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Me, my boys, pizza and The Avengers:Age of Ultron on blu-ray.
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Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 11 months ago

Downloaded Maleficent, Dredd and The Longest Yard (the remake) for my trip to Europe tomorrow. All of these are first time viewings.
Invidtus at 04:56 PM Nov 07

Dredd is all kinds of hard R action excellence-

Glinda at 10:58 PM Nov 08

Can't believe I've not seen Dredd yet.

Have fun Fab!

Fab-007 posted a BLOG item 11 months ago

Almost Famous

Almost Famous is one of those films that I have to re-watch every so often (probably about once a year). Every time I watch it I seem to take in a new aspect of it whether it be an appreciation or a criticism. Here is a list of some of the thoughts I had after my most recent viewing:

1. The kid that plays the young William Miller is really good and I think an under appreciated part of the film.

2. Patrick Fugit as William Miller has strengths and flaws. He has a real charm in the film but I always felt that in many of the scenes he overacts a bit and it comes across forced. This is particularly true when contrasted against Kate Hudson who is absolutely brilliant as Penny Lane.

3. The aforementioned Kate Hudson. It is hard not to fall for her character in this film. To say that her face is expressive is an understatement.

4. I love the subtle allusions to Stillwater being Led Zeppelin-ish. The opening drum beat in their first concert appearance is reminiscent of When the Levee Breaks and the drummer's kit is even a see through acrylic as John Bonham was famously known to play.

5. Despite the association with Led Zeppelin, IMO the band sounds more like Bad Company.

6. I feel Billy Crudup should be a bigger star than he is. He is one of those actors that just disappears into his roles. His Russell Hammond is brilliant.

7. What ever happened to Jason Lee??

8. Seymour Phillip Hoffman as Lester Bangs...'nuff said.

9. Rock Legend Peter Frampton plays one of the road managers and was a musical consultant on the film.

10. Tiny Dancer!

Mood: Chillin'

Scotch at 10:53 AM Nov 06

Definitely agree with you on Billy Crudup. Surprising he's not a bigger name in hollywood. And yes.....TINY DANCER!

Fab-007 at 10:30 AM Nov 07

I was going to add that Tiny Dancer is my Desperado but I was not sure how many would get the Seinfeld reference.

Laksmikanti at 08:39 PM Nov 15

It is one of my all time favorite and I remember I bought the CD of the soundtrack a long time ago, this movie is really special and I use to rewatch it for time to time. Glad you liked it.

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 11 months ago

Coincidental to the Chris Nolan piece that was published on this site, I caught The Prestige on HBO during my current trip. I had forgotten what a great film it is and a great supporting cast with Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, ScarJo, Andy Serkis and even David Bowie.
Invidtus at 04:54 AM Nov 03

He was a great Tesla-

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 11 months ago

"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch them." What a fun film even on the third watch.
JohnLocke2342 at 07:26 AM Oct 28

I seriously loved it and can't wait to see it again

Fab-007 at 11:30 PM Oct 28

Dave Batuista was such a pleasant surprise.

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 11 months ago

Watched some Amy Schumer during my current trip. I find it both funny and sad that she is referred to as one of the best female comics going. What does her being a woman have anything to do with being funny?? She is one of the best comics today...period.
Invidtus at 10:04 PM Oct 25

I love that show-

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 12 months ago

I leave tomorrow for a 10 day trip to Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai and Tokyo. In preparation I downloaded the following: 300 Rise of an Empire, Heartbreak Ridge, Amy Schumer Mostly Sex Stuff, Louis CK Hilarious and Watchmen The Directors Cut.
Glinda at 10:55 PM Oct 23

You'll be set time will fly with those great movies and shows. Have fun!

Invidtus at 11:04 PM Oct 23

Awesome enjoy man -

Fab-007 at 08:38 PM Oct 25

13 days, 4 countries, 5 cities, 8 planes, and 57 hours of flying time...and then I am home for two days till I leave for Barcelona.

