Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Peterio Awards (Part Three: Best Writing In A Dramatic Television Series)


The intimacy felt in each episode of Friday Night Lights this season speaks volumes to the writing staff's incredible rebound from a less than stellar second season. Given the departure of not one, but two beloved characters, their send off was written with ease and poise while continuing with the FNL tradition of combining heartfelt situations with light humored ones. Rarely can television say so much with so little actions or sometimes even words. Just check out the clip below with practically no dialogue.

Other Notable Nominees: 'Breaking Bad', 'Brothers & Sisters', 'Generation Kill', 'Mad Men' & 'Recount'

My Peterio Awards (Part Two: Best Actress In A Comedy Television Series)


What more can be said about Tina Fey ('30 Rock') that hasn't been said already? In her breakout year in which La Fey claimed box office gold ('Baby Mama') and a popularity contest (cue those Sarah Palin skits), it all comes back to her adorable Liz Lemon that delivers the icing on the comedy cake. Everything from eating an entire sandwich in one take(!) to those deadpan reactions to Alec Baldwin, Fey seems like she has just shown an appetizer of what she can do on screen. 

Other Nominees: Christina Applegate ('Samantha Who?'), Felicity Huffmann ('Desperate Housewives'),  Ashley Jensen ('Ugly Betty)', Mary Louise Parker ('Weeds')

My Peterio Awards (Part One: Best Actress In A Dramatic Television Series)


With the best written female role on television, Elisabeth Moss ('Mad Men') transforms Peggy Olsen into someone you root for even though you're not sure if she is going to be the ultimate villain to Jon Hamm's Don Draper. And with each passing moment, the very determined character plots her way to a higher reputation at Sterling Cooper. It is Moss's decision of replacing jubilant with entitlement in Peggy that makes her a force you root for and at the same fear. Check out her Emmy reel (with uber-spoilers) for next year...

Other Notable Nominees: Connie Britton ('Friday Night Lights'), Sally Field & Rachel Griffiths ('Brothers & Sisters'), Christina Hendricks ('Mad Men'), Laura Linney ('John Adams')

My Upcoming Year-In-Review


After a much needed step away from blogging for a nearly a month, I'm returning just in time to devote the next few weeks solely on recap and naming my best and worst (in film amongst other things) of the 2008 calendar year- capped by the 8th Annual Peterio Movie Awards. Be warned, I take myself way too seriously. On a side note, welcome Chill With Will to the blogsphere. 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My Friday Night Lights Reaction (12/13)

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What to do when you're staring into the eyes of the man whose daughter you're sleeping with?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Left 4 Dead


The first time I saw promos of the new XBox game, Left4Dead, I thought it was some weird chapter of the Shrek franchise. Look at it... the font is kinda cartoony, with the ogre-green fingers... Sadly(?), I was mistaken.

Friday, November 28, 2008

My Rick Astley Sighting

By far, my favorite part of this year's Thanksgiving Parade. Rick-Rolled!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My IMAX Complaint


Since the popularity of IMAX films is blossoming, many theaters decided to install the giants screens in their facility. The only problem I have with it is that these new IMAX screens aren't really IMAX- at least not the ones that's been popping up in NYC (AMC Times Square, Regal Sheepshead, I'm talking to you). Perhaps the sound system and picture definition are to IMAX standards, but call me a size queen... those screens are maybe a third bigger than regular movie screens. Anyone else got this new pet peeve?

My Thanksgiving Pie


It's only 8:14am and I'm already in trouble. I've been assigned to make another sour cream peach pie this Thanksgiving the day before so I'm worried my ingredients will all be sold out. Also, I made an idiotic mistake of inserting a mini-DVD into Max the Mac so now it's stuck. 

But regardless of all that, I'm thankful this year for many things. Even when things aren't looking their best for me personally, I can always rely of friends and family for being there. So have a safe and happy Thanksgiving folks and try not to get run over at your local grocery store during your last minute pickups.

UPDATE: I had to go back to the grocery store because I forgot to get the pie crust.(!)
It's going to be a long day....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Quickie Australia Review


Seeing how it is Baz Luhrmann's followup to 'Moulin Rouge!', it's no surprise I was eagerly awaiting 'Australia's release. While it's nowhere near the mastery that was his last work, Luhrmann's latest effort is nothing to pout about. The throwback to old Hollywood is evident and true, down to the over-the-top villain with the skinny mustache and it seems the mostly veteran cast understood that as well. Both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman contributed to the Clark Gable/ Vivien Leigh dymanic while modernizing their performances for this century. The film even had chapters lining an overall, arching story similar to 'Gone With The Wind's story structure.

