Saturday, May 22, 2010

Going the Distance

A Rom-Com that actually looks good?! This, I have to see. Starring real life couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long makes this even more adorable. As someone who has done a long distance relationship (6 month stint in Hong Kong), I'm glad to see it getting some on screen love.

Upfronts: CBS New Shows

Sorry for the delay in getting these up on the blog! Again, crazy work week and moving. Some advance notice, with the whole move thing, there might be less posts until June 1-ish. But please keep checking back! There will be updates, just not as many.

Anyway, on to CBS!

CBS is the number one network in overall viewers and would do just fine next season if it kept everything the same. However, they decided to strive for excellence and slash the lowest rated shows and juggle their schedule to give the new shows a strong lead in. I couldn't find trailers for their new shows, but they did have some footage to share. Watch a behind-the-scenes feature for the only new CBS show I plan on watching.

S#!t My Dad Says: Based on the twitter handle and starring William Shatner. On paper, it sounds right up my alley!

For info and video on more CBS shows, check out The Live Feed.

SNL: Top 5 sketches from the past season

SNL wrapped it's season last week with another mediocre episode, hosted by Alec Baldwin with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. While the season definitely had a lot of lows, there were some great sketches hidden in the rough. Below are my top 5 moments from the 2009-2010 season.

5. Betty White's Muffin

4. Love Connection

3. Killer Klownz

2. Hamm and Buble

1. Hot for Teacher

Honorable Mention:
Andy Samberg and Reba

Did I leave off your favorite sketch? Let me know in the comments!

Advance Review: MacGruber

Not familiar with MacGruber? For a quick crash course, check out the SNL sketch:

If you enjoyed that sketch, it's pretty much guaranteed you will enjoy the movie. It's fairly short, clocking in at just an hour fifteen minutes, but when you consider it's based on 30-second-long sketches it's pretty impressive they were able to make a full plot line out of it.

With hilarious, inappropriate moments, MacGruber was a whole lot of fun to watch. Some critics are saying it's the best SNL movie since Wayne's World. I don't know about that, but I will say it's the best comedy since The Hangover last year. If you like raunchy humor including everything from fart/anus jokes, hilariously wrong sex scenes, and defacing corpses, you'll laugh throughout.

While I expected Will Forte and Kirsten Wiig to be fully committed to these outlandish characters, I was happily surprised with Ryan Phillippes turn in comedy. While he plays the straight man to Will Forte's MacGruber, he does have a few moments to shine and elicit laughs. One of my favorite moments is when MacGruber uses him as a human shield (it's in the trailer so I'm not spoiling anything). The entire time Ryan is convulsing and just selling that he's getting shot everywhere on that bullet proof jacket. Another highlight for me was the ridiculousness of the celery stick trick.

The comedy is raunchy and the violence is surprisingly graphic, but if you've got that R rating why not just go balls to wall with it, right?

My recommendation: If you enjoyed the trailer or the SNL sketch, you'll love the film. It's not selling itself or trying to be anything other than what it flat out tells you, and you gotta love it for that.

I posted the trailer within my Most Anticipated Summer Movies post, but here it is again for your convenience: