Archive for August, 2008

The Shield

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2008 by dvcmann

Normally, blogging about a tv show is the first sign you have no life – whatsoever.  That is unless you happen to be talking about one of the best shows on television, and maybe the best dramatic series ever.

Innovative, daring, well written and masterfully acted out, the Shield is starting its final season Tuesday night on the FX network after almost a year’s hiatus.

The shield, like Rescue Me, Burn Notice and the new Battlestar Galactica is a part of a new paradigm that doesn’t follow a traditional television season or schedule.  A series might start a season late and after a few new episodes take a break, followed by a couple more new shows, and then a mid season hiatus like the one BSG fans are enduring at the moment.

In a way, it’s almost understandable.  This is not your regular small screen fare.  This isn’t Hannah Montana.  These are basically movies shot in episodic format, in most cases the story is written out several seasons in advance and becuase of their explosive popularity the shows’ stars develop movie careers that need to be worked around.  But the lengths that the production companies will go to  to stretch this all out have reached almost to the complete bullshit level. For example, Rescue Me fans have been getting fed what the network is calling “mini-sodes” during commercial breaks on FX to keep them on the hook during the long break between seasons.   It’s all like some  sort of psycho-tantric experiment to see how long the networks can prolong the excitement.

For millions of hardcore fans, relief finally comes tuesday at 9:00PM.


Child of god by Cormac McCarthy

Posted in Read This on August 19, 2008 by dvcmann

Ask any cave dwelling necrophiliac; it’s the putrescence that makes it soooo good.

Official Chupacabra Sighting!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2008 by dvcmann

The Dewitt County Sheriff’s Department in south Texas says so.

Check out the video captured by Corp. Brandon Reidel’s dash-cam.

Gonzo Beer in a Can!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2008 by dvcmann

Daves pale ale was created by a bunch of Colorodo crunchies that loved crunchy things, you know, like granola, patchouli oil, vw buses, tie dye, music festivals and backpacking. And like all dudes they love beer too, specifically gourmet beers.

Now, all these dudes wanted was to be able to hike one of Colo’s 14k’s, Yosemite or the Kaibab Trail with their favorite beers so they could chill by the evening’s campfire. But broken glass in your pack, and clothes that smell like the underside of a ballpark’s bleachers are a bummer. Not to mention when you lose all the Widespread Panic and Fish tunes you spent all that time illegally downloading onto your now dead and sticky ipod.

The Solution? Put that shit in a can.

The perception is that most canned American brews taste like aluminized 10% beer solution, so the challenge was to make some really good stuff that would make you happy when you drink it. They succeeded, and now we have Dave’s Pale Ale, a super hoppy blend that’ll clear your sunuses in a heartbeat. After one swig you’ll know that this is real beer. The judges agreed, acknowledging the now four different brews with numerous awards. Oskar Blues Brewery is now the largest canned micro brewery in the US, so check here for a distributor near you and buy Oskar Blues’ brews.

“The Canned Beer Apocalypse.”


Posted in Cinema on August 11, 2008 by dvcmann

Al Pacino built his reputation as an actor on the early work he did in films like the Godfather series, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon and the 1973 cop classic Serpico.

Based on a true story, Pacino plays a hip young cop railing against institutional corruption in the New York City Police Department. Directed by Sidney Lumet, and filmed entirely on location in New York, the movie won Pacino a best actor Oscar nomination.

It’s straight old school 70’s awesome that sent ripples through the law enforcement community and at the same time managed to set a new standard in pre-disco fashions.