I started watching The Sopranos yesterday (after trying the pilot a few months back and not getting drawn in). I like it fine enough so far, but one major problem is that I can’t stand 90% of the characters. Even the ones I like right now - Tony, Carmela, and Christopher - are more a case of hating them less than everyone else, rather than actually enjoying them. I’m also watching...
The Atlanta Braves Don't Understand Trademark Law →
The A.V. Club reports that the the owners of the Atlanta Braves have sued Disney for trademark infringement. Clearly, the Braves have the worst trademark attorneys on the planet. I won’t go into the specifics of trademark law (such as international class considerations), but do they really think that they own all uses of the word “Brave(s)”? Can the Chicago White Sox prevent...
Cowboy Bebop Session 13: Jupiter Jazz, Part 2
How far would you go to get revenge on someone from your past? Would you put yourself in danger, knowing that even if you succeed, it could mean your death as well? Most great tales of revenge treat it as a consuming fire, destroying the revenge seeker as much as the target. Last episode, we saw how the mention of Vicious’ name could drive Spike into a mad rage that culminated with him getting...
The Dark Knight Rises Trailer →
I don’t think Bane sounds that bad (but I’ve heard that he sounds worse during action scenes). Sorry for not embedding.
Myles McNutt On TV Spoilers Masquerading As News →
This is a link to today’s TV Club Classic review of Scrubs. In it, the reviewer points out his frustration with how TV reporting is done nowadays, which allows for rampant spoilers. Most sources of information for entertainment (McNutt specifically points to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello) will report on shows hiring guest stars to appear on multi-episode arcs. This can be...
Constitutional Interpretation →
Ignoring the blatant hypocrisy this article exposes in Gingrich’s plan for ignoring certain decisions of the Supreme Court, this New York Times article points out a fundamental misunderstanding that many people have regarding interpretation of the Constitution. The article reports that Gingrich argues that because the Constitution does not explicitly say anything about marriage equality,...
Science Mnemonics →
As soon as I saw the shark, I knew I was going to post this. The planets one is really great, too.
If Hogwarts Enabled Internet Access
The Cast Of Community Dressed As Batman Villains... →
I Should Be A TV Writer
Yesterday, I was talking to a friend about the episode of The Vampire Diaries I was watching. Something intense happened, but he had forgotten the details of the scene, so I explained to to him like this (SPOILERS for 2x15):
Elena: Don't hurt anyone or I'll kill myself!
Elijah: Aw shit! [Elijah runs to Elena to try and save her]
Elijah: Aw, shit...
Know What You're Talking About Before You... →
As the debates on SOPA continue, opponents are getting more frustrated with the likely-to-pass legislation. On Thursday, the House conducted a debate on the bill which lasted roughly half a day (and at one point degenerated into an embarrassingly childish fight over a statement made on Twitter and the propriety of using certain words in the Congressional record). As it turns out, many members of...
TV Shows To Movies: Party Down →
I think that I had heard rumors of a Party Down movie before reading this, but if so, it didn’t stick out in my mind. I guess with the continued delay of the fabled Arrested Development movie and commercial sort-of failure of Serenity, it takes a lot to convince me that they’re actually happening. I wouldn’t say that a treatment is “enough,” but the cast of Party...
Alan Sepinwall Analyzes This Year's SAG Awards... →
This morning, the nominations for the SAG Awards were announced. I learned this because my Twitter feed, composed mainly of critics who believe that awards shows prove very little, was going crazy with complaints about some of the nominations. This article by HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall sums up the outrage well: Award shows are often have silly nominations, but a few of the noms here are just...