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July 20, 2008
Missing Wikipedia and a Hancock review

Dear Wikipedia,

I miss you. I don't know why you're not responding to my connection requests and causing my browser to become impatient. Is your server experiencing high demand or a temporary outage? I'm not unable to browse other sites, so I don't think it has to do with my connection or firewall or proxy settings. I don't think consulting my network administrator or Internet provider for assistance is going to help either. I don't need counseling or reassurance, Wikipedia -- I need you.

Please come back to me soon, okay?

xoxo Wes

In other news, Scary-Crayon was updated Friday -- in addition to finally getting that Mai & Chun-Li figure review up, we've also posted a quick haiku and the exciting second installment of Mickey's Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! And for those of you who just watched "Turn Left" Friday night, you might want to check the review I did of it a few weeks ago. 🙂

Also, here is a quick review of Hancock that I originally posted on a forum! Spoilers are hidden after the cut, so I don't advise clicking if you haven't seen the film and care about having certain plot developments revealed.

I don't think Hancock was actually good, mind you, but I went in knowing nothing about it except what I'd seen in the trailers -- so when Hancock morphed into something I wasn't expecting, I was kind of intrigued. I do think the movie cheated by telegraphing the wrong finale (the wife basically intimated that Hancock was a jerk who lets people down, yet he'd actually spent the last millennium or so protecting her?), and the stuff with the bad guys was pretty lame, but the new backstory and dynamic were interesting enough to me that I could divorce them from the movie in which they appeared. Plus, I thought the movie suggested that the alien couple was essentially broken up by the bigotry and discrimination in America (or at least that's what I read into the notion of the couple getting attacked and references to fires in earlier days), which was also of interesting to ponder... especially in light of the notion that they were created by some superintelligent alien beings (who presumably would have been able to predict the future that their superpowered couple would inherit).

Anyway, I guess my opinion of Hancock is akin to how I might feel about an inoffensive but mostly unfunny joke that ends with an even less funny yet interesting suggestion about time travel and quantum physics. I'd have trouble calling the joke a success in terms of what it set out to do, but I'd appreciate the thought-provoking effect it had upon me.

All for now, then! Until next time, folks. :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 7:45 pm | Comments (3)
  • Jersey Girl says:

    I didn't like "Turn Left," although admittedly, I'm not a HUGE Dr. Who fan. I watch it with the Hub, and 'cause the guy playing the title role is kinda cute. Hey, whatever works. But I have to agree with much of what you said in your review. I actually laughed when the line about Donna Noble being the most important person in all of creation because it negates the importance of, or even the existence of the rest of the people who've been with him along the way. I thought the fortune teller was lame. I thought every sign reading Bad Wolf was lame. Again, however, I can't say that I'm a true fan so perhaps my thoughts are biased unfairly against the show to begin with.

    I don't plan on seeing Hancock. They were doing reshoots within weeks of the release and the premier was pushed back. That generally means it didn't test well with audiences , parts of it suck and they're trying to put band-aids on things to make it palatable. I don't usually like to see movies like that. But that's just me.

    Oh, and PS:
    I hope you hear from Wikipedia soon!

  • dave says:

    Thanks for taking the road less traveled - first non-batman review I've read about this weekend! I'm holding out till next week for that one.

  • i thought the lack of a villian(s) of substance, the giant plot twist, and Jason Bateman playing roughly the same character he always does added up to me asking "seriously?" after seeing this.. - i wasn't a big fan.. - i did enjoy the first act, with Smith playing a jerk, that was entertaining..

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