Orange is the Best Black [Remote Control Freak]

I have a new favorite show. The latest in the Netflix family of original series is Orange is the New Black. Terrible title. Awful. But the show is fantastic. If you were a fan of Weeds, if you liked the writing and the direction and the overall feel of the show – then you’re going to love this. Created and written by the same, Jenji Kohan – this show is stylistically very similar in tone. It’s centralized around women, their struggles for power, acceptance, finding their inner strength and forcing a path in their own lives. Plus there’s boobs, lots of them. And lesbian prison sex. And lesbians in general. And That 70’s Show’s Donna. Donna…...

The Summer(s) of Stephen King [Remote Control Freak]

When I was 18, I moved to a new city. After finding a job, the next thing I did was get a library card. That summer I made it a point to read every single Stephen King book on the shelves (that I hadn’t already read). It took me about a year, but I managed to do it, so you might say that I take Stephen King pretty seriously. We won’t talk about how that next summer he got hit by a truck and lost all ability to write a good story. We won’t talk about that. I guess we’ll have to because Under the Dome is one such story. It’s only fair to mention that if you haven’t read a Stephen King novel, but have watched the movies based on them – cut the...

Reality Bites [Remote Control Freak]

There are so many different kinds of reality shows these days, I don’t even know where to start. I’m going to focus today on three categories of “reality” for you. The first kind takes people with actual talent and either showcases or hones that talent while at the same time entertaining us and making them a little cash and recognition. These are shows like Top Chef, American Idol, Project Runway. I’ll even lump America’s Next Top Model into this category though the drama meter on that one is pretty high. Second are reality game shows. Survivor, Big Brother, The Bachelor/ette, etc. I think we’re supposed to believe that these are real...

Farewell Heisenberg (Remote Control Freak)

We’re running out of time until the last 8 episodes of the best show on TV airs. It will conclude the story of Walter White and his evolution from devoted family man to maniacal drug kingpin, Heisenberg. If you haven’t seen this series, stop reading now. Order Netflix if you don’t have it, and pull up a comfy chair. iTunes has it on sale. If you have a local mom and pop video store in your neighborhood (yes, they still exist) check to see if they carry the seasons on DVD (mine does). Whatever it takes, watch it. You have eight Saturdays to catch up. That’s one season a weekend. Like you don’t already do that with your time. Shut up and do...

My Favorite Serial Killer [Remote Control Freak]

Set your DVR’s to Showtime on Sunday June 30th kids! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about Dexter. I’m excited it’s going to be coming back this month (4 months early!) and I’m kind of excited to see it go. It’s had a couple of weird seasons, but if last year is any indicator (it is), then this season is going to be the perfect kind of ending. According to show producers, they’ve been gearing up the thru stories to end with a bang.   SPOILER ALERT I had a friend who saw the first couple of episodes and then quit. It wasn’t a moral conflict over who’s right it is to determine if a person is bad enough to warrant death...

How Good(win) are These Games? (Remote Control Freak)

I’m a pretty big fan of How I Met Your Mother. The characters are fun, they utilize flashbacks, foreshadows and running jokes that play out sometimes seasons later. Plus, it helped re-launch the career of everyone’s favorite teenage doctor. It seemed to me to be such an original concept that it took me several seasons and someone else to tell me it was basically Friends in a bar instead of a coffee house. Whatever, I loved Friends too. The concept of having an end game in mind though – Meeting the Mother – is something that I really appreciate. It constantly moves the plot forward and gives us something to look forward to. So when I heard...

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand (Remote Control Freak)

Now that somehow its cult audience has convinced God and everyone else to bring the show back (and by God I mean Hollywood, because they are God in this town), it was time for me to have a seat on the couch with an ice cream sandwich and see what all the hype was about. I was not an original Arrested Development fan. IFC started running the show at odd times here and there and I caught a few episodes. The only thing I could appreciate about it at that point was that it resurrected Jason Bateman. I love him. Turns out, AD is a well written, smart show with great acting. I really enjoyed every single episode. I can certainly see the draw of...

A Moderate Network Summer (Remote Control Freak)

This post is going to be weak and I’ll tell you why. Network television during the summer is weak. A lot of your favorites are probably returning, but if you’re like me, they cost extra.  Cable has by far the better options, but the networks are still trying. This summer, each...

Don’t be Psycho, watch BATES MOTEL [Remote Control Freak]

If you haven’t already started watching BATES MOTEL, you should do it. Now. The season is probably halfway over or more at this point, so there’s some catching up to do. Eight shows in fact. You need cable to catch it. A&E. You might be a little apprehensive because it’s a prequel to a movie made over forty years ago based on a novel based on a real life serial killer…set in 2013. If you’re anything like me, you’re picky about the details in a show – especially a show that has a history based in something else (like a show/movie/book/etc.), and if they don’t get it right, then they better make it really freaking good. This show is....

HEMLOCK GROVE [Remote Control Freak]

The Logline reads thus: “A teenage girl is brutally murdered, sparking a hunt for her killer. But in a town where everyone hides a secret, will they find the monster among them?” TWIN PEAKS, you say? That would be an excellent guess. The cult classic probably spawned later and lesser versions of the same premise of a murdered girl in a town full of inane characters and crazy secrets. But nobody’s ever going to rival the originality–nay genius–of David Lynch on television. (Even if he did decide to trash the end of the series with a big “F You” to ABC for cancelling him.) Alright, THE KILLING,then? Actually this show was so...