October 2015 Movie Preview: Happy Days Are Here Again

E: I don’t want to sound too dewy eyed, but thank heaven for October. And not just any October, but this beautiful, Oscar contender-filled October.

M: So, it’s not just a bunch of horror flicks this year? Woo-hoo!

E: No, it’s totally not.

M: And as an FYI to our readers, C was unable to participate this month, and because of me ending up on a jury and crazy government regulations (sorry, I know that’s redundant) making work crazy, we’re not digging as deep into the limited releases as we usually do this month. Our apologies!

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Fall 2015 Television Preview: Sunday

C: Late, bruised, and crawling toward the finishing line after a full week of previews, we reveal the ace up our sleeves, the man behind the curtain, the best wine saved for the drunkest wedding guests… I may be floundering for a metaphor here. The point is, we’re ending instead of starting with Sunday, and Sunday night TV is actually good.

E: Sunday night TV is sooo good; it’s definitely top shelf.  This is the night that the heavens are bright with small screens and television stars.  The night when every channel has its A game on.  This is the most ridiculously overstuffed night of awesome TV we got.

C: Even I — yes, I! — will reveal that there’s a show on TV that I’m still watching from last year, and it’s on Sundays.

M: As always, if you need to catch up, here are the previews for Monday, TuesdayWednesday, Thursday and Friday/Saturday. Continue reading

Fall 2015 Television Preview: Friday and Saturday

M: Hi again folks, and welcome to the Relatively Entertaining 2015 Fall TV Preview: Sparsely Populated Weekend Night When Networks Assume Everyone Is Going Out Edition.

C: Don’t you feel like, in the age of DVR (for your age group) and catching-it-online-later (for mine), networks could start giving air time on Friday and Saturday nights to the kind of quality shows that don’t bring in big ratings but do have cult fan bases or strong binge-watching potential? What they lose in ad revenue they would, you’d think, make up later in sales of DVDs, tie-in products, licensing rights, syndication, etc. It seems like that ought to be a better long-term investment than some of the garbage they air on these nights because it’s cheap to make.

E: Absolutely.  Why aren’t we running a network again?  Because these few days are pretty thin.  Some years, we haven’t even done a preview for Saturday.  I think by now, though, cable is making enough of an effort that we can put the day back on the map, even if it’s still not got a significant enough schedule to merit its own post.

M: To catch up with the rest of the week, here are the previews for Monday, TuesdayWednesday and Thursday. Continue reading

Fall 2015 Television Preview: Thursday

E: Welcome to the Relatively Entertaining 2015 Fall Preview, Thursday night edition. And now, feel the power of Shonda Rhimes.  Feel it.  Feel it, I say!

C: No. I shall not. You may take my life, but you’ll never take my dislike of Rhimes’s self-absorbed characters.

M: FREEEEEDOOOOOOMMM!!!! I refuse to bow to the shrine of Shonda!

E: Good luck watching anything on ABC, then.

C: Okay, so I do think it’s valuable that Hollywood feels her power, in terms of representation and diversity. But I’ve never seen anything she wrote that I enjoyed.

M: I agree it’s important that Hollywood feel the power of representation and diversity. Like you, I just happen to think she’s a horrible vessel for it.

E: Hey, you take what you can get. Speaking of which, Thursday seem to be a very light day on cable.  Is Rhimes so powerful that she’s intimidated all the other content providers?  That’s not a serious question, but there’s definitely something up. Friday and Saturday teem with cool cable shows, overwhelming the paltry network offers, but on a Thursday?  Eerie silence.

C: Doesn’t that make perfect sense? Thursday night is a classic live-TV-watching night, while a lot of people watch cable shows on DVR, on demand, or online.

M: Speaking of other nights, if you need to catch up, here are the previews for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue reading

Little Is The New Big: July 2015 Movie Preview

C: After a May and June featuring some strong contenders to the 2015 Best Summer Movie title, July opens weakly, but picks up steam toward the middle of the month with the Despicable Me spinoff Minions and the much-awaited yet much-confusion-causing Ant-Man. (“Ant-Man? Really? Well… why not.”)

E: You know what gets me?  That here we are, writing the third of four summer previews — and my kids have been out of school for only one week.  It’s like the summer’s over before it’s even begun!

M: You know what gets me? I had the heat and seat warmers on in my car yesterday. It’s like summer’s never going to begin!

C: Yeesh, folk. We had two cold days after a month of 80-degree weather. Luckily, the kids can now catch up on Inside Out and all the other goodies!

E: 80-degree weather? What?

M: It must be warmer down there, C. But we digress. On to more important things, like this: how you can say July’s starting off slow? There’s a Magic Mike sequel and another Terminator sequel!!!! I mean, how can you contain your excitement?

E: Hmm, let me think.

July 1st Magic Mike XXL, Terminator Genisys, Jimmy’s Hall, Amy

July 10thMinions, Self/Less, The GallowsBoulevard, Do I Sound Gay

July 17thAnt-Man, Trainwreck, Mr. Holmes

July 24thPaper Towns, PixelsSouthpaw

July 31stMission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Vacation, The End of the TourThe Gift

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Batkid Rules: June 2015 Movie Preview

M: There are only a handful of wide releases coming to theaters in June, some of them of the variety that busts the block. We expect Jurassic World will bring in some serious coin, as should Inside Out. The latter might even be a good movie.

C: The premise is pretty weird, but Pixar’s hit rate is unquestionable.

M: That it is, as we’ll discuss. However, while some of the big offerings this month do look promising, we’re much more excited for a small documentary about a boy with leukemia.

E: I agree — this month’s slate of prospective tentpoles doesn’t thrill me nearly so much as that intensely moving and celebratory documentary.

C: And here I assumed you’d be more excited for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, E!

M: You and me both, sis!

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2014 Fall Television Preview: Friday and Saturday

M: Welcome, one and all, to the last day of the Quibbling Siblings 2014 Fall Preview! For those of you who haven’t been following along, we’ve been quibbling even more than usual, mostly because I’m irritable and cranky. Or because my sisters intentionally bait me. The links are below, you make the call!

C: It’s definitely the former. And since Friday and Saturday are the oddball days of television, expect some more extreme opinions below!

E: It’s absolutely the former.

M: Obviously.

E: We would never ever tease or bait you.  And as always, if we haven’t included something that you watch or were thinking about watching, please leave a comment and let us know why we’re missing the boat! Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:

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