Tuesday, November 30, 2004

They'll love me for lovin' them and I'll love them for lovin' me

I know I know, I haven't updated in a while. I've been meaning too, but I guess I'm just not wanting to return from vacation. That, and I've had alot of other work build up on vacation that needs tending to first. So, I'll be posting a worthy post soon, like tomorrow. TTFN.

Until then, check out my personal pics for the shameless People's Choice Awards (American's have bad taste).

POPCORN PICKS:

Favorite Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Fahrenheit 9/11
The Incredibles
Shrek 2
Spiderman 2

Favorite Movie Drama

The Bourne Supremacy
Collateral
Finding Neverland
The Passion of the Christ
Ray

Favorite Movie Comedy
13 Going on 30
Anchorman
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Mean Girls
Shrek 2

Favorite Animated Movie
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Shrek 2
SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie
Team America: World Police

Favorite Sequel
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Shrek 2
Spiderman 2

Favorite Animated Movie Star
Donkey in Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy)

Elastigirl in The Incredibles (Holly Hunter)
Frozone in The Incredibles (Samuel L. Jackson)
Puss In Boots in Shrek 2 (Antonio Banderas)
Shrek in Shrek 2 (Michael Myers)

Favorite Villain Movie Star
Bill in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (David Carradine)
Doc Ock in Spiderman 2 (Alfred Molina)
Elle Driver in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Daryl Hannah
The Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 (Jennifer Saunders)
Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Gary Oldman)

Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (50 First Dates)
Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine)
Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland)
Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire (Spiderman 2)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (Starsky and Hutch)

Favorite Female Movie Star
Nicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Julia Roberts
Charlize Theron
Reese Witherspoon

Favorite Male Movie Star
George Clooney
Tom Cruise
Johnny Depp
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington


Favorite Female Action Movie Star
Kate Beckinsale
Halle Berry
Angelina Jolie
Keira Knightley
Uma Thurman

Favorite Male Action Movie Star
Matt Damon
Hugh Jackman
Tobey Maguire
Viggo Mortensen
Will Smith

Favorite Leading Lady
Drew Barrymore
Jennifer Garner
Natalie Portman
Kate Winslet
Renee Zellweger

Favorite Leading Man
Zach Braff
Jim Carrey
Colin Farrell
Jude Law
Brad Pitt

THE BOX

Favorite New TV Comedy
Complete Savages
Entourage
Father of the Pride
Joey
Quintuplets

Favorite New TV Drama
Boston Legal
CSI: NY
Desperate Housewives
Jack and Bobby
Lost

Favorite TV Comedy
Arrested Development
Everybody Loves Raymond
Scrubs
That 70's Show
Will & Grace

Favorite TV Drama
Alias
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Gilmore Girls
The O.C.
Sopranos

Favorite Female TV Star
Jennifer Garner (Alias)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Favorite Male TV Star
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Zach Braff (Scrubs)
Matthew Fox (Lost)
Matt Le Blanc (Joey)
James Spader (Boston Legal)

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Jimmy Kimmel
Jay Leno
David Letterman
Conan O'Brien
Jon Stewart

Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host (obstain)
Tony Danza
Ellen Degeneres
Dr. Phil McGraw
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Reality Show/Competition (obstain)
The Amazing Race
American Idol
The Apprentice
Survivor
Last Comic Standing

Favorite Reality Show/Makeover
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Pimp My Ride
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Trading Spaces
What Not to Wear

Favorite Reality Show/Other (obstain)
Airline
Newlyweds
The Real World
Surreal Life
Wife Swap

They'll love me for lovin' them and I'll love them for lovin' me

I know I know, I haven't updated in a while. I've been meaning too, but I guess I'm just not wanting to return from vacation. That, and I've had alot of other work build up on vacation that needs tending to first. So, I'll be posting a worthy post soon, like tomorrow. TTFN.

Until then, check out my personal pics for the shameless People's Choice Awards (American's have bad taste).

POPCORN PICKS:

Favorite Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Fahrenheit 9/11
The Incredibles
Shrek 2
Spiderman 2

Favorite Movie Drama

The Bourne Supremacy
Collateral
Finding Neverland
The Passion of the Christ
Ray

Favorite Movie Comedy
13 Going on 30
Anchorman
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Mean Girls
Shrek 2

Favorite Animated Movie
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Shrek 2
SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie
Team America: World Police

Favorite Sequel
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Shrek 2
Spiderman 2

Favorite Animated Movie Star
Donkey in Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy)

Elastigirl in The Incredibles (Holly Hunter)
Frozone in The Incredibles (Samuel L. Jackson)
Puss In Boots in Shrek 2 (Antonio Banderas)
Shrek in Shrek 2 (Michael Myers)

Favorite Villain Movie Star
Bill in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (David Carradine)
Doc Ock in Spiderman 2 (Alfred Molina)
Elle Driver in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Daryl Hannah
The Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 (Jennifer Saunders)
Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Gary Oldman)

Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (50 First Dates)
Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine)
Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland)
Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire (Spiderman 2)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (Starsky and Hutch)

Favorite Female Movie Star
Nicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Julia Roberts
Charlize Theron
Reese Witherspoon

Favorite Male Movie Star
George Clooney
Tom Cruise
Johnny Depp
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington


Favorite Female Action Movie Star
Kate Beckinsale
Halle Berry
Angelina Jolie
Keira Knightley
Uma Thurman

Favorite Male Action Movie Star
Matt Damon
Hugh Jackman
Tobey Maguire
Viggo Mortensen
Will Smith

Favorite Leading Lady
Drew Barrymore
Jennifer Garner
Natalie Portman
Kate Winslet
Renee Zellweger

Favorite Leading Man
Zach Braff
Jim Carrey
Colin Farrell
Jude Law
Brad Pitt

THE BOX

Favorite New TV Comedy
Complete Savages
Entourage
Father of the Pride
Joey
Quintuplets

Favorite New TV Drama
Boston Legal
CSI: NY
Desperate Housewives
Jack and Bobby
Lost

Favorite TV Comedy
Arrested Development
Everybody Loves Raymond
Scrubs
That 70's Show
Will & Grace

Favorite TV Drama
Alias
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Gilmore Girls
The O.C.
Sopranos

Favorite Female TV Star
Jennifer Garner (Alias)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Favorite Male TV Star
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Zach Braff (Scrubs)
Matthew Fox (Lost)
Matt Le Blanc (Joey)
James Spader (Boston Legal)

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Jimmy Kimmel
Jay Leno
David Letterman
Conan O'Brien
Jon Stewart

Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host (obstain)
Tony Danza
Ellen Degeneres
Dr. Phil McGraw
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Reality Show/Competition (obstain)
The Amazing Race
American Idol
The Apprentice
Survivor
Last Comic Standing

Favorite Reality Show/Makeover
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Pimp My Ride
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Trading Spaces
What Not to Wear

Favorite Reality Show/Other (obstain)
Airline
Newlyweds
The Real World
Surreal Life
Wife Swap

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Pardon Me

I and Stars the turkey pardoned by President Bush, would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

THE BOX: In the "House"

If you want to see the best breakthrough performance by a male this television season, tune into House, Tuesday 9 p.m. on Fox.



Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) does for medicine what Alan Shore (James Spader) of Boston Legal does for law. This show adds more excitement to a hospital than the first season of ER (no George Clooney needed). Hugh Laurie, after two episodes, is a lock for an Emmy next year... my opinion anyway. Yes this show is that good. The flanking cast, including Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps, have proved nothing more than Dr. House's whipping boys and girl. His snide arrogance and irreverant sense of humor is nothing less than beautiful and endearing... to me at least. He kinds reminds me of some of the people I've dated.

Anyway, this is what the Official Site says:

"DR. GREGORY HOUSE (Hugh Laurie) is devoid of bedside manner and wouldn’t even talk to his patients if he could get away with it. Dealing with his own constant physical pain, he uses a cane that seems to punctuate his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. While his behavior can border on antisocial, House is a maverick physician whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts have afforded him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he’s a brilliant diagnostician who loves the challenges of the medical puzzles he must solve in order to save lives. House’s roster of medical cases are the inexplicable ones other doctors can’t solve, and he has assembled an elite team of young medical experts to help him in his effort to solve these diagnostic mysteries."

Solving the dilema. While House takes over 24's former time slot, earlier this fall I fell in love with Veronica Marson the UPN at 9 p.m. Since I'm TiVo-less, what's a girl to do?



MTV "repurposes" the prior week's Veronica Mars at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Oh well, I'm satisfied being a week behind. Check 'em out!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Blog On...

I will, once again, blatantly pimp some other blogs worth a mention.

Love blondes (in movies)? Check out DKME. My friend Darren has what some would consider an unhealthy obsession with blonde (most temporarily brunette) actresses including Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Laura Dern, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many more. He keeps the world updated on development deals, awards, promotional stuff, and his famous "random thoughts".

Love Indie Rock? Check out The Big Ticket. I'm quite bias seeing the blogger was or is rather a good friend of mine. Monday through Friday you can find a plethora of mp3's to expand your musical horizons as well as Jon's other momentary philosophies he feels the need to share.

