Just forget the words and sing along

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace

And today on Fishing in the Discount Bin, it's time for my secret shame.  I kinda like Episode I.  This first popped up in my notes at July 11, 2015.

The Episode I Poster

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Back to the Future Part III

Here we are again, on Fishing in the Discount Bin, bloggin' about the movies I own.  We get to the end of the Back to the Future trilogy with Back to the Future Part III.  This is originally in my notes at July 5, 2015.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time for Targ!

Time to roll out another installment of U62: The Targ!  This time out, I’ve got quite few things to talk about, so that’s what I do.  What am I talking about on Episode 9.06: The Adventures of Clippy McGoo?
And, I have a special question for you, the listener!  Listen to the podcast, and leave me your answer in the comments below!

So let’s roll out Episode 9.06: The Adventures of Clippy McGoo!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Back to the Future Part II

 Here we go again on Fishing in the Discount Bin, where I wind up blogging about one of the many movies I own and re-watch from time to time.  I'm currently going the Back to the Future trilogy, so right now, we're on Back to the Future Part II.  This was in my notes at July 4, 2015.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A New Week, A New Podcast!

U62: The Targ (that's my podcast!)

Well, now that my life is returning to some sense of regularity, shall we try to get podcasts out on a regular basis?  I don’t have much to ramble about in Episode 9.05: Just Another Saturday, but I have a few things to ramble about nonetheless.  What are my rambles?
  • Well, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now on Blu-Ray, so I’ve watched it again and have some new thoughts to share.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, we’ve got the first trailer for Rogue One, so I’ve got some thoughts to share on that.
  • And we’re getting more Marvel TV shows and reviews for Captain America: Civil War are out, so I share the news.
And that’s all I’ve got on Episode 9.05: Just Another Saturday!

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

So when Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back and announced their grand plans for the Star Wars franchise, one of the most intriguing was the announcement of the standalone films.  These films would be set outside the main saga of Episodes I thru however many Disney feels like making, and tell some of the other stories that happen in this universe.  "It's about thinking of the Star Wars universe as a setting, not a saga," was one of the phrases bandied about when they started going into depth on this.  Of course, it's not new.  For precedent, we've got the Clone Wars movie and cartoon, and the Ewok TV movies of yore.  The umbrella title the Disney came up for this expanded universe was Star Wars Anthologies.  Some where along the way, though, they simplified it to Star Wars Stories.  And, we just got the first trailer for this first Star Wars Story, Rogue One.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser poster

Rogue One tells one of the most speculated-about stories in the Star Wars universe:  taking place shortly before Episode IV, it details the Rebellion mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.  The story itself was hatched by legendary ILM visual effects artist John Knoll, and fleshed out by screenwriters Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz.  Gareth Edwards, director of 2014's Godzilla reboot, came on board to direct.  In one of the earlier interviews about the project, Edwards mentioned how this is grittier than the rest of Star Wars:  "No one cares about the Force...there's no Jedi swooping in at the last minute to save you."

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso

Not much is known about our cast of characters yet.  The only whose been named so far is the one named in the trailer, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones.  She'll be leading a ragtag group of Rebel commandos on this mission, including Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, Hannibal himself Mads Mikkelsen, Hong Kong action legend Donnie Yen, and Wash from Firefly, Alan Tudyk.  Of course we need villains, so we get Ben Mendelsohn as an Imperial admiral.

Watching the trailer today, I was amazed at how much the actress playing Mon Mothma looks like the original actress from Return of the Jedi.  A quick search online reveals that that actress is Genevieve O'Reilly, and she actually played Mon Mothma in Revenge of the Sith, but her scenes were cut!

The Death Star dish being lowered into place

In this trailer, there's definitely much to like.  They play up some of the classic Star Wars imagery quite well.  That scene of the Death Star's dish being lowered into place.  The Imperial Walkers marching along the landscape.  But we do get a few new things too, like some funky new Stormtrooper design and that one guy taking out a Stormtrooper with some martial arts moves.

Funky new Stormtrooper

In all honesty, I'm having a little bit of trouble getting excited for this one.  I think I'm still on a massive Force Awakens hangover.  I'm older now...I need more time to recover before the next Star Wars party comes along.  If anything, I think we're going to see Star Wars hype level out from here on out.  Force Awakens was very much like Phantom Menace in the "OH MY GOD!!!  IT'S BACK!!!" mentality in the advertising.

I'm cautiously optimistic.  Like I said, there's a lot of good-looking stuff in that trailer, but I need to take to Tylenol, crash on the couch, and wait for The Force Awakens to finish passing through my system.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on December 16.

The Imperial Walkers

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Back to the Future

Here on Fishing in the Discount Bin, I kinda hate tackling my absolute favourite movies, because I never know what to say.  But, I keep watching them, and I keep trying.  I'm embarking on the Back to the Future trilogy, and I'm starting at the beginning with Back to the Future.  This is in my notes at July 4, 2015.

Back to the Future

Monday, April 04, 2016

Blame is Counterproductive

The first few hours of Wednesday morning went pretty well.  Got up, had breakfast, on the computer checking the morning news, and since I was already planning on seeing Batman v Superman come the weekend, I went ahead and bought my tickets online.  Went downstairs, started up the car to go to work, and something strange happened.

The "battery" light came on.  I'd never seen that light come on before.  So of course, it threw me into a full-blown panic.  Leafing through the owner's manual, it recommended I shut off everything:  no fan, no radio, no nothing.  So I did that, successfully drove into work, and I obssesed on it all day.  Made for a great radio show, though, as I shared my woes on the air and got a few good calls from the shadetree mechanics in the region telling me how I could fix it myself, but I decided not to dick around with it.  Next day, I'd take it into the shop.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Targ Is Back! Finally!

U62: The Targ

Holy moly!  What happened to me?  Where did I go?  How come I haven’t done a podcast in 6 weeks or so?  Well, as Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way…to get in the way of your hobbies.”  (I may be paraphrasing.)  Well, I had my first weekend to myself in a while, which was the perfect time to sit down and record Episode 9.04:  Mark v Cheeseburgers — Dawn of Obesity.  What do I ramble about?
  • Well, i go into the specifics of what happened to me.
  • I just got home from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so some off-the-cuff thoughts.
  • In fact, off-the-cuff thoughts on all the superhero TV shows on TV these days.
  • And International Women’s Day a few weeks ago had me reminiscing about the women’s studies course I had to take in college.
All this in Episode 9.04:  Mark v Cheeseburgers — Dawn of Obesity

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