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Reminder: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Consider this your unfriendly reminder, douche bags. The next two weeks is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia mania; they just rolled out their official blog (which will have more original hilarity), the third season is being released on DVD tomorrow (9/9) and the fourth season begins next week on Thursday, 9/18 at 10p.m. With those of you unfamiliar with the show, it’s not your mom and pop’s sitcom of yesteryear (they thought Archie Bunker was offensive?). FX is known for airing edgy original material, but this show takes the bakery. The show has been described as Seinfeld on crack, being that it is essentially about nothing and the subject matter will almost always offend an ethnic group, women’s rights activists, the homeless, children, your grandmother; OK, they have offended everybody. Hell, they even turned sweet old Mr. Belding into an alleged child molester. What kind of hijinx will the gang get into this year? Will green man be back? Night man?

– Ant

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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Previously On Lost…

Believe it or not, that is a band name. In one of the more humorous and utterly ridiculous notions in recent history, Previously On Lost create music solely based on recapping the previous episode of LOST. A blend of indie rock vocals and electronic music, they have recapitulated every episode of Season 4. This is not good music; although, the lyrics are amusing, and hey, if you need a quick recap, just download the last episode and watch it go to their myspace and have a listen. Even their song titles are humorous, such as “Be My Constant”, “Ballad of Sayid Jarrah”, and “The Island Won’t Let You Die”, which is about any character on the show the now miraculously post-pubescent Walt. If you are an avid watcher of LOST, you will definitely crack a smile at least once. Also, the band promises to not pigeon hold themselves to LOST-only recaps:

“We have a responsibility to recap whatever we can, and not just television either … fans can look forward to future recaps of the New York City Marathon, the 2010 World Cup, a suite of important wars and an emotional recap of photosynthesis.”

– Ant

[Coincidentally, Season 5 of “Previously On Lost” directly coincides with the start of LOST, January 2009.]