Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lonely Jew on Christmas

Can't forget this one...

Courtney Cox, I love you...

Shut up, turds!!

Jesus and Santa

My favorite part is when Jesus spins his halo on his finger in time with the music.

O Holy Night

I Need a Dollar

I tend to click on every link I see to music on Jimmy Fallon's show and I just found a new jam. Never heard of this dude before (I am woefully ignorant of music lately) but DAMN is this awesome. Dude's got some moves.

Aloe Blacc and The Roots

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry F&*#ing Christmas!

Some good old-fashioned Christmas cheer from Mr. Garrison!

Ha! Nutmeg!!

I found a pretty good video of the Nutmeg song but I have to link to it. So clicky-clicky on the linky-linky!!


A Colbert Christmas

My favorite song from the Colbert Christmas special of a few years ago is the "Nutmeg" song from John Legend. YUM. It's not up on the Comedy Central site, though. So here's my second favorite song.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ringo remembers Christmas 1979

The Christmas Shoes

I love Patton Oswalt. And this is one of my very favorite bits of his. Just awesome.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

TV 2010: Odds and Ends

I wanted to write a bit about all of these categories that I've come up with here, but I've been sitting on it way too long and I need to just post it already. I may revisit a few of these categories later for posterity.

Most improved:
Bored to Death
United States of Tara
Parks and Recreation

Most profane:
Eastbound and Down

Raising Hope
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
Boardwalk Empire

Still love, but not as much as I used to:
30 Rock
Modern Family

Party Down
Better Off Ted

Headed for the dust bin:
Castle & Psych: I've watched both of these shows from the beginning. Castle has Nathan Fillion, without whom I likely would never have watched. But even he can only enchant me for so long. Psych I love because of the sheer goofiness of it all, and the pop culture references. Plus, Timothy Omundson is Smokin' Hot. But the appeal is starting to wear thin. There's really only so long you can watch these kinds of shows and I'm about to reach my limit.

Most conflicted:
Glee: Oh, Glee. When you were good, you were oh so good. When you were bad, you were eye-gouging-ly bad. And that's just Glee for ya. It's mostly an inconsistent mess that you're ready to give up on, then they suck you in for a few more eps, then you're ready to to give up again. I will likely keep watching until the suck streak is more than three episodes. But damn.

Just plain fun to watch:
The Good Guys
In Plain Sight
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
RuPaul's Drag Race
Warehouse 13
Being Human
Daily Show / Colbert Report

Most embarrassing:
Pretty Little Liars (oh, it's bad. But I can't stop watching!!!)

Shows I stopped watching:
Burn Notice
The Office
Lie to Me

Shows I started watching and then stopped:
The Big C
Covert Affairs
Human Target

TV 2010: Runners up & Disappointments

Runners up for favorite shows:

The Good Wife: This show was a bit of a surprise for me because I don't always like procedurals and I didn't really care for the premise. But it's really well-done and more subtle than I thought it would be. Plus, Nurse Hathaway? Still hot. And Alan Cumming!! Even as a buttoned-down lawyer dude, he's still so fun and yummy.

Friday Night Lights: This last season was particularly well-done, especially in their handling of a teenage girl's pregnancy. But the biggest draw for me is still the relationship between Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach. And yes, I know her name is Tami, but I like calling her Mrs. Coach. They show that married couples can fight, they can agree, they can be just sick of each other once in a while, but they still love each other and are committed.

Treme: I had some trouble with this show in that I always seemed to wait and let about 3 or 4 episodes pile up before I'd watch them all up. I think Breaking Bad may have been on at the same time, so I'd catch Treme On Demand. I kept thinking maybe I just didn't like the show, but every time I sat down to watch, I'd watch everything that was available. I think it's just a show that works better in large doses. Anyway, the show was truly spectacular in many ways, the cast, the setting, the music...I loved it. And Khandi Alexander? Truly amazing. She probably won't be nominated for an Emmy, but she should be.

Luther: This show was a bit of a mess in some ways, but I still really enjoyed it. Luther is a quite interesting character, kind of a blue-collar Sherlock Holmes. He's rough around the edges but he's highly intelligent. And Ruth Wilson's character! I'm not sure I've ever seen a dynamic like the one these two shared. I am a bit worried about the second series because they ended the first in a crazy nutso place, and I'm not sure they can extricate themselves, but it was a ballsy move, and I do want to see what happens next.

