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Arthur – The Best That You Can Do!

I had the distinct privilege of watching one of my all-time favorite movies last night, when TCM brought back Arthur. Nominated for four Academy Awards in 1982, Arthur is one of the very few movies I actively rooted for to win. I mean really, with the incredibly funny Dudley Moore teamed up with Liza Minnelli and the awesome Sir John Gielgud, all working together with one of the greatest movies themes ever playing behind them, how could I not?

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The Bones 200th ‘Crimedy’ Spectacular!

While it may not have been my favorite episode ever (the show has, after all, set the bar pretty high), the Bones “The 200th in the 10th” episode (in celebration of the series 200 episode run) was a genuinely heart-tugging and funny visual spectacular! In homage to the series’ Hitchcock-like roots, the episode took the entire Jeffersonian team back to the 1950s to give their world the look and feel of an old Hollywood style crime/comedy romp, or, as executive producer Stephen Nathan calls it, a ‘Crimedy’…

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Perception – Sticks and Stones…

Last night I watched the 2nd episode from the 3rd season of another show that really excites and engages me – TNT’s Perception. I wrote about it a year ago as well (in a post that also went almost completely unnoticed) and its longevity has surprised me even more that of Continuum. And yet here I am, writing about it again. Hell, maybe you do have to be crazy to get it, but there’s apparently crazy enough to go around!

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Continuum – Dark Places…

The heart wants what the heart wants, right? And whether it’s for love, family, a better world, or merely to survive, we all feel the urge to fight for what we want despite the obstacles standing in our way – even when the odds against us seem impossibly high. Struggles such as that, IMHO, are perhaps the essential defining characteristic of our species – the one thing we all have in common regardless of where we come from as individuals. And when we, as individuals, look for something to inspire us – to make the odds we face seem less insurmountable somehow – there’s just nothing like a bigger-than-life tale of heroism, true or fictional, to do the trick.

The SyFy Channel series Continuum is one such tale.

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Ralph Waite – A Belated R.I.P.

Though Ralph Waite was probably best known for his role as ultimate father figure John Walton in TV’s The Waltons, fans of Bones and NCIS like me will also remember him fondly for his roles as Seeley Booth’s grandfather, Hank Booth, and Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ dad, Jackson Gibbs. In addition to being truly saddened by the news, I am also embarrassed as well to discover that he died almost a week ago, on Thursday, February 13, 2014. I completely missed what was reported about it on television and on the blogs I follow. I only know about it now because I stumbled upon the NCIS “Ralph Waite Tribute” marathon the USA Network is airing as I write this.

Ralph Waite was one of my all-time favorite actors. He will be missed…