Sunday, July 31, 2011

Season of the Witch

This is the best movie I've ever seen that was based on a song by Donovan, although both Atlantis and Riki Tiki Tavi were very good as well.

I'm kidding, of course, and this film has nothing to do with the Donovan song, other than the fact that both share the same title. In fact, one of the only reasons I'm even writing a review of this movie was so I could open with that dumb joke. Having used up my one line, I'm starting to lose interest.

Season of the Witch? Why did I even rent this movie anyway? Like most people, I avoided it like the plague when it came out in theaters. A Nick Cage movie about a knight during the time of the plague? Boy, that don't sound too good. But, I dunno. I did end up enjoying that movie Black Death about the same time period and setting and that other movie the Sorcerer's Apprentice starring the same actor, so my brain must've assumed I'd enjoy this combination of those two films. And... I did! This wasn't exactly up there with Leaving Las Vegas (or even Honeymoon in Vegas), but it was a pretty neat, pretty fun, pretty entertaining movie starring Cage and Ron Perlman as knights of the crusade on a mission to deliver a witch to some monastery to be put on trial or something. It's basically just a medieval buddy movie starring two of the coolest actors ever. What's not to like about that?

Well, the story is kind of cliche I guess, and the ending throws in a really weird twist that is kind of hard to swallow, offering a big climactic set piece that makes no sense and features some mediocre CG, but all in all, I liked it. This was a cool movie that's worth checking out if you have the time and a buck or two to waste on a rental from Red Box. Just go in expecting a piece of crap like I did, and maybe you too will be pleasantly surprised that it's actually just not all that good.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coming Soon...

So a while ago I did a James Bond Week, and before that I did a James Bond Week, and last Winter I did my Christmarathon, where I reviewed a different Christmas movie during every day of December leading up to Christmas. Well, next week is my next big event here at the Blessed Are the Geeks Blog, and I'm pretty excited about it even if nobody else will be.

I'm not going to reveal what my theme is for next week, but I will give a clue that a new film is coming out next week that's giving me an excuse to talk about one of my all time favorite film franchises. If all goes well, I'm going to be posting a different video review every day next week. Why am I doing this? Why not? Why am I telling you about this now even though I'm not saying much of anything at all? Well, I figured that if I posted about it beforehand, I'd be committed, so I won't be able to quit when the work gets too hard and the videos start to annoy me.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stanley Kubrick: Retrospective and Happy Birthday!

Today would be the 83rd birthday of the reclusive director Stanely Kubrick, had he not passed away twelve years ago. Stanley Kubrick was a fantastically talented and influential director, although one who I'll admit I liked a lot more when I was a younger man, and find somewhat cold and unengaging when viewed from an adult perspective. However, the man was a genius and I do love or at least respect many of his films, so I figured I would take the opportunity of the man's birthday to do a complete retrospective of his film career.

Let's get right to it... in chronological order:

Fear and Desire (1953) / Killer's Kiss (1955)
Never saw either of these, but I don't feel too bad about it because chances are good neither have you. Anybody who's seen these feel like chiming in?

The Killing (1956)
This one actually had a real theatrical release and is easy to find on DVD, so I've seen it, although it's still a weak effort from a director who went on to bigger and better things. This is a mostly entertaining heist film from a visually talented director with a lot of ideas, but as a story it just never comes together in a satisfying way. Also, it's boring. It's maybe worth checking out if you are a fan of the man's work, or if you just want to see a good performance from the always good Sterling Hayden. But, really, if those two things are want you want, just see Dr. Strangelove instead, but we'll get to that one soon enough.


I liked this one.

I went into this one with very low (or no?) expectations, since I didn't know much about it and had never even seen a trailer for it. All I knew is that it was a Western-themed animated featuring starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a lizard. I also knew that it was a decent-sized hit and the darling of the critics. Even still, I think I avoided seeing it because the poster is just off-putting and because I generally don't usually enjoy most CG animated features and nothing about this one made me take a second look. But I'm glad I finally rented it, because it was one of the most clever, charming, and downright entertaining films I've seen in a long time. Rango is maybe the best CG animated feature I've ever seen that doesn't have the words "Toy Story" in the title, and that's about as high praise as I can pay.

