Jan 31, 2012

Kristen Bell Breakdown = Adorable

Dear Kristen Bell,

Friends have told me that my love for you isn't healthy.

They say 'Sure, Veronica Mars was great, but maybe it's time to let go'

They tell me I should get a hobby, 
like rock collecting, rock climbing, or rock identification 
(I have a lot of geologist friends)

Sometimes I wonder if they are right, that I should stop devoting so 
much time to you and focus on more valuable pursuits.
Like helping out in Darfur. Surely Don Cheadle would approve.

But then you go and do something adorable, 
like have a stage 5 meltdown about
the possibility of meeting a sloth.

And then I just love you more.

Ever yours,

Tableau Your Mind

Jan 30, 2012

Gossip Girl: 100 Episodes, 1 Billion Plot Twists

Serena and Blair's hair is full of secrets
Gossip Girl celebrated its 100th episode last night, and it was not short on revelations and plot twists. But that’s what we have come to expect from a program that New York Magazine routinely calls 'The Greatest Show of Our Time.' On the day of Blair's wedding, everyone has come together to celebrate the show's momentous occasion (including Wallace Shawn!) with several looks back and a huge step forward.  It was a pretty spectacular episode, which is saying something given the somewhat lackluster episodes that preceded it. Before we delve into the best parts of the episode, we should mention that major spoilers follow, so be prepared.

Jan 20, 2012

Parks and Recreation: Leslie Knope 2012!

On Thursday’s Parks and Recreation, we saw the awesomeness that was a Leslie Knope political campaign commercial (Knope 2012!).

Turns out, Leslie hates attack ads so much that she makes the most 'pro' commercial the world has ever seen.

It was so amazing that we here at Tableau Your Mind wanted to show you the full list of things Leslie is ‘pro’ and point out some of the many great jokes. There is a lot here for fans of the show, from Leslie's hatred of libraries to the well-documented raccoon problem. After the jump, check out all 123 of Leslie’s pros and try to figure out how she can accomplish all of this in one term (we believe in her).

Jan 17, 2012

Film Review: A Dangerous Method

Idle hands...
When I went to the theater to see A Dangerous Method, the newest achievement from David Cronenberg, I expected to leave with a clear positive review – A History of Violence and Eastern Promises are two of my favorite films, and here Cronenberg is, teaming up with

Jan 11, 2012

Tim Tebow: Just for Kicks (or Passes or Whatever)

I was in a football state of mind, which eventually made me want to look up that weird, quasi-anti-abortion video that played at the Superbowl two years ago. 

The message in the commercial: Don't abort your baby, because you'll never have the chance to grow creepily close to him and will never have the chance for him to tackle you?

Anyway, it made me want to make this:

Source Material:

Film Review: The Muppets

Here is Tableau Your Mind’s very late review of The Muppets:

The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me (not in order)
Why review the Muppet film now, you may ask, when it's been almost 2 months since it entered into theaters? The answer is multi-faceted, but it boils down to this: the film lingers in

Jan 8, 2012

TV Review: Downton Abbey, Series 2

Downton Abbey Returned to the United States last night on PBS. Since we have already watched the second season/series (Thanks, British Aunt Myrtle), we thought this was a good time to review it. It's relatively spoiler free.

Staff: O'Brien, Daisy, Hughes, Thomas, Bates, Anna
Family: Edith, Robert, Violet, Cora, Mary, Matthew, Sybil
After the first series set up all the players and then spent 7-odd hours having them interact, things were getting a little stale at the Downton estate. There needed to be something new to

Jan 6, 2012

TV Review: House of Lies

You can't see what's under those bars.
She can, but you can't

House of Lies premieres this Sunday on Showtime, and, thanks to the lovely people at Showtime and the venerable artists of YouTube, the pilot was available for viewing ahead of time (sans Showtime’s trademark nudity). The show stars Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Rush Hour 2) as Marty Kaan, management consultant and family man. His life is very of-the-moment. He consults for the 1% yet uses the 99% to aid him in his endeavors. In the real world his life would be enviable, with a posh apartment, sexy consorts, and sexier consorts. Except this is a Showtime show, so he is an absolute wreck. The first few minutes of the show find him waking up next to his druggie-ex-wife (who is so out of it that she doesn’t really remember their previous night of boning) and then going into the kitchen to explain to his gender-confused son and his father why ex-wifey is there at all. Then, he flies to New York with his cracker-jack management consultant team, which includes Veronica Mars and Jean Ralphio (Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz) as well as some other guy (Josh Lawson), all

Hipster Baby Celebrates 100th Post

It's Tableau Your Mind's 100th post! 

To celebrate, we brought along our two favorite things: Hipster Baby and YouTube Videos!

It's funny because of the rapidly declining
child literacy rates in this country
Now, on to the celebratory YouTube clips, for all Tableau Your Mind fans:

Jan 3, 2012

2011 in Review: Part 2

Welcome Back to Part 2 of Tableau Your Mind’s look back at 2011. Be sure to check out Part 1 of our coverage HERE, and feel free to disagree with anything we write. You’ll be wrong, but sometimes it’s just nice to disagree. Like the other day, when one of our guest bloggers had a disagreement with some lutefisk that he had just eaten. Anyway, on to the recap!

Jan 2, 2012

2011 In Review: Part 1

Man, 2011 was quite the year. Tons of awesome and significant pop culture moments occurred in the past 12 months, both terrible and amazing. There were films, people, ad campaigns, television shows, and basically everything that happens every year.  Below, Tableau recaps the best and the worst (mostly things already covered on this blog).  Not included: Music. Tableau has got no say in that arena.

So check out our incomplete, completely biased review of the year, and let us know (in the comments) if you agree:
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