Fat Guys Gone Wild!
Fat Guy 1: Chris Christie won re-election, and newspapers everywhere were forced to expand to single-column layouts.
Fat Guys 2 and 3: This kerfuffle over hazing/harassment/business-as-usual in the NFL won’t surprise anyone who’s seen what is perhaps the best sports movie ever made, 1979’s North Dallas Forty.
I have no idea how the Incognito-Martin squabble will resolve itself, but I do know this: I just finished watching MSNBC, and a panel of gays and hetero “girlie men” were discussing how to fix pro football — and that has to be every NFL fan’s worst nightmare.
Fat Guy 4: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (photo at top). Enough said.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin might want to choose her words more carefully. On Thursday, she did a segment on mental illness. This is how she introduced Joe Pantoliano, an actor who has struggled with clinical depression: “Looking at your credits, you’re this crazy successful actor.”
Best Show That You’re Probably Not Watching:
The Returned. Critics keep referring to this eight-part French series as a “zombie” show. It is not. It is a ghost show, dammit.
Sundance Channel has again imported an intriguing drama that, aside from all else, is great-looking. Top of the Lake gave us spectacular New Zealand scenery. The Returned takes us to the French Alps. I’ve only seen the first two episodes, but the premise is a keeper: Long-dead people suddenly show up at their loved ones’ doorsteps — including, apparently, a deceased serial killer.
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