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Poorly!  *rim shot* So I mentioned before that I'd been writing some music for the last several years and some of it may show up here from time to time. ThisHow I write music

A while back my daughter got a look at a minute or so of a Godzilla movie. Here is her description of the film (with some interjections from her sister): SorryTuesday TubeWatch: Godzilla... You gotta see that movie!

(This will be a short one, but only because I'm tired. No reflection on the movie.) The Upside of Anger is about a woman full of anger and the effect sheReview: The Upside of Anger

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

I don't understand. NBC Universal is canceling three of the best Sci-Fi shows in recent memory. Journeyman, The 4400, and The Dead Zone are all goners. What's the deal?! All threeNBC Universal nailing the coffin shut on Sci-Fi

This weekend I saw Spider-Man 3. Before I got to the theater, I'd been hearing all week from critics and friends that it was "okay" or it "wasn't as goodReview: The Spider-Man Trilogy

I've been excited and worried about this one for a long time. Green Lantern is an exceptionally hard character to pull off in live-action. More than most other super-heroes, theGreen Lantern - first trailer

*BREAKING STORY* — Singer Out of Next Superman - Slice of SciFi I know Bryan Singer didn't make "Superman Returns" exactly the way a lot of people wanted, but it was*BREAKING STORY* — Singer Out of Next Superman - Slice of SciFi

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

First of all, I have to say how shocked I am that I'm mentioning this before Lee. Somebody must have him locked in a very nasty dungeon. Good luck withIron Man 2 trailer released

[update: I've since started using the Anarchy plugin, which also makes standard hyperlinks playable, and though I'm on the fence about which technology I like better for audio (I gotMaking MP3s playable on a website, the easy way

Literary characters - some obscure, some well known - abound in these graphic novels. The main players (Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, andThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 and 2

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it's the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go...   A Lawyer and aHow to make $490

H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions Here's a good list to keep in mind as we get ready to pony up for Uncle Sam's benificence. [tags]US taxes, april 15th,H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions

March was a weird month. I actually got outside and did exercise. That's how weird it was. Doesn't sound weird to you? Talk to my doctor. (Actually, if you do talkMarch out

The Avengers (2012) with spoilers, and new things on the internet

You know, I was going to write a whole post about the specifics of stuff I loved about The Avengers. You’ve already seen my spoiler-free gushing (assuming you have done your homework properly). I thought about the stuff I would say – the coolness of Black Widow’s “terror” scene with the Hulk; the coolness of Banner and Hulk; the scenes that went on just a little too long, like the argument on the helicarrier; Coulson’s . . . → Read More: The Avengers (2012) with spoilers, and new things on the internet

Review: The Avengers (2012) (no spoilers)

Yesterday (well, technically today) I posted that The Avengers was one of three movies that I would see even if I had to sell my mother to the Russians, with no guilt.

Having seen it now, I completely stand by that claim. In fact, I’d consider selling her now just to see it again.

What Joss Whedon assembled here is phenomenal. Amazing. Incredible. I’m not sure I know enough superlatives to adequately capture how . . . → Read More: Review: The Avengers (2012) (no spoilers)

7 movies my mother has to worry about (and a bunch more)

2012 has an impressive line-up of films. Time travel, mutation, gods, monsters, hobbits, technology, and sheer awesomeness all combine to create an almost inescapable desire to just set up an automatic withdrawal from my checking account to my local movie theater.

Almost.

As usual, but even more so this year, money is tight. Hard choices have to be made. I don’t know if I’m strong enough to make them, but I have to try. Last . . . → Read More: 7 movies my mother has to worry about (and a bunch more)

Dr. Horrible: Commentary! The Musical

Once again, I just have to say this is a genius idea.

All: COMMENTARY COMMENTARY FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS – IT’S A COMMENTARY

EVERYONE LOVES THESE “MAKING-OF”S THE STORY BEHIND THE SCENES THE WAY THAT WE GOT THAT ONE COOL SHOT AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE WRITING WE’LL PROBABLY SAY “IT’S GREAT!” AND THE ACTING — SO EXCITING EXCEPT FOR NATE

Nathan: I phoned it in

All: COMMENTARY COMMENTARY SET COURSE FOR . . . → Read More: Dr. Horrible: Commentary! The Musical

Dark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, has stated that he’s in no hurry to make the second sequel to Batman Begins. He has reason to be cautious. Historically speaking, the third installment in a franchise has been, shall we say, lacking. Superman III, Spiderman 3, Terminator 3, Batman Forever, Rocky III, Police Academy 3… need I go on? Nolan’s got the right idea:

“I don’t know why they’re hard to . . . → Read More: Dark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

Pre-order the Dr. Horrible DVD

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 I might go for this one. It’s almost too much of a draw on its own, but throw in the fact that the commentary is being performed as a musical as well, and I’m not sure I can let this one pass. That’s just too perfect . . . → Read More: Pre-order the Dr. Horrible DVD

Are you E.L.E. material?

Applications are open until October 11th.

Sadly, my henchmen – Butterball and The Human Chihuahua – are on vacation, and training temps at this late hour is just not a headache I’m willing to take on.

I’ll be interested to see what poser gets the spot that is rightfully mine.

Horrible music is really pretty good

One of the things that surprised me most about Dr. Horrible was the quality of the music. I knew Joss Whedon had written a musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer that got great fan reaction, but I’ve never seen it, so I didn’t know how good he and his brother were with music.

These two songs, the finale of act 1 and the start of act 2, are easily my favorites (though I love . . . → Read More: Horrible music is really pretty good

Dr Horrible’s Sing-along blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along blog

I made a quick mention of this once before after seeing the trailer. I just saw the first act (which was so popular it brought down the servers on its release). This is hilarious.

Joss Whedon's internet-only superhero musical

Go watch this. Seriously. It’s only about 13 minutes. I thought the viewer email section went on a bit long, but it was still funny. It really gets good when . . . → Read More: Dr Horrible’s Sing-along blog

The best cancelled shows

Top five shows that shouldn’t have been cancelled – Quit Your Day Job:

Lee came up with a good Friday Top Five this week. What are the 5 best shows that met an untimely end at the hands of the network suits?

1 & 2: This is a tie for me. Firefly and Crusade were both handled horribly by their respective networks (Fox and TNT), and both were aborted before they even had a chance—Crusade . . . → Read More: The best cancelled shows