Quote of the Day

“We’ll be there, Harry,” said Ron.
“What?”
“At your aunt and uncle’s house,” said Ron. “And then we’ll go with you wherever you’re going.”
“No —” said Harry quickly; he had not counted on this, he had meant them to understand that he was undertaking this most dangerous journey alone.
“You said to us once before,” said Hermione quietly, “that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”
“We’re with you whatever happens,” said Ron.

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

Quote of the Day

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Jenny Calendar:  I don’t know what it is about football that does it for me. I mean, it lacks the, the grace of basketball, the, uh, poetry of baseball. At its best it’s unadorned aggression. It’s such a rugged contest.

Giles:  Rugged. American football. (laughs)

Jenny Calendar:  And that’s funny because?

Giles:  No! I just think it’s rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby.

Jenny Calendar:  Is this your normal strategy for a first date? Dissing my country’s national pastime?

Giles:  Did you just say ‘date’?

Jenny Calendar:  You noticed that, huh?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 2 – “Some Assembly Required”

Quote of the Day

The curious thing about being told to sleep on it—a phrase which here means, as I’m sure you know, “to go to bed thinking about something and reach a conclusion in the morning”—is that you usually can’t. If you are thinking over a dilemma, you are likely to toss and turn all night long, thinking over terrible things that can happen and trying to imagine what in the world you can do about it, and these circumstances are unlikely to result in any sleeping at all. Just last night, I was troubled by a decision involving an eyedropper, a greedy night watchman, and a tray of individual custards, and this morning I am so tired that I can scarcely type these worfs.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket

Quote of the Day

Worf: I am a Klingon warrior, and a Starfleet officer. I’ve piloted starships through Dominion minefields; I’ve stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size; I courted and won the heart of the magnificent Jadzia Dax. If I can do these things, I can make this child go to sleep!

Jadzia Dax: Talk about losing perspective.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 24 – “Time’s Orphan”

Quote of the Day

It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated. . . .

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

Review: The Boxtrolls

I’ve come to feel that stop-motion animated films need to be graded on their own scale, separate both from films in general but particularly from computer animated movies.  Partly that’s due to the simple fact that so few stop-motion films are released anymore; The Boxtrolls is the only one due in 2014, while there are at least 10 major studio computer animated movies set to come out this year.  In fact, while seemingly every studio is eager for a computer animated hit, there are very few sources of stop-motion animation, mainly consisting of Laika and Aardman Animations (with an occasional film from Tim Burton when he feels like it).  In the last five years and despite producing only three films, Laika has set itself apart as a film studio with a vision, making interesting, unique films like Coraline and ParaNorman.  With The Boxtrolls, it has solidified its place with the likes of Pixar as a studio that makes movies of the highest quality and vision which demand to be seen, and whose involvement with a film is more important than voice casts, writers or directors in attracting my interest.

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Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Face My enemy”

Phil Coulson and Melinda May in "Face My Enemy"

This week’s Agents of SHIELD episode was both the funniest and had the best action of any episode thus far this season.  Last week finally told us what Simmons has been up to along with giving us some truly fantastic Fitz moments.  This week took the focus away from the “kids” of the show and put it squarely on mom and dad, as May and Coulson set off on an undercover assignment to retrieve a mysterious painting.  We got some seriously kickass moments from both May and Coulson, a lot of humor, and even some sweetness, in what proved to be a nice change of tone from the previous three episodes this season, all of which have been rather serious.  So let’s jump right into tonight’s episode (while keeping an eye out for laser grids), “Face My Enemy”, written by Drew Greenberg and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

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Buffy:  I couldn’t believe Angel. He was acting all jealous, and he wouldn’t even admit it.

Willow:  Jealous of what?

Buffy:  Of Xander.

Willow:  Because you did that sexy dance with him?

Buffy:  Am I ever gonna live that down?

Willow:  No.

Buffy:  Anyway, he was being totally irrational.

Willow:  Love makes you do the wacky.

Buffy:  That’s the truth.

Xander:  Y’know, this might go a lot faster if you femmes actually picked up a shovel, too.

Giles:  Here, here.

Buffy:  Sorry, but I’m an old-fashioned gal. I was raised to believe that men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 2 – “Some Assembly Required”