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Amazing Race: Instant Karma for Rudeness

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Once again, I’ll be recapping this show with Amy and Steve so it includes a little bit about the show and mostly our comments about what is going on while we watch it. The show kicked off in New York City before the teams flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands to jump off cliffs and dig for buried treasure for a really long time. Continue on to read about how everyone was confused by a compass and treasure map coordinates.

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Tusk

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This movie originated from Kevin Smith’s podcast where after seeing an ad that offered free lodging for someone that would agree to dress up as a walrus, Smith and his friend Scott Mosier came up with a movie idea based on that ad, but it goes off in a completely twisted direction. Their idea might have made for a pretty entertaining podcast, but it isn’t much of a story for an entire movie.

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Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

Anakin and Amidala fall in love, Ewan McGregor grows a beard and Yoda kicks butt. There’s also supposed to be hardly any Jar Jar Binks. Already an improvement over The Phantom Menace.

You might not want to read this if you haven’t seen it since there is spoiler info throughout.

The very beginning was a bit awkward. Obi-Wan and Anakin saying little jokes that fell really flat. This improved as the movie went on, but at the beginning it did not seem like they were two people that just spent the last 10 years together training everyday. It seemed like they just met a few minutes before.

I guess we are all really dumb and they have to beat us over the head with the romance stick. Did Anakin have to make the statement about thinking about Amidala every day for 10 years before he saw her again? Being that he ended up telling her this later, I think it would have been a tad more natural to see her again and then end up telling her later than just blurting it out every chance he got.

The first chase scene in the beginning through the city was entertaining and the searching through the bar for the killer was good too. The little jedi mind trick was amusing.

Why was Jar Jar even in this movie? I really didn’t need to hear that voice again and someone else could have stood in for Amidala during the Senate meetings besides him. He served no purpose in this movie. As annoying as he was in the first one, he had the purpose to be there for entertainment for kids. He didn’t do anything like that in this movie. I still never got how he was entertaining for kids. I watched Stars Wars growing up and R2-D2 and Yoda were enough entertainment for me.

Things were a tad slow and weird when it kept switching from Obi-Wan at the diner asking questions about who was trying to assassinate Amidala and then over to Anakin and Amidala in a field and then back to Obi-Wan finding out about the clone army and then the two lovebirds hanging out in front of a fireplace. Not great scene transition there and things just dragged on.

I thought the movie finally picked up when we meet Jango Fett and little Boba Fett. I heard I missed a great fight because I had to use the bathroom. Bad me, I know.

So, I came back into the theater when Anakin and Amidala are on Tatooine looking for his mother. At this point, I’m wondering about him not having any siblings and Amidala doesn’t seem to have any and who exactly are the aunt and uncle that raise Luke in Star Wars. Then we meet them. Good timing there.

Then we are back with C-3PO and R2-D2 and things are starting to feel like the old Star Wars again. Anakin goes a tad bit evil when he slaughters all the Tusken Raiders that had kidnapped his mother. Definately picking up in the action finally.

Obi-Wan manages to get himself caught when he spies Dooku (lovely name) heading up the separtist group that plans to kill Amidala. He does get word to Anakin and says to send it back to Windu and Yoda. When they hear word, they tell Anakin and Amidala to stay where they are since they are safe, and they will take care of Obi-Wan. Anakin and Amidala are crazy kids and go after Obi-Wan anyway.

Even though they do end up being captured when they reach Obi-Wan, they still would have arrived there a lot faster than the rest of the Jedis that took their sweet time having a vote before they even left the city. Good rescue team!

Anyway, we have more fun R2-D2 and C-3PO time while C-3PO gets taken apart again (I guess it is really for the first time since Empire Strikes Back hasn’t happened yet in the time line) and R2-D2 takes off on his little jets to save Amidala from molten lava-type stuff. Anakin gets his arm caught in some machine and for a bit has his hand and arm become part of a machine before he gets it out. That was some lovely foreshadowing. Then everyone gets caught, they declare their love for one another and then get taken out to be slaughtered. weee!

Now, the quips between Obi-Wan and Anakin are believable. It seems like they have known each other for more than a few minutes so big improvement over the beginning of the movie. The big baddie monsters come out. Big battle ensues while the three of them win over the monster. The droids come out and then the Jedis come to save the day. They fight in the arena, then they move out into the desert area for more fighting with clones against droids. Also, back in the arena, Windu kills Fett. We get to see little Boba Fett hold up his dad’s helmet and you just wonder, “Why didn’t his head fall out?”

