The Shield: Life goes on

November 26th, 2008

It's been seven years, and well, the finale wasn't what I expected.

Of course, I'd be disappointed if it was.

That said, it was phenomenal.  Loose ends were tied up, while many threads were left open, presumably to imply that, after all that has happened tonight, life in Farmington will still be going on tomorrow.

I suppose the most jarring aspect of this episode was the amount of space and silence employed.  It's rare for this show to breathe, but there were several moments of that here.  In fact, there are several minutes of it.

For a show like this, a minute is an eternity.

No wonder I no longer watch SNL

October 19th, 2008

Wow, it's really tanked since the 1990s. Apparently Saturday Night Live was struggling for viewership, so they jumped at the chance to bring former cast member Tina Fey back into the fold, in which she did cameo appearances impersonating Sarah Palin.

Her performance was marvelous, bordering on the uncanny.  I found it absolutely hilarious.  Apparently, it helped the folks at SNL, who saw a 50% increase in audience share.  Fey did another skit lampooning the Vice Presidential debate, and tonight, the real Sarah Palin was invited to appear.

DC vs Heller: Ripples in the Local Pond

June 28th, 2008

Georgia Lt. Governor Cagle has appointed Senator Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg to chair the Senate committee proposed in Resolution 819.  The committee will survey and elucidate the state's complex and often contradictory firearms laws.  SR 19 reads, in part:

WHEREAS, current Georgia laws applicable to the carrying of firearms are extensive, complex, ambiguous, scattered in various provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and frequently produce unintended results and confusion among Georgians who carry firearms, law enforcement officers, and the courts (…) in light of the above, it is now time to closely scrutinize and improve Georgia's


March 23rd, 2008

Not Godzilla's shining hour.

Today's cinematic triumph is Godzilla vs. Megalon. It's a cautionary tale about mankind's disregard for the environment, coupled with a lesson on the folly of scientific arrogance. It also raises moral questions about creating and controlling artificial intelligence.

Well, sorta. It's a sequel to 1972's dreadful Godzilla vs. Gigan, which was hardly a high-water mark for the franchise itself.

The Cake Is A Lie

December 27th, 2007

"The Enrichment Center once again reminds you that android hell is a real place where you will be sent at the first sign of defiance."


Futurama's back

November 30th, 2007

The DVD is out. Get it already, or turn in your geek card.

I've already written about the greatness that was Futurama, so go there and read that if you don't know what I'm blathering on about.

"Zombine," get it?

October 31st, 2007

Meet Alyx Vance. She's one of the main characters in Valve Studios' Half-Life series. She's also something of a rarity in videogames in that she's an actual character, as opposed to the 2-dimensional caricatures of women that dominate the genre.

Death Note licensed by Viz

January 11th, 2007

Desu Nōto has been hugely popular in Japan in the last few months, and it's even spawned two live-action movies in Japan. Justly so, since it's a taut and riveting series, and I've been following it on a weekly basis.

Until this week, that is. Last week, Viz announced that they've received the stateside licensing for the series, which stops legitemate fansubs cold. Viz doesn't have the best track record of localization, so this was hardly considered positive news.

Ravens and Writing Desks

December 23rd, 2006

The Last Unicorn is something of a lost classic. I saw it on its original release in 1982, and it had a huge effect on me as a child. It led to a years-long love of fantasy novels, particularly Tolkein and Terry Brooks.

Several years ago, a friend brought it up in conversation, and we decided to try and find it on video. It turned out it had been out of print for quite some time. It's since been re-released, and it's seen several versions on DVD, none of which you should consider buying.

Ergo Proxy: Life after God

November 29th, 2006

…and so it winds to a close. Though this series has ended up in a completely different place from where it began, the ending is quite satisfying. Looking back over it, this was far more ambitious than the initial episodes seemed to suggest.

Massive spoilers to follow.

Forgotten classics: Red Dawn

November 26th, 2006

My local high-school football team is called the Wolverines. The high-school football team and guerilla patriot squad from Red Dawn is also called the Wolverines. Yet, whenever I see someone in a letter jacket and scream, "Wolverines!" with a rifle in my hand, people just don't seem to get it.

Why? Because one of the great classics of Reagan-era American cinema languishes in near-obscurity. This is truly unfortunate, especially since we just haven't had enough flag-waving jingoistic fervor in this country lately. Every red-blooded American should go out and watch this movie immediately.

If you don't, then the terrorists have already won.

Rousseau, Ferlinghetti and Ophelia

November 15th, 2006

If you're following the American release schedule, this contains major spoilers.

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