Do you hate the "haters"? Check out Political Fusion, a political blog dedicated to common ground even where there seams like none can exist. PF follows divisive domestic issues like gay marriage, abortion, separation of church and state, censorship, "values" debates, environmentalism, balance of power issues, and the president's agendas of tax and social security reform. Remember, you can't challenge your enemies unless you know what they're thinking.

Last but not least, Love Lost? If so, check out one of the best fansites out there, http://www.lost-tv.com There's a constant link on the side panel. There are tons of goodies to keep you castaway lovers entertained. P.S. They're all dead.


Monday, November 22, 2004

THE BOX: I came to ride the bull!

Desperate Housewives 1-07: "Anything you can Do"

Conjectures:
My friend Darren pointed out that Edie couldn't be the blackmailer because all of her things were burnt in the fire. Which means the stationary is Mrs. Huber's. This would definitely fit with her personality.



As for Mike and Kendra, could it really be as obvious and clear cut as she is Mary Alice/Angie's sister? What if she was Dana's sister? What if Mary Alice was her mother who ran away with another man? What if Mary Alice was her sister and her mother, Chinatown style?



Is Rex gay?



Is Mike a good guy?



Will Mama Solis die?

Will Gabrielle ever keep her legs closed?



The fact that all editing suggested that Shaft was gonna take out Edie pretty much ensures her survival. (Unless that's just a red herring.)

From ABC: 11/21/2004
Susan is miffed when Mike's unexpected - and very sexy - houseguest (guest star Heather Stephens) forces him to postpone their first official "date"; Lynette becomes steadily more dependent on the twins' ADD medication; Gabrielle becomes jealous of the "other" woman in John's life; Bree's kids mutiny when they learn their dad has moved out; and the enigmatic Mr. Shaw (guest star Richard Roundtree) comes closer to solving one of Wisteria Lane's big mysteries.

POPCORN REVIEWS: Sunset & Elf

Before Sunset: 8/10



This movie was a brilliant follow up to Before Sunrise which I haven't seen since 1995. That was back when I was a die hard romantic longing to travel the world and make amazing films. Yes, and now I'm what I am. I love the structure of this film, like grabbing a cup of coffee with an old friend who's in town for the holidays. Julie is gorgeous and Ethan was endearing and lovable. While I wasn't big on the flashback sequences in the beginning, I love the rest of the film. The screenplay was brilliant and the tone perfectly executed. This is a short film but just enough for what it had to offer. I couldn't help but think of Uma Thurman while Ethan discussed his wife and child. I watched and listened to Julie flawlessly divuldge the secrets of feminine relationship rational. This film is worth every moment and will make you examine your own relationships and the past decade of your life.

Elf: 10/10



If you don't love this movie, you're nothing more than a cotton-headed ninnie muggin's. Yeah, I went there. This film was just as fun and heart warming on DVD as it was in the theater. I could watch this film again and again year after year and never grow tired of it's innocent humor. Will Ferrel is nothing short of brilliant as Buddy the Elf (What's your favorite color?). If Elf can't warm your heart, you're most likely dead.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

THE BOX - "Polar Bears?" "Yeah, you didn't hear about that?"



After last night's episode, do I still think everyone is dead? Yes.
Why? Well, there are other forces at play in the whispering voices. Also, Danielle and her party ended up on the island under tragic circumstantces as well, a boat wreck.

I still believe the people are dead. I've though this ever since "white rabbit". The line the lady said on the beach was a direct referrance to this theory.

What about the the voices? They could be cross dimensional interference. Have you seen The Others? If you know what the ghosts were in that movie, this will make sense.

Lost 1-09: "Solitary"



From ABC:

Sayid sits alone on an unfamiliar stretch of beach. He stares at the photo of the Arab woman we saw Claire return to him in "Walkabout." After running his fingers lovingly over it and placing it back inside his pack, Sayid stands to continue his journey. But something catches his eye. A closer look reveals it as a piece of wire sticking out of the sand. Sayid pulls the wire, lifting it out of the sand, leading into the jungle.

On our beach, Kate tells Jack she's worried about Sayid — it's been two days since he left. Jack tells her that Sayid is a trained soldier and can take care of himself.

Back in the jungle, Sayid continues to follow the cable until he sees something that causes him to stop in his tracks. There, hidden in the thick undergrowth of the jungle is a tripwire. Sayid carefully steps over the booby trap only to find that the wire was designed to get him to do exactly that. He's snatched into the air and slammed into a tree, impaling his leg on a branch. He continues to hang in the trap for a long time, quietly praying when he hears something coming. Caught between fear and hope, he calls out for help. The rope that's holding him is cut with one swipe of a machete and Sayid comes crashing to the ground. He's able to see the faint outline of someone coming towards him before he passes out.

At the caves, Jack is tending to the various ailments of the survivors. Hurley comments that everyone appears severely strung out. Jack tells Hurley at least they're surviving and they should be happy about that. Jack: "Things could be worse." Hurley: "How?"

As Sayid slowly regains consciousness, he hears a woman's voice ask, "Where is Alex?" When Sayid doesn't answer, the shadowy figure that belongs to the voice flips a switch and electricity surges through the wire bed frame that Sayid is tied to. His body jerks in response to the pain. Sayid begs her to stop and tries to tell her he doesn't know who Alex is, but the switch is flipped again and the light bulbs dim as the voltage is channeled to more painful use.

We FLASHBACK to an interrogation room where a younger, uniformed Sayid works over a prisoner tied to a chair. He beats him savagely until his victim relents. Sayid's superior, "Omar" is impressed enough to promote him and as they playfully tease each other outside the torture rooms, a female prisoner is led across their path. She and Sayid seem to share a flash of recognition, but before they can act on it, she is led away.

Night has fallen at the caves and Hurley is roused from his sleep when Locke returns to camp with some additional luggage he and another survivor found while out tracking game. As they leave it to Hurley to process for useful items, Walt wakes up and asks Locke if he can go hunting with him. Before Locke can answer, Michael wakes up and answers for him. No chance…

We rejoin Sayid in the island in midst of another jolt of electricity. He pleads with his captor, claiming he doesn't know who Alex is! He survived a plane crash and heard a distress call that a French woman left—one that has been playing for sixteen years. When his captor repeats the distress call, we realize that Sayid is being held by the FRENCH WOMAN herself! As she comes into frame and reveals her wild eyes, she tells Sayid that she knows who he really is and knocks him out again.

When he comes to once more, Sayid sees the French Woman rummaging through his pack. He takes a moment to look around her habitat and notices a name stenciled on the back of a jacket. He says it aloud, "Rousseau." But hearing her name only makes her more suspicious and she wants to know more about Sayid. She finds the photos in his backpack and asks him who the woman is. And that question is answered when we FLASHBACK to the prison where we saw Sayid earlier. He has been given a new prisoner to interrogate, but when he steps inside to begin his questions, he discovers this is no ordinary prisoner—it's the woman who crossed his path in the previous flashback. She calls Sayid by his given name and we learn that they grew up together, when he knew her as "Nadia." She wonders how the boy she liked so much as a child could willingly serve the regime of Saddam Hussein. She shows him the scars that mark the other interrogations she has suffered through and says she will tell him nothing. Sayid: "Then I'm going to hurt you." Nadia: "I know."

Back in real time, the French Woman wants to know if the woman in the photo is on the island. Sayid tells her that she is dead because of him. This admission seems to form a connection with the French Woman who tells Sayid her name is "Danielle" and shares that she knows what it is like to lose a love. Sayid asks if she means "Alex", but she says it was Robert, a fellow scientist stranded with Danielle when their research vessel sank off the island years ago.

Meanwhile, at the caves, Michael is in the middle of showing Jack his design for an ingenious shower system when Charlie summons them to a grassy hill over the ocean where they are met with something totally unexpected—even for this island. A golf bag was found in the wreckage and Hurley has been busy constructing a primitive 2-hole golf course to raise spirits.

Back at Danielle's habitat, she shows Sayid a broken music box that Robert gave her. Sayid offers to fix it…if she will untie his hands. She goes to a cabinet and removes an ancient hypodermic syringe, using sandpaper to remove the rust from the needle itself. As Sayid begs her not to do it, she jabs him in the leg and sends him under. When he comes to, Sayid is chained to a desk by his feet and the music box is waiting in front of him. She mentions the presence of the "others", but when Sayid asks if she has actually seen other people on the island, she says no. However, she claims to hear them…out there in the jungle. They whisper…

We FLASHBACK to the prison in Iraq as Sayid enters Nadia's cell with some food—and a seemingly genuine concern for her. Sayid shows her a series of photos and begs her to simply nod at the one who helped plan the bombing he's been investigating. If she does just that, he's sure he can get her released. And though we can see her affection for Sayid, Nadia won't do it.

