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Month: December 2009 (page 1 of 2)

I’m Completely Out Of Drinking References, So Just Make Up Your Own

This was a great little bar:
The New Guy Visits: Ernie’s on Banks

The Searchers

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Review: It’s Complicated

Spoiler alert: It’s not that good.
Click here for the review.

“Life Day” Was Your Dad’s “Midichlorians”

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Over at the Houston Press’ Hair Balls blog (no, I don’t know why they call it that), I take a moment to reflect on the best and worst Christmas specials ever made. Feel free to berate me for any glaring omissions.
The Best and Worst Christmas Specials of All Time

Now’s As Good As Any To Start Drinking

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In which I deal with skeevy guys, a moonlighting stripper, and the racism of born of white liberal guilt:
The New Guy Visits: Buffalo Fred’s Ice House

Funny How? I Mean, Funny Like A Clown? I Amuse You?

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Over at Pajiba, we continue our countdown of the best movies of the decade within certain genres; later this week, we’ll unveil our overall top 10. This time, it’s my turn, with The Ten Best Comedies of the Aughts.

You Can’t Yell Out “I Need This, I Need This” As You Pin Down An Employee On Your Lap

Maybe not as great as “Christmas Party,” but still pretty good.
“The Office” 6×13: “Secret Santa”

Nobody Liked My “Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder” Joke

Ugh. This was my first time drinking absinthe, and my last. Nice place, though:
The New Guy Visits: Absinthe Brasserie

You Get What You Need

A great wrap for the first 13 episodes, and a packed set-up for the rest of the season. I’m already looking forward to the show’s return in April.
“Glee” 1×13: “Sectionals”

Incidentally, this is how bad the crop is with the local Fox affiliate. The show’s masked in widescreen so people like me, with old-school tube TVs, can see the whole thing. But the Fox network here broadcasts it in full-frame. You can actually see it snap from widescreen to full-frame at the beginning of the episode, so the sides of the picture are cut off. Every week. It happens with other shows, too, but I don’t watch Fox that often. This is annoying, and I know that I’m probably one of the few who notice it, but I don’t like having to watch a show where people have conversations with characters who have been cut almost entirely out of the frame. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get the DVDs to really experience the show. Thanks, Fox 26, for sucking so consistently:
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Review: Brothers

Decent little melodrama.
Click here for the review.