The Descent

The Descent. Whether this had monsters in it or not, I would be pleased with this movie. It is suspenseful, creepy, and really makes you feel utterly uncomfortable down in the cave with these 7 girls. Add the freaky, shocking moments with good British actors (they are cute, too!) and a gripping fear for the women's survival--just excellent.

I hadn't heard much about this movie and scoffed a little at the previews of it. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the plot, the intenseness of the film, and the special effects and characters. It's not THE BEST movie I've ever seen, but I would definitely watch it again. It creeped me out even before the cave monsters arrived on the scene. Maybe I'm claustrophobic or just really overidentify with the characters. Who knows?

Definitely worth the rental fee. I demand that you watch it and see what I mean!

Clerks 2

If you liked the first Clerks, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as well. If you didn't like the first, you can just bypass the second (duh!). The original cast (Dante, etc) are in it...yay. The witty reparte and banter is still there, with a few new twists. Dante actually has a hot fiance chick (the movie tries to convey this; I don't think she was all that pretty) and he'll be moving to Florida soon. What does this mean for his friendship with Randall? No, it's not that type of movie. :) Randall is, thankfully, true to form in his debauchery and wicked silver tongue. Jay and Silent Bob a side of Jay that is a bit disturbing.

Dante and Randall are in their thirties now. The Quik Stop burned down (thanks to my beloved Randall) and they've had to find employment elsewhere. You'll recognize the establishment from another Kevin Smith film. :) Moobies. Yes, Dante and Randall work in the fast food industry at thirty years of age. Aww.

I laughed my butt off watching this movie. It's just absolutely hilarious and is a good component of 'Clerks'. I mean that sincerely. And one cannot resist the draw of a Randall diatribe/debate on which trilogy is better: Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. Oh, and Jason Lee makes an appearance as well.

The Break-Up

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. Neither are in my favorite of actors. As someone in the process of a break-up (i.e. getting divorced), I was SO on Aniston's side in this movie. I kept yelling, "That's my EX!", as I am sure many women will do upon seeing this movie.

Vince Vaughn plays an inconsiderate jerk that you just want to hit. Not only is he lazy and not appreciate of his girlfriend, but he has this sense of entitlement that makes you want to scream. And when he calls her 'nagging'--ARGH. Through the roof.

Good movie, but kind of slow. It's not really a comedy, so don't buy that line of B.S. The best time to watch this movie would be after a break-up, because you can relate so well to the content at that time and any other time it might be tiring and boring.

I am quite sickened by this a good way, too. After being shot, Burke's hand is damaged and shakes at times. However, he is doing heart surgery on people anyway. Christina knows this. In fact, she encouraged him to pretend that he was still "The Great Preston Burke" despite his damaged hand. It is completely reckless to be operating on people and saving lives when you know damn well that the first rule is "Do no harm".

Christina has not told anyone about her boyfriend's malfunction, or the fact that she is helping him cover it up. She is helping him so much with surgeries that you for that she is actually Dr. Bailey's intern. Christina seems like she is using Burke as well as protecting him. She gets to do all these advanced surgery and is helping him more than a little. How could someone so smart be putting anyone Burke operates on into mortal jeopardy. Maybe she thinks she is so smart that no one will ever figure out that Burke is no longer physically capable of being a surgeon. Maybe she thinks that she is just as clever and talented surgically as Burke that it doesn't matter. Obviously, she has a guilty conscience, but she is doing nothing to right her wrong or AT LEAST stop putting lives in jeopardy.

At the news that Amy Sherman-Paladino was leaving Gilmore Girls, I felt that the show took a big hit. Paladino IS Gilmore Girls!

Maybe this is the direction Paladino had wanted the show to go anyway, as she assured views that she had taken her replacement under her wing and had laid out her grand plan to that person.

Now, I am a loyal viewer. I have watched since the series premiere. However, this season has had plenty of episodes (i.e. plenty of opportunities) to continue of the vein of fine writing, dialogue and comedy. It has fallen short of the mark, in my opinion.

Luke and Lorelai broke up and barely ever have a scene together anymore. They made Lane and Zach get pregnant with twins after one night of bad sex on their wedding night...and oh yeah, they got parasites there and spent the whole honeymoon barfing. Lorelai got back together with Chris and, oh yeah, they just got married WITHOUT RORY in Paris. Rory herself has become very boring and self-centered and her romance with trust fund baby Logan is fizzling out to this viewer. Luke, my favorite character, is left to having only scenes with April. While I love these scenes, it feels like Luke is on a completely different show than everyone else.

Where is the baudiness of Miss Patty? Where is the scratchy rasp of good-hearted Babette? Where is Taylor Doose out on another crusade (or tirade) of making Luke's eyeballs pop? Sure, there was that incident of the car through Luke's restaurant, but really, the prominent Town Selectman is barely seen anymore.

Where is gentle, remembers-where-she-came-from Rory? Her interactions with her best friend, or closest thing to it, are slim and don't carry the same quality they once did.

Every episode, I am hoping that the show will get back to WHY people liked Gilmore Girls. Lorelai and Rory are barely ever interacting or have storylines that INVOLVE each other. The show is called 'Gilmore Girls', but it seems like each Gilmore Girl has gone her own way and the feel of the show is very much divided.

Lorelai and Rory both seemed to have come a long way, personality wise, in good ways and in bad. I am finding Rory to be too uber-confident in her looks, her intelligent, her "breeding stock". Everything is TOO EASY for her now. I know she worked hard to get where she's at (though being in a prep school and attending Yale certainly paves the way for her) but everything is so elitist in Rory's world and she has become the type of "mean, judgmental person" that she criticizes.

Lorelai has become wishy-washy on everything. Her personality used to vibrate the screen. It seems like too many zippy pop-culture references. Yes, pop culture references have always been a part of the show, but it seems like Lorelai is spewing them out like word vomit instead of having a bit of real dialogue.

I can't quite put my finger on exactly WHY the show feels very different. Oh wait, yes I can: Paladino is gone and the spark is not there anymore.

Bring back the quaint town of Stars Hollow and all its eccentric, wacky inhabitants. Bring back the sweetness of Rory, the strong-willed Lorelai, and the gruff but lovable Luke! Ahem...pretty please?

I'd like to know out there in Internet land...who likes Callie? I am never quite sure where I stand on her. Sometimes she just seems morbid and weird, and other times she seems like a strong, sensible woman that every man should want. I love when she is talking about cars with George's brothers and seems so un-girly girl. The anti-Meredith. She's not weepy or whiny like Meredith. She's a tough as nails kind of girl. And yet at the same time her toughness can get to me. Why can't the gentleness of George pull her down a notch.

So, I pose the question: Do you like Callie, do you not like her? Do you like her with George? Do you like her newfound friendship with Addison Shepard?


A straight-to-dvd horror about a girl, Tamara, whose typically has a bad life. Her father is an alcoholic, everyone in school hates her due to an expose article, and she just looks frumpy. This, of course, is the old trick of "uglying up" a very pretty girl right before they make her "transform" into a jaw-dropping beauty.

Tamara is a witch. Tamara dies. Tamara comes back as sexy hottie bent on revenge against the students who accidentally killed her. Tamara slinks around in sexy dresses and purrs sensual, but threatening phrases and then exacts her revenge.

If you can handle some bad acting, cheesy writing, and predictable plot, then watch Tamara. Yes, you know going in what to expect as a sub-par, direct-to-dvd movie. I wouldn't recommend paying money to rent it, but hey, if it's on tv and you can't find anything better to watch--be my guest.

John Tucker Must Die is a fun romp through the land of teenage revenge. The main character, Kate, looks like the missing triplet of the Olsens. Due to her mother's (Jenny McCarthy) habit of packing up and moving to a new town every time she gets dumped, Kate is again the new girl in school. She's practically invisible, though that's SO HARD to believe because of her beauty.

Soon, she becomes entrenched in the lives of 3 very different girls with one thing in common: John Tucker. All have been hoodwinked by him, as he has been dating all three at the same time. Kate becomes their guinea pig of revenge on him.

Now that you know the basic premise, give it a watch. Guys may not like this movie too much because their is an underlying theme of 'girl empowerment', but it is not short on comedy. It's just a light, entertaining watch with a satisfying ending.

I find that a horror tale woven into the tapestry of the 19th century has a better effect on me that a modern day one. Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek are the parents of Betsy, who becomes plagued by a violent spirit in their farm home. John (Sutherland) had made profit off of a witch's lands: Kate Batts. The court ruled in her favor, but John's punishment was light and Kate Batts cursed him and "his precious daughter"...and then the creepiness comes.

I admit that many moments are cheap scares where they amp up the music suddenly, and you are more startled by the suddenly loud music. However, there are true moments of fear.

We follow Betsy as the attacks on her become more and more violent. You feel the helplessness of her mother, father, and teacher, Richard. I cannot tell you more. Overall, the movie is not terribly clever, but it is worth the watch.


If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you'll love this movie. Ryan Reynolds stars as an edgy, but funny jerk amidst a great ensemble cast, including Anna Faris. This movie is less gag jokes and more like things you would hear in a restaurant. Seriously, you won't be regretting watching this movie. Just watch it.

