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Review: Iron Man


Iron Man and pals!

I just saw Iron Man, the movie. First things first: it didn't suck, which means my review won't be as mean spirited and evil as you'd wish. The movie was certainly enough to keep me in my seat. For someone who has trouble sitting for more than a couple hours at a time (I get debilitating migraines and junk) that's a big deal. Iron Man also delivered for Robert Downey Jr. (a.k.a. Tony Stark) whose star is finally rising again. Made me proud to be a child of the 80s. Best of all, Gwyneth Paltrow didn't get on my nerves. This was easily her least annoying role ever. I even thought she was totally bangable in this flick, which proves how un-annoying she truly was. Way to go, Iron Man!

Review: House M.D.!


The cast

I've only recently discovered House M.D. It's one of those shows that I'm almost glad I missed during it's early years. Now, I have a sh*tload of episodes to watch and I don't have to wait a whole week in between doses. Let me start my review by saying this: No, I don't wish Dr. House was my dad. (That honor remains with the T-800 and Sauron, Lord of Mordor.) I would be very pleased to have him as a crazy uncle, though. Sort of like Dexter Morgan from Showtime and that series of books.

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Review: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Episode 1)


In light of the 2nd episode airing Monday night, I have added a small commentary to yesterday's review of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Review: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Episode 1)


The cast

Here it is 1:00 in the morning and I'm writing about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. So let me jump right in with the good news: it didn't suck. I'd probably watch it again before Blade: The Series or anything like that. (Anybody wanna ice skate uphill?) I still can't rate it up there with the likes of Firefly, Farscape, or Heroes, but it managed to hold my attention for an hour. Even better, it looks like the writers are going to play around with time travel and whatnot for us. So if you haven't seen Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles yet, you might just want to catch one of the millions of re-airings that will surely be happening over the next week or so.

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Resident Evil: Extinction


You're probably wondering what Resident Evil: Extinction is like. Well, do you remember those good ol' Mad Max movies from the eighties? Not to mention the smell of that pig crap they used to make gasoline? Good. Now try real hard to imagine Mel Gibson as a boobless Ukrainian chick. Note that this can most easily be done while watching Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. (So beware!) Got it? Alright. Now imagine that Miss Mad Max is pretty much built from nothing but teeth, hair, and gristle (like your standard Milla Jovovich or Ali Larter type). Then toss her into the world of Day of the Dead (also from the eighties) and give her Jedi powers and you're all set. You are now channeling Resident Evil: Extinction! Congratulations. What's that, you say? This movie doesn't suck as bad as Resident Evil: Apocalypse, but it isn't as entertaining as the first Resident Evil movie either? Well, now you're just channeling my opinion of this moderately substandard film. Get out of my miiiiiind!

I have to say that I actually liked the first Resident Evil movie. It moved along quickly, there was a lot of tension as the characters tried to remember who they were really were, and it had an attractive Hispanic chick who kicked total a*s. Beat that, my ever sinewy Milla Jovovich! If you can.

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Review: I Am Legend


picture thingy goes here I finally saw I Am Legend this weekend. No, not the dried up old Vincent Price version or even the Charlton Heston one. I've seen those smoking turds and suffered for it. No, I'm talking Will Smith's I Am Legend. I was hoping this would be the definitive "one movie to rule them all" version I'd been hoping for.

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TV Review And Commentary:
Tin Man

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The cast of Tin Man

For those of you who missed it last week, the SciFi Channel's Tin Man will be back today from 5 to 11 P.M. This is supposed to be a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz, but it feels more like a totally different story to me. The links to the original are tenuous at best. And I'm not sure the story's Tin Man ... who isn't even made of tin ... plays a big enough part to earn the title role. Still, my wife loved the mini-series and I thought it was pretty good. Many have billed Tin Man as a darker version of The Wizard of OZ, but I think that's pushing it. It's certainly more adult and less "cutesy" for my tastes.

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News And Reviews For Geeks:


Just thought I would mention that Stephen R. Donaldson's latest entry in The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series, called "Fatal Revenant", has been out for a little while now. To me, the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is sort of like the Lord of the Rings. Only Donaldson's themes are darker and more complex. (My opinion, of course) My copy's on the way, but you can check out my review of the series overall here.

