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What We’re Watching…

The Olympics are here, and for the first time in years, people are proud to be American. Michael Phelps has practically stolen the show, breaking every record (even his own), and now is being called the best Olympian of all time with his 10 (and counting) gold medals. There is so much controversy discussion surrounding this years Olympic games, the side stories are almost as exciting as the actual events: the opening ceremony, fake fireworks, lip-syncing, jail-bait gymnasts, and we have only been through barely one week of the games! Not to mention some of the debauchery that Mr. Bush is getting into, being the first president to ever attend an Olympic games abroad.

Some events I’m watching: Beach Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Synchronized Diving, Gymnastics, Swimming, and Basketball.

All 5 seasons of The Wire are now available on DVD.

The Wire has been considered for some time to be one of the best shows on television. It is odd how under the radar this series has gone for so long. Probably THE most realistic crime drama ever created, The Wire follows a different case every season in the crime-riddled, destitute city of Baltimore. Even if you have a bad taste in your mouth toward the crime drama genre (I can see why, there has been an overabundance of really, really bad crime dramas), The Wire is the only of it’s kind; crime drama as we know it should be retired. Many people are sad the series is over after 5 seasons, but it did go out on top of it’s game, in a time where a lot of shows overstay their welcome (see: X-Files, Knightrider [yes, the revamp, and yes, already], Boy Meets World, and every reality show, ever).

Pineapple Express is in theaters now.

Pineapple Express is in theaters now.

Pineapple Express, the new flick from the Judd Apatow troop, is the latest addition to the stoner/action comedy (wait, what?). Paul Greengrass was an unlikely director choice, with his experience dealing mainly in indie dramas, but this gamble pays off, and Pineapple express is one of the funniest movies of the year. Does it measure up to Superbad or Knocked Up? No, but if you like the Apatow brand of humor, there is no reason you will not have a good time, and no, you don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy this movie though you may enjoy it more if that’s your thing. Not to mention one of the funniest opening scenes in a while, with Bill Hader, you guessed it, smoking a big doobie, saying “Well, sir, I feel like a slab of butter … melting over a big ol’ pile of flapjacks.” Classic. Seth Rogen tries out playing the straight man, and it works, but the film is stolen by James Franco as Saul the endearing drug dealer. Up-n-comer Danny McBride (who you will also see in Tropic Thunder) as Red was no slouch either; you might not know the name, but, two words, “thug life”.

– Ant

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Heroes Comicon Preview…

Heroes: Season 2 releases on DVD August 26, 2008.

Probably the show worst affected by the dismal writer’s strike was “Heroes.” The alternate ending used at the premature conclusion of Season 2 absolutely ground the series to a halt. Aint It Cool has news following the Season 3 premier screening at Comicon about the DVD release of Season 2:

Fans will recall, in last season’s finale (episode 11), Peter Petrelli stopped a vial from breaking that contained a deadly virus. But in the original ending, the vial broke, which launched the second half of episodes for the season under the book title “Outbreak.” The DVD footage will include the other ending, plus the shot footage from unaired episodes 12 and 13.”

Lets hope the series can get back on track after trying to incorporate so many new characters, which by itself is a daunting task, only to add trying to bounce back after a shortened season. Lets get back to what fans want to see, Syler getting his powers back and capping skulls, with some more CURRENT character development. Also, I could go without seeing Hiro on a green-screen sound stage in feudal Japan ever again.

[Heroes: Season 3 begins Monday, September 22, 2008 with a 2 hour premier.]

Welcome to The Thoroughfare

thor·ough·fare (thûr-fâr) n.

a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. – wikipedia.com

This Olde English word ceased being used about a century ago, but remains relevant in the context of our blog. The Thoroughfare will be a place for us to congregate and talk about the latest media; music, movies, books and games. The term ‘thoroughfare’ first came to me while watching the popular western TV series Deadwood. Although, this thoroughfare will have far fewer murders and much less name calling (at least less use of the c-word). You can expect a fresh perspective and none of the self-righteous verbiage you find in most of the blogs of our kind. We just want to spread the word about great entertainment. What you can expect from us in the future: music, movie, book, and game reviews, our recent play-lists for the week, pertinent music and movie news, original commentary on the music industry, and many more features to come. We hope you will find our editorials entertaining and please participate!

Welcome to The Thoroughfare.