After a series of strange and bizarre accidents Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not only bested in combat by but also finds himself surrendering to the Queen of England. If only he had listened to Riker's plan.
Brilliant and fitting modification of Patrick Stewart's knighting.
After a series of strange and bizarre accidents Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not only bested in combat by but also finds himself surrendering to the Queen of England. If only he had listened to Riker's plan.
TRON: Legacy Trailer
Tron: Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 film Tron. Sam Flynn, a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade -- that could have only come from his father -- he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra, father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning digital universe -- created by Kevin himself -- which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, and landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.
Exploring: Alice in Wonderland 2010
Exploring: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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The Plot / Story:
This movie is a continuation of Alice’s adventures picking up 10 years after she has left Wonderland and forgotten the earlier visit. She returns and learns that she must help the inhabitants to slay the Jabberwocky, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
6out of 10
Overall Alice in Wonderland was good but not great. I would own it but not rush out to get it right away. It failed to live up to the expectations for a movie with such a gifted cast and director behind it.
Where was the wonderland in this movie? I got the feel that Tim Burton's heart was not in the movie. After all he gave us Batman, Beetle Juice and Nightmare Before Christmas all of which brought much wonder to the settings. Even the animated Disney film had much more wonder to it's Wonderland. I also had the strong feeling that this movie was focused grouped and polished too much. This one felt more like the Lion the Witch and Wonderland than and Alice in Wonderland story.
Overall Alice in Wonderland was not bad it just should have been much better. I will watch it again and look forward to seeing if there are missing scenes on the DVD. I wish they could go back and redo it, maybe give us a directors cut with feeling.
- The Music was great
- had some beautiful scenes
- the Cheshire cat, Jabberwocky, red and white queen, all looked good
- Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character: Through out most of the movie he played a brilliant Mad Hatter. Although he did seem more like captain jack in the tea party scene this may also have been the influence from the 3D effects.
- Tim Burton's heart was not in the film, it should have been creepier, weirder and more bizarre
- had a focused group feel, too shiny
- Anne Hathaway seemed unrehearsed and ill prepared which was odd for the character who would have been overly rehearsed and overly prepared
- The ending seemed like so much claptrap, have we forgotten how to end the film. Alice came off totally unhinged why would I trust her as a business partner
Under Tim Burton’s direction I expect Alice in Wonderland to be a dark and strange trip down the rabbit hole. The music should also be very good under Danny Elfman’s direction. The cast involved in the project is stellar though there is concern over Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character. The problem I’ve had so far is how some of the characters look from the posters and trailers, especially the Cheshire Cat who is my favorite character. I expect some of this is due to Disney’s push to make this a 3D movie. The pros outweigh the con’s so Alice in Wonderland is still a theater for me.
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Director: Tim Burton
- Music by: Danny Elfman
- Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
- Written by: Linda Woolverton
- Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry
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Doctor Who David Tennant Tribute Vid
I've been trying to find a way to honor Ten and his years after "The End of Time", and this felt like a nice way of doing it. Hopefully, I've made him justice.
This vid is a fun nostalgic return to the adventures of the 10th Doctor Who. The use of Come Sail Away was a good touch to help set the mood. The vid features many of the Doctors companions: Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Sarah Jones, Captain Jack, Jenny and even River Song.
He had such favorable reactions (MUCH love for everyone who commented! Seriously, I can't thank you enough) and I just loved him so much in it that I couldn't just cut him. And, in fact, this turned out to be a very good decision once I managed to figure out an ending for his "B plot", which made a pretty good ending for the vid itself… when the Doc regenerates, his older self isn't gone, he just stays home and watches his current self on the TV. ;)
di0br uses Christopher Eccleston the 9th doctor to knit together all of the other parts of the video. Setting him as someone watching the other vids on a TV flipping channels as a transition between songs. I would have loved to see a moment when Eccleston changed the channel and had Tennant telling him not to blink.
At 7 minutes long it seems long at first but worth watching. The length works as a tribute vid. I would like to see some of the parts made into individual vids themselves.
- “It's the end of the world as we know it” would make a fun vid there are so many scenes to pull from in addition to the ones feature here.
