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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Just when I thought I was out...



With the surprising and unexpected dearth of good movies coming out following the Big 5 (Star Wars, Batman, WotW, Fantastic 4, and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), I have been forced to find other ways to occupy (read: waste) my time. And so, I have turned to the always-dependable small screen, where I have discovered numerous great shows like Veronica Mars and Firefly through the magic of reruns.

Other best bets for the summer: FOX's The Inside (Wednesdays at 9, if they're in the mood to air it instead of an extra-long "So You Think You Can Dance"), Comedy Central's RENO 911! (Tuesdays at 10), Bravo's Situation: Comedy (Tuesdays at...sometime after 8), FOX's Family Guy (Sundays at 9....but you should already be watching this)....and the reruns stated above. Catch Veronica Mars (seriously the new Buffy) on UPN Wednesdays and Sundays, and also on CBS Fridays....Firefly (from the amazing Joss Whedon, creator of the aforementioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) is on SciFi Fridays at 7....also, one of the funniest shows of all time is on ABC Family every night from 8-9; Whose Line Is It Anyway?....and if you didn't already know, FOX is rerunning the second season of Arrested Development (Best...Show...Ever) every Friday in minimarathons from 8-10.

Damn. These people oughta hire me. You know how many viewers they're gonna get thanks to me?

That's right. Two. Maybe.

The television has also aided me in my quest to see EVERY MOVIE EVER MADE. Thanks to it (with some help from the local library), I have seen no less than 46 films this summer, from the brilliant like Ed Wood, Being John Malkovich, and Memento to the abysmal like Mars Attacks!, Dodgeball, and There's Something About Mary. I could provide you with the entire list of movies I've seen, but I'm fairly certain that would be more yawn-inducing than titillating.

Blair Witch Project. That was some scary $#!+. I haven't been scared that badly by a movie since I was a wee lad. It even inspired me to come up with a premise for a scary movie while visiting my aunt's camp. The idea I came up with was so frightening that it kept me awake at night (although I'm sure that says more about my nerves than my ability to come up with a good story). If I ever get around to it, I'd like to bring my friends up to my aunt's camp and film it, but seen as how Star Wars: The Era of Bad Effects Episode 2 - Don't Send In The Clones is still in production after two years, I'll probably never get around to it.

Now, for Rob's comic talk of the week:

Wonder Woman #219: Wow. Rarely can comics catch me entirely offguard like this issue did. Greg Rucka has fast become one of my favorite writers in the business, thanks to consistently great runs on Adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, and The OMAC Project. Rags Morales only gets better with age, and though I wish he had drawn this entire issue, he got to draw the best scenes and that's all that REALLY matters. You can feel that this is gonna have HUGE ramifications. That last page is huge. HUGE!!! If this is the caliber of writing we can expect from a post-Crisis II DCU, then sign me up for the long haul.

Other great comics this past week:
The OMAC Project #4
Runaways #6
Superman/Batman #21
The Flash #224

And that's all I have to say for now. Til later.