Previously on The Littlest Winslow: Nick started an Epic Film Quest destroying the coolness and validity of all other movietime film quests. He laughed, he cried, he hurled.
It appears I broke another mini-rule. I’m supposed to be watching at least one film per week and then blogging about them almost immediately. Well, there has definitely been some lagtime in between viewings, and I watched this film over a week ago – so “Whoops!” and also “Fuck you”. I’m still dedicated to the quest, though I may have to adapt the rules based on real life, work and other writing requirements. Fear not, Music fans! I shall not bid adieu without glorifying this epic tale of…….singing, dancing and Austria (?).
My viewing of The Sound of Music was perhaps one of the most satisfying so far, to be honest. I felt like I was watching a classic – like I have somehow become a better film fan for having seen it. I thought I’d feel that way about Casablanca, but I didn’t really. In fact, I enjoyed the movie waaaaaay more than I thought I would, with all the singing and dancing and children, which are usually horrible things to me. Musicals tend to be wild cards for me – either I love them (Dr. Horrible, Nightmare Before Christmas) or I loathe them (Grease). I’m not so sure if I’d make a bold statement in saying that I “loved” this one – but dammit – I see the appeal and respect it as a classic!
I actually felt like I’d already seen the damn thing! Between Family Guy parodies, Gwen Stefani songs, and countless other pop culture references and samplings, The Sound of Music was basically already ingrained in my fucking brain. And ya gotta give some cred to Julie Andrews and Chrisopher Plummer (even if he did later admit he didn’t care for the role). Both performances were quality acts and it’s a shame Andrews couldn’t pull off a win for Best Actress at the 1965 edition of the Academy Awards (she lost to Julie Christie for her role in Darling).
I split up my viewing into two sittings. Why? Because this movie is three fucking hours long!? Here lies my only gripe. How is a movie about singing and dancing and scary looking children three hours long? Oh, then Nazis come. I didn’t expect that. Someone should do a tally of how many Best Picture winners and nominees include Nazis into their plot. Casablanca, Schindler’s List, The Sound of Music. This list goes on and on. Why are Nazis such a hot commodity? It’s almost as if the formula for a Best Picture nomination is equal parts Biopic, Drama, Tears, Intrigue…and oh, throw in just a pinch of Nazi at the end! What’s the deal with that, Oscar?
All in all, this is a great film and I encourage non-believers to turn an unsuspecting eye onto Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family. Watch it on Blu-Ray too, while you’re at it. The film restoration was fantastic, making Austria’s hills really come alive visually. Must. Go. To. Austria. Soon.
On that note: So long. Farewell. Insert-German-Words-Here and Goodnight!
Coming up: Midnight Cowboy, Rebecca, a Nazi-plot count and a Countdown Tally.
Every now and then this show comes out of left field with a clip this awesome. It almost beats the Bridgeport, CT slam.
When Emmy nominations were recently announced, many were surprised to find that Family Guy was among the nominees for Best Comedy. The only other animated show to win this category was The Flintstones way back in the Stone Age (Stone Age, get it? Stone? It was a long time ago? Okayyy…)
Family Guy’s rivals? Flight of the Conchords, Entourage, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and Weeds.
And of course, Stewie thinks that Brian should vote for Family Guy.
“You’re going to owe a fortune to the swear jar!”
“I don’t get it…I don’t get why we need another Terminator.”
“My family’s coming around…do you mind pretending I’m the director?”
I can’t stop.
We were all shocked and appalled (and pleasantly tickled) when Stewie beat Brian to a bloody pulp because he wasn’t paid his $5:
Buuuut, I think New Brian got it slightly worse in last night’s episode of Family Guy.
Check out the full episode on Hulu here, or you can fast forward to 20:20 to see what I’m talkin’ about.
It’s about that time: FALL TV IS ABOUT TO BEGIN! This is good for a multitude of reasons, but mostly revolves around the fact that we had a friggin’ STRIKE last year! Now, all our faves are back in action and should hopefully play all year until the months of April or May. This blog will discuss/outline which shows I’ll be watching (and probably writing about!) over the next TV season.
Get ready for a long one. This should be a doozy.
Family Guy, 9 p.m., FOX, Begins: Sept 28th
Yes, The Simpsons are on at 8 p.m., but does anyone honestly care anymore? Stewie and the talking dog is where it’s at! The Simpsons may have paved the way, but the Griffins have clearly surpassed them for primetime’s funniest cartoon family.
Dexter, 9 p.m., Showtime, Begins: Sept 28th
Hands down the most intriguing, morally gray, and dramatic show on television. And also…the best. I don’t have Showtime, but thanks to DVDs and couch-sitting at some friends’ houses I’ve been able to catch up. Can’t wait to see what Dexter will get himself into next.
