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Romantic... and repulsive...
Also know as Well-Fed Man
"Your aliens, Agent Mulder, your little green men arrived here millions of years ago." - Well-Manicured Man
"Baby me and you'll be peeing through a catheter." - Scully
"Everyone you know still calls you 'farty-pants'." - Weird Al
"Aw, make it talk, son, make it talk. OK, now make it shut up." - Weird Al
"I'm not made of airports!" - CM Burns
"God made man; man made cheese." - from Modern Marvels
"Future events such as these will effect you... in the future!" - from Plan 9 From Outer Space
"Visits? That would indicate visitors!" - from Plan 9 From Outer Space
"I don't have time for your convenient ignorance." - Agent Scully
"I'm not here to talk about what I think about you." - A.D. Skinner
"If I was any dumber, they'd have to water me twice a week." - WAY
"This is where you pucker up and kiss my ass." -A.D. Skinner
One day my log will have something to say about this." - Log Lady
"Either way its baby stew, which is bad." - Sam Winchester
"Diane I'm holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies..." - Dale Cooper
"There is no pizza god." - Hal
"You add plus douche bag to a minus douche bag and you get like, zero douche bags." - Jesse
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3000 gigaberts of pixelbits
Another super solid entry in the catalog of X-Files episodes. This episode brings us the return of Darin Morgan's iconic comedy episodes. What started with Humbug has become one of the more beloved style's of episode for many. I love that the teaser brings back the stoner kids from Quagmire and War of the Coprophages to be the ones who are witness to the were-monster attack after inhaling an instense amount of spray paint.(?) Dude...
A quick synopsis of the episode. Mulder starts out with a sense of mid life crisis and wondering if he's spent his entire life believing in hoaxes and children's stories and is convinced that there are no such thing as monsters. Scully is worried about him and through out the episode makes several comments about how happy she is to see him back in his element even if she doesn't agree with his theory. They are brought to find a lizard man who appears to be attacking people and biting their necks. The investigations bring them to one Guy Mann, played by Rhys Darby. At first he exhibits some truly strange behavior and Mulder is convinced that he is behind the attacks as a were-lizard. But he tells a different story. One in which a man who is a sociopath has bitten him, an unsuspecting lizard man, in the neck, and since then every day he turns into a human and finds himself engaging in terribly monstrous acts of menial human life such as going to work and waking up to an alarm clock and wearing a neck tie. I really like the play on the typical were-monster story here where the monster is the man and the fictional "monster" is the victim who now turns into a man due to being bitten.
There are some great moments in this episode both comedic and nostalgic. Some of my favorites are Mulder's reaction to discovering the hotel has secret peepholes into each room, a la Psycho. I love when Guy is yelling at his alarm clock and tells it "you'll never wake me up again" and tosses it across the room. Also the wonderful explanation of the latest phone model which contains 3000 gigberts of pixelbits and its shape is somewhat rectangular. The typical blah blah blah of technogibber haha. I also have to say that for someone who had been thinking that Gillian Anderson was looking old, she's still got it. Dang! Did anyone else's heart beat speed up when she said "I wanna make you say cheese"? And finally when the real killer starts explaining why he is the way he is as if he's reciting a profiling text book lol.
I was also surprisingly moved more than I would have normally expected when I realized the name on the gravestone that Mulder puts the flowers was that of Kim Manners. Kim was one of the major directors on throughout the original series and was also one of the main directors for the show Supernatural until he passed away in 2009. It was a great tribute to a man who brought us some wonderful stories and obviously had a significant impact on the people he worked with.
All in all a great solid episode. Thanks Darin Morgan!
The X Files: Founder's Mutation (2016)
Bad things happen when the birds gather
What a great way to springboard the MOTW style of episodes. I found myself cheering after a great teaser because I was so excited that The X-Files seemed to have indeed returned in true style. Jim Wong did a great job writing and directing this episode and did something I never thought possible: he made me care about Mulder and Scully's child William.
The episode deals with children who are dealing with genetic mutations and are in a program to try and solve their ailments. The doctor in charge of these treatments is secretly using alien DNA to try and cure these children and we find out in the episode that he has done tests on his own children, giving them supernatural abilities.
