Saturday, October 4, 2008

TV: WORST WEEK "THE BIRD"



Sam tries a different method of winning Dick's approval: impressing his wife, Angela. However, Sam's well thought out plan backfires, when Dick's prize birds get involved in "Season 1 Episode 2" of "Worst Week".

The bad luck that comes to Sam continues in the second episode and I guess the second day of his visit to his future in-laws. I wonder if each episode will be a new day but then it can't be unless the show gets picked up for a full season and Sam is staying there for almost a month. Sam has so many moments where you just cringe and realize that he is getting himself into something way before he does. Those set-ups and Kyle Bornheimer, who plays Sam, play it out so well that it makes this show a quick 20 minute laugh.

WORST WEEK "THE BIRD": 7 OUT OF 10



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Friday, October 3, 2008

TV: ENTOURAGE "FIRE SALE"



Ari shows interest in Eric's independent script; L.B. and Nick up their price on their script, believing they have a bidding war on their hands; Johnny Drama prepares to make an appearance on
The View in "Season 5 Episode 4" of "Entourage".

It's pretty good to be Eric so far this season on "Entourage", where in the past it used to be pretty good to be Vincent Chase, who is going through a rough time not finding any work. This season has been pretty good but not the usual greatness of past "Entourage". It needs to get back on it's feet and so does Vinny.

ENTOURAGE "FIRE SALE": 7 OUT OF 10



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MUSIC: KELLIE PICKLER "KELLIE PICKLER"



Kellie Pickler
is the self-titled second album of country music artist Kellie Pickler. The lead-off single, "Don't You Know You're Beautiful", has charted in the Top 30 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Kellie Pickler also includes a re-recorded version of "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You", which was previously included on Pickler's 2006 debut album Small Town Girl. Pickler also co-wrote with fellow country singer Taylor Swift the track "Best Days of Your Life", which will be the released as the second single. Clips of each song were put up on hearsomethingcountry.com, with four full-length tracks on Pickler's MySpace.

"Lucky Girl" was previously recorded by Catherine Britt and was released as a single in Australia.

  1. "Don't You Know You're Beautiful"
  2. "I'm Your Woman"
  3. "Rocks Instead of Rice"
  4. "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You"
  5. "Lucky Girl"
  6. "One Last Time"
  7. "Best Days of Your Life"
  8. "Somebody to Love Me"
  9. "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again"
  10. "Going Out in Style"
KELLIE PICKLER "KELLIE PICKLER": 5 OUT OF 10




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TV: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM "ANGRY UNPAID HOOKER / RODNEY'S BACHELOR PARTY"

Tim tries to explain to his girlfriend and her parents, why a prostitute is in his apartment; Rodney tells Tim about his bachelor party, which Tim finds hard to believe in "Season 1 Episode 1" of "The Life and Times of Tim".

Not a good start to a show that I had high hopes for. Judging from the previews it looked like it was going to be a smart cartoon that was kind of in the same league with "Home Movies" or "Dr. Katz". Sadly though, most of the jokes fall flat and are extremely vulgar, but not in a funny way. The main problem is that Tim is not a likable guy. He doesn't even seem to care that he is caught with a hooker by his girlfriend and her parents.

The show does have a few good moments but not enough of them and Tim needs to stop kind of being an ass. I will give it one more episode until I decide if I'm going to stick with it or tune out.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM "ANGRY UNPAID HOOKER / RODNEY'S BACHELOR PARTY": 4 OUT OF 10



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TV: FRINGE "THE ARRIVAL"



The team investigates a strange cylinder, found in a deadly explosion at a construction site in New York City. The cylinder was in the middle of the explosion and was completely unharmed. Olivia uncovers a correlation between different disturbing events in "Season 1 Episode 4" of "Fringe".

"Fringe" keeps us guessing while adding more puzzle pieces to the mix in this episode. The strange gets stranger with the addition of a creepy bald headed watcher guy. There is also a man who has a weapon that seems like it's from the future and a mind reading device that looks like it hurts. This episode was so out there that even in the end, the episode's story isn't explained and Joshua Jackson's character is now a believer in all this crazy stuff.

