November's DVD Reviews, Part I
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account of traveling and other projects.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2007
Not the best of the Judd Apatow crew's movies, but it wasn't bad.  I mean, no one has abs like Kristen Bell.  I would have rented it just for those and if it wasn't all that funny (which it was, honestly), I just would have spent 90 minutes replaying the scenes with her in a bikini over and over.

Gone Baby Gone, 2007
A good, fast-paced but otherwise unpretentious detective story.  Genuine.  Even bigger surprise: Ben Affleck directed it.  If you're still giving him shit after seeing this, you deserve to be married to J. Lo.

Disclosure, 1994
Really not that bad.  The suspense could have been conveyed better, and there's some really contrived virtual reality bullshit near the end just so you're remember this was based on a Michael Crichton novel, but it's otherwise okay.

Knight's Tale, 2001
Much better than I expected.  Odds are you already saw this a dozen times if you're Katherine and have a Heath Ledger obsession, but it's better than the teen fare it was marketed as which is why I skipped it the first time around.

Battlestar Fracking Galactica: Season 4, Disc 2
Yep, still the best fracking show on tv.  They got off to a shakey start this season.  Now the footing's more solid than Kristen Bell's abs.  It's all I can do to keep from mainlining the rest of the series in a marathon weekend.

PICK OF THE LITTER: For what little I actually got around to watching lately, it was all pretty good, but even in its fourth season Battlestar Fracking Galactica really, really rocks.

November's DVD Reviews, Part II
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account of traveling and other projects.

Again, slow month on account of traveling for the holidays.

Jericho: Season 1, Discs 3&4
Forget the premise of the atomic bombs (that's what the writers frequently do); it's just a soap opera set in a small town.  The trick is they kept the characters likable enough that even with all the improbables and even the ludicrous, you can't stop watching As the Irradiated World Turns.

The Man Who Laughs, 1928
Fun fact: The tittle character was the inspiration for Batman's nemisis The Joker.  The film itself holds up although the end leaves a lot to be desired, like a satisfactory conclusion, just to mention the obvious.

Sleepwalkers, 1992
Wait.  What?  I had to go to Wikpedia to be sure I was getting this right.  Apparently the title characters are "nomadic, shapeshifting energy vampires who feed off the lifeforce of virgin women... [and] can transform (partially or fully) into human-sized bipedal werecats."  Their weakness?  Cats.  WTF?  Shoudn't they be afraid of dogs?  The film is idiotic, the action predicable, but Alice Krige is hottt!

Monk: Season 6, Disc 2
More of the same as always.  This may be the only show on tv currently and perhaps in the past decade that you can watch in any order and not be able to place the season other than the minor cast changes or the models of cars in the background.

My Big Fat Independent Movie, 2005
An attempt to parody the conventions of filmmaking along with the films Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Reservoir Dogs, El Mariachi, Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Swingers, Pi, Run, Lola, Run, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Timecode, Dancer in the Dark, Memento, Waking Life, Amélie, Mulholland Dr., Secretary, The Good Girl, Far from Heaven, and The Hours.  In spite of a wealth of source material to satirize, the former falls flat a lot of the time and the latter pretty much all of the time.

This American Life, Season 1
Ira Glass has long been a proponent of the "magic of radio."  Ironically, he proves that, for one show anyway, radio is the superior medium.  Maybe they're still trying to find their footing in this first season, but TAL is an awesome show on the radio.  On tv, it just looks like so much else.

PICK OF THE LITTER: Sleepwalkers.  So bad it's good.  Seriously.

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