Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Week In Awesome! Elm Street & More!

Here are five things from the past week that got me excited!
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1. Dollhouse premiere - Joss Whedon's Dollhouse entered its second season with a roar last Friday with "Vows," continuing its streak of great episodes. Eliza Dushku is great at Echo, and I love the other dolls Victor and Sierra. Dichen Lachman, who plays Sierra, is an absolutely phenomenal actress who is always a treat to watch, and I hope she gets more screen time this season than her brief appearance in this first episode.
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2. A Nightmare On Elm Street theatrical trailer - The remake of the classic horror film by Wes Craven has a trailer that looks pretty fun. Jackie Earle Haley steps into the shoes of Freddy for the reboot, scheduled for release next year. Watch it here.
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3. Paranormal Activity in theaters - The thread-bare budget of this horror movie, and its mockumentary style, invites comparisons to The Blair Witch Project, and like that film, this story of a haunting is getting rave reviews and is supposed to be a genuinely scary film. It's not in many theaters yet, although it is playing in Madison through this weekend. If it weren't for the showtime (it only plays once, at midnight, each night), I would be making the trip...
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4. "The Year of the Flood" by Margaret Atwood - Atwood is one of my favorite contemporary fiction writers, and this, her first book in five years, is tied in to her last post-apocalyptic novel Oryx & Crake.
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5. The Wizard of Oz on DVD - The classic musical turns 70 this year, and its been remastered and rereleased on DVD and Blu-Ray! There's also a lot of fun tie-in merchandise at Barnes & Noble, like door stops of the wicked witch's feet whose Dorothy's house fell on.

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