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(not at all science fiction) MOVIE REVIEW: “Fly me To the Moon” (2008)

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I only sort-of saw this, really…I say “Sort of” because…The Republikid and went to the local IMAX theater and it turned out they were showing a 45 minute cut of a 90 minute movie. That actually worked out to our advantage, though, as both of us thought the movie was pretty bad and 90 minutes would have been more than we could stand.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Lost: "Some Like It Hoth" (Season 5, Episode 13)

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"Let's face it, dude: Ewoks suck."

Is there a fourth group at work in this show? I'm beginning to suspect there is, but we'll get to that after the play-by-play.

In 1977

- Miles is born on The Island, though we don't actually see this happen.
- Miles parents split up acrimoniously, and Miles and his mom leave the Island, though we don't actually see this happen, and it's possible it actualy takes place in early 1978.
- Kate and Sawyer come back from giving lil' Ben to The Others.
- Sawyer has other matters to attend to, and asks Miles to wipe the tapes from the Sonar Fence.

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BOOK REVIEWS: “Space Patrol: The Official Guide to the Galactic Security Force” by “Stephen Caldwell” (1980)

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Ok, a little backstory here: Back in 1977/78, in the crazy Science Fiction boom following Star Wars, everyone was in a mad dash to get SOME kind of SF-related product out there to liberate us tykes from our parent’s hard-earned money. Into this melee of unsupervised, unexpected niche-capitalism came Stewart Cowley, a junior editor at some English publishing house or another.

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(Belated)MOVIE REVIEWS: “Serenity” (2005)

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Just re-watched this movie and I just can’t help being disappointed by it. I realize that’s heresy since I loved the series beyond any limit of what is considered socially acceptable, but there you are.

Having pondered it a bit for a while now, I think there's no single cause, but probably a lot of tiny one that by themselves would be unnoticeable:
* The soundtrack was done by someone different from the TV show, and made use of no themes from the show, excepting a 15 second audio cameo in the very end of the credit roll. The STYLE of the music is different, too.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Born To run” (Season 2, Episode 22 - Season Finale)

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…And so it all comes down to this: The Season finale, and very likely the series finale as well. We start off where we left off last week, with Sarah in Jail, and John and Cameron on the lam. Shirley Manson from Garbage tells the bald dude to move John Henry, but he points out that they can’t - JH has progressed to such a level that there’s no longer a clear distinction between machine and software. Much like a human brain, you can’t point to a specific location and say “That’s my soul,” rather who and what we are permeates our ‘hardware’ holographically. That’s the point JH has gotten to.

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(BELATED)MOVIE REVIEWS: Capsule reviews of “The Dark Knight,” and “Stardust.”

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“The Dark Knight” was really, really good. I was very impressed. I’d postponed watching it because I’m a parent and get little free time, and I didn’t want to blow my rare nights out on a silly superhero movie, but grudgingly I went to see it, and damn if it wasn’t amazingly awesome, even if the soundtrack kind of sucks and at least one fight sequence was too damn choppy to follow.

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SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEWS: “Scatterbrain” by Larry Niven (2003)

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Mister Niven is one of my favorite Science Fiction writers. He’s concocted my favorite fictional universe (“Known Space”) and he’s only written two books I’m aware of that are so bad they made me want to murder people (“World out of Time” and “The Griping Hand”). I forgive him for that.

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(Belated) MOVIE REVIEWS: “Iron Man” (2008)

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I can’t say as I was psyched about watching this movie before hand. First of all, I’m a DC geek, not a Marvel Geek, though I will admit that Iron Man is one of a very small handful of Marvel characters that are actually kinda’ cool. (Short list: Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Spiderman when he’s taken his lithium, that’s about all I can think of right now. Oh, and I liked the Hulk when he could talk and was a bouncer at that Vegas casino. Remember that?) I don’t really care for Robert Downey, Jr. even before his drug use got completely out of hand.

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