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Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies (Finals – VOTE NOW!)

The finals are set, and say what you will about Bravo’s terrible list of movies, but it’s going to be #1 vs. #2 for the first time ever in Tournament Showdown history.  Granted, this is the first showdown, but still didn’t expect to have the top two face off this soon.

Unfortunately we must say goodbye to two classic comedies, as both Airplane! and There’s Something About Mary both got tripped up in the Final Four and will have to settle for playing for the bronze.

Here’s the recap of the previous round…

FINAL FOUR RESULTS (with percentage of overall vote listed after the winner)

(1) Animal House – 67% def. (5) Airplane!

(2) Caddyshack – 57% def. (3) There’s Something About Mary

So now it’s time to vote in the Finals (and Consolation) for the funniest movie of all-time and again your votes will determine a winner. Take a few seconds to look over the matchups and vote for your choice to be declared the FUNNIEST MOVIE OF ALL-TIME.  Voting for this round is open until next Sunday night 10pm (est).

Pop the popcorn, turn down the lights and let’s decide together which movies make us laugh the most.

In case you missed the original reason behind this tournament, click here. Or if you want to see my take on previous rounds, check out my posts for the final four, elite eight, sweet sixteen, second round, the top half of the first round bracket, and the bottom half of the first round bracket.

And now the finals!!!

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

(1) Animal House vs. (2) Caddyshack

MY VOTE: Caddyshack – I was hoping Airplane! would have been here, but if you’re asking me to choose between these two classic, both from around the same era, it’s an almost no-brainer to me.  I’ve said enough about these two laugh out loud films, so now it’s up to you to make the final call.  Good luck to both competitors.

CONSOLATION MATCH

(3) There’s Something About Mary vs. (5) Airplane!

MY VOTE: Airplane! – a good undercard bout, as you’ve got a film catered to two different generations with the same sense of humor.  However, Airplane was my favorite going in to the tournament.

Happy voting!

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Before I get to this week’s top five, just wanted to address a few things regarding American Idol. For starters, apparently there are no boys or men (or Boyz II Men) voting this year, otherwise Janell Wheeler and Ashley Rodriguez would still be around at least another week. But no, now I have to deal with Paige Miles’ strong bladder and Lacey Brown’s 17 different voices another week. Obviously Janell and Ashley weren’t going to win Idol this year, but they were pleasant to the eyes even if they weren’t pleasant to the ears. Tyler Grady and Joe Munoz on the other hand, well, Joe definitely had no shot of winning, but Tyler had such high praise from one reader. Great call by Robbie S. in North Carolina who predicted he would win the whole thing. Once again folks, don’t smoke pot and watch Idol at the same time, nothing good can come of it.

Also, I will not be doing a weekly recap blog of the results show. Actually, here, from now on you can use my Mad Libs-esque template to write your own results show recap blog…

Tonight, on the Results Show, the remaining contestants together sang _____ (name of song), it sounded like ______ (something terrible and possibly feces-related). Then Seacrest announced who was safe. I can’t believe _____ (contestant) didn’t get eliminated, since their performance was like ______ (name of torture device). After that, we got treated to _____ (former Idol contestant whose career never took off) performing their new single. I wonder what is on ______ (name of another network). Then we got to see the Idol’s Ford video of the week. I can’t believe they made _____ (name of contestant) look like ______ (expletive deleted). Afterwards, _______ (name of current artist who’s looking to sell more records), performed and then we had to wait thru another commercial to find out who’s going home. Finally, Seacrest dragged out the last results to tell us _______ (name of contestant who unless is Jennifer Hudson or Chris Daughtry, will probably not go on to have much of a career unless they do _______ (name of nudie magazine)) has been eliminated. Everyone cries, except Simon, then’s there’s a video package, and roll credits. Stay tuned for an all-new ______ (name of FOX show that would struggle in the ratings if it wasn’t on after Idol).

