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I'm winning! That's the excitement of Andy's commentluv contest. Every comment on every participating blog is an entry. I've lucked into winning twice now. The first win was, ironically enough, onI won again!

What kind of a movie can you make with $5000 and some talented friends? If you choose wisely, apparently a pretty good one. Trailer 2 - The Hunt For Gollum [2] by HuntForGollum ThisA return to Middle Earth: The Hunt for Gollum - Tuesday TubeWatch

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

Earlier this week, Gather Little by Little ran an article about Omaha Steaks, and how expensive it was in comparison to the grocery store. His calculations had the meat comingDoes steak cost less delivered in bulk?

Taken from the Nov 30, 2007 edition of Mikey's Funnies WORST ANALOGIES...EVER Part 2 ~ The brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon. ~ I felt a nameless dread. Well, thereThis post is like a bunch of words on a piece of paper, except it's electronic

I'm willing to bet that you've heard of Jon and Kate Plus 8, even if you don't watch the TLC program yourself. It's getting a lot of publicity lately, ledJon and Kate Plus 8... plus 10 million... minus one

I think it's official: I'm addicted to Kathy Sierra's blog. Yesterday she made a great (if a tad long) summary of some pretty basic points she made earlier in the yearInstructional Design reminders

Newsflash: Time May Not Exist | Physics & Math | DISCOVER Magazine Every once in a while I read articles like this to remind myself that there is a lot thatLook out for the edge!? What edge?

Well, this week was the one to launch three shows I'll be following this year (Heroes, FlashForward, and Smallville) and close out the opening season for a summer series IPremieres/Finales Fall 2009

Gizmo's - Drag, Click & Snap Windows and Taskbar Buttons into Position | Gizmo's Tech Support Alert I have been looking for a utility that will let me rearrange those stupidRearrange your Taskbar buttons, and more!

I am not a big sports fan. I enjoy watching tennis from time to time, but have even lost touch with that mostly. I like watching televised sports in shortWhy Dads of girls watch sports

As I off-handedly mentioned, I went paintballing on Saturday. This was a group outing with a bunch of men and teens from our church. It was also the first timeBattle wounds

I don't know about the girls out there, but I know every teenage boy has wondered what it would be like to have super-powers. What would you really do with them?Review: Chronicle (2012)

There really isn't much I can say about this... it's one of those painful things that happens at sci-fi conventions. But you gotta see the third act. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/UkTQwP2gFxU" width="425" height="350"Vader is thrilling

Just prior to its theatrical release, I read the book upon which Martin Scorsese's Hugo is based, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." The book is a beautiful story, told inReview: Hugo (and The Invention of Hugo Cabret)

Revisitation and new worlds

I’m going to revisit a couple of topics discussed here recently and then we’ll hit some new topics.

Well, after my last post I finished watching The Event. I stick with what I said about it, except for this: they did finally manage to make the title relevant, and they alluded to more about the “protectors” that showed they really did have some kind of plan. I like that they had been here before (guess that makes them “revisitors”) and that they left because of some fears about the “event” – I think that would have been really interesting to explore more, and if they’d pulled that thread in earlier it might have helped the show. Bringing that whole planet through? Very cool looking effect, but… no. It would rip both planets apart. The reveal about the First Lady? Not so much of a reveal. More like a “thanks for admitting it.” Though as my wife pointed out, it does reveal some of the silliness of the writing. Certainly she’d have been much more effective than all this rigmarole with Jarvis if the goal was to get Elias out of the way.

In the end, I do think it would be interesting to see where they would take it, but again, not too upset it’s cancelled.

Now, to revisit Green Lantern. Yes, again. They’ve released a new trailer:

I think this is the best trailer they’ve put out. It focuses less on the humor and more on the plot, with an important addition of setting context in explaining the universe. One of the complaints about the movie I’ve heard is that non-geeks won’t get it. Part of that, I think, is that they don’t understand the setting. There’s a lot of history to the Green Lantern universe that’s kind of important to understand for this film, apparently, and I think the voice-over here helps. It may be that it took too long for this context setting trailer to appear and it won’t make a big difference because people may have already checked out of this film, but I think they’re heading in the right direction with this trailer. Hopefully it piques some more interest in a few of you.

On to new worlds…. or more precisely, new trailers.

Torchwood: Miracle Day finally has a proper trailer.

I’m a little torn, honestly. I don’t know if it’s the settings or the large influx of American accents – or maybe the people at Starz got a little too involved – but it doesn’t feel as British as it should. That said, I think the plot looks intriguing and I love Gwen’s stinger at the end of the trailer.  Plus it looks like they’ve upped the effects budget, which is nice. And if I remember correctly, I didn’t really like the trailer for the last Torchwood mini-series but the show blew me away. If I can figure out how to watch this (given I don’t have Starz) I will.

I’m in the opposite position for the next trailer… I like the trailer but I’m wary about the film.

This looks from the trailer like it could turn out to be a really good Muppets movie. Very self-aware and self-referential, funny, and energetic. But there’s also something about the doe-eyed acting that’s worrisome. For some reason I’m getting flashes of the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, and that’s not a great thing. But then there’s also the fact that the plot revolves around saving the Muppets Theater (though that’s not at all obvious in the trailer) which I think is a great idea. I’m looking forward to more on this one.

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