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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Thunderbirds" (2004)

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What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? Ebert puts it pretty succinctly when he mentions that, “This is a movie made for an audience that does not exist…fans of a British TV puppet show that ran from 1964 to 1966.” He goes on to quote David Rooney from Variety for some basic info on the show because, as Ebert himself says, “I had never heard of the series, and, let’s face it, neither have you.”

In fact, owing to my mad geek creds I *have* heard of the TV show, and even watched it a bit. It’s not a fond memory from my youth which I was greatly attached to, rather I first saw it when Sci-Fi ran repeats of it and other Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” series in their morning block of children’s programming in the early 90s. I watched it when getting ready for work in the mornings, not because it was particularly interesting, but mainly to catch the cool miniature work done by the late great Derek Meddings. It was never my favorite, though. I much preferred “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions.” Though never a fan, there is some part of me that can’t help but have some misguided affection for marionettes who have love lives, and shoot each other.

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BELATED MOVIE REVIEW: "The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen" (2003)

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I've seen this movie on TV a lot in the last month, and my hate for it runs so hot that I suddenly realized I needed to review it. For the record, I don't hate Trek, though I talk trash about it a lot, it mostly just bores me. I don't hate Galactica, though I am mad at it and disappointed by it at the moment, and we're not talking, but I imagine eventually that'll pass. But I hate, hate, hate this movie. Alas, it's a big-budget A-list film, so I'm reviewing it here rather than in my normal B-movie crapfest feature.

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The Adventures of Tintin

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We finally got around to watching this film today.


The plot is that young ace reporter Tintin buys an old ship model, in which is concealed one of three scrolls which give the coordinates to a treasure hidden by an old sea captain. A bad guy is trying to get his hands on all three scrolls, and has Tintin kidnapped, believing he has the scroll on him, but he does not--it had earlier been lifted by a pickpocket, who turns out to be a compulsive wallet-stealer. The wallet is later returned to Tintin by a pair of identical, inept police detectives.


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MOVIE REVIEW: "Interstellar" [With mild spoilers]

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Interstellar has the makings of a good film, some serious issues that, if you are a geek are thrown into sharp relief if you know some basic physics.

Even my liberal arts kind if "physics knowledge".

My wife nearly jumped out of her seat while shouting "that's absurd" but she was downed out by the ear pounding score.

And she wasn't upset about a physics problem either but by the scene where there is, basically, a fist fight in spacesuits, on a solid "cloud", that floats, apparently.  

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Movie Review--Guardians of the Galaxy: I was Wr-Wr-Wr-Wrong

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Well, after much goading and assertions that "the trailers don't do it justice, go see this film, you'll love it," and after several false starts due to car trouble and sceduling conflicts, The Husband and I finally got to go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" at a matinee showing in a nearly deserted ampitheatre-style cinema here in San Antonio.  In other words, we had the place to ourselves, so we felt kinda priviledged.

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Spoilers: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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The Husband called me from work and asked if I'd like to go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" tonight.  Honestly, I have to say--no.  I looked up the trailers on YouTube, and if the trailer is supposed to make you want to see a movie, then these two failed spectacularly--at least in my case.


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MOVIE REVIEW: “Aeon Flux” (2005)

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“Aeon Flux” was a highly stylized, somewhat fetishistic, slightly sick cartoon from the early ‘90s that involved a badass heroine (Ms. Flux) who dies in every episode, often at the hands of her boyfriend/nemesis, Trevor Goodchilde. A miniseries of shorts on “Liquid Television” gave way to an actual series of 30 minute episodes, which gave way to ennui, which gave way to pop cultural obscurity, which gave way to this curiously ill-timed film, which gave way to the death of the property.

 

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Time Travel Story Time: The Time Travelers

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This 1964 film from Ib Melchoir barely rises to B-movie status.  While the premise is similar to "Beyond The Time Barrier," the acting is stiff, the effects are cheap, and the story gets tiresome long before the film is over.  It's astonishing to note that this was remade twice, as "Journey to the Center of Time" and as the TV series "The Time Tunnel."


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