September 30, 2007

Review: LeBron James on SNL

[Cliche Threat Level Red] I haven't watched Saturday Night Live in years, but [Cliche Threat Level Yellow] I have a personal rule that anytime someone from Summit County hosts the show I have to watch.  So, I sat through the 90 minutes out of obligation.  And you know what, it wasn't too bad.

I, for one, enjoyed Kanye West's performances, though I admit I missed the first two-thirds of his second song because I turned to ESPN in fear that I might miss a moment of Lou Holtz on College Football Final, which, come to think of it, would actually be funnier than most of what I saw on SNL.  Anyways, if I make the basic assumption that SNL isn't any good anymore, LeBron did well.  Things started off really really slow, but I did like the Solid Gold sketch, and the guidance counselor thing at the very end was funny as well.  Those two, plus the Kanye West awards show sketch, go in my top three for the night, a top three that essentially serves as the list of amusing bits from the show.

So, three cheers for LeBron (and, if you're reading this King James, here's hoping you've figured out a way to score 48 in every game in the '08 playoffs and finals, 'cause I'm kinda scared that Devin Brown and Cedric Simmons aren't going to get us over the hump).

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September 25, 2006

Why I don't watch Gilmore Girls

When I read a few months ago that Sonic Youth would be making a guest appearance on Gilmore Girls, I was impressed.  Not impressed with Sonic Youth, but impressed that Gilmore Girls would have Sonic Youth on the show.  I immediately e-mailed my sister to say, "I can now officially never make fun of you again for watching Gilmore Girls," because anything Sonic Youth does is intrinsically cool, and their appearance on the show at least makes it immune to me making fun of it.

Flash forward to last week, when my friend Shannon, who had been keeping an eye out for when the episode was going to re-air, let me know that it would be on Tuesday.  I DVR'ed it and watched it last night.  Needless, to say, I was quickly reminded why I don't watch Gilmore Girls.

Really, my main complaint is that they talk too fast--the dialogue is so rapid, that I can't keep up with it.  Who talks like that?  And every retort back and forth is so smarmily witty.  I dunno, I just can't keep up with it.

And the guest appearances (Yo La Tengo was on as well, to boot), were really nothing to write home about.  Yo La Tengo was on for about 10-15 seconds, and Sonic Youth had about 20-25 seconds.  They both appeared as part of a secondary story-line about some coffee shop owner guy being upset about an invasion of "East Coast Troubadours" that really made no sense within the other plotlines.  The bands were cast as "troubadours" who were playing on various streetcorners.

Sonic Youth's appearance, though, was at least somewhat interesting.  Thurston Moore was on guitar, with Kim Gordon on vocals and their daughter on bass for a verse of "What A Waste" from their new album.  It was kind of cool seeing Thurston and Kim's daughter sitting in on bass.  I think she's in her early teens, and she's already taller than Kim.  A lot of people waste time by asking stuff like, "How awesome will Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff's children be at tennis?"  I waste time by asking stuff like, "How cool will Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter be?"  Really, if there is a coolness gene, she has it.

Anyway, I just really felt robbed that I only got 45 seconds or so of rock in exchange for the 40 minutes of drama that I wasn't interested in.  I can't make fun of my sister for watching Gilmore Girls, but that doesn't mean I will ever watch it again (sorry Melissa and Shannon).

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