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High Tension

High Tension has a deserving title, as there are plenty of nervous, anxiety filled moments in the film that make you want to bite your nails in anticipation. Dubbed into English, this movie is about two friends who go home to study. One friend, a lesbian, is in love with her friend. They go to the family's remote house. Soon after they go to bed, a psycho-killer arrives at the door.

Just trust me: keep watching. Even though the psycho seems psychic at times and more intelligent than he should be, even though there are many familiar moments that are seem predictable--just watch all the way to the end.

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New Fall Shows

So, like me, you've probably seen the advertisements for new fall shows and returning fall shows but you continually forget the date of most of them. Well, here they are in order by date and channel.

ABC Shows (in order of premiere date)

Wifeswap -- Monday, September 11 @ 8/7c
Dancing w/ the Stars -- Tuesday, September 12 @ 8/7c
Boston Legal -- Tuesday, September 19 @ 10/9c
Grey's Anatomy -- Thursday, September 21 @ 9/8c
Desperate Housewives -- Sunday, September 24 @ 9/8c
LOST -- Wednesday, October 4 @ 9/8 c.

FOX Shows


Prison Break -- Monday, August 21 @ 8/7 c
Bones -- Wednesday, August 30 @ 8/7 c
House -- Tuesday, September 5 @ 9/8 c
The Simpsons -- Sunday, September 10 @ 8/7 c
American Dad -- Sunday, September 10 @ 8:30/7:30 c
Family Guy -- Sunday, September 10 @ 9/8 c
The War At Home -- Sunday, September 10 @ 9:30/8:30 c
The O.C. -- Tuesday, November 2 @ 9/8 c

New Shows

'Til Death -- Thursday, September 7 @ 8/7c
Standoff -- Tuesday, September 5 @ 9/8 c

NBC Shows

The Office -- Thursday, September 21 @ 8:30/7:30 c

New Shows

Heroes -- Monday, September 25 @ 9/8 c
Twenty Good Years -- Wednesday, October 4 8/7c

The CW

7th Heaven -- Monday, September 25 @ 8/7 c
Gilmore Girls -- Tuesday, September 26 @ 8/7 c
One Tree Hill -- Wednesday, September 27 @ 9/8 c
Smallville -- Thursday, September 28 @ 8/7 c
Supernatural -- Thursday, September 28 @ 8/7 c
Veronica Mars -- Tuesday, October 3 @ 9/8 c


CSI: Miami -- Monday, September 18 @ 10/9 c
Criminal Minds -- Wednesday, September 20 @ 9/8 c
CSI: NY -- Wednesday, September 20 @ 10/9 c
Survivor: Cook Islands -- Thursday, September 21 @ 8/7 c
CSI -- Thursday, September 21 @ 9/8 c
Ghost Whisperer -- Friday, September 22 @ 8/7 c
Close to Home -- Friday, September 22 @ 9/8 c
Numb3rs -- Friday, September 22 @ 10/9 c

If you haven't been watching this show, you need to. Originally, it was going to be on The WB in 2003-2004 season, but it didn't get picked up. Instead, it is on the Sci Fi channel. The premise? 10 people compete against each other in order to win immortality in a Stan Lee comic book based on their character. There are various tests for elimination, such as seeing how long someone will tussle with two trained attack dogs or if they would notice a child crying for help during their mission. This show is ridiculous, funny, and wickedly entertaining. Who would have thought that gathering a bunch of adults, having them dress up in spandex and skimpy costumes and pretend to be superheroes would work?! But it does.

There are only 6 episodes, unfortunately. Sci Fi is most likely to rerun them marathon-style once they've premiered. This week (Thursday at 9pm) will be the 5th episode. For such a silly little show, it really pulls you in. Watching Lemuria try to sit on the lap of a hardened felon for ten seconds is scary and hilarious. Watching 'Fat Momma' try to distract the attack dogs by throwing them donuts and Major Victory (a former male stripper) jokingly scolded by Stan Lee for always taking off his cape just brings a smile to ones face.

Stan Lee plays a major part in the show as the host. You never see him in person, per se. It's pretty obvious that the show has big television advertisers and Stan Lee always appears on these television sets, rather than talking to the competitors face-to-face. I don't always agree with Stan's choices (he eliminated someone during a hidden camera moment saying she was an actress). In this show, the contestants are aware that they are being judged AT ALL TIMES. However, I don't feel that some of their actions warranted being told "turn in your costume". I'm not going to mention who's been eliminated thus far, in case you haven't watched it.

Sorry I'm so late in the game posting about Who Wants to Be A Superhero, but if you did miss it, I guarantee there will be a marathon shortly after it wraps up and you'll be able to catch the whole thing from the beginning.

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They designed her to be the perfect soldier, a human weapon … then she escaped. In a future not far from now, in a broken world, she is haunted by her past. She cannot run, she must fight … to discover her destiny. Max (Jessica Alba) is a genetically enhanced human prototype known as an "X5," or "transgenic."

Following her escape from a top-secret military program known as Manticore, she is hunted by her former handler,the ruthless Colonel Donald Michael Lydecker (John Savage), through the edgy, underground counterculture of 21st-century Seattle. Living in hiding and ever fearful of being recaptured, Max pursues a lonely and perilous mission to reunite with her transgenic "siblings," who scattered following their joint escape from Manticore.

Max is aided in her quest by Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), an idealistic cyber-journalist battling repression and corruption in the ruins of a world in decline.--taken from Sci's website

Recently, as in yesterday, there was a marathon of Dark Angel on Sci Fi. I DVR'd (or Tivo'd, if you will) it and watched it today and within the first 5 minutes was hooked. I started at the episode Meow and watch 3 more episodes afterward. I was simply just enjoying this show from start to finish. I was dismayed to find that although the show is on DVD, there are only 2 seasons. I had not watched Dark Angel in it's original run, what with watching Buffy, Angel, and so many others already. My mom loved this show, but I didn't have time for it at the time it was on. Just--wow. So sad that it's cancelled. This show is awesome and so well-written and looks good on your screen. It's on Mondays at 7 on the Sci Fi Channel, so check it out. You'll thank me for it. Jessica Alba is so hot, too! :) Just had to say that.

For more on Dark Angel, check out this post. I love this site and continually go there. It's all about what would have happened on canceled tv shows, such as Everwood, Buffy, Angel, etc. This particular post is about Dark Angel returning via Sci Fi channel.

Read this post to find about more about Dead Like Me finding new life on the Sci Fi channel. I was a HUGE fan of this show (especially Mandy Patinkin as Rube) and I'm so glad Sci Fi picked it up. Originally it was on Showtime and had a few swears in it, but don't expect to hear the 'f' word on Sci Fi.

Sci Fi Channel also has some new movies coming up that look good: Starting Saturday, Aug. 26, at 5/4C is Dark Kingdom, starring Benno Fürmann (The Sin Eater), Kristanna Løken (Terminator 3), Alicia Witt (David Lynch's Dune, TV's Cybill) and cinema legend Max von Sydow star in this epic, two-part fantasy miniseries. Description: In an age when gods walked among men, one hero was all that stood between a kingdom and a curse.

Dragon Sword: An English knight (James Purefoy, Resident Evil, HBO's Rome) returning from the Crusades encounters villainy and adventure and earns a reputation as a heroic dragonslayer. Patrick Swayze (Ghost), Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, Sin City) and Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) co-star. WORLD PREMIERE: Saturday, Aug. 26, at 9/8C.

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Next Monday is the finale of Treasure Hunters. As you may know, the three teams to make it to the end are The Geniuses, The Southie Boys, and Air Force. In the last episode, they left us in a cliff-hanger style with all three teams still in action, so close to the treasure they can taste it. The Genii (as team Ex-Cia was fond of calling them) seem like they are a hair away from cracking the puzzle, but still haven't figured out what clue will tell them the answer to the cryptex code. The Ex Air Force and Southie Boys (they're so cute with those Boston accents and tough guy appeal) are hot on the heels of The Geniuses. The treasure is worth millions.

I have to say, although I expected Air Force to be a strong contender and in the running for the treasure, neither the Southie Boys or the Geniuses were candidates in my mind. The Southie Boys at first were not confident in their brain power and seemed to stay in the game through the use of alliances, street smarts and pure brawn. The Geniuses were always arguing. Charles (the blonde guy) always shot down the correct answer, keeping themselves and the team Young Professionals at Mount Roosevelt (instead of Mount Rushmore) by discouraging them and telling them that if they go to Mount Rushmore and they're wrong, they'll be losing more time. He was DEAD WRONG so many times, but made others, especially in his team question their logic. They really didn't seem like a strong, tight-knit team--constantly bickering and often belittling the loveable but overweight Sam. In more recent episodes, you might have noticed Sam cracking the codes and figuring out the answers. Due to his asthma, he cannot push himself as hard on the physical challenges and would get reamed by Charles because he couldn't keep up...but here they are in the last leg of the game.

Team Air Force have dominated in every leg of the treasure hunt, always coming in first. It's no surprise they made it this far. They display that not only do they have the physical stuff down, they are also highly intelligent and due to their survival training and just in general, their training, they work exceptionally well as a team. The Southie Boys, on the other hand, waste a lot of time in the bickering department as well. The Southie Boys consist of two twin brothers and their best friend. In one of the recent episodes, they wasted so much time yelling at each other and saying they were going to beat each other up that they allowed another team to catch up to them. It was only through pure luck of guessing the combination of the outer cryptex that they were able to move on.

