Tuesday, April 21, 2009

BeckEye's Favorite Things

Just a random sampling of stuff I'm digging lately...

1. Anything involving Hugh Jackman.
A few weeks ago, my roommate and I watched his performance in the London production of Oklahoma! (available on Netflix) and nearly flooded our apartment building with drool. Now, the near-constant advertisements for X-Men Origins: Wolverine have me all atwitter (not to be confused with just plain Twitter, which is one of my least favorite things). And even though I've heard the Australia movie is pretty bad I will most likely Netflix it just because he has some shirtless scenes. Couldn't he just make a movie where he is shirtless, or in various other stages of undress, for the entire time? Plot is inconsequential. Why will Hollywood remake Footloose, but they won't make Shirtless?

2. Freaks and Geeks on DVD. I have Netflix to thank for this as well (I think I established that Netflix itself is one of my favorite things some time ago). I had never seen one episode of this show, but so many people raved about it that I've always wanted to check it out. So far, I've seen the first 3 episodes and I love it. The geeks are probably my favorite characters, especially Neal (Samm Levine). He's just so funny. I also have to say that, although I appreciate the beauty of James Franco's Daniel (besides the eterna-bags under his eyes), I totally would've gone for Jason Segel's Nick if I were Lindsay (Linda Cardellini). He's just so sweet and goofy and awkward. I know I've previously likened Jason Segel to someone who might enjoy exposing himself to pedestrians, and I still kind of get that vibe from him now, but he was rather adorably oafish back then. My biggest problem with this show is Seth Rogen. So far, he's the most useless character I've ever seen on a TV series. And why in God's name does he talk like a robot? It's maddening! Is that a big plot twist? The bad kids really are all freaks who built a Seth Rogen cyborg in someone's basement?

3. The Blogger following gadget. I fought it for a really long time, but holy cripes does it make life easier. Blogging life, anyway.

4. Fresh Direct. City life (without a car, to boot) never sucks more than when you have to do laundry or go grocery shopping. Especially when you live in a 3rd floor walk-up and own no carts of any sort. So, about a month ago, I started using this fabulous service. I just go online, pick the groceries I want, and someone else hauls them up the three flights of stairs for me. Now if only I could get someone to come to my place, sort my laundry, go do it, and bring it back while I sit on my ass and watch American Idol, I would have it made.

5. Pandemonium Ensues, Glenn Tilbrook and The Fluffers.
I forgot to tell everyone that I met Glenn Tilbrook again earlier this month when I went to see him and his band in Teaneck, NJ. Someone took a picture of us, but I look AWFUL in it, so I'm not posting it. I know, I know, I'm so vain. I bet I think this blog is about me. Anyway, I picked up the new CD (which was lovingly signed by all) and I'm really digging it, especially the first single, "Still."

That's it for now. But stay tuned for the inevitable AI recraps!


Jason said...

Freaks and Geeks is great. I thought Linda Cardellini was so hot back then. Yes I realize she was playing a high schooler. Is that pervy?

The thing you said about Seth Rogen... That's how I felt about the Busy Philipps character. She seemed too abrasive and annoying to be likable.

katrocket said...

That grocery shopping service is one of my favourite things, as well. The Canadian version is called "Grocery Gateway" and it definitely makes life better for those of us without cars or motivation to gather food.

McGone said...

The movie "Deception" will cure whatever swoon-hold Jackman has you in (and will likewise end any residual affection you may have for Ewan MacGregor, provided the Star Wars prequels didn't take care of that already).

I always assumed you had already watched "Freaks and Geeks." You just seemed like "one of us." Congratulations on discovering the joy.

Anonymous said...

Freaks is an awesome show. Really well written. You're right about Seth he's sort of sullen and cynical but he gets more to do later in the series that makes him a little more likable! I still stand by the Jason Segel thing though. CREEEEEEEPY! :) I also agree with Jason there about Busy Phillips' "Kim". I spend most of the time wanting to punch her. But I think that's sort of the point. She's meant to be annoying.

dguzman said...

Like Jason, I too get a little drooly about Linda Cardellini the Younger. I hope it's not pervy.

Oh man, I have always wanted to offer a service like this Fresh Direct, because I luuurrrrve grocery shopping! Now my idea's been scooped. Curse them! Well, I guess that career idea will be filed right next to "I've always thought I should go to law school."

Some Guy said...

Ditto on others lust for Linda Cardellini. Freaks & Geeks was so freaking good!

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I've still never seen F&G. I'll add your recommendation to my big pile and look for the DVD next time I have money.

Doc said...

I know that the Blogger gadget made it SO much simpler to keep up with all of blogdom. Now I rarely miss a post.

Is the Austraila movie really that bad? I haven't seen it but I recall reading somewhere that it was good, but who knows. Maybe I was just reading some of the hype.


Anonymous said...

I am going to Netflix Freaks and Geeks now... just because you make it sound good.

And Hugh Jackman is on my to-do list. I think we have the same taste in men. ;)

Kristi Mantoni said...

Hugh Jackman is VERY yummy!!!

Netflix rocks. I just wish they had more newer movies for instant download.

Love the new look BTW! Good job!!

red said...

Nick Andopolis 4 Eva!

The worst part about Seth Rogan is he's starred in more movies than any of the other F&G alum. He totally doesn't deserve that distinction.

CDP said...

I love grocery delivery, and I have no excuse. I have a car and a one-story house. But I'll still occasionally pay to have groceries delivered.

words...words...words... said...

I will add my voice to the chorus praising Linda Cardellini's more superficial qualities. She's still hot on ER, which is by far the most babealicious show of the new millennium.

Hahaha, "Tell me about it, studs."

Bond said...

I need to get Freaks and Geeks

cube said...

I've been meaning to get around to F&G. There's so little time, you see, I have to schlepp my butt to the grocery store to buy my own groceries ;-)

Coaster Punchman said...

Did anyone else tell you Coaster Punchman's World should have been on your list?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Never! I will never do that blogger following thing. Not after I spent all that time designing my cutting edge blogroll.


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