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I started a blog for film reviews. Yes, I could have posted them here, but I wanted an exclusive location just for film reviews and leave this open for random thoughts.

Feel free to follow the Blog at: http://ricepaperfilmreviews.blogspot.com/

Films reviewed so far include: The City of Your Final Destination, Handsome Harry and Up in the Air.

Loving a show called 'Life'

Depending upon my mood and what looking interesting as far as new TV series is concerned, I either explore or ignore what the TV networks offer.  I tend to avoid hype because sometimes it can lead to disapppointment.  I also don't like watching series premieres or pilots as they're usually slower than their subsequent episodes and can be on the boring side.

I also tend to be a bit picky about what I watch.  I don't dislike all the shows that don't grab me, because I do often see the potential and understand why people enjoy the shows.  So there's many that don't appeal to me that I still rate as good shows. :)

Comedies like "How I Met Your Mother" are great, but I don't set aside the time to watch them.  I really have no reason why.  'The Office' is another show I don't watch enough. :)

Dramas are iffy with me.  If they involve a lot of tension and arguments or sappy plots, I change channels.  I'm not one for soaps, though I have watched a few in my lifetime.

Mysteries and police dramas are always a favorite of mine, though I can't quite join the CSI fanclub.  I watched the first season of the original CSI and found myself shouting at the TV.  So I moved on. :)

'Law & Order', 'Without a Trace' and 'Cold Case' are always good.  I also like 'Saving Grace'.  It's better than I thought it would be with plenty of strong characters, but again it's not something I drop everything for.  Perhaps in time I will watch more often. :)  It's growing on me. :)  Sadly, Bones didn't capture my attention.  NCIS is okay.

Scifi is also iffy with me.  Some Scifi is great, but others just don't hold my interest.  I have friends who love 'Eureka' and 'Battlestar Galactica'.  I loved the 3-hour pilot of "Battlestar Galactica', and even enjoyed the first few episodes.  However, I soon grew tired of Baltar talking to himself (I know he was talking to the Cylon, but only the viewers knew that).  This dragged for a few episodes before I had enough, plus the plots dragged a bit as well.  So, sadly, I passed on 'Battlestar', though I thought Richard Hatch's first appearance on the show was very good.

I used to watch 'Lost' but got...er...lost.  Actually, it was my patience that was lost.  I didn't mind the mystery, but it kept changing, as if the writers didn't think through the entire story.

When it comes to scifi, I prefer paranormal/psyche based plots over space alien ones.  I liked the first season of "Ghost Whisperer" (but hated her hair.  LOL!), but sadly felt the show was straying into the "we're all doomed" direction that X-Files did years ago.  Once we head down that road, I wander back home and go somewhere else. LOL! :)

And "reality".... What?  No, I don't normally watch "reality" shows.  I did watch 'Dancing with the Stars' the first two years, but I find the format tedious.  The rehearsal scenes have become repetitive with us seeing the celebs struggling with the routines.  I understand it's difficult and there is a steep learning curve, but the way those segments are shown it almost feels staged.  I switch it on once in a while, but only to watch the dancing.  I do like Tom Bergeron.  He's a good host in general.  I loved him on Hollywood Squares. :)

Anyway, last fall I decided to give a lot of shows a chance, mainly because the year before I was in England on a 3 month assignment and missed out on a lot of new series, except for 'Journeyman', which I felt was a bit weak in it's rehashing of an old theme.

So in late 2008, long after the writers strike had ended and shows were returning, I gave a few a chance.  I liked 'Pushing Daisies' for a while, but soon lost interest.  I loved the quirkiness, but found it to be a bit too stretched, and a few episodes seemed to lack the spark that others had.  In the end it was cancelled.

I gave 'Private Practice' two chances.  The first episode I saw was really good.  The second one not as much.  I soon lost interest.  I never quite got into Grey's Anatomy, so this one followed the same path as that one.

I really wanted to like 'Samantha Who?' but was disappointed.  I know she has amnesia, but her sometimes ditzy airheadedness really got to me.  Was that a result of the amnesia as well or was she always like that?

I had heard how great 'Brothers and Sisers' was, but sadly there was too much tension for my taste.  I turned the channel after watching 30 minutes of family disagreements and arguments.  I didn't feel like sitting through another 30 minutes of it.

