September 2008


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Any Futurama fan must watch every episode of Futurama. This goes without saying. And of course we watched this movie the instant it became available!

NAYSAYERS: I am soooooo tired of the “adaptation naysayers” (two groups I hate – sequel naysayers and adaptation naysayers). “Wah wah, this played more like an extended episode than a movie.” Well DUH. The movies are 4 episodes cut to widescreen and spliced together. If it plays like an extended episode, that’s because it IS an extended episode. All 4 episodes will play in syndication with the rest of the episodes, but as a 4 parter. It’s like you give people something more (4-parters instead of 1-parters) and they find a way to perceive it as something less. Packaging it as a movie is just a ploy to get more money and exposure. And the adaptation naysayer backlash (as well as the sequel naysayer backlash) is quite predictable.

BAD STUFF: Futurama and Matt Groening can do no wrong. A planet-sized alien takes control of Fry and uses him to lead a world religion that convinces everyone to leave earth for a mind-controlled “Heaven”. What can go wrong?

CONCLUSION: Another great installment from the series we all thought was canceled! And this one makes fun of religion too — even better!!

RECOMMENDATION: Anyone who watched every episode of Futurama, but doesn’t watch this…. Should be tortured by having to watch episodes of Mama’s Family for all of eternity.

MOVIE QUOTE: Professor Farnsworth: “Normally when I send you on a mission of extreme danger I would say ‘good news’, so when I say that this mission is dangerous, you can imagine how dangerous I really think it is.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: None, but it got a 7.4 on IMDB with 5400+ votes. Pretty good. Pretty, pretty good.

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…when your friends have Flickr-related nightmares FOR you:

“Last night I dreamt you had forgotten like a whole 3 weeks worth of pictures and it screwed up your whole process — you were going to have to go back and erase the last 6 months and redo it. You were so upset!” –Eve C

I pointed out that in many cases I would just need to re-run my upload script, and could probably re-do 6 months of uploading in 2 weeks or so. (And under a week if I had to do it a 3rd time.) And that I’ve never rolled back more than 10 pictures in a situation like that anyway. I just throw stuff into a folder called “ZZZZZZ”, and when I catch up to the present, I bring ZZZZZ back into the mix and work my way forward again.

Anyway, I do indeed use flickr too much. Just uploaded my 10,000th picture there, though I am not quite up to 10,000 public pictures yet. Check out my pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl, or my profile at http://www.flickr.com/people/clintjcl. Friend me biotches. Flickr‘s social network membership is third only to Facebook and MySpace, according to what I’ve read.

Better yet, click here for 6 contiguous photos picked at random from my 10,000+: http://www.krazydad.com/gustavog/FlickRandom.pl?user=ClintJCL
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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We watched all 3 Pirates Of The Caribbean movies 3 nights in a row, which is really how this series should be watched.

BAD STUFF: Again, we found nothing bad whatsoever with this movie. A lot of people inexplicably rated it lower than the previous 2, but it was simply another chapter in the continuing adventures of Jack Sparrow.

CONCLUSION: This was yet another epic fantasy legend movie, and the scenes where they sail over the edge of the world are absolutely amazing. Really, movies #2 and #3 are one story that is too long to contain in a single movie — much like Kill Bill. The continuance of the Davy Jones plot started in Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 finally reaches its conclusion. This movie has an even more surrealist fantasy feel to it than the first two.

RECOMMENDATION: How could anyone watch #1 without watching #2 and #3? Just don’t get your hopes insanely up, which seemed to burn a lot of people. This movie is of equal caliber to the first 2. Again: More of the same, and in this case same is good. I’d love for this series to keep continuing, but I doubt it will.

MOVIE QUOTE: Barbossa: “Better were the days when mastery of seas came not from bargains struck with eldritch creatures… but from the sweat of a man’s brow and the strength of his back alone. You all know this to be true!”

COINCIDENCES: Dead Man, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 – 2 Johnny Depp movies in a week that had hardened killers who slept with teddy bears! Not to mention 2 Johnny Depp movies with the words “Dead” and “Man” in the title… (because Pirates Of The Carribean 2 has the subtitle of “Dead Man‘s Chest”)

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Only I gave it 5 stars? WTF? Carolyn, Jordan, Tatiana, Eric M all really liked it. Kipp only liked it. Ian hated it. (Ian?! 5 stars for #1, 3 stars for #2, and 1 star for #3?!?!?!?!!) Scott S forsook the entire series and refused to watch #3. (How could anyone do that after a cliffhanger?!?! Pure masochism?) Gotta say that the 3 movies all seemed to be very similar to each other, and we don’t understand how people rated them so differently other than the fact that they probably didn’t watch all 3 movies 3 nights in a row. Wow. Surprised by this one. The IMDB ratings for the 3 movies were 8, 7.3, 7, so the dropoff in ratings wasn’t as apparent as it was amongst my own friends. Strange indeed.

WILHELM SCREAM: There were two :)

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