1/31/10

Questions About LOST That Were Already Answered

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If you, as a fan of LOST, have ever met someone who says either they've watched the whole thing and don't get why there was a random polar bear, or someone who doesn't follow the show specifically because they don't get the random polar bear, then you know this: Infinitely more annoying than the currently outstanding list of questions yet to be answered in the series are the people who think there are more unanswered questions than there actually are. We like to think the Island is this mysterious place where a bunch of random things happen that teach us more about the characters than they do about the origin and nature of the Island itself. Some have even gone so far as to believe the writers are making it up as they go along. This is simply not true. In a few days the final season of LOST will begin and all your questions will be either answered or rendered irrelevant. But I suppose even the most avid fan sometimes needs a refresher, so before you annoy me by asking how Ben became the leader of the Others, let's go over some of the questions that have already been answered.

Needless to say, I'll be heading deep into spoiler territory without even a second glance at the spoiler button, so if you're a n00b to LOST, then just go ahead and move along...

1/30/10

How a Christopher Nolan Robin Could Work

The best and most recent incarnation of the Batman franchise starting with Batman Begins and culminating in The Dark Knight has been successful for many, many reasons. It has been argued that one of those reasons is that Christopher Nolan has vowed to banish Robin, Batman's plucky sidekick, from the franchise altogether. I believe there is a way to include Robin into the story without compromising the integrity of the films as they have been thus far.

First off, obviously, get rid of that ridiculous red, green and yellow costume and put some frakkin pants on. We'll get into some costume design later, but no one can take the pictured costume seriously. This is one of the reasons everyone gets turned off by the thought of Robin in a serious Batman story.

1/26/10

Google Voice Web App Now With 100% More Awesome


Here's a little backdrop for those who haven't been following along. Once upon a time there was a website of awesomeness named Grand Central. This site was based on the idea that you can get more out of your phone service and get it for cheap. Google saw this site's potential and bought it, turning it into Google Voice. At around the same time, Apple came out with their iPhone, which was based on the idea that you can get more out of your phone... and get it for a price. These two opposing ideas CLASHED when Google Voice tried to release an iPhone app for Google Voice, which Apple slapped down with the cold, iron fist of the market! Google was beaten, but not defeated. They swore vengeance! Vengeance in the form of a web app.

Ladies and gentlemen, that vengeance has come.

1/22/10

Legion

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Two movies does not a trend make, however after a complete lack compelling movies with a Christian(ish) message, we finally have both The Book of Eli and Legion. Now, I say "Christianish," because neither of these movies contain the Gospel, neither of them attempt to convince anyone of the Gospel and neither of them would really be especially acceptable to the Christian community as a whole. But one thing they do have in common, and the element that I believe is beginning to bridge the gap with secular media reaching out through these movies and Christian media reaching out through movies like Passion of the Christ, is that they both treat religion and, specifically, Christianity with a great deal of respect.

But the average viewer isn't really interested in that, is he? So let's get on to the real meat and potatoes of this movie. Is it good?

1/21/10

Deconstructing The Dark Knight

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I never gave an adequate review to The Dark Knight. At the time I was mesmerized by its awesomeness and afraid I wouldn't be able to do it justice. I never really intended to go back and do a good review, but this movie continues to crop up in every-day conversation. And after so long of thinking about it, I believe I really have a handle on it now.

A few things before I dive in: I may be giving a few minor spoilers before the Spoiler button. If you haven't seen it yet... well, first of all, it's only $14.99 for the Blu-ray and $12.99 for the DVD on Amazon, what are you waiting for?? Secondly, depending on your tolerance for spoilers, you may want to just move along. I won't get very detailed, though, until after the Spoiler button.

Ok, that should be it. So, without further adieu, let's set the stage...

1/17/10

Fringe: Johari Window

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I saved this review for its own post for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Fringe is easily one of my favorite shows of all time due not only to the subject matter and the subtly-woven humor, but to the genius, magnificent writing the show constantly provides. For another thing, this particular episode, "Johari Window," shows a deep care for the story process that is difficult to find in any other show. The plot and the subplot in this episode are so intricately entwined that it's difficult to say where one begins and the other ends. As a matter of fact, the subplot is part of a larger arc that doesn't really end with this episode.

1/16/10

Half-January Roundup

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You may have noticed the Asterisk has gone on a bit of a vacation for the month of January. This in no way implies that we're burning out. In fact, quite the contrary. There are several bits of kindling that we've been busy throwing into the fire for the past half month and the blog has consequently been put on hold.

That being said, there are a lot of things that have happened lately that we've just plainly missed, and I sort of regret that. You can follow some of what I think on the latest movies, TV and awesome stuff on my twitter account, but other than that it's been silent. Here's a short review of the past few weeks in no particular order: