Comic-Con 2011, Part 3: Who’s your Doctor?

Comic-Con 2011, Part 3: Who’s your Doctor?

Parts 1 and 2 posted on Monday and Tuesday This is NOT the Doctor! We were up early again on Sunday for the last day of Comic-Con, loading up the car and driving back to the Convention Center, since we’d be heading straight home at the end of the day…but at the beginning, we headed straight for Hall H. Once again, we had a 12:30 panel as our goal, and this was our last chance […]

Comic-Con 2011, Part 2: Getting Better, or Breaking Murphy’s Law

Comic-Con 2011, Part 2: Getting Better, or Breaking Murphy’s Law

Part 1 posted yesterday When we couldn’t make it into the room – or even get near the room, really – for any of the panels we’d hoped to see on Thursday or Friday morning, we had to re-think what we wanted to experience at Comic-Con. We also thought about how the Con needs to re-think its approach to crowd management and scheduling. We heard from other attendees that the Convention Center’s huge Hall H, […]

Comic-Con 2011, Part 1: Murphy’s Law

Comic-Con 2011, Part 1: Murphy’s Law

There are many special and unusual things about San Diego Comic-Con International. Not the least among them is that it’s one of the rare places where use of the frequently-derided Comic Sans font is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. However, I will not be using it to write these posts. This was our second time attending Comic-Con, so we didn’t think we were newbies, but we got plenty of surprises. Our first day on-site was […]

Goodbye again, Harry

Goodbye again, Harry

It’s ended now. But it will never really end. One of my earliest reviews here – back in July 2007, when about six people knew this blog existed – was the seventh and final book in Harry Potter’s story. After seeing the eighth and final movie installment this weekend, and saying goodbye to Hogwarts all over again, I thought I’d revisit and re-post it (with some minor edits and changes, but still in the format […]

At the movies: *Super 8*

At the movies: *Super 8*

Super 8 Mystery/thriller/sci-fi, 2011 Paramount Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Bad Robot official movie site Plot summary, via IMDb: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth […]

At the Movies: *X-Men: First Class*

At the Movies: *X-Men: First Class*

X-Men: First Class Action/adventure drama, 2011 20th Century Fox / Marvel official movie site Plot summary, via IMDb: “Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a […]

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #2

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #2

We’ll start this week’s travels at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and LaBrea Avenue… …where this pavilion marks the beginning… …of this! This song gets stuck in my head every time I take this walk:  Everybody’s a dreamer, everybody’s a star, And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are. There are stars in every city, In every house and on every street, And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard Their names are written […]

Your 15 Minutes Are Up! (Weekend Assignment #341)

Your 15 Minutes Are Up! (Weekend Assignment #341)

Whose “15 minutes of fame” do you think needs to be over, right about…NOW? That was Karen’s question this week: Weekend Assignment # 341: Overexposed Some things (or people) explode into the culture, are really big for a while and then overstay their welcome. Who or what are you really tired of seeing, hearing or reading about these days? Extra Credit: What discarded bit of pop culture do you remember fondly? I couldn’t limit myself […]

Comic-Con Show and Tell: The Pictures

Comic-Con Show and Tell: The Pictures

Comic-Con International. San Diego, California. Four days of pop culture at its finest – and sometimes its edgiest, and strangest. For some participants, it barely touches on comics at all, unless the comic has some connection with a movie or TV show. Some of Comic-Con is pretty much what you’d expect from the name. About 1/4 of the Exhibit Hall floor was taken up by small comic-book dealers and independent artists and writers, while another […]

Week-End Review goes to the Movies (& comes back with some links)

Week-End Review goes to the Movies (& comes back with some links)

Last Weekend (movie) Reviews: Twofer at the Theater Iron Man 2Action/Drama, 2010Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth PaltrowDirector: Jon Favreau While “origin stories” are interesting, I’ve found that when it comes to certain movie franchises, I like the sequels more. We know how the hero became who he (or she) is, and now we can just watch them do their thing. This is especially gratifying when the hero is facing a strong and equally intriguing nemesis […]

Week-End Review – with bonus Movie Review!

Week-End Review – with bonus Movie Review!

I couldn’t come up with a Question of the Week this week, so I thought I’d tell you about something else we did this past weekend. Mini Movie Review: Date Night We saw Date Night last Sunday (in the afternoon, actually – ). The basic plot was kind of ridiculous, in my opinion. Unless a movie is clearly meant to be make-believe, I’m starting to lose patience with movies that have realistic trappings but premises […]

Comic Con: The Warm-Up Act – or, how we spent our 5th anniversary

Comic Con: The Warm-Up Act – or, how we spent our 5th anniversary

Tall Paul and I observed our fifth anniversary – of our first date – this past weekend. We’ve usually commemorated it by returning to the place we met for lunch that day, but we just learned that it’s closed. It was just as well, though, since we’d made other plans for that day. I may have mentioned previously that we’re planning to attend Comic Con International in San Diego this summer. Tall Paul went to […]

Dragons and Wimps, or last weekend at the movies

Dragons and Wimps, or last weekend at the movies

How to Train Your Dragon Dreamworks Animation, 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox Animation, 2010 If you live with a middle-grade child, particularly a boy, you probably know all about the popular Wimpy Kid series of books by Jeff Kinney. And you may have had no idea that there was a book called How to Train Your Dragon (actually, it’s part of series too). But both books have been turned into movies, […]

Tuesday Tangents – and it really IS Tuesday!

Tuesday Tangents – and it really IS Tuesday!

I really like movies, but as you may recall if you’ve been reading here for a while, I’ve grown to really HATE Oscar Week, which has come to signify my Annual Traffic Nightmare. My office is one street north and about four blocks west of the Kodak Theater. As it gets closer to the Academy Awards, more and more streets in the area will be closed off in preparation for the ceremonies, and the street […]

Chick Flicks, or Movies for Guys Who Love Movies? (Weekend Assignment #309)

Chick Flicks, or Movies for Guys Who Love Movies? (Weekend Assignment #309)

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” -Alfred Hitchcock Carly is hosting the week’s Weekend Assignment, and with the Academy Awards on tap for next weekend, she asks a movie-related question: Weekend Assignment #308: This week, let’s talk about our favorite films. Do you find yourself drawn to one type of movie over another: Chick Flicks or Guy Movies, which do you think you watch most often? How often does your spouse, or […]