The Spoils of Patience

August 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

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That Game of Thrones, right?

I only got into The Game of Thrones this year, and the reasons I waited are part of the pitfalls of being a writer: you know what’s going to happen next.  My wife hates watching detective show with me because I always know who the killer is right at the beginning.  We watched that show Castle nigh religiously, and 99.9% of the time I knew who the killer was within the first three scenes.

When Game of Thrones first because popular, I tried the first episode, and I tried reading the first novel; but I had to put them all down.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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Jem and the Holograms

June 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Up next in a line of 1980s toy franchise reboots, Hasbro is in production on a Jem and the Holograms live action movie.  I was never a fan of the Jem and the Holograms toys and cartoon, but my kid sister was; and being a fan of The Go-Gos, I found Jem a heckuva lot less annoying than Barbie.

Though Gen-X favorites Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald have joined the cast, this definitely looks like a project for a younger audience.  Fans of the original Jem must now be in their 30s, and few of them will want to check out a film featuring an emo-looking Jem directed by Jon Chu, the man behind Step Up 2: The Streets.

We’ll just have to wait and see if this new incarnation of Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous.

Consolidation at the End of the World

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

In a bold move, Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable, according to a Variety report.

Notably, Comcast will gain a big presence in the nation’s top two TV markets New York and Los Angeles. In L.A., it also inherits Time Warner Cable’s megabucks bets on two startup regional spots [sic] networks dedicated to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.

All told, Comcast will have presence in 19 of the nation’s top 20 markets. Execs from both camps will work together to determine which markets will be divested but none have been identified yet.

Naturally, media watchdog groups are crying “Monopoly!” and regulatory agencies are no doubt waiting to pounce – and who can blame them?  But in the end, in a world where the internet makes cable TV completely unnecessary for consumers (me, for instance) this merger will simply help Time Warner survive.

 

Watch “Night of the Doctor” Now!

November 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Night of the Doctor” is the prologue to next week’s 50th anniversary “Day of the Doctor” episode.  And you can watch it.  Right now.  Right away.  Go on.  Do it.

What I’m Watching: The Fades

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m loving me some Agents of SHIELD, and if you are, too, you’ll probably also dig The Fades.

Starring Iain De Caestecker, who plays Fitz in Agents of SHIELD, The Fades is about a kid who can see dead people and who is probably the world’s single best hope at saving the world from the apocalypse.  He also sprouts wings when he orgasms.  It’s a superpower.

If you couldn’t tell from the footage, the series aired on BBC America in 2011, but you can watch it now on Hulu Plus.  The series also features Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Arcade Fire – Spike Jonze – Greta Gerwig

November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I honestly try not to spend too much time on Youtube, but who can stay away?  Though considered a ratings failure, the You Tube Music Awards featured some “live music videos,” and Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife,” featuring Greta Gerwig, makes me miss the time when Spike Jonze was the innovator in music videos (and a reminder that Jonze has has been directing music videos since before many of the people watching were even born).

Apparently, the show was all downhill from there…

The Headless Horseman Rides Again!

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

So you know how if you live in or near Philadelphia, you have to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?  (Well, you do.)   If you live in Westchester (or Rockland or Duchess) County, New York, you have to watch Sleepy Hollow!

The pilot was pretty good, but for people from the area of the real Sleepy Hollow, which is absolutely not spooky in any way, it’s the local sites dressed up to look scary that’s fun to see – like the Tappan Zee Bridge!  Now, it’s not just a toll hike you have to be scared of!  BWAA-HA-HA!  (That’s my spooky laugh.)

Chick Shoots Pencil Eraser

September 16, 2013 § 2 Comments

For those of you who don’t know about firearms, this is a REALLY difficult shot.  Especially from a standing position.  With an aperture sight.

Boom.  People who get their firearms education from primetime TV think that shooting is easy.  Kirsten Joy Weiss makes it look like it is.

This video is reblogged from TTAG.

So You Think You Are Racist

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

As So You Think You Can Dance keeps rolling along, I’d like to point out the racist garbage that turned me off of the show a couple years ago.  This blatant fetishizing and objectification of the Asian female is sexist in addition to being racist.  The number of compliments that this dance received online (click through to see the Youtube comments) only highlights that American society largely condones this stereotype.

Because you have to know it’s a stereotype, right, America?  You can’t actually think that Asian women are like this.  Oh, yeah.  You also think they fight with swords all the time.

You might “Think You Can Dance,” but you’re actually just racist.

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