Oh happy day!

This is E, with a quick jubilant word: Revenge and Suburgatory, my favorite new shows of the season, have both been renewed!  (Yes, in case you were wondering, three episodes into Suburgatory, I’m still howling with laughter and not even close to sick of it.  I genuinely can’t think of the last time this happened with a sitcom.  Friends? Sports Night?)  And you know how much we’re all enjoying Revenge.  (Recap to follow as soon as M watches last night’s episode!)

So fellow fans, rejoice!

Revenge: Betrayal

M: Our third dip into the world of Revenge, to me, was not quite as good an episode as the first two, but it opened several doors that were interesting and I think important moving forward.

E: Some good developments, yes.  I wasn’t thrilled with the case of the week – when Emanda…

M: …our name for Emily/Amanda, for those who are just joining us…

E: …takes down the man who prosecuted her Dad and then became a Senator, it has less emotional punch than previous revenges.  Maybe because we’ve now seen her do this three times?  I did love the long range planning aspect of it, though (she worked on his first campaign!  she bought his mistresses’ apartment building and had it retro-fitted with cameras!). Continue reading

October Movie Preview 2011

E: Ah, October.  The leaves change color, and the serious movies come out – along with a few would be nightmares.  There are more than a few offerings this month to keep you warm on a chilly fall evening – or to keep you jumping out of your seat.  Enjoy!

October 7th

Real Steel

E: Starring Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly, the story of a boy and his Dad and their over-sized metal Rock’em Sock’em Robots.

M: Okay, so, I know this will probably be pretty bad, but I’m interested.  I like the look of it, like the two main stars, and heard the director and writer saying that they wanted the robot boxing part to be interchangeable with any sport, like ping pong or something, because they wanted the movie to really be about the story of the father and son.  If they pull that off and the Rock’em Sock’em Robots are cool?  Smells like a good flick.

C: I’m sure that, for what it’s trying to be, it has the capacity to be quite good. The inspirational sports movie is a genre that many, many people love. I’ll catch it on DVD.

E: Apparently Sugar Ray Leonard taught Jackman how to box, and that’s cool, at least.

M: Speaking as a total Boston homer…  it would have been cooler if it had been Marvelous Marvin Hagler, but I suppose Leonard is an acceptable replacement if Hagler wasn’t available or willing.  🙂

The Ides of March

E: I’m so thrilled about this thriller.  It’s got a stellar cast: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Jennifer Ehle, Marissa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright.  And intrigue during political campaigns – that’s always got my attention.

C: Written and directed by George Clooney, too. I enjoy his last directorial foray, the underrated Leatherheads, and love his other writing/directing outing, Good Night and Good Luck. So that bodes well…

M: I am inherently dubious of most political movies Hollywood puts out (since there is basically one political point of view in Hollywood) and am highly skeptical about anything political involving George Clooney specifically.  HOWEVER, this looks like it could be really, really good, and looks like they are not trying to just make one political side look good, and in fact are looking at the whole system and the moral fiber of any individual in it, which is a great topic no matter the side of the aisle the person is on.  Gosling has serious Oscar buzz around his performance, and with the exception of Hoffman (who just annoys the crap out of me in everything I’ve ever seen him in) I like everyone on that list, especially Giamatti.  Here’s hoping this one succeeds!

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Castle Review: “Head Case”

C: After last week’s excellent return to form with tights-wearing vigilante heroes, the Quibbling Siblings were eagerly anticipating episode 3, “Head Case.” While it won’t make it onto my Top Five list, this was a solidly entertaining episode. And I didn’t even guess the killer until nearly the end!

E: They’re still sitting securely in their sweet spot – fun banter, excellent word play, really fascinating subcultures.

M: Exactly, they found an interesting quirk of society and then built a light-spirited murder mystery around it.  Well done. Continue reading

The Good Wife: The Death Zone

E: The screen is bluish white.  We see a wiggling line, and then a figure appears in the mist, tethered to the wiggling line, which must be a rope.  “28,000 feet. 78 mile an hour winds,” a voice tells us, as more figures come into view. “The South Col of Everest.”  Now we see jagged gray outcroppings of rock, with snow-suited climbers arranged amongst them.  As we get closer, what seemed to be rocks turn out to be dry rock walls.  “For the five hundred climbers all crowding the same route in one 3 week period, it’s a nightmare of Everest.”  The camera looks down unsteadily over an icy precipice, inches from the climber’s lurching feet.  Yeek.  It’s pretty dizzying.  Get ready for an episode about perception, and how we define what we’re willing to live with – or make our last stand for.

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