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It All Seems So Familiar

This weekend was a movie triple header. The first up was “The Kings Speech.” When this movie came out it really didn’t come out and say “Watch me!” In fact, I really had no intention of seeing at all. And of course when it won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a lead role and Best writer/screenplay, I could most definitely say I did not want to see it. When my boss came in one day and said she saw it and it was really good I was beginning to drift a little closer to the thought of watching it. One night as we were surfing through Netflix my wife saw it and asked me to put it in the que. All I got from the trailer was this movie was about a king that needed a speech therapist. I think that is what turned me off to it because I immediately thought of “My Fair Lady.”

I stand corrected, this movie was very good. Colin Furth plays Prince Albert, the Duke of York and tells the true story of his unfortunate stammering, a very serious speech impediment, especially if you do a lot of public speaking. His very first speech, which his father, King George V insisted he do, was a complete disaster. After seeing specialist after specialist he gave up and said never again. His wife, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Helena Bonham-Carter – nominated for best supporting actress by Oscar), found one anyway. Lionel Lobe, played by Jeffery Rush did an excellent job and should have gotten the Oscar for his nomination of best supporting actor – but I guess Oscar figured four was enough. One of my favorite scenes was when Bertie heard his voice for the first time. One reason I felt good about this movie could have been the fact that I sort of felt for King George the VI because I also had a speech impediment – it wasn’t stammering, but I hated not being understood and having to go to therapy to learn how to talk. I think even since this was based off fact what really kept the movie interesting were the actors. As good as it was I couldn’t help but notice all the Harry Potter actors that were in it. It was almost a Hogsworth reunion. Here is another favorite scene;

No String Attached was another movie I was skeptical about, maybe because of the appearance of Ashton Kutcher as Adam, (for some reason I never really liked his style of comedy), a screenwriter for a TV show that combines musical numbers and high school. Hmm, sounds familiar. This also stars Natalie Portman as Emma (I wonder if the writers toyed with the idea of naming her character Eve), a medical resident in LA. The two first meet in summer camp and become friends –through the years they meet again a few times until they find out they both live in the same city. They start as friends but end up as friends with benefits. Guess the question here if there is a question, is can a man and women have a NSA relationship without love getting in the way? Unfortunately we know what happens in this movie and how it ends, I suppose what made it interesting and a little humorous in spots was getting to that point. This also stared Kevin Kline as Adam’s father – a successful TV star that is now seeing Adam’s ex-girlfriend, and Ludacris as one of Adam’s best friends and confidants. (Some people should stick with one profession and go with it.) And as an afterthought, I usually have a little bit of an issue with too much sex in a movie, but I suppose in this one it is needed. It was a cute movie, but I am glad I didn’t waste money to see this in a theatre.

Our third movie was a little chick flick called You again. The story of a girl named Marnie, played by Kristen Bell, and life in high school and after. Seems she was teased a lot by the school bully Joanna, played by Odette Annable (Never heard of her, but she was in a Transformers movie). After high school Marnie becomes very successful in a PR company and also becomes very hot! [When I first met my wife and we were watching a lot of TV and movies, every time a famous actress or even a hot one came on the screen she would ask me if I would do them. At first I was afraid to answer but I finally figured out a way to make it good. The answer is almost always a “Yes – but I would rather do you.” That was how I answered when she asked about Kristen Bell.] Marnie never forgot about high school and the torture she experienced at the hands of Joanna – something she should really work on. It all comes to a head when she is invited back home, to her home town, to attend her brother’s wedding. If you guessed he was marring Joanna, you would be right. Less than an hour into the film we discover that Marnie’s and Joanna’s mom have history also, played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver. Victor Garber also has a role as Marnie’s Dad which he plays very well. Betty Davis has the best lines as Marnie’s grandma and near the end we even see Cloris Leachman in a very small cameo, but worth it. Marnie’s goal in this movie seems to be proving Joanna to be the mean person she really is instead of the one she is playing – all sugar and spice, and very nice. The ending wasn’t too much of a surprise to me but it was a cute movie. I gave it 3 stars on Netflix and it was the worse movie I saw this weekend, so in honor of that, the blooper reel. Enjoy.


As I was typing this out I realized that I had something in common with all of these movies. How about you?