FRINGE "THE ARRIVAL": 8 OUT OF 10



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Thursday, October 2, 2008

TV: LITTLE BRITAIN USA "EPISODE 1"



While on vacation to Mississippi, British tourist check into a motel; Ellie Grace heads to a summer camp; and a sheriff shows off his guns in "Season 1 Episode 1" of "Little Britain USA".

This series premiere to the popular British sketch comedy show takes a while to get used to. But after the first couple of sketches I became more comfortable with the weird characters and the guys playing women, as there is not a one woman in the cast, only two guys and lots of characters. Rosie O'Donnell does show up to poke fun at herself and there is a lot of poking. She is a great sport through it all and almost too great based on the jokes.

My main problem with the show is the laugh track which isn't too bad actually but, you know, it's a laugh track. Also, there is never a steady flow of funny jokes. With each sketch there is a few laughs and then a final big laugh, but the final big laugh is always a good one. That's how sketch shows go though, you have some that work and some that don't. Most of "Little Britain USA" works though. My favorite was the astronaut guy talking to the boy scouts and the most uncomfortable goes to the final sketch with the two guys at the gym.

LITTLE BRITAIN USA "EPISODE 1": 7 OUT OF 10



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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

TV: CHUCK "CHUCK VERSUS THE FIRST DATE"



Chuck, Sarah and Casey try to retrieve a vital component for the new Intersect: The Cipher.
At the Buy More, the search for the store's Assistant Manager begins. Chuck and Sarah go on their first date. Casey is again instructed to eliminate Chuck as soon as the new Intersect comes online in "Season 2 Episode 1" of "Chuck".

A good but not great season premier to one of my favorite shows on television last year. The show continues with it's awesome soundtrack. Any show that plays a Flight of The Conchords song, is okay in my book.

CHUCK "CHUCK VERSUS THE FIRST DATE": 7 OUT OF 10



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MUSIC: JAMES TAYLOR "COVERS"



Covers
is singer-songwriter James Taylor's first covers album.

The album was recorded over ten snowed-in days in January 2008, in a converted barn in Weston, Massachusetts. Some of the tunes Taylor had been performing off and on in concerts for years, while others were new to his repertoire. Altogether 20 songs were recorded.

  1. "It's Growing"
  2. "(I'm a) Road Runner"
  3. "Wichita Lineman"
  4. "Why Baby Why"
  5. "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
  6. "Seminole Wind"
  7. "Suzanne"
  8. "Hound Dog"
  9. "Sadie"
  10. "On Broadway"
  11. "Summertime Blues"
  12. "Not Fade Away"
JAMES TAYLOR "COVERS": 7 OUT OF 10




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TV: LIFE "FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE"



We meet John Armstrong, a man who works at a stationary store with greeting cards, is suspected of murdering people by putting people in trunks and letting them suffocate. Also, an ice cream truck driver sells more than ice cream from his truck in "Season 2 Episode 1" of "Life".

This season premier of "Life" confirmed to me why I think it's one of the best shows ever. It's not like your regular cop show. Just look at the writing, the acting, the cases that are involved. Not to mention the fact that the main cop is a millionaire trying to figure out who framed him for murder. Good stuff.

LIFE "FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE": 10 OUT OF 10



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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TV: THE SIMPSONS "SEX, PIES AND IDIOT SCRAPES"



Once Ned and Homer's bounty hunting partnership takes a turn for the worse, Homer becomes the hunted, as Ned is on the prowl for him after he skips bail. Meanwhile, Marge mistakenly takes a job at an erotic bakery in "Season 20 Episode 1" of "The Simpsons".

This season premier started off with a weird St. Patrick's Day parade and continued with rather obvious jokes. Some good lines here and there but overall, not the best.

THE SIMPSONS "SEX, PIES AND IDIOT SCRAPES": 6 OUT OF 10



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Monday, September 29, 2008

MUSIC: BEN FOLDS "WAY TO NORMAL"



Way to Normal is a 2008 studio album from Ben Folds.
  1. Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)
  2. Dr. Yang
  3. The Frown Song
  4. You Don't Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor) MP3
  5. Before Cologne
  6. Cologne MP3
  7. Errant Dog
  8. Free Coffee
  9. Bitch Went Nuts
  10. Brainwascht
  11. Effington
  12. Kylie from Connecticut
I enjoy Ben Folds and this was a really good album for him to come back with. Not too annoying and not too lame.

