Peggapalooza!: Kill Me Three Times

Kill Me Three Times“Kill Me Three Times” on IMDB

Action/Comedy, 90 Minutes, 2014

The celebration of Simon Pegg [IMDB] continues with this Australian import. Pegg exercises his range here, taking on the role of Charlie Wolfe, a professional doer of dirty deeds and all-around bad guy. He’s been hired by a local club owner (Callan Mulvey [IMDB]) to eliminate his cheating wife (Alice Braga [IMDB]).

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Peggapalooza!: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

IMDB, A Fantastic Fear of Everything“A Fantastic Fear of Everything” on IMDB

Comedy, 100 Minutes, 2012

This celebration of things Simon Pegg [IMDB] (not Simon Pegg’s thing) starts with this 2012 dark comedy. Pegg plays Jack, an unstable author who’s spent the better part of a year researching Victorian serial killers for a new book. He began the project simply to lose the stigma of his unexpected success as a children’s author, but his obsession has led to intense paranoia. When his agent arranges a meeting with an American film producer, his already fragile grip on reality snaps.

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Peggapalooza!: Let’s Celebrate Simon Pegg!

WikiPedia, Simon PeggSimon Pegg is all flavors of awesome. He’s known for smart, layered stories that reward multiple viewings and, from all available evidence, a hell of good guy.

Both me and Edgar [Wright] are firm believers in never underestimating or talking down to an audience, and giving an audience something to do, to give them something which is entirely up to them to enter into the film and find these hidden things and whatever.

Just because, “why not?” (and because I noticed that I had several of his films queued), I’m going to celebrate his work with a series of reviews. Being a fan, I’ve already reviewed a few of his movies:

  • Paul: An underrated, often forgotten ode to fandom, conspiracy and doing the right thing. Starring and written by Pegg and his hetero life partner, Nick Frost.
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: I loathed this, but I don’t blame Pegg in the least. I blame Damon Lindelof for… everything.
  • The World’s End: The third of Pegg’s, Edgar Wright’s and Nick Frost’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. It may be the worst of the three, but in a “third best Beatle” way.
  • The Box Trolls: LAIKA’s sublime stop-motion wizardry made ever so slightly better for including Pegg’s voice.

We also end our annual Easter zombie festival, Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters, with the utter perfection that is Shaun of the Dead. This may be the film that immortalized him, but an impressive collection of cameos and voice work along with performances in venerable properties like Doctor WhoStar Wars and, of course, Star Trek cemented him firmly as geek royalty.

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

I hope you’ll join me here over the next week or so for this impromptu Peggapalooza! (I was going to call it “Pegging Movies”, but Google convinced me not to do that.)

Movie Review: Norman

IMDB, Norman“Norman” on IMDB

Comedy/Drama, 99 Minutes, 2010

Similar to 2011’s excellent “The Lie” [My Review], this explores how the pressures of life can sometimes force good people to make poor choices and, ultimately, how they deal with the consequences. Here, snarky, unpopular high-schooler Norman (Dan Byrd [IMDB]), has recently dealt with the death of his mother and is now watching his father (Richard Jenkins [IMDB]) succumb painfully to stomach cancer. When berated by a schoolmate about his recent flakiness, he blurts out that he has cancer.

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

IMDB, Suicde Squad“Suicide Squad” on IMDB

Action/Adventure, 123 Minutes, 2016

This is the third film in the contiguous DC cinematic universe. It follows Man of Steel [My Review] and Batman v. Superman [My Review]. I enjoyed the first for its careful initial character development, but recognized its many flaws. I bemoaned the fact that character development was forgotten in the vapid, overwrought follow-up. Both left fans wanting more and Suicide Squad with every chance to be the first truly great entry in the series.

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Movie Review: Bait

IMDB, Bait“Bait” on IMDB

Horror, 93 Minutes, 2012

The “sharks in places that aren’t the ocean” genre has been woefully under served lately. Sure, we have enough “Sharknado” movies to field a Little League team, but purists rightfully scoff at these periodic, vacuous money grabs. They know that real “sharks in places that aren’t the ocean” movies have something more, something truer. They have heart.

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Accessing SharePoint Lists with JavaScript using DP Tools Part One: The Basics

SharePoint LogoSharePoint lists are amazingly versatile for storing data in an “almost database” kind of way. For those with access to enterprise features and SharePoint Designer, accessing that data to create custom displays and reports is point-and-click easy. Those if us without such access have to get a little more… creative.

Thankfully, SharePoint provides a full roster of Web Services, accessible from client-side code, to leverage its features and data. Accessing these from JavaScript can be confounding or, at the very least, cumbersome. To address this in my work, I’ve created a set of abstractions to make the process as painless as possible. There are obviously other ways – many other ways – to achieve the same thing, this is simply my way of doing it.

  • This technique allows us to pull information from any site accessible to the client, local or not.
  • You and all intended end users must have Read Access to the site and list you’re working with. This is client-side code, after all.
  • You can pull data into other SharePoint pages, of course, but also into non-sharepoint web sites.
  • See my article , “Accessing SharePoint List with Visual Basic for Applications“, for examples of using the services with client-side applications such as Word and Excel.

These examples were developed against SharePoint 2010, but should also work in the 2007 and 2013 versions.

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Movie Review: The Killing Joke

IMDB, The Killing Joke“The Killing Joke” on IMDB

Action/Crime, 116 Minutes, 2016

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 graphic novel, “The Killing Joke” was considered the quintessential Joker story of the modern era. It became the definitive origin story of the character and starkly highlighted the depths of his depravity. More importantly, it delved more deeply than ever before into the dark, codependent relationship between Batman and the Joker. It remains, nearly thirty years later, one of the most influential stories in all of comics.

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Movie Review: London Has Fallen

IMDB, London Has Fallen“London Has Fallen” on IMDB

Action/Drama, 99 Minutes, 2015

[This is the 600th movie review that I’ve posted. Hooray for arbitrary large, round numbers!]

This is a sequel to the 2013 blockbuster “Olympus has Fallen” [My Review]. That review summarized the movie as, “Action fans will find a lot to like but unfortunately it lacks the soul to make it truly great.” This entry in the increasingly unlikely series could be summed up in much the same way.

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