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Melissa & Joey: Season 1: Part 1 (2010)
Collection no. 12243 – 12244
Melissa & Joey: Season 1: Part 2 (2011)
Collection no. 12245 – 12246
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
05 Dec – €12.90 @ Amazon.de
Collection no. 1007
The Intouchables (2011)
Collection no. 1008
The Punch Bowl (1944)
Collection no. 1009
Categories: DVD / Blu-ray, Purchase Diary 2012
Tags: Batman · E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial · Friends with Kids · Glee · I Am Number Four · Melissa & Joey · Raising Hope · Smallville · The Hunger Games · The Intouchables · The Punch Bowl
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Director: Bryan Singer
Patrick Stewart … Professor Charles Xavier
Hugh Jackman … Logan / Wolverine
Ian McKellen … Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Halle Berry … Ororo Munroe / Storm
Famke Janssen … Jean Grey
James Marsden … Scott Summers / Cyclops
Anna Paquin … Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn … Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Brian Cox … William Stryker
Alan Cumming … Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Aaron Stanford … John Allerdyce / Pyro
Shawn Ashmore … Bobby Drake / Iceman
Kelly Hu … Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike
Synopsis: After an assassination attempt on the president himself he authorizes General William Striker to raid Xavier’s School for the Gifted. What he doesn’t know is that Striker has an agenda of his own. The X-Men have to work together with Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants to withstand this attack on their very right to exist.
Five years ago a yacht sank in the middle of the ocean. Aboard were billionaire Robert Queen and his son Oliver, the girl Oliver was sleeping with (who’s not his girlfriend) and at least one business partner of Robert’s. Only Oliver survived and he washed up on the shore of an island where he lived for the following years.
Now he’s back in his hometown but his life has changed. On the surface he’s still the same playboy that he was before the accident (if it was one) trying to get back into the life of the high society and to reconcile with his former girlfriend Laurel who lost her sister on that yacht.
Beneath the surface Oliver has come back with a mission: To free the city of the corrupt and powerful who are destroying it. He becomes the Green Arrow, a mysterious vigilante who hunts down the people on his list until they’re either properly prosecuted by the law or dead.
Both his lives aren’t made any easier by the fact that his mother is somehow involved in the accident but also hired a trained bodyguard for her son (which makes it harder to slip away) but also the fact that his former girlfriend Dinah “Laurel” Lance is a district attorney and her father (who lost a daughter that fateful day) is a police detective who holds a serious grudge against both Oliver and the Green Arrow.
03 Nov – €7.19 (£4.95) @ Amazon.co.uk
Rawhide: Season 1
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
04 Nov – €0.00 ($9.99) @ Amazon.com (paid via gift certificate)
Categories: DVD / Blu-ray, Purchase Diary 2011
Tags: Batman · Billy Madison · Grease · Happy Gilmore · Harold & Kumar · Love Happens · My Name Is Earl · NCIS · Picture Perfect · Rawhide · Scream · She's the One · Smallville · Star Trek · Starman · The Object of My Affection · White Collar
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Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1: Part 3 & Season 2
The New Batman Adventures: The Complete Series
The Ugly Truth
22 Jul – €9.99 @ Drogerie Müller
Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1: Part 1
Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1: Part 2
CBS presents this program in color:
Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete Series
The Butterfly Effect 2
(only because of Mrs. Durance )
Hot Tub Time Machine
Law Abiding Citizen
21 Feb – €12.72 (£9.39) @ Amazon.co.uk
When in Rome
Justified: Season 1
The time I spend reading books is getting ever shorter (which is mostly due to my extensive TV consumption). But now I’ve finally managed to read three books again:
This one I read because (surprise!) of the TV series of the same name with Richard Chamberlain in the main role.
The novel takes place at the dawn of the 17th Century in Japan. Captain-Pilot John Blackthorne has landed/stranded with his ship, the Erasmus, there and now has to find a place within the Japanese Samurai society. And the few Europeans don’t make it any easier for he is a Protestant Englishman and they are Catholic Spaniards and Portuguese…
What surprised me the most was the fact that the series stayed very close to the book – most of the time these two drift apart. Still the book was way more detailed and can provide a view that a movie/series can only to a certain extend: To give a view directly into the heads of the characters and thus a better understanding what their motivation and drive is.
The book is relatively large with its 1226 pages (in German) but since I managed to read 350 pages on Saturday before last I can assure you that it’s very readable – even though you might need a list of the different characters, otherwise you might find yourself in the position of asking yourself “Who was Kiributso-san again?”.
You might have noticed that the old year is over, so I’m starting a new diary.
But I will only review movies I haven’t reviewed before – unless my opinion has changed drastically.