The episode begins with us seeing one of the scientists on the research team apparently being affected by some sort of loud screeching sound. These sounds lead him to searching for information on the lead scientist's location (the founder) and ultimately stabbing himself in the earlobe with a letter opener to stop the sound. As Mulder and Scully investigate, Mulder begins to hear the same sounds but reports that amidst the screeching he could perceive the words "find her" being repeated.
They seek out contact with the founder and ultimately find out that his wife is in a mental hospital for having allegedly killing her unborn son. This son, as it turns out, is Kevin, who was separated from his family at birth and is now seeking reunion with his sister Molly. Kevin is the source of the screeching and Molly appears to have her own abilities and is being kept prisoner by her father at the lab. They ultimately find each other and use their powers together to escape and murder their father.
The episode has a very Stephen King like feel to it where these children with telekinetic powers are able to take revenge on their captors. Think Carrie mixed with The Shining and maybe even Firestarter.
The episode connects on another level in the form of alternate reality dream sequences showing Scully and Mulder separately envisioning what their lives with William growing up might have been like. These sequences reveal a lot about Mulder and Scully's characters. They show the things that each would have truly enjoyed participating in with William. Scully imagines taking him to school and taking care of him when he hurts himself, likely drawing a lot on her background in medicine. Mulder imagines sharing his love of Sci-Fi classics and creating model rockets. They each also show their deepest fears and anxieties as well. Scully's are seeded in her fears of William having alien DNA while Mulder's are seeded in the loss of his sister Samantha. What's also interesting is that this episode allows for series to take on a new dynamic, where the original series dealt a lot with Mulder's obsession to find his sister, the questions about William bring him into this role which places both Mulder and Scully in the situation of their judgment being called into question on these types of cases.
Some observations: Two ape movies shown in the episode: possibly a reference to the leaps in evolution depicted in these movies? They managed to cram politics and product placement into a short two minute scene, I'm totally not buying a Ford now. Lol at Mulder almost getting a bj. "The truth is in here!" So the actor the played the founder was on Firefly and when he died by bleeding out like that I couldn't help but think "two by two, hands of blue..." Why didn't Scully ever hear the sound?
The X Files: My Struggle (2015)
They've re-opened the x-files
I am a happy camper tonight if only for the fact that I have just watched original content for the x-files since the movie "I Want To Believe" and while I truly enjoyed the movie, unlike many, it didn't stay true to the feel of the TV show. As soon as this episode began however, I felt like I had come home. It was true to the feel, the style, the production, everything I have come to associate with the show. It felt like The X- Files.
The episode starts with a voice over of Mulder describing the history of UFO phenomena, accompanied by clips and video footage of UFOs and different historical events involving the government and mass public witnessing and affirming the existence of UFOs. I don't know how much of this was taken from real reports and how many were fabricated but it's evident that not all of them are real. One of the things I've always liked about The X-Files is how it ties real conspiracy theories into its own purposes of an alien conspiracy.
Parts of the episode consist of flashbacks to the crash at Roswell and the appearance of some doctor whose identity is not revealed, and a man in a black suit, must be the original man in black. The UFO crash site is one of the most incredible sets I've seen on the show to date.
Similar to IWTB, the episode starts by someone trying to find Mulder and doing so through Scully. Scully encourages Mulder to "get out of his little house" so he does and when he actually becomes involved in the investigation she immediately jumps in arguing with him about the dangers of becoming involved, etc. Scully's character never ceases to frustrate.
The mythology moves forward in a somewhat concerning way and is the only reason I have rated this episode a 9 instead of a 10. I'm very concerned about the direction the mythology has taken by saying that there never was an alien conspiracy but that it is a government conspiracy and the aliens are a hoax. This doesn't mesh with several things from the mythology that are already pretty well established, namely the alien bounty hunters, the rebel faceless aliens, and the black oil virus. Granted they aren't positing that aliens don't exist at all, but they seem to imply that the involvement of aliens was simply one of visiting our planet out of concern for our existence after the use of the A bomb, and since then all the UFOs have simply been a cover by our own government as a way to perform tests on its citizens. When Mulder has the conversation with the Old Man, he seems to imply that the faceless rebels are all part of the hoax, calling it "nonsense". This would imply that the black oil, and everything else is all part of the hoax. I'm not buying it and it bugs me that Mulder is buying it. Especially when the thing that seems to suddenly convince him is when Sveta tells him its men who took her. Its not like this is the first time we've seen men working under the guise of alien abductions. Part of the original mythology is that the syndicate was working under the guise to do human tests to find a cure for the alien virus by creating an alien human hybrid. Its not the first time Mulder has been led to believe that everything has been a hoax and he was proved wrong the last time so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Two questions I'm left with at the end of the episode are about who certain characters are in relation to the previous series. Sveta and the Old Man both indicate that they have had previous contact with Mulder but I don't remember either of them from the original episodes.
