January 19, 2011
Inception & Mike & Molly & Other Overrated Stuff...
I love pop culture. Love love love. And while my expectations in this Lohan-esque world tend to be pretty damn low, sometimes I do still naively hope for more and better. Sometimes I get more and better. And sometimes stuff just blows.
And then there are those TV shows, movies, and books, which are pretty good, or even really good, and yet still not up to expectations. Whether it's the all-star cast, or huge acclaim, or buzz, they have potential and they fall short.
Here's stuff I expected more from:
Yes we finally saw the year's most buzzed about flick. And yes it had terrific visuals and many amazing moments. But beyond that, what the hell was so special? I don't care if the spinning totem fell or not, and what was so earth-shattering?
Mike and Molly
From the guys behind Two and a Half Men and my beloved Big Bang Theory, this was supposed to be a smart and sweet comedy, and rise above the expected fat jokes. And after watching it twice, all I have seen is that talented actress from Gilmore Girls and some annoying stand-up guy being subjected to endless fat jokes. Not cool.
The Finkler Question
The well regarded bestseller, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2010, went nowhere. To me it was endless wordy tales of whiny widowers talking about anti-semitism, wandering around England. I rarely walk away from a book before I finish it, and I did from this one.
Yep, he got screwed by NBC, and no I don't feel sorry for him as he got like $40 million and whole new levels of fame. And now the new show seems skittish and antic. When you are up against Jon Stewart, you need to do better than this. Sorry Coco...