Sherlock: I realized before writing this that I have quite a fascination and love for the character of Sherlock Holmes, even though I've only read a few stories and seen a few incarnations. I actually think that the only Sherlocks I've seen (apart from this one) are Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey Jr. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Martin Freeman and I really liked this updated version of the characters. Overall, I don't think the show was as strong as I would have liked, but I liked quite a bit in each episode and the first ep was particularly good.

Dr Who: I think that if I were able to actually watch this show weekly on my TV, it would be on my favorites list. As it was, I almost forgot about it simply because I have to wait for the DVDs to come out. And they did, so I am all caught up and I absolutely adore Matt Smith as the new Doctor. And Amy Pond is Smokin' Hot. And funny and wonderful.

Lost: I can't say the last season was the best. It had a lot of good and bad, but mostly I liked it. I just couldn't not mention it somewhere here, since I watched it from the very beginning, almost stopped watching a few times, but I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. Can't say the ending was all I'd hoped for, but what ending can be? (Except the ending to The Shield, nothing tops that in my book.) I enjoyed hanging out with the characters and enduring all manner of what-the-fuckery, so good on ya, Lost.


Big Love: Hubbie and I feverishly tore through the first 3 seasons of this show and absolutely loved it. Well-rounded characters, good stories, good acting...awesomeness. We got all caught up in time to watch the fourth season on HBO. Great. And then...I dunno, the show just fell apart somewhere. There was just too much going on, half of which was utterly redonkulous. And then there was the problem of Bill. He was never someone I completely rooted for, but at least I could see his humanity and his earnestness to do the right thing by everyone. But then towards the end of the fourth season, I started to actively HATE him. A few days ago I saw a teaser preview for the fifth and final season, and the minute he appeared on screen, I wanted to throw something at him. I will probably watch at least the beginning of the new season, especially since it's the last one, but it will definitely be on a short leash.

Sons of Anarchy: A lot of people were unhappy with this season, and I'm reluctantly with them. This show was just so damn good in its second season, and the third season was kind of a bust for the most part. It had a lot of good moments, but overall it took them way too long to get to Ireland to find Jax's son. By the time he finally got back to Charming with Abel, it was all very anticlimactic. I understand that Kurt Sutter wanted to tell that Ireland story, but I wish he'd come up with a better way to do it.

True Blood: True Blood and Glee have a lot in common. Big, over-the-top, rather inconsistent. And despite, highly watchable. But the third season...I dunno. It felt like they wanted to get EVERY character possible in the thing, rather than just adding a few and then spending some time with them. I mean, they introduced Alcide but really didn't do much good with him. And he's quite a good character in the books. NERD ALERT! Plus, they always pronounced his name with a hard 'd' even though it's supposed to be pronounced "Alcee". However, one good thing? Denis O'Hare as Russell Edgington. He was just the right kind of big, over-the-top scenery chewing that the show needs. I'll probably watch the new season cuz I'm a glutton for punishment, but things don't look good since every story I've read about the new season is "2 new characters cast!" and "three MORE new characters cast!!" It's going to be a big mess, but will it be a good mess? Time will tell.

The Walking Dead: Zombies. AMC. YES!!! Pilot, good! Second episode...not so good. Third, okay. The rest? Mix of good and bad. Basically, this show just never really made me LOVE it. I liked it. But I SOOOOO wanted to love it. I'll likely watch the second season, but it may drop quickly from the list if it isn't a whole lot better.

Monday, December 13, 2010

TV 2010: shows I caught up on

These are all the shows I netflixed or hulued this year.

5 stars:
Murder One (season 1)

4 1/2 stars:
Breaking Bad (seasons 1-2)
Rome (the complete series)
Skins (series 1)
Strangers with Candy (the complete series)

4 stars:
Big Love (seasons 1-3)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 1)
Dr Who: The End of Time
Homicide: Life on the Street (seasons 1-2)
Human Giant (season 1)
Larry Sanders Show (all of season one, most of seasons 2-3)
Life (the complete series)
My So-Called Life
Soap (season 1)
Sons of Anarchy (seasons 1-2)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (season 1)
The Guild (seasons 1-3)
The Tick (2001)
The Vampire Diaries (season 1)

3 1/2 stars:
Curb Your Enthusiasm (seasons 2-3)
The Good Wife (season 1)
Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (seasons 1-3)

3 stars:
Being Human (series 1)
Bored to Death (season 1)
Chef! (series 1)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 4)
Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
In Plain Sight (seasons 1-2)
Kyle XY (season 1)
Lie to Me (season 1)
The Dana Carvey Show
The IT Crowd (series 1-3)
Weeds (season 5)

2 1/2 stars:
Kyle XY (part of season 2; burned out about halfway through)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

TV 2010: Favorite shows

I'm not calling this my "best of 2010" list. It's just my favorites. I'm not a TV critic and no one's paying me, so I do my own thing. And there's 11, not 10. It's just how I do!!

