Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My New Years Eve

UPDATE: The antibiotics are kicking in and my face is starting to deflate a bit. It's also helping with the pain and I'm not popping Advil like they are candy anymore.. so yay. Still feeling pretty icky so no New Years Eve plans for me, which is a bummer but on the upside I got to Skype with my buddy Erik and celebrate the New Year with him (well the east coast & central time zones). I was in bed by 11 so I didn't actually make it to midnight here on the west coast. It's not how I wanted to start 2015 but whatcha gonna do, such is life. I hope you all had some fun for me.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Urgent Care Visit

This isn't the best way to end this year but since it's been a pretty crappy year I guess I shouldn't have expected anything better. I've had a tooth ache the past few days. I have bad teeth so I get pain here and there from time to time and it normally goes away. Well this morning I woke up and the left side of my face was swollen. It was like I had a golf ball in my cheek. It's obvious that the tooth is infected and that I'll have to go to a dentist ASAP.

Well I called ten different dentist since I don't have one and every place I called is closed for the holidays and won't be open until January 5th. I did find one dentist open, Western Dentist, but they don't take emergency cases. Things were getting frustrated as I was in pain and I knew this golf ball size infection was going to get bigger and bigger if I didn't do anything about it.

So I finally opted to go to a local Urgent Care, I figured I could go to a doctor and probably get antibiotics from them. Sure enough they were able to see me and the PA checked out the tooth and indeed it is infected so she gave me a prescription for 10 days worth of antibiotics.

The infection is actually causing a fever and making me feel not so great. I'm bummed as it's going to ruin any plans I had for New Years and it's not how I wanted to bring in 2015... but such is life.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Recording a Harry Potter Podcast

Today I recorded a podcast for Treks in Scifi Podcast. Rico (the owner of that podcast) and I have been trying to get together to record a podcast on the Harry Potter movies and books. We've been talking about it for over a year so we finally booked some time and today is the day.

The recording went really well.. Rico and I work and I have some fun chemistry, we discussed the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone for about 30 minutes before moving on to the movie and talking for another hour. We plan to do each book and movie, one every few months. All I have to do now is edit it together and send it off to Rico so he can post in his podcast feed, If all goes well it should be released January 18th.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Please Like Me S2 - My Review

Today I got to enjoy the second season of Please Like Me. It picks up one year later, Josh's dad has a new daughter, Geoffry is out of the picture, Josh and Tom have a new and cute (also gay) roommate who Josh has a crush on. Josh's mom is in a mental hospital after a third suicide attempt and we meet several new characters there.

Josh meets a new love interest who is also a patient at the mental hospital, his name is Arnold and he's my favorite character now. He has extreme anxiety and low self esteem. Every time he's on screen I just want to hug him and tell him everything is going to be okay. I was so happy when Josh and him finally hooked up at the end of this season. I hope this storyline continues into season three.

I wasn't a fan of Tom's storyline, he's become a pot smoking loser and not very likable.  I've been really liking the new storylines from the mental hospital with Hanna, Ginger, Rose (Josh's mom) and Arnold.

Season two continues to build the relationships and characters. It's still quirky, a bit awkward, funny and serious. The characters seem much richer as we get to know them better over the season. There is an entire episode with just Josh and his Mom hiking through the bush talking... it's one of the more serious episodes.

I can't wait to watch both S1 & S2 again and I really can't wait to see Season 3 and see where these characters go.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Helping Friends Move

Today I spent the day helping my friends TJ & Denise move into their new apartment. Started around 9:00am, picked some breakfast before heading to the Uhaul to pick up his their truck and pack up the truck with the pod that they sent from the east coast. We then headed out to their storage unit about 20 miles away. Two other friends joined us there (Andrew and Mo) and we then started to unload their storage space. They intentionally had a 26' truck but though that it would be to large to maneuver in their new place so they opted for a 17' truck. This truck filled up fast and with half the storage unit packed in the truck they decided that there was no way we'd get this done in one move so we filled the truck and headed back to their apartment. We unloaded the truck and grabbed some lunch before heading back to pack up the rest of their stuff. For a moment I didn't think we'd get everything in this second trip but with some fancy packing we managed to get it all in and secure. We made out final trip back to their place and unloaded. We then had some tasty BBQ for dinner before calling it a night around 9pm

