5 things I learned this weekend

5 things I learned this weekend

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sun, 05/11/2008 - 17:34

NOTE: As you may have noticed, I like to write about "Lost." I will never spoil anything in a headline or an opening paragraph, but beware of spoilers all the same anytime my favorite TV show happens to come up.

I am back from a weekend in Minneapolis, one of my favorite of all cities, where I visited friends, enjoyed a Premium Grain Belt or two (or 5 or 10), and finally bought that Johan Santana Twins jersey. (What? He doesn't play there anymore? Ah, whatever.)

Some things I learned while there:

1. "Lost" will never cease to surprise me. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, John Locke comes striding out of Jacob's cabin with a new mission, and a huge new twist. The idea of a moving island has been brought up on message boards in the past, but I never took it seriously. But if you think about everything we've seen this season, it makes sense -- particularly the flash-forward in "The Shape of Things to Come" where Ben tells Widmore he'll never find the island.

2. I suck at "Mario Kart Wii." I was singing the praises of the new Wii Wheel control for the update of Nintendo's racing classic; after all, I hadn't lost a race against the computer! But Friday night I had my first test against human opponents, and I failed miserably. But that's OK, cuz I remain unbeaten on "Guitar Hero" ...

3. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Sure, it looked nice in HBO-HD, but all the pixels in the world couldn't save a superhero movie this brainless or this poorly written and directed. There are gags in this movie that suggest the scribes of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" may have done an uncredited rewrite. Then there's Jessica Alba, who -- while saddled with the thankless role of a superhero who is more concerned about her wedding than with the end of the world -- is a truly terrible actress. There is one great thing about "Silver Surfer," though: It makes you appreciate "Iron Man" that much more.

This just in: I can't act!

4. "Kim Possible" is actually pretty good. I wondered why my 29-year-old bachelor buddy would have every episode of a Disney kids' cartoon on his iPod, but then I saw a couple episodes this weekend and found it to be stylish and fun, and full of quirky voice acting. It's nice to see that at least one show on the Disney Channel is palatable for the adults forced to watch with their kids.

5. I'm turning into an NPR listener. For years, I have made fun of it by saying "Coming up on NPR ..." in a high, nasally, feminine voice, and while that stereotype may hold true, it doesn't mean there isn't quality programming to be heard on the PBS of radio. During my six-hour drive back today, I enjoyed two installments of "To the Best of our Knowledge" and rocked out to the visceral musical blast of ... "A Prairie Home Companion." My only regret was that I left Wisconsin's borders before WPR's broadcast of "This American Life" at 2 p.m. (See, La Falca, you were right. NPR is good.)

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