Monday, June 30, 2008

Pop Song of the Week: “In Dreams”

Some weeks you just gotta listen to a little Roy Orbison.

Especially when you're still on the rebound from a lost love.

It doesn't help that I actually saw my ex-novia in a dream last week. Unfortunately, that same week brought me proof that the two of us were never ever likely to get back together again.

Oh, well. At least I still have songs like this.

Enjoy:

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Movie Quote of the Week

Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
--Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Doctor Who (Second Series): “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit”

It's Doctor Who versus Satan. Plus a few homages to Aliens and The Black Hole as well. These two episodes were among the better episodes of the second season though I still found them to be a bit derivative for my taste.

And one couldn't help feeling sorry for Rose Tyler when she talked about settling down with the Doctor -- and found out that the Doctor isn't really a settling-down-type of guy.

But then we all knew that, right?

I found the whole “let's bypass the morality of slavery question by making the slaves evil” theme to be a bit dubious. But, as a whole, the two episodes were a lot more entertaining than they deserved to be.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Movie Song of the Week: “Nobody Does It Better”

Carly Simon's birthday was yesterday and foolish me didn't think to post anything about it until it was too late. So, to make amends, I'm posting a video of one of her most famous songs, the opening song for the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Quite incidentally, The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond film I ever had the chance to see on the big screen and the second Bond film that I ever bought a soundtrack album for. (The first was Goldfinger.)

For that matter, Carly Simon has long been one of my favorite singers and not just because she celebrates her birthday a few weeks away from mine. This is not my number one favorite Carly Simon song of all time but it's definitely in the Top Ten.

Enjoy:

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Coming Soon to DVD

The Ministry

A new series about the brave men and women of the Ministry of Truth and their daily fight for truth, justice and the Oceanian way.

Starring:

Edward James Olmos as O'Brien. The gruff but lovable head of security who is in charge of tracking down enemies of the state.

Lucy Liu as Lenina Disney. The gruff but lovable nurse who is in charge of Room 101 and the various nogoodniks within.

Taye Diggs as Bernard Marx. The gruff but lovable interrogator who helps brings evildoers to justice.

A Gran Hermano Production

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Rules of the World (Reglas del Mundo)

1. Any problem that affects the rich is a problem that has to be solved right away.
2. Any problem that affects the poor is a problem whose solution can be put off indefinitely.
3. The one group the rich hate more than the poor who are content with their lot are the poor who are discontent with their lot. And the one part of that group that the rich hate the most are the poor who dare to become rich.

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Songs That Sound Best When Heard on a Car Radio after Sunset

1. "Because the Night" -- The Patti Smith Group
2. "Heart-Shaped Box" -- Nirvana
3. "Hurdy-Gurdy Man" -- Donovan
4. "Hush" -- Deep Purple
5. "Play with Fire" -- The Rolling Stone
6. "Run through the Jungle" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
7. "She's the One" -- Bruce Springsteen
8. "The Crystal Ship" -- The Doors
9. "Tomorrow Never Know" -- The Beatles
10. "Wicked Game" -- Chris Isaak

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Movie Song of the Month: “Sound Off”

I should have posted this earlier in the month (especially around Memorial Day or the anniversary of D-Day) but I wasn't able to.

However, better late than never.

From 1949's Battleground, it's one of the most archetypical war songs ever used in the American movies.

Enjoy:

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Thank God the Hays Code Saved Us from Stuff Like This


Every time I find myself inclined to believe that the moviemakers of yesteryear can do no wrong, I come across a movie like 1933's Meet the Baron. A pre-Code comedy starring a very unfunny Jimmy Durante and a deservedly obscure forerunner of Mel Brooks named Jack Pearl, Meet the Baron is best known today for being the first movie to feature the Three Stooges. Unfortunately, the Stooges do not have too much screen time and most of the screen time they do have is shared with their former leader Ted Healy, a rotund, balding man who combined the appearance of Edgar "Slow Burn" Kennedy with the personality of Moe Howard to create a persona whose popularity can be best determined by the fact that few Three Stooges fans today even bother to mention his name.

There is one sequence in the movie that I found worth watching: a campy Art Deco musical sequence that takes place entirely within the women's shower room. Of course, judging from the number of bad accents that I heard in this sequence, most of the women in this number seemed to have been hired more for their willingness to appear on screen in various states of undress than for their singing ability. However, I still found the sequence to be more entertaining than it deserved to be, and I found myself quite sorry when the music stopped halfway through the song. Especially since there was not one scene as entertaining as that sequence in the rest of the movie.

Yet I can't help thinking how likely it was that that same sequence would have been cut out of the movie altogether had it been made just a few years later. Too bad the Hays Code could not have protected moviegoers from the rest of the movie.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Why Try When You Can De-Fy!: Another Look at Little Miss Sunshine


Okay, I give up. What lesson are we supposed to learn from Little Miss Sunshine, anyway?

Beauty contests are stupid?

Child beauty contests are stupid?

Any type of contest that has any possibility of failure is stupid?

Is the true lesson of LMS compassion for losers?

Maybe.

But if so, then why is there so little compassion displayed in the movie for those who help losers? The haughty lady who allowed the movie's young protagonist (Olive) to enter the Little Miss Sunshine child beauty contest at the last minute isn't depicted as someone trying desperately to be fair to the other contestants but as an uppity so-and-so who deserves to be punished. And the father who moves heaven and earth to make sure Olive makes it to the contest in time is depicted as being far less likable than the more kindly relatives who do little to help -- and much to hinder -- her from even making it there.

The compassion displayed by the makers of this movie seems reserved solely for those members of Olive's family who don't really want her to win but resent like hell the implication that they're helping her to lose. Thus we get the compassionate grandfather who really loves Olive yet teaches her a dance routine that would have lost her the beauty contest under any circumstances. We get the mother who wants to get Olive to the contest yet can't resist indulging herself with a free driving lesson because she suddenly finds it more important to prove her ability to drive the family van than to get her daughter where she needs to go on time. (A driving lesson that ultimately ruins the family van and forces the family to seek a less than perfect vehicle for their journey.) Then there is the sullen teenaged brother who loves his sister Olive yet hates his family. (Apparently he doesn't consider Olive to be part of his family. Now that's a heartwarming sentiment.) The brother professes a love for flying and the philosopher Nietzsche but doesn't seem to be all that convincing in his enthusiasm for either. (Indeed, the flying obsession just seems like an excuse for the brother to throw a hissy fit at a key moment in the movie.) Finally there is the gay uncle who doesn't really do a damn thing to help Olive (apart from encouraging her to eat ice cream) but that's okay because he's still better in the eyes of the filmmakers than the father (mentioned above) who bends over backwards trying to ensure that Olive has a way to get to the contest on time.