Oh, by the way, next month is my Birthday month so watch for some special offers on my books, yes – even the one that I am trying to get my editor to look at. She seems to be stalling and that isn’t a good sign. And I also signed up for my very first Nanowrimo. The hardest part will be to ignore my editing and spelling mistakes as I pound away at the keyboard at 17 wpm. (Yeah, I’m practicing; however typing with a broken finger is a challenge.)


Order – Disordered

I was planning on doing more movie reviews this afternoon, but when the wife found out what the movies were she gave me “The look.” This is her trade mark expression whenever she believes I have done something wrong. Her eyes become narrow slits; all you can see is the bright green line of her cornea as her eyebrows crunch down over her brow. Occasionally she will do either the thin flat lipped scowl, or just settle for the jaw dropping expression that says basically, “What the F___ were you thinking?”

Fortunately, I do not get this a lot; in fact this was the first time in at least a month since this look crossed her lovely face. But I got the message loud and clear – the movies, “Gulliver’s Travels” with Jack Black and “The Killer,” with Chow Yun Fat made in 1989, went back to Netflix unopened, and unwatched. Instead this weekend, between cleaning the house, getting rid of the jungle that has spread across our back yard – my wife calls herself the Queen of Thistles because we get so many and they always come back bigger – and suffering through countless hours of news that my mom likes to watch. (Why is that old people – over 80 – like to watch the news so much? I care about what is happening in the world, but I can only take it in small increments no bigger than 90 minutes.) We caught up on the shows we missed for the past two weeks. The Closer, Rissole & Isles, Warehouse 13, The Glades, Memphis Beat, Falling Skies, Alphas, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, White Collar, and Royal Pains. All of these shows can keep my attention for a little while, until I can see what’s coming before it happens. I pay more attention to the Sci-Fi than anything else except for The Closer and Rissole & Isles.

Warehouse 13 is very enjoyable – some of the stories they come up with about these artifacts are very interesting and will keep you guessing. But when I saw Jerri Ryan get stung by an Egyptian Golden beetle I really expected her to turn into a Borg. Sorry – that is typecasting.

Alphas is okay, a nice fresh look at super powers or are they more like mutants. It is hard to tell but it hasn’t lost me yet.

Falling Skies is keeping my brain moving, which TV shows should do. With the type of race indentified last week as the ones in charge of the Skitters I’m thinking maybe they were originally humanoid. As a side note – I know the season finale was last night, I haven’t watched it yet – with our schedule it will take a couple of days to watch both hours. (A season finale already? Wow.)

Memphis Beat I can do without only because I always see the guy from My Name is Earl and when it comes to situation comedies you better make me laugh in ten minutes or I turn you off for good – that didn’t make the cut.

The rest keep my interest, fresh takes on old themes, and only the occasional story that has run ground so many times. But I understand that when it comes to writing TV mysteries the hardest part is not making it seem so familiar and trying to think of different ways to kill people that haven’t been done before is damn hard.

Between the breaks, early morning rising for early hours, and sometimes when I get home before 1pm, I watch Netflix Instant play, since when they raise their price in September I will be canceling at least that part. I have been watching Star Trek: Enterprise, if I can convince my mom that she has watched enough news. Surprisingly enough she likes it. She says it is a lot more entertaining than the news and I agree. I’m closing in on the last few episodes of Season 3 now, the only season I do not have of any Star Trek series. The acting keeps improving from season to season, and the stories are all beginning to tie in with each other – but there is so much time travel in this four season pre Star Trek: TOS even I am getting confused. I do like the fact that the ships in this are totally CGI – I think all the effects from space are CGI also, I may be mistaken. And what I really like is the fact that they digitally re-mastered the original series to have the same look, CGI planets, ships and everything they could without destroying the feel of the series. Of course they did this right before I got my hands on the original series and – NetFlix Instant play (or whatever it is called) doesn’t have the CGI versions. Bummer.

Since my mom has been living with us for a little over a month it has made life rather interesting, and somewhat strained. But nothing I can’t handle. (I blame my medication for my easy going attitude.) She does embarrass me occasionally, like when we went to an apartment complex, which she knew was an apartment complex, and asked if they provide meals or transportation. “Okay, uh no they don’t, this is not assisted living mom.”

I checked those out too, I don’t understand why some are so expensive. One place wanted $2400.00 a month, true they were all-inclusive, three meals a day, activities, runs to hospitals and doctor offices and even onsite pharmacies, but do they have to take all their money?

But we are getting closer to a solution, and hopefully in a month things may be back to normal.

I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.

Oh yes, must express my condolences for the loss of my step daughters cat, Sushi. She went Sunday to the big scratching post in the sky. Bye Sushie – may cat heaven fit you well.

You have to be true to your own blood, especially if they are retired and extremely dangerous

More to themselves than anything else.

Due to circumstances that were a little out of control; my 81 year old mother is now the newest member of my immediate family. Add to that a 23 year old stepson and a 21 year old stepdaughter, not to mention the six dogs (one is moms) two ferrets, one cat and one rat, the house has become a little crowded. For some unknown reason the kids are beginning to socialize more in person, having more face to face relationships instead of through a computer monitor. And of course they all congregate at the house. All this makes for a noisy house and leaves me only one place to concentrate on writing, at work. There are still too many interruptions there to get in a decent paragraph.

My mom is alright, fairly healthy but forgetful and a little wobbly on her feet. Other than that she can take care of herself. I just dislike watching news all day long, but I know it could be worse.

Surprisingly enough she doesn’t mind watching the shows we record on the DVR, the weird ones the kids complain about.



For the past month we have been watching True Blood Season 3. Yes we are deprived and don’t have HBO, yet. My wife is a big fan of vampires and watches almost everything out there to do with vampires. Twilight doesn’t appeal to her so we never saw it. She likes the blood and gore about as much as I do. She received True Blood Season 1 for a Christmas present a few years ago and even I got thrown into the life of Sookie Stackhouse and friends. I for one enjoy the older versions of the vampire stories out there, Dracula, Nosferatu, and Anne Rice’s vampire series. (Tried her other books but really never got into them.) But True Blood is totally different.

In this HBO series vampires have come out of the closet or crypt so to speak, and now interact more with humans, only at night, and drink a synthetic mixture called true blood. In season 1 we meet Bill, a vampire that has been around for a couple hundred years. He is infatuated with Sookie – she can read minds, except for vampires. Of course they fall in lust and have a lot of sex, which this show is full of. There is almost as much sex as there is blood. The first seasons explores the realms of vampires and introduces us to a lot other eccentric characters. Sookie’s best friend Tara (spelling) her brother Jason (who is the town idiot that usually is seen having sex with someone.) The area vampire sheriff Eric, who at this time is the oldest vampire we meet. We discover that Sookie’s boss is a shape shifter and this mystery leads us into season 2. This time we have weird people that want to wipe out the vampires because they are evil. There is also some type of voodoo priestess that ends up controlling everyone’s mind, except for Sookie and some vampires. We also meet the woman (would a female vampire be a vampires?) that turned Bill and the Queen of the vampires.


Season 3 is a lot better than both those, which is the way it should be. We learn a few things about Bill, and what he is actually doing in Sookie’s life. And some more about Sookie’s amazing powers and what she is. (Sorry – if you’re looking for spoilers, look somewhere else.) We also meet the werewolves. Now these peaked my interest because they were not the normal holly wood version with weird special effects that make their faces distort or have mats of hair glued onto their bodies. They use actual wolfs in the making of this and the only thing they changed were the eye color. The ending of this season puts the mind in gear for Season 4, which we will see when it comes on DVD.

The entire series has a great look to it, very humorous and keeps you wanting a lot more. Considering where they went with season 4, makes you wonder what other supernatural creatures they will come up with for season 5.





Sunday we abandoned all hope and watched RED. RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) was a very good movie, surprises and twists everywhere with a great ending. For some reason the very last shot brought back memories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hmm. It might have been the music.

RED stars Bruce Willis as retired CIA agent Frank Moses. Not only is her retired, he is extremely bored. He ends up falling for a voice on the phone (been there done that), Sarah Ross – the insurance rep trying to find out why he isn’t getting his retirement checks. She is played by Mary Louise Parker. What does age have to do with love? Just kidding, he is only nine years older than her.

Within the first 10 minutes (I think it was 10) someone, actually a lot of someone’s, try to kill Frank. His first thought is the protection of Sarah so off he runs to kidnap her. Through the journey we meet the CIA agent sent out to retire Frank, William Cooper played by Karl Urban. Some of Frank’s old friends Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich (He does play a great crazy person) and Helen Mirren. Plus an old enemy – Ivan Simanov played by Brian Cox. They soon discover that there is a hit team out for all of them – now they have to find out why and who is behind it.