BEN FOLDS "WAY TO NORMAL": 7 OUT OF 10




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TV: AMERICAN DAD! "1600 CANDLES"



The Smith family gets ready to celebrate Roger's big 1-6-double-0, but are sidetracked by Steve's horrifying announcement that he's going through puberty! With the wounds still fresh from Hayley going through "the change" in their minds, Stan and Francine use experimental medicine to try and bypass the growing pains of having another teenager with raging hormones in "Season 4 Episode 1" of "American Dad!".

All I can say about this awesome season premier of "American Dad!" is FIRE! Watch the episode and you'll know what I'm talking about.

AMERICAN DAD! "1600 CANDLES": 10 OUT OF 10



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TV: FAMILY GUY "LOVE BLACKTUALLY"



Brian meets the girl of his dreams, Carolyn. However, Cleveland moves right in and sweeps Carolyn off her feet. Desperate to win her back, Brian must do anything he can, even if it means involving Cleveland's ex-wife, Loretta in "Season 7 Episode 1" of "Family Guy".

This season premier felt more like an episode of Cleveland's new show that he is getting instead of an episode of "Family Guy". We hardly see the usual gang at all except for Brian and Stewie. Maybe this was a teaser for Cleveland's show but if it is, then I can't say I'm looking forward to it.

FAMILY GUY "LOVE BLACKTUALLY": 6 OUT OF 10



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Sunday, September 28, 2008

TV: PSYCH "GUS WALKS INTO A BANK"



Gus is taken hostage at the Santa Barbara Savings and Loan Bank while making a deposit for Shawn in "Season 3 Episode 8" of "Psych".

My current bank is WaMu which of course is not doing good right now but luckily I don't keep my paychecks in there so I have all of $2.73 in my account. When I drove by there yesterday, they had tape up like it was a crime scene where someone got murdered or something, so I don't think I will be going there in a rush anytime soon to take out my $2.73.

Anyways, that reminded me of this season finale episode of "Psych" which was good but not great.

PSYCH "GUS WALKS INTO A BANK": 6 OUT OF 10



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MUSIC: TV ON THE RADIO "DANCING CHOOSE"



"Dancing Choose" is a single off of Dear Science, the third studio album from New York's TV on the Radio.


"DANCING CHOOSE" MP3


MUSIC: PORT O'BRIEN "STUCK ON A BOAT"



MUSIC: CHAD VANGAALEN "MOLTEN LIGHT"



"MOLTEN LIGHT" MP3

MUSIC: COLDPLAY "LOST!"



"Lost!" is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay, and is the third track and third single on the band's 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

An acoustic piano version of the song, re-titled "Lost?", was also released as the B-side on the CDsingle '"Violet Hill" and on the Japanese and iTunes Store editions of the album.

Upon the release of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay revealed that "Sing", from Blur's 1991 debut album Leisure, was a source of inspiration in having provided a starting point for "Lost!".


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MUSIC: HEY MONDAY "HOMECOMING"



TV: REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER "09/26/08"



An enjoyable episode with much talk about how stupid Sarah Palin is and about the economy. Chris Rock was pretty funny as he joined the show via the big giant screen. Ralph Nader basically proved throughout the show that he is completely batshit crazy now.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER "09/26/08": 6 OUT OF 10



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TV: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "BLACK PEARL"



Chef Ramsay heads to New York, New York to help out a struggling seafood restaurant called the Black Pearl. The restaurant lacks communication because of the three very different owners and their styles of work in "Season 2 Episode 5" of "Kitchen Nightmares".

This episode was funny and interesting throughout because having three owners of a restaurant made it three times the usual crap we get from an owner of these restaurants. Especially one in particular who keeps giving Ramsay crap and being rude to just about everybody.

