Carnivale: Season 1, The Island, and Space Cowboys

had recommended this one to me a while back. He’d had me watch an episode way back when I had HBO, and while I was definitely intrigued, I wasn’t much into watching TV at that point. So, when I started up Netflix, I figured it belonged in the queue. And I was right.

Like most HBO series, it doesn’t shirk from adult themes, violence, or nudity. It also recognizes that these are tools for plot and story, and not things to be used for shock value or for titillation. We’re taken to the dark side of a mystic carnival, and it reminds me a bit of this .

There’s no flinching from the evil deeds of people, and there’s no flinching from the good reasons for it. Five stars.

One of ‘s picks, this one kept me entertained throughout. I especially liked the originals’ reaction to their insurance policies, as well as the very last scene. A whole lot of come-uppance going on wrapped in a sci-fi wrapper without too much shiny.

Three stars.

Another one of ‘s picks. I’ve seen this one on TV countless times, and it’s a classic. So many great actors and actresses, so many old fart characters. I felt right at home.

Four stars.

Doctor Who: The Beginning, Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, and Richard III

Man, that original Doctor was saucy! Not only that, he was full of himself, totally convinced of his and his granddaughter’s superiority, and totally senile! He was GREAT! Holy cow, sixties sexism was alive and well. Four stars.

Like the Simpsons movie, this one was pretty much an elongated episode. It was an enjoyable episode that actually had repercussions for stupidity during time travel. And since Bender was doing most of the time traveling, there was a whole lot of stupidity with a whole lot of repercussions. Enjoyable, but now wow-worthy. Three stars.

Man, that Richard was a rat bastard! The lesson from this movie adaptation of a play: Lie. Lie a lot. When you get caught, lie more. And then lie. Make reference to deformed genetalia and wanting nookie. Then lie more. Also, lie. Three stars.

The Simpsons Movie

When I was a kid, I had quite a selection of Simpsons t-shirts. Bartman, Don’t have a cow, and a couple of others. This series has been around since Detroit’s channel 50 joined the then-fledgeling Fox network. I remember sitting down and watching the first episode in my parents’ family room. Circa In Living Color, if I’m not mistaken.

That said, even I can have my Simpsons tank fill up. The movie was pretty much a Simpsons episode, but longer and being given full reign on screwing with the setting. It was entertaining, and for that I give it three stars.

28 Weeks Later

What? Dr. Rush from Stargate: Universe? What’re you doing here? *shakes head* Getting chased by rage zombies, it looks like. This one seemed like a sequel for sequel’s sake, nothing more. It was entertaining, the acting was good, and there were two shiny ideas thrown in for good measure – carriers (infected, but no symptoms) and parental instincts vs. TEH RAGEZ0RZ. All the characters that I wanted to see survive didn’t, and then they go to France. Three stars.

28 Days Later

I’ve watched this one before. I couldn’t remember if I’d seen just part of it, or all of it. I’m pretty sure, now, that it was all of it. Doesn’t matter, though, because it’s a really enjoyable flick. I’m not the biggest zombie movie fan in the world, but I love post-apocalyptic settings. I felt the desperation, the loneliness and grasping for fellow humanity, and I felt the twinge when that drop of blood hit that guy’s eye. *shudder* Four stars, and looking forward to the sequel.

Thoughts from Work

Got some words down on paper again at lunch.  I don’t like my low output, but with a max of a half an hour spent actually writing, I can’t get too mad at myself.

Hunter’s birthday party went off really well.  All of the kids really seemed to enjoy it.  So, having kids birthday parties at movie theater = win.  The actual movie (Where the Wild Things Are), not so much.  Apparently, it’s nothing like the book (I’ve never read it), and it’s certainly not as visceral and violent as the movie is.  There were some pretty disturbing images, and I’m hoping that none of the kids ended up with nightmares.  It’s pretty much a dark movie centered around the Jungian archetypes of an angry boy with fear of abandonment.

Ha!  I can say that without any spoilers!

My wedding ring needs to be resized.  Downward.  It started slipping over the knuckle today.  Holy wow.

I think I need to start going to bed earlier.  It’s a constant battle between getting things done and satisfying my need for rest.  The chin strap for my CPAP machine has been shipped.  I’m crossing my fingers that this is the last piece to the CPAP puzzle, and that I’ll be able to use it nightly now.  Nothing left to procrastinate on.  I’m knocking on wood with my crossed fingers, for added levels of goodness.

I -really- need to pick up that Flobots CD.

Also need to gather links to the Todd posts from the Carnival and the Susan posts from Nocturnal Ambitions.  WordPress will either present interesting challenges for linking to fiction, or will make it strangely easy.  I won’t be able to decide until further play has been had.  Thinking about making Steven’s universe the same universe as Two Vampires.  Lots of things bouncing around in my brain, pounding the walls into new shapes.

One of ‘s random picks. I could really use the space in my brain that the memory of this movie takes up. The main character comes off as creepy, and the Leprechaun/Fairy love story comes off as contrived and forced. The only redeeming quality is Colm Meany’s performance. One star.

One of ‘s favorite movies, Multiplicity is a quarter science fiction, a quarter romance, and a half comedy. Copies of copies. Michael Keaton shows quite a bit of versatility in this movie, despite the technological limitations of green screening at the time. Three stars.