Who do I think will win it? Hmm...the Geniuses are in the correct room, but they still haven't figured it out and are wasting a lot of time. Sometimes they tend to overanalyze even a phrase like "It's right in front of you". Personally, I'd like the Southie Boys to win. Although they have demonstrated that they are smarter than they appear, I don't think they will get the treasure, but one is a fireman and millions of dollars would change his life, so I'm rooting for him. In actuality, I think Air Force is going to get it. They are smart, but remember not to oversimplify or overcomplicate clues and that has been the key to them getting this far. I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait until next season. I've gotten excited every Monday to see this game, and while it's a little predictable and hokey at times, it is fun to see the dynamics between teams, fun to laugh at The Wild Hanlons and fun to hate The Fogals (read my earlier post on 'We've Been Fogalled', a phrase coined by teams that got conned by them). It's been fun all the way through, you learn about American history (though some is a little stretched or fictionalized) and you start to care about these people and you enjoy trying to solve the puzzles at home.

Mark your calendars -- the launch of the new network, which is a merge of UPN and The WB happens on September 18th. If you want to know more about the merge, check out my old blogpost at

From Wikipedia:

The WB will close their network on Sunday, September 17 with a five-hour block of pilot episodes of their past signature series, including Felicity, Angel, Buffy (which was a two-hour episode) and Dawson's Creek, and during commercial breaks, re-airings of past image campaigns and network promotions. This plan will involve promo spots given to the cable networks currently carrying these shows in off-network syndication, along with ads for each series' TV-on-DVD box set.

It is expected that UPN will close the preceding Friday, September 15, likely with its usual airing of Friday Night SmackDown!; whether the network will air its usual (optional) repeat block that weekend is unknown. The low-key closure is not surprising given that in some of the largest cities, where the local affiliate is owned by Fox and is joining My Network TV, UPN will not be available, at least on those stations, once MNTV launches on September 5. It is unclear what will happen to UPN or The WB programming on the applicable MNTV affiliates in other markets, i.e. if it will be dropped or aired in overnight hours.

The network will likely launch with a premiere special on September 18, and air season finales from the previous season for the first week, except for America's Next Top Model and Friday Night Smackdown, which will launch their new seasons on September 20 and 22 respectively, with full-night premieres. The network's second week will consist of all season/series premieres for all other series from September 25-October 1, with the exception of Veronica Mars, which will debut their third season on October 3.

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I have read many of the stories in Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I am not familiar with Autopsy Room Four and as far as I can tell, there is no such story in the book. Maybe it was added in an updated printing. Regardless, I did find Autopsy Room Four interesting, but yet I feel I've already seen this scenario on The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. A guy is a corpse in the morgue, only he's completely awake and aware of sensation. See? It sounds familiar, doesn't it? Well, here's the difference: the man is NOT dead -- he was bitten by a snake and is paralyzed. His heart is beating and he is breathing, only its barely detectable. It was okay, but not really one of Stephen King's best.

Next they have You Know They Got A Hell of a Band. I recently read this story and I have to say that it felt darker and more creepy when reading it. Putting it on the small screen was great for visualization, but it sort of detracted from the relationships between the character and the "oh my god" sort of feeling worming through your stomach at various times. For example, a waitress slides a note to the main character and when she reads it, it says: "Get out while you still can". When reading a story, I really put myself in the shoes of the characters. You already knew something was odd here, and it IS a short story by Stephen King, but that feeling of your stomach trying to crawl into your bowels is missing from the smallscreen. Stories like The Stand were successful conversions (although SO MUCH was taken out) but some simply cannot be based on how they were written. This is supposedly to be about characters and the realization that you are in big trouble and that it is creepy and wondering if your husband is running away with the car, or if he is going to wait for you -- all the paranoid thoughts and feelings one might have in this hokey (yes, the premise is a little...errr...lame) story. Overall, they kept most things the same, but perhaps it was the lack of true resemblence to the residents of Rock and Roll Heaven that really killed the kick of this story. Neither story (Hell of a Band and Autopsy Room Four) seemed like it needed an entire hour to tell.

I am a huge fan of Stephen King's, but that is not to say that I love absolutely everything he writes. The Mangler, which was a movie, was just about the stupidest story ever. Sometimes he's on (The Stand, Hearts in Atlantis, The Gunslinger series) and other times he's just not. All of his stories are written how I like them, with great characters and dialogue, but sometimes the plot is convoluted and contrived.

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Don't forget that it's Wednesday. Tonight at 9 & 10PM, Nightmares & Dreamscapes is on TNT. The first hour is Autopsy Room Four and the second hour is You Know They Got a Hell of a Band, featuring Steven Weber, who has been in many of Stephen King's films, such as the recent NBC movie, Desperation. Steven Weber was also in the updated version of The Shining.

If you've read the short stories, or even if you haven't, check out Nightmares & Dreamscapes tonight at 9PM.

Autopsy Room Four
Starring Richard Thomas, Greta Scacchi
Teleplay by April Smith, based on the short story by Stephen King, directed by Mikael Salomon
Businessman Howard Cottrell (Thomas) is on vacation playing one of his many games of golf. Chasing the ball into the undergrowth, he is bitten by a snake and completely paralyzed, showing no signs of life. At the hospital, unable to communicate, he is the key witness to his own autopsy.

You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
Starring Kim Delaney, Steven Weber
Teleplay by Mike Robe, based on the short story by Stephen King, directed by Mike Robe
A wrong turn on a lonely road turns frightening for Clark and Mary Willingham (Weber and Delaney) as they stumble upon a town not on any map - Rock and Roll Heaven, Oregon. There is a free concert every night, but the price of admission is high - once the audience enters, it can never leave.

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Saw 2

I had avoided watching this movie because so many people said it was ridiculous and stupid, and, to be honest, I didn't see how they could improve upon the psychological suspense that was that first. Both me and my husband were stunned once we watched it. We were on vacation and my sister had a bunch of dvd's she left up there where we were staying. We hadn't seen it and didn't expect much of it. We were blinking hard as the credits rolled. That was GREAT! We couldn't believe how clever and imaginative the storyline was. It was pleasantly gory and suspenseful. Everything was so complex, yet so simple.

The movie felt dual-layered, or even multi-layered. We finally get to meet 'Jigsaw', and despite being a weakened cancer patient, he is imposing and interesting. His character is now 3-dimensional and you find yourself hanging on his words. Not only is John (aka Jigsaw) in the movie, but a whole bunch of characters command the screen, as opposed to the first, where it was just two men locked in a room together. This isn't a slasher flick like Nightmare on Elmstreet. Not really. The story introduces several characters to us, locked in a house in which nerve gas has been released. They have been breathing it in and have about 2 hours before their nervous systems shut down and they ooze blood from every orifice. Here's the thing: Jigsaw has thrown his 'adversary's' (a detective) son into the mix. There is a connection between those locked in the house (I'm not going to say what) and in order to live, they need to find antidotes hidden around the house. I don't feel I should tell you any more, but I will say that I liked it and if you liked the first Saw, you'll probably enjoy this one too.

And on to...The Hills Have Eyes

My review on this is going to be short and to the point: gory, heart-pounding, creepy, all around great movie....EXCEPT I was very disturbed, and not in a good way, at a particular scene. At one point, a gun is pointed on a baby. Maybe this wouldn't have disturbed me so deeply had I not recently had a very bad nightmare of someone blowing my daughter's head off or if the baby wasn't my daughter's age, or old enough not to be completely vulnerable. So many times through this movie, the sound of the baby crying just DISTURBED me. If I had been told of this scene, I would NOT have watched it. No, they did not harm the baby, but just the idea and the imagery of pointing a Magnum at a little babies head is too much for me to handle. Other than that, great movie. But, Mr. Wes Craven, here's the rule (for me at least): I don't care if it's fictional. NEVER, and I mean, NEVER, put a baby's life in jeopardy like that. OR, just don't put an innocent, vulnerable baby in a horror movie. I'm not typically weak-hearted or squimish. I was raised on horror movies. I've seen the worst of the worst--but don't do this to me, please! Thank you.

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Think of Florida and you will probably imagine theme parks and sunshine but there is so much more to this wonderful southern state. A 45 minute drive from the theme parks takes you to countryside very similar to the UK with rolling hills and oak trees. Here you are in horse breeding country. Travel south and take an airboat ride across the Everglades or take advantage of some of the best shopping opportunities in the USA. Have you thought about Orlando Rental Home? You can enjoy vintage homes in the historic neighborhoods of Thorton Park, Lake Eola Heights, Lake Lawsona, Lake Cherokee, and Lake Copeland. Downtown is trendy with diversity of restaurants, retailers, discos, and bars all within walking distance. With close access to beautiful Lake Eola, you can enjoy festivals, outdoor concerts, or a gondola ride on the Lake.

For those who want to see what Dave Chappelle was working on prior to his departure of the show, Comedy Central is now airing the "lost episodes" Sundays at 9PM. The overall feel of the show is different, especially since Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy are now the hosts. In fact, it's not all that funny. The sketches that Dave did for season three feel like a watered down version of previous material. In seasons one and two, I would laugh until my sides hurt. There are only a few chuckles illicited from me during any given episode. This is not the "pure Dave Chappelle" that we were used to. I feel guilty even watching the show, considering Comedy Central is exploiting everything they can for every last dollar.