The restaurant actually looks really good to begin with but having the three owners makes this a little bit harder to run it. Ramsay changes things and makes them go with just one guy to run it and see how it works out. Even till the end though, when everything changes for the better, that one guy is still giving Ramsay crap. I can't wait for the catch up show to see how everything is going with the restaurants and we get to this one.

My girlfriend Kelly was appalled though by something they added to the restaurant which was one of those grab snatch machines but instead of stuffed toys and such, they had lobsters in it. I thought it was funny but she didn't.

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "BLACK PEARL": 8 OUT OF 10



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TV: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "TROBIANO'S"



Chef Ramsay heads to Great Neck, New York to help out an Italian restuarant called Trobiano's. The owner of Trobiano's is running the restaurant on his girlfriend's parents' money, which is running out in "Season 2 Episode 4" of "Kitchen Nightmares".

Ramsay has to deal with a stubborn young kid who has his own restaurant and doesn't want to listen to criticism which makes this episode hard on our good chef but good TV watching for us. The kid refuses to taste his own food even though it looks pretty good. He doesn't want to change anything that he is doing but of course, he eventually comes around in the end. There is a nice little surprise in the end, that my girlfriend Kelly saw coming a mile away but she still cried and asked me when I was going to do that. If you don't know what the surprise is yet, just think about it.

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "TROBIANO'S": 7 OUT OF 10



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TV: LAW & ORDER SVU "TRIALS"



The detectives investigate when a couple are accused of abusing their foster child in "Season 10 Episode 1" of "Law & Order: SVU".

"SVU" returns with a case that is kind of slow but plenty on one surprise after another. The kid in the episode reminded me of this kid that I take care of at work and let me tell you, this kid is the devil. I am not exaggerating when I say this kid has bitten people and turned over tables that are three times his size. So since this episode brought up work in my mind, during the weekend when I should be thinking of anything but that demon child, I didn't enjoy it as much.

I also didn't enjoy the new district attorney that the show has. She looks like she stepped out of a fashion shoot as a hot secretary or something. She has no personality at all but maybe she just has to be in a few more episodes to develop one or something, but as of right now, I don't like her. We need a good rape case.

LAW & ORDER SVU "TRIALS": 6 OUT OF 10



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TV: PSYCH "TALK DERBY TO ME"



Juliet goes undercover as a skater to solve a number of robberies that are linked to a roller derby team in "Season 3 Episode 7" of "Psych".

I've never been to a roller derby but I bet that I enjoyed this episode of "Psych" a lot more than if I was actually at one. A bunch of hot girls on roller skates committing a crime makes for some good TV watching.

PSYCH "TALK DERBY TO ME": 6 OUT OF 10



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Saturday, September 27, 2008

TV: BURN NOTICE "GOOD SOLDIER"



Hired by Fiona's boyfriend's friend Henry, Michael poses as a disgruntled bodyguard to thwart a kidnapping plot masterminded by a ruthless man named Lesher in "Season 2 Episode 9" of "Burn Notice".

This is the last episode of the season with more to come sometime during winter. It's a good enough episode to end on right now but this season has been very lackluster. There have been a few good episodes here and there but overall this season "Burn Notice" has been very corny with it's stories and camera work. None of this was an issue with it's first season which was great.

This finale's story is just alright but finding out more about Carla and Michael's burn notice is what fans want to know more of and we haven't gotten much of that this season. We get a little more info in this season finale and the ending cliffhanger is pretty good despite the whole episode. For "Burn Notice" to get me back as a fan, they need to shape up for their third season.

BURN NOTICE "GOOD SOLDIER": 6 OUT OF 10



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MOVIE: SNOW ANGELS



Snow Angels is a 2008 drama film starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. It was directed by David Gordon Green, who also wrote the screenplay adapted from Stewart O'Nan's 1994 novel of the same title.

"Snow Angels" tells the parallel tales of a teenager named Arthur (Michael Angarano) and his onetime babysitter Annie (Beckinsale) -- whose turbulent relationship with her estranged husband, Glenn (Rockwell), leads the small-town waitress down a troubled path. Arthur is a high-school student from a dysfunctional family, and does everything in his power to avoid hanging around the house while mom and dad quarrel. When he's not practicing his trombone and performing with the high-school marching band, Arthur can usually be found bussing tables at the local Chinese restaurant and flirting with older waitress Annie. Annie used to be Arthur's babysitter, and is currently struggling to separate from her former high-school sweetheart, Glenn. But being a single mother isn't easy, especially since the troubled Glenn wants nothing more than to clean up his act and reunite his family.

