Things I like that should become Christmas presents. For me, or your friend. MOVIES

The Dark Knight Trilogy

My most anticipated movie of the year was probably Dark Knight Rises. I still haven’t decided how I feel about Nolan’s final chapter in his Batman movies. I enjoyed pretty well while I was watching it. I’m a little unsure about the solution…
Still. Batman Begins and Dark Knight remain truly excellent films. They will probably stand as the great superhero films.

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Batman:

The Dark Knight Returns

These look fantastic! I really enjoyed last year’s Batman Year One. I expect the same level of attention was paid in the production of this two-part adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic.

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Justice League: Doom

Superman vs The Elite

Here are DC’s other two animated features from 2012. Both look pretty well made. That Justice League one looks like a ton of fun!

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One

So you already have The Avengers. And Iron Man. Maybe you skipped Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk. Well, here are all the feature films of Marvel’s Phase One cinematic initiative in one place. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers.

So that’s the good news. The bad news: the release date has been pushed back to Spring 2013.

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Lord of the Rings Extended Editions

Don’t drool now.
Five discs for each film. Extended cuts.

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Planet of the Apes series and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The classic films and the modern prequel-ish thing have some beautiful sets to lust after.

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Alien Anthology and Prometheus

Check out the first two excellent films! And remind yourself that the crappy prequel wasn’t as bad as the third and fourth movies!

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Blu Ray Collection

What better way to lead in to next year’s grand finale.

David Suchet has expertly played the finicky detective since 1989. 1989!! The first six series (a total of thirteen will be completed next year) are now available on Blu-Ray.

Parfait!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, season two on blu ray

Who could forget this beauty? The Next Generation continues to be released on high quality blu ray format box sets. This one has a boatload of extras. But most fans are eager for the top notch digital upgrade applied to every episode.

This is one of my favorite periods in Star Trek. I just love Dr Pulaski. She was a bit of life added to a show with a cast of characters that easily bored me. As much as I love the Enterprise D, I found the interpersonal success enjoyed by her crew insipid. Dr Pulaski was a real person – maybe the only believable person on the show. She had great skill and knowledge, like the other crew members, but she was also prideful. While I normally wouldn’t encourage prideful behavior, I find hers to be honest and refreshingly presented. Here was a character that sometimes failed. She had doubts. She had prejudices. And, most interesting for the narrative, she was a character that could change/grow.

This season marks the only appearances of Dr Pulaski in all of filmed Star Trek.

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Bond 50

I love Bond. I’ve seen them all (well, all except Skyfall and I haven’t seen that yet because I’m an idiot). Connery’s my favorite. There’s no contest. Daniel Craig is great and his movies are good. But he’s no Connery.

Skip Roger Moore. I couldn’t stand his Bond movies when I was a kid. I tolerated them when I was older, my hand at diplomacy. I’ve returned to be annoyed at them.

Dalton is fine. Brosnan was in one good one and three increasingly stupid other ones.

How many great flicks are on this set? Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale.

How many good ones? Most of the others are good.

How many total stinkers? Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, Moonraker, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day are all pretty hard to get through.

27% Great
27% Stink
45% Okay

That’s about right for Bond.

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Road to Avonlea

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Anne of Green Gables

My wife and I don’t watch a ton of TV…well, we do but we don’t watch anything broadcast. So we watch our DVD sets. I usually let her pick. (It’s an easy way to die to myself!) Her TV choices range more to the girly and kiddie than mine would, but I tend to enjoy whatever it is anyway! She recently watched through the entire Road to Avonlea series, which is a spin-off from the excellent first two Anne of Green Gables TV-films.

The entire seven seasons have received the digital restoration treatment.

Road to Avonlea: The Complete First Season
Road to Avonlea: The Complete Second Season
Road to Avonlea Season 3
Road to Avonlea: Season 4
Road to Avonlea Season 5

And the movie that started it all:

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Once Upon a Time

Here’s one that my lady loves to watch and I can only tolerate. It has a lot going for it, but I feel like I’m watching TV when I’m watching this TV show. And that’s a bad thing. Maybe I’m asking for too much.

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For the kid




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