Happy New Year

Pirate
Hey! I decided that for New Years I would try to write here. I know, said it before. But, I have a good thing to post about... Sci Fi Marathon! I'm here, camped out and oh so happy!

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Glare
Admittedly I've sucked at blogging lately. I'm going to try to be better at that. I still owe people (yes, you, Morgan) pictures from LAST Gen Con. I didn't even get to go this year!

Anyway, I've been spending my time planning my upcoming wedding and, well, blogging about it somewhere other than here. Check it out.

Marathon comments so far

4th Doctor
Jumper - Bad, but in a fun way.

Die, Monster, Die! - An excellent movie, and a very good (though loose) Lovecraft interpretation.

Timeline - AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!

Surprise 1 (A Boy and His Dog) - I was in and out during this movie, but mostly in. It was good, albeit not the best movie in the marathon setting.

Fire Maidens From Outer Space

Universal Soldier - I was fast asleep the whole movie. I am told this was a good move.

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams - Insultingly bad. Everyone involved from actors to special effects artists to writers to art directors totally phones it in.

Mouse on the Moon - Fucking hilarious stuff.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - I enjoy this.

Star Trek Nemesis - :p

Just about to hit surprise 2. I quiver with anticipation.

Surprise 2 (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) - MUCH better than Nemesis, like, by miles. We knew this, tho.

Paprika - A trippy anime that was actually quite good. Very strange, but appropriately so.

Marathon list up

horrorshow
Sci-Fi marathon list is up! w00t! I’ll be in the pitt again, so feel free to come say hi. Three musketeers, are you coming?

Here’s what we have. It’s a little… disappointing. Themes seem to be time travel and dreams.

Jumper (2008) - The tradition of starting marathon with a crappy, yet recent, opener holds. This is a movie about time travel, religious persecution, and being an utter dick. Hayden Christenson is really showing his "depth" here. *insert brooding here*

Die, Monster, Die! (1965) - Now, that's more like it! Based loosely on The Color Out of Space by H.P. fucking Lovecraft and starring Boris Karlov… I think I'm in heaven.

Timeline (2003) - Time Travel movie#2. This movie involves, I shit you not, a 3-d fax machine. Other than the presence of Billy Connolly, wholly unremarkable.

Surprise I (1.5 hours)

Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956) - So bad it was featured on MST3k. Apparently there are hot women on Jupiter who want to do you. Who knew?

Universal Soldier (1992)Jeanne-Claude Van Damme is a Vietnam war soldier who is killed, frozen, and turned into a super soldier. Think RoboCop meets Demolition Man. Loosely time travel based because of the freezing. Also… whatever.

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) - The last time they showed this (which was pretty recently – what the fuck, guys?) I was serving a shift at concessions.. because despite the presence of Steve Buscemi, I didn't want to see it. I still don't. Island+strange mutant creatures = makes Island of Dr. Moreau a possibility for a surprise. I'd be okay with that. In fact, I wish they would show it instead. Can we do that, please?

The Mouse on the Moon (1963) - A sequel to The Mouse that Roared, this one is a political satire touching on the ridiculousness of foreign policy. Also baths. Should be a good time.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) – I won't presume to describe this one. If you haven't seen it, you are a bad person. Hey, more time travel

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) - Meh. I can't get worked up about this… I just don't have it in me. Why not Star Trek 4? That would be time travel AND whales!

Surprise II (2 hours)

Paprika (2006) - A dream-like anime about dreams. Looking forward to this one.

The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959) - While Harry Bellefonte (yes, the Day-O one) is trapped in a cave-in, the world destroys itself. There's just one white chick left alive in the world… and one white dude... racial tension ensues.

A Scanner Darkly (2006) - More dream-like stuff here in the form of hallucinations. Based on a Phillip K. Dick novel, which puts Blade Runner in contention for a surprise. Whoo!

Iron Man (2008) - Strange pick here, given the other movies, but Marathon usually ends with a GOOD recent movie. Would have preferred the Dark Knight… but beggars can't be choosers.

As for the surprises, here are some thoughts.

Last year, they were supposed to show the original Night of the Living Dead. There's a possibility of showing it this year, especially with the racial tension found in The World, the Flesh, and the Devil. It's 1.5 hours, so it fits nicely into the first slot. Along the same lines, but also fitting into the time-travel aspect is Planet of the Apes. Neither are bad choices.

I mentioned Blade Runner above, it's right about at 2 hours, so it would wedge nicely into the II slot. They also haven't shown it for AGES!

I notice a lack of anything from earlier than 1956 – which strikes me as odd. I would wager at least one of the surprises is from the early 50s, 30s or 40s. Possibilities include Island of Lost Souls, the original The Thing, and I guess everything else from that era.

There's also the very real possibility of showing all three BTTF movies.

What do you think?

Too little too late

Minus
*waves sheepishly*

Yes, yes I know. I've been a terrible person. I guess this is what happens when you:

1) Have a job where you actually do things and are not clinically depressed and
2) Are living with someone you actually enjoy doing things with, instead of both of you plopping down in front of your respective computers until it's time for bed.

Things are, in a word, fantastic. People have been asking for pics and details, and both are forthcoming. Once I get the laptop up and running again (there was an incident involving hot chocolate), I'll try to be on more often.

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Update

Pirate
1) I have a fantasy football team now, I'll probably write about them after my first game this week.
2) Gen Con was awesome. I won the MVP award for my character in NASCRAG. This means I have won that award three out of the five times I've played. More later, plus pictures.
3) Rob and I went with our friends Peter, Olivia, and Emily to an Oktoberfest microbrew contest. I voted for Rock Bottom not only because I am biased, but because it was really the best.
4) Jeff and Becky moved into a hugegantic house. They have lots of heavy furniture.

I'm sure there's more. Um, I guess I'll actually try to write later.

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Blue chunks

Sir Didymus
Today, Dairy Queen was donating the proceeds of it's blizzard sales to Children's Miracle Network. As good citizens, Steve and I went to get some today. You know, for the children.

After the loss of my beloved Nerds Blizzard, things at the DQ haven't always been the same. However, today I was treated by a Cotton Candy blizzard... with real chunks of hardened cotton candy. It wasn't quite as good, but it was a step in the right direction.

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