It was a long day of moving, I didn't expect it to last 12 hours but I was happy that I was able to help out my friends... building up some good karma :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Please Like Me - My Review

Between Christmas Specials I was trying to catch up on my blogging and when I was blogging about HBO's Looking I went looking for pictures for the blog and found an ad for something called Please Like Me. It peaked my interest so I goggled it. Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy drama series starring Josh Thomas. The series premiered on 28 February 2013 on ABC2 in Australia.

Here's a synopsis for the first episode. As his 21st birthday approaches, Josh has an eventful 24 hours. First he is dumped by his girlfriend, which leads to his realization that he may be gay. After that shocker, he moves back into his family home to help care for his mother, who recently attempted suicide. With his life in disarray, big challenges await Josh in his immediate future, which is especially difficult for someone like him who has a natural aversion to drama and emotion. So he can deal with it all -- only in his own awkward, self-centered way.

I acquired all six episode from season one and watched them back to back to back, it does help that they are only 30 minute episodes. I was hooked with the first scene from the first episode. It's hard to put into words why I loved this series but something about it just clicked with me. It's quirky, bizarre, funny, sad, serious and honest all roll into a quick 30 minutes. It is a show with both awkward and relatable comedy that is realistic and natural. Maybe that's why I enjoy it so much as I don't feel like the actors were acting, it feels real, like we're bystanders just watching these people interact.

Another thing I really like about the show is the entertaining title credits and song, I just want to dance when I hear it. I liked Josh's (main characters) parents and their interaction with him and each other. 

There is already a season two (10 episodes) that came out in 2014 which I will be "acquiring" very soon and it was also picked up for third season (10 episodes) that will air sometime in 2015. 

I'm so happy I found this fun and unique dramedy. If you get a chance give it a watch. I can even upload the episodes to my FTP site where you can download both season 1 and 2 for your enjoyment, just let me know.

Christmas Specials: Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife & Doctor Who

Today I got to catch up on all the Christmas specials that aired yesterday.

(Downton Abbey S5 doesn't air here in the US until Jan, so be warned spoilers)

First up was Downton Abbey S5 Christmas Special. It's the early autumn of 1924 and Rose's father-in-law Lord Sinderby has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a grouse-shooting party. However, the Sinderbys' butler Stowell has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to derail the holiday. Back at Downton, the servants hold the fort and unlikely later-life romances abound, while Bates takes drastic measures to clear Anna's name as she faces an uncertain future behind bars. The seasons change and another Christmas is enjoyed at the Abbey, where a heartbreaking farewell and a joyful reunion take place

I really enjoyed this Christmas special. This entire season has been pretty awesome. I wish that Bates and Anna can live happily every after. I liked the romantic possibilities for both Edith and Mary in this episode and it brought me to tears when Carson asked Mrs Hughes to marry him. It's been a long time coming. I'll be sad to see Branson go but I guess he can also come back since he's just going to the Chicago. I now have to wait until the Autumn of 2015 for the sixth season to begin... so far away!!

Next I watched Call the Midwife S3 Christmas Special. As the nurses prepare for their 1959 Christmas show Patsy and Chummy escort two pregnant teen-agers, confident Avril and nervous Denise, to a home for expectant mothers run by the unfeeling and drunken Sister Maltby. When Denise falls ill and is denied medical treatment Avril reports Maltby and Chummy and Patsy temporarily run the home, making huge improvements for the better with help from Avril, whose baby they deliver on Christmas Eve. Shelagh goes to the aid of down-trodden epileptic Victor when he has a fit in the market - which leads to the discovery that he and his girlfriend Nancy are living in squalor. Nancy, who believes she is pregnant, fears the baby will be taken from her on the discovery that she met Victor in a mental hospital, from which they have been released with no after-care, but Dr Turner and Cynthia realize that , due to operations carried out on her in the hospital, she can never conceive. They nonetheless encourage the couple to be strong and care for each other. With Christmas over Cynthia leaves to become a nun whilst Peter Noakes is promoted to sergeant. 

