Hung

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Quick A motorcycle courier finds himself targeted by police after a mysterious man forces him to deliver bombs to various addresses while an ex-girlfriend unlucky enough to have strapped an explosive helmet to her head comes along for the ride. This Korean effort takes the single plot thread of Speed and combines it with a lot of goofiness. The action runs the gamut of cartoony to thrilling, but it’s never less than entertaining. There’s also a little bit of heart to add more weight to the matter, but it’s never enough to extinguish the goofy fun. I’ll be honest… this is casual entertainment and a rental at best for most folks, but those of you as partial to Korean films as I am may want to pick it up too. Also available on DVD. [Extras: Making of, trailer, featurettes]

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Popular (I think) online comic website The Oatmeal recently uploaded an entry titled “I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened,” a riveting tale of online piracy. As this is the Internet, the comic has already been widely disseminated with many individuals championing it as a justification for piracy, while others have rallied against it as a perfect example of why pirates are big fat babies. For one view, you can go to what seems to be the first response from Andy Ihnatko, while Devin Faraci also weighed in at Badass Digest. Both of these gentlemen have mostly targeted the pirates themselves in terms I agree with. Let’s run down that quickly before I move on to something both of them have missed.

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Channel Guide: A Column About TV

Ah, the Golden Globes. The redheaded stepchild of award show season – a veritable island of misfit toys in terms of pop cultural offerings. Ridiculous as they oftentimes may be, the picks of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are now among us, and up for the inevitable scrutiny of the Internet as a whole. Film nominations aside, the small screen selections for this year’s statuettes are as random as ever. With regular contenders ineligible for nomination (Mad Men), and former heavy-hitters now struggling to stay relevant (I’m looking at you, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy), the pool of nominees is a hodgepodge one – often seeming as shallow as Paris Hilton. So just which shows should take home the statues when the Golden Globes are telecast January 15th? Here’s my breakdown of the nominees – from the way-to-go to the WTF.

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This Week in DVD

Welcome to the day late edition of This Week In DVD! It’s late! I’d apologize, but I’m currently enjoying the wonders of Austin’s Fantastic Fest and have been deprived of sleep and nutritious foods for far too long. But still, better late than never. This week’s titles include Criterion’s release of Carlos, the African action pic Viva Riva, the laughably bad The Ledge, the hilarious Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, and more! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky Ricky is a young man with incredible martial arts skills. He’s fast and agile, but more importantly he can rip your innards from your body with deadly precision. This decades old Hong Kong flick is over the top ridiculous in the violence and gore on display and not coincidentally is awesome. There’s more bloodletting and gore than you’ll find in the average horror film. Disemboweling, eyeball violence, cuts, head smashing, and more fill the screen with a crimson colored glee. Sure it rarely looks exactly real, but goddamn is it entertaining. The film’s been around for some time, but if you don’t own a copy this latest reissue is the perfect time to fix that.

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Episode: “Even Steven or Luckiest Kid in Detroit” (Season 2, Episode 10) Synopsis: The second season comes to a close as Ray gets ready to bet (almost literally) the house on reuniting with Jessica and makes a decision on who’ll be his pimp in the future- if he sticks with the business. Review: The season finale of Hung went out firm in the knowledge that they’d be returning for a third season. Rather than wrap anything up or make an explosive exit, the show set up a lot of endings, but really didn’t bring forth any closure. If you’re looking for that, settle in for the long wait ’til season three.

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Today, two summer shows and one fall show that hasn’t aired yet saw renewals for another season including Hung, Memphis Beat, and The Walking Dead. Looks like we’ll be seeing more of Thomas Jane’s man parts, Jason Lee doing a southern accent and zombies attacking a guy on a horse. Look again. Now the horse is diamonds.

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Episode: “Fat Off My Love or I’m The Allergen” (Season 2, Episode 9) Synopsis: Ray is suddenly stuck between two angry lady pimps as Lenore accuses him of betraying her while Tanya, her actual betrayal widely known, snaps. Jessica probably still has feelings for Ray and Ronnie isn’t too happy to hear it. Review: I’ve got to admit, even though I’ve long asked for Tanya to get kicked off the show so Ray could get his screw on full time, I was a bit nervous as their relationship shattered. I guess I’m just used to her effeminate pimp style, though I still stand by the idea that her whiny, flower child personality is annoying and we (and Ray) could do much better.

