Saturday, September 9, 2006
Friday, September 8, 2006
All that's needed now, as Isaac suggested to me earlier today, is for TiVo to compile player highlights for each team. Then, super-wow.
On first glance, it's hard to fault any of the choices (though the rankings outside the top 10 are a bit off--Sixteen Candles is only No. 49?) I haven't had time to note all the omissions, but that is why we have the comments. How about we try and come up with the next 50? I'll start with 51. Valley Girl; 52. Better Off Dead; 53. Some Kind of Wonderful; 54. Weird Science; 55. Pump Up the Volume...
In other Survivor news, Lisa de Moraes talks to Jeff Probst about the race thing, suggesting that perhaps Probst ought not say anything in the future beyond "You all want to know what you're playing for?", "Survivors, are you ready?" and ''Once the votes are read, the decision is final. That person will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I'll go tally the votes." It's pretty uncomfortable, with Probst sounding like Michael Scott on Diversity Day more than anything else.
LdM also reports, by the way, that Ellen DeGeneres -- and not a returning Jon Stewart or Chris Rock -- will be your 2007 Oscar host.
Where we are: Sawyer, Jack, and Kate are going to be spending a lot of time together, Locke's faith has been vindicated while Mr. Eko perhaps should have kept the faith, Michael and Walt got themselves a boat which may or may not take them anywhere, Sun is pregnant with a baby that may or may not be Jin's, Claire has been unquestioningly shooting up her baby with an unidentified substance while hating on Charlie for potentially shooting up with an identified substance, Hurley has to tromp back to the main camp all alone (or maybe accompanied by the Hurleybird) to tell everyone to be very afraid, Desmond and Henry Gale have joined the party on a full-time basis, whoever warranted the erecting of a giant statue would seem to be missing a toe, the hatch is finito, something weird and more than a little apocalyptic in feel has happened to the island thanks to the turning of the fail-safe key, and, of course, there's an electromagnetic something-or-other that a couple of really cold guys have been watching for ever since Penny
So . . . anything anyone wants to talk about?
Thursday, September 7, 2006
So it occurred to me tonight that a couple of plot twists have effectively done what I suspect will be an excellent bit of recasting. Veronica's demise (to use a rather technical term: woohoo!) combined with the Tancredi family schism looks likely to transform Sara into the official conspiracy hunter for this season. It doesn't totally explain how Sara and "Lance" will progress, but given that Sara at her worst is a much more bearable character than Veronica at her best, it's an idea with potential.
Death Pool, Jailbroken Edition: Of the Fox River 8, who's your pick for the first to bite the dust? For an easy kill having nothing to do with the major plot arcs, I'd go with Haywire, but if they're going for an emotional wallop, it should be the beloved and loving Fernando Sucre.
To commemorate this occasion, let's take you back more than six years, to the last time Robin Williams was funny.
This is something I have always wanted to get. I am not an award person and whenever I got awards, it has always seemed so ironic to be honored for something that I love doing. ... This one is one that I have secretly wanted without telling anyone because it is so prestigious. It is so great to be honored at the White House.
You can review the list of past honorees here, which leads to my standard question -- who's out there who deserves it most?
Did they miss any? And what of the movies of the era that capture that same paranoia...Red Dawn...Rocky IV...The Day After...Hunt for Red October...Rambo...Red Heat...Spies Like Us...Top Gun...War Games? It's enough to make you miss the gold old days of the Communist Menace when every time a light bulb burnt out or the radio went silent because the DJ was taking a piss I thought it was electromagnetic pulse that precedes a nuclear detonation.
Around here we would have given the win to Uli, and given Kayne a break. That didn't look like a prom dress to us, and we suspect that the judges just aren't giving him credit for much after last week's assumption that "jet-setters" share his enthusiasm for mens ice dancing. Though the only thing I didn't like about the winning design was the height of the slit in the skirtfront, it's appeal in the Throckmorton Manse was far from universal. More specifically, other than me, even the cats hated it.
