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You may want to use this list to remind yourself what is on or to find something new you may want to watch. Get some benefit out of it!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WATCHING!

The TEN shows I am looking forward to watching or sampling this week?

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, WEEDS, HAWAII 5-0, NO ORDINARY FAMILY, COMMUNITY, OUTSOURCED, DETROIT 1-8-7, BLUE BLOODS and IRT Deadliest Roads!

Quick Programming Note: 90210, Gossip Girl, Glee, Raising Hope and Hellcats are ALL REPEAT EPISODES this week!

Jimmy Smit’s OUTLAW has been canceled!

View at your own peril!
WHAT I’M WATCHING THIS WEEK

(BLUE = SAME WEEK REPEATS)

Sunday 10/17
Boardwalk Empire (REPEATS)
Dexter (REPEATS)
Amazing Race
Undercover Boss
Rubicon
IRT: Deadliest Roads
Mad Men
Desperate Housewives

Monday 10/18
Chuck
House
Weeds
The Event
Lie To Me
Hawaii 5-0
Chase
Castle

Tuesday 10/19
No Ordinary Family (REPEATS)
The Good Wife
Detroit 1-8-7
Sons of Anarchy (REPEATS)

Wednesday 10/20
Survivor: Nicaragua
Modern Family
Cougar Town
Defenders
The Whole Truth
Law & Order: Los Angeles (REPEATS)
Terriers (REPEATS)

Thursday 10/21
Community
30 Rock
CSI
The Office
Outsourced
Vampire Diaries
Nikita
Project Runway (REPEATS)
The Apprentice

Friday 10/22
Medium
No Ordinary Family (REPEAT)
The Good Guys
Blue Bloods

Saturday 10/23
Law & Order: LA (REPEAT)
Project Runway (REPEAT)

(This list does not include my daily Countdown, AOTS and Craig Ferguson addictions + FOOTBALL!)

You may want to use this list to remind yourself what is on or to find something new you may want to watch. Get some benefit out of it!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WATCHING!

The TEN shows I am looking forward to watching or sampling this week?

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, WEEDS, HAWAII 5-0, NO ORDINARY FAMILY, COMMUNITY, OUTSOURCED, DETROIT 1-8-7, BLUE BLOODS and believe it or not– IRT Deadliest Roads!

Quick Programming Note: Vampire Diaries and Nikita are both REPEAT EPISODES this week!

*Nothing canceled this week but unfortunately Jimmy Smit’s OUTLAW has been told to stop production– which is almost the same thing as canceling the show. The Whole Truth and Undercovers are both on the danger list as well.

View at your own peril!
WHAT I’M WATCHING THIS WEEK

(BLUE = SAME WEEK REPEATS)

Sunday 10/10
Boardwalk Empire (REPEATS)
Dexter (REPEATS)
Amazing Race
Undercover Boss
Rubicon
IRT: Deadliest Roads
Mad Men
Desperate Housewives

Monday 10/11
Chuck
House
90210
Weeds
The Event (REPEATS)
Gossip Girl
Lie To Me
Hawaii 5-0
Chase
Castle

Tuesday 10/12
No Ordinary Family (REPEATS)
Glee
Raising Hope
The Good Wife
Detroit 1-8-7
Sons of Anarchy (REPEATS)

Wednesday 10/13
Survivor: Nicaragua
Hell’s Kitchen (2 eps)
Hellcats
Modern Family
Cougar Town
Defenders
The Whole Truth
Law & Order: Los Angeles (REPEATS)
Terriers (REPEATS)

Thursday 10/14
Community
30 Rock
CSI
The Office
Outsourced
Fringe
Project Runway (REPEATS)
The Apprentice

Friday 10/15
Medium
No Ordinary Family (REPEATS)
The Good Guys
Blue Bloods
Outlaw

Saturday 10/16
Law & Order: LA (REPEAT)
Project Runway (REPEAT)
The Event (REPEAT)

(This list does not include my daily Countdown, AOTS and Craig Ferguson addictions + FOOTBALL!)

GRIMACE MILKSHAKE’S VIDEO GAME NEWS AND REVIEWS

Monday, 9.6.10

DISAPPOINTMENT: A REAL KICK IN THE PANTS

Okay, so last week I downloaded the Mafia II demo from Xbox Live and I beat it in about a half-hour. I died a bunch of times but I had fun. It definitely felt like a more linear version of Grand Theft Auto a complaint also leveled at the original Mafia game.

I thought the gameplay was mediocre and the cover/fire mechanics were better in last generation games. Killswitch comes to mind. I do like how the graphics, sound and overall cinematic treatment make it feel like I’m playing a prequel to The Godfather movies. It feels very realistic to walk around town. Unlike GTA– people actually jump out of your way during driving scenes. Download the preview on PSN or Xbox Live. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like– as the developers seem to have put a lot of effort into this game despite some of the shortcomings.

MAFIA II: THE REVIEW YOU CAN’T REFUSE

I’ve given my impressions of this much-anticipated game. Now it’s time for GameTrailers to do the job of presenting us with another excellent video review so we don’t have to read. Enjoy!

MORE GOLDENEYE GOODNESS

Licensed to Kill and Kill and Kill and... (via joystiq,com)

Holy tender ass cheeks, Batman! This new re-imagining of the N64 Goldeneye looks better with each new morsel of information released! Check out this preview. After watching– don’t forget to read some hilarious comments about the game, the N64 and an incident in which 007 James Bond allegedly molested one of the posters! Ha! Ha! Joystiq.com has some of the funniest forum members!

MARVEL CAPCOM 3 VIDEO RAPES MY FACE . . .

… And I’m pressing charges! This shit is way too hyperkinetic for me to take in all at once. But I think it’s worth checking out– if anything, just so you’re not too surprised when it does finally come out. Ten years for a sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom? Way to leave us hanging and skip a generation! Sheesh!

WHO? DOCTOR WHO? THAT’S WHO!

Brilliant!

Nintendo announces NEW Doctor Who games for the Wii and DS. ‘Nuff Said.

(Dedicated to Insideman because he introduced me to the sexy Miss Amy Pond in this picture.)

MAD ABOUT MADDEN NFL 11? YOU SHOULD BE!

Anybody feel a Brees in here?

GameTrailers says it’s much improved but I’m still not satisfied with how they have completely destroyed the franchise mode. Seriously, I used to retain some of my best players for virtually pennies on the dime because I low-balled their agents aggressively. Now they’ve made it way too time-consuming to do so. Kiss my ass, EA. I’m done with Madden as of last year’s edition. Watch the review here.

Blood, Boobs & Berettas

SHANKY PANKY

$15 out of your wallet for a hyper cartoon called Shank doesn’t seem like it’s worth it– but if you’ve got the extra cash lying around for it and you’re hungry for animated action then it might be worth checking out this review at least.

METROID: OTHER M!

Metroid Other M

I’ve had high hopes for Metroid: Other M since I saw it previewed last Fall. It’s from the more than capable developers of Ninja Gaiden– so it sounds like it’s in good hands. Check it out the GameTrailers review right here!

Seize it while you got it!

GRIMACE MILKSHAKE’S VIDEO GAME NEWS AND REVIEWS

Wednesday August 25, 2010

Still playing after all these years!

PINING FOR AERIS

And you thought fanboy love for Nerd Queen Felicia Day was legion. Day ain’t got nothing on Final Fantasy VII’s little flower girl Aeris.

That’s right. This legendary Japanese RPG—filled with morose misanthropic pariahs attempting to save the world… Quite possibly the progenitor for the entire emo fad… Still has thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of human gamers attempting to resurrect the beloved video game character. The revival effort is so widespread that Game Trailers has devoted an entire video to the quest. Whether the game holds a super secret key enabling Aeris to return to the land of the living or not– one thing is definitely certain: FF 7 will continue to be one of the most overrated– yet still amazing– video games of all time.

Serious. On a good day, I’m only willing to give this game a “9” on a 10 scale. Yet thirteen years later, video game fanatics everywhere would sell their mothers for a mere glimpse of an FF VII remake. Demand is so great, that I truly believe if Sony were to bite on the idea– and push the remake exclusively to the PS3– the hardware maker would finally sell enough units to catch up to the Xbox 360.