If there's one word to summarize the film, it's ambitious... maybe even overambitious, but I expected nothing less from Luhrmann. Afterall, he threw in an added bonus. Kidman sings a little, and that's always a good thing in my book. 

My Christmas List 2008


Yes. It's true. I need to make a list. I've been told numerous times I'm one of the most difficult people to shop for. So to avoid headaches, I've complied this list of gifts under $30 bucks.

- Mad Men Season One On DVD, because I am still in love with Peggy Olsen.
'Julius Caesar' (1953) Movie Poster, so it can match the other Brando madness in my room.
- Magazine Frame (8.5' x 10'), because I'm getting a magazine I want to frame.
- Green Woolie Flap Beanie Hat, because skating in Bryant Park made me want one.
- Playbill Yearbook 2007-2008 Edition, because I don't get one for free anymore.
- Whitest Kids U Know Comedy Sketch Tickets, because their humor is up my alley.
- Crocodile Dentist Game, I had one when I was a kid and always wondered where it disappeared to.
- Skinny Black Tie, because every guy this century should have one.

Not too shabby.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Douchebag Hair


In one of the funniest articles about styles I've ever read, Details Magazine dares to ask guys the question rather or not they have "douchebag hair". And you know what? Without a single word of explanation, I knew exactly what they meant. Some celebrities they've honored with the DH includes Keith Urban, Zac Efron and the Gotti Boys. (Details)

My Dried-Eye Broadway Closures


New York Times, how I adore thee. As word of the new Mel Brooks Musical is closing in January, the Times managed to say what everyone not involved with the show is thinking. The "Oh well, moving on" attitude fits the very arrogant show's demise. Charging $450 for a ticket? Not reporting your grosses? Dumping St. James Theatre? (NYT)

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Bourne Sequels


Love it. On the heels of a dumbed down version of the supposedly revived James Bond franchise, Universal Studios (no association to 007) greenlit a few more of an action franchise that isn't just fireworks and no brainwaves to wet my tastebuds. The only bad news I can find in all of this reteaming of Nolfi (screenwriter), Greengrass and Damon is that the film is not scheduled to be released until Summer 2010. Boo. Oh, can you tell I wasn't a fan of that Bond flick? (Joblo)

My ABC Cancellations


Both my roommate's TV schedule has cleared up a little bit much thanks to ABC canceling 'Pushing Daisies', 'Dirty Sexy Money' AND 'Eli Stone'. How cutthroat. I've heard good things about 'Pushing Daisies' but have always thought the whimsical series would be suited better for one the big screen. I watched 'Eli Stone' for one whole season, but they've lost me once they introduced God and the diary that can tell the future. As for 'Dirty Sexy Money', I just never gave it a chance. 

Good thing my ABC shows are all safe bets. (EW

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Latest Subway Horror Story


We all have them, but my latest encounter with the NYC Subway involves a man begging me and my roommates for money before peeing 10 feet away from us, a obnoxious man yelling into this cell "I don't care if everyone is staring at me on the train, I don't give a fuck." and the train announcer talking like he's Mr. Moviefone. Okay, that last bit was actually nice and comforting. 

But c'mon, I knew last night wouldn't have gone well as soon as we decided to go see 'Quantum of Solace'. 

My 1958 Buffalo Bulls


Yes, I said the Bulls. 

ESPN's Outside The Lines usually showcases uplifting stories from sports history as a retrospective for the current generation of sports fanatics. While I use to think their niche is tiresome, I'll admit I've come around to adoring the '60 Minutes' of sports programming. In their latest installment, they tell the story of the 1958 Bulls from the University of Buffalo. 

I'll leave the elegant storytelling up to the experts, but the school declined their only invitation to a bowl game in 102 years because at the time the Orlando High School Athletic Association prohibited black players to be on the same field as white players. Since then, the University of Buffalo has not been invited to any bowl game because they haven't been eligible to play in one to the lack of wins needed to qualify.