Mad Men

In terms of pure quality, I think this really was the best show this year. The thing I admire most about Mad Men is how every scene seems necessary and integral. I rarely find myself thinking, "well, they handled that badly." It's just pure quality and I think this last season was some of the finest television EVER. So much of the interactions were pure payoff from what they've been setting up from the beginning. I mean, think of that little scene with Peggy and Joan, smoking and chatting. Such a small thing, yet such a big moment for those two characters, and for us watching who love them both and know they could be besties if they just got over how different they sometimes are.

Favorite episode: "The Suitcase"

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is one of the best character studies I've ever seen. And it's a show that isn't afraid to take its characters into extremely dark places and it rarely, if ever, takes the easy way out. Just a fantastic show. And Bryan Cranston is fucking amazing. And so is Aaron Paul.

Favorite episode: "One Minute"


I knew I would like this show because I absolutely adore Louis C.K. He is probably the best stand-up comedian currently working. He is pretty fearless and he's not afraid to say things that might make him look bad. But what I couldn't have known is just how GOOD this show would be. It's funny, it's dark, it's honest, it's's just everything. I never knew exactly what I'd be watching when I sat down to watch an episode and I liked that. Even the bits I didn't like as much I at least admired for the sheer audacity and willingness to just go for it. I'm very happy this show will get a second season and I can't wait to see what he'll come up with next.

Favorite episode: "Dr. Ben" for the laughs; "God" for the gamut of emotions I felt watching it


I knew that if nothing else, I would love Donal Logue in this. He's one of my favorite actors. So I knew he would be good, and the show would be funny. What I didn't know was how dark the show could get and how good Logue could be at the whole dramatic thing. So, yeah, I loved this show right from the first episode, which didn't feel like a first episode. And the guys took an amazing emotional journey from beginning to end, and came out different people. On another show, such an emotional journey could take 3, 4 seasons to manifest. This show? One season.

And while it's sad that there won't be another season with Hank and Britt, these 13 episodes are a complete package. All the episodes were aired, all the major season-long questions were answered, and the characters emerged better and stronger than they were in the beginning.

Favorite episode: "Change Partners" This was the third episode. The first two episodes were a bit lighter, and this one got pretty dark. It was the first real glimpse of just how fucking awesome this show was going to be.


Right now, this is the show I most look forward to watching. I've re-watched quite a few episodes, something I don't usually do. I love the characters, I love the setting...I love almost everything about this show. I only say almost because occasionally I don't LOVE an episode. But I've LIKED all of them. It's a show that can be incredibly silly, and also incredibly emotional. I care about these people and I want to see what happens next. And I want to see what other colors of underwear that Joel McHale will wear. Please??

Favorite episode: "Physical Education" OR "Modern Warfare" OR "Epidemiology" OR "Cooperative Calligraphy" OR "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" (DON'T MAKE ME PICK JUST ONE!!)

Parks and Recreation

Everyone talks about the huge turnaround this show made between its first and second seasons. I watched the pilot and wasn't really enamored of it, so I bailed. Then when everyone said it got better towards the end and then the second season was even better, I caught up on it and it quickly became a show I really looked forward to every week. Ron Fucking Swanson is a big part of that love. He's one of the best characters on television.

BONUS: Louis C.K. played a love interest of Leslie Knope in early episodes, and damn, was he good. Sweet and funny.

Favorite episode: Well, my favorite is "Ron and Tammy" but it aired in 2009. So for 2010, it'd be "94 Meetings" or "Telethon."

Cougar Town

I refused to watch this show at first. I mean, Cougar Town??? Really??? And I wasn't that big a fan of Courtney Cox. But then hubbie watched some episodes and laughed his ass off and told me I should watch, so I broke down. And it was a bit painful at first. But aside from the awful cougar-y jokes, there was a core of something I quite liked. And as the show went on, it just got better. And it got rid of the awful cougar stuff. Now it's just a show that I almost always enjoy, and I look forward to it more than I do Modern Family. The characters are awesome and funny, and I like spending time with them. Penny Can!!

