I guess I'm going to see a movie this weekend. 
2007.02.20 13:37 - Entertainment, Movies
Apparently, my sister will be home soon, and wishes to go see "Ghost Rider," which is not getting great reviews. (I do have some sympathy with the reviewer from E! Online who offers this: "Seriously, people, if you're going to go see a movie you know is about a biker with a flaming skull and magic chains, you forfeit the right to complain about how the plot isn't logical or realistic." Fair enough.)

That said, it seems that "Pan's Labyrinth" is playing at a theater between home and the office, and I figure that I am somehow obliged to go see that at some point.0

Email's open for comments, if you'd like to offer them on either film, and I think I'll see about re-enabling comments this evening, so you can rant/rave as appropriate.

0. I actually enjoyed "Hellboy" in the theater, enough that I bought a copy of it later, and I'm pretty excited about "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army". All the same, "Hellboy" was not a good movie, however much I enjoy the comics on which it was based. At the moment, I just can't decide if I am owed a good movie by this director, or if I owe a good director the opportunity to show me a good movie in return for showing me one that I really wanted. One or the other, I guess.

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A vast conspiracy to cover the truth about the Crusades 
2007.01.15 16:17 - Entertainment, Movies
It seems that Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code have an actor (an actress, actually, but I can never remember if actress is still considered an acceptable term) in common.

I find this moderately amusing.
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Did you live through the Eighties? Wanna do it again? 
2006.12.28 10:47 - Entertainment, Movies
Along the same lines as the sequel to "WarGames", it seems there's a sequel to "Real Genius" in the works.

In fairness to the 1980's, I'm at least interested in the "Dark Crystal" sequel that's in development. (But that one's old news.)
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From the Terrible Idea Brigade 
2006.12.19 16:35 - Books, Movies
Slashdot is maundering about a webmaster being sued for his domain name by MGM.

MGM wants the domain so they can promote War Games 2: The Dead Code, in which a kid hacks into an unspecified defense computer system used for terror simulations and teaches us that a war on terrorism is unwinnable, ultimately ensuring destruction for all sides. In the process, he'll break into a DoD facility, and play tic-tac-toe with an improbably extant AI, all while winnig the requisite hot babe.

Somewhere in the middle of this, I'll probably throw up, but don't let that stop you going to see what will, undoubtedly, be a fine and original movie capable of standing on its own merits, and not at all a boring, trite, and obnoxious bit of propaganda trading on a better movie (which was also propagandic, but at least it was entertaining).

Actually, who knows? Maybe it'll be a good movie. I mean, statistically speaking, there have to be at least a few of those next year.
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Han Shot First. 
2006.09.12 13:29 - Entertainment, Movies, Miscellanea
Went out and picked up the new editions of the old Star Wars trilogy.

However, I managed to grab Empire in full screen instead of wide (because wide screen is how you watch movies 99% of the time), so I'm going to try to exchange it on the way home. I don't happen to have a receipt, though, so that could be tricky (stupid U-Scan checkout did not provide one, and I specifically turned one down, because I, also, am dum).

I'll update this when I get home, but if you have interest in a copy of "The Empire Strikes Back" in full screen, I may have one for you come this evening. Drop me an email if you're interested, I'll be happy to pass it along for the cost of shipping later in the week if I cannot exchange it. First one gets it.

[Update: Got it exchanged, no problem. Apparently, you don't need a receipt, per se, at Meijer's. Good to know. Also, just as well that nobody claimed dibs.]
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