September Gurls

The annual listening loop of Big Star’s “September Gurls” has begun. Soon it will be followed by their entire catalog with a bunch of extra “Thirteen” plays for good measure. And if history repeats itself this will lead to some Box Tops and eventually settling into a Kinks/T.Rex marathon with repeat plays of The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” for fun. Finally, I will snap out of it with the help of Rancid and The Clash. Every September.

True Detective S2

Ppppppfffffffttttttt. I really didn’t think the show deserved all the criticism until the finale. Random thoughts:
– No one is ever at that bar because they all died from the crappy depressing music.
– Fugly hair does not guarantee a good performance.
– Where is the Redwood forest that is 40 min from LA?
– That one dude is always the bad guy. Always. Jerk.
– I began the season thinking, “Is everyone an idiot?” and ended it with “Everyone is an idiot! Including me. “

SDCC Panels

I spent a couple days canning food and watching SDCC panels…like everyone I am sure. What I am most looking forward:

– Star Wars: The Force Awakens – my initial interest has nothing to do with Comic Con but it sure helps with the panel and shared footage. I will now ignore all information until opening for fear of anticipointment and a Jar Jar surprise.

– The Hateful Eight Nothing says Merry Christmas like a bloody awesome Tarantino movie!
Krampus has promise as well for some funny, scary, holiday fare.

– Con Man If you are still mad Firefly was cancelled, this might help. Plus it looks funny. Plus it has all my favorite nerd icon!s I hope it is successful as I want more TV entertainment available that does not require cable.

– Suicide Squad – 2016 That sneak was exciting, after all the baddies are way more exciting than the heroes. I hope my interest in superhero/comic movies doesn’t wane before this and 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse. (Side note, why can I never spell apocalypse right the first time?) This stole the thunder of Superman vs Batman for me.

– Ash vs Evil Dead Lots of comedy horror coming up but this has Bruce Campbell and a chainsaw!

– Crimson Peak Even beyond getting to watch/listen to Tom Hiddleston for 2 hours, this looks gorgeous and scary and wow!

– Heroes: Reborn has promise but the original tanked fast and I never finished the series so I can’t figure out why this excites me. It has some old favorites and Zachary Levi as a baddie so I am pondering my interest level. Twin Peaks, X-Files…so many old favorites coming back but still not Firefly.

-There are a lot of promising movies coming that I will think about going out to see and then just wait for the blu-ray including Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor, SPECTRE with a surprising lack of bald kitties, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Matt Smith and Lily James and Rock The Kasbah with Bill Murray.

– I don’t read graphic novels but, March from civil-rights activist John Lewis, actually looks interesting.

– Warcraft has been perfectly hyped and has Travis Fimmel from Vikings starring. It looks sweet even for a non-gamer but too early for me to get completely on-board.

– There are just too many superhero/comic TV shows to keep up with but Supergirl is one I am going to have to try. So much positive buzz.

And of course the on-going favorites of Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Sherlock, Vikings and American Horror Story all have lots to be excited about.

I should read a book.

Shark Week 2015

Shark Week 2015 is so much better than last year with more emphasis on science and conservation instead of fake documentaries and scares. Lots of shark diversity too!

SHARK TREK: Awesome shots of black tips near Florida and studies of shark migration plus a cool kid shark fan tags along.
Island of the Mega Shark: blah. Photography was cool but there seemed no true point. If you can not construct a box with a door that actually works then I root for the shark. Also, there are much better ways to measure shark length. Dude answers to the name Dicky.
MONSTER MAKOS: Makos!! and sweet spinner sharks. Some inflammatory language and music but otherwise a cool documentary on sharks that need more attention.
Return of the Giant White Serial Killer: gotta give this a middle finger. Great Whites rule, Jaws is my favorite movie, but there is no science behind the “rogue shark” theory.
ALIEN SHARKS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: I loooooooved this one. Bring on the deep sea weird ass sharks! So much awesome!
Bride of Jaws: The cinematography is gorgeous but the story is lacking. Chick gets in a shark cage and then gets a chum shower…so that happened.
TIBURONES: SHARKS OF CUBA: It started out shaky but was amazing. The pristine reefs are stunning and I hope are now not invaded with everyone who wants to see them. Dude put a tag on a fish in open water by catching it in his hands. WTH? The largest remoras ever were on some giant beast we did not get to see. So cool. More makos!
SHARK AFTER DARK: Eli Roth as host is a major upgrade from the past years and even though the humor is off at times, it is informative. Not sure the Dunkin Donut beverage placement is effective since no one has even tasted it.

COMMERCIALS: The VW “sharks rescored” commercial focusing on changing the score from scary to beautiful for sharks gets a thumbs up. So does the kid commercial talking about why they like sharks.

Tonight: Super Predator looks iffy but Ninja sharks has promise. So much to geek out about this week it is hard to keep up.


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