Saturday, May 27, 2006


Holy X-ceded expectations! “X-Men: The Last Stand” made 44 million dollars on Friday! I think it’s pretty safe to say this isn’t their last stand.

On another superhero movie note, finally saw “Sky High”. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought the premise was about a child of superhero parents going off to a high school for superheroes. Our protag has one teeny problem, he doesn’t have any super powers. About halfway through, he conveniently gets his Dad’s super strength and near the end, he can fly like his Mom. I guess the moral of the movie is this: you need superpowers to solve all your problems. Trying to live up to his parent’s expectations seemed a lot more interesting road to take than the tired high school clique wars. Then again, I am talking about a Disney movie.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lost Season Finale

I'd give it a C+. A few answers, but mostly more questions. What's up with the four-toed statue? How many frustrated viewers will abandon the show next season? That's the real cliffhanger.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Think Big

A few months back, the director was featured on that “Nightline” piece about the popularity of horror movies. The clips from a screening made “Abominable” look pretty cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised when it premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel over the weekend. Most of what you’d expect is there: prerequisite buxom women, isolation in a cabin, a monster hidden in shadows, gruesome deaths, but the movie also included a paralyzed protagonist living nearby. I thought that added a clever “Rear Window” twist to a well worn premise. Placing the protagonist away from the action, let the movie cut away from the potentially bad dialogue that can bog down this kind of film. Didn’t feel that drawn out either. The only down side is that I didn’t get to see it in it’s R-rated glory. I really need to get cracking on one of those limited location horror flicks.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mercy Mercy Me

“Supernatural” gets a second scary season over on the CW, but I’m a little surprised “Mercy Reef” (aka the Aquaman show) didn’t make the cut. The concept sounded promising. You can check out the casting notices here. Then again, we are talking about Aquaman, the Rodney Dangerfield of superheroes. Here’s an old flash toon that I came across, it pretty much sums up his plight: It’s not easy to be me.

UPDATE: Witness the Aquaman promo.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back In Black

Whoa! It’s been almost a week since my last post. I’ve been in rewrite mode with the werewolf spec, mostly trying to iron out the many kinks of Act I. Editing a vomit draft is a lot like pulling a loose thread on a cheap sweater, it can unravel so easily.

For the most part, the good stuff is still intact. I killed two birds with one stone by eliminating a cliched action sequence (you know the one -- protag knocks a guard out and steals his clothes, which always happens to be a perfect fit. What was I thinking?) and replacing it with something that expands the love interest's role. My character’s motivations might not be as clear as I’d like. And I have find the best way to deal with some clunky exposition in various spots. I'm hoping to complete this second draft in the next couple weeks, but you know how that goes...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lady In The Water Trailer

You can see the trailer here. It’s really hard to predict how this film will fare at the box office. The bedtime story stuff had me worrying for second that Shyamalan was getting all soft and mushy, but the trailer got my attention. With all that said, I suspect “Lady In The Water” will be a modest hit, barely grossing 100 million. Genre fans will appreciate it, but curiosity seekers will probably be disappointed like they were with “The Village”.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Supernatural Finale

Meant to post about this last week. I must have missed several episodes because Dad is back, one of the brothers has psychic abilities and we now know why the demon killed Mom (and the girlfriend). Also, the brothers have a gun that...zzZZ. Sorry. Where was I?

I’ve always liked the premise, but the stories just don’t grab me. In shows like these, after getting past the typical monster-of-the-week stuff, there’s always a struggle to come up with fresh ideas. Earlier in the season, there was an episode about insects out for revenge, the result of an old Native American curse... Watch out! Those killer CGI insects are gonna get you! In all fairness, the finale wasn’t half bad. The what-happened-to-dad arc was okay. If I were going write a TV spec, “Supernatural” would probably be the most fun. I’d just try to raise the bar a little bit with the standalone eps.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Miracles: The Series

Just picked up the complete series on DVD. Premiering as a midseason replacement in 2003, “Miracles” was overlooked by viewers and only lasted six shows. It was clearly better than the failed reimagining of “The Nightstalker” that ABC trotted out last Fall. Although a few episodes went off the beaten path (less about the ambiguous nature of the force behind some miraculous events and more towards garden variety paranormal stuff), it’s mostly good television. Haven’t had a chance to listen to the six audio commentaries but I expect to glean a couple nuggets from exec producer David Greenwalt.


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