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Today was not a good day

Mrs. Vulcan Stev (she prefers to have the pseudonym used) is currently suffering from breast cancer.  She disrib4covered a small pimple sized lump at Thanksgiving.  By Christmas the lump was visibly noticeable from three feet away.  Over Christmas vacation she underwent a complete mastectomy of the left breast.

We’ve been to the Breast Cancer clinic four times, visited the Oncologist twice, had MRIs, and PET scans.  She’s been poked and prodded and not sure of her future.  According to the Oncologist with chemo and hormone treatment she has a better than 70% chance of surviving 10+ years.

I’ll be chronicling her (and my) struggles (and good days) here.  Cancer doesn’t just affect the victim it affects the whole family.

Today she has felt very depressed.  She’s looking around the house at all the things she could be doing (folding laundry, etc.) and feeling very depressed about it.  The children haven’t quite figured out that Mommy hasn’t quite recovered from the surgery she had two weeks ago.  I’m trying to do what I can, but running two businesses takes time.

I have moved the one business home and have been shutting down the other when she needs me.

Tomorrow we have an appointment to get the results of the MRI and PET scans.  I generally update at Twitter on the go.  I’ll be updating here as I can.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Mrs. Vulcan Stev's Fight | , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Stev’s month late movie review “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

Originally posted at the Dire Cafe January 9, 2009


Keanu Reeves … Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly … Helen Benson
Kathy Bates … Regina Jackson
Jaden Smith … Jacob Benson
John Cleese … Professor Barnhardt
Jon Hamm … Michael Granier
Kyle Chandler … John Driscoll

I didn’t go into this movie with high expectations as remakes are not known for their originality. That said, this was a very well done movie. Having seen (and owning) the original on DVD, I can say that the spirit of the original exists in this remake. However with the Cold War emphasis of the 1951 version replaced with a more environmental theme, this new imagining definitely captures the current zeitgeist of Hollywood. I had but one reservation with this film and will detail that below.

Reviewers: Mrs. VS, PIT’s # 2&3

VS: 1.75 pointed ears. Gort is here and much more menacing. The ship is not a saucer but something that is more plausible for traveling through space. Klaatu again learns about humanity’s potential through the eyes of a child. My only quibble is the highly ambiguous ending. Did Klaatu leave the Earth in that condition?

Mrs. VS 1.5 pointed ears. I went to see this movie with my family. I was expecting to have a nap. I was expecting the standard “hubby” movie with car chases and explosions. I was not expecting a drama with Sci Fi overtones. I actually began paying attention about a third of the way through.

PIT #2 2 pointed ears. I actually understood what was going on in this movie. When Dad sat down to watch the original, I couldn’t figure out why it was supposed to be SF. This movie is only SF because it has an alien.

PIT #3 1 pointed ear. Very few explosions. No car chases. At least there was no kissing. This was a boring movie. I did spot the guy from “Early Edition” and “King Kong”.

Overall 6.25 pointed ears out of 8

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Stev’s month-late movie review… “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor “

Originally published at the Dire Cafe August 23, 2008

Brendan Fraser … Rick O’Connellmummy_tomb_of_the_dragon_emperor_ver41
Jet Li … Emperor Han
Maria Bello … Evelyn O’Connell
John Hannah … Jonathan Carnahan
Michelle Yeoh … Zi Juan
Luke Ford … Alex O’Connell
Isabella Leong … Lin

To say that I was shocked that The Mummy made it to the dollar theater before “The Dark Knight” is somewhat of an understatement. Nevertheless it was on our list of “Must-go-see-in-the-theater” so off we went. V.S. and P.I.T.s 1, 2, & 3 went to see the latest Mummy flick. Mrs. V.S. opted out of this one.

It’s 1946, Rick and Eve worked for the government as spies during WWII. They’ve retired from the “Sporting Life” and are both loathe to admit to each other that they miss it.

Little Alex has grown up and is following in his parent’s footsteps. Johnathan is trying to get as far away from mummies as possible.

It was nice to see an expansion on the franchise out of Egypt. The China setting isn’t the first place that I’d go when thinking of mummies but it worked.

Overall rating:
6 pointed ears ( out of 8 )

V.S.: 1 ear, This was an ok flick. It would’ve been much better had Rachel Weisz come back as Evelyn. Don’t get me wrong Maria Bello did a bang up job but the chemistry was just off between her and Brandon Fraiser.

The Yeti seemed to be too much of a Deux Ex Machina for my tastes.