Back in real time, Sayid uses the tools Danielle provided to work on the mechanics and soon it is playing just like new. As Danielle revels in the joy of the music, Sayid asks her to let him go. He now realizes that he must return to his friends. If they have any hope of rescue, they must all work together. Danielle tells him he can't leave, he needs her if he wants to survive—and as they are arguing there is a menacing ROAR from outside. Danielle immediately springs into action, grabbing her rifle, a knife and extra ammo. "Maybe it's one of the bears," she says. "Dinner." Sayid asks her to untie him so he can go with her. She tells him no—she knows he will only run off. As she is climbing out of the habitat, Sayid warns her that it might be the monster. Danielle looks at Sayid with a mixture of pity and reassurance—"Poor Sayid," she says. "There are no such things as monsters." As soon as she leaves the habitat, Sayid opens his hand to reveal a tiny screwdriver he managed to palm without Danielle seeing. He uses it to break free and he quickly gathers his things. He takes the many charts and maps on the table, stuffs them into his backpack and grabs the spare rifle before climbing his way out.

In FLASHBACK we go once more to the Iraqi prison to learn that Sayid has been ordered to shoot Nadia. He argues for more time, but Omar orders him to get on with it—it's been months and she's given them nothing. Sayid marches Nadia under armed guard toward the killing room. When they reach the room, he dismisses the other guards, telling them he'll take over from there. Once they're out of sight, he removes Nadia's hood and leads her to a door. He tells her that there's a truck outside that will be leaving for Baghdad in a few minutes—if she hurries, she can hide in the back and escape before anyone notices. As he removes her chains, Omar comes from behind and demands to know what's going on. Sayid's face answers the question for him and as he pulls his sidearm, Sayid draws his own and shoots Omar. Nadia begs Sayid to come with him, but he tells her he can't. If he deserts, Saddam's forces will murder his entire family. Nadia manages to write something on the back the familiar photo that Sayid carries before fleeing out the door.

Back in the jungle, Sayid struggles on his bad leg to escape. He hears someone coming and hides just in time to see Danielle looking for him. He gets the drop on her and tells her to throw down her weapon, but she won't listen. He tells her if she doesn't drop the gun, he'll have to shoot her, but she still raises the gun into firing position. Sayid is forced to pull the trigger — CLICK. Nothing happens. Danielle tells Sayid that she removed the firing pin. After an impassioned exchange between them, Danielle agrees to let Sayid leave, but refuses to come back with him. Sayid has one final question before he leaves, "Who is Alex?" Danielle has a look of sadness when she answers, "Alex was my child."

Meanwhile, in the valley, the whole camp is watching the first "Island Open" as Jack, Charlie and Michael battle it out on the golf course. People are actually laughing for what seems like the first time since they crashed here. Even Sawyer manages to share the moment with the others. But not everyone is at the Golf tournament. As Locke practices throwing one of his knives into the trunk of a tree, Walt emerges from the brush. He asks Locke to teach him. After considering the question for a moment, Locke turns the knife around and hands it to Walt. As he takes it, we are left to wonder just what he has begun…

As night falls, Sayid struggles to make his way back to the beach. The wind howls around him and for a moment he thinks he hears something…the whispering of voices. As we push in on Sayid, we are left to wonder whether the wind is playing tricks on him or…if there really is something out there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Vampire-Style Killer Found Dead in Prison

I find odd news stories very interesting, and since I'm a fan of gothic horror, I figured I share this one. It also involves film. Dracula is one of my favorite book's. Bram Stoker did alot of research in folklore and history to create the character of the infamous count. The legend of vampires is rooted in fear and a lack of medical understanding involving disease and disorders at a time when the supernatural was always used to explain life. It's also a more comforting method in explaining blood lust in a natural man. While there most likely are not princes of the undead stalking us throughout the night, there are many blood drinkers. Besided the famed Vlad Dracula (or The Impailer, or Sepis, or Tepis - all the same guy) the most disturbing account I've ever heard is of Andrei Chikatilo, the "Forest Strip Vampire" or The Rostov Ripper. His crimes are so disgusting and vile (he made Hannibal Lecter look like a puppy), that upon reading a non descriptive account of his crimes I became so mentally and physically upset that I had to stop reading. Anyway, apparently Scotland's resident self proclaimed vampire staked himself. Here's the story.

Yahoo! News - Vampire-Style Killer Found Dead in Prison: "EDINBURGH, Scotland - A Scottish man convicted of murdering his best friend, whose blood he said he drank in an effort to gain immortality, was found dead Tuesday in his prison, officials said.

Prison officials would not comment on the suspected cause of death of 23-year-old Allan Menzies. British media reported that Menzies had committed suicide.
Menzies was convicted of bludgeoning to death 21-year-old Thomas McKendrick in a frenzied attack two years ago after they had an argument over 'Queen of the Damned,' a film that starred the late American R&B singer and actress Aaliyah as the vampire Akasha.
Menzies was found dead in Shotts Prison in central Scotland at about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, the Scottish Prison Service said in a statement.
'Police and next of kin have now been informed,' the statement said. 'A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.'
Menzies had seen a video of the horror film more than 100 times in the months before the murder, witnesses said. The defendant claimed that he had been ordered by a vampire from the movie to kill his friend. Both men lived in Fauldhouse, Scotland.
On Dec. 11, 2002, McKendrick criticized the vampire character during a visit to Menzies' home. An enraged Menzies killed McKendrick by repeatedly beating and stabbing his body, witnesses said.
During his trial last year, Menzies told the court he had drunk the dead man's blood and eaten part of his head. Menzies testified that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the attack, and a psychiatric consultant agreed. But three other experts rejected that diagnosis and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. "

Finally, actors and writers might be back on the Box

Yahoo! News - Reality TV Binge Leads to Higher Casualty Rate: "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television networks are learning a harsh lesson in reality -- too many reality shows are a turn-off for viewers.


As broadcasters increasingly binge on unscripted shows starring ordinary folks willing to do almost anything for cash, romance or 15 minutes of fame, the burgeoning genre of reality TV appears to be wearing a bit thin with U.S. audiences.
At the very least, networks are seeing that the appeal of reality shows has its limits. "

POPCORN REVIEW: Ladies & Gentlemen, Have you met my friend Ms. Jones?


A snap shot from my senior year at NYU.

Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason - 8.5/10

Does it measure up to the smash film that introduced us to Bridget Jones and her notorious diary? Without a doubt. This film is absolutely ridiculous yet strikingly real. In fact, I have experienced every situation in this film down to the exact dialogue at times (minus skydiving into pig shit and a brief stint in a Thai prison). Other than that, yeah pretty much done it all. I think that's why I love this film so much, because after all the craziness I came through - the not so perfect chubby chainsmoking phase - to have a happy ending. In fact I saw a bit too much of myself in the first film. Now that I've lost 40 pounds, quit smoking, and am planning my wedding, I have a much safer distance to enjoy this film. I actually found "Reason" wickedly nostagic.

The good: Jacinda Barrett is breathtakingly beautiful and needs to be in many more films. Miss Zellweger's breasts deserve a supporting actress nomination. Laugh now, but they are more of a character in "Reason" than Julia Robert's in "Erin Brockavich".

The bad: There wasn't nearly enough Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) nor were there as many diary entries that defined the wit and neuroticism of the first film.


The Stepford Wives (2004)- 4/10



This film was really great, then fell completely apart. It lacks the satyrical punch and social commentary of the original film. Brilliant camp tone established by Nicole Kidman in the first scene easily fades away into poor structure in a weakened script. The design was great and the acting the best is could be, especially from Kidman and Glenn Close. The men were too bland and not in a way that works with the story. This film belongs in a library between Little Shop of Horrors (1980's) and Peggy Sue Got Married. If you're a woman, watch it during a date night with Ben & Jerry if you have nothinig else to do. If you're a man, skip it. In fact, I think this movie would appeal most to adolescent girls (or it would have myself at that age) but with 13 Going on 30 and Mean Girls this year, Stepford can't even compare.

Friday, November 12, 2004

I must be the last to know

While perusing the cd's at Target, my eye was caught by this incredibly scary metalic CD cover. I then asked myself, "what is that?" So I looked closer to find that is was a nearly un recognizable Britney Spears. Ugh. I'm almost ashamed to say I own her first three albums (two were gifts I didn't ask for!).



Why is she wet all the time now? I've seen porn with more modesty than her last video. Her perogotive should be to hire a new stylist and publist and go to college. Did she ever graduate high school? No wait, she's pregnant now or something right? She should buy some "mom" jeans and read emily post. Can you imagine the bizarre Oedipus complex her so would have? Her career is going more the way of Michael Jackson than Madonna. To that end, since he went from young black boy to old white woman... will she in turn grow into an old black man (like Carl Weathers?).

Anyway... does anyone actually find this hot?

Thursday, November 11, 2004

THE BOX - "I'm tied to a tree in a magical jungle."

Before we get into this week's episode I would just like to say one thing:

They are all dead!

All dead. DEAD! Yes, I'm still holding on to that theory. Everyone is trapped in their own personal heaven or hell, mostly hell. The problem, like in The Last Battle and The Sixth Sense is that they don't know they are dead. It's some weird holding dimension. That explains the weirdness and the miraculous. Just my theory. I don't read spoilers because I enjoy watching and episode unfold instead of being omnipotent. Anyway, I'm still calling deadness until I see something to make me think otherwise.

Now onto this week's episode. I kind of have my own format for the recapping the episode, but I figured I'd go with the ABC version this week which walks you through the episode as we see it. So here it is...




