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Easy Step-by-Step Painting

Step 1: Sketch out the general outline of the objects in your scene. In this case I’ve chosen a cat. Your sketch does not have to be perfect! Just create general shapes.

Cat SketchStep 2: Lay down the base colors for your painting. You want light colors first then build up darker colors. Keep in mind you are not doing detail here! You are just laying down a foundation for you to build on.

Cat base color layer

Step 3: Add detail to finish!

Cat finished product

As easy as 1, 2, 5!

2015 Marks the end of the UFO

If you think about it the UFO, in the classic sense, is over. Technically it stands for unidentified flying object which can of course mean any unknown thing flying around the sky but in the past the UFO has been associated with extraterrestrials and science fiction.

2015 is the year of the personal drone and that simultaneously makes it the year UFOs are no longer interesting. I’ll give you an example:

Daughter: “Daddy what is that circular object hovering in the sky! Could it be space people!?”

Dad: “Probably the damn neighbors spying on the neighborhood again.”

These days UFOs are boring because, really, they probably are just your neighbor spying on the neighborhood, or someone running drugs, or Amazon delivering a package.

Epitaph One, Different is Good

Dollhouse was not a huge success. While having an interesting idea the show’s plots sometimes felt forced and repetitive. I think with more time it could have developed into something very good as evidenced by the unaired Dollhouse episode Epitaph One.

This was the episode that was the cheapest to make, unaired in the U.S., and barely featured the star, Eliza Dushku, but turned out to be the best Dollhouse episode of season one or two.  Set in a post apocalyptic future we follow a band of “actuals” (people who are not imprinted as that is the norm in the future) are trying to get underground to avoid over-the-air imprinting. The plot isn’t important right now. What is important is FOX probably thought they were getting a throw away episode but they failed to see the potential for something greater. Like season 4 episode 19 of Fringe, Letters of Transit, where we are transported into the future to just give us a taste of where the show could eventually go, Epitaph One could have piqued audience’s interest of things to come and given the show a longer run.

People watch TV and get used to the characters and the setup of the shows they watch. CBS is particularly good at creating shows that fall into this pattern. You know what to expect from the characters and plots, but when viewership falls off it tends of fall off hard. Characters are boring, plot is predictable, and there are a lot of things vying for your attention. The odd episode that throws what you thought you knew into chaos makes for better entertainment. As an example: Castle is, for the most part, predictable and safe, but every now and then they throw in that strange episode that doesn’t fit. When I’m deciding what to watch I think back to those odd episodes and that is what helps keep me as a viewer.

My Sucky Teen Romance (2011)

My Sucky Teen RomanceKate is interested in a local checkout clerk who happens to also be a vampire and soon Kate is showing signs of being undead as well.

This low budget indie film has some surprisingly good cinematography combined with a simple and predictable plot, but the movie stays interesting with a fair amount of wit and humor. The locations are limited but over all it is a cute film with a serious twist. 77 minutes is not a major time commitment; just think: you’ll be spending 45 less minutes than that famous sparkly vampire movie and with none of the dull characters and dialog. Despite being surrounded by subpar actors Elaine Hurt, playing Kate, does a great job. I give it 3 Cheesy Nuggets out of 5 fake vampire teeth.

Stars Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado.

Still a better love story than Twilight.

Knights of Badassdom (2013)

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Live action role players (LARP) misuse an ancient text during their game resulting in summoning an actual demon.

Knights of Badassdom is a silly movie with the gore and personalities cranked up to 11. I’m fairly certain this movie has one of the few accurate depictions of what really happens during LARP events. The humor is hit and miss but overall an extremely dumb entertaining movie. I give it 4 foam swords out of 5 succubus turned soul sucking demons.

Stars Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-SecA young woman adventurer embarks on a quest to save her sister who had a slight mishap with a hair pin.

The movie is from the mind of Luc Besson so you can expect a mix of drama, humor, and the weird. I highly recommend the original French with subtitles as the english dub is awful. Adèle is wonderfully charming and confident character but the story falls down in the resolution with heavy reliance on external forces rather than the characters we came to like throughout the movie. I give it 3 broken pterodactyl eggs out of 5 failed prison breaks.

Stars Louise Bourgoin