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Ugly Sweater Party & Bea Arthur In Star Wars

Ugly Sweater Party 2009Last night I attended an “Ugly Sweater Party” at the home of a local friend, Mike Kurtz. The premise of the party is that you’re suppose to find an ugly sweater or sweatshirt to wear to the party. You have the option of buying something new that’s hideous or comb the racks of the local thrift stores to find something ugly. It’s just a fun excuse to have a great theme party.

The party is also a pot luck of sorts and I brought some cookies. I didn’t have time to make some sugar free ones so I just bought some pre-made cookie dough packages from the supermarket and baked those up for the party. Pretty quick and easy. Some people did some creative things, such as one person brought a whole plate of olives that were creatively stacked and stuffed with some carrots and cream to look like penguins. Mike and his partner Ian had wonderful meatballs for the party.

To compliment the theme of ugly sweaters, one of the worst television holiday specials ever was screened. It’s the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. It’s so bad that George Lucas has said if he had the time and a hammer he would track down every bootleg recording of it and smash it. And yes, it was horrible. I’m amazed they got the original actors to consent to making this steaming pile of crap holiday special. The sets looked terrible. The costumes were pretty bad, especially the Wookies that made up the rest of Chewbacca’s family. Even the animation for the cartoon segment introducing Boba Fett was bad too.

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Transformers 2 – Decent But Not Fantastic Sequel

Transformers 2I went into seeing “Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen” with fairly low expectations as it’s not been reviewed very positively by critics and a few of the people I follow on Twitter didn’t have the best of things to say about it. But I wanted to see it anyway and so I went with a couple of people from work today and I thought it was just okay.

The movie itself had a reasonably decent plot line, and the stuff involving the parents of the main character, Sam, were fantastic comedy bits. As with most Michael Bay movies, it was loaded with lots of explosions and as one friend on Twitter put it, a great recruiting video for the Armed Forces. The explosions were definitely bigger and better than the first movie. One of the nice touches I liked was the return of the same voice from the animated Transformers cartoon for the character of Soundwave. Fortunately, they didn’t make Soundwave a tape deck, but rather a satellite in space who taps into a US Military satellite and relays information to the Decepticons below. I think from the animated show the voices of Optimus Prime and Soundwave definitely are key to those of use nostalgic enough to remember the original cartoons back when they were at their peak of popularity.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Opens Summer Movie Season

X-Men Origins: WolverineI don’t often get fussed about the summer movie season, but this year looks to be loaded with some movies, I actually want to see. Having suffered through a disappointing viewing of “Watchmen” earlier this year, the best thing I could say was three of the movies previewed before the film looked really good. Those films being “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Star Trek”, and “Terminator: Salvation” and today I got to see the first one of this batch of three.

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the first “prequel” movie of the X-Men movie series to come out of the gate. I’m sure the powers that be at Fox want to explore origin stories for additional characters, and the first one to see release was this one that focuses on arguably the most popular X-Men character. Here Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine from the X-Men trilogy and it covers his past prior to the first X-Men film. There were a couple of points that seemed inconsistent with “X2: X-Men United” but I still quite enjoyed the movie.

Without giving too much away, there was some gorgeous shots that were supposed to in Canada. I hope that’s where they filmed those shots because they did look like Canadian Rockies, but one never knows anymore. I really enjoyed the movie and think it’s a well done addition to the X-Men line of films. So far of all the comic book genre films, as a whole I think the X-Men series has definitely been one of the best and this film adds to that series wonderfully.

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