Saturday, October 20, 2012

Best of the Week - 10/20/12

Quote of the Week: It’s true Marty, we grow gardens in the room next to our sleep chamber, you keep a sewer there. Yes I guess we are the crazy ones. (Larry Bird, The Neighbors)

Song of the Week: The Parting Glass – The Sisters Green (The Walking Dead)

Scene of the Week:

Big News of the Week: A Binder Full of Women: I really did not want to talk about the debates three straight week because I do not think they matter that much but unfortunately there really was not anything else big that happened this week enless you consider the cancelation of Animal Practice big (R.I.P. Annie’s Boobs). And let’s face it does not matter who wins but what are people talking about the next day. Supposedly Mitt Romney won big but how big could that win be if everyone spent the next day talking about Big Bird? And supposedly Barack Obama took this debate but really the only part of the debate anyone talked about was Mitt’s binder full of women so does it even really matter? One more debate to go, but again does it really matter, people already started voting anyway here in Ohio the state that is going to decide the election.

Preview Picture of the Week:

Who is not going to survive The A Train on the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special

Free Download of the Week: Make the World Go Away – Jamey Johnson featuring Alison Krause (iTunes)

New Album Release of the Week: The Haunted Man - Bat for Lashes

New DVD Release of the Week: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Video of the Week: Trapped in the Closet! Chapter 23!! Masterpiece Closet!!! Rosie the Noisy Neighbor!!!! Big Man!!!!! Pimp Lucius!!!!!! The Package!!!!!!! More new episodes coming November 23!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Next Week Pick of the Week: Mockingbird Lane, Friday at 8:00 on NBC: Just days after some internet site said the new Munster’s reboot was dead and NBC said no it is not, the network actually gave it a premiere date just in time for Halloween. Although do not expect any new episode after that any time soon because even if it does well, there are no more episodes filmed. So just enjoy it for what it is a one of special.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Around the Tubes - 10/19/12

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Haunted, Outback Hunters, Defiance, Conan, L.A. Noir, Hot Seat, Check it Out!, David Letterman, My Life Is a Lifetime Movie, Roger Hodgson, Emily Katter, Downton Abbey, and Joan Jett.

- Tonight is the premiere of the latest Cinamax series Haunted. From The X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz, the eight-episode series is set in the world of international espionage. Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (HBO’s In Treatment) stars as Sam Hunter, a skilled, gutsy operative for Byzantium, a secretive private firm involved in global intelligence and espionage. After surviving an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team, she returns to work, but doesn’t know who to trust.

Haunted on Cinamax

- New show alert! Premiering this Sunday is Outback Hunters that follows a team of fearless Aussies that wade through the menacing East, West and South Alligator Rivers of Australia's desolate Kakadu coming face to face with the Salties, massive salt-water crocodiles. Check out a preview of the show, which comes from the producers of Swamp People, below:

- Defiance may not arrive on Syfy until April 2013, but you can now take a look at the show’s first trailer below:

- Have you ever watch Conan and thought to yourself, I could do that? Now you can becase the late-night talk show is inviting to re-create an episode through crowdsourcing. Head over to Team Coco for details.

- Not deterred by being unceremoniously dumped by The Walking Dead last year, Frank Darabont is getting back into the television game as TNT just greenlighted his new show L.A. Noir starring the dude who played Shane as well as Neal McDonough who as last scene getting his arm chopped off, surprisingly not on The Walking Dead, but on Justified. No premiere date is set.

- The season finale of Hot Seat airs Tuesday at 10:00 on Syfy and you can take a look at a sneak peak below:

- Out this week on DVD is the Adult Swim show Check it Out! Season 1 and 2 staring John C. Reilly.

- David Letterman is hooking up with Oprah Winfrey again this time at his alma mater of Ball State which will take place November 26. Admission to the event in the 3,300-seat Emens Auditorium is free, but seating must be reserved. The university anticipates high demand for seats. Tickets must be secured in advance and will be available on a first come-first serve basis at the Emens Box Office.

