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Friday, March 27, 2015

31 Day SNL Challenge: Dream Host and Musical Guest

This one was tough for me to tackle. Was it asking about any host and any musical guest? Because I'm always down for a Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake episode. But I instead decided to interpret as picking a host who has never hosted before and a musical guest who has never performed before. And you may be asking yourself about the question of death, but this is the "dream" of mine, is it not? Therefore, my long-standing beseechment for Mindy Kaling to host continued and the dream of the world was presented in the mere concept of The Beatles reuniting on an episode of SNL. Now, there's something that wouldn't soon be leaving my DVR.

Stephen Colbert on The Mindy Project

I'm not entirely sure yet, but I think this might be the greatest guest actor in the history of television. (I mean, granted, we just were given a season finale to The Mindy Project that featured both Max Greenfield and B.J. Novak, but still.) Back in February, Colbert traveled to the world of Mindy to portray Father Michael O'Donnell and when the episode aired in March, all my dreams were realized. That episode was the first time I saw Colbert since the series finale of The Colbert Report. That beard...

New Rules for the Emmys

I just want to firmly state my position on this matter before I detail the details. I am one hundred percent in favor of every rule change given to the Emmys. Now, here they are:

  • A comedy series is defined as a show with episodes that run thirty minutes or less.
  • Both the drama and comedy series categories will feature another nominee each, bringing the total amount of candidates in both to seven.
  • The miniseries category is now referred to as the limited series category. Limited series have two or more episodes with at least one hundred fifty minutes of media in one season that tell a complete and non-recurring story.
  • Guest actors may no longer be part of more than fifty percent of a show's running time.
  • The variety series category has split into two factions: talk variety and variety sketch.
  • Membership in the deciding academy has also expanded.
  • Any show that feels misrepresented can file an appeal. (Obviously, Psych would win its appeal, for example.)
This is ultimately for the best. Finally, Orange Is the New Black and Shameless can stop lying to themselves. I really think this is great because the comedy category will be funny and the drama category will be dramatic. I also like the variety series splitting up because now we have the chance of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show winning! It's good all around!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

31 Day SNL Challenge: Favorite SNL Movie

In my mind, there are three good SNL movies: The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, and MacGruber. And then the other eight? Well, I've only seen two of them (A Night at the Roxbury and Wayne's World 2) and while those were just eh, I can't imagine the other six were anything good. Coneheads might have been had it been made in 1977 or something rather than 1993. But there's definitely no way I could sit through an entire movie about Pat or Stuart or Mary Katherine Gallagher. There's no way I could do it. But an entire movie about Jake and Elwood Blues? Well, I'd watch that over and over again. The music? Who thought it ever had a chance at being underwhelming? The story? Phenomenal. Burton Mercer? A great one-off. One of the best movie characters ever. This movie never had a chance to fail, really. I mean, after all, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd were on a mission from God.

This Week's Entertainment by David

The Official Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron

I honestly don't believe that I've ever been this hyped for a movie. Maybe I was this hyped for The Muppets...or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty...or maybe even The Interview. But aside from those three, I honestly can't remember hype so large before. Not even for the first Avengers movie! But now, we're thirty-five days from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and my hype train has been on the tracks for a while. It was only furthered by this amazing poster. Sure, it's your typical action movie poster. Sure, Robert Downey Jr. looks very photoshopped on the Iron Man armor. But it's still great. Mjolnir and Cap's shield are both prominently displayed and Vision is perfectly obscured. The anticipation is real.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

100 Favorite Movies: Recap

This was a great countdown! I really enjoyed doing this. Thoroughly, I did. It was so much fun and I really like the format I set up with poster, description, genre, director, writer, release year, cast, preview. It was just so good. I don't mean to praise myself too much, but I just really like the way this countdown was executed. And look where we are now! I started this in the first quarter of my school year and now I'm eight days away from the fourth quarter. It's pretty crazy beans! Let's recap this crazy journey that began on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.

100. Miss Congeniality
99. Here Comes the Boom
98. Fantastic Mr. Fox
97. Raging Bull
96. Singin' in the Rain
95. Annie Hall
94. Breakfast at Tiffany's
93. The Truman Show
92. Sixteen Candles
91. Anchorman
90. Mary Poppins
89. Vacation
88. Casablanca
87. Rear Window
86. Caddyshack
85. E.T.
84. Moneyball
83. Jaws
82. The Lion King
81. 21 Jump Street
80. Back to the Future
79. Toy Story 2
78. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
77. The Five-Year Engagement
76. Aladdin
75. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
74. Fever Pitch
73. The Naked Gun
72. This Is Where I Leave You
71. The Simpsons Movie
70. The Hangover Part III
69. Wayne's World
68. Die Hard
67. Three Amigos
66. The Dark Knight
65. Mean Girls
64. Men in Black
63. Spider-Man 2
62. Winnie the Pooh
61. The Wizard of Oz
60. Love Actually
59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
58. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
57. Happy Gilmore
56. The Muppet Movie
55. Forrest Gump
54. Grown Ups
53. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
52. The Blues Brothers
51. New Year's Eve
50. The Way Way Back
49. The Hangover
48. The Empire Strikes Back
47. Dodgeball
46. A Christmas Story
45. Zoolander
44. Harold and Maude
43. Happy Feet
42. Drinking Buddies
41. Cinderella Man
40. Moonrise Kingdom
39. Trading Places
38. 12 Angry Men
37. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
36. Big
35. Clue
34. Guardians of the Galaxy
33. Finding Nemo
32. Christmas Vacation
31. Lilo and Stitch
30. Toy Story
29. The Shawshank Redemption
28. Shrek
27. The Muppets
26. To Kill a Mockingbird
25. Monsters Inc.
24. Jeff Who Lives at Home
23. Our Idiot Brother
22. Ratatouille
21. The Princess Bride
20. Saving Mr. Banks
19. Ghostbusters
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
17. Ocean's Eleven
16. This Is the End
15. Tower Heist
14. The Emperor's New Groove
13. Home Alone
12. Dead Poets Society
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. 50 First Dates
8. Elf
7. The Breakfast Club
6. Jurassic Park
5. Toy Story 3
4. The Avengers
3. Airplane!
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
1. It's a Wonderful Life

And I'd watch them all again!