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Episode: “Third Base or The Rash” (Season 2, Episode 8) Synopsis: Ray considers playing in the Alumni game while Tanya’s double-dealing with “The White Whale” teeters on the edge of discovery. Ronnie and Jessica’s marriage develops a crack via a rash. Review: Hung is very lucky to have an actor as magnetic as Tom Jane in the lead role. By now you know we Rejects get at least half-hard-ons for Jane, but it is his presence alone that keeps me interested in this series when the show begins to falter. When he’s off-screen, I find myself likely to stare out the window. Or, at least, much of the time, though in the last few episodes Mike’s subplot about his quest for true love while Tanya play-pimps him out unbeknownst has been great.

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Episode: “The Middle East is Complicated” (Season 2, Episode 7) Synopsis: Tanya gets more advice, and some compassion, from a real pimp while Ray searches for the secret to retaining clients without being attacked over his neutral view on Middle Eastern politics. Review: This episode started off on a most excellent note: a fully nude Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff). She was looking fantastic and not ashamed to strut around Ray’s burned out husk of a home showing it all. If they worked this into every episode, I’d be a happy man. The only thing that could improve upon that would be a nude neighbor Yael scene. She shows up, but fully clothed. You win some, you lose some.

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Episode: “Beaverland” (Season 2, Episode 6) Synopsis: Ray is summoned by Jessica to help ensnare her beaver while Tanya and Lenore each bid to keep control of Ray’s johnson. Review: If you survived this episode without slitting your wrist, congratulations, your soul is partially dead. I don’t think there is much hope for Hung shrugging off the depressing shackles it wears. The show continues to pursue the sad reality of prostitution and divorce rather than embracing the humor inherent to a down trodden man making his way back to the top via his gigantic penis.

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Episode: “A Man, a Plan or Thank You, Jimmy Carter” (Season 2, Episode 5) Synopsis: Damon moves forward with his poetry slamming while Ray prepares for a date with the White Whale Tanya has finally convinced to partake in the service. Review: Could Damon and Darby be any creepier? I mean, jeepers creepers those two give me the willies. Damon’s poem about twins was the height of grossness. Now, I’m no twin and I get that there may be some sort of special relationship between them, but the stuff he was saying sounded more like he wanted to bone her than just hang out more often. Grossness.

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Hung

Episode: “Sing it Again, Ray or Home Plate” (Season 2, Episode 4) Synopsis: Ray is increasingly weary of Lenore, who is holding court with Jessica trying to save her marriage – or so she says. Also completing Ray’s life is an increasing number of people become alerted to his strange schedules and trouble relating to his son, Damon. Review: Back a touch towards the depressing side after last week’s relatively uplifting episode, we still get some good stuff and even a sex scene. After all, Ray is a pimp, but a pimp that has less sex than most movie critics. Okay, that’s not true, we’re all virgins.

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Hung

Episode: “Mind Bullets or Bang Bang Bang Bang Mother Fucker” (Season 2, Episode 2) Synopsis: The battle for pimp supremacy heats up as Tanya and Lenore battle it out for dominance in selling Ray’s privates to ladies. Complicating matters are Ray’s children, who are facing low self-esteem issues, and a co-worker of Tanya’s who demands free sex.

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Hung

Episode: “Tucson is the Way to Dick or This Is Not Sexy” (Season 2, Episode 2) Synopsis: Ray is told to make amends with the pregnant Claire, but continues to offer his marital advice anyways. Lenore and Tanya continue their power struggle to control Ray’s wiener and where it goes, while the sexy neighbor Yael gifts the stud a nice new mattress for his burned out house. Meanwhile, Ray’s attempts at fixing his broken marriage spin in place. Review: Thankfully the second episode of season two was far less depressing than the first – though that’s not to say its an entirely happy time.  Ray finds his stride boning Claire as he assume he follows the previous episodes ‘pimp advice’ and pretends that it’s his ex-wife Jessica.

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Hung: Just the Tip

Hung is back and has us standing at full attention. That’s what I would be saying (it’s a boner joke), but this show was not boner inducing tonight. Rather, this episode was a bit of a downer. Now, Hung has always veered more towards the emotional than the comical, but this episode seemed overly down on itself.

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Go buy Cult Spaghetti Westerns, Death Race 2000, and Mulan! Go rent The Good Guy, Green Zone, Hung, Kakera, Riverworld, and She’s Out Of My League! Stay the hell away from Twelve!

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Thomas Jane is currently in post production on at least two films, one of which he’s directing. For most actors that would be enough for one calendar year, but Jane apparently likes to work. A lot. So his 2009 has just gotten even busier…

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