I've missed Call the Midwife and was really looking forward to this special. This was the first episode without the main lead character Jenny, who left the show at the end of season 3. What makes it strange is that we are seeing this world through her eyes as an older version of herself as the narrator so I was interested in seeing how they worked around that. I actually liked what they did. Vanessa Redgrave does the voiceover of the older Jenny so they opened and closed the episode with Vanessa playing the older Jenny on screen. It was nice way to keep Jenny around. I really enjoyed this episode but I've enjoyed all the episodes, they really know how to pull on the heart strings. Like with Downton Abbey I can't get enough of these amazing British series.

The final Christmas special that I watched was Doctor Who "The Last Christmas". The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

This was an interesting Doctor Who episode, more horror with a touch of Christmas. It reminded me of Alien and what it funny one of the characters in the show even makes a reference to Alien and Facehuggers. It was kind of like Who Inception. A dream within a dream within a dream. 

I was bummed to hear the rumor that Jenna (Clara) was leaving at the end of this Christmas special but as this aired news broke that she is definitely coming back for another season. Now I didn't enjoy Clara with Matt Smith's Doctor but I'm loving her with Peter Capaldi's Doctor and I look forward to many more adventures.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day with Family

Merry Christmas... I spent the night at my brother's house last night so I could be there when the kiddos opened up their gifts. Kenobi was up at 7 and ready to open gifts but Molly was still sleeping and would be cranky if we woke her up so we opened our stockings.

Molly woke up around 8:30 and my mom and step-dad Chuck arrived around 9. We started opening gifts and it took a while as the kids got quite a bit. We finished around 11 and I started to make Christmas dinner.. Lora, Mike and the kids went over to Lora's brothers house to exchange gifts. While they were gone I was home alone so I decided to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. I've only seen it a few times at the movie so was looking forward to watching it.

I remember loving this movie but man I really enjoyed watching it again. It's definitely one of the best films of 2014.

Everyone was home around 3 and dinner was ready so we all enjoyed a very tasty Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

When we were done with dinner we watched a screener that had brought, Big Hero Six. I had seen it but the family had not. It was so much fun watching this movie with Kenobi and Molly. They loved every minute of it. Laughed out loud many times and mimicked the characters.

When the movie was over I said my goodbye and headed home. Traffic was horrible and it took me nearly two hours to get home but I finally got home around 9pm and called it a night. I had a great time with the family this Christmas day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve With Family

Going to spend Christmas day with my brother's family so I decided to head over to there place tonight so I can be there when my niece and nephew wake up Christmas morning. Another reason to go over the night before is I get to help be Santa. I help finish wrapping presents and then once they put the kids down to bed Lora, Michal and I start to bring down all of "Santa's" gifts. They really made out this year. My brother and sister-in-law are always very generous during the holidays. They know they spoil the kids but then can, so they do. The kids are still young Kenobi is age 5 and Molly age 3 but I'm sure as they get older they'll learn to appreciate their good fortune. We all went to bed around midnight and I predicted that they kids would be up around 7 but Mike and Lora said it would be later.. guess will find out tomorrow morning. Merry Christmas Eve you all...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An Unexpected Party

I had planned to head over to my brother's tonight and spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with them but around 3pm I got an unexpected invite to a last minute Christmas party. It was my friends America and Dove. I haven't seen these guys in a while (and it wasn't from a lack of trying to get together) so of course I was going to go.

