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Nuthin’ New This Week!

October 3, 2012

Oh, hey, there isn’t anything new starting up this week on the tube, I just realized.  Merely a few returns:  Hart of Dixie and Raising Hope last night, Supernatural tonight, and 30 Rock tomorrow night. New stuff comes back next week, so I’ll have more to say about dat dem stuffs den.

As for Supernatural: I gave up SupeNatch early last season when it became clear they were STILL going to be doing the damn angel war thing.  Holy tedium, Batman!  If that storyline is finally over and done with and we’re back to monster-of-the-week episodes, somebody let me know?  I’d be willing to dive back in for that, and that alone.  If not, I’ll just rewatch the early years whenever I need a Winchester Bros. fix.  Which is still surprisingly often.  Or perhaps not so surprisingly often, considering:  humina humina.

Aside from that, I have naught else to report.  (Except for the eight book and movie reviews I’m behind on.  TRA LA!)

Comment fodder:  What, if any, of the new shows have you decided to stick with a little longer?  So far, I’m still watching Revolution (though I am not paying terribly close attention and it’s probably going to disappear from my DVR shortly if it doesn’t pick up soon) and I’m game for episode 2 this week of Vegas (surprisingly enough).  That Animal Practice sit-com with the monkey, though?  OH HOLY HELL.  I didn’t last 6 minutes.  What about youse dudes?

Fall TV Week One Reporting for Duty: Mon 9/7 – Sun 9/13

September 7, 2009

Hello, and welcome to Fall TV season 2009!  I’ll be breakin’ it down for you each week, as per tradition, so check back every Monday for the schedule for the upcoming seven.  The bulk of the premieres don’t get started for another week or two, but a couple of favorites are back this week, so there’s still plenty to be excited about.  Well, okay, “plenty” is a bit of an overstatement.

TUESDAY, 9/8

9021090210 (CW), 8pm — I watched about four episodes from the first season of this series and then threw in the towel with a resounding THWACK.  It’s unlikely I’ll bother with it this year either, though I did read a lot of reviews last spring that said it had improved dramatically.  Whatevs.  If Luke Perry shows up, somebody call me.  Otherwise, I think I’ll keep sitting this one out. [web site]

melroseplaceMelrose Place (CW), 9pm — I guess the CW thought 90210 was doing so well, they might as well dredge up the other big hit from my teenage years, Melrose Place.  I was not, I will confess, a fan of this series when it was on.  Even then, I was kind of annoyed by the angst of maudlin 20-somethings (a feeling that only got worse when I later turned into an angsty, maudlin 20-something myself, mind you).  That said, the updated version of this series. . . nope, sorry, still looks terrible.  Color me surprised. [web site | trailer]

sonsofanarchySons of Anarchy (FX), 10pm — Look, it’s flawed, okay?  But it’s also intriguing, entertaining, and original.  Plus, goddamn, Charlie Hunnam looks good with his shirt off, and the producers of this series KNOW IT.  Season two brings two new enemies to the Sons — a white supremacist played by Adam Arkin (last seen on Life) and a rival gang leader played by Henry Rollins.  I’ve been waiting for Henry Rollins to show up, actually; hope that won’t be the shark-jumper.  In any case, Hunnam is back, and so is his killer hair and torso.  Sign me right up. [web site]

WEDNESDAY, 9/9

antmAmerica’s Next Top Model (CW), 8pm — SMILE WITH YOUR EYES, for pity’s sake.  Don’t make me have to tell you again, ladies.   I confess that as long as they keep putting these out, I’ll keep watching.  I can’t stop; it’s just too ridiculously entertaining.  But this year, I think we ought to take bets — with real money — on which girl will cry first.  I always call it, and I might as well make  a little money while I’m at it.  I’ll put a twenty down on the girl with the baby at home who gets all her hair cut off in the makeover episode.  Too obvious?  [web site]

sytycdSo You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 8pm — Confession time:  I was a bit dismayed to see this is already back.  I knew it was doing a fall run, but was hoping to have a few more weeks to decompress after the huge time-suck of the summer round before having to sign on for it again.  The perpetual two-hour episodes last season were just too much for me.  Dear SYTYCD:  If you’re going to do multiple seasons a year now, you’re going to have to bring the hour-long Wednesday episodes back, or else you’re going to lose me as a viewer.  Asking me to give you three hours every week, especially in the fall — it’s just too much.   Don’t make me make hard choices, I beg you.   Hard choices stink.  Love, Meg. [web site]