Lost 1-08 "Confidence Man" Sawyer's Tale

Kate is out collecting bananas when she comes across a copy of the book Waterhsip Down on the beach. She looks over to find Sawyer taking a swim. He emerges naked from the surf and shamelessly flirts with her. As Kate questions if his tactics work on all the girls, we

FLASHBACK to Sawyer in bed with a woman named Jessica — and his southern charm has certainly worked its magic this time around. They bask in the afterglow and seem very much in love. But Sawyer hops out of bed, claiming that he's late for a meeting. When he reaches for his briefcase, it spills open, revealing bundles of cash.

Back in the jungle, Sawyer approaches the hiding spot where he keeps his stash and finds Boone going through his things. Off Boone's scared expression we go to the caves, where Jack tends to Sayid's head wound as Sayid explains that whoever hit him also destroyed the transceiver. Sayid vows to find the person responsible. Boone stumbles back into camp, bloody and beaten. He explains that Shannon has asthma and has run out of refills for her inhaler. He went to see Sawyer because he caught him reading Waterhsip Down — a book that Boone had in his bag; the same bag that carried the refills. Boone tells Jack that Sawyer refused to give up the refills and attacked him.

On the beach, Charlie delivers water to Claire. He tells her that he's worried about her and attempts to talk her into moving to the caves. But Claire wants to stay on the beach, holding onto hope of rescue. Jack confronts Sawyer about with-holding the inhaler refills that could help Shannon. He begins rifling through Sawyer's things and the two almost come to blows, but Kate interrupts them, diffusing the tense situation. Jack leaves Sawyer, who pulls out a familiar piece of paper — one that we recognize from the pilot — and begins to read, which launches into a

FLASHBACK — — to the hotel room where we last left him. Jessica is more than curious about all the cash Sawyer has in his briefcase. Sawyer explains that it's his life savings — $140,000 — but only half of what he needs to buy into a share of an oil mining operation. He's meeting with an investor who may supply the other half. Jessica's intrigued and offers a way to get the rest of the money without the investor — through her husband.

Back on the island, Kate tries to calm Jack down. She offers to talk to Sawyer, claiming she can reason with him because, "they have a connection". Kate approaches Sawyer and attempts to appeal to his sense of capitalism. She asks what he wants in exchange for the inhaler refills and Sawyer requests a kiss. Kate doesn't buy that this is what he wants and tries to get under Sawyer's skin by mentioning his 'letter' — the one she's seen him read several times before. Sawyer turns dark at the mention of the letter, forcing Kate to read it out loud. We learn that the letter was written by a young boy who implicates Sawyer in a scam against his parents, which led to an affair with his mother, driving his father to kill his mother and then himself.

Meanwhile, out in the jungle, Sayid questions Locke on his whereabouts when he was attacked. Locke claims he was out hunting and points Sayid in Sawyers direction — someone who's been profiting from their current circumstance. Locke gives Sayid one of his knives to protect him from another potential attack. At the caves, Shannon is in the throes of an asthma attack, as Sun looks on concerned. Sawyer strolls into camp for water, which infuriates Jack, who finally takes a satisfying swing at him. But Sawyer is defiant and doesn't fight back. Jack is left to walk away and off Sawyer's look we — —

FLASHBACK — to an upscale restaurant, where Sawyer, posing as Jessica's co-worker at the bank, explains the oil opportunity to her husband, David. But David is skeptical. Sawyer seems unphased and walks away, but David has second thoughts and calls out to Sawyer, who stops with a grin plastered across his face. Sawyer leaves the money with David in an act of good faith and tells him he'll wait for a decision.

Back at the beach, Charlie and Claire discuss the comforts they miss at home — but all Charlie can think of is food. Claire admits that she too misses food and is especially craving peanut butter. Charlie makes a deal with her — if he produces peanut butter, she moves to the caves, where, at the moment, Shannon is having a much more severe attack and Jack has to talk her down. He storms out to confront to Sawyer again. Sayid follows him and suggests that he knows a way to get what they want out of Sawyer — he was, after all, in the Iraqi Republican Guard. And Jack, having had no luck at reasoning or fighting with Sawyer, can only agree. Meanwhile, Charlie hunts for peanuts to make peanut butter, while Sun shares a remedy for Shannon with Michael.

On the beach, Sayid sneaks up on Sawyer while he's sleeping and clubs him over the head. He and Jack drag Sawyer out into the woods and tie him to a tree, much to Kate's objection. Jack attempts to reason with Sawyer one last time. But when Sawyer refuses to produce the inhalers, Sayid goes about torturing him with bamboo reeds under his nails. Jack can barely stand to watch and calls Sayid off. But there's more going on here for Sayid, who thinks Sawyer is the one who attacked him in the previous episode. Sayid pulls out Locke's knife and threatens to put it through Sawyer's eye. This gets Sawyer to agree to talk — but only to Kate.

In FLASHBACK — we visit Sawyer in a pool-hall, where he explains to his to his 'boss', Mr. Kilo, that he left his money with the mark in order to earn his trust. He explains that the wives are easy, but that the husbands need to think they're smarter than him. Kilo tells Sawyer he had better be right and demands his money, plus fifty percent, by noon the next day. Back on the island, Sawyer wonders if Kate is going to let Shannon suffer over one little kiss, which he asks for shamelessly and she agrees to selflessly — but what starts as a mercy kiss turns into something more…there's chemistry between them and she may actually be enjoying it. When they break, Sawyer announces that he really doesn't have the inhalers; the copy of Waterhsip Down simply washed up on shore. And Kate smacks him, hard. She tells Jack and Sayid that Sawyer doesn't have what they need. But Sayid maintains that Sawyer is lying and goes back to resume his torture to find that he has worked himself free from the ropes. Sayid attacks Sawyer wielding Locke's knife. They tussle and Sawyer ends up with a slashed artery. Jack pinches off the blood flow, literally holding Sawyer's life in his hands. He sends Sayid to get medical supplies. And as Sawyer drifts in and out of consciousness — —

FLASHBACK a final time, to David and Jessica's home, where Sawyer is about to close the deal and walk away with $300,000. But when David and Jessica's young son emerges from the bedroom, Sawyer can't bring himself to do it. He calls things off, inadvertently reveals his affair with Jessica and leaves the money behind.

Back on the island, Sawyer sleeps, recovering with a few stitches in his arm. He wakes up to find Kate sitting nearby with his letter. She explains to him that since she first read it, she's been feeling that something wasn't quite right. So she continued to read it — over and over again, when it occurred to her that he wrote the letter — and a 1976 Bicentennial postmark on the envelope confirms it. Sawyer admits that he was just an 8 year old kid when he wrote it. He explains that when he was nineteen, he got into trouble where he owed a lot of money to some very scary men, so he took the name of the man he was hunting and became a "confidence man" himself. But just when we think Sawyer is softening by opening up to Kate, he shuts down and chases her away.

Elsewhere, Sun brings eucalyptus leaves to Shannon, helping her to breathe, while Charlie brings some 'imaginary' peanut butter to Claire and convinces her to come to the caves. Sayid tells Kate he's leaving the camp because he can't face what he did to Sawyer — he plans to walk the shore and map the island. And Sawyer takes a lighter to his letter, about to burn it, but he's unable to go through with it and pockets the letter, right along with his anger…


THE BOX- No Fear for Non-Nielsen Fam's: You Too Have a Voice

Yahoo! News - Company Touts Tool for Predicting TV Hits: "NEW YORK - It shocked many pundits when ABC's new series 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Lost' became the breakout hits of the new television season. But not the folks at Initiative, a top New York media agency, who say they've developed a new tool to help predict which shows will succeed or flop.

The research device combs the Internet to pick up buzz about TV programs being developed. They hope to sell its findings to networks, advertisers and ad agencies.
'Does this mean we can predict all success? No,' said Alec Gerster, Initiative chief executive. 'But it does seem to pick up a growing word-of-mouth about a particular show. Historically, that's always been there.'
Trying to pick a hit show in advance is like trying to predict the scores of this week's football games. It's good sport for fans, but for television executives who must make million-dollar decisions based on gut instincts, their jobs depend on it.
Getting early tips on which shows people are eager to see can help networks decide where to spend promotional money, and advertisers decide where to buy commercials. "

Elf DVD overflows with extras



Yahoo! News - Like Santa's Bag, 'Elf' DVD Brims with Goodies: "LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - From the introduction of DVDs in the late 1990s, New Line Home Entertainment has been at the forefront of crafting bonus materials, and Tuesday's release of 'Elf' brings bonus features to a new level, according to NLHE executives.

Extras on the company's 'Lord of the Rings' DVDs are designed to bring the viewer more into the film. In contrast, the bonus features and, especially, the interactivity of the 'Elf' DVD, with its games and beyond-the-movie features, make it more of a toy, NLHE vp content development Michael Mulvihill said.
Mulvihill said that the 'Elf' DVD menu was designed to act like a children's pop-up book, using tabs that the viewer pulls by remote control to access several set-top games including 'The Race Down Mt. Icing,' 'Snowball Fight' and 'Fix Santa's Sleigh,' as well as several DVD-ROM games.
The 'Elf' DVD also is the first to offer what it calls 'Film School for Kids,' produced by veteran DVD features maker Laura Nix, co-president of Automat Pictures.
'The 'Film School for Kids' was probably the most challenging of all the beyond-the-movie features that we did on this two-year project,' Nix said. 'We had more than 50 people that were involved in the making of 'Elf,' and we had to get to explain some very difficult concepts to kids, concepts that are hard for many adults to understand. But everyone was extremely cooperative, especially (director) Jon Favreau (news) and (star) Will Ferrell (news).'
Nix and her team also produced a quirky feature called 'Deck the Halls,' which follows several families who are obsessed with the Christmas spirit, the movi"

Yahoo! News - ABC Affiliates Balk at 'Ryan' Airing



Yahoo! News - ABC Affiliates Balk at 'Ryan' Airing: "LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Fearful of the FCC (news - web sites) crackdown on indecent broadcasts, at least 18 ABC affiliates plan to pre-empt the network's unedited broadcast of the film 'Saving Private Ryan' at 8 Thursday night.

The pre-emptions come despite the network's decision to warn viewers during each commercial break about the graphic violence and language in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated World War II epic. ABC has aired 'Ryan' twice before without any pre-emption, to commemorate Veterans Day in 2001 and '02, though some stations cited past complaints from viewers that they also factored into their decisions.
Station groups that plan to cancel 'Ryan' at all of their ABC-affiliated stations include E.W. Scripps, Citadel Communications and Belo Corp. Other pre-empting stations are owned by Cox Communications, Hearst-Argyle, Pappas Telecasting and Tribune Broadcasting. "

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

POPCORN REVIEWS: More Mixed Nuts (... and Dead Nuts)

The lady at blockbuster, our evil neighborhood rental station, finally convinced us to sign up for their unlimited rental system. You know, the netflix rip off without the selection. Well, the first month is was only $15 and we already had $10 in late charges, so it was cheaper to go with blockerbusters plan and then cancel at the end of the month. Plus I was sick and my boy has been off work due to a garlic butter incident which means we had plenty of down time.



Friday - Day After Tomorrow
Everything we were hoping to see was out by the time we made it to the video store. Darren and I watched this in the theater, but this one was for my boy. You can check my theatrical review for more.

Saturday - The Butterfly Effect: Director's Cut 6/10
This film is great a demontrating Chaos Theory, although the film itself never explains the Butterfly Effect to those people who are not familiar with this theory of Physics. Pick a flower, move a star... anyone? It's pretty much basic high school physics, but does everyone know this? Anyway, the direction was good and the editing better. Given a role that could have been his breakout performace Kutcher, fails to get past his Kelso Dude demeanor. This film at every turn could have been his "Primal Fear". We watched the ending to the theatrical cut afterwards which was very poor in comparison. I recommend, if your rent the film, to watch the director's version and then the alternate endings with commentaries. The extras are excellent on this DVD especially in regards to the psychological side of the butterfly effect and chaos theory's role in psycho-therapy. Overall, it's a disturbing downer done in a commerical way.



Sunday - The Rookie 8/10
I'm rarely one for PG sappiness or Dennis Quaid for that matter (making his second appearance of the weekend), but I've always loved this movie. Maybe it was the need for a pick me up after watching the family havoc of "Butterfly" or maybe it was the glee of a Red Sox win still lingering or maybe still it was the need to remind myself that good things can come from Texas. The Rookie is an excellent film for anyone who feels they missed their chance in life. The film handles father son relations and the family unit in an endearing way with out getting too soppy. Based on a true story of 36 year old rookie pitch Jim Morris, you can't help but find some hope in the film.

Sunday - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 7/10
R & G has pretty much always been a cult hit amoungst the liberal eliste (including me, I guess). I first saw it years ago and this weekend was the first time since. Tom Stoppard, the ingenius playwright, adapted his play into a film and directed it. The film aspects of this film are pretty weak from direction to editing suffering from Stoppard novice film skills. The power truely comes from the brilliant writing and flawless comedic performances of Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Set in the shadows of the play Hamlet, you will never look as the Shakespearian classic the same way again. Stoppard put his superb Shakespearean skill to work a few years later when he penned the Oscar award winning Shakespeare in Love.

Monday - Shrek 2 6/10
Shrek finally answers the question, how many musical montages can you fit into a 90 minute film? Wow, alot. In fact, I was wondering if the musical numbers were simply a diversion to allieviate stress on writers to top the original in heart and wit. They of course did not. The story flouders in comparison to the first film. Granted this is still enjoyable thanks in large part to the always lovable and talented Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and fractured fairytale newcomer Puss 'n Boots (Antonio Bandaras). Shrek and Fiona both are less interesting than before and fail to truly warm are hearts with their comments on vanity and society. The spin on the fairy godmother complex was refreshing but not enough to save the film. Don't get me wrong, this film is in no way bad. In fact it would be considered quite good if it were not the follow up to a film that is so great. P.S. I voted for Donkey.

Tuesday - Dawn of the Dead (2004): Director's Cut 4/10
My my, aren't those zombies zippy! I'm used to those slow lumbering dim witted brain eaters, but they failed to even make a cameo. Instead, the dead bare a strong resemblence to the Rage victims of 28 Days Later. The film had just enough gore and doesn't go over the top with make up guts effects which is normally the standard in the zombie genre since the 1970's. Minus the guts there is still plenty of blood if thats your thing. The film doesn't quite bore, but never russels up a scare either. Maybe a few "ewes" but that it. Their are plenty of moments that are funny enough keep you watching, but nothing great enought to make you tune in again. You don't care enough about any character to root for their survival or demise (unlike in Shaun of the Dead). The film's strongest asset is the quirky one liners that break through the otherwise bad writing. The acting talent assembled was wasted with what could have been a much more satyrical or slightly campy take on consumerism. The film takes itself too seriously. The good? I will give it up to the director or D.P. whoever madae the decisions. The choices of lenses and camera movement expressed a talent that could one day be great given the right script.

Miss Lohan's Small Box



Yes, that's right, tonight on the box you can catch Miss Lohan with her live in love Wilmer Valderrama, more commonly known as Fez. That Seventies Show is on tonight at 8 (sametime as Lost) on Fox.

The show is certainly one for hot red head guest stars. Lohan follows last season's appearances by Alyson Hannigan (look here). Wanna see the highlights?

24 Goes Cellular



Variety.com - Entertainment news, movie reviews, industry events - Variety Magazine Online: "24' rings up cell users with spinoff
Fox drama '24' is going from the small screen ... to the even smaller screen. 20th Century Fox TV has greenlit production of a live-action '24' spinoff skein that will be produced exclusively for cell phone users"

THE BOX - Sweeps Time

Yahoo! News - Big Three Claim Early Sweep Wins: "ABC's success story with the new dramas 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Lost' continued last week. On Sunday, 'Housewives' hit new series highs, raking in an eye-popping 24.6 million viewers and an 11.1/24 in 18-49 and beating its Big Four network competition combined in the demo. 'Lost' (18.7 million, 6.7/17), meanwhile, drew its largest audience. "

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Goodbye Speech

Yahoo! News - U.S. FCC's Powell Says He Will Stay at Agency: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites) Chairman Michael Powell said on Tuesday he planned to stay at the agency, possibly through 2007 when his term expires, now that President Bush (news - web sites) has been re-elected.

'It's been one of my great privileges to serve under his leadership and right now that's what I plan to continue to do,' Powell told reporters. 'I'm happy where I am for the moment.'
When asked how long that would be, he said: 'No later than 2007.' "

"Passion", No Moore



Yahoo! News - Globes Open to 'Passion'; 'Fahrenheit' Is Out: "LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two of this year's most-talked-about films have hit snags on the road to awards season, specifically in their quest to secure nominations for the Golden Globes. Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is out of the running, while Mel Gibson (news)'s 'The Passion of the Christ' cannot compete in the best-drama category.

'Fahrenheit' (Lions Gate/IFC/Fellowship Adventure Group) will not be eligible in any Globes categories because it is a documentary. The rules of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which administers the Globes, state that docus are ineligible for consideration in the top film award categories; there is not a separate documentary category.
'Passion' (Newmarket) cannot compete for best drama because it is considered a foreign-language film. The HFPA considers any feature with a non-English dialogue track to be a foreign film. The organization's rules reserve the best picture awards for movies in English.
'Passion,' in which much of the dialogue is spoken in Aramaic, can be considered for best foreign film and under the rules can compete in all other categories.
Nominations for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards (news - web sites) will be announced Dec. 13, with the winners revealed in a Jan. 16 ceremony to be telecast live on NBC. "

Monday, November 08, 2004

THE BOX - Goodbye & Hello


I loved you in movie where you lost your virginity. You too!

Six Nixed - Critically acclaimed Six Feet Under will only see five seasons. The HBO series upcomming season will be it's last: "Everything comes to an end" (Alan Ball).

UPN on the other hand has given full season go aheads to Veronica Mars and Kevin Hill. Veronica is a great show that I haven't seen in a couple weeks due to the World Series and the Presidential election. I'm planning on catching up. You should do the same.

Finally Arrested!



There is no way I am even remotely talented enough to capulate on this blog an episode of AD, so I won't even try.

The second series premier was long awaited and filled that urge for rediculous satire we all have. It wasn't the best episode (cornballer!) but the show is still strong and by the end of the half hour had faded back into the rediculousness we love so much.

The Best: When a large documentry film maker cornered Lucille about the military service of the rich, she enlists Buster to go fight in Iraq. The F911 and the general political commentaries throughout the show were the highpoint. Saddam hasn't had such a prominant role in Hollywood since South Park: The Musical.

Sunday is the Best night of TV!

ABC.com: Desperate Housewives: 1-06 "Running to Stand Still" (Air Date: 11/07/2004)

Lynette locks horns with an officious mom (Sharon Lawrence) at the twins' school who is trying to produce a 'politically correct' play about Little Red Riding Hood. Meanwhile, Susan continues to investigate the mystery of Zach's sudden disappearance, Mama Solis (Lupe Ontiveros) comes closer to discovering Gabrielle's dirty little secret, and Bree comes undone when Rex suggests they hire a sex surrogate."

What is Rex's dirty sexual secret? Is he gay?
Who was Dana? Why are these ladies so dumb... or are we just too smart. Dana seems to be Mary Alice's daughter, that maybe Zack killed. Who knows, but Susan is a little too slow witted.

Since we're at it, Boston Legal was equally fabulous last night. Alan Shore it turns out does have a heart. What is it about James Spader that just oozes sex, from "Pink" to "SL&V" to "Secretary" to BL. Sex or no sex, the shot of post coital Alan and Tara dosed in red glowiness was simply gorgeous.



Oh and don't forget, next Sunday are those American Music Awards so plan on something else.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Experience the Fusion

I'm fully dedicating the Brain Drain to entertainment and political stories that effect it such as the FCC and First Amendment Issues. The rest of my rants have been spun on to a new blog called Political Fusion.

Instead of my normal Liberal rants, Fusion will be dedicated to why Liberals thing conservatives are backwoodsy and ignorant and why Conservatives think liberals will make everyone burn in hell.

Actually, it's my attempt to look at both sides of controversial issues with a logical methodology. Really, it's not as boring as I just made it sound. If President Bush is willing to reach out to me, I'll at least meet him halfway. Did I just say that?

Regardless... the first issue over at Fusion is the seperation of church and state.

At political fussion, we try and be fair and balanced... for real.

Political Fusion: "In the aftermath of the 2004 Presidential Election, we are dedicated to finding common ground and understanding the otherside. 'And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America. ' ~President Bush "

New Developments



You will be watching Fox at 8:30 p.m. this Sunday, correct?

Maybe we'll find out more about George Buth's ties to Saddam... Will the Bluth's stick to their low-carb lifestyle? Why is George Michael on his father's lap in those previews?

Variety has a full review you can check out here.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

'Saturday Night Live' Get's a dose of Reality

And I was so hoping that reality TV was on it's way out! There are quality scripted programs out there and many writers who need work. NBC, home to the Trumpster, is rumoured to be developing a reality series around comics viaing for a cast position on SNL. Lorne is though to be assuming the role of the Trumpster. I don't know how I feel about this, but I don't think it's good.

Reality Contest for 'Saturday Night Live' Berth: "Sources said NBC is working on a reality-competition series fronted by 'SNL' creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels. The project would chronicle a group of comedians vying for a grand prize that is believed to be a role on the long-running sketch comedy series. "

And that's what's right about PA's Republicans

GOP Sen. Specter warns Bush on conservative court nominees: PHILADELPHIA - The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re- elected President Bush on Wednesday against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.

If you care about our courts, check out the rest of the article. I've never been so happy to see my vote count. Specter has just thrown down the gauntlet on the Mason-Dixon line.

On this note, the Red Sox won and Kerry lost.

Let's get back to entertainment!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Canada Mocks Ohio's Logic

CBC: "Bush was favoured among white men, voters with family incomes over $100,000 US and evangelical Christians who view him as a messenger from God in a titanic fight to quell terrorism and spread liberty around the world".

Stop Hitting on Me Mr. President

Yahoo! News - Bush Wins Re-Election As Kerry Concedes: "'I will need your support and I will work to earn it,' the president said in an appeal to the 55 million Americans who voted for his Democratic rival at the end of their long campaign. "

Maple Leaf Exodus

US News Article | Reuters.com: "Canadian officials made clear on Wednesday that any U.S. citizens so fed up with Bush that they want to make a fresh start up north would have to stand in line like any other would-be immigrants -- a wait that can take up to a year. "

AP: Kerry Calls Bush to Concede Presidency

Yahoo! News - AP: Kerry Calls Bush to Concede Presidency: "AP: Kerry Calls Bush to Concede Presidency"

Colors of a Bruised America

Latest Business News and Financial Information | Reuters.com

Latest Business News and Financial Information | Reuters.com: "'With Bush looking like the winner, the market has taken this as politically positive news. The Republican majority in the House and Senate is also good news for business,' said Subodh Kumar, chief investment strategist at CIBC World Markets. 'The market is primed to move higher. This rally could be long lived.' "

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

We're Now Projecting

My Calls:
Kerry Will Win by a very slim lead

The Breakdown:
* Florida will go Bush
* PA will go Kerry
* Ohio wil be the most contested, but in the long run go to Bush
* Kerry with sweep the north Mid-West Wis., Minn., etc. and pick up New Hampshire.

As of this bloggers last report - Via Fox News and Hardball

Bush: 102 EV
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virgina, Alabama, Tennesee, Oaklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, South Caronlina

Kerry: 77 EV
Vermont, New Jersey, Maine, Massachussettes, Deleware, Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, D.C.

Too Close to Call:
Florida
Pennsylvania
Ohio
New Hampshire

And on that note bloggers, I will now retire to the television to watch the drama unfold.
If you're polls are open, VOTE!

Those Courts

People are frustrated in line. A federal judge has ruled that people must have paper ballots and have the right to vote NOW. Also, Bush v Gore is back in the courts regarding provisional ballot counts.

In PA tens of thousands of Philidelphians will not have their absentee votes counted until at least Friday by court order.

Philadelphia Fraud and Pittsburgh Power Scandal

PHILADELPHIA:

And here it goes. So were there about 2000 votes already planted on machines... and what of those absentee ballots?

Officials are denying the claims as we speak. The GOP also had this to say in Philly regarding absentee ballots:

"We want to make sure these people aren't dead, don't exist, or aren't supposed to be voting."

For more check here.

PITTSBURGH:

According to Sean Hannity, the Pittsburgh GOP Victory center has lost electricity including their phone system rendering them "powerless". Hannity made conservative allusions to the Democrats who are located directed accross the street and fully powered. Which proves my point... never trust a Pennsylvanian Democrat. Well, don't trust Sean Hannity either.

What's your state's scandal?

Election Day Report VI

Wow! And I thought it was busy today. the lines are wrapped around my entire office building. I've seen better parking conditions at a concert.

Way to vote America!

Also, you the know the phrase "a cold day in hell"? Well, some of us in the Mid Atlantic Swing State became convinced Mr. Rove got his hands on a weather machine. Terrible weather was predicted today but Doug Allen was wrong. It's been beautiful. Now, according to WGAL news it's Snowing in Texas! That's right snow in Texas. Here in the north east... 65 degrees. That's all about the Big Guy right there, and I'm not talking about Karl Rove.

Guess what... We voted.

Election Day Report V: Amish Vote



Courtesy of the AP, here's a look at some very rare PA voters, the Amish. We had a discussion today wondering who the Amish support. They don't use oil or rely on the economy. They are self sufficient with the undying doctrine "Let us alone!". My grandpa was a farmer. He and all his farmer friends were FDR style Democrats. He knew a lot of Amish, so Kerry was my guess.



My co-worker pointed out they might side with Bush due to religious convictions, yet the Amish are anti-war. Many Amish also tend to be heavy drinkers... ever been to a barn raising? Pot and Cocaine are also common. Not too long ago, a group of Amish people were arrested for carrying drugs out of Philadelphia into the mid-state. I know other people that got their pot homegrown from some Amish folks. So, between God, alcohol, and coke... they fall into the Bush category.

The only thing we know is that we don't know how the Amish will vote. Thoughts?

Election Day Report IV

The lines are still not dying down. A problem has surfaced as a woman caused a scene with a company employee (who has nothing to do with the elections mind you). She demanded that the newspaper write story about how she has been denied the right to vote. Her problem is that her 92 year old mother is too weak to stand in line.

There are many elderly folks in this district. There is a nursing home and retirement community right down the street. Many of the elderly in walkers have been provided chairs and are content to wait. Most people, are kind enough to let the weaker elderly folks pass. Now people are getting frustrated. I hope no riots break out.

Lunch time!

Election Day Report III



I expected that the lines would die down between 10 a.m. and lunch then again between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. until the factory shifts end. So far, I've been wrong. Actually, the lines keep growing. Right now it's at about a two hour wait from this corner. One hour to the building doors then another once you get inside. That's about what the voters told me. Of course, the line wraps around that corner even further. I didnt' know this many people even lived in this neighborhood.

I don't know how many registered voters there are in the county, but there are 136 polling centers. But if you take into account our total population of about 400,000... that means that there are 3000 people per polling center. That's if every man, woman, child, and cow voted! By visual estimations, nearly 1000 people have to have voted so far. How many more are there?

