Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Best Episodes of 2013 - Part One

This was originally going to be a simple top ten list, with maybe a few honorable mentions. But then I looked at all the great stuff that aired in 2013, and I realized I couldn't whittle it down to merely ten. I knew from the start that there were two episodes of Breaking Bad that simply had to make it, and two episodes of Enlightened as well. That would have been almost half the list right there. So no, that wouldn't work, and I elected to expand it to 20. And still I found myself making hard choices. If you'd have told me in the spring that New Girl's "Cooler" or the pilot episode of The Americans wouldn't make the cut, I'd have had serious trouble believing it. Yet here we are. And what's so remarkable about this embarrassment of televisual riches is that it doesn't include such premium cable dramas as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland (yeah, yeah, I've heard lots of gripes about season three, but I'll be the judge of that when I see it), and Treme. Can you imagine if I had been able to see the most recent seasons of those shows? I might have had to go to a top 40 (at least).

But in the end, 20 worked. In the interest of spreading the wealth (I could easily have filled 10 slots or more with Breaking Bad and Enlightened episodes alone), I decided to allow two episodes maximum from any one series. And since there was just so much to choose from (all of it pretty much equally great), I wound up electing to go with as many different shows as possible, with the result being that only three shows—the aforementioned pair and Parks and Rec—actually even landed multiple episodes on the list.

Behold the fruit of my labor (well, the first half it) after the jump:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All Shows Ranked - Post-"Breaking Bad" Edition

So, I haven't done this in a while. The last (actually, the only) time was after finishing Deadwood, and that list had only 14 shows on it. Over the past two years I've added 19 more shows and removed one (Arrested Development, due to its revival on Netflix), bringing the current total to 32.

For those who don't know, this is the constantly expanding, ranked list of every single show I have ever watched. Currently airing shows are added after they conclude their runs (so no Mad Men yet), although in some cases I may make an exception for a long-running show that I stopped watching before the end. I quit the U.S. version of The Office midway through season eight, for instance, but I felt like it should be represented here, so I put it on the list as "seasons 1-7" (meaning I didn't consider those largely mediocre season eight episodes when ranking it).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

No "BSG" Review This Week

Hate to do this, but I had some minor health concerns this past weekend. 90% sure I'm fine now, but I didn't get the chance to work much on the review as a result. I should be back next week with thoughts on "Six Degrees of Separation", at which time I'll also be discussing my plans for the project once I return to school.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

No "Battlestar Galactica" Review Today

Forgot to mention this in last week's review, but due to the 4th of July, this week's BSG review won't be posted until tomorrow.

Have a great holiday!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Film Reviews - "Side Effects" and "This Is the End"

Haven't posted a full film review in a while (I've been experimenting with shorter reaction pieces recently), but I've been seeing a lot of recent releases over the past few weeks, and I've written reviews (albeit short ones, but nothing wrong with conciseness sometimes) of two of them.

I'd love to hear feedback on what I've been doing with my film coverage recently. I'm curious to know if you prefer the somewhat more analytical approach of the reaction pieces (such as the Before Midnight one), and would like to see that sort of thing continue (possibly into some longer pieces, depending on how much time I have and how much I have to say). Or would you prefer more reviews (including some lengthier ones), as I've generally done in the past? Not saying I'll completely abandon either approach, but I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.

Okay, back to the topic at hand: Side Effects and This Is the End. Reviews (spoiler-free in both cases, although I do discuss a few specific jokes in the latter) after the jump:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Top 10 Shows of the 2012-13 Season

So, this is pretty self explanatory. These are my top 10 shows of the 2012-13 season (from June 1st of last year to May 31st of this year), with a bunch of honorable mentions as well. The only thing to note is that it doesn't contain any premium cable shows. One day I might be able to afford those channels, but until then I'm stuck waiting for the DVDs. I'm not complaining, as those ridiculous prices are what pay for shows like Game of Thrones and Homeland. But that's just the way it is. So there's no Enlightened or Treme to be found here. (And of course, there are also a number of shows I just haven't gotten around to watching yet, such as Scandal, Bob's Burgers, and The Good Wife.)

My top shows of 2012-13 after the jump. There are some spoilers for my #1 and #2 shows, but the rest of the list doesn't contain any:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Battlestar Galactica" Start Date

After some thought, I've decided to start the Battlestar Galactica reviews on May 30th. I'll be reviewing the miniseries on that date, and then one episode every Thursday from that point onward (with the occasional break, if necessary), until we've finished season one. The current plan is for this to be a summer only project (I would tackle one season each summer), but you never know.

Can't wait!

Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 NCAA Tournament Picks

You probably don't know this about me, as I never blog and only rarely tweet about it, but I'm a pretty big fan of college basketball. While I didn't really watch much of it this year (due to, you know, having exams to study for and papers to write), I did still follow it with great interest throughout the year. And now it's time for the best three weeks in all of sports, and I thought I'd share my picks with you. I do this mostly so that if Belmont makes it to the Sweet Sixteen this year, I have proof that I did in fact make that pick. It probably won't (while I consider myself moderately knowledgeable about the sport, I don't tend to do well, mainly due to the fact that I always make a few gutsy picks that rarely work out), but you never know.

My picks after the jump.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Announcing New Review Project - "Battlestar Galactica"

For the last year or so, I've been toying with the idea of reviewing Battlestar Galactica, but certain things have caused me to hesitate: among them lack of time, fear that the project will overwhelm me (which it very well might, but we'll see), and my desire to watch other stuff. All of those things are still there, but I've basically decided to throw caution to the winds and start writing about the show this summer anyway. That's the only way it's ever going to happen, after all. Plus, I want to get to it before The A.V. Club does, so that's an additional motivating factor.

So starting at some point in May (I haven't decided on the specific date yet), we'll be journeying through the first season of one of television's all-time great dramas, and the show that got me seriously interested in television. Before I started watching BSG, I was pretty much only a film obsessive. In other words, this show is the reason why I now spend pretty much all my free time in front of a television or computer screen, as I now have to try (and fail) to keep up with both TV and movies.

These reviews will be spoiler-free (as should any comments anyone may wish to leave), so that anyone who's never seen the series can follow along. I may, however, occasionally include a section at the end of a review in which I discuss—likely very vaguely, as it's been so long that I don't remember a lot of specifics—how a few things that transpired in a given episode relate to storytelling developments down the road. But it will be at the very end (and clearly marked) in any weeks when that's the case.

I'll have a few more specifics to address in my first review, but that's the gist of it. So whether you're a new viewer of BSG or someone who's watched before, I hope you enjoy my commentary on one of the most consistently riveting dramas of the 21st century so far. See you in May!

Friday, January 25, 2013

A New Place Where You Can Find My Writing

Starting today, I will be writing for the online desk of Sooner yearbook. I'll likely be writing a few different types of pieces, but primarily I'll be contributing reviews of under the radar movies currently available on Netflix streaming. I'm not 100% sure exactly how often and when these pieces will appear (although it will be on either Mondays or Wednesdays starting with the next one), but they should be fairly frequent. So be sure to check back often, as I probably won't be linking to them over here every time a new one goes up.

The post that went up today is a review of Headhunters: a fantastic thriller that is one of 2012's overlooked gems. Feel free to check it out here. And for future posts, just follow the link I've put in the blog sidebar under "other places you can find my writing". Hope you enjoy!