Then we have Anakin and Obi-Wan chasing Dooku to stop him from leaving the planet. He wounds Obi-Wan and cuts off Anakin’s hand before Yoda arrives to kick some serious ass. That was hilarious to watch Yoda jump around all over the place and when he was done he went back to walking slowly with a cane (like the little old man I remember beating on R2-D2 in the swamps when he taught Luke).

So Yoda saves those two hooligans from dying but can’t stop the dork guy from escaping. Then Yoda goes back to looking disappointed and thinking hard and says something about the clone war just starting. Okie dokie! And then it looks like Anakin and Amidala get married (even though I thought Jedis couldn’t marry but what do I know). He does have a crazy new electric hand. Ah, the evil machine is taking over. aaggg!

So overall, what did I think? I thought it was better than The Phantom Menace but wasn’t the best movie out there. I loved the first three movies. I saw them in the theaters when they came out (even though the only one I remember is Return of the Jedi. My mom took me to see all of them). I saw them again in the theaters when they were re-released in original form and then saw them again when they were re-released with all the digital stuff added. I have both original and digital- stuff-added forms on video so I like the Star Wars movies.

I thought the first half of the movie dragged. I enjoyed the second half and can’t wait to see Anakin turn all evil in the third.

Rating: C+

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Fall TV: New CW Shows

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The CW is a network that isn’t really my demographic. It is usually aimed at teenage girls, but I seem to find myself watching a lot of shows on it anyway. Most of the shows are guilty pleasures, even among the critics that regularly watch the shows. This year though, they seemed to be genuinely excited about these two new shows. I’m going to be checking both out.

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Fall TV: New FOX Shows

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I was wary about Gotham when I heard about it, but critics were won over by the pilot  and what they heard from producers at the upfronts done this past summer. The rest of the shows are either retreads or trying to figure themselves out. They could be ones to check back in on later to see if they have improved, which isn’t what networks are going for in a new fall season.

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Fall TV: New NBC Shows

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At first look, I thought all the NBC shows sounded like they were up my alley, but the one I have the highest hopes for is Marry Me. I am going to try out to see if I like Constantine and The Mysteries of Laura. I was quite disappointed by the trailers for the other three shows since I thought I might like them. If I hear good things about them later, I might have to go back to check them out. For now, I plan on skipping them.

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Chef

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If you are a fan of cooking shows and food looking fabulous, this movie could be right up your alley. Jon Favreau obviously did a lot of research into his role as Chef Carl who is the executive chef at a fancy restaurant that quits his job after being forced to cook from what he considers a stale menu instead of the food he wants to create. He goes off and finds his cooking passion again and starts cooking out of a food truck. He also reconnects with his kid that he has ignored since his divorce. Those are things that this movie does well, but it also meanders a lot, forgets about characters halfway through it and just has an odd tacked-on ending.

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Fall TV: New CBS Shows

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CBS is a big fan of procedurals and multi-camera sitcoms. I am fan of some of those shows, but none of these new shows make me want to watch them. They are making Madam Secretary sound like something revolutionary when it isn’t. Scorpion has an interesting premise, but I feel like it has been shoved into the procedural role so much that it makes it less interesting. Both of those shows I could check back in on to see if they are better than their trailers and start watching later. Even though I gave up on NCIS years ago, I was intrigued by the version set in New Orleans, but that trailer did not make me want to watch it. Stalker seems to involve everything that I disliked about The Following. Then there is The McCarthys that has so many dated, stereotypical jokes that I’m amazed these shows still get greenlit to be made. Continue on to watch the trailers yourself and see if you want to watch any of these shows on CBS this fall.

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Fall TV: New ABC Shows

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ABC has six new shows for the fall season. I’m really excited about the new Shonda Rhimes show starring Viola Davis called How to Get Away With Murder. Anthony Anderon’s show black-ish also looks like a funny, family sitcom, unlike Cristela that has a bad laugh track following bad jokes. I will check out Selfie because of Karen Gillan. She’s so likeable even if she’s supposed to be this horrible person. Forever has my interest because it reminds me of New Amsterdam and Castle. I do like my procedural shows. Manhattan Love Story has the gimmick where you hear everyone’s thoughts. That could work if their thoughts weren’t so stereotypical.

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They Came Together

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I’m not a fan of romantic comedies. I should clarify and say that I do enjoy a good love story and adore comedies, but the way Hollywood puts them together in the romantic comedy genre is insulting to men, women, love and basic common sense. I also have been fond of parody movies, but more in the genre of AirplaneThe Naked Gun, and Top Secret than any of the recent Scary Movie versions and other movies that have really bland names that don’t really get what makes a parody movie good. That is why I was thrilled when I learned that David Wain had made this parody of romantic comedies starring the fabulous Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. David Wain used to be on The State and has shown he knows how to do a parody well with the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer.

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