Back at school, Arthur and pretty classmate Lila (Olivia Thirlby) have been bonding over their mutual love for all things geeky. Though the casual friendship shows promise of evolving into something more when Lila expresses her true feelings for Arthur, he can't help but becoming distracted by his chaotic family life: his father is moving out of the family home, and his mother is doing everything in her power to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Realizing that happiness is fleeting as his family becomes shattered and Annie experiences a series of distressing encounters with Glenn, Arthur gradually begins to fall for Lisa despite his growing cynicism concerning long-term relationships. Later, on a cold winter morning, Glenn and Annie's past catches up with them in a blinding flash, and the lives of everyone they know are suddenly and irrevocably changed.




"Snow Angels" is a cold looking movie and another masterpiece by David Gordon Green. I haven't seen "Pineapple Express" yet but I hear good things. If you can make a movie like this and then go on to do something like "Pineapple Express" and do it well, then you have got a gift of making movies. He fills his movies with actors that don't seem like actors but like normal people off the street. His more recent films have had more noticeable actors in them but don't let that fool you. Beckinsale and Rockwell give some of the best performances I have seen in a long time.

The film is filled with depressing scenes and shots of the cold hard winter. But it is also filled with scenes of tenderness and love. The Beckinsale and Rockwell story is the depressing one. The story with Angarano and Thirlby is filled with magic. Here is a couple that have just found each other and are falling in love while Beckinsale and Rockwell have fallen out of love long ago. Rockwell isn't taking their breakup well and they both argue about the care of their daughter.

The movie is filled with awesome scenes. Like the scenes with the marching band, Rockwell dancing in a bar in perhaps the most creepy dancing bar scene I have ever seen, the discovery of someone who has gone missing and the scene where Thirlby reveals her love. Thirlby gives her friend Juno a run for her money in a great performance. This might be a depressing film for a lot of people and it kind of is, but it is also a great film filled with love.

SNOW ANGELS: 10 OUT OF 10



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TV: FRINGE "THE GHOST NETWORK"



Roy McComb, a man who claims to receive visions from God, sees passengers on a bus caught in a gas attack that solidifies the air around them, asphyxiating them. Now the team must use Roy's visions to find the man responsible in "Season 1 Episode 3" of "Fringe".

"Fringe" continues to be good at what it does. It is still slick looking and the stories are still creepy enough to keep watching. This episode was a little slower than the two before it but John Noble as Dr. Bishop made me laugh numerous times throughout. I'm starting to think he might have a very good chance at an Emmy nomination for this role.

I've been trying to figure out what those things mean at the end of every episode. The little flash of something like a leaf or a frog. I think it might be useless to try and figure it out like some kind of puzzle and just go with the flow of the show, see where it takes us.

FRINGE "THE GHOST NETWORK": 7 OUT OF 10



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Friday, September 26, 2008

TV: THE OFFICE "WEIGHT LOSS"



The summer activities of the Dunder Mifflin staff are highlighted, including an interbranch weight loss competition and following Pam at the Pratt Art School in "Season 5 Episode 1" of "The Office".

"The Office" has been one of my favorite comedy shows for the past couple of years. It's tradition in my house to quote lines from it, including "that's what she said". Bring up things Dwight does in topics of conversation. Every Christmas for the past three years my mom has sent me an "Office" calendar. Yesterday, my girlfriend Kelly gave her high school history classes a homework assignment that was to watch the season premier of "The Office" and then tell a joke from the episode the next day.

The season 5 premier was good "Office" but not great "Office". The weight loss storyline was funny throughout the show and Ryan coming back to fill in for Pam were the highlights of the hour long episode. Michael was acting like his usual offensive self throughout. Even when he had a chance to ask Amy Ryan's character out on a date, he does something that had me shaking my head.

