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December 16, 2009

Let's Pretend It's May and It Just Came Out: Hey, Everyone — I Just Saw The New Star Trek!

Star_trekOne of the most wonderful things about having lots of small kids is the fact that in many ways, it's like I live in a state of pop culture suspended animation. Meaning: it generally takes me between 6-24 months to catch up on most pertinent social phenomena. With that in mind, please enjoy the following review of the brand new Star Trek movie.


November 30, 2009

Why I Won't Be Seeing "Avatar"

Avatar James Cameron  Jar Jar Binks. That's why.


November 16, 2009

What Do You Think of The Prisoner So Far?

The_prisoner_episode_1_caviezel_1 The writer, obsessed with quality hour-long dramas, sits glumly on her couch. She is certain that just last week she was enjoying a sexy and socially aware period series, but it now all seems increasingly vague and far away. AMC, the benevolent network, reassures her that there is something to fill the void.


November 11, 2009

Space Oddities: Six Reasons Why America Kicks the World's Ass in Alien TV Entertainment

ALF_xmas America means many things to many people, but to those who know and love it best America means the world's finest TV shows about aliens. As last week's rapturously received premiere of V made clear, Americans just can't get enough of things from outer space who want to invade, share, hide in or otherwise disrupt our personal space. It's a key element of the rich tapestry of American history, right alongside muscle cars, democracy, professional wrestling and deep-fried everything. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!


November 10, 2009

I'll Have a Large Popcorn, a Coke, Some Reese's Pieces, and Some Post-Apocalyptic Paranoia

2012_movie_poster1 I'm going to tell you a secret and then immediately after this post is published you'll probably never hear from me again because I'll be whisked away to a secret location and killed or be forced to undergo extensive plastic surgery and a total identity change. Kurt and I are the same person, much in the same way Janet and LaToya and Michael Jackson were the same person, just with different hats. Kurt and I go to see the same movies because we are one and the same. Then we have differing opinions on said movies just to mess with you.

I'm pretty sure this is true. Or maybe the trailers that I saw before The Men Who Stare at Goats got to me.


November 04, 2009

Tonight's Liveblogging Dose of Rat-Eating Awesomeness is Brought To You By The Letter V

V_ABCI wasn't too much older than my kids are now when I had one of the great formative experiences of my youth: the original broadcast of the miniseries V in 1983. To call it awesome was to understate the nature of awesomeness — giant spaceships, alien subterfuge, the Beastmaster hisself fighting for the forces of good, and HOT ALIEN BABES WHO EAT RATS. For those of us who sat rapt with attention for night after night after night of this true miniseries event (remember when they had those? and it actually meant something?) watching this stuff unfold, it was life-changing stuff.


November 03, 2009

Five Reasons You Should Watch "V" Tonight

V-2009_TV_series_logo Tonight, ABC will air the first episode of the long-awaited reimagining of the 1984-1985 series, V. And if you for some ludicrous reason haven't already pencilled it into your Day Runner, set a reminder in your iCal or programmed your Tivo to record it, I'm here to demonstrate why you bitches crazy if you're not planning to watch this show.


October 28, 2009

6 Murderous Psychopaths: A Halloween Gift From MamaPop To You

Nightbreed_CronenbergAs an extension of MamaPop's ongoing effort to bring you the best in wholesome, family-friendly fun, we'd like to offer you the following list of some of our favorite murderous psychopaths. Some you may know, some you may not... but all of them deserve a very dark, twisted and frightening part of your life.


October 19, 2009

Do We Really Need Another Saw Movie? The World Says Yes

Saw6poster One thing I love about the Halloween season is that there is a plethora of horror movies on television at any given moment. I've been a huge fan of horror films my entire life, and October always brings a neverending crop of bloody, disgusting, terrible, horrible, no good very bad movies. It's my favorite month and results in my favorite holiday.

This October, the horror movies in theaters include the no-budget blockbuster Paranormal Activity, a remake of The Stepfather, and the SIXTH installment of Saw. The success of Paranormal Activity is a delightful example of how good movies can be made for practically nothing. The Stepfather is another in a loooooooong line of horror movie remakes (did anyone think the original Stepfather was so nice, you wanted to see it twice?) And then there's Saw. Number six. Six installments of shameless gore. And people still go see it. 