- "Bohemian rhapsody" the use of it with clips from Human Nature was brilliant. I would love to see it expanded to a full vid in itself adding clips from Utopia as well. The anguish of the Master before he is let go would add an interesting element and pull the two events together through the watches.
- A Jack Tubthumping vid just writes it’s self
- "Sympathy for the devil" I wished this song started with Mr Saxon and want a vid of that featuring Mr Saxon and the Master
- Last but not least "I think I'm a clone now" would make a hilarious vid not only looking at the multiple doctors but also the master when he reproduced himself in The End of Time and also use Jenny the Doctors daughter.
FULL TRACK LIST: "Come sail away" by Styx "Kung Fu fighting" by Carl Douglas "Girls just wanna have fun" by Cyndi Lauper "My humps" by the Black Eyed Peas "It's the end of the world as we know it" by R.E.M. "All by myself" by Air Supply [*ahem* OOPS evidently, this song is by Eric Carmen, not Air Supply. HUGE thanks to newwen07 for pointing that out to me ;)] "Bohemian rhapsody" by Queen "F**k you" by Lily Allen "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba "Sympathy for the devil" by the Rolling Stones "Lady in red" by Chris DeBurgh "No rain" by Blind Melon "Time after time" by Cyndi Lauper "I think I'm a clone now" by Weird Al Yankovic "Without me" by Eminem "How far we've come" by Matchbox 20 "Changes" by Butterfly Boucher feat. David Bowie PLUS "Vogue" by Madonna and "Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley
Theater or Renter: March 2010
Theater or Renter: March includes three SF movies Alice in Wonderland, Repo Men, and How to Train Your Dragon. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Alice in Wonderland:
Release Date: MARCH 5th
Listed as: Fantasy
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Tim Burton
Music by: Danny Elfman
Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry
The Plot / Story: This movie is a continuation of Alice’s adventures picking up 10 years after she has left Wonderland and forgotten the earlier visit. She returns and learns that she must help the inhabitants to slay the Jabberwocky, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Comment: Under Tim Burton’s direction I expect Alice in Wonderland to be a dark and strange trip down the rabbit hole. The music should also be very good under Danny Elfman's direction. The cast involved in the project is stellar though there is concern over Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character. The problem I've had so far is how some of the characters look from the posters and trailers, especially the Cheshire Cat who is my favorite character. I expect some of this is due to Disney's push to make this a 3D movie. The pros outweigh the con's so Alice in Wonderland is still a theater for me.
Release Date: MARCH 19th
Listed as: science fiction, action, thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Produced by: Scott Stuber
Written by: Eric Garcia, Garrett Lerner
Stars: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten, Chandler Canterbury
The Plot / Story: In a future where artificial organs are readily available for purchase, just don’t default or they will repo them. One of the best repo men finds himself outfitted with a new heart, then forced to go on the run when he falls on hard financial times. Based on a novel by Eric Garcia of the same name. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Comment: The what if sets this movie in a world that I don't want any part of and believe we would never have, though with our nation moving towards fascism it may not be as far off. It also fails to be pitch it's self as a warning tale. The trailer bored me. I like Jude Law and Forest Whitaker but it's just not enough putting Repo Men into the Not Interested category.
Update: I still hold fast to my opinion about Repo Men but Bob the Elementalist, Eric and I did get into a fun conversation on genetic manipulation during witch we realized there could, with our current laws, be a situation where the genetic additions to a person would be copy written by the corporation and they could end up repossessing those additions.
How to Train Your Dragon:
Release Date: MARCH 26th
Listed as: Fantasy
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Produced by: Bonnie Arnold, Michael Connolly, Tim Johnson
Written by: Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Tolan, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson
The Plot / Story: Young Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is sent to the Isle of Berk in the North Sea, where he is to subdue a dragon as a rite of passage. Based on the book How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Another trailer for How To Train Your Dragon.
Comment: The movie has an interesting premise but I'm concerned that it may be too kidsy and not a family movie. I'm still having difficulty with the look of the dragons which I hope will be fixed once I'm fully into the movie and watching it on a big screen rather then just getting little glimpses from a trailer. How to Train Your Dragon is still on the fence between theater and renter though I'm now leaning towards theater.
