Sunday, March 02, 2014

"Revised" List Of Favorite TV Shows of 2013 (Kind of)

Finally watched Season 1 of "House of Cards" which came out in 2013.
So if I had watched "House of Cards" in 2013, where would it have been on my list of favorite 2013 shows.

1. Breaking Bad- great final 8 episodes to conclude this series! One of my top ten shows of all time.
2. Mad Men- As usual, failed to disappoint. A return to the "old Don Draper" was a treat.
3. House of Cards- Totally hooked on this show. Couldn't stop watching it.
4. Boardwalk Empire- Sometimes when watching this series, you wonder what the hell is going on. But no show does as good a job or wrapping up loose ends at the end of each season.
5. The Walking Dead- the last half of Season 3 and the first half of Season 4.
6. The Americans- Just watched season 1 for a second time and I think I should have ranked it higher. 
7. Justified- for me not as memorable as last season, but still very good.
8. Parks and Rec- easily my favorite comedy on network TV.
9. Lilyhammer- Another Netflix series.  As a huge "Sopranos" fan, love this series. If you liked the Sopranos and you have Netflix, give this a try.
10. Homeland- loved Season 1 of this show. Season 3 was not nearly as good ( and the finale had some big problems) and I fear where this show may be going for Season 4. Still enjoyed it and looked forward to watching it every week.



Monday, February 03, 2014

My Favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman Roles

Two of my favorite actors of their generation are/were Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giammati.
Neither of them had leading man good looks (Many would say far from it for Philip Seymour Hoffman) but both were able to provide great performances in many varied roles.

PSH had so many great performances, that it was tough to narrow it down. I have ranked my favorites but I realize that you re-order this list in so many ways.

1. Owning Mahowny-
    I'm guessing that most have not seen this role. I have seen it several times and PSH makes me think I am       watching a documentary of Dan Mahowny rather than a film  adaptation!!

Here's a clip:
OWNING MAHOWNY

2. Almost Famous- Lester Bangs


3. Scent of a Woman- one of his very first roles. When you watch it now, it's hard to believe that is                 Hoffman.
4. Along Came Polly- Sandy Lyle
    - except for Jennifer Aniston, the only good thing in this movie. In a minor role, steals the film.
5. Big Lebowski
    -  You wanted to punch him in the face in the Big Lebowski. Admit it.
6. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    - Gets to have sex with Marisa Tomei in this flick. Highly recommend it.
7. Capote
    - Not a huge fan of this flick but PSH won an Oscar and he nails the role!!
8. The Invention of Lying
   - Another minor role, playing Jim the Bartender. Usually on screen with Louis CK and Ricky Gervais, I        laugh at almost everything he says.
9.  Love Liza
   -plays a man trying to deal with the suicide of his wife. Strong performance.
10. (Tie) Pirate Radio- again, not a great movie except for Hoffman
               Nobody's Fool- a very minor role as Officer Raymer

Honorable Mention:  Magnolia (did not like this film at all,  but PSH is very good in his supportign role); Jack Goes Boating; The Savages: Punch Love Drunk; and, State and Main

I still need to see:  Boogie Nights; Charlie Wilson's War; The Talented Mr. Ripley; Doubt; The Master; Ides of March; Moneyball; Happiness; Flawless; and, A Late Quartet.

Monday, January 06, 2014

K's Top TV Shows of 2013

Well damn, I watch a lot TV, but this was tough this year except for the first two on the list:

1. Breaking Bad- great final 8 episodes to conclude this series! One of my top ten shows of all time.
2. Mad Men- As usual, failed to disappoint. A return to the "old Dpn Draper" was a treat.
3. Boardwalk Empire- Sometimes when watching this series, you wonder what the hell is going on. But no show does as good a job or wrapping up loose ends at the end of each season.
4. The Walking Dead- the last half of Season 3 and the first half of Season 4.
5. Justified- for me not as memorable as last season, but worked for me.
6. The Americans- toughest part of this show is that you don't want to root for the main characters, Russian spies living in America.
7. Parks and Rec- easily my favorite comedy on network TV.
8. Lilyhammer- On Netflix. (Have not yet watched "House of Cards" or "The New Black is Orange" which made many critics' list). As a huge "Sopranos" fan, love this series. If you liked the Sopranos and you have Netflix, give this a try.
9. Homeland- loved Season 1 of this show. Season 3 was not nearly as good ( and the finale had some big problems) and I fear where this show may be going for Season 4. Still enjoyed it and looked forward to watching it every week.
10. Sports Series: "A Football Life" and "30 for 30" I'm cheating here but, tough! The best "30 for 30" episodes of 2013 were "Big Shot", "Free Spirits", "Youngstown Boys" and "Elway to Marino." The "Steve Gleason" episode of "A Football Life." Also enjoyed "Houston '93" and "Steve Sabol."

