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Straight as an …
by Jim Smith

The new millennium brought us Smallville, a show that followed a young Clark Kent through adolescence.  Darker and more angst-ridden than previous looks into the Superman mythos, Smallville was a smash hit and ran for ten seasons. One of the principles the producers held to was “no flights / no tights” until the final season.  It set a new tone for superhero TV shows.

The same theme was followed in 2002 in Birds of Prey, but the TV-watching population had only enough geek in it for one show, and BoP died a premature death.  Likewise, in 2006, Aquaman never made it past a pilot episode.

This year, we have a new superhero show to geek out over in the CW’s ArrowArrow will follow the adventures of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen who dons a green hood...

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Looper

Walking into this movie I was kind of thinking “hmm now self needs to kill future self, can’t do it”. However this movie is eerily INCEPTION-ESQUE, mind bending, genius on top of “I have the biggest gun on the planet action”. I have always been a fan of Bruce Willis, but in this film he takes it to a whole new level opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the man with abundant last names). Not to give away too much of the plot, there are some really cool effects, and even some un-expected super-natural elements.

There are a few things about the film that stood out as not only comical but somewhat flawed and confusing. Namely the scene where Seth, played to
perfection by Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens) crying out to Joe with snot in his nose, pan away, no snot, pan away, snot, pan away no sn...

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The Angels Take Manhattan – My Own Perspective

September 7th, 2011 was the very 1st time I met the Doctor- thank you Netflix for keeping such good records. A dark time in my life: my wife had left me, I was jobless, money almost out, and friends were leaving me faster than I could realize. Worst that my life had ever been. The only thing that kept me going was the desire to not allow my kids to suffer. I really had nothing going on for me. Then I met the Doctor.

It was a salvation by any means but it was the 1st thing that actually made me laugh a real laugh and to want to sit and think about it. Up until I caught up in the current series, which took an entire month, it was just a good show with no emotional attachment to any companions or even Doctors. I didn’t cry when anyone left- even Martha who may still be my favorite...

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A Retrospective on the Doctor’s Companions

Submitted by Jim Smith

As we prepare to wish Amy and Rory farewell, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the companions who have helpedshape the show.

Susan Foreman (the Doctor’s Granddaughter).   Susan is with the Doctor at the start.  She refers to the Doctor as “grandfather,” and the two of them had a very warm relationship.  That would make her a Time Lord, though we have never seen her referred to as such.  When they started their travels in “An Unearthly Child,” she appeared to be an average teenage girl.  In “The Sensorites,” we learn that she has telepathic abilities, but beyond that, there is nothing special about her...

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Old/New Media

So I am writing this at 10.30 in the morning with a tear in my eye. I have just listened to the last every Chris Moyles Breakfast show on Radio 1. For the past 8 and a half years every morning he has been on the air, with his team, telling things as he sees them. Sometimes controversial, sometimes thought provoking but always entertaining. His was a brand of radio show that is missing, more talk, less music, but always well thought out. 8 and a half years is a long time to listen to one show. I think I have missed about 4 weeks in that time, when I have been on holiday or away on business. I have listened to the highs and lows and today, watching for the last time I saw both the fun, enjoyment and respect that Chris brings to the radio. And it got me thinking...

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