Archive for January, 2010

The Lost Blog and The Lost Room

Monday, January 25th, 2010

In my efforts to blog more regularly – here is a quick movei review entry.

I recently watched the first disc of “The Lost Room” and I liked it. It really is a good one to see without knowing anything about it because each little thing that comes up is so much more fun. 

“The Lost Room” is a Sci-Fi (now Scy-Fy… ugh, don’t get me started on that… perhaps that is a blog for another day) original, made-for-TV, mini-series.  I was a little hesitant about it at first where we just watch “Tin Man” and although I liked it, I didn’t feel like it was anything that special.  I was pleasently suprised when “The Lost Room” turned out to be a real treat.  The main character is pretty clever and in general, I thought the writing wasn’t overly predictable.  Most of the characters are just fun as well.

I haven’t watched “Lost” simply because I know I would get addicted to six seasons of what seems like an overcomplicated and at times silly plot, but from what I know about “Lost”, “The Lost Room” seems like maybe the same kind of mysetery fun, but with much less time required.

So in summary, if you like science fiction and/or mysteries, give this one a try. 

I determined at some point in time that interesting blogs are either filled with strong opinions or highly interesting/entertaining information.  Here’s a stab at the former:

I think most films are much more enjoyable if you have no idea what they are about before you see them.  I really disapprove of trailers that reveal too much of the plot or are highly misleading (the best example of that is the trailer for “Wicker Park” – worth watching anyway just to see Matthew Lillard not being an idiot.)  I know that movie companies wouldn’t make any money if they followed my philosphoy strictly, but I think they could do a better job at generating interest without spoiling the film with a trailer.

I REALLY recommend seeing “The Lost Room” without reading any plot synposis or summary or blurb or trailer or anything.  Even the first five minutes has suprises that could be ruined.

I also watch Julie & Julia recently.  I’d put that in the “watch with your wife” category.  And of course Meryl Streep really does do a fantastic job as Julia Child.  I had a lot of thinking about how they made Ms. Streep look so much taller than everyone all the time (Julie Child was 6’2″ and Streep is some where around 5’6″ or maybe even shorter).

I like bad science fiction movies.  I am a MSTie and find some charm in a lot of awful sci-fi.  I am really tempted to make Torgo’s Theme from “Manos: Hands of Fate” my ring tone.

That being said, “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus” was awful.  It was so bad, it was hard to make fun of it.  I am going to break my rule of not revealing much about any movie, but to save you the pain this film will inflict upon your soul, the scene in the trailer where Mega Shark jumps out of the ocean and eats a plane out of the air is the only real highlight in the movie.  I laughed for a good five minutes after that one.  But when I finally finished the movie, I died a little inside.

Friends don’t let friends watch “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.”

So this is where my blog was hiding

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Yeah yeah I know, it has been a while. I am going to really start trying to make an effort to blog at least once a week.  Here is the skinny

  • My first term of school went so well, the school sent me a 2 GB school branded flash drive to congratulate me.  Of course, I’m sure there is a closet of these that was ordered for something else (a poorly thought out, Bobbing for Flash Drives halloween party game?).  At some point, someone said, “Hey!!!!!!  Let’s give these to students to make them feel good about themselves and so I have a place to put all the coffee filters!”  Then again, I guess, in the end, I get a flash drive.
  • While randomly looking up books I have access to through school, I found one about making money through podcasts.  So now I am all into Podcasting.  I had the idea a few years ago of doing some sort of comedy radio show, but I dunno.  I need to learn more about it first.  In doing so, I went looking for Podcasts to listen to and found a Podcast version of the NPR show Geekspeak.  I like it.  I tried finding others, but holy cow, there are a ton.  Maybe I could make some money reviewing podcasts instead… a podcast about podcasts… ooo, it makes me tingle.
  • I still like sitting on my couch.
  • I have like 4 or 5 unfished blog posts that will hopefully be mildly amusing when I get done with them.