Wednesday, May 30, 2007

OTL: Week 2

Tough night for the female contestants. Two out of the remaining six were eliminated. Concepts weren’t that great. Where’s a good writer when you need ‘em? I thought the director of “Please Hold” should’ve made the cut. He had a really good eye. Would have been interesting to see him doing other genres. And what was up with all the potty humor? I like a good fart joke as much as the next guy, but come on already. “Replication Theory” was the only one that I thought pulled it off. “Spaced Out” and “A Golf Story” were also in my top three. Hopefully, "On The Lot" will survive long enough for us to see a winner.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

On The Lot

Some memorable quotes from tonight’s show: “I’ve got thunder in my back pocket and lightning in the front!” ...”I’m like ten feet away from Princess Leia!”... “Brett Ratner makes the kinds of movies I want to make!” -- if there’s a god in heaven, please don’t let that guy win. Liked the celebrity judges, but haven’t we been down this road already? Where’s Chris Moore when you need him? Wannabees like myself will watch it religiously, but will the rest of America?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Heroes Season Finale

I don’t know about you but I was a bit letdown. It was good and all, just not the major fireworks I suspect many fans were anticipating. They gave us a solid but not spectacular episode. I expected the heroes to mesh together better in the final “team up”. Frankly, I’ve seen better season finales on “Buffy” and “Angel” -- I could even throw in that Sydney Bristow vs. Evil Francie shootout in season two on “Alias”. It was a bad sign last week when Ted went out with a whimper against Sylar. By the way, Sylar still isn’t dead. Why couldn’t Peter fly himself out of the atmosphere? What’s the deal with Shaft -- er, Simone’s Dad? Was that little side-trip really necessary? I can't believe I'm holding out hope for a decent finale from "Lost" -- which has been kicking butt for the last couple of months.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Distant Lover

Paula Patton is smokin’ hot. Okay, end of Captain Obvious moment. “Deja Vu” hinges on the idea that Denzel Washington’s character falls so hard for Patton that he’s willing to risk his life and the possibility of throwing the whole space/time continuum thingy out of whack by going back in time to save her. It’s interesting to look at some of the choices used to establish this attraction because her hotness plays a key role. There’s brief nudity -- which always helps, showing her bonding with a kid, being kind to an animal, being kind to an animal while wearing nothing but a bath towel, etc. Nothing wrong with those scenes. They’re quick and dirty -- no pun intended -- ways to make a character likable. Washington and Patton don’t interact until Act III so you gotta do something. At times, it does come off a little creepy though, a bunch of guys peering through a window into the past to ogle a hot chick in her underwear -- all in the name of science of course.
I like to portray a lot of my love interests as artistic types. Showing them manifest an idea into a musical piece, a painting, sculpture, etc. -- it kind of says, ‘This person is special. It’d be an awful shame if those mutant-spider eggs hatched and they ate their way out of her talented brain.’
The movie itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but time travel movies aren’t known for their flawless logic. At some point, I might check out the DVD for the commentary.

Monday, May 07, 2007

The Monster Squad

Comes out on DVD July 24!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

What's Happening!?

Finally got through Shyamalan’s “The Happening”. It’s... okay. Didn’t blow my socks off or anything like that -- reality check: his mediocre is still light years ahead of my very best. The script is less character driven than his previous work. Normally, his stories are about ordinary people thrown into extraordinary situations, you know, classic “Twilight Zone” stuff. “The Happening” is mostly people running around, reacting to things. We’ve seen enough movies to know when someone decides to go off on their own, it’s usually the last time we’re gonna see them (alive anyway). You get that a few times. The first half of the script gives off a slight “War of the Worlds” vibe, which isn’t a great thing. Also, I didn’t fully buy into the way the “attack strategy” changes. Don’t get me wrong. Shyamalan has put together some tense, effective scenes here but... it’s just okay. It’s a lot better than “Lady” but that’s not saying much.


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