What I think about my weekend entertainment choices…

THE GOOD:

Mad Men is back! I’m a bit of a late convert to this series, and it took me a couple viewings of the first few episodes to really get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. After devouring seasons 1 and 2, I was ready for the premiere of season 3 last night — and it did not disappoint! Some interesting changes at the offices of Sterling Cooper, and more Don Draper mystery. It was also funnier than usual to me. Several “LOL” moments, which is rare for this show. Sometimes I’m not 100% sure why I love this show so much, but I do! Advertising can be interesting, I guess, and the soap opera elements are addictive… but I think it’s the time period. I love the way the characters talk, their vocal cadances and whatnot — plus the fashion. Darn it. I want to wear a suit every day. Of course, if I had to, I wouldn’t want to, I suppose.

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse is a comic by the great Ben Templesmith. I’ve been meaning to check it out for a while now, but I always feel too strapped for cash. The fine folks at Sky Light books in LA convinced me to snag the “Deviant Edition” collection of the first mini-series, “Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer” — and I’m glad they did! Amazing Templesmith art, as always, but the guy is also quite the entertaining writer. He has a twisted sense of humor, and the stories feel like maybe Warren Ellis writing Hellboy — in the best way that statement can be made. If you’re not squeamish and are perhaps a bit deranged, I’d definitely recommend Wormwood to you!

THE BAD:

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra… yeah, I wasn’t expecting a great flick. But it was 11pm, I had nothing to do on Saturday night… why not? I don’t know why Snake Eyes had a mouth on his mask, but it’s pretty telling that the most interesting character in the flick was the one who neither spoke nor had any facial expressions. It was dumb fun, though I was surprised at how rough a lot of the effects looked, but I guess director Stephen Sommers isn’t into making things look realistic. Ah, heck, it was a fairly goofy almost good time. The 9th Doctor trying and kind of failing at a credible Scottish accent as Destro amused me, as the 10th Doctor is a Scotsman faking an English accent. (Doctor Who fans know what I’m talking about.) But I digress… Joshua Gordan-Levitt was an interesting choice for Cobra Commander, and Storm Shadow’s flashbacks of meeting Snake Eyes when they were kids featured some surprisingly intense and violent little boy fight scenes. Kinda weird but entertaining.

THE UGLY:

Twinkies at 1:40 am. Don’t do it, people. Don’t… do it.

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