And with that, I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five… Continue reading

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Guy’s Night Out)

So after a slightly underwhelming start by the ladies last night, it’s the dawg pound’s turn to take the stage tonight, and since I’m still suffering from a wicked head cold, feeling achy and I’m being fake-sponsored by Nyquil again tonight, I’m going to try make this quick so I get to bed at an early hour. Who am I kidding, I just want to be done by 10, so I can catch the mini-marathon of Cougar Town.

Looking back to last week, here’s how I ranked the 12 guys going into tonight. And it’s official, Michael Lynche is here to stay! Chris Golighty, not so much.

MY TOP 12 GUYS
1. Andrew Garcia
2. Lee Dewyze
3. Michael Lynche
4. Casey James
5. Tyler Grady
6. John Park
7. Alex Lambert
8. Toderick Hall
9. Aaron Kelly
10. Tim Urban
11. Jermaine Sellers
12. Joe Munoz

In the biggest non-surprise of the evening, Andrew Garcia has got the pimp spot (going last). In the biggest actual surprise, Casey James is NOT wearing a blue shirt. Biggest upset since Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson. And with that it’s go time as Seacrest tells us…”this…is….stop it Simon” (uhhh, ok).

Also, what’s up with Kara this season? She’s being very clingy next to Simon just hanging on his every word and looking to stroke his face like Chris Farley did to that muffin in Tommy Boy. Simon’s kind enough to give us his thoughts on the guys saying they looked nervous during rehearsal and if they forget their lyrics tonight or show their nerves, then their careers are over. Always encouraging words from the Brits. Continue reading

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Ladies Night)

I’m going to start off by making an excuse. Tonight’s blog might be shorter than most nights since I’m feeling whatever is lower than “under the weather” and more importantly, it’s Maggie’s birthday today! So I’m only going to give a brief recap in between trying to not cough and sneeze on the birthday girl. What can I say, I’m a very loving husband!

But almost as important as Maggie’s birthday, it’s time to start voting on American Idol, as we begin the drawn out 3 week process of taking the current 24 final contestants and whittling them down to Top 12. To do that though we have to get rid of six girls and six guys who will be forever be banished into the world of obscurity along with names such as Jesse Langseth, Ricky Braddy, Luke Menard, Asia’h Epperson. See, I told ya, no one has seen these people since not making the final 12.

Up first tonight are the 12 ladies. Two of which will be gone by Thursday. So let’s admire Ellen’s lovely man suit and hope for the best tonight.

Before they start singing, here were my “preseason” predictions of the Top 12 girls, which I’m sure will look terrible in about three weeks.

MY TOP 12 GIRLS
1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Didi Benami
3. Katie Stevens
4. Ashley Rodriguez
5. Janell Wheeler
6. Haeley Vaughn
7. Katelyn Epperly
8. Siobhan Magnus
9. Lily Scott
10. Lacey Brown
11. Michelle Delamor
12. What’s Her Face (Paige Miles)

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Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies (Final Four – VOTE NOW!)

The final four is set, and it’s three oldies and a fourth movie that can be considered new compared to the others even though it’s over 10 years old.

With the elite eight voting is over only four movies remain in their quest to be called the Funniest Movie of All-Time. Four of the top five overall seeds of the tournament, #1 Animal House, #2 Caddyshack, #3 There’s Something About Mary and #5 Airplane! all advanced to the semifinals. All but Caddyshack won easily, as the second overall barely escaped upset at the hands of the 10 seed The Naked Gun, thus robbing us of a potential all-Zucker final.

Here’s the recap of the previous round…

ELITE EIGHT RESULTS (with percentage of overall vote listed after the winner)

(1) Animal House – 69% def. (8) Blazing Saddles
(5) Airplane! – 56% def. (13) Old School

(3) There’s Something About Mary – 85% def. (38) Meet the Parents
(2) Caddyshack – 52% def. (10) Naked Gun Series

So now it’s time to vote in the Final Four the funniest movie of all-time and again your votes will determine a winner. Take a few seconds to look over the matchups and vote for your choice in each to advance to the finals. Voting for this round is open until Sunday night 10pm (est), with voting for the final four to be opened immediately afterwards.