Also, it's a Western, which I love... and a pretty darn good one at that. The story is somewhat cliche and nothing we haven't seen before (the nameless drifter arrives and becomes the town hero, proving his honor and courage not only to those around him, but to himself as well. That old chestnut.), but we've certainly never seen it before as a CG animated film, and we've rarely seen it done so well in any style. This was just a straight up fun Western about a mysterious man with no name... who just actually happens to be a Lizard. Johnny Depp seemed like an odd choice for voice work, but he gave a surprisingly great performance as the titular character who goes from being a lonely lizard alone in his terrarium to the hero who saves the town at the end of the film (Oops! Spoiler!). The rest of the cast is just as great, featuring lots of great character actors as the various animals and beasts that popular this fantastical Western setting. I especially like Bill Nighy as the villainous rattlesnake who has a gun instead of a rattle at the end of his body.

And about the animation, all I can say is that this is the best computer generated graphics I've ever seen, and I mean that completely. The level of detail borders on being photo-realism, especially in the backgrounds and overall look of the town and the desert. If you had told me director Gore Verbinski had just gone out and filmed actually talking animals, I may have believed you, since that's how astoundingly polished this film was. It's worth noting that this was the first CG film animated by ILM, and they totally knocked it out of the park and just forced Pixar to run and play catch up.

So... check it out. This is a great film that's worth seeing if you like Westerns or just CG animated films in general. It's funny, moving, exciting, and absolutely gorgeous. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a kid's movie since all of the characters are talking animals, however, since it's quite violent, dark, and somewhat existential in places, although I definitely think kids will enjoy it along with adults, although they may have some questions about certain things that take place.

Two thumbs up.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Packing For Mars

This was a fun book, written for all of the people who want to know what life in space is really like. I've read lots of books on NASA, the space race, and astronauts, but this is the only one that really satisfied my immature curiousity about how astronauts poop, whether or not sex is possible in a zero gravity environment, and what really happens to a person's body after three weeks without showering. Each of these topics actually has its own chapter in this book, along with every other facet of what happens to a typical human being living in space. Like I said, it's a fun book.

Mary Roach is a wonderful, clever, witty writer who thankfully uses her admittedly immature sense of curiousity to ask seemingly beyond reproach people like Jim Lovell and other astronauts and high-ranking NASA officials what happens when somebody farts in space. I won't spoil the answer to that question, but I will say that I was happy to learn the experiment was conducted by a team of scientists in a parabolic jet that simulated a zero gravity environment. Lovell seemed like a good sport, but maybe that's because Mary Roach seems like such a witty, charming lady. And, really, if you're the scientist who designed the first working toilet in a space station, you're going to love to finally talk about it with anybody, let alone a best selling author.

If anything, Roach might actually be a little too charming, since she tends to place herself into the book a little too often, but that was a style choice intended to give the reader a proxy to guide us on this great adventure, but it did some across as a little cloying and cutesy in places, though they were thankfully rare. Also, while her research and interviewing seemed incredibly detailed and meticulous, a few mistakes did pop up here and there. For example, at one point she references the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where actor Keir Dullea jogs around the circumference of the space ship's centrifuge, but we all know that was actually the character played by Gary Lockwood. This wasn't an error so egregious it made me want to throw the book away in disgust, but it was enough to make me wonder if there were any other mistakes I wasn't picking up on.

But whatever... this is a hilarious, thought provoking, brilliant book that has a unique look at the wonders of space travel. Reading this book over the past week or so was actually bittersweet since the final Shuttle mission just came to a close a couple days ago, so no more manned missions are planned within the next few decades, if at all. There are a lot of brilliant men and women who have worked tirelessly over the years, and much of their work is currently being scrapped because the space program is no longer politically viable. The conclusion of this book is actually a brilliantly written argument in favor of keeping the space program going, and it should be read by Obama and every other politician in Washington. But, really, it should be read by anybody who's the least bit interested in space travel, or just curious about what happens to poop after an astronaut takes a number 2 in space.