- Have you ever thought to yourself, my life could be a Lifetime movie? Well you could win $1,000 in a Lifetime Sweepstakes by explain what the title of your Lifetime movie would be in honor of the recent premiere of My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.

- Roger Hodgson is having Breakfast in America again starting this fall when he tours the country for his first major tour of the States in thirty years. Head over to for dates.

- New music to give a listen to: pop singer-songwriter Emily Katter who’s new single Heart Explosion is out now.

- Cannot get enough of Downton Abbey? Now you can take the Sterling Silver tour built around the PBS show.

- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts recently signed on to play A Night of New York Class Gala October 23, 2012 to ban carriage horses in NYC. Head over to to grab a ticket that starts at $500.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Act Like Nothing’s Wrong, That’s What Mom Did

What do you do when all of your kids cancel on your family reunion the day before they are supposed to arrive? Well if you are Robert De Niro, you pack up a suitcase and take a cross country trip by train, bus, and even truck truck drive (from an all too brief cameo from Melissa Leo). Despite the cheery title Everybody's Fine (2009) and the smiles on the cover, the movie is not as humorous as it suggests. It is a family drama that will still have a few humor moments but your heart strings will be tickled more than your funny bone.

De Niro just lost his wife and this was the first time he was going to get together with all four children since she passed. The mom was the one that talked to the children while De Niro, who worked a menial job to give his children a better life, just got the Cliff Notes (hint, it is the title). So De Niro goes from New York City to Chicago to Denver to Las Vegas to catch up with his children, played by Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore) to see what he was missing without the reunion. Sure the movie almost plays like a hundred minute version of Harry Chapin’s Cat's In the Cradle, but De Niro’s subtle performance makes the road less bumpy.

The 2009 film is on Blu-Ray for the very first time (which is a bit surprising considering even I had a Blu-Ray by then). It is light on extra; there is about ten minutes of deleted and extended scenes. There is another ten minute feature with Paul McCartney explains how he came to wrote the song that plays over the closing credits, (I Want To) Come Home.

Full Disclosure Notice: The Blu-Ray was given to me by Lionsgate for review.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Her Gift Made Her Obedient, but Her Heart Made Her Kind

Ella Enchanted on Blu-Ray

Before she was Catwoman, Anne Hathaway was America’s sweetheart, every girl wanted to be her and every boy had a crush on her thanks to kid friendly fare like The Princess Diaries. She followed that up with other kind of fairytale Ella Enchanted. Much like the Diaries, Hathaway charm is on full display. After watching the film I am reminded how good Hathaway is at comedy and it is a shame she does not do more films that show off her humorous side (really the only comedies that she has appeared in the flesh since was the best part of the otherwise forgettable Valentine's Day).

Hathaway plays the titular character that was given the “gift” of obedience at birth. Every time someone tells her to do something, she has to do it. The spell is so powerful that she even has to do it even if it is a sarcastic demand like the time a classmate learns the hard way it may not be wise to tell Ella to “Bite me.” Somehow she makes adolescences unscathed without anyone realizing her curse. That is until her father remarries and her new step-sister, Lucy Punch (in one of her first American films before going on to steal scenes in movies like Dinner for Schmucks), realizes Ella does everything she asks and decides to use it to her advantage.

In true fairy tale tradition, Ella head out on a quest, this time to find the fairy who gave her the give of obedience (a tipsy Vivica A Fox, Independence Day) and collects a rag tag group of fairy tale outcasts (elves, giants, and ogres, oh my) on her trip as well as a handsome prince (Hugh Dancy, who really has not taken off here in the states but will fill the shoes of Will Graham in the upcoming televised version of Hannibal) that Ella just writes off as a pretty face. But the infatuation grows the ire of his evil uncle (Cary Elwes who knows a thing or two about princesses) that wants the crown for himself.