One day I decided to find out what 'Life' was about (pun partially intended), and I was hooked immediately.  I loved the quirky, Zen-like Crews, and his down-to-earth, recovering addict Reese.  Their boss had a bit too much grease in his hair early this season, but that's long gone.  I like him too.  And I love Adam Arkin's character as well. :)

I'm a bit lost with the subplot, but that doesn't bother me too much.  I know I'll catch up eventually once I have seen all the season 1 episodes. :)

And despite the fact that last night's episode rested heavily on the subplot, I still enjoyed it and found it fantastic.  I loved the ending, though it had a familiarity to it.  I could have sworn I had seen that scene before, though I don't think this was a repeat.  Still, I loved it.

So 'Life' wins, which is a good thing, afterall. ;)

And for the record, here's a list of currently airing/filming shows I do watch (in no particular order):

US series:
1.  Life
2.  Mythbusters
3.  Cold Case (when it's not delayed due to football or basketball games)
4.  Without a Trace

UK series:
1. Midsomer Murders
2. Primeval
3. Saturday Night Takeaway.
4. Masterpiece (okay it's a US title, but the programs are all from the UK)
5. Mystery (same as above)

But you can't fault me for being unique.  I also love tons of old shows going way back to the early 1970's (and before then as well) through the 90's. :)

Do I have odd taste?  Perhaps. :) 


Midsomer Murders returns to US TV!

It's back!!

US viewers suffered the loss of Midsomer Murders when it was removed from the Biography Channel back in December 2007.

But now, two years later, the series will return on PBS.

A Public Broadcasting company called APT has bought the rights to air the series back in autumn of 2008.  The contract starts this May and runs until 2011.  This means stations across the country will be able to air the series with episodes divided into roughly one-hour-long segments.  They're going to start from the beginning, which makes sense, since they've never aired the show before and it's a great way to win over new viewers.

More info:

Be sure to click on one of the press releases for more details.

And here's a list of stations:

Tintin Movie in production

All I can say is "Finally!" I've been waiting months for this to happen, and with all the financial tussles, I was concerned it wouldn't materialize.

However, now it is a reality. Starting today, they are filming the first Adventures of Tintin movie. I'm so excited. :)

Tintin fans take note. Initially Thomas Sangsta (sp) was supposed to play Tintin, but a scheduling conflict has forced him to move on. I thought he was a little too young to play Tintin, as I always saw him as someone in his late teens or early 20's, despite the "boy reporter" description.

Thomas's replacement is Jamie Bell, whom I saw recently in Defiance (and who did a great job, despite the fact that I didn't love the film). He's best known as the original "Billy Elliott". I think he's better suited for the Tintin role, as he looks much older than Thomas (who looked like a 10-year-old).

Andy Serkis (Gollum of Lord of the Rings) is Captain Haddock. That should be fun. I always thought of Haddock as a larger than life figure, especially after seeing him portrayed on stage in England in 2007 in the wonderful Tintin musical (based on Tintin in Tibet - I wish they had released a soundtrack album. The music was fantastic!). So seeing Andy in the role might take some adjustment, but I think I'll have a good laugh with all the "Blistering Barnacles" and other words of wisdom that he will be so adamant on sharing. LOL!

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are Thompson and Thomson (I don't know which one will be with the "P" and without. Time will tell). :) I don't know if I've seen them in anything (Hot Fuzz is on my rental queue), so this should be a treat. :)

Daniel Craig is a surprise as Red Rackham. I haven't read the book in a long time, so I need to go back and take a look at Red Rackham and see if Daniel can do it.

I've got a soft spot for Mackenzie Crook, but I haven't any idea who he's playing, so - again - I'll have to get a hold of my book and take a wild guess. He's got a distinctive look about him, so it shouldn't be too difficult to narrow down the choices.

Last year there was a rumor that one of the film was going to be based on the book "Flight 714". They had a rough cast in mind, but Mackenzie would have been a good evil doctor. :) Ironically (thinking about Pirates of the Carribean for a minute) the doctor wears an eye patch. LOL!

I'm guessing that movie 2 will be "Red Rackham's Treasure" which is the sequel to "Secret of the Unicorn". That book introduces Professor Cuthbert Calculus. I wonder who they'd cast to play him? Hmmmmm.... :)

Here's the link to the press release:


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