Regardless, it's absolutely astounding to see a voter turnout like this.

Election Day Report II

Want another reason why republicans should support John Kerry? Check out the Osama plan for economic collapse and devistation. George Bush is playing into his hands too ignorant to see the whole picture. Where's his "strategery"?



"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah." ~ Osama

"It's easy for us to provoke and bait this administration." ~Osama

For the latest transcript translations, check out CNN.

Please protect our economy.

Poll Report: The crowd here has become dominately geriatric and college age. The halls are filled with young people voting for the first time standing beside vets on walkers. I've never seen this many people show up to vote. Is it really going to be that close after all?

PA Poll Report



Hi America:

It's me again. I work at a polling center in a battleground state so I thought I'd report throughout the day. My boy and I made it into line at 6:30 a.m. I was seventh in line. I voted for John Kerry, Arlen Spector, and others. Everything was smooth and fine. Granted, I live and therefore vote in the inner city. Most neighbors are blue collar workers or unemployed. So, they were either not awake yet, or already at work.

In the suburbs where my office is located is another story completely. I'm parked in the grass under a tree which I think is on the right property. I arrived at 7:30 a.m. instead of around 9 hoping to beat the rush of voters to the parking lot. The bathroom and lunchroom are on the otherside of the red voting sea. I'm not Moses and that many social conservatives together scare me. I'm afraid they can sniff me out or something.

Anyway, so this is my fear as of 8 a.m. My history teacher in high school always said "There's Philadelphia, There's Pittsburgh, and there's Kansas in between." That's why Kerry goes to Philly and Bush comes here for rallies. Now the county where I live is a microcosm of this PA phenomenon. The city (where I live) is Democratic, while the County is Republican. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than a Pennsylvanian Democrat. They're very conserative on social issues, yet they tax the hell out of everyone and still can't balance a budget. Okay, there is Rick Santorum, he's worse.

Unlike myself, most Central PA peeps vote along party lines. Which means most suburban Republicans are voting and most inner city Democrats are not. Well, that's the 8 a.m. report.

If you know anyone in Ohio or Pennsylvania, give them a call today. Tell them you love them and remind them to vote!

P.S. Both my mother, a life time democrat, and Darren, a newly registered democrat, called to inform me that they successfully voted for John Kerry. Did you vote today?

Monday, November 01, 2004

A bit of reason for a mad world

Dear America:

Hi. Tomorrow is election day. I’m a Republican who will be voting for John Kerry. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I don’t agree with George Bush on anything. In my last post before casting a ballot, I would like to offer up to you why a vote for George Bush is not only detrimental to the United States but also harmful for the entire Republican philosophy of capitalism and liberty.

First let me start out by saying, I do not vote for a party, but for a candidate. I believe the two greatest presidents in our nation’s history are Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. I’m not partisan. I merely believe in following logic, and as Thomas Payne put it, “Common Sense.”

The task of running the country may seam daunting to most of us. Even when we know we’re on the wrong path, it’s hard to find the right path. I believe George Bush has spun this country in circles until the public is dizzy and lost. But, when you step back and think of the intended role of the President not at the leader of the free world, but as the as CEO of America.

The President is the chief executive officer of our country, and we’re all kind of like shareholders. Now, the operations and decisions of a huge company might seam just as complicated, so lets strip it down more. Think of a small business or even your household.

To properly run a household, you must first have a house. Most likely, you take out a mortgage (the debt). You must earn income (taxes) to provide for food, shelter, clothing, repairs, the basic life necessities. At one point every month, you also must write lots of checks to pay for those necessities (spending). Many of people nowadays can’t live off what they earn. So, you apply for a couple of credit cards just in case.
The kids next door were being careless last week and hit a baseball through your bedroom window. You don’t really have the money to replace it, but it must be replaced. Thank God you applied for that credit card. You’ll pay it off at the end of month right? Until you saw that new chandelier at the home improvement store… why not get that too? You deserve it, don’t you think? It adds to the monetary and aesthetic value of the house anyway. Put it on the card.
Next thing you know, you’re redecorating the entire room, but you’re still earning the same income. Now, you’re putting groceries and prescriptions on your credit cards because all your income is going to accumulated debt. There are still things you need, like a flat screen television. And, you promised to take your kids to Disney World. So you make a decision, you pay your bills and go with out. Or, you push off your bills and get what you “need” like that iPod. It’s your right to have these things, isn’t it?
The debt is out of control, but it’s not a big deal. You’re doing the right things for you and you’re children like the new Escalade in the driveway. Then the creditors start calling. You can’t pay your bills even if you took a second job at Subway. So, logically, you just pretend it never happened. You file bankruptcy. The bank seizes your house and your car is repossessed. You’re sad, but the doctor writes you a prescription for Xanex. What do you do know? Start over… cept this time, you’ll pay off that credit card at the end of the month. Right?

President Bush is incapable of running a household. He’s in capable of running a small business. Arbusto, anyone? Why would you elect him to run the most complicated business in the world? I know money doesn’t have heartstrings and it’s not easy to sum up economics into catch phrases, but it’s important.

If you can’t identify with that, let’s boil it down to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:

The Right to Life


Iraq: Thou Shalt Not Kill – A strong leader must protect the welfare of his land and people. President Bush has callously and ignorantly used our military to carry out a personal vendetta. We are not safer. Where’s Osama, again?

War on Terror: Terror is a horrible thing. Actually, it’s a state of mind. It’s being absolutely frightened. George Bush terrorizes the psychology of this nation with a color spectrum. Terrorism is a tactic. It’s very successful and we have yet to find a counter measure that we can rely on. We won our independence from the British using new tactics they couldn’t counter, Guerilla Warfare. The Cold War brought stockpiles and the philosophy of deterrence. Our military leaders must be smart, brave, cunning, sly, and brilliant to develop effective policies to keep us safe. Do you honestly believe George Bush is all these things?

Abortion: I believe in deregulation in many areas. The primary arena in which there should be no regulation is my body. And your body. You should have the right to do with you own body as you wish. Heroine addict. OD? Oh well, that’s survival of the fittest. I personally believe abortion is an abhorrent act. Making it illegal doesn’t make it go away. It didn’t work with alcohol and it hasn’t worked with drugs. I don’t see the people who picket clinics offering to adopt the possible life in question. I do not assume to tell you what you can to your own body, stay away from mine.

Environmentalism: I heard some fact the other day that many women who eat fish in this country have mercury levels so high that birth defects are inevitable. I’m happy I don’t eat seafood. We make deals with the devil every day we put gasoline in are cars. If we can make it to the moon in less than a decade, why can’t we give up on oil realiance? Business and science would boom with a new wave of technology. Only the oil companies will hurt in the long run. But with all new developments some jobs become unnecessary. I drive a Honda Civic. I choose to invest my money in places besides my gas tank. I remember the anti drug campaigns that were running a year ago about how drug money funds terrorism. What do you think SUV’s do?

Healthcare: I’m a republican. I believe in business. I believe in capitalism. I also believe that healthcare should not be a privilege. Don’t believe the people that want to regulate trial lawyers. Regulation, like President Bush supports, is not the problem. It’s not the doctors. My uncle is a Doctor and a Professor of Anatomy for Penn State University. He drives a Dodge. He lives in a 3 bedroom house. He takes his family to the Maryland Shore every year, but never gets away other than that. The insurance companies our gouging small businesses that in turn pass the cost onto the consumer. They are gouging medical professionals who pass on the costs as well or pack up their practices for other states. I knew a girl in college. Her father worked in the health insurance field. He bought her a 4 million dollar apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The insurance companies are destroying the economy and one of the core reasons many people are losing their jobs to outsourcing. A vote for Bush is a vote against business.

The Right to Liberty

Gun Control: I’m the only person in my family that never fired a gun. I never felt a need to. I enjoy venison every season after the hunt. Especially around Christmas time. It might sound cruel, but deer kill many people in accidents and suffer from starvation when over populating occurs. A gun is responsibility, not a right. A hunting rifle is not an automatic machine gun. My mother carries a handgun. She has every right too because she’s responsible. She was raised in Central PA not Philadelphia. Guns in Wyoming are different than guns in D.C. Gun policy should be a local decision for local citizens.

Gay Marriage: I do not believing in limiting freedoms just to please some scared people. The constitution is not a weapon, it’s a guard dog. Marriage is historically a legality involved in property. A wife was often considered property. Land, money, and businesses exchanged hands. Only in this decade, since WW II has it been predominantly about love. George Bush wants to regulate bedrooms, hearts and minds. Regardless your opinion on homosexuality, violating the constitution with an amendment on marriage cannot be allowed. Imagine if the next step was outlawing divorce? How would you feel then?

Church and State: Freedom of religion does not guarantee freedom from religion, folks. No one owns God. Not Republicans, Jews, Christians, or Muslims… and not the Bush family. As someone with very deep and personal religious convictions, I cringe every time I hear the president invoke “God” and “Jesus”. Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi… these men changed the world through positive faith. If you don’t see the harm in a government swirled with God, I recommend studying the history of Catholicism.

