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The Emoji Movie… Not the Piece of Poop I Expected!

Published February 5, 2018 - 0 Comments

Last year when I saw the first trailer for The Emoji Movie, I laughed. It looked cute. Not gonna win any awards, but it certainly didn't look like the worst movie I'd ever seen.

Then came the reports that the movie was cancelled because of poor public reception to that trailer. The number of thumbs down on YouTube was insane. The comments were horrid.

But then word came that the movie was not cancelled. In fact, not only was it NOT cancelled, but Sir Patrick Stewart was voicing the poop emoji! How awesome did THAT sound?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Not Quite the Soundtrack I’ve Been Waiting For

Published May 28, 2017 - 0 Comments

If you're anything like me (and good luck to you, if you are!) then you probably didn't quite "get" the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  I distinctly remember walking out of the theatre feeling somewhat underwhelmed.  In fact I wrote a very strongly worded blog post about it, calling it "meh".  If you're up late some night because you're having trouble falling asleep, feel free to jump over and take a look-see

But one thing about me is that my opinions of these things tend to evolve over time.  While I was initially less than thrilled ​after that first viewing, I think part of it stemmed from the fact that I was comparing the movie to other Marvel franchise blockbusters and truly did not understand what Guardians was attempting to do.  After watching it a couple more times (Thank you, Netflix!) I've developed a much deeper appreciation for the ragtag group of misfits who seem to save the galaxy almost by accident.  My initial rating of meh translated to a 6.5 ... something that I now think I would easily upgrade to an 8 or 8.5.  It hasn't become my favourite movie, but it's certainly better than I gave it credit for in that review.

​And that brings us to the second instalment ...  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  Let's be clear here... Sometimes I write about movies and leave out spoilers.  Sometimes I spoil the shit out of them.  This is one of the latter.  So please... if you intend to watch this movie, please stop reading.  Maybe bookmark this page and come back to it later.  Or not.  It's up to you.

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The State of TV

Published February 23, 2016 - 0 Comments

So you’d think that someone who cut the cord at home probably wouldn’t be watching too much television.  Well you’d be wrong.  It’s not nearly as convenient as it was, but I don’t really feel like I’m going without.  Everything gets downloaded elsewhere and then transferred to the servers at home.  My daughter still gets her Doctor Who.  My son still gets his Clone Wars.  And me?   What am I watching nowadays?

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The Man in the High Castle

Published December 6, 2015 - 2 Comments

Did you know that Amazon has a streaming content service like Netflix, CraveTV, or Shomi?  Neither did I! Well, I think a part of me was vaguely aware of it, but I had no real reason to give it much thought.  I’m sure that they have pretty much the same thing as everyone else… a bunch of older seasons of shows that I don’t watch.  Netflix has original content that sets it apart from the others, but it’s the only one.  Or is it?

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Is it Wrong That I Like the New Justin Bieber Song?

Published December 5, 2015 - 0 Comments

191b81_87f553745d8b41f194b7bde846e0aa0cThe question caught me off guard. The person asking was someone who I’d never in a million years ever think would admit to listening to a Justin Bieber song, let alone liking it!  Yet here he was, quietly asking me over the phone, while we worked on setting up a Juniper router.  I had only one answer…

“I know! It’s catchy, and I’m confused because I like it too!”

I’ve been pretty hard on the Biebs over the years.  I’m not entirely sure that he deserves the super star status given to him at such a young age.  Whatever talent he may or may not possess was greatly overshadowed by his cuteness and the music machine that moulded his public image. Where’s the street cred?  Show me the trail of blood, sweat and tears that he overcame to get to where he is today.  Like so many great musical geniuses out there… I’m looking at you Britney! And Miley… what happened to you?  Come back from the dark side, Miley!

I digress.

But there’s something about this new album.  It’s not even just What Do You Mean? (The song in question, which unfortunately still has a douche-bag music video) but several of the tracks aren’t just tolerable… they’re actually good.  I’ve been listening to Love Yourself  as well.  It’s not quite as catchy, but it’s still good.

So yes, friend… I think it’s fair to say… it’s not wrong to like the new Justin Bieber song… just don’t tell anyone.  Or write a blog post about it.

Crazy Little Thing (Called Love) – Another Awesome Broadway Productions Dinner Theatre!

Published November 24, 2014 - 0 Comments

10610904_10152384299975899_1618207617736941541_nA couple of years ago I got dragged off to a dinner theatre in Grand Falls. While I wasn’t exactly kicking and screaming, it really wasn’t something that I was looking forward to.  (In fairness, I think that part of it was also meeting Jess’ mother and grandmother in the same weekend.  It was either going to be a really great weekend… or it was going to suck.  It did not suck.)

I don’t remember what happened last year, but we were unable to go back to Grand Falls the weekend of the dinner theatre.  And yeah… I kinda missed it.  So when I was asked this year if I wanted to go, I didn’t hesitate.  “What’s the theme?”  80s!


Broadway Productions put on an amazing show.  They recreated an 80s Dating Game styled television show, and incorporated people from the audience as contestants alongside their cast.  It was hilarious!  Throw in some great 80s tunes, and a fantastic turkey dinner, and you’ve got a very memorable evening.  Think about it.  I clearly remember seeing their show from 2 years ago, and I full expect to remember this one 2 years from now.  You can’t say that about too much nowadays.