If you want to know more about why Dave left the show, read Dave Chappelle Speaks: 'I'm Not Crazy; I'm Not Smoking Crack'.

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USA's popular sci-fi drama, The 4400, is now in its third season. Since the pilot, the show explores recurring themes of prejudice, ethics, alienation, destiny, and free-will. The premise is that of 4400 people who have been snatched from their respective timelines and altered in the future, given special abilities by those in the future in order to prevent a major catastrophe that takes place in the future. While the science fiction current of this show is what draws its high ratings, it is also the way the characters are written with shades of gray and the just-below-the-surface play on powerful themes.

The 4400 are returned in a ball of light to the year 2003, making headlines in a major way. The returnees are no secret from the world and are viewed with fear and hostility even before their abilities start to emerge. They are treated as a threat by their own government, being turned over to quarantine at NTAC (National Threat Assessment Center). When they are finally released from quarantine, they not only have to deal with a life interrupted (many realizing their families have aged and died by the time they returned), they also have to deal with the fear and hatred of them. They are humans, certainly, but many view them as a threat to all humanity.

The idea is that these people were pulled out of their timelines and altered in order to play a part in the cosmic scheme of things, each contributing towards fixing whatever diaster awaits in the future. Are they really meant to be the world's saviors, or are they the catastrophe themselves? No one (including those who altered the 4400) can predict all of the variables that can influence and change the future. It could all be a guessing game, this manipulating of lives and genetics.

The People From the Future say there is a faction in their time who opposes The 4400 Experiment and will do anything to eliminate the 4400. So, who is right here? The answer is that no one knows for sure. Both factions may have the best intentions, but that does not mean they, or their methods, are right. As they say, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". Who has the right to decide the future of others and tell them its "their destiny" to do one thing or another? How much evil can be done in the name of the greater good?

The opposing faction believes that the being they sent back in time, Isabelle, will do what they expect of her. In the present, Isabelle is looked upon as either a messiah or the end of the world. She has a multitude of powers and cannot be killed. Is she who the 4400 must stop in order to preserve the future or is she salvation? The 4400 explores this character as a 20-something girl who grew up from an infant overnight and has the mentality of a child. For example, while she was a baby, Isabelle ruptured her half-sisters spleen because she was jealous that her mother loved her other daughter too. When disagreed with, Isabelle can suffocate a person just by thinking it. Is she good or bad? Well, it's not as cut and dried as all that. Like anyone else, no one is simply "good" or "evil". All humans have good as well as evil in them, but learn how they will deal with the world through their experiences and their reactions to those experiences. We know "good" from "bad" based on our immediate environment, i.e. our parents.

Isabelle, however, grew up overnight into an adult. She does not have the benefit of experiences and growing from them. Her reactions are child-like in nature and destructive when she does not get what she wants. Does this make her bad? No. She just lacks many of the life lessons that most people accomplish that sets her mentality further down the scale than ours. It is possible for her to become evil, as it is possible for any human, given the right circumstances.

The show also focuses on the issues of morality. For example, Isabelle has killed three people and injured one. The question is whether this makes her evil. Her intentions were to save her love-interest, Shawn, and she did whatever was necessary and utilized the abilities within her to accomplish this. The people she killed (or is it murdered?) were terrorists, but does that make it right? Taking a human life for the right reasons and naming yourself judge and executioner is what they call 'vigilante justice'.

The 4400 shows us a world that is divided. People fear the 4400 and their abilities because they are different. The 4400 in turn, don't trust the government and some have become actively opposed to humans who do not accept them. Violence from all sides ensue, due to the prejudice of the unknown. Even the government fears the 4400 and what they are capable of. Not everyone believes that the 4400 are harmless. Honestly, if you lived next to a 4400 who could make your organs liquify just by thinking it, you'd be a little fearful, yourself. That doesn't excuse the actions of society or the 4400. No one comes from a cookie-cutter mold. While one 4400 may be part of a terrorist organization, another might be a school teacher adjusting to life with new and frightening abilities. Every individual is just that - an individual - and the writers illustrate this point softly, as an undercurrent theme, that people are not cut from the same cloth. Just because someone is different does not make them evil and being part of a certain demographic does not mean that everyone in that demographic (the 4400) is exactly the same. Shades of racism, alienation and prejudice play a big part in this show, portraying it from multiple viewpoints and scenarios.

Free-will is a major concept, too. Are the 4400 like cogs in a machine or can they decide the future just by the choices they make? The most powerful thing a person has is choice. No matter what, and no matter how bleak, humans always have a choice and the choices we make influence our lives and our future decisions. Whether Isabelle and the 4400 play their "desired roles" is yet to be seen.

The 4400 really isn't about "good vs. evil", but rather about the human condition and how it manifests to affect the world.

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Johnny Depp's boozy, woozy buccaneer Jack Sparrow has plundered the box office, with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" taking in a record $132 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Disney's swashbuckling sequel sailed past the previous all-time best debut, 2002's "Spider-Man," which took in $114.8 million in its first weekend.

"Dead Man's Chest" also did nearly three times the business of its predecessor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which took in $46.6 million over opening weekend in 2003.

The sequel surpassed that total in its first day alone, taking in $55.5 million Friday to beat the previous single-day record of $50 million, set last year by "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." With $44.7 million on Saturday, "Dead Man's Chest" also became the first movie to top $100 million in just two days.

Originally, I rolled my eyes at the mere mention of Disney turning one of their rides into a movie. I deemed it doomed. I've seen plenty of videogame-to-movie conversions fall flat on their faces (House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, etc.) and this just seemed like a step down from that. A Disney theme park ride converted into a big-budget movie? How was THAT going to work?

I figured Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (POTC for those who don't know--like LOTR) was going to tank in a matter a weeks. Then, I paid more attention to it. Johnny Depp would be playing Captain Jack Sparrow as a campy pirate wearing beads in his beard and MAKE-UP! I wondered if this was Depp being nutty and eccentric. Whether he was or not, Depp usually takes roles, in my opinion, that are unique and interesting; he doesn't take any role that comes along. He is very precise in his choosing, such as Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow and Blow. Sure, earlier in his career, he played Jack Marshall in Private Resort or Cry-baby in the movie of the same title, but Depp has blossomed into an exceptionally talented actor, a true thesbian honing his craft. My respect for Depp and his choices regarding roles is such that when I noticed his name was attached to this "silly theme-action movie", I considered giving the movie a chance.

Then, the previews of POTC rolled out, starring none other than "my Legolas", Orlando Bloom, as Will Turner, in addition to Kiera Knightley. Now, just because a few big names are in the opening credits doesn't mean much, but this trio, in addition to the popping and exhilarating previews caused me to want to see this movie, hoping it would live up to the hype. It did live up to the hype and its Box Office pull for the movie...$305,411,224. Pretty good for an indoor boat ride attraction, eh?

Three years later, I am happily typing my review of POTC: Dead Man's Chest and am ecstatic to report that there will be a third installment, simply called Pirates of the Caribbean 3 at this moment, due out summer of 2007.

This sequel is, dare I say, better than the first. Curse of the Black Pearl was necessary and without it, Dead Man's Chest wouldn't be what it is. It is a perfect sandwich in the POTC trilogy, following the storyline from the first seamlessly and maintaining the same flavor of humor and witty repartee as its predecessor. Although a bit more graphic and straining against its PG-13 rating, the movie has you laughing at the perfectly placed jokes and watching avidly. The movie is long (2 hrs and 31 minutes) but it doesn't feel that way. The smooth conversions and tightly coiled storyline reels you into this world of swashbuckling pirates and supernatural enemies (as well as human ones).

Depp seems to live in the skin of Captain Jack Sparrow and you can tell he really enjoys playing the foppish vagabond. He saunters about in his effeminate way, flashing gold teeth and trying to talk his way out of everything. Somehow, Depp again turns a cowardly scoundrel of a pirate into a much beloved character, despite his nappy hair, eye makeup and lack of personal hygiene, as Elizabeth pointed out.

This maritime setting would not be possible without the exquisitely intricate and beautiful tall ships, such as the Endeaver, the Dauntless, the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl (played by the Lady Washington) are exquisite against the foil of the turquoise, crystalline perfection of the ocean. These ships are a facet of the pirate legends and stories. Check out Tall Sails Adventure for more stories about pirates and information on tall ships, like those used in Pirates of the Caribbean 2. For extensive pictures taken in Jamaica and information on the production of the ships whilst POTC 2 was being filmed, click here.

This is not just a rehash on the first movie, but a clever extension of it. It's wacky, funny, grim, gory, and all around an exciting, fun romp with twists that are cohesive. Plenty of characters and pirates from the previous film are back again, stealing the show in their smaller parts. And yes, even that adorable undead monkey is back. The effects are just as spectacular, more so, and fall into my 'elite special effects' category that includes War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park and Lord of the Rings. When the technology is so well-blended that one forgets that a giant squid tenticle or dinosaur isn't real, the movie does so much more for the viewer in terms of creating a unique and unforgettable world.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the many creative fight scenes. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't go into details, but let me just say that you can swashbuckle pretty much anywhere and anyplace in this film. The actions sequences are intense while at the same time being highly amusing. All the elements that you loved from the first installment are here, as well as an intriguing story. Plus, Dead Man's Chest has the advantage of not having to introduce our characters or set up the exposition. Since this is a continuing story, you get to skip past all the "prerequisites" and get thrown immediately into the plot, the action, the drama. This will undoubtedly be the summer's most entertaining film, perhaps even the year's. It's compelling, exciting and faithful to the characters and the story. It will not disappoint fans of Jack...I mean Captain Jack Sparrow and Co.