This movie is highly recommended by me, I enjoyed it anyway. There is lots of gun play and neat little tricks to impress any spy lover, great little splashes of humor – usually delivered effortlessly by John Malkovich.


If you saw these, let me know what you thought of them. Or let me know what you watched this weekend.

It’s a birthday month, and those always come with a hangover

It was a Birthday weekend, no not mine. My loving wife turned 47 Sunday – she loves to celebrate as much as possible, starting at the first of the month I tell her “Happy Birthday month” if I remember.

The celebration started Friday with lunch/dinner at TGIFriday’s. They have Guiness malt (Guinness beer in a milk shake – awesome.)

Saturday was a movie (I’ll get to that later) at home and pizza night. Sunday we journeyed down to Kentucky to witness the Norwood Highlanders  in a game of vintage baseball at Florence Freedom Stadium Vintage baseball is played with 1869 rules, no gloves, if the ball is caught after the first bounce it is considered out. That and many other changes from what we know today make it a very interesting game of Baseball. The fact they played on Astroturf for the first time was interesting also. After they won their game, we stuck around for the regular Minor league game.

Now I am not a big beer drinker, my limit is like two – I prefer the hard stuff which is difficult to get at a ball park. I had four beers. The wife says I need to drink more to build up my tolerances. At least I had fun and I think I remember everything.

I sit here today with just a slight headache, no hangover. Speaking of which; Saturday’s movie was THE HANGOVER.


Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) and Tracy Garner (Sasha Barrese) are getting married on Sunday. But before Doug gets hitched in a marriage to his rich young bride, his two best friends,  Phil Wenneck and Stu Price, and his soon to be brother-in-law, Alan Garner – drive Tracy’s father’s mint condition Mercedes convertible to Las Vegas for the typical bachelor party. Phil, (played by Bradley Cooper) is a married high school teacher that is still lost in his teens. Stu, (Ed Helms) is a dentist suffering through courtship with his very controlling girlfriend Melissa (Rachael Harris – she plays a very good “B”). Stu has to lie to her, telling her they are going on a wine tasting weekend in the Napa Valley. Even against the advice of his pals, he still wants to marry her. (As I told my wife – I would not be able to handle this relationship.) When it comes to Alan (Zach Galifianakis), there is just something not right with him, which is he proves again and again.

They arrive in Vegas in one piece and make a pack – “This weekend will never be talked about or discussed ever again.” Only because they wake up the next morning and don’t remember anything. There is a tiger trapped in the bathroom, a chicken running around the trashed main room, a baby in teh closet and Stu has lost his Grandmothers wedding ring, that he was going to give his girlfriend, plus a front tooth. Oh yeah, they also lost Doug his mattress and the Mercedes.

They spend the weekend trying to figure out what happened and where Doug is. There is a special appearance in here of Mike Tyson which was okay; I think he was hit in the head a little too much. During their journey they meet the police and a real crazy Oriental played to the hilt by Ken Jeong.

I’m not one into raunchy comedies so when I clicked on the “view unrated version” my step daughter almost went into shock. On a scale of 1 to 10 – I would say the laughs in this movie are a minus 1. I did laugh once when Stu told Alan he was “Too stupid to be insulted.” I figure if you have to use the “F” word to get a laugh it wasn’t funny in the first place and that word is used a lot in this movie. I am glad I didn’t see this movie in the theatre and pay an arm and a leg. If you need a good laugh – this might work if you are into silly comedies that try too hard to be funny.

What I can’t understand is why they made another one. My wife requested this, and the sequel, mainly because of Bradley Cooper. She likes him in Alias and he has come a long way.

So, how was your weekend and what silly movies did you see?

Weekend Movies

We had a little more time on our hands this weekend and watched five movies, and a couple more episodes of the second season of Lost, (I’m still lost ~ and so are they.)

I should call this the Bill Nighy marathon, not on purpose.

The first three we watched were the Underworld movies, we started off with Underworld: Rise of the Lykins. If you like vampires and werewolves, this is your kind of movie. Just don’t think too hard about it as you are enjoying the blood and violence. I’m sure there was a lot in it, but it was hard to tell because it was so dark. This is not really the very beginning, but it is close.