Just missed- Veep

Big Disappointment- Sons of Anarchy!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Ranking the NFL Playoffs by Rooting Interest

1. Denver Broncos- Apparently it "cool:" to hate Peyton Manning. So, I'm rooting for him..
2. Carolina Panthers- Ron Rivera. At one point early in the season, he was reportedly in danger of being fired. Now he has a chance to make the Super Bowl.
3. San Fran- Jim Harbaugh, please beat the Packers.
4. Seatlle- If Pete Carroll wasn't such a prick, would have them higher.
5. Colts- Andrew Luck
6. Saints- Wish this team played better on the road.
7. Chiefs- Nice turnaround for Andy Reid
8. Bengals- Andy Dalton. Marvin Lewis. That's about it.
9. Chargers- Can Rivers finally make it to the Super Bowl.
10. Eagles- like the team and the coach. Hate the fans.
11. New England- Unlike many, I don't hate the Pats and Tom Brady is one of the all-time great QBs; but, enough Boston sports already!!!
12. Packers- F the Green Bay Packers!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ten Years Ago.


I was there at Wrigley.

Cubbies have not won a Playoff game since that day.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Basesball Playoffs- Eight is Enough


1. Pittsburgh- Another ex-White Sox, Jason Grilli. 
2. LA Dodgers- Juan Uribe.
3. Boston Red Sox- Bulldog and Matty Ice
4. Oakland A's-  Bartolo Colon!! Big Boy!
5. Atlanta Braves- Freddy Garcia!!!
6. Tampa Bay-A Team of Destiny?
7. St. Louis Cardinals- A little more likable without LaRussa.
8.Detroit Tigers- I got nothing good to say about any Detroit sports team.


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

And Then There Were Nine...


1. Pittsburgh- Morneau and Liriano with a weird feeling this morning. A Playoff Win!!
2. LA Dodgers- Time to add to the Legend of Juan Uribe!
3. Boston Red Sox- Bulldog and Matty Ice
4. Oakland A's-  Bartolo Colon!! Big Boy!
5. Atlanta Braves- Kate Upton. Okay!
6. Tampa Bay- Time to Beat The Tribe!
7. St. Louis Cardinals- Whatever!
8. Cleveland Indians- Nick Swisher get off my TV!
9. Detroit Tigers- Please, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ranking MLB Playoff Teams Per Rooting Interest

1. Pittsburgh- "We are family..."
2. LA Dodgers- Juan Uribe! Juan Uribe!
3. Boston Red Sox- A ring for Jake Peavy and Matt Thornton
4. Oakland A's-  Cool unis
5. Atlanta Braves- the South!
6. Tampa Bay- I guess Crain would get a ring on the DL.
7. Cincinnati- Dusty's success still upsets Cubs fans.
8. St. Louis Cardinals- Nothing against them, but enough already.
9. Cleveland Indians- If it wasn't for Nick Swisher, the Tribe would be higher.
10. Detroit Tigers- the sooner they are eliminated the better.

Really, anyone but Nick Swisher or the Tigers will be okay with me.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NFL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS AFTER THREE WEEKS!

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

Denver Broncos 35 Kansas City Chiefs 24

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

Seattle Seahawks 31 New Orleans Saints 28

SUPER BOWL:

Denver Broncos 31 Seattle Seahawks 21

Monday, September 16, 2013

Victory Monday


There were several enjoyable aspects to the Bears' Victory over the Vikings.
1. A Bears' Tight End that catches passes and even scores TDs!
2. Tim Jennings Pick-6
3. Another 4th quarter drive lead by Jay Cutler.
But if you know me, the thing that I enjoyed most about the victory:
4. Devin Hester: 249 return yards!! The Best!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS!!


NFL PROJECTED PLAYOFFS AFTER WEEK ONE!

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:

DENVER BRONCOS  35
NE PATRIOTS             31


NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

SF 49ers                   34
Eagles                      28

Super Bowl

Broncos 33
49ers      31

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

K's Totally Useless College Football Top Twenty

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Clemson
4. Florida State
5. South Carolina
6. Stanford
7. Texas A & M
8. Ohio State
9. Louisville
10. LSU
11. Florida
12. Georgia
13. Michigan
14. Wisconsin
15.Oklahoma State
16. Oklahoma
17. Texas
18.UCLA
19. Washington
20. (tie) Notre  Dame
             North Dakota State


Followed By Four Losses


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Some Praise for White Sox Fans!



Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Emmy Nominations

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

1. "Mad Men"
2. "Breaking Bad"
3."Homeland"
4."Game of Thrones"
5."Downton Abbey"
5,"House of Cards" -A Show that is streamed on Netflix!! Really?!


Snubs- Boardwalk Empire. The Walking Dead. Can't think of a network (CBS, ABC, NBC or Fox) show that deserves to be here. (Maybe HM will think of one) That's telling you something about Network TV.