Day 91: Red (2010)


I always wonder how music programs “randomize” their shuffle setting. I ask this because I have spent the last hour arguing with grooveshark.com. Apparently, the site really, really, really wants me to listen to “Down Under” by Men at Work. Just to nip a few questions in the bud: yes, I did put that song on my queue of my own free will; yes, it was because I saw the song featured in an episode of Scrubs and have had it stuck in my head ever since; and no, I have nothing against listening to this song in moderation (moderation!!!). Grooveshark thinks otherwise. Typically I set my playlist on shuffle to enjoy all of my quirky music from “The Safety Dance” to “Jolene” and from the Glee soundtrack to William Elliott Whitmore (and anything in between or too eccentric to fall into a genre) in a random order. This way, it is like a little surprise each time a song comes on. However, the site believes my day would be better off if I listened to “Down Under” multiple times. I click “skip” only to have the song “randomly” play every third time. So bizarre. And here I was, all ready to write a brilliant review of Red, but I have a Men at Work song stuck in my head. Sigh.

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Day 86: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World


I used to watch movies in the theaters quite a bit when I was in high school and college. I loved sitting on the red velvet seats in a dark room that always smelled of popcorn—even when no one in the theater appeared to be eating it. There, with the lights dimmed and the sound blasting, I would be transported to new worlds, experiences other peoples’ stories, or watch things explode (I wasn’t picky about my movie choices,then, either). It was an experience—not just a movie—that I would share with a room full of strangers. We would laugh together, sometimes cry together, and hurl together (or was that the tag line for Wayne’s World? Schwing!). When the film was over, everyone would file out to the real world and step casually away from the few hours where they were captivated by a long strip of celluloid. Once the credits rolled, and the lights slowly faded up, we seemed all too ready to leave behind that shared sense of community we had for that brief time. These experiences—these almost magical moments—were what lead me to study film in college. And, ultimately, this is what led me to writing this blog.

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Day 80: The Last Airbender (2010)


I watch a lot of films and television shows. A lot. I will be the first to admit that many of these would be considered of questionable quality at best. I have seen (and at least somewhat enjoyed) The Scorpion King (dude, it’s just like the WWE set in ancient Egypt), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (uh, Nicholas Cage shoots magic missiles in NYC. Yeah, he probably rolled 20s), Full House (was anyone else upset that Kimmy Gibbler didn’t get her own spin-off series?), and any given reality show. Basically, the bar to entertain me is set pretty low. That being said, The Last Airbender fell way short of this extremely low standard—even from the director who brought me The Happening (*involuntarily shivers*).

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Day 74: Doctor Who, season 1 (2005)


There are certain requirements for being a geek. For example, you have to know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars (we aren’t counting the Jar-Jar prequels here). A geek should also have a familiarity with role playing games. Traditionally speaking, this would mean Dungeons and Dragons (don’t we all have fond memories of playing a 12th level druid elf-princess who, with the help of her dire wolf companion, defeated an entire army of goblins?), but any RPG (virtual or otherwise) will do. The ability to cite random facts about technology, movies, comic books, or video games all tend to be geeky qualities. I also think that geeks are usually collectors in one form or another. While many acquire graphic novels or toys, a few like to add to their virtual collection of movie titles (guilty as charged). However, in all of my conversations with my fellow geeks, one show kept being referenced: Doctor Who. Then realization struck. I had been calling myself a geek all of these years, but had not even seen one episode of this landmark show. Could I still call myself a geek with this gap in my repertoire? So, I got right on top of it (after I added it to my queue, posted on a forum about “the force,” and played an intense session of D&D where I totally kicked some displacer beast butt).

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Day 73: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


You can thank me in advance here. A slew of Ron Jeremy jokes popped in my head when I was typing the title of this review, but I have decided to take the high road and leave it up to your own imagination if you want to make crude jokes. Did you do it? For shame! Is that anyway to start out a discussion of a “G” rated movie? Probably not.

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Day 72 (part 2): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010 [part 4])


Ah, what Thanksgiving Day would be complete without trekking to the movie theater and watching a recently opened blockbuster? Like many others (and the Pilgrims before me), I celebrated the holiday by eating a lot of food and watching Harry Potter. Classic. So, my siblings and I ate our way through the turkey, homemade chicken and noodles, red cabbage, cheese potatoes, and corn pudding. We all passed on the scalloped oysters, though. It’s not my bag, baby. Then, as if we weren’t full enough, we partook of the pies. Oh the pies: pumpkin, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, and chocolate pecan. Did I mention all of this food was for about twelve people? Ridiculously delicious. After we were super stuffed, we sat around the house, mulling over if we had enough energy and motivation to actually make the drive to the theater in the next town. Turns out, we did.

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Day 72: Predators (2010) Starring the dorky but dangerous Topher Grace.


The week before Thanksgiving, I received the long-awaited, Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators in the mail. I had been looking forward to this film for some time—and actually considered seeing it in the theaters. So, naturally, I put off watching the movie for a few weeks. I don’t know if this is due to the level of my expectations and not wanting to be devastatingly disappointed when it didn’t live up to these high standards; or just because my husband really, really wanted to watch this film with me and I promised I would wait for him before I popped it in the DVD player. Probably the latter. Anyway, I (er, we) finally sat down and watched the film this past weekend. I will be honest here: I was a little disappointed. Funny enough, this disappointment didn’t stem from my reaction to the film; but rather that my husband (who pleaded with me to not watch this film without him, thus making  the poor DVD sit on the shelf alone and unwatched for a few weeks) fell asleep about twenty minutes into the film. And so my Friday night was me sitting on the sofa surrounded by a snoozing husband, three passed out cats, and a dog who slept through the entire movie, only waking up long enough to lick himself (the dog, not the husband). Good times. On the plus side, the film was actually pretty fun.



Day 68: Outlander (2008)


Ah, Outlander. What can I say about you that hasn’t already been said? What indeed. For those who seemed to have missed this film when it came out a few years ago (and I am sure there are several of you), all I can say is that it is certainly some film (picture this written on a spider web over a pig sty). While many movies have a wide appeal, others try to appeal to a specific market. For example, a film may attempt to target the sparkling-vampire-obsessed teen demographic, and another flick may try to corner the market for those who have a thing for lanky 3-D smurfs with an ecological message. Let’s just say for all those who wonder who would win in a fight between an alien beast and Vikings, Outlander is targeting you.

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Day 65: Iron Man 2: The Squeakquel (2010)


Ah, it’s that time of year where we sit back and reflect upon what we are truly thankful for in our lives. Most would say they are grateful for their families (if they are anywhere near as cool as mine) or their friends (see the comment regarding families). Others may say they appreciate their jobs, their homes, or their happiness. These are all very acceptable answers. I, on the other hand, have something else that I am really truly thankful for. I am thankful that I didn’t pay $15 to see Iron Man 2: Armed and Fabulous in the theaters this summer. It’s pretty bad—almost Robin Hood: The Revenge of Kitty Galore bad.

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Day 62: Robin Hood (2010)


Today I decisively concluded that I prefer my Robin Hoods in fox form (with Kevin Costner as a close second). I should tell you that this is not a rash decision—it came after sitting through many long hours of Ridley Scott’s latest version. I am not exaggerating when I say several hours; the movie is close to two and a half hours long. This is about two hours too long for me.

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