Just Watching….

Ryan Kwanten in “Truth In Journalism”

August 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

Let’s file this one in the “Awesome” category… ADI SHANKAR and JOE LYNCH bring another short film in Shankar’s small series (at least so far) of superhero-flavored short films he lovingly calls his “Bootleg Universe”.  He first brought the 2012 Punisher short “Dirty Laundry” re-starring THOMAS JANE in the role he was meant for, now RYAN KWANTEN stars in the second short also dedicated to a famous comic book character.  Which one? ...Click for More

The Conjuring – Go See It.

July 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

So MIDWEST MARK and his MIDWEST WIFE have been on more of a movie-centric kick lately, seeing as my current go-to shows are on either Friday or Sunday nights (MAGIC CITY, TRUE BLOOD, and RAY DONOVAN.)  Needing to fill up my time with some sort of visual stimuli necessitates diving in to the trusty Blu Ray collection every now and again.  That, and finding the rare occasion to watch a movie in the actual movie theater. This summer has been a fairly dry season for movies, and aside from PACIFIC ...Click for More

Pacific Rim – Yes, You Probably Should.

July 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

Let me talk exclusively to the guys in our readership for a moment.  Yes, (believe it or not) there are a few females who are avid readers of our content and I know for a fact there are at least three, two of whom live in the same house that I do.  I will tip my hat to MIDWEST JULIE who surfaces every now and again on the comments, but from there on it’s a total crap shoot.  My own mother “claims” to be a MWTVG superfan, but she still refuses to wear the t-shirt I gave her. ...Click for More

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

July 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Add this to the list of things I had no idea existed until yesterday. I might be best known on MWTVG for my complete rejection of all modern sitcoms, and it’s not just because I’m some sort of fuddy duddy… there’s actually a specific reason for it.  One of my all-time favorite shows is SEINFELD, which massively pioneered much of what we see in sitcoms today and is nothing but copied over and over and over ad nauseaum.  As far as I’m concerned, once you’ve ...Click for More

Watch This Show: Ray Donovan

July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Now that I am back from vacation and caught up on a particular nasty bout of lack of sleep, MIDWEST MARK is officially back in action.  The problem with being out on vacation for a week doing nothing but sitting on a beach and drinking beer is that a huge backlog of television hits the DVR, and getting caught up is a pretty massive post-homecoming responsibility.  First-world problems are so stressful. I suppose MIDWEST MO is happy to not be flying solo anymore, but we sure appreciate the ...Click for More

And The Winner of the Voice Is…

June 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

I was not so much invested in this season of THE VOICE as I was in many of the prior seasons… which wasn’t really Shakira or Usher’s fault per se, but I feel like the formula is getting a bit tiresome.  Different people essentially sing the same songs twice per year… where is my motivation to continue watching?  Furthermore, this season was ridiculously country-centric which is fine in small doses, but lousy to build a top rated show around. If this season got any more ...Click for More

True Blood – Season 6 Premiere Review

June 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

TRUE BLOOD is one of the great shows that I patiently wait throughout the year to premiere.  In a way, it lessens the burning loss suffered at the hands of any given GAME OF THRONES finale. To dial my prior statement back a scosche, TRUE BLOOD was one of the great shows until the A/V abortion that was season 5.  I essentially hated everything about it, and it was clear that either ALAN BALL was tiring of his duties of showrunner or the writers developed  some sort of mind-altering drug ...Click for More

Da Vinci’s Demons – Season 1 Review

June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

DA VINCI’S DEMONS was one of the few new shows this year that I was genuinely excited about, as it looked like it had pretty much everything that I like about television.  Having never really watched a STARZ series before, it took me a little while to get accustomed to the “Starz CG look”, and my initial distaste faded in time. Overall, I wouldn’t say that it is can’t-miss television, but DA VINCI’S DEMONS certainly fills a void that otherwise exists on ...Click for More

In the Flesh – Season 1 Review

June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

“Season” in this case is a bit of a misnomer seeing as it is comprised of a whopping three episodes.  But it is the proper term, as a second season has already been ordered and is planned to air in 2014. IN THE FLESH on BBC America is an extremely unique show, and one of my first official forays into the realm of modern British entertainment.  Allow me to point out the single, most glaring flaw up front: there was simply not enough.  There was easily a full 8+ episode season able ...Click for More

In the Flesh – Episode 1 Review

June 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

No disrespect to the British (insert standard British dental humor here), but I am not a huge fan their television programming.  Allegedly there are some decent gems like COPPER, ORPHAN BLACK, and DOWNTON ABBEY, but in the case of the latter, I still thought as of five minutes ago that it was “DownTOWN Abbey”, so that shows you how savvy I am in regards to the Brits.  British television tends to annoy me with seemingly low production values and depending on how ...Click for More

Bates Motel – Season 1 Review

May 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

I would like to declare BATES MOTEL a massive victory for A&E.  Heavy on reality-type shows but light on scripted series, it could have easily been an epic failure from many fronts.  Would A&E make it too vanilla?  Can FREDDIE HIGHMORE act post-puberty?  Is there enough material from the iconic movies to build an entire series from?  Will MIDWEST MIKE ever regularly post to the blog again?  Sorry, I got carried away with my hypothetical questions there. In Monday night’s ...Click for More

Supernatural Season 8 Review

May 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warning: mild spoilers abound. The 8th season of SUPERNATURAL wrapped on Wednesday to a phenomenally cool scene with a nearly-dead Sam, Dean and Castiel standing outside a chapel watching thousands of angels being expelled from heaven as they rain down to Earth in fiery comets. With as great as the last twenty seconds of the season were, one would imagine the rest of it would have been equally as good.  Sad to say no, but glad to say that it was an enormous leap forward from an abysmal ...Click for More

Hannibal – “Sorbet” Review

May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

“Before we begin, you must all be warned:  Nothing here… is vegetarian.” At risk of sounding like a broken record, this week’s episode of HANNIBAL was simply outstanding.  I know that I have bragged about this show in the past, but tonight’s episode far exceeded anything I would have ever expected. We were treated to a much more Hannibal-centric episode of HANNIBAL this time around. The show, much like the movies, has Dr. Lecter existing as almost an incidental ...Click for More

Hemlock Grove – Season 1 Review

April 29, 2013 // 6 Comments

It has taken me a little while, but I have finally gotten through the entire first season of HEMLOCK GROVE.  Posting an entire batch of 13 episodes all at once sounds great in theory, but as silly things like ‘real life’ and ‘responsibilities’ take over to filch my time away from the finer things. I quite enjoyed the first half of the season and equally enjoyed the second half of the season.  As previously stated, it’s not the greatest television show in the history of television, ...Click for More

Hannibal – Coquilles

April 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

NBC’S HANNIBAL has been an extremely good surprise so far in its freshman run.  Up to now, I have raved about the series premiere and the garden of mushroom people from the second episode.  While the third episode was solid (unfortunately seeing ratings drop a tad), tonight vaulted the series to new heights.  My concern for the series as a whole was that it would run out of creative gas after the premiere buzz died down, but each episode has brought something new and better to the ...Click for More
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