2009-2010 Golden Icon Awards

Posted January 21, 2010 by helpfirst
Categories: Golden Icon Awards

FILM

Best Dramatic Film:  Inglorious Basterds

Best Comedic Film: 500 Days of Summer

Best Animated Film: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Best Sci Fi Film: Star Trek

Best Action Film: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Best Family Film: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Best Actor, Film: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer

Best Actress, Film: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

TELEVISION

Best Dramatic Series: Stargate Universe

Best Comedic Series: Two and a Half Men

Best Children’s Series: Sid the Science Kid

Best Reality Series: America’s Got Talent

Best Actor, Television Drama: Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds

Best Actress, Television Drama: Emily Proctor, CSI Miami

Best Actor, Television Comedy: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Best Actress, Television Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock

STAGE

Best Play:  Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Las Vegas)

Best Musical: Memphis (Broadway)

Best Actor, Play: Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King (Broadway)

Best Actress, Play: Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit (Broadway)

Best Actor, Musical: John Stamos, Bye Bye Birdie (Broadway)

Best Actress, Musical: Karen Olivio, West Side Story (Broadway)

MUSIC

Best Adult Contemporary Artist: Taylor Swift

Best Rock Artist: Bon Jovi

Best Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Best Hip Hop Artist: Eminem

Best Blues Artist: Robert Cray

DVD Review: Confessions of a Superhero

Posted December 12, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: DVD Documentary, DVD Indie, DVD Reviews, DVD Superhero

Confessions of a Superhero is a very interesting documentary about would-be actors making a living working for tips posing for pictures with tourists while dressed up like superheroes. The meat of the documentary follows Chris – who has been portraying Superman on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for over 11 years. Also on tap are a Batman with anger management issues, a former cheerleader now posing as Wonder Woman, and a former homeless man making the grade as The Hulk. The film lets the viewer into the lives of the actors – their dreams, their delusions, their successes, and their failures. It is a beautifully made film and well worth watching. 5 Stars

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: LaCie Golden Disk external hard drive

Posted November 25, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Technology Products & Reviews

Armed with USB 2.0 connectivity, the GOLDEN DISK external hard drive from LaCie is a smooth, stylish drive that adds a touch of artistic flash to the desktop. Storage capaicity of 1TB makes the Golden Disk a powerful workhorse. Engineered to allow easy backup, exchange, and transfer of files. Fanless design. Plug-and-play. MSRP $130. 4.5 Stars.

DVD REVIEW: Superhero Movie

Posted November 25, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: DVD Action, DVD Comedy, DVD Reviews, DVD Sci Fi, DVD Superhero

SUPERHERO MOVIE, from the creators of Scary Movie, aims to spoof the comic book superhero film genre. The movie ties itself too closely to the Spider-Man storyline rather than branch out to encompass superhero films in general. The result is occasionally funny, but lacks laugh-out-loud comedy despite an appearance by spoof veteran Leslie Nielsen. 1.5 Stars.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Western Digital My Book Mirror USB 2.0 external hard drive

Posted November 23, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Technology Products & Reviews

The Western Digital MY BOOK MIRROR EDITION is a USB 2.0, two-drive external hard drive storage device. Drive can be configured as either RAID 1 (for duel data backup) or RAID 0 (for full 2-drive storage capacity). The My Book Mirror comes preconfigured for RAID 1 in capacities up to 2TB. It is designed with user replaceable hard drives, but it should be noted the My Book Mirror only supports Western Digital brand drives. Overall good performance. Comes with a three-year warranty and useful bundled backup software. 3 Stars.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme hard drive

Posted November 23, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Technology Products & Reviews

From Seagate, the FREEAGENT XTREME is a dependable external storage drive. Equipped with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and eSata connections, the FreeAgent Xtreme keeps its price-per-gigabyte (up to 2TB) within range of competing brand models with fewer connection options. Overall very dependable, with quiet operation and professional appearance. 3 Stars.

DVD Review: Star Trek

Posted November 21, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: DVD Action, DVD Adventure, DVD Drama, DVD Reviews, DVD Sci Fi

From director J. J. Abrams, STAR TREK reinvents the origins of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Chris Pine is delightfully realistic as young cadet Kirk embarking on his first Star Fleet mission. Zachary Quinto is perfectly cast as young Commander Spock. Stealing every scene he’s in, Karl Urban is outstanding as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Rounding out the crew are Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. The elements of history are exciting – learning the origins of Kirk’s birth, seeing Spock battle his human versus Vulcan genetics, why a space-fearing McCoy is in Star Fleet to begin with (he lost everything to his ex-wife in their divorce and had no other options but Star Fleet), and how Kirk comes to be in command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The story gets a bit muddy in places but the overall story is solid and it makes for an enjoyable escape. Eric Bana co-stars as the villain and Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in the original series and subsequent films) appears as an older, time-traveling version of Spock. 4 Stars.