Apr 26 2011

Come Closer. I Can’t Hear You. Closer…

What’s that you say? Your old pal Logan so called the fact that Josh Holloway is playing a mysterious cowboy on the May 5th Community finale?  That’s right, I did.  And as proof, here’s a little teaser for you ladies:

TV Guide has more info, the most interesting news being that Josh is huge pals with Chevy and couldn’t wait to work with him again.  Of course, I already knew this, however, because most people seem to be under the impression that Chevy is some sort of asshole that nobody likes, I’m sure they’ll find it shocking.

Apr 21 2011

Coming This July…

Only one season to go!  Keep it up, Lionsgate!

Apr 19 2011

Ugh! You Got AIDS on My Glee!

Know what? I hate this show. That's right, I said it.

Since when did not liking Glee apparently make you homophobic?  Can’t we just not like Glee because it’s not a good show?  I’m sure you heard about the whole Victoria Jackson comment a few weeks back, but it now seems that one of my favorite authors, Bret Easton Ellis, is joining her.  E! is reporting that Ellis tweeted the following last week:

I like the idea of Glee but why is it that every time I watch an episode I feel like I’ve stepped into a puddle of HIV?

Yeah yeah.  Think what you will, but here’s the deal: It doesn’t matter how you say it, you can’t say anything bad about Glee.  In fact, if you’re a celebrity who wants some free press, all you really need to do is say anything remotely insulting about Glee.  With this in mind, I’ve prepared the following statement which is sure to get me written up in all the supermarket mags!  Hang on, ‘cos here we go!  Ahem…

Hi, I’m Logan Lee of www.criticalend.com.  That’s one word.  Guess what?  I can’t stand Glee!  Boy howdy what a terrible show!  Watching Glee reminds me of the time that I almost drank a gallon of AIDS.  For what it’s worth, I actually thought it was a bottle of Berry Blast PowerAde, but than I realized that the word “power” was no where to be found on the label, and also that the “Ade” in “PowerAde” is spelled different.  Also, it wasn’t blue which should have been the most noticeable difference.  AIDS is more of a peach color, I think.  Whatever the case may be, it reminded me of watching Glee, a show that I don’t like watching.  Oh!  Another thing that reminds me of Glee is the time when I was eight and I called a black kid a “jerk” on the playground.  Mind you, it had nothing to do with the fact that he was black, but because he was playing Leonardo, my favorite Ninja Turtle, leaving me to be Raphael, who nobody wanted to be.  What a jerk, right?  Anyway, that name once again is Logan Lee.  Did you get all of that?  Good.  Well, I’m off to rehab!

via CritEnd! reader Olivia.

Apr 13 2011

British Trailer Double Shot


No podcast today, folks, but check back next Wednesday for our extensive look at the Scream series, including Scream 4. Until then, let’s have a look at some Britishy trailers, starting with Dan Radcliffe in ghost story The Woman in Black.

Obviously it’s a teaser, so there’s not much to see. But I hear great things about the book so my hopes are high. Just like they are for the new season (or “series”) of Doctor Who.

Can’t wait!

[via /Film and Screened]

Apr 12 2011

Faster than a speeding Honda Accord!

Ryan first broke the news of the goofy new Wonder Woman costume here.  It seems that enough online nerds complained that the producers realized it was time for a last minute fix.  Hence, the change:


So, what’s new exactly?  As you can tell by her face, she’s now clearly on the rag.

Apr 7 2011

Community to go all Sergio Leone on us

I haven’t really looked into this too much, but Zap2it.com, a website which I wouldn’t normally frequent due to it’s insane amount of pop-ups, is reporting that the upcoming Community paintball 2-part finale is going to be an homage to the Italian western. 

Allow me to share the same thought about this episode that I shared a few weeks back: Yawn.

It was already nearing my sleepy time when I read they were doing another paintball episode, but to now hear that it’s going to pay tribute to spaghetti westerns is nearly the equivalent of popping some Ambien. Is this not a genre that has been parodied to death already? 

I still love the show and think it’s one of the best on TV, but at some point in season 2 they lost track of developing their characters and decided to focus more on outrageous plots.  Does anybody recall that Shirley was a business major or that Annie’s life plan was to transfer to a University after two years? If so, maybe you should be writing for Community.

The finale airs on May 12th.

Apr 1 2011

Friday Roundup: No Joke Edition


Happy April Fool’s Day, kids!  To celebrate, here are some stories that should be jokes, but (as far as I know) are 100% true:

Arnold Schwarzenegger is teaming up with obviously bored comics giant Stan Lee to produce The Governator, a comic book/animated series starring Arnold as himself. Except in this version he quits politics to become a super strong action spy crimefighter, unlike the real world where he quit politics to do an embarrassingly self-aggrandizing comic book/animated series. Now, this news COULD be a joke perpetrated by Entertainment Weekly, but so many sites have reported it as true, that I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Mostly so I could post another clip of Stan Lee’s last infamous collaboration with a celebrity:

In other famous person team-up news, here’s a story that’s been kicking around for awhile, but has seen a recent resurgence: Stephen King and John (Sexy Cougar) Mellencamp are working on a musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Have we learned NOTHING from Spider-Man, people? If you’re doing a musical, get someone who writes musicals, not a washed up rock star. Although, I have to admit I’d love to see Ringo Starr do a modern stage adaptation of the Paul Bunyan story. I think it might go a little something like this:

Finally, James Cameron has revealed his next big innovation in filmmaking: using more film. Cameron’s convinced that shooting film at higher frame rates will blow audiences away. Sure, more frames per second adds up to a clearer picture and smoother movement (see modern videogames which almost all average more than cinema’s 24fps), but I still find it funny that the guy who taught us that action films could have decent scripts (Terminator, Aliens) has completely abandoned story in favor of visuals. “MORE PICTURES! DELIVERED FASTER TO YOUR BRAIN! WHAT DO YOU MEAN AVATAR WAS DERIVATIVE? IT WAS SO PRETTY!”

