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Not Your Average Everyday Procedural.

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 5 April 2008 11:37 (A review of NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service)

NCIS is currently one of my favourite scripted shows on tv. It's definitely not your everyday crime show. This show's just as much about the characters as it is about the crime of the week, if not more so. That's one of my favourite things about NCIS actually, that it focuses on how people who are so different from each other work together. What with main characters being the goth lab tech, the English doctor, the hard ass leader, the movie buff playboy, and the IT geek. NCIS is also a show that brings the funny. When I first got into the show I kept asking myself 'Is this show being this hilarious on purpose'?

One of the most memorable quotes -
"NCIS? Is that anything like CSI?"
"Only if you're dyslexic."

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Great Concert, Bad Directing.

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 2 April 2008 09:55 (A review of **** Live In Phoenix)

I think Fall Out Boy put on an amazing show in this dvd. The audio was great and the camera crew did an awesome job filming. Patrick's voice is truly a lot deeper live than you'd expect listening to Fall Out Boy's cd's. But the concert portion of the dvd was full of directorial choices that took me out of the moment. One of my biggest pet peeves for concert dvd's is gratuitous crowd shots and there were A LOT here.

The Behind the scenes section was really well done. I'd seen a good deal of the clips during the Honda Civic Tour but they added a bunch of stuff I hadn't seen and it was great to see all of it in such high quality.

Overall my favourite part of the dvd I think is the drum solo. Andy's great drummer and the shooting here was top quality.

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"My name is Asneeze, father of Ahchoo."

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 31 March 2008 11:32 (A review of Robin Hood: Men in Tights)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a side-splittingly funny movie. When I saw it for the first time in theaters I was finally old enough to get some of Brook's more adult jokes and about died laughing. I don't usually like musical numbers but I think the 'We're Men in Tights' song/dance number is fabulous. I love this movie and it makes laugh just quoting lines from it. Truly one of my favourite movies.

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"I'm a Mog - half man, half dog."

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 31 March 2008 09:22 (A review of Spaceballs (1987))

Spaceballs was the first Mel Brooks film I ever saw and it's long been one of my favourite parodies out there. Even just thinking about some of the lines in this movie makes me giggle. I grew up on the kind of movies Spaceballs is spoofing and I think that makes it even funnier. As the saying goes - it's funny 'cause it's TRUE! It amazes me how many laughs can be squeezed out of Spaceballs.

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An Enduring Favourite.

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 29 March 2008 11:22 (A review of The Blue Sword)

The Blue Sword is an amazing book. I don't know if I have the words to describe how much I love reading this book. I love the world that Robin McKinley's built in this book and The Hero and The Crown. Of the two though I'd have to say The Blue Sword is my favourite. Harry Crewe is the kind of strong female character that I love to read about. The way she grows and the way the romance between her and Corlath never felt forced to me. I love all the little mentions of Aerin and the Hero and the Crown. Just one of my all time favourite books I've ever read.

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Five Years Later Still a Great Album.

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 29 March 2008 07:32 (A review of Stripped)

Inexplicably I hated Stripped the very first time I heard it. But on just the next listen I fell absolutely in love with it. I've loved Christina's voice since I watched her on the MMC and it's only gotten better from then. When I first heard Dirrty on the radio I was completely taken aback that this was Christina Aguilera I was hearing but I thought it was awesome none the less. Even now, five years later, I can only think of one, maybe two songs I don't still enjoy. It's hard to pick favourites but Fighter, Make Over and Get Mine, Get Yours may well be the ones I played most.

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Ragtime indie pop-rock sound

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 27 March 2008 09:18 (A review of Goodbye Blues)

Goodbye Blues is a BIG step forward for The Hush Sound. Greta's voice has grown so much since Like Vines it amazes me. She's developed a blues-y jazzy tinge to her voice that really works with their overall sound on this album. There's a sort of ragtime feel to a lot of the songs that I like, it enhances the indie pop-rock sound they have. My current favourites - Medicine Man, The Boys Are Too Refined, and Molasses.

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First Impressions

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 25 March 2008 09:14 (A review of Pretty. Odd.)

Pretty. Odd. is quite an apropos title for this latest release from Panic at the Disco. The album is very melody driven but a lot of the instrumentation and lyrics would be considered odd by most. I'm not most though. This album makes me smile. Pretty. Odd. is quite a change in direction for Panic at the Disco and while I enjoyed their previous direction I'm enjoying this direction just as much. So far I'm really digging That Green Gentleman, Northern Downpour, and Behind the Sea.

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Childhood Favourite

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 16 March 2008 07:22 (A review of MMC (1989-1994))

I watched the MMC religiously as a kid. I thought it was the coolest thing to see these kids I looked up to performing the songs that were popular than. People always focus on Justin, Christina, and Britney but there were a ton of truly talented kids on that show. Back when the show was on it seemed so edgy. Another really cool thing about the MMC was the diversity of the cast. Not just in age but race too, they weren't all WASP kids - they were Asian and black and Hispanic too. Thinking back on the show now as an adult I'm really impressed at the quality of the show those kids put on, even if a lot of it seems incredibly cheesy now. I wish I could watch it again.

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Sadly Repetitive.

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 9 March 2008 07:34 (A review of Fallen)

When I first bought Fallen I really enjoyed it. It was unlike anything I'd been hearing on the radio and I really liked it. But I soon realized that even though Fallen was new and different sounding to me this was an album I'd quickly grow tired of. All the songs started to sound the same to me and that's pretty much my least favourite thing a musician can do. So even though I started out really liking Fallen there aren't many good things I can actually say about it.

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