Charlie Does The Dirty Work

Charlie WorkHoly Cannoli, did you see that?!  Yes, I am talking about that February 4th episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “Charlie Work”. Sure, it was a funny episode, and I definitely laughed out loud when Charlie iterated the entire air mile, steak, and chicken scheme with a heavy dose of exacerbation, but y’all. With each passing minute that episode got more and more exciting. It went something like this:

Haha, Charlie is the responsible one today, pretty funny.
Lol, Carmine’s: A Place for Steaks, funny name.
Har-dee-har, disabled carbon monoxide detector, hilarious.
Hah–wait–they haven’t broken this shot yet.
Oh my God, they haven’t broken the shot yet!

Y’all, so awesome, and so fun to watch. Charlie has a VERY hefty portion of the dialogue in this episode, with the camera following him the entire time. This means that not having to start over a million times rested mostly on his shoulders. And boy, did he deliver.

Even if you’re not an “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” fan, this episode is worth checking out. It turned out pretty darn cool.


Thoughts on Stuff

Julie and Julia and Grand Budapest

So I’ve been thinking…

  • Carrie has crazy eyes.
  • “The Old Wagon” episode of Modern Family is exactly what it’s like to have siblings.
  • Why are all the women in The Walking Dead (except Maggie) totally worthless?
  • Finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel, which includes this line: “Not only was Agatha immensely skilled with a palette knife and a butter-cream flourish: she was also very brave.”  I feel Julia Child would approve.
  • I did not know Matthew Rhys was British. His accent completely blew my mind.
  • Aaaand I just teared up watching Zombieland. Gets me every time.

Happy Hump Day!

And the Winner Is…


Hey y’all! So I’m back from my wedding-planning, house-building, boards-taking, flu-getting, holiday-celebrating unannounced mid-season hiatus. Besides all that other stuff, I (of course) made time for some movie watching, and I have to say, I think Gone Girl just may take the cake for best big-screen book adaptation.  The screenplay was written by the author herself, Gillian Flynn, who managed to create a story that is equally as complete and suspenseful whether it is being read or watched.  Honestly, this movie didn’t even need the built-in audience that comes with a hit novel–the movie would’ve been a hit all on its own.  The cherry on top of this murder mystery sundae is the absolutely incredible acting from Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne (if you don’t believe me, contrast this performance with her portrayal of Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and be amazed), Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings, and Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney.  Pike and Harris are totally amazing in a scene that left the entire theater with mouths gaping or eyes closed.  Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it.

Start 2015 off right, and treat yo self to one of best-adapted movies out there.

If, Then – Again

scott pilgrim kickass

If you liked Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, then you’ll probably like Kick-Ass.

drive let the right one in

If you liked Drive, then you’ll probably like Let the Right One In (note: you will have to watch this with the caption, as it is Swedish.  Don’t watch it with the English dubbing though, because it just sounds ridiculous.)

disturbia last exorcism

If you liked Disturbia, then you’ll probably like The Last Exorcism.

airplane anchorman

If you liked Airplane!, then you’ll probably like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

the lost boys goonies

If you liked The Lost Boys, then you’ll probably like The Goonies.

Until next time,


Late to the Party: Some Thoughts on the Dexter Finale

dexterYeah, I know, I’m like a year late on this. What can I say? Finally got around to the finale, and I have some things to say about it.

1) How the heck does someone literally just walk right out of a hospital with a dead body, walk it onto a boat, and drive said boat off into an impending hurricane? I mean seriously, does this hospital have NO security?! Not one person saw that? I know it was supposed to be all pre-hurricane-chaosy, but that is just too much. I can only suspend by disbelief so far, and Dexter blew right past that limit like a serial killer on a speed boat.

2)Why. On Earth. Would Dexter become a lumberjack. Again–seriously? That is just a completely absurd ending. To me, there were 3 possibilities for a logical ending to this series:

  • Dexter realizes he can overcome/is no longer a slave to his “dark passenger”, becomes a good guy, meets Hannah and his son in Argentina, and lives happily ever after.
  • Dexter realizes he cannot overcome/will always be a slave to his “dark passenger”, comes to terms with this, and relocates to a new place to continue his killing.
  • Dexter realizes he will always be a slave to his “dark passenger” and that this will always make him a danger to the people he loves. Since he is A MURDERER who deals with bad people BY KILLING THEM, he commits suicide by driving his boat into the hurricane, thus solving the problem in his usual definitive manner

Notice that none of those possibilities mentioned anything about BECOMING A LUMBERJACK. BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE. UGH.

3) This has nothing to do with the finale, but didn’t Dexter just have the best intro? I loved it. Never has breakfast looked so delicious or so sinister.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.


Five on Friday: Crime Drama

crime dramaIn television crime drama , the series are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: Law and Order, and everyone else. These are their rankings.


1. Law and Order. Duh. Can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been sucked into one of these marathons. All those errands seem much less urgent when they are JUST ABOUT TO CATCH THE KILLER. Not that this show even needs an explanation for why it is the ultimate crime drama, but if it did I couldn’t do it any better than John Mulaney does here.

Sub-ranking: SVU is tops (duh), followed by Criminal Intent. Universal consensus is that, yes, we do get tired of all the sex crimes, but we just can’t bring ourselves to watch that super annoying guy on Criminal Intent for an extended period of time.

2 and 3. Criminal Minds/NCIS. The show so nice, they made it twice! A quick cast rundown will show that these series are basically carbon copies of one another.

Gibbs = Rossi
DiNozzo = Hotchner
McGee = Reid
Abby = Garcia

Ok, ok, so they’re not exact equivalents, but they’re pretty darn close. Let’s be honest, we still love ’em.

4. The Mentalist. Simon Baker is cute. If you like a side of blonde hair and half smiles with your murders, robberies, and kidnappings, this is the show for you.

5. Elementary. If you’re looking for a show that stars a nicer and less intelligent Dr. House split into a recovering drug addict with a British accent and a female former surgeon, then this is the one for you. As far as Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this show is a total bust. There’s really very little carry-over from the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson of Doyle’s creation to the characters portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. That being said, it’s easy viewing, and CBS has created a fun, marathon-worthy crime drama. It’s nothing mind-blowingly new and different, but it’s certainly worth a watch. (For a good Sherlock adaptation, check out BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.)


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(Just kidding.)