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The West Wing

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I’m currently watching The West Wing Season 2 (much to the delight of one of my best friends Jenn) and several thoughts have occurred to me. Keep in mind that I am well aware that many of these thoughts have been written and uttered during the shows heyday back when it was “current”.

First off, Martin Sheen is quite possibly the best President to ever grace the television screen, and as Erin has remarked about my opinion of him, “Many, many, people have said that if given a chance they’d vote for him in real life.”

As much as this shows brings out the inner neo-liberal in me and has me cheering for this pure vision of a Democratic West Wing and all of its heart felt devotion to citizenship, freedom, democracy, and justice; well, it does get a bit heavy handed at times. I sometimes have to pull back and say to myself, calm down, they’re being a bit arrogant and a bit forceful in their ideologies.

With all of that, it’s still an amazing show that has some of the best writing I’ve ever seen. The pacing is fast, which is surprising considering the amount of exposition and talking that occurs in each episode. [ West Wing is famous for having helped establish ‘walk-n-talk’ scenes.]

I’m just starting in on Season 2 and I’ve already been warned about the eventual degradation in the quality of writing around Season 4 & 5 as a result of Aaron Sorkin’s departure, still I’m excited for so many more episodes, such a fun show. Cheers.

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July 30, 2009 at 7:12 am

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naruto-animated-avatar-097A few months back I watched 100 episodes of Naruto in a row and then took a break. Just picked up where I left off and how I do love my anime……..

“Real strength is not what you have when fighting for only yourself. When you have something special that you want to protect, only then can you become truly strong!!” – Naruto –

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May 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Breaking Bad…

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Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what – 60? He’s just gonna break bad? – Jesse

Sometimes, life forces you to cross the line. You’re going about your normal everyday routine, when suddenly something truly awful happens and all that pent-up rage you feel about your job, your marriage, your very existence, is released with unstoppable fury. Some call it “reaching the breaking point”; others call it “breaking bad.”   

From: http://blogs.amctv.com/breaking-bad/2007/12/classic-movie-c.php

Breaking Bad (v.) 1. to challenge convention 2. to defy authority 3. to raise hell.
The title comes from a Southern United States colloquialism “to break bad” which is defined as “when someone…has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow, when they’ve gone wrong”. The series is set and filmed in and near Albuquerque, New Mexico. breakingbad_800x600_05_1

Breaking Bad is an American television show created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set around Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher with a teenage son who has cerebral palsy (RJ Mitte), and a pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn). When the already tense White is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he breaks down and turns to a life of crime, and starts producing and selling methamphetamine with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in a desire to secure his family’s future financial security.

This show does seem to have much in common with Weeds, which also has a so called “normal” wife entering the world of drug-use, gangbanging, violence, and crime. The difference though, and the reason you should watch this is the dialogue that exists between Walter (Cranston) and Jesse (Paul), the way the two play off of each other is brilliant and Bryan Cranston also won an Emmy last year for his performance in Season One. 

Walter’s knowledge of chemistry allows him to chemically engineer and produce the finest quality crystal that Jesse has ever come across, it’s a simple matter of streets knowledge blending with academic knowledge. Season Two is close to finishing and it has already been picked up for Season Three, so you would do well to pick up this series on dvd or find it streaming online someplace. 

Cheers.

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April 29, 2009 at 6:35 am

A second chance…

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I’ve decided to give Dollhouse, Joss Whedon’s most recent television creation another chance. I was put off by the first episode a bit, and I found myself not caring about the main character, Echo, a woman/agent who is continually re(wired) and (re)programmed by a company for dates/missions.

I was a bit worried this would follow what many of Joss Whedon’s series fall into: “monster of the week” [insert – ‘mission of the week’]. And while Joss does rely heavily on this technique there is enough background information starting to form around the larger story arc that surrounds Echo and why she and the company are being hunted down by both the FBI and rogue agents.

I’m about four episodes in and I will be picking this up in the fall in DVD format. 

I urge you to give this show a chance, track down the episodes online and catch up. Cheers.

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April 25, 2009 at 8:01 am

LOST: Season 5

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I do believe this is one of the greatest shows on television right now. This season has been epic from the beginning. Every episode is finale-esque in raising the bar and the tension of what is occurring. I’m kind of turned on right now, w00t.

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April 9, 2009 at 6:58 am

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Ugh…

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To answer your question. Yes, Heroes Season 3 is still the most shitty thing on television. And, to answer your next question. No, I have no idea why I’m still watching it.

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April 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

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Save the Cheerleader, Bore the World!

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Why am I still watching this piece of shit show?