Pursuit of Happiness (or Money)

I knew people in college who came from million dollar homes. My fiancé makes less than $16,000 a year. Both consider themselves middle class. BMW’s, an Ivy League education, flat screen televisions, and vacations in the Caribbean are not rights. They are a privilege. It sucks that some people work very hard for these things while others are just given such things by their parents. Some people will never have these things, but they aren’t willing to accept it. That’s the problem with the American Dream and the problems with American politicians out to line their own pockets.

America, there are sometimes you need to hear things you are unwilling to accept. Our country is in financial shambles. At this point, we’re just driving around in a Ford Pinto waiting for that simple yet cataclysmic fender bender. I’m all for being responsible with the money we have as opposed to raising taxes. That’s simple, but too much to ask for. Rolling back to the Clinton years isn’t as detrimental as a collapsing fiscal policy hanging over our heads.

Fund for the Arts or Kevlar Vests? I’ll vote for the vest every time, and I have a B.F.A.

George Bush has been irresponsible with our grand household. We are the taxes payers. That makes us responsible for seizing his house and repossessing his car. There are bigger things at stake than catch phrases and sound bits. We can’t afford another “Pre-emptive Strike” both in our homes and in our wallets. We can’t afford Saudi oil deals. We can’t afford healthcare. We can’t afford another four years.

Maybe it doesn’t matter to you. Me? I’m 25 years old. I have the rest of my life as an American citizen to think about. I know social security won’t work. I know the economy is shaky in a quick fix. I know that outsourced jobs won’t come back. I know fanning social flames won’t balance the budget.

We need to stop talking about Gays and start talking Business.
We need to stop patting seniors on the back while running a stake up our youth’s ass.
We need to stop using God for the indefensible acts of men. After all, that excuse sounds way to familiar.

Tomorrow, vote for a future, America.
Vote for John Kerry.

Thank You.

THE BOX: Bree gets a Zach-Attack!

DH 1-05: "Come on in, Stranger"



Gabrielle is visited by Mama Solis after Carlos suspects that Gabrielle may be cheating on him. Mama Solis shadows Gabrielle all around town giving her little chance to meet up with gardener John. John is growing a conscience, or realizes that he may not mean as much to Gabrielle as he'd like. After Gab gives Mama the slip, they have a sit down discussion later that night. What starts as a heart felt confessional turns threatening. Mama, though not directly, gives us the impression she's willing to kill to avenge any wrongs done to her son... and it wouldn't be the first time.

Lynette is trying to charm her way into freedom by dumping her boys in private school. Realizing that the twins would blow their chances during the observation period, she works them long and hard to turn the into fluffy dosile dwarfs. She has an advantage because the school finds identical twins "diverse", yet an endowement of $15,000 will solidify their admission. Her husband suggest home schooling. Lynette turns the tables on him suggesting, since she made more money than him, that he school the boys while she returns to the boardroom. Realizing sacrafices have to be made, her husband gives up his sail boat to meet the schools endowment and hopefully saving Lynette's sanity. This whole show makes me second guess my ability to ever at any point be a mother.

Bree, home alone for nearly two decades looks to Zach (Mary Alice's son) for compassionate companionship. The two seem to find a sick comfort in each other until things get creepy.

Susan takes on cat-sitting responsibilities to discover a break in at the neighbors. It was Mike, but we're not sure why. How threatening can that old cat lady be? Anyway, Susan meets a cop who attempts to sweep her off her feet. She turns him down thinking of Mike, but later agrees to take a chance. Mike's life is too "complicated" for her as an addition. The Cop takes her on a stake out to cracktown. When Susan discovers that the cop lied to her, she walks a way and hangs out with some working girls until Mike can pick her up. The two make up by conoodling in his SVU. The cop now out of the picture, Mike can rest easy that his mysterious cover is still intact.

Mary Alice's House: What the hell is wrong with these people? Turns out that maybe Dad isn't such a bad guy after all. We know the trunk contained human remains. We know Mary Alice killed herself to escape a secret. We know that her son is emotionally disturbed. At dinner with Bree, Zack confesses that his mother's suicide was his fault. That the secret she was keeping was his. Also, the neighborhood has been disturbed with yelling and screaming and assumed beating. Who's beating who is another story as Zack beats down his Dad. Zack develops an seamingly unhealthy fixation with Bree. After she cancels dinner plans with him (a night she planned to pump him for information), Zach breaks into her home and decorates for Christmas.

Okay, does any of this have to do with Mike's dead wife or is that part of his cover story? Is Zack a murderer? If so who did he kill? Where are they from? Will Gabrielle ever stop fucking people? And wholly molely I guess Bree's a perfectionist at everything. Did anyone else catch Bree in the fur coat and not much else during the scenes from next week?

THE BOX: The LockBox

Whatever you normally do at 10 p.m. on a Monday night should be set aside tonight. Why? Because you should be watching "The Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates".

One word: Lockbox.

Some of the funniest skits I've ever seen involve Will Ferrel and Darryl Hammond durring the fall of 2000. Highlights for me include anytime Hammond said lockbox or their duet of "I've got you babe" in what I fondly recall as the "We both could be President" skit.



Regardless your political affiliation or opinion hopefully you can at least laugh (Unless you're Al Gore). Tune in tonight to see 30 years of political satire at it's best.

Cover Girls and Boys

In an odd coincidence, both Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Borneanaz grace the front page of the Hollywood reporter. Stories are completely independent and have nothing to do what so ever with their former cult personalities. Regardless, here are some updates on our Buffy alums.

Since we're on the topic, this Wednesday is James Marsters guest appearance of The Mountain (WB).

From the Hollywood Reporter:



'Grudge' holds on to first place with $22.4 mil By Brian Fuson
The Basics: SMG's got a hit on her hands. For the second week in a row, her first post Buffy venture (and the reason she couldn't make it into an ending episode of Angel) "The Grudge" topped the box office. It relaxed only 43% from last week putting the film at over $70 million in just ten days. Oh, and is only rated PG-13.

Contract out on Boreanaz for ABC show By Nellie Andreeva
The Basics: Boreanaz has signed on to star in a drama project for ABC about the life of undercover hit man Jack Ballantine. Feature writer Patrick Smith Kelly ("Don't Say a Word") is writing the script and executive producing with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. Boreanaz apparently just completed two films, Mr. Fix It and The Hard Easy, and is filming another now, These Girls.


POPCORN REVIEW: "Finding Neverland"



Like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, Peter Pan is one of those stories that hits right at the heart of many and so reflects a particular part of human condition that it is eternal. It, like great drama and literature, lives outside of context and ownership. Finding Neverland though puts "Pan" back in it original context and introduces us to it's "owner", playwrite J. M. Barrie.

Finding Neverland - 7/10

This is one of those films, while not particularly failing anywhere, doesn't ascend to the greatness for which it seamed destined. Also, unlike most films that crawl through the first act then in turn rush through the third, "Neverland" doesn't hit it's stride until the third act. We're pushed immediately into a relationships that we accept but don't have the chance to witness the development. The film isn't necessarily weak, but I guess my expectations were out of place. I was looking for a bio pic and instead saw only a glimpse of Barrie. The relationship he has with women could have vastly been expanded as it is very complex. I particularly sided with his wife Mary, played by Rahda Mitchell, who I feel deserved more attention in the film. The character felt the same when she laments to be included in her husbands life wanting to be part of the story. As for Barrie's "other women", any relationship or lack of one with Mrs. Davies (Kate Winslet) was merely hinted upon instead of answered. Was or wasn't there a relationship? What did it become? In it's unwillingness to deal with the core relationships in play, "Neverland" adapts the Victorian values of the world in which it's set.



The Great: The costuming, music, and cinematography were top notch both playful and refined. Rahda Mitchell, Julie Christie, and Kate Winslet stole this film from Johnny Depp. The women brilliantly played repressed and passionate all at the same time. Even though at this point most of us are used to seeing Winslet displaying her powerhouse acting ability in gorgeous period clothing, we shouldn't forget how great she really is. She sings, tap dances, and she's married to Sam Mendes! Who we aren't used to seeing so great so often is Rahda Mitchell (Fabulous and Australian). Neverland should be break for which she's been patiently been working and waiting.

The Good: Speaking of great expectations... Was this the role of a lifetime for Johnny Depp? Not at all. Depp is perfect in character he assumes, but this is not the role that breaks apart from the rest. While maybe not as a clean cut and devilishly handsome in previous roles, this does not ascend above and beyond other parts of his resume. Again, as with Winslet, he's so great so often, we might set the bar too high and not recognize his talent. Still, this is not the defining point of his career. In a story about men, the women stole the show from Depp again and again in every scene. On a sidenote, why was Dustin Hoffman there? It was a waste of a great actor (and I kept thinking of him as Capt. Hook).

As a whole, "Neverland" felt like the shell of a story that wasn't explored nearly to point which it should have been. I imagine it worked very well as a play, but the screen adaptation of "The Man Who Was Peter Pan" didn't go far enough. The film itself was as clean and rigid filled with suggestion over observation never breaking through Victorian sense and sensibilities. The major problem with Neverland is that the excellent elements can't seem to pick up the problems. On the edge of greatness, "Neverland" never gets off the ground.

Thanks Darren for the advance screening.