There are some surprises throughout the episode and the one at the end, which I will not reveal, had Kelly in tears. Toby also makes an appearance and all I can say is poor Toby.

THE OFFICE "WEIGHT LOSS": 7 OUT OF 10



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Thursday, September 25, 2008

MUSIC: PLAIN WHITE T'S "BIG BAD WORLD"



Big Bad World is the fifth album by Plain White T's. To promote the album, the Plain White T's launched a few webisodes, which together form the series Meet Me in California.
  1. "Big Bad World"
  2. "Natural Disaster" MP3
  3. "Serious Mistake"
  4. "Rainy Day"
  5. "1, 2, 3, 4"
  6. "That Girl"
  7. "Sunlight"
  8. "I Really Want You"
  9. "Meet Me in California"
  10. "Someday"
Plain White T's was an indie band before they became big money makers with that overplayed song that shall not be named but you know what it is. I liked them before the song that shall not be named but now they are popular and they set out to make popular music. "Big Bad World" is not a good album, mostly because it is trying too hard to appeal to their large fan base now. "Natural Disaster" is the only single that stands out from the rest but as a whole, this album is a miss.

PLAIN WHITE T'S "BIG BAD WORLD": 4 OUT OF 10



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TV: HEROES: (VOLUME THREE: VILLAINS) THE SECOND COMING



After a look into the future, Nathan's shooter is revealed, while Hiro receives an important message from his father in "Season 3 Episode 1" of "Heroes".

It's not too much to ask for a show, that gave you a really good and interesting first season, to keep giving it to you. I guess for the producers and the writers of "Heroes" it is. After a long wait and promises that the third season would be better than the really bad second, "Heroes" is finally back and crappier than ever.

This episode had me bored to tears and it didn't even bring up story lines that weren't finished yet in the second season. Nothing exciting happens and the acting is horrible. Masi Oka as Hiro and his encounter with a girl quick on her feet is the only thing that got me through this episode. The scenes with Claire and Sylar were also well done but both of these stories were only a fraction of the episode. Everything else was filled with boring talk about the future and a future Peter looking very mad.

I also noticed that they stole an idea from the USA show "The 4400", which was also about ordinary people with superpowers. That makes me mad as hell because a crappy show like "Heroes" continues to be on the air while "The 4400" was a really good show but USA just canceled it, even though it had good ratings and it's last season was it's best. "Heroes" needs to think of its own crap to deal with and not steal from a show thats not on anymore.

I haven't seen the second episode yet, even though I know it's already aired, but I can't say I'm looking forward to it and maybe it will get better. All I know is, judging from this season premier, "Heroes" is not a good show anymore.

HEROES: "(VOLUME THREE: VILLAINS) THE SECOND COMING": 4 OUT OF 10



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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

TV: WORST WEEK "PILOT"



Sam and Mel intend to reveal her pregnancy to her parents after a quiet dinner. However, when Sam misses the train after having a drunk girl throw up on him, the dinner starts becoming increasingly unlikely in "Season 1 Episode 1" of "Worst Week".

I cracked up pretty hard at the previews for "Worst Week" and you know if you laugh at the stuff they put in the previews then it must be at least a pretty good show. It is a pretty good show and I see it getting even better if CBS keeps it around.

It's "Meet The Parents" for television but it has its own quirky humor that kept me laughing almost every minute. Kyle Bornheimer, the one having the worst week, is really good at trying his best not to look like an ass but failing every time. Kurtwood Smith is also good, basically playing the same role he had in "That 70's Show", but without that horrible laugh track.

My only major problem with the pilot is that it went a little too fast. I know it's only a half hour show but, as they do in most pilots, they tried to cram too much in so little time. I'm guessing that this won't happen in the next episode and it will run a lot smoother. In time, this could be my new favorite comedy show.

WORST WEEK "PILOT": 7 OUT OF 10



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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TV: BURN NOTICE "DOUBLE BOOKED"



An associate from Michael's past hires him to assassinate a woman named Jeannie, who is about to become a very rich widow. As Michael investigates, the situation grows more complicated in "Season 2 Episode 8" of "Burn Notice".

