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Happy Anniversary Veronica Mars! September 22, 2013

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Apparently, this is anniversary week!  (Makes sense as this week is the most common Fall TV premiere week.) Nine years ago today, the pilot for Veronica Mars aired on UPN.  For those of you under that age of 15, UPN was the 6th major TV network, created in 1995, competing for television viewers against the big 3, #4 Fox, and #5 The WB.  In 2006, UPN and The WB merged to create The CW.  Thus endeth your lesson in tv networks.  Back to Veronica Mars.

Veronica Mars Season 3 posterThe drama, from creator Rob Thomas (not the singer people), followed the life of a teenage private detective as she investigated the murder of her best friend Lily Kane, and navigated the murky waters of high school in the southern California town of Neptune.  Like many well loved shows with lasting fandoms, it had a talented cast, well-gelled with perfect chemistry.  Kristen Bell portrayed the sassy PI with Enrico Colantoni as her father Keith, the (more…)

Gravity is Breathtaking September 20, 2013

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I mean that figuratively and literally. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s (Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban) new drama set in space had me holding my breath, clasping my chest, and clenching my fists at various times during the hour and forty minute journey. I thought I’d have a small problem viewing the film, being set in space, and you know, that whole lack of air issue. But there is so much more that grips you. Since this was an early screening, I expected that we’d have some talkers in the theatre. And you know how I feel about people who talk in the theatre.*  They always seem to follow me, and considering how loud people were just entering the theatre last night, I braced for the aggravation. Aside from the occasional ‘Oh my god’ from the woman next to me, there wasn’t a peep from anyone in the theatre. Not a word. Abby felt it was a testament to how fully the audience was pulled into the film, and I have to agree.

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Gravity
begins in complete silence to a spectacular view of earth from space. (more…)

Happy Anniversary Firefly!! September 20, 2013

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Just a quick note that today is the 11th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Firefly.  Thank you Joss Whedon for giving us this band of lovable space travelers.  (Curse you FOX for cancelling it too soon!!)  I won’t go on and on waxing poetic about this fabulous show.  (You’re welcome haters!) But if you haven’t seen this show, it’s worth becoming a couch potato for a day to binge watch all 14 episodes and the concluding feature film, Serenity.  If you love Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, or Joss Whedon, it is a necessity as a true fan that you know this show!  And have an impressive ability to throw a quote from the show or film into everyday conversation,  including a curse or two in Mandarin. emoticonbigsmile

I have attached a You Tube video, made by user jblottingink, of the 50 best quotes from Firefly and Serenity.  The 37th quote, at the 3:00 mark, is my favorite.

Paranoia‘s Not Smart Enough August 18, 2013

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Paranoia PosterI attended a screening of Paranoia Wednesday night, thanks to some free radio tickets, thinking that I would be treated to a smart, edgy, thriller.  With such a great cast; Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Josh Holloway, Liam Hemsworth, Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Julian McMahon, how could it not be?  Sadly, it was a disappointment.

Paranoia is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Finders.  It’s about a young programmer/developer named Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth.) A ‘bridge and tunnel’ kid raised by his working class father, he has high ambitions and a bit of an ego.  Adam works for Nicolas Wyatt (Oldman) at his global tech company, Wyatt Enterprises.  Wyatt is the former protegé of Jock Goddard (Ford,) the founder and head of Eikon Industries.  Goddard and Wyatt are now bitter rivals, each trying to outsmart the other to be the leader in the tech industry.  Adam, after botching a major presentation to Wyatt and getting (more…)

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