Comments from Tanis

I did like Dr. Spaceman! He was the saving grace. Also, Dotcom. Why does everyone hate Dotcom?!

I also think part of Community’s problem is Chang. They don’t know what to do with him now that he’s not a teacher. I think that was a mistake, firing him from a position of authority. Now it feels like he’s shoe-horned in there. Though I did like his kids and their necklaces of mattress tags.

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April 6, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

wow. TL:DR.

I guess I should’ve just posted a gif of Troy crying.

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April 6, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

I think the smug undertone is rapidly becoming this show’s jam. Largely because of Jeff. They’ve gone to the “He really cares about these people and has learned his lesson!” well a lot. Only to have him fall back down that same well the next week where he professes to NOT care about them at the start of the episode, then realizes he does again and gives an ironically moving speech with a lot of eye rolling, like “I can’t believe I’m doing this!” It’s really becoming tiresome. At this point, you kind of just have to go with it. He’s got this group of friends and they’re weird and that’s it. Dealt with. Moving on.

I’m more interested in the other relationships, especially the weird Troy/Abed/Annie dynamic when they moved in together. This season has had some really strong episodes, but it’s also been really uneven. I blame NBC. They keep yanking it around and it’s probably tough to write well when you don’t know if you’ll be back and can’t get a sense of what the network is going to do with you.

As for this week’s episode, well, it was a note-perfect parody of Ken Burns. I’ll give it that. But I kind of wanted it to be more than that. It was too much of the parody and not enough of the regular show. They committed too well. Does that make sense? Like, when they’ve done this well before, making the action movie/western paint ball epics and the documentary, they haven’t taken me out of the world of the show as much.

Modern Warfare, Fistful of Paintballs and Documentary Filmmaking: Redux were PERFECT. This one fell a little flat.

However, I LOVED the email that Abed wrote about Troy (and his reactions to it) and the text that Troy sent Abed in return. And their pathetic pillow fight at the end was great. I wish that stuff had been the focus instead of it turning out to be yet another opportunity for Jeff to realize that, deep down, he’s still a dick, but he’s a dick who sometimes cares about his friends.

30 Rock made me cringe. That’s two weeks in a row where I’ve felt almost offended at how bad it was.

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April 6, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

I never thought I’d like Cersei, but then she joined the Slap Joffrey hour and I felt a little tug at my heart strings.

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April 2, 2012 on Game Of Thrones Open Thread

This show is EXACTLY like Lost, starting with the terrible leader who should absolutely not be the leader (Jack was a terrible leader. And also, seriously. WHY isn’t Darryl leading them again? I know he’s a racist redneck, but forget about it, Grimes. It’s Zombietown!) down to me arguing with many idiots who love it for no reason except “It’s good.” No, it’s fucking not.

I LOVE how they quit travelling even though there was plenty of sunlight and then reveal the prison, ten feet away. You couldn’t have sent super scout Glen or Darryl out to see what was what? No! NOW WE DEFEND OURSELVES! IN THE OPEN NIGHT AIR! Good choice, Grimes. Good choice.

This recap was great, but I am severely disappointed in this lack of enhanced Carl faces, from which there were many to choose.

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March 19, 2012 on The Walking Dead S02E13: Season Finale

“Frank Lloyd Wrong is Batman now.”

-Christian Bale

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March 8, 2012 on Who Should Lindsay Lohan Play In The Muppet Movie?

And who doesn’t wish that James Carville had actually killed Newt Gingrich 15 years ago? I kind of like to picture Hader’s Carville rolling Newt off a helicopter onto an island and then hunting him Most Dangerous Game style.

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March 5, 2012 on Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan And Jack White

First of all, the fact that you left Adam West out of your helpful guide is just a travesty. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH ONE HE IS?

Second, a facetaco eating mozzarella sticks? That feels wrong. Morally.

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March 1, 2012 on George Clooney Doesn’t Care About Homophobic People

Look, I would HAPPILY watch nothing but Cirque Du Soleil and Christopher Guest skits if it means not having to listen to Billy Fucking Crystal. He is THE WORST.

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February 26, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

Where’s Hugh Jackman when you need him? I’m serious guys. I would watch Hugh Jackman pee his pants all night over this.

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February 26, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

Yes. L.A.’s hottest club is The Oscars. And the bouncer is a bulldog who looks like Wilford Brimley and the password is “dia- beetus.”

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February 26, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

AUGH. BRAD PITT! Cut and/or wash your hair please!

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February 26, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

More like ASHES Baron Cohen. AMIRIGHT?

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February 26, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

I really want a Duke Silver mug. Get on it, NBC. And then charge me a billion dollars in border fees. That would be great. My Troy and Abed in the Morning mug is lonely.

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February 17, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

I think it will end with a giant bus crash/car driven through a house (by House, natch) crash and everyone dies, but House limps away, whistling You Can’t Always Get What You Want while gobbling down vicodin.

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February 9, 2012 on Goodbye House, We’ll Watch You In Heaven

I think so, too. Although I feel like this was really an opportunity for April to *ugh* CARE about people. God. That was my April impression.

But srsly. I like that she seems to be developing and caring in spite of herself. Last week, she was kind to Chris and this week, she’s helping Ann. And these are people she professes to dislike! Which is why I love how Aubrey Plaza is killing it with this grudging acceptance that she cares, but in an eye-rolling, Jesus, would you guys just get with the program because obviously you should give him a chance, Ann, manner.

It’s a rare sitcom that can have characters with multiple layers that don’t seem either overly sentimental or schmaltzy or totally out of character. And almost every character on this sitcom has layers. Except Orin. He’s just creepy.

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February 3, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

Suze: “How old are you?”
Kennth: “Don’t worry about it.”

That Kenneth is an ageless hillbilly vampire is perhaps my favourite running joke on 30 Rock. Maybe even my favourite running joke of all time!

What do we think of Ann and Tom potentially dating on Parks and Rec? I knew they weren’t going to go with the Chris/Ann reveal, so I kind of wondered if it wasn’t Tom she was meeting. This show is really good at convincing me that certain relationships will work, even when there’s no logical reason for them to work.

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February 3, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread

I upvoted you one, but I upvoted Paul F. Tompkins a million.

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February 2, 2012 on The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: The Annual Vanity Fair “Hollywood” Cover

He is like Dave Foley and Leonardo DiCaprio: An aging man baby. Foley’s buddy Bruce McCulloch said it best on Kids in the Hall: The cute as a species do not age well.

I don’t really like this ad because I do not particularly like Ferris Bueller himself and I thought almost everybody had agreed that he is The Worst. But no. Everybody I know who is NOT on this blog loves him. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude. And I just think to myself, ‘Why should everything work out for him? What makes him so goddamn special?’ Screw him!

Sometimes I feel like the world is Save Ferris and we few, we happy few, are the Ed Rooneys and Jeannies who see through Ferris. *SIGH*

Whatever. Everybody knows it was Cameron who was The Business.

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January 31, 2012 on A Brief Note On The Ferris Bueller Super Bowl Commercial

It Could Hairpin to You

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January 30, 2012 on BREAKING: Nicolas Cage Will Stop “Experimenting” With His Hair