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June 2020

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Original Release: 1984 Dec 7
Date Watched: 2010 Aug 24
Queue: Brandy’s
Format: DVD

So we finally get to the movie Brandy wanted to watch on New Year’s Eve.  Oops.  A little slow there.  But we got there eventually.  It was of course 2010.  This is of course a very different style of movie than 2001.  As in, it actually has things like a plot and dialogue and such.  Things actually happen.

Now, that is not to say that at the end Amy didn’t still react with “WHAT?  WHAT JUST HAPPENED?”  Because of course it is still a little strange.  What with the apparition of Bowman and all.  Amy is creeped out by the space baby thing.

It is one of those things where the movie is going along, typical sort of thing with spaceships and futuristic but realistic things happening, and then Bowman shows up, shifts ages every few seconds, then turns into a floating space baby.  I can see why that would creep someone out.

And then of course things happen to Jupiter that are not fully explained.  So you get the “WHAT?” factor going.

But it is a fun movie.  I enjoy it.  Worth making sure you see it while it is still 2010, just for the comparison of what the vision of technology was versus the reality of what it is.  As far as I can tell, we are missing the manned missions to Jupiter with the spaceships with lots of glowing primary color buttons all over the place.  Oh well!  Perhaps by 2110?

Doctor Who: The War Games: Disk 1

Original Release: 1969 Apr 19 to 1969 Jun 21
Date Watched: 2010 Aug 20
Queue: Who
Format: DVD

Time for another Doctor Who, and this time it is the last story from the Second Doctor, The War Games.  It is a 10 episode one, so this disk only had the first half of the story.  The crew lands in somewhere that seems World War I, but then turns out to be something different.

So far this is an OK Second Doctor Story.  There is a lot of comedy from how silly some of the villains are.  The Doctor himself is not as clownish as the Second Doctor sometimes is.  As usual for this era things are very very slow by modern standards.  The first two hours or so of the story that we have watched so far, if done in the modern style, would be less than half the length.

But it is OK.

The first half that we have watched so far is all setup though from what I understand, although I haven’t seen this before.  The Doctor and his companions are in the process of getting into a mess that he can’t solve himself, which will result in him calling on his people, the Time Lords, for help, which is their introduction in the series, and which leads to the regeneration into the Third Doctor.

So, things are nicely set up at the half way point.  Trouble abounds, everyone is in peril, etc.  So I guess bring on the rest…

My Sister’s Keeper

Original Release: 2009 Jun 26
Date Watched: 2010 Aug 15
Queue: Amy’s
Format: DVD

We’re finally in the recent past.  Only a few weeks ago now.  After we got the new projector and A/V system set up in our family room, this is the first thing we watched.  It wasn’t exactly the kind of movie you watch to show off a bright new screen and sound system…  no big special effects or explosions or anything…  but it was next in line, and Amy had been patiently waiting while we ordered the new stuff, waited for it to arrive, and then took more than two weeks to get it all set up.

Anyway, My Sister’s Keeper…  girl has cancer.  Parents have designer kid (second girl) to provide spare parts for first girl.  Second girl sues to right over her own body, to choose NOT to have to give her kidney (or whatnot) to her sister, even though that is her sister’s only hope at that point.  Then hilarity ensues.  Well, no, very little hilarity, although there are a few lighter moments.

For the most part though this is one of those heart wrenching watch as a family confronts and deals with a horrible situation type of movies that tries to pull all your emotional strings.  And so of course I liked it.

It wasn’t the best of these sorts of movies I’ve seen, but you do start to care about the people, and start to put yourself in their shoes, and feel their pain and struggle.  If you like this kind of movie it is OK.  Worth the rental.

Amy of course finished the movie with a long monologue about the things that were different from the book, which she had read recently.  I have not read the book, so I did not notice any of these things.

House: Season One: Disk Two

A little while ago it was time for another DVD we own but hadn’t watched, and it was specifically time for more of House: Season One, which I’d gotten for Christmas.

This disk has episodes 5-8 of Season One.  At this point we’re pretty on track with the standard House formula.  You know, two or three wrong diagnoses before getting to the right one in the last few minutes of the episode, with of course some drama between the characters and House being an ass the whole time.  It is fun to watch, but you can’t deny it is pretty formulaic.

Here we had one episode about a sick nun, one with a teenager taking care of his mentally ill mother, one about a woman who can only be cured if she admits she had an affair, and one with mysterious poison.

Of these, I think Episode 6, the one with the teenager and his mother, was the most fun.  In any case, another four episodes of House.  Good show.  Good disk.  Amy was anxious to just move on and start the next disk of this series, but it was something else’s turn first…