Flotsam & Jetsam

Knowledge is realizing that the street is one way; wisdom is looking in both directions anyways.

Various little bits of unconnected thoughts here:

– season finale of Lost was well done and ended at the hatch like you knew it would. Reactions have been interesting and deserve a separate entry of its own, down the road.

– reading Steve Shrewsbury’s – Godforsaken – good romp with echoes of Gladiator and Ben-Hur in it.

– just received Brian Keene’s Terminal this morning and devoured five chapters at lunch time. Great read so far. I also have his Fear Of Gravity to wade through.

– listening to Stephen R. Donaldson’s – Runes of the Earth. It is amazing how much more you pick up when you have to work your way through a book at someone else’s pace. When I read the book I missed some details in my fervor to finish. It is a great book – Donaldson writes characters and events that possess such passion that it is almost exhausting. Ah but what great rewards await those who follow his stories. And what an ending – the two years plus wait is already unbearable.

– the new Batman movie opens soon and everything I read has gotten me quite optimistic. A nice counter to the post Star Wars prequel trilogy depression that I have been left with after seeing ROTS. As an overall exercise, these films have pushed the technical envelope but man oh man the writing has been so bad. Characters, logic gaps, contrived plot points all have tarnished the SW mythos for me. The most damning thing I can say is that I have no desire ever to see the PTs again.

– TV shows on DVD are addictive, the chance to watch shows at a quality level never seen without commercials when one chooses is great. I just finished the first season of The Greatest American Hero. Cheesey? Oh yeah. But the interplay between the three leads is still great and I had a lot of fun revisting this. I plan to get the other seasons as well. Beware the commercial releases have substituted songs with replacements due to music clearance costs. Sometimes unobtrusive but far too often blatant ie when direct references are made to a song which now is no longer heard.

That is some of the items taking up my brainwave bandwidth at the moment.



I Am A Winner!

As someone who never, ever wins anything I am on a bit of a streak here.

First I won a Richard Laymon book – After Midnight – from Jeff Strand and then I snagged a bag of swag from the Horror-Web site. It is the goody bag that was handed out at the last WHC held in NY.

I should but a lottery ticket!

Thanks to Jeff Strand and the people at the Horror-Web site.

Return of the Sith – It Doesn’t Suck

Never in cinematic history – and probably never again – has a movie been released that will carry the big Get Out Of Jail Free card like ROTS has.

This movie is the reason why the PTs were made. Short of a total screw up any filmed version of the Vader’s birth will resonate with movie audiences. And why not? Many have been carrying an emotional bucket of that moment in their psyche for over 20 years.

The good news is that the movie delivers on that moment. The great news is it managed to throw in a couple of surprises. The bad news is that the fight does not match the physical level of the Maul fight – the higher ground scenario is a very weak end to the fight – and does not match the emotional level of the ROTJ showdown.

Since the movie contains that treasured moment and finally, finally SHOWS the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan it elevates itself slightly above the previous two installments.

There are design choices, – such as the idiotic robot voices – continuing logic gaps, poorly written dialogue, and plot that continue to undermine the believability of the movie.

I hope – and it looks like it – that the many SW fans are happy with the results. Either that or the hype is clouding everyone’s judgement. Interesting to see how it is judged in a couple of years.

I liked it more than the first two and am glad it is over. It is an OK movie but not a good movie. Lucas is ready to move on and so I am. And so I will.

CD Weekly Newletter

Tallied up my columns for CD and sent the info to Brian. I have had five columns published and have started work on the sixth. This will be a comparison of the two movies based on Shirley Jackson’s – The Haunting of Hill House.

Lost Rocked Tonight!

Superb episode tonight! Kate’s backstory gets cranked up quite a bit on the tragedy meter and the writers make you fluctuate as to the depth of empathy you have for Kate. Nicely setup and executed. Even Sawyer was fooled. Kate was given alot more emotional connective tissue tonight.

The mystery of the toy plane was solved and Walt confessed to Micheal about the boat.

Hurley was great blowing Kate’s secret to Locke!

Next week looks awesome as well. The French lady returns with a dire warning of the ‘OTHERS!’

‘You have three choices. Run. Hide. Or die!’

Whew – what a rollercoaster ride tonight!

Oh yeah – I kinda liked tonight’s show.

Lost Resumes and My Latest CD Review went out – Carnivale

Here we go, the last mad dash to the end of Season One for Lost. Last night Locke revealed he was the one that had knocked out Sayid when he was trying to triangulate the source of the rescue message. We got Sayid’s backstory as to how he ended up on the plane – a fill in the blank piece. Good to know and one of the first back stories that did not hold my interest. Possibly because I was far more involved in what was transpiring on the island.

For awhile it seemed like the show was going to answer one small question and dodge a bigger one. There was a nice tease with the hatch. Locke seemed to sidestep Sayid’s question when he referred to the hatches on the plane. Sayid reacted like he bought the explanation and dropped the issue. Then at the end of the show he confronted Locke and demanded that they go see the ‘Hatch.’ Loved the reverse bait and switch they did here.

Also, my review of the Season One DVD set of Carnivale is out in the Cemetery Dance weekly newsletter. It is free so sign up and I hope you will enjoy my review. I think its a great show. HBO does produce some quality TV fare.

Zombie Western and ROTS CD/DVD

Finished Long Horn, Big Shaggy. It is quite a hoot with zombie cowboys, Indians, and various body parts, plus zombie buffalos. Gross and funny at the same time. At about 100 pages its something you could read in one or two sittings. I can honestly say I have never read anything like it before – and I mean that in a good way!

Picked up Springsteen’s latest CD which includes a bonus DVD as well. Have not had the opportunity to listen to it fully so an update will follow.

Also picked up The Revenge of the Sith soundtrack. The Prequel Trilogy may have many faults but John Williams’ music has never disappointed. This soundtrack is up there with Empire and A New Hope. Some brilliant tracks that if allowed to play unedited should add some gravitas to the pivotal moments of Anakin’s fall. I do not know if this is a new trend but this release includes a DVD as well. It contains 9 tracks of music highlighting moments from all six movies. Each piece is introduced by the Emperor himself – Ian McDiarmid. Here is another one of those veteran actors who can make the most mundane and trite piece of dialogue sound like Shakespeare profound itself. The music is great and the bonus DVD is an excellent addition. Highly recommended!