If there was one minor thing I would change, I wish that the show was a little shorter.  We didn’t get out of there until well past 10pm, and had been at Pres du Lac since before 6pm.  It makes for a long (but enjoyable) night.

All in all, though… excellent show!  Great cast.  Extremely talented.  Supper was awesome.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!


Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

Published October 7, 2014 - 0 Comments


I’ll be the first to admit… I’m one of the people who used to enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, but over the years became quite tired of having her life’s up and downs turned into the latest track from her album. I still think she’s talented.  I just don’t want to hear about every single boy toy that comes into her life.  I suppose this means her current song is directed at me, just as much as anyone else!

But Shake It Off is catchy!  And the video is cute!  I like her self-depreciation, and it almost makes me feel bad for the girl.  Almost.

The video even features past contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, which is always fun to see.  See if you can pick out your favourites!

Hi Stephen, could you please follow us… ?

Published October 4, 2014 - 1 Comment

Selfie-poster-season-1-ABC-2014@smbelyea Hi Stephen, could you please follow us so we can send you a direct message?  – @SelfieABC

It’s not every day that you see a request from a verified Twitter account asking for you to follow them – especially one for a TV show.  My first reaction was “Uh oh.. what did I write that pissed them off?”  Sometimes when I sit down to write a tweet (or even a blog post) I’m not always prepared for the reaction I may receive, and I’ve removed more than one tweet/post over the years after more careful reflection.  Tis the nature of the beast, I suppose.  So I began following @SelfieABC and waited for whatever message they wanted to send me privately.  It didn’t take long.

Hi Stephen! We want to use your tweet in a Selfie promo! Can you please fill out our consent form by Monday 9am PST? bit.ly/ABCForm – @SelfieABC

Here’s the tweet we’d like to use: twitter.com/smbelyea/statu…. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks! – @SelfieABC

Well now.  That was unexpected!  Curious as to what it was that I had originally tweeted that caught their eye, I clicked on the contained link.

Selfie finally aired this week.  Looking forward to seeing it become a weekly show! @SelfieABC pic.twitter.com/olxdx6a4HB

Aaah… OK.  I remember writing that one!  And it’s true… ABC had released the Selfie series premiere online weeks before it aired on regular TV.  In fact, you could actually watch the entire thing from within Twitter.  Not just a link to the ABC page, but the entire show opened up right in your Twitter client and ran flawlessly.  It was impressive.  But then the waiting began.  I wanted more.  The first episode made me laugh.  I’ve always loved John Cho (Harold and Kumar movies, Flash Forward, Star Trek) but until Guardians of the Galaxy, I’d never heard of Karen Gillan.  I guess some fans of Dr Who would be familiar with her work, but not me.  That being said, she’s funny!  And super cute, too.  So I’ve been waiting patiently for ABC to air the premiere, and get on with the rest of the season.

That brings me back to my tweet that was noticed.

There wasn’t much to the consent form.  I was asked for my name, Twitter handle, and the text of the tweet.  And of course the obligatory checkmark that indicated that I had read and understood the 14 pages of legalize that I quickly scrolled past to get to the bottom.

So I’m curious to know what they will do with my tweet.  Because I don’t have cable, I’ll probably never see whatever promo they’re using it for.  But just in case you’re channel surfing and see something from @smbelyea on Twitter… yeah, that’s me!

Twitter super star since 2007.

What’s on YOUR iPod? September 2014 Edition.

Published September 13, 2014 - 0 Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything.  I guess that I’ve been focussing on different things.  A newsletter for the pickle blog.  A zillion updates in Buffer for Twitter, Facebook, even Google+ now.  Oh, and then there’s Day One, a fantastic journal program that allows me to jot my thoughts down completely separate from the blog.  So I guess that I’m still writing.  I’m just not writing as much HERE.

Looking at the current Top 25, there are some things that stand out.  Most of the ones near the top are on my Summer 2014 playlist, so it makes sense that they would have more plays than most of the other songs.  There are a couple of surprises though.  Lose You from Pete Yorn and Desire by Ryan Adams are both songs that I Shazamed  from episodes of House.  Neither of them are what I would call “happy” songs, which is probably why I fell in love with them.  Not saying that I’m not happy!  But I like to have my reflective time… and that usually entails some music that’s not exactly upbeat.

Judging from the bottom of the list, I must have had a few reflective times.

Take Me Home (feat. Bebe Rexha) Cash Cash
Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
Jealous (I Ain’t With It) Chromeo
Gojoseon Jidax
Summer Calvin Harris
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) Iggy Azalea
Not a Bad Thing Justin Timberlake
Birthday Katy Perry
Lose You Pete Yorn
Come With Me Now KONGOS
Boom Clap Charli XCX
Waves Mr Probz
Stay With Me Sam Smith
Best Day of My Life American Authors
Desire Ryan Adams
We Are Stars (Featuring Alyssa Reid) Virginia To Vegas
Word Crimes Weird Al Yankovic
All Out Of Love Air Supply
Drive The Cars
Faithfully Glee Cast
Forever And Almost Always Kate Voegele
Stutter Marianas Trench
Grenade Bruno Mars
Follow You Follow Me Genesis
Get It Right (Glee Cast Version) Glee Cast
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