Okay, I could have summed up the movie in a more charitable fashion, but I don't feel all that inclined to be all that charitable toward this movie. Yes, it is funny at times -- but not as funny as the reviews would have you believe -- and its type of “compassionate” humanism has an element of phoniness that is not necessarily eliminated by describing it as a satire.

LMS seems to scorn the whole idea of effort. The whole game is rigged against us all, anyway, the movie suggests, so why try when you can de-fy! Ay, Dios! This might seem like an excellent philosophy if you're already part of the middle class and don't really have to struggle for a living, but if you come from the type of poor, working-class background my mother and father did, this philosophy seems like little more than a recipe for remaining poor forever.

Let's face it. Some people have to work harder than others to achieve their goals and there used to be a time when movies respected that. However, we seem to be so afraid of insulting people who deserve to be insulted that we don't mind at all giving a slap in the face to everyone who has had to work their way out of poverty like my parents did.

I have no love for the Zig Ziglars of the world who mindlessly worship material succcess and chant shallow catchphrases like “see you at the top.” But I also have little affection for those who prefer to encourage society's “losers” to stay losers -- those “good” folk who see no problem in encouraging the poor to stay poor, the uneducated to stay uneducated and the weak to stay weak. There used to be a time when such good people saw it as their responsibility to help encourage people to be the best that they can be instead of just settling for the bare minimum. And I can't help but find it odd that so many critics who pride themselves on empathizing with the down-and-out show no shame in championing movies that theoretically encourage the down-and-out to stay down-and-out forever.

Would I want my own niece to enter the real-life equivalent of a Little Miss Sunshine Contest? No. However, if she did choose to enter such a contest despite my advice, I would like to think that her kinfolk and I would make more of an honest effort to help her than most of the people in this film helped Olive. But then I would like to think that any decent person would.

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R.I.P. George Carlin

And yet another '70s icon bites the dust. My sister and I used to spend half our teenage years listening to George Carlin's Class Clown album, a record my sister was introduced by one of her best female friends.

The man who recorded that album passed away Sunday at age 71.

He will be missed.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Movie Song of the Week: “The Girl Hunt Ballet”

In honor of the late Cyd Charisse, it's “The Girl Hunt Ballet” number from 1953's The Band Wagon. Not really a song but then who cares?

Among other things, this number has been cited as being the main inspiration for Michael Jackson's “Smooth Criminal” video. As if any sane person is going to think about Michael Jackson while watching Cyd Charisse...

Enjoy:

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Movie Quote of the Week

Why do you have to lose something, to find out what it really means?
--Gene Kelly, Brigadoon (1954)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

R.I.P. Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse, famous dancer and actress who was best known for her roles in Singin' in the Rain and Silk Stockings, has passed away.

She will be missed.

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Movie Songs of the Month

“I Won't Dance” -- Roberta
“Remember My Forgotten Man” -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
“Sound Off” -- Battleground (1949)
“We're in the Money” -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