You've got just two days to create your hand-detailed couture comments before the party this weekend, so, um, allez le faire marcher already. (Bonus points for perspicuous correction of my suspicious French grammar, or any you might have noticed during this week's show.)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
1. If you're going to play "I Want You To Want Me" and even if you're going to punk it out a little, don't you have to get the audience to do all the Live at Budokan chants?
2. I meant to ask this last night: assume for the sake of this question that I've listened to few new bands in the past 3 1/2 years since our daughter was born. Can you explain to me where The Killers fit in the rock pantheon, and what I need to know about them?
Here's the problem. It isn't always easy to spot an addict. As Seth Mnookin (perhaps the best writer out there when it comes to issues of addiction) points out in an excellent critique of A Million Little Pieces, there are plenty of functioning addicts in the world. House need not be shown as a homeless junkie to represent the reality of addiction. But just because House falls into the functioning category rather than the stereotypical junkie category doesn't mean that his disease is somehow non-debilitating.
It's obviously not the job of the House writers to prove to the world that Addiction Is Undesirable -- we are, after all, talking about a drama, not a documentary. But it irks me nonetheless that the only episode in which we've seen the negative effects of House's addiction (at least, the only episode I'm aware of, although I haven't yet seen them all) was the one in which Cuddy made House stop taking his pills. Look, Ma, his withdrawal symptoms were worse than the addiction itself! Hey, he's an addict, but it doesn't get in the way of his ability to make the brilliant diagnosis week after week after week! And yes, he's a crotchety son-of-a-bitch, but that's just part of his prickly genius! And isn't it really kind of lovable, after a fashion?
I don't think I'm going out on a major limb when I say that generally speaking, drug addiction sucks. If you haven't personally witnessed the degree of suckiness, consider yourself fortunate. In my experience, for every functioning addict in the world, there's another shoe out there waiting to drop. Maybe we'll see the one earmarked for Gregory House, M.D., and maybe we won't. But make no mistake about it: the shoe is out there, no matter how brilliantly House functions while we wait to hear it fall to the ground.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Dilana continues to slip, Toby continues his grip on the most likely to succeed slot with just great crowd command, and I just don't like Lukas and his non-enunciating suave troll voice. Storm's the one who I'm most interested in seeing actually front the band, and she may well have bought a ticket for the final three tonight. As for Magni, he's just solid -- but solid isn't enough, IMHO.
But here's what's bugging me. Last week, I commented that having both the fakeout and the real event take place in Oswego created an unnecessary nailbiter. Why couldn't Michael stage the fake supply stop in Oswego and the real dig-and-grab in, say, not Oswego? And this week, letting the feds get within two minutes of Linc and Michael through the staged tracing of a cell phone -- really, like five or ten extra minutes would've killed ya?
That being said, I like the notion that each episode will focus on Linc/Michael plus one or two other members of the Fox River 8. Sucre's plot is thus far deeply predictable, but C-Note's story last night was well done.
How are you liking PB: Already Broken thus far?
2:40 a.m. Forever Plaid, a bunch of guys in loud plaid tuxedo jackets, announce they will pay tribute to Ed Sullivan by performing an entire Ed Sullivan show in 3 minutes 18 seconds.
Impossible? Not for these guys! They go to it, singing "Lady of Spain" while juggling balls and plates, throwing dog puppets through hula hoops and doing imitations of the Singing Nun and Alvin and the Chipmunks. It's a virtuoso performance and it makes you wonder: Can they do this 20-hour telethon in, say, 18 minutes 27 seconds? . . .
4 a.m. The tote board total is $13,225,103. But where is Jerry? He hasn't been seen for over an hour. Is he napping? Is he okay?
4:10 a.m. A guy appears onstage dressed in a bright orange jump suit that holds 18 bicycle horns. Squeezing the horns with his hands, his knees, his elbows and his head, Orange Man plays "Frere Jacques," "Old McDonald Had a Farm," "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Now, that's entertainment!
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Monday, September 4, 2006
Other than that stunt with his then-infant daughter and the crocodile, the best wildlife host since those guys on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.