It started at 7 and of course I got there at 7 and was the first to arrive. Besides America and Dove, I got to meet America's mother who was also visiting for the holidays. I'm glad I got there early as I got to catch up a bit with America and Dove before more guest arrived. Half hour after I arrived more guests started to arrive including my friends Jes and Eric. There was a total of about 12 people. We had some tasty foods, chatted and then played several rounds of Charades. The dinner party lasted until around midnight when we said our goodbyes, Dove lite another Chanukah candle and we headed home.

It was a fun night and I got to meet several very cool and interesting people, but then again I would expect America and Dove's friends to be awesome... and they were. Thanks guys for the invite.

Freedom to Marry - This Past Year

Saw this on Twitter and had to share with everyone. It's two maps of the United States one marked 2013 and the other 2014. Each one has indications of marriage equality per state. The 2013 map looks okay, especially since gay marriage wasn't even around 10 years ago and slowly but surely it started to spread across the states, but in 2014 the numbers of states have doubled in one year that's thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. We still have a good chuck of states in the middle that need to come out of the stone age and allow marriage equality for all but I have to say this past year has been an amazing year for the gay community.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Table Top Goodies, Hobbit Holes & Marvel Vs DC

Today I got some of my "perks" for donating to season three of Wil Wheaton's Table Top. I got S1 & 2 on DVD as well as a t-shirt, button, sticker, dice & Cards Against Humanity Table Top cards.

My friend Amy wrote this cool article about this amazing Hobbit hole that you could rent and if it wasn't in Thailand I'd go stay there from time to time. This is one of the best looking above ground "real" Hobbit holes that I've seen in a long while. You can read Amy's article HERE.

I came across this pretty cool fan made video for what would be a very epic movie Marvel Vs. DC. This is very well edited and I could imagine it would take quite a while to make.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Once Upon A Time & HBO's Looking

I was finally able to catch up on the current season of Once Upon a Time. I was about six episodes behind. I've been enjoying the "Frozen" theme they have been doing for the first half of this new season. I continued to enjoy the story up to it's conclusion. I liked the conclusion to the Snow Queen's storyline, in the end she redeems herself, I always felt bad for her as all she ever wanted was to be loved. I mean she went about getting it the wrong way, but still a sympathetic character. Unlike Rumple who is just evil. And I'm loving what they have done with Regina and her relationship with Emma.

There were a few things that bothered me but the biggest one was the fact that there is a door to Arendale (Frozen land) which is just a quick boat ride away from The Enchanted Forrest. If folks in Storybrooke want to go home then why can't they just walk through the door. But then again I don't even know if the folks in Storybrooke want to get back to the Enchanted Forrest.

The mid season finale lead us into the next storyline for the second half of the season titled Heroes Vs. Villains. I was a bit confused as we see Maleficent again (but this time the Angelina Jolie movie version) but in Season 1 & 2 we saw Maleficent and in season 2 she was stuck as a Dragon underneath Storybrooke and Emma killed her, so what's up with 2 different Malficents. And then at the very end Rumple (who is now banished from Storybrooke) is in New York and goes to an Aquarium to find Ursala (but how did she get to this world). Maybe they'll explain all in the second half of the season.. guess we gotta wait until early next year to see it.

I also watched a series called Looking. I had never heard of the series and no wonder it's an HBO series and I don't have HBO. But I ran across a poster and thought to myself.. oh look a new gay themed tv series. Come to find out that it's not actually new, it's been out since January of 2014 and ran eight episodes. It did well enough that they picked it up for a second season which begins in January of 2015.

Here's there very complex synopsis of the series: Three friends explore the fun and nearly limitless options available to a new generation of gay men in San Fransisco.

I watched all eight half hour episodes back to back to back. So I guess you can say that I enjoyed the series. I liked this series because it had a very diverse group of gay men and the majority of them weren't your typical "flaming" gay men, they seemed like everyday joes, which I can relate to. The main star of the show is Jonathan Groff (he was in Glee for a bit and he voiced Kristoff in Frozen).

