September 2009

NCIS: Los Angeles

by AFK on September 30, 2009 · 1 comment

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The dialogue between Robin and Ladies Love Cool James (as O.G.’s like myself refer to LL Cool J) is some of the best on television. Am I talking about whacked-out fan fiction? No, I’m talking about a spin-off of a spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles. Yeah, it’s the Joanie Loves Chachi of police procedurals (and will hold that position until they spin-off David Caruso’s sunglasses into it’s own series).

Instead of the basic criminal investigation of NCIS its “office of special projects.” Yeah, it’s special. It’s not perfect, and not all of the cast are as good as LL Cool J – like the psychologist and the tech douche, – but try out this preview and if you like go here to watch the full first episode which was better than I was expecting.

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capitalism a love story capIn the past, Michael Moore has taken on George Bush, the gun lobby, and health care. In his latest film Capitalism: A Love Story, he finds a new target in the economic system of capitalism. Greed, it turns out, isn’t really good afterall.

As in his previous movies, Moore combines interviews of real Americans, news footage, the town of Flint, funny clips, his own personal narrative, and his trademark stunts, to try and prove his point. Although Capitalism is a highly entertaining movie, in terms of constructing and presenting an argument it’s Moore’s weakest entry to date.

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For and Search for Common Ground, an organization which helps people and communities deal with conflict, here’s Salman Ahmad and Melissa Etheridge with “Ring the Bells.”

Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad “Ring the Bells”


To honor Kylie Minogue’s guest appearance on the 2007 Christmas Special of Doctor Who the Fast Ood Rockers created this short mashup. “Song 4 Kylie… I’m in Love (with a Girl in a Time Machine)” blends Minogue’s “2 Hearts,” a cover version of Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine,” “Smile Like You Mean It” by The Killers, and The Timelord’s “Doctorin’ The Tardis.” Add to that a spinning TARDIS and dancing K-9’s and, well, just watch.



Okay, he’s really not, but he could have been. Selleck was actually cast for the role of the intrepid archaeologist but couldn’t get out of his contract for Magnum, P.I. Harrison Ford stepped in and, as the say, the rest is history. But, as teh ‘monkey and I were discussing earlier this morning, what if Selleck had taken the role? Indiana Jones would have been different, no doubt, but would Raiders still have worked?

This mashup trailer is taken from a bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark and regrettable episode from Magnum‘s last season “Legend of the Lost Art.”


Australia: No Room for Pussies! That’s the basic premise for this new commercial from Toyota Australia which has a simple message from Metrosexuals and latte drinking yuppie scum – stay the hell out of our country! Nice tongue-in-cheek fun here, but I’ll bet the wait will be short before the ad is attacked by those who take it way, way too seriously.

Toyota (Australia): Nothing Soft Gets In


House, M.D. returned with a double-sized episode centering around House’s (Hugh Laurie) time fighting his Vicodin addiction in the loony bin. Though it’s more than a little reminiscent of the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its moments such as this short clip with the doctor quickly and effortlessly making the other patients miserable in an effort to quicken his own release.

House – “Broken”

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the revanent 2009Our pal George Hickman has been watching movies in Austin, TX at Fantastic Fest for three straight days nonstop. It sounds like his sleeplessness was rewarded on his third day with a slew of great movies that most of us won’t be able to see for months.

George Romero hosted a surprise screening of his newest zombie movie “Survival of the Dead.” “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” were unveiled in a cleaned-up, 3D format. Takashe Miike’s “Yatterman” and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s “Fish Story” were unspooled, as well as “The Revenant,” D. Kerry Prior’s hilarious zombie comedy, which George says is the funniest since “Shaun of the Dead.” Sorry, “Zombieland”! Click here to get the scoop on all of these movies.


The cartoon inspired by the feature film finds itself onto the DVD shelves today. The Real Ghostbusters ran from 1986 to 1991 on Saturday mornings and featured the further adventures of Egon, Venkman, Ray, and Winston (and Slimer). The new Complete Collection DVD set includes every episode of the show, plus twelve hours of bonus material, for the whopping cost of $180! Those not ready to drop that much cash might also consider Monsters vs. Aliens, The Brothers Bloom (which Eric liked more than me), and How I Met Your Mother: Season Four. I’m also curious to catch Sasha Grey’s mainstream debut in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience which I missed in theaters.

The Real Ghostbusters Music Video


ricky gervais ghost townRicky Gervais‘ new comedy “The Invention of Lying” (opening this weekend) made me think about his little-seen movie from last year called “Ghost Town.” It was a terrific little film that embraced sentimentality yet didn’t fall into all the cliched traps of most modern romantic comedies. That started me thinking about other films from the past five years that either were unfairly bashed in the press, underperformed at the box office, or simply disappeared without a trace soon after they were released.

What I ended up with is a pretty exciting list of movies that you may want to think about renting soon. (Chances are, they are probably on the 99-cent shelf by now, so there’s not much risk involved.) Click here to read the Top 10 Overlooked Movies of the Last Five Years.