So what are you waiting for Sony? Pony up $10 million so Square Enix can create this remake! Package it with a 250 GB PS3 Slim– all for $350—and you might just save face on the sales of your ultra-powerful current failure of a system. While you’re at it– feel free to throw in multiple endings (three will do). One of them must be an Aeris revival. I’d also like to see a “bad boy” ending that involves the Shinra Corporation destroying the planet– turning it into a Mad Max environment.

THIS CONTROLLER IS GOLDEN

I'm ONATOPP of this!

Look at this sick beast of a controller! Talk about material excess. All it takes is $20 extra for a golden controller to match my golden toilet and golden bath tub.

Don’t think so. As much as it appeals– who am I but just another broke college student? I’ll stick with the Wii Remote / Nunchuk combo that should still work just fine.

AN OFFER YOU SHOULDN’T REFUSE

Lead character is named Vito! Really? *cough* GODFATHER *cough*

Don’t forget about this game. Don’t let it get lost in the shuffle. Everyone I know who played the first Mafia thought it was awesome. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive too. Mafia II looks like a great follow-up to the 2003 release. Supposedly more linear than GTA– but hopefully makes up for it with a more developed story. OUT NOW. As usual, I’ll have the review posted as soon as the site I trust– Game Trailers– drops it!

GRAN TURISMO KART

What's next? Bumper cars?

HOLY ASS! It doesn’t look like much but it’s nice to know that Polyphony and Sony are making sure that GT5 is the most content-packed GT yet! Go-Kart gameplay! Hey Sony! Get on delivering that PS3 Slim with PS2 backwards compatibility already!

DOG DAYS WITH KANE AND LYNCH

Dog Tired or Reinvigorated?

A solid score from my favorite video game website of all time– deserving a quick mention. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days looks to satisfy those who love third person shooters.

BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD PREVIEW

Rock 'em Sock 'em Batman

Looks awesome! Then again, I’ve always been a fan of beat ‘em ups ever since I played Final Fight in the arcades and Double Dragon… To see Batman getting the same beat-up  for the next generation of kids is actually very heartwarming. Also, getting the chance to tell Batman jokes while playing the game with easily impressionable cousins will only add to my fun factor.

ONE ROCKING TRACKLIST

I love me some Rock Band! The first one was great. The second is outstanding (I’m still playing)… But Rock Band 3 looks to blow Rock Band fans away. I leave you this week with the Complete 83 Song Rock Band Tracklist:

The Complete Rock Band 3 Setlist
  1. Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
  2. Anthrax – “Caught in a Mosh”
  3. At the Drive-In – “One Armed Scissor”
  4. Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast And The Harlot”
  5. The B-52s – “Rock Lobster”
  6. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations” (Live)
  7. Big Country – “In a Big Country”
  8. Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
  9. Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up”
  10. The Bronx – “False Alarm”
  11. Chicago – “25 or 6 to 4″
  12. The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
  13. David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
  14. Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
  15. Def Leppard – “Foolin'”
  16. Devo – “Whip It”
  17. Dio – “Rainbow in the Dark”
  18. Dire Straits – “Walk of Life”
  19. The Doobie Brothers – “China Grove”
  20. The Doors – “Break On Through (To the Other Side)”
  21. Dover – “King George”
  22. Echo & the Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon”
  23. Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
  24. Faith No More – “Midlife Crisis”
  25. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
  26. The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
  27. Foreigner – “Cold as Ice”
  28. Golden Earring – “Radar Love”
  29. HIM – “Killing Loneliness”
  30. Huey Lewis and the News – “The Power of Love”
  31. Hypernova – “Viva La Resistance”
  32. Ida Maria – “Oh My God”
  33. INXS – “Need You Tonight”
  34. The J. Geils Band – “Centerfold”
  35. James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
  36. Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  37. The Jimi Hendrix Experience ˆ”Crosstown Traffic”
  38. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”
  39. John Lennon – “Imagine”
  40. Juanes – “Me Enamora”
  41. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
  42. Maná – “Oye Mi Amor”
  43. Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
  44. Metric – “Combat Baby”
  45. The Muffs – “Outer Space”
  46. Night Ranger – “Sister Christian”
  47. Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
  48. Paramore – “Misery Business”
  49. Phish – “Llama”
  50. Phoenix – “Lasso”
  51. The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
  52. Poni Hoax – “Antibodies”
  53. Pretty Girls Make Graves – “Something Bigger, Something Brighter”
  54. Primus – “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”
  55. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  56. Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows”
  57. Rammstein – “Du Hast”
  58. Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
  59. Ravonettes – “Last Dance”
  60. Rilo Kiley – “Portions for Foxes”
  61. Riverboat Gamblers – “Don’t Bury Me… I’m Still Not Dead”
  62. Roxette – “The Look”
  63. Slipknot – “Before I Forget”
  64. Smash Mouth – “Walkin’ on the Sun”
  65. The Smiths – “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before”
  66. The Sounds – “Living in America”
  67. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
  68. Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like an Eagle”
  69. Stone Temple Pilots – “Plush”
  70. Swingin’ Utters – “This Bastard’s Life”
  71. T. Rex – “20th Century Boy”
  72. Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  73. Tegan and Sara – “The Con”
  74. Them Crooked Vultures – “Dead End Friends”
  75. Tokio Hotel – “Humanoid”
  76. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “I Need to Know”
  77. The Vines – “Get Free”
  78. War – “Low Rider”
  79. Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London”
  80. The White Stripes – “The Hardest Button to Button”
  81. Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”
  82. The Who – “I Can See for Miles”
  83. Yes – “Roundabout”

I cannot wait to get my hands on the Rock Band 3 Keyboard

Here’s what’s selling in the “Real World”

Mainstream Hardcover, Graphic Novel and Manga Sales

8.24.10

HARDCOVERS

Kung-Fu Cavemen RULE, Green Lanterns DROOL

1    THE ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK
2    KICK-ASS
3    BLACKEST NIGHT
4    BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN
5    SIEGE
6    TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL. 1
7    LOCKE AND KEY: CROWN OF SHADOWS
8    BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 1
9    BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
10  BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 2

TRADE PAPERBACKS

The End?

1    SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR
2    SCOTT PILGRIM: PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE
3    SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
4    SCOTT PILGRIM: GETS IT TOGETHER
5    SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE UNIVERSE
6    SCOTT PILGRIM AND THE INFINITE SADNESS
7    THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 12
8    CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE
9    BONE: TALL TALES
10  THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 1

MANGA

Paging Buffy...

1    ROSARIO + VAMPIRE: SEASON II, VOL. 2
2    BLACK BIRD, VOL. 5
3    NARUTO, VOL. 48
4    BAKUMAN, VOL. 1
5    NEGIMA! MAGISTER NEGI MAGI, VOL. 27
6    FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, VOL. 23
7    D. GRAY-MAN, VOL. 18
8    SKIP BEAT!, VOL. 21
9    VAMPIRE KNIGHT, VOL. 10
10  BLACK BUTLER, VOL. 2

(More info can be found at the New York Times Best Seller Lists)

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY

I am music junkie. An ex-DJ, there has never been a day that I haven’t breathed air as a conscious adult where music wasn’t in my life. Hence my hatred for auto tune. While I will listen to almost anything once (and I mean almost anything) I usually find myself listening primarily to singers or bands who can actually sing without the aid of any electronic devices other than a microphone.

I don’t disown the new in favor of the past– I just like stuff that sounds real. I also like bargains. Which will also be a feature whenever good music and low prices collide.

Klaxons

Surfing the Void

Echoes

Oh, in case you haven’t heard– there’s a new album from Katy “Cocktease” Perry out today too.

