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It’s the Upfronts?: My Own Worst Enemy

I guess I should retire this series now, since it’s so unbelievably far away from the upfronts, but I’ll keep it up in the spirit of introducing new series for the fall.

Next up: My Own Worst Enemy with a resurgent Christian Slater.

The gist of the show is that it is Chuck.  That’s about it.

Well, there’s a bit of Medium thrown in because of the “soccer dad by day” aspect and perhaps a little bit of “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” because he’s an assassin.  But, basically, it’s another fantasy superhero series with secret identities. I might watch it once, just because I think it’s weird that Christian Slater is still around, but the premise is a bit tired.

This does remind me a bit of Slater’s movie He Was a Quiet Man, where he played a pudgy, bald office drone who nearly becomes a mass murderer. It has a talking goldfish, Elisha Cuthbert paralyzed from the waist down and a fair amount of gunplay. Needless to say, it’s a weird movie to watch on a plane (as I did — I needed something a little arty after sitting through all nine hours of Transformers: The Movie).

1 comment July 31st, 2008

The More You Know: Earthquake preparedness edition

July 31st, 2008

Project Runway preview!

Here’s a Hulu preview of tonight’s episode of Project Runway.

Sorry, international folks. You’ll see the episode soon enough, though.

July 30th, 2008

We’re all aging. It’s fine.

As I perused the television news today, I found a photo of Rory Cochrane. At first, I thought “who the hell is that and why does he sound so familiar?”

Then I realized it. Rory Cochrane is the dude from Empire Records who stole all the money and was locked in the office the whole (or most of the) time. Apparently he did a stint on CSI: Miami (he died or got transfered or got deported) and now he’s going to be on the next season of 24.

The strange thing is this: dude’s gotten older. Not old.  But older.

And there’s nothing wrong with aging.  I’m doing it as we speak. And, for the record, I think he’s infinitely more handsome now than he was when he was making Empire Records. But, seriously, can you believe that that movie was made in 1995? And even in 1995 he was kind of the Ian Ziering of the bunch age-wise. The I’ll-suspend-my-disbelief-ever-so-slightly guy who seemed a bit of a stretch to fit into an adolescent drama.


Empire Records, man. With Ethan Embry and that soundtrack with The Cranberries and Coyote Shivers.

Needless to say, my birthday’s next week and I’m going down my usual spiral of shame and anxiety. Pay no mind.

Happy Wednesday.

1 comment July 30th, 2008

The Funk: Johnny Foreigner

Johnny Foreigner. Not to be confused with Foreigner, Foreigner. Just so you know.

Moving on — welcome to the song that I was introduced to just yesterday and have become utterly obsessed with. Johnny Foreigner is a British trio whose album hasn’t even come out in the U.S. yet. But, if you watch the following clip, you’ll be familiar with them. And that doesn’t that make you feel in the know?

Well, it’s available online, but not in stores.

The Johnnies have played in the U.S. already opening up for TiFaux favorites Los Campesinos!.  This single, unfortunately named “Salt, Pepa and Spinderella,” is exactly the kind of thing I eat up — boy/girl vocals, huge urgent melodies and very pleasing harmonies. For what it’s worth, the video is kind of interesting too. It seems like it’s an animated clip made up of photographs, but with various depth of field experiments throughout.

Here it is:

Johnny Foreigner- Salt, peppa and spinderella from Best Before Records on Vimeo.

July 30th, 2008

The More You Know: Can you build me a second, more affordable house?

July 30th, 2008

Preview: The new season of Dexter

Like a breath of fresh air, here comes the teaser for the premiere of Dexter. Of course, it’s not exactly fresh air as it is air reeking of stagnant pools of blood and the tension of a tortured non-conscience.

Hooray for moral ambiguity!

The next season of Dexter promises more character development and more “how’s he going to make his way out of this one” misadventures.” However, the thing I like about Dexter is that it never feels monotonous. One would think the conceit of having a serial killer constantly try to hide his habit would grow one note — like a morose episode of Frasier (for some reason I feel like that show always relied on those elevator baby plotlines about trying to cover up unfortunate situations with elaborate lies). Actually, now that I think of it, I think it would be pretty funny if Niles had been a persnickety serial killer the entire time.  He was always talking about Maris — who was actually stuffed and kept propped up on a pile of babydoll heads.

Was that too much?

But I digress. This season stars Jimmy Smits, back on the market after the unfortunate demise of the middling drama of last season, Cane.

Take a look.

2 comments July 29th, 2008

A new Heroes Webisode…

It’s still the guy who screams and makes the air shake. This time, though, there’s an appearance by a familiar face.

Not saying you have to watch it or anything, but there is a little bit of familiarity.

July 29th, 2008

TV Shows on DVD for July 29th, 2008

Show Title Season
Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3: Fire, Volume 4
Baldwin Hills The Complete 1st Season
Beverly Hills, 90210 The Complete 5th Season
Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist Season 1
Centennial (mini-series) The Complete Series
Dark Shadows The Beginning, Vol. 5: Episodes 144 – 178
Freakazoid! Season 1
Girlfriends The Complete 4th Season
Hills, The The Complete 3rd Season
Human Body: Pushing the Limits Human Body: Pushing The Limits
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit The 7th Year
Masters of Horror Season 2 Limited Edition Skull Set
Parking Wars Best of Season 1
Phineas and Ferb The Fast And The Phineas
Princes of Malibu, The The Complete Series
Robin of Sherwood The Complete Collection
Space Angel Collection 1
Stargate SG-1 Continuum
Tiny Toon Adventures Season 1, Volume 1
Two Fat Ladies Two Fat Ladies
Witchblade The Complete Series
Wizards of Waverly Place Wizard School

July 29th, 2008

The More You Know: Douches make the best chum

July 29th, 2008

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