dvd - America the Story of US

Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week sees the epic series America: The Story Of Us (that should be mandatory viewing for every American) alongside a mix of rent-worthy releases and titles in need of avoiding including Prince Of Persia, the first season of Glee, Roger Corman’s Starcrash, Letters To Juliet, the strangest damn Michael Madsen movie you’ve never seen, and the angry but hot Thai fight-dancing of Raging Phoenix star Jeeja Yanin.


Emmy Awards 2010

Every year, we TV people gather around the idiot box to see what shows were the best of last year. Well, at least what the Academies thought were the best, anyway. And, no, the irony of watching a television show about television shows isn’t lost on us. Last night was a gala night for the small screen featuring a few surprises, a few snubs, and Jimmy Fallon in an Elton John suit. Here’s a break down of what went down at the 2010 Emmy Awards.



This weekend marked the ceremony for the 2010 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards. This ceremony handles all the minor and technical awards for the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, with the Major Awards being announced next week at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The two big network winners of the night were HBO and ABC, both walking away with 17 and 15 awards respectively.



Hockey and Canada go together like America and fat people. Seriously, it’s a big deal up there. And like you’d expect from our overly friendly upstairs neighbors with funny accents, they celebrate hockey in many ways. This year attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on September 9, will get a new kind of Canadian passtime: the hockey-centric musical. Yes, a musical about hockey. Awesome, eh?


I enjoy watching Glee. What’s it to you? You might as well if you’d give it a chance. And in an effort to get even more people to give it a chance, the shows producers are lining up some big talent for their upcoming second season. Including, but probably not limited to an appearance by Academy Award winner Javier Bardem. The No Country for Old Men star is expected to play a rock star who befriends Artie (Kevin McHale). “We’re going to rock the house,” Bardem told Entertainment Weekly, also noting that he spent a week watching the entire first season. “We’re going to do some heavy metal — Spanish heavy metal, which is the worst.” Spanish heavy metal for the kid in the wheelchair. Sounds just as interesting as the time Artie stood up and did a flashmob version of the Safety Dance (still my favorite moment from season one).



This is two articles in a row in which I’ve had no choice but to write the word ‘sexy’ in the title. Tuesday is a good day. First it was the lovely Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski joining a movie that will certainly let the bullets fly. And now it’s John Stamos, who will appear as a secret friend to Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mayes) on Glee. Because who doesn’t have a thing for John Stamos?



Yeah, yeah. I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve mustered up the energy to review an episode of Glee. But something must be done. This week’s episode, unlike the two fabulous, glamorous and energetic episodes that preceded it, was more than just a small disappointment.



The world is full of surprises. This is not one of them. Fox announced today that even before its breakout hit Glee finishes its first season (yes, we’re still in the first season), they’ve picked up the option to have the show on in its third season.



Another day comes, and another opportunity for us to lay down some of the day’s hot news stories is upon is. But instead, we begin your Thursday with The B-Roll. Or as we like to say, “And now, for something completely different.”



The television star will be taking off her cheerleader outfit and putting on probably another cheerleader outfit to play a high schooler in the sci-fi flick.



This should have been the episode where Glee jumped the shark, at least commercially. Of course, in true form, Ryan Murphy and team take something obviously dangerous and turn it into something creative, inventive and fun.



Where do you go when everything works out? What happens to the hero and his damsel after that glorious last kiss? These are the questions that Executive Producer Ryan Murphy and the creative team behind Glee were faced with when their first season went to break after New Directions won sectionals and coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally got the girl. It is a task that they’ve hit head-on in the energetic and blissfully self-aware opening episode to the second half of their first season.



Finally someone has the brass buttons it takes to hunt down those little bastards and cook them in some sort of stew.



Sometimes, there is work to be done. And sometimes, the world needs a hero. That work is science, and I am the world’s hero. This week I watch the first season of Glee in one sitting, and live to tell the tale.



This week, the Fox TV show Glee (a show I’ve never watched a minute of) hit your local retailers with the first part of its first season on DVD. And while I’m not too sure about the show, I am sure about the hilarity created by Jane Lynch.



Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working for the Ghostbusters to serve all your supernatural elimination needs. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week: Paranormal Activity, A Perfect Getaway, Glee, and more!

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