In related news, Johnny Depp Added to Disney Ride. The likeness of him is surreal. :)

"Hello. My name is Violet. I was born into a world you may not understand. I'll start at the beginning. Everything changed when a government lab discovered a virus that caused genetic mutation. They used it to create faster and stronger soldiers. The problem was we became a threat. Those of us who survived extinction started fighting back."
-- Violet Song jat Shariff

The virus spoken of in Violet's narrative is called 'hemophagia'. The effects are similar to becoming a vampire, and because of the elongated teeth accompanied by the aforementioned virus, victims of it are referred to as vampires. They are faster, stronger, and physically superior to humans, except for sensitivity to sunlight and an abbreviated lifespan. Violet herself was given twelve years to live once she became infected. With the vampires on the brink of extinction and having a very short life span, they are willing to take plenty of risks, as Milla Jovovich aptly portays in Ultraviolet.

Although the above quote is pared down, Violet also says things about "camps" for those that are infected with the virus, being exterminated. Violet raps angrily, "I got sick and now I'm worthy of extermination". Echoes of the Holocaust ripple through this feature, giving you a shiver as you hear the words roll over your mind. The whole premise of the movie is based around the war between humans and "Hemophages" (aka vampires). Violet is a singular Hemophage warrior battling the totalitarian dictator Daxus (Nick Chinlund) who is determined to wipe out her species at any cost.

The exact date is never given to us, but it's clear by the technology and the architecture that it's meant to be somewhere around the late 21st century. Violet has plenty of nifty toys, such as a gravity leveler that gives her the ability to walk on ceilings and walls and even ride a motorcycle along the side of a skyscraper. The effects are not the best I've ever seen, but certainly not amateur at all. You believe in the moment what you are seeing and that's a motorcycle driving UP a skyscraper (or down or across).

Violet has the task of rescuing a secret weapon: a boy named Six (Cameron Bright ala Godsend and The Butterfly Effect). At first she is cold and harsh with the boy, as she is with everyone. The loss of her human life has left her jaded and she doesn't allow herself to have emotions. As Violet rasps to Six, "Park it. Don't make me tell you twice", it's hard to imagine a softer side to her character. As she spends more time with Six, the emergence of a fierce and protective mama bear is evident, as is her growing affection for the enigmatic child. He evolves from being merely a package, to being "a human child". Both sides of the war urge her to "destroy" him and she flatly and disgustedly refuses, meeting any challenge to protect him. The way this movie handles Violet's miscarriage and reemergence of her maternal emotions is beautiful and striking.

Their are many action sequences in Ultraviolent, designed by Mike Smith to combine multiple martial arts disciplines, such as jujitsu and aikido. The results are quick, sleek, and right on the mark. Clever choreography of the gun fights, hand-to-hand combat and sensational swordfights are reminiscent of Kill Bill, perhaps better. Each is executed in a creative new way so the action never gets stall or predictable.

If you liked The Matrix, Kill Bill, or Aeon Flux you will love this movie. Shades of all three films can be seen, although not overused or overdone. The effects are dictated by the script. They fall into the right moments and add an extra element of surrealism to your palate.

Angel was a darker, more serious incarnation that spun off from the Buffyverse. It featured Angel, the vampire with a soul, the flighty Cordelia, and a boozing, but sexy Irishman [originally]. The show never felt like a copycat of Buffy. It had its own message, and while the show wasn't what you'd call educational television, it was an incredibly witty and cryptic show. It's humor caught you off guard at just the right moments and the episodes managed to live in the world of Buffy, yet stand on its own two feet. Each season became more enigmatic and intricate. Unlike Buffy, there was no "creature of the week". Every episode stood as a piece of the complex tale of Angel, a vampire still tormented by the his past, struggling to redeem himself and quelling his inner demons. Angel's past was always linked into the show, whether it be a flashback of murders he had committed, or an enemy met while living in the skin of Angelus, his soulless, murdering alter-ego. The interweaving tapestry of Angel's history, combined with well-written and evolving characters and storylines was power and attracted fans of the genre.

Fans were more than unhappy when it was announced that the current season on their screens (Season 5) would be the last one. There were rumors since the end of the third season that Angel might not make it and fans let out a breath of relief each time the WB made the right decision and kept the show on. Eventually, the WB made the wrong decision.

A new version of Dark Shadows was planned, called Barnabas Undead, which was to air in 2004 and take the place of our beloved Angel. Having been a big fan of the 1991 Revival Series, I would have been okay with the way the WB mishandled Angel...maybe. However, things didn't turn out as planned.

"There was a director assigned to it, Rob Bowman, who was a terrific director," Garth Ancier of the WB said. "He pulled out to do a feature film. We had a new director come in who was accomplished in movies, but frankly didn't do a particularly good job, and the rest is history."

Basically, the WB salivated over a big-time director being attached to Barnabas Undead, and when he pulled out, the WB dropped the project like a hot rock, leaving us with...nothing. No Dark Shadows, and they cancelled Angel for no valid reason. Angel was doing pretty good in ratings, the quality of the show was only getting better with the arrival of Illyria, a demon who had taken over Fred's body and had powers such as creating portals and slowing down time and well, being REALLY strong. I named my daughter after her and any time a fellow fan hears her name, they exclaim: "Like the blue smurf demon? Oh my GOD, that is SO cool!" Yeah, some of us fans are a bit hardcore.

If the show had to be cancelled, fans would have liked the WB to give Angel the time to play out its story arc successfully. Instead, in the last six episodes, you can see what was meant to span months turn into six episodes of quick-quick-quick. For example, Illyria was supposed to be an enemy of Angel & Co. for awhile before losing her powers and becoming an ally. Lots of loose ends had to be tied quickly. Overall, the show just had to scramble to try to leave the viewer with the best ending they could with the limited amount of time they had left. Unfortunately, almost any Angel fan you ask will tell you that a) the last few episodes were rushed and really took out a lot of elements of the show that we loved. There just wasn't time for witty repartee and build-up. It felt like scrambling. And b) the season finale was disappointing and not right for the send-off of the show.

Enraged fans everywhere blame Jordan Levin, the WB executive who is known to fans as "the guy who cancelled Angel" and "the guy who didn't pick up Dark Shadows 2004,". May Wolfram & Hart have mercy on his soul. Joss Whedon tries to placate fans of his show by saying that this ending was exactly what he had wanted. He's posturing and telling an outright lie, as he's done many times to throw fans off, such as when he said "Buffy and Spike WILL NOT ever be together. We've done the vampire and slayer thing once already". Then, what do you know, Spike and Buffy are together for numerous seasons right after Joss told us he wouldn't be going down this road. I do believe that the message of the finale was what he always wanted to do, but the events leading up to it were not planned ahead, considering they didn't know the show was going axed in favor of Dark Shadows. You could see all his carefully developed sub-plots suddenly pack themselves up and join a huge story line for the finale that attempted to encompass all of Angel's messages and leave you thinking. Joss Whedon did the best he could for the show's ending, and unfortunately, it wasn't enough for fans of his show.

Is there any chance either show will be resurrected? Very doubtful. Angel's David Boreanaz is already on Bones on FOX, and I believe at least a few of the other actors have moved on to different projects.

When a show is abruptly cancelled, do you wonder what the writers had in store for the next season? I certainly do. Shows like Angel and Tru Calling did not have a chance to smooth out storylines and give you a sense of closure, leaving the viewer to ponder What Would Have Happened On...? Carey's got the interview Joss Whedon gave regarding the demise of Angel.This blog fills you in on what was meant to grace our screens, but never did. The blog details the unwritten, unaired "what would have been" next seasons on Eerie, Indiana, Nightmare Cafe, Everwood, Joan of Arcadia, Quantum Leap, Wonderfalls, and Dark Angel, just to a name a few.

If you've been missing NBC's Treasure Hunters, you've been missing a highly competitive game between teams from all walks of life. You have Ex-CIA, Air Force, Southie Boys, Geniuses, Grad Students, Miss USA, Brown Family, Wild Hanlons, Young Professionals, and finally, the backstabing Fogal family. Yes, tricks and sneaky tactics abound on this show, especially from the Fogals, whose leader Brad is a senior pastor at his church. His wife, Margie, seems like a sweet PTA mother. She doesn't seem to have a sharp mind, but she is quite lacking in a conscience. Their daughter, Kayte, barely registers with her prescence, but how can she, considering her parents garner attention from the camera and the other teams with their dirty play tactics.

This game is all about competition and as far as I'm concerned, pretty much anything goes. The only reason I'm bashing upon the Fogal family is because they aren't playing it smart. To be truly sneaky, everyone must trust you. You should not blatantly grab someone else's clue and run off or tell two other teams to bank on the river to check something out, then paddle like the devil is behind you. If any of those teams had been near last place, that would have made sense, but the Browns and The Hanlons were at least an hour behind them, so there was no worries about being eliminated. Pull out your bag of tricks when its necessary and when you can get away with it. A snake in the grass doesn't reveal themselves until they strike and if the Fogal family wants to play their strategy this way, they'll soon be ousted.

