So, I haven't written one of these lately. You know the drill: I tell you what movies or TV shows I've seen lately, and then you sound off about those or any other shows or films you've seen recently. I suppose it is a good idea to use Ross's Rules of Order: no illegal streaming, no political screaming, no pornographic screening, no vegetable steaming. Well, veggies are OK, but knock that other shit off, right now.
First-run TV I've watched lately: PTI, Jim Rome is Burning, Outside the Lines, NHL Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Workaholics, Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, Colbert Report, Daily Show, Gettysburg (I think it was on History Channel?), Lee and Grant (History Channel?) And probably some other stuff I'm not thinking of at the moment.
Movies I've recently seen for the first time: X-Men: First Class, Dinner for Schmucks, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Movie or TV Re-runs I've watched lately: The Wire, Deep Impact (movie, the one with Morgan Freeman), Seinfeld. Probably some other stuff I'm not remembering.
First (Class) Things First:
That new X-Men movie is great. I know somebody commented to the same effect here on BHGP a few days ago. If you recall the Cold War with a strange fondness, you'll like this movie.
Also, there are many beautiful women in it. The lady who really caught my eye was the one who played young "Mystique", and her name is Jennifer Lawrence (she has been in the Bill Engvall Show and the movie "Winter's Bone." Make your own joke here. She was also in that crazy new Mel Gibson movie, "The Beaver." Make another joke here.) Here is a pic of her:
From her wikipedia page, it seems she is only 20 years old, so perhaps I should feel conflicted about my attraction to her.
I also have to admit that James McAvoy did a nice job protraying a young Professor X/Charles Xavier. Of course, you then must have a young Magneto, played by Irish actor Michael Fassbender. (Make your own joke about his last name here.)
Aside from being a handsome guy, he just seems to have the commanding presence you'd expect from a character who is going to become a villain. He has been in Inglorious Basterds, the Band of Brothers miniseries, Jonah Hex, and "300." But this is the first movie I remember him being in, and I thought he was very good. Here is a pic for our man-chasing readers:
I also thought that the young mutants in this movie did a nice job, and as I said, there is plenty of eye-candy for those that like the ladies (I forgot to mention that Betty Draper/January Jones is in the film, and is looking hot). Kevin Bacon also does nice work as the main villain for this movie. Hugh Jackman makes a cameo. The music was handled by a guy named Henry Pryce Jackman (not related to Hugh Jackman) and I thought it was good. I highly recommend this movie, and I might go see it again in the theater.
I think I saw the first three X-Men movies, but I know I missed the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie. Was it worth seeing? Hollaback in the comments.
Other Movies: I really enjoyed Dinner for Schmucks. Obviously, if you hate or are tired of Paul Rudd or Zach Galifianakis or Steve Carell, then this movie will annoy you. But I thought it was pretty funny. Again, I was taken by a couple of female actresses: Lucy Punch and Stephanie Szostak. I had seen Lucy Punch in the movie "Hot Fuzz", and I think she is in the "Bad Teacher" movie with Cameron Diaz (I still think Cameron Diaz is hot. There, I said it.) Here's a pic of Lucy, who plays a rather crazy lady in the film:
While I own the original "Wall Street", I always thought it was a bit over-rated. I actually really liked Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I'm not much of a Shia LeBeouf fan, but I thought he did a decent job in the film. I thought James Brolin did a pretty nice job as "the villain." And, while Michael Douglas has had his ups and downs over the past few years, he can still flash that slimy look/smile that makes you want to trust him but also makes you know that you shouldn't.
Recent TV I've Seen:
I wasn't real impressed with the "Gettysburg" or "Lee and Grant" movies that History Channel ran a couple weeks back. While they weren't bad in a visual sense, I tend to like a little more history in my shows, rather than something that seems a bit watered-down for the masses. If you saw this, feel free to talk about it in the comments, because you know ReadingRambler and Lycurgus will.
I continue to really enjoy Sports Show with Norm MacDonald. I guess they had an order for 8 shows, and I haven't heard if it has been renewed by Comedy Central for next season yet. I hope they do, because if they renewed Tosh (they did), then they might as well renew their shows that are actually funny (Norm).
I tuned into the first couple episodes of "Jon Benjamin Has a Van" this week. Jon Benjamin does the voice of Sterling Archer on "Archer." I have to say, while there are a couple of funny moments, the rest of the 30 minutes of each of the first two shows don't really justify my attention. But, if the show fails, that will let Jon B. concentrate on Archer, so I'm cool with that.
Obviously, the Dallas Mavericks' victory over the Miami Heat has been covered and analyzed to death. Therefore, I'll just share my two favorite jokes about LeBron that I heard this week, and then we can all move on.
Why didn't LeBron James go to college? Because he doesn't like to show up for Finals.
LeBron James went to the laundromat to wash his clothes, but had to return home before doing the wash. He found out that all the machines require four quarters.
(I've been listening to a lot of Jim Rome's radio show.)
Rescue Me returns in July on FX. Wilfred (that Elijah Wood show with a guy dressed like a dog) is coming up in the next week or two on FX. Keith Olbermann's show will start on Monday (June 20, I think), on the "Current" network.
Obviously, the new "Green Lantern" movie is coming up in a week or so. The new "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" will be coming about a week or two after that.
But I just saw a couple previews that really intrigued me. One is for a movie called "Warrior" which is a fictional account of two brothers who become MMA fighters and enter the world's biggest tournament with $5 million going to the winner. One of the brothers is a war hero, and the other is a teacher who runs into severe financial difficulty. I think it is scheduled for a September release.
The other preview that looked pretty good is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." I saw a TV commercial that made it look kind of shitty, but the preview seemed better. It will have James Franco, and I think will be released in August.
Books I Bought:
I have a career that gives me free-time in the summer, so I bought a few books from Amazon in the last few weeks:
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (by James Miller and Tom Shales. Deadspin has been shilling for this for awhile).
Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live (also by Miller and Shales).
A Season on the Mat: Dan Gable and the Pursuit of Perfection (by Nolan Zavoral. I've been wanting to get this book for awhile).
High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess (by Charles Fleming. I've been wanting to read this for a very long time, and it is about the producer of some big movies in the 1980s and 1990s [Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Bad Boys, Flashdance]. The guy died, probably from a prescription drug overdose.)
Have a great rest of the week and a great rest of June, everyone!