Tad O'Malley is an interesting character and I look forward to seeing more of his character.
A few observations: - The pencils are still there! :) - Mulder ruined his poster :( - CSM is still alive so does that mean that TLG are still alive too? (they are on the cast list for Babylon) - Scully has a Nexus 6 #nexusmasterrace - Who was helping CSM smoke through his neck? Wasn't the old Indian lady from before... - The countdown began in 2012 but no one knew, so is this how they are explaining the Dec 21, 2012 thing from the finale?
Some roads you don't want to go down... but Fargo is one you do.
Rarely does a show pull me in like this one did. I watch a lot of shows that are entertaining enough, but this one has just jumped into my top 10. I loved the movie Fargo and have always been a fan of crime dramas and dark comedies. Each episode of season 1 had at least one or two "oh sh*t" moments and I mean like red wedding or pushing reporters onto train tracks kind of moments. Billy Bob Thornton brings probably his best role ever as the psychopath Lorne Malvo. I loved the many homages to some of the great scenes from the movie such as the "I changed my mind" moment at the parking garage and the money buried under a red ice scraper. This last one and several other subtle hints lead me to believe that these events all take place in the same universe as that of the movie and that there is some continuity from the 1987 story and the 2006-07 story. The soundtrack, the characters, the atmosphere, everything stays completely true to the movie without ripping it off. I absolutely loved the first season and am looking forward to more.
Angelina Jolie must be incredibly immature spiritually
I don't get why you would make a movie about such an amazing individual and have the entire focus be on the pain and suffering he had to endure and then throw a two minute thing at the end with a few paragraphs about how he "made peace". I don't know about you but that's the most important part of the story for me. OK so he survived physically, but how did he finally overcome spiritually and mentally? Very disappointed we didn't get any of that in this movie. I only hope the book has more to offer than this movie did. The best part of the movie was seeing Louis at the end as an 80 year running in Tokyo. We missed his entire journey getting to a point of forgiveness and being able to do that.
Paranormal Home Inspectors (2011)
Pretty unbelievable and formulaic
These shows are always chalk full of people getting goosebumps and saying its ghosts and that is to be expected. What is usually more interesting to me is the scientific approaches and trying to gather some sort of evidence and history to explain hauntings. This show takes all of that and throws it out the window. You have three investigators who come in to check out the home. The home inspector who pretty much walks in a writes everything off as being easily explained, then the weird spiritualist lady who always senses something and coincidentally happens to hit the history on the head even though she supposedly doesn't know about any of it beforehand, and finally the "hunter" team who basically comes in at night and runs around going "did you hear that?" Every episode is the exactly the same. There's even a little voice over sound clip that I'm pretty much sure they use the exact same one for each episode along the lines of "the home inspector is convinced there's nothing unusual, but the family wants an explanation so our spiritual healer lady has been brought to investigate. she has no prior knowledge of the experiences or history of the home." Its exactly the same every time. I've seen 9 episodes so far. They could take footage from the different episodes and totally switch them around to different episodes and I doubt most people would even notice. If there's more to what they do, they sure don't show it on the show.
The worst of times bring out the best in people
I really enjoyed this show. It seems like the writers really did a good job of researching what it would be like if the US got hit with nuclear bombs and society broke down. I love the drama that comes out of the situation but I also love the fact that, unlike most shows, the good guys always come out ahead in this movie. Every other show there's some bad guy that gets away with everything and that never gets caught or whatever, but in this show, there is a pretty solid line between the good guys and the bad guys and most of the "situations" are resolved relatively quickly instead of drawing them out for an entire season. For example, in the first couple of episodes with the escape prisoners... I just knew that this was gonna be a thing now in the first season. They'd be out constantly trying to find the prisoners and the prisoners were gonna keep the girl captive for a long time and every scene was gonna be her trying to escape and getting caught again, etc for like 15 episodes until she finally gets rescued. But nope. Jake shows up and shoots them in the face and the story ends there. Thank you so much for killing an uninteresting plot before it got annoying.
Anyway, not everything is always hunky dory in the show either though. Good people die including many main characters. But their stories are so interesting that you live with them. The town goes from regular American town to civil war skirmishes in just 20 episodes. Brilliant! I've heard rumors that Netflix is going to pick the show up for continuation. I only hope it sticks to its original atmosphere.
Audience ruins everything
I totally agree that the hysterical audience in this ruins everything. Dane makes some entertaining jokes but that fact that after every stupid thing he says there's 30 seconds of hysterical screaming and cheering... no. This isn't a rock concert its a stand-up show. No stand-up comedy is that good. Stupid. Even Dane has to stop himself in the middle of some of his jokes and wait for the audience to shut up so he can finish. To be fair though... the audience is behaving exactly how an audience at Madison Square Garden should behave. Who does a stand-up comedy show at Madison Square Garden? Answer: douchebags like Dane Cook who think they are rockstars.
Changing Lanes (2002)
A Feelgood Thriller...?
I first saw this on a bus in Mexico and it left an impression on me. I later forgot about it and just recently saw it on Netflix and rewatched it. I really enjoyed this movie for a couple reasons. I like the element of two people making really stupid decisions and letting their emotions control them and showing how that kind of thing can lead to things getting way out of hand really fast. In one day, two men effectively destroy each others lives because of an initial bad encounter that neither men are willing to move on from. I love the scene later with William Hurt as he shouts at Jackson's character telling him he's addicted to chaos. He should be given credit for the fact that after a cool down period he was about to give the file back, but had he been willing to fix things earlier, the whole mess could have been avoided. As I see it, both men are to blame in the end. That is why I love the ending of this movie. Both characters repent of their mistakes, are willing to accept the consequences, and things for the most part end up fixed and each side is better off.
Mi gorda bella (2002)
Confessions of a 30 year old Mormon dude...
As a Mormon guy, like many mormon guys, I went on a mission when I was 19 and I served my two years in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2001 - 2003. As such, I was in Mexico when this telenovela aired on Mexican television. Now in Mexico, maybe its the same in all of Latin America, but they would run telenovelas for 6 months, one episode a day during the week, and that was the entire show. Not like America where you had 13-20ish episode during fall and winter months and that is a season. Also important to know, is that many Mormon families offer to cook meals for missionaries and we had one sister who cooked for us everyday and we would pay her for the meals. As it happened, we would be there everyday to eat right as this telenovela would come on and I also arrived in the area right when the show started AND I was in the area almost exactly 6 months before finishing my mission and coming home to the states. As such, I became absolutely obsessed with this show. The twists and turns and people going from good to bad and bad to good and the forbidden romance between Valentina and Urestes and Norkys Bataista's rocking hot body and so many other things kept me absolutely addicted to this show. There were days that I missed an episode due to traveling on mission duties and the like, but I did my best to always be at that sister's house everyday right at 2pm and we always stayed for an hour. And on Monday's, our preparation day when we didn't work or eat with the sister, I would find a restaurant that was playing the show and sit and watch as much as I could. If I missed anything, the good sister would always fill me in. I went through I think 5 companions in that area and each one of them told me to keep them updated on the plot after they left. Unfortunately however, I ended up coming home about 4 weeks before the end of the show and I never saw the ending. Actually I did catch the final scenes of the last episode years later on YouTube, but there is currently a big fat "gorda" hole in my heart where Valentina and her friends belong and it has been vacant now for almost 10 years.
The Hunger Games (2012)
So much better than the book
This movie stays very close to the book's sequence of events and I enjoyed it much more than reading the book. The problem I had throughout the books was the abundance of insights into the illogical hormonal thoughts of a self-pitying teenage girl. The movie didn't have any of that. Much better :)
On top of the story, the performances were incredible. It is interesting to see so many supporting characters played by big actors (Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, etc.) while the main characters are played by lesser known actors. I thought all the actors played very well to their characters.
Interesting take on "super powers"
From a certain perspective, this is just another super hero movie where the hero and the villain start as friends and become enemies. For me this had a lot more levels than that. I enjoyed the first person mode of filming because it made the characters seems more real to me rather than being actors. It helped me to really identify with each of them instead of classifying any of them as either good or bad. Andrew and Matt's relationship is a truly interesting one where Andrew is truly the more likable of the two, but as they begin to progress more and react to the power they get from their new abilities, Matt is the one who is more level headed and Andrew begins to go off the deep end. I think for me what really made this film entertaining was the lack of superhero tights or nicknames or even alter-egos. Just a bunch of misfit teenagers who end up losing control of themselves.
The Grey (2011)
This movie was misrepresented first of all. I saw reviews comparing it to Rambo and other such great outdoor survival action movies. This movie is a little more like "The Road" in its storytelling. Very drawn out, not a lot of real good action other than people getting eaten by wolves one by one or dying in other ways. The movie definitely elicited a huge emotional response from me and I thought the ultimate message was a stirring one, to never give up even in the face of unquestionable failure. My main problem was that I was led to expect something that the movie was not and this by the people who were supposed to advertise the movie to me. Had I entered the movie expecting a tragic ending then I might have not minded it as much. Basically I'm led to believe that the main character (Neeson) at some point is going to start kicking some serious wolf butt and escape and survive. Instead, one by one each character dies and Neeson walks right into the wolf den and gets killed. I'd say this show is more like "Deliverance" meets "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". Survival show with a pointlessly tragic ending.
Kingdom Hospital (2004)
This show started out decent enough, but it really needed to be done as a mini-series with maybe 6 episodes tops. There were a few beginning episodes to set up the story and the final few episodes tied things off pretty well although they follow the typical Stephen King cliché of having some kind of "ka-tet" of characters who are meant to come together to save someone in a portal of space-time and dimensional traveling. All the rest in the middle is just filler and at times it seemed like the same scenes were being shown. Like the headless corpse running around constantly or the anteater showing up and rambling off some gibberish that is supposed to be all profound and wise. Enough already!
The Event (2010)
I remember when this show came out I saw an ad claiming that it was 24 meets LOST. They were obviously trying to capitalize on all the fans of those two shows who suddenly found themselves without a favorite show on TV. Unfortunately, as it turned out this show was exactly that, however it was the worst of 24 and LOST. The never-ending cliff hangers and plot twists that left you beating your head against the wall. At first it was exciting until you realized that they didn't ever plan on addressing any of the mysteries directly. They were just going to give a couple episodes at a time and then go into another month or two long hiatus in which you are wondering why they just killed half of the main characters on a bus. I stuck with it as long as I could, but at the end, watching the show was just torture for me. There were some promising moments and the show even had a promising premise, but the writing never capitalized on them. Instead we were teased to the point of anger and hostility and finally abandonment.
Scrubs, the philosophical comedy
About 4 or 5 months ago I watched this show straight through for the first time ever (excluding season 9 which I'm still debating if I should watch or not). I'd seen random episodes here and there throughout the years but I never really got the humor much. But there were enough small clips that I found funny that I decided to give the whole show a shot.
I immediately become hooked. To me Scrubs was like a lighthearted example of what life has been like for me over the past ten years. There are real life situations and drama, but it is all presented with an air of humor and joviality which seemed to remind me that similar situations in my own life were not worth getting so distraught over.
I fell in love with the characters because of their many flaws which I could relate to. Along with humor, the show is also very philosophical about life and mortality (naturally being set in an ICU) and I really enjoyed becoming involved in some of the patients' stories. We learned something different from all of them and we felt the same bittersweet feeling when they inevitably passed on. I will forever be a fan of Colin Hays because of this show as well, especially his songs "Overkill" and "Any Minute Now".
Finally, the final scene of season 8 ultimately sums up the show for me. As JD leaves thinking no one cared about his last day, he is overwhelmed by the memories of all the people who touched his life while he was there. We see many of his dead patients and other guest actors who have come and gone from the show telling him goodbye. And finally he steps outside and sees a flash forward of his future as he gets married and raises a family. It is such a great metaphor for what it feels like to move from one stage of life to another and ultimately how it must feel to pass from this life to the next. It hurts to leave but we ultimately take our experiences with us on to a bright future full of possibilities. That is how I will always remember this show ending.
The ButterCream Gang (1992)
Its the Widow Jenkins, she's fallen down again...
