Friday, July 29, 2011


2011 Girls of TV Champion
Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory

Congratulations to Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory for being crowned the 2011 Girls of TV winner. She knocks out Happy Endings' Elisha Cuthbert to claim her title. Check back next summer (I think) to see if she can hold on to her title.

Thanks to everyone who participated, especially the five of you that voted each and every time. I ranged from around a 14 as a high to a low of five during this bracket game.

This was a little more difficult and time consuming than I thought it was going to be, but I had fun nonetheless. Anyway, I have included a poll below. I promised that if I had a decent amount of turnout (which I did most days) I would consider a Guys of TV. So, give me a vote and I will consider doing it - if there will be a decent amount of participation (plus, I will need some help with the guys of the game to get started).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Girls of TV: Cuthbert vs. Cuoco

The finals are officially here. It has been a long journey and during the votes we have experienced some ups and downs in voting, which may have hurt the outcome of a few matchups, but we got two lovely ladies in our finals and one will be crowned the best on tv.

Over the course of a month we have chopped through 40 beautiful women on television. There were many blow outs and winners by a single vote, and a few upsets along the way, but we are finally at the end and here are the two ladies that you have voted to be in the finals.

Lots of votes today for our winner, I hope! Enjoy!

(1) Elisha Cuthbert

Cuthbert is currently playing Alex on ABC's Happy Endings. Through her journey to the finals she knocked off The Office's Ellie Kemper, Community's Alison Brie, Shameless's Emmy Rossum and Bones's Emily Deschanel.

(1) Kaley Cuoco

Cuoco is currently playing Penny on CBS's The Big Bang Theory. On her way to the finals she beat Fringe's Anna Torv, Harry's Law Brittany Snow, How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders and Gossip Girl's Blake Lively.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Who? What? Where? #33

Well, we have a new player in the second place position. Dylan
comes through two weeks in a row to correctly identify Jenna Elfman in the picture to the left as The Angel Stripper in Can't Hardly Wait.

Oh where, oh where is Matt and Jess?

Anyway, congratulations to Dylan. Just four points behind first place. Good luck!

The concept is simple: each week I will place a photograph of a character within a film. It is up to you (the participant in the game) to tell me the following:

1) The name of the actor (or what the actor goes by in his acting profession).

2) The name of the character in the movie.

3) And, the name of the movie.

Each correct answer gets you a point - so if you get all three correct on a given week, you can get three points. I will keep a running chart each and every week. As of now, this will be played for bragging rights only - but we shall see what the future holds.

So here is week #33:

Jess - 26 points
Dylan - 22 points
Matt - 20 points
Mad Hatter - 17 points
Nick - 6 points
Mrs. Kano - 5 points

Girls of TV: Cuoco vs. Lively

Elisha Cuthbert is the first of our finalists. Who will be the second? Your vote may decide.

Cuthbert knocks off Bones' Emily Deschanel in easy fashion and lands in our finals. Today it's Cuoco vs. Lively which I am sure will be a much closer vote.

Two days left of voting to crown our champion. Enjoy!

(1) Kaley Cuoco

Cuoco lands herself in the semifinals with a victory over How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders in the quarterfinals. Cuoco stars in The Big Bang Theory as Penny.

(2) Blake Lively

Lively slipped by Breakout King's Serinda Swan to move into today's semifinal matchup. She is currently starring as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Girls of TV: Cuthbert vs. Deschanel

We made it to the semifinals. And, Blake Lively slips in by a single vote knocking out Breakout King's Serinda Swan.

Just three more days of voting left. So make sure to get your voices heard. Enjoy!

(1) Elisha Cuthbert

Cuthbert secured her spot in the semifinals with a victory over Shameless's Emmy Rossum. Currently starring as Alex on ABC's Happy Endings.

(5) Emily Deschanel

Deschanel was the lowest seed (5) to make it to the semifinals. She lands here with a victory over Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck. Deschanel is currently 'Bones' on Fox's Bones.

Tuesday's With Movies: 7/26/11

Source Code: This reminds me a lot of Deja Vu starring Denzel Washington, at least from the trailers. I will still give it a shot, the Washington film was at least decent. Also seems to have a bit of Quantum Leap in it - which I watched when I as younger. So, I will try this out when it gets here.

