Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall TV

So there are not really that many NEW television shows that look promising this year. Also, some of my favorites are either not returning until January or not coming back at all.

Not Returning:
Battlestar Galactica
Prison Break

January:
LOST
24

So needless to say this fall does not look as promising as some others. However, there are a few new shows and returning shows that I am glad to have back


Procedurals

CSI, CSI NY, CSI Miami, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds.

Of these the ones I am most looking forward to are Criminal Minds, Miami and the original Law and Order. If you are not already watching these shows you should. L&O is going into it's 20th season making it tied with Gunsmoke for the longest running drama ever. In my opinon the show is just getting better with age. I miss having Jack Mckoy as a lawyer tearing apart some scum bag on the witness stand but he is proving to be a very good DA and as long as he is on the show I will watch.

Criminal minds is going into it's fifth season. I started watching around season 3 but I am really hooked. It really is must see viewing in our house. How they come up with the cases is beyond me because some of the serial killers they chase are as close to pure evil as humanely possible.

CSI Miami is a show that is just about the most ridiculous 42 minutes on air each week and I love every second of it. I especially love the over the top acting, silly characters and the impossible nature of the cases they solve. The sci-fi nature of the crime lab is also fun. Take a look at the below clip and tell me how it is possible to not love this show.



Drama
The only returning Drama i am looking forward to is Smallville. As i have stated numerous times I am a big comic fan and this is really the only comic based show on right now. It is going into it's 9th season which is really unbelievable. I don't think anyone anywhere thought it would last more than 4. The producers are still doing a great job so I am back for another season.

Another returning show that i have a small amount of hope for is HEROES. It has gotten pretty shitty over the last few seasons and I am starting to think it is beyond fixing. I have seen 2 episodes now and I am not impressed. I am hoping it gets better but it probably won't. I will stick with it to then end because I am too invested to give it up.


New Shows

The only new shows i think are worth watching this season are Caprica, V, and Flash Forward. And only Flash forward has started airing. I saw the pilot and I was impressed. This show has been given the title as the "next LOST" however, those are very big shoes to fill. It has me intrigued so I am going to give it a shot. For anyone who doesn't know the show is: "Everyone on Earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and sees a glimpse of themselves on the same day, at the same time, in the future."

Couger Town is exactly what the name suggests. I saw the pilot for the same reason people rubber neck in traffic. I wanted to see the carnage of a train wreck. And there was plenty of it. The show is a comedy but with out a laugh track I am unsure which parts are supposed to be funny. There is a scene where her son walks in while she is blowing some guy and the only thing I could think is YUCK! That being said i will give Courtney Cox credit. she is 45 playing a 40 year old but looks young enough to pass for mid 30's in my opinion. I don't see this show making it a full season.

That's it for this week...
Next week ... A taste of Ajax and a dinner party.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekend getaway

So last weekend my wife and I went to visit my cousins in Michigan. As i have mentioned in previous posts I have 2 cousins in Michigan that I am really close to. When we were smaller my family went to Michigan often and their family came to Toronto often. Now however, things are different. All 3 of us own homes, 2 of us are married and 1 of them doesn't even actually live in Michigan any more. He moved to Washington for a government job. Can't say I blame him, considering the state of the Michigan economy. Anyway, my cousins Mike's daughter was having her first birthday last week so my wife and i thought we would make the trip up of the party they were throwing for her.

It was nice I have a lot of family in Michigan and most of them came to the party. The point I am getting at is that it really struck me how fast time goes. I have such clear memories of being 12 years old and going to Michigan with my family and staying up late and playing video games until all hours of the night with my cousins. Now we are all grown ups with homes and marriages and one of us even has a kid. It makes you wonder just where in the hell all the time went. Next thing you know I will be entering the dirty thirties. YUCK!

Next week... FALL TV.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

G.I. Joe

So i went to see this movie on Saturday. I have been meaning to see it for weeks but something always came up. My expectations for the movie were pretty low because outside of transformers this was probably the worst reviewed movie of the summer. Also, unlike most kids of the 80's I was never really a big fan of the cartoon. I think I have probably only watch 5 or 6 episodes in my life.

All that being said ... I really liked this movie. It was much better than I thought it would be. The plot was more coherent than many summer action movies. The acting was decent or at least on par for the genre. And the action was very intense and over the top. Just the way I like it.

I was basically expecting and earth bound version Starship Troopers but with a larger budget. What I got was a really fun summer popcorn flick. I can't speak on how true it stayed to the source material because as I said I am not really a fan of the original but if that doesn't concern you then I recommend this movie.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Car

So a few weeks ago my car died on me. I much as it hurts me to admit this buying that car was a colossal mistake. I 100% bought style over substance. I saw the tan leather interior and sunroof and I was hooked. The truth is i should have looked harder. It was a GM car and it already and 123K when I bought it. I bought it at a little used car dealer and he never really fixed all the things he said he was going to fix before i picked up the car. I spent a substantial amount of money each year just to keep it on the road and it still needed a lot of work. So far this year i had spent just under 2k in repairs. A few weeks ago i took it in and the mechanic gave me a list of all the things wrong with it. He told me I was actually looking at a bill around $2500 to fix everything. At that point i was just really fed up with the whole thing and decided it was time for a change.

I knew i wanted my new car to be an import. I was thinking either Honda Accord or Nissan Altima. Probably an 05 of both of those cars. But then I started to look at the Hyundai Sonata i really liked what i saw. I could could get one younger with less mileage for thousands less than the Nissan or Honda. Ultimately what I settled on was a Kia Magentis. Hyundai owns Kia and the Magentis is really just a re-badged version of the Sonata. A few years ago i would never have considered this but I figured i am going to be starting a family soon and all I really need is a low mileage low maintenance care. Since the warranty is full up to 100k or 5 years I am safe for at least another few years. All i really do is drive back and forth to the GO train and I don't need to have the fanciest car in the GO train parking lot.

One thing i want to mention is that a lot of the smaller used car dealerships do not let you take a test drive anymore. I went to a few places that required me to essentially buy the car before I was allowed to take a test drive. They also wanted a $500 deposit before you can drive it. I had no interest in buying a car I haven't driven so I said no. We ended up buying from an authorized Hyundai dealership. I might have paid a little more but the piece of mind i got was worth it. Also, unlike my previous car I am sure that this car was fixed to spec before I ultimately drove it off the lot.

We ended up placing an add on auto trader and sold my old car for $1300 as is. I consider since it has multiple previous owners, is 10 years old, has 200k in mileage, a major accident, and is still in need of major repairs, the money i got for it was more than reasonable. The dealer had only offered me about $400 on a trade in so i was happy with what i got. I hope the new owner treats it well. Although the car caused me a lot of aggravation it was still my first car and I think i will always remember it fondly.