Unlike many people, I didn't watch this movie a lot as a kid. I actually think I saw it once and I hated it because Pete is so mean and it doesn't seem like the ending gives much closure as far as him changing because you never see it, you only hear about it in the letter. That being said, this was a pretty entertaining movie and the actors in it are quite good considering the level of production. The actor that plays Pete was really good in this. The message of the movie is a good one for kids and adults in that it teaches that love and non-violence is always the best way to treat others. Not only that but Scott learns that doing so with an agenda to try and change someone else will never work, and he learns that by loving his friend unconditionally, he changes himself before he really makes an impact on Pete. The other thing about this movie that made it interesting to me is that it was filmed literally in the neighborhood where I have lived since I was 11 years old and I recognize much of the scenery and locations from having driven past them my entire life.
On Our Own (1988)
You tell that Mitch, I've got an earful for him! ...and a hug!
I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid. I loved it because it has some really good adventure in it. Its about a group of kids who decide to go on a road trip to find their Uncle Jack after their mom dies. They run away from foster care in LA and set out for Arizona with an LA detective on their tail and only $9 in their pockets. Luckily in 1988 that at least buys them a decent lunch for a day. They face a number of challenges along the way including being stranded in the desert, and facing bullies after hitting a jackpot on a slot machine. They also make friends with a school teacher on vacation who agrees to help them even after they steal her car.
As an adult, having just rewatched this, the movie has even more to offer than simply nostalgia as I was expecting. It truly is a heartwarming movie about family and friendship and doing what is right even when it doesn't fit in with "the rules" or is inconvenient for you. I found myself in years multiple times thinking about how hard it would be for me now to lose my parents, my dog, and be separated from my family all at once. How much harder would that be for a group of children? I can't help but wonder what I would do if I were in Peggy's position.
Anyway, this is a great family movie. One that I remember watching as a kid and I'm sure I will be sharing with my own children in the future.
The World Forgetting, By The World Forgot.
I love this show. It has, in my opinion one flaw. That is that it appears to the layperson to be a movie with a deep complex meaning that it is trying to get across. The truth, however, is that it is a movie with a very simple and basic message to share, and it does so in a very unique way, which is why it is so easily misunderstood.
The simple story is about a guy and a girl who become bored with their relationship, have an argument, and happen to live in a world where one can erase their memories. When Clementine erases Joel from her memory, the pain is too much for Joel to bear and he decides he wants her erased from his memory as well. The unique part of the movie is the way the couple's relationship is told. We see their relationships as memories inside of Joel's dreams as they are being erased. So we are at the same time seeing the past and present, such that the two blend together. During the procedure, Joel quickly passes through the bad memories and as he starts to relive the good ones, the keep being taken from him. This prompts him to change his mind, but unfortunately he is unable to wake up and stop the procedure. He tries to hide with Clementine so he can save a part of her, but the doctors keep catching up to him and in the end he loses. He wakes up the next day with no recollection of who Clementine is or anything. On impulse, however he decides to ditch work and go to the beach where he and Clementine first met. Lo and behold, Clementine is also there. They meet again and fall in love again. But when they get home they find out what they have done by receiving their files from a disgruntled secretary. As they listen to themselves talking about how miserable they were with the other, they almost decide not to give it another chance. But the last moments they decide that they don't care about that.
The show's appeal to me is mostly emotional. It is truly tragic to watch as Joel's memories are taken from him. Especially when he wakes up but can't speak to tell them to please stop and as they drug him again all he can do is cry. I'm reminded of Alfred Hitchcock where the guy is paralyzed but they think he is dead and he is forced to lay in a coffin with the impending threat of being buried alive. There is a similar story by Stephen King except the man is forced to sit through his own autopsy. The simple message is that good memories are worth reliving, even if they lead to pain. Pain can be reconciled and worked through. There are other messages one can take from the show, but to me this is the one that resonates with me. I do also love that they end up falling in love again and are subconsciously drawn to places that have special meaning to them both. I don't believe in the theory that there is only one person for everyone (soulmates or whatever) but I do believe that when one finds their match, then there is only one person that can define what love means to you.
The other thing about the movie that appeals to me is the very original and unique way of telling the story. The story is the same old love movie yes, but the writing is amazing. The idea very one of a kind. It is the type of movie that you probably need to watch at least twice to really follow, but once you understand that everything is happening in the present, including the memories, then it is easy to following along and enjoy the story.
