Top Chef All Stars: New York’s Finest

E: Okay, I’m not so broken up about this past week’s losers.  And I thought the challenges were brutal.  Impressive effort from the cheftestants!

M: First and foremost, I would like to apologize to all our readers.  It originally looked like I would be penning this piece alone, which would have guaranteed you all a week free of the repulsive term that my sister just uttered.  As it happened, late nights and a busy weekend conspired against me, thus you are stuck reading that.  Again, my deepest apologies.

E: Blah blah blah.  You need to just give it up and acknowledge that this is the accepted term.

M: At one point it was “accepted” that the Earth passed through the sky on the back of a large turtle.  Just because it’s accepted doesn’t mean it’s right.  That said, this week’s challenges were pretty brutal.

E: I agree.  That’s why I already said it.

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The Good Wife: Nine Hours

E: You know that face that a wild animal makes when you surprise it (say, with your car)?  How they freeze and look at you, their heart beating out of their eyes, terrified, not knowing whether it’s better to run or to hope you haven’t noticed them?  Pretty nearly every character in this episode makes that face at one time or another.

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Chatter: James McAvoy, Scarlett Johansson and Zombies

M: As you may or may not know, my sisters are both HUGE Jane Austen fans. Me? Let’s just say there are a few authors ahead of her on my list.  However, today we came across some news about a movie project based on a book… based on a book by Jane Austen.   That’s right, Seth Grahame-Smith’s send up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  What follows is the quibbling discussion that ensued. Continue reading

Golden Globe Nominations 2011: Reactions

E: The Hollywood Foreign Press announced its nominees this morning in film and television.  Hmmmm.  Interesting.  While there’s stuff I expected, there were definitely a few things that came out of left field, and that’s always fun.  The Best Actress Oscar derby clarified itself just a little; Gwyneth and Reese are pretty much out, while Halle and Julianne and Michelle are hanging on, and Jennifer might just be in. Look below for a list of nominees, as well as reflections on what I picked and what I think it all means. Not to mention a little confusion. The Tourist is a comedy?  Really?  Somebody ought to tell whoever made those trailers, because I thought it was a sexy spy thriller.

Or do you suppose Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp sing while fleeing through the canals of Venice, and it’s just not in the commercials?

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Golden Globe Predictions: 2011 Awards

E: Tomorrow, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will favor us with their picks for 2010’s best in film and television.  The Golden Globes are famously know as the best party of the year; it’s a smaller ballroom than the Oscars, less stiff and pretentious, and also with a lot more booze.  They have very particular tastes; they love celebrities, the bigger and more glamorous the better, yet they’ll occasionally pass up the chance to nominate one so they can anoint a new star.  They reward comedies, but they prefer them jet black, thank you very much.  And they’ll also pass up an actual musical in order to nominate a movie with a lot of music in it.  They have awards for leading actors in everything, but if you’re in a supporting role, this is not your party.  But best of all, they’re excellent indicators of what Oscar might nominate.  Actors and movies that sweep awards?  They gain the real momentum here.

Without further ado, my guesses:

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