House of Lies is about a management consultant firm where the consultants have questionable morals in order to make the most money off their clients. I’m most looking forward to this show, even though critics seemed split on it. Some really like the black comedy and the outstanding cast of Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Others find it soulless. I really want to like it since I would love to find something worthy of Kristen Bell’s talent after Veronica Mars.
House of Lies
House of Lies Channel: SHO Time: 10/9c Starring: Don Cheadle, Bristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri Premieres: Sunday, January 8
I normally wouldn’t pick Californication as my pick of the week, but it’s the only show debuting this week that I’ve seen before. I’m a tad more excited for Episodes and Shameless, but since I haven’t seen them yet, I’ll have to wait and see.
Kick-Ass has been Certified Fresh so it has tons of good critic reviews, even though there are a vocal minority that find it morally reprehensible, which just makes me want to watch it more. The other major release is a scene-by-scene remake of a British comedy that I didn’t find funny. If it really isn’t any different then I imagine I won’t like this one either.
Kick-Ass Death at a Funeral
Kick-Ass Directed: Matthew Vaughn Starring: Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson Trailer
Synopsis: Some teens and adults decide that they need to be superheros even though they don’t have any superpowers.
My Take: It combines two of my favorite things: extreme movie violence and comedy.
RT Score: 78% RT Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.
Fall TV Season is upon us. Even though quite a few shows got an early start this month, this week is the official season premiere week. Beware, this post will be huge!
Season Finales: Top Gear, Warehouse 13
Pick of the Week
Dexter Channel: SHO Time: 9/8c Starring: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar Premieres: Sunday, September 27 Trailer
Synopsis: Dexter got married and found out he had a kid on the way. Can a serial killer really have the perfect life? This season also stars a very successful serial killer for Dexter to admire, played by John Lithgow.
My Take: I keep wondering how long the show can last before it’ll burn itself out since he can’t keep killing forever, can he? But I’ll continue to watch it as it continues to be so very excellent.
This felt like a very long episode and not one of the good ones. It would have been one of the episodes I would have watched only once with no reason to go back to watch it again. I think the main issue with it was there wasn’t much weird or supernatural about it. Well, I guess there were some things like the priest claiming to know things he shouldn’t and the weird medical experiments going on, but it was just wasn’t the same level of bizarreness that was in the series. It didn’t feel like a true X-Files case.
Synopsis: They will travel to new locations this 13th season, such as Cambodia and Kazakhstan. Also, one team will make a huge mistake that will keep them for making it to the finish line.
My Take: This is my favorite reality show. I love to see the destinations and the challenges are usually related to something specific about that culture. Also, the people that know each other already have the built-in mechanisms for arguing, which is fun to see heightened with lack of sleep.
Synopsis: Mulder and Scully come back together to work on a case in the someplace very snowy. It is supposed to be more of one of the self-contained episodes compared to the mythology episodes.
My Take: As much as I loved the show, it was horrible the last two seasons. I do love to see Mulder and Scully together, but I don’t have the great desire to see it right away. I’ll wait for Netflix.
RT Score: 32% RT Consensus: The chemistry between leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do live up to The X-Files‘ televised legacy, but the roving plot and droning routines make it hard to identify just what we’re meant to believe in.
Synopsis: Based on novel by the author of Mystic River, two private detectives try to find a missing little girl.
My Take: Looks very similar in setting to Mystic River, even though the story is different. Casey Affleck usually bugs me, but he didn’t look annoying in this movie at all. I’d actually want to see it.
RT Score: 92% RT Consensus: Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen.