Glass (…sigh)

Glass is really a movie that I never expected I’d be watching.  It’s the sequel to a film that I really liked–Unbreakable–which came out a 19 years earlier.  That movie was the story of David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, an apparently ordinary guy who discovered his destiny as a super-strong champion akin to a comic book superhero.

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Hanna Jo Stories Episode 12 Outtakes (Episode 11, too)

Just the other day I uploaded Episode 12 of The Hanna Jo Stories, the children’s audio series that I’ve been working on, intermittently, for some time.

I like to put together outtakes for most of my projects, and so here are some funny little bits from the making of this last one.

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Doctor Who: Destination: Nerva [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

Destination: Nerva came out in 2012, and was a big deal because it was the first time that Tom Baker had reprised the role of the Fourth Doctor for Big Finish.  (It turns out that it wasn’t the first time that he’d played the role for a full length audio drama, though, as he’d starred in a five part audio drama for the BBC itself, starting with Hornet’s Nest.  I don’t think I’d ever heard of these stories until I was writing this post.)

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Quantum Leap – What Price, Gloria? [2.4]

Sam leaps into a woman for the first time, becoming the very attractive Samantha Stormer, who works as a secretary for the lecherous Buddy Wright.  Her roommate, Gloria Collins, is having an affair with the married Buddy, foolishly believing that he intends to leave his wife for her.  She is destined, however, to be disappointed, and as a result to kill herself.  Sam must prevent this while helping her to realize that her life has purpose beyond finding a man.

Written by Deborah Pratt. Directed by Alan J. Levi

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Quantum Leap – The Americanization of Machiko [2.3]

Sam becomes sailor Charlie MacKenzie, who is returning to his small town in Ohio with his new and traditional bride from Japan, Machiko.  Charlie and Machiko face opposition from various people in town, including one racist veteran of World War II, and especially from Charlie’s own mother Lenore.  Things come to a point where Lenore’s insensitivity almost leads to Machiko’s death, but in the end she is saved and Lenore accepts her.

Written by Charlie Coffey. Directed by Gilbert Shilton

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Mary Poppins Returns–doing Nostalgia right

Star Wars Episode 7.  The Day of the Doctor.  Ocean’s 8.  Live action Beauty and the Beast. All, on some level or another, movies that offer some fun in the viewing–some thrills, some warms feelings, some familiar taps of the toe to classic songs and musical themes.

In other words…nostalgia–that feeling of fondness and comfortability that comes from revisiting sights and sounds and situations that used to occupy happy places in our hearts in the past, especially from our childhood.  Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 Disney classic, definitely trades in on that nostalgic quality to earn some of its goodwill.  But it does so perhaps in the best way I have ever seen.

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Doctor Who: The Time of the Daleks [Big Finish]

The Time of the Daleks is the fifth out of a season of six Big Finish audios featuring the 8th Doctor, the second such that they released.  This particular story is from 2002, and is the culmination of a little mini-story arc about Shakespeare disappearing from history.

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Weekly Geeky Question #52: Christmas Television Specials

Here we are, on the last Weekly Geeky Question of 2018, and the last one for the foreseeable future. And for this final week, my friend Rod (who has been asking me geeky questions as blog prompts all year long), has gone Christmas-themed. And it actually comes in two parts this time. The first part is this:

What is my favorite Christmas television special?

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