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Movie Songs of the Week

“A Fine Romance” -- Swing Time (1936)
“A Secretary Is Not a Toy” -- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
“A Spoonful of Sugar” -- Mary Poppins (1964)
“Aba Dabba Honeymoon” -- Two Weeks with Love (1950)
“Ain't There Anyone Here for Love” -- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
“All Alone on Christmas” -- Home Alone 2 (1992)
“All You Need Is Love” -- Yellow Submarine (1968)
“America” -- The Jazz Singer (1980)
“America” -- West Side Story (1961)
“America” -- West Side Story (1961)
“America” -- West Side Story (1961)
“And Then He Kissed Me” -- Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
“Angel Baby” -- My Family (1995)
"Animal Crackers in My Soup" -- Curly Top (1935)
“Anything Goes” -- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
“April in Paris” -- Blazing Saddles (1974)
“Aquarius” -- Hair (1979)
“Baby Mine” -- Dumbo (1941)
“Baby, It's Cold Outside” -- Elf (2003)
“Baby, It's Cold Outside” -- Neptune's Daughter (1949)
“Babysitting Blues” -- Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
“Be My Baby” -- Dirty Dancing (1987)
"Beach Party" -- Beach Party (1963)
“Beauty School Dropout” -- Grease (1978)
“Been a Long Day” -- How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967)
“Bend Down, Sister” -- Palmy Days (1931)
“Big Spender” -- Sweet Charity (1969)
“Black Boys / White Boys” -- Hair (1979)
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” -- Buck Privates (1941)
“Brotherhood of Man” -- How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967)
“But We Must Rise (The College Song)” -- The Kid from Spain (1932)
“By a Waterfall” --Footlight Parade (1933)
“Bye Bye Birdie (Reprise)” -- Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
“Bye Bye Life” -- All That Jazz (1979)
“'Cause I'm a Blonde” -- Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
“Check Your Husbands” -- Over the Counter (1932)
“Christmas” -- Tommy (1975)
“Clean as a Whistle” -- Meet the Baron (1933)
“Cool” -- West Side Story (1961)
“Dance a Little Sidestep” -- The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
“Death Waltz” -- Suspiria (1977)
"Detroit Man" -- Moving Violation (1976)
“Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” -- Burlesque (2010)
“Diamonds Are Forever” -- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Die Fledermaus Overture” -- Bathing Beauty (1944)
“Do You Love Me?” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" -- Frozen (2013)
“Don't Stop Me Now” -- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
“Drum Boogie” -- Ball of Fire (1941)
“Easter Parade” -- Easter Parade (1948)
“Easter Parade” -- Holiday Inn (1942)
“Easy to Be Hard” -- Hair (1979)
“Everything Old Is New Again” -- All That Jazz (1979)
“Examination” -- Flying High (1931)
“42nd Street” -- 42nd Street (1933)
“Freedonia Hymn” -- Duck Soup (1933)
“From Niagara Falls to Reno” -- Peach-A-Reno (1931)
“Gaston” -- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
“Get Happy” -- Summer Stock (1950)
“Good Morning” -- Singin' in the Rain (1952)
“Good Morning Glory” -- Sitting Pretty (1933)
“Good Morning Starshine” -- Hair (1979)
“Happy Feet” -- King of Jazz (1930)
“Happy Holidays” -- Holiday Inn (1942)
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” -- Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
“He Shouldn't-A, Oughtn't-A Swang on Me!” -- The Great Race (1965)
"Heigh Ho" -- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
“Hello, Dolly” -- Hello, Dolly (1969)
“Hernando's Hideaway” -- The Pajama Game (1957)
“Hollywood Party” -- Hollywood Party (1934)
“Honeymoon Hotel” -- Footlight Parade (1933)
“Hopelessly Devoted to You” -- Grease (1978)
“Hotel California” -- The Big Lebowski (1998)
“Hymn to the Fallen” -- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
“I Always Get My Man” -- High Flyers (1937)
“I Can't Do It Alone” -- Chicago (2002)
“I Can't Tell a Lie” -- Holiday Inn (1942)
“I Don't Know How to Love Him” -- Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” -- Flower Drum Song (1961)
“I Feel Pretty” -- West Side Story (1961)
“I Got Life” -- Hair (1979)
“I Have But One Heart” -- The Godfather (1972)
“I Love to Cry at Weddings” -- Sweet Charity (1969)
“I Remember It Well” -- Gigi (1958)
“I Wanna Be Like You”-- The Jungle Book (1967)
“I Wanna Be Loved by You” -- Some Like It Hot (1959)
“I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm)” -- Easter Parade (1948)
"I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm)" -- Pardon Us (1931)
“I Will Always Love You” -- The Bodyguard (1992)
“I Will Wait for You” -- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
“I Yam What I Am” -- Popeye (1980)
“If I Only Had a Heart” -- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“If I Were a Rich Man” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“I'm Against It” --Horse Feathers (1932)
“I'm Alive" -- Xanadu (1980)
“I'm Dancing on a Rainbow” -- Stage Mother (1933)
“I'm Goin' Shoppin' with You” -- Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
“I'm True to the Navy Now” -- Paramount on Parade (1930)
“In Dreams” -- Blue Velvet (1986)
“In Summer” -- Frozen (2014)
“In the Midnight Hour” -- The Commitments (1991)
“Iowa Stubborn” -- The Music Man (1962)
“Isn't Love the Grandest Thing?” -- The Rainmakers (1935)
“It's a Bore” -- Gigi (1958)
“Jack's Lament” -- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“Jack's Obsession” -- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“Jingle Bell Rock” -- Mean Girls (2004)
“Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” -- Beetlejuice (1988)
“June Bride” -- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
"Kids" -- Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
“La Bamba” -- Fiesta (1947)
“La Marseillaise” -- Casablanca (1942)
“Lament (Lonesome Polecat)” -- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
"Lara's Theme" -- Doctor Zhivago (1965)
“Let the River Run” -- Working Girl (1988)
“Let's Call the Whole Thing Off” -- Shall We Dance (1937)
“Let's Go to the Movies” -- Annie (1982)
“Let's K-Knock K-Knees” -- The Gay Divorcee (1934)
“Little April Shower” -- Bambi (1942)
“Lullaby of Broadway” -- Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
“Mad Monster Party” -- Mad Monster Party (1967)
“Main Theme from Dawn of the Dead -- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
“Main Theme from Gojira (1954)” -- Gojira (1954)
“Main Title from Beetlejuice -- Beetlejuice (1988)
“Main Title from The Lion in Winter -- The Lion in Winter (1968)
"Making Christmas” -- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“Man of Constant Sorrow” -- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
“Maria” -- West Side Story (1961)
“Matchmaker” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“Me Party” -- The Muppets (2011)
“Mexican Americans” -- Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)
“Money” -- Cabaret (1972)
“Monster Mash” -- The Monster Club (1980)
“Moon River” -- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
“Mother Knows Best” -- Tangled (2010)
“Mother, What Do I Do Now?” -- Dance, Girl, Dance! (1940)
“Muchacha” -- In Caliente (1935)
“My Favorite Things” -- The Sound of Music (1965)
“My God” -- Sister Act (1992)
“1951 / What About the Boy?” -- Tommy (1975)
“No Life Without Wife” -- Bride and Prejudice (2005)
“Nobody Does It Better” -- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
“Now You See It, Now You Don't” -- This Gun for Hire (1942)
“Oh, Me! Oh, My! Oh, You!” -- Strictly Dynamite (1934)
"Once a Year Day" -- The Pajama Game (1957)
“One Hand, One Heart” -- West Side Story (1961)
"One Tin Soldier" -- Billy Jack (1971)
“Pick Yourself Up” -- Swing Time (1936)
“Pick-a-Little / Goodnight Ladies” -- The Music Man (1962)
“Put the Blame on Mame” -- Gilda (1946)
“Puttin' On The Ritz” -- Young Frankenstein (1974)
“Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head” -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
“Remember My Forgotten Man” -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
“Remember My Forgotten Man” -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
“Rich Man's Fugue” -- Sweet Charity (1969)
“Rock Island” -- The Music Man (1962)
"Rolling Stone" -- Nashville (1975)
“Sabbath Prayer” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“Science Fiction-Double Feature” -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
“7 1/2 Cents (Seven and a Half Cents)” -- The Pajama Game (1957)
“Shanghai Lil” -- Footlight Parade (1933)
“Silver Bells” -- The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
“Singin' in the Rain” -- The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
“Singing a Happy Song” -- Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
“Sit Down, John” -- 1776 (1972)
“Solace” -- The Sting (1973)
“Spring, Beautiful Spring” -- Easy to Love (1953)
“Star Spangled Man” -- Captain America (2011)
“Steam Heat” -- The Pajama Game (1957)
“Stereophonic Sound” -- Silk Stockings (1957)
“Stormy Weather” -- Stormy Weather (1943)
“Summer Nights” -- Grease (1978)
“Sunrise Sunset” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“Super Heroes” -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
“Surrender” --Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
“Sweet Tranvestite” -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
“Take a Number from One to Ten” -- College Rhythm (1934)
“Tale of the Shirt” -- The Cocoanuts (1929)
“Tears to Shed” -- Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
“Tempest” -- Psycho Beach Party (2000)
“That's Entertainment” -- The Band Wagon (1953)
“The Dog Song” -- On an Island with You (1948)
“The Girl Hunt Ballet” -- The Band Wagon (1953)
“The Gonk” -- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
“The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” -- Hair (1979)
“The Godfather Waltz” -- The Godfather (1972)
"The Inquisition" -- The History of the World: Part I (1981)
“The Kangaroo Hop” -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
“The Parisians” -- Gigi (1958)
“The Piper Dreams” -- The Omen (1976)
“The Slap Polka” -- Hit the Ice (1943)
“The Rhythm of Life” -- Sweet Charity (1969)
“The Sound of Music” -- The Sound of Music (1965)
“The Spring Song” -- Limelight (1952)
“The Stripper Song” -- The Monster Club (1980)
“The Time Warp” -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
“The Way We Were” -- The Way We Were (1973)
“The White Virgin of the Nile” -- Rock-a-Bye (1958)
“The Yam” -- Carefree (1938)
"Theme from Carrie (1976)" -- Carrie (1976)
“Theme from Halloween -- Halloween (1978)
“Theme from Psycho -- Psycho (1960)
“Theme from Shaft -- Shaft (1971)
“Theme from Superman (1978)” -- Superman (1978)
“There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This” -- Sweet Charity (1969)
“This Is Halloween” -- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“Three Caballeros” -- Three Caballeros (1944)
“Time after Time” -- It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
“Tiny Dancer” -- Almost Famous (2000)
“Title Theme from Glory -- Glory (1989)
“To Life” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“Tomorrow Belongs to Me” -- Cabaret (1972)
“Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra” -- Going My Way (1944)
“Tradition” -- Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
“Tubular Bells” -- The Exorcist (1973)
“Very Good Advice” -- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
“Voices of Spring” -- Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
“Waltz of the Flowers” -- Fantasia (1940)
“Way Down in Dixie” -- Way Out West (1937)
“We Go Together” -- Grease (1978)
“We're in the Money” -- Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
“What Do I Want with Money?” -- If You Knew Susie (1948)
“What's This?” -- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“When We Build a Little Home” -- Roman Scandals (1933)
“White Christmas” -- Holiday Inn (1942)
“Who's Your Little Who-Zis?” -- Night World (1932)
“Wishin' and Hopin'” -- My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
“With Cat-Like Tread” -- The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
“Ya Got Trouble” -- The Music Man (1962)
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” -- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
“Yes, Yes, My Baby Said Yes, Yes” -- Palmy Days (1931)
“You're All the World to Me” -- Royal Wedding (1951)

