July 19th, 2008

I Want More LIFE!


So I just watched the first two episodes of this season of Dr. Who. I must confess I'm underwhelmed. I can't wait for Russell Davies to go away. I can't believe how depressingly formulaic it's gotten. The Pompeii episode was just the latest in a line of horrible contrivances. The volcanic eruption of Vesuvius was enough; why did there need to be aliens? Why is it always aliens? In the very first series, there was a story about the Aztecs, with no supernatural element. Like Pompeii, there were "primitive gods" and superstition and sacrifice, but that was it. And it was enough. We got to see ol' William Hartnell putting the moves on a sexy widow, the male companion (yes, men can be companions, too--and there can be more than one companion at a time--and they don't always wait for the end of a season to disappear, which makes things more interesting) did some swashbuckling swordfighting, and the ladies made a stand on social issues. All that, without a monster of the week! 42 last season was a similar story; the concept of being locked on a ship that was plunging into the sun where all the crew members need set aside their personal drama to answer the trivia questions that will save their lives would have made a perfect story, right there, full stop. The part where the Doctor gets possessed was kinda cool, but you could have had that in another story (you can go back to aliens next week).

And really, what is RTD's thing with the-doctor-as-vehicle-for-fixing-up-some-girl's-otherwise-dull-life? He's not some kind of My Little Pony. The "Rose" formula (one companion, female, some sexual tension) needs to die. I know RTD was in love with Rose (why?), but I didn't really feel it myself. She was good (at times), but RTD is just hung up on her like some schoolboy still obsessed with his 'first.' Steven Moffat, save me.

Quizzical Movie Quiz

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1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

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2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.

Which theater?

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

More inclined? Eileen Dover. Hawhaw

I dunno, Joe Pesci? I imagine he could fuck you up pretty badly if he wanted you to see one of his movies. Well, not him personally. He's got guys for that sort of thing.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

Andre the Giant, but he's dead. I dunno, that acromegalic guy who played Lurch in The Addams Family? Either way, I don't think I'd be likely to see much of anything sitting behind either of them. I'd probably have to move.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from

I prefer to quote from movies I can't but do anyway. Usually last month's blockbuster, while watching this month's.

6. Name a movie musical thatfor which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

American Psycho

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.

Silence of the Lambs (or see above)

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

Coupon: The Movie. It's the law.

9. Name a movie that you own.

None right now, though I did option the sequel to Undercover Brother at one point, until I found out it would mostly revolve around Neil Patrick Harris' character (played by Macauley Culkin, since NPH was unavailable).

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Shari Lewis

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Nope, no movies. Just a double feature of Arachnophobia and Problem Child 2.

12. Ever made out in a movie?

I made out with my costar in a play, and someone filmed it. Does that count?

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just havent yet gotten around to it.

My friend sent me this tape. I think it's called Ringo or something? Maybe it's a Beatles thing. Anyway, he told me I had to watch it, but that was like 10 days ago. Come to think of it, I haven't heard from him in almost a week. Oh well. I'll get around to it.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

Yeah. The ushers get kind of brusque if you hang around too long when there's popcorn to be swept.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Again, which theater?

16. Popcorn?

No thanks. I've already brushed my teeth for the evening.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

I often get this bizarre sensation that I just have *too* much money. Oh, and that my life too long by just about 2-3 hours.

18. Whats the last movie you saw in the theater?

Mann's Chinese? The Loews on 42nd St.? The IMAX at the Liberty Science Center?

19. Whats your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

I like 'em talkies m'self.

20. Whats the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

Listen, if you're not going to be more specific, I can't help you.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

Any celebrity sex tape, really.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

When you say "enjoyed"... well, does porn count?

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?

Any celebrity sex tape, really.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?

Any amateur sex tape, really.