Check it out.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Crypt Jam (Video)

Just for fun, here's the video for The Crypt Keeper's hip hop single. What's that? You didn't know the Crypt Keeper had a rap video? Well, you're in for a treat. I'm posting this just because it never stops making me laugh.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

Boy do I hate that costume, but man did I love this movie.

The summer of 2011 might go down in film history as the summer of the comic book movie, with Captain America maybe being the best of a pretty stellar lot. Out of the plethora of comic book movies that hit theaters this summer (with maybe more to come? I can't remember), I think I was most excited to see this one, because I'm a huge fan of the character and the comics. However, this was also the film I was most dreading, because I'm such a huge fan of the character and the comics. I'm happy to say director Joe Johnston and pulled it off and did the character justice.

More than any other comic book film in recent memory, this almost completely captured the spirit of the character I grew up reading. Captain America is a hero like no other, and he should always be portrayed as kinder, better, more admirable, and just plain heroic than any other super hero, and this film made great pains to ensure they got all of that right. In the comics and in this film, Captain America isn't a hero because of his costume or his great strength or his outstanding agility, but because his alter ego Steve Rogers is such an honorable man. People who see this movie are going to see one of the best portrayals of a true hero in maybe any comic book based film since the original Superman film way back when.

A lot of that has to do with the script, but credit is also due to the wonderful performance by Chris Evans. Frankly, Evans isn't a great actor, but he's not a bad one either, but he managed to really knock this one out of the park, creating a fantastic and fascinating character that is larger than life not only because of his physical stature, but because of his charm and good nature as well. When I saw Thor, I came out of the theater wishing I had arms like actor Chris Hemsworth. When I saw Captain America, I came out of the theater wishing I was friends with Steve Rogers. That's an important distinction about Captain America, since he is one of the few heroes nobody really wants to be, we just want to be around him.

Astoundingly, Evans played the character both before and after his transformation from the 90lb weakling to the strapping behemoth with the body of Greek god. I honestly don't know how the special effects people pulled this off, but it was seamless and completely believable. I've read a few reviews where people said the puny version of the character looked like a bobblehead, but I didn't see it. I thought it was amazing and stood out as one of the best and most incredible special effects I've seen in years. Too bad some of the other CG in the film hadn't been as well done, like the scenes where Captain America is jumping through the sky or tossing bad guys around.

One of the reasons Chris Evans gave such a good performance was because he had such an amazing cast to act against. Tommy Lee Jones was as great as you'd expect as the gruff Army Colonel who gives Captain America his orders, and Stanley Tucci was fantastic as the genius scientist Dr Abraham Erskine who developed the serum that turned our main character into a super soldier. Hayley Atwell was very good and very charming as the love interest, and it was great that she was given more to do than just stand around and look pretty. And we even got fairly substantial roles for the Howling Commandos, although they are never referred to by name in the film, the best of which was Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan. I nearly jumped out of my seat when that character came on screen.

And then there was Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I'd be interested to hear what non-fans of the comics think of his look and manner, but, personally, I thought he was incredible. Hugo Weaving's performance was perfectly menacing with the right mixture of subtly and over the top histrionics, and the visual design of his face looked just like a Jack Kirby drawing. I really enjoyed Chris Evans and the rest of the actors who portrayed the allies, but Weaving's Red Skull nearly stole the entire film. I'm going to go ahead and say that this was the best comic book villain ever put on film.

There was also the prerequisite cameo by Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, who is given maybe his funniest line yet. I'm pretty sure his joke got the biggest line in the theater when I saw it, either because it was funny or because it was Stan Lee. This raises an interesting point: Was this the first time Stan Lee had a cameo in a film about a comic book character he didn't create? Stan Lee's contribution to Marvel in general and to Captain America in particular can't be overstated enough, since he wrote some of the best Captain America stories ever and should be credited (or, at least, co-credited) with bringing him back to the public eye in the sixties by reintroducing him in The Avengers, but I do think it's important to note that the character was actually created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. I just wanted to mention that.

