Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Lost


I skipped tonight’s special episode of “Lost” *cough*clip show*cough* but I figured it was a good time to post my crazy conspiracy theories. Throughout the second season, I’ve managed to stop analyzing every episode till my eyes bled. Sure, I’d listen to water cooler talk, but for the most part, I’ve resisted the itch. Sitting back and watching the show as just a drama has been fairly satisfying. I say fairly because this season has been just okay. It seems as if the button down in the hatch is metaphor for the reset button that’s been pressed when it comes to the characters. After all the arcs in the first season, they’ve gone back to their old ways. Sawyer (“leopard can’t change its spots”) is only looking out for number one, Hurley is crazy, Jin is an overbearing husband, Locke has a crisis of faith, Sayid is back to torture, etc. At some point, Kate will do something to remind us that she’s a hot, cold-blooded killer. And how could I forget, “WALT!!”

There’s a bit of an idiot plot going on, people don’t talk to each other. No one questions what the heck is going on, except for Bernard and you saw how long that lasted. I’m starting to feel like “Lost” is taking me for granted. It walks around in a terry cloth robe, hair in curlers and wearing an avocado mask. Is that supposed to keep me interested? Meanwhile, there’s another hot show down the hall, “Criminal Minds” and it keeps giving me the eye. “Criminal Minds” isn’t as hot as “Lost” but it sure is straight-forward. No mind games or getting me all worked up for no good reason... Where was I again? Oh yeah, theories. Here we go:

1) An alien or alien craft is somewhere on the island. Telepathy is its only means of communication. Scientists (The Others) are manipulating the being/craft to draw individuals with latent psychic ability (Walt) to the island so they can perform dangerous experiments. Walt’s comic book (via Hurley) involved an alien who was seeking revenge on mankind who had imprisoned him. The black smoke is a product of alien technology. Feel free to poke holes in this one.

2) The producers have said there’s a rational explanation to everything so here goes my reality based theory: it’s a long forgotten government experiment that’s still running autonomously. I’ve heard the scuttlebutt about a Nazi connection but I think that's off base... sorta. In 1961 there was an experiment conducted by Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram, to study what made Nazi soldiers blindly follow orders. In 1971, there was the Stanford Prison experiment where volunteers were divided into prisoners and guards in lived in a mock prison. This purpose of this experiment was to study the human response to captivity (I read somewhere that it was funded by the Navy). The whole thing was a big mess and was scrapped after a few weeks but is it goofy to think that someone would try it again? Now throw in the secret CIA mind control experiment, project MKULTRA, where various individuals were unwittingly experimented on with LSD. So what does this have to do with “Lost”?

Both the castaways and The Others are test subjects. The Others have been conditioned to believe they’re “good people”. They’re only doing what has to be done. Some hokeyness about a sickness. The castaways have been conditioned in another way. All those seemingly pointless flashbacks? I’ll go with false memories for six hundred, Alex. The magic numbers? Probably a post hypnotic trigger. The way everyone seems connected in the flashbacks? Seems like some sort of dream-like state to me. I think Hurley’s it’s-all-in-my-head episode was a clever deflection. What happens on the island is real. Everything up to that point is debatable. The blast door map is just a red herring to lead us further down the rabbit hole. My guess is that the season finale will hint that the plane crash was staged or that one of our beloved castaways is actually an Other.

Anyway, those are my theories. Hopefully, I didn’t sound like too much of a nut.




Monday, April 24, 2006

Phone

I mentioned Asia Extreme on Sundance a few weeks back then promptly managed to miss the last couple of featured movies. Anyway, I caught “Phone” last night. Basically, it goes like this: a reporter’s new cell phone number puts her in touch with a ghost. There are some derivative elements from “The Grudge” and “The Ring” but the plot itself is pretty clever. The remake, which is already in the works, will hinge on who gets to play Young Ju. Dakota Fanning immediately comes to mind but she might have played the creepy little girl one too many times.


Friday, April 21, 2006

Frightline

Tonight’s “Nightline” has a segment on the increasing popularity of horror movies.

Bonus story starter: Snake in a mother-bleeping television!

Update: Pilot Script

Missed the scriptapalooza TV deadline. Minor tweaks turned major (I'm a hot, neurotic mess). I can’t overwrite my way past their Fall deadlines, can I? Anyway, I’ve got the Screamfest contest coming up and there’s a certain werewolf script that I need to start obsessing over.



Friday, April 07, 2006

A Tale of Two Sisters

Earlier this week, the Sundance Channel kicked off its Asia Extreme showcase (Sundays at midnight) with “A Tale of Two Sisters”. If you still can’t fathom all the hoopla over Asian horror, see this movie. See it before Hollywood sucks it into the machine and spits out another watered-down remake (the thought of Tom Cruise’s production company remaking “The Eye” with Renee Zellweger as the lead, already gives me the heebee-jeebies).

Wicked stepmothers, ghosts under the sink, sisters in peril and just when you think you’ve figured it all out, the twists just keep on coming. Don’t take my word for it, check out “A Tale of Two Sisters” for yourself. Nothing like watching a really good movie that inspires you to raise your game a couple of notches.



Thursday, April 06, 2006

Scriptapalooza TV Pilot Spec

A week and twelve hours left. Not a whole lot to report. Changed the title again. This time it’s for good. Seriously. Don't give me that look! Still trying to straighten out my somewhat convoluted B-story. At this point, I’m really not trying to reinvent the wheel. The darn thing either works or it doesn’t. Anyway, I might go dark until I’m done.



Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gory Stories

Good article over at the Star-Telegram about the increasing popularity of horror porn. There's a quote from Wes Craven that attributes it to the current climate we live in, “And I think right now, with the post-9-11 world and Iraq, creative people are almost being goaded to look at things in the strongest way possible. If you look at the Academy Awards [movies], those are films about real issues. I think everybody is saying, 'We have to talk about the nitty-gritty stuff here.' It's not the time for confections."

I don’t think I’m willing go that far. There’s definitely a certain kind of dark, mean-spiritedness to these films but the truth is that they’ve been always around (what’s interesting is how nudity/sex have decreased but violence/gore has risen). They just happen to be really popular at the moment and hella cheap to make. At some point, the fad will eventually burn itself out. Do I wish I could jump on the horror-porn bandwagon before it’s too late? I’m a good-overcoming-evil, bump in the night, supernatural horror kind of guy, but if inspiration ever struck...



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