Glenn’s Guide #5: The Academy Awards, and the Oscar viewing party

Good evening, gentlemen.

Now that the blackout at the SuperBowl is officially over (thanks for nothing, Bobby Jindal!), I can refocus some of my attention back on the rest of the world.   Today, I will take time to tell you all how to handle the upcoming pop-culture event known as “The 85th Academy Awards.”  That’s right, y’all, Oscar night is coming February 24th, and you must needs be prepared.

They're coming!  Run!

They’re coming! Run!

If you, like me, spent the end of last year locked away deep in a subterranean Mayan apocalypse zombie-proof bunker, you haven’t seen many of the key films nominated for tiny gilded men this year.  It’s okay.  I can help you fake it well enough to survive any social interaction on the subject.  With my help, you’ll be able to attend an Oscar night party with the film-buffiest of cineastes and fake it like a true Casual Gentleman.

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FRIDAY FIVE! 2012’s Guilty Television Pleasures

Television’s greatest programming routinely challenges our society, our beliefs and our fears.  Well crafted TV shows can make us think and inspire us.  Maybe even adjust our moral compass…  Yeah, right.  Whatever.  Sometimes you just want to flop on the couch, slack-jawed, beer at the ready, and let waves of pleasure wash over your stress-addled brain!  I know I do!

This Friday Five! brings you the top five guilty TV pleasures from 2012.  There is just one rule: NO REALITY SHOWS!  I cannot condone any of that.  Remember, I said waves of PLEASURE… I watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo once and all I felt was a soul-shattering darkness.  I immediately took a shower and donated to Children International.

All the (scripted) shows on this list are awesome in their own demented way and I highly recommend you indulge in at least one or two — they just aren’t likely to show up on the family Christmas wish-list any time soon.

So enjoy!  And as you delve into television’s darker desires… imagine what shows must have been turned down!  *shudder*

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