Bill Nighy is Viktor, an ancient Vampire trying to preserve his race in a war against the lycans, better known as werewolves. Also along for the ride is his daughter Sonya, played by the beautiful Rhona Mitra. Born among the Creatures of the night is Lucian, played by Michael Sheen. He is different; he can change whenever he wants to into a werewolf. Victor keeps him as a slave, with a necklace that stops him from turning. All this takes place in the 1400’s I think. Lucian accidently falls in love with Sonya which pisses off Viktor and things start to change. I won’t ruin the ending, but you have all probably seen it anyway. It is basically a short little movie that was similar to Romeo and Juliette with a little Beauty and the Beast thrown in for fun. I enjoyed this very much; I have always between a sucker for good makeup and special effects. The main issue I had was the night scenes were a little too dark to make them out clearly. There was also no gratuitous sex in this one. I don’t think I would have liked living back then, everyone was always moody and fighting.

Next in line was Underworld. The sexy Kate Beckinsale is Selene, a Death Hunter (vampire) on the search for werewolves. She discovers deceit and a secret the wolves are looking for – some rare immortal blood is surging through the veins of Michael (played by Scott Speedman). During the whole movie she manages to wake up Victor who in turn has his own issues. I would be a little grumpy too if I had to sleep over four centuries. Through death and destruction, Michael and Selene escape and become the hunted. That’s where this ends…

…and Underworld Evolution begins. But first – another history lesson that invents – I mean introduces two brothers, one bitten by a bat, one bitten by a werewolf – both of immortal blood. (See above). They are basically the beginning of the races – Personally, I like Luanne Rice’s take on the beginnings of Vampires. I suppose that is what instantly turned me off to this series when I first saw them. This marathon was my wife’s idea, she loves all things vampires, but she refuses to watch Bela Lugosi in the original Dracula. Well back to the movie – Marcus, the next head vampire in line to be awaken wakes up pissed – he is the first, and he learns of the deceit that happened in the movie before him. After killing everyone in his coven, he starts his hunt for his brother – the werewolf. Through more violence, death, and a very short sex scene with Michael and Selene, things start to heat up with more action and death and rebirth and death. I am beginging to see a theme here.

Next – was Wild Target. Bill Nighy stars as a perfect hit man with a strong case of OCD. He always gets his man, or in this case, his woman. It seems to run in the family since his dad was in the same profession and his mother is behind him all the way. Until he decides not to kill a target (Hey – I’ve seen this theme before) who just happens to be Rose, played by Emily Blunt. He saves her instead and they are both now being chased by more killers hired by the guy that hired him. Unfortunately, along for the ride is Tony, played very badly by Rubert Grint. I think he was in here to give the movie some levity; it really didn’t need it because watching Bill Nighy as a serious all business hit man was funny enough. Also mixed up with the British humor – I thought this was a very good, sometimes humorous movie. It got three stars. I think Rubert did this to wash away the Harry Potter residue – in a few scenes we see him soaking in a bubble bath while smoking a cigarette and he ends up shooting one man twice, at which point Bill decides to make him his apprentice. Uhh,. Bill, he shot the SAME GUY TWICE! At the end of the movie I think he was still alive.

Even with that, it is still a pretty funny movie. Not the funniest, but pretty good.

Now for the clincher; there is a movie out there called Monters. This is not the animated movie but a Sci-Fi flick about some aliens brought back from the Moon, of all places. These are very dangerous to Earthlings and are kept in a quarantined zone in Mexico. This is where it lost me, well maybe that and the bad acting and the lousy effects that were so bad they could only be shot in the dark!

I had a little piece wrote up on Lost, but I seem to have misplaced it.

Oh, before I forget, check out Wistful Nebulae A great blog by a good friend, MPax.

Hope you liked today’s reviews. More to come next week, Kick-Ass and The Last Airbender

The weekend movie list:

Okay, here we go – something new. First I will explain where this idea came from. At our house we record all our favorite shows so we can zip through the commercials as fast as possible when they come on. I usually don’t have control of the remote; it is glued to my wives hand. But once we finish the list we usually have time for more TV. We have been relaying on Netflix and their play on demand they have on the Playstation 3. Or the two movies they send me once a week. Don’t worry Mr. Egbert – your job is safe.

