Chasing Amy, a review by DJ Doena
Ben Affleck ... Holden McNeil
Jason Lee ... Banky Edwards
Joey Lauren Adams ... Alyssa Jones
Brian O'Halloran ... Jim Hicks - Executive #1
Matt Damon ... Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Jason Mewes ... Jay
Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob
Holden and Banky are comic artists and the inventors of "Bluntman & Chronic" and they are the best friends. At a comic con they meet Alyssa. In the course of time Holden falls in love with her. The "only" problem: Alyssa is a lesbian.
Joey Lauren Adams has a weird voice but she is plays a very interesting character. This movie is defenitively not the standard boy-meet-girl romance and that is a very good thing.
(From "View Askewniverse"-Mini-Marathon on February 3rd, 2008)
The Incredible Hulk, a review by Dragonfire
Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton stars as scientist Bruce Banner, a man who has been living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. But when the military masterminds who dream of exploiting his powers force him back to civilization, he finds himself coming face to face with his most formidable foe: the Abomination - a nightmarish beast of pure aggression whose powers match the Hulk's own!
Also starring Liv Tyler, Oscar® nominee Tim Roth, and Oscar® winner William Hurt, The Incredible Hulk is "steeped in action and spectacular special effects" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and delivers a mind-blowing final showdown that can only be summed up with one word... INCREDIBLE!
I'm using this for my U entry.
I did see Hulk after it was out on DVD. I didn't hate it like so many seemed to, but I didn't love it either. There were just too many things about that one that didn't work for me, especially the main villain of the movie. The Incredible Hulk was so much better on every level. The casting seemed to fit better, the story was stronger and more logical, and there was an actual villain from the comics used..plus there was set up for a future villain as well. I wasn't sure what to think when I heard this movie was going to basically ignore the other movie, but I think it worked doing that. The origin story - which wasn't shown in a lot of detail - just worked better even though it was different from the comic books. It was more like what had been done in the television show. I use to watch that show all the time and I really liked it. I really don't remember a lot from it now, but I did read and see some interviews back before this opened in June that there was an attempt to make the movie more like the tv show since that had been so popular. I also read about how Edward Norton had been a fan of the show and worked on the script to make some of the changes so it was more like the show. I did remember some things that were clearly from the show..like how his eyes would turn green first and how he was always on the move alone. I think there were some other things as well that I can't remember. I felt like the connection and story with Bruce and Betty worked better this time as well. The special effects worked better and looked better overall as well. Yes things were unbelievable, but that worked with the movie. I also really liked how there was a little bit of a connection to Iron Man and more hints of what is to come from Marvel movies.
(From My November Alphabet Marathon on November 28th, 2008)
"Stargate SG-1" Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
AllegianceSynopsis: A Tok'ra base has been overrun by Anubis's troops and a group of SG teams helps to evacuate. They bring the Tok'ra to the Alpha Site, a planet unknown to the Goa'uld. The Jaffa rebels also live there since they've been betrayed by Imhotep. But both groups don't get along very well and it escalates when a Jaffa and a Tok'ra is killed under dubious circumstances.
My Opinion: In my opinion they portrayed the conflict well, because the basic statement is correct: While both are fighting for the same cause, they have been enemies for ages and that isn't solved over night. The "crisis management" of Jack, Bra'tac and Jacob/Selmak was also believable.
CureSynopsis: SG-1 comes to a planet that technologically isn't as far developed as Earth but they can offer something else: Tretonin. A medicine than can cure all kinds of illnesses and prevents from getting ill. The catch is that it suspends the natural immune system, that it has to be taken regularily and how it is produced.
My Opinion: What I liked here was the moral conflict. Nobody except SG-1 seems to have any problem with using a Goa'uld queen as long as it was just any queen. When it turns out to be Egeria, the mother of all Tok'ra, it becomes reprehensible. I liked it.
PrometheusSynopsis: A reporter has learned of a secret project, code name "Prometheus". But it isn't what she'd thought it was, but the X-303, the first human-built mothership with hyperlight drive. But then Colonol Simmons and Adrian Conrad hijack it and only Sam and Jonas are on board to stop them.
My Opinion: I liked the cock-and-bull story Sam told the reporter of how they gained access to the alien technology and her intentional avoiding of the word "Roswell". While I liked the episode, the threat to blow up the ship and Nevada had a flaw: The Goa'uld's instinct of self preservation is extremely high and I would rule Simmons out as a martyr. I would have called the bluff.
Unnatural SelectionSynopsis: SG-1 is asked by Thor to fly with the X-303 (Jack wasn't allowed to name her "Enterprise") to the home galaxy of the Asgards and fight the Replicators once again. The Asgard had an ingenious plan but it failed miserably. Now SG-1 has to face a completely new generation of Replicators.
My Opinion: When I wrote the above summary a moment ago, I actually wrote "new generation of Cylons" - and truth be told, that wasn't that far a mental leap. The new Replicators look like humans but they aren't. One of the five Replicators is played by Tahmoh Penikett (Karl "Helo" Agathon in Battlestar Galactica) who has a child with a Cylon in BSG.
There are other similarities as well. While the first four are normal Replicators, Fifth (Patrick Currie) has become much more human, an attribute he shares with certain Cylon models.
I liked this episode, too.
(From "Stargate SG-1" Marathon on April 12th, 2008)