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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Part of this festivities this weekend, for me at least, will be meeting up with a group of friends to see Ghostbusters in the theater and celebrate the film's 30th Anniversary. This will be the first time I'll be seeing the film in a theater (I first saw it on HBO), so it should be a great time. This is one of my all time favorite films, and probably the first one that I was able to quote from memory. To this day, if someone says "Hey, let's watch Ghostbusters." I'm in.

What's nice about this film is that it works like Looney Tunes, in that you can be a kid and find it funny but as an adult there's more levels there to appreciate. It's a kind of movie making that, until very recently, I thought was a dead art. Luckily, Guardians of the Galaxy came along and restored my faith that movies could be enjoyable for all but still be intelligent.

And now I leave you with the very 80's music video for the theme song, by Ray Parker, Jr.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


One of the greatest things to come out of Disney Television, at least in my mind, was Gargoyles. While I was not it's target audience (being in college when it was on TV) I was sucked into it none the less. The premise is a mix of superhero, fantasy, science fiction, and Shakespeare. Add to that the spectacular voice acting of such greats as Keith David, Ed Asner, Frank Welker, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis, among others, and how could I not love it? Just check out the opening theme, from back when shows explained the premise at the beginning of each episode, and tell me that this wasn't tailor made for me?

How about the rest of you? Was there a cartoon/comic/movie/etc that you were obviously not the target audience for that just spoke to you, like Gargoyles speaks to me?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This Was A Tough One

I've been struggling on what to post today. Last week I celebrated my daughter's birthday and today I'm posting about death. As many subscribe to death coming in threes, we had a trio of celebrity deaths this week. While I'm saddened at the loss of Lauren Bacall
 and Arlene Martel,
it is the tragedy of the death of Robin Williams that I think I should talk about.

As many of you know, after all the coverage, Robin Williams suffered from depression. He fought his inner demons for all of his life and finally lost that battle on Monday. I wish I could say that I understood what he was going through, but I don't. I have never suffered the way he, and many in the world, have. All I can say is that there is another way and that everyone, at some point in their lives, needs help. If you are feeling like there is no way out and are considering taking you own life, please seek out that help.

Also, if you know someone, as many of us do, that might be suffering from depression, please help them. Whether it's you personally, or just finding them someone else that can provide the help, please do so. Here is a great place to start:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

For Kira

My daughter, Kira (who's name comes from The Dark Crystal, not DS9), turned 6 years old yesterday. So, in her honor I'm posting this video.

Now I am in no way a "Brony", but as a father of a girl who is obsessed with My Little Pony (not to mention being married to the original MLP fangirl), I have no choice but to be exposed to the show. That said, I appreciate the nod to the parents that are watching with their children, especially those of the geeky persuasion.

As you can see from this side-by-side, there are some Star Wars fans on the staff, and I like what they did here. To Kira, this was a great end scene after hard-fought battle. To me, it's a way for the show's producers to tell me that they appreciate that I have to sit through this.