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Eternal Optometrist

29 Jul

The good news is that the titular gathering in Dinner for Schmucks lives up to its billing and is a very funny scene — perhaps the best in the entire movie.

The bad news, however, is that the scene is not longer, and it takes almost an hour and a half to get to it.

Until then, this film — about a guy (Paul Rudd) who must bring a loser (Steve Carell) to a dinner party in order to win a promotion — is only mildly amusing.

Carell’s character is weird, but I didn’t find him to be the absurdly over-the-top weird, awkward loser that he’s supposed to be. Continue reading

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Listen Up

23 Sep

Tuesday was one of those big multimedia purchase days that I have every so often.

The third season of 30 Rock was released on DVD, and David Gray, Mika, and Harry Connick Jr. all released new albums.

When I was at Costco, I noticed that A.J. Jacobs had a new book out, so I grabbed that, and because I hadn’t purchased it yet, I also picked up the third season of Brothers and Sisters on DVD.

A mixed bag of music for sure, and maybe not your tastes, but I always enjoy new stuff from artists I like. (The David Gray album is particularly good. I’ll let you know about the others when I hear more of them.) Continue reading

Not So Into It

18 Apr

Flight of the Conchords played the Agganis Arena at B.U. Friday night.

The concert featured the guys — Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement — performing largely acoustic versions of songs from both seasons of the show, and they even brought fellow cast members Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal along for the ride as their opening acts. Continue reading

Emergency Band Meeting

18 Jan

Tonight’s the night I’ve been waiting for: It’s the premiere of season two of Flight of the Conchords! If you didn’t watch this show last year, you really missed out. FotC is a show about a folk-parody duo from New Zealand trying to make it big in New York. They’ve got a clueless manager, one devoted fan, and no real chance of success. The music is hysterical; check out this example or these songs. In short, FotC was one of my favorite shows of 2008.

Anyway, depending on when you read this, maybe you can’t wait for tonight. Or maybe you missed the episode after it aired. Either way, the season two premiere is embedded in its entirety below. Truth be told, I watched the episode a couple weeks ago on iTunes, but you can watch it right here, right now. Enjoy!
http://hbo.a.mms.mavenapps.net/mms/rt/1/site/hbo-hbocom1-pub01-live/current/conchords/multipleCategoryPlayer/client/embedded/embedded.swf

The Year of Martin

31 Dec

I can’t believe 2008 is already over, mostly because when I look back on the year, I remember it as being as a great one in the life of Martin Lieberman.

Three big things happened: I bought a condo, my niece was born, and I got a new job. All three were huge, life-changing events.

I mean, my niece being born … yeah. But the condo purchase came after more than six years of living in the same place, and the new job came after more than seven years with the same company.

So I guess there’s very good reason for some of my friends to be calling 2008 “The Year of Martin.” Continue reading

Fact: This Is Funny

14 Sep

Fact: This is a pretty dead-on parody of what it’s like to be a fact-checker, right down to the banana-eating editor (I don’t eat bananas, but my editor does). As someone who has spent a fair amount of time fact checking (though not to this extreme), and who manages the team of fact-checkers at my company, I have to give this film high marks. Kudos to its creators, Peter Karinen and Brian Sacca. I particularly love that the editor is played by Kristen Schaal, from Flight of the Conchords. Enjoy!

Le Camembert! Jacques Cousteau! Baguette!

6 Aug

I’m not going to apologize for a second Flight of the Conchords post in a row because last night’s episode had to be the second funniest episode of the season (episode one still reigns supreme). Here are two clips from the show I wanted to share. All I’m going to say is, “Just because you’ve been exploring my mouth, it doesn’t mean you get to take an expedition further South…. Just because we’ve been playing tonsil hockey, it doesn’t mean you get to score the goal that’s in my jockey.” It’s tres magnifique! Enjoy.