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March 25, 2009 at 7:57 am

2009 Oscar Picks

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BEST PICTURE
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] Frost/Nixon
[   ] Milk
[   ] The Reader
[X] Slumdog Millionaire

DIRECTOR
[   ] David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
[   ] Gus Van Sant, Milk
[   ] Stephen Daldry, The Reader
[X] Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
[   ] Frozen River
[   ] Happy-Go-Lucky
[X] In Bruges
[   ] Milk
[   ] WALL-E

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] Doubt
[X] Frost/Nixon
[   ] The Reader
[   ] Slumdog Millionaire

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
[   ] Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
[   ] Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
[   ] Sean Penn, Milk
[   ] Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[X] Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
[X] Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
[   ] Angelina Jolie, Changeling
[   ] Melissa Leo, Frozen River
[   ] Meryl Streep, Doubt
[   ] Kate Winslet, The Reader

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
[   ] Josh Brolin, Milk
[   ] Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
[   ] Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
[X] Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
[   ] Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
[   ] Amy Adams, Doubt
[X] Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
[   ] Viola Davis, Doubt
[   ] Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
[   ] The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
[   ] The Class (France)
[   ] Departures (Japan)
[   ] Revanche (Austria)
[X] Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

ANIMATED FEATURE
[   ] Bolt
[   ] Kung Fu Panda
[X] WALL-E

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
[   ] The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
[   ] Encounters at the End of the World
[   ] The Garden
[   ] Man on Wire
[X] Trouble the Water

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
[   ] The Conscience of Nhem En
[   ] The Final Inch
[X] Smile Pinki
[   ] The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

SHORT FILM – ANIMATED
[   ] La Maison En Petits Cubes
[   ] Lavatory – Lovestory
[   ] Oktapodi
[X] Presto
[   ] This Way Up

SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION
[   ] Auf Der Strecke (On the Line)
[   ] Manon on the Asphalt
[   ] New Boy
[   ] The Pig
[X] Spielzeugland (Toyland)

ORIGINAL SCORE
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] Defiance
[   ] Milk
[X] Slumdog Millionaire
[   ] WALL-E

ORIGINAL SONG
[   ] “Down to Earth” – WALL-E
[X] “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire
[   ] “O Saya” – Slumdog Millionaire

ART DIRECTION
[   ] Changeling
[X] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] The Duchess
[   ] Revolutionary Road

CINEMATOGRAPHY
[   ] Changeling
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] The Reader
[X] Slumdog Millionaire

COSTUME DESIGN
[   ] Australia
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[X] The Duchess
[   ] Milk
[   ] Revolutionary Road

MAKEUP
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[X] Hellboy II: The Golden Army

SOUND MIXING
[   ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] Slumdog Millionaire
[   ] WALL-E
[X] Wanted

SOUND EDITING
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] Iron Man
[   ] Slumdog Millionaire
[   ] WALL-E
[X] Wanted

VISUAL EFFECTS
[X] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] Iron Man

FILM EDITING
[X] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[   ] The Dark Knight
[   ] Frost/Nixon
[   ] Milk
[   ] Slumdog Millionaire

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February 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Heroes: Maybe?

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Season 1 of HEROES was epic and amazing. Season 2, was mostly about trying to define itself and figure out where they (heroes and writers) could possibly take us. Season 3, of which part 2 has recently begun has up until this past episode been full of total shit. But there might be hope for this season yet to redeem itself. Unfortunately the only way that this seems to be possible is through restoring a story-line and plot highly remniscent of Season 1. Still, what keeps me interested in this show is Ando/Hiro and Peter. Everyone else, including the most horrible character on that show (insert whiny ass cheerleader), they can all go suck a big one. The show does still resist the X-men factor. These are people not born with abilities, but those that have been engineered. Anyways, I’m so far into this series that I have to just suck it up and keep on watching. Cheers.

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February 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

Superbowl

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My Superbowl prediction: Steelers over Cardinals 24-21.

I would like the Arizona Cardinals to win simply because I hate Pittsburgh Steelers and all they represent.

As far as advertisements go, I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the American ads that draw so much attention. In Canada we have crap broadcasting that takes over and while the advertising has improved the past few years, it still pales in comparison to the advertising that the States push out. In the grand scheme of things, I’d rather not see a company waste so much money.

NBC is demanding as much as $3 million (U.S.) for a 30-second ad for tonight’s game while CTV is getting $117,000 (Cdn.) for the same. Both have sold out the game, with NBC setting an event record with $206 million (U.S.) in revenue, but as of Friday some pre-game spots remained unsold. – TheStar.com

I’ll watch the game off and on, until then its back to readings I go. Judith Butler, ‘Jackie’ Derrida, and Upton Sinclair. w00t!

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February 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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