Lost: "Constant"ly improving

Lost's most recent episode, The Constant just catapulted into my top-five of all time. It's an episode where the characters stop being vague and start doing some canny reveals, which end up explaining, or at least shedding light on, previous activities dating back to last year. Aside from that, it was riveting, well-written, had a great payoff at the end, and furthered the mythos of the series, all in 42 solid minutes.For a solid recap of the episode, play-by-play, check out Newsvine.

Every week before the newest episdoe, ABC re-runs the previous episdoe with 'pop-ups' to help the viewer with the myriad of references. I found this to be helpful to me, even though I've seen every episode to date. For instance, in the episode, Desmond walking in on an auction for the Captain's log of the lost ship "Black Rock", which is the mysterious shipwreck the 815 survivors found back in season one -- in the middle of the jungle. I love how they tie things like that in.

But even better if you have failed to DVR the episodes is the announcement that ABC will be airing Lost episodes FREE on-demand.

Now you know what you have to do. So go do it.


It's about old men...

Those TV news anchors really got a good handle on movies....
    Thanks to the local ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY, we now have a great quote to put on the DVD box of No Country for Old Men: "The guy with no expression who keeps blowing up everything." There it is! That's the best movie of the year in a nutshell. Anyway, in case you haven't seen this yet, a technical snafu up in Buffalo accidentally turned on the newsroom mics in the middle of the Oscar broadcast -- right as they were announcing the best director award for Joel and Ethan Coen. Watch the video above, and listen to the part where the feed cuts out and these folks start talking about the film. One guy goes, "I don't believe in this Oscar bullsh*t, but this was the best movie of the year." Then the female news anchor goes, "What's it about?" And I swear it sounds like someone responds to her question with an answer that goes something like, "It's men. It's about old men." No idea. But it's definitely one of the funnier Oscar goof-ups I've seen in some time. My vote is for the Buffalo news team to host the awards next year.
Other 'what's it about' responses from the crack news team:

Gone Baby Gone: "About a baby that's gone... just gone."
Michael Clayton: "Michael Clayton. Duh."
Juno: "'Knocked Up' for KIDS."


Mmm... genius

I will forever link Michael Bay with Walter Chaw's review of X3, where he compared Brett Ratner's views on racism to watching "Michael Bay's 'Schindler's List'", but I have to give it to him to have a sense of humor. Which scores big points with me. Behold his 'awesome' Verizon commercial:



Well, Jumper may be getting bad reviews, but not as bad as this one about Madonna's directorial debut. Yes, you read that right.

The quoted review has a Walter-Chaw-esque great line:
    "Well, it had to happen. Madonna has been a terrible actor in many, many films and now - fiercely aspirational as ever - she has graduated to being a terrible director. She has made a movie so incredibly bad that Berlin festivalgoers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock, deathly pale and mewing like maltreated kittens."

Only to be topped by the comments from WWTDD:
    "The only part I would disagree with was that she was once an "exhilaratingly talented star". At her zenith, she was average looking, an average singer, and an average dancer. Her only real talent was recognizing cool new producers and leeching off of them. And if that sort of thing was so praiseworthy, my ability to score with the sexy teen runaways I give rides too would mean I'm also an "exhilarating talent" and not a "sexual predator"."
I think this about sums up my opinion of Madonna.


RIP Chief Brody

The only sane man in the town of Amity passed away over the weekend. His line, "We're going to need a bigger boat," was voted 35th of all-time by AFI. The script was peppered with tons of great dialogue, however, so it's hard for me to pick just one great line. Instead, I think I'll take in a viewing of 'Jaws' and savory every one.