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From nearly day one here on the ‘bot, we’ve reviewed stuff.  I mean stuff.  Lots of stuff- T.V. Shows, Movies, Video Games,  Board Games, Fan Films, Books, Toys…  we’ve watched/played/read things so that you, our loyal readers,  could make informed decisions or, in some cases,  incite discussion.

 

It’s not easy.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: “What Dreams May Come” (1998)

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This isn’t a science fiction film, but as R4 has opened up the mandate somewhat to allow fantasy, that’s not the problem it once was. I’m not sure if this counts as ‘fantasy’ either, though. Perhaps more like new-agey speculation? I dunno. Whatever it is, though, I’m reviewing it.

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SERIES REVIEW: “Power Rangers: RPM” (2009)

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Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are that I’m talking about this.

For those of you who have lives and hence may not know, “Power Rangers” is a franchise of live-action children’s adventure shows that’s been running continually since 1993. It’s run several years longer in Japan, but I don’t know anything about that, and honestly I don’t care. The American(ish) iteration has produced 20 seasons, 16 overlapping TV series, 2 theatrical movies, 1 miniseries, and 746 episodes as of the start of the current year.

And all of ‘em suck.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

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As most of you know, this past Saturday saw television history being made. At 19:50 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, also the time in London, England) the BBC television network held the world's largest simulcast of a television program in broadcasting history. All across the world people turned on their television sets, and a few select groups piled into movie theaters, and saw "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th anniversary feature-length episode of the television series Doctor Who. For many of us, this was the culmination of years of anticipation and speculation. Who will return?

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine

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Probably the most successful superhero film franchise of the past 14 years, the X-Men films, which are credited with kick-starting the modern superhero film genre with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000, are still going strong with Bryan Singer set to return next year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer's first time in the director's chair of an X-Men film since X2: X-Men United in 2003. This year, however, saw the release of The Wolverine, a somewhat follow-up to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Loosely based on the fan favorite 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine was directed by James Mangold and sees the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a role he has reprised for all six X-Men films, including a small but memorable cameo in 2011's X-Men: First Class.

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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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We like to complain about all the things Washington, DC does wrong, but there's one thing that it gets very, very right--the Smithsonian Institution.  This past week, my wife and I took two visiting friends to the National Air and Space Museum, and a splendid time was had by all.  The highlight of the trip, for me, was to stand beside the retired Space Shuttle Discovery. 

But the Shuttle wasn't the only magnificent flying machine on display.  In fact, there was a mind-boggling collection of gliders, planes, rockets, satellites, helicopters, engines, models, and assorted detritus that just about everyone can find something to pique their interest.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness. The name is reminiscent of the title of the comic book prequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek: Countdown. Countdown to Darkness was written by Mike Johnson, writer of the original Countdown as well as the limited series Nero and the ongoing Star Trek monthly comic book, which is set in the JJ Abrams timeline, and was illustrated by David Messina, the artist on Countdown and Nero. Countdown to Darkness is a very interesting story and, with what little we know of the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness, does seem to set the movie up in the sense that you want to find out what happens next. It isn't "To Be Continued" so much as it definitely hints at another story, the film's story.

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Well, it's better than the first one, I can say that much for it. Here's the thing, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, though I realize I'm in the minority on that one, but it was a perfectly mediocre movie. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't unwatchable, either. My biggest problem with the first G.I. Joe was that it was kind of just a two hour toy commercial. I would much have preferred a more straight-forward military action film. But it wasn't terrible, and in a lot of ways, Retaliation is slightly better.

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