On the last episode of Treasure Hunters, the Fogals, as well as Team Air Force, were indeed ousted. The game this time was for one team to pair up with another and work together to get two separate clues, bring them together, and finally open a box with the final clue. All six other teams allied against the Fogals in particular, shouting, "We've Fogaled the Fogals!" Clearly, the other teams are not going to fall for any more underhanded tricks from this devout Christian family.

Are the other teams any better? and there a team will pull something, such as getting one team to give them a combination and "work together" for it, but then not tell the other team what it was even though they have nothing to gain by withholding information. The Grad Students couldn't catch a break in the first episode, due to the Fogals stealing their underwater clue and then The Geniuses stealing their other clue, leaving them with a box that was thought to have a broken and unopenable lock. The other teams utilize the opportunites given to them, but not like that happy-smiling Fogal family, who are vicious and blatant about it at every turn. Yes, the show is pretty much anything goes, but its kind of hard to see a man of god be such a seemingly nice guy one moment, and in the next playing the remorseless "cheater" (I use quotes because there aren't set rules). In fact, Brad seems so concerned with winning, he barely noticed when his daughter injured her thumb or when she dropped the canoe in exhaustion. He doesn't seem to think of his family as anything more than tools to use. I honestly don't feel any love between members of the Fogal clan.

Expect to see more of their questionable tactics Mondays at 9pm on NBC.

Eliminated teams: The Young Professionals were the first to go, having lost a lot of time by heading to Mt. Roosevelt instead of Mt. Rushmore. The Browns were eliminated, but later reinstated due to Grad Students dropping out of the competition. Jessica hurt her leg during the hunt, completed the hunt with her teammates Kat and Melissa. She finally threw in the towel when she was told by the orthopedic surgeon that if she continued on with this very physical game, she would be facing surgery and possibly life-long complications with her ankle. The most recently eliminated were The Wild Hanlons, after failing to figure out the combination to their box and trying to randomly guess it. I'm sorry to see them go because although they are not worthy of being called Treasure Hunters, their stupid antics were hilarious. They might not have been eliminated had they not, as Josh said, "drive 80 miles round-trip to get a hamburger during an elimination competition". Yes, they really drove 40 miles away mid-competition to Burger King.

If you haven't given this show a chance yet, please do. It's quite fun to root for your team, or see what strategies are going to be employed next. And can you believe that Miss USA (all three of them DIDN'T ever win Miss USA title) is STILL in the running. They're flying under the radar.

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Superman Returns starts out with a paragraph prologue, explaining where the movie starts, essentially. The original score cues up and your skin gets goosebumps. How right that they keep the original theme! We soon discover that Superman, as well as Clark Kent, have been gone for years, visiting his dead home planet, Krypton. Both return in a blaze of fire at his adoptive mother's house (Eva Marie Saint).

We follow Clark as he returns to the Daily Planet and discovers that a lot of things have changed. During his "soul searching", Lois had a child and got engaged to her editor's nephew, Richard White (James Marsden). Superman also discovers that the crime rate has risen and that Lex Luthor was appealed due to Superman not being there to be a witness. More and more we feel the weight on Superman's shoulders burdened by his act of "abandoning" the world. And no one felt more abandoned than Lois, who won a Pulitzer for her article, "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman".

After this depressing return home of finding his true love has moved on, what's next for Superman? Well, what he usually does -- help the world. In a blur of scenes, Superman randomly saves people and rights wrongs. It comes off as rather tedious and predictable...and then we are giving a new facet of Superman: The Peeping Tom. That's right! Throughout the movie, Superman uses his powers for frivalous spying on Lois Lane and her family in their home, peering through the walls with his x-ray vision and using her supersonic hearing to listen in on their conversation. Superman doesn't even look guilty after doing this, which doesn't strike true with fans of the character.

Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) visits the Fortress of Solitude and learns everything about Superman's past and the crystals within the chamber. He learns all this through the image of Jor-El, played by Marlon Brando via archive footage. As his scheme unfolds, one crinkles their brow with confusion. Lex Luthor is coming off as one-note, and more dreadfully, he's coming off boring. His whole plan is a viable one, but it just seems a stupid idea from the evil genius. Spacey usually plays multi-layered, extremely fascinating characters, so when you see his name in the credits you assume that his portrayal of Luthor is going to be the best yet. It's not. Luthor doesn't even feel menacing or clever. Instead, the character romps about putting his plans in order like a rich kid all grown up while Superman is completely aware of his "devious" plan.

Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns, giving the film that witty humor we remember from the first two installments of X-Men. We also get plenty of nods to the past films, including direct quotes from the original. One would be hard-pressed to not notice that Superman Returns is an homage to its predecessors.

On the whole, the movie has a very angst-ridden quality to it. In fact, this goes on for the first hour and a half. Superman spies on Lois unbeknownst to her, angonizes on love lost. Lois doesn't let Superman or Clark off the hook for abandoning her for years without even saying goodbye. Its obvious she still has feelings for both but doesn't want to let either back into her life more than she has to.

By the time the real action arrives, people are falling asleep or just wishing it was over. There was no reason for this to go on and on. The confrontation with Luthor at the end seems rushed, even though the movie itself is a good two and a half hours long. Most of the screentime went to the subtle nods to the previous films and the confused turmoil of the Lois/Superman and Lois/Clark relationship.

The biggest slap in the face, for me, is that in all the comics, movies, and on the tv show, Superman immediately is weakened and pained when near kryptonite. All Lex Luthor had to do in the movies was open the lead box with the kryptonite inside and Superman would feel it's effects. In Returns, Superman is standing on a huge island made completely of crystal and kryptonite...and he has NO CLUE until someone punches him. This is just ridiculous to me. Superman would be sputtering and writhing immediately around a tiny piece of kryptonite AND an entire ISLAND of kryptonite!!!!

The actors do their best in Return and I do not begrudge them for the longwinded essence of their characters. Lois is fresh-faced and fiesty with Kate Bosworth in the role. She does not portray an overall toughness to Lois, but she also doesn't let people step all over her or tell her what to do. Kevin Spacey did the best he could with the role before him and Parker Posey is adorable as whiny Kitty Koslowski.

How does Brandon Routh fair playing the iconic Man of Steel? Decent. He looks strikingly similar to Christopher Reeve and attempts to emulate those performances, but due to the script and lack of facial nuances from Routh, Superman is flat and under-developed. He seems as though he is simply trying to mimic Reeve...and failing at it. The sweet, good-heartedness of Reeve's portrayal is absent in Routh's. Despite all the scenes that focus on the relationship between Clark/Superman and Lois, you never really feel connected to how Clark is feeling and that makes the scene tiring to watch.

Some were disappointed with the choice of Routh when it was announced. After all, Christopher Reeve himself appeared on several episodes of Smallville and effectively "passed the torch" to Tom Welling, whose portrayal of a young Clark living in Smallville had revived interest in Superman once again. There are those who doubt that Superman Returns would have been greenlit at the time it was if it had not been for the overall good ratings for Smallville, whose audiences are mostly female.

Perhaps we're "all superheroed out". The script of Returns, written by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, follows pretty closely to Spider-man: Superhero is in love with fiesty girl-next-door type, but cannot reveal his secret identity, therefore pining after her in secret while saving the world one person at a time. Maybe if the bar hadn't been raised so high with films like Daredevil, X-Men, and X2, Returns could have been considered more interesting. Unfortunately, the movie feels generic, formulaic, and most importantly, quite a bit boring.

Do you want another opinion?Susan has done a review of this as well, and though I obviously don't feel the same way, her review conjures up memories of the Superman legend. Her whole blog, in fact, is quite interesting and worthy of your time. Anyway, her Superman Returns review is here.

Did Kate Bosworth look too skinny?

Blade: The Series contains language, violence and other content that may not be suitable for all audiences. No kidding! There is plenty of action and gore, starting right from the top. We see a heavily decorated officer in Moscow being pursued by a dark man on a motorcycle, heavily weaponed. Eventually, we get our first glimpse of the new Blade, played by Kirk "Sticky" Jones, as a black leather trenchcoat sweeps over black boots. Blade quickly overtakes the officer, lodging the own man's fire ax into his leg. I smile with glee as the exquisitely gory blood spurts upwards from the wound.

Now, I must warn you, this review is going to be descriptive of all aspects of the episode, so if you are not interested in being spoiled...this review is not for you.

Still interested? Okay. Blade gets the officer in Russia to tell him the whereabouts of Marcus Van Sciver, demanding to know where he's dumping the bodies. Huh? It's called a plot hook and now you want to know more.

We continue our story in Detroit, Michigan (though the show is filmed in Vancouver). I have to admit, although I knew I didn't recognize any of the architechture or streets, they did a good job of presenting this as Detroit (I live a few miles away from Detroit, so you can take my word for it). Sadly, I don't feel that Detroit was misrepresented. In fact, they speak elegantly of not forgetting the past of Detroit and make mentions to the Joe Louis Arena. The vampire who talks about it is very moving in his dialogue about the history of the buildings and the city that was built upon the auto industry. I was very pleased that they conveyed Detroit realistically, but didn't talk about the place in a derogative way. Just a little aside here: NONE of the prostitutes in Detroit look like those featured. High-class hookers simply don't walk the streets of Detroit.