The other actors I didn't really know anything about with exception to Russell Tovey, who I have seen here and there on some BBC stuff (Being Human & Sherlock). I've always found him attractive but I have to say I fell in love with him and his character on this series, he's just simply adorable. He was a reoccurring character in season one but is a main character in the up coming season two... and I can't wait.

This series has a Queer as Folk vibe, but with so much less drama. The episodes being a half hour, they really do fly by. I never feel bored with what's happening. Since this is the first season they are slowly building up the relationships and friendship of the guys as well as their back stories. Only downside to this series that I saw is the guys doing drugs (well pot). If your to believe the majority of gay themed TV and movies, all gay men do drugs and believe it not that's not true.

Anyways I'm looking forward to season two in January and more Russel Tovey :)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

MASH, Grand Budapest Hotel & Card Games

Started my day by recording six new episodes of my MASH 4077 Podcast with my buddies Meds and Al. It's always fun getting together with those guys to talk about one of my favorite TV comedies of all time. If you're a MASH fan and not listening to our podcast.. then what are you waiting for? You can download or take a listen to it HERE.

My buddy Will texted a group of us and asked if we wanted to come over and watch a movie. I was up for it so I headedover. Will and I got to catch up for a bit and just chat. We were then joined by Dallas, and then Robert and Cait and finally Will's girlfriend Becca joined in the fun. We ordered some Chinese food for dinner and watched The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here's a quick synopsis: In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave. Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.

This is a Wes Anderson film and until recently I wasn't a big fan of his films. But his 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom wasn't bad so I kind of knew what to expect with his sytle of movie and it didn't disappoint. This is one quirky film, it's very stylized and the cinematography is very interesting. What's crazy about this film is it starts with someone telling a story in 2014, then goes back in time about 30 years to the 1980's and someone else starts to tell a story and then it goes back in time another 20 years to the 1960's and then another person starts to tell a story that goes back another 30 years to the 1930's and this is where the main story takes place. 

As for the story it's as I said very quirky but interesting. This movie is slow but it always kept me interest. By the end I enjoyed the film and so did everyone who watched it (at least I think they did).

Becca had to leave for the evening so Dallas, Robert, Will, Cait and I played a few board/card games. First up was Chrononauts.  In Chrononauts, each player becomes a time traveler, with a unique identity and a secret mission. During the game, players travel backwards and forwards through history, doing all those things people have always dreamed of using a time machine to do: Visiting the great moments of the past, peeking into the
future, collecting up impossible artifacts and priceless works of art (at the moment just before history records their destruction), coming to grips with the paradoxes of time travel, and of course, changing pivotal events and altering the course of history itself.

This was a quick game to understand and was a lot of fun. The games themselves went very quick and the only real downside to this game is that you don't know what the other person's "secret" mission is so you can't really do anything to prevent them from winning. You're playing along until someone says.. I win. We played a few games of this before moving on to Sentinels of the Multiverse.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative, fixed-deck card game with a comic book flavor. Each player plays as one of ten heroes, against one of four villains, and the battle takes place in one of four different dynamic environments. Each player, after selecting one of the heroes, plays a deck of 40 cards against the villain and environment decks, which "play themselves", requiring the players to put the top card of the appropriate deck into play on the villain and environment turns. On each player's turn, they may play a card from their hand, use a power printed on one of their cards in play, and draw a card from their deck. Each round starts with the villain turn, continues clockwise around the table, then concludes with the environment turn. Each villain has various advantages, such as starting with certain cards in play, as specified by the villain character card. Play continues until the heroes reduce the villain to 0 or fewer HP, or until the villain defeats the heroes, either via a win condition or by reducing all the heroes to 0 or fewer HP.

