Monday, June 30, 2008

Sex, sex, sex

1. Juno. Good. Music got annoying: too much and too often. I sometimes wished they were talking about something I was interested in (instead of boring punk music, nintendo or more on the film stuff). The first half was kind of blah, like yes, you're clever and articulate. Not clever enough to maneuver your way through some simple birth control though? Please. The second half was much, much better and very emotionally charged. Well done.

2. Original Sin. Probably the most explicit sex scene I've ever seen in a feature film (that wasn't I heart your C), TAXI ZUM KLO excepted, of course. WOW. That was crazy. Any yearning to see Angelina Jolie's breasts? Give this one a try. She looked weird during this whole thing, like sick or on something. I guess it was probably during the time when she was with Billy Bob or God knows who else. . . she cleans up pretty well, especially when she's preggo. This film was kind of ho-hum, even considering the sex scenes until the very end when that creepy dude kept following her around? Then I was a little disappointed that I hadn't paid more attention, as I had been trying to watch this and read my book at the same time. Then, outside, some sort of commotion was going on at the house across the street and the hooligans were crusing by very slowly BLASTING their hip hop from the car and then keeping it on while they parked for approximately 30 minutes. I finally had to get up and see what was going on out there when what appared to be a child ran out of the car and up into the neighbor's yard, followed by two adult gentlemen. I promptly made sure the doors were locked and retired for the evening.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lost Diaries: Episode 23 and 24

Exodus parts 1 and 2

"The French woman—Danielle Rousseau (guest star Mira Furlan)—shocks the survivors by showing up to the camp with a dire warning about "the Others" who are on the island, and the black smoke that precedes them. Meanwhile, Michael and Jin ready the raft for sailing. In flashbacks, we see the survivors final moments before they boarded their fateful flight."

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"The castaways on the raft run into unexpected trouble. Meanwhile, the remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch. Flashbacks continue to show the survivors' final moments before boarding their fateful flight."

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YES! Jack and Sawyer's Goodbye? I can't believe it. What is the fire burning business on the other side of the island? Sayid has keen insight into Rousseau's actions. Poor Claire. I don't think she can take much more of all this. What a wonderful show.

Here are the things I wrote when I originally finshed the first season, back in May. I thought they'd be, you know, relevant:

this is out of order from the lost diaries but i had to do it.

we finished it yesterday. it's like 24 now, where i keep thinking about it all the time and obsessing.
these are the thoughts i had after the end.....

hurley gets a lot of good one-liners (sarcasm) a security system that eats people?

wtf are the moving shadows/clicking noises? SERIOUSLY?

locke is okay with being pulled into the black hole? jack and kate threw TNT into the hole; the island is gonna be pissed.....

a "Locke problem?" if we live through this? science vs. faith. surgeon vs. freaky marlon brando guy?

funny how shannon seemed so random and insignificant at the beginning. now she gets to bone with sayid and hear the whispers! that's big!

sawyer and jack's goodbye is probably my favorite moment of the whole show. LOVE THEM BOTH. LOTS.

WALT. brian the step dad didn't want to raise him/said THINGS HAPPEN with him? what kind of "special" is this kid? he also said not to open the hatch. he TOLD locke this and he opened it anyway. you'd think that Locke would be able to sense if what walt was telling him was important....

where is beatrix kiddo on this island? don't let ANYONE mess with the pregnant chick OR her baby. what could be worse? sayid understands. do not try to understand her, she's a woman who's lost her child (rousseau). crazy old french bat. i'm sure this happens frequently in iraq; the losing of children.

WHAT IS WITH THE DELIVERANCE DUDES IN THE BOAT?!?!?!?!?!?!!? seriously! people have a way of being a bit too loose with their kids on this show. GRIP THEM TIGHTLY. do not let others remove them from your clutches. CHRIST. i have 3 kids and i am already mentally working out how i could cling onto them in the event of kidnapping island hillbillies or random tsunamis: zizzy on back, bubby in front helping me hold beebins. bite attackers with sharp teeth if need be. kick and flail like ruth stupes running away from the abortion house.

my theory on this is that it is an isolation booth that everyone is hooked up to, separately. the gvt is doing experiments on them, OR ALIENS. what makes me think this are the polar bears. and the random boats and planes. AND the hatch.
i made matt get season 2 last night. i am sooooooo excited.

Lost Diaries: Episode 22

Born To Run

"Jack suspects foul play when Michael becomes violently ill while building the raft. The suspects include Sawyer and Kate, who compete for the last seat on the raft and do anything possible to prevent each other from getting it. Meanwhile, a secret from Kate's past is revealed to the other survivors on the island."

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So was it Sun who doctored the water? WHAT UP? I was frankly expecting more from Kate's history and that ridiculous little airplane. The stuff about her and the old man is great, this is well, mediocre at best. I think the episodes leading up to the finales just have to be kind of dumb. Otherwise, how could they pull us all back in for another season next year if they don't pull out all the stops?

Lost Diaries: Episode 21

The Greater Good

"After another funeral, tempers rise as the survivors' suspicions of each other grow, and an unlikely survivor vows revenge. The events that landed Sayid on Flight 815 play out as he engages Locke in a psychological game of cat and mouse to uncover the truth about the mishap that claimed Boone's life."

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Blah. Again with this Boone business. Can't say I'll miss him. Can't say I'm even the least bit annoyed with Locke for letting him into that plane; someone had to do it, right? Sometimes Jack just needs to let it drop. Sayid is great.

Wow, Jack, Wow.

I couldn't have loved the finale of season 3 any more.

He loved her all along. OF COURSE HE DID!
I feel bad for the way the events are going/will go in the future, but the writing, the story-telling is **wonderful**.


the doomed doctor. lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The good with the bad.

