Quotable Callan

My new favorite guilty pleasure is the old British TV show Callan, from the late ’60s-early ’70s, with Edward Woodward as a wound-up, bitter spy railing in Shakespearean tones against his superiors and the system. The show combines soap operatic acting with some surprising nimble dialogue that rises to (or at least aspires to) the [...]

Cinequest Mar 4, Meet, Greet and Critique

Hung out at the lounge on the second floor of San Jose Rep and met Corpse Run‘s director John-Michael Thomas, who is proceeding onward to the Phoenix Film Festival; this self-taught filmmaker was talking about how he cast star Brea Grant right before she went up to the big time in TV’s Heroes. He [...]

V for Vicar

I’m not embarrassed by what I watch, listen to or read, but if I had a covert comedy shame lately, it would be The Vicar of Dibley. It’s like a secret virgin treasure. It’s so damn cute and just the lamest sitcom ever. (And it’s easily available on DVD.)
The series follows the inhabitants of Dibley, [...]

Everything I know about life I learned from Seinfeld

It just keeps happening, years after Seinfeld went off the air. On Aug. 28, news comes from London that a slice of 27-year-old cake from Princess Di marriage to Prince Charles was hawked at auction for 1,200 pounts (what? about $2,500 dollars).  The auctioneer is quoted as saying, “The slice of cake icing is in [...]

Lost: “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2″

I called it back in January. The man in the coffin. “Jeremy Bentham.”

(Spoilers after the jump)

Lost: “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1″

Part one of the two-part season finale, “There’s No Place Like Home,” barely delves into the most intriguing aspect of last week’s captivating “Cabin Fever,” Locke’s plan to move the island (they’re saving that one for next time). The hour functions more as setup for what’s bound to be a gripping two-hour installment that the [...]

Lost: “Cabin Fever”

I’m going to keep it short because I’m preoccupied with another project at the moment, plus this episode is so remarkable I’ve been rendered speechless. It even resurrected my favorite recurring Lost catchphrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” That line is to Locke the one-time preemie/ex-paraplegic/perennial outcast what “B.A.D.: Balls, Attitude, Direction” was [...]

Lost: “Something Nice Back Home”

On Tuesday’s American Idol, Paula Abdul revealed she’s a time traveler when she gave Jason Castro her critique of a performance he hadn’t done yet.

There could only be one explanation for that and other instances of erratic behavior.

She’s been exposed to electromagnetic radiation, and it’s caused her to become unstuck in time and utter creepy, [...]

Lost: “The Shape of Things to Come”

Welcome back, smoke monster. We missed you. Oh yeah, and we missed you too, show.

When we last left Lost in March:

-Alex (current Maroon 5 video chick Tania Raymonde), her boo Karl (Blake Bashoff) and the mother she just recently discovered, Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan), were ambushed while hiding from the freighties.

-Ben ordered his spy on [...]

Lost: “Meet Kevin Johnson”

Welcome back, Walt’s Angry Dad. I didn’t miss you.

And will you keep it down? Stop shouting. Too loud, man, too loud. My St. Pat’s hangover. Still haven’t recovered.

(Spoilers after the jump)