Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Fun: Space Edition!

It’s payday, which means my husband and I will order a slightly fancy pizza tonight – leftovers be damned!  But, the fact that in mere hours my stomach will be filled with half of a large pizza got me thinking of a different kind of space…the vastness of it all…the infinite number of pizzas that might be in OUTER space. Just what the heck is going on out there?

Well, this week, quite a bit.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Game of Thrones,Season 2: Totally Obvious Predictions

Yeah, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Game of Thrones starts up again on the old Home Box Office network this Sunday night.  And I figured that just because I haven’t read the George R.R. Martin novels it doesn’t mean that I can’t offer up my predictions for season two. I’ve read other books, so that’s basically the same thing, right?

“Read more” for the proposed plot points! (Season 1 spoilers be ahead, arg.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Quick Bite: Meek's Cutoff

A belated DVD review, just for you!

The stark plains and the dust that chokes the air in Meek's Cutoff makes The Searchers (which I just re-watched) seem like a really political Disney film, but then again the soundtrack of the 1956 classic seems to be from another much funnier film. Dark themes of alienation, racism and masculinity are nearly hidden behind a seemingly random score and a few bits of strained comedy. I seemed to only recall what Marty told us about The Searchers, which makes Meek’s Cutoff quite interesting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Fun, ya'll!

Source: Andreaaaonfire
It's Friday! Even though Philasmellphia is in for a rainy weekend, I feel like dancing. I'm learning Nico's These Days on ye olde guitar (I promise not to attempt to sing along, loved ones), there's a new Community in my HuluPlus queue and a new Bob's Burgers to savor. Life is pretty great, even though this unseasonably warm weather is making blow-drying my hair in the morning a much sweatier activity than usual. Just another unforeseen consequence of global warming, I guess. Sigh. Sure, there's some serious stuff going on the world from the assault on women's rights that's enjoying an oddly fanatic resurgence (those folks are usually so reasonable) to the fact that having a black POTUS has not resulted in the post-race utopia we all hoped for - it's a shit storm out there, fair readers. But, despite the onslaught of pollen that's literally choking me right now, there are many wonderful things happening in the world - and most of them are on the Interweb.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

"It's the same story every year. He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a country that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what sustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated. The Treaty of Treason gave us new laws to guarantee peace and, as a yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.”

If you’ve read the YA novel The Hunger Games you’re probably pretty worried right about now with hours to go before the midnight screening you bought tickets for two weeks ago (though maybe less so if you've read any reviews). You might be thinking, can Jennifer Lawrence pull this out, are they going to get Panem “right,” and why is Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) head so large? He has a really big head; I never noticed it in The Kids Are All Right, but it’s HUGE. You also might be thinking that you’re a little old for midnight screenings (and you totally are, most likely). Anyway, I’d like to take a moment to alleviate your well-justified fears. The Hunger Games is as layered, heartbreaking and expectation-fulfilling as we’ve all been hoping. It's clearly more than another money-making franchise, in a many scenes it's transcendent. No, I’m totally serious. THG was directed by the same dude who wrote Big and directed Pleasantville and the way he balances unimaginable human suffering and moments of beauty shows a deep respect for the characters and the film’s younger audience.  There is a real tenderness to this film amidst all the slayings and human rights violations. Ross still allows Katniss time to appreciate a butterfly in a rare moment of respite in the arena and Lawrence has the chops make it authentic and not schmaltzy. THG series’ author Suzanne Collins co-adapted the screenplay with Ross and Billy Ray (State of Play, Shattered Glass) in such a way as to both honor and expand Collins’ world while giving us just what we’ve been waiting for – a Katniss we can get behind, a Katniss that will spark a revolution.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Oh, Li-Lo.

