Saturday, September 15, 2012

Seeking a Friend - A Review

I try not to do reviews of movies solo. It's not that I can't judge for myself what movies are good and which I can't seem to ever un-see again. It's that I have a tendency (outside the superhero genre) to like movies which make me cry. So if you will forgive my predilection for these type of movies, I'd like to tell you a little about a movie I've just watched, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World".

This movie starts out in the worst possible situation for a love story. Asteroid, Matilda, is headed for Earth and Dodge (Steve Carell) is trying to adjust to life suddenly alone after his wife (in the movie and in real life, Nancy Carell) leaves him.

Dodge tries to go about his last days as usual, going to work and to the store, with little left to enjoy about life.

Penny (Keira Knightley) is his neighbor, who has just broken up with her boyfriend and is trying to make it home to be with her family in England.

You never forget that there is a giant rock headed for Earth, that hope is not even in the cards. This isn't about saving Earth, but finding that other part of you in the time that you have.

There will be times where you are tricked into feeling like this is a comedy, dark as the matter itself is. But don't be fooled, underneath each joke and beneath the veneer of each comical scene is desperation for those around them.

Give this movie a try if you like, I don't think you will be disappointed, but I know you will cry.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

An Apology to Steven Moffat...

As a fan of Doctor Who, I am disgusted by the behavior of my fellow Whovians toward Steven Moffat.
It’s a television show.  It isn’t real life and it surely isn’t supposed to bring such stupidity and hate into our lives.  It is meant to be enjoyed, to watch with wide eyes and an open mind.  It is science fiction, which gives it license to go beyond belief and that makes it wonderful.
People that claim that Mr. Moffat has ‘ruined’ the show are completely idiotic.  If you are so up in arms about a television show (fiction being the optimal word in the term science fiction) then maybe you need to turn off the telly and go outside.  
You may not agree with every idea put forth on the show but that doesn’t make them wrong and it surely doesn’t warrant threatening Mr. Moffat.  He is trying to give us a lovely piece of entertainment.  Granted, I don’t love every episode but that is what makes us all individuals, but that doesn’t mean I think they’re crap and aren’t worthy of the fandom.
Mr. Moffat has deleted his Twitter account and I find that heartbreaking.  This man has been cornered by the statements flung at him that he felt he had to step away from us, his fans.  Those of us that follow him and love his work and enjoy his posts are the ones that lost.  We’re the ones that suffer.  
My words to my fandom, grow the hell up!  The ones that are the worst are the immature minds that don’t understand real life and need to really live it before telling someone they’re doing a bad job.
Yes, it is realistic for a couple to break up because they can’t have children, REGARDLESS of the other options out there.
No, a man that can create a character like Jack Harkness is NOT sexist.
If you think you can write a better script for the show, why aren’t you?  What makes you any better than any other fanfic writer?  Nothing.  You aren’t the one employed as a writer for the show.
If you feel the need to keep trying to tear it apart, don’t watch it.  Leave it for those of us that do enjoy it and let the man do his job.
p.s. IT’S A FAMILY SHOW!  It’s supposed to be a bit lame so the WHOLE family may enjoy it. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Doctor Who and the Sonic Screwdriver Remote

It feels like I have been waiting for years, the new season of Doctor Who is just hours away. This is the seventh season and we rejoin the 11th Doctor on his continuing journey through time and space. Amy and Rory Pond will be with us a few more episodes and we will meet a new companion.
As great as I hope this season is going to be, it will be sad to see Amy and Rory go. Amy was the girl who waited and Rory, well he is the man who waited, the Centurion. Their absence won't go unlamented.

In the spirit of the new Doctor Who season, I would like to present the Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control!
It's a universal remote that can control your television, DVD/BluRay Player/Cable Box all based on taps and gestures. It also has an FX mode where you can play at unlocking doors and releasing your companion from the evil dentists chair of evil. This little beauty will cost you a bit, but it appears to be very well made and who can complain about owning a sonic screwdriver that actually does something?! [Thank you, Blue, for finding this and bringing it to my attention]
How much does this wonderous device cost you ask? Well it depends on where you are and which site you buy it from. Here is the list from the official website TheWandCompany .