Our movies for the week were Cop Out and Hot Tub Time machine. I received them from Netflix and I honestly cannot figure out where they get their suggestions for me. (I think the kids have been watching stuff under my account on the play it now features.)

The first movie we watched was Hot Tub Time Machine. Okay, I like the idea of this movie, a group of college friends who have stayed together since the 80’s go to a resort where they spent one wild weekend while in college. During their stay – the hot tub shorts and they are whisked into the past. Like I said – good idea – I have always loved time travel stories…until I watched this one.

I only recognized three stars, Chevy Chase as the repair man sent from somewhere to fix the hot tub since they broke it on their trip, John Cusack as one of the college bums whose life hasn’t been all that he hoped it would be, and the guy that played Marty McFly’s dad in the Back to the Future movies, I can’t remember his name. (Crispin Glover – I looked it up) He played the one armed bell hop that has had the same job since the last time they were there. I liked his performance in this, one running gag in the film *SPOILER ALERT* is when they arrive back in time the bell hop has both his arms and there is an ever flowing gag as to when he will lose it. Like all time travel stories, they need to figure out why they are when they are and how to get back. They do this with more cussing than is needed. (Why do screen writers believe they have to use the F word so much?) Included in this trip is a son of one of them – John Cusack’s nephew – he doesn’t know who his father is, but he needs to find out before he disappears. All ends up well at the end – even better for some. I admit I did laugh a little and snicker once or twice, but I would not recommend this movie unless you are high or drunk.

COP OUT; this movie is also a complete waste of time. Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two cops who can’t seem to do their job right, a plot line that has been run down so many time you saw tire tracks on the film. I suppose Bruce is in dire need of money or he was bribed to make this film. Only he knows. As for Tracy Morgan – uh…Who? I didn’t know him at the beginning of this movie – but the wife did. I admit – sometimes I don’t pay as much attention as I should but I did notice his astounding ability to over act to Bruce’s straight man, non emotional partner. Even the movie quotes and scenes Morgan does are not as entertaining as one may think.

To fill in the empty space – which happened to be one whole day – we found Spartacus Season two, Blood and Sand. I suppose this was on the Starz network – since I remember hearing about it a little – but never really saw it. To be honest I like the movie with Kirk Douglas a lot better. I only recognized *three stars on this one, Lucy Lawless, who does an awesome job at playing Lucretia, wife of Batiatus (John Hannah from The Mummy series of movies) who owns a house of slaves in Rome and both are very cunningly devious to get what they want. The effects they used to make this look like Rome, including a nicely done Coliseum, are good. The photography reminded me a little of “300.”  I think maybe this is what they tried to do. The story line is good, a soldier is sold into slavery and ends up at the House of Batiatus and named Spartacus. All he wants to do is escape and find his wife, which for the favor of being a good little slave and not complaining about fighting in the arena, Batiatus promises to find her and bring her to him, which he does do eventually. Through lies, sex, deceit, sex, murder, sex and violence, with a little more sex, we watch as the House of Batiatus begins to crumble.

I know it is supposed to be visually impressive when you see three gallons of blood squirt out of someone’s body – but this is way too much blood for me. I admit I am not a doctor, (but I watch a lot of CSI shows) however I didn’t think the human body had that many arteries that would cause that much blood splatter. The amount of sex in this show would classify it as soft porn; they spared nothing from the camera. I know the Romans were very – hum…preoccupied with sex, but I have never seen so many orgies or sex scenes in one show or movie, unless I got it from the Hustler store. You can guarantee at least two, maybe three scenes of sex per episode. Man on man, man on woman, slave on slave, woman on woman, you name it, this show has it. (I have always wondered if they are actually doing this when they are supposed to be acting, if not, that is damn fine acting). One other thing, I got the impression that the writers tried to immolate Shakespeare since most of the dialogue, which they did have between sex takes, sounded like his play, Julius Caeser.  

*The other familiar face I thought I saw was from Season 1, which was way better than Season 2, but I think I was wrong – or the wife was. I thought I recognized her as being the female agent on Warehouse 13, but I am not sure since it does not appear in Joanne Kelly’s credit listing in IMDB, and if it aint on the net, it aint true! Or so says my step son.

Maybe the Romans did really talk like that, have wild orgies like that, I know they liked their arena fights! I wasn’t there. But let me warm up my hot tub and I will check it out.