What are your favorites?

I participated in a poll from Entertainment Weekly earlier this evening. They asked two questions:

1. What are your top 5 favorite movies of all time?

2. What are you top 5 favorite TV shows of all time?

I started with the movies:

1. Godfather II
2. Godfather I
3. Moonstruck
4. When Harry Met Sally

Then I got to #5. I wasn't sure what to put. I started with The Princess Bride but then thought about the fact that even though I LOVED that movie, I never bought it, so that must mean something. Then I put Shakespeare in Love, but deleted it because even though I LOVED that movie, I don't feel compelled to watch it over and over again. Then I thought about more recent movies that I loved like The Departed or Little Miss Sunshine, but it didn't seem right to count them as favorites of all time since they're so recent. Then I went to my old standby: Terms of Endearment. I loved this movie too, but don't think it's in my top 5 anymore. I finally put The Breakfast Club, which was the first R-rated movie I saw w/o my parents there. My friend's mom bought us the tickets and then left. (I don't think parents can do that anymore). I can quote so much of this movie and watch it every single time I come across it on TV. It meant a lot to me when I was in school, and I "grew up" with it, so, yes, it definitely goes on my list of the top 5:

5. The Breakfast Club

TV shows were a bit easier:

1. Freaks & Geeks
2. Seinfeld
3. Sex and the City
4. Arrested Development
5. Friends

Other contenders: The Sopranos, The Cosby Show, and Friday Night Lights (again, too new to be an all-time favorite, right?)

So, that's it for me. What are your top 5 lists? You can only list 5, but feel free to write long paragraphs of explanation if you need to. :o)


Best new show of last season

I've been touting Friday Night Lights since it began last year, and wish everyone would please watch and push the ratings up so that we don't lose this gem. Luckily, for those who haven't seen it yet, the first season will be available on DVD next week. Universal Home Entertainment is even offering a money back guarantee if you buy it. They stand behind the show that much. Please add it to Netflix, or pick it up at Costco or Target, or whatever you need to do, so you can see this show before it starts again in October. Check out this review from Jen Cheney of The Washington Post - she says it all.


Laugh 'til you cry

On FOX tonight there was a show featuring TV's Funniest Moments as voted on by...somebody. (I didn't see the beginning so don't know who voted.) I only saw the last hour, and I don't necessarily agree with the order, but there were definitely some funny clips in there. One of the funniest things I've ever, EVER seen was this clip from The Carol Burnett Show with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Tim is the dentist, Harvey is the patient. Tim stabs himself several times with the Novocaine, and his acting through the numbness is hysterical. What's even funnier is that Harvey Korman can't keep it together and is laughing just as hard as the audience. Check it out:

Another funny one was this clip from Roseanne where Jackie is telling a hard-of-hearing aunt that Jackie and Roseanne's father passed away. I was ROTFL with this one. (NOTE: the clip I saw this evening was only the first 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the clip below.)

The following clip by Chris Rock was voted #1. I disagree with it being #1 (see above--Tim Conway's funnier), but I did laugh out loud. It's Chris Rock talking about the progress of Black people. Funny stuff.

Talk to Me

Deb and I went to see Don Cheadle as Petey Greene in Talk to Me on Saturday night. It seemed we better hurry and since it'd been out for a few weeks and it wasn't playing in that many theaters, which is a shame. Don Cheadle's performance was fantastic. It is amazing how he can play a role so completely that you forget you're watching Don Cheadle.

My dad remembers seeing Petey Greene on D.C. television all the time when we moved to the area in 1980. I don't remember him (I was 10 and not paying that much attention to the local TV/radio scene), but I felt I got a good sense of the man in watching Don Cheadle's portrayal. I read this morning, however, that Petey Greene's family is upset with the film and says the portrayal was not accurate. They feel he was portrayed as a womanizer and a clown, but I didn't see it that way. I felt the character was someone constantly struggling with his own demons, but who was able to connect with people through his radio and later TV shows. For all we know, he was a womanizer before he met his wife. I don't know what's right, but I do know that I enjoyed the film tremendously.