It wasn't all great, however, and there were just a few weird odds and ends that kept it from being a truly perfect comic book movie in my opinion:

I already mentioned the costume, but boy was it terrible. To begin with, it's unfaithful to the comic with needless "updates" intended to make it look more realistic or fit to actually wear into battle. Why doesn't Hollywood understand that any attempt to make a comic book outfit more "realistic" only serves to make it look more silly and strange? But even forgetting the fact that it isn't exactly like what we've seen in the comics, it's just downright ugly. I also didn't understand why the felt the need to shoehorn the character into that USO act, as though they needed to explain why he was wearing a costume at all. He's a super hero from a comic book. Just have him wear a costume.

Another odd thing was how this was maybe the first WWII period piece in which we never actually see any swastikas or Nazis. The enemies are actually a group called HYDRA who are presented as an off shoot of the Nazi party, but who have their own insignia and plans for world domination. They look and dress like Nazis, however, and speak in German accents, they just don't have swastikas or talk about genocide. This isn't a criticism, however, just an odd detail than I found strange, since Captain America was supposed to have fought in WWII against the German army. I'm guessing they changed this so they didn't have to sell toys to kids that were covered in swastikas, which is good thinking all things considered.

And, finally, structurally speaking, this film was oddly put together, with maybe more than half of the film detailing the character's origin. In fact, I don't even think he put on his costume until well over an hour into the movie. Again, this isn't a bad thing, but the problem was that the origin story was so brilliantly put together, that by the time the main plot rolled around and the real film started, it felt more like a by the numbers action film. I'm not saying that the second half of the film was bad, just that the first half was so much better, more original, and emotionally stirring. And I can imagine that anybody unfamiliar with what happens to the character in the comics will be confused by the way this film ends. As a comic fan, however, I thought the ending twist was pulled off as well as I could've hoped, and should lead right into next year's (?) Avengers film.

So... Captain America: The First Avenger. I really, really liked this movie, and thought it was as good as any comic book film I've ever seen. Steve Rogers was perfectly captured and many of his character beats actually made me misty with emotion. However... that costume really sucked and took me out of the film whenever it was on screen. Luckily, the costume isn't seen all that often, almost as though the director was embarrassed to show it, either because he knew it was ugly or just doesn't like comic book costumes at all. Joe Johnston is a wonderful director of action set pieces who made a great, heroic war movie, but here's to hoping that geek Wunderkind Joss Whedon embraces the tropes and look of the comics more when he directs the upcoming Avengers film.

Anyway, go see it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

Here's the trailer for the upcoming film that will reboot the Spider-Man film franchise, or attempt to, anyway. This looks... ok. This trailer doesn't offer much on which to judge it, other than a few shots of the characters standing around looking gloomy, finishing off with an extended CG sequence that hopefully will be cleaned up and worked on before the film is actually released, but it could be good. Anyway, as a fan of the comics and a hater of the film, I have only a passing interest in this film, but I'll probably check it out of only because it can't be worse than the Tobey Maguire version:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lego Crashes Extravaganza (Video)

I visited my sister's family in Ann Arbor, Michigan over the weekend, and my nephews spent a lot of time watching videos of Lego crashes on youtube. I decided to make them a compilation of these videos, with some additional footage here and there. If you don't like Lego crashes, don't watch this video:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Trailer

I'm a Sherlockian who has read all of the original stories and novels numerous times, and the first film got my seal of approval so I'm definitely going to see this one. The trailer looks even more action-packed than the first film, which is a bit of a shame since the first film had probably a little too much action, but it still looks like a lot of fun, and it will be great to see Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr again since their chemistry was the best thing about the first film.

