Friday, May 30, 2008

Lost Season Finale

Super vague spoiler: I always suspected it was X in the blank, but a couple of episodes made me think it was Y... should’ve stayed with X...

Ever wondered how Mr. Rourke was able to do the things he did on “Fantasy Island”? Nope. You just accepted it and watched special guest stars learn some important lesson each week. I don’t know if J.J. Abrams & Co. knew from the begining or came up with it as the series progressed, but that’s basically what we have here. The island has magical properties. Period. Is it Atlantis, Lemuria, tied to the Bermuda Triangle? Doesn’t matter. Same thing goes for all those incredible coincidences, Smokey the monster and giant statues with six toes. They only exist as means to an end. Think of “Lost” as a really, really long “Twilight Zone” episode. The show is about the obsessive lengths characters will go to protect/control/understand this wondrous thing that defies reason. I don’t think the end game of the series finale is to whip out a sentient UFO -- or giant spider -- and go, ‘Ah Ha!’ but to come up with the most satisfying arcs for the main characters. This might tick off some folks but it’s pretty clever writing. Great finale. Wise scribes, I tip my hat to thee...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bloodmonkey


If the Sci-Fi Channel had an award show for their movies -- and they should, F. Murray Abraham would be taking home “Best Death” for his final scene in “Bloodmonkey”. After all these years, he’s still got it!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ultraviolet: Code 044

Looks like our prayers have been answered. That sexy hemophage rebel with the change-color-at-will-wig-and-outfit is coming back in a twelve episode anime! Seriously, who saw that one coming? Even though Kurt Wimmer’s vampire/sci-fi/action flick tanked in the States, it had a pretty decent run in Japan -- grossing around 2.8 million, more than “Underworld” (1.6 mil), “Underworld: Evolution” (1.9 mil), or “Hellboy” (586k). I’m guessing that life on DVD eventually put the 30 million dollar production in the black. What if the series drums up enough interest for a sequel? Hey, stranger things have happened.



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Twilight cast


I’m not the target audience but I hear the kids are really into the books. There hasn’t been a good angsty vampire flick in a while. Let’s see how this adaptation goes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Reaper Finale


Really thought this was a goner, but "Reaper" managed to outlast higher-profile shows on bigger networks like “Journeyman”, “Moonlight” and “New Amsterdam”. Good finale too. Could go in some interesting directions next season

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Never Cry Werewolf


If only I had seen the cheap one-sheet beforehand -- doesn’t the beast look like a giant rat with roid rage? This is basically a rip-off of the classic 80s film, “Fright Night” -- my next door neighbor is a vampire and nobody believes me -- just substitute vampire with werewolf and take away all the charm. Fell asleep way before Kevin Sorbo showed up, but it’s hard to believe that he would have been able to turn this one around. I’m swearing off b-werewolf flicks for a while.

And since we're on the subject of werewolves... still banging away at my own spec. How does that old Paula Abdul song go -- the one with the rapping, cartoon cat? Two steps forward, two steps back? I've really come to despise the rewrite process. Babies have been concieved, born and are now walking/talking since I started the first draft... geez!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dollhouse


I’m not sure what it is, but I’m not that geeked up over Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse”.... okay, I hate the name. You’re gonna lose a sizable chunk of potential audience right out the gate.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hellboy 2


Really looking foward to this one.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Drawing Bored



As promised, some of my random doodles for the FX sitcom contest. At some point, I'm gonna take a serious stab at an animated short.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Supernatural eps

I was already planning to say something about last night’s “Supernatural” when I came across an excellent interview in the latest “Creative Screenwriting Weekly" with show creator Eric Kripke. One of the more interesting points he brings up is that the focus isn't on putting the Winchester boys in mortal danger, but emotional distress. Makes sense ‘cause it’s not like the ghost/monster of the week is going to do them in. I have to admit, the show has improved significantly since the first season. Less black and white, more shades of grey. As far as my “Supernatural” spec goes, every time I think I’ve got something, a slight variation pops up the following week... back to the ole drawing board...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Contest Alert!

Not a whole lot of time left for this but FX is looking for sitcom ideas -- live action and animation. The buzzwords here are "irreverent" and "over-the-top", in the vein of "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia". They’re accepting short films (1-3 minutes) up until May 11, midnight. Now I’ve got about two pages written, but turning them into a rough animated short is going to be the real challenge. Whatever happens, I'll probably have a blog entry featuring lots of bad art come Monday.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

28 Weeks Later



Loved the orginal, disliked most of this -- the last 45 minutes almost redeems it. Really hated the absurd sub-plot: Zombie Dad? Are you freaking kidding me?!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I AM LEGEND

Maybe my expectations were too high, because this was just okay to me. There’s a lot that could be said about the unnecessary computer generated monsters, but my main beef was the first half of the film. It starts out with shades of “Castaway”, the isolated protagonist having to fend for himself and overcome various setbacks. Hanks’ character is more effective because his struggles are external while Neville’s are on the internal side. Driving around in cool cars, hunting wild game in the streets of Manhattan and flirting with mannequins really didn’t convey the kind of inner turmoil you’d expect from the last man on earth. I know, I know, he’s crying on the inside -- seemed like wish fulfillment to me. The flashbacks helped but not enough. “28 Days Later” did a better job pulling off the creepy, abandoned city look.... I guess I was expecting something grittier, not as polished. Will gives a solid -- restrained -- performance. Okay popcorn movie but I still gotta go with the Vincent Price version...

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