I was disappointed that it didn't play more widely in the DC area. You'd think it would've been playing everywhere, since Petey Greene was from here, but alas, the closest theater to me that was showing it was a 25-minute drive.

I encourage you to go see it while you can!


It's a girl!

SABRA won SYTYCD!!!! Good for her! I think it was so well deserved. I was exhausted as I was watching the show, so I didn't really pay much attention. I know the judges each chose a routine they'd like to see again--I was surprised we didn't see Lacey & Kameron's first passionate performance. Also, throughout the show, Cat Deeley kept alluding to her upcoming dance with Nigel, "on this stage!" It started to get annoying, because she mentioned it at every commercial break. Finally, the moment came, and instead of Cat and Nigel dancing on stage, we had to watch a bit that JibJab put together. Groan. After all that build up, it was so stupid. I usually get a kick out of the JibJab cartoons, but this one just got on my nerves.

Anyway, I'm thrilled for Sabra. Woo-hoo!!



It was a big show last night with plenty to see. Each of the four finalists performed with each of the others. They also performed solos and one dance with all four of them. How do they remember all that?!

The group dance was a Broadway routine done to "Mein Herr" by Liza Minnelli from the Cabaret soundtrack. All four performed well, but I couldn't take my eyes off of Sabra and Neil--I think they're both perfect for Broadway.

Here's how I rated the couples' performances:

6. Lacey/Sabra - Jazz Contemporary - "Koyal (Songbird)" by Nitin Sawhney. One word: odd. Lacey and Sabra were supposed to be playing a mother and baby fox. The movements of the fox were weird, and like Nigel said, if Wade Robson hadn't stated that they were foxes, I wouldn't have known what they were supposed to be. I don't think there was anything wrong the girls' performances--this time it was just the choreography that was wrong (well, not wrong necessarily--just weird).

5. Sabra/Neil - Hip Hop - "Whine Up" by Kat Deluna. It was okay, but not great. I agree with the judges that it needed a little more down and dirty-ness.

4. Lacey/Danny - Viennese Waltz - "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne. It was a beautiful performance. Very "flow-y."

3. Sabra/Danny - Cha Cha - "Gotta Get Down (La Negra Tiene Tumbao) (Spanglish Remix)" by Celia Cruz. Sabra and Danny make a great pair. What fun this was to watch. Hot! Hot! Hot!

2. Lacey/Neil - Lindy Hop - "Bill's Bounce" by The Big Elliot Swing Orchestra. I got winded just watching this thing. The final flip was so cool. Lacey and Neil did a great job.

1. Neil/Danny - "Are You the One?" by The Presets. LOVED IT. Mia's choreography was spectacular, as usual; the fight scenes were terrific, and I love how Neil can be so theatrical. His facial expressions were great.

And here's my rating for the solos:

4. Lacey - "Technologic" by Daft Punk. She's got such a fun personality, but her solos just aren't impressive like those of the other three.

2. Two-way tie for Neil and Sabra. I know it's a cop out, but I honestly just couldn't choose which one I liked more. Sabra danced to "Wonderful World" by James Morrison and was beautiful. Neil danced to "Gravity" by Shawn McDonald and as Dan Karaty said, it was very dynamic.

1. Danny - "We Are the Champions" by Gavin DeGraw. WOW. I think this is the first time I rated Danny first in anything, but my god, his performance was simply AMAZING. He did a series of leaps around the stage that were incredible--so fast and perfect. I've really come to like him over the season and was so glad to see this performance. (I watched it twice.)

Now, who's going to win this thing?? While the judges feel that any of the four would be deserving of the win, I'd have to say that because Sabra, Neil and Danny are so much more technically advanced than Lacey, that one of the three of them should win over her. I love Lacey though, too, so it's so tough! I did call in some votes for Sabra, but I wouldn't be disappointed or crushed with any of the four winning. I'll be watching tonight! (Well, not live, but I'll see it on Tivo later on.)


