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Something that wouldn’t make it onto television today


ABC, now owned by Disney, wouldn’t let a child smoke on television let alone hold a lit cigarette on a prime-time sitcom. If The Wonder Years illustrates how much changed between the ’60s and the ’80s then the show also demonstrates how much has changed between then and now, the smoke free 21st century.

The Wonder Years


Netflix just put The Wonder Years up a few weeks ago and aside from the theme song change (using a different version of With a Little Help from My Friends) the show is pretty much the same. They did remove songs by The Doors and Jimi Hendrix but the sentiments are still there, wrapped up in a 20 minute expose on suburban America. As a child I watched The Wonder Years on ABC, feeling jealous of Kevin Arnold’s middle school exploits (I was about eight or nine); now I see it as a well made series describing the trials and tribulations of white Americans. Honestly, I’ve seen one or two black people on the show and I’m in the third season.
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Lost: Season 2


So season two of Lost has come and gone. What’s amazing is that my girlfriend and I finished it in about a week. That’s right: 24 episodes watched in one week’s time. What, do we not have lives? Yes, we do, but we don’t have much money. However, before moving forward I feel it’s necessary to let you, dear reader, know there are spoilers ahead. Then again, I’m probably the last person on the planet to watch Lost so I doubt I’m spoiling Lost for many people.

Season one ended with the gang opening the hatch; season two ends with the hatch’s status in question. This season we’re also introduced to a few new characters (some of who depart quickly) including Anna Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez). I was told she departed from the show within a season because of a DUI – a shame since her character was really beginning to develop and after watching her in Predators and Machete I believe Rodriguez is a competent action actress. The previous characters are developed further and more sexual tension arises between the island’s passionate trinity – Sawyer, Kate, and Jack.
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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards: The Official Sponsor of Bullshit

Top 10 random thoughts on the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

1. The King’s Speech wasn’t the best picture on that list (I believe it was either True Grit or Winter’s Bone).  It was good but it wasn’t great; if anything it was mediocre and sentimental and relied on trite tropes.

2. The commercials were really obnoxious, like usual, with the most offensive commercial being the American Cancer Society’s proclamation that they’re, “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays.” What? I didn’t know the ACS had that much authority to assume they have a hand in everybody’s birthday. Of course I think cancer is terrible and I’m hoping when I get cancer groups like the ACS are there to lend a helping hand but by officially sponsoring birthdays they’re overstepping their bounds. If they’re the official sponsor of birthdays I’m the official sponsor of anniversaries. Hear that world? Every anniversary is sponsored by me and this blog!

3. James Franco and Anne Hathaway weren’t that good as the show’s hosts. They gave it their best but it wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t necessarily their faults and I blame the writers, who didn’t write any of the material for the two hosts, but the writing just seemed lazy and stupid this year. In fact, I believe this was probably the worst Academy Awards show I’ve ever seen.

4. When Melissa Leo, or next year’s Best Supporting Actress winner, says “fucking easy,” you only need to cut out the “fuck;” everything else is suitable for young ears.

5. The Fighter was only mediocre, although Christian Bale’s portrayal of a washed-up crackhead was good and Melissa Leo’s performance as an over dominating mother was worthy of an Oscar. I personally felt Jennifer Lawrence’s role in Winter’s Bone was more deserving of the statue, although I’m hopeful she has a nice, long career ahead of her.

6. The only funny thing about turning various movies into trashy pop musicals was the Twilight thing. I’m not a big fan of Mormon vampires with a conscious and that Jacob kid walking around with his shirt off all the time doesn’t interest me.

7. Paying homage to a bunch of old movies so Hathaway and Franco host less was dull. Also, saying the Oscars are more “youth oriented,” is also silly, especially since the youth will watch it regardless of presentation; the youth like watching movie stars talk shit.

8. The beginning skit where Hathaway and Franco travel into Alec Baldwin’s dream was only mediocre and fell apart at the end when the duo mimicked Back to the Future – it didn’t work. If they came onto the stage in the car it might’ve worked but they just came out in fancy clothes and said lackluster things.

9. Kirk Douglas was actually funny, even though he already has one foot in the grave. There were parts of his speech that were excruciating but overall he was quite charming and humorous. It’s too bad Spartacus is going on 100 and sounds like he has Bells Palsy; he was an incredible actor once.

10. Ending the show with an elementary school choir wearing Hanes t-shirts was tacky and made the show seem schizophrenic. There was really no theme for the entire broadcast and the ending was weak. I didn’t even watch at this point, turning off the television and going to sleep.