gleeGlee (Fox), 9pm — I recorded the pilot of this series, which aired last spring, and then never got around to watching it.  FINALLY busted it out last night, and I didn’t get ten minutes in before I was completely head-over-heels.  First of all, Jane Lynch!  You just can’t expect me to say no to Jane Lynch; it’s like expecting me to say no to being happy, which I only do when I’m chain-smoking and listening to Morrissey.   And secondly, any show with that much Journey in the pilot is bound to be helmed by like-minded 30-somethings.  Like-minded 30-somethings are among my favorite people in the universe.  Try not to kill it before its time, wankers at Fox.  (p.s. if you missed the pilot, you can catch it online at the web site.  But I don’t think you’ll be swimming in confusion if you just dive right into episode two this week.) [web site | trailer]

THURSDAY, 9/10

vampdiariesVampire Diaries (CW), 8pm — Plot description in a nutshell:  Two vampire brothers, one good and one evil, vie for the love of a pretty girl.  I vote with my gut on this one, and my gut tells me GAK.  And no, it doesn’t help that one of the brothers is Boone from Lost.  Why would that help?  I’m asking you a question, CW.  ANSWER ME.  [web site | trailer]

supernaturalSupernatural (CW), 9pm — Bring on the apocalypse!!   Of all the shows returning this fall, this is easily the one I’m the most excited about.  Theoretically, it will be the final season of SupeNatch, and I’m hoping everybody sticks to that plan.  Go out with a bang, not a whimper, you guys.  We might miss you terribly when you’re gone, but I’d rather miss you than disdain you.  I’m sure I’m not alone. [web site | trailer | Jared Padalecki write-up | Jensen Ackles write-up]

MOVIE: My Bloody Valentine (2009)

May 20, 2009

I fully intended to see this remake in the theater when it first came out, because I’ve never seen a 3-D movie before, and this one seemed like a pretty good place to start.  Reviews of it weren’t too bad, all things considered, and for a 3-D n00b and horror fan, it seemed like it might be fun to get the “comin’ right atcha!” experience by way of flying pick-axes and detached eyeballs and stuff.

Unfortunately, it turned out the only theater in my area playing it in 3-D was a theater I hate.  So, I just never got around to it.  Plus, I couldn’t find anybody who would go with me, and what could be sadder, really, than spending your first 3-D adventure alone?  Surrounded by FLYING EYEBALLS, no less.

In any case, when I saw this one was also available on my hotel’s pay-per-view when I was out of town a couple of weeks ago, I figured, why not?

For the most part, the storyline conforms quite a bit to the original (at least inasmuch as I remember the original, which, I will confess, is kind of inas-notsomuch).  It begins with a deadly cave-in at a mine on Valentine’s Day, eleven years before the “present.”  When rescuers finally get to the five trapped miners, they find only one is still alive — Harry Warden — and he obviously survived by killing his coworkers with a pick-axe, so as to preserve all the air for himself.  He’s in a coma, though, so he gets kind of quietly tucked away in a hospital and pretty much forgotten.

Meanwhile, investigators discover the cause of the cave-in had to do with unvented methane lines that exploded, and miner Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles, AKA Dean from SupeNatch) is promptly blamed for the whole thing.

A year later, Warden wakes up and goes on a killing spree while he makes his way back to the mine.  Coincidentally, at the same time, Tom and his girlfriend, and Tom’s best friend (played by Kerr Smith) and HIS girlfriend, are hanging out in the mine partying.  Because hey, where better to get drunk and act stupid than a mine where cave-ins can and have occurred, I ask you?

Anyway, Warden, or, at least, a guy dressed up like a scary looking miner with a big grudge, ends up attacking all four of them.  Three of them manage to escape, leaving Tom back in the mine along to battle on.  But just as Warden is about to bust a pick-axe in his ass, the cops burst in and shoot him.  Warden is killed.

OR SO WE THINK!

Ten years later, blah blah, killing spree starts again.  From here, you can predict how things will play out, for the most part.   Standard crazy-maniac horror stuff.