With the resurgence of fairy tales on Once Upon a Time and Grimm, it may be time to give Ella Enchanted another look (or a first one in you missed the 2004 the first time around and perfect for any girl that has been born since then) and the film is more family friendly that the two show. And for those wondering about Hathaway’s singing voice with her upcoming role as Fantine in the movie version of Les Miserables, she actually sings two songs in Ella Enchanted including Queen’s Somebody to Love. It is also a plus that the film has Monty Python’s Eric Idle as the narrator.

This is the first time Ella Enchanted has been available on Blu-Ray and it is actually a combo pack that includes a DVD copy too. Both disks include the same features (except the DVD features some DVD-ROM features) including deleted and extended scenes. There is also an audio commentary with Hathaway, Dancy, and director Tommy O’Haver. There is a half an hour featurette The Magical World of Ella Enchanted as well as Ella Enchanted Red Carpet Premiere Special hosted by Jesse McCartney and Kari Kimmel although both features share a lot of the same video. Kimmel’s music video for It’s Not Just Make Believe is also included.

Full Disclosure Notice: this Blu-Ray was given to me by Lionsgate for review.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We've All Had Nights in Our Life Where We've Made Mistakes for Free

Mad Men Season 5 Blu-Ray

Ah season five of Mad Men: Zoo Be Zoo, Betty gets fat, Don murders someone, Roger drops acid, Megan eats sherbet, Rory Gilmore gets naked, the triumphant return of Paul Kinsey, Sally becomes a woman, Joan becomes less of one, Peggy watched dogs having sex, and Lane punches Pete Campbell in the face. With the long hiatus, speculation abounds as to how the fifth season of the show would start off, but who would have guessed the show would return on a happy note? Don was basking in marital bliss while Sterling Cooper Draper Price continued to thrive.

Of course Matthew Weiner lulled us into a false sense of security because as the season drug on, the shine wore off and it because pretty clear to me that the theme of season five was getting old sucks. Don could no longer keep up with his young bride which he may or may not have realized while listening to The Beatles, Peggy had to leave her mentor, Pete was exiled to the suburbs as his hairline went further back, Betty got fat, Sally got bloody, Joan had to give up herself, and Lane could not start his Jaguar. Really the only person that got out untouched was Rodger and he needed a new drug to get by. Although, depended on how you took the look Don made in the final frame, he may have made it through to the other side.

And then there was the most shocking moment of the year: Don managed to stay with one woman the whole season. Yes, Dawn was his only secretary this season despite the weirdness of sharing the same name. But we will have to wait until next season to see if he finally gets around to bedding her, because as Allison taught us, if you stick around long enough, you get to have sex with Don Draper as a Christmas bonus. I will not go much further on the individual episodes, if you want to read my thought you can hit the Mad Men tag to see my thoughts.

Of course all thirteen season five episodes are included in the three disks Blu-Ray (surprising Megan and Joan are pictured along with Don) though the two hour premiere is presented here as one episode. Like previous Mad Men seasons, there are bonus features aplenty (this is a review of the Blu-Ray, but the press release say these are also on the DVD release with four disks but I have to wonder who gets a picture on the fourth disk: Peggy? Pete? Roger?). There is Mad Men Say the Darndest Things where the writers on the show talk about some of their favorite one-liners. The take a deeper look at artist Giorgio de Century whose work inspired the Blu-Ray cover with What Shall I Love If Not the Enigma? None of the Mad Men got invited to Truman Capote’s Black and White Masquerade Ball (who knows what Roger would have done in the back room) but it is talked about in The Party of the Century. We also get to go into the studio with Scoring Mad Men: Inside a Session where composer David Carbonarra, orchestrator Geoff Stadling, and sound engineer explain the sound of the show. There is also a pictorial time line about The Uniform Time Act of 1966 which is not as boring as it sounds. I knew Daylight Saving Time was instituted during World War II, but did not know that it got revoked afterwards until 1966. Hopefully it gets abolished again. There is also Newsweek Magazine Digital Gallery that looks at some of the top stories of 1996.