Have a good weekend!

Mar 28 2011

Go Team Venture!


I’m a big fan of The Venture Bros. on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup of programming.  Other than Robot Chicken, it’s the only Adult Swim cartoon I still watch.  The fourth season blu-ray just came out, and having already secured it and quickly wolfed down every morsel of its content, let me assure you that it is a worthy purchase indeed.  And the blu-ray really is the way to go.  The animation is gorgeous in high def.

But that’s not why I’m writing today.  Series co-creator Jackson Publick announced on his blog that not only has the show been renewed for two more pulse-pounding seasons, but a 90 minute TV movie is on the way as well.  That’s huge news, and frankly, a load off my mind, since every show I like gets cancelled after a few seasons, especially quirky niche shows like Venture Bros.

The finale of season four opened up a lot of interesting possibilities, and it’s great that they’ll have at least two more seasons to explore them.  One of my favorite things about the show is that the creators don’t just reset the status quo every episode.  Characters grow and change, taking full advantage of the serial nature of television.  A welcome surprise from a comedy cartoon that first appeared to be a straight forward parody of Johnny Quest, but has grown into an amazingly well-written show that tackles love, failure, growing up, and even death while still remaining funny and packed full of 60s throwback action.

So kudos to you, Team Venture.  Here’s to many more seasons of hilarity, heartbreak, and of course, adventure.

Mar 21 2011

David E. Kelley to Adapt Stan Lee’s Stripperella


…at least that’s what I assume he decided to do halfway through developing Wonder Woman for television. And I think he’s really got something here. Adrianne Palicki only MOSTLY looks like some nerd took a nude photo of her from Playboy and photoshopped his fantasy on top of it.

Here’s a sneak peak of the sense-shattering first episode!

Mar 16 2011

New Thundercats Looks Animaybe Okay


Remember this business? Well now we’ve got a teaser:

So look. It’s VERY anime. And normally I’m not into that. Granted the original Thundercats was anime too, but 80s anime occupies a different, more loved spot in my conscious. At any rate, as much as I might normally turn away from this, my heart actually quickened a bit. For some reason, just seeing Wilykit and Wilykat jumping around, Tygra going all invisible, and Cheetara spinning that bo staff brought back so many awesome memories that I just have to believe the creators of the reboot have latched on to what made the original great. I’ll definitely give this show a chance. And when it fails me horribly, you’ll read about it here.

[Via Screened]

Mar 15 2011

TGIF to return?

Growing up, Friday night at Li’l Logan’s house was all about pizza, pajamas, and ABC’s TGIF.  Sure, there was a period when I dumped it for FOX’s The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., but when that show died off in 1994, TGIF was still there for me.  A lot of shows came and went (I still have a soft spot in my heart for Baby Talk and Teen Angel), but the standards (I’m thinking Family Matters, Boys Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Perfect Strangers, Dinosaurs), were pitch perfect family programing that prepared me for the weekend the same way FOX’s Sunday night of The Simpsons and Married with Children prepared me for the week.

And now there’s talk of bringing it all back.  Which is expected.  You may have heard that Nickelodeon is brining back most of their 90’s shows, which is mighty fine by me.  I’m sure if all of this works out, ABC won’t be bringing back their old shows, but let’s hope they deliver a few shows in the same mold that made my generation love Friday nights.

Mar 3 2011

Guess what? Community.

It’s Thursday, which means that it’s time to check in with Community.  While we weren’t huge fans of the last episode (I think Ryan pegged it when he described it as seeming somewhat like fan fic), the rest of the web has already moved on and is already abuzz with news of the mid-May season 2 finale. 

The cast and crew are promoting it as a “sequel” to the infamous paintball episode, which I find somewhat yawn inducing.  Doing more paintball at this point seems too easy.  Wake me when it’s over.  Oh, what’s that?  Lost‘s Josh Holloway is going to be in it as a sexy cowboy?  Okay, Community!  Ya got me! 

This poster may or may not be above my bed.

via movieweb

Feb 28 2011

Oscar Morning After: Repost Edition


Photo ripped off from CNN.com

First, a big ol’ thanks from Logan and me for making this year’s Oscar Live Blog our best yet. The snark was flying fast and funny, from us as well as from a record number of commenters. If you spent the night with us, we certainly appreciate it and hope to see you again next year (or perhaps sooner, we’ve always talked about doing more live blog events). If you missed it, check out the full replay here.

Now let’s see how the rest of the net’s feeling this morning:

  • /Film’s got all the winners for ya.  So does everyone else, but I like their formatting the best.
  • CNN has the lowdown on the Twitter buzz.  Surprisingly, criticism was not constructive.
  • Badass Digest has an excellent article interpreting James Franco’s lazy nonchalance as a brilliant deconstructionist performance piece.
  • Finally, on the flip side of things, here are your 2010 Razzie winners.

Feb 27 2011

Critical End! Live Blogs the 83rd Annual Academy Awards


UPDATE: Another year in the can. Read the transcript of the night’s events below!

UPDATE: And we’re off! Read and comment away!

The fun starts in a half hour, folks! Stay tuned to this space.

Feb 24 2011

Community in GQ

Despite the fact that rumors of it’s cancellation are looming, GQ got the Community guys (along with a few other male cast members from shows like Skins that will most likely be on for years to come) together for a quick photo.

And let me just say that this may be the greatest thing I’ve seen all year.  I’d like to order thirty prints please, GQ.