This season of "Burn Notice" hasn't yet lived up to the first season and overall it hasn't been very good. It's almost like the second season of "Heroes" was to its first. All the fun, action and comedy that was in the first season is gone. Well, its still here, it's just not as good.

In the first season, each episode ended with a cliffhanger that would torture you because you had to wait a week to find out what happens next. This season, each episode ends on a dull note, with Michael getting a little bit closer to finding out about the people who burned him. So far this season, the show hardly focuses on Michael's burn notice, and more on the lame plots of each episode. I could understand if the stories in each episode were as good as last seasons but their not.

This episode is another downer and probably the worst so far this season. Tim Matheson who is in the episode, also directs, and lets just say he should stick to his day job. The camera shots are horribly done and the editing makes "The Aviator" look like "Citizen Kane." The next episode is the last of the season, even though USA has more episodes, which they are saving for winter. I guess so we won't have to wait a whole year for more but if the next season is going to continue this way, I might not care to wait at all.

BURN NOTICE: "DOUBLE BOOKED": 5 OUT OF 10



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Monday, September 22, 2008

TV: ENTOURAGE "THE ALL OUT FALL OUT"



To avoid bankruptcy, Vince agrees to make an appearance at a sweet 16 party. Drama is still devastated by his breakup with Jacqueline and Ari ups the ante with Adam Davies in "Season 5 Episode 3" of "Entourage".

I've been worried about "Entourage" lately because HBO made us wait over a year for another season and the first two episodes were really disappointing for me. They weren't so horrible that I thought about not watching the show anymore but they were some of the most uninteresting episodes of the show ever and not what is to be expected for a show that has been gone for a year.

Episode 3 however gets the show back on its feet. Most of the episode focuses on Ari and his rivalry with Davies which starts off kind of lame with a long car chase but ends badass. Vince continues to not get any work so he decides to make an appearance at a big sweet 16 party for some big pay. The best moments of the show are toward the end at the party where Drama does something that had me floored and Eric gets a call thats good for him and not so good for Vince. This episode got me excited for the show again and looking forward to the next.

"ENTOURAGE: THE ALL OUT FALL OUT": 7 OUT OF 10


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MUSIC: COLD WAR KIDS "LOYALTY TO LOYALTY"



Loyalty to Loyalty is the second album by Cold War Kids. It will be released on September 23, 2008. The song "Something Is Not Right With Me" is available as a low-quality free download on Cold War Kids' website.
  1. "Against Privacy"
  2. "Mexican Dogs"
  3. "Every Valley Is Not a Lake"
  4. "Something Is Not Right With Me" MP3
  5. "Welcome to the Occupation"
  6. "Golden Gate Jumpers"
  7. "Avalanche In B"
  8. "I've Seen Enough"
  9. "Every Man I Fall For"
  10. "Dreams Old Men Dream"
  11. "On The Night That My Love Broke Through"
  12. "Relief"
  13. "Cryptomnesia"
Cold War Kids has yet to impress me even with their second album. They seem to be almost there but never quite finishing in the really good category that they would seem to be in. Every song starts out great, only to end in just alright. The main single "Something Is Not Right With Me" is the best and "Dreams Old Men Dream" is a close second.

COLD WAR KIDS "LOYALTY TO LOYALTY": 6 OUT OF 10



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TV: REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER "09/19/08"



This was a slow episode mostly because the panel was so dull. I like Andrew Sullivan but he spends the whole show complaining about things. will.i.am brings nothing to the table, not even a smile. The woman who wrote "The Shock Doctrine" basically says things that we already know.

The only good moment came when Maher started to talk about religion and Sullivan started to get really pissed off and defensive. It was funny to see Maher make fun of Sullivan and explain to him that he really isn't making fun of religion. They soon make up though and the ending of New Rules is a minor one, with a message to that kid Levi, the one who knocked up Sarah Palin's daughter. I also liked the addition of a new weekly feature that has Maher featuring a different country every week that you can move to if John McCain wins the election.


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

MUSIC: VIVIAN GIRLS "TELL THE WORLD"





MUSIC: TEGAN AND SARA "CALL IT OFF"



"Call It Off" is a single off of The Con, Tegan and Sara's fifth full-length studio album.