Favorite episode: "Everything Man"


I love Timothy Olyphant. And I love this show. It didn't always work, but when it did, it was on fire. Olyphant plays an almost familiar figure, looking much like he did as when he played Sheriff Bullock in Deadwood. But Raylan Givens is definitely NOT Seth Bullock. Raylan has much less of a stick up his ass, for one thing. And somehow this show just works. It brings in excellent guest stars and it boasts Shane Vendrell in a meaty role. Sorry, Walton Goggins. I'm quite looking forward to this show's return in 2011.

Favorite line (not sure what episode it's from):
Bad guy #1: "Where is he?"
Bad guy #2: "He's the guy in the hat over there."
#1: "The tall one?"
#2: . . . "The one with the HAT."

Favorite episode: "Hatless"


The sixth season of this show started out a bit rocky. Eric Kripke, the showrunner since the beginning of the show, left and it was uncertain if he would take all of the magic with him. Well, he didn't. After a few rocky episodes, the show was back to form. I just love watching these guys fight demons and I even love when they get all sappy.

Favorite episode: "Swan Song" OR "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"

The Vampire Diaries

I caught up with the first season of this show via Netflix. I watched one disc (5 eps) and I liked it enough to watch the second disc. By the end of the second disc, I was HOOKED. This show does an amazing job of keeping a lot of things going on and yet not feeling too busy. It's one of the shows I most look forward to watching every week. And I'm not even embarrassed to say that anymore. Hey, at least it isn't Twilight. These vamps are SEXY! No purity rings to be found!!

Favorite episode: "Masquerade"


I've watched Fringe from the very beginning. I mostly liked it, but I wasn't quite feeling it for a while. But I kept watching because, hello! Walter!! One of the best characters on television. And after a while, I did start feeling it. And I liked it quite a bit. But this season, something happened. The show got so much better, it's hard to fathom. Stakes were higher. And I dunno, it just got awesome. The final episode of the year, "Marionette", was so good on so many levels.

Favorite episode: "Marionette"

TV Watch 2010

This is a list of all the shows I watched in 2010. Unless otherwise noted, I watched all episodes of the shows.

30 Rock
Being Human
Better Off Ted
The Big C (watched 4 episodes)
Big Love
Boardwalk Empire
Bored to Death
Breaking Bad
Burn Notice (watched about 20 minutes of season 4 premiere)
Cougar Town
Curb Your Enthusiasm (no episodes actually aired in 2010)
Daily Show / Colbert Report
Dexter (stopped about 4 eps into season 5)
Dr Who
Eastbound and Down
Friday Night Lights
The Good Guys
The Good Wife
Gravity (1 episode -- WORST SHOW EVER)
Human Target
In Plain Sight
Law & Order: UK
Lie to Me (stopped about 5 eps into season 3)
Mad Men
Modern Family
Nikita (pilot)
No Ordinary Family (30 minutes of pilot)
The Office (watched a few episodes at beginning of season 7)
Parks and Recreation
Party Down
Pretty Little Liars
Raising Hope
RuPaul's Drag Race
Sons of Anarchy
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
True Blood
Undercovers (watched pilot)
United States of Tara
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
Warehouse 13
Weeds (stopped about 2 eps into season 6)

Movies Watched in 2010

I watched 156 movies this year. It's probably more than that, though, since I don't know if I counted anything I'd watched previously. For instance, I know I watched Fright Night for the umpteenth time, but I didn't add it to the list.

5 stars:

(500) Days of Summer
Battle Royale
Black Dynamite
Inglourious Basterds
Jackie Brown
The White Ribbon

4 1/2 stars:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
A Serious Man
Infernal Affairs

4 stars:
25th Hour
Bad Lieutenant
Easy A
Get Carter (1971)
Inside Man
Kinky Boots
Lady Snowblood
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Ninja Assassin
Pootie Tang
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
Spring Breakdown
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Hangover
The Hebrew Hammer
The Ice Storm
The Invention of Lying
The Damned United
The Piano Teacher
The Vicious Kind
Whip It
World's Greatest Dad
Zombie (1979, Fulci)

3 1/2 stars:
Big Fan
High Heels and Low Lifes
Hot Rod
In the Loop
Just Before Dawn
Mystery Team
The Fog
The House of the Devil
The Informant!
The Kids are All Right
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Wolf Creek

