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  1. I can't even muster up enough enthusiasm to hit play on the YouTube clip.
  2. Watched "The Edge of Seventeen"'s a decent coming-of-age high school flick, one that felt like a nice modernizing of the John Hughes type film of the 80s, and Hailee Steinfeld carried the movie well in the lead role. The film doesn't break any ground or really surprise in too many ways, but it was well made and enjoyable. I don't see myself watching too many more High School films, no matter how well they get reviewed...probably because I am just getting too old to care about the subject. High School sucks, being a teen sucks, I remember, but I've moved on in my life. I'll let the next batch of awkward teens enjoy these films, I am happy they will have their own films that capture their hearts of angst. And then tonight we held up our end of a deal. The little one despaired about the fact that she had to go to bed at her usual time the other night, so we told her that on Friday night, we'd have a "slumber party" in which she was allowed to stay up all night, eat popcorn and watch a couple of movies with mommy and daddy. So we watched her two choices, The Jungle Book (the original cartoon) and Cinderella (again...the original cartoon...why is Disney remaking all of these with live action remakes now?). Kid soldiered on til about 10:30, after the second movie ended, and we let her fall alseep in our bed, after which I carried her to her own room. But we held up our end of the she'll have to go to bed on time again.
  3. Another day, another Doctor Who Comic Strip Volume under my belt. This time it is Volume Four of the Eighth Doctor, which showcases the end of his era fronting Doctor Who Magazines' strip before the show returned on TV and the Ninth Doctor would take over. They were even offered to show the regeneration by Davies...but after certain rules put in place by RTD and the BBC took ultimately came down to DWM deciding it might be best to just not have the regeneration (they couldn't show Eccleston prior to him being on TV, they could only show him with Rose, and they couldn't even do one story with the current companion of Destrii staying on with the Ninth Doctor) they decided against it, and in the end have McGann not regenerate into Eccleston in the strip, and have he and Destrii walk off into the sunset after a chat about the importance of change, and that they really have no idea what could lie just over that hill. It is actually a rather brilliant ending. It ends this rather consistent and phenomenal run for the Eighth Doctor in the comics (and that run lasted 9 years) so very well. It is a happy ending, one that leaves potential for more adventures while subtly acknowledging that those adventures do not lie within the pages of the Magazine anymore. And quite frankly, not having the regeneration means we got Night of the Doctor...and who would ever want to lose that (especially as having read the script for the alternate ending that they put in this doesn't hold a candle to what Moffat eventually gave us). So I am glad they went with the ending they did, I can see this Doctor continuing on to have more adventures, probably his going on to meet Charley and C'rizz and Lucy and so on in the Big Finish tales. Those feel like they come later to me. Anyhow...this final collection of his run is a solid set of stories, but being that they did a bit of standalone stories with the Doctor on his own, and then began a new set of adventures with Destrii that ended up kind of cut short (though ended nicely in the epic "The Flood"), it just doesn't have the same kind of flow and build up and payoff that the other collections had. The other Volumes really did feel like a thought out season of Doctor Who. The final volume felt like some assorted adventures of the Eighth Doctor with no real running arc, which probably wouldn't have been the case had the new show not returned and probably cut short their initial plans for Destrii as a companion. She had only really gotten started in the final story. All in all though? I highly recommended finding copy of each Volume of the Eighth Doctor's DWM comic run. A lot of fun reading. I had enjoyed going through the Fifth and Sixth Doctor's run (though the Sixth Doctor's seemed to run out of a bit of steam in it's second volume), but the Eighth Doctor's was great, no doubt helped by the fact that they were totally free from the show being on the air, and they decided to find one writer to really write the bulk of the scripts at the time.
  4. Six movie arc? Sounds to me like it should've been a TV show. Oh wait...
  5. RedLetterMedia tweeted this image of their Space Cop logos and the new Justice League logo with the caption "how embarrassing..."
  6. Insurrection has the closest TNG tone...but the action is cheap and the characters are a bit off...and often it just feels like a crap episode.
  7. I think as the years have gone by, my view of First Contact has evolved some. It used to rank pretty high for me. But nowadays I think it has a lot of good stuff in it, I can still enjoy it, but it is kind of just a bit too action heavy zombie really feel like TNG. Beyond is a much more big budget action style story than any TOS episode, but it still manages to capture the feel and tone of the original show and it's characters in a way that just balances out for me (the characters feel like those TOS characters put into this extra big budget action adventure tale...oh and the Yorktown just feels so Star Trek to me). And I dunno what it is, but what actually hurts First Contact for me these days is how much it DOESN'T evoke that TNG feeling. I mean it's fun, you got the characters and actors you love, you get the Borg in a big bad higher budgeted way, and you get little bit of Trek-lore and nice action...but it is lacking a sense of TNG that I can't pinpoint, but I just know it is missing when I watch it now. Again, not bad, it has just dropped in it's rankings for me personally.
  8. Yea I'm sorry as much as I can see flaws in 2009, it is still far more entertaining than Insurrection or Nemesis ever were. And at this point I might put Beyond above the much loved First Contact. So I can't agree. The 90s movies were the weak point of the film end of the franchise in my opinion (I can defend most of the TOS-cast films, with the exception of 5), but I pop in the TNG films a lot less than I pop in TNG itself...they just don't capture the right tone of that show, they don't hold up particularly well in my book...and for all the things I think 2009 didn't do great, I find it a far more enjoyable piece of entertainment than those films were. Into Darkness is lousy though. I'll give you that.
  9. Volume Three of Doctor Who Magazine's collected Eighth Doctor comics. Volume Three kicks off the beginning of the strip being run in full color, and also features the final arc featuring the Eighth Doctor's companion Izzy, who joined at the very beginning of his comic run. I have to say, the plotting of story arcs within small stories with big old payoffs at the end...I mean I always saw Buffy as a major influence to Russell T Davies relaunch of Doctor Who, but knowing he was a fan of this comic run has really highlighted that he could've just as easily taken some creative spark from this run. Each Volume has really felt like a distinct season, in much the same way as the RTD era launched Doctor Who with a season long arc mixed in with individual stories. And they are so entertaining and just feel like proper Doctor Who. It is almost a shame to see Izzy go, perfect companion material, but she had a good long run, and her arc really came together beautifully in the end...the timid girl who loved sci-fi and struggled with the fact that she was adopted, and by the end of it she is stronger, is far more confident in knowing who she is, and accepts that her adoptive parents actually love her. I love that early on there was this red herring of "she doesn't know her real parents" as if that would come into play at some point...but in the end? She realizes that her real parents are the ones that adopted and raised her and loved her all those years. Beautiful stuff. Hope I didn't go to spoilery for anyone who may care to read these great books someday...they are definitely recommended for Who fans...and while I touched on some thematic stuff I loved, I think the real meat I left out...the stuff that makes it really worthwhile I tried not to mention.
  10. But in the 90s...most of the movies sucked...okay they had a similar run in the 80s, and those movies are pretty entertaining...but the 90s? Let us not go back to a period that gave us one decent action movie, one weird cross generational mess (a mess I enjoy due to nostalgia, but it is a bit of a mess), and then two stinkers. If they could give me movies like Beyond every two years? I am down...but I don't need them to rush them out assembly line style. Just every few years or so, give me a decent Star Trek adventure with that likable new cast.
  11. I've seen Max Headroom, and I really don't see them in the same ballpark. And I don't think you are quite grasping what watershed means. Ghost in the Shell is an anime seen by a smaller number of fans...The Matrix was a huge box office and critical hit in the mainstream. A watershed film is one that may not be the first of it's kind, but it is the one that gains the biggest notoriety. Jaws wasn't the first movie of it's kind...Hitchcock had made that kind of a film before, but Jaws was a big hit in it's day and could be considered a watershed moment in film. I know you wouldn't ever deny the fact that Star Wars was a watershed film, but does that status get diminished because Flash Gordon had gone there before? Every watershed film has influences, but that doesn't mean they don't somehow break new ground in their own way, and capture the public in a big way. That is why the Matrix is definitively a watershed film. It was new in many ways, it culled from different influences, but you can't convince me that Ghost in the Shell was ever as popular or as well known in the 90s as the Matrix became. And Maybe GITS did borrow from Blade Runner, which borrowed from Metropolis and so on...but the Matrix doesn't, in the end, remotely resemble Blade Runner in my eyes. So maybe to you, it didn't seem too fresh because you had been watching a cartoon that had some stylistic similarities, but for most of the public, is a big step forward. For me and people of my age, it was a huge film because of how things changed before and after in filmmaking. You can see a clear line before the Matrix, in which there are a handful of films that may have some early progressions of the kind of things that would become so present in the Matrix itself, and then after the Matrix, in which you had a ton of films copying its style and presentation and use of visual effects.
  12. The biggest problem I see is that it looks stylistically to be aimed at adults. It looks dark and gritty. I wouldn't take an 11 year old to see something like this. It looks like its adding a bit of that Dark Knight route, when it should be pure light colorful entertainment. Because the target audiemce should be new 11 year olds, not the people that were 11 when the original came out. They can put in all the representation they want, wont matter if no one goes to see what looks like a truly dreadful filmgoing experience.
  13. It has to be an age thing, but the Matrix was a huge stylistic leap in filmmaking. I don't even see it as very similar to Blade Runner at all. It was a watershed film, and lead to tons of mimicry after its release. And its a great entertainment on top of all its stylitstic leaps.
  14. SHOCK! WHO WOULD EVER GUESS? I mean it's only a property with a base of 11 year olds being darkened up for more mature audiences that have either moved on or that have totally forgotten or never realized just how crappy the original show actually was. I loved the show when I was a kid too...but at some point you grow up and realize that not all childhood nostalgia shows hold up upon adult eyes.
  15. This is just one of those "franchises" that never should've been a franchise in my opinion. That first movie is so great, but they never needed to do more. And the thing is, even though they did do more and the sequels weren't the best received...I honestly don't mind them as sequels. But I have no interest in returning to the Matrix unless it is popping in a blu-ray of the first film. Sort of a perfect film for when it came out. No need to revisit it or expand it or reboot it or update it. It is a perfect little cyberpunk time capsule from the late 90s. Leave it there. Not everything needs to be touched on and revamped over and over. But it if it is a sci-fi or horror property, it gets no respect and is usually tampered with forever and always. That can't be seen as true classics that should remain untouched if they aren't a certain kind of film.