Anyway, check out the trailer:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bond 23 Casting News

Well, it's been years since I've been able to talk about a new Bond film (since 2008's Quantum of Solace, to be exact), but some casting details (or, possibly rumors) have begun to surface. A few days ago there was some hub bub on the internet because actress Naomie Harris was cast as the first black Miss Moneypenny. As a life-long Bond fan, I don't mind this color-blind casting, since we are now in the 21st century and the race of M's secretary has no real effect on her character. What matters is that she is charming, likable, beautiful, and has good chemistry with whoever plays James Bond. Nobody is ever going to replace Lois Maxwell, but Naomie Harris seems like the best choice to play the character that we've seen in years. I think she'll be good.

And according to this article, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to play as of yet unconfirmed and unexplained roles. Both are fantastic actors, and I'm guessing they're going to be villains. Anyway, I'm hoping they'll be villains, since that would be awesome.

Judy Dench has committed to reprising her role as M, but that comes as no surprise, since she has been playing the character since Goldeneye came out sixteen years ago. I don't blame them for keeping her on since she is very good in the role and has already acted against Daniel Craig twice, but personally, I'm ready for another actor to breathe life into the role since I never really loved her portrayal. Now that Felix Lieter and Miss Money Penny are black, I think it's ok to go back to having M portrayed as a stuffy British man. I hope that doesn't offend anybody.

Oh, and apparently Sam Mendes has signed on to direct, which honestly doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence in the production. He's very famous, very rich, and very respected, but I don't think he has every been apart of something that hasn't sucked. Yeah, that's right... I said it. He makes very beautiful looking films that are completely hollow in story and lacking in actual characters. But still... it's a Bond film.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sylvester Stallone!

The Blessed Are the Geeks Blog wished a happy and healthy birthday to one of the greatest movie stars of our time, Sylvester Stallone. Words can't express the contributions and impact he has had on the film industry in general and on my life in particular, so I won't even try. Just know that he turns 65 today and he could still kick your ass.

Monday, July 4, 2011


We here at the Blessed are the Geeks blog love the 4th of July. It's one of the few holidays that is grounded in national pride and a love of American history. Today we'd like to celebrate the holiday by sending a shout out to Joey Chestnut, a true American hero who just won his fifth consecutive championship at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. This year he won the title by eating an amazing 62 hot dogs in under ten minutes.

Chestnut is currently ranked as the #1 competitive eater in the world, but he is best known for bringing the Nathan's title back to the US after six long, dark years under Japanese domination. If he wins again next year, he'll tie the record for most wins currently held by Kobayashi. Check back this time in 365 days for an update on this monumental story.

And just in case you think I'm joking, I only kind of am, since I do think Chestnut is a cool guy and I love to see him win.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I just finished reading Deke!, the autobiography of astronaut Deke Slayton. Is this a good book? It is if you like Deke Slayton and want to learn more about his life and career as told in his own words. If you don't like Deke Slayton, well, you probably haven't even read this far down, which is a shame since he's a true American hero who should be remembered and honored along with Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard, and all the others. But as a piece of literature, it's not exactly a must read up there with the Autobiography of Malcom X or anything, but it's a fun, charming story of an extraordinary man's incredible career at the forefront of one of the greatest adventures mankind has ever undertaken.

Deke Slayton was a the son of a poor Wisconsin farmer who went on to join the military as a pilot, not because he loved to fly, but because he saw a plane once and thought it looked like fun. From there he served in WWII, became a test pilot, and then marched into history as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. In case you don't know who the Mercury 7 were, they were America's first group of astronauts, handpicked out of thousands of applicants to become the first American's in space. Unfortunately, the flight doctors eventually learned that Deke had a heart murmur, grounding him indefinitely, preventing him from flying in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions that made his contemporaries so famous. Deke's loss was our country's gain, however, because he was then able to take on the job of Director of Flight Crew operations, essentially handling the responsibility of training, working with, and selection America's astronauts. Deke became the astronaut in charge of all of the other astronauts.

