Monday, February 25, 2013

Favorite Songs of 2012


10. G.O.O.D Music "New God Flow" {almost perfect, but for a goddamn lazy uncle joke, Ye}
9. Ellie Goulding "Lights"
8. Ke$ha "Die Young"
7. PSY "Gangham Style"
6. Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble"
5. Future "Turn Out the Lights"
4. 2 Chainz feat. Drake "No Lie"
3. Carrie Underwood "Blown Away"
2. Nicki Minaj "Va Va Voom"
1. Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"

10.  Chromatics "Kill For Love"
9. Grimes "Genesis"
8. Cloud Nothings "Stay Useless
7. Magnetic Fields "Andrew in Drag"
6. Grimes "Oblivion"
5. Spiritualized "Hey Jane"
4. Dinosaur Jr. "Watch the Corners"
3. Chromatics "Into the Black"
2. Clams Casino "Palace"
1. Friendzone "Little Red Corvette" {CMG Fantasy covers Podcast}


Songs I Would Pay a Monthly Tithing Never to Have to Hear Again

~Ultimate example is All-Star by Smashmouth.  That song is a curse on humanity from the dying breath of a gypsy queen~

10. "We Are Young"- fun.

I'm happy Janaelle Monae hopped on (though under-used) and I'm real glad the Glee kids had a fresh one to sing, but if this song gets stuck in my head again, I will start plotting vengeance.

9. "Bandz Make Her Dance-"Juicy J (unescapable this summer)
8. "Stronger"- Kelly Clarkson

7. "We Are Never, etc."- Taylor Swift (AVRIL thinks this song is trite)
6. "Whistle"- Flo-Rida (Pat likes this song)

5. "Girl on Fire"- Alicia Keys (Written for a Chase card)
4. "Diamonds"-Rihanna
3 "Some Nights"- fun. (no hate, just so0o goddamn earworm-y)
2. "Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye (straight up hate)

1. "Truck Yeah"- Tim McGraw(?)

I don't really want to know.  He's the only guy in country smart enough to cover Ryan Adams and he's making Trucktober commercials and putting them out as singles?  How can you Houdini out of that kind of self-loathing?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Favorite Comedies of 2012

Saw nowhere near enough relevant movies this year, so just put together a list of the 'comedies' in the Greek sense of the word, because that's what I am gravitating towards these days.

Huge Disappointment: The Five-Year Engagement

Jiminy Cricket a script by Jason Segel as opportunistic as it is thin and lazy.  Shows some sparks early and goes to an interesting place with manchildren Brian Posehn and Chris Parnell, mocking/celebrating modern DIY faux-outdoorsyness before deciding to leave them as pancake-flat caricatures.  Absolutely arbitrary shit keeps the plot slugging along and then the film wraps up with a set-piece that looks more like a kooky music video/Kia advertisment with apropos indie soundtrack. Allison Brie is saddled with the worst British accent wife's?  And at least she uses hers to ruin Emma Watson.

Honorable Mention:  Friends With Kids 

Runner-Up:  Bachelorette  - Was this script was sitting in someone's bottom desk drawer for five years before Bridesmaids hit the jackpot, OR did it get typed up immediately after?  Kristen Dunst and Lizzy Caplan almost salvage the effort with their admirable commitment to irredeemable, sociopathic behavior.

10. Cabin in the Woods

Between this and The Avengers, Joss Whedon is an MVP for bringing a little levity back to our BATTLESHIP (no italics for you!) age.

9. Pitch Perfect
Fat Amy.

8.  Bernie
Jack Black is an island unto himself and the townspeople tell their story with as much down-home charm and oddness as possible.  Linklater makes an unpredictable, oddly comforting film about a good man driven to murder, a parable perhaps about the way a hateful, black hole of a person can drag down even the best along with her.  Redemption is impossible for some, and impossible to lose for others.

7. To Rome With Love
I might like minor Allen better than major?

6. Wreck-it-Ralph
Vocal ensemble is perfect, the arcade environment crafted with love, not pandering a la Big Bang like I'd feared.

5. Safety Not Guaranteed
Heartfelt, adorable, NW shaggy-dog tale that sticks to your ribs with its willingness to be sincere and dare.

4. Save the Date
This micro-genre of twenty-something angst is perhaps the most justifiably maligned.  This is the rare, alchemical success that will spawn such drivel as Lola Verus (you either!)  Lord preserve us.  And Christ, someone get Martin Starr more work.

3. Sleepwalk with Me
I have a soft spot from the fact that I've met and conversed with the man, and he is just as earnest and likable as his work suggests.  His description of the early stages of love is so succinct, spot-on and funny that I could have watched a whole romantic comedy of him in that mode.  But he takes us down a darker, more pathetic road of floundering, compromising, half-assing it, that in our age is brave and honest and relatable.

2. Silver Linings Playbook
I am still easy to manipulate, if you play the beats right.

1. Moonrise Kingdom
Far and away the best.  Everything in its right place.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Friday, February 01, 2013

30 for 30 Rock

6th Edition

30. Spider-Man
29. Duck Tales
28. Archer
27. The Adventures of Pete and Pete
26. How I Met Your Mother

25. Justified
24. Star Trek: The Next Generation
23. Game of Thrones
22. X-Men
21. Better Off Ted

20. The Office
19. Boy Meets World
18. Party Down
17. The Wonder Years
16. The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show

15. The Ramblin' Rod Show
14. Freaks and Geeks
13. The West Wing
12. Batman: The Animated Series
11. Late Night With Conan O'Brien

10. Parks and Recreation
9. Arrested Development
8. Recess
7. Darkwing Duck
6. Ed

5. The Simpsons
4. Seinfeld
3. 30 Rock
2. Mad Men
1.  Community