If you gave a 7th-grader a pan of cupcakes during American History, and he fell asleep during a Law and Order marathon while his siblings watched Charmed upstairs and his parents chatted about the historical intricacies of Anno 1790, and then he wrote down his dream and got a magical wish granted by a TV wizard, you’d have this show.
And it’s JJ Abrams, so, yes!
But this beautiful trainwreck doesn’t stop there. In fact, it doesn’t even start there!… Read more »
I was recently in DC, and it’s not really hanging out with friends unless you subject them to something sublime or face-clawingly awful. A nearby theatre was showing Willow; seeing the flop fantasy turned cult classic seemed like a way to satisfy everyone.
I hadn’t seen it in at least twenty years, and remembered only that Val Kilmer could barely handle his hair, the baby had great faces, and the credits rolled under the Renn Faire flute jig to end ‘em all.
Wow, did I forget a LOT about Willow.… Read more »
For the unaware, Da Vinci’s Demons is a new television series on Starz (“Where history comes to die”), in which a saucy young Da Vinci, trying to prove himself as an artist and inventor, lives his life as a human pinball amid the dangerous politics of contemporary Italy (accurate!) and solve a mystical mystery about a secret society and thre magical book that’s the key to their power (suggested by someone who didn’t understand the stakes of actual Italian politics at the time, I am guessing, because Da Vinci WISHES… Read more »
[Note: Alien Resurrection was the winning bid for Con or Bust. Turns out that is, in fact, what it took for me to watch Alien Resurrection again all the way.]
Watching Alien Resurrection is like going to an extremely confusing and uneven semester of a mildly-unaccredited film school; you learn the importance of repetitive visual motifs to establish relationship dynamics, and and you also learn that one-upping the last installment in your inherited franchise should take priority over everything else no matter what, NOW CALL THE EFFECTS GUYS.… Read more »
Defiance, the SyFy TV sensation that exists mostly as a weekly ad for a video game apparently, premiered on Monday! There are some things you should know.
(This won’t be overly detailed; partway through I checked the timestamp and realized this pilot was an hour and 26 minutes, at which point I called Hulu a son of a bitch out loud in a room by myself, so that’s pretty much how this is going.)
1. If you don’t have time for ten things, Graham Greene’s face sort of gets it… Read more »
The Host, released this weekend, comes accompanied by a lot of baggage, from its source material to the fact that it was directed by the man who made Gattaca and then somehow also made In Time. Perhaps more than the story it was meant to tell, this movie is trying to tell the story of a viable big-budget non-series YA novel-to-movie endeavor. From box office returns, it sounds like that’s not going well.
From seeing the movie, I’m not at all surprised. Here are ten things you should know about… Read more »