This week on ‘Lost’: You wanna see something awesome? (TV commentary)

I’m not an awards-show guy. If you’re perusing my blog archives looking for analyses of Oscars, Emmys or Grammys, you won’t find any. That having been said, someone needs to give Nestor Carbonell an award (even if it’s a worthless award like an Emmy) for his performance as Richard Alpert in “Ab Aeterno,” Tuesday’s episode of “Lost.”

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Early evidence points to Jacob being evil, Man in Black being good. Discuss (TV commentary)

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a nice chart comparing the “Lost” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays, ABC) characters’ lives in the Island World to their lives in the Sideways World. The evidence points to Jacob being the bad guy and the Man in Black being the good guy — which is the opposite of what one would initially assume.

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Where are we? ‘Lost’s’ final season starts tonight (TV commentary)

It’s appropriate that “Lost’s” two-hour final-season premiere (8 tonight, ABC) airs on Groundhog Day. Like the Bill Murray movie, “Lost” has done a lot of circular storytelling. First the characters were in 2004, then they jumped back to 1977, then we jumped ahead to 2007 to follow the characters who didn’t go back in time, and now we all want to know what will happen to everyone in 2010 — the show’s future, our present.

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ has lots of style, but it’s hard to care (Movie review)

I don’t understand these movies that put so much effort into making it look great, and then seem to expend so little effort on plot and characters. “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) is one of those movies — from the opening shot of a horse-and-carriage chase down a dim London street, it looks incredible; it reminds me of that 2001 Jack the Ripper movie, “From Hell.” I was excited to watch a story unfold in these gritty, historic environs.

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John’s favorite movies of the Aughts (Commentary)

Next, here are my top 10 … OK, 20 … movies of the Aughts.

1. “Garden State” (2004) — I’m not going to lie: This is just a romantic fairy tale — average Joe finds true love with Natalie Portman (Portman’s character doesn’t seem to realize she looks like Natalie Portman, and she’s all the more lovable for it) — that I find very appealing. Great scene: The trio climbs atop a bus in a rainy ravine and lets out a big ol’ yell, and somewhere “Only Living Boy in New York” is playing.

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Can’t-see TV: 16 sweet shows that aren’t on DVD or Hulu (Commentary)

I noticed that whatever company distributes “Roswell” DVDs recently repackaged them with Katherine Heigl prominently featured on the cover art. Artistically, it’s ridiculous, because Heigl’s Isabel was the fourth-most-important female character on the show, behind Liz, Maria and Tess. But as a marketing move, it’s smart. If it gets “Grey’s Anatomy” fans to discover a great show like “Roswell,” I’m all for it.

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‘Donnie Darko’ helmer is still thinking outside ‘The Box,’ but that’s not necessarily a good thing (Movie review)

See, this is what I meant in my “Paranormal Activity” review about how good actors can add a lot to a movie. Cameron Diaz is completely adorable in “The Box,” and she has a wonderfully loving rapport with James Marsden, who plays her husband. I have no doubt this duo could’ve made “Paranormal Activity” better.

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