Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 562

Tuesday, April 15, 2014---1038 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 11 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Continuing to call them as I see them.
Virtually free of original ideas. 
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
Rave: “Chinaman’s Chance” by Ross Thomas…arguably his best work.
Reading: “The Famous and the Dead” by T. Jefferson Parker.
On the Hi Fi: Dave Brubeck’s “New Wine.”
Under rated: George Brent.
TV Time Out: Should Jamie Reagan and Eddie ask for new partners or take a chance on love?
Truism: By the time it gets to you, it is no longer a secret.
Hmmm: “Just kidding” is another way of saying “I’m not kidding”.
Rave: The proofer's lament: Readers can't see your catches- only what you missed.
Numbers Game: When Arnold Palmer won the Masters 50 years ago he took home $20,000. This year Bubba’s take was $1,440,000.
TV Time Out II: “Suits” had a great season ending. Somehow I don’t think we have seen the last of Eric Woodall.
The season finale was a work of art.
Hmmm: Most men never get to buy their favorite car until they are over 50.
Didjaknow: 105 publishers rejected Elmore Leonard’s novel, “Unknown Man #89” before it found a home.
Truism: When you’re the smartest person in the room it’s the start of a very long and boring day.
Pet Peeve: Movies that wait until the end to roll the credits.
TV Time Out III: Random thoughts on “Justified’s” fifth season. Ava’s prison story never interested me…it imprisoned me.
Damon Herriman is brilliant as Dewey Crowe…the most entertaining dimwit on TV…hope he gets some scenes with Dickie Bennett in prison in season six.
Also, hoping for more Wynn Duffy-centric episodes next season…Jere Burns is underused.
Jimmy getting killed wasn’t cool with me.
Michael Rappaport as the main villain was weak…nowhere near the same class as the likes of Margo Martindale and Neal McDonough. I am ecstatic that he was knocked off.
The show is at its best when Raylan and Boyd are either fighting one another or working (conspiring) together.  
Loved DEA Agent Alex Miller (Eric Roberts), a true pistolero…the ghost of Raylan-future.
Everyone in Harlan has a gun…even the old man in the retirement home.
At its core, “Justified” is a classic western in modern garb. What better way to go into the final season than with a lawman, an outlaw, and after a few shenanigans, an old fashioned shootout.
Until season six I am watching an episode a day on Amazon Prime…such a deal.
Didjaknow: Sam Peckinpah wrote the first episode of “The Rifleman”.
Full disclosure: I love MacGuffins.
Idle Thought: Shirley Temple, the only movie star in my memory to have a drink named after her.
Hmmm: Is the reason the U.N. Security Council is “deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine” due to the fact that they cannot find a way to blame Israel?
TV Time Out IV: NBC is sure preempting “The Blacklist” quite a bit.
Why didn’t they use Dolly Parton original version of “Jolene?”
What is Tom up to? Who is he working for?
Where’s Fitch?
What does the key that Liz found open?
I was disappointed that the cowboy was killed off…great character.
Just when you think you have “The Blacklist” figured out…something new and unexpected happens.
Truism: Those who can, do. Those who can’t become critics.
Didjaknow: “The Big Sleep” was Raymond Chandler’s first Philip Marlowe novel. Along with Ross Thomas, his heroes were only slightly less tarnished and tainted than his villains.
Today, Wallace Stroby gives us hardboiled crime novels where everyone is a bad guy…with a twist. There are good bad guys who are professional criminals committing mostly victimless crimes…and the bad bad guys, who give the god bad guys a really hard time. 
Crissa Stone is one of his best good bad guys. She commits crimes for dough, but is not personally greedy.
TV Time Out V: Watching all the puzzle pieces fit into place to compose the final picture in “Person of Interest” is just plain fun. Filling in the back-story gives some nice surprises while connecting the dots.
The POI mythology is rich…and the scary thing is that is getting bigger.
Shaw is one of the very few women who always look stunning in all black…other than the little black dress.
Decima (Mr. Greer), Control, Special Counsel, Vigilance, the POI team and Root are pretzely intertwined in gaining the soul of the Machine and Samaritan.
Is Vigilance actually working with Control?
I find myself cheering for Root, even though I still don’t trust her.
Fusco sure gets some great lines.
There is never a dull moment as the mysteries unravel, the characters entertain and each episode’s final seconds leave you eager for more.
This & That: Villains are the heroes of their own story.
Hmmm: The best way to kill a great idea is to give it to a committee.
True or False: If you are not controversial, you’re simply part of the audience.
Quote: “obama has made us the laughingstock of the world by constantly drawing red lines in invisible ink.”—Burt Prelutsky.
Final TV Time Out: “Mad Men” continues to be a bit dark for my taste.
Pete Campbell was a bright splash of color and was most entertaining.
Lou’s a prick.
Freddy Rumsen as Don Draper’s beard is brilliant. Quite a surprising twist to me.
Do you think Don can really change…or revert to his old ways?
Truism: In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
Final Thought: Miami is the only major American city founded by a woman.
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.

As you were