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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Film & TV

A Geek Dad's Thoughts on The Dark Knight

by Ken Newquist / July 26, 2008

The Dark Knight is brilliant. It’s intellectually challenging. It’s psychologically terrifying. And there’s a damn good chance it’ll scare the living daylights out of your 13-year-old.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who saw Batman Begins. The movie hews close to the comic books, which have run to the dark side ever since 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. Miller’s re-imagined Batman lived in a brutal, gritty world in which hope was a distant dream rarely realized. It’s a tradition that continued in some of the best Batman stories since then, such as Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween.

LOST Jumps Back

by Ken Newquist / June 1, 2008

I remember when LOST jumped the shark. It was the episode dedicated to the mystery of Jack’s tattoo. It was an inane episode, one that existed entirely to buy time for the writers, while simultaneously keeping a popular character on screen for the majority of an episode. The episode could have been good – after all, LOST is all about those weird coincidences and strange meanings of every day occurrences. By this point in LOST’s evolution though, we had enough mysteries. We wanted answers. We got a tattoo.

Recoiling from the Horror of the Mist

by Ken Newquist / April 3, 2008

Don’t watch The Mist. You may think you know how things go, having read Stephen King’s short story of the same name. You might like horror and think, "tentacled monstrosities from beyond the edge of time? I can deal with that."

But trust me. If you’re a geek dad or mom, and the kind of person who’d fight to the very end to protect your family, you don’t want to watch this movie. Hell, I watched it, and I wish I could unwatch it.

Yeah, it’s that disturbing.

Random Thoughts on LOST Season 4

by Ken Newquist / February 22, 2008

Why was the the Looking Glass station setup to connected to Penny's office?

We don't know where Penny, or more specifically, her father and his corporation, fits into the larger LOST conspiracy, but I think its safe to say that Ben is interested in anyone who's interested in the island. My guess is that the Looking Glass station was used as a spy station in addition to being a communication jamming station. It likely uses the island's strange properties to spy on the mainland. Thus the reason why Looking Glass was able to contact Penny; they'd been watching her office all along.

Why did the new arrivals flash back while everyone else is flashing
forward?

Because the new arrivals are flashing forward, at least relative to the Island's place in the time stream. It's been clear for a while that time on the island moves differently from that of outside; this was confirmed in Episode 3, Season 4 with the rocket experiment, as well as the teenage Walt's appearance on the Island at the end of Season 3. I don't think that travelling to the island is exactly the same as travelling backwards in time; it's more like it takes you out of the time stream. Think of the island as a rock in the middle of a river; once you stand on it, time just keeps slushing by.

Why does Naimi have a flashforward if she's dead?

Get A Head with Futurama Icons

by Ken Newquist / January 9, 2008

If you're like me, you saw the shelf-based Dock for Mac OS X Leopard and thought ... hey, I could put some heads in a jar on that! And now you can, thanks to the Futurama "Heads in Jarks" icons from Icon Factory. I give you my ... "Al Gore's Head in a Jar" Dock! (which will be even better once 10.5.2 is out, and you can assign icons to Stacks).

 Al Gore's Head in a Jar Dock

DVD Rack: Buffy Season 4, Live Free or Diehard, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

by Ken Newquist / December 16, 2007

With November’s Herculean feat of creativity behind me, I’ve turned my tired eyes back to the DVD player and the stack of Netflix envelopes that piled up during my self-imposed exile to my third-floor office.

Included in this horde of discs was the first disc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 (in which Buffy and the Scooby Gang go to college), the Bruce Willis action flick Live Free or Diehard (in which technophobe John MacClane must save the world from hackers) and the one shot episode Battlestar Galactica: Razor (which tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus's escape form the Cylon's burtal assault on the 12 Colonies).

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2007

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007 will be held October 5-7 at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It will include eight feature films, 13 special guests, discussion panels, world and regional premieres, There will also be Lovecraftian vendors, multiple door prizes, and more than 20 short films.

Tickets are $12 per day per person on Friday, $15 per day per person on Saturday, $15 per day per person on Sunday. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.hplfilmfestival.com.

According to the organizers:

The 14th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival shall prove to be our most exciting festival yet. This year we have some great films lined up along with thought provoking discussion panels and compelling live events."

Days of Future Heroes

by Ken Newquist / May 1, 2007

Heroes has continued to impress since returning from its December/January hiatus, consistently delivering episodes that have answered important questions while ratcheting up the serialized tension.

For any other series, last night would have been a season-ending clifhanger of epic proportions. But in an example of why Heroes is such a damn good show, they don't play for the cheap, easy shows that end up stretching out the story's continuum for years on end (like say, LOST). Instead, they take us to the future -- five years into the future -- and show us the consequences of not saving the world.

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