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Midnight”

My, this was one creepy episode.

My, this was one creepy episode.

No, seriously, it was creepy.

No, seriously, it was creepy.

I've come to have very low expectations when it comes to the episodes of this series that were written by Russell T. Davies, but this one actually manages to be creepier than last week's episode (and last week's was very creepy, indeed.)

I've come to have very low expectations when it comes to the episodes of this series that were written by Russell T. Davies, but this one actually manages to be creepier than last week's episode (and last week's was very creepy, indeed.)

It's not often you see an episode that seems to have been inspired not only by The Twilight Zone but by a recent House episode. Moreover, it's not often that you see such an episode pull off such a plot.

It's not often you see an episode that seems to have been inspired not only by The Twilight Zone but by a recent House episode. Moreover, it's not often that you see such an episode pull off such a plot.

And to think mi mejor amiga has been trying to get me to go on a pleasure cruise.

And to think mi mejor amiga has been trying to get me to go on a pleasure cruise.

Okay, I'll stop.

Okay, I'll st--

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Where Have All the Puritans Gone?

Heh. Irony.

Europeans are always going on and on about how puritanical we Yanks are and yet here's an item about yet another group of non-Yanks who don't exactly agree with the Europeans on this whole American Puritanism thing.

Sample quote:

She [sociologist Martha Bayles] also discusses how, from a diplomatic viewpoint, this perception of us is damaging to our nation -- for instance, she says, a group of Mexican nationals visiting our country said they came away from exposure to our popular culture with the idea that most Americans are constantly having sex, and that when we're not having sex we are strolling about well-armed, and not afraid to kill our neighbors at the slightest provocation. Most of the world holds a similarly skewed view of Americans because of our movies and TV shows, products that Bayles argues are the most powerful diplomatic tools at our disposal -- though pop culture is almost never invoked in discussions of diplomacy among political types.
--Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

So apparently one group of foreigners thinks we're too darn sexually conservative and another thinks we're too darn sexually liberal. Surely both sides can't be right.

Can they?

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Canciones de la Semana: “Paloma Negra” y “Cucurrucucu Paloma”

Lola Beltran singing two songs that my late father used to listen to quite often.

Now I'm going to have memories swirling around in my head all this weekend.

Happy Father's Day.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Movie Song of the Week: “Let's K-Knock K-Knees”

From 1934's The Gay Divorcee, it's that famous dancing duo of the 1930s, Grable and Horton. Specifically Betty Grable (yes, that Betty Grable, the one with the million-dollar legs) and Edward Everett Horton.

And, oh, yes, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in this movie too although we only get a brief glimpse of Fred and absolutely no trace of Ginger in this number. However, it's still a cute song. And is that line dancing we see toward the end? Apparently Grable and Horton were ahead of their time.

Enjoy:

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Movie Quote of the Week

You do not understand. These Latin races must be shouted at.
--Ginger Rogers, Roberta (1935)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Pop Songs of the Week

