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Thursday
Feb262015

Rick Grimes And This Century's Five Best Pop-Culture Beards

 

 

BY MIKE VIGLIETTA (REVIEWniverse Guest Contributor)

Inspired by Andrew Lincoln's (aka Rick Grimes') grizzly growth this season on The Walking Dead (AMC, Sundays, 10 p.m.), it got us thinking: Who else's facial coverage can man-up to everyone's favorite zombie-killer? Starting with Grimes himself, here's a handful of our favorite 21st century pop-culture beards. 

 

5. RICK GRIMES (THE WALKING DEAD)

Who's gonna mess with this Grime-y beard? (Credit: AMC)

Rick’s bushy, crazy-man beard is filled with blood, sweat and tears. A lot more emphasis on the blood than anything else. A LOT MORE. Who knows what Rick’s confirmed kill count is tallied at, but it’s definitely way more than any other character in the show. Not only is Rick’s beard dirty, but it serves as an intimidation factor. Anytime the group is confronted by an outsider, we are introduced to someone who is clean-shaven and appears to have access to running water and electricity. It gives the impression that they’ve had an easy go at it compared to Rick and his comrades. When these outsiders are introduced to Rick, they see a man who has been through some heavy stuff and will stop at nothing to keep his group safe. Yep, the beard tells them all that.

 

4. WALTER WHITE (BREAKING BAD)

From mild-mannered chem teacher to Heisenberg, all it took was a beard. And meth. (Credit: AMC)

The only argument for Heisenberg’s (Bryan Cranston) exclusion from this list is that a goatee isn't really a beard. But according to the Internet, it is. It’s no secret that Mr. White was an intimidating force and eventual infamous drug kingpin. But that was only after this wimpy, mustachioed science teacher who would surrender his lunch to a fifth grader shaved his head and grew out that goatee. Those are just the facts, Jack.

 

3. HUGH JACKMAN (WOLVERINE)

Cool beard, and bad-ass coiff. (Credit: 20th Century Fox) 

More recognizable than Heisenberg’s beard. Wolverine’s enemies see those chops and they curl up in the fetal position almost immediately. This may not be a real-life stat, but it’s pretty safe to say that at least 53.4% of men who grow a decent amount of facial hair have tried out the wolverine beard once or twice in their life… including me.

 

2. SANTA CLAUS (CHRISTMAS)

How many awesome elfs did it take to groom St. Nick?

How could St. Nick not be on this list? The man is still alive and well, and the sleigh-puller's beard has reigned in the top five for pretty much every century. He’s on the all-time squad. Seeing that big white puff of facial hair means presents and joy are not far behind. He loses points for watching us sleep, though. That’s just weird.

 

1. ALBUS DUMBLEDORE (HARRY POTTER: THE SORCERER'S STONE AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS)

'Nuff said. (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

I’m talking about the original Dumbledore. Not the one that replaced the original Dumbledore (much as we love Michael Gambon in our favorite new show, Fortitude). Only the late Richard Harris' Dumbledore from the first two movies of the series. Dumbledore’s beard may be the most powerful entity ever, period. If he was clean-shaven or even if the beard just wasn’t as long, he would be a muggle just like the rest of us. End of story.

Who do you think should be on this list? Kathy Bates in American Horror Show: Freak Show? Jack Sparrow? ZZ Top? Anyone who plays Moses? Hagrid? Gandalf? Fu Manchu? Tom Hanks in Castaway? Everyone on Whisker Wars? And, of course, Incredibeard!! You tell us. Let us know which are your favorite beards.

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Monday
Nov142011

Monday-Morning Review Card: 'Dexter' Lays a Dud, 'Walking Dead' Crawls and 'Boardwalk' Shines

 

TV REVIEW: Sunday nights this season are more robust with quality cable TV than at any time in recent memory. Couldn't DVR it all? Well, neither could we. But we saw most of it, except the new Hell on Wheels (sorry, AMC, you'll survive), and here's a brief cheat sheet to what's worth your time in reruns.

