The brilliant but snuffed before its time Deadwood has been released on DVD. Critic Alan Sepinwall touches on the release here, and offers some thoughts on the extras (including who was to "blame" for the premature axe falling on one of TV's best, and most challenging, shows. Fuck you HBO, you cocksuckers).
Another great reason to always keep a fully stocked bar at home. Ladies!
Critics are savaging The Spirit, which is Frank Miller's take on Will Eisner's seminal comic. As a longtime fan of the comic, I'm not sure Miller was the right guy to try to capture the tricky tone of the original work. But here's a look at crimefighters who share The Spirit's sense of fashion. When I was a kid and writing and illustrating my own comics, I did a Shadow knock-off I called "The Dark." He looked almost exactly like Lamont Cranston's alter ego, except his mask was purple instead of red. And he had a smaller nose. I think I did the whole thing so I could use the trite headline "who's afraid of The Dark?!" Hey, I was ten.
Two of my favorite TV critics have put together their Top 10 lists. Last week, I linked to Mo Ryan's. Here is Alan Sepinwall's. Though I never got into The Wire or The Shield, I agree with most of their choices, and it's cool that they're so similar. So nice to see TNRLM favorites: Mad Men, Lost, Chuck, In Treatment, The Office, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Burn Notice, 30 Rock and The Middleman (!). I would also add Dexter (which both critics seemed to think had an off year), How I Met Your Mother, and Big Bang Theory.
I twittered about this, but here's visual evidence of "the golden shower."
Thoughts on The Middleman from the creator (no DVD or S2 updates, sadly), along with an unfilmed scene.
Great summary of the year's best in TV quotage. Also from TVGal, 2008 "Favorites."
Hilariously, and ironically, forwarded from a friend:
A detailed Vanity Fair article on the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
Fuck recycling. Build a Battlestar!
The awesome and geek-friendly Dina Meyer will turn up on Burn Notice as Micheal's ex-fiancee.
A day late: misheard xmas lyrics.
I'm not a huge fan of horror films, but here's an interesting list of the 25 best modern horror movies.
Sex In The City + Werewolves = Bitches (who said Hollywood was out of ideas?)
Haven't read the content yet, but how frakkin' hot are Alyson Hannigan's candy striped knee socks?
The AV Club's 2008 in Band Names. Very funny stuff. Personal favorites: Methadone Abortion Clinic, Only Hate Will Set You Free, Post Mortem Bong Hit, Jesus Fucking Christ, Graveslut, Gestapo Pussy Ranch, Anal Hearse, 3 Piston Ass Hammer, Touched By A Janitor, Sleezus Fist And The Latter Day Taints, Fuckstorm, Flock of Steven Seagals, Previously On Lost, Kneel to Zod, Calling Jack Burton, Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan, Bourbon Toothpaste