Check out the rest of the top notch reporting over here

My Friday Night Lights Reaction (11/20)

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Oh Jason, you sure know how to make a grown man cry. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Proposition 8 Protest Photo Blog

I was fortunate and proud to show my support (along with roomie Carl and buddy Vanessa) for those opposing Proposition 8 yesterday at City Hall. Here's my photo entry.


We were greeted with chants of malcontent once we got off the subway stop.


The crowd actually gathered a little further down from City Hall.


There was an apparent 4,000 (?) people at the peaceful protest.


Best thing about protests?  The homemade signs. The one above was my personal favorite. Another one we saw was a straight couple across the street with the wife's saying "Every man deserves a husband like mine." and the husband's saying "Every woman deserves a wife like mine." They were showered with "awwwws".


After the rally, sign owners "donated" their art to City Hall.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Mini-Depression


That'd explain the lack of posts lately. So how do I get myself out of the dumps this time? 
(Note: The picture above is not me.)

My President's Gang Sign


I know what's going on here, but doesn't this picture look a little silly without a caption? (WhiteHouse)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Will Chase Update


One of my favorite Broadway actors, Will Chase, is set to star in yet another musical next year. Since his very short stint in 'High Fidelity' a few years ago in which I was fortunate enough to see on opening night, I've been a fan. You can chalk 'The Story of My Life', a musical about the beginning and end two men's friendship, up along with the many other shows currently playing on Broadway I want to see when I have some dough to spurge. (Playbill)

My Monopoly Movie


In another sign in which Hollywood has gone to shambles, Universal Studios has greenlit an adaptation of the the famous Hasbro boardgame, Monopoly. If that news doesn't have you shaking your head, get this- Ridley Scott is directing it with a vision of 'Blade Runner' in mind. I'd rather drop my $12 at the Luxury Tax than pass 'Go!' on this disaster waiting to happen. (HollywoodReporter)

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Up Trailer

As elementary the premise sounds, the upcoming Pixar film 'Up' does have that endearing quality that has been all their films. As much as I can't wait to see this next summer, I can't help but wonder when Brad Bird is going to do another Pixar flick- because he's a genius.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Friday Night Lights Reaction (11/6)

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How this show will be better without Jason Street is beyond my comprehension. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Gay Short

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Logo, MTV's LGBT Network, has premiered Daddy, a short film about a pregnant gay man. It's a little funny if you think about it... and if you look at the -4:30 mark, you might find someone familiar who appears to be preggers as well. Thanks Sid for the great time and getting me to step outside of my "comfort zone".

My Election Day Photo Blog


Unlike most of this nation, the only person who was in line at my voting precinct was this old lady.


Once inside, I looked at the vast amount of volunteers who were waiting for people to vote.


Once inside my secret booth, I looked at the balloting system my state has to offer. It looks confusing, but there has never been a problem with the knobs system.


See? No problem.


I even rewarded myself afterwards for being a good American by getting my complimentary Starbucks Coffee... which I proceeded to throw away across the street.


After waiting for hours for a result, my fist hits the air in jubilation much like the rest of this country, but not like most of my friends.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Presidential Election

City Election

The day has finally arrived.... 

- Check out New York Time's video summarizing the two-year campaigns from both Barack Obama and John McCain. 

- CNN recaps the nation's first poll returns. 

- On a "lighter" note, MSNBC documents the new musical 'Obama: The Musical'.

Now go vote. 

My Simpsons Mad Men Parody

Okay, SNL did the funny bit, but check out this past week's Simpsons episode in which a Treehouse Horror skit reenacts the opening credits of 'Mad Men'. Pure genius. Check out the original above and then parody below.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Halloween Costume Solution


Papa Smurf, y'all, Papa Smurf in the house.

Friday, October 31, 2008

My Old Time Rock and Roll

Any fan of 'Risky Business', 'Guitar Hero', athletes in shorts would appreciate the spankin' new promo ad for 'Rock Band: World Tour'. It's always fun seeing star powers such as Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez and Tony Hawk from different sports come together and "jam". They must've spent oodles to allot those superstars though.... but apparently not enough for Kobe Bryant to get out of his wearing anything above his knees.  

My Annual Homecoming 2008


That's right. This weekend, I'll be there..... and I can't wait a minute longer. Hmm.... why does it look extra phallic here? 

