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My wife and I have a tradition of watching movies on New Year's Eve. We try to do three in a row. It's ambitious for a couple with two kids,New Year's Eve triple feature

This is probably my favorite short film to date. I'm sure that says something about me. This really is an amazing job. My favorite is the Tetris demolition. Frogger was a niceNew York destroyed by Pixels!

Alex & Emma is a thoroughly predictable love story with half-realized characters and little to no tension. Luke Wilson was boring and a bit unnatural in his acting (his brotherReview: Alex & Emma

Other heroes may be dark, brooding and intelligent, or invincible super-nice guys, but no one is as fun to watch as Spider-Man. More than most other super-heroes, he seems likeRadioactive Spider Blood - Tuesday TubeWatch

Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

[UPDATE: as you can see below, I'm having some problems with CoolPlayer - like it doesn't work anymore. I've switched to the Anarchy player.] As you can see from the previousCoolPlayer - WordPress media plugin

The networks released their schedules for next year this week. No surprise: Smallville and 24 are both reappearing in the schedules. However, there has been surprising news/rumors about both shows... 24 JackTV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

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Stardust looked great from the trailers. Some really big names added to the attraction (Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais). Neil Gaiman as the writer ofReview: Stardust

New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers. InTechnical writers, pay attention

[tag]Christian Bale[/tag], [tag]Michael Caine[/tag], and [tag]Christopher Nolan[/tag] (all of whom worked on [tag]Batman Begins[/tag]) join [tag]Hugh Jackman[/tag] to create one of the best magician movies I've ever seen. Actually, thisReview: The Prestige

I've talked about Dr. Horrible before. It really is a great little musical. Well, now it's being released on DVD. I've started to shy away from buying DVDs, but IPre-order the Dr. Horrible DVD

This is pretty funny if you've ever been addicted to Tetris. Mike, you should enjoy this. It doesn't really get funny until about the 1:00 mark, though. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/SYRLTF71Sow" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] [tags]YouTube,Tetris humor

What is the fascination people have with completely non-descriptive buzzwords? And buzzwords with version numbers?! What the heck is the point of that? That is completely faddish and just plainLearning 2.0: useless buzzword

TheGoldenParachute.com: Think Dual Incomes is a Great Thing? Not Always We've had discussions periodically in my house about my wife going back to work part-time. There are a variety of reasonsIs a dual income worth it in a marriage?

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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