The Gift of Lit
It is with great pleasure I bring forth and introduce you to The Gift of Lit, a collective effort by many of the fine authors from Podiobooks. Together, we would like to share with you our diverse works and invite you to take a look at the nice selection of books we have spent hours, days, months, or years writing.
The Gift of Lit: Holiday 2009 is now here. If you are looking for a great gift this holiday season, rather it be for a family member, friend…or for yourself, take a look at the list below and give one, some, or all of these books your consideration. There are books to suit your needs this holiday season. Here, you will find fantasy, sci-fi, crime drama, speculative fiction, techno thriller, and much more. Help support these authors and spread the joys of literature. Give spark to imagination.
Below, take a look at all of the different titles offered and follow the links to purchase your own copy for yourself or to give that special someone this holiday. Yet, no matter the time of year, The Gift of Lit will be sure to please all readers.
NIGHT’S KNIGHTS by Emerian Rich
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Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death. Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover. Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?
BRAVE MEN RUN by Matthew Wayne Selznick
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April 18, 1985-Into a world already wound tight with the desperate tensions of the Cold War comes Dr. William Donner with a startling declaration: superhumans exist, they demand autonomy, and he has the reality-bending power to enforce their status. The traditional balance of power is thrown askew by the addition of not one super-powered human, but six thousand. Before the Donner Declaration, high school sophomore Nate Charters was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism should have made him something special, but his differences and low self-esteem have long since marked him as a target for the jocks and popular kids. Now, just as his unique nature brings him the attention of a self-assured older girl, Nate must find his place in the world. Why is he the way he is? What really happened to his long dead father? Why is his biggest rival suddenly interested in a private meeting? Is he part of a remarkable, powerful new minority… or just a misfit among misfits? Nate must discover the answers to these questions quickly, because those in power know more about him than he could ever imagine. And they’re closing in…
LOST GODS by Drew Beatty
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Kweku Anansi is just another member of the African diaspora, trying to make a place for himself in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada. He dreams of better days, of a time when he could stop running small time cons just to make the rent. He dreams of the life he used to live, centuries ago when he was revered as a god.
A chance encounter with a fellow con man with a dark and secretive past of his own, plunges them both into the dark world of the lost gods, gods who would do anything to be worshipped again. Including destroying the world, if necessary.
How far will Anansi go to reclaim his godhood? What will he give up to have true power again?
THE FOX by Arlene Radasky
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The Fox by Arlene Radasky is a historical romance and fantasy novel that looks at true courage and truly selfless acts. In this epic fiction that crosses centuries, Druid healers at the beginning of recorded time will be rescued from obscurity by an archeologist of the twenty-first century. Jahna’s clan lay in the path of destruction exacted by the Romans. Her fate is sealed unless a bargain is made with the Gods, which without a doubt means a human sacrifice. Two thousand years later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. A struggling archaeologist, she is on the verge of uncovering the village where they once lived. Encouraged by a ghostly visit, she will do whatever it takes to unearth time’s mystery. Greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever, but an undying love is rekindled.
CHASING THE BARD by Philippa Ballantine
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Born into the human world with a gift; a gift that brings him to the attention of powers both dark and light from the World of the Fey, it is his burden to defend all the world. Sive, the goddess of battle, hopes that he may be able to change the fate of her people.The Fey are dying, killed by something beyond the boundaries of worlds, and Sive will do anything to save them. So she enlists the help of her trickster cousin Puck to guard the child, and watch him grow into his gift. But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created. Can one boy stop the destruction, even if he is William Shakespeare?
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The Dawning of Power is the debut trilogy in Brian Rathbone’s fantasy series: The World of Godsland. Echoes of the ancients power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.
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The era of peace among the elves, men, and dwarves comes to an end when one of Londor’s twin moons disappears from the heavens. Without the moon’s balancing effect, evil forces grow bold, and warfare, sickness, and chaos threaten life itself.
Hearing the prayers of desperation that ride on the violent winds, the ancient wizard Randor Miithra, servant to the elf-gods, takes it upon himself to mend the world he has sworn to protect. The task will not be an easy one, though, for the wizard, too, has begun to feel the effects of the world’s imbalance. As Randor struggles to maintain some semblance of his powers, he meets a secretive band of colorful characters from all walks of life, drawn together by a common goal: to find the stolen moon, whatever the cost. It does not take Randor and his motley company long to see that someone or something does not want the moon returned to the heavens.