-the Atheist Geek-

TV Review:
Battlestar Galactica Razor


It was shows like Battlestar Galactica that taught me how much of a let down Star Trek really was. Farscape, Firefly, Galactica ... all of them made Star Trek feel like it was standing still. I still like Star Trek, but when compared to these other creations, it feels light weight. Of them all, only Battlestar Galactica survives. After a disappointing third season of Galactica (for me, at least) I was starting to worry. Then BSG "Razor" rears its ugly head and I'm all smiles again.

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Review and Commentary:

10/8/07 The cast of NBC's Reaper

Thanks to my local affiliates, who refuse to allow Dish Network or DirecTV to broadcast most network channels in my area, I was forced to view CW's "Reaper" on someone else's TV. (Dirty rotten %@&#$!!!) If you want to know what Reaper is all about, try to imagine a cross between Chuck on NBC and Fox's Brimstone. Now imagine something that's a good deal funnier than Chuck and better made than Brimstone with perhaps a touch of Employee of the Month thrown in for good measure. There, now you're starting to get the right idea.

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Review and Commentary:
Pilot Episode of "Bionic Woman"


Despite our impending marriage (still waiting to hear back from Michelle Ryan as noted in the bottom left of my web site) I have to mark the pilot for Bionic Woman as good, but not super. I still think the show has a lot of potential and that further episodes will make me totally subservient to Michelle's talent as well as her hotness. The thing is that Bionic Woman's first episode was a little slow as many TV pilots tend to be. I also had a little trouble swallowing the idea that she was made bionic just 'cause her boyfriend wanted to give her implants to save her life. (Most guys think about doing this to their girlfriends, but for different reasons) I get the feeling that Bionic Woman would have been better served by a two hour premier that would have let them go nuts instead of just the one hour deal they gave us. But, you take what you can get.

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Review and Commentary: SpikeTV's Blade: House of Cthon


I was always a fan of the Blade movies. I even had the musical score. So when I heard that good old SpikeTV was running a new series about the vampire killer - one that was made by the guy largely responsible for the movies to boot - I had big hopes.

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Review & Commentary: Stardust

8/21/07 Stardust

The commercials for Stardust pretty much convinced me that the movie would totally suck. Naturally, my wife sat up and clapped when we saw the first commercial on TV, so I knew I was screwed. And not the good kind of screwed, either. These commercials made Stardust look boring, flat, stale ... you know the adjectives I mean. So when we went to see the movie for real, the only questions on my mind went something like, "Is it really going to be that bad?" and "Will she hate it as much as I'm about to? I sure hope so." After all, shots of Robert De Nero dancing around on the deck of a flying seaship and Michelle Pfeiffer going all spooky like Frodo from The Fellowship of the Ring isn't my idea of a good time.

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Genre TV Review: USA Network's Burn Notice


I've been meaning to do a review of Burn Notice for a while now. The thing is that most of USA Network's programs are a little too "cutesy" for me. Even my wife, who normally loves that kinda stuff, has grown tired of Psych. Monk remains a favorite of hers, and I'll admit that I had no trouble stomaching it for the first couple of seasons or so. For me, Monk has become the Home Improvement of the USA Network; I already know what's going to happen every single episode and that just bores me. "Oh! What's this one about? Is Monk's quirkiness going to get him in trouble again? Yuk yuk! Aw, I never thought he'd figure out yet another mystery! That stinker." Finally, at long-long-last, USA Network gives me Burn Notice!

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Genre TV Review: Jekyll is on BBC America!


Read my review of Jekyll! The show is just getting started on BBC America!

I've only seen the first episode of Jekyll on BBC America, but I'm already enjoying it. Like many things BBC, the show is a little different than you might expect. I plan to watch the whole series and will update this review when I've seen'em all.

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If the visual style and dialogue from 300 got its freak on with the basic story line from Soldier, the grisly outcome would have to be Pathfinder!

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The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant: Stephen R. Donaldson's Unbeliever Is The Ultimate Doubting Thomas


To many, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is sort of like the other Lord of the Rings trilogy, except there will soon be ten novels in all. If you're like me, you'll find the complicated moral issues faced by the Unbeliever far more interesting than the tale of straightforward, good versus evil found in Rings. Thomas Covenant is a leper (yes, I actually said leper) who is taken out of our world and asked to fight a great battle on behalf of a Land and people he doesn't even believe in. As far as the Unbeliever is concerned, the Land is just a dream that he wants to wake up from.

Go read my review. -the Atheist Geek-

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