Trust: As much as I enjoy social networking, and could possibly be lost without Facebook, this is one of the things about it that frightens me the most. As I know have a child, and will probably have more, the threat of something happening to them due to an online predator scares me to death. This movie dives into that fear.

Ironclad: Well, this one snuck right past me. I honestly never heard one peep about this film upon its release, nor its release on DVD. Anyway, stars Paul Giamatti and Kate Mara, and is set in the 13th Century. As of now, no true interest in seeing it, but perhaps in the future.

Dylan Dog: Apparently a private detective for the undead. Yeah, not for me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trailer: In Time

This looks interesting. Justin Timberlake continues to broaden his acting scope.

Girls of TV: Swan vs. Lively

Today is our last quarterfinals matchup. Getting close to the end now. So who is it going to be?

Well, it won't be Cobie Smulders, she bowed out to Kaley Cuoco in yesterday's matchup. Cuoco lands herself in the semifinals. Who will she be matched up against?

Well, that is up to you. Let's see the votes. Enjoy!

(1) Serinda Swan

Swan lands in the quarterfinals with a victory over The League's Kate Aselton. Fun Swan Fact: Appeared in the music video 'So Happy' from Theory of a Deadman.

(2) Blake Lively

Lively took out Mad Love's Sarah Chalke to land in the quarterfinals. Fun Lively Fact: Also found in a music video for Andy Samberg's band The Lonely Island called 'I Just Had Sex' with Jessica Alba.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Girls of TV: Cuoco vs. Smulders

Five votes? Five votes? Come on people, I know it's the weekend, but we can do much better than that.

Anyway, with three of the five votes Emily Deschanel knocks off Yvonee Strahovski of Chuck and lands herself in the semifinals.

Let's get the voters up. Enjoy!

(1) Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco skunked Brittany Snow in her second round matchup. Fun Cuoco Fact: She was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player.

(6) Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders upset Olivia Wilde by a single vote to land in the quarterfinals. Fun Smulders Fact: Her real name is actually Jacoba, and is our second Canadian remaining.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Girls of TV: Strahovski vs. Deschanel

Another close vote yesterday, but our No. 1 seed Elisha Cuthbert was able to sneak through to the semifinals.

Only two days left of the quarterfinals, keep up the voting. Enjoy!

(2) Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski slipped past The Office's Jenna Fischer to land in the quarterfinals. Fun Strahovski Fact: Speaks both Polish and English after being born in Australia to Polish immigrants.

(5) Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel knocked off our first No. 1 seed in Castle's Stana Katic. Fun Deschanel Fact: She is a vegan, and didn't pay for her pizzas in Spider-man 2.

Friday, July 22, 2011

50x2: 50 Films List #2

The first 50 list is in the books. I had so much fun doing it, and got to watch so many movies, that I decided it should be a new running feature on the blog.

I enjoyed the fact that I had a set list - I was able to watch some movies outside the list, just didn't include those in the list reviews - and it made me sit down and watch them, which helped a lot.

So, I checked my lists once again, and brought in as many recommendations from friends as possible, and came up with my second 50 list.

50 Films x2
127 Hours
500 Days of Summer
All the President's Men
Being John Malkovich
Blade Runner
Brewster's Millions
Brian's Song
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
City of God
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Cool Hand Luke
Eight Men Out
Finding Neverland
Ghost Writer
History of Violence
In Bruges
Kids Are All Right
Lars and the Real Girl
Lost in Translation
Million Dollar Baby
Mystic River
Point Break
Rescue Dawn
Schindler's List
Sherlock Holmes
Shutter Island
Slumdog Millionaire
Smokin' Aces
St. Elmo's Fire
Team America: World Police
True Romance

So, check out for new reviews on these films as I experience them for the first time. Also, as I dive into these, I will also be starting my Tom Hanks-O-Thon. So there will be a mixture of the two lists - and a lot of other stuff - will be coming in the future.

Girls of TV: Cuthbert vs. Rossum

With the final vote of the second round, Serinda Swan moves past Kate Aselton and into the quarterfinals.

Speaking of the quarterfinals, they begin today. Keep up the voting, we're nearing the conclusion. Enjoy!