Once you understand how to play this game it's not to bad. I played the hero Legacy. His HP was pretty high so most of my powers consisted of adding HP to other players or taking "hits" for other players when they are attacked. It was fun but I think I enjoyed Chrononauts little more. But I do like playing cooperative games.

Overall it was a fantastic evening of good food, good times and good company.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three More Screeners

I got three more screeners today. Two movie that I heard of and a third that I haven't. First Nightcrawler, from the title and me being a geek my thoughts go to X-Men but this has nothing to do with that Nightcrawler and from the previews it doesn't really look like a movie that I would enjoy, though it does have one of my favorite actors Jake Gyllenhaal.

The next one is Mr Turner which I've only seen a quick scene as the main actor Timothy Spall was on Graham Norton promoting it. Doesn't look like a movie I'd like but it is based on a real person and for some reason I have enjoyed a few of those types of movies this year.. so will see.

The final movie that I got was Still Alice, don't have a clue what this is, haven't seen a trailer or heard anything about it. So I looked it up online and here's a quick synopsis: A vibrant and accomplished college professor (Julianne Moore) disappears in front of her friends, family and herself as Alzheimer's disease slowly destroys her mind. This sounds really heavy.. gonna have to be a great mood when watching this one.

My Second 30 Days

Sixty days ago I was diagnosed as pre-diabetes, my sugar levels were 6.4 and to be officially diabetic your sugar levels need to be 6.5 and above... so I have come as close to being diabetic without being official. So I had to make some changes... some major changes

I have 90 days before I have to go back and be re-tested in hopes that my numbers have gone done. So here was my 90 day plan to eat better and lose weight. The first 30 days was getting into a routine with working out and begin to change my diet. After the first 30 days my cardio workouts were like second nature. I wake up and first thing I'd do is put on my sweats and head out and do my 30/45 minute jog/walk around the NoHo park.. diet on the other hand is much harder. I have given up junk food and fast food for the most part. I've given up potatoes and pasta. I'm still eating wheat pasta and bread but hopefully I'll give up that as well pretty soon.

For the middle 30 days I wanted to increase my working out from a half hour to a full hour of cardio and continue to work on my diet and start to include veggies. Well today marks the end of my second 30 days and my cardio workouts are going well. I have jogged/walked about 45 minutes everyday, 7 days a week with exception to one week when I was to sick to move. My diet on the other hand isn't going well. I'm still trying hard to not eat fast food, I'm down to once a week, sometimes two. I haven't introduced as many vegetables as I would like into my diet and it's a struggle everyday to not eat poorly.
And now I start my final 30 days, my cardio is great, I'll continue to do my 45 minute cardio walk/jog around the park everyday, there's no problem there. What I need to focus on is my diet. I'm finding it much harder then I had ever expected. I think it's because I'm expected to give up everything all at once and I'm finding that way to difficult. I try not to keep sweets or "bad" food, aka carbs in the apartment as I know I'll get desperate and eat them. Just like with my diet soda (which I no longer keep in the house) and only drink when I go out on occasions.

As for my weight... I lost 6 pounds in my first 30 days going from 217 to 211. Today I weighted myself and I went from 211 to 203.5, that's 7.5 pounds more for my second 30 days for a total of 13.5 pounds in 60 days. I'm not thrilled with those numbers but I guess I should be happy that the numbers are going down. My goal was to lose at least 18 pounds and get below 200 by the time I go in for my 90 day check up and if I continue to do what I'm doing I shouldn't have a problem achieving that goal. 

Thanks to everyone for your continued love and support.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unbroken Screener & Re-Watching Downton Abbey S2

I got another screener today, this is a movie I was hoping to get a screener for.. Unbroken. Looks very dramatic and I'm sure it's going to be emotional but it looks really good.

