Amazing Race: Instant Karma for Rudeness


Once again, I’ll be recapping this show with Amy and Steve so it includes a little bit about the show and mostly our comments about what is going on while we watch it. The show kicked off in New York City before the teams flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands to jump off cliffs and dig for buried treasure for a really long time. Continue on to read about how everyone was confused by a compass and treasure map coordinates.

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This movie originated from Kevin Smith’s podcast where after seeing an ad that offered free lodging for someone that would agree to dress up as a walrus, Smith and his friend Scott Mosier came up with a movie idea based on that ad, but it goes off in a completely twisted direction. Their idea might have made for a pretty entertaining podcast, but it isn’t much of a story for an entire movie.

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From the Archive:
Movies Opening December 5

It is a very low key week for movies. I have heard more about Frost/Nixson than I have about either of the wide release movies. Frost/Nixon is also a Certified Fresh movie too.

Nationwide Releases

Cadillac Records
Punisher: War Zone

Cadillac Records
Directed: Darnell Martin
Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer

Synopsis: Shares the story of the rise of Chess Records in the 1950s and 60s with artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James.

My Take: The music sounds good, but it didn’t make the story sound all that interesting. I could listen to Beyonce sing “At Last” over and over again though.

RT Score: 65%
RT Consensus: What Cadillac Records may lack in originality, it more than makes up for in strong performances and soul-stirring music.

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Fall TV: New CW Shows


The CW is a network that isn’t really my demographic. It is usually aimed at teenage girls, but I seem to find myself watching a lot of shows on it anyway. Most of the shows are guilty pleasures, even among the critics that regularly watch the shows. This year though, they seemed to be genuinely excited about these two new shows. I’m going to be checking both out.

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Fall TV: New FOX Shows


I was wary about Gotham when I heard about it, but critics were won over by the pilot  and what they heard from producers at the upfronts done this past summer. The rest of the shows are either retreads or trying to figure themselves out. They could be ones to check back in on later to see if they have improved, which isn’t what networks are going for in a new fall season.

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Fall TV: New NBC Shows


At first look, I thought all the NBC shows sounded like they were up my alley, but the one I have the highest hopes for is Marry Me. I am going to try out to see if I like Constantine and The Mysteries of Laura. I was quite disappointed by the trailers for the other three shows since I thought I might like them. If I hear good things about them later, I might have to go back to check them out. For now, I plan on skipping them.

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If you are a fan of cooking shows and food looking fabulous, this movie could be right up your alley. Jon Favreau obviously did a lot of research into his role as Chef Carl who is the executive chef at a fancy restaurant that quits his job after being forced to cook from what he considers a stale menu instead of the food he wants to create. He goes off and finds his cooking passion again and starts cooking out of a food truck. He also reconnects with his kid that he has ignored since his divorce. Those are things that this movie does well, but it also meanders a lot, forgets about characters halfway through it and just has an odd tacked-on ending.

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Fall TV: New CBS Shows


CBS is a big fan of procedurals and multi-camera sitcoms. I am fan of some of those shows, but none of these new shows make me want to watch them. They are making Madam Secretary sound like something revolutionary when it isn’t. Scorpion has an interesting premise, but I feel like it has been shoved into the procedural role so much that it makes it less interesting. Both of those shows I could check back in on to see if they are better than their trailers and start watching later. Even though I gave up on NCIS years ago, I was intrigued by the version set in New Orleans, but that trailer did not make me want to watch it. Stalker seems to involve everything that I disliked about The Following. Then there is The McCarthys that has so many dated, stereotypical jokes that I’m amazed these shows still get greenlit to be made. Continue on to watch the trailers yourself and see if you want to watch any of these shows on CBS this fall.

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Fall TV: New ABC Shows


ABC has six new shows for the fall season. I’m really excited about the new Shonda Rhimes show starring Viola Davis called How to Get Away With Murder. Anthony Anderon’s show black-ish also looks like a funny, family sitcom, unlike Cristela that has a bad laugh track following bad jokes. I will check out Selfie because of Karen Gillan. She’s so likeable even if she’s supposed to be this horrible person. Forever has my interest because it reminds me of New Amsterdam and Castle. I do like my procedural shows. Manhattan Love Story has the gimmick where you hear everyone’s thoughts. That could work if their thoughts weren’t so stereotypical.

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They Came Together


I’m not a fan of romantic comedies. I should clarify and say that I do enjoy a good love story and adore comedies, but the way Hollywood puts them together in the romantic comedy genre is insulting to men, women, love and basic common sense. I also have been fond of parody movies, but more in the genre of AirplaneThe Naked Gun, and Top Secret than any of the recent Scary Movie versions and other movies that have really bland names that don’t really get what makes a parody movie good. That is why I was thrilled when I learned that David Wain had made this parody of romantic comedies starring the fabulous Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. David Wain used to be on The State and has shown he knows how to do a parody well with the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer.

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