If there was one week where I could actually say there’s not
one thing that’s debuting I have even remote interest in, this would be that
On the movie front, you have exactly two choices.
The first is ‘The Man With the Iron Fists.’ It stars Russell
Crowe and Lucy Liu. It’s the story of a
band of warriors, assassins and a rogue Brish soldier who are on the hunt for a
fabled treasure. They all descend on a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself
and his fellow villages.
I think the only thing that can be said about this movie is:
Russell Crowe has fallen so far.
The other movie opening in wide release is the animated ‘Wreck-It
Ralph.’ This is the story of a video game villain that wants to be a hero and
sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade
where he lives. Voices are provided by John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch.
I like some animated films – but I doubt this will be one of
Four comedies debut on Friday night.
First up, NBC's 'Whitney' and 'Community' return. 'Community' is hilarious -- and troubled behind the scenes. 'Whitney' is crap.
ABC brings back Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' -- with a bunch of different actors -- and no more laughs. The network is also debuting 'Malibu Country' with Reba McEntire.
I think it was wrong for the networks to abandon Friday nights. CBS has proven that you can get decent ratings on Fridays. Just look at 'Blue Bloods.'
This isn't how you get good ratings, though.
On DVD this week there is absolutely nothing of interested.
The Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis dud 'The Campaign' is supposed to take a crack at American politics – which makes it convenient
that it debuts one week before the election. That doesn’t make it any more
A&E’s ‘Coma’ miniseries – starring Lauren Ambrose, Geena
Davis and James Woods – also bows. I watched it when it first premiered. I
found parts of it interesting, but most of it was just ridiculous schlock.
The only other release that caught my eye was ‘A Christmas
Story 2.’ Whoever is trying to rip off the greatest Christmas movie ever made
for a quick buck is a tool. Yeah, I said it.
There is slightly more to offer in music this week.
Rod Stewart offers the 13-song ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ –
which features covers on a bevy of favorites like ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ ‘White
Christmas’ and ‘We Three Kings’ – among others.
Cee-Lo Green let’s loose with ‘Cee Lo’s Magic Moment,’ which
is 14 Christmas songs like ‘Run Rudolph Run,’ ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,’ and
a duet with Stewart.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse unveil ‘Psychic Pill,’ which
consists of 85 minutes of music (nine songs) and is the first album released by
the two musical entities in a decade.
Finally, Toby Keith has ‘Hope on the Rocks,’ which has 14
songs – including a ‘Red Solo Cup’ remix.
As far as video games go, I’m especially disappointed
because ‘Lord of the Rings Lego’ was supposed to debut Tuesday (but got put off for two weeks).
Instead, we have ‘Assassin’s Creed 3’ – which is popular –
but I don’t get the appeal of it. There’s also ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2’
and ‘Toy Story Mania.’
What do you think? Is there anything to get excited about