“A Little Good News” -- Anne Murray
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” -- Mariah Carey
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” -- Vince Vance and the Valiants
“All She Wants to Do Is Dance” -- Don Henley
“Allentown” -- Billy Joel
“Amish Paradise” -- “Weird” Al Yankovic
“Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In” -- Fifth Dimension
“At Last” -- Etta James
“...Baby One More Time” -- Britney Spears
“Back on the Chain Gang” -- The Pretenders
“Baker Street” -- Gerry Rafferty
“Ball of Confusion” -- Love and Rockets
“Be My Baby” -- The Ronettes
“Because of You” -- Kelly Clarkson
“Bizarre Love Triangle” -- New Order
“Black Friday” -- Steely Dan
“Boobs” -- Ruth Wallis
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” -- Ted Weems
“Bread and Butter (Remix)” -- The Waitresses
"Buy Me a Beer" -- Phil Everly
“China Girl” -- David Bowie
“Christmas at Ground Zero” -- “Weird” Al Yankovic
“Coin-Operated Boy” -- The Dresden Dolls
“Copperhead Road” -- Steve Earle
"Cover of The Rolling Stone" -- Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
“Criminal” -- Fiona Apple
“Cruel Summer” -- Bananarama
“Cult of Personality” -- Living Colour
“Dancing with Myself” -- Billy Idol
“Danny's Song” -- Anne Murray
“Dark Lady” -- Cher
“Dear God” -- XTC
“Don't You Want Me” -- The Human League
“Down at the Twist and Shout” -- Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Downbound Train” -- Bruce Springsteen
“Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive” -- Men at Work
“Drive” -- The Cars
“Echo Beach” -- Martha and the Muffins
“Family Man” -- Hall & Oates
“Find a Way” -- Amy Grant
"For the Good Times" -- Ray Price
“Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” -- Rachel Bloom
“Games People Play” -- Joe South
“Go Home” -- Merle Haggard
“Godzilla” -- Blue Öyster Cult
“Grey Matter” -- Oingo Boingo
“Half-Breed” -- Cher
“Hands Tied” -- Scandal
“Happy, Happy Birthday” -- Wanda Jackson
“Hate Me” -- Blue October
“Hazy Shade of Winter” -- The Bangles
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” -- George Jones
“Head over Feet” -- Alanis Morissette
“Head over Heels” -- The Go-Go's
“Hell” -- Squirrel Nut Zippers
“Hey Pretty (Drive-By 2001 Mix)” -- Poe
“Holding Out for a Hero” -- Bonnie Tyler
“Hot in the City” -- Billy Idol
“Hot N Cold” -- Katy Perry
“How Will I Know” -- Whitney Houston
“I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues” -- Elton John
“I Kissed a Girl” -- Jill Sobule
“I Know What Boys Like” -- The Waitresses
“I Want To Be Evil” -- Eartha Kitt
“I Will Follow Him” -- Little Peggy March
“I Will Wait for You” -- Connie Francis
“I Won't Last a Day Without You” -- The Carpenters
“If We Make It Through December” -- Merle Haggard
“I'm Alive” -- Electric Light Orchestra
“In Dreams” -- Roy Orbison
“It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” -- Kitty Wells
“It's a Sin” -- Pet Shop Boys
“James Bond Theme” -- The Art of Noise
“Jeopardy” -- The Greg Kihn Band
“Jimmy Tomorrow” -- The Waitresses
“Johnny Can't Read” -- Don Henley
“Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)” -- The Flirts
“Kicks” -- Paul Revere and the Raiders
“Kiss Them for Me” -- Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Knowing Me, Knowing You” -- Abba
“La Bamba” -- Los Lobos
“L.A. International Airport” -- Susan Raye
“Land of Confusion” -- Genesis
“Laurie (Strange Things Happen)” -- Dickey Lee
“Learning to Fly” -- Pink Floyd
“Lies” -- Thompson Twins
“Little Woman” -- Bobby Sherman
“Love Is a Battlefield” -- Pat Benatar
“Lovergirl” -- Teena Marie
“Make the Weather” -- The Waitresses
“Making Love Out of Nothing at All” -- Air Supply
“Medley: Pastures of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land/Land” -- Lila Downs
"Mickey" -- Toni Basil
“Money Money Money” -- Abba
“My Alcoholic Friends” -- The Dresden Dolls
“Night Moves” -- Marilyn Martin
“No One Lives Forever” -- Oingo Boingo
“No More Words” -- Berlin
“Objection (Tango)” -- Shakira
“Obsession” -- Animotion
“One of Us” -- Joan Osborne
“One Night in Bangkok” -- Murray Head
“Only Happy When It Rains” -- Garbage
“Only If” -- Enya
“Papa, Don't Preach” -- Madonna
“Pleasure and Pain” -- Divinyls
“Private Idaho” -- The B-52s
“Promises, Promises” -- Naked Eyes
“Psycho Chicken” -- The Fools
“Put a Lid on It” -- Squirrel Nut Zippers
“Puttin' on the Ritz” -- Taco
“Rapture” -- Blondie
“Redland” -- The Waitresses
“Rio” -- Duran Duran
“Rockin' Little Christmas” -- Deborah Allen
“Rumour Has It” -- Adele
“Running with the Night” -- Lionel Richie
“Santa and His Old Lady” -- Cheech and Chong
“Self Control” -- Laura Branigan
“Send Me an Angel” -- Real Life
“Shakin'” -- Eddie Money
“She Bangs” -- Ricky Martin
“She Works Hard for the Money” -- Donna Summer
"Shuttin' Detroit Down" -- John Rich
“Sick and Beautiful” -- Artificial Joy Club
“Sixteen Tons” -- Tennessee Ernie Ford
“Smuggler's Blues” -- Glenn Frey
“Society's Child” -- Janis Ian
“Somebody's Watching Me” -- Rockwell
“Sometimes a Fantasy” -- Billy Joel
"Spill the Wine" -- Eric Burdon and War
“Spooky” -- Classics IV
“Stacy's Mom” -- Fountains of Wayne
“Steel Men” -- Jimmy Dean
“Straight Up” -- Paula Abdul
“Stranger in Town” -- Toto
“Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You” -- Kelly Clarkson
“Summer in the City” -- The Lovin' Spoonfuls
“Summer Wine” -- Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
“Summertime Blues” -- Deborah Harry
“Surfin' Spooks” -- The Ghastly Ones
“Take a Chance on Me” -- Abba
“Take a Walk” -- Passion Pit
“Take Me Home Tonight” -- Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector
“Take the L” -- The Motels
“Ten Cents a Dance” -- The High Hatters
“The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” -- Leonard Nimoy
“The Boys of Summer” -- Don Henley
“The Curly Shuffle” -- The Jump 'N the Saddle Band
“The Glamorous Life” -- Sheila E.
“The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun” -- Julie Brown
“The Human Touch” -- Rick Springfield
“The Look of Love” -- ABC
“The Man in Black” -- Johnny Cash
“The Metro” -- Berlin
“The One That Got Away” -- Katy Perry
“The Safety Dance” -- Men Without Hats
“The Unicorn” -- The Irish Rovers
“The Wall Street Shuffle” -- 10cc
“The Way of Love” -- Cher
“The Whole of the Moon” -- The Waterboys
“The Winner Takes It All” -- Abba
“Think I'm in Love” -- Eddie Money
“Those Were the Days” -- Mary Hopkin
“Tunnel of Love” -- Fun Boy Three
“Twilight Zone” --Golden Earring
“Two of Hearts” -- Stacey Q
“Vacation” -- The Go-Go's
“Vincent” -- Don McLean
“Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?” -- The Waitresses
“We Didn't Start the Fire” -- Billy Joel
“We Belong” -- Pat Benatar
“Welcome to the United States” -- Frank Zappa
“Werewolf” -- Five Man Electrical Band
“Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)” -- Wham!
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning?)” -- Alan Jackson
“Why Me?” -- Planet P Project
“Wild” -- Poe
“Wind Him Up” -- Saga
“Wot” -- Captain Sensible
“Wuthering Heights” -- Kate Bush
“You Belong with Me” -- Taylor Swift
“You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?” -- Annette Hanshaw
“Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad” -- Tammy Wynette
“Your Woman” -- White Town

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All the TV Shows That I Have Seen

Being Human: The First Season
Being Human: The Second Season
Black Books: The First Season
Black Books: The Second Season
Blackadder: The Complete Series
Bones: The First Season
Boston Legal: The First Season
Boston Legal: The Second Season
Burn Notice: The First Season
Eureka: The First Season
Eureka: The Second Season
Fawlty Towers: The Complete Series
Firefly: The Complete Series
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series
Grey's Anatomy: The First Season
Grey's Anatomy: The Second Season
Heroes: The First Season
Heroes: The Second Season
Nighty Night: The Complete Series
Primeval: The Complete Series
Resurrection Blvd.: The First Season
Shameless: The First Season
Stacked: The Complete Series
The Office: The First Season (UK)
The Office: The Second Season (UK)
The Office: The Second Season (US)
Veronica Mars: The First Season
William and Mary: The Complete Series
Wonderfalls: The Complete Series
Yes Minister: The Complete Series
Yes, Prime Minister: The Complete Series

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Perils of the Published Author

So I guess this item should make me glad I'm not a published author, right?

Because it's not like I don't have enough health problems already...

Here's hoping Ms. Valdes-Rodriguez has a swift recovery.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Father's Day”

I always found this to be very easily one of the most problematic episodes of the first season.

On the plus side, it shows us an entirely new side of Jackie Tyler (Rose's mother) and shows us that there is a lot more to her than the silly ninny we saw in the first few episodes of this series.

It also taught us more than a few unpleasant truths about how parents aren't always as noble as they seem, how parents often lie to their children with the best of intentions, and about how such white lies often come back to haunt them when their children discover the truth.

However, it also introduced the Reapers, a rather silly group of monsters who take it upon themselves to avenge all efforts to change time. Not only does their intervention raise the inevitable question of why haven't we seen these entities before (after all, time paradoxes and changed histories aren't all that rare on this series), it inevitably evokes memories of the equally silly Gremlins who used to appear in the godawful cable TV series Dead Like Me.

However, even if the Reapers were more imaginative in nature, they wouldn't really work as a concept in this episode because no one in this episode seems to take the most obvious action against them -- despite all the death and destruction they caused -- until the very end of the episode. Indeed, at one point, their most obvious opponent, the Doctor, chooses to spend more time giving a long, long speech about how nice it is that a couple getting married first met in a particularly cute manner than he does taking the obvious actions to save the life of that same couple.

For that matter, the speech he gives at that moment raises a rather obvious point. Why does it matter to the Doctor how the couple first met anyway? Sure, they seem like nice people, but it would seem more heroic for the Doctor to try and save them merely because they're in danger than because they tell him a particularly nice story. After all, wouldn't their lives still be worth saving if they hadn't met in such a cute fashion? Or is the Doctor now practicing temporal euthanasia?

The episode begins when Rose Tyler borrows the Doctor's time machine (the Tardis) to change the past so that her father avoids getting hit by the van that originally killed him. Unfortunately, her father proves not to be the type of man she had always imagined him to be from her mother's stories. Worse yet, her father's change of fate brings on the Reapers who begin attacking everything in sight and force Rose, the Doctor and Rose's father to flee to a nearby church where a weddding is scheduled to take place.

As the ordeal drags on, it becomes more and more obvious that the only way to end the Reapers' attack is to sacrifice Rose's father to his original fate. Rose is obviously reluctant to do this, and it eventually becomes up to her father to make the needed sacrifice. But not until more than a few people have been needlessly killed by the Reapers.

Rose's father eventually does the right thing and time reverts back to something close to its original pattern. The Reapers disappear and all is saved. For now.

But the bad taste left in my mouth by some of the contrived plot developments in this episode still lingers on. Too bad there's not a thing the Doctor can do to fix that...

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Twenty “Worst” Chick Flicks

Yet another idea “borrowed” from Byzantium's Shores: a list of the alleged twenty worst “chick flicks” of the last twenty years and my thoughts on the same:

20. Autumn in New York.

I haven't seen it.

19. The English Patient.

I haven't seen it.

18. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

I haven't seen it.

17. The Notebook.

I actually did see this. I'm not going to pretend I liked it (after all, the main plot twist is given away in the trailer) but I was more moved by James Garner's performance than I expected to be. So I can't say I hated it either.

16. Dr. T and the Women.

I haven't seen it.

15. Sweet November.

I haven't seen it.

14. You've Got Mail.

The only good thing about this movie was the soundtrack album and the fact that it inspired me to rent from the local library a copy of the 1940 original The Shop Around the Corner. Then, of course, there's the fact that the plot of this movie just doesn't work as well as the plot of the original. After all, Jimmy Stewart didn't scheme to eliminate the store that was his would-be girlfriend's livelihood. And Nora Ephron never quite convinces me that it was a good idea for Meg Ryan to forgive Tom Hanks for doing just that. And as much as I loved The Godfather, I could not help but find Ephron's “all men quote The Godfather” routine to be forced and unconvincing.

13. The Princes of Tides.

I haven't seen it.

12. Georgia Rule.

Mi last ex-novia talked me into seeing this but I fell asleep halfway through the movie. What little I saw didn't exactly inspire me to stay awake.

11. Crossroads.

I haven't seen it.

10. The Bridges of Madison County.

I did see it. I was bored to tears. But at least I got a lot of chances to look at my watch.

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

I haven't seen it.

8. Fried Green Tomatoes.

I haven't seen it.

7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

I haven't seen it.

6. Beaches.

One of my former novias was into the theme song for this movie. But I wasn't. Perhaps because -- you guessed it -- I haven't seen it.

5. Sleepless in Seattle.

I actually liked this movie, though I suspect it was more due to the Jimmy Durante song that played during the opening credits than its not-so-imaginative take on romance. At least I remember liking it more than You've Got Mail -- not that's saying a lot.

4. Dirty Dancing.

I liked it fair enough, but I never loved it the way some people seem to do. I liked the soundtrack fair enough, though I'm fairly sick of hearing The Contours' song “Do Ya Love Me” thanks to this movie.

3. Steel Magnolias.

I haven't seen it. Yes, I know. I should be ashamed.

2. Ghost.

It was okay. My sister liked it more than me. In fact, she cried at the end. I'll admit to liking it better than Jacob's Ladder, which was written by the same guy. But I didn't like it the way my sister liked it.

1. Titanic.

My middle brother once told my mother that as much as he liked this movie, he was certain that she was going to love it. He was right. I liked it well enough, but not as much as other people. And the whole Rose Dawson exposing herself -- er -- posing in the nude for the man she loved seemed like such a male-oriented fantasy that I'm still surprised that so many women take this film seriously. It's not quite deserving of the backlash against it, but then it's not quite deserving of the endless worship which prompted the backlash.

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Adam-12: “Venice Division”
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “Revenge”
All in the Family: “Archie Is Branded”
All in the Family: “Meet the Bunkers”
All in the Family: “Teresa Moves In”
All in the Family: “The Games Bunkers Play”
All-American Girl: “Take My Family -- Please”
All-American Girl: “The Apartment”
All-American Girl: “Venus de Margaret”
American Family: “Citizen Cisco”
American Family: “Pilot”
Angel: “The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco”
Back to You: “Pilot”
Being Human (U.K.): “Adam's Family”
Being Human (U.K.): “Lia”
Being Human (U.K.): “Type 4”
Bewitched: “To Twitch or Not to Twitch”
Bones: “The Double Death of the Dearly Departed”
Bored to Death: “Pilot”
Boris Karloff's Thriller: “The Grim Reaper”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Chosen”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Halloween”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Hush”
Castle: “Always Buy Retail”
Castle: “Flowers for Your Grave”
Columbo: “A Case of Immunity”
Columbo: “A Deadly State of Mind”
Columbo: “A Matter of Honor”
Columbo: “A Stitch in Crime”
Columbo: “By Dawn's Early Light”
Columbo: “Candidate for Crime”
Columbo: “Fade in to Murder”
Columbo: “Lovely But Lethal”
Columbo: “Make Me a Perfect Murder”
Columbo: “Negative Reaction”
Columbo: “Now You See Him”
Columbo: “The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case”
Columbo: “The Conspirators”
Community: “Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas”
Community: “Biology 101”
Community: “History 101”
Community: “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”
Community: “Regional Holiday Music”
Community: “Remedial Chaos Theory”
Creature Comforts: “The Circus”
Davey and Goliath: “Good Neighbor”
Davey and Goliath: “The Polka Dot Tie”
Desperate Housewives: “Pilot”
Desperate Housewives: “Putting It Together”
Devious Maids: “Pilot”
Dexter: “Blinded by the Light”
Dexter: “Born Free”
Dexter: “Crocodile”
Dexter: “Dex Takes a Holiday”
Dexter: “Dexter”
Dexter: “Father Knows Best”
Dexter: “Hungry Man”
Dexter: “Living the Dream”
Dexter: “Love American Style”
Dexter: “My Bad”
Dexter: “Remains to be Seen”
Dexter: “Seeing Red”
Dexter: “The Getaway”
Dexter: “Those Kinds of Things”
Dexter: “Truth Be Told”
Doctor Who (The First Series): “Genesis of the Daleks”
Doctor Who (The First Series): “Remembrance of the Daleks”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “A Christmas Carol”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): "A Good Man Goes to War"
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Amy's Choice”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Blink”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Cold Blood”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Closing Time”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Curse of the Black Spot”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Day of the Moon”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Father's Day”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Flesh and Stone”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Let's Kill Hitler”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Midnight”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Night Terrors”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Partners in Crime”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Planet of the Dead”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Rose”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Silence in the Library”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Smith and Jones”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Almost People”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Beast Below”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Big Bang”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Doctor's Wife”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Eleventh Hour”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The End of Time: Part One”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The End of Time: Part Two”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Fires of Pompeii”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Girl Who Waited”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The God Complex”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Hungry Earth”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Impossible Astronaut”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Impossible Planet”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Lodger”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Next Doctor”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Pandorica Opens”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Rebel Flesh”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Runaway Bride”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Satan Pit”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Time of Angels”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Waters of Mars”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “The Wedding of River Song”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Utopia”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Vampires of Venice”
Doctor Who (The Second Series: “Victory of the Daleks”
Doctor Who (The Second Series): “Vincent and the Doctor”
Dollhouse: “A Spy in the House of Love”
Dollhouse: “Briar Rose”
Dollhouse: “Echoes”
Dollhouse: “Epitaph One”
Dollhouse: “Ghost”
Dollhouse: “Gray Hour”
Dollhouse: “Haunted”
Dollhouse: “Man on the Street”
Dollhouse: “Needs”
Dollhouse: “Omega”
Dollhouse: “Stage Fright”
Dollhouse: “The Target”
Dollhouse: “True Believer”
Elementary: “Pilot”
Eli Stone: “Freedom”
Eli Stone: “Pilot”
Friday Night Lights: “Pilot”
ER: “24 Hours (Pilot)”
Get Smart: “I Shot 86 Today”
