Apparently, breaking up seasons is the thing to do these days. I finished the first half of season 6
of The Sopranos
a short while back and was kind of disappointed to find out it was only half. Not that I think it's a bad show, but I hate waiting for shows to come back after a long break. They did stop the show at a good breaking point, which was nice. Honestly, I would've been semi-fine with that being the last episode of the series -- I've seen worse. The season started off on an odd foot, with a big break between the previous season and this one. The first few minutes of the first episode this season were a recap for times past -- some we saw, some we missed. I questioned it at first, thinking I missed something. Ultimately, I guess not. I am eager to finish the series, but I don't know when it'll be back on.
I saw Blood Diamond a while back and am just now getting around to posting it. I definitely enjoyed the movie. It's always interesting when a movie like this comes out. From what I heard, diamond sales dropped; but we all know that's only a matter of time. Leonardo DiCaprio does a good job in this movie, as he has of late. I remember he got a lot of crap years ago. I can't say I remember why, but I know he wasn't looked at very seriously. Looks like things are changing for him, but that's been in motion for at least 2-3 years.
If you haven't seen Blood Diamond, I'd recommend it. I'm always having a hard time rating movies, so I'm on edge between a 3 and 4. I'd give it 3.5 without question, so I guess I'll go ahead and give it a 4.
I liked Firewall
, but the end was kind of sudden. I felt like there should've been more to it. I don't know what, but I can't help but think there would've been a lot to explain to the cops. Beyond that, you have to wonder how much longer Harrison Ford
can go on. Then again, he is doing another Indiana Jones movie
. I want to say this is a somewhat typical style of Ford's, but maybe it's just me. If you like his stuff, I'd suggest checking it out.
Not that I think the Fast and the Furious movies (1
) are great and wonderful, but I did enjoy the first two, which is why I ultimately decided to watch the third, Tokyo Drift
. The movie was better than I expected, but there was one huge thing that bugged the crap out of me: Lucas Black
, the main character. I couldn't stand his accent. I hope it's not that bad in his other movies. There was a surprise cameo at the end ...well, if you can call it a cameo in a movie, anyway. I thought that was funny. I'm not going to say who it was, but it's not that hard to guess. Either way, let me just say it would be an interesting transition into a fourth movie ...not that I'd jump at seeing another, but I've seen worse sequels.
On the heels of catching up with the latest Stargate SG-1 , it looks like there may be third Stargate-based TV series slated for 2007 . This is the first that's come of this, so patience is probably key here. I haven't seen Stargate Atlantis , yet, but I'm curious to see the angle they might take. As anyone who's seen the many variations of Star Trek can attest to, the possibilities are seemingly endless. All I can say is that it might be hard to mix the same formula the first seven seasons of Stargate SG-1 had. We'll see.
Also in this article was a mention of two Stargate SG-1 movies. I'm intrigued. This is the first I've heard about this. One of these is supposed to be released in 2007, so this might be a big year for Stargate fans.
I'm glad to finally reach the end of Lois & Clark
. Not that the series was horrible, but it was definitely cheesy -- season 4
was no different. You could even notice creativity going down as old characters were continually brought back season after season. Granted, I like on-going storylines; but these characters were just annoying. Specifically, I would've been fine without ever seeing the TS Elliot and Tempus characters after the first time. As usual, I was disappointed in the finale. I'm not sure if it wasn't known whether this was supposed to be the series finale or not, but as a series finale, it sucked. If it were merely a season finale, I wouldn't have had a problem with it. There's also a big question left at the end of the last episode, The Family Hour
, but that question is the exact reason I didn't like it. Oh well. I just hope Smallville
doesn't take a similar turn.
I just finished the first half of Stargate SG-1 season 10
-- the second half won't be on TV until Spring 2007. This season picked up at a big cliffhanger. As I mentioned before
, the series just isn't the same without Richard Dean Anderson
. I'm not saying I don't enjoy the show anymore, but it just doesn't have the same essence. There was one episode that poked fun at the series. This episode came with its own surprise, too, but the disappointment was that this episode was essentially one of those flashback episodes that I'm not a big fan of. The fact that this is only a half season just made that worse. I was hoping for a lot in this half season, but there wasn't too much. There's a lot to bring closure to for the second half. As a matter of fact, they were seemingly in the middle of resolving one of those. Of course, I think they could've chosen a better closing point than the one they did use, but that's a small thing. I'm interested to see how things work out... I just wish I didn't have to wait for 4 or so months.
was a lot better than I expected. Don't get me wrong, you should expect something good with a cast including Jude Law
, Camron Diaz
, and Jack Black
. Not that I think any of these are extraordinary actors, but I don't think I could pick out a single "bad" movie with any of them -- I'm sure there's at least one out there, tho. If you're into the whole comedic romance scene, you won't want to miss this one. Diaz seems to be making a pretty good living playing the line between these two genres. I especially recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed her other comedic romances. I typically save the big screen for action-packed movies, but this one was well worth the price of the tickets and played well on the screen.
Thank You for Smoking was interesting. Personally, I'm against smoking -- well, against smoking around me, anyway -- but that isn't what the movie is really about. Aaron Eckhart , the main character, is essentially a debate wiz who works as a tobacco lobbyist. The movie is really about how he uses his debate skills to manipulate conversations for his benefit. He's very good at it, I might add. Check out the movie, if you get a chance, it's worth it.
Outside of this movie, I think Eckhart would be a great action hero. He's never played one, that I know of, but I'd love to see him in a role like a superhero. Who knows. It could happen.
I imagine those against smoking might be fairly biased against the movie, but like I said, that's not what it's about. While the movie isn't necessarily as comedic as I had expected, but I enjoyed it.
Season 9 of Stargate SG-1 definitely started off with a kick. My assumptions as to what was going to happen were correct, but it definitely happened a lot faster than I would've expected. Beyond that, I'm not sure if it all played out the way I expected. The first episode introduced a new spin on things, bringing the stories of Camelot into the fold. I admit I'm not a huge history fan, but I love the way it's tied into the story throughout the series. All-in-all, the season just didn't live up to the previous seasons. I hate to ruin it for anyone, but without Richard Dean Anderson, who played Jack O'Neill, the show just isn't the same. My hopes are that the next season will be better, but there's nothing to make me thinnk it will be. While it's the last season, it's been split into 2 parts. The first part is over and the second won't start until the Spring 2007. I hate having to deal with that time gap, but it doesn't look like I'll have a choice. Perhaps I'll start catching up with Stargate Atlantis .