(1) Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert landed in the quarterfinals with a win over Community's Alison Brie. Fun Cuthbert Fact: She's Canadian: born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

(3) Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum nailed down her place in the quarterfinals with a victory over Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester. Fun Rossum Fact: She is also a singer, releasing her debut album 'Inside Out' in 2007.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

50 Films of 2011: Conclusion

Well, it's all over.

I first started this list to get myself to watch some of the great films I have neglected to see. With the list it forced me to sit down and watch these movies - I knew I would like, if not love, most of them, but for some reason I just never found the time - or never selected these particularly films to check out.

Well, it worked. I was able to watch 50 films that I have been wanting to see, and I did it in a pretty great time frame.

Most of the films were good if not great, but I did manage to have a few less than mediocre films or stinkers.

I liked doing this so much that I have decided this is the perfect way to catch up on many films I have not seen yet. So, I think I am going to make this my new common practice. After each conclusion of a 50 list - I will go back into my list (and get suggestions) for a new 50 list. Which will allow me to catch up on so many films I have missed over the years.

So, here are some of my favorites from the films that I have watched during this original 50 list.

Top 10 Characters
(10) Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford)

Ford stars as Richard Kimble in The Fugitive. He is wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, and accidentally is allowed to escape from custody. During his time on the run he must prove his innocence by finding the man with one arm.

(9) The Geek (Anthony Michael Hall)

On this 50 list I watched both Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. Thanks to characters like Anthony Michael Hall's The Geek, Sixteen Candles blew the other out of the water. He was such a great nerd, but came off with a lot of self-esteem (even if he really didn't have any). His inclusion (along with Long Duk Dong) is one of the many reasons Sixteen Candles is far superior to Pretty in Pink.

(8) Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard)

Again, I feel that The Village takes a lot of heat for being a horrible movie. But, I feel it is just the build up that M. Night Shyamalan's films seem to take ever since Sixth Sense. One of the great performances of the film came from Howard, who portrayed Ivy. She braved the treacherous jungle to go into town and find medication for her boyfriend, all while being blind.

(7) Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal)

As I said before, Gyllenhaal has never jumped off of the screen in anything that I have seen him in before. But, as the titular character in Donnie Darko he did just that. A great performance that I feel he really encompassed all around.

(6) The Bride (Uma Thurman)

Tons of great characters in the Kill Bill series, but the best character is probably the main one. Uma Thurman stars as The Bride who spends the entire length of the two films out for revenge for the murder of her fiance, her unborn baby and the attempted murder on herself.

(5) Teardrop (John Hawkes)

Hawkes stars as Teardrop, the uncle of Jennifer Lawrence's Ree in Winter's Bone. Teardrop is sort of the anti-hero's hero. He doesn't want to get involved in his niece's attempt to track down her father, but his paternal instincts end up getting the best of him.

(4) Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick)

Kendrick needs way more roles like this one as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air. For some reason since this film she has been in small roles in Twilight and Scot Pilgrim. She plays perfectly against a much more seasoned actor in George Clooney, but it was her performance that truly stood out to me.

(3) Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson)

Again, Pulp Fiction has a ton of great characters in it, but it was what Samuel L. Jackson did as Jules Winnfield in his little screen time that truly made the film and his character memorable. He is a hitman with a heart that wants out, and his dialogue (mostly with John Travolta's Vincent) that makes the character standout.

(2) Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer)

I liked Tombstone, but I didn't love it. However, Val Kilmer's portrayal as Doc Holliday made me enjoy the film even more than I would have without him. I watched a lot of Kilmer's films during this list, and he is definitely underused as an actor. He really knocked this character out of the park.

(1) Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)/Col. Hans Landa (Cristoph Waltz)

I just watched Inglourious Basterds, but I don't think that is the reason for marking them the best. They were both so good in their roles that I couldn't really separate them. Waltz is new to me, but he was so evil and likable at the same time in this role. Where Pitt continues to impress as a Jewish-soldier from Tennessee.

Top 10 Films
(10) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

(9) The Fugitive

(8) Frozen River

(7) Walk the Line

(6) Winter's Bone

(5) Up in the Air

(4) The Social Network

(3) Inception

(2) Inglourious Basterds

(1) Pulp Fiction