Star Wars From Bits and Pieces [ER]
Feb 24th, 2011 by Dan

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

This is the best thing I’ve seen all month. A guy asks his friend, who has only seen bits and pieces of Star Wars, to describe the original Star Wars trilogy. What follows is something that seems vaguely familiar, if not completely wrong. So hilarious.

Bad Teacher Red Band Trailer NSFW [FB]
Feb 23rd, 2011 by Dan

I can’t say that this movie even looks all that great, but I also can’t think of any time I’ve ever seen Cameron Diaz not play the pretty, nice girl in anything. This is a shift plus Jason Segal is hilarious in everything. Will I watch it? Maybe.

What I’m Watching [IB]
Feb 17th, 2011 by Dan

Japanese TV

Been a while since I’ve talked about the tv I’m watching. Here’s a breakdown:


Based on novels and a short story by Elmore Leonard, Justified is about to enter its second season. I’m catching up on S1 and I gotta say I’m a huge fan of US Marshal Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant) and the crime landscape of Eastern Kentucky. It’s definitely worth tuning into.

Party Down

I’m tuning into this one a bit too late, but this canceled Rob Thomas show about failed actors working in a catering business is reliably funny enough for me to keep watching on Netflix instant. Rob Thomas’ other critically acclaimed canceled show, Veronica Mars, lends many guest stars to Party Down and it’s both hilarious and bizarre to see them in such different roles.


It’s been a long while since Matt LeBlanc was on TV. Joey was a pretty short lived failure, which I’m sure contributed to Matt LeBlanc’s lack of work, but he’s back and doing remarkably excellent work on Episodes. If you watched the second season of Extras, you should be somewhat familiar with the whole “network ruining our smart show” concept, but the real beauty of this show is the way Matt LeBlanc plays, well, Matt LeBlanc. The other characters in the show initially give him very little credit, but his sneaky, behind-the-scenes machinations are actually quite intelligent and I’m eager to see how this show ends now that we’ve caught up with the media res introduction of the first episode.


Did you know this was based on an English show? I guess it makes sense. First episode was pretty good. I don’t have much more to say on the topic, but I plan to keep watching.


Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armison are the brains (and primary actors) behind this sketch comedy analysis of Portland, the city where the dream of the 90s lives on. Some of the sketches are miss, but most are decent hits. I’m actually chuckling a little about the cacao sketch right now. I admit that I also take a little more out of it thanks to living two years of my life in a Portland suburb. Not gonna bust your sides, but worth a watch.


H. Jon Benjamin is the super secret agent Sterling Archer. It’s about as madcap and raunchy as you’d expect cable tv animated shows to be, but it’s also just funny enough to keep me tuning in each week. I think my enjoyment stems entirely from H. Jon Benjamin’s vocal work. He just knows how to voice a character.

Bob’s Burgers

Speaking of H. Jon Benjamin vocal roles, Bob’s Burgers couldn’t be more different from Archer, but is also as good or better thanks to Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. All three combine to make a FOX animated show that is (thankfully) not a Family Guy knockoff. Last week’s capoeira episode was hilarious.

and the usual stuff:


I don’t quite know where they’re going with this mini-Chevy Chase arc, but I’m not too fond of it. I think Pierce is the weakest character in the show and they’re going out of their way to make us hate him. Character death? God, I wish it were so. The ensemble doesn’t need him.


Season 2 just hasn’t lived up to Season 1. I blame the music. Too much pop culture, perhaps, and not enough classic rock and Broadway. Every time I think I might quit watching the show they go and wow me with something fantastic. Before the break it was the “Singin In The Rain/Umbrella” mash-up. Last week, amid the awful Justin Bieberfest, we got “Take Me Or Leave Me” from Rent. Just like that I’m back in.

Parks and Recreation

If you still think this show is The Office 2.0, you’re still wrong. Parks & Recs has matured into its own fantastic show and it’s firing on all cylinders. This past week I found myself literally guffawing at the episode. I think it might be my favorite comedy on television at the moment.

April Smith Covers “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz [F/ER]
Feb 15th, 2011 by Dan

Great cover of “Bottoms Up” by the always fantastic April Smith.

What If The Legend of Zelda Was a John Hughes Film [ER/GO]
Feb 13th, 2011 by Dan

Bonus points for closing with a Ferris Bueller reference before the LONG linkfest.

El secreto de sus ojos Review [FB]
Feb 10th, 2011 by Dan

El Secreto de sus Ojos 5

I can pinpoint the moment about halfway through El secreto de sus ojos where it got me. In the scene, federal agent (for the courts? I don’t really get the Argentine legal system) Benjamin Espósito (Ricardo Darín) launches into a heartfelt entreaty to his boss, Irene Menéndez-Hastings (Soledad Villamil), about a week after her engagement to reopen a case that she misinterprets as a confession of his feelings for her. You might be able to guess that the real strength of a scene in a movie whose title translates as “The Secret In Their Eyes” has to do entirely with the degree of emotions expressed through these actors eyes. You’d be right. The range of feelings that Soledad Villamil manages to capture, hope, love, and excitement that gives way to disappointment, self-doubt, embarrassment, and anger, is astounding. She does so much with something we all take for granted that I now hold actors to a higher standard of expression.

El secreto de sus ojos is a crime drama and it’s a difficult one to watch at times. Very few movies dare to show rape when it’s a plot point. This one doesn’t show the whole thing, but it was violent and disturbing enough for me in a way that lingered for a day or two after. Excuse a very minor spoiler, but the ending is also similarly disturbing in an entirely different way, not to mention the tense drama that surrounds the political climate of 1970s Argentina.

Find this movie and watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Peep Show Trailer [ER/FB]
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dan

I’m interested in this. Got a sweet cast.

“Weird” – Funny or Die’s Fake Weird Al Biopic [ER/F]
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dan

Hits every musician biopic note you expect it to. Almost wish this actually happened.

“There’s Too Much Magic Inside” – Brian Wilson Shills MLB 2k11 [ER/GO]
Feb 2nd, 2011 by Dan

Who knew Brian Wilson had such comedic timing?

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