Quote of the Day

“But I haven’t got uncommon skill and power,” said Harry, before he could stop himself.

“Yes, you have,” said Dumbledore firmly.  “You have a power that Voldemort has never had.  “You can —”

“I know!” said Harry impatiently.  “I can love!”  It was only with difficulty that he stopped himself adding, “Big deal!”

“Yes, Harry, you can love,” said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying.  “Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing.  You are still too young to understand how unusual you are, Harry.”

“So, when the prophecy says that I’ll have ‘power the Dark Lord knows not,’ it just means — love?” asked harry, feeling a little let down.

“Yes — just love,” said Dumbledore.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day

Xander:  Well, the Hellmouth, the center of mystical convergence, supernatural monsters: been there.

Buffy:  Little blasé there, aren’t you?

Xander:  I’m not worried. If there’s something bad out there we’ll find, you’ll slay, we’ll party!

Buffy:  Thanks for having confidence in me.

Xander:  You da man, Buff!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1: Episode 10 – “Nightmares”

Quote of the Day

“Who are those other two?” asked an Elder in the crowd.

“Who cares?” said Mrs. Morrow, and waved her torch.  “They’re probably more accomplices!  Let’s burn them at the stake, too!”

“Why not?” said another Elder.  “We already have torches and kindling, and I don’t have anything else to do right now.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village

Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

Sometimes when you go out to a nice restaurant you want the newest, most exciting thing on the menu.  You want something that will challenge your taste buds, something surprising and original, which gives you unique ingredients in unforeseen combinations, blowing your mind with its creativity.  Other times you want something intimately familiar, a favorite dish you’ve ordered countless times before.  It may familiar and routine, but while the mind craves the new sometimes the heart longs for the familiar.  The same could be said for film.  In The Hundred-Foot Journey, the characters spend their days trying to reconcile the new and creative with the old and familiar.  As for the movie itself there’s little new to shock and surprise, but in its familiarity the film feels intimate and reassuring, hitting all of the familiar beats of a dish that we may know very well yet is still wonderfully crafted and a joy to eat.

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Quote of the Day

Lauren: The Chief doesn’t like any of us. Do you, Chief?

Miles O’Brien: Julian…

Jack: He’s just jealous you’re spending so much time with us.

Lauren: His wife’s away. He misses his friend.

Miles O’Brien: I do not.

Lauren: It’s all right, Julian. Go play with your friend, we’ll be fine.

Julian Bashir: You want me to play with you, do you, Chief?

Miles O’Brien: No!

Lauren: Yes, you do.

Julian Bashir: Come on, let’s go to Quark’s.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 9 – “Statistical Probabilities”

Quote of the Day

“Well, here goes,” said Harry, and he raised the little bottle and took a carefully measured gulp.

“What does it feel like?” whispered Hermione.

Harry did not answer for a moment.  Then, slowly but surely, an exhilarating sense of infinite opportunity stole through him; he felt as though he could have done anything, anything at all . . . and getting the memory from Slughorn seemed suddenly not only possible, but positively easy. . . .

He got to his feet, smiling, brimming with confidence.

“Excellent,” he said.  “Really excellent.  Right . . . I’m going down to Hagrid’s.”

“What?” said Ron and Hermione together, looking aghast.

“No, Harry — you’ve got to go and see Slughorn, remember?” said Hermione.

“No,” said Harry confidently.  “I’m going to Hagrid’s, I’ve got a good feeling about going to Hagrid’s.”

“You’ve got a good feeling about burying a giant spider?” asked Ron, looking stunned.

“Yeah,” said Harry, pulling his Invisibility Cloak out of his bag.  “I feel like it’s the place to be tonight, you know what I mean?”
“No,” said Ron and Hermione together, both looking positively alarmed now.

“This is Felix Felicis, I suppose?” said Hermione anxiously, holding up the bottle to the light.  “You haven’t got another little bottle full of — I don’t know —”
“Essence of Insanity?” suggest Ron, as Harry swung his cloak over his shoulders.

Harry laughed, and Ron and Hermione looked even more alarmed.

“Trust me,” he said.  “I know what I’m doing . . . or at least” — he strolled confidently to the door — “Felix does.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I was a huge Ninja Turtles fan growing up.  I had all of the toys, watched the cartoon show every day, dressed as a Ninja Turtle for two different Halloweens (Michelangelo and Donatello), and the first time I went to New York City I pointed to a manhole cover and asked my mom if that was where the Ninja Turtles lived.  I even repeatedly watched the video of the musical stage show.  In fact, the only aspect of the Turtles that I was never interested in as a kid were the comics.  But more than anything, I watched the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie over and over again.  It was the first film that I ever completely memorized, and I wore that VHS out.  I was originally supportive of resurrecting the Turtles for the big screen, as I feel like they fill a niche that most other comic book superhero movies seem to miss.  However, the end result fails to capture what made the Turtles special to begin with and is nothing more than a watered-down shadow of the well know characters, too eager to be “cool” to be of much interest.

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Quote of the Day

“Heni!” she screamed one last time, gnashing her teeth against the eye in frustration, and as she bit the eye, it depressed.  “Depressed” is a word that often describes someone who is feeling sad and gloomy, but in this case it describes a secret button, hidden in a crow statue, that is feeling just fine, thank you.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket