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Something like that might actually get me to tune into Maury or Tyra or Oprah or whomever. Alas...
Instead, I watch movies like Coraline, which, in all honesty, completely underwhelmed me. And I was a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas. A big fan. But Coraline? Meh. The animation was pretty cool, but the story just didn't flow well for me. It felt too forced and no fun.
The good thing is now that I'm sending back Coraline to Netflix, I will finally be starting up on HBO's True Blood, season one. My only complaint about this is that each disc of the set only has two or three episodes on it. I've become so accustomed to four or five episodes per disc (House does five per disc from season three on) that this is just not gonna be enough to whet my appetite. I know it's all about the timing. Network shows are shorter because of commercials. But HBO shows aren't that much longer. They still have commercials, just at the ends of the episodes. Most episodes of Deadwood still clocked in at only about 45 minutes each and that was HBO as well. Stinks of a plot to upcharge for the DVD set, if you ask me.
It was time to renew my subscription to Sports Illustrated and I saw that they had a new offer... subscribe for a half year and get a free copy of EA Sports Madden NFL 10 on whatever gaming platform you want. So I checked, and they do have it for the Wii. I'm not a huge fan of the Madden games. They just get too damn complex for me. But on a Wii? This could be fun. And Katie wants to play it with me. We can be terrible together (I was going to say "we can suck together" but I know how you perverts think).
Is it wrong that I saw the headline to this article -- "Arlen Specter Faces Angry Lebanon Crowd on Health Care" -- and all I could think was "what the hell is Marie doing now?" Of course this time, they actually are talking about Lebanon, Pennsylvania, not the country that Marie is currently visiting. My bad.
I'm a fan of nearly all things Lego (except maybe for Bionicle). I love these little bricks and have since I was about five years old. I still get excited when new sets get released and I love going in Lego stores. It's just too much fun. But this announcement of a combination live action/animation film featuring Legos? I dunno. I can't say I'm looking forward to it at all. Please, just nix it before it goes too far.
Dammit HBO, they insist on being so difficult.
Posted by: hismuse | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 07:32 AM
My favorite Lego themed thing is still the "Nights of the Round Table" from Holy Grail. I wish I had the patience to make my own little movie like that. Thought of getting Madden myself, but I agree with you on the complexity. Lego Star Wars on the Wii is almost too much for me to figure out!
Posted by: "Silent" Bob "Pappy" | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 08:41 AM
I'm sad to hear that about Coraline. Although, I did have some kind of feeling it wasn't that great, since I still haven't gotten it, but oh well.
I think South Park Lego shorts could be funny as hell. :)
Posted by: Sybil Law | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 09:53 AM
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 11:36 AM
The way I figure it is that throwing and the like might be fun on the Wii.
And, if it's against Katie, it would be that much cooler because it would be
like the Three Stooges meets the NFL.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 11:38 AM
Bear in mind, that's only my opinion about Coraline. You should watch it
anyway just in case I'm off my rocker (wouldn't be the first time). Lego
South Park would be AWESOME!
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 11:39 AM
Lego has video games out there (Indiana Jones and Star Wars) which are insanely popular and I bet they're going to expand on those ideas for this movie. Kids love the games, and sure it won't be Indy or Luke in the movie, but I think they'll relate with the concept.
Posted by: Scott | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 12:34 PM
I was a *huge* Lego fan when I was a kid. I remember that big spaceship thingy came out one year and it was the only thing I wanted for Christmas. Ah, good times.
Posted by: Kevin Spencer | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 02:53 PM
It's just the whole mixing with live action that scares me.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 06:23 PM
I *still* want Legos for Christmas.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 06:24 PM
I finally watched season 1 of True Blood this summer and LOVED it! I can't wait for the new season to come out on dvd. Hope you enjoy it.
Posted by: Melanie | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 06:28 PM
I haven't heard a single bad review of it yet. So I'm hoping I enjoy it,
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 06:29 PM
kapgar, did you ever read Coraline the book? I totally enjoyed it, and wished I'd had books like that to read back when I was a young'un. It was dark and tension-filled yet (as almost always for kids/young adults) it ended happily-ever-after. ... Kosh and I watched Coraline recently too via Netflix - I. was. bored. and I felt so sad to say it, because I really enjoyed the book! Sigh. So far Gaiman's works haven't translated too well onto the big screen. Stardust was okay, the book once again being so much better. Neverwhere was made into a 4- or 6-part tv mini-series : don't bother with that, just read the book! :p
No one better try to bring American Gods to the big screen!
Posted by: *lynne* | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 09:41 PM
I should read Coraline, but I need to read more Gaiman overall. I loved
Sandman and Anansi Boys, but haven't read much else. I really should.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 10:39 PM
Are they only 45-48 minutes long? It seems to me that they run for almost a full 60 minutes when I watch them as they air.
Posted by: Avitable | Thursday, 13 August 2009 at 07:39 AM
I'm unsure about True Blood as I haven't watched any yet. But Deadwood
episodes have been anywhere from 42-55 minutes long. Rather inconsistent.
The one I watched last night was 46 minutes.
Posted by: kapgar | Thursday, 13 August 2009 at 11:14 AM
Live action Lego film is going too far. Toys and the LEGO video games are cool. Live action is Hollywood thinking way too much outside their bank account.
Posted by: martymankins | Tuesday, 18 August 2009 at 04:50 PM
Posted by: kapgar | Tuesday, 18 August 2009 at 05:15 PM
We felt the same way about Coraline, after so many people we knew said it was so awesome (even though I'm starting to try to set expectations lower when I still hear those kinds of comments but it never works). We're loving Tru Blood and just started Season 1 in July but have caught up through where Season 2 is now. It took a while to get going, though.
Posted by: Becky | Friday, 28 August 2009 at 05:44 PM
I've had no problem getting into True Blood. Just wrapped up disc
three yesterday and am loving it!
Posted by: kapgar | Friday, 28 August 2009 at 11:32 PM