Great movies I’ve seen lately:

Moneyball – I am not a fan of Brad Pitt, but I really liked this movie. And I think Jonah Hill stole the show anyway. This is a great baseball movie, but without being too basebally. Toss together some economics, and computer-analysis with that baseball and you have Moneyball. It is a true story based on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. I give it 4/5 stars.

Yogi Bear – I’ve had this one sitting on our PVR for months but hadn’t watched it. I actually assumed it was a cartoon movie, but it isn’t. Yogi and Boo Boo must be computer animated additions. I really enjoyed this movie. Probably the best part was the scenery. I hadn’t realized how much I missed a real forest and a campground – a place where trees are big and tall and thick. This would be a great movie for kids. Especially before a camping trip! I looked it up and it turns out the park where this movie was filmed is Woodhill Forest in West Auckland, New Zealand. Beautiful scenery!

TV shows that are totally not worth watching:

Flipped Off – I was a huge Russel Hantz fan when he was on Survivor each time, but this new “reality” show he stars in with his brother on A&E is just not watchable. They are supposedly flipping houses, and have no experience. Not a piece of it seems real, the entire thing seems hokey, non-original, staged, and sad. I’m really surprised this show made it on A&E.

What I’m watching these days:

It seems that there are so many shows I don’t watch, but there are a few series we record each week with our PVR to watch (and fast-forward through the commercials):

Bering Sea Gold – There isn’t a likable person on this show, but we’re still watching them suck up the floor of the Bering Sea hoping to catch a few little gold nuggets in their sluice box on their barges. Maybe we’re just trying to keep a little gold in our TV life until Gold Rush comes back next season. Gold Rush is way way better than this one

Deadliest Catch – This show might be getting a little old, but it still feels like real reality and we enjoy watching the men risk their lives for our crab leg dinners.

CBS Mondays – I tape 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, and Mike & Molly on Mondays. I don’t know how CBS keeps viewers for these shows though because they only seem to air new episodes once a month. Back in the pre-PVR days this would have spelled instant failure. I hear May is another sweeps month though so maybe we’ll get a couple new shows. I like Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men at the beginning of the season, but I’m just about done. I hate the woman playing his girlfriend, and it’s just so done and tired. 2 Broke Girls is still amusing, but it seems to have worn off a bit. It’s hard to remember storylines on all 4 of these shows when they are so rarely on.

Survivor & Amazing Race – of course I am still watching Survivor and Amazing Race. I am not that thrilled with this round of Survivor, but I always hang in. I think Chelsea is going to win. Amazing Race isn’t bad, but I could really do without Brendan and Rachel from Big Brother. Man do those two ridiculous people deserve each other. I love Mark and Bopper, but the show seems more and more rigged every time these fan favourites finish last on a non-elimination leg.

House of Bryan – We’re enjoying watching the mansion of a cottage Bryan Baeumler is building.