The Blu-Ray also features twenty-four audio commentaries. Yes, each episode gets not one, but two separate audio commentaries. Usually one commentary is Matt Weiner and other behind the scenes people like writers, directors, costume designers, while the actors are resigned to the other but sometimes they mix it up. So if you wonder what Megan Draper thought about her dance sequence or what Lane Price thought about the penultimate episode, give the commentaries a listen. And it is not just castmembers, commentaries also feature guest stars Rory Gilmore, Julia Ormond (but not for the episode where Sally learns that grown up life is dirty), and Paul Kinsey who gets to watch his episode with Harry Crane who nails his onscreen girlfriend and explains why he had to shave his head twice for the show. The is so much content here that there should be plenty extras to hold you over until season six air even if the show goes on another eighteen month hiatus.

Full Disclosure Notice: This Blu-Ray set was given to me by Lionsgate for the purpose of review.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lyrics Quiz: The Power of We: Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day and this year’s theme is “The power of We”. In honor of the day, this month’s Lyrics Quiz will feature songs that have either the word “Power” or “We” in the title. As always leave your guesses, both artist and song title, in the comment section (or e-mail me). If you are correct I will un-bold the lyric and give you credit. Please keep in mind the lyrics quiz is for entertainment purposes only so please only use your own meandering mind to guess them.

1. I’m living in that 21st century. Doing something mean to it. Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it.
2. We’ll fight the powers of be just don’t pick our destiny cause you don’t know us you don’t belong.
3. What we need is awareness, we can’t get careless. You say, “What is this?”
4. Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell.
5. We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand someday.
6. They say you are a snuff queen. Honey I don’t think that’s true.
7. I got needs just like you. Give me conversations, good vibrations through and through.
8. Buddy you’re a young man, hard man shouting in the streets, gonna take on the world someday. (We Will Rock You - Queen; guessed by Kevin)
9. What you’re problem? Let’s resolve them. We can solve this, what the cause is. Its officials, you got issues; I got issues.
10. Ninety miles outside Chicago. Can’t stop driving, I don’t know way. So many questions I need an answer. Two years later you’re still on my mind.
11. She spends his Franklin's at the malls with her friends, material girl, living in a material world. But it’s alright cause it's Saturday night.
12. You might stop a hurricane. Might even stop the driving rain. You might have a dozen other guys, but if you wanna stop me baby, don’t even try.
13. One two, tell me what you got. Let me slip my quarters inside your slot to hit the jackpot. Rev me up rev me up my little buttercup.
14. Hang onto the world as it spins around. Just don't let the spin get you down. Things are moving fast. Hold on tight and you will last.
15. Yellow diamonds in the light. And we're standing side by side. As your shadow crosses mine. What it takes to come alive.
16. Maybe it's a sign of weakness when I don't know what to say. Maybe I just wouldn't know what to do with my strength anyway.
17. You don’t need money, don’t take fame. Don’t need no credit card to ride this train. It’s strong and it's sudden and it’s cruel sometimes. But it might just save your life.
18. I’d kinda like to be the president, so I can show you how your money’s spent.
19. That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
20. Am I more than you bargained for yet? I’ve been dying to tll you anything you want to hear ‘cause that’s just who I am this week. (Sugar, We're Goin Down - From Under the Cork Tree - Fall Out Boy; guessed by Kevin)
21. Radical mind day and night all the time. Seven, fourteen, wise, divine. Maniac, brainiac, winning the game. I’m the lyrical Jesse James.
22. Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline. Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan.
23. Let’s not fight, I’m tired, can’t we just sleep tonight? Turn away; it’s just there’s nothing left here to say. Turn around.
24. If we keep up on this fooling around. We’ll be the talk of the town. I’ll tell the world I'm in love any time. Let’s open up the blinds ‘cause we really don’t mind.
25. People they come together. People they fall apart. No one can stop us now.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

57 Channels and Only This Is On - 10/14/12

Once Upon a Time: I am a bit surprised that Sleeping Beauty does not recognize Snow White. Maybe she does not recognize her without wearing a bad wig. I guess this is a different place than the Enchanted Forrest because Regina’s mom is there (I assume she got sent to the real world). And with Mr. Gold really lose all his previous life memory if he crosses the city limits; he knew who he was even with the curse in tack. But the most surprising was the mass exodus of everyone just because the Evil Queen got her magic back. Is everyone really ready to forget everything just because they are scared of her?
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Once Upon a Time on iTunes.

