Archive for February, 2011

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TV Thoughts: Parks and Recreation – Season 3 so far

February 24, 2011

After way too long of a hiatus, Parks and Recreation finally returned to NBC in January and it has been wonderful.  My thoughts about these first 5 episodes after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Community – “Mixology Certification” through “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons”

February 10, 2011

I am several episodes behind in my discussion of Community (again) so I figured I would catch up with it really quickly.  Some brief thoughts after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Chuck – Season 4 so far

February 7, 2011

It has been quite a while since I had the time to write about Chuck (all the way back to episode 3 of this season), but since “Chuck vs. the Push Mix” was meant as a season finale had the series not been picked up for more episodes, I thought it was a good time to give some thoughts about season 4.

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Trailer Alert: The Tree of Life and Take Me Home Tonight

February 2, 2011

The Tree of Life

I am an unabashed Terrence Malick fan.  He has made 4 films in his almost 40 year filmmaking career and I love every one of them.  I understand that not everyone has the same opinion about his films, but the slow pace, gorgeous cinematography, and brilliant use of voiceover narration just burrows its way into my soul and captivates me all throughout Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, and The New World.  Given the time it takes him to make a new film, it is safe to say that each one is a singular event to me and the fact that The Tree of Life finally has a distributor and release date is something that extremely excites me.  Not a whole lot is known about this film plot-wise and that is all for the better because Malick’s films do not thrive on plot.  Usually the plot is just a method for reaching towards emotion and character and feeling.  This trailer does a great job of communicating what is so great about his films and I hope this is something that excites you as well.

 

 

Take Me Home Tonight

This film couldn’t be further on the opposite end of the spectrum from The Tree of Life.  The raunch comedy is not something that I am a fan of, but Take Me Home Tonight excites me for a couple of other reasons despite having been on the shelf for a few years.  The first reason is that I am a Topher Grace fan.  I think he is an expressive and real actor and his work in both In Good Company and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton is more than the typical romantic comedy leading man role (part of the reason that he is the person that I would choose to play me in a movie about my life, but that is a post for another day).  Second, this film is kind of about the point in life where I see myself right now, so it’s something I am thinking about and it strikes a deep chord with me at the moment.  So though I am no big fan of movies set in the 80’s (aside from No Country for Old Men of course), I think I might be able to endure Dan Fogler as the annoying best friend for the above reasons.  Also Demetri Martin and that ending gag made me laugh out loud watching the trailer, which is saying something.