PIT #1: 1 ear, Cool use of the Terra Cotto soldiers actually found in China. Spent a good portion of the movie trying to remember that Michelle Yeoh was ‘Wai Linn’ in Tomorrow Never Dies

PIT #2: 2 ears, Great movie. Did find it hard to believe that Rick and Eve didn’t look like they had aged that much.

PIT #3: 2 ears, Kissing scenes at an acceptable minimum. The explosions could’ve been bigger. He would have preferred to see the plane actually fall off the mountainside.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vulcan Stev’s Month-Late Movie Review… “The Incredible Hulk”

Originally posted at the Dire CafeJuly 8, 2008. I’m re-posting it here because it gives the reasons behind the title of the column. My format has changed somewhat since then.hulkposter_thumbnail

In his ongoing effort to see movies before they come out on DVD, our pointed eared friend must wait for the local theater to show what you all saw last month. Since most of the discussion surrounding current Hollywood fare show up on these boards weeks before our theater even thinks of getting the movie in, I refrain from discussing the movie until I’ve seen it.

I’m surprised that we hadn’t been talking more about this flick, but The Incredible Hulk came to the dollar theater this week.

I will admit to going with mixed feelings. Hulk (2003) was a weak story supported by a good cast. It also had some very “innovative” montage effects that tried to make you feel like you were watching a comic book come to life. Over all though Ang Lee’s Hulk was not what a Hulk movie needed to be.

My first thought when I learned that The Incredible Hulk was in production, I wondered why they were making a sequel. When I discovered that it was not a sequel I wondered why we only needed to wait five years for the comic book to become a film again. I mean how long did we wait for Superman to return to the big screen? Batman?

I took the kids, mainly because it was a buck and my children all appreciate Action/Adventure movies. I wasn’t expecting much out of the movie except two hours in the air conditioning. I was pleasantly surprised.

The story follows a combination of both Marvel’s classic and Ultimate origin stories for the Hulk. There are nods to the TV series, Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby all make cameos. Everything that I liked about the Hulk was in this movie

William Hurt played Gen Ross as well as Sam Elliot. Liv Tyler wouldn’t have been my first choice for Betty Ross but she played the maternally protective girlfriend to a “T”. Ed Norton got Bruce Banner right equal parts brilliant scientist and fugitive.

I get what Marvel studios wants to do. They want the Marvel Universe to exist not only in the pages of their monthly comic books but they want to have it on the big screen as well. Spider-Man was supposed to cameo in one of the X-Men movies. Columbia Pictures (or 20th Century Fox) threw a hissy about having a “Non-studio character” appear in the movie.

Marvel has gone to producing their own movies and having the studios release them. I’m not spoilering anything here when I say that Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark cameos in TIH. Marvel got what it wanted. Whether or not they can pull it off remains to be seen.

I will say that after watching TIH, I am eagerly awaiting the upcoming Thor, Captain America movie and Avengers in 2011. Marvel has partial screen control over their universe and currently seem to making the most of it.

If Warner Brothers had any sense they would attempt to do the same for DC.

Vulcan Stev(and clan)’s rating 3.5 pointed ears (out of four). The youngest thought there was too much kissing and not enough smashing. If you didn’t see this movie because of the bad taste in your mouth left by Ang Lee’s Hulk, please go see it. This movie was done right.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvel, Movie Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Stev’s Month Late Movie Review… Meet the Reviewers

Vulcan Stev, age: 40-something. Likes action-adventure, SF, and comedy. Hasn’t found a movie yet that he’ll walk out of after paying for admission.

Mrs Vulcan-Stev, age 40-something. Doesn’t like movies per se` Will go along with the family for some flicks. If she gives it a poistive review that’s saying something about the likability of the movie.

Paladin-In-Training (P.I.T.) #1, age 17 (F). Likes: SF, anime, romance. She’s the girl I wish I could’ve dated in high school (no funny jokes here). Her tastes in movies are remarkably similar to mine. She is a chip off the old block.

P.I.T. #2, age 14 (M) Likes: Action-Adventure, comedy, and some SF. He’s not as into SF as his older sister but I haven’t found a movie yet that he wouldn’t watch.

P.I.T. #3 age 10 (M) Likes movies. will watch anything and eveything. He rates his movies on the number of stunts and things that blow up. Kissing (or other related “icky” stuff) always degrade his rating of the movie.

Reviews will given in this format/person 2 ears – loved it, 1 ear – meh, 0 ears – don’t bother. I will state how many reviewers went along.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment