Day 58: The Descent: Part 2 (2009)


I guess titles say a lot about a film. They can draw the viewer in like a siren singing the melodic song to attract sailors. They can be informative; telling the audience exactly what to expect. They can be catchy, like something out of a P.T. Barnum handbill or a Mark Twain witticism. Or they can be just plain boring. Such is the case with The Descent: Part 2. I should have considered myself warned.

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Day 57: Encounters at the End of the World (2007)


Encounters at the End of the World just wasn’t what I thought it would be. Come to think of it, I don’t know what I expected from this film. I did know it had something to do with Antarctica, that it wasn’t about a family of penguins, and that it was directed by Werner Herzog (who is perhaps most recently known for his film, Grizzly Man). I also I knew it was nominated for a “Best Feature Length Documentary” Oscar (I don’t know why I actually bother to use this as a measure of a film’s quality, but, sadly, I still do at times) . And, as reliable as death and taxes, I added it to my queue shortly thereafter. As to be expected, I ended up watching this film a few years after I put it on my queue. Typical me.

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Day 56: The Crazies (2009)


Halloween (or, as my spell check wants to say, Hallowe’en) is fast approaching. Next week at this time, I will be running to the grocery store to buy the last bags of Hallowe’en candy. It is our first year in our new home, and we expect to have trick or treaters. However, when they see the second rate candy we will most likely be handing out (because all of the good stuff sold out by the time I am motivated to buy it), I am sure our house will be branded as the house with the bad treats. Neighbors will shun us. People will cross the street to avoid our house. Kids will throw eggs and rotten tomatoes at the front porch. Dogs will leave “presents” in our front lawn. All because I bought the wrong candy. No pressure. Yeah, I know I could go to the store early to guarantee the acquisition of acceptable candy, but I had stuff to do today. Stuff that included not being able to finish The Crazies. Sorry. Another one bites the dust.

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Day 55 : Being Human, series 1 (2008)


You would that think by now I would know how to spot a vampire when I see one. The same goes for werewolves–and don’t get me started on ghosts. I’ve read all of the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series; and watched the shows that were born from these two franchises. Hell, I even watched Fright Night, which, oddly enough, kind of combined the whole vampire and wolf thing. I have seen enough Ghost Hunters episodes to earn me respect on several internet forums (should I choose to comment). So you think I would be prepared for a show like Being Human. Yeah, one would think that, but I guess I wasn’t.

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Film of the Month Club: Get Ready for Goonies!


Pull out those leg warmers you had stashed for a rainy day. Tease your bangs to astronomical heights. Listen to some Cyndi Lauper (hey, it’s empowering). Buy a case of Baby Ruth bars. Dust off your treasure hunting shoes. I plan to take a trip down memory lane and watch The Goonies. Do you feel up for the adventure?

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Day 54: Sunshine Cleaning (2008)


I am waiting ever so patiently for the UPS truck to arrive. Ever so patient, I am. You see, the UPS truck has precious cargo—or at least, precious to me—Fallout: New Vegas. Now, I won’t waste your time talking about how psyched I am for this video game; I did enough of that yesterday. But still, I wait. To pass the time (and to knock off another title from the list), I watched Sunshine Cleaning. Yeah, I’ll be honest; I chose it because it was 91 minutes long. Hey, I have to save some of this motivation for Fallout, right?

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Day 53: Gamer (2009)


I expect this week to be awesome. Not only is my birthday fast approaching and the weather feels more like fall every day; but within the next day or two, I will be spending quality time in Vegas. I don’t mean Las Vegas (I was just there this past weekend)– but New Vegas. What I believe will be my favorite video game of the year (if prior games are any indication) releases tomorrow. Sweet, sweet, post-apocalyptic Fallout: New Vegas; we will have some quality time together soon. Yeah, I know, I really have enough to do with my free time as is with TV and Netflix; but trust me, I will make time for Fallout, I always do. In honor of this much anticipated release, I decided to stick with the whole video game theme and watched Gamer (OK, folks, you should know by now that quality does not always win out in my queue selections).

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Day 52: Bolt (2008)


All I wanted to do today was watch some X-Files, season 2. It’s cold and cloudy here. I just felt like putting on some flannel pants, popping my toesies in a soft pair of slippers, and curling up on the sofa for some unexplained cases and conspiracy theories. Is that so wrong? Apparently it was. I am nowhere close to finishing the second season (if I started it when I woke up today and watched episodes back to back until I went to sleep, I still wouldn’t have the season finished), and I know I had to knock something off of my queue today. Naturally, the runner-up was Bolt. You know what I always say (or always, starting right now), “If you can’t watch conspiracy shows, a talking dog is the next best thing.” I am sure that adage is one for the ages.

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Exciting plans for this site!


I was looking over my website today, when I realized I have been writing reviews since July 27. Wow, I can’t believe I am already about two and a half months into my little challenge. Time flies, huh? While I must admit that I haven’t made as much of a dent in my queue as I would have hoped—mostly due to my obsession with constantly adding titles—I have to say I have been enjoying myself immensely with this project.

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TV-mania! Wednesday’s Wrap-Up


Have I mentioned that I really love Wednesdays? If I haven’t: I love Wednesday. It is the new TGIF (TGIW?). Sure, there is no feisty toddler saying, “You got it, dude,” anytime there is a pause in dialogue; but all around, Wednesday has proven to be a good TV day.

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