Tag: drama

Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. This is it folks, the shows everyone will be talking about at the water cooler and the Twitter this fall. Let's get right to it -- it's the ABC lineup for 1974! Good things are coming to ABC in '74! Like their Daytime lineup of General Hospital, One Life to Live, and All My Children. And don't forget The Brady Bunch and wacky game shows like Password, Let's Make a Deal, Split Second, The New $10,000 Pyramid, The Newlywed Game, plus the human drama of The Girl in My Life. On Funshine Saturday it's time for outrageous family fun with Hong Kong Phooey, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Devlin, Korg,...
Trailer Trash — Red Tails, Johnny English Reborn, and The Ides of March

Trailer Trash — Red Tails, Johnny English Reborn, and The Ides of March

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Red Tails Whoa, did that guy just say "negroes"? Is that even allowed in a movie anymore? Well anyway, this looks pretty good even if you have already seen Glory or The Tuskegee Airmen (the latter of which also had Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Johnny English Reborn Ugh. Can't we just get Mike Myers to make another Austin Powers movie or something? I promise to forget that Goldmember ever existed.  Anything to avoid watching Mr. Bean in this travesty. I mean really, groin kicks? The Ides of March Ah yes, it's time for serious Geo
Trailer Trash — 13 Assassins, Thor, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Trailer Trash — 13 Assassins, Thor, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. 13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) I don't care if I have to bring my reading glasses, this looks cool. I can't help but think that this is a just a Samurai version of 300 (this...is... Kyoto!!!) but that's cool. Lots of yelling, swordplay, and explosions. What's not to love? Thor OK, is there a movie that Natalie Portman isn't in this year? Thor was probably my favorite comic book character growing up -- I followed him with slavish devotion both in his solo series and as part of the Avengers -- so there's already some bu
Just Shut Up! — 7 Television Characters I’d Like to Smack

Just Shut Up! — 7 Television Characters I’d Like to Smack

Featured Posts, TV & Radio
Harriet Brindle (Small Wonder) — On a show already full of loathsome characters, Harriet was especially rage-inducing. Watching this show as a pre-teen was one of my first times experiencing true hate. All I remember thinking every time she opened her yap was that I wanted to go to college, become a theoretical physicist, invent a machine that would allow me to travel inside a television, and then smack the freckles off her smug little face. Although I suppose it's to Emily Schulman's credit that she was able to make Vicki the frigging robot seem appealing by comparison. (skip to about the 2:30 mark and feel the hate flowing through you) Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother) — I've been watching HIMYM from the first season, but have always felt that there was just a certain littl
Trailer Trash — Arthur, Source Code, and Hop

Trailer Trash — Arthur, Source Code, and Hop

Movies
I don't have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I'm going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let's face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes' worth of good material anyway. Arthur Ah Hollywood, always perfectly tuned into the needs and feelings of American moviegoers. I can imagine that with unemployment still rampant and people scraping by just to keep from getting kicked out of their homes in record numbers, there's nothing people want to see more than a feel-good comedy about a spoiled -- and possibly mentally challenged -- man-child (Russell Brand) flaunt his wealth for a few hours. Oh, but he's really a good guy so I guess it's OK. Whatever. I never got around to seeing the original Arthur wit...
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 3

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 3

Movies
Waaaay back in 2007 I looked back at five flicks that made a big impact on me during my formative years. The next year I ran through four more. And today I drag out another five. Let's reminisce! Better Off Dead (1985) — There is not one part of this movie that isn't 100% awesome, even more than 25 years later. This Savage Steve Holland masterpiece was perfectly cast and written, which makes its more surreal vignettes feel like integral parts of the movie instead of just absurd asides. It never really sunk in when I was a kid that this was a pretty dark film. Hell, the lead character (John Cusack as Lane Meyer) spends most of the it trying to kill himself. Over a breakup. Fortunately he fails and gets to see an Eddie Van Halen-esque hamburger wailing a Frankenstrat to "Everybody Wants S
Tube talk: Harry’s Law

Tube talk: Harry’s Law

TV & Radio
I started watching Harry's Law on NBC for one reason: David E. Kelley. The man created Boston Legal, one of my favorite shows in recent memory, so I figured if he could start a new show with even half the magic of that show I'd be a happy man. After eight episodes, I'm... well I'm sort of happy. It seems clear to me that Harry's Law is Kelley's attempt to continue in the same vein as Boston Legal, so much so that I'm surprised he didn't just call it Cincinnati Legal. It's a legal dramedy with some really eccentric characters and a generous heaping of speechifying about social justice. Regarding the latter aspect, I became used to the increasingly preachy tone Boston Legal struck in its last few seasons even though I wasn't a huge fan. So I'm not surprised that I've already been treated ...
GFS home movies: SoulBoy

GFS home movies: SoulBoy

Movies
I don't think it's possible for me to watch a coming-of-age dance movie like SoulBoy without tracing some threads back to the godfather of them all - Saturday Night Fever.  The key story elements are all there.  Working-class boy meets a girl seemingly beyond reach, and sets about to win her through the power of dance.  He is oblivious to the adoration of a more down-to-earth girl.  Along the way he grows up a little, comes to resent his clownish friends, and it all ends with a climactic dance-off for all the glory. The two leading men - Martin Compston's Joe McCain and John Travolta's Tony Manero - seem to be cut from the same cloth.  They're both working class stiffs (Joe is a delivery boy, Tony is a paint store lackey), they both find purpose in dancing, and they both eventually