Headsup: House of Lies: The Final Season on DVD

House of Lies Final Season DVD

I didn’t know this, but apparently House of Lies is based on a fabulously titled book–House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, written by the former real-life Booz Allen Hamilton management consultant Martin Kihn.

Perhaps that’s part of what gives the series its ability to be so unapologetic in its portrayal of “the 1%” and the (almost) larger-than-life characters who will stop at nothing to beat them at their own game (and then send them the bill). Leading this group is, of course, the charming anti-hero Marty Kaan, a role for which Don Cheadle achieved popular and critical acclaim. (Rounding out the main cast are Kristen Bell as Jeannie, Ben Schwartz as Clyde, and Josh Lawson as Doug.) Over its five-season run, the series collected thirty-one award nominations and five wins (including the Primetime Emmy for Art Direction in 2014 and Don Cheadle’s Best Actor Golden Globe in 2013). The show has been celebrated for tackling the difficult issues of interracial relationships, police brutality, gender identity, and the wealth gap in America–and remember, this is not only just a half-hour show, but a comedy. Such attempts are not for the faint of heart.

In the fifth season, viewers see the characters dealing with the challenges of raising a baby, navigating political and personal relationships, doing business in a communist country, and giving a TED Talk. When Kristen Bell signed on to star in NBC’s The Good Place, viewers began to wonder if this would be the final season. It was eventually announced that there would indeed be no sixth season, and fans said goodbye to “the pod” when the final episode of Season Five (and of the series) aired on June 12. (Fun fact: that episode was shot on location in Havana, Cuba, and thus made history as this the first American scripted series to be shot in Cuba since the US agreed to re-open diplomatic relations.)

Season Five is currently available for free streaming to both Showtime Anytime and Amazon Prime members. Individual episodes can also be purchased on Amazon and iTunes for $2.99 per SD episode or the entire season for $27.99 / $25.99 respectively. The DVD is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be officially on sale November 29.

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 9: Not of This Earth!

Not of This Earth 1957

So we start tonight’s madness with a personal favorite of mine: Ken Nordine providing his own creepy take on music from Pinocchio. He bookends the Disney covers album Stay Awake with this and “Desolation Theme,” although I couldn’t find the latter one to include here.

Tonight’s feature film is the 1957 Not of This Earth, directed by Roger Corman and scribed by Charles B. Griffith (Little Shop of Horrors) and Mark Hanna (Attack of the 50 ft Woman). The premise? An alien from a withered world needs the blood of humanity to survive! Enjoy!

Plea for Sanity: STOP the Tinkering

Tinkerer

There is a plague, albeit of the First World variety, that has spread online through our technology…and it simply has to stop. I’m talking about the Tinkering.

By Tinkering, I mean screwing around with something that’s working perfectly well until you’ve basically ruined it. I mean not leaving well enough alone. Remember when Pinterest was, you know, a good place to pin and share images? Now anytime the iPhone app is anywhere near functional, I won’t update it for months. Like the very handy “You’ve just switched to the app with a URL in the clipboard, would you like to pin it?” feature, which works now about 7% of the time.

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Because He’s Michael C. Hall, Musical Clairvoyant

Did you know Michael C. Hall can do an eeriely decent vocal impersonation of David Bowie? Well, considering Bowie’s musical Lazarus has been around since last year…maybe you did. I did not. So seeing that Hall was performing “Lazarus” at the Mercury Prize was just a novelty. Then the guy started singing. Nice. When the soundtrack for the show is released, I need it. And I definitely need to check out Mercury winner Skepta…because to beat out Bowie must be something special.

You can snag Blackstar from Amazon here. Or it’s on Spotify here.

Doctor Who Season 9: A Primer

The Doctor and Clara

The good news is that there is a new season of Doctor Who coming. It has some great guest stars, familiar faces and a core of writers and directors who have never worked on the show before. Maybe an injection of new blood can tighten things up a bit this year. The bad news is that there will be no new Who for 2016, as Steven Moffat will be erstwhile-detained working on Sherlock. There has been no word of any specials or one of episodes for the coming year.

Some things that are different from last season include continued development of The Doctor by Peter Capaldi. His Doctor will still be mysterious and reckless but he’ll have more whimsy built in this year. He’s also going to have some fancy new jackets and pants as the season goes on. As with the Matt Smith Doctor before, we see a changing fashion style percolating into the lead character.

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