Hey! Hey!!! What happened?! Three days I was looking at this –
This morning, I woke up to this!
Help us, Global Warming! You’re my only hope!
But rather than let it ruin my day, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to catch a matinee. Between my busy production schedule and the home theater in my basement, I don’t really get out to movies much – but when I do, there’s nothing I love more than a matinee. And Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight seemed like the perfect way to while away a wintry afternoon.
Despite the inclement weather, Akemi and I got in the car and made the 40 minute drive (normally 12 minutes) to Cinemas Guzzo to watch The Hateful Eight – only to be informed that, sorry, despite it being listed on their website as Playing Now, the movie won’t actually begin screening until…
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In about week from now, I’ll be back to this –
And this –
And this –
But, for now, it’s a lot of this –
And, occasionally, this –
Today, Akemi and I braved the elements and headed downtown for some underground shopping. Discovered an enormous liquor store where I picked up a bottle of marmalade vodka for a party I may or may not be attending tomorrow night depending on the weather, a bottle of 15 year old dark rum finished speyside for the Dark Matter whisky club, and a bottle from the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection for yours truly. Then, it was off to Old Montreal where we…
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Wouldn’t that jar your preserves?
- This one was my father’s. He used to say it, with absolutely no sense of irony, on those occasions when something would burn his ass (another favorite expression of his).
- This one was my mother’s. I always assumed it was simply her Italian way of attempting “Shucks” until the day our neighbor told me: “Shuck? Who is your mind trying to kid?”
- One of many delightful Akemi-isms. As Martin Gero pointed out: “It actually makes sense.”
We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.
- He may not be the original source, but I heard Executive Producer Elliot Sokolsky utter this little gem and I intended on making it my own.
- Another Akemi-ism. Definition: reeeaaally sleepy!
Don’t expect your parents or your money to last forever.
- This one comes our way via Akemi’s grandmother – apparently a very practical woman.
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Season one of Dark Matter is now done and dusted. Judging by Joe Mallozzi’s blog, a second season is likely, though hasn’t been formally announced as of yet. The season does end in such a way that it could be a series finale if it needs to be, yet still leaves plenty of doors open for more. Episode 12 was very good, and I enjoyed it a lot, despite it being the exact same general plot as Episode 11. Episode 13, however, was a letdown, and drained away any of the momentum and excitement the show had going into it. I have become so habituated to the show’s “gotcha” moments at the end…
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I was really looking forward to this episode, since I think it’s long past time to get to know more about Four. I wish I could say it was riveting, but it boiled down to Four and his teacher strolling through rather a dismal looking location shoot that was suspiciously similar to the woods from Episode 7’s flashback, broken up by scenes of more people talking, a few tepid fight scenes, and some flashbacks, one of which was almost completely redundant filler. Meanwhile, back on the ship, people talk to each other.
As I said, riveting.
Shut the characters in a room and force them to talk to each other, or contrive some other situation to achieve the same end, isn’t a bad idea, because you can sometimes learn things about the characters that you…
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The crew finally gains access to the locked room, and discover a woman in stasis and an entertainment droid. In the process, the writers visit every single misogynistic cliche and sexist trope imaginable. For all the ground the show gained with the last episode in terms of character development and story, this one was as if someone dug up a time capsule from a 1980s Bellisario production and found this episode of Dark Matter on a BetaMax tape tucked in a corner. It’s hard to believe a show being produced in 2015 could be this bad with a straight face.
Lets sort through this mess, shall we?
Apparently, the writers felt we needed yet another episode focusing on the white men of the series. I can’t help…
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Desperate for some money and answers, Five uses technology from the ship to retrieve the memories of the others stored inside her. In the process, she learns a lot about Four and Six, as well as herself and one of the other crew members. The procedure takes a heavy physical toll on her, however, and when they can’t pull her out of the memories, one of them has to go in after her.
Aside from one gag-inducing scene between One and Two at the beginning, this was the type of episode the series sorely needed. It was long past time Four and Six were given some story. While Four’s history was painfully stereotypical, and Five’s wasn’t much better, Six’s was genuinely interesting, and all three do open…
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This is the episode where I began to lose patience with Dark Matter. Two weeks in a row of the One and Three Show, which started out kind of fun, quickly became annoying. And a triangle, where the dudes grunt at each other over the woman like she’s some trophy to be won? Are you kidding me with that? Also, the pacing was really off thanks to some clumsy editing and utterly dire dialogue. Zombies are an overdone trope to begin with, so given this show’s reliance on tropes it was a double whammy against it.I know there’s always going to be a few stinkers in any series (“In Sickness and in Hell” anyone?), and that’s OK, but to see one this early in the…
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This time last year, Montreal was in the deep-freeze, festooned with flurries, its streets and sidewalks treacherous with ice and snow.
This year, it’s more like this –
Blues skies, green lawns, and oh so warm.
I’ll never complain about global warming again.
Well, last year mom declared it would be the last time she prepped and cooked a big feast for over a dozen people. I was, of course, dubious because she’d made the same declaration the previous year. This year, as she preps and cooks a big feast for fourteen, she has declared it the very last year she does this.
While mom was prepping for tonight’s dinner, Akemi, sis, and I were out running errands. One of our stops was Costco which, it turns out, is like visiting Disneyland for Akemi. She could barely contain her excitement as we drove into the lot, then was…
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