Tuesday, December 7, 2010

One Tree Hill Brings A Storm - December 7, 2010

One Tree Hill went into its hiatus with a huge episode. Thank you for not leaving me on a cliffhanger tonight. What an episode!! The episode had a central problem of a huge storm which caused chaos all around. It was drama filled from start to finish and was one of the biggest cheer at the TV kind of episodes that they've done. That scene where Quinn showed back up at the door after the fall into the pool was just awesome. I was cheering big time when she reappeared. If you missed it, Katie returned to finish off Quinn so she could have Clay to herself. It turned into a fight to the finish. Quinn ended up shooting Katie in the same spot where the previous shooting had happened at. Katie was taken out of there by the paramedics and was alive. That was Quinn's point of view on it was that she was going to have more dignity than to leave somebody laying there suffering for over ten hours. The other drama of the episode centered around Brooke. Lauren took the kids home from the spelling bee which included Jamie. An accident happened on the bridge and Brooke come up on the vehicle laying on its side. Why was Brooke on the road? She had a fight with Julian after he wanted them to move back to LA. She needed to get away and into the storm she went. Brooke was able to clear the vehicle of everyone except for Jamie. She was unable to cut him free. Julian showed up on the scene after he was cut off from Brooke on the phone. Another vehicle came along and struck Lauren's vehicle knocking it from the bridge. Note that this was a hit and run as the driver took off. It ended up with Julian fighting under water to get Jamie and now Brooke free. Then, of course the levee breaks sending water flying into them. Jamie is freed and Julian is finally able to free Brooke after she loses consciousness. The finish of this was an intense moment with Haley and Nathan coming up on the accident and seeing Julian trying to save Brooke. She eventually comes back but it was another cheer at your TV type moment wanting Brooke to breathe. Just an amazing episode tonight and I'm just thankful that we didn't get left on a cliffhanger until the end of January. One Tree Hill definitely knows how to do these really intense episodes and get you on the edge of your seat. They've done it for many years with the show. So, now that this episode is over, I think I'll leave the TV and see if I can go and try to breathe now. LOL.

American Country Awards Winners, Survivor Sees Two Leave The Game, One Tree Hill, 90210 - December 7, 2010

The first ever American Country Awards were held last night from Las Vegas and airing on Fox. Carrie Underwood was the big winner taking home all six awards that she was nominated for including Artist Of The Year, Female Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Female Single Of The Year, Touring Headline Package Of The Year, and Female Music Video for "Cowboy Casanova". Lady Antebellum was the next with the most wins taking home four awards including Duo or Group Of The Year, Single Of The Year, Group Single Of The Year, and also Duo or Group Music Video all for "Need You Now". Brad Paisley won the honor for Male Artist Of The Year.

One thing was made very clear with the tickets that did go on sale for Taylor Swift's upcoming tour. If you want tickets for upcoming dates, you had better be waiting to buy when they go on sale. Even then, you aren't guaranteed to get them. She reportedly sold out two shows at Staples Center in Los Angeles in two minutes and sold out another huge venue in five minutes.
Tonight's One Tree Hill will be the last before the show goes on its annual hiatus. This looks like an intense episode coming up tonight which will see Quinn getting a return visit from Katie. The previews look like something straight out of a horror movie. Things aren't looking good for Brooke in this episode either. I have a feeling that I will be yelling nooooo at the end of this episode when I realize we're left with some major cliffhangers.

Since I'm on the topic of shows leaving us with cliffhangers, let's get to 90210. This season has been more enjoyable for me. Do I like everything? No, but I like more than I don't like and the show has settled down. I'm enjoying the Adrianna storyline with how it has turned out. She has went from victim to flying high with the deal of becoming a pop star and how she went about it. Interesting to see how they have turned the tide on her with us almost having sympathy for her manager now. She has basically chased off Navid and sent him right to Silver which I've been enjoying watching cause I like those two characters with how they play off of one another. When I saw Liam arrive hurt at Annie's house, I thought, uh oh, it's Dylan and Brenda all over again. Fresh off the break up, he's hurt and arrives at Brenda's house hurt. Then, the two start getting back together. Granted that Liam and Annie haven't been a couple obviously but the teases have been there. They have really worked hard on making Ivey a central character this season as well and we're really seen a lot in building her character up.

Survivor has been a hot topic for the last week due to having two people quit the game. NaOnka and Kelly quit the game with only eleven days left. I don't know if I was surprised or not by them quitting. I was not surprised at NaOnka cause she has been threatening to quit for a while now. Wow, she sure did get that last shot in at her cast mates for taking the reward despite the fact that she was going to get to eat later in the night after quitting. Kelly has been laying back more in the background. The two just couldn't take anymore and Kelly has talked about just how sick that she was while doing her post show interviews. With people quitting, you're going to make jury members furious who could still be in the game and want to be in the game. Jeff Probst did a blog last week talking about how he would like to see the rule changed where if you quit the game, you give up your right to sit on the jury. It was an interesting read which you can check out here: http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/12/02/jeff-probst-blogs-survivor-nicaragua-episode-12/

Friday, December 3, 2010

We'reGoingBack.Com's Back To The Future Celebration Is A Big Hit, A Preview Of The New Back To The Future Video Game - December 3, 2010

