Have I mentioned how funny the Onion Is? And how cool TechTV is?
With headlines like "John Ashcroft Silences Reporters With Warning Shot" and "E.T. Toys Forced On Uninterested Children" You've just got to love The Onion
. The special report
they posted on September 26 was the first thing to make me laugh out loud after September 11. With headlines like "God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule," and "Hijackers Surprised To Find Selves In Hell" I was amazed that anyone could find a way to make us laugh about something so inherently unfunny.
Also, big thanks to Megan Morrone from TechTV for mentioning my blog on her Twisted List
. Apparently I'm not the only one who enjoys the Marshmallow Peeps web site. I'm a serious TechTV addict, so I was thrilled to be mentioned on their site. Now if only I can get Chris Pirillo to mention me in his blog, I'll know my fifteen minutes are up.
Kurosawa, Tron and Thoughts about E.T.
Just finished a night of boycotting the Oscars with a night of movie watching. I've been disgruntled about the Oscars ever since Chariots of Fire beat Raiders of the Lost Ark for Best Picture over 20 years ago. Not to mention later years when Gandhi won Best Costume, and Harrison Ford lost Best Actor to...well, I don't even know who he lost to, but I was pissed. This year I finally decided to skip the whole thing and just watch some movies I knew I would enjoy. I finally watched The Hidden Fortress
and followed it up with a healthy dose of the 80s with Tron
As far as The Hidden Fortress goes, it was a wonderfully entertaining film; much less serious than the Seven Samurai or Yojimbo. Kurosawa's influence on George Lucas is quite evident, mostly on a technical level, using wipes instead of fades, and long lenses to shoot characters in the foreground. You can see bits of this film used throughout the Star Wars trilogy. All in all, definitely worth seeing on it's own, but priceless if you are serious fan of Star Wars.
I just noticed that I have a twenty year old, well-read copy of the Tron novelization in my bookcase. Huh. So, I guess it's not at all surprising that I really enjoyed Tron. The special effects are still impressive and Bruce Boxleitner
is still adorable. If only there the arcade around here had the Tron game. That was always one of my favorites. Never could defeat those damn spider things. The intro on the DVD also plugged the website
for the upcoming sequel, Tron Killer App. It is light on content, but a pretty good tease.
I have plans to go see E.T. next weekend, and I'm really looking forward to seeing one of my favorite childhood movies again. I have mixed emotions about some of the digital "enhancements" Spielberg has implemented, such as changing Elliot's brother's Halloween costume idea to "hippie" instead of "terrorist," and replacing the guns used by the Feds at the end with walkie talkies. Slate offers ideas on how to enhance some of his other films here
. Very funny.
You know, I do actually do things other than watch sci-fi movies and tv shows. Really, I do. I'm actually reading a book about professional Scrabble players
right now. (Cause that makes me seem like LESS of a geek...)
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The First Review of Episode 2 (Minor spoiler alert!)
Harry Knowles, of Aint It Cool News fame, has posted the very first review
of Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. (To be referred to hereafter in this blog as AOTC, in deference to my true geekdom.) It's a pretty positive review overall, and I have to admit, I'm starting to get pretty excited.
Best episode ever
Just finished watching the best Star Trek episode ever, The Inner Light
, on TNN (aka the Star Trek network). They are having a Saint Patrick's Day Star Trek Marathon. As opposed to the Labor Day Weekend Marathon, the Memorial Day Marathon, or the "Second Tuesday of the Month, We Don't Have Any Other Shows," Marathon. As luck would have it, geeks like me have been waiting our whole lives for an all Star Trek network. If only they would buy the rights to some of the other series. (No wait, belay that order, I don't think there are any Deep Space Nine or Voyager episodes I need to see a hundred times, and I can watch the original series on Sci-fi.)
Its time for my favorite thing about Easter, Marshmallow Peeps!
I can't explain why I love these disgusting little things so much, or why the commercial with the dancing peeps cracks me up so much, but suffice to say, I do. Maybe there's a twelve step program somewhere for people like me. There is a surprising amount of very silly content on the Marshmallow Peeps site, including this e-card
which features a marshmallow peep on Mount Rushmore. Too funny.
