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Fischer’s Friday Five

Yes, I know it’s Saturday, and I’m sorry I didn’t have a Friday Five yesterday, but unfortunately we had to rush Lucie to the emergency room late afternoon yesterday with heart and liver complications.  Thankfully she’s home now and doing much better, but she needs to go on a radical diet immediately and is on three different types of heart medication to hopefully strengthen her heart and reduce the size of her liver.  Basically she’s fat.  Only 25 lbs, but they say she shouldn’t be any greater than 17 pounds!

So needless to say, she’ll be taking a sabbatical from the blog, which I really don’t mind, because her only contributions have been articles about her love for Mark Harmon and her excessive gas – both of which I can do without.

Back to the Friday Five, thankfully my middle name is Seth, so for one time only (or until I skip the next Friday post again), I give to you a modified column…

I’m Jarrett Seth, It’s Saturday, and here’s my six…

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Thanks to Maggie for filling in for me this week, and since I need to get ready for the Terps ACC Tournament game and a visit from Steiny this weekend, I’m going to go thru this post faster than a fat kid with a slice of cake.

A few days have passed, but I thought the Oscars were pretty much a success. I think it’s kind of funny that we judge the success of the Oscars not necessarily on the winners and losers, but on the job done by the host, or in this cases hosts. Or is it hostii? Or hostesses? Ooh, I could go for some Devil Dogs or Yodels right about now. Back to Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, they did a great job start to finish, and I’m ready to declare them next year’s hosts. If not them, I like the team approach to hosting the Oscars. It’s alot for one person to do, so I’m all for a different pair each year hosting, as long as that pair isn’t Robin Williams and Dane Cook.

Downside to the Oscars was that there wasn’t much suspense. Just about every major award went to who most were predicting leading up to the big show. I still haven’t seen Avatar but I’m glad it lost.  The Hurt Locker was a great compelling movie and good to see the woman who directed Point Break get her overdue award.  Anyone that can make Keanu Reeves act halfway decent should be given an award.

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

TOP FIVE BEST JEFF BRIDGES AND SANDRA BULLOCK FILMS

Sticking with the Oscars theme, it’s good to see two veterans actors get recognized for their careers.  There’s however a glaring difference between the two.  Jeff Bridges has been solid throughout the better part of two decades, with great roles sporadic throughout.  Sandra Bullock on the other hand, in my opinion, hasn’t had a good role or movie in almost 15 years!  Granted, I haven’t seen The Blind Side yet, but if you look at her IMDB.com resume over the last decade, it’s filled with movies that, even if you have seen already if given the choice, you wouldn’t spend the $10 or whatever it is movie theaters charge these days.  However, she did have a good 1990s, so she’s got that going for her.  Continue reading

Fischer’s Friday Five

Since this was a crazy, long, work week for me filled with day-long training seminars, I knew doing a Fischer Friday Five was not going to be in the cards this week.  However, due to a loophole in my self-imposed FFF contract, I was able to call upon a substitute blogger to fill my writing shoes for a week.  It had to be someone that shared the same Fischer name with me, and shared the same bed with me.  Thankfully I don’t have a figure skating sister (::shudder::), so it’s Maggie to the rescue this week.

And with that, She’s Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s her five…

MAGGIE’S TOP FIVE BEST CHILDHOOD CARTOONS

So I gave some thought to what I thought were the most ground-breaking, influential cartoons of my youth, and so many came to mind, it was hard to decide on the five best.  In the end, I had to go with the ones with the most original, random, bizarre stories.  Somehow when I was 5 years old, it all made sense, but looking back now a few years later, I feel like calling my parents and asking them what the hell they were doing while the Gummi Bears were teaching me to drink random test tube drinks a troll gave me in the woods. Continue reading

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).

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Fischer’s Friday Five

There’s this quiet lull in the air now that football season is over. Well, with the exception of Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair yelling at me about why I should care about Colt McCoy, when really all anyone should care about is drafting Tim Tebow. Seriously, he may not be the most NFL-ready QB, or ready at all, but I’d be delighted to have him on my team especially if I was the Rams, Bills or Jaguars (the perfect fit). Heck, even as a Giants fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing him on our team getting a few snaps and mix up our same generic offensive scheme the past four years.

So anyway, did anyone else out there watch the Super Bowl, or was I the only one? I’m sure most of you were watching The Biggest Loser marathon instead. Actually on the heels of last week’s Fischer Friday Five, I expected a great game but I didn’t think there would be THAT moment to crack the top five of greatest Super Bowl moments.

Well, hold on to your hat, because there’s a strong candidate now. No, I’m not talking about Peyton Manning’s pick six to seal the early Mardi Gras, but instead the all-out ballsy on-side kick call by Sean Payton to start the second half, which in effect, turned all the momentum of the game around and set the tone for a great victory.

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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.

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Here’s the simple concept.  Every Friday I’ll put together a Top 5 list of something, anything, whatever random idea comes into my head or suggestion into my mailbox.  You can read along, argue with my choices, or present your own take on the topic, whatever fits you best.  I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five for the week.

TOP FIVE BEST MOVIES OF THE 2000s

Sure I may be late to the party, but it’s never too late to talk about the first decade of the new millennium.  Ok, I imagine if I wrote this a few months now, I’d be toeing the line of “way too late”.  So without further delay, here’s my look back on the 2000s.

Honorable Mention: The Dark Knight, Insomnia, The Prestige, Million Dollar Baby, There Will Be Blood, Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, Love Actually, O Brother Where Art Thou, Inside Man, Wall-E, The Hangover, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2

Batman Begins – do I have man crush on Christopher Nolan?  With two spots on the top 5 list AND another three in the honorable mention (Dark Knight, Insomnia, Prestige), I might be a little obsessed.  While Dark Knight is the more popular of the two, I’ve got to give more props to the original resurrection of the franchise.  Nolan does a great job of telling the back-story of Bruce Wayne and his rise to crime-fightery (I make up words).  Not to mention we got to see Liam Neeson as a badass, and it was even nice to see Katie Holmes free of her shackles for a few hours.  Basically, there is no Dark Knight or Heath Ledger’s awesome Joker performance, without Nolan taking the reigns and making this movie and telling this story first.

High Fidelity – I’m a sucker for a good rom-com (that sounds more like a terrible software company).  You can’t be my age and not appreciate John Cusack.  His parents even cloned him and out came Joan Cusack, just so you’d have someone to compare John to and favor John over.  It’s the type of movie where if you’re in your early twenties and just got out of a bad relationship, you watch and start to see similarities to your own love life (so I’ve heard, not mine of course).  Throw in a not-annoying Jack Black, a funny-looking Tim Robbins cameo, and the themed use of Top 5 lists (my inspiration?) and you’ve got me hooked for 90 minutes.  Plus it has a great soundtrack, not the kind that you rush out and buy afterward, but more so the kind that just suits the movie as you’re watching it.

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