8.24.2010

Apocalyptica
7th Symphony
Chris August
No Far Away
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Hawk
Chk Chk Chk (!!!)
Strange Weather Isn’t It
Coin Under Tongue
Reception
Dead Confederate
Sugar
Eels
Tomorrrow Morning
Fantasia
Back To Me
JJ Grey
Georgia Warhorse
Jesse Harris
Through The Night
Klaxons
Surfing The Void
Brad Laner
Natural Selections
Little Big Town
The Reason Why
Mogwai
Special Moves [Live]
Never Shout Never
Harmony
Katy Perry
Teenage Dream
Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard
The Sword
Warp Riders
Terrapin Pond
Hello All Stations
Randy Travis
I’ll Fly Away
Jenny Wilson
Hardships!
Usher
Verses

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

The Good News:

America is finally figuring out that the CRAPTASTIC DUO of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer make horrendously shitty movies.

Codgers Rule Again!

1. The Expendables (Lionsgate)     $17,200,000
2.    Vampires Suck (Fox)     $12,500,000
3.    Lottery Ticket (Warner Bros)     $11,500,000
4.    Eat, Pray Love (Sony)     $11,400,000
5.    Piranha 3D (Dimension)    $10,100,000
6.    The Other Guys (Sony)     $9,700,000
7.    The Switch (Miramax)     $8,900,000
8.    Nanny McPhee Returns (Universal)     $8,400,000
9.
Inception (Warner Bros)     $8,200,000
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal)     $5,100,000

HOVER BACON


ONE WORD:

OUCH

I don't know whether to laugh or cry... And from what I've read between the lines, neither could Connery

I’ve got the Original Old Spice Guy right here!

MANGA, MANGA EVERYWHERE

Make 'em or Break 'em

Manga books are normally released every Tuesday– just like music. They arrive in mainstream bookstores and Anime/Manga stores on Tuesdays. Ironically, comic book stores can often gets these volumes EARLIER than the other outlets… and occasionally a week late. So depending on what store you haunt– the books may arrive today, last Tuesday or next Tuesday. Call in advance, save gas! (Pull Lists are also a great idea– where available.) Some books may also be new prints (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) of books already released. Since this is a NEW WEEKLY FEATURE at SAYL… I am also including a comprehensive list of last week’s Manga releases as well!

Manga Tuesday

8/17/2010

Code:Breaker Vol #1
Goong Vol #9-10 Omnibus
Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only, Vol #1
Le Chevalier d’Eon Vol #8
Maximum Ride  Vol #3
Negima Vol #27
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol #7
School Rumble Vol #14-16 Omnibus
Sumomomo Momomo Vol #5
Sundome Vol #7
Tsubasa, Reservoir Chronicle Vol #27

Manga Tuesday

8/10/2010

20th Century Boys Vol #10
Black Bird Vol #5
B.O.D.Y. Vol #10
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: Queen Vol #1
Dorohedoro Vol #2
Flower in a Storm Vol #2
Gestalt Vol #8
Gin Tama Vol #19
Gurren Lagann Vol #5
Haruka Vol #9
Hikaru No Go Vol #20
Honey Hunt Vol #5
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit Vol #6
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol #15
Kaze Hikaru Vol #18
Magic Touch Vol #9
Maoh: Juvenile Remix Vol #2
Muhyo & Roji’s: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Vol #18
Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol #4
Rosario+Vampire Series II Vol #2
Seiho Boys’ High School Vol #1
Skip Beat Vol #21
Street Fighter Vol #6
Vagabond Vol #32

Yeah, I bought it. Sue me.


NEW MUSIC TUESDAY

I am music junkie. An ex-DJ, there has never been a day that I haven’t breathed air as a conscious adult where music wasn’t in my life. Hence my hatred for auto tune. While I will listen to almost anything once (and I mean almost anything) I usually find myself listening primarily to singers or bands who can actually sing without the aid of any electronic devices other than a microphone.

I don’t disown the new in favor of the past– I just like stuff that sounds real. I also like bargains. Which will also be a feature whenever good music and low prices collide.

Therefore, to christen the SAYL Blog’s latest weekly feature here is Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise currently only $3.99 on Amazon download. (Click the link!)

$3.99 USD. Beat that with a stick!

FROM THE ALBUM:

Beg, Steal or Borrow (Live Sirius/XM Radio)

Rock and Roll Radio (Live)

and from Ray’s Gossip in the Grain, a beautiful song called Sarah