Saturday, March 29, 2008

Deathproof



A while back, I tried reading the script and gave up after a couple of pages, turns out the film was just as bad. I can’t remember the last time I was actively rooting for the killer to dispatch his victims, and I actually like the actresses involved. Admittedly, I’m more partial to Rodriguez than Tarantino, but even some of his die-hard fans would agree this wasn’t his best effort.

Making it...

Here’s a good story about a screenwriter making it...

New York subway worker in Hollywood's fast lane

BTW, whatever happened to the those “On the Lot” guys?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hybrid

What kind of bland, uninspired title is that? I’m used to cheesy/catchy stuff like “Alien Bounty Hunter”, “Mansquito” or even “SS Doom Trooper”. How about “Eye of the Wolf”, “Wolf Warrior” or just “Wolf Eyes”? The Sci-Fi Channel definitely dropped the ball there. I don’t know anything about how this TV-movie came to be, but I’d bet the house that it was inspired by 80s television. Blind guy gets a corneal transplant from a wolf and paranormal hijinks ensue! Our hero and his hot, Native American sidekick are on the run from the big, bad military. It’s like “The A-Team” meets “Manimal”! Justine Bateman as a scientist probably increased my 80s flashbacks. I kind of liked the premise, but a lot of these Sci-Fi Channel movies take themselves way too seriously. Next up: Rock Monster. Looks like they're throwing in some Arthurian Legend into the mix.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wolfman Pic



It's going to take a while for me to warm up to this...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tall Tales

Not a quite story starter but a good read...

My bestselling Holocaust book is a hoax

Escaping Nazis? Raised by wolves? At four years old? And they bought that!? She said she had a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality. No kidding. A real life “Pan’s Labyrinth”. The how and why she came up with that story is probably more interesting than the story itself.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Reaper Axed!



Can't say that I'm surprised. It was fun to watch while it lasted...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

New Amsterdam




Perhaps the secret to writing a network worthy pilot is to choose a premise that has been done a thousand times over, add the slightest of tweaks (if any) and then call it day. This was surprisingly weak and rehashed. Even more rehashed than “Moonlight”, which is starting to look damned good in comparison. Thought I read somewhere that Amsterdam’s immortality was the result of a curse -- but I guess that would be venturing too far into “Angel” territory. If Native Americans had that kind of magical power, wouldn't they have used it on themselves instead of doling it out to do-gooders? “Moonlight” might be cheesy, but it definitely seems to know its target audience. “New Amsterdam” doesn’t play up the romance angle enough and the procedural cop part was pretty vanilla. The supernatural stuff just sits there. Hard to see this one lasting.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Sarah Connor Finale


Will it be back? Hard to say. After the premiere, the ratings faltered a bit. It’s really a challenge to capture the essence of a blockbuster franchise and then stuff it into tiny boxes that sit in living rooms all across America. I don’t think any new ground was broken, but it was a solid effort. Some interesting questions posed in the last couple of minutes.

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