The question is WHY.


September 25, 2009

Remember the Dollhouse


So what are you doing with your Friday evening? Because tonight's the night that Dollhouse, the Joss Whedon weirdathon that Fox envisioned as a crappy Eliza Dushku vehicle, officially defies all television logic by returning for a second season.

MamaPop has spent a fair portion of its time bringing the love for this uneven but compelling series that debuted last season to low ratings and finished to even lower ratings (seriously, it was like watching a boat sink for months).  In a rational world - the one we inhabited even five years ago - it would have been cancelled after a dozen episodes and gone down in Whedon history as another Firefly.

But that didn't happen this time. Why?  Some spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the first season.


September 22, 2009

Heroes Recap: Nobody Wins

Clam-chowder-2Last night was the season premiere of Heroes, brought to you by Boston and clam chowder.  I was excited.  I was also tired after dealing with important parenting matters.  Heroes was to be my escape.  It was 2 hours long, now with an extra hour of commercials!

It turns out that I couldn't remember crap from last season.  I was lost at times, but instead of a smoke monster I had a warm beer and a lot of questions.  Apparently last season didn't leave much of an impression.  I checked to make sure House was being recorded.


August 17, 2009

District 9 Is Not Where They Keep The Sexy Aliens

District_nine I just got back from the premier of District 9, (but it was only the premier in that it was the first time I watched it, not the actual tuxedo one that I NEVER seem to get invited to) and I really have no idea what I just watched. Or whether or not I liked it. I think I did. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I did. I might have to get back to you on that one. Also I'm not sure how to categorize it. Is Surgery Channel-Sci-Fi-Fake Documentary-Horror a category? Because if it is, this movie is getting the fucking Oscar. Because it was definitely the best one of those I've ever seen.


August 06, 2009

Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt: Who Kisses Like That?

Paris_hilton_doug_reinhardt So these two got back together. 

I saw this photo and the first though that flew through my head was WTF WHO KISSES LIKE THAT? Who aims their head at their beloved with their jaw unhinged and their mouth tentacle hanging below their chin? People who kiss like this? It's GROSS. STOP IT.

I thought about the million different ways that I could Photoshop this photo: Paris Hilton lapping up a bowl of water, Paris Hilton vomiting, Paris Hilton licking an ice cream cone, Paris Hilton superimposed into a "Predator" still and hunting Schwarzeneggar in the jungle. 

She's got her Gollumn claw up on his shoulder and appears to be attempting anything other than a kiss.

Had your breakfast yet? LET'S LOOK CLOSER! 


July 30, 2009

Tron: Legacy = Mind: Blown

I posted a bootleg of some of this footage almost a year ago, but now we have the full, glorious mint version, and wow. Just WOW.

And in IMAX. Squee!

The Tron: Legacy site Disney has up is basically just a placeholder page at this point, but that new trailer says 2010, and god I hope so. I feel like I've been waiting for this movie since... well, since 1982.

July 21, 2009

We Don't Need Another Hero

Tank_Girl This week's edition of the bible of popular culture - aka Entertainment Weekly - features on its cover the three stars of a movie that actually won't be released until sometime in 2010, which scientific research shows is actually a reference to next year despite sounding like some make-believe time in the way-off, far distant future. The movie in question, of course, is Iron Man II, and features the improbably successful Robert Downey Jr. as the title superhero, Mickey Rourke as some superbadass, and Scarlett Johansson as... uh... someone who is apparently in the movie to piss off Gwenyth Paltrow. Personally I'm somewhat indifferent to the dynamics of Johansson vs. Paltrow, but if it features either one of them looking reasonably hot and wrapped up in spandex, then - if I may be so bold as to speak for the heterosexual males of North America - boo to the yaa.

Of course, not every superhero movie/comic book adaptation has been quite so star-studded, critically lauded and mainstream-embraced as the first Iron Man, or The Dark Knight, or.... well, you get the idea. Between the launch of the modern superhero movie with 1978's Superman and next year's Iron Man II, there have been a handful of less-renowned but nonetheless culturally essential films du genre worthy of your attention. And insofar as that the good people of MamaPop live to educate and enlighten, we hereby present you with a quick overview of some comic book adaptations that might have slipped past your otherwise foolproof radar.


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