Monday, November 28, 2005

Thresholding Pattern

CBS has put "Threshold" on hiatus, but I think we can all see the fractals on the wall, this show is probably toast (according to E! Online, "Threshold" is cancelled but I wasn't about to throw away that title). The "C.S.I." meets "The X-files" sci-fi drama never really caught on with viewers in a big way. Oh sure, the thinly disguised terrorists as aliens theme seemed like a great opportunity to tap into our post 9/11 anxiety but it all seemed kind of ho-hum. The cast was pretty solid, especially for sci-fi tv but the show was just missing something...maybe not enough from the p.o.v. of the aliens? Too much us good, them bad?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

M E D I U M in 3-D

I was so busy fumbling with the glasses and rewinding during commercials that I didn't pay attention to the story, which kind of nullifies the point of the gimmick. Most of the time, the 3-D didn't work for me, although I did duck when the killer threw the cleaver.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I C Dead People in 3-D

I'm all set for Monday's special episode of "Medium". Got my 3-D glasses from the latest TV Guide. Yes, I'm a big geek.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Nightstalker R.I.P.

Frank Spotnitz broke the news on his blog, “The Nightstalker” is no more. Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming: the next to impossible time slot, the terrible pilot and subsequent mediocore episodes. Being the masochist that I am, I sat through every single one of them. And of course, ABC gives it the axe before the second half of the two-parter is shown...bastards

Update: Fantasy Spec

Churned out a couple pages, mostly action scenes. Everything was fine until I decided to spin the premise even further, because a fantasy script involving a prophecy and a chosen one might have been done once or twice. Anyway, I spun and sure, most of my notes are now shot to hell but it was worth it. Hopefully, I'll have it ready for one of the big screenwriting contests next year.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Update: Werewolf Spec

Long time no update. I've been mentally poking a stick at it for a while, not sure if I'm ready to start the rewrite just yet. Originally, I envisioned this tragic love story as the central cog in the screenplay and you know what? The cog ain't that central nor is it that tragic. No worries, though. There's a more interesting relationship that helps drive the story and it was staring me right in the face, the whole darned time.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Fangs for the memories

Two truly awful movies were on Starz last night, "Van Hesling" and "Blade: Trinity", back to back. While "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" get all the credit for reviving the comic book movie, it was a film about an obscure vampire hunter that really started the trend. "Blade" was full of R-rated goodness, an incredible opening sequence and a porn star cameo! Okay, so what if "Blade II" was a mediocre "Aliens" rip-off? It was a pretty, mediocre "Aliens" rip-off (the screenplays for both films are great reads).
On his worse day, David S. Goyer is probably 100 times the screenwriter I could ever hope to be. "Dark City" and "Batman Begins" speak for themselves, "Blade: Trinity"speaks too, but it mostly says, "crap". Hard to say what happened there. Gobs of money was offered, souls were sold? Maybe it's just as simple as saying he was overwhelmed wearing both hats as writer and director (plus, dealing with a difficult Wesley Snipes). Pair him with creative minds like Nolan, Del Toro or Norrington and there's good product.
I'm not even going to try and explain the convoluted mess which tries to pass itself off as a story, except to highlight the main point: Dracula is in the movie...well, sorta. He calls himself Drake and he's not from Transylvania, he's Sumerian or Babylonian or something. See, Parker Posey, the new head of the vampire nation...seriously, she and Triple-H...I said I wasn't going to do it... Anyway, Dracula is relegated to a supporting role until we get to the predictable showdown with Blade. Huh? I repeat, Huh? Dracula shuffles around in the background doing nothing. Well, he does go out a few times to snatch a baby, kill a blind chick, kill some punks in a novelty store and kidnap the blind chick's little girl. Then later, he has the nerve to talk about honor. Honestly, how do you screw up a movie with Dracula as your big bad? He's the biggest and baddest of the big bads (except for that Lucifer guy). Apparently, there must be some kind of "How To Screw Up Dracula In 21 Days" handbook making the rounds in Hollywood because Stephen Sommers got his paws on a copy when he was writing "Van Helsing". Sommers' Dracula is busy chewing scenery, fixing his hair and trying to pacify his vampire hoes. Now I've seen a lot of dumb archvillain plots in my day, but I could almost feel my I.Q. points dropping with the one in "Van Hesling". Dracula needs the Frankenstein Monster in order to bring his vampire babies to life?! When did CGI become an acceptable replacement for suspense and scares? What's the point of using a classic villain if you're going to alter him to the point where he's barely recognizable to the audience? It's Dracula for Pete's sake! Also, is it too much to ask for a villain so intimidating that your protagonist actually feels vulnerable? Goyer's Drake could change his form. Okay, that could be a cool way to get into Blade's head. Confront him as Whistler, his dead mother, Deacon Frost, Nomak, etc. Have the trilogy come full circle, instead it's just a cheap gimmick that's used once or twice in the movie. One of the better Draculas that I've seen recently was in the animated feature, "The Batman vs. Dracula". It's not perfect (e.g. the dopey Vicky Veil and Dracula subplot) but more satisfying than the aforementioned films. Anyway, post, post Halloween rant over.


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