Moving on...Blade the series stays true to the trilogy and the comics. Blade's car is the same as in the movies, tattoos appear identical, and Summerfield (blind scientist from Blade: Trinity) was even mentioned by Blade's new gadget-man, Shen. Sorry to disappoint audiences, but Whistler's daughter Abigail is not in the show, nor is the much-loved Hannibal King. He provided such good comic relief and I was really hoping they would use the character to work a little humor in here and there. Nope, sorry.

We meet Krista Starr, recently home from a tour. She finds out her little brother is dead (ala officers doling the news at her welcome home party) and that he was shot. The detective in charge of the case, Boone, doesn't seem to be pursuing it. Of course, Krista decides to pursue Zach's death herself. She is lured by an eerie voice in the dark, telling her he knows who killed her brother. She follows the voice and is attacked by three vampires. Blade swoops in and saves the day with his typical finesse while Krista futilely snaps off shots on her pistol.

Later, Krista finds Danny, someone who was arrested with her brother prior to his death. He drops a vial before escaping her. She noticed the tattoo on his neck and, get this, Googles the symbol. She comes across a listing for Professor Melvin Caylo and decides to check him out.

When we meet Caylo, we see a quiet, serious the form of Randy Quaid. I NEVER pictured Quaid like this, but he aptly pulls off his cameo (?), filling new viewers and Krista on what the symbol means -- its a glyph for vampire familiars, humans who do the bidding of vampires -- and fills her in on who Blade is, a "daywalker" (though Caylo doesn't use that term) who is a half-breed with all the strengths of vampires and none of their weaknesses, save for the thirst. He also explains the vial she found. It is vampiric ash, an expensive product for humans that give them vampiric abilities for about an hour or two. Neat.

We get little peeks at some sort of experiment being done by vampires on vampires. They talk of a vaccine, inject said vaccine, then inject garlic. It's pretty obvious they are trying to eliminate their weaknesses. We see plenty of plastic-wrapped vampire "test subjects" for this cause.

Krista tracks down Blade, in a way. She meets the new gadget-man, an assertive Asian in his mid-twenties who is constantly insisting that his inventions always work. She checks out Blade and Shen's "lair", looking over their toys, including a "shock gun" and asks: "Isn't this a little elaborate?" Hehe. Yeah. It is, but fans love it. She goes on to ask about crosses and holy water and Blade quickly dispels those myths.

Blade, Shen, and Krista hatch a plan to infilitrate the musuem gala that Marcus Van Sciver is hosting. Sciver is a prominent businessman who has revived this old building and is also, you guessed it, an elite vampire. The plan is to put a small transpoder (tracking device) on Sciver. Sciver lets Krista play her song and dance undercover operation for a minute or two, then reveals he knows exactly who she is. Angrily, she leaves the building.

When Sciver, who looks like a more polished version of Doogie Howser) exits the gala, a man hands him Krista's earpiece, saying she left it for him. She's atop a building with a sniper rifle. They conversationally play caught and mouse, Krista assuring him of her skills, but not taking the silver bullet shot. Her attempt is again thwarted, this time by Chase, a beautiful platinum blonde vampire who looks eerily like a younger version of Hudson Leick (of Xena fame, playing Callisto). Chase knocks Krista out and takes her hostage. Blade arrives too late to save her.

Sciver, now looking sexy in a silk black rope and a strip of sleek flesh showing, taunts Krista as she struggles against her bonds holding her arms above her head, looking very much like a virgin sacrifice in a white dress. Explaining that vampires are more civilized than she realizes, he draws his blood with a syringe and injects it into our neck. Sciver (pronounced Sky-ver) takes her unconscious body and throws it off the top of the building.

Krista awakes frantically inside a body bag at the morgue. The security guard on duty hears her struggles and she almost bites him, then scurries out of the building, trying to quench her thirst with muddy water and rain. Sciver smiles invitingly at her, then takes her back to his building. When she awakens, her mind is cloudy, she feels more "alive" and sunlight burns her. Sciver, imparting his vampiric wisdom, tells her that the dream she had of him was ADE, After Death Experience, triggered by the genetic memories of her sponser (meaning him) and that they are sacred. He speaks of the society of vamires, how it is the only true living and that she is now this.

Sciver sees to it that sexy vamp vixen Chase shows a seemingly mind-addled Krista the ropes, including how to see the invisible vampiric glyphs. Chase also warns Krista from ever going near the House of Leichen. Clearly, vampires have different castes and Houses (Chase and Marcus belong to House of Chthon).

Blade coerces Danny to tell him who would know where to find someone who "disappeared", leading him to Boone, the vampire familiar who has been feeding prostitutes to the test subjects. Blade follows Boone to the facility (American Butchers--too funny) and comes upon the test subjects, who attack him and hold up his rescue mission. He is determined to find Krista before she feeds.

Sciver lets his second-in-command, Fritz, be injected with the new vaccine.

Blade comes upon Krista feeding on her first kill -- Boone. She hates him for brushing her brother's death under the rug and for being a part of his death. Before Blade can get to Krista, he is attacked and being shot at. Eventually, he manages to inject Krista with the synthetic serum to "clear her mind", as she's been behaving like she's in a dream and follows whatever she's told.

Blade is attacked by Fritz and is dismayed to find he is immune to silver. Weakened and knowing the fight is lost, Blade escapes the facility, leaving Krista behind. When he returns in daylight, everyone is gone, including the test subjects.

Krista tests out her vampiric abilities, jumping from one rooftop to one hundreds of feet away. She finds herself at her brothers grave, contemplative of her new identity, struggling with it. Blade comes upon her and tells her that he wants to work with her, that she is in deep with the elite society of vampires, and that her brother was his contact before her. She accepts.

In the final scene, we see the traitorous Boone awaken as a vampire. He's been begging Sciver to be "made", to wit Sciver would angrily explain that Boone was not worthy of being a vampire. He laughs happily...until he realizes he is a vampiric test subject. Oh, too bad!

Now that I've recapped the episode, I'd like to say that I think the writers did a good job with this pilot and of balancing the backstory of the Blade series, while still providing an interesting and fresh plot. All the characters on the canvas are interesting and well-written. You feel their history, even though you don't yet know it. Chase let one snippet about her go to Krista: "My husband made me...and has lived to regret it".

Although slow-going at first, you soon become deeply immersed in the story and hang on to every word. Spike TV brought in 2.5 Million viewers with The Blade pilot and I'm sure the ratings will continue to please the network. I certainly will continue to watch, particularly because of Chase, played by Jennifer Gower. Jill Wagner is believable and likeable as Krista, and although Jones feels a little stiffer than the Wesley Snipes' Blade, he still feels authentic. If you liked the movie trilogy and/or the comics, you're bound to enjoy Blade: The Series.

****NOTE**** For one week, iTunes users can now download a FREE copy of the two-hour premiere of SPIKE TV's first original scripted series: "Blade: The Series". New episodes will be available on iTunes the day after their premiere on-air.

Two struggling networks, UPN and The WB, have decided merge their companies and form a new network, The CW (the C for CBS and the W standing for Warner Bros). Both networks have had a few successful shows, but mostly they were small fish in an ocean of sharks like ABC. The network will debut September 18, 2006 and will have a mixed line-up from The WB and UPN's more popular shows. The line-up includes well-received shows from UPN -- Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, America's Next Top Model, Veronica Mars, and Smackdown. The WB's contributions for CW are: Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill and 7th Heaven.

I believe that UPN's viewship deflated when it lost Star Trek: Voyager, Roswell and finally, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These were what attracted a large audience, even though BtVS and Roswell were not originally a part of UPN. The only show that really held UPN afloat afterwards was the largely popular Smackdown. UPN never could find its niche. Was it a sci-fi network, a comedy network? The WB, on the other hand, was bogged down with production costs for their sci-fi dramas. It was quite expensive for the effects on BtVS, which ultimately led to UPN purchasing it. Despite a huge campaign of fans sending bottles of tasbasco sauce to The WB in an effort to save Roswell, the show was cancelled and picked up by UPN.

UPN lacked good shows that captured viewers, while The WB was struggling financially despite a range of high-rated shows, such as Angel and Gilmore Girls. The production costs for 7th Heaven continued to grow, due to the rising price of the actors, now in their 10th year. It was speculated that 7th Heaven would finally be axed after a decade because although it pulled in ratings for the network, the budget was becoming overwhelming. With the merge of UPN and The WB, the decision has been put to rest to give 7th Heaven an 11th season.

Gilmore Girls has also danced with the question, "Will there be another season?" For now, the answer is yes. The show had lost a number of viewers in the third season when Rory went off to college. There was less innocence about the show and it felt stiff seeing the two main characters, Lorelai and her daughter Rory, talking to one another over the phone. Gone were Rory's private school outfits and long hair, gone was Rory's best friend Lane always around. Don't get me wrong, the characters were all still on the show, but it had a different vibe with Rory living an hour away at Yale and the mother/daughter bond stretched thin, with Lorelai busying opening her inn (The Dragonfly) and Rory adjusting to college.

