Photodump: The Cinema, Floors, TV Guide

Continuing to catch up, here’s a photodump. We went to see Harry Potter 7.1 in the theater. I dislike the cinema experience, mainly due to the other people involved. Does nobody respect the call for quiet anymore? Stop with the texting, and talking, and crinkling, and asking, “Who’s that now?” This was the bathroom at our local Regal. It was like peeing in space. As for HP7.1, it wasn’t that great for me. I should have realized how much of it was sullen camping. They may as well have filmed. . . Read More!

The Best Roller Skating Movies Ever Made

I dig roller skating. And yes, there are movies all about roller skating, like Roll Bounce and Roller Boogie. But I really prefer movies that are about other things (political wranglings, dystopian futures) that just happen to have a boatload of roller skating involved. So here are three recently-viewed movies full of craptacular magic on 8 wheels. #3: Rollerball (1975) – I haven’t seen the 2002 remake. I don’t think I want to see it, so the total cheese of the 1975 version remains at the forefront of my memory.. . . Read More!

Various Media

Today we finally were able to go out together and see Wall•E. As expected, I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed the crap out of it. I also checked out the first act of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I didn’t know what to expect from it, and so was pleasantly surprised. Scott and I discussed the fact that in the last couple of years, the bad-guy-as-good-guy has really taken off. Especially recently, with misunderstood evil genius types like in Skullcrusher Mountain or Soon I Will Be Invincible. It reminds me of. . . Read More!


I’ve watched quite a few movies on TV over the last few days. Two Weeks Notice: Besides having a grammatically inaccurate title, this was an all right romantic comedy. Not fantastic, but not terrible. I don’t quite get why Sandra Bullock is so frequently cast as the awkward and slightly unattractive girl, but here it happened again. If you want a Hugh Grant romantic comedy, you’d do better with Music and Lyrics. B- Only You: It was on one of the HD channels, so I recorded it. I remembered liking. . . Read More!

Several line items

1. Today’s our 10th wedding anniversary. Bring on the tin and aluminum! 2. Reality TV has been really good to me so far this summer season. My chosen favorites have won both Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance, and my first-episode favorite is still doing well on Rock Star: Supernova. I don’t have a favorite for Project Runway yet, but the guy I really disliked already got the boot. Haven’t watched this week’s yet. 3. I was going through my MP3s this morning, to make changes to. . . Read More!

Media du Jour

TV: I tried to get into the new show Windfall, but it’s an ensemble piece, and I don’t give a crap about most of the characters. Oh well, at least I have Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance and the not-too-awful Treasure Hunters to get me through the summer. And the new season of The Venture Brothers Read More!

Misc. Entertainments

I’m trying out some new shows from the summer reality season. Hit Me Baby One More Time (NBC): Partly cool, partly scary. I was freaked out by A Flock of Seagulls — you could tell by his face that the lead singer (who I always want to call Mike Judge, but is really Mike Score) is the same guy, but the rest of him was totally different. Including his voice. It was horrifying. The other groups/artists sounded OK, and I’ll be keeping this show on the schedule. It does make. . . Read More!

Workplace Theater Presents…

Workplace Theater Presents: “The Star Wars Conversation” CB: Coworker B ME: Me BB: Big Boss BB: (on the way out the door) I better get these parking passes to the movie theater so they give me my Star Wars tickets! (BB exits, approximately two minutes of silence) CB: How is James Cameron able to do all of those Star Wars prequels? ME: Uh, what? CB: How can James Cameron make those Star Wars movies? ME: What Star Wars movies? CB: You know, those prequels that he did. ME: I don’t. . . Read More!

Open up your mind…

Dragged Scott off today to see The Phantom of the Opera. We were going to see The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou afterward, but the 2:40 showing was sold out, and I didn’t want to hang out downtown for two hours. We’ll see it soon. Anyhoo, back to Phantom. I’m a fan of the musical, so my expectations were pretty high. How did it disappoint me? Let me count the ways: The girl playing Christine was the worst . . . lip-syncher . . . EVER. You sing in the. . . Read More!