Saul Rubinek

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Tony Scott‘s True Romance is probably one of my top ten all-time favorite movies, which is kind of weird since Badlands is one of my top five all-time favorite films. Or maybe it’s appropriate that this is the case. I’m sure that one of the reasons I fell in love with this movie is because of how directly it’s inspired by and references the earlier Terrence Malick film. Notice I make the distinction between movies and films. Scott made movies, Malick makes films. Scott also made a movie I like that directly references another of my all-time favorite films (Enemy of the State –> The Conversation). I was sad when Scott died particularly because I was hoping he’d eventually cover all my top shelf titles (just imagine what he could have done with Duck Soup!). Then again, maybe he’d have just redone himself, the way he did with Domino, which is like a bad remake of True Romance. Anyway, True Romance turns 20 years old this week. Warner Bros. released the movie on September 10, 1993, and it came in at #3 for its opening weekend, behind reigning champ The Fugitive and fellow newcomer Undercover Blues (uh?). In honor of the anniversary, let’s take a look at some scenes we love. It was hard to narrow down, of course, so we went with major character moments.

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By all accounts, a movie dealing with assisted suicide has no business being as funny as Kill Me Please. Somehow, director Olias Barco has crafted a side-splitting exploration of people wanting to end their own life. Black and white, Belgian, and yet it defies all expectations to be instantly accessible and shockingly hilarious. At a large facility in the forest, Doctor Krueger (Aurélien Recoing) helps people at the end of their rope. His main goal is to stop them from drinking the poison he applies with dignity, but he isn’t always successful. As a new group of paying customers moves into the building, and the nearby townsfolk plan to carry torches against the place, the good doctor struggles to keep the people who want to die from being killed.

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When we last left our favorite artifact-collecting government agents, Myka had decided to leave the Warehouse at the risk of putting all her friends in danger and H.G. Wells was taken into custody. The season premiere of Warehouse 13 wastes no time picking up right where the finale left off… well, sort of. We actually join up with Pete, Arty and Claudia a few months after Myka’s departure, and we’re immediately introduced to the man that will become the new member of the team. Steve Jinks has the ability to instantly know if a person is lying or telling the truth. A cheesy move maybe, but perfectly okay in a world where H.G. Wells is a woman and C. C. H. Pounder never ages. The season premiere focuses on Pete dealing with the fact that he has a new partner, and while the dynamic between the two of them is rocky it works. What the writers didn’t do was make Steve a new Myka. Steve is very much his own character and would probably be considered the middle ground of polar opposites Pete and Myka.

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It’s Christmas at Warehouse 13 and Myka and Pete are all packed and ready to spend the holiday with their families, but when Arty gets an artifact alert in LA everyone’s Christmas plans must be put on hold to investigate a case of Bad Santa. Claudia and Joshua will also take a trip to Pennsylvania to find Arty the perfect Christmas present, but what they find will be worth far more than the money in their wallet. So sit back, find your nearest bag of purple goo, and enjoy the Warehouse 13 Holiday Special.

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Myka and Pete wake up in the now collapsing Warehouse 2. They have only minutes to escape before all hell breaks loose. At the same time, Claudia has begun tracking H.G.’s movements through various countries, but not even the all mighty nerd can figure out her true intentions. And things go from bad to worse when the team discovers what it is H.G. has stolen from Warehouse 2 and what she intends to use it for. And her plans involve Pete’s love, Kelly. By the end, Myka will make a choice that will affect the rest of team Warehouse 13 for a long time to come.

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When Mrs. Frederic starts speaking a dead language, the team discovers that the remnants of Warehouse 2 have been discovered during an archeological dig in Egypt. Pete, Myka, H.G. and Valda are sent to shut down Warehouse 2 for good before it kills Mrs. Frederic. Pete is also asked to make a choice between the warehouse and the love of his life. And H.G.’s true intentions will finally be revealed. But not before Claudia might have to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep Warehouse 13 alive. And so begins part 1 of the season finale of Warehouse 13.

