Fall 2010 Pilot Reviews (Updated!)

After creating my Handy Guide to Fall 2010 TV chart, I thought it would be only fitting to actually watch all the premieres and weigh in with my thoughts.  This post will be updated as new shows air.

  • Better With You – 3/10 – I didn’t crack a single smile. I guess it has a familiar charm, but I will never purposely watch it again. The jokes fell flat, the plot is cliché, and most of the actors are either miscast or untalented.
  • Blue Bloods – 3.5/10 – The most cliche-filled script of premiere season. Nearly every other line of dialog was pure exposition, and the way all 4 generations in the family are dragged into the case is preposterous. The fact that coincidences and shoddy plotting are so present right out the gate is troubling for the future of this series. I’ll pass.
  • Boardwalk Empire – 8.5/10 – Beautifully shot with a breezy script and an intriguing premise, this show is delightful and has that extra HBO umph we’ve come to expect. I can’t wait to see where this show is going. I’m not yet convinced Buscemi can carry a series on his own, but with such a stellar supporting cast, he doesn’t need to.

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The Social Network – Movie Review

There’s a moral ambivalence to The Social Network that’s refreshing. Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is good? Who is evil. The movie doesn’t tell you and it doesn’t seem to care. All it’s saying is these are the events and this is how they happened (or is it?). Nothing is defined, nothing is spelled out, nothing is spoon fed to the audience. It’s refreshing.

But it’s also a little irritating. Let me elaborate. But first–

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Pixar vs Dreamworks – A Brief Analysis

Here is the major difference between Pixar and Dreamworks (with a few exceptions):

– Pixar makes films that are singularly natured.
– Dreamworks makes films that are dual natured.

What do I mean by this? When Pixar makes a film, all or nearly all of the elements in it– characters/dialog/jokes/story– are designed to have universal appeal. Anyone from young children to elderly adults can relate and usually understand because these are universal themes that are being explored. Dreamworks on the other hand makes films that simultaneously are trying to appeal directly to children and adults. So they have the juvenile jokes for the kids to laugh at, then they have the innuendo and more sophisticated pop culture shit for the adults to catch on to.

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Five MUST Watch TV Shows

No, these aren’t the “crown jewel” TV shows that most people think of when discussing God-tier television (shows like Lost, The Wire, M*A*S*H,  Breaking Bad, Arrested Development).  But these shows are just as good and deserve to be recognized for their divine qualities.

1. The West Wing

A political drama that is the only show in history to win the Best Drama Emmy for 4 years in a row. Mixes great characters, witty banter, and high stakes drama surrounding the fictional President of the United States and his staff to great effect. The first 3 seasons are some of the best television that has ever been produced. Period.

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A Random Poem

I wrote this poem a few years ago on a lark.  It’s about the very last man on earth.

The Man in Black

Records show, the very last man, a Man in Black, a Zorro
Struck a deal with the Devil that caused a lot of trouble and hit a very-very low blow
Just appease one please for a petty plea pleaded by the Man in Red below
And all of his needs, for as long as he needed, would be by the Devil bestowed

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