A few more tidbits about the other story lines. That Lacuna company has some serious ethical issues. They have sex while working on clients, inter-office relationships, stealing panties and identities, not to mention the ethical and moral issues brought up by the whole premise of erasing people's memories. Also, Kate Winslet was pretty good lookin in those white gogo boots and that 70's dress. All in all a very entertaining movie. I give it a 10 out of 10.
The X Files (1998)
Your aliens, Mr. Mulder, your little green men, arrived here millions of years ago.
My interest in aliens and government conspiracies can be credited to two events in my life. The first was in the summer of 1996 when I saw "Independence Day" with my family. I was blown away. This was my first exposure as far as I remember into stuff about Area 51 and Roswell and little green men. I was absolutely enthralled. But the problem came in that there was no more information to be had from the ID4 well. So for the next two years I kind of played around with some different shows about the topic. "The Arrival" and "Contact" were two of the main ones and I also watched a few episodes of The X-Files and began to become very interested in the show. This brings us to the second event. Christmas 1998, my brother- in-law had my name to buy a Christmas present and he bought me a pair of jeans and the Collector's Edition of "Fight The Future" on VHS. I had never seen it and I honestly didn't know much about it. Ironically, we also got ID4 that year for the family and watched it numerous times together, but I stayed up late enough one night to have the TV to myself and watched "Fight the Future" for the first time. This was like ID4 for smart people. Elaborate plot with conspiracies and dark alleys and all kinds of crazy twists and turns and really big words that you never quite know how to spell let alone define. I loved it! I even loved my little trading card that came with it that simply quotes the following...
"Your aliens, Mr. Mulder, your little green men, arrived here millions of years ago." - Well- Manicured Man
I remember reading that and it absolutely blew my mind! They've been here all this time? Since 35,000 B.C.? How? Why were they just hiding in that cave all that time? What the heck is going on? I gotta watch this show more! And so I did. As you can probably tell by now, this movie played a major role in my becoming a fan of this show.
Now that I understand the mythology of the show better, I can watch the show and actually understand what is going on. I understand why WMM gave Mulder Scully's location and then blew up in the car. I understand the significance of the building exploding at the beginning and the bodies that were "found". And I understand the link between the black oil virus and the little green men. The story is so complex that I won't waste any time trying to outline it but I'll go ahead and mention some of my favorite parts.
The kid falling in the hole at the very beginning. Did you know that getting the wind knocked out of you is actually a spasm of the diaphragm muscle, that's why its hard to breathe, because the diaphragm doesn't cooperate. That poor scientist guy getting locked down in that hole with the alien, ugh. The bee silos and the helicopters in the corn field, that scene always comes up when I play Scene It. The entire last 45 minutes of the show in Antarctica is just amazing. The movie really doesn't have any flaws in my own humble opinion. I find myself simply wanting more of the same.
Breaking Bad (2008)
I don't often begin singing a show's praises until I've seen most of the series and it has been canceled. Even less often do I come on here and write a review for it. But in the past two weeks as I've begun watching Breaking Bad I have the same kind of excitement for this show as I've had in the past with other favorite shows of mine like The X-Files or Lost.
As I watched the first few episodes I kept switching from laughing hysterically to feeling very serious and grave to feeling empathy for some characters then hate for the same characters later. You immediately think you have each person pegged into a stereotype, and for the most part you are right on with it, but as you get to know them, you begin to love them anyway despite their flaws and the things you hate about them.
Of course the cinematography and all that is great too, but that is not usually what I look for in a show, at least not consciously. If you do then all the more power to you and this show does a great job with that as well. But for me a show is about story, characters, great acting, and how the show makes you feel as you watch it. This show has all of the above.
The title of a show can at times have some awesome significance as well, and for me "Breaking Bad" has a couple different meanings. One, Walt and Jesse are two of the most unlikely drug lords and because of this they end up really stirring things up in the crime scene. Second, breaking bad in the same sense that you would say a plane broke left or right. In other words turning bad. It happens gradually at first and then suddenly you're headed in a completely different direction. Watching the evolution of Walt's character has felt this way to me. He started slow with just cooking a little meth and selling through Jesse, but soon he's offing local distributors, getting run down by the cartel, and at the same time his family life falls apart.
Needless to say I am impressed with the show and I think it has been impeccably handled plot-wise to allow for the story to head in just about any direction at any given time and I look forward to seeing what else is in store.
