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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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BOOK REVIEW: "Frontier Earth" Allegedly by Bruce Boxleitner, but really by William Keith (1999)

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The Republispouse was looking to get me some gag gifts for Christmas this year, and stumbled across a couple of novels "By" Bruce Boxleitner in the local Family Dollar. With it's lurid cowboy front cover that would make Louis L'amour wince, and it's Babylon 5 Promotional Photo rear cover showing Boxleitner in an Earthforce uniform, flashing his "Hi, I'm Handsome!" smile, it is just one painfully embarrassing book to be seen holding in public.

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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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