The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland – The League Premier October 30, 2009Posted by The Ringer in The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland.
The League – Thursdays on FX at 10:30pm and 11:30pm
Pretty simple stuff. The League is about suburban guys playing in a fantasy football league. They all have to deal with their lives and how it effects their fantasy seasons which is opposed to real people having to deal with their fantasy seasons affecting their regular lives.
It stars: Mark Duplass, one of the writers of ‘Baghead’ a horror movie from 2008. Nick Kroll, the
voice of Stu in ‘The Life and Times of Tim’ and was a co-‘star’ in Cavemen… the show about Geico’s cavemen. Stephen Rannazzisi, who had a bit part in ‘Paul Blart: Mallcop’. Jon Lajoie, a Canadien youtube sensation most famous for a song called ‘Show Me Your Genitals’ and ‘Everyday Normal Guy.” Paul Scheer, of Human Giant and the Upright Citizens Brigade (not the original MTV show but the still running improv troupe that performs in LA and NYC.)
So that cast sounds like a bunch of assholes plus Paul Scheer. Lajoie had some pretty kinda funny stuff on youtube but nothing that would make me say, ‘Oh thank zombie baby jesus! Someone finally gave Jon Lajoie a tertiary character on a basic cable sitcom!’
I do respect Scheer though. He’s been successful as an improv comedian and even has an improv show called FACEBOOK in which he makes fun of people’s facebook profiles. Wish I’d though of that. (more…)
The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland October 30, 2009Posted by The Ringer in The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland.
Thirsty Thursday has come and gone but the hangover remains the same. But now… here’s a review of the best night in television (Not counting Sunday which is the best night in television by de facto Curb Your Enthusiasm viewing) because you have way too much work to do on a Friday to actually do it all.
Community – Had a horrible start. Not only was it not funny for about 9 minutes it was negatively funny as it’s jokes missed the mark by a small football field. The second half was back to standard Community affair. It took Pierce (Chevy Chase) to new heights as a character with the best drug sequences since ‘That 70’s Show’ set the standard for drug scenes on network television. In fact, it surpassed 70’s Show.
Grade: B+ Because I love drugs.
Parks and Recreation – I’ve given up. I don’t see this show as funny, clever, or funny. Did I mention not funny twice? Yes I did. When a show has Louis C.K. in it and doesn’t get more out of him than a few chuckles worth then that show is dead to this blogger. R.I.P. P&R. Maybe I’ll visit your grave if my friends can convince me your show has completely changed.
The Office – This season’s theme seems to be that Jim is a jackass. So things could work out because Jim is a jackass. Though I was disappointed that they didn’t continue to step up the ‘Dwight’s espionage crusade against Jim’ this week. So I’ll assume they pick it back up soon.
Click More for 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and South Park… (more…)
1 Minute Movie Review – Where the Wild Things Are October 24, 2009Posted by The Ringer in 1 minute movie review, movie reviews.
Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bro’s)
Spike Jonze turns the kids book into an adult film (record scratch). Well, its more a film for adults. No wait. that’s doesn’t sound quite right either. Jonze has made a grown up film that deals with the emotions and tribulations of being a child and how even as adults we still struggle to dominate them but that at the end that’s okay because its a task we all have to handle. The best way to describe it is to compare it to a stage play. The movie is dependent on mature dialogue that crisply outlines plot, allegory, and character development rather than using lots of fantastical action, violence or cheap scares. Though it does have a dash of each. So if you go see it be prepared to learn something about anger, family and giant furry costumes at a calm pace.
Verdict – Watchable. Insightful with out beating you about your furry monster to get the point across. And it’s touching… aaaaawww yeah. Also the voice talent of Tony Soprano, Catherine O’Hare, Chris Cooper, Ghost Dog and the red head chick from Six Feet Under do a great job.
Director: Spike Jonze. Producers: Tom Hanks and others. Writers: Jonze and Dave Eggers (Who wrote A Heart Breaking of Staggering Genius and The Wild Things)
The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland October 22, 2009Posted by The Ringer in The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland.
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Comedy Thursday! Pound for pound the best day of comedy!
Community – Joel McHale’s first primetime network sitcom affair continues to be endearing, clever, occasionally out loud funny and backhandedly racist and sexist in a charming way. I continue to love it more than other more developed, popular and sexier shows. Because it has personality and it does the dishes. You to should also date Commuity, I mean watch it.