3 stars:
Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments
Barry Munday
Best Worst Movie
Big Trouble in Little China
Black Sabbath
Blood and Bone (5 stars to Michael Jai White's ASS)
Cassandra's Dream
Catch and Release
Citizen Ruth
Clash of the Titans (2D)
Come Early Morning
Crazy Heart
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Date Night
Dazed and Confused
Five Minutes of Heaven
Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood
Ghost Ship
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt. 1
House (1977)
How to Train Your Dragon
I Am Love
Iron Man 2
In the Mouth of Madness
Jackass: the Movie
Laid to Rest
Love Actually
Mommie Dearest
Paris Is Burning
Police Story
Snow Angels
Step Brothers
The Big Tease
The Burning
The Children
The Girl Next Door (2004)
The Losers
The Spanish Prisoner
The Square
The Sweetest Thing
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Up in the Air
Withnail and I
You Don't Mess With the Zohan
Young and Handsome: An Evening With Jeff Garlin

2 1/2 stars:
A Perfect Getaway
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Bitch Slap
Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Dead and Breakfast
Funny Games (2007)
I Sell the Dead
It's Complicated
Jennifer's Body
Lake Mungo
Leap Year
Observe and Report
The Dead Girl
The Hurt Locker
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Them (Ils)

2 stars:
Event Horizon
Friday the 13th Part 3
Hostel: Part II
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the lightning thief
The Final Destination
The Funhouse
The Book of Eli
The Crazies (2010)
The House on Sorority Row
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Last Legion

1 1/2 stars:
Happy Hell Night
The Warriors

1 star:
Body Double
Gentlemen Broncos
The Collector (2009)
Troll 2

Books I Read in 2010

I read 55 books in 2010. Actually, 54, since one of them I only read half of (Solar by Ian McEwan). Two of them were re-reads.

A Spot of Bother / Mark Haddon
Anansi Boys / Neil Gaiman
Attack of the Fiend / Joseph Delaney
Bag of Bones / Stephen King (re-read)
Bone Crossed / Patricia Briggs
Calculating God / Robert J. Sawyer
Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins
Changes / Jim Butcher
Curse of the Bane / Joseph Delaney
Dark Matter / Peter Straub
Dark Reunion (book 4 of the Vampire Diaries) / L.J. Smith
Dead and Gone / Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family / Charlaine Harris
Debbie Harry Sings in French / Meagan Brothers
Dexter is Delicious / Jeff Lindsay
Faces of Fear / John Saul (one of the DUMBEST books I've ever read)
Feed / Mira Grant
From Dead to Worse / Charlaine Harris
Ghost World / Daniel Clowes
Horns / Joe Hill
Ice Cold / Tess Gerritsen
Infected / Scott Sigler
Keepsake / Tess Gerritsen
Killing the Shadows / Val McDermid
Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
Mr. Punch / Neil Gaiman
Night of the Soul Stealer / Joseph Delaney
Pillars of the Earth / Ken Follett
Revenge of the Witch / Joseph Delaney
Scott Pilgrim's precious little life / Bryan Lee O'Malley
Shutter Island / Dennis Lehane
Silverborne / Patricia Briggs
Sizzlin' Sixteen / Janet Evanovich
So Cold the River / Michael Koryta
Solar / Ian McKewan (read about half)
The Awakened Mage / Karen Miller
The Awakening (book 1 of the Vampire Diaries) / L.J. Smith
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Junot Diaz
The Fall / Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
The Fury (book 3 of the Vampire Diaries) / L.J. Smith
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest / Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire / Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
The Innocent Mage / Karen Miller
The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
The Passage / Justin Cronin
The Poet / Michael Connelly
The Sherlockian / Graham Moore
The Shining / Stephen King (re-read)
The Sparrow / Mary Doria Russell
The Strain / Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
The Struggle (book 2 of the Vampire Diaries) / L.J. Smith
Turncoat / Jim Butcher
Wrath of the Blood-eye / Joseph Delaney

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Bit of Fry and Laurie is on Netflix Streaming

...and I'm delving into season 2! I watched this sketch at lunch and my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. Be sure to notice what Stephen is doing when Hugh walks in the door.


Yeah, that's supposed to be the sound of a dog howling in sadness. I am howling in sadness because my favorite show of 2010, Terriers, has been canceled. I am not a dog, though. Stop calling me a dog!!

Anyway, I'll probably write up something later about it cuz I really, really enjoyed the show so very, very much. But I need to find pictures and stuff and I'm at work right now. Stoopid job interfering with my ability to BLOG to my heart's content!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

This is the Best Thing Ever

I may have my issues with Glee, but damn. This is the gayest thing ever to hit the TV screen* and it is GLORIOUS:

*And duh, I mean besides on cable.

Oh, and by the way? Stoopid people with their stoopid small brains are decrying TEH GAY in the military and such, and this is the kind of thing airing weekly on Glee. TEH GAY is now out of the closet, the bag, whatever. You can't ever push it back in. (that's what she said)