News Around the Net
So Seinfeld premiered twenty-five years ago last week? Holy cow. Here’s a great look back at the beginning of the show. This is an interesting assessment of the show’s influence by noting, counter-intuitively, Seinfeld’s lack of imitators. This is also worth your time: The New York Post’s list of Seinfeld’s 25 greatest contributions to the English language.
Somehow Community has once again escaped cancellation and is now so close to the attainment of the “Six Seasons and a Movie” dream. Nice to see this much-loved (though I guess little-watched) show dodge death once again.
Devin Faraci’s reviews of the Transformers film series are absolutely hilarious. His review of the latest debacle, Age of Extinction, is here. After reading that, I encourage you to travel back in time through the terrible-ness, and enjoy his review of the third film, Dark of the Moon, as well as the second film, Revenge of the Fallen, which Mr. Faraci correctly identifies as one of the worst films ever made. These are very funny pieces as well as astute dissections of why these films have been such disappointments.
Alan Sepinwall has another great “TV Rewind” column, this one looking back at “Thanksgiving Orphans,” a classic season 5 episode of Cheers. (It’s the one that ends with the huge food-fight.) Now I need to go back and re-watch that episode immediately.
I still love listening to Kevin Smith spin yarns, but it’s been a bit of a stretch since I was last excited for one of his films. (I still haven’t seen his last flick, Red State. I’m curious to watch it one of these days, but it’s been a low priority for me.) I don’t have any clue what to make of his latest film, Tusk, a horror film inspired by one of his podcasts. Like the new poster, though.
The apocalypse is un-cancelled! Pacific Rim 2 is actually happening? I have mixed feelings. I love Guillermo del Toro and if he has another story to tell in this universe then I’m game. Still, while the first film was a visual feast and the action was amazing, I felt the story fell way short. I hope the sequel, if it really gets made, has more interesting characters anchoring the story.
This is a fantastic interview with phenomenal actor Alan Tudyk, in which he discusses several of his roles in-depth, as well as his commitment to never playing the same role twice… except for that one time.
Might Rom: Spaceknight of Galador might once again be published as a comic book? Don’t tease me, Marvel!! (Boy did I love that comic as a kid…)
Would you like to read a list of every last song mentioned in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series? Thank me later.
Have a great day everyone!!