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Underwear Embarrassment


I don't think Mike Singletary is going to last as a NFL head coach that much longer. He has already been a punchline for sports radio hosts across this nation this week for benching one of his players midgame and now, it's been confirmed during his halftime pep-talk, Singletary dropped his pants to show how embarrassed his team should be at the score. If anything, Singletary got a few laughs because the 49ers still lost. (ESPN)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Halloween Costume Dilemma


Still not sure... Would I rather freeze to death or be asked where's Batman all night? 

My Googlephone


Are they kidding me? The launch the new Googlephone was nothing but a disaster judging from the picture above. I've never even heard of this thing. Then again, I am kind of an iPhone elitist. If you read the guy's shirt it says "I was the first to get it." Insert your own pun-ny joke in the comment section.(NYTimes)

My Tom Ford Directorial Debut


The fashionista who markets perfumes by plastering billboards of a tiny bottle covering a vagina is making his directorial debut. As strange as it is to me that Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci, is making the leap with his production company into film, I can't help but feel a little inspired. The man is trying to do it all and from his resume, he has been succeeding in everything. What adds even more "cred" to this debut project is Julianne Moore (!) and Colin Firth are signed on for the adaptation of 'A Single Man', a Christopher Isherwood novel from 1964. I can't wait. If only it was shooting on the east coast.... (Variety)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Mad Men Finale Sunday


Speaking of 'Mad Men', the second season finale airs tonight! I cannot stinkin' wait. 

My SNL Mad Men Parodies

There's no doubt the writers of 'Saturday Night Live' are fans of 'Mad Men', or least they're watching it enough to nail down some very good sketches about the Emmy winner for Best Drama Series. My heart jumped a little when I saw Elizabeth Moss take a break from her Broadway show to make an appearance as her alter ego, Peggy, with John Slattery and host Jon Hamm in a 'Mad Men' sketch. But by far, the funniest tidbit was 'Don Draper's Guide To Picking Up Women'. Even if you're not a 'Mad Men' freak like myself, you'll get a few chuckles.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Hollywood Political Ads

What would happen if directors John Woo, Kevin Smith and Wes Anderson made public service announcement videos for Senator John McCain's bid for presidency? This absurdly funny Youtube video kinda nailed the artistic style of those directors to a tee with John Woo's being my personal favorite.

My Cody Update


My friend Julie asked me why she hasn't read about Cody recently and wondered if he was okay. To answer her, Cody is doing fantastic and as seen in the picture above, he's ready to embrace autumn with his new hoodie.

My Alter Ego

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Beyonce's new alter ego, Sasha Fierce, is set to drop an album next month. I've always wondered if alter ego albums has ever been successful. I guess the reason why I have such a negative connotation is because of Garth Brooks and whatever he was that one time that still looked insanely silly to me. 

Also, picking an alter ego name to me sounds an awful lot like choosing a pornstar name- at least it seems just as fun. So I could pick one, I'm going to go with Derek Jeter. Wait, is that already taken? (Yahoo)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Five Minutes With The Third Man

During my last gig, I had a conversation with the director about the Carol Reed classic, 'The Third Man'. He went on the reveal that he produced a short film with Vincent D'Onofrio about Orson Welles five minutes before he was suppose to perform the now famous cuckoo clock scene. Being a huge fan of the film and discovering such a take on the behind-the-scene with the then gruntled Orson Welles is such a revelation. I'd be very curious as to what other fans of the film think of the Venice Festival 2007 entry.

My New Chef


So last night, me and a few friends had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Dumbo, Water Street Restaurant. I've hyped it to them that the garlic calamari is to die for and is what drives me back every single time. Much to my disappointment, they've hired a new chef who decided to throw the old menu out.... including my garlic calamari! The waitress couldn't be nicer about the change and let us other another form of calamari off the menu, but overall... I'm not sure if I want to go back anytime soon. It's sad, I know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Monday Mad Men Reaction (10/22)

... on another Wednesday

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Poor Joanie. Just when I thought she was going to have it all.... 

My Introduction of Max


See Max? He's the baby on the left, being introduced to Obi (center) and Whitey Ford (on right) with the iPhone in my hand- don't judge.... at least on the outside. I'm a dork.

My 30 Rock Repeat

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Granted, I'm probably the worst person to complain about this, but does anyone find the wording weird in this promotional ad for '30 Rock' on Either way, I'm going to log in at midnight tomorrow just in case.

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Red Sox Delight


Welcome to my world, Red Sox fans, welcome to my world.