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Saturday, November 05, 2005

What You Should Watch On TV Today

11/5/05, TNT, 5:00 Eastern time: The Negotiator. With Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer, and Paul Guilfoyle.

Now, to be clear, I'm not recommending that you watch the entire movie. It's kind of ponderous and dull at times. It is more of the kind of movie you'd watch because you stumbled upon it while channel surfing on a Saturday than anything worth paying to rent at Blockbuster. Jackson is his typical high-intensity self. Spacey just irritates me.

I am, however, strongly encouraging that you watch the first 15 minutes or so. Why? You'll get the chance to see Samuel L. Jackson, David Morse, Ron "Arvin frickin' Sloane" Rifkin and John "Leo McGarry" Spencer dance the Cotton Eye Joe, joined for a do-si-do by Paul Guilfoyle from CSI. Seeing these actors (who normally play such reserved, dignified roles) out on a bar dance floor doing a silly dance is giggle-inducing. So I'll watch the beginning of that, and then switch over to the syndicated "Alias" episodes from the first season (aka "when they were really good and the writers weren't smoking nearly as much weed").

Also on: Sci-Fi appears to be having a Disaster Day, with a whole slew of their amusingly craptastic made-for-Sci-Fi movies: "Tornado!" with Bruce Campbell (practically scene-for-scene rip-off of "Twister"), "Tidal Wave: No Escape" with Corbin Bernsen (hilariously illogical and silly!), "Deep Core" (thankfully haven't seen this, nor heard of either of the "stars"), the 3-part, 6-hour "Storm of the Century," "Avalance," and "Epicenter." I'm guessing that they're leading up to that disaster movie that's on one of the major broadcast networks tomorrow. With scenes that range from the Eiffel Tower crumbling to Washington's face falling off Mt. Rushmore, neither Dave nor I can figure out exactly what sort of natural disaster it's supposed to be. But all bets are that it will be silly and totally nonsensical. We can only hope it will be as amusing as some of the ludicrous Sci-Fi channel movies and not just plain irritating and stupid like "Mansquito."


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