If you’re not watching Homeland, shame on you. If you’re not watching Breaking Bad, shame on you. These are two of the BEST shows on television right now—so good that even as they get more and more insane and less and less believable, I still find myself more addicted with every episode.
With each passing holiday, it seems more and more like American consumerism knows no bounds. Every superstore begins their holiday-hyping months in advance, and the majority of American consumers spend exuberant amounts of cash fulfilling every advertised need. From thousands of Christmas lights perfectly choreographed, to beating your neighbors bloody for the last honey-glazed ham, it would seem Americans love spending money on holidays almost as much as businesses love exploiting them. The mere opportunity of Black Friday deals turn regular people into riotous mobs, with incidents of trampling becoming commonplace each year. But it was in a similar moment of impassioned consumerism when Frank Costanza, after raining blows upon a rival buyer, realized there had to be another way. Soon after, Festivus was born. “Festivus for the rest of us!”
Yes, this post is later than you’re used to. What did you expect? THE WORLD WAS SUPPOSED TO END. Did you think I would spend my final hours hunched over a computer, slaving away with research and delicate prose to deliver you the best pop-culture bits of the week?
….well, I did anyway. You know, just in case.
I am a nerd: to begin with. If you haven’t suspected from some of my articles, there is no doubt about that. If there’s one thing you will take from going forward, it is that inescapable truth. Now, a nerd wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) claim this fact, for true nerds need no social verification. We are born of an individual and insatiable passion which we may or may not choose to share among likeminded enthusiasts. But if unknown to you, dear reader, it must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come from this speculative story.
I hate mediocre films. I hate them so, so much. I hate them even more than terrible movies. Why? Because unlike those drenched in passable mediocrity, bad films get punished. More often than not, awful films bomb at the box-office because anyone with moderate observational talents can see them coming from a mile away (exhibit A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7iv6-8BRw). Mediocre films, on the other hand, slip by, make millions, and tell studio execs, “Hey, this isn’t too shabby! Let’s do more of this, because real talent costs money, and MONEY IS OUR GOD.”
I know we all only have so much time in the day. We hit the grind all the live long day and seemingly only have a few minutes to ourselves before we hit the hay and start the process all over again. But if you find yourself in need of something to do on a certain night of the week, I suggest filling the time void with some good old fashioned television.
You might think I’m crazy with the following list of TV shows, but please hear me out on these shows you should be watching but probably aren’t.
Are you voting in 2012?
Not *that* vote…you’re just a bit late for that one…
You know that paragraph all your friends have been copying and pasting on their walls, stating that they retain all their rights to the content they put on Facebook, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah? Facebook has proposed several site changes that sparked that flurry of idiocy and they’re letting the users vote on the changes.
Prin Kate is Pregs
I can’t even be bothered to write whole words about this as it really isn’t that interesting. The married couple who have an obligation to an entire country to maintain the family line have conceived a child! Who would have thought.
As much as I try, even I can’t watch all the television there ever was. Personally, I despise the moments where I admit I haven’t seen a show and the person I’m talking to freaks out. “How can you claim a television obsession and have never seen [Insert title]?!?!” I’m sure you have also had a moment like this and I’m here to help. Here’s everything you need to know to have a conversation with someone about Lost. [SPOILER ALERT]- I would think this is obvious, but I just wanted to cover my bases.
The latest, and as always, ridiculous It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues to a 12th season. And what better show to sit down with an Ultimate 6er for? Well, maybe not the entire six pack since some of these are strictly for the type of… gentlemen… that the series showcases. So here’s to everyone’s favorite show about everyone’s favorite alcoholics.
4 more years! 4 more years! 4 more years of Boy Meets World!
This has been a great week in America, not just because we had another historic election, but because Hollywood has done some cool stuff. So regardless of which candidate you voted for, the future is bright – there’s casting news, performance reviews, and crushes of Drew’s in this article. It’s the pop culture week in review for November 4-10… let’s go!
While on the younger end of the spectrum, I don’t consider myself to be particularly tech savvy. Let’s put it this way- I may have watched a liveblog of an Apple announcement or two, but I can’t rebuild your hard drive. Despite this, I’m constantly surprised by the number of services I use on a daily basis that not one of my friends or coworkers has EVER heard of. I’m here to show you some of the coolest things you’ve never heard of…yet.
In case you missed it (or hate huge news in popular culture), Disney acquired Lucasfilm this week for $4.05 billion dollars. One day later, Lucasfilm announced a new Star Wars trilogy is in the works, with Episode VII expected to release in 2015. For more important details on the matter and why you should care, check out my special Disney-Star Wars Pop Culture feature.
Now, it’s time for all the happenings that don’t involve corporate control, lightsabers, and the (arguably) most important film franchise in our culture. Oh don’t worry, other news, you’re…still…important…
“The Star Wars franchise is nothing short of a generational touchstone…I literally can’t think of any comparable cultural phenom that has so pervasively shaped and galvanized viewers to the extent that Star Wars has. It’s embedded in my — and our — cultural DNA in a unique way and these are enduring strands.” – Shawn Levy*
Any concerns of this season being boring (the main complaint from last season) were totally erased in the first episode. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to try to not go into specifics, but there will be hints of what happened in Sunday’s season premiere so if you really don’t want to know- skip ahead. First and foremost, all children are accounted for and now bear arms. That’s enough to improve this season leaps and bounds over where were last year. Goddamn Sophia. Any way, the last five minutes of the premiere had me in convulsions. I needed my smelling salts because I nearly went into full on lady vapors. I wouldn’t say I screamed per se, but sounds of shock and horror were emitted from my mouth. This episode was one of, if not the best episode of the series. Holy leg hack, batman. If you fell off last season, watch this premiere and get back on board. It’s a fun ship. I mean, I’m there.
Goodness gracious, people from movies and TV love alcohol. I’m one of those nerds who scrutinizes any scene with drinking to figure out what specifically characters ordered (my friends got angry when we went to see “Friends With Benefits” because I was the guy saying “Oh, they’re drinking Shiner Bock. I like that beer!”). But you don’t always have to study beer labels or examine a cocktail glass to deduce what characters are drinking; sometimes they order stuff so often, their drink becomes a character trait. Here’s a look at what some of our favorite on-screen heroes drink over and over and over again. Hit up the comments section to let us know what drinks of choice we missed.