Director: Nora Ephron
Tom Hanks … Joe Fox
Meg Ryan … Kathleen Kelly
Greg Kinnear … Frank Navasky
Parker Posey … Patricia Eden
Jean Stapleton … Birdie Conrad
Steve Zahn … George Pappas
Synopsis: Joe Fox is one of the owners of the “Fox Books Superstore” chain and he sells cheap books. And now he wants to open a new store in New York. Kathleen Kelly owns the children book store “Shop Around the Corner” in close proximity to the new superstore. When they are Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox they can’t stand each other. When they are Shopgirl and NY152 they are close online friends. The question is what happens when these world collide.
My Opinion: I like this movie, it’s a sweet little romance where Meg Ryan plays the role she always plays and Tom Hanks shows his romantic side once more. I have to say I like it even better than its “predecessor” Sleepless in Seattle. That is a nice movie, too, but when I have the choice between these two, I choose this one. And even though I don’t really like The Godfather I like the running gag references to it.
Categories: DVD / Blu-ray, DVD Marathon, Movie Watchings 2010
Tags: Batman · Blind Fury · Curly Sue · Dave · Die Hard · How I Met Your Mother · How to Lose a Guy - in 10 Days · Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman · Look Who's Talking · Masters of the Universe · Pretty Woman · Sleepless in Seattle · Smallville · Spider-Man · Superman · The Godfather · X-Men · You've Got Mail
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Synopsis: Jen has a builder in her home and Roy is quite sure (99% … 60/40) that he’s seen him on “Builders from Hell”. Now Jen can’t let him out of her eyesight. Meanwhile Moss is bullied by some guys in the park and Douglas shoots himself in the leg with his father’s service revolver.
My Opinion: A great start to the new season. Love to see Jen getting more and more paranoid and Roy re-evaluating his surety. And I loved Moss’ role-playing and trying to find a snappy comeback. I never cared much for Douglas though. I liked his father better.
Are We Not Men?
Synopsis: Moss has found a website that allows him to use the right sentences about last night’s football game. Roy tries it, too and gets them both to hang out with a bunch of real men. But these new friends are not what they appear to be. Meanwhile Jen is dating a guy that looks like a stage magician.
My Opinion: I am a German and I never cared much for football either. This week a player returned from FC Barcelona to the VfB Stuttgart and a friend of mine couldn’t be happier about it – I couldn’t care less, the only thing I found interesting was that the player’s name is “Hleb” which is a transcription of the russian хлеб* and means “bread”. Back to topic. I enjoyed to watch Roy panicking in the car after the robbery and also in their hideout. And I found it hilarious that Moss took the money just to count it.
* Remember when Christopher Plummer said “to be or not to be” in klingon? The “Х” letter sounds pretty much like the “H” in taH pagh taHbe’.
Tramps Like Us
Synopsis: Jen is applying for a new job in a different company but fails to explain what “IT” stands for. Meanwhile Roy crashes a minute of silence for a dead colleague and lands himself on the streets not even having a shirt anymore. And Moss is in his “happy place” while Douglas gets tasered every time he gets aroused.
My Opinion: What I liked about this episode was Roy’s “walkabout” in the streets and Jen’s attempts at not having to say what “IT” actually stands for . But I didn’t really like the entire harassment storyline and Moss’ part in it.
Synopsis: Jen was awarded with the “Employee of the Month”. But now she has to give a speech to the shareholders. And the speech is about her area of expertise – meaning IT. Roy and Moss are so generous and lend her “the internet”, a black box (wireless of course, everything is wireless nowadays) that what demagnetized by Stephen Hawking himself.
My Opinion: One of my favourite episodes of the show. I simply love the entire scene when they let Jen borrow “the internet” (Youtube). And I love it when their prank totally backfires on the shareholder assembly.
Synopsis: Jen has joined Friendface, a social networking site where you find all the people you never wanted to see again. Roy and Moss join also and soon Roy has to face a woman he dumped because she looks like Batman’s Joker. And Jen is invited to a class reunion where she can’t show up without her husband – Moss.
My Opinion: An obvious pun on Facebook which I really liked, especially the part about persons you’d rather not see again. Especially the “Joker” and Roy’s attempts at “winning over” Jen made me laugh so hard.
Synopsis: In order to organize a charity fundraiser the girls of the seventh floor want to make a nude calendar and Roy gets to photograph them. But Jen sabotages it and convinces the girls that it would be a far better idea to photograph their grannies – until she becomes responsible for the success of that calendar.
My Opinion: The Geek Calendar shooting was so funny, how Roy had to convince Moss and the others to get into certain poses was so hilarious.
The Season – My Opinion: Too bad that UK seasons are always this short, I am quite certain that the writers would have no problem to come up with more ideas. But it is as it is.