Entourage, 10 p.m., HBO, Begins: Sept. 7th
Though I’m DVR-ing Season 5 so I can catch up with 4 on DVD, I’ll definitely be keeping up. Just hope the plot doesn’t get even more stale by the time I catch up.
Robot Chicken, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network, Begins: Sept. 7
Mmm. Clay. Um…actually: no comment. This can only get me in trouble.
Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, 8 p.m., Fox, Begins: Sept. 8th
Ok, ok. This wasn’t the best show. The writing was just OK, it’s a TV show based off of movies from forever ago, etc. However, it kept me vested in TV for the duration of the strike AND has the lovable and charming Summer Glau from Serenity and Firefly. I was thinking about letting this one go, but with the addition of Shirley Manson to the cast? Not a chance. Though, this season will surely prove if this show sinks or swims.
How I Met Your Mother, 8:30 p.m., CBS, Begins: Sept. 22nd
In the days of the struggling sitcom, How I Met Your Mother has proved to be witty, smart, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, Alyson Hannigan…what a cast. What a show.
Heroes, 9 p.m., NBC, Begins: Sept 22nd
Kristen Bell remains the only reason I am going to watch this show. With a bloody terrible second season, it almost makes me nauseous that I’m going to waste more time on this…but Kristen!
Beverly Hills, 90210, 8 p.m., The CW, Begins: Sept. 2nd
Yeah, ok. Totally embarassing. But whatever. I probably won’t stick with it, but I’ve got to at least check out the episodes with Shannen Doherty (4 eps).
Fringe, 9 p.m., FOX, Begins: Sept. 9th
Sci-fi show. J.J. Abrams. I’m sold.
Pushing Daisies, 8 p.m., ABC, Begins: Oct. 1st
This show is like The Sixth Sense meets Tim Burton, but in a fairy-tale-like way as opposed to a morbid, scary way. It’s stylish, funny, touching, and well-written! Great cast, great stories…definitely my favorite new show of last season. Check it!
NO PICTURE BECAUSE ITS TOO SHAMEFUL
RW/RR Challenge: The Island, 10 p.m., MTV, Begins: Sept. 10th
I think this is even more embarassing than my 90210 confession. I’m going to go hide in a corner now.
Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS, Begins: Sept. 25th
Last season was AMAZING. I’m glad I started rewatching, and I’ll be glad to catch the Gabon premiere on the 25th.
The Office, 9 p.m., NBC, Begins: Sept. 25th
No explanation needed here.
30 Rock, 9:30 p.m., NBC, Begins: Oct. 30th
Another show I’ve talked about on here quite a bit: 30 Rock is just as funny as it began, and just as smart. I like to think of it as my un-cancelled Arrested Development stand-in.
(*EDIT* EW says that Hulu will air the premiere a full week earlier than its air date. Check that out.)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m., FX, Begins: Sept. 13th
The most underrated show on the air. The funniest show on the air. WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING ITS ALWAYS SUNNY YET!?!?!
1. 24 is BACKKKKKKKKKKKK starting in January, but don’t miss the 2-hour prequel to the 7th season, November 23rd! Party at my house! I can’t wait for this series to return!
2. JOSS WHEDON’s DOLLHOUSE. More on this as it gets closer to debut…
3. I’m not watching Lost. Ok, ok. I might. But if I do at all…I’m DVR-ing 4-6 episodes and watching them in HUGE chunks rather than week-to-week. CAN THIS SHOW END YET!?!?!
4. Scrubs – Moving to CBS for its 8th season due to the strike screwing with the Series Finale.
5. The Cleveland Show – Family Guy spinoff. This is probably going to suck, but I’ll have to check it regardless.
Yes, one could say I’m quite addicted to TV. My DVR is going to explode!
So we wanted to check out a movie and amongst the following options, Pineapple, Tropical Thunder, and Mirrors…we went with Stiller’s war movie spoof. Great cast, trailer looked fantastic…awesome right?
Ok, so remember the Family Guy episode when Stewie watches “Bewitched” with Will Ferrell. Upon finishing the movie he goes to the computer, books a flight to LA, goes to the airport, flies across the country, finds transportation to a hardware store, purchases a ladder, goes to Ferrell’s house, puts the ladder up to the door so he can ring the doorbell, only to punch Ferrell in the face and scream: “THAT WAS NOT FUNNY!”
Tropical Thunder sucked. Hardcore. It was entertaining enough to A) not warrant a walkout and B) not be painful to watch, but nevertheless, it was just NOT. FUNNY.
1. Tom Cruise was fantastic, until they totally killed his one joke.
2. Robert Downey Jr. was fantastic as well.
IT WASN’T FUNNY.
Are ya pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?
Wait for DVD kids. Or rather, just go see Pineapple Express if you’re shopping for some laughs. That’s where I’ll be next week.