Now, I have forgotten how the original movie ended, so I can’t say for sure if the ending of this remake is the same or totally different from the original.  HOWEVER, what I CAN say about the ending of this remake is that I knew the identity of the Previously-Thought-Dead Miner before he actually even entered the scene.  And not because I’m smart, but because this movie makes almost no attempt whatsoever to disguise its twist.  That’s something that can totally make or break a movie for me, and it definitely broke this one.  It’s one thing to make me suspect you are going to end a certain way.  It’s quite another to make your twist blaringly obvious like this and then to insist nevertheless on setting it up in “Big Reveal”-style at the end.

I hate that.

In any case, while this movie isn’t god-awful, it’s not god-awesome, either.  I’m sure seeing it in 3-D would’ve distracted a bit from some of the script issues, and also, I confess, from some of the extremely disappointing acting from Mr. Ackles, who has been utterly fantastic on SupeNatch this season and seemed pretty drab here by comparison.  But ultimately, I think I would probably have had the same reaction to the movie overall regardless of the format.  That reaction being: meh.

MBV is definitely worth a rental for die-hard horror fans (and Jensen Ackles fans, too, of course — like I could stop you . . .).

But all the resta’ y’alls can safely give this one a pass.

(Incidentally, it looks like you can get a 3-D version of this movie on DVD, in addition to the 2-D version.  I didn’t realize you could have 3-D on DVD, so that’s interesting news for me.  Coolies.)

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Horror
Cast:  Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Jaime King, Tom Atkins

New/Used TV This Week, Sept 15-21

September 15, 2008

Hokee dokee, here’s what’s up this week, y’all.

Tuesday, September 16th

House — 8pm FOX — I read an article about this series recently that said this season is supposed to fix all the mistakes made last season.  Unfortunately, the article didn’t ALSO say they were finally going to stop making life harder for chronic pain patients everywhere by perpetuating ignorant misinformation about opioid addiction, so I’m still boycotting this evil stinker, ptew ptew!  Those of you who loved it until last year, however, might want to give it a second try this year.  I hear the old team is supposed to have more screen time, House and Cuddy are going to make out, and Wilson’s going to start rethinking his friendship with Mr. Crankypants altogether.  What remains to be seen:  how many patients House will ALMOST kill before he accidentally stumbles on the correct diagnosis at the last minute and saves the day.  My guess?  All of ’em.  As per usual.

Master diagnostician, my ass.

Thursday, September 18

Supernatural — 9pm, The CW — SupeNatch is back!  Yay!  And so is Dean!  Yay!  And so is Sam!  Yay!  I love this show.  Yay!

Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  Yay!

The end.

TV Shows That, Like Me, Are Improving With Age

November 2, 2007

First, some blog business. I realized yesterday that WordPress had added “tags,” in addition to “categories,” so I went back through all the relevant posts last night and added tags that essentially relate to genres (thriller, horror, etc.). You should be able to click on those on the right side of the screen (scroll the page down until you get to the bottom of the linky content on the right) if you want to look at all the horror movies/TV, all the Westerns, etc.

These are different from the “Categories” links, which I’m mostly using to classify posts by ex-Boyfriend or general topic (movie review, TV show, e.g.). If you’re a librarian, you can think of categories as being equivalent to subject headings, and tags as being equal to descriptors (if only because I’m not going to be that careful about controlling the vocabulary in the “tags” section). If you’re not a librarian, you should just count your lucky stars I haven’t started classifying each post using the Dewey Decimal System. Nerd alert!

As most of you old-hat bloggers already know, the bigger the font size in the “tag cloud” display, the more posts that have been tagged with that term. So, the word “thriller” is huge because I’ve watched a lot of thrillers lately, while “crap” is still reasonably small. Based on my usual movie watching tendencies, however, I suspect “crap” will quickly expand in size over the coming weeks.

Okay, now onto the (extremely long!) post. I’ve already done a run-through of all the NEW shows this year (though I’ll give you another update on some of those soon as well, since my feelings on a few have changed recently). But, I didn’t want to neglect some of the “old” shows, especially since there are a few I think are having their best seasons so far.

