Day 51: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)


Wow. Just wow. Mark this one in your calendar folks. Today I watched a Wallace and Gromit that I wasn’t absolutely over the moon with. Yeah, I was surprised, too. Usually, I am utterly smitten with this crazy duo, but I found the latest installation to be a little on the “meh” side.

 

If anyone is unfamiliar with the Wallace and Gromit franchise, for shame, for shame. Do some penance: eat a few stinky cheeses, count sweater-wearing sheep named Shaun, and give your dog a treat (he is probably a lot smarter than you realize, if Gromit is any indication). Then, watch a few of the early shorts—A Close Shave or The Wrong Trousers. When you are done, then we can talk.

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Day 36: Eddie Izzard: Circle (2000)


I have to admit, I am kind of a sucker for stand-up comedy. Whether it be a live show, watching the latest season of The Last Comic Standing, or setting up a little stage at home where I tell jokes to the cats; I like it all (FYI, the cats don’t tip well. They may be European). A few years ago, when my husband and I took a road trip across country, we listened to a few stand-up routines. I learned a few things from doing this on a trip: (1)- Eddie Izzard’s Dressed to Kill routine was really funny; and (2)- the “random” setting on my mp3 player doesn’t seem so random as it kept playing clips from Dane Cook’s routine that (3) I didn’t find so funny (especially the hundredth time the joke was played). Naturally, the second I returned from the trip and had access to a computer, I added a few of Eddie Izzard’s stand-up shows to my queue. Today I finally decided to watch Circle (maybe it was all of The IT Crowd episodes that put me in the mood for British comedy).

 

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Day 34: The IT Crowd, season—er, sorry, SERIES 3 (2008)


Sorry, but I am so unmotivated to write today. I took a few days off while I visited the old stomping grounds, and apparently my creative ambition was zapped on the flight back home. I don’t know whether to blame the recycled air on the plane or how uncomfortable the seats were, but either way I feel that I left my brain 30,000 plus feet in the air. Double oy.

 

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Day 30: The IT Crowd, series 2 (2007)


Caution: watch The IT Crowd at your own risk! After watching season 1 (or, series 1, as they say across the pond) of The IT Crowd, I experienced technical difficulties. Naturally, I attributed these issues to the date that I watched it—Friday the 13th. However, I just completed the second season and once more my internet is going crazy and my computer is becoming increasingly less cooperative (and I thought we were a team). Now I wonder if the show itself is the cause of my technical woes. And yes, I tried turning all the machines off and on– they are still acting up.

 

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Day 18: Top Gear, season 12 (2008)


If testosterone could be in the form of a television show, it would take the shape of Top Gear. Sometimes it is as if the show is written by a bunch of teenage boys trying to one up each other. Other times it seems as if it is done entirely by techy geeks as they discuss the mechanic specifications of a car. Imagine a few guys chuckling at their own cheesy jokes, ogling sports cars, and competing with each other almost with lunacy. In one show, they race semis loaded with “precious” cargo (one has a giant wedding cake, another has hay and a furnace), through a windy road. While I can’t remember the purpose of the race, I do remember it ending with a semi on fire. That’s the show in a nutshell.

 

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Day 15: The IT Crowd (2006), season 1


***Friday’s review was posted a day late due to technical issues (see below).

Today is Friday the 13th. Eerie things supposedly happen for reasons unbeknownst to me. Bad luck runs rampant. Shoes won’t stay tied, people act crazy, hamburgers ordered medium are brought to you well done, dogs and cats living together– well, you know the rest. Beware of black cats that may cross your path (or sit in your lap as is the case with me), sidewalk cracks, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders that are haphazardly strewn about.

 

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