Revenge: Holy Rebecca Logan sighting! She should really wear glasses more often. But that Grayson clan is very messed up. I am not sure who is more evil, Victoria for coming up with a plan to frame the White Haired Man by having Conrad beat the crap out of her or Conrad following her orders. But how could Emily trust the White Haired Man, he killed her father, of course he was going to try to tie up any loose ends that could get him exonerated.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Revenge on iTunes.

How I Met You Mother: Ted and Robin trying to burn each other on who had the better relationship is one of the dumber bits the show has done. And that is saying something.
You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download How I Met Your Mother on iTunes.

The Voice: Sure the Battle Round still is a drag, but I really do love the new Steal for a couple reasons. Of course what is great the some good talent that got to advance even though they lost because their coach put them up against a strong opponent or just chose the wrong singer. But my favorite inadvertent part of the steal is that point where Carson says the loser is available for a Steal and the cameras cut to the coaches staring back blindly. It is also funny how Caitlin Michele shunned Blake not once but twice. I wish they would add another steal to the Knockout Round so she could shun him a third time.

I do not know if the Steal is the cause, but it did seem the coach picked the winner more wisely this season. I was really shock that Cee-Lo made the right decision and picked Cody Belew over Domo, I thought he was going to be this season’s Erin Martin. Really the only battle this year I think the coach got wrong is when Adam picked Melanie Martinez over Caitlin, but Caitlin eventually got snatched up by Cee-Lo. And where Caitlin and Amanda Brown go rightfully picked, I had to scratch my head as to why anyone wanted to save Collin McLoughlin (especially when they let Nelly's Echo go by the wayside). Collin is so boring and bland, you could have told me he had one American Idol in the past couple years and I would have believed you.

The Voice also took another one of my suggestions by breezing through the Battle Rounds by resigning some of them to a montage. Although they should have also gone back to the four battles per hour because three per hour just drag on. Does anyone care about rehearsal time. Even though I enjoy the blander battles being resigned to the montage, you have to feel bad for someone like Lisa Scinta who managed to make it to the second round but only got about ten seconds of screen time. Hopefully they just montage the rest of Christina’s team because after the hot chick that did the backwards shimmy in the Blind Auditions, she really does not have anything left. Nathalie Hernandez was her best teen girl and she already went home.

Hopefully Nathalie is a cautionary tale to all the other fifteen year old girls out there. Natalie did have an interesting voice, but she was just way too young and lacked the experience Had she waited until she was twenty, or at the very least old enough to vote, she could have gone much further in the competition, instead she ended up just being lucky that anyone bothered to turn around for. It was also not a very good sign for that her coach’s final thought on her was that she probably should have chosen Blake instead.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download songs from The Voice with the widget at right.

Castle: I think this is the first time we have seen the new Captain not act like a sourpuss. Of course Castle had to go and break her toy which means she will probably be back to her old self by next episode.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Castle on iTunes.

Parenthood: The Braverman’s must not care about the recession because yet another one quit their job. Maybe the whole clan will end up working at the recording studio. Although I would guess that Julie and Joel will end up switching roles with Julia being the homemaker and Joel will go back to work.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Parenthood on iTunes.

Sons of Anarchy: I am not sure I will be able to watch the next season of Justified after seeing Boyd Crowder with humongous breasts riding a dude with a belly that was even better.
You can download Sons of Anarchy on iTunes.

Survivor: Philippines: This season got boring quick. Just have the one dude go to one tribe and the chick to the other and let’s just essentially start this season over.
You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download Survivor: Philippines on iTunes.

Modern Family: So is Haley going to be resigned to webchats for the rest of the season? Seriously, why not just spin her off with her and Dylan living together?
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Modern Family on iTunes.