a lot when it becomes sermon on the mount.

--Oh like you’re not interested in a story about Abdullah the Butcher? How else will you know what to order when you visit Abdullah the Butcher’s House of Ribs and Chinese Food?

--I caught up on some Falling Skies and as far as turn off your brain television it’s improved over last season. There’s still the same bad acting, annoying kids and heavy-handed corny dialogue, but what else am I going to do at 8 o’clock on a Sunday? Watch True Blood? Ha, good one.

--Love me some Kata Robata. Liquid peach sphere from Chris Leung because you mistakenly thought creamed corn didn’t belong in a dessert. Awesome.

--Thursday we finally get Wilfred and Louie back together again. The only hour that rivals it is the It’s Always Sunny/The League hour. You know I already got my tickets to see Louie here on October 19th. Best part is that’s a Friday. Worst part is if Jones Hall still doesn’t let you take alcohol to your seats.

--Taken 2. Sold! Especially since my new idol and friend for life Robert Kamen wrote this script as well.

Although we can never forget Liam Neeson’s greatest five minutes on the big or small screen.

--Look Comedy Central, there’s no shame in taking some time off of Celebrity Roasts. Roseanne Barr?

--I’m not sure we need one more Avatar movie, much less three.

--So why did the four team “playoff” have to be contracted for 12 freakin’ years?! Who is going to make up the selection committee? Why are only a select few reaping the financial benefits of this and not the players? Why do these bowls still not pay taxes? Why can’t the games be played on campuses? It’s a baby step in the right direction and maybe by 2030 they’ll get it right. In the meantime I’ll hate myself for watching every second of it. 

--Be Here Now is the title of a documentary chronicling Andy Whitfield’s battle with cancer. That sonuvabitch cancer took our Spartacus away and took Andy away from his family and friends. The filmmakers are using Kickstarter to raise the final $20,000 of the $200,000 they need to finish the doc. Below is an extended, sad trailer preceded by a little speech by Andy’s BFF from the first season of the show.

--Clyde on Deadspin for something other than awful announcing. "If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would've gotten the MVP of that game (’92 All-Star Game), and Magic probably wouldn't have made the Olympic team."

--Wait, miniature horses are the new guide dogs?! I only wish Li'l Sebastian would have lived to see this day.

--Officially two more seasons of Dexter and that’s it is a mercy kill at this point. Hopefully things pick up in next season’s premiere when La Guerta and Quinn show up in the bay.

--Some of us go to McDonald’s for the fries or the McGriddle while others go because they want to feel the love. Amy Corey said she “wasn’t feeling the love at all” on a recent trip so she did the only thing she could do. Yep, she threw her chicken sandwich back through the window because it wasn’t grilled like it was supposed to be and didn’t even have bacon or cheese. Can you even f’n imagine? No bacon OR cheese?! This is still America, right?! Lest you think Ms. Corey didn’t handle this gracefully, “She (the cashier) would have never gotten the sandwich thrown at her if she would have just been polite about the matter.” So now Ms. Corey has been banned from all McDonald’s in the Chillicothe, Ohio area. Threat level orange, Burger King.

--Wait, many American schools won’t let kids bring much less use sunscreen to school for field trips without a doctor’s note?!

--Would I be upset if a carful of teenagers tossed a milkshake in my general direction? Yes. Would I throw my purse back at them? Yes, although then I’d have to explain to the cops/my family/my friends why I was carrying around a purse in the first place. This happened to a woman in Palo Alto who threw her purse only to have it land in the car of the punk teenagers who were probably on their way to ruin someone’s movie experience. Oh yeah, in addition to all the usual stuff a woman’s purse has in it this one happened to have $2,000. Uh…

--You taking the over or the under of 100 on the number of sunglasses Guy Fieri owns? No one said under, right? 120 and he tells the NY Post why he puts them on the back of his head like an idiot (hint: it’s because he’s an idiot).

--Ummm, I’ll pass on sitting at a table where my view is of a tank full of formaldehyde preserving a chicken and a cow.

--Calm down Danny. It’s not even July and you’re thinking way too much about guys like Doug Martin and Ryan Williams and how many carries they’ll get and where you can pick them in the draft.

Questions, comments or if you’re thinking a road trip to Foreign & Domestic is in order…


  1. Taken 2 makes me very happy. Glad the daughter is back but the ex-wife is cliche. Taken is one of those movies that I have to watch if I stumble on it. I tried Girls but quit right away. Falling Skies seemed like BSG just on Earth and not as good. Don't know how you could mention McDonald's without saying McRib. Greatest sandwich of all time. I think Morey is yanking us and will trade up for Drummond and take Solinger with other pick. Twin Towers 2. Just no Pau trade. Didn't want it last year.

  2. Yeah, not down with the ex-wife but whatever.
    Falling Skies doesn't compare to BSG in any way, shape or form.
    I hear ya on no Pau. It's about the only thing I can see pissing me off on Thursday.

  3. I loved Girls. I thought the first episode was the worst, and while I'm still not sold on Adam, I just don't need to see him masturbating every single episode, I think the show is overall really freaking good. I had no use for Shoshana until mid season, but I love her and her facial expressions.

    Lance made me watch Life's Too Short, had to use the "you never watch my shows anymore" card. It was worth it.

  4. Love Shoshana, but I knew I would as soon as I saw the Sex and the City poster in her apartment.

    Dough is the best pizza I've had in a long, long time. We need a burrata bar in Houston.


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