Veronica Mars the Movie!

Sadly, the Veronica Mars movie isn’t playing in my local theater. Thankfully, though, its unusual theatrical release was accompanied by a simultaneous On Demand release, so we were able to watch the film its opening weekend from the comfort of the Muruch home. And it did not disappoint.

The cool opening sequence gives a quick but interesting summary of the tv series that’s beneficial for those who didn’t watch the show and nostalgic for those of us who did.

The movie is speckled with what may be the best, most eclectic collection of cameos ever. I don’t want to spoil things, but let’s just say if you like NPR and a certain alt-rocker on the movie soundtrack you’ll squeal in delight at the first two non-character cameos. There are also brief appearances by former cast members of Freaks & Geeks, New Girl and The State. In fact, Freaks & Geeks fans will be almost as giddy as “Marshamallows” (a.k.a. Veronica Mars fans).

And, of course, Marshmallows will be even more happy with the character cameos, questions answers (Did she choose Piz or Logan?!) and plethora of in-jokes – which include references to the tv show, the movie’s Kickstarter campaign, Buffy, The O.C. and a lot of great music.

It may not quite live up to the superhuman hype it’s received, but it comes pretty darn close and leaves welcome room and a lot of potential for sequels. And I suspect it’d be even better on the big screen.

Rent Veronica Mars @ Amazon On Demand

Pre-order Veronica Mars DVD @ Amazon

TV: The Café

My new favorite show is The Café, a quirky, picturesque British sitcom set in a small seaside town. Kathryn Williams’ pretty, airy cover of “Beyond the Sea” serves as the series’ theme song and sets the tone of this sweet, funny and very charming little show. I’ve been watching The Café on my local PBS affiliate on Saturday mornings at 11a.m. EST, but it seems to bounce around the schedule so check your local tv listings and catch it when you can.

The Voice: The Swon Brothers Cover Wagon Wheel

I wouldn’t have posted about The Swon Brothers’ cover of “Wagon Wheel” on last night’s episode of The Voice since I wasn’t particularly impressed by it, but for the fact that the performers and the judges incorrectly credited the song to Darius Rucker. I’m probably one of a thousand Old Crow Medicine Show fans who were shouting at the television screen as a result. Darius Rucker’s cover of “Wagon Wheel” has brought the song and Old Crow Medicine Show some welcome and much deserved attention, but if you have never heard the original (which is so superior to these covers it’s laughable), you are really missing out. Check out the original by Old Crow Medicine Show, and the inferior covers, below. Then check out all the Muruch reviews of Old Crow Medicine Show and you’ll understand why I think the Swon Brothers are mediocre.

Buy Old Crow’s Original @ Amazon

Buy Darius Rucker’s Cover @ Amazon

Buy The Swon Brothers Cover @ iTunes

Britain’s Got Talent: Irish Boys Cover Monsters & Men

Two schoolboys, Jack Duff and Cormac Connell, from Navan, County Meath, Ireland impressed the judges on Wednesday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent with their cover of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters & Men.

The Voice: Sarah Simmons Covers Brandi Carlile

We in the Muruch household were very excited to hear Sarah Simmon cover Brandi Carlile‘s “The Story” on NBC’s The Voice last night. It’s our favorite Brandi Carlile song and really should be the next “Hallelujah” cool song everyone loves to cover (hear that, Allison Crowe?!). Sarah didn’t quite capture the chill-producing emotion of Carlile’s extraordinary original, but it’s a formidable song for any singer to tackle.

Buy Sarah Simmons’ Mp3 @ iTunes

Buy Brandi Carlile’s Mp3 @ Amazon