Happy Memorial Day!

Three day weekends are a bittersweet thing. On the one hand they are a lovely blessing in their escape from the drudgery of work and/or school, but they also seem to pass by far too quickly.

This current one is no exception for me, but I have been spending it quite well by converting another dear soul to the wonders of Firefly. I’ve actually been watching whilst reading the shooting scripts and it’s been an interesting and informative viewing all around. It’s been a good way to spend my last bit of free time before the summer semester starts next Monday.

Today should round out the last of the episodes and if we haven’t become permanently adhered to the sofas we might watch Serenity, too.

March 22, 2011

I have nothing of real substance to report other than a mishmash of squee:

  1. The Lord of the Rings extended edition streets June 28th. I literally squeaked when I read that online yesterday. I’m actually surprised it is coming out so soon as other films that were announced ages ago have later street dates. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.
  2. It came to my attention that the next Pirates of the Caribbean film opens on my birthday! Needless to say I so will be there and some texting back and forth has led to the promise of company. (I’ll get into all that another time.) Oh, and then there was a TV spot for the film during last night’s Castle.
  3. Tonight Alice and Josh are coming over and we are watching Shaun of the Dead because Alice was quite appalled to discover I had never seen it. I have a whole post unto itself about my rather sheltered exposure to movies of — or even slightly related to — the horror genre. But I figure I’ll save that for after tonight. Also, we’re having ravioli for dinner. Yum!

Anyway, much to do. More soon!

March 19, 2011

The Star Wars marathon is on a temporary hiatus because it seems that somehow my Empire Strikes Back DVD is cracked in two. I suspect this came about during my move last September, but as I haven’t watched any of these films in ages I can’t truly be sure when or how this happened. Anyway, will have to replace the DVD before we can continue on with the watching.

Instead, I have been attempting to rid the house of dog hair. I say attempt because not only is this a futile effort but also because I took a rather lengthy break to watch The Prestige, which I found surprisingly good. I don’t know why I’m always annoyed with myself for liking a Christopher Nolan film, especially since I generally do enjoy his work, but I always am. I think I still have anger from The Dark Knight. I will say that I did find the ending almost a cheat, but having not read the book the film is based on I can’t say if I really can blame Nolan for that. Anyway, it was an interesting film and even if it weren’t there was more than enough eye candy to keep me interested.

Anyway, on a marginally related topic, I saw the features for The Lord of the Rings extended edition Blu-ray were unveiled and I’m quite happy. Obviously, the entirety of the DVD release is there, but also the Costa Botes documentaries are included. These were part of the double theatrical/extended edition release that I staunchly refused to buy since I already owned two copies of the films. But because of that I have never seen these bonus features. So, while I doubt there’s anything that I haven’t really seen and/or read about, it is a nice addition.

Aside from all that things here are quite boring. Uschi’s been on an intermittent food strike; probably I jinxed things when I was said how well she’s been doing. She did pick at her food a bit today, so hopefully she’ll be hungry enough later tonight or tomorrow morning to get back on a normal schedule. The warmer weather has brought with us more opportunities to take some leisurely walks, which I think we’re both rather enjoying. I really want to do more in downtown Schenectady, but the crossings there are set up in such a superbly asinine way. The traffic buttons are usually far removed than the actual crosswalk, so using them is sometimes pointless. However a lot of the lights change very quickly! I’ve been focusing on downtown Albany where the crossings are more routine and I can leave myself to pay attention to other things, like Uschi’s animal distraction or propensity to sniff. All in all, she’s doing a fabulous job for our lack of extensive curb-to-curb work. Along with this better weather comes the option of calling Jay, our Fidelco instructor, and having a “make-up” day of training. I don’t really feel an strong need for it and so have been going back and forth about bothering to call and set it up. We’ll see.

Good and Bad

It’s snowing outside. I’m terribly displeased about this and want Spring to get itself here already.

But my spirits picked up dramatically during my morning skim through of the blogs I follow: The Lord of the Rings extended edition is officially available for pre-order. No date yet on when exactly it will be released, but I was definitely losing hope that there would be an announcement of this release before The Hobbit films were finished. And while placing my order with Amazon, I also happened across the Star Wars movies on Blu-ray.

And then I kept scrolling through Google Reader and came across this whole debacle going on regarding Firefly. I basically said my peace over at Whedonesque: the entire thing is getting wildly out of hand. I mean it started with essentially an off-the-cuff comment by Nathan Fillion in an interview a few weeks back. This spawned a ridiculous fan campaign to gather up money and help Nathan acquire the rights, which (a.) was not endorsed by Nathan himself more than once and (b.) is probably futile since FOX is unlikely to sell the rights in the first place. Let’s face it, I’d be overjoyed to hear that Firefly was coming back — I begged and pleaded with people to watch the show when it was on, I literally forced the DVDs on practically everyone I knew, and after nearly a year of actively promoting it was there opening day to see Serenity. However, Firefly without Joss is completely pointless to me and giving your money away to some faceless entity is plain stupid. It wreaks of a scam and I’m honestly concerned what it will do for the future of the franchise and the fandom.

EDIT: Thanks to Maurissa Tancharoen, HNBF is closing. I’m relieved.