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Eragon: Inheritance

Christopher Paolini’s Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) was a pleasant surprise. Paolini was 15 when he started writing this epic tale, and 17 when it was first published. That alone is extremely impressive. But I would have loved it just as much if an adult wrote it. Yes, Paolini obviously borrowed ideas from his favorite authors (Le Guin, Tolkein, etc.), but Eragon is definitely a different story.

Originally, I wasn’t going to read the book, even though I had heard of it. But then, I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie. I was intrigued. Boy, was I glad I did.

This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. Eragon is a young teenage boy who was raised by his uncle in a poor village. He happens upon a mysterious rock that ends up changing his life. As Eragon matures and goes off in search of two killers, he is trained by a strange old man named Brom.

I was immediately swept up in the book within the first chapter. This epic tale of fantasy and lore is not only beautifully written, but exciting as well. There are quite a few surprises along the way. And all of the characters have depth and unique personalities.

This is the first in a trilogy, Eldest being the second book that was just recently released. I plan on going out and getting it soon. And you can bet that I’ll be at the theater opening night.

Casino Royale Trailer

In honor of the new Bond movie opening this weekend, I’m posting a trailer. I wasn’t crazy about their choice of leading men, but after watching the trailers I’m at least confident that I’ll like this better than the last 2 (extremely disappointing) Bond films. I now have high hopes.
Don’t disappoint me, Daniel Craig.

Eragon Contest

Well, if you’re bored today and have free text messaging, go to EragonMovie.com and click on “Mobile Scavenger Hunt.” Text “Hunt” to 20Fox (20-369) to get started. There are only 4 clues to find around the web, but it will be a little easier if you’ve already read Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1). If you get all the clues and answer all the questions correctly, you can get entered into a contest through your phone. It’s just a short scavenger hunt, and it would have been nice if it were longer and more difficult. But it was fun way to waste some time, just the same.

And the Eragon website has some cool graphics and images… getting me excited for the movie!

Dean and Me

I finished Dean and Me: (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan this weekend. While the book jumps around in time a lot, it’s still a great homage to Martin and Lewis’ partnership. It was very touching. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their road to fame as well as Lewis’ view of legendary people (movie stars and mobsters) back in the day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Dean Martin’s movies and voice above all, so I love reading anyone’s portrayal of him.

I’m about halfway through Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini. Since the movie is coming out next month, I wanted to read it first. And I’m definitely impressed so far. I’ve been telling friends that it’s a cross between the Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings (except far easier to read). I’m not a big reader of fantasy, but I’m really enjoying this so far. I’ll present a full review when I’ve finished.

Next Superman Slated for 2009

According to Sci Fi Wire:
The sequel to Superman Returns will likely hit theaters in 2009, executive producer Chris Lee told The Honolulu Advertiser, while the IESB.com Web site reported a rumor that the sequel’s working title will be Superman: The Man of Steel.

Singer and Peters are in Honolulu this week to celebrate Lee’s birthday and to begin planning the next Superman film, which will likely begin production in the middle of or late next year in a location yet to be determined. Superman Returns was shot in Sydney, Australia.

Singer told the newspaper that he has also been offered the fourth X-Men movie, but said he wouldn’t have time to take on another large-scale project before the next Superman gets underway. He added that he is interested, however, in seeing the script for the proposed X-Men spinoff, Wolverine.

Thursday Thirteen of Galaxy Quest

Thirteen of My Favorite Quotes From Galaxy Quest, the greatest spoof of a SciFi TV show:

1. Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell): I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.

2. [the crew is on a shuttle descending to an alien planet]
Guy Fleegman: I changed my mind. I wanna go back.
Sir Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman): After the fuss you made about getting left behind?
Guy Fleegman: Yeah, but that’s when I thought I was the crewman that stays on the ship, and something is up there, and it kills me. But now I’m thinking I’m the guy who gets killed by some monster five minutes after we land on the planet.
Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen): You’re not gonna die on the planet, Guy.
Guy Fleegman: I’m not? Then what’s my last name?
Jason Nesmith: It’s, uh, uh – -I don’t know.
Guy Fleegman: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn’t important enough for a last name, because I’m gonna die five minutes in.
Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver): Guy, you have a last name.
Guy Fleegman: DO I?! DO I?! For all you know, I’m “Crewman Number Six”! … Mommy… mommy…
Sir Alexander Dane: Are we there yet?

3. Guy Fleegman: HEY! Don’t open that! It’s an alien planet! Is there air?! You don’t know!
[Guy holds his breath. Kwan sniffs the air and shrugs]
Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub): Seems okay.