My all day Downton Abbey Re-watch continued but I did manage to do stuff around the apartment like wrapping Christmas gifts and cleaning up the place. I watched all the Season 1 extras, all eight episodes of Season 2 and it's extras as well. Unfortunately or fortunately (depend on how you look at it) I don't have Seasons 3, 4 or 5 on DVD/Blu-ray yet and they are not on Netflix... so I have to stop with S2 for the time being.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More Screeners, Downton Abbey Rewatch & Babylon 5 Continues

First of all I got several more screeners today. Inherent Vice, which I have seen previews to and it doesn't look like my kind of movie but then my second screener was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies... now this is my type of movie.

After my morning cardio I made the mistake of putting on Downton Abbey. I've been wanting to do a rewatch of the entire five seasons so I figured I'd be able to pop on the first season and kind of have it on in the background while I do stuff around the apartment... yeah it was a good theory but I spent the majority of the day with my butt on the couch getting sucked back into one of the best period piece drama that I've ever seen. I sat and watched all even episodes of the first season back to back to back.

During the evening I went over to my buddy Roberts place to watch some more Babylon 5. We finally getting to the end of season five, which is the last season of the series but then we have five TV movies to watch and a spin off series (if we choose).

We started our watch with S5 Ep18 "The Fall of Centauri Prime" Centauri Prime has been attacked, thousands have died. Londo finds out the truth, who masterminded the war, and why they allowed the attack on Centauri Prime to happen. Londo becomes Emperor, and has to act hostile to those he once called "friend." 

We knew this was coming from the "future" episode we saw, It's hard for me to feel pity for Londo. He made the bed he now lies in. I know he did what he did to the greater good of Centauri but look what it's done to his world. He will now have to live with what his actions caused. It's a very sad ending for his character. 

And then we watched S5 Ep19 "The Wheel of Fire" G'Kar returns to the station to find he has become a religious icon. Sheridan confronts Garibaldi about his drinking problems. Lyta is taken into custody for planning attacks on Psi Corps. Delenn collapses, and they find out she's pregnant. 

I was kind of disappointed in the Lyta character in this episode. I've always liked her but with that said I understand why she did what she did. Her "people" are being oppressed and used and she's doing everything she can do help them. I'm glad that Garibaldi was finally called out on his drinking and hopefully he can get his life back together. I've been waiting to hear about Sheridan and Delenn's baby as we know they have a son from that "future" episode that we saw. Not sure how I feel about Lyta and Garibaldi teaming up. This episode felt like they were wrapping up storylines.. the end is near.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scorpion, Christmas Card & Into the Woods - My Review

Today I watched the mid season finale of one of my favorite new TV shows, Scorpion. Most of the episodes are extremely suspenseful but this last episode was so tense that I think I stood and paced with anticipation for the outcome. From beginning to about 2/3'ds of the way through it was tense and I didn't see how they would get out of this situation. And then at the very end all the emotions started to come out and after being tense for 45 minutes it was nice to get that emotional release. Can't wait for this series to return next year.

I saw this Christmas Card on a show I watch called "Right This Minute" so I found it on you tube. Now there is debate on whether it's a legit flip book type animation or if it's pure animation simulating the flip book style. Either way I love the song and it's pretty EPIC...

And as I mentioned in my previous blog post, I got the screener for Into the Woods and I said I figured I'd be watching it sooner then later as many of my friends want to see it.. and sure enough tonight I headed over to my friend Jes and Dallas' place with my buddy Robert to watch Into the Woods.

For those of you who don't know the story here's a brief synopsis: Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

This has been a stage play for many years and it's even on DVD (a recorded version of the stage play) which I saw and really enjoyed. So I had an idea of what to expect but what was funny is when the movie starts and it goes right into musical mode and I was taken back. Though I knew it was a musical I didn't realize that the movie too was going to be a musical.. yeah I know I'm an idiot. 

