HBO’s True Blood: All Talk, No Bite?

True Blood is a new HBO drama series that premiered on September 7 of this year. It is based off of the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris. The setting takes place in the deep South and stars Anna Paquin as the main character, Sookie. True Blood tells a story about vampires and humans co-existing with each other in society; however, the two groups remain much more separate in their own areas of town by their own preference. Although they live among each other, there is tension and trust issues between both groups. So far, the main plot revolves around a love story between Sookie and an age-old vampire, Bill (played by Stephen Moyer). The show has also taken a focus on an unknown killer murdering people in the town — someone who sees a new target in Sookie. There are a bunch of other characters engaging in their own story lines as well. In a series where vampires exist, there are bound to be other strange mysterious characters to come in the story ahead.

This show has been renewed for a second season and appears to be getting a good fan base. Some people just love this show. I’ve always been interested in anything vampire-related. When I first saw True Blood, I just thought it was a little cheesy. I mean the story doesn’t seem bad, but I don’t think it translates well on TV. It can really come across as a silly show, and I can’t figure out if the script is making actors seem like bad actors or if it’s the actors’ own doing. In my opinion, this show could be a lot better than what it is.

Since there were some nights where I couldn’t find anything to watch, I’d end up giving the show another shot. I became patient to see the story unfold, and I actually began to look forward to watching a new episode. I still can’t shake the feeling though that sometimes the show is painfully cheesy. Some people will only watch about three minutes of it and laugh hysterically — either at the story line or the actors — and they’ll get this are-you-serious look on their face and plainly say, “This show is so stupid.” I know how they feel though because that was me before and I’m still a little hesitant about the show’s quality.

Nonetheless, True Blood has reached a lot of people and made fans out of them. Check it out for yourself and be your own judge. True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9pm on HBO.

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Steve Carell Gets Smart Outside of the Office

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Get Smart, starring Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell, was released on DVD this past Tuesday (November 4). The movie is based off a TV series that aired from 1965 to 1970. Get Smart, the movie, centers on a character named Max Smart (Carell), who works for a U.S. spy agency as an analyst. Due to an attack on the agency’s headquarters, all of their agents’ identities were comprised; thus, Smart is given the chance to become the partner of Agent 99 (Hathaway) in a top mission to prevent an attack on the U.S. With other familiar actors such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Masi Oka (who plays Hiro Nakamura on the TV hit show, Heroes), Get Smart is a delightful treat of laughter and mild action scenes.

Every once and a while, you’ll come across action comedies that have a little laugh here and there, and you’ll walk away a little entertained but not quite satisfied. You look for an action comedy that is funny, but not a movie that tries so hard to make you laugh in every scene. You look for an action comedy that has action scenes, but you don’t want exploding buildings and cars in every scene with almost no dialogue/story line. Get Smart holds true to its comedic side and does a decent job with the action—a great movie for the days when you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy a good laugh. If you’re looking for a fun action comedy, this is your best bet out of this week’s new DVD releases. Watch out for the full “Swordfish” scene!

Verdict: 35 3.5 out of 4 stars

1 star = Mehh  2 stars = Hmm  3 stars = Woohoo!  4 stars = Encore!

A Few Questions

Some questions that keep popping up in my head as I read articles or blogs, see online videos, or listen to people talking on TV about Obama.

-Why are some people still so intent on arguing over the U.S. presidency after Obama is already the President-Elect?

-Why are some people only waiting to see Obama fail at the presidency?

-Why is it that the more support Obama gets, the more the opposition just wants to see him fail, along with the disappointment of all of his supporters?

Some people doubt him, and that’s fine. I am not a full-fledged Obama supporter, but I voted for him and am confident that he’ll do a good job. For the people that think Obama has some suspect characteristics, it’s fine to still have your guard up and to keep an eye out on the pattern of policies he will enact. But don’t just wait for flaws to happen so that you can jump all over it. If you search solely for problems to plague his presidency, then you are already biased towards seeing him fail. Hence, it becomes harder for you to see any positive change that may come from his presidency.

It’s inevitable for some flaws to happen and Obama has got a lot of work to do. He came into a presidency with technically two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) and an economy in shambles with a national unemployment rate on the rise. I’m not trying to give him an excuse for any failed fixes he might come across, but I’m just keeping in perspective that it’s not an easy task and the govn’t will have to test different strategies and initiatives to get it right. Progress doesn’t just happen overnight. So for those people that “hate” him for unfair reasons or think he’s unfit to be president, just please stop with the hating because you’re not contributing to anything except to a negative outlook.

Again, it’s fine to have your opinion about him and to be skeptical, but don’t let it completely control you that it blinds you from seeing any good that he’s capable of doing for this nation.

Possibly the Coolest Wedding Cake Ever… Ever!

A gamer’s dream cake. This is almost too cool to eat.

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Super Mario Kart Wedding Cake – a set on Flickr

Politics and Opinions

 

 

Today (November 4, 2008) marks a date that will go down in history as Americans decide who will be the next U.S. president. During the past few weeks, different political opinions have polarized the nation. You can see it everywhere—candidate signs grounded in the lawns of your neighbor’s yard, bumper stickers on cars driving in front of you that endorse a presidential pick, signs resting on windowsills saying yes or no on propositions, political news coverage on your local news channel, or even political ads circulating the web. Politics is everywhere, and it is on the minds of millions of Americans. Even if you think that your presidential vote will not count or is pointless in an electoral voting system (not popular votes), elections are a lot more than just the president—make yourself heard on your state’s propositions.

Two Movie Trailer Versions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter is back again! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens in U.S. theaters on July 17, 2009. Who doesn’t like Harry Potter movies? I have not met one person. The trailers look awesome and the movie looks to be really good. Creativity really comes alive in these movies. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, must have been tapping into her inner child when she visualized and imagined such a fun story line. Not only do the Harry Potter movies deliver mystical fantasy scenes that tickle the creative mind, but they also tell a story of magical danger, good vs. evil, love and friendship in an extraordinary world.

Remember… July 17, 2009 (if you’re outside of the U.S., click here to get your release date). Mark your calendar!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Every now and then, I come across certain TV shows or movies that make me want to pursue a particular type of career. For instance, if I watch Grey’s Anatomy, I feel inspired to become a doctor. In yesterday’s instance, I popped in the DVD for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and my interest in history was rekindled once again. Like the previous Indiana Jones movies, a little bit of history and archaeological adventures go a long way in the movie industry, at least when produced accordingly. In the eyes of a child or adventure seeker, Indiana Jones may even promote a career in archaeology to be seen as “cooool.”

Long story short—Indiana Jones is sent on another adventure trying to return a mysterious crystallized alien skull back to its secret location. Soviets follow Jones and his companions in an attempt to steal the skull away from Jones. The bulk of the movie was pretty entertaining in the appropriate Jones’ fashion, but perhaps the movie appeared better than it really was because of the favorable nostalgia behind the movie series. I think it’s even safe to say that the series is a classic.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet and don’t want to know anything about the ending, this may be the point to stop reading. 🙂 One thing to note: why do a lot of adventure movies tend to end the movie with something imploding or self-destructing (e.g. temple, pyramid, underground tomb, etc.)? Maybe the directors or story writers are cryptically proving a point—all truth/past will be hidden/reburied. Or maybe, it’s simply an ending fitted for suspenseful scenes. Either way, most people won’t care about the imploding building ending as long as it’s a happy one.

Verdict: 2.5 out of 4 stars

1 star = Mehh  2 stars = Hmm  3 stars = Woohoo!  4 stars = Encore!