MUSIC: BJORK "THE DULL FLAME OF DESIRE"



"The Dull Flame of Desire" is a song recorded by Icelandic singer Björk featuring Antony Hegarty from the band Antony and the Johnsons. The track will be released as the fifth single from her sixth full-length studio album,Volta, on September 29th. Björk has performed the song 12 times on her global Volta tour, often with Antony Hegarty onstage. The lyrics to the song are an English translation of a Russian poem by Fyodor Tyutchev, as it appears in the Andrei Tarkovsky film, Stalker.



TV: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "GIUSEPPI'S"



Chef Ramsay heads to Macomb Twp, Michigan to help a father and son turn around their Italian restaurant, Giuseppi's, which is in much need of help before they have to close the doors in "Season 2 Ep. 3" of "Kitchen Nightmares".

This episode is more about fixing a family than a restaurant. The son cooks and is in line to run it, while his father and mother who are supposed to be retired by now, can't let the place go to their son that easily. The father doesn't think his son's heart is into it and doesn't yet want to give the place to him because he still wants to run it himself, even though he shouldn't be with his current medical condition.

Chef Ramsay doesn't have much to work with considering that the restaurant is located in a mini mall next to Wing Wong's. A tiny place that has bad looking food that one chef likes to nuke in the microwave a lot, Ramsay doesn't show them how to cook it better but gives them better recipes.

He makes over the place like usual and it's nice but just a new paint job would have been an improvement over the horrible 70's theme the place had before. Little time is spent on those things and more time is spent with Ramsay trying to get the father and son on good terms again. If I wanted to see a father and son cry while hugging each other, I would watch Dr. Phil, but things do get emotional toward the end and it is rather touching. I just wish that the next restaurant that Ramsay visits, he acts like a restaurateur and not a peer counselor.

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES "GIUSEPPI'S": 6 OUT OF 10


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TV: AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS "MONSTER TRUCKS"


Now in the lower 48, the contestants take on the task of monster trucks in "Season 1 Ep. 4" of "America's Toughest Jobs".

Finally, the contestants are out of Sarah Palin territory and in California. For a while there I thought all the toughest jobs were just going to be in Alaska. The episode starts off with that guy who said he was homeless as a child talking about being homeless as a child and the only thing that got him through it was playing with his toy monster trucks. He weeps like a baby and tells the camera that he is going to kick ass in this episode. Of course he doesn't, and the ones who actually kick some ass, are the women as usual.

We find out that it's pretty easy to drive a monster truck. As long as you know when to stop and go, which is pretty easy since you have lights to tell you, then you can drive one. This seems to fly over the heads of all the guys who try to be tough including the crying guy. We learn a little bit more about Rie that puts the crying guy's story to shame. We also learn that a first year monster truck driver makes twice as more than a high school history teacher which made my high school history teacher girlfriend Kelly's mouth drop to the floor.

Mostly the guys who try to act all tough are the ones who end up in the bottom 4 and the one who goes home will not surprise you but will give you a good laugh, especially when you find out at the end what they are up to now.

AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS "MONSTER TRUCKS": 6 OUT OF 10


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Saturday, September 20, 2008

TV: TERMINATOR "AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE"



Cameron and Sarah take the initiative to investigate a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, John loses interest in academics, but becomes more popular at school with a new friend's help.

"Season 2 Ep. 2" of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" continues to make the show more watchable with interesting writing and acting. The first couple of episodes of the show were all about action and trying to look cool while being associated with the "Terminator" franchise. Towards the end of the first season and now in its second, "Sarah Connor Chronicles" is trying to do its own thing, away from the storyline of the franchise. Maybe its because of the upcoming new "Terminator" movie but the show is trying to make itself stand out now apart from the movies.

The show has really good acting, even by actors who you only see once in an episode. I've noticed that the show has had some really good character actors and I hope they continue that. This show has had some better acting out of its robot characters then any of the movies, and yes, that includes Arnold. The premise of this episode is all about the struggle for a power plant and if the robots will take control over it. More to do with the characters than the action is fine by me when it is done to great effect and this show does it right.

"TERMINATOR: AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE": 7 OUT OF 10


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