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The Even Newer Musings of the Quiet Geek?

I'm back! I guess. We'll see how long it is before I don't want to do this any more and take another long hiatus... I could have just scrapped this blog and started afresh but then I would have had to change the signature thing in my e-mail and who's that ambitious? Though, my life is somewhat different now as my cousin now lives in Alaska which he had a blog about but I can't remember the address so you'll just have to take my word for it... I have a new roommate now who's a student at the seminary I work at... Oh, and the seminary finally hired me after 5+ years as Assistant Librarian. They're effectively going out of business as a seminary in June and becoming a continuing ed/support system for "ministry in the 21st century." It's really hard to describe. "You'd have to be there" is is an overused, and possibly too inaccurate, a phrase but but we'll go with that... Anyway, this new identity won't include a library... Now let's move on to more interesting topics. (Well, to me but it's my blog etc., etc...)

1. Amazing Spider-man- I loved the first two Sam Raimi directed Spider-man moves and the third, while it did have too much story, could have been the '90's Captain America. Anyway, Amazing went in enough of a different direction, I really enjoyed it. Going with Gwen Stacy was a risk considering the average moviegoer only knows Mary Jane but it's about time studios gave us geeks something... Picking the Lizard was a good choice for villain. The sequel will have Electro and the Rhino, (How are they going to make a guy in a rhino suit look cool?) as well as Harry Osborn, leading to speculation that they're building up to The Sinister Six. which would be awesome...

2. Dark Knight Rises- A good conclusion to an awesome trilogy as the story was brought full circle but, honestly, the weakest of the three.  (Contrary to the bandwagon, my favorite was Batman Begins; not The Dark Knight. As it was a fresh and new direction being presented and Nolan used the more obscure Ra's al-Ghul and Scarecrow.) Bane imitating Connery instead of someone like Ricardo Montalban is an odd, and, to me irritating, choice but I suppose necessary for story purposes... Anne Hathaway was awesome. "Do those heels make it hard to walk?"

3.  I know what you're thinking, "But Likestrek, what's your favorite new TV shows this season?"

A. Vegas- It's like Walker Texas Ranger set in the '60's with decent writers and actors... Dennis Quaid, for some reason, does a Harrison Ford imitation which makes me want Ford to guest on the show somehow...

B. Arrow- When the show was announced I thought they were just going to do Smallville again. They are not. (Well, much less so than I thought...) My one complaint is they take the Chis Nolan-esque realism too far.  The Royal Flush Gang and Firefly episodes could have been so much better if the writers didn't have their hands tied. Also, Count Vertigo a drug dealer? Why such a drastic change? European aristocracy exists as do sonic weapons that affect the inner ear...

C. Elememtary- OK, it's not Sherlock but so what? I will ask why the went with his father instead of his brother Mycroft since that would certainly be in character but whatever... Also, the Super Bowl Episode was much better than the reviews stated but was not a Super Bowl episode.  When Alias was bestowed the honor, it changed the freaking game.  Ooooh...Watson lost her apartment... Whoop. Dee. Doo...

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Yay you are back!

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