Really cool file of the day. (And bonus reality TV rant!)
My new favorite desktop toy is Dave's Quick Search Deskbar
. It allows you to search Google, IMDb, and eBay, and a plethora of other sites right from your windows taskbar, and it's free! You can even check the weather or look up stock quotes. (Which is a lot more fun now that the market isn't tanking every day. Did I mention it was really cool and free?
Just finished watching this week's Survivor and Amazing Race. What kind of a bunch of idiots votes off the smartest, strongest, most organized member this early in the game? Ah Hunter we hardly knew ye. Make sure you tune in next week though, as you will likely see this team either starve to death or get eaten by sharks. (Would that be like jumping the shark?) Putting Survivor back to back with the Amazing Race really made me realize how much better a show Amazing Race is. The artificial Lord of the Flies atmosphere of Survivor seems even more so when compared to Amazing Race. Someone is always getting the one cabbie in the country who refuses to exceed the speed limit, or the bus with the flat tire. Those are real challenges, not the Fear Factor type "eat the smelly, nasty fish" crap that survivor loves to pull. However I am waiting for someone to get shot in an airport for running around screaming like a lunatic, but that would be a different type of show entirely.
The new trailer rocks! (But the title still sucks!)
To see it click here
. Is it me or does Yoda actually look older than he did in Empire? I don't know if it's the CGI or my imagination. There was also a great "I've got a bad feeling about this." reference on Futurama tonight. There has been some talk of canceling Frye and his gang, but the fans are putting up a fight
. It really is a very funny show; one of the smarter ones on right now. Maybe if they gave it a time slot that didn't require preempting every time a football game lasted fourteen hours, more people would watch it.
More cool trailers
Apple has posted the K 19
trailer. I'm not sure how I feel about Harrison Ford sporting a Russian accent, but at least it sounds more authentic than Sean Connery's in Red October. There has been very little press for this film so far, and I don't know why. After What Lies Beneath and Random Hearts, I'm dying for a Harrison Ford movie that doesn't suck. I hope this is it.
While you're at it, check out the Spiderman
trailer too. I have to admit I was a little skeptical of Tobey Maguire
as Peter Parker, but after seeing the trailer, I have to admit, he's perfect.
And still no one cares about Scully's baby...
The first full Episode II trailer
will debut Sunday night between Malcolm in the Middle and the X-Files. The first three teasers have looked pretty good, so I'm looking forward to this one. Three trailers down, and still no sign of Jar Jar. I don't know if George is hiding him from us, or perhaps he has had him killed off somehow in the ten years since Episode I.
Weird son, weird.
The New York Times reported the other day that pigeons are taking the subway in Far Rockaway. Although it appears that they are simply entering the cars to find food, and failing to exit before the doors close, I can't think of anything more New York than this. Unfortunately the story wasn't posted online, so you'll have to take my word for it. Interestingly, the sparrows and sea gulls never venture inside the cars, only peering in "longingly" at the tasty morsels inside.
Today's entertainment tidbit is actually a Muppet News Flash
. Twenty six new episodes of the Muppet Show are headed for the airwaves. I wonder if that weird cajun shrimp thing from Muppets From Space will be in it. Well, it will be no Fraggle Rock
According to Time Warner Cable, in tonight's episode of Star Trek, "Capt. Kirk is forced to bluff his way out of a dangerous situation." It will be followed by the episode of Three's Company in which there is some sort of misunderstanding.
And you thought Temptation Island was bad...
Now we have celebrity boxing
. Tanya Harding and Amy Fisher duke it out for our entertainment. I won't comment on the questionable use of the term "celebrity." I do have to have to check, though, because I think this is one of the seven signs.
On an unrelated entertainment note, Russell Crowe
apparently had a meltdown at the BAFTA awards after a poem he recited in his acceptance speech was edited out of the telecast, attacking the producer he thought was responsible. I'm not sure if beating someone up over a poem is meant to be sensitive...
I still think he's hot though.