The X Files: The Truth (2002)
I've been chasing monsters with a butterfly net.
The Truth is a strange kind of ending to a wonderful series. I have mixed feelings about it because it really doesn't bring the kind of ending to the show that I might have liked to see, but at the same time, I don't really know what I would have done differently to make it any better. I do kind of like some of the summary of the show we get from the trial scenes, but at the same time it gives the episode a kind of clip show feeling that takes away from it. I am all for the reappearance of some of the favorite characters who have since passed on. But I did wish there was a little more X and a little less Krycek. I like how the episode begins with the "what are you thinking" line and how the episode also ends the way the series began in a motel room discussing the truth. Although I have to admit that I much prefer the Pilot hotel scene to the finale hotel scene. In the Pilot there is still so much mystery and suspense and excitement, but in the finale there is a feeling of loss and unfinished business that may not ever be addressed. There seem to be a lot of ends left open. What happened to Skinner and Kersch? What happened to Doggett and Reyes? Even in the movie that came out recently we don't get much answer to these questions. We know that Skinner is apparently still alive and well and seems to have become someone important but thats about it. I felt that this was a good episode in itself but a poor conclusion to the series.
The X Files: Release (2002)
Like I said, obvious.
I don't really have a lot to say about Release. They had introduced the story of Doggett's son being abducted and then they never really had time to get around to addressing it much other than a few episodes where it turned out to be non-related. So now we get the conclusion to Doggett's "Samantha story" and I have to be honest, at first I was really confused by what the episode is trying to say. All I can really figure out is that some guy who was in with the mob kidnapped Doggett's son and then the mobster guy killed him so he wouldn't be able to be a witness in any sort of upcoming trial. Fullmer was then paid off to keep quiet about it, but years later he can no longer live with the guilt and in the end he kills the alleged murderer and then we never see him again (Fullmer I mean). The strangest part is the addition of the schizophrenic guy posing as an FBI profiler student who is obsessed with details and in particular, Doggett's case. Anyway, those are the basic elements that make up the story. I think the music is great and some of the presentation is really well done, but overall the actual story doesn't quite cut it for me. I can only give this episode a 6 our of 10.
The X Files: William (2002)
After all that grief and pain of not caring about the William arc, it ends very lack luster with the episode bearing his name. A man shows up in the XF office and kicks the crap out of Doggett's head. In spite of this, Doggett is still able to apprehend him. We find out he is badly deformed and his true identity is up in the air. There is a lot of speculation that he might be Mulder, but Scully is reluctant to believe it. It turns out to be Jeffrey Spender and his whole purpose was to make William unspecial by injecting him with iron to kill the alien DNA in him or something or other and Scully gets mad at him. I really don't find this episode very interesting.
The X Files: Per Manum (2001)
I guess it was too much to hope for.
Of all the boring Scully's baby episodes, this is probably the most tolerable. The first bit of trivia I have for this episode is that lady at the beginning having the alien baby may be familiar to some of you Anne of Green Gables fans... That in mind, go watch it again. The basic story of the episode is a bunch of abducted women who have been said to be barren and then get pregnant and now the government is stealing their alien babies and killing the women. Some lady approaches Scully about this and now Scully is all paranoid about her baby again like usual. Poor lady, she keeps getting told her baby is ET and then the doctors tell her its fine but then the doctors are evil and at some point you're just like move to Alaska or something for 9 months sheesh! Some of the important stuff about the episode is the flashbacks with Mulder where we learn that he is indeed the father but not through the sideways polka but through donations and artificial insemination. I think its funny how every episode that has that Zeus Pregnancy clinic in it ends up with someone find the room with all the fetus jars and then some doctor being all "you're not supposed to be here!" You'd think they'd get a lock or something. Some more fun about this episode is Adam Baldwin stealing the baby with the government agents. Adam Baldwin is awesome. Also I can't help but feel bad for poor Doggett in this episode. I hate being kept in the dark like that with my own circle of friends, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be when you're FBI partner was doing that crap to you. And all because, "I was afraid they'd use it to get to Mulder." Um, how does that keep you from telling Doggett? You're saying you didn't trust him not to go tell the enemy basically. I give the episode a 8 out of 10 for some entertaining sequences but not for the best story in the world.