I moved!

Hello! I moved my site this weekend. My posts can now be found at: www.mylifeinthequeue.com .

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Day 64: Paranormal State, season 1 (2007)

Oh, how I love Netflix. I love the concept, the system, and the site. And lately, I have been seriously crushing on their recommendation system. Yeah, I know, it’s a bit silly of me to even consider their suggestions as my queue is already bursting at the seams, but I like it. Netflix asked if I enjoyed Being Human (I sure did!). Why not try Jekyll? It is then added to my queue. Do I like reality programming? Who doesn’t?! Then why not try Top Chef season one? Why not, indeed. Do I have an odd fondness for supernatural shows? Uh, yes. Have I considered Paranormal State? Well, I hadn’t, but I will. How could a system like that let me down? I mean, it is probably based on well thought-out algorithms, a literary analysis of genre, and the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Solid. So, based on this, over the past few days I have been watching a few episodes of Paranormal State.

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I’m Moving!! :)

So, it takes a while to pack over 500 films and television shows, but I am almost done. While I don’t look forward to lifting all these (virtual) boxes, I am excited about the change to my site.  Please note that after this weekend, you can find my reviews at: www.mylifeinthequeue.com . That’s a whole lot easier to remember than www.zalzalaweb.com/meg, now, isn’t it? Smile  I am thrilled about the change and look forward to your continued interest at my new address.


As always, have a wonderful day!

Day 63: Sherlock (2010)

I have one word to describe the first season of Sherlock, and that word is: Wow! Although I pretend to be hip to entertainment news, I was somehow unaware of the existence of this show. A friend recently told my husband and me about it, and we were able to catch the first episode when it aired on PBS. It was love at first viewing. I don’t know how to explain it, we just clicked. We laugh at the same jokes, we don’t have any extended periods of uncomfortable silence, and we finish each other’s sentences. You know how it goes. I should probably thank the friend that introduced me to the series that changed the last three Sundays of my life from bleh to “omg, the new Sherlock is on tonight.” I usually don’t do shout outs in my posts, but thanks, Brad– I owe you one (just one…he he).

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Day 62: Robin Hood (2010)

Today I decisively concluded that I prefer my Robin Hoods in fox form (with Kevin Costner as a close second). I should tell you that this is not a rash decision—it came after sitting through many long hours of Ridley Scott’s latest version. I am not exaggerating when I say several hours; the movie is close to two and a half hours long. This is about two hours too long for me.

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Day 61: Ink (2009)

There is an upscale grocery store about a block from where I live. I am totally addicted to it (probably because its just so darn convenient!). Every time I go to the store, I am enticed by their bakery. The cute little tarts, perfect slices of pie, fancy mousse desserts, and the delectable cookies look amazing; perfectly displayed in the case. Each of the baked goods appear delightful; and when I feel like splurging, I have been known to buy one of these treats. On the occasion that I do indulge, I am always disappointed by the product. The treats never quite live up to my expectations. Funny enough, I had similar feelings when I saw Ink today.

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Mid-Season T.V.: Or, What the Heck Was I Thinking?

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to when school started up. Not just the first day, mind you, the entire year. I thrilled at what the school year might hold for me—what would I learn? Who would I meet? And what projects would I work on? Yeah, I was a dork, so what? I just loved the potential of the upcoming school year; it was essentially my clean slate. However, my zealous attitude towards school would inevitably wear off sometime during the first month. Instead of hopping out of bed, I would drag myself like a turtle to the bus. During the first week of school, I would do my homework the second I got home; but as the weeks progressed, school took a backseat to DuckTales (woo ooo!) and Darkwing Duck (hmmm…do I have duck issues?). Eventually, the excitement and the procrastination would balance out, and I would have a noneventful but productive school year.

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Day 60: The Missing (2003)

Let me say upfront that I am sure most people will not agree with my review of The Missing. If the star rating system on Netflix is any indication (and it always is), people think this film is wonderful…or maybe it would be less of an exaggeration to say that people “like” this film and find it adequate. The people have spoken, I know, this film is supposedly above average. But I will let the cat out of the bag here– I didn’t like the movie. Now, my stunning powers of deduction would lead me to believe one of the following: (1) I am not a person. If people like it, and I don’t; therefore, how could I be a people? (2) The people are wrong. And I am right. End of story. (But this doesn’t really seem like me. I am pretty considerate of other people’s ideas…. maybe too much so). (3) Netflix made an error in calculating the rankings. No!! Well, I feel bad even saying that out loud. I know that can’t be right. Netflix is about as infallible as they come in my book. Or (4), I am a cranky reviewer. Sigh, my keen powers of deduction are hinting that option four is the most likely. I suppose step one is admitting I have a problem—or could I just admit that The Missing has a problem and say we are even?

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Day 59: The X-Files: Season 2 (1994)

There is something not quite right about me. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that I am older than six years old and I still wear shirts with kitties on them. Nor am I referring to the habit I have of making up songs to sing to the pooch (Although I must admit, the one about the bone-bone is pretty catchy). Or the fact that, on occasion, a handful of Cheetos sounds like the biznomb. Or the fact that I just wrote biznomb in my post today. Hmm….yeah, all of those habits are not quite right, but I was actually referring to my obsession with television shows. I have a compulsive need to finish entire seasons (series, even) as fast as possible. True, I am the type of a person who reads the last page of a mystery, then reads the rest of the book; so I am sure the desire to know what happens propels my compulsive TV habits. But I also just love stories—of all kinds– and I enjoy following interesting characters on their adventures. And isn’t television just the perfect medium for this?

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Film Flashback: The Goonies (1985)

I love the 80s. No, I am not talking about the VH1 show—but mostly about 80s pop culture (which is, funny enough, what that show is about). The movies are so over the top, the music is catchy, and the hair is big. Some of the films I watched as a kid created this bizarre love of movies within me. I realize now that it was total escapism. Willow was not real–though I probably spent more time trying to find out more about Nockmaar than was considered healthy. The Ghostbusters were just a bunch of comedians, and didn’t really have knowledge about the supernatural. At this point, I question whether Corey did, in fact, have a License to Drive. But the films were fun, youthful, and (maybe I am projecting my inner child here) innocent.

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