If any of that sounds interesting, either the man's life or the events he was able to witness first hand, this book is a must-read, since there was arguably no astronaut more important, influential, or essential to the early days of NASA's mission into space and the moon. As he said in his introduction, he may not be as famous as Neil Armstrong, but he was the guy who decided that Armstrong would be the first person on the moon, so that's pretty cool right there. Anyway, this is a fairly engaging and charming, if somewhat light, look at the life of the most important astronaut during the most crucial moments in the history of the space race.

Oh, and Deke does finally make it into space, but you'll have to read the book to hear more. I suppose  the best thing I can say about this autobiography is that it's a good story that not only taught me a lot about the man who wrote it, but made me like him even more than I already had before I read it.

Happy Birthday, Harrison Schmitt!

The Blessed Are the Geeks Blog wishes a happy and healthy birthday to Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, the 12th and last man to set foot on the moon. He also has the distinction of being the first real scientist to walk on the moon, as well as being the first who had never been a member of the air force before becoming an astronaut. He actually learned how to fly after being selected by NASA, which is pretty cool.

Anyway, Harrison Schmitt isn't one of the more famous or well known astronauts, but that doesn't mean he wasn't one of the best, and today he celebrates his 76 birthday, and hopefully there will be many more to come.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sucker Punch

Is it possible for a movie to be both good and bad at the same time? To be interesting and yet insipid? To be entertaining and yet boring? To be visually enthralling and yet profoundly mundane? To be exceedingly clever and yet so shallow it bordered on the insulting? Sucker Punch was all of those things, so I'm not sure if I'm recommending it or not, but I know I'm probably going to be so hard on it for what doesn't work, because it came so close to brilliance during the times that it did work. Anyway, Sucker Punch is a movie where lots of stuff happens, and the best I can probably say for it is that it is all very neat and interesting, but maybe not actually very good.

Sucker Punch is a film about a girl who... I dunno. On the surface it seems to be about a girl who is sent to an insane asylum, and who works through her emotional turmoil by retreating to an elaborate fantasy world she created within her imagination in order to retreat from the real world while attempting to make sense of what is happening around her. Or not. As I said, I really don't know what this movie was about, just that there was a girl who seems to be imagining lots of stuff to the point where you no longer know what is real or what isn't, but not necessarily in an interesting way like in 81/2 or Jacob's Ladder, but in the sloppy way of a filmmaker who doesn't necessarily understand his own story any more than we do. Or not. Maybe Zack Snyder really is the avant guarde genius he presented himself as by writing and directing this somewhat indescribable film.

Zack Snyder is certainly one of the most visually inventive filmmakers in modern cinema, creating truly breathtaking films that don't look like anything else you've ever seen... unless you've seen every other Zack Snyder film, that is. By this point we're starting to reach a been-there-done-that kind of moment with his films. The long tracking shot where the camera zooms around and speeds up as characters kill loads of enemies was amazing when we first saw it in 300, but then he did it again in Watchmen, and kept doing it again here, to the point where I was ready to see something new. However, he's still a talented guy, and there is just as much to marvel at that is new and original than there is that is old and recycled. At the end of the day, Snyder makes gorgeous films, and this is just about the most gorgeous thing he is ever done, and not just for the settings, camera tricks, and special effects, but for the cast containing some of the most breathtakingly beautiful women I have ever seen. If you have a sweet tooth for lots of eye candy, this movie will give your cataracts cavities.

There is one bravura set-piece that placed the main character Babydoll in a nightmarish version of the first World War where American soldiers fought in trenches against legions of zombie German Huns while zeppelins battled against solders wearing mecha exo-skeletons. This scene was one of the most phenomenal things I've ever seen in any movie, but it's just too bad it was only ten or fifteen minutes out of a two hour movie, and served no real point other than to somehow parallel the real world story that was boring, featuring a bunch of characters I didn't care about. It's a sad thing when the film winthin the film is more interesting and engaging than the film itself, since I wanted to stay in the fantasy instead of going back to the world of the asylum or strip club or wherever these ladies were supposed to be trying escape from. Oh, and just as an aside, but I've read lots of reviews where the enemies in this scene as "Nazis." These weren't Nazis, people, since it was World War I. They were just German.

