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TV MOVIE REVIEW: “Virtuality” (2009)

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Ah, the summer doldrums, when young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love and TV networks burn off their unsold pilots in an attempt to amortize their development costs. It’s romantic, really. We get a chance to meet and bond with characters that we’ll never see again, never get to know; we get a glimpse down a road the network, in it’s wisdom, decided not to travel down. We get to test the waters of what the suits think us hayseeds will like. We get a window in to which failed shows from the last few seasons the other suits feel are worthy of ripping off.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Sam Gunn Forever!" by Ben Bova (1998)

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Ben Bova is sort of a modern-day pulp writer. I read some of his stuff in the early 80s, and was not wowed by it. In those days, I kept my overflow books in my parents garage along with my old issues of Omni (Edited by Bova, coincidentally enough) and Starlog and Future Life, and what have you, and I’d paw through them while I was waiting for the glue to dry on whatever models I was building at the time. Most of my memories of Bova involve models of the Cygnus from Disney’s “The Black Hole”, and a lot of shivering.

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ by Douglas Adams (2002)

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Poor Douglas Adams. Poor, poor, poor Douglas Adams. I mean ‘Poor’ in the sense of lamentations, not literally: the man was amazingly filthy-stinking rich for what little actual work he did. The fact that he, himself, would admit his financial gains far outstripped any justification from his actual talent is one of the many things that I like about the guy. There are many things to like about Douglas Adams, not the least of which was that he was a genuinely funny man. On the other hand, for those of us who liked him, there are some things not to like about him.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The Sabbath Queen” (Episode 8)

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PLAY BY PLAY:

IN THE PAST:
five years ago? Ten? - Gath is massing their forces on the border and Princess Michelle is very sick - evidently with cancer - and is at deaths door, and King Silas can not concentrate. He is beside himself with grief, and near

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Boobytrap” (Episode 1) AND Robotech: “Boobytrap” (Episode 1)

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PREFACE

We’ve set out to go through the entire Macross franchise in chronological order here, and we just got through the first chapter: Macross Zero, a 5-episode miniseries which served as a prequel to the show that started it all, “Macross.” Whereas “Macross Zero” came out between 2002 and 2004, the original show came out in 1982/83.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Brotherhood” (Episode 7)

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The best Science Fiction series of 2009 lurches back from the grave, zombie-like, while NBC burns off it’s remaining unaired episodes. It’s strange to think that this was once considered the replacement for “ER,” before cooler heads prevailed. Just ten months ago, this show was eagerly, excitedly touted by the network as “The Next Lost,” and they gladly plunked down $4 million per episode on a twisty, turny, weird biblically-derived alternate history the likes of which American TV has never seen before. Nor, I don’t doubt, will we ever see anything like it again. Which is our loss, all our losses: the network, the viewing public, even the world if we factor in the overseas markets. Sad to see it walking-dead like this, lumbering from one grave to another, from hiatus to cancellation. It deserved better, and, once again, I’m annoyed with NBC - all too common in recent years - and their mad drive to outfox FOX in becoming the place where brilliant high-concept shows go to be brutally neglected and beaten to death by drooling troglodytes who call themselves executives.

But, shameful affront to genre, cast, crew and audience aside, “How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

I’m happy you asked: Pretty damn good, actually! Pretty damn good indeed!

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FAN FILM REVIEW: "The Hunt for Gollum" (2009)

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This is not science fiction, but since so many SF series - most notably Babylon 5 - have drawn from the Middle Earth Stories, and since we expressed interest in it recently on the site ( http://www.republibot.com/content/things-interest-us-even-though-theyre-... ) It seems only fitting and fair that I review this fan film.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Land of the Lost (2009)

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I am disappointed and heart-broken. I know that general consensus has been that this remake was a bad idea as constituted, but – if you follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/jobfaust) then you know that I am a dedicated and overly apologetic fan of Will Ferrell. I admit it – the guy makes me laugh. And he makes me laugh spasmodically. The relative quality of his films can easily be challenged, but the fundamental fact remains that, as it relates to me, almost all of his films have had 3 to 4 gut wrenching laughs from me that make up for all of the rest of movie’s failings.

I saw Semi-Pro with a group of my co-workers for a team building event one Friday afternoon and they thought I was going to die of asphyxiation (but with a lot less shame, effort and hidden darkness of soul than David Carradine did) during the scene in which the Basketball Alley Oop was first invented. In all of Ferrell’s movies I have always found moments of pure hilarity that gave me a reason to be grudgingly defensive of his filmic contributions to our culture. That is, until Land of the Lost.

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