Friday, December 19, 2014

#88 SeriesCount 2014 - The Birthday Boys - Season 2

Has it's funny moments, but... could be a lot better.

#87 SeriesCount 2014 - Comedy Bang! Bang! - Season 3

You need a super fined-tuned sense for cornball humor to appreciate Comedy Bang! Bang!  The time travel episode was brilliant... There are only 3 weeks between season 3 and season 4, and season 4 is 40 episodes. That's as many episodes as all three seasons so far.

#86 SeriesCount 2014 - The Colbert Report (1447 episodes)

It'll be strange not watching Colbert after The Daily Show every night, but I look forward to a new nightly routine when he takes over for Letterman & the world meets the real Stephen Colbert.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#85 SeriesCount 2014 - Ascension (mini-series)

If this was a mini-series, it did not end like one. This qualifies as a back door pilot. Anyhoo, I liked it. I was surprised at the early twist. With or without the twist, I'm not sure how it would play out as an actual series. Reminded me of Snowpiercer.

#84 SeriesCount 2014 - Black Mirror: White Christmas

Again, fantastic series. Twilight Zone for the 21st century. The consequences explored in this particular show are just agonizing, and hard to fathom. Please check it out. Check this one out. Check the other 6 episodes out.

Now a qualifier. Not a series, but a Christmas Special. If you know what British TV is, you know what that is. If 3 episodes of a series or season qualifies towards my series count, 3 episodes tied together for a one-off Christmas special season 3 also counts.

#253 - MovieCount 2014 - Die Hard with a Vengeance

Almost as good & just as entertaining as the first Die Hard. Love this movie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My top 3 movies of 2014...

I am doing a TOP 3 end-of-year review because it's way easier to figure out my top 3 favorite of anything. So another quick honorable mention list on movies I liked in no particular order: St. Vincent; the most heartfelt ending... The Skeleton Twins, the single best scene (it involves lip sync)... The Equalizer, cookie cutter Denzel action movie, which is always badass... Interstellar, fantastic space opera with questionable twists but it beautifully illustrates Einstein's theory of relativity... 

#3 ) Chef... Very enjoyable comedy that beautifully illustrates the use of social media. Yes, I said beautifully illustrates in adjacent sentences.

#2 ) Gone Girl... The twist makes the first viewing memorable. Huge Ben Affleck and David Fincher fan. Bonus points for the shout-out to my place of work.

#1 ) Guardians of the Galaxy... Big fun space movie with great characters, cast, director, visuals, and soundtrack.

Monday, December 15, 2014

My top 3 TV shows of 2014...

This is tough for me. So much great TV in 2014. I am having a hard time choosing between Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Penny Dreadful, @midnight, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, You're the Worst, The Leftovers, Game of Thrones. The Goldbergs, Broad City, True Detective, Drunk History, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Louie, plus a few others... I would say the runner-up to my top 3 is Hannibal, but my top 3 favorites are set... 

#3 ) Rick and Morty... Funny & original, with the right amount of dark and twisted. Rick and Morty are like a really screwed up Doc and Marty from Back to the Future.

#2 ) Fargo... I don't know that I've ever seen a TV series tied into the movie that inspired it so well. In so many subtle ways - it made me, a fan of the movie and the Coen Brothers so satisfied. 

#1 ) Review... Seemed at first like a premise that might be fun for a season, but Review was a painful view of a man's life crumbling apart as he stood by what he dedicated himself to do.

My top 3 Instagram videos of 2014...

So many places to post video. Instagram. Facebook. Vine. Twitter. YouTube. I picked my own top 3 Instagram videos, ...personal favorites. Even though I post less Instagram videos than Instagram pictures.

#1 ) Fully intended to shoot less video at concerts, but the GoPro makes it a little more interesting. Case in point: The time Filter lead singer Richard Patrick grabbed my camera and shot the video himself.

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#2 ) Pearl Jam shows have lots of interactive fan moments, and this is one of them. 15 seconds of a good crowd shot beats 15 minutes of one single shot towards the stage.

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#3 ) Lots of good Lebowski Fest moments from Louisville, but this is a good one capturing Marcus from St. Louis taking the award for Best Walter.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

#83 SeriesCount 2014 - The Newsroom - Season 3

The Newsroom played itself out at just the right time. I liked it, especially season 1, but I won't miss it.

My Top 3 Instagram pics of 2014...

I don't consider myself a prolific Instagrammer, I don't post a ton & I don't try to get too artsy. As a result of my Instagram neglect, I don't get a ton of feedback either. But as the first 2014 end-of-year lists, I did a quick scan of the year's pictures & picked out my top 3... 

#1 ) Sure my cousin Chris is a tall guy, but I look hilariously small in this picture. I think it's funny. He's also the only non-insane person I can talk to about politics, and that's what is going on here.

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#2 ) St. Patty's Day family pic. The kid's faces really tie it together. I missed the mustache on Max, but it wasn't gonna get any closer. Plus I like his beady little eyes. (...reminds me of this.)

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#3 ) Posted a lot of dog pics during the year. So, it was a solid bet that dog pic made the list. And everybody knows that wearing glasses makes you smarter.  

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#252 - MovieCount 2014 - Labyrinth

Never watched this movie until today.

#251 - MovieCount 2014 - The Equalizer

Denzel bein' Denzel.

#250 - MovieCount 2014 - Nick Offerman: American Ham

Taking the American flag shirt BACK from Larry The Cable Guy. Sometimes it's a little hard to differentiate a stand-up comedy hour from a comedy film. This one qualifies as a comedy film.

#249 - MovieCount 2014 - Scrooged

Had to watch this after seeing A Christmas Carol at the theater tonight.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#248 - MovieCount 2014 - Fast Times at Ridgemont High

First time I've seen this beginning to end. But, I've seen about 90% in bits and pieces over the years.

#82 SeriesCount 2014 - Gracepoint

The American remake of the BBC's recently aired Broadchurch. Despite playing the same role in in exact remake, David Tennant seemed like more of a dick in the US version. I liked the UK cast better I think, with the exception of Anna Gunn, who was a far superior casting choice in my opinion.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#81 SeriesCount 2014 - South Park - Season 18

Down to 10 episode seasons now. While I'm glad it's still on, the episodes are harder to get through, but South Park is better is clip form.

#80 SeriesCount 2014 - Key & Peele - Season 4

Four seasons along & still consistently hilarious.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

#247 - MovieCount 2014 - Into the Storm

Like Twister on steroids, but without the mid-90s stars or mid-90's rock soundtrack.

#246 - MovieCount 2014 - Quiz Show

"The truth is... television is gonna get us." Ha, no shit! ...This is the first time I've ever watched this movie.

#245 - MovieCount 2014 - Batman Begins (Second Viewing)

Batman's job would be easier if GCPD would stop putting ALL their eggs in one basket.