Category Archives: Television

These Guys Are Good

It almost kicks the butt of the original Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” — almost. These guys are pretty good. I’ve heard this sort of thing happens on the subway in NYC or the EL in Chicago but I’m going to guess they aren’t this good.

Not Phil Collins…
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Phil Collins

Phil, you’re still the man. I remember listening to this song on tape when I was a kid. Phil did a great job on Miami Vice as the drug lord Phil “The Shil” Mayhew. What a great show. Too bad the movie sucked.

The Idiot Box…

My idiot box died. For the past 8-10 months it would have problems starting if you turned it off and turned it back on within a three minute time period. Normally I’d leave it alone for three-five minutes and then flip it on and we’d be good-to-go. On Wednesday, Emma came upstairs in the morning while I was getting ready to tell me the TV wasn’t working. I came downstairs, expecting something simple, like pushing the TV input button on the remote and then turning it on.

Nope. Dead. The power light flips on for about three seconds, the picture never fires up, and then it shuts back off. The “reset” involves unplugging the TV for four hours. FOUR HOURS. What? What kind of reset is that? I’m putting reset in quotations because I think that I would be doing air quotes with my fingers if I was actually telling this story out loud.

I called two separate TV repair shops to get an estimate. Unfortunately they both said the same thing; the TV is in shutdown mode to protect itself from more damage and they will have to poke around to find which of the possible 1,037,0752 faults could be the issue. If I have them pick the TV up there’s a $125-150 fee that’s tacked onto the final bill. Both places estimate $350-450 for the repairs.

I feel I’m faced with a quandary. The TV is a Mitsubishi 42″ 1080HD. I bought in 2002 for a whopping $2200. The repair costs could be as much as 20-25% of the total cost of the television. Should I just go buy a new TV? I don’t want to spend another $2200 bucks, or even $1000 on a television.

The only other problem I’ve had with the TV is how it displays the color black. Black, or darkness, like a nighttime shot is more like an absence of picture, not black. On really dark images or scenes from a movie or DVD the picture is almost impossible to see. I don’t know if this is part of the problem the TV is having at the moment or something different. It’s rear-projection but I don’t remember seeing the same behavior on other rear-projections that I’ve seen. Maybe the repair guy can look at that too…

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman…

Seriously, go watch the new Spiderman movie. It IS a little on the long side, there could be a bit more development of the antagonists, but it’s a wicked good movie. Just as good as the first two. The CGI is still top-knotch. I don’t really like Kirsten Dunst but oh well.

GO SEE IT!

We Each Have Our Vices…

Jack has a horrible tendency to tell me about books that he thinks are great. Among the many choices he’s passed on were books by Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind and George R.R. Martin.

But now, my devious older brother has gotten me addicted to Prison Break I think he knew that I would start watching the show and planned for the drama to absorb me until the wee hours of the morning. Case in point, I went to bed at 3am after getting my fix.

I had heard from Tyler that Prison Break was good, but I never really sat down to watch it until now. I was sort of doubtful on how you can make a show about, well, a prison break, and have any longevity. Now to be honest, I first thought the same thing about Lost But Prison Break has really incarcerated me in front of the screen.

I’d blog more but I’ve got another nine episodes until the season is over.

THIS IS…SPARTA!!!

300.  For the love, go see it.  Violently gratifying in a “wish-I-was-that-bad-ass” kind of way.

If you don’t have any idea what this movie is about, it’s 300 Spartan warriors against 100,000 Persians at the Battle Of Thermopylae.

Truly, this is a manly man movie.  The acting, such as there is, is good.  The CGI and the battle sequences are top-knotch.  Gerard Butler plays a wicked King Leonidas in full sword-swinging glory.  Totally awesome flick.  If you’re offended by violence and a 30 second sex scene, avoid this movie.  Personally, I can’t wait to buy a copy.

Blockbuster vs. NetFlix

I’ve held out on NetFlix, not being able to see the purpose since I can go to Blockbuster down the street. Yeah, I know, it’s cheaper but still…the mail? The mail is so…1870′s. (BTW, if you had issues sending me mail at Christmas I’ve got the problem resolved and all should be well!) =)

Recently I started seeing the Blockbuster Total Access package. Not only do you have the same selection of movies as NetFlix, you can return your movies at the store (in the envelope) and rent another, for free. No waiting, no hassle.

I signed up for the Blockbuster deal today, $17.99 a month. We’ll see how it goes. I figure that I will at least break even just watching all of 24 and Entourage.

BSG Is Almost Back!

The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica starts up again on October 6th. Unlike its campy predecessor from twenty-five years ago, the new BSG is a more “realistic,” nitty-gritty epic about humanity attempting to survive a holocaust. Rent the mini-series and it will pull you into wanting to watch the show. The character development is excellent, the special effects are top-notch and the acting is definitely believable. Characters are flawed; there are no super heroes. Everyone is human…or are they?

Catch up here.