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Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 12 months ago

Watching the Star Trek TNG episode "Contagion" and noticed among the locations they see in the portal the away team discovers is none other that Toronto's New City Hall. Very cool.
Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 12 months ago

I have come to the long considered conclusion that Live and Let Die is my favourite Bond movie theme song.
Glinda at 11:16 PM Oct 20

Definitely in my top 5 but I'd need to see them all in front of me. I know that's one of my favorites though.

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 12 months ago

I informed my 10 year old that the original Batman TV series is now available on Blu-ray. His immediate response? "How do you not own that yet??" This means: a) He has the right priorities, b) I am raising him correctly, c) He knows me well, or d) all of the above. Clearly the answer is d.
MrsData at 08:28 PM Oct 20

It's definitely D :)

TheChanges23 at 08:29 PM Oct 20

D all the way Fab.

Glinda at 11:24 PM Oct 20

He's your Mini-Fab. You guys will have fun going through those together!

Fab-007 posted a BLOG item 12 months ago

The Importance of Steve Rogers/Captain America.

I love reading comics and while the purpose for me is an avenue for light relaxation and escapism (as opposed to deeper novels which I read when I am on planes), every so often there is a sequence or exchange that just hits me.

Here is one of those examples, in this case from Avengers #34:

Kang: You're not just a man out of time,'re an ideology that's extinct.

Captain America: Do you have any idea how tired I am of that? You people telling me how I just don't understand? When it's you people -- you clever people -- who don't get it. I don't let people die because it's the lesser of two evils, or expedient, or because it serves the greater good...I don't compare the act against something else -- I see someone who needs help...and I help. You think it's a weakness. You think it's simple...but you're wrong. It's what makes us human...which is exactly what we're supposed to be fighting for. I know who I am. I rescue the helpless. I raise up the hopeless. I don't measure people's lives...I save them.

I just loved this passage and I think it entirely encapsulates the importance of Steve Rogers (as opposed to Captain America) to the Marvel Universe. He is Marvel's Superman. Not in power, clearly, but as a moral center and consequently why it bugs me when they keep replacing him with other characters.

Mood: Chillin'

MrsData at 01:00 PM Oct 16

I agree, nice blog, Fab!

WalkAway at 05:33 PM Oct 16

nicely said

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: 12 months ago

I really loved the addition of JLH to the Criminal Minds cast. Her character had some excellent chemistry with the existing group and did not feel forced. I also love that she debuted with her post-pregnancy figure instead being forced to fill some ideal for television.
MrsData at 05:58 PM Oct 05

I totally agree! In part, she got the role because the showrunner used to work as an assistant on the set of Party of Five.

Glinda at 01:39 PM Oct 06

I haven't seen it, but she's fantastic and seems to have worked pretty steadily forever! Well deserved.

Fab-007 updated his STATUS: about 1 year ago

A little MI:Ghost Protocol with the family.
Scotch at 08:49 PM Sep 26

Great choice!

Glinda at 05:48 PM Sep 27


Fab-007 updated his STATUS: about 1 year ago

Move over RDJ, there is a new Ironman in town. Yesterday I completed the inaugural Niagara Half Ironman!!!
Cochise at 05:02 PM Sep 22

dude that is awesome! Congrats!! Big accomplishment

Glinda at 06:12 PM Sep 22

Wow, great job! That's awesome Fab.

WalkAway at 06:27 PM Sep 22


Fab-007 updated his STATUS: about 1 year ago

After playing the crap out of Skyrim for the last couple of years (with a couple of short sidebars), I have finally stopped playing it and started a long overdue Mass Effect 3. My first impression, too many cut scenes!!! As for Skyrim, I finished as a Level 85 high elf focused on thief competencies, head of the companions, head of the thieves guild, head of the dark brotherhood, helped the stormcloak rebellion and finished both the Dragonborn and Dawnguard DLCs. I also dispatched the Ebony Knight.
Fab-007 posted an IMAGE item: about 1 year ago
There are Bat-fans and Bat-fans...I am the latter. Too bad it doesn't come back to me after I throw it.

Dodong27 at 12:30 PM Sep 12

Bat-Remote for the WIN!

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