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H.G. Wells is now working as a Warehouse agent full time, much to the disdain of Arty. But everyone shuts up for a moment when former agent, Rebecca Sinclair returns to ask for help from the current crew. Upon investigation the team discovers that Myka and Pete went back in time with the help of a time machine invented by H.G. Wells herself. So of course they do as is written, and get their butts to 1961. But that’s only where the fun begins. And so begins another adventure through the halls of Warehouse 13.

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It’s a sad day for the crew of Warehouse 13. For Myka and Pete’s former boss at the Secret Service, Daniel Dickinson has been murdered in cold blood, and the team is convinced his death was caused by an artifact. But the trouble only beings with Dickinson’s murder when H.G. Wells pops back up on Arty’s radar. Someone is attempting to use Arty’s past life as a Russian spy against him, and the team just can’t have that. While at the same time, Claudia tries to make sense of Todd’s suspicious behavior, but what she learns may lead her to lose faith in everything she knows and loves.

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We join Myka and Pete mid chase to obtain an artifact. Once their mission is complete they set off on their respective “normal” weekends. But things don’t go as planned when the artifact switches their bodies, and now Myka is Pete and Pete is Myka. It’s a race against the clock to get them back into their own bodies before it kills them. But while all this is going on, Claudia is sent on her second field assignment, this time with Arty to figure out why a bunch of wealthy executives suddenly decided to drain all of their personal wealth.

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After his melt down, Pete is ordered to take some time away from the field. So Arty decides to send Claudia on her first field assignment with Myka. But things don’t go as planned when H. G. Wells crashes the artifact hunting party. But things aren’t so peachy at the warehouse either. Arty’s appendix has grown back so he calls in the warehouse doctor to get it removed, but Pete becomes very suspicious by the way Arty acts around her. Major developments: H. G. Wells wants to return to the warehouse full time as an agent.

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After the recovery of an artifact goes wrong in Illinois, Mrs. Frederick informs Pete that there’s a criminal leak in the warehouse. Now it’s up to Pete and Pete alone to track down the leak. But things go wrong again when he learns the true source of the leak is much worse than he could have ever anticipated. Major developments: As a result of all the recent screw ups, The Regents have decided to take a more hands on approach to Warehouse 13.

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The warehouse is in need a desperate computer upgrade. So Mrs. Frederick sends Eureka resident Douglas Fargo to handle it. But things go horribly wrong when the warehouse computer goes into fail safe mode and locks Fargo, Claudia, and Arty in the warehouse for extermination. Now it’s up to Myka and Pete to find the man who built the warehouse computer system before everyone in it dies a very cold death.

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After dispatching an evil doer in England, the team is sent to Manhattan to solve a case of rapidly aging (then dying) super models. But things go horribly wrong when Myka becomes the victim. It’s now a race against time as the rest of the team tries to stop the bad guy and save Myka at the same time. And so begins another day in the life of team Warehouse 13

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Warehouse 13

When Claudia tries to make some modifications to the Farnsworth she has been given, she sets off a chain reaction that causes a major crises in the Warehouse’s own backyard. It is up to the team to find out what is causing the strange appearance of points in history, and bring the town back to normal before it all goes boom. But while that is all going on, Leena contacts Mrs. Frederic and with the help of her boss, she tries to uncover what terrible thing MacPherson has done to her mind, before it deteriorates for good.

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Warehouse 13: Mild Mannered

Following the events of the season premiere, the entire Warehouse team is on edge. But that isn’t gonna stop Pete and Myka from heading to Detroit to stop a real life super-hero. But the Warehouse has it’s own problems. Arty is being haunted by the psychic spirit of MacPherson while at the same time Leena and Claudia are at odds after the formerly hypnotized Leena impersonated Claudia, putting her in serious danger.

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Warehouse 13: Time Will Tell

Episode: ‘Time Will Tell’ (Season 2, Episode 1) Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm Episode synopsis: Following the events of the season one finale, the Warehouse team heads to London to stop MacPherson and H. G. Wells from getting into the most volatile safe in the Warehouse.

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