The road is perilous…the stakes have never been greater…will they find victory…or will they only find their deaths?
THE VATICAN ASSASSIN TRILOGY by Mike Luoma
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This three in one omnibus edition collects all three novels in the “Vatican Assassin” Trilogy under one cover. “Vatican Assassin”, “Vatican Ambassador” and “Vatican Abdicator” are joined in this volume by an extensive appendix of previously unreleased background material. There are some early concept sketches by Mike Luoma, as well as “The History of The Future”: a timeline developed to extrapolate from today into the future setting for the story; “The Original Story Outline”; “The Story of The Project”; “The Alien Timeline” and more.
THE PIRATES OF SUFIRO by David Lee Summers
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The Pirates of Sufiro is the story of a planet and its people — of Ellison Firebrandt the pirate captain living in exile; of Espedie Raton, the con-man looking to make a fresh start for himself and his wife on a new world; of Peter Stone, the ruthless bank executive who discovers a fortune and will do anything to keep it; and of the lawman, Edmund Ray Swan who travels to Sufiro seeking the quiet life but finds a dark secret. It is the story of privateers, farmers, miners, entrepreneurs, and soldiers — all caught up in dramatic events and violent conflicts that will shape the destiny of our galaxy.
JACK WAKES UP by Seth Harwood
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In JACK WAKES UP, we are introduced to Jack Palms, a movie star turned drug addict, turned has-been who has been living off of the residual checks from Shake ‘Em Down, his one–and-only action movie. The money is drying up though, and this new clean, uneventful life is starting to become too much for Jack to bear. So when an old friend comes calling and asks Jack to use his former celebrity to show some out-of-town high rollers around San Francisco’s club scene, he’s happy to oblige. What Jack doesn’t know, however, is these “guests” are a pack of former KGB agents turned coke dealers out to make a big deal with Jack as their tour guide. Soon people are turning up dead, and Jack’s got too many gunmen after him to count—including a South American drug cartel, a mountain-sized Samoan enforcer, and a mobbed-up strip club owner with an army of thugs. That’s not to mention a gorgeous new girlfriend who may be planning on shooting him in the back and the homicide cop who’s just given Jack twenty-four hours to bring down the Bay Area’s biggest drug dealer.
But the thing that scares Jack the most? He’s starting to have fun.
CITY OF MASKS by Mike Reeves-McMillan
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In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties. Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria (primarily to get him out from underfoot). Masked as the Innocent Man, and in the company of his radical young Bonvidaoan servant, Bass stumbles into mystery, intrigue, heresy and murder.
7TH SON: DESCENT by J.C. Hutchins
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As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were not born, but grown — unwitting human clones — as part of a project called 7th Son.
The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president’s murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear John Alpha may know the seven better than they know themselves…
DREAMING OF DELIVERANCE by R.E. Chambliss
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Five years ago when Lindsay Paulson, a naive college student and talented distance runner, was 18, she was convicted of drug smuggling. Now, halfway through a 10-year prison sentence, she begins having what seem to be dreams, in which she leaves her cell in the night and visits another reality called Trae. Dreaming of Deliverance tells of Lindsay’s experiences both in Trae, where she finds herself among people enslaved by terrifying creatures, and in prison where she tries to make sense of what’s happening in her sleep: Is she actually escaping from prison somehow or is she losing her mind?
FANTASY FICTION HISTORICAL
THE MARK OF A DRUID by Rhonda R. Carpenter
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Have you ever had a dream so real that when you awoke, it didn’t leave the recesses of your mind for days? Eve McCormick just did, and this experience will change her life and the lives of those around her permanently. A twenty-six year old hypnotherapist who oversees a research project based on discovering the answer to an age-old question, “Is reincarnation fact or fiction?” must learn to trust a Welsh stranger. An ancient Celtic prophecy and long sought-after revenge entangles the past with the present in the struggle for existence that threatens to destroy her project. A druidess and a shape-shifter must join as one to save the Druid way of life, while a Queen conspires to kill Erin’s only High King. Will the oaths and agendas of the past reach across the centuries to strengthen or destroy?
Thanks, author A. P. Stephens who started this little project.