Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Ramblings, Movie Grumblings & Learning to Live with a DVR


I would probably like to see “Tron Legacy,” but I’m surprised there’s not more “Tron” in it, according to what I’ve read. And by more Tron in it, I mean – Tron. You know. Bruce Boxleitner? The actual character Tron? I mentioned this to the lovely and talented Mrs. DeLorenzo’s Dugout, and she said, well, maybe he’s still a crucial character to the plot…I’m just guessing, but I don’t think Bruce Boxleitner’s appearances in “Tron Legacy” are equal to that of Orson Welles as Harry Lime in “The Third Man.”…By the way, don’t think I haven’t noticed that Dennis Miller’s weekly e-mail is called “Dennis Dot-Dot-Dot” and is formatted suspiciously like a certain Dugout…I’m flattered but also not foolish, but I do have to admit a certain Villanova alum with the initials MB used to refer to me as the poor man’s Dennis Miller…I miss my favorite annual Christmas commercial, for the cell phone company with the voices of Steve Buscemi and Norm MacDonald as gingerbread men…2010 is the year in which I am having a tough time (again) coming up with 10 great movies we saw in an actual movie theatre, but I’ll give it a shot with the eight we actually paid our money to see…#1, “Inception,” #2, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” #3 “Cop Out” with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, followed closely by #4 “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg…#5, “Hot Tub Time Machine,” #6 “Iron Man 2,” #7, “Dinner for Schmucks,” and #8, “Date Night”…What, you were expecting “The Human Centipede?”…I’m sort of guessing that anything else I would have given a shot at the theatre (“The Losers,” “The Expendables,” “Red” in particular) will look great on cable…And yes, I was disappointed to learn that “Waiting for Superman” had absolutely nothing to do with the Man of Steel, thus depriving Brandon Routh yet again of another chance to wear the red cape…Finally joined in with the in-crowd and got TiVo, or at least, the Comcast Digital Video Recorder…In just one week with the newfangled device in our household, I’ve been able to recapture some of the magic that I missed out the first time around 20 years ago of the first couple seasons of “Law & Order.”…Boy, those first two years are just chock-full of actors who made bad, McLean Stevenson/Shelly Long-like career choices…Like Michael Moriarty…Or George Dzunda…Or Paul Sorvino…Or Richard Brooks…Or, for that matter, the king of them all, Steven Hill, who walked off in the first season of “Mission: Impossible” to be replaced by Peter Graves, and then walked off after about 10 years on “Law & Order” to be replaced by (in order) Dianne Wiest, Fred Thompson, and Sam Waterston…The other early fringe benefit of the Comcast DVR is finally getting to show my wife the hour of hilarity each weeknight known as “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.” Now if I can only track down those errant half hours of “Son of the Beach” that Spike shows whenever no one’s looking…Nothing beats Tim Stack in the goofball comedy…For that matter, “Our Cops is On,” “Our Other Cops is On,” and any episode featuring Norm MacDonald as Little Chubby (basically doing his 70s Burt Reynolds shtick) makes me keep an eye out for “My Name is Earl” reruns, and I keep my eyes peeled for favorite episodes of “The Office” or “Seinfeld.”…And don’t get me started on how much I enjoy the new “Hawaii Five-O.”…Couldn’t sleep the other night, turned on TCM and watched “Midnight Cowboy” for only the second time in my life, it still stunk on ice…I’m currently looking for financing for a musical comedy remake to star Owen Wilson and Gilbert Gottfried…Also want to cast an all British cast in a variation on the “Ocean’s 11-12-13” movies, featuring Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hardy, Terence Stamp, Jason Statham, Colm Meaney, Pierce Brosnan, Alex O’Loughlin (from Hawaii Five-O) and Russell Brand…Keep up with me on my Facebook page, which I seem to update much more frequently than the old Dugout lately…So until the Phillies sign Andy Pettite as their number five starter, I’ll see you in the stands!