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04 August 2008 @ 07:01 pm
The new "Mummy" is an awesome B-movie! Pay no attention to the 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of those critics don't seem to know when they're talking about, and even when they do for some reason Rotten Tomatoes wants to classify things like "Make no mistake, it's bad. But it's fun bad." and "All things considered, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is not bad. It's a serviceable spectacle, with plenty of action." as "rotten" reviews =P

There's lots of cool special effects and tomb robbing and mystic jewels and awesome yetis and undead and a fair bit of humor. (They did occasionally descend to the kind of juvenile humor i tend not to like, but not often, and not to such an extent as to put me off.) From what i understand (having not seen the first one and only seen the second one in bits and pieces) it's just like the earlier Mummy movies, but more so :)

In fact not only is it an awesome B-movie, the first 30 or so minutes of it are a better Indiana Jones movie than the recent Indiana Jones was! ;)

In other stuff that i saw over the weekend news, i believe i've now seen four or five episodes of the new Doctor Who (which is about four or five more epsiodes than i've seen of the old Doctor Who =) And one of those four or five episodes was the extra-long spoilertastic fourth season finale :) Oh well, Doctor Who seems interesting, but not the kind of thing i'm going to sit down and watch in order religiously, so no real harm done i think :) *hides from the wrath of steuard ;)*
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Kimchalgaryn on August 5th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
New Doctor Who
Mmmm...David Tennant...

I think season 3 was my favorite so far (although I haven't seen any of season 4 yet). I liked Martha a lot better as a companion than Rose in the earlier seasons. Have you seen "Blink"? It's a pretty cool, not Doctor-centric, stand alone episode that you should definitely put on your to-see list.
Steuardsteuard on August 5th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
FOOLISH MORTAL, FEAR MY WRoh, wait. I forgive you. :) In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that I actually own a bit of Dr. Who that I haven't seen myself. (My sister bought someone's collection of VHS tapes of the old series for me years ago, and I still haven't made my way all the way through. Kim's not that much of a fan of the old show, and I keep forgetting to watch it when she's out of town.)

But I'm glad you've seen some of the new series, anyway: it's very well done. In addition to Kim's suggestion, may I recommend the two-parter "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances". (And if you're ever in the market for watching some of the older episodes, the Onion's AV Club once did a little write up suggesting a variety of episodes from throughout the series (they finish up with an even shorter "bare bones" list, which is probably more up your alley at this point if anything is).
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 5th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Are the Empty Child/The Doctor Dances ones the ones with the gas-mask kid? Cause that's actually two of the four or five i've seen :) Plus some one where he's trapped with some people on a tram ride on some sunlight-inferno planet, and the precursor to the season four finale which involves people who _aren't_ the doctor trying to fix time, plus as mentioned the second half(?) of the season four finale.
Steuardsteuard on August 5th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Are the Empty Child/The Doctor Dances ones the ones with the gas-mask kid? Cause that's actually two of the four or five i've seen

Yes, exactly. Excellent!
cwendy41cwendy41 on August 5th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
I don't understand how mummies and ancient Chinese emperors are related. I thought mummies were from Egypt.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 5th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Mummies are from anywhere where it's dry enough/chemically odd enough that bodies don't rot, or where people go about such preservation artificially. There are mummies in egypt (cause it's dry) and mummies in Peru (cause it's dry and cold i think) and i believe there are even peat bog mummies in places like england (cause of the chemicals in the peat.)

China isn't well known for mummies (although there are probably some in the more western parts where it turns deserty) but they were basing things primarily off of the terra cotta army, claiming that the first emperor of china was a mummy who was sealed inside terra cotta.
Kevinbellwethr on August 5th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
The new Doctor Who is fantastic, most of it at any rate. Pay no attention to the subpar episodes. I'd try to watch the "Bad Wolf" arc in total, and most of the David Tennant episodes in general. Be sure you watch the Doctor Dances and it's partner episode from the Christopher Eccleston episodes...

Kevinbellwethr on August 5th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Ah, um, yeah. It helps if I read your other comments. :) I agree, then, wholeheartedly, with your other commenters....
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 5th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
I think i saw the middle and end of the Bad Wolf arc. And i believe i've already seen the Doctor Dances, aka scary gas mask kid episodes :)
ext_83464 on August 6th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like Tomb of the Dragon Emperor met everyone's expectations... Brendan Frasier tries too hard to act, so you can tell he's acting