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Dec. 31st, 2009

Pocket Protector

A Re-evaluation of James Cameron's Avatar

I recently posted a rather gushing review of Jim Cameron's Avatar, but after some discussion with others, I find myself re-evaluating some of what I wrote and acknowledging some of the bias that fed my original comments.  I still think it's a great film, and probably one of the better films of recent years, but realistically I need to downgrade my rating to an 8 out of 10.  There were definitely flaws, but it was such a satisfying treat to my inner sci-fi geek that it was easy to gloss over those initially.

First, as for my sci-fi bias:  I absolutely love it when a writer creates an imaginative new world and invites us to explore it with them, and Avatar definitely delivered on that score.  It was satisfying just like Frank Herbert's book, Dune, was satisfying (along with the Sci-Fi miniseries based on it).  That alone would have been worth a repeat viewing for me. 

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Overall, it's still a great film, which I happily recommend.

Dec. 21st, 2009

Pocket Protector

Review of Avatar (Jim Cameron Movie - Revised Once)

I saw Avatar Friday.  And again yesterday.  This is one of those rare films that you'll want to see more than once. My friends here are probably very familiar with my complaints about many of our TV and cinema choices that opt for formula over story, or they put up mindless fodder based on little more than special effects. 

Well, Avatar has a story that pulls you in and keeps you there.  That's not to say that I don't have some minor complaints here and there, but they're hardly noticeable in the breadth of the film.  It's also a longer film (160 minutes) that gives time to actually present the story - and it flies by before you know it.  It's a solid, thoroughly enjoyable experience that I strongly recommend.  I honestly can't remember the last film I enjoyed so thoroughly.  The closest I can come is Star Wars when I saw it as a child in 1977.  (That now seems amateurish by comparison).

My grade on this film should come as no surprise:  On a scale of 1-10, I give it an 8 a 9.9999.  (After all, nothing is perfect).

Just one final statement:  GO SEE AVATAR.

Jul. 15th, 2009

Clark Superman

Superman MovieVerse Awards - How'd That Happen?

This was a stunning surprise.  Thanks to everyone who made this happen.  I really wasn't expecting this.  As I've articulated in prior posts, just getting nominated was honor enough.  But to have won in two of the categories?  Totally unexpected.  Thanks, guys. 

Also please don't forget to check out the other winners and nominees from the Final Winners List - Superman Movieverse Fanfiction Awards 2009.





Jun. 4th, 2009

Superman over the earth

Superman MovieVerse Fanfiction Awards

Is it really that time of year again?  I must confess, that I haven't paid a lot of attention to this in years past.  However, this time I did notice htbthomas's post called ELIGIBLE FIC FOR THE SMFAS, which in addition to listing her eligible work, also prodded the other other's to list their work.  I just have one:

Family Reunion (228,087 words - complete)
AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton, and of course, more complications when he gets back.
 
You can find this story at FanFiction.Net or The Big Apricot (now in the archive).  (The completed story archive should also show up in the Big Apricot Archive soon.  It's not post there yet, but it's coming soon.  Check here if you'd like to read it in the single page archive format).

I feel a bit funny drawing attention to my work, when there is such talented competition out there.  A few in particular have talent that transcends this community and are comprable to published professional authors.  I have no doubt that they'll get the recognition they deserve from this years awards, as they have in the past.

May. 22nd, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 52 (Final Chapter) - A Day in the Life

Title: Family Reunion
Author: mr_beeto
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 52 - 6,605; Total - 228,967
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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May. 19th, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 51 - Not in the Cards

Title: Family Reunion
Author: mr_beeto
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 51 - 4,401; Total - 222,362
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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May. 12th, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 50 - Awake

Title: Family Reunion
Author: mr_beeto 
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 50 - 4,559; Total - 217,961
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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May. 5th, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 49 - Top Secrets

Title: Family Reunion
Author: mr_beeto
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 49 - 6,513; Total - 213,402
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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Apr. 29th, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 48 - Out of Action

Title: Family Reunion
Author:  mr_beeto 
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 48 - 6,103; Total - 206,889
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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Apr. 21st, 2009

Clark Superman

Family Reunion - Chapter 47 - Impact

Title: Family Reunion
Author:[info]mr_beeto
Fandom: Richard Donner and Bryan Singer's Superman MovieVerse (i.e., without Salkind corruption)
Rating: PG
Word Count: Chapter 47 - 5,206; Total - 200,786
Beta: dandello and htbthomas
Summary: AU Twist on Donner/Singer Movieverse: Tie the three films together into a cohesive whole, and provide a more credible and interesting reason for Superman to have returned to Krypton. The story starts here.

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