Jan 20, 2017

[Movies] For the Love of Spock (2016)

The passing of Leonard Nimoy in 2015 was a tragedy in itself, especially for the Star Trek fan community that grew up admiring his character Spock from the original Star Trek series. Both the actor and the character were pretty striking individuals who have made quite an impact on the lives of many, many people.

For the Love of Spock began as a documentary project focused on the character and not the man. But given Nimoy's passing in the middle of the project, the tone of the documentary changed to talk more about Leonard Nimoy and not just our half-Human, half-Vulcan hero.

I had been looking forward to watching the feature for some time now and was not expecting it to be released on Netflix so soon. But as a big Star Trek  fan (I'm in the camp that identifies as Trekkies), I was very grateful that the streaming service made this possible so soon after the documentary's initial release.


Jan 19, 2017

[Videos] 107 Facts About Kim Possible


The early 2000's introduced us to the Disney super spy heroine Kim Possible. At the time I was already outside their target market age-wise, that doesn't mean I didn't get to enjoy the show as well. She was strong without being a tomboy. And she had a plucky albeit somewhat cowardly guy friend a sidekick. Plus a naked molerat

The folks over at ChannelFrederator have decided to tackle this popular cartoon with one of their 107 Facts videos and there are some interesting revelations here indeed! Even for a casual fan like me, I walked away happy with my additional random trivia about the world's first cheerleader spy.


107 Kim Possible Facts - (Tooned Up #225) | ChannelFrederator

Jan 18, 2017

[TV] The Night Manager (Mini-Series)

There is something about British television that I really enjoy for one reason or another. One of the big points is always about how they work with shorter seasons that I feel leads to tighter writing along with other factors. Thus there are a lot of British shows that Tobie and I end up enjoying a lot because why not, right?

The Night Manager is a show that I didn't hear about initially but later on Tobie's network alerted him to the series. Beyond it featuring some well-known actors, it was also rather relevant fare for a project that Tobie is working on with several others. Thus it got bumped up from "interesting to watch" to "required viewing".

And man, this was a rather intense series indeed. I'm kind of glad that it's "only" a mini-series, although I can totally see how one might be able to extend this into something more long-term with additional stories. But they made some very smart choices in terms of how they put things together.

Jan 17, 2017

[Videos] Crazy Promos for A Series of Unfortunate Events


The last week or so leading up to the premiere of the Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Seeries of Unfortunate Events has been kind of nuts - or at least as nuts as you can get with YouTube videos. But seriously, there was some serious creative effort to come up with some quirky videos teasing more about the world of the Baudelaire children and of course the nefarious Count Olaf.

And we're not just talking about releasing various cuts of the same trailer. We're talking about some rather crazy new content just for the show.

Take a look for yourself to understand what I mean...


And The Winner Is: Count Olaf | 2017 Golden Globes | Netflix


A Series of Unfortunate Events | The Facts [HD] | Netflix


A Series of Unfortunate Events | Theme Song [HD] | Netflix


The Most Unfortunate Friday the 13th | A Series of Unfortunate Events | Netflix


A Series of Unfortunate Events | Netflix Kitchen: Baudelaire's Flaming Mansion | Netflix

Man, I'm such a sucker for Rube-Goldberg machines.

 And doesn't the show's official theme give you a bit of a Gravity Falls sort of vibe?

Jan 16, 2017

[TV] Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1

I'll admit that I had rather enjoyed the 2004 movie adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was a fairly accurate adaptation of the first three books (more or less) albeit with a heck of a lot of Jim Carey being Jim Carey. But given what an over the top actor the character of Count Olaf is supposed to be, I guess it all made sense.

When Netflix announced that it was launching a TV series adaptation of the books, I wasn't sure what to expect. Did we really need another adaptation as the movie as the movie did pretty well (although it never went anywhere after that)? Was Neil Patrick Harris just going to be all Jim Carey style Count Olaf again?

Thankfully, the final result was something else entirely that made the most of Neil Patrick Harris's diversity and also managed to present to us already familiar stories in a very new way. It just goes to show that an adaptation does need to be absolutely faithful to the source material in order to be effective.

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