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About me

Big fan of underdogs, being in the minority, things out of the ordinary, and swimming against the current.

Occupation: Television Promotions

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About my collections

TV Tops: MST3K, NewsRadio, Community, Monty Python
Movies: Truffaut, Monty Python, Pixar
Music: Squeeze, Brian Vander Ark, Better Than Ezra
Books: Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Christopher Fowler.
+ Much, much more.

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Favorite books (78 items)
Book list by cal331
Last updated 4 years, 11 months ago
10 votes
Defending My Guilty Pleasures (48 items)
Tv list by cal331
Published 6 years, 7 months ago 4 comments
74 votes
I'm not an American, but I play one on TV (57 items)
Tv list by cal331
Published 6 years, 6 months ago 39 comments
57 votes
Imaginary Boyfriends (49 items)
Person list by cal331
Published 7 years ago 12 comments
14 votes
Mark Sheppard - he's in EVERYTHING! (37 items)
Tv list by cal331
Published 6 years, 7 months ago 1 comment



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Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV review

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 22 May 2011 05:13 (A review of Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV)

I just re-read this book. It's good, but needs to be updated. I know Sars and Tara aren't with the site any more, but they should consider a new tome about the best and worst of TV.


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A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey review

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 22 May 2011 05:10 (A review of A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey)

A wonderful love letter to the movies and a great read.


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Breaking In review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 14 May 2011 06:18 (A review of Breaking In)

This show is pretty amusing to me, and I have a hard time finding sitcoms that really appeal to me. It's got the same vibe as 'Better Off Ted' - wacky workplace scenarios, strange bosses, unusual projects - so that part of it appeals to me.

I have no time for the love story angle, though. It's really unnecessary and takes me out of the story every time Bret Harrison's character does something asinine in pursuit of the sole female lead. I wonder if he fell for her just because she's the only woman with any lines?

Other than that, this is a really enjoyable workplace comedy with great characters (one secondary character is named Ana Ng! TMBG reference!) and really fun performances by Slater and Rosenbaum. Of course it was recently cancelled, giving it something else in common with 'Better Off Ted.'


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Community review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 11 May 2011 01:36 (A review of Community)

The worst episode of Community is better than 99% of whatever else is on TV right now. One of the cleverest, funniest and most inventive shows I have ever seen. Just when you think you've seen the best episode of Community ever made, along comes the best episode of Community ever made. Do yourself a favor and watch!


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Zoboomafoo review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 11 May 2011 01:33 (A review of Zoboomafoo)

I love Zoboomafoo! I watched it with my son when he was little. Had a bit of a crush on one of the Kratt brothers. (The other one did nothing for me.) Great show.


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Mystery Science Theater 3000 review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 11 May 2011 01:25 (A review of Mystery Science Theater 3000)

One of the best shows, ever. I can't believe this concept made it to television, and for 10 seasons on two networks, no less. (Counting the various iterations of Comedy Central as one net, by the way.) But lucky for me it did exist, because this one hits the sweet spot as far as my sense of humor goes.

At the time this came out, I worked master control at a TV station. I would have to watch some pretty terrible movies, counting down the minutes until I switched to a commercial break (blessed relief, in some cases.) This show really spoke to me - yeah, Joel and the 'bots had to watch some pretty crappy movies, but they fought back with clever quips and jabs at the movie's stars, directors, writers et al.

And the jokes were terrifically funny. The writers on this show covered everything: pop culture, literature, insular Minnesotan references, movies and movie-making, to name only a few. They could take what are literally the worst movies ever made ('Manos: Hands of Fate', for one) and turned them into super entertainment.

I was sad when the show was cancelled by the Sci-Fi network; 10 years didn't seem like nearly enough. And I never got to see them take on 'Armageddon.' But it was great while it lasted, and we still have Rifftrax. (Check out their website or see them in a local theater: some of the same guys are doing the same hilarious movie-riffing, sans robots.)

Thanks MST3K, for teaching me to laugh about love, again.


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show review

Posted : 6 years, 7 months ago on 10 May 2011 02:27 (A review of The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Is this a good movie? Of course not. But I had a lot of fun at the midnight movies in high school, throwing toilet paper and dancing the Time Warp in the aisles. I'll always remember that fondly. If you ever have a chance to see this movie that way (and not on VH1) then go do it!


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Soft Spot review

Posted : 7 years ago on 5 December 2010 01:25 (A review of Soft Spot)

The song "Find Love" is one of the loveliest songs I have ever heard.


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7th Heaven review

Posted : 7 years ago on 2 December 2010 12:24 (A review of 7th Heaven)

This show started off as a decent family drama. In the later seasons, though, this show became almost unwatchable. There was unintentional humor in the amazingly bad production values, ham-handed morality messages, laughably bad writing and desperately awful acting that made it worthy of a MST3K-style viewing party.

It's not the wholesome family drama some would have you believe; despite the main character being a minister (not that you saw him do much ministering,) this show had a rather obsessive preoccupation with sex; much more discussion of that topic occurred on this show than did on, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I blame Brenda Hampton, as I have the same quibbles with her mysteriously popular "Secret Life of the American Teenager." Watch at your own risk!

(I do love that the dog Happy has top billing here!)


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A Room with a View review

Posted : 7 years ago on 27 November 2010 02:57 (A review of A Room with a View)

Though this may be a movie of manners and proper behavior, it also features the hottest kiss you will ever see in an English costume drama. Sands and Bonham Carter are irresistible in this tale of young love and defying convention.


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Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 25 2:30
Very cool. Do you have a favorite song of theirs? I have a personal attachment to "Closer".
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 23 23:33
Sadly, I've never seen BTE live. Have you?
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 22 18:06
Thanks for the vote and comment :) I agree with your comment on The Walking Dead. When everybody else is having personal problems, Daryl's appearances make those episodes so much better with some zombie slaying action or just being angry at everybody ;)
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jan 6 18:42
If I had to choose one reason for friending you, it would have to be that I found anything Better Than Ezra fan!! Love your "Imaginary Boyfriends" list!!
Posted: 6 years ago at Nov 19 10:12
Thanks for the vote and comment !
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 7:26
Thanks for the vote and suggestions! The list has been updated. Check it out!

http://www.listal.com/list/evolution-rowan-atkinson
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 1:04
Thanks for the vote!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jul 15 1:51
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at May 22 20:07
Thanks for the vote.:)
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at May 22 5:42
I've added Christine (No. 4 in the list)

Acutally, i have done 4 parts of this list (Best vehicles part 1, 2 so on...) and i've added Monkeemobile in one of the other lists but i will upload them later..

Anyways, thnx for the vote & comment!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 18 15:59
Hi! I've added some of your lists to my new list: http://www.listal.com/list/listals-casting-list. Please, check it out :D
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 16 12:04
Thanks for the vote and comment! That video was awesome. Thanks for sharing.!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 12 3:28
Back again to say thank you for the vote & comment on my shows I wish were still on list. Since MTV gave up on animation and music, I've had no reason to even acknowledge its existence. ;)

Thanks also for the heads-up on Rifftrax. I haven't checked it out yet, but I'd heard that some of the MST3K guys were still up to their old tricks somewhere. I'll have to look into it! Here in Austin we've got a similar deal at the Alamo Drafthouse chain called Master Pancake Theater, which I also still need to check out. Methinks I need more free time.
--Scott
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 11 20:00
Thank you for the vote & comment on my Childhood TV favorites list. MST3K rocks! I've got several of them sitting in my instant queue to watch/re-watch. :)
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 10 14:36
You're very welcome ♥♥
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 10 6:03
Thanks for the vote!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 10 3:55
And thank YOU for the vote & comments on my respect but don't like list. I agree with you that maintaining a level of mystery is important for musicians & so on. Seems like the lines between them and the rest of us shrink all the time, especially thanks to the interwebs. And that saddens me because many of my favorite bands are the ones I've known almost nothing about beyond their music. Likewise many of my favorite movies I knew nothing about before watching them. I guess the best way to maintain mystery is to keep my own wall up between me and them.

Hope you have a great week!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 1 19:35
You're welcome !!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 29 2:25
Thanks for the vote my friend!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Apr 26 13:10
Many many thanks for the List vote .. Glad you've liked it :D

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