This weeks episode – Troy Considers Playing Football and Brita Wants to Be One of the Girls. Abed doesn’t get much screen time but the Dean subs in beautifully and creepily. It was great. Grade: B+
Parks and Recreation – Amy Poehler’s foray into primetime continues to be horrible, unoriginal and a huge disappointment for the female species. Ricky Gervais’ The Office has been rehashed in the U.S.A., France, Germany, Canada, and even Chile [in the Chilean version the whole office gets locked in the office for months and ends up eating the accounting department] but Parks and Recreation is like that loser in junior high that started wearing snap bracelets 5 years too late. Your attempt at popularity is flawed and isn’t helping your chances with the boys.
Mrs. Amy Poehler-Arnett-Bluth you are better than snap bracelets. You are better than this show. Aziz Ansari, you sir, are better than this show.
This weeks episode – Wasn’t funny. Grade: D
Click More for This Weeks The Office (which is trying to stay ahead of Parks & Suckreation) 30 Rock and Tosh.O (more…)
Previously Reviewed, Still Worth Watching October 21, 2009Posted by The Ringer in movie reviews, Previously Reviewed Still Worth Watching.
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Didn’t see it in the theater? Check these titles out. the Downright Vindictive Detractor approves and suggests:
Drag Me to Hell; 72% on rottentomatoes, 7.4 on IMDB. This equates to an A- for a horror comedy.
State of Play; 87% on rottentomatoes, 7.4 on IMDB. Did Syriana escape your gray matter? Rent this.
Adventureland; 89% on rottentomatoes, 7.3 on IMDB. Kinda funny, kinda charming, kinda better than everything else Hollywood rams down your throat Polanski style.
The Girlfriend Experience; 62% on rottentomatoes, 6.0 on IMDB. Steven Soderburg’s beautifully shot Sundance Film Festival submission is the best period piece focusing on the economic collapse of 2008 featuring a real life porn star (Sasha Grey) playing a high priced whore. Also, it’s the only period piece focusing on the economic collapse of 2008 featuring a real life porn star playing a high priced whore… Now go ahead and google pictures and video of Sasha Grey. You know you have the time and the tissues for it.
the Downright Vindictive Detractor of DVDs – The Land of the Lost October 21, 2009Posted by The Ringer in D.V.D. reviews..., movie reviews.
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Theatrophobic? Netflixiphiliac? Don’t trust your friends’ opinions? the Deceptively, Vindictive Detractor is here to tell you which rentals are worth being burned onto plastic, and which are expensive coasters.
The Land of the Lost (2009) – Will Ferrell and Danny McBride get lost in the past, present and future land of cro magnon men, humoid lizards and pineapple flavored heroin. That’s right, the H Train in fruit form. Overall The Land of the Lost is disappointing. Though since no one anticipated it to be entertaining then it has a surprising amount of laughs. Ferrell is a watered down version of Ricky Bobby, Chaz Michael Michaels, Ron Burgendy, and/or Jackie Moon. He manages to squeeze out a couple choice lines like exclaiming ‘Captain Kirks nipples!’ when caught off guard. Danny McBride mostly struggles through the 90 minutes and doesn’t bring anything special to the screen. The special effects are better than a direct to DVD sci-fi fair, not by much but they suffice. That dude from Lonely Island puts down the best performance of all the actors as the mongaloid ‘Chaka’ which gets most of his laughs from grabbing Anna Friel’s boob. That should sum up how watered down the comedy is in Will Ferrell’s latest flick. A monkey grabbing a semi-hot English lady’s boob.
Verdict – For Ferrellfiles only. Or if you have an eighth that you need to smoke before the sun comes up and you’ve already watched seasons 1 through 3 of Arrested Development and need to wind down by watching something dumb before eating your 20th bowl of cereal. Mmmmm… Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs…
Downright Vindictive Detractor Extras:
This movie got people fired from high paying jobs while simultaneously pissing off anti-smoking advocates. Hmmm, Will Ferrell, while being not quite as funny as he should be, got doucheington Hollywood douches fired from jobs they don’t deserve but also got douchier anti-smoking advocates press… I guess that’s a wash. Seriously, AMAA stop telling smokers to not smoke. They know it’s horrible for them. They know it makes them smell like a frat house basement and taste like Amy Winehouse. But damn it, tobacco can be delicious and provides a quick, cheap buzz. Not to mention it’s been a part of human society since before complaining was invented by the British.