The trailer is a bit misleading. I really thought the movie would be centered around the Basterds killing Nazis with Brad Pitt’s goofy accent. They were only part of an ensemble. It also involves a women who escapes the Nazis to start a new life as a cinema owner, an undercover agent/ German actress, and the lead Nazi guy who is hunting everyone down. The movie was set up into chapters, which actually broke it up enough so it didn’t seem as long as I think it would have otherwise.
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The summer finales are ending and the networks are getting ready for the official start of Fall TV in the coming weeks. This week CBS has a CBS Fall Preview special on Wednesday at 8:30/7:30c.
Season Finales: Dance Your Ass Off, Weeds, Rescue Me
Not My Thing
Channel: ABC Family
Starring: Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster, Jacob Zachar, Amber Stevens, Jake McDorman, Paul James, Dilshad Vadsaria, Clark Duke, Tiffany Dupont
Premieres: Monday, August 31
Synopsis: Cappie rejected Casey, Max left, and Rusty might get dropped from the honors program.
My Take: Still haven’t watched it, but critics do say it is adorable.
I could say there are two horror movies coming out this weekend, but one of them is really funnier than scary (Final Destination) and Halloween II looks more boring than anything else. Pretty sad state of horror films these days.
Directed: David Ellis
Starring: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb
Synopsis: Different group of kids, but they all try to escape death and end up dying in horribly fantastic ways anyway.
My Take: The movies have the same predictable overall plot, but the deaths are usually pretty inventive and hilarious.
RT Score: 27%
RT Consensus: With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare.
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Top Chef: Las Vegas
Here is a quick run down on the two challenges:
- Quickfire Challenge: “Roll With It” – Roll the dice and create a dish with the same number of ingredients
- Elimination Challenge: Bachelor & Bachelorette Party – Battle of the Sexes – Women vs. Men
During the elimination challenge, Ashley was stewing about doing a wedding challenge when she was a lesbian that was not allowed to get legally married. She knew that there were at least three chefs that were in the same boat as her, but none of them were as angry about it as her. She said she knew there would be a wedding challenge since it was Vegas (and they have done one almost every season), but she was still angry about it. I can understand her frustration, but why not look at it as you are making food for someone and concentrate on that, not the reason behind why you are making the food?
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Amy has August’s pick for the Movie Watching Group (MWG). She picked the latest movie version of Phantom of the Opera. When quizzed about why this was her movie pick, she responded, “It was next on my Netflix list!” There you have it folks!
Netflix Synopsis: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning musical comes alive on-screen in this Joel Schumacher rendition. A talented recluse (Gerard Butler) disfigured in a tragic accident roams beneath the Paris Opera. Fueled with resentment, he terrorizes other musicians until he falls for the lovely Christine (Emmy Rossum), a formidable singer whom he takes under his wing, molding her so she can become the sensational soprano he envisions her to be.
RT Score: 33%
Watch it and come back here to review it!
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man elected to a public office in 1977 in San Francisco. He fought against a city ordinance that allowed companies to fire someone based on their sexual orientation. He also fought against a state proposition along the same lines and eerily similar to Proposition 8 that just passed in California. I believe if Milk was alive today, that would not have passed. He was very charismatic and spoke logically and passionately about his beliefs, including equal rights not only for gays and lesbians, but also minorities and the elderly. He really used the power of the people to make a change in his community.
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It is mostly good shows ending this week and not being replaced by any good ones.
Season Finales: Great American Road Trip, The Closer, Dating in the Dark, Raising the Bar, Nurse Jackie, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Royal Pains, Being Human
Starring: Dan Cortese, Orlando Jones
Premieres: Wednesday, August 26
Synopsis: Five teams try to win money by competing on an extreme driving course.
My Take: I don’t understand. Why is this a show?
The only movie worth paying attention to this week is Inglourious Basterds with its horrible spelling and all. Also, even though I am not a Robin Williams fan, his limited release movie World’s Greatest Dad looks pretty funny and it is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait!
X Games 3D: The Movie
Directed: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, BJ Novak, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger
Synopsis: Brad Pitt leads a group of Jewish soldiers that are killing Nazis behind enemy lines during World War II.
My Take: As much as I’m tired of WWII movies, it is Tarantino so I must see it.
RT Score: 86%
RT Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
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Top Chef: Las Vegas
Sin City Vice
Here is a quick run down on the two challenges:
- Quickfire Challenge: Mise En Place relay race
- Elimination Challenge: Create a dish based on a vice
What I learned when the episode started was there were three Atlanta chefs that all have restaurants within two miles of one another, one guy (Ash) kept telling the camera he was gay every chance he could, and there were two brothers competing against one another. There were also two people named Jennifer and two people named Michael. I would like to get rid of one of them so everyone only had different names. It is so much easier to do recaps that way!
The chefs broke up into teams of four. Padma warned the teams that the season would be very Las Vegas-inspired before showgirls came waltzing through the room. The teams were divided up by picking up colored poker chips out of a top hat. Everyone picked out their poker chips. Robin was the only one that picked out a gold chip. Padma informed her that she did not have to compete in the relay race and she also got immunity from elimination.
Tom said they would be working with some of the most popular ingredients in Las Vegas:
- Round One: Shuck 15 clams
- Round Two: Peel 30 prawns
- Round Three: Clean up five lobsters
- Round Four: Butcher two chops from a prime rib
When the chefs completed a round, they yelled “Check!” for Tom to come inspect. If they did well, he blew his whistle for them to switch off to another chef for the next round. The teams had two minutes to figure out who would be doing which leg of the race.
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These are songs I’ve been listening to a lot this summer. Some of them are new and some of them, I just recently discovered, so they are new to me!
Entire YouTube Playlist: Summer ’09 Playlist
Miike Snow – Animal
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