Thunderbirds Are Go...Again

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Well, it looks like WETA Workshops has had a hand in rebooting the old Thunderbirds television series, some 50 years after the original aired.  There have been a few abortive attempts to remake Gerry Anderson's most successful puppetshow, some creepier than others, but this one captures the meticulous look of the original, while using CGI to update the characters so they retain the spirit of the originals while having better proprtions and movements.


MOVIE REVIEW: The Three Musketeers (2011)

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In the interest of full disclosure, let me say right up front here that I don’t believe it is possible to surpass the monumental artistic achievement that is the 1973 Richard Lester adaptation of this story. Having said that, I went into this movie with relatively high hopes because... well...: sword fighting, Milla, and Air Ships.

Alas, it was not meant to be.


MOVIE REVIEW: The Thing (2011)

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The Thing was a 1982 science fiction/horror film directed by John Carpenter. It was based on a novella called "Who Goes There?" written by John W. Capmbell, jr. and originally published in 1938. The novella was first adapted as a motion picture in 1951 titled The Thing from Another World. Despite popular belief, John Carpenter's The Thing was NOT a remake of the 1951 film. More appropriately, it was an attempt to do a more accurate adaptation of the novella than the original movie had been. In that same vein, the new film is not a remake of the 1982 movie, nor is it another interpretation of the novella. Simply put, it is a prequel that couldn't have come up with a better name than just using the name of the original, The Thing.


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 ( 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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