Here are my thoughts on what I've been watching over the last week:

3. VANILLA SKY= so bad I have no words, other than I only endured about 30 minutes before stomping out of the room and going to bed EXTREMELY foul-mooded. GROSS.

Hang on just a minute here. . .

JOHN LOCKE? ROUSSEAU?!?!? desmond DAVID HUME??!?! and isn't there some reference in the last season (that I have not watched yet) to JEREMY BENTHAM?!!?!?

just what in the tut is going on with this show?

I am in the middle of season 3 right now and I seriously have no idea WHAT THE CRAP IS GOING ON.
Someone needs to throw me a bone here, and soon.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries: Episode 26

The Big, Tall Wish

originally aired: April 8, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Ivan Dixon, Steven Perry

"In this corner of the universe, a prize fighter named Bolie Jackson, one hundred eighty-three pounds and an hour and a half from a comeback at St. Nick's arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who by the standards of his profession is an aging, over-the-hill relic of what was and who now sees a reflection of a man who has left too many pieces of his youth before too many screaming people. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who might do well to look for some gentle magic in the hard-surfaced glass that stares back at him."

classification: drama

story: A child's faith helps an aging boxer win his last match.

my summary: So far the best thing about this episode is how instead of showing the actual punches in the ring the director closes in on the audience's reactions. The stop during the KO is also brilliant; cutting back to Henry wishing and again fans' reactions. Technically, a good episode. Story rather boring, though.

"Mr. Bolie Jackson, one hundred eighty-three pounds. Who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick's arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men, the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle, the kind of miracle to come from a little boy, perhaps only to be found in The Twilight Zone."

The Twilight Zone Diaries: Episode 25


originally aired: April 1, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Albert Salmi, Russell Johnson

"Commonplace if somewhat grim unsocial event known as a necktie party, the guest of honor a cowboy named Joe Caswell. Just a moment away from a rope, a short dance several feet off the ground and then the dark eternity of all evil men. Mr. Joe Caswell, who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow men, must have been out for a beer and missed out. Mr. Joe Caswell, in the last quiet moment of a violent life."

classification: drama

story: A scientist uses a time machine and unwillingly rescues a western outlaw from a hanging. The outlaw then kills the professor but is later strangled by a thief, who is accidentally sent back in time to take the outlaw's place."

my summary: A very annoying episode. Albert Salmi is a very disturbing actor. This guy's face is scary and mean. What a rude man. Ick. Story is quite dull although I can't say what would make it better. Probably nothing. The Professor (from "Gilligan's Island," Russell Johnson) is hot. That's one positive thing.

"This is November, 1880, the aftermath of a necktie party. The victim's name--Paul Johnson, a minor-league criminal and the take of another human's life. No comment on his death save this: justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calander. Tonight's case in point in The Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone Diaries: Episode 24

People Are Alike All Over

originally aired: March 25, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Roddy McDowell, Susan Oliver

"You're looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animal with extremely small heads whose name is man. Juan Marcusson, age 35. Samual A. Conrad, age 31. They're taking a highway into space, man unshackling himself and sending his tiny groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars and in just a moment we'll land there with them."

classification: science fiction

story: After landing on planet Mars, biologist Samual Conrad learns that people are indeed alike all over after they trick him and put him in a zoo.

my summary: Not too big a fan of this one; it's because of Conrad's character and his wishy-washy annoying nature. What a damned wimp. What is with blotting the drink behind his ears? FOR COLOGNE OR WHAT? Music is quite creepy. Conrad getting trapped is disturbing. THERE AREn'T ANY WINDOWS!!!!! Roddy McDowall later went on to play the vampire-killing codger (peter vincent?) in one of MY favorite 80s horror films: FRIGHT NIGHT. I think Marcy Darcy from "Married with Children" was also a star.

"Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristic of human beings. Head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet--a very tiny underdeveloped brain; comes from the primative planet named Earth. Calls himself Samual Conrad. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water, the electricity, and the central heat as long as he lives. Samual Conrad has found The Twilight Zone."

LOST Diaries: Episode 20

Do No Harm

"Jack tends to a severely wounded Boone after Locke returns him to the caves. In the confusion, Locke slips away to deal with his guilt over the crisis. Meanwhile, Claire unexpectedly goes into labor while deep in the forest."

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Yes. FINALLY a bit more about Jack. So he is the fixer, in everything. He can't let go? Takes care of everyone but himself. Life and death. Very nice. Kate delivers the baby. Very nice. I'm sure Claire will be about 98 pounds in the next episode.

LOst Diaries: Episode 19

Deux Ex Machina

"Locke thinks he's being sent a sign on how to get the hatch open, and he and Boone venture inland. Jack is reluctant to offer assistance when Sawyer begins to experience excruciating headaches and needs glasses."

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Boone is just worthless and annoying.
Sawyer and the glasses? WILD THING ON MAJOR LEAGUE MUCH?!?!?! I love it. Good thing Jack was able to trick Sawyer into divulging the STD details in front of Kate, just, you know, for her information down the line. Although at this point I have to say it wouldn't make one bit of difference to me, I'd do him anyway.

LOST Diaries: Episode 18


"When Hurley becomes obsessed with the French woman and heads into the jungle to find her, Jack, Sayid and Charlie have no choice but to follow. Hurley flashes back to the hugely life-altering experience he had before boarding the plane."

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Yeah, I wondered what the deal would be with Hurley. The institution? Hmmmm. I have to say, anytime the story takes a break from Jack or Sawyer I kind of start to get a little bored. I did enjoy Hurley coming back after meeting Rousseau. . . "SHE SAYS 'HEY'"
Hang on a damned minute here. Locke? Rousseau? isn't there some character BENTHAM down the line? what is going on here?
do i have to start reading these peoples' ETHICS or something, to find out what the island is?