Push (2009)


I just realized as I looked at my post from yesterday that I forgot to include a day number with the entry. Hmmm. I actually kind of like it without. So, from this day forward, let it be known that I will furthermore omit the “days” from my posts. And so it shall be. Wow, it feels good to get that off my chest.

 

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Day 108: Sharktopus


Oh, Sharktopus. Sweet Sharktopus. What can I say about you that hasn’t already been said? I mean, your tagline seems pretty self-explanatory: Half shark. Half octopus. All killer. How do you top that? For once, I am at a loss for words (my husband will be thrilled).

 

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Day 99: The X-Files, Season 3 (1995)


As I have been diligently working my way through my Netflix queue week after week, I have come to the startling realization that I do not have significantly fewer titles in my list (I wanted to use the word “queue” here, but already used it in the sentence. Overusing a word is one of my weird writing pet peeves). In a rare introspective moment, I tried to understand why, over seven months, I have barely even made a dent in my shows (still wanted to use “queue”–damn you, you seductively perfect word). While the constant stream of releases to DVD and instant streaming is to blame for about 70% of my problem, I may have stumbled upon a personal quirk that accounts for an estimated 20% of my titles. I will be honest here, the remaining 10% is just crap (also, I feel very parenthetical today. (deal with it)). Crap, I am so tangential today—what am I, a geometry equation? (Eat it, Euclid).

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Day 97: Inception (2010)


Sometimes I think that I just like to be difficult. I order my salads with the dressing on the side, I don’t like raw onions but don’t mind them cooked, and, when I want to mix things up a bit, I try to use my left hand  instead of my right when I do menial tasks. See what I mean? Difficult. I also find myself liking movies that “everyone” hated and disliking films that I “should” adore (according to the critics and the general public).  I have tried to do a bit of self-analysis in an attempt to understand my deviation from mainstream’s perception of media. I wondered, were my expectations set too high for these “wonderful” films to reach? Or did I set myself up to dislike them because of some strange desire to be different? Essentially, I wanted to know if the problem lies with me or the films. After much consideration, I have decided it’s the films. It’s definitely the films.

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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 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 71: The LXD: The Uprising Begins (2010)


Well, I just spent an hour and twenty-five minutes watching The LXD; and, to be honest, I am not quite sure what I saw. Really, I am pretty confused here. And I’m not talking about the confusion I felt when I first saw Yahoo Serious in Young Einstein or when I heard how many people loved Avatar (uh, really? The difficult to acquire substance is called “unobtanium.” Seriously? I just can’t get past that, sorry). No, The LXD offered a whole new level of confusion. I don’t know what happened in the story (or if there was a story), but I still found it slightly appealing.

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Day 69 (69, Dude!) : Sanctuary, season 1 (2008)


There is an MST3K episode that I absolutely love called Time Chasers. While the film is just pretty darn awful (let’s just refer to this as a “pda” for future reference) and doesn’t even merit me rehashing the plot, the commentary is flipping hilarious. However, one line in particular seems to ring true when I watched Sanctuary. And that line is: “No, this can’t be the hero of the film, can it? Can it? Movie? Movie? Can I see your supervisor, movie? This will not stand!” Yeah, I kind of felt the same way about all of the characters in this TV show.

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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 61: Ink (2009)


There is an upscale grocery store about a block from where I live. I am totally addicted to it (probably because its just so darn convenient!). Every time I go to the store, I am enticed by their bakery. The cute little tarts, perfect slices of pie, fancy mousse desserts, and the delectable cookies look amazing; perfectly displayed in the case. Each of the baked goods appear delightful; and when I feel like splurging, I have been known to buy one of these treats. On the occasion that I do indulge, I am always disappointed by the product. The treats never quite live up to my expectations. Funny enough, I had similar feelings when I saw Ink today.

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