Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ukranian Street Fighters

Oh Ukranians . . . Why fight like this? In broad daylight? While drunk? And with spectators? Oh, it's for my own personal amusement? Then carry on, please. This fight is almost epic. It runs for a good five minutes, interrupted here and there by Ukranians of saner (or should I say sober) minds who try to break up the fight . . . repeatedly. I don't know what sparked this dust up, but does it really matter? I didn't think so. If someone does speak the language and wants to translate what is being said, then please, be my guest. Drop something in the comments section below. Shine some light on this. Or not. It's enjoyable either way.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Road Trailer #2

"The Road" looks like the bleak and grimy holiday fare I need to cut the saccharine sweetness that Hollywood tends to pump out towards the end of the year. Based on the even bleaker novel written by Cormac McCarthy (author of "No Country for Old Men"), "The Road" tells the story of a man and his son trying to stay alive after a global apocalypse wipes out most of humanity leaving not much more than a wasteland behind. Sounds like my cup of tea.

It also helps that this movie has a pretty impressive cast including Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. This movie is directed by John Hillcoat, the guy that directed Guy Pearce in the Australian western "The Proposition", which was also bleak and grimy. I'm starting to see a pattern here. In any case, this should be good. Make sure to check out the trailer and make a date to balance out the holiday cheer with some post-apocalyptic somberness.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

BAFW TV Guide - Fringe

Fringe
Fringe is the best show I'm not currently watching on TV. I do catch myself up on FOX.com, but Thursday nights are pretty busy when it comes to TV and there are too many conflicts for my DVR to handle. But, that's not to say you should miss this show. It's fantastic. And the scope of the story is just beginning to become realized.

In case you are new to this show, it's basically an FBI procedural show with an inter-dimensional twist. While the show started out a little bit on the X-Files-ish (another great FOX genre show), it has now taken a life of it's own by putting the viewer in the middle of a burgeoning war between our unsuspecting dimension and another, more insidious version. Trying to make sense of it is an FBI agent (played by Anna Torv) who gets mixed up with this and begins investigating weird cases that seem to be all somewhat connected by something that was referenced in the first season as "The Pattern".

Now in it's second season, "Fringe" is ramping up the speed and the strangeness. But it's not at all a bad thing, as the first season ended in a bit of a cliffhanger and season 2 just hits the ground running (or rolling if you watched the first episode of this current season). If you've missed it so far, make sure you pick up the DVD and then head on out to FOX's website to watch this season's missed episodes. "Fringe" doesn't disappoint and actually has an excellent cast of characters, even if Pacey from fucking "Dawson's Creek" is involved. Joshua Jackson is actually quite good here, so don't hold it against the show.

"Fringe" airs on Thursday nights. Check your local listings for actual times.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Firefly Fans Rejoice for a Minute or So


I've been watching "Castle" frankly at first because of Nathan Fillion's involvement. I've continued to watch because it's also very entertaining. Yes, I am a disappointed "Firefly" and "Serenity" fan that thought the show and the movie were unfairly treated by the mainstream TV-watching and movie-going public. But, in this week's episode of "Castle", it seems that Fillion decided to throw us fans a bone by donning the Mal Reynolds outfit at the beginning of their Halloween episode, and then had a rather comical exchange with his TV daughter on the show. It was great, and something that both my wife and I laughed at and knowingly grinned at when we both saw it.

Sure, it's taken me a couple of days to get this post out, since the show airs on Monday nights, but that's the beauty of DVR right? I don't have to watch the show when it actually airs. "Castle" is currently in it's second season. I'm sure you can get the first season out on DVD and catch yourself up on ABC's website if you missed any other episodes from this current season.

And this should count as another BAFW TV Guide entry. But then the title of the post would be too large. Fuck it. This one is for the Browncoats.

Trailer Time - Black Devil Doll

"Black Devil Doll" is a movie that had escaped my knowledge up until now. Looks like it came out in 2008 and is currently out on DVD. So, if anyone out there was thinking of getting me a kick-ass Christmas present, this would be it. I mean, I wouldn't turn down a Lamborghini, but I'm sure I wouldn't enjoy it as much as this movie. Check out the extremely NSFW trailer, preferably from the comfort of your own home or unsupervised computer terminal. The disclaimer/warning at the end is just hilarious. This thoroughly offensive movie looks like something I would love to watch. Let me know if anyone has seen this and if it's worth it. Just drop your comments in the . . . hmm . . . "comments" section?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

BAFW TV Guide - Flash Forward

Flash Forward
This is a brand new hour-long show for the Fall 2009 season. Based on a book of the same name, "Flash Forward" tells the tale of a global event where everyone blacks out for just over 2 minutes (127 seconds) and sees a glimpse of their future 6 months from now. The show, playing on ABC on Thursday evenings, looks impressive at times thanks to a generous budget (it shows). It's not as action packed as I was expecting, but the slow unraveling of the mystery is keeping me hooked in right now.

The cast does a fairly decent job. There are a couple of "Lost" cast members that make up the ensemble cast here. No relation to their previous work on that other ABC show. When it comes down to it, if you're looking for a drama with a sci-fi twist, "Flash Forward" doesn't disappoint. There are about 5 episodes so far, with more to come. Check your local listings for times. And catch yourself up over at ABC.com if you still haven't had a chance to watch this yet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BAFW TV Guide - New Comedies Fall 2009

I've been missing for some time from this page. I'd like to say I was doing interesting things in exotic locales . . . but it's mostly been watching the boob-tube. And by that, I mean television, not a freaky-deaky porn site that is similar to YouTube in it's ease of use. But, we're straying from the subject at hand.

Community
"Community" is a new comedy on NBC that plays during their Thursday night block of comedy. It's one of the best half hours of hilarity out right now if you wanted my personal opinion (which I'm guessing is why you're actually taking the time to read this). "Community" stars the great Joel McHale who basic cable TV viewers will know from E's "The Soup". He's part of an ensemble cast that includes Chevy Chase, who is also hilarious in this show. Pretty much the whole cast brings a little something different to the show, set in a fictional community college, and so far, it's always been consistently great. If you haven't jumped on board yet, please do. You're missing out.

Modern Family
The next new comedy of this fall season that I have been thoroughly enjoying is ABC's "Modern Family". This show plays on Wednesday nights (tonight if you're reading this the day that I posted it) and it's also something you can't afford to miss. Otherwise, you'd be comedy bankrupt. There's a lot of funny people in this show, notably the great Ed O'Neill, who you will remember from "Married with Children". Here, he's paired up with a Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (who many male individuals of Hispanic descent will remember from helping them get through puberty). They make up 1/3 of the family portrayed in "Modern Family". The other couples include a gay couple that just adopted a Chinese baby and a more traditional family with a father that tries too hard to be his kids' friends. The scene in the first episode where he's detailing his knowledge of text abbreviations was "LOL". Even though my description isn't doing the show much justice, trust me when I tell you that you need to DVR or TiVo this show ASAP.

BAFW TV Guide will return within the next couple of days where I will talk about new dramatic shows I've been checking out for the first time and enjoying. It might not even take 14 days to come up with a new post. Keep your eyes peeled . . . figuratively speaking. You need those puppies for TV viewing.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Misinformation Station

I just saw this as I was making my rounds around the interwebs today. It's a little strange that a place designed for entry is so adamant about not letting anyone perform said entry into it. I'm not sure where this would be located, but I'm pretty sure I want to evade this locale at all costs. If this is how they run this particular public service, I shudder to think about how everything else is run in that town/city.
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