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Monday, July 28, 2008

Seven Days TV Pilot

On TV it was 2 hours. For every hour of scheduled programming, usually there are 20 minutes of commercials. So the two episode pilot was 80 minutes long. And boy was it awesome! Good enough to be considered among the ranks of movies.

At the end of the credits, the info said 1998. Something that struck me as interesting about the series is that there are various references made to terrorist threats, a few of which coincided with 9/11. The series ran for 3 seasons, and was canceled in May of 2001. Four months later was 9/11.

What are these references, you ask? Well, in a few different episodes, they mention Osama bin Laden as being dangerous. I'd never even heard of him until after 9/11. And in the pilot episode, a (Russian) terrorist flies a plane into the White House.

Ok, all that aside, the first two episodes were amazing. They featured a fantastic introduction to the series and the scifi. For those who aren't familiar with the premise of the show, it's all about time travel. Something goes wrong for America, and the main character pilots a metal sphere built with alien technology back in time 7 days. Then, with his knowledge of the future, he prevents the bad stuff from happening again. It's awesome.

What was really freaky was the very first scene of the very first episode. You see the craft, in space, with the door floating nearby, and the chrononaut floating outside, frozen, dead. So the question becomes, will our hero suffer the same fate?

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

What a thrill! I hadn't really been planning on or even looking forward to seeing this, but I just watched it, and it was a lot of fun! There was action, suspense, romance, and comedy. A total entertainment package!

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker make a great team. They're hilarious together. And I can't believe Jackie Chan is 54! It's amazing.

There were a couple of women who had supporting roles in the movie, as damsels in distress. For some reason, they both disappeared at the end... One was sent off in one direction, and we never got closure with her. The other...I guess was left behind, too. Weird! But the ending was still a hoot.

One thing I really enjoyed was the luxurious suite Jackie Chan's character was able to get. Chan and Rock had just been traveling through some sewers, in France I believe, and they emerged topside and immediately went to a hotel. They asked for everything they needed: 2 rooms, 2 showers, 2 beds, a case of deodorant... the usual (haha). It was fun seeing them get access to everything they needed without any trouble. It's like living vicariously through a rich person. In these trying economic times, vicarious living is the way to go. Onwards to the cinema!

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