Lost 4.1 – The Beginning of the End

After eight long months off the air, “Lost” is finally back… well, for eight weeks anyways. With the writer’s strike rearing its ugly head midway through production, it looks like fans will have to endure yet another lengthy wait for the remainder of season four. Still, it’s nice to have one of my favorite shows back in rotation. Sure, I probably complain more than anyone when it comes to the chronic inconsistencies of J.J. Abrams’ island drama, but when it comes down to it, there’s no denying that “Lost” has continued to captivate me, through good times and bad.

For the time being, it appears the flash-forward is the new flashback, and this is probably the best news of the season. There weren’t many memorable flashbacks last year, so the integration of this new parallel storytelling device is tantalizing at the very least. I don’t expect the flashbacks to be completely discontinued (then again, maybe they will be), but I wouldn’t expect one to crop up for quite some time.

Speaking of which, tonight’s episode opened with yet another flash-forward – this time starring Hurley. As Jack goes about his daily morning routine (i.e. drinking a glass of OJ spiked with a little vodka), he turns on the local news station to see Hurley in a high-speed pursuit with the police. After crashing into a convenience store and being arrested (all while shouting “Don’t you know who I am? I’m one of the Oceanic Six!”), it’s more or less confirmed that Hurley has gone a bit insane. When the detective in charge of the arrest mentions that he knew Ana Lucia, Hurley denies ever meeting her, and instead pleads for a transfer to the nut house. It’s there that he’s visited by Matthew Abaddon (Lance Reddick, from HBO’s “The Wire”), a man Hurley doesn’t seem to know, but who seems to know everything about him. In fact, when he asks Hurley if “they’re still alive,” the dude totally freaks out.

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The last “Best of 2007” lists you’re getting from us

Yes, I know, it’s cutting it pretty darned close to wait until the last couple of days of January 2008 to run a Best of 2007 list, but that’s the problem with these TV DVD sets: there’s a whole lot of viewing involved to get through them, and you don’t want to give anyone the short end of the stick just because your schedule didn’t allow you to give their set a look. With the confidence that I’ve had a chance to check out the majority of the cool stuff that came out in ’07, however, I hereby present my personal picks for the Top 20 TV DVDs of last year. And when you’ve read through my list, check out Bullz-Eye’s Best of the Best staff picks for 2007! (Oh, and don’t forget to pop back by to tell us if we missed anything!)


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American Idol: Latin Load of Blah

If you’re like me, you are getting weary of the initial round of “American Idol” auditions, and ready to kick this thing into Hollywood gear. After a while, it’s really just the same thing over and over again.
You can sing, or you’re a freak. Last night, they took us to Miami, where the producers predictably shoved Gloria Estefan references down our collective throat. And the auditions, pretty much, were not that good. Let’s start with the freaks…

Shannon McGough was one of the oddest contestants ever…she was an 18-year-old girl with an Irish last name and fair skin, but with what looked like Latino parents. And those parents owned a meat shop that Shannon also worked in. What’s more, she was adept at belching. Yes, belching. It was pretty funny, really. Shannon tried to sing Janis Joplin, and as Simon eloquently put it, it sounded like “Hungarian Janis.” I can’t put it any other way…it was just weird.

Some dude sang Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” but inserted Paula Abdul’s name into it instead of “Rock.” Next.

Simon told this dude named Grant that he should come back in a dress, and it would make his audition better. Then this kid named Richard sang a Rascal Flatts song completely through his nose. The best part was when Randy Jackson attempted to imitate poor Richard.

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A Brief Chat with Shirley Jones

She’s been doing television since the 1950s, but believe it or not, Shirley Jones has never done a soap opera…’til now, that is. Jones, best known to TV geeks as the matriarch of the Partridge family, will be popping up on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” as Colleen Brady, starting January 31st and sticking around ’til February 7th. (Not only that, but she’ll be sporting an Irish brogue!) I had a chance to sit in on a teleconference with Ms. Jones recently, where I asked her a bit about her current gig, her most famous gig, and her favorite unheralded performances.

Bullz-Eye: Hi, Shirley, how are you doing?

Shirley Jones: Good, thank you.

BE: So…are you now or have you ever been a soap opera addict yourself?

SJ: No. (Laughs) In a word, no. You know, I intermittently have watched, I guess, all of them maybe once or twice. But, no, I’m not a soap opera person, mostly because I…you know, I work myself during the day. So I’ve never had time really to get involved. But I loved doing this. I ended up loving doing it. I was terrified in the beginning and, you know, took on a challenge which I wasn’t sure I could meet. But I feel that I did, and now I’m very happy about it.

BE: I know that “Days of Our Lives” is your first daytime soap, but you have done nighttime soap before: you were on an episode of “Melrose Place.”

SJ: Yes. I did “Melrose Place,” and I did a thing for Lifetime in Australia just last year (“Monarch Cove”), you know, and it was called a nighttime soap. It didn’t do much… (Laughs) …but it was fun to be in Australia for two months!

BE: Did you find the melodrama any different from daytime to nighttime?

SJ: Not much. I think maybe it was a little less melodrama at night than in the daytime, I guess. But, you know, people love this. I mean, I guess it’s some form of escape for them, just as well as going to a Disney film. I mean, it’s an escape in its own way.

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GQ picks the Ten Best Guy Films You’ve Never Seen

It’s Oscar season, and most people are out catching up on nominated flicks like “No Country for Old Men” and “Michael Clayton” (both of which come highly recommended from Bullz-Eye’s own critics). The guys over at GQ, however, have decided to branch out and nominate some of the best films that any self-respecting man needs to see, but probably never have, and they’ve come up with a great list.

Don’t worry. You’re not going to find movies like “Rambo” and “Animal House” here, but more obscure (and mostly foreign) guy films that, while you may have never heard of before, are definitely worth your time. I’ve only seen four of the 10 films myself, but if the others are of the same quality, then you should definitely add these titles to your Netflix queue ASAP. I’m not going to ruin any of the picks here (though you may be able to guess one from the image to the right), so be sure to head over to GQ.com and check out the list for yourself.


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