Gilligan's Island: “Beauty Is as Beauty Does”
Gilligan's Island: “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”
Glee: “The Rhodes Not Taken”
Grimm: “Pilot”
Heroes: “An Invisible Thread”
Heroes: “Angels and Monsters”
Heroes: “Dying of the Light”
Heroes: “Eris Quod Sum”
Heroes: “Genesis”
Heroes: “One of Us, One of Them”
Heroes: “The Butterfly Effect”
Heroes: “The Eclipse -- Part 1”
Heroes: “The Eclipse -- Part 2”
Heroes: “The Second Coming”
House M.D.: “Help Me”
House M.D.: “The Softer Side”
House M.D.: “Three Stories”
House M.D.: “Under My Skin”
Hung: “Pilot”
Joan of Arcadia: “Common Thread”
Joan of Arcadia: “Pilot”
Joan of Arcadia: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
Joan of Arcadia: “The Uncertainty Principle”
Joan of Arcadia: “Wealth of Nations”
Keen Eddie: “Pilot”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “Demon in Lace”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “Firefall”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “Legacy of Terror”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “The Devil's Platform”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “The Ripper”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “The Spanish Moss Murders”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “The Vampire”
Kolchak: The Night Stalker: “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...”
Lost in Austen (The Mini-Series)
Lost in Space: “The Great Vegetable Rebellion”
Love, American Style: “Love and the Bashful Groom”
Mad Men: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
Masters of Horror: “Dreams in the Witch House”
Masters of Horror: “Family”
Masters of Horror: “Haeckel's Tale”
Masters of Horror: “John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns”
Masters of Horror: “Pro-Life”
Masters of Horror: “The Black Cat”
Masters of Horror: “The V Word”
Masters of Horror: “The Washingtonians”
Masters of Horror: “Valerie on the Stairs”
Maude: “Maude's Dilemma: Parts 1 & 2”
Miami Vice: “Free Verse”
Miami Vice: “Trust Fund Pirates”
Mockingbird Lane: “Pilot”
Modern Family: “Game Changer”
Modern Family: “My Funky Valentine”
Modern Family: “Pilot”
Modern Family: “The Incident”
Night Gallery: “A Matter of Semantics”
Night Gallery: “Cool Air”
Night Gallery: “Pickman's Model”
Night Gallery: “The House”
No Ordinary Family: “Pilot”
Once Upon a Time: “Pilot”
One Day at a Time: “J.C. and Julie: Parts 1 & 2”
Parks and Recreation: “The Banquet”
Pushing Daisies: “Dummy”
Quatermass: “The Quatermass Conclusion”
Red Dwarf: “Tikka to Ride”
Rizzoli & Isles: “See One, Do One, Teach One”
Room 222: “El Genio”
Room 222: “I Love You Charlie, I Love You Abby”
Room 222: “Naked Came We Into the World”
Room 222: “Operation Sandpile”
Room 222: “Richie's Story”
Scrubs: “My Jerks”
Shameless (U.S.): “Pilot”
She-Wolf of London: “Beyond the Beyond”
She-Wolf of London: “Little Bookshop of Horrors”
She-Wolf of London: “Moonlight Becomes You”
She-Wolf of London: “Nice Girls Don't”
She-Wolf of London: “She-Wolf of London”
She-Wolf of London: “The Bogman of Letchmoor Heath”
She-Wolf of London: “The Juggler”
Sherlock: “A Scandal in Belgravia”
Sherlock: “A Study in Pink”
Sherlock: “The Great Game”
Sherlock: “The Reichenbach Fall”
Six Feet Under: “Pilot”
Star Trek: “The Omega Glory”
Suburgatory: “Pilot”
Supernatural: “Pilot”
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Pilot”
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Gnothi Seauton”
The Avengers: “A Touch of Brimstone”
The Avengers: “Murdersville”
The Avengers: “Never, Never Say Die”
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.: “Pilot”
The Beverly Hillbillies: “Clampett's Millions”
The Beverly Hillbillies: “The Clampetts Are Overdrawn”
The Beverly Hillbillies: “The Clampetts Go Hollywood”
The Beverly Hillbillies" “The Clampetts in Court”
The Beverly Hillbillies: “Turkey Day”
The Big Bang Theory: “The Adhesive Duck Deficiency”
The Big Bang Theory: “The Psychic Vortex”
The Dick Van Dyke Show: “It May Look Like a Walnut”
The 4400: “Becoming”
The 4400: “Pilot”
The 4400: “The New and Improved Carl Morrissey”
The 4400: “Trial by Fire”
The 4400: “Wake-Up Call”
The 4400: “White Light”
The Hunger: “A Matter of Style”
The Hunger: “A River of Night's Dreaming”
The Jeffersons: “My Girl, Louise”
The Monkees: “I Was a Teenage Monster”
The Munsters: “Low-Cal Munster”
The Neighbors: “Pilot”
The New Avengers: “Complex”
The New Avengers: “Dirtier by the Dozen”
The New Avengers: “K Is for Kill: Part I: The Tiger Awakes”
The New Avengers: “K Is for Kill: Part II: Tiger by the Tail”
The New Avengers: “Obsession”
The New Avengers: “The Eagle's Nest”
The New Normal: “Obama Mama”
The New Statesman: “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”
The Office (U.S.): “Cafe Disco”
The Office (U.S.): “Company Picnic”
The Office (U.S.): “Murder”
The Office (U.S.): “Niagara”
The Office (U.S.): “Secretary's Day”
The Sarah Jane Adventures: “Death of the Doctor”
The Sarah Jane Adventures: “The Day of the Clown”
The Sarah Jane Adventures: “The Empty Planet”
The Sarah Jane Adventures: “The Last Sontaran”
The Sarah Jane Adventures: “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith”
The Simpsons: “And Maggie Makes Three”
The Twilight Zone (1985): “Button, Button”
The Twilight Zone (TOS): “Mirror Image”
The Twilight Zone (TOS): “Mute”
The Twilight Zone (TOS): “Perchance to Dream”
The Twilight Zone (TOS): “The Midnight Sun”
The Vicar of Dibly: “The Christmas Lunch Incident”
The Wild Wild West: “The Night of the Assassin”
The Wild Wild West: “The Night of the Inferno”
The Wild Wild West: “The Night of the Steel Assassin”
The Wild Wild West: “The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth”
The X-Files: “Ghost in the Machine”
The X-Files: “Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'”
The X-Files: “Kill Switch”
The X-Files: “Monday”
The X-Files: “Space”
The X-Files: “Terms of Endearment”
The X-Files: “The Rain King”
30 Rock: “Stone Mountain”
Torchwood: “Children of Earth”
Torchwood: “Everything Changes”
Torchwood: “Out of Time”
True Blood: “Strange Love”
Two and a Half Men: “I Called Him Magoo”
2 Broke Girls: “Pilot”
Ugly Betty: “Back in Her Place”
Ugly Betty: “Hello Goodbye”
Ugly Betty: “Pilot”
Ugly Betty: “Plus None”
Ugly Betty: “The Manhattan Project”
Ugly Betty: “The Past Presents the Future”
United States of Tara: “Pilot”
Warehouse 13: “Pilot”
Warehouse 13: “The Greatest Gift”
Weeds: “A Pool and His Money”
Weeds: “All About My Mom”
Weeds: “Corn Snake”
Weeds: “Doing the Backstroke”
Weeds: “Go”
Weeds: “Mother Thinks the Birds Are After Her”
Weeds: “No Man Is Pudding”
Weeds: “Pittsburgh”
Weeds: “The Brick Dance”
Weeds: “The Love Circle Overlap”
Whitney: “Pilot”
Workaholics: “P*ss & S**t”

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