4. [Looking at the small blue creatures exiting the mine]
Sir Alexander Dane: Could they be the miners?
Fred Kwan: Sure, they’re like three years old.
Sir Alexander Dane: MINERS, not MINORS, you idiot!
Fred Kwan: You lost me.

5. [after the Blue Creatures have eaten Limpy]
Jason Nesmith: Ok, here’s the plan: first, Fred, we need a diversion to clear these things out of the compound, then Gwen, Alex, Fred and I go down to get the sphere. Any of those things come back Tommy, give a signal. Guy, you set up a perimeter.
Gwen DeMarco: Why does this sound so familiar?
Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell): “Assault on Voltarek III”. Episode 81 I think.
Guy Fleegman: We’re doing episode 81?
Tommy Webber: Whatever, the one with the hologram. The wall of fire.
Gwen DeMarco: How the hell is Fred supposed to project a hologram?
Guy Fleegman: We’re doing episode 81, Jason?
Jason Nesmith: It doesn’t have to be a hologram, just a diversion.
Guy Fleegman: Jason, are we doing episode 81 or not?
Jason Nesmith: It’s a rough plan, Guy, what does it matter if we’re doing episode 81 or not?
Guy Fleegman: BECA– USE I DIED… IN EPISODE 81!

6. [the rock monster chases Nesmith]
Alexander Dane: You’re just going to have to kill it.
Jason Nesmith: Kill it? Well, I’m open to any suggestions.
Tommy Webber: Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!
Jason Nesmith: He doesn’t have any eyes, Tommy!
Tommy Webber: Go for the mouth, then, the throat, his vulnerable spots!
Jason Nesmith: It’s a rock! It doesn’t have any vulnerable spots!
Guy Fleegman: I know! You construct a weapon. Look around, can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?

7. Fred Kwan: Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that, the reactors won’t take it; the ship is breaking apart and all that… Just FYI.

8. Jason Nesmith: All right, let’s settle down. If we’re going to get through this we’re going to need self control.
Gwen DeMarco: Self control? That’s funny coming from the guy that slept with every Terrakian slave and the Moon Princess on the show.

9. [They’re flying through a mine field in an attempt to shake off Sarris]
Sir Alexander Dane: Could you possibly try NOT to hit EVERY SINGLE ONE?

10. Jason Nesmith: Okay Gwen, put me back on with him.
Gwen DeMarco: That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you, Jason. You ARE back with him.
Sarris (Robin Sachs): Perhaps I am not as stupid as I am ugly, commander!
Jason Nesmith: [to Gwen] I gave you the ‘kill’ gesture.
Gwen DeMarco: No, you gave me the ‘we’re dead’ sign. I was agreeing with you. Like I know where the ‘hold’ button is.

11. Brandon Wheeger (Justin Long): I just wanted to tell you that I thought a lot about what you said.
Jason Nesmith: It’s okay, now listen…
Brandon Wheeger: But I want you to know that I’m not a complete brain case, okay? I understand completely that it’s just a TV show. I know there’s no beryllium sphere…
Jason Nesmith: Hold it.
Brandon Wheeger: no digital conveyor, no ship…
Jason Nesmith: Stop for a second, stop. It’s all real.
Brandon Wheeger: Oh my God, I knew it. I knew it! I knew it!

12. [Gwen and Jason encounter the chompers]
Gwen DeMarco: What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn’t have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?
Jason Nesmith: ‘Cause it’s on the television show.
Gwen DeMarco: Well forget it! I’m not doing it! This episode was badly written!
Gwen DeMarco: Whoever wrote this episode should DIE.

13. [Introducing Alex at the convention]
Announcer: Give him a hand, he’s British.

Tuesday Movie Meme

Came across this movie meme today:

1. Total number of films I own on DVD and video.
I’m not at home, so this will be a wild guess. Maybe between 100-130 (movies only, not including tv on dvd).

2. Last film I bought.
Special Edition of X-Men 3

3. Last film I watched.
The Wild, while I was babysitting on Saturday. I loathe cartoon movies.

4. Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order).
Not that these mean a lot to me, but I can watch them over and over without getting sick of them:
X-Men (1-3)
When Harry Met Sally
You’ve Got Mail
Back to the Future
White Christmas
(I love watching Christmas movies any time of year.)

5. If you could be any character portrayed in a movie, who would it be?
Hmm… maybe Lois Lane from Superman Returns. That would be rough, trying to choose between Superman and Cyclops. Poor woman.

On second thought, I’d want my own powers. So make that Sue Storm from Fantastic Four. She has the coolest powers of her team.