I’m breaking “old” shows (or “returning series,” in gentler terms) down into three categories: Aging Gracefully, Dying a Much-Too-Slow Death, and Just Plain Getting Old. I’ll start with the Aging Gracefully ones, and do separate posts for the other two categories over the next few days.

Aging Gracefully

Bones Fox, Tuesdays, 8pm — Last season, I enjoyed this show but wasn’t always in a huge hurry to watch it. I did love the guest spot from Stephen Fry as Booth’s psychoanalyist, but I’ve found some of the other characters on the show a bit hard to stomach since day one. Okay, okay, I’ll just come right out and say it: I HATE ANGELA. Everything about her annoys the bejesus out of me, especially her extreme overuse of the word “sweetie.” I realize this makes me a terrible person, since she’s supposed to be the nicest, most caring person in the lab. Nevertheless, I long for the day Tempe will be called in to identify her skull using dental records.

I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

Since I’m confessing, I might as well also mention that I found the early version of Tempe annoying with her unbelievable lack of pop culture knowledge — “I don’t know what that means” was one of her most oft-spoken lines, and more than once, I found myself yelling in response, “NOBODY doesn’t know what that means! Gah!”

Also, of course, I’m a huge fan of the Kathy Reichs mystery series this show is based on, and the Tempe in the books is absolutely nothing like the Tempe on the show. This took some getting used to for me. I’ve enjoyed Bones consistently since the beginning, but it wasn’t really until last season that I started to get a little more enthusiastic about it. So far this year, though, I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed every episode I find myself actually tuning in for it live Tuesday nights (something I never usually do, especially now that I have a DVR).

I’m really enjoying the relationship between Booth and Tempe — they’ve got great chemistry — and Tempe’s quirks have started to become less grating and more endearing for me with time. Booth’s sarcastic sense of humor kinda makes me swoon, and I also love the geeks back at the lab, especially when they start arguing about Einstein and/or superheroes. All in all, this is an extremely charming show, with solid plots, entertaining characters, and an all around “fun” vibe (my mom just cringed at my use of the word “fun” as an adjective, by the way. Hi, Mom!). A keeper, and one I look forward to more and more with each passing week.

NCIS — Tuesdays, CBS, 8pm — This series has had its ups and downs over the years, and I still haven’t stopped hating Lauren Holly in her role as the NCIS director. Yet, there are many other things I adore about this show, and, so far, I’ve been enjoying this season more than ever before. This is a solid, consistent crime series that does a great job of giving us some insight into the characters’ personal lives, without making it feel unnecessary and clumsy (by comparison, think of the very badly-done personal stories peppering CSI periodically — Gil’s hearing loss, his relationship with Sara, all gak-inducing and distracting). I love Abby, the forensics girl, as well as McGee (and not just because he shares the nickname “McGeek” with me). DiNozzo’s penchant for movie quotes has endeared him to me for life, and, of course, Mark Harmon — ’nuff said. The only thing they should stop doing, in my opinion, is having Ziva continue to get American slang wrong — she’s been here too long now to keep confusing the colloquialisms. Aside from that, though, I’m still having a lot of fun watching this one.

Supernatural — Thursdays, CW, 9pm — Oh man, this show is just A BLAST. I thought last year was the best for the series so far (that episode about the trickster was 100% pure comedy gold), but instead, the show is getting smarter, funnier, and more creative with every passing week. I especially predict a LOT of fun now that Dean thinks he’s only got a year to live, as well. Aside from the mandatory artery-clogging burger-eating and the oodles of premarital sex he’s been seeking since receiving the news of his imminent demise (it’s a long story), I think we’ll see a lot more action as he starts to take increasing “death be damned” types of risks when going after Big Bads. That was a great plot development, though I do think they’ll have to be careful not to let Sam sink down too far into moodiness, as he is often wont to do. Because when Sam starts moping around acting all maudlin, I begin feeling twitchy, and with him thinking Dean is doomed, I’m a little concerned the mood of the show might start to crash at times.

No crashing. Crashing = bad.

Because, oh man, that banter. When it’s flowing, it is some of the best witty dialogue ever to grace the small screen. The writers of this show not only know a ton about supernatural stories and myths, but they know brotherhood and sibling relations like the backs of their hands. In fact, I’d argue that now Veronica Mars is gone, this is the only show left that really does banter. And man, does it ever do banter well. If you’ve never seen the series, I’d advocate for starting with Season One on DVD, because backstory is sort of important. But you could also be jumping into the current episodes while you’re making up for lost time (also, I describe the series in more detail in the Boyfriend write-ups for Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and their dead father, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan — so check those out for more information too). If you like spooky plots, brilliant writing, and two extraordinarily good-looking young men and you are NOT watching Supernatural. . . Dude . . . Seriously. Get on the ball.

Men in Trees — Fridays, ABC, 9pm — Technically, we’re still finishing up season one of this series, so I can’t really start this paragraph off by saying I’m enjoying season two even more than season one. (Last year, ABC cut the first season short so it could kickstart a few late-bloomers in its timeslot, and though that meant a torturous spring for us fans, the nice thing is that it means an extra-long season this year.) But, nevertheless, things have begun to improve radically for all the characters in Elmo, especially now that Lynn has hit the road and a few other plotlines are back on track. It can only get more fun from here, my friends. I feel confident of that. The bad news is I just can’t shake this sinking feeling that nobody else is watching this one and that, because of that, it’s simply not going to survive its second year. I will be more traumatized by its cancellation than I was by the cancellations of Eyes and Wonderfalls, and if you remember me back then, you know I was moping for WEEKS over those two. So, if you aren’t watching this show, I’m begging you to tune in so we can keep the numbers up. Even if you hate the concept (or, more relevantly, even if you hate Anne Heche, an emotion I fully understand), there’s just sooooo much to love about the boys, not to mention the lovely setting. James Tupper as the scruffy outdoorsman Jack! Abraham Benrubi as the bear-like barkeep with a heart of gold! Derek Richardson as the geeky boy toy! There’s plenty for everyone. The only thing so far this year I haven’t enjoyed much is the guest spot from Callum Keith Rennie, and that’s just because he suddenly looks old enough to be my grandfather. A fact I found sort of disturbing, especially since my grandfather is old enough to be DEAD.

CSI: NY — Wednesdays, CBS, 10pm — I watched about the first six episodes of season one of this CSI spin-off when it first started and got so sleepy from all the drearily (un)lit sets that I gave up on it. Besides, nothing irritates me more in movies or on television than a morgue that is badly lit — I refuse to believe medical examiners ever do autopsies in dark rooms, even when they want a cool air of mysterious ambiance. I caught a few reruns last year, and was still sort of “meh” on the series, I’ll confess. But this year, I decided to give it a more serious try after having a few conversations about it with friends and family who are fans, and I’ve been nothing but impressed ever since. They’ve finally shaken off some of the extra-silly darkness (both in the settings and in the characters’ psyches), and the mystery plots themselves have been intriguing instead of old news. I really enjoyed the “Second Life” storyline from two weeks ago, which looks like it’ll stick around for a bit this season, and even the Halloween one, a bit cheesy as it was (set in Amityville, no less), was still pretty fun. All in all, this show seems to be getting better with age. A quality I both admire AND share, if I do say so myself.

Numb3rs — Fridays, CBS, 10pm — I got bored with this show last year when they got rid of Peter MacNicol so he could do 24. I was surprised, really, by how huge a gap that left in the series for me. But I was sucked back in last spring by the season finale with the whole double-triple-cross thing with Colby. I got a bit more caught up with reruns over the summer, and was eager to tune back in when the show started up again this fall. So far, despite the fact I still don’t understand why all the geniuses have stopped shaving, I’ve been really enjoying this year’s round of episodes. I keep waiting for them to run out of ways they can work math into the mysteries, but so far, they’ve managed to continue doing it and in ways I frequently find fascinating and surprising (plus, I just like saying the words “Fibonacci numbers,” not to mention thinking about how cool they are). Geeks are fun; math geeks, doubly so. And I’ve been watching reruns of Northern Exposure lately in spare moments too, which is only making seeing Rob Morrow all grown up on Friday nights that much more entertaining. I can’t believe I haven’t made either of these two guys a Boyfriend of the Week yet. What am I, totally BLIND? Expect to see write-ups on both of them in 2008.

Tune in later this weekend for part two of this series, which will focus on TV shows that should be dead and yet continue to refuse to go gently into that good night. So to speak.