Week of 4/9/12

This is my Spirit Guide

Well guys, we made it. One week of the new blog under our belts with no delays, no meltdowns, and no signs of stopping. I for one am pumped about that. So, let’s just jump right in and see what kind of cool things are coming our way this glorious week!

PS – That pug is not mine, nor does it have anything to do with this post. I just thought it was hilarious.

Music

Without a doubt, the main – and perhaps only – album release I’m excited about this week is the new one by M. Ward, entitled “A Wasteland Companion.” I’ve never been a super big fan of M. Ward by himself, but I really do enjoy She & Him, of which he comprises 1/2, so I’m certainly willing to give this latest effort a try.

Other releases include a new album by Taproot, if that’s your thing, or Counting Crows if that’s your’s. It’s… really not mine, but I reserve judgment on you if it is yours.

Movies

This week sees a few varied releases, none of which I would say I’m giddy about, but one or two I’m mildly intrigued by.

At the top of the list for me is The Cabin In The Woods, a film by Nerd God Joss Whedon, along with Drew Goddard, whose work includes Buffy, Alias, Cloverfield, and LOST – all some of my favorite things. The film is described as “a loving hate letter” to modern horror movies, which in the creators’ minds has devolved into sadistic torture porn. Early reviews have been glowing, and while I don’t love horror, I’m definitely intrigued by a smarter take on the genre.

On rather the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got the infinitely unnecessary Three Stooges, featuring the passably funny Will Sasso of Mad TV. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always hated the Three Stooges, and nothing could excite me less than a movie version.

And then of course there’s Lockout, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. While I’m not particularly fond of either, I have to admit that the thought of Guy Pearce as a badass is intriguing. He always place such a smarmy douche, so this should be interesting. AND it was co-written by Luc Besson, who did The 5th Element – my all-time favorite movie (you’re welcome to judge me for that if you want, but I feel 0% shame), so I suppose there are reasons to see it.

Television

On Monday, we’ve got a new episode of HIMYM, which should hopefully begin setting up the pieces for the impending season finale, which should feature a wedding to a mystery bride and – theoretically – the future Mrs. Mosby. Monday also sees the season finale of Being Human – a perfect lesson in squandered potential. Tuesday’s got the Fox comedies: New Girl (with Kareem Abdul Jabar!) and Raising Hope. Wednesdays have lost Happy Endings (hopefully not forever!), BUT Modern Family is back after several weeks, and with the election finally happening, laughs are virtually guaranteed. Thursday sees a new episode of Community – featuring more sneaky John Goodman manipulating people, along with Jeff and Shirley Doing Things (which is one of my favorite pairings on the show lately). We’ve also got a new episode of Awake, which has managed to mostly keep up the promise of the phenomenal pilot. And of course we’ve got Fringe, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones – my old solid standbys that continue to impress me week in and week out.

So, it’s a big week in TV, which will certainly keep me busy. Or at least frustrated, because chances are my full time job, part time job, and school commitments will prevent me from fully enjoying anything in a timely manner.

Comics

This week is a MUCH lighter week than the last several, for which my wallet is INFINITELY grateful. But what is lacking in quantity is more than made up for in quality. For this week, you see dear reader, sees the release of the second installment of SAGA, Brian K. Vaughan’s new epic. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, or regularly read the comic book posts here, you might not know who BKV is. Basically, he is my favorite author and hero. He wrote my all-time favorite comic – Y: The Last Man, along with several other amazing works: Runaways, Ultimate X-Men (when it was good), Pride of Baghdad, and Ex Machina. He ALSO wrote some of the best episodes of LOST. So he’s kind of a big deal. Pick up SAGA #2, and #1 while you’re at it. There’s still time to get in on the ground floor of something truly amazing.

There’s also a new Buffy, which should be interesting after last week’s… odd… reveal/cliffhanger. I honestly have no idea how to feel about a sudden Buffybot, and that will largely depend on how this next issue goes.

So there you have it – a fairly underwhelming week of movies and music balanced by a great week of TV and a slow-but-solid week in comics. Tune back in Wednesday for  a TV post, and Friday for a post on movies!

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