By Kenny Herzog

"Un-friggin'-believable. First, my dead brother bullies me into climbing up a muddy ravine, and now these galoots think I'm a zombie. What a day." (Credit: Gene Page/TWD/AMC)

 

HOMELAND, "THE WEEKEND"

Ever wonder what Carrie does on her days off? Besides sleep with suspected terrorists in a remote cabin and eventually blow her cover and informally interrogate him with nothing but a loaded pistol and rickety wooden table between them? Homeland is just so, so good, and keeps getting better after a couple spotty early season ebbs. It's hard to imagine any other show juggling this many balls in the air without drumming up numerous implausible contrivances or stretching its premise to shreds. Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in particular are just awesome, and make you wonder if this whole acting thing isn't just an excuse to avoid a real job. And for the first time in weeks, Damian Lewis really holds his own and gives Brody new dimension. Riveting television, and a hugely revelatory and ballsy episode that finds the series playing with fire nearly as precariously as its troubled antiheroine. 

HOMELAND RATING: 9/10

 

THE WALKING DEAD, "CHUPACABRA"

It's been a great season and a real coup for the show's character development, but for Christ's sake, let's get on with the zombies and the blood and whatnot. "Chupacabra" was OK enough, and had an incredibly enticing final minute. And Shane's gradual falling apart makes him a genuinely gripping and dangerous presence. But "Chupacabra" leaves you wondering if a 13-episode season was really the best idea for a show that thrives off adrenaline but can only realistically keep up its intensity for certain prolonged spans. And enough of Glenn and the farmer's daughter already. It's silly, teenager-y and out of place. Although if Hershel turns out to be a total Dr. Frankenstein weirdo, then all will be redeemed. 

THE WALKING DEAD RATING: 6/10

 

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, "TWO BOATS AND A LIFEGUARD"

 

It seems as if Boardwalk's second season continues to fly under the radar for its accomplishments. Yet, showrunners Terrence Winter and Tim Van Patten, and their actors of emply, keep collaborating on one terrific episode after the next. Is there any more unique and unpredictable character in TV than Van Alden? Any matriarch as duplicitous and sexy as Gillian Darmody? Any show that simply looks so amazing and rich in transporting period detail as this? And now, with Jimmy leading Meyer, Lucky and Capone in an insurgency against Nucky, Rothstein and Torrio, Boardwalk is starting to resemble Going in Style: Atlantic City. While Jimmy may have been reticent to supplant the old guard in episodes past, and still seems a bit ill-at-ease in his position as crowned underworld prince, his pole vault of Popeye Doyle over the balcony sent a message that Nucky, and us, are due for a bloody collision.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE RATING: 8/10

 

HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, "THE FRICTION"

I've been covering this show all season long for The Onion's A.V. Club, and can't say enough about what an underappreciated, eminently watchable rough-hewn diamond HBO has on their hands. "The Friction" is HTMIIA at its best, offering little in the way of easy triumphs for Ben, Cam and friends (and oh, poor Kapo and snake-bitten Rene, and sianara to awful Tim), but also providing several great belly laughs, particularly via Rachel's psychedelic breakdown on the streets of Brooklyn. There's only eight eps total and one remaining, so there's plenty of time to catch up, so long as you have a single rainy day between now and Sunday. HTMIIA is not high art, but it's far superior to lowest-denominator guilty-pleasure fluff. 

HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA RATING: 7.5/10

 

DEXTER, "NEBRASKA"

Boy, did this season of Dexter lose its mojo when Brother Sam passed away. Dex's ascent toward the light was far more interesting than his abrupt, absurd, dreamlike spiral into dark excess that was out of character even for him. What a waste of the potentially interesting decision to bring Jonah and Brian back, and yet another week in which we learn veritably nothing new about our villains, and they remain mutually exclusive from Dexter's watchful eye. Dexter better tighten the screws quick, because last night was a new low for the series. And for all things holy, don't force-insert throwaway scenes with Quinn and La Guerta but deprive us nearly entirely of Masuka's comic relief and Bautista's oblivious charm. For that matter, we can dispense with the patronizing allusions to Lumen and simply terrible lines like, "You don't turn the other cheek, you slice it"? Oh, and can we just kidnap Travis' sister and get it over with already? Jeesh.

DEXTER RATING: Booooo/10

 

IN OTHER WORDS: I know, it's annoying that I don't watch The Good Wife.

SOLID, BUT UNSPECTACULAR OVERALL SUNDAY-TV RATING: Mid-Season Blues/10

HOMELAND AND BOARDWALK KEEPING FEET ON THE GAS RATING: 9/10

OY, DEXTER RATING: 2/10

 

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