Archive for August, 2011

Top 10 tv shows pt 1

Posted in List, TV on August 30, 2011 by random nerdling

So the other week on Pop Sickles Derick, Gates and Brendoman ranked their top 10 tv shows. I thought long and hard about the topic and came up with my top ten. My criteria for the list is the acting, writing, characters and  how re-watchable the shows are.  I started with 20 shows and started cutting it down.  This is going to have spoilers in it so be warned. So lets get this party started.

10.)   Scrubs

I love scrubs it was one of the first shows that I started watching at the very beginning and followed it to the end.  It has a ton of great episodes but the very best episode is episode 1.4 it’s titled “My Old Lady”. In it JD tries to convince a lady who is ready to die that she still has something to live for, but in the end she teaches him to cherish each and every minute. Watching Doctor Cox deal with the loss of his favorite patient or Ben and the downward spiral that comes with it, it feels so real.  The last 3 seasons are lacking but JDs farewell is very touching and is a nice look back. Season 7 was during the writers strike so they get some leeway there but bringing the characters back as teachers for season 9 was just to much.

9.)   Daria

I use to watch in the summers as a kid. Daria was great I recently got the series on DVD and besides them taking out and switching the music around it really holds up. I think my favorite episode of Daria is the one were Daria and Jane create a poster for a school project that the school changes with out their permission. It’s a really fun show about dealing with being an outsider in high school.

8.)   Firefly

Firefly is one of those shows were after you watch it you wonder why it was ever cancelled. A great show by the amazing Joss Whedon. Nathen Fillion is amazing as Mal Reynolds the captain of the ship. If you haven’t seen this show I can not stress watching it enough. Every character in this show is great, I really love Adam Baldwin as Jayne and of course the super cute Jewel Staite as Kaylee. “Ariel” is an amazing episode and it shows the heart that this crew of renegades really has.

7.)  Supernatural

Good music, hot car, and creepy stories whats not to love? Sam and Dean driving cross country fighting demons and urban legends is the best part of this show. The arcs are not as good as the monster a week episodes which luckily they are getting back too.  Now I was skeptical when they brought angels in to the mix but the way they did it actually worked. The good brother vs evil brother bit got really annoying. “Everybody Love a Clown” and “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” episodes are really good.

6.)  Six Feet Under

A interesting look at the funeral business. This show is one of the most realistic look at a family I have ever seen, and to prove this point at one point or another every character except David (Michael C. Hall) annoys the shit out of you with their whining and complaining. But I do like that the show follows each of the family members and not just one. The beginning of each episode starts with someones death and the deaths are usually pretty entertaining. Michael C. Hall is amazing in this show.  My favorite episode is the series finale, which is also my favorite series finale ever. It follows every character to their death and seals up the whole show with a nice little bow.

So there is 10-6 be sure to come back next week for my top 5 favorite shows.

Green Lantern painting

Posted in Art with tags on August 23, 2011 by random nerdling

I got this in the mail a little while ago but this is the latest painting I got from wonder bros. Mike painted it for my nephew and he loves it. He made a 5 yr old very happy. I also got a hold of him to paint me something really cool that I can’t wait to put on here. I’m really excited for. Be sure to check out the wonder bros.

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Nerd-do-well

Posted in Books on August 19, 2011 by random nerdling

So I just finished Simon Peggs Nerd-Do-Well. It was really good. And since it was an audio book Simon Pegg read
it in that great british accent.

One thing that caught me off guard was that half of the book is an autobiography and the other half is a short fiction story.

I wasn’t that impressed with the fiction part although it was kind of funny. In it Pegg is a playboy spy with a droid/robot.

The autobiography part is great. He tells stories from his childhood about swimming, his first job, love, and meeting Nick Frost. I have to admit I did get a wee bit teary eyed when he was talking about Shaun of the dead and talking to George Romero. It’s a very touching moment. I highly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of Spaced or Shaun of the Dead.

You’re Little Annie Adderall!

Posted in TV with tags on August 11, 2011 by random nerdling

I’ve put off watching Community for some time now but I saw it in Target the other day and decided to go for it.  I love it! If you haven’t seen it yet you should definitely check it out. Community takes place at Greendale Community Collage and follows around a study group made up of lovable misfits.

Joel McHale plays Jeff Winger a selfish but lovable jerk who has to go back to collage after the law firm he was working at found out that his law degree was a fake.  He starts a fake Spanish study group to try and get in the pants of Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), a high school drop out who was to cool for school, who invites the extreme movie nerd Abed Nadir  who then invites (Danny Pudi), an ex high school quarterback, Troy Barnes(played by the amazing Donald Glover) who lost his scholarship due to a shoulder injury, Annie Edison (Alison Brie), who got addicted to adderall and dropped out of high school, Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown) who is recently divorced, and Pierce Hawthorne (the great Chevy Chase) an old business tycoon.

Before this I have previously seen Mad Men which stars Alison Brie, Mystery Team which was written and stars Donald Glover, and almost every Chevy Chase movie made. I have seen a few episodes of The Soup which is(/was) hosted by Joel McHale but I wasn’t impressed by it. So it’s easy to say that the only reason I had any interest in the show was because of Chevy but that grew after hearing how much others loved the show.

Abed and Troy are my favorite characters Abed has trouble connecting to situations and people without putting it in terms of a movie or tv series, and Troy is a slightly cocky and slow jock but is smarter then most people give him credit for. They are best friends and have a J.D. and Turk vibe. They also usually have a small part over the end credits here are a couple of my favorites 1, 2,  and 3.

I highly recommend this show. It’s full of pop culture references and there are some themed episodes which are great! Season 1 has a wonderful Christmas episode and an amazing paint ball episode. Not to mention a great supporting cast which includes Ken Jeong (from The Hangover), John Oliver (from The Daily Show) and Jim Rash who I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him anything but is great as the dean. Season 2 is coming out on DVD in Sept so it’ll be easy to catch up if you haven’t seen any episodes.  Be sure to watch the show so you don’t end up streets behind.

Bossypants

Posted in Books on August 5, 2011 by random nerdling

I picked up two audio books today, Tina Feys Bossypants and Simon Peggs Nerd-do-well.

The only time I get audio books is if it an autobiography read by the author, or a book written and read by a comedian. I like it because it’s like one of their bits or listening to a really good interview.

I listened to Tinas book right away and although there was a handful of things meant for females, I really enjoyed it.

I’ve always been a fan of Tina Feys. I thought she was great on Weekend Update and 30 Rock. I also love Mean Girls. But I really got interested in her when I heard Donald Glover talk about her on The Nerdist Podcast. He told a story about how during the first season of 30 Rock she’d spend be in the writing room with the other writers working on the show, leave to give her daughter a bath, read to her and put her to bed, and then come back to the writing room and stay there with the other writers till the next morning. The amount of hours she put in at the show but still had time for her family is extremely impressive.

I got the book because the back stage going ons of SNL is really interesting to me. The fact that every week they have to come up with a completely new show only to start all over again.

Tina Feys book is full of laughs and very enjoyable. The tiny insights to SNL and 30 Rock are great. Hearing her family stories of christmas and her horrible honeymoon were a couple of my favorite parts. If you are a fan of hers I would definitely check it out.