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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.

Gravity 2013 Movie Poster
begins in complete silence to a spectacular view of earth from space. (more…)

Homeland In My Hometown June 6, 2013

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Homeland Cast ChairsMonday and Tuesday of this week, Raleigh, NC became our nation’s capital.  Well, part of it became Washington, DC.  A few streets and some of our government buildings in downtown stood in for DC on the tv show Homeland.  The cast and crew of the Emmy winning show popped into town to film a few scenes for the season 3 premiere.  Typically filmed in Charlotte, Raleigh was utilized for this episode because we have a few more buildings with lovely granite exteriors that look reminiscent of the marbled buildings of DC.  And they liked the look of our courtroom in the Justice Building, and the interiors of the State Capital Building.  

As I headed downtown to check out filming, I was hoping to see Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin being that I am a Princess Bride-loving Browncoat.  I was hoping to be the 1 billionth fan to ask Patinkin to do his (more…)

The Ho-Hum Internship June 5, 2013

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Usually Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are a fabulous pairing.  Wedding Crashers was hysterical and sweet.  I was hoping The Internship would be as good as that film, but frankly it was a bit of a disappointment.  I expected to laugh more, but it was less comedy and more feel-good, self-help, inspirational.

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Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are watch salesmen who seem to be the only ones who didn’t know the company they work for is a sinking ship.  John Goodman, in a blink and you miss him role as their boss, neglected to tell them.  Now unemployed and in need of a new career, Billy devises a plan to get them hired at Google.  They finagle their way into the summer intern program where they compete against hundreds of college students for 5 coveted spots to be a Google employee.  Sounds like there could be some great scenes there, yes?  Two established workers trying to connect to their team members from a field of idealized and jaded students.  Part of the (more…)