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Rewind the DVR – Week of 1/24

Pardon my briefs (actually they’re boxers), but I just endured my first full day of work outside the house in over three years and I’m still in sort of dazed and confused state of mind (minus the drugs).

Here’s what I watched last week with a review of each…

Sunday, January 24th
Whatever Lifetime Movie Was on Opposite of the Saints/Vikings game –it was a touching movie about a woman who was physically abused by her mailman who turned out to be her long lost son who she gave up at birth because she was battling an eating disorder after having to watch her mother die from an infected papercut.  Tragic stuff.  Ok, I was watching Brett Favre end his career again in shame, and his wife Deanna looking as if she was ready to sign the divorce papers if he put her and the rest of America through the retire/not retire ordeal again.  The game was really good, not great as others are quick to call it, but if the Saints don’t win the Super Bowl, this NFC title game will be eventually forgotten.
EPISODE (GAME) GRADE: B+

Here’s what else I watched this week. Continue reading

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Thanks for the good feedback on the first Fischer’s Friday Five (Top 5 Movies of 2000s). Can’t believe how many people were disappointed that I didn’t include The Departed on the list. I will say that if there was a second tier honorable mention list, it would have made the cut, along with; Best In Show, The Queen, The Bourne franchise, Ocean’s 11, Inglourious Basterds, Traffic, Meet The Parents, Minority Report and Lost In Translation. Sorry Gladiator fans, the movie just hasn’t held up for me over the years.

Speaking of movies, if you haven’t yet voted for the first round of the Funniest Movies of All-Time, um, I guess go vote would be the general point I am trying to make here.

Last week I gave you the best movies of the past decade, so it’s only fitting to move to the small screen and give you the best television shows the past decade had to offer. I have a strong feeling that Joey, According to Jim and the show about the Geico Cavemen are just gonna miss out on cracking the five best.

I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five for the week… Continue reading

Rewind The DVR – Week of 1/17

Seriously, is there a better invention than the DVR?  Since I don’t get a chance to watch most shows live, being able to record and watch at a later date is fantastic.  More importantly, being able to skip over commercials and not have to see terrible previews for movies like When In Rome (early favorite for worst movie of 2010) makes it all the worthwhile.

Here’s what I watched last week…

Sunday, January 17th
Golden Globes – given that I already knew who won before watching, I kind of just watched this with my finger on the fast forward button most of the time.  Ricky Gervais continued his streak of not resonating with America (see Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and Extras as examples).  The highlights I enjoyed were seeing Glee win best TV comedy, The Hangover win best movie comedy and Meryl “T-Bone” Streep’s acceptance speech.  Lowlights included Drew Barrymore’s fake nervousness, Kevin Bacon’s bumbling drunk speech and Alec Baldwin’s no-show (seriously, how do you have a prior obligation on a night when you know you’re going to win?)
EPISODE GRADE:  C-

24 (part I) – sooo good to have Jack back.  I’ve been a huge fan of this show before it even debuted 9 years ago.  Having seen the movie Nick of Time in the late 90s, I loved the concept of that movie taking place in real-time.  So it was only natural to expect good things out of 24, and it definitely did not disappoint.  At least not for six years.  The first five seasons made for great television, but the show got lazy in season six and recycled storylines.  Last season improved drastically, so I was optimistic for this year.  It was a decent first two hours, nothing too exciting.  Surprisingly, I actually liked Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character as the potential “new Jack Bauer” of the futuristic CTU (how much did that set cost?).  Kim wasn’t running away from a mountain lion, so that’s another positive.  I could do without the side story of Dana’s fake identity (also, what’s the big deal about Katee Sackhoff, she’s a terrible actress and in the same category with Jeri Ryan of “women who I don’t understand why people find them sexy”).
EPISODE GRADE:  C+

More importantly, for a great recap, check out the highly recommended OCD Chick’s live blog, Part I

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