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Fischer’s Friday Five

While out to eat last weekend celebrating Valentine’s Day, at one point during the meal, Maggie says to me “you should do top 5 fast food restaurants for the next Fischer Friday Five.”  A good idea, especially considering how many different fast food joints I’ve eaten at over the years.  Then on Monday, I received this email from Wil in Chicago, “Jarrett, can I have a request for your top5 friday sometime to do your top5 fast food chains.”

Now obviously based on Wil’s fantastic grammar, he’s probably someone who’s eaten a lot of fast food over the years, but more importantly, the coincidence was too good to look past, so…I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my top five…

FIVE BEST FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS

Just for the record, I didn’t take Maggie to a fast food restaurant for Valentine’s Day, I’m not that tacky. Instead, we ate standing next to a burrito truck, best $3 I’ve ever spent. (Actually where we ate will be a future restaurant review, and let’s just say I’m going to be even more cynical than normal).

So for this Friday Five, several factors need to be taken into play. First and foremost, it has to be at a place I’ve eaten at a minimum of a dozen times, it only seems fair that I give a place ample opportunities to provide me with food poisoning. Unfortunately for the west coast people, I’m going to have to disqualify places like Jack In A Box and In N’ Out. And also this means that Maggie’s personal favorite, Zaxby’s (which is essentially Chik-Fil-A on crack), isn’t eligible for consideration, but I will say that it is really good and I’m thinking about make the 4 hour drive to the closest one right after this. Second factor is the restaurant’s diversification. I like to have choices, whether it’s for the main part of the meal, or a side dish. Third, cleanliness of the restaurant…uh, nevermind. Fourth factor is a word I’m making up – “cravability” – basically meaning it’s they type of place that at times can make me want to crave their food. Please do not mistake this with “crapability” – which is also a factor I suppose to consider.

Honorable Mention: Burger King (should never have changed their fries), Arby’s (more places should serve curly fries), Quizno’s (better than Subway), Bojangles (100x better than Popeye’s and KFC) and Nathan’s (the best place to eat at on the Jersey Turnpike)

Dishonorable Mention: Checkers (haven’t forgiven them for serving me raw chicken strips 10 years ago) Continue reading

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Top 24 Revealed)

In case you missed last night’s recap, where Idol was cruel enough to make me watch for two hours and only getting to find out 7 out of the 24 who made it through.

So tonight, we’ll either learn who the last 17 finalists are, or they’ll use the hour-long show to reveal only one more finalists and then we’ll have to tune in another 16 nights to learn the rest.

Here’s who is has already been told they’re about to be famous beginning next week…

GUYS
1. Michael Lynche (although maybe for the wrong reasons)
2. Casey James
3. Aaron Kelly
4. Lee Dewyze
5. Toderick Hall
(7 guy spots remain)

GIRLS
1. Didi Benami
2. Katelyn Epperly
(10 girl spots remain)

Unfortunately, the only people who are for sure not making the Top 24 are Shelby Dressel and Jessica “I just threw the worst temper tantrum on national TV when I got the bad news and am now very off-putting for future auditions and for men to date me” Furney.

Before the next spots are filled, here’s a look back to my power rankings thru last night, which are sure to change after tonight…

POWER RANKINGS (thru last night)
1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Andrew Garcia
3. Didi Benami
4. Katie Stevens
5. Ashley Rodriguez
6. Lee Dewyze
7. Janell Wheeler
8. Michael Lynche
9. Haeley Vaughn
10. Casey James
11. Katelyn Epperly
12. Mallorie Haley*
13. Tyler Grady
14. John Park
15. Siobhan Magnus
16. Alex Lambert
17. Thaddeus Johnson
18. Toderick Hall
19. Lily Scott
20. Aaron Kelly
21. Tori Kelly
22. Jeff Goldford
23. Tim Urban
24. Chris Golightly

37 contestants are still waiting to learn their fate, so here we go…. Continue reading