I don't want to get to spoilery but I enjoyed the movie overall, the music is fantastic, the actors were great and the story, though sad at times, it pretty fun. I love when you see actors that you don't realized could sing belt out a tune. It funny to me as the promo/trailers show alot of Johnny Depp in the film and he really only has the one scene and one song (which I felt was the weakest of all of them). I like that they kept to more of the "original" Cinderella storyline with the evil step sisters. Overall it's a very Charming film. I give Into the Woods a solid A

Monday, December 15, 2014

Into the Woods Screener

I was surprised to get this screener so early as the movie itself doesn't come out until Christmas. Studios tend to released screeners closer to if not after the movie is released to prevent piracy. But none-the-less I got a screener for Into the Woods. I've seen the taped live performance of this play and really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to this one.

I suspect I'll be watching this one sooner then later as many of my friends are super excited to see this one.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cookies, Imitation Game & Big Hero Six Review

@HerUniverse posted a picture of these awesome "melting" snowman sugar cookies that I will have to do next year. I don't know why but they made me laugh.. such a cool idea.

I watched The Imitation Game with my buddy Will today. We've been trying to hook up and hang for the past few weeks and our schedules finally clicked. Of course I saw a pre-screening of this film a few weeks back.. You can read my full review of The Imitation Game HERE.

I loved it even more the second time and yes I still cried but not until the end unlike last time. Most movies I watch, enjoy and then move on.. there are those that stay with me like LOTR, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.. because they are fun, entertaining and very geeky but then there are those special films that have such a profound effect of me that I can't stop thinking about them.. even days later. It rarely happens but this is one of those films. Just thinking about it now as I type out this blog brings tears to my eyes.

After Will left I watched Big Hero Six. "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6.

I've heard good things about this movie so I was really looking forward to seeing it, so I was super excited when I got the screener this month. I really enjoyed this movie, Baymax is adorable and I'd so love to have one of those guys around for a friend/doctor. I liked the all characters and the story. I was tearing up at the end but ultimately happy when the movie ended. The animation was well done and over all it was just a really good movie. After seeing the movie it made me interested in checking out the Marvel comic that it is based on...  I give Big Hero Six a solid B+

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Librarians - My Review

So in 2004 a TV movie came out on TNT staring Noah Wyle called The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. It looked like a fun Indiana Jones type movie and I was a huge fan of Mr. Wyle from his ER days so I gave it a watch and really enjoyed the movie. Two years later in 2006 another TV movie came out titled The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines and I enjoyed this one even more. And again two years later in 2008 the third TV movie was released called The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice. It was good but not as good as the previous two. But these were some fun movies. 

A few months back I heard they were doing a series based on The Librarian TV movies called The Librarians, plural. This was exciting news as I really enjoyed these movies. I figured Noah Wyle wasn't going to be in them as he's doing Falling Skies and from the promo poster it looked like a brand new cast. 

Though the series is called The Librarians each episode has a subtitle to go along with it. The first episode which is actually two hours and made up of two episodes is called The Librarians: And the Crown of King Arthur and the second half was The Librarians: And the Sword in the Stone.

Here is a quick synopsis for part one.. And the Crown of King Arhur. Someone is killing off potential Librarians and it's up to Flynn Carsen and his new Guardian, Colonel Eve Baird, to save the three that are left.

And for part two.. And the Sword in the Stone. The Serpent Brotherhood is trying to return magic to our world. Flynn, Colonel Baird, and the potential Librarians must stop them before it's too late.

This first episode was so good!!!! Not only did we get back Noah Wyle as Flynn but we also got back Bob Newhart's character Judson and Jane Curtain's character Charlene. They introduced the new characters nicely you quickly attach yourself to them, though some are more likeable then others. They did a great job at explaining/writing out both Newhart and Curtain's characters but leaving it open for them to return from time to time. Also Noah's character Flynn isn't going to be the focus of the series but he will be in and out of episodes. And I really liked Rebecca Romijn character who seems to be the new lead. All in all it was a nice transitional episode from one set of characters that we know and love to a the new set of characters that we will get to know and love... very well done.

It's only gonna run for 10 episodes but I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.