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Quote of the Week

I don’t feel right.  I feel like I’m leaking.

James Kirk (Chris Pine)

Star Trek (2009)

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Trailer Trash: Star Trek Into Darkness

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New entry on the I Can’t Wait! List.  Behold the teaser trailer (Excuse me, “announcement” trailer.  La De Da.)  for the Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.  (Yes, they’re sticking with that clumsy title.)  And tease it does, providing mere glimpses of our beloved cast but lots of baddie Benedict Cumberbatch.  (Say that three times fast.)  Squees of joy!

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Troperiffic Tuesday!: Big Damn Heroes

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It’s the moment we go to the movies to see; the Damsel in Distress, or the Mentor, or the Innocent Bystander is about to be killed by the Big Bad, but at the very last second the lead bursts in and saves the day, making him the Big Damn Hero!

The entrance of the Big Damn Heroes is one of the most popular tropes in movies today, especially big blockbuster popcorn movies.  It creates a huge rush of adrenaline and rightly so.  As conflict is the heart of all drama, waiting until the last minute to rescue the victim makes maximum use of this tension.  And it’s usually accompanied by a swell in the music. Read more

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Troperiffic Tuesday: Lampshade Hanging

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What does this week’s trope have in common with your crazy Uncle Irwin?  Both wear a lampshade!  The trope this week is a trope about tropes.  Confused yet?  Then let’s learn about Lampshade Hanging.

Lampshade Hanging is sometimes used when a particular trope is glaringly obvious and threatens to distract from the story.  A trope is standing in the middle of the room in all it’s naked glory and the writer thinks that if he puts a lampshade on it, the audience will simply think it’s part of the scenery.  How does he do this?  By addressing the trope directly and calling it out.  Does it work?  If done correctly it does. Read more

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Troperiffic Tuesday: No OSHA Compliance

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Because most spaceships have rickety walkways over their nuclear core.

Welcome back to Trope of the Week or as it shall henceforth be called, Troperiffic Tuesday! 

Ever seen a movie where the cap is knocked off a pipe joint with very little effort and blinding hot steam comes spraying out?  Or someone has to cross a narrow walkway high above some flesh-grinding machinery with no guardrails?  Or a character falls into an easily accessible vat of acid?  Then you, my friend, are familiar with this week’s trope, No OSHA Compliance.  As always, SPOILERS FOLLOW. Read more

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Quote of the Week

Your father was captain of a starship for 12 minutes.  He saved the lives of 800 people, including your mother’s. And yours.  I dare you to do better.

Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood)

Star Trek (2009)

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Randomness: Oscar Notes 2010

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Here we go again!

7:06 pm – Of course they all look gorgeous but Sandra Bullock looks great!  That’s a winner’s dress.  Just my little prediction.

7:22 pm – Does Miley Cyrus even know who Kathy Ireland is?

7:43 pm – Yay!  Finally a funny opening act…and Doogie to boot! Read more

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2009: Best Moments in a Theater

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(I know everyone else is done with “year in review” articles but it is still January…just barely.)

Following a canon-destroying scene, the title card comes up with Michael Giacchino’s magnificent score underneath it. I am about to watch one of the best scifi movies in a long time. (Star Trek)

Pixar creates a perfect 10 minute film with a delightful 86 minute sequel attached. (Up) Read more

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Randomness: A Few Thoughts on the Golden Globes

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The Golden Globes were Sunday night and while I didn’t do a blow by blow blog (& probably won’t for the Oscars either)  I will offer a few scattered ramblings.

First off, of course I’m thrilled that my boy Downey Jr won Best Actor in Comedy/Musical for Sherlock Holmes.  It’s great to see him so happy & his charming speech was one of the highlights of the night.  But while his performance was awesome, I’m not sure he should have won.  Read more

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Randomness: JJ Abrams and his Mystery Box

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I’ve occasionally stumbled across Ted Talks on MentalFloss.com but I’ve never really had the time to explore them.  Yesterday I discovered this 20 minute manic and somewhat scattered speech by Lost & Alias creater, JJ Abrams.  While I do wish he had gone a little deeper into the topics, I appreciate his perspective on mystery & what good “action” movies are really about.  His thoughts reveal why he is such a successful writer and director.  Enjoy.

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