So this movie had beautiful women, huge explosions, WWI era combat, dragons, samurai warriors, zombies, and strippers, all of which independently are some of my favorite things ever, so added up together they should have been mind blowing. But what this film did not have, unfortunately, was an engaging story, likable protagonists, and interesting villain, a setting and theme that was the least bit relateable, or, really, even any charm at all. But check it out because it's neat looking.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Best News Ever

Star Trek in (almost) all its glory has finally come to Netflix instant streaming. Sometime this week, Netflix and Paramount released almost every episode of every series of Star Trek for instant viewing to Netflix subscribers. This is awesome, not only for fans like me who can now rewatch our favorite episodes whenever we want, but also for new comers who will finally be able to appreciate the finest science fiction in television history.

The only omissions are Deep Space Nine and the Animated Series, along with all of the films except the recent reboot. I can understand why the movies aren't available to stream, since that's probably some different deal Netflix would have to reach with Paramount, but where is DS9, one of the greatest of all Trek shows? And while I'm not going to lose any sleep over missing the Animated Series, it would still be nice to watch all of those episodes again, since they were good fun. Hopefully these episodes will be forthcoming soon, but until then, we can all enjoy TOS, Next Gen, Voyager, and Enterprise

What are you waiting for?

Trailer Park

Let's go ahead and watch some movie trailers!

This looks awesome. The tale of Theseus as told by the guy who directed the brilliant film The Fall? I'm there.

John Carpenter's The Ward
This doesn't look very good, but... it's John Carpenter! Over the years his films have been hit or miss, but his misses are usually still entertaining while his hits are amazing. This one looks kind of creepy (if a bit cliche) and has lots of pretty girls. Anyway, it's nice to see the man working again, since he hasn't had a theatrical release since 2001's forgettable Ghosts of Mars.

They remade Footllose? Why not? This doesn't look like it will improve on the original in anyway, but I'm happy that today's generation of kids will be able to hear this timeless story about one young man's non violent struggles against oppression. There's Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and that kid from Footloose. Let's here it for those boys!

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The world "protocol" has a lot of "o"s in it. No matter how many times I spell it, I always want to stick an "a" in there somewhere. Anyway... a fourth Mission Impossible movie. Again, why not? I liked all of the others (except for the awful part 2), so I'll probably like this too. It looks neat. But where's Ving Rhames?!

The Killer Elite
Jason Statham
Clive Owen
Robert DeNiro
If I have to say anything else, you don't deserve to watch movies. This looks awesome.

Not much to go on here, but it's Pixar and it looks neat, so I'll probably see it, and so will everybody else.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Seriously, who keeps letting Robert Rodriguez make movies? This looks like the worst movie ever made, and I say that as a huge fan of the first two Spy Kids films (the less said about part 3 the better). Still... Jessica Alba gets more and more beautiful with each day.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
No comment.

The Muppets
I have two things against this movie:

#1. The Muppets without Jim Henson seems wrong and pointless to me.

#2. Jason Siegel sucks. I'm just not a fan.

Still... it looks funny.

War Horse

Not much to go on here. What's it about? And what's the deal with the horse? If this didn't have Spielberg's name attached, I wouldn't give it a second thought, but he's my favorite director and I've seen just about every film he's directed in the theater since I've been old enough to go to the cinema, so I know I'll see this one too. It certainly looks beautiful. I just wish I knew what it was about. Maybe the big twist will be that it's a remake of Mr. Ed.

The Three Musketeers
I don't care what anybody else thinks, this looks awesome.

Johnny English Reborn
I guess I can't think of any reason not to make another Johnny English movie, so go bless 'em. I'm just happy to see Rowan Attkinson again. In this trailer, I mean. I'm probably not going to see this movie, but I'll admit that the trailer did crack me up.