Despite critical acclaim and numerous wonderful reviews, Veronica Mars failed to reach many viewers and Smackdown seemed to be the only heavy-hitter for UPN. With one network failing on the budget side and the other failing to captivate audiences with its programming, it seems more than logical for the two to merge, creating a good mixture of a line-up that will entice viewers to watch shows they might not have otherwise. If you'll notice, Gilmore Girls will be premiering Tuesday at 8pm, it's original timeslot on The WB, followed by Veronica Mars to help "prop" the following show. This tactic is used quite often by networks, putting the more popular show on first and the one that needs help right after. Viewers seem to watch what follows a popular show. I can't say why. I wouldn't be surprised if we caught a few pop-culture references on Gilmore Girls regarding Veronica Mars. The WB did this same thing with having Jen on Dawson's Creek mention that she had to go home because "Roswell is on in 5 minutes". And guess what? It did help a little with Roswell's viewership.

So, just a reminder, The CW kicks off September 18th and if you want to check out their grab bag of shows or watch episode clips, or just check out their line-up, go to The CW Television Network.

Bloodrayne has the potential to be a juicy, intriguing and visually stunning movie about vampire lore. Bloodrayne was originally a video game by Majesco that spawned into a big budget movie, featuring Kristanna Loken as Rayne(you might remember her as the sexy T-X in Terminator 3). Being a fan of the game and its premise, I was hopeful that the movie would be just as fun and exciting. Sadly, it falls short of the mark. This movie could have been all I hoped for had it been written intelligently
and had an interesting plot.

It takes place in eighteenth century Romania. Rayne is a dhampir -- half-human, half-vampire. She has weaknesses of vampires (such as an 'allergy' to water) and strength of humans (she can touch a cross). Her character is hell-bent on avenging her mother's rape by her father. Now, in addition to her 'blood rage' when she gets a taste of blood, this has the elements of being a terrific movie -- it's just not. The plot jumps around and is never consistent and you really don't care at all about the heroine or any one else in the film. The antagonist is a two-dimensional King of the Vampires named Kagan, i.e. her father, of course. Kagan wants an amulet, Rayne wants it because she doesn't want him to have it. Argh. It just seems like 18th century teenage rebellion.

Loken's other castmates include Sebastion, Vladimir, and Katarin of the Brimstone
society -- vampire hunters. Katarin is played by Michelle Rodriguez. Honestly, I like
Rodriguez, but it's absolutely hilarious to see her attempt to pull off an old English
accent. Again, Rodriguez doesn't try to expand her range. She yet again plays
'The Tough Girl', as we've seen in Girl Fight, Blue Crush, and more recently on LOST.
It's disappointing to say the least.

Sebastian, played by Matthew Davis, is of course, Rayne's love interest -- though you
don't realize it until they are having sex. There is no lead-up to this. No real
conversations between them, no longing looks, no CHEMISTRY whatsoever. You're
watching the movie, hoping it will get better and suddenly have a more interesting
plot, when all of a sudden, Rayne jumps Sebastion in the dungeons. It comes off as
very pornographic and not really relevant to the story, other than to FORCE the
viewers to believe they have some bond.

Everything plays out in a very formulaic way. The story falls dead pretty much as
soon as it starts. I AGAIN say that this could have very well been a great movie,
had a great writing team been put behind it. This was pure teenage boy gratification
and nothing more. The only high note for me was the appearance of Billy Zane (oddly
enough, as Michelle Rodriguez' father). I have no idea why he would take a small part
in this atrocious movie or attach his name to it in any way. I'm ashamed that I even
watched this piece of garbage all the way through to the end.

My advice: Play the video game. Don't watch the movie -- and I use that term
EXTREMELY loosely.

(Boston Public)
Harry Senate:

Thanks. Uh...what a turnout. Thanks for choosing me. The idea of being
able to serve..uh...Well, of all the causes to take up...AIDS, cancer, hunger,
poverty...I've always felt there was something special about people who
commit themselves to guns. Anyone, I suppose, could contribute to a shelter
or help the needy but it takes a true American to dedicate himself to firearms.
And you know what, we need people like you. Our country is getting a bad
rap just because we kill each other. Well, that's manly--shooting people. The
United States...this is where men live. Australia? All their stupid bragging
about how tough they are in the outback? They get about 15 gun homicides a
year, what the hell is that? We get 10,000. The Japanese are even more
pathetic. In 1999, for kids between 15 and 19, they didn't have one handgun
murder. Not one! We had over 5,000. Our teenagers are tough. But it can't
happen unless we get the guns out there into their hands and for that we need
committed, good people like all of you. We got these idiots in Washington who
think it's wrong for teenagers to have assault rifles. The stupid Democrats think
we should have 10-day waiting periods. Well, what happens if you need to kill
someone today? Next thing, the government will try to crack down on incest
and we won't be able to breed future N.R.A. members. I mean, we're talking
about the toothless illiterates that make this country great. This is America...Get a gun.

(Army of Darkness)
Ashley J. 'Ash' Williams:

Alright you primitive screw-heads, listen up. See this? This is my boomstick!
It's a 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can
find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was
made in Grand Rapids, Michigan; retails for about one hundred nine, ninety-five.
It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right, shop
smart, shop S-Mart!

(National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation)
Clark W. Griswold:

I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from
his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane, with all the other rich
people, and I want him brought right here with a big ribbon on his head. And,
I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying,
no good, rotten, floor-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred,
overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless,
heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, sack of
monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holly Shit! Where's the Tylenol?

(Fight Club)
Tyler Durden:

[I] see in Fight Club, the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see
all this potential. And, I see squandering. God damn it! An entire generation
pumping gas, waiting tables: slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing
car and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're
the middle children of history, man--no purpose or place. We have no great war.
No great depression. Our great war's a spiritual war. Our great depression is our
lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires
and movie gods and rock stars . . . but we won't. We're slowly learning that fact
and we're very, very pissed off.

(Fight Club)
Tyler Durden:

You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're
not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not you fucking
khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

Rene Mosier:

I have always taken you with a grain of salt. On your birthday, when you asked
me to do a striptease to the theme from Mighty Mouse, I said okay. When we
were at that hotel prom night, and you asked me to sleep underneath the bed in
case your mother burst in, I did it. And, even when we were at my grandmother's
funeral and you told most of my relatives that you could see her nipples though
her burial dress, I let it slide. If you think that I'm gonna suffer anymore of your
shit with a smile now that were broken up, you're in for some serious fucking disappointment!


Brodie Bruce:

One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck in his ass. True story. He bought it
at our local mall, so the whole fiasco wound up on the news. It was embarrassing
for my relatives and all. But, the next week, he did it again--difference cat, same
results, complete with another trip to the emergency room. So, I run into him a
week later in the mall and he's buying another cat. And, I says to him, "Jesus, Walt,
what are you doing?! You know you're just going to get this cat stuck in your ass,
too." And, he said to me, "Brodie, how the hell else am I supposed to get the gerbil out?"

(Pump Up the Volume)
Mark Hunter:

Now, I'm depressed. Now, I feel like killing myself, but, luckily, I'm too depressed
to bother.

Mark Hunter: Feeling screwed up in a screwed up place, in a screwed up time, does not mean
that you are screwed up.

(The Ref)
Lloyd Chasseur:

You know what mom? You know what I'm gonna get you next Christmas? A big
wooden cross, so every time you feel unappreciated for all your sacrifices, you can
climb up and nail yourself to it.

(Star Trek: First Contact)

The Borg: We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your
biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to
service us.


Doyle: See, you need to chat people up a bit more casual like, you know? "Hi,
what's your name? How's life treating you? What's that you say? Minions from
hell getting you down?"

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Buffy: It is a statistically impossible for a 16-year-old girl to unplug her phone.

Whistler: Y'know, raiding an Englishman's fridge is like dating a nun. You're never
going to get the good stuff.


Prue: How come we can't fight the demon of cleanliness, Or housekeeping, or even
that really big bald guy, Mr.Clean. I would so totally take him on.

(The Invisible Man series)

Darien: The Scottish philosopher, Balfour, said that "Destiny is the scapegoat
we make responsible for our crimes." He was probably right, too. This philosophy,
known as determinism, was best summed up by Doris Day with the words "Que
sera, sera." Now, I'm not saying she was right, but if it was between Doris and
the Scottish dude, I'd party with her any day."

Darien: The Nobel prize-winning smartass named George Bernard Shaw once
said that "Liberty means responsibility, that it why most men dread it." Try telling
that to someone who's been implanted with an artificial gland and subsequently
enslaved by a government agency.

Darien: Could you explain something for me? Now that I can go invisible, I can't
be let out of sight? How does that make any sense?

Darien: Liz's motto for goodbye was always "Faster's better." Kinda like tearing
off a band-aid. Of course if the wound beneath hasn't healed yet, nothing helps
except time. And time leaves a big nasty scar we call the past. And that's the
hardest prison to break free from, 'cause most of your life, you can't even see
the walls.

Darien: Thoreau said, "We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected."
That's why paranoia can't protect you. 'Cause no matter how much you think
they're out to get you... you have no idea.

Hobbes: Leave it to you to out-depress a cemetary.

Darien: I was quoting Allianora.
Hobbes: I was correcting the quote.
Darien: Don't correct my quote.



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