I love that it is 2010 and there is so much Back To The Future stuff to talk about this week. Here are a couple of Back To The Future items besides my Blu-ray review. I've been following the happenings of We'reGoingBack.com's Back To The Future event that recently took place in California. I wasn't even there and I can see how fun and impressive that it was. I'm thankful for all the people that have posted pictures and video from the event. The event kicked off with the screening of the movie at the mall that was known as Twin Pines Mall in the movie. They had a lot of fun which was complete with a reenactment of the mall chase scene. I loved seeing all the film tour locations. It's hard to pick a favorite cause they're all so great but it is so hard to go against seeing them putting a Delorean on the railroad track used at the end of BTTF 3 which was the scene where Marty returned to 1985 and had the Delorean destroyed. Seeing it back on that track was just incredible even just seeing videos and pictures of it. How great to see the Delorean shut down traffic at the railroad crossing. Just awesome. They also had a hoverboard event which looked like a lot of fun. The event ended with the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance which took place in the same location as the movie. Keep in mind that there were a lot of the stars from the trilogy in attendance at several of the events through the week. I wish I could have made it to this event as it looked incredible. Kudos to everyone who was in charge of this event and did such a great job. The fan reaction has been big time positive and it looks like a great time was had by all. Here are some of my favorite videos that I've seen from the event:
The Delorean Returns To The Tracks:

The Mall Chase Scene Reenactment:

Hoverboarding 101:

Johnny B Good:

Go check out http://www.weregoingback.com to see more pictures, videos, and all sorts of information on their great 25th anniversary celebration!

So, what is the next Back To The Future related release? We're now waiting on the Telltale video game which will be released in December. For those wondering, this does have official approval as Bob Gale is involved in the project. Christopher Lloyd does the voice of Doc. The story of this game will take place just a few months after the events of BTTF 3. The game will be released on Mac and PC. Not long after that, PS3 and iPad users will have the game available to them as well. For more info including how to pre-order the game, check out this link:
Several screenshots have been released of the game and now the trailer has been released. It looks like Doc is in trouble in 1931 and 1986. With Doc's absence from 1986, the bank is selling his estate while Doc also needs Marty's help in 1931. Enter the returning Delorean being sent to Marty. Here is the trailer for the game.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review - December 1, 2010

Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. Back To The Future was recently released on Blu-ray and has been a hit among the BTTF fans. I am including myself in that as well because I love this set. As far as the movies themselves, it is no secret that I've been a fanatic of these movies all of my life. If I see them on TV, I will stop often and watch at least some of them. You know that you love a movie when you can watch it over and over but yet never get tired of them. Case and point even goes to this box set. I watched BTTF 3 the other night and was glued the whole time. Afterwards, I thought that I needed to listen to the audio commentary sometime soon. I decided to just listen to a bit of it to see what it sounded like. I ended up listening to the whole thing so basically I watched the movie twice in a row and loved it. Back To The Future is such a perfectly written movie. It has a great story, cast, and just every sort of emotion in it that you could ask for. You get invested in these characters and their stories.

As far as the Blu-ray presentation, you won't be disappointed. Part one looks incredible! I found myself in awe just so many times while watching it with how good it looked. Parts two and three don't have the crispness of picture that the first does but the presentation is still great. I really found myself paying attention to how good a lot of the Hill Valley 1885 scenes looked especially the train scene at the end.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Actors Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson attend the 'Back to the Future' 25th anniversary trilogy Blu-Ray release at Gustavino's on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
With the extras, there is no shortage of them. If you've been buying these DVD releases over the years, a lot of these extras aren't new to you. They've carried over most of them while adding some new ones as well. The big new addition is the Tales From The Future documentary that runs over a couple of hours long and is spread throughout the box set. It includes new interviews with a lot of the cast and crew including Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, and more. I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at it including the hard work to get the movie even off the ground, how they shot it, different ideas that they had planned for the movies but didn't do, casting, and plenty more. It is really good. I was afraid that they might focus most of their attention on the first movie and not have a lot on the sequels. Yes, most of the attention does go rightfully on the first movie but there is plenty of behind the scenes stuff on the sequels which I loved. There are stories on why Crispin Glover and Claudia Wells did not return for the sequels. Glover's was a contract problem while Wells was taking care of her mother who was very sick. It is amazing to hear how much work Michael J. Fox did to take part in this movie while also doing Family Ties. He says that there is a lot of shooting the first movie that he doesn't remember because he was so tired. They do show some stuff of Eric Stoltz who was set to play the role of Marty after they couldn't get Michael originally. Just seeing what was shown, he just didn't feel right for the role and that was how they felt too. They worked things out however they had to to get Michael in the role. There is a look at what the original idea was to close out the first movie and send Marty back to 1985 but everyone was much happier with the way it turned out. I know I am!! We learned that there was a push from high up in the company to call the movie "Space Man From Pluto" instead of Back To The Future. They all saw how bad that name was and had a clever way of getting the Back To The Future title instead. Mary Steenburgen is also interviewed and is a great interview talking about how much fun she had with the movie. Like I said, they carried a lot of the extras over from the other sets which is great including the deleted scenes, commentaries, Q&A's, music videos, Back To The Future: The Ride, trailers, and plenty more. There is a nice FAQ that is on the set as well. I love how they explained the alternate realities of Clara and the transition of Clayton Ravine and Shonash Ravine. Really well done.

The only negative with this set. The packaging. I'm not talking artwork. The artwork looks great. I'm talking about the actual disc holder. It is so hard to get the discs in and out of place so be careful with them.

If you're a fan of the trilogy, I can't recommend this Blu-ray set enough. The movies look great especially the first one. Tons of extras that will keep you watching for hours. I see this set getting a lot of repeated play in my future. The future? Oh, I can tell you about the future......

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