OK, this is NOT Lindsay Lohan, but it is an example of shit that we redheads 
have to be associated with during our formidable years. No wonder she's blonde now.
Lindsay Lohan, along with her new lips, cheeks and teeth, hosted SNL this weekend. And it was sad. So very, very sad.  After years of arrests, probation, missed court dates, see-through tops at said court dates, and countless crotch shots while entering or exiting various vehicles, Lindsay looks damn tired at 25.  Cameos by Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon didn’t even help this train wreck. And a certain SNL alum and Lindsay supporter was missing. One can only assume that Tina Fey was like, “I want no part of this shit show, Lorne.”  And it was a shit show, but not because the sketches were bad, as they are always pretty bad. No, the most disappointing part was Lohan’s lifeless face, distorted by substance abuse and cosmetic procedures, evidence of years of bad advice and the cruel nature of fame. Or not, whatever.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Fun: Aquatic Edition

Is this gif on? Html and I rarely understand each other. Source.

It’s Friday, fair readers, and you know what that means…fun.  I’ve sure had fun this week with a much under-publicized re-launching of ye olde blog. I’m sneaking up on writing on a regular basis again. Shhh, read really quietly or you’ll scare the writing away.  Oh, you can also find it here: because I, for one, welcome our Facebook overloads. Even the blog has a timeline and birthday now.  But, man I need a new logo – that font up there stinks!

But, more importantly – what's been going on in the ocean lately?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bob's Burgers, Bob's Burgers, Bob's Burgers!!

This is the post where I extoll to you the awesomeness of Bob’s Burgers. Yes, I realize that the way to get someone to not watch/read/listen to/dine at whatever is to tell them how awesome it is.  But, screw convention!  I’m gearing up for the season 2 premier of Bob’s Burgers on Sunday, March 11th on Fox and then hopefully like on Monday, March 12th it will be on Hulu Plus so I can actually watch it!  Oh, it better be, because like many city-dwelling HD antenna users – we can only tune in Fox like 32% of the time - a percentage that usually has no impact on my quality of life. Usually.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Please don't let this be a Rule of Three's thing...

Hey, this is a comedy show. What gives?!

When I was 8 years old (or 9, I have no frickin’ clue) MTV started running re-runs of The Monkees TV program from back when mom and her sisters wore matching homemade dresses for family photo shoots. My weird neighborhood friends, the ones I would never actually hang out with during school or invite to proper parties and slumber parties on the weekends, and I even formed a Monkees cover band with the grand ambition to perform a block concert on some steamy Sugarland summer evening.  We may have even have gone door to door selling tickets.

But, much like the real The Monkees, we planned to debut without learning our instruments or even how to pantomime some songs (e.g.). We left a lot of the logistics during the planning of this “show,” come to think of it. But, I do recall that we never actually went on, never sold any tickets, and I was pretty bummed that I had to be Micky.

Another Monkee that cared little for unnecessary “e’s” in his name was Davy Jones.  He died today and he was only 66.  It’s funny how the older we get, the younger old people feel to us.  When I was 8, 66 felt like a distant dream (nightmare), but now I see what a loss, what a shame it is to go when there is so much more life left to live. He performed on stage just 10 days ago.  RIP, Davy. Even though short dudes really freak me out, your humor, smile and the way you sang the word “girl” are treasures that will be missed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Movie Review: The Muppets

Richard Hunt, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz

I haven’t written anything other than business letters and passive aggressive emails for some time now. I’ve been thinking about loss lately, mostly because I lost my grandfather in late September. I can’t help but feel that I didn’t have the chance to really make him proud before he left us. Maybe that’s because I refused to believe he was really leaving and that coincided with the recent realization that I will never be famous.  There is a palpable absence in my heart and mind during those stark moments when I recognize that he is no longer here where we are right now. Do they even have the Interweb in Heaven?  A little closer to the surface, a couple rungs up the strata of my psyche is another hole, a hole for famous people.  It’s not a very big hole, but Jim Henson makes up most of it. I will one day fit Steve Martin in that hole too.  Huh, that sounds disgusting. Anyway, I remember the morning when someone at school told me Henson died, I was in denial then too.  But, last week my heart was lifted for 98 minutes and during that time everything was right with the world...almost.