SYTYCD Final Four





We said goodbye to Pasha and Lauren tonight. I was a little surprised about Pasha, but it was a really tough choice among the guys.

Tonight's show was a bit dragged out, but we did see two great dance performances...one was an African dance and the other was Krumping. There was also a feature of a community program that SYTYCD has created. The choreographers from the show spent some time teaching various dance teachers from the L.A. area that teach in after school programs. Those teachers will take what they learned from Mia Michaels and Shane Sparks back to their kids. They hope to implement this in cities across the country--I think it's a great idea. I'd love to see in future shows where they show a performance of some kids from one of these programs--show what they've learned.

Anyway, the finale is Wednesday--who's gonna win?!?!?

BTW, Erika, you asked in a comment somewhere if I'd be interested in seeing the tour. I think so....Should we do it??? (Do you think we'd be much older than much of the audience?)

Returning to the real world

I took a trip to see family earlier this month and haven't quite gotten myself back together enough to catch up on my blog. Oops! Here are some things I wanted to mention:
  • SYTYCD - I just caught up on the last two weeks' worth of shows last night. I was crying my eyes out at the Mia Michael's piece from 2 weeks ago about her and her dad meeting in heaven. That was beautiful. I also enjoyed from last week Sabra and Neil's boardroom dance--very passionate. Sabra is awesome. Also, WHOA on that kiss from 2 weeks ago between Dominic and Lauren!!!!!! Hot! Hot! Hot! Tonight's the last elimination before the season finale. I think Lauren will go from the girls, and I'm just not sure about the guys. My friend Erika has mentioned in the comments that it might come down to how many teeny boppers are voting and who they have the biggest crush on...if it goes that way, then I think Neil and Pasha will be in the final four. However, people might be opening up to Danny more as he seems to be opening up. I know I have. It should be an exciting show to watch.

  • Bourne Ultimatum - AWESOME!!!!! A++++++++!!!! What a fun movie. I LOVE Matt Damon. My friend Dana said she'd written him off as a sex symbol during The Departed, but this movie made her reconsider. I just love his physique! Even from the back he looks quite sexy, with those broad shoulders.....ooo la la!!

  • Becoming Jane - Good. A solid B. I enjoyed Anne Hathaway's performance, as well as James McAvoy's.

  • TBS movies - while in Omaha, Debbie and I were up late each night watching great movies: The Breakfast Club, My Cousin Vinny, and Ferris Beuller's Day Off. If you're channel surfing late at night, check out TBS.

  • Summer TV - The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick on TNT is awesome; I'm enjoying Holly Hunter in Saving Grace which follows. (The say "shit" a lot on this show--it's kind of weird since I'm not watching HBO. I always want to say, "Ooohhh...she said a bad word!!!") I hear Damages is great, though I haven't caught up on Tivo yet. Also hearing great things about The Company. Top Chef has been a lot of fun this season too. I get a kick out of Howie. My guilty pleasures have been (do I dare admit these?): NBC's The Singing Bee, Brett Michael's Rock of Love on VH1, Scott Baio is 45 and Single also on VH1, and I just added a new one called The Pick-up Artist on VH1, where a self-proclaimed ladies' man (who goes by "Mystery") is teaching a bunch of awkward young men (plus one 45-year-old virgin) how to get with the ladies....it's hilarious.

  • Looking forward to: Stardust with Clare Danes, Robert Deniro and Michelle Pfeiffer. (I mentioned this to Dana the other night and she said, "I thought you didn't want to see that!" I said, "Huh?" She said, "When I told you about it before, you said you didn't think you'd be interested." I suddenly remembered that conversation and told her, "Well, you didn't tell me about the CAST! Or about the fact that it was being compared to one of my favorites, The Princess Bride!" She let me off the hook...I think.) Also looking forward to Superbad written by Seth Rogen from Knocked Up. I love his sense of humor. Saw a preview for American Gangster with Denzel. That looked really good too, but I'm not sure when it's coming out. I love mob movies!
Geez,that was quite a lot for a quick check in. Thanks for hanging in to the end (if you did indeed make it this far!).