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Jack
22 December 2012 @ 10:13 am
I friends-lock most of my posts for privacy reasons. Baring my deepest, darkest secrets to people I don't know personally just doesn't sit right with me. Nothing personal, I promise.
 
 
Jack
18 October 2008 @ 12:34 pm
Anyone remember hearing about the Atlas Shrugged film that's been in development hell for years? The one in which Angelina Jolie is supposed to play Dagny? Even though I don't think she's right for the part, things could definately be worse.Collapse )
 
 
Jack
21 September 2008 @ 09:14 pm
So, I decided to give the pilot episode of J. J. Abrams's new series Fringe a try, even though I'd heard it was a blatant ripoff of The X-Files. Here's the synopsis. Spoiler alert, if you care.Collapse )
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Jack
09 July 2008 @ 08:10 pm
So I took parmandiriel 's advice and watched all fourteen episodes of Firefly. Here are my thoughts.

Overall, I thought the series was very good. I liked the fusion of the Old West with science fiction. Obviously it's been done before (see Star Wars), but to nowhere near this extent, and it works well.

The pilot episode was my favorite. For those of you who don't know, the pilot (an hour and a half long instead of the usual fourty-three minutes) was rejected by Twentieth Century Fox as a series opener because it was too slow and too serious, and because Captain Reynolds was "too dour."

Those are the exact reasons I liked it so much. Subsequent episodes were much faster-paced, action-packed, and riddled with goofy humor that sometimes seemed forced, but never pushed me over the limit.

I sound negative here, so I want to make this very clear: I really like the show overall. I'm just saying how much more I would have liked it if Fox hadn't forced their ideas onto Joss Whedon (the show's creator), aired the episodes out of order, and then canceled the show. And then it became one of the top sellers on Amazon. Gee, I wonder if anyone at Fox got fired over that.

I did notice a bit of a return to seriousness in the final episode, which makes me wonder if the producers knew it was their last. I have not seen Serenity, the follow-up film, yet; maybe its tone returns to Firefly's roots.

On another note, I cracked up when Mal, Zoe, and Jayne rolled those car-top carriers into the hospital in "Ariel."
 
 
Jack
06 July 2008 @ 12:54 pm
After watching House on Hulu today, I thought it might be interesting to try to put my top ten favorite TV shows in order. This is just a tentative list thought up in five minutes, so if you think I should reconsider, let me know!

1. The X-Files (drama, sci-fi)
2. Fawlty Towers (comedy)
3. House (drama)
4. Law & Order (drama)
5. The Honeymooners (comedy)
6. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (comedy)
7. Star Trek: The Next Generation (sci-fi)
8. Lost (drama, sci-fi)
9. Classic Doctor Who (sci-fi) (specifically the Tom Baker era)
10. The Office (U.S. Version) (comedy)

A list of my reasons for picking these may be forthcoming, but will take longer than the five minutes it took to write this.
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Jack
21 June 2008 @ 07:55 pm
My Results for the Fashion Style Test.Collapse )
 
 
Current Music: "Castle in the Sky" Soundtrack - Joe Hisaishi
 
 
Jack
23 May 2008 @ 01:40 pm
Happy birthday, parmandiriel ! Hope you have a fabulous day! year! (Why restrict yourself?)
 
 
Jack
THE FIRST SEVENTEEN YEARS OF MY LIFE:

SUPERHERO MOVIES: Come see us in the theater! We're awesome!

ME: No thanks. You look horrible.

* * *

TWO WEEKS AGO:

EBERT & ROEPER: You should see Batman Begins.

ME: Oh well, what the heck.

BATMAN BEGINS: (Is awesome.)

ME: Boy, was I wrong about superhero movies.

* * *

TODAY:

IRON MAN: Come see me in the theater! I'm awesome! And there might be an XF2 trailer preceding me.

ME: Sure!

XF2 TRAILER: (Does not exist.)

IRON MAN: (Is awful.)

ME: I'm never watching any superhero movies again. EVER.

THE DARK KNIGHT: That's what you think.
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Jack
03 April 2008 @ 07:48 pm
A while back, I made a deal with my friend Andy that I would watch the first four episodes of Lost if he would watch four X-Files episodes of my choosing. The first disc of Lost arrived today from NetFlix, and I watched the first four episodes.

At this point, I'm not sure what I think about the show. It's well-made, but the all-too-frequent shaky-cam really annoys me. I like the character dynamics, but the overall plot arc just seems too goofy (especially after watching the eight-minute recap.) Granted, I haven't seen enough yet to pass judgment on the overall arc, but I just don't know. I'm going to withhold my final decision until I've seen more.

Side-note: There is a rather large fan-debate as to whether Lost or TXF is better. For what it's worth, I was hooked on TXF after watching one episode (1x02 - "Squeeze"). I'm not hooked on Lost yet. Also, the great thing about TXF was that over half of the episodes didn't deal with the mytharc, allowing for a much greater range of material and style.

EDIT: Whether Lost turns out to be any good or not, Locke is pretty cool. (And Terry O'Quinn, who plays him, was in TXF three different times as three different people.)
 
 
Current Music: Lost doesn't seem to have a theme song...