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Back in April I wrote a list of the movies I want to see this year in the theater. So far I've seen all the ones I called as aSummer Movie List 2 - Revenge of the Trailer

Generally speaking, when you're with a bunch of guys you can always count on one topic of conversation coming up: sports. Every guy watches sports, right? Maybe not all sports,My superpower, or why I don't watch sports

Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Darwin, Angel, Emma Frost, Havoc, Azazel, Sebastian Shaw, and... um... tornado dude. That's a lot of characters to pull together in one movie. They didReview: X-Men: First Class

I can't believe this didn't occur to me before. I've been trying to come up with a good system of sharing gift ideas with my family for quite a while.Keep gift ideas on del.icio.us

For simplicity's sake, I'm combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3). Kids: I don't like much boys. Me: Why don't you like boys? Kids: I don't know. Me: Oh. Kids: You're aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

Everything old is new again. In anticipation of Tron: Legacy, a fan created this new trailer for the original Tron (1982), with a more modern look and feel. He did aNew Tron Trailer

Here's the cure to boredom! Over 200 Christmas specials on Fanpop! Yes, this includes all the old favorites you've come to know and love: A Charlie Brown Christmas... Frosty the Snowman... The YearStuck in the office (or your in-laws' house) during Christmas week?

... and then nothing but disappointment. That pretty much describes this podcast. Really there is some interesting stuff discussed somewhere in there, but to get to it, you have toGrand opening...

Superman is back. Lex Luthor is back, too. It's really good. But is it a triumph? First, a little explanation: This movie is a sequel/restart. Back in the seventies and eighties, Christopher Reeve (whoReview: Superman Returns

I'm not even exaggerating. This blows my mind. There are certainly cakes that are unbelievably beautiful (and this is not one of them), but the level of detail on thisThe best cake I've ever seen

How do you get Desitin diaper rash cream out of carpets, sheets, clothes, blankets, or any other cloth item? If my experience so far is accurate, you can't. Somebody please, proveHow to get Desitin cream out of... well... everything

We've all wanted to take part in a big-budget movie, right? Sure we have. And now you have the opportunity to do just that! Sort of. The movie is Star Wars.Grab your 15 seconds of fame!

How many major "cons" are there in a year (that's "conference" for the un-geeked)? New footage is spilling out like water from WonderCon, held recently, and Green Lantern is pouringSeeing Green... Lanterns

Writer's Blog: Striking Writers Head to Capitol Hill The writer's strike continues, though negotiations have started once again. Meanwhile, the writers went and had a mock debate in Washington D.C. toWriter's Blog: Striking Writers Head to Capitol Hill

Hmm.... how do I do this without giving away spoilers? This was simultaneously the coolest and weakest of the three X-men movies. It earns coolest because it had some excellent battleReview: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Review: Aquaman (Mercy Reef)

Aquaman has been the butt of jokes for as long as I can remember. He was never one of my favorite superheroes, but ever since I saw the character portrayed in the Justice League and JL Unlimited cartoons, I’ve begun to give him a chance (the guy had some serious attitude going for him). When he appeared in an episode of Smallville, I figured they could do a few stories about him, but I didn’t think he could support his own show. I still don’t know for sure that it would have worked, but after watching the pilot episode of a proposed Aquaman series (a.k.a. Mercy Reef), I was certainly open to the possibility.

The series was a casualty of the merger of the UPN and WB networks into the CW network. A pilot had been created for the WB (by the same people who make Smallville), but the show was cancelled without any other episodes filmed in the wake of the merger. The pilot, though, recently showed up on iTunes for anyone to watch. (Smart business move, if you ask me. They might as well get some of their money back.)

This really was a well-made pilot. Superb visuals, a good introductory story, and some big name actors (Lou Diamond Phillips and Ving Rames, specifically) kept my interest and left me wanting more. They obviously spent a lot of money on it. The addition of the Bermuda Triangle into the lore seems like it would have really given this show somewhere interesting to go. I’d love to know what they had planned for the Navy Pilot who, it was revealed at the end, was really a Bermuda Triangle survivor.

It’s obvious that the show would have had an extremely similar structure and tone to Smallville, but I’m okay with that. I like Smallville. And I don’t think Orin/A.C. (Arthur Curry)/Aquaman would be as idealistic as Clark Kent, so the stories could have been somewhat grittier.

But we’ll never know. Wave “bye-bye” to this show. This one is bound to sail away into the sea of shows that briefly break the surface before submerging into an ocean of ill-fated pilots, cast off by the network to float in the turbulent waters of the ‘net for a short time until it finally sinks below even the blogosphere’s sonar to sleep with the fishes for all time.

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