Archives for the month of: June, 2012

Vampires: a Belgian French-language mockumentary that tracks the lives of a typical nuclear family – of vampires – as they face challenges with a rebellious son and a morose teenage daughter.  It’s a spoof of sorts, not on reality television or specific vampire films; instead it uses the medium of cinéma vérité for a new spin on today’s pop fetish for vampires.

Loud Family Portrait

Think of the 1973 PBS show, An American Family, tracking the Louds over a period of time – only here it’s with the undead.  We follow the ups and some unexpected downs, though none approach the Read the rest of this entry »

The stare. Like Medusa.

Everything below pertains to the character of Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad. Forego the next paragraph if you aren’t up to the end of season four.

I steamrolled through the final three episodes of Breaking Bad‘s season four, with a sharp (and maybe nervous and twitchy) eye on Gustavo Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito with Read the rest of this entry »

Death on the Nile is one of my favorite films.  The slow pacing.  The plot from an Agatha Christie mystery.  The location from Egypt.  And movie star after movie star after movie star.

Bette Davis wielding a teacup in the 1978 film Death on the Nile.

I caught a fantastic clip from the film featuring Bette Davis, Lois Chiles, and Maggie Smith. Outside of setting up motives for killing Lois Chiles’ character, the scene now has historical significance to me.  A baton has been passed.

In the film, Bette Davis is the imperious, high-society, old-money, cantankerous, ancient scenery-chewer, spitting out lines as only someone with at least half a Read the rest of this entry »

Jerry Supiran, child star of the infamous late eighties sitcom, Small Wonder, is broke and homeless.  He played Jamie, the unfathomably annoying son in the home of the family that kept a robot with the form of a little girl in a maid’s uniform as a domestic slave.  I consider him within the bottom five worst child actors in television history.  He is a contender for #1.

I announced this misfortune to my family, who, predictably, almost all  understood the news that I was recounting.  My sister-in-law snapped, “Good!” – with her voice inflecting an unmistakable “Serves him right!” pitiless judgment.  It’s as though his absolutely horrendous performance on the 1980s syndicated sitcom had finally been accounted for and the child actor whose shouting, whiny delivery of inexcusably awful jokes was now paying the Read the rest of this entry »

Susan Tyrrell has crossed over.

She was the type of actor who just had to step into the frame and you knew she was from the wrong side of the tracks.  She didn’t even need Read the rest of this entry »

I think this might qualify as the first web-only series that I’ve watched.  Is this a watershed moment?

Is Burning Love worthy of such a momentous milestone?

So far, not really, but I’m not issuing any pronouncements yet.  I do love to see so many familiar faces from Party Down, but I have a sense that they are slumming a bit.  Ken Marino (who holds the triple crown in my book for appearing as in Angel, Read the rest of this entry »

Dollhouse doesn’t have a lot of good times. Let’s celebrate this one, even though it’s provoked by the accidental and possibly catastrophic release of a chemical agent that has the potential of a weapon of mass destruction.

In working my way through a second viewing of the series Dollhouse, I believe I have now reached the point at which Mr. Lousy and I can finally now watch episodes in tandem.  This might be just the right spot for our summit.

“Echoes” is one of my favorite Dollhouse episodes.  I won’t say favorite because I’m re-evaluating as I make my second trip, and I don’t want to be presumptive, especially about my own tastes.

I know the episode has notoriety for its humor: everyone goes on a weird drug trip and it’s hilarious.

True and not true.  There is a lot more going on besides straitlaced control-freaks flipping out on something between highly potent weed and LSD.  The weaving of the comic, the tragic, character revelation, and partial exposition proves that the series could produce not only a fantastic episode, but also an episode that would move the Read the rest of this entry »



I knew Raul would beat me in timing and depth with a King of the Hill Pilot post. Such is our dynamic that I am fine with this. There’s no point in rehashing the episode but I do think we differ slightly in our views. I too was supremely impressed that the characters from the start were so well defined. So we’ve compared, let’s contrast.

I agree wholeheartedly that the KotH pilot was surprisingly well formed. I don’t think this episode would have been out of Read the rest of this entry »

It’s simple really. 6 Avengers. 12 balls. Pick two.

The only movie I saw and probably will see of the above was The Avengers. Hint – all the above movies are based on books. So blame books!

May 2012

54 – Moneyball – admirable book adaptation
55 – Mary and Max – crazy depressing, heart-breaking
56 – Fast Food Nation – confusing book adaptation
57 – Hotel Rwanda – should’ve watched sooner
58 – The US vs John Lennon – Lennon’s a dick
59 – Thumbsucker – watch Mike Mills
60 – Beginners – a lovely tribute
61 – Haywire – dull, boring, blah
62 – Young Adult – Cody is forgiven
63 – Chronicle – don’t get it
64 – Cabin in the Woods – so much fun!
65 – The Avengers – Hulk smash boring
66 – Hysteria – saw with parents (!)
67 – Drag Me to Hell – pretty good ending
68 – Inherit the Wind – this still happens
69 – A Bear Named Winnie – slow, sometimes cute
70 – Alfie – a girly cocktail
71 – Rashomon – finally saw it