Blogger, writer, author of two books (Woman of My Dreams, Hearts and Darkness, available on Amazon.com) and serial hothead (trying to cure) when it comes to Oscars and Emmys screwing great movies and TV shows IMO.
Oct 11, 2010
Feb 06, 2012
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February 7, 2012 at 11:28 am #53938
Say the name of the poster, Eastwest. Finish what the f you started.February 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm #223357
Only 61 series in the history of television have made it to the milestone TV’s #1 show will achieve this day. Enjoy.
9.14: Life Before His Eyes (200th Episode!)
by Gary Glasberg; directed by Tony Wharmby
happens upon a robbery at his favorite coffee shop which leaves him
dangling between life and death. A place where he meets friends and
foes from his past, while questioning his present and wondering about
his future.November 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm #223202
1.9: Shut Up and Eat Your Bologna
realizes she’s growing fond of Andrew as Malcolm has doubts about her
new Narcotics Anonymous sponsor. Henry and Andrew’s business partner
hit it off as Bridget goes to meet Siobhan’s therapist in order to
gain insight into her sister’s life.
No new episode until 11/29.November 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm #223353
9.9: Engaged (Conclusion)
by Gary Glasberg; directed by Tony Wharmby
search for a missing Marine sends Gibbs and Ziva to Afghanistan,
which forces the former to relive events from his past.November 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm #223386
2.8: Love Bites
pharmaceutical rep is found dead in the Schuylkill River, and by the
time Team Megan get the case, her body is devoid of blood. They must
locate the original crime scene to see if they can find the cause of
death, then who did it.November 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm #232874
2.14: A Girl Like You
Lavin, Annie’s old nemesis surfaces in Washington posing as a CIA
agent, and it’s her job to see why he’s here – and what he’s fixing
to do.November 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm #39401
Those reviews are from “Jack & Jill”, but I would pay to see “Immortals”.
Or ‘301’ 😉November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm #233074
FINALLLY!!! They moved Harry’s Law to a timeslot where it might actually do good ! Here’s hoping CBS doesn’t put a good show at that same timeslot !
ABC still has Once Upon a Time in there, and CBS just announced Undercover Boss will be at 8PM Sundays beginning in mid-January in-between cycles of its Amazing Race.November 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm #43098
I think they nailed it. And for once, the movie’s ending isn’t given away as some trailers are wont to do. Hunger Games triliogy is YA novel-reading INO (in name only). Anyone of any age can pick up the books and be drawn into its world. I’ve a lot less reservations about Lawrence as Katniss now than I had when she was originally cast.
And the countdown to the opening of the Games was heart-pounding stuff. Lionsgate may finally have turned the corner and have a mega-hit franchise on its hands.November 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm #228670
life is in danger when she finds out a secret about one of Terra
Nova’s top scientists. Josh makes a deal to bring Kira back from
2149, but it’s fraught with peril for the whole family.November 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm #232456
Episode 1.4: The Price of Gold
Written by David Goodman and David Solomon; directed by Solomon
Emma attempts to aid a young pregnant woman currently trying to escape from Mr. Gold. In the fairytale world, Cinderella regrets making a deal with Rumplestiltskin.November 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm #43028
Non-encouraging review from Variety:
Bella Swan kisses abstinence and
mortality goodbye in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part
1,” in which the vampire-loving teen gets hitched, knocked up
and almost destroyed from within by her little bundle of joy. All the
more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic
possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated
opportunity. Drawn from Stephenie Meyer’s polarizing, weirdly
compelling fourth novel, the film is rich in surface pleasures but
lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger, which is a roundabout
way of saying that Summit has protected its investment well.
Supernatural B.O. Awaits.
The guardians of this enormously
popular franchise ($1.8 billion in worldwide grosses) have in effect
followed the “Harry Potter” playbook by splitting the final
chapter into two parts, ensuring thorough plot retention and, more to
the point, maximum B.O. penetration. In what will seem cruel and
unusual punishment for fans, however, “Part 2,” with its
promise of a full-scale vampire war in which Bella will play a
crucial role, is slated to hit theaters Nov. 16, 2012, forcing auds
to wait nearly a year after “Part 1” to devour the second
half of the Bill Condon-directed double feature.
Certainly the highest-profile helmer
attached to the series so far, Condon takes the reins capably enough
here, though his approach suffers from a certain stylistic anonymity
that seems endemic to the material. Like any commercial behemoth,
“The Twilight Saga” by nature resists any attempt at
transcendence, experimentation or risk; that’s especially unfortunate
in the case of “Breaking Dawn,” which is by far the most
out-there novel in the series and would have benefited from a dash of
Cronenbergian body-horror and, commercial restraints notwithstanding,
a willingness to push past a PG-13 rating. Given the early fright
pics on his resume, the chameleonlike Condon would have been more
than up to the challenge if given the chance.
Things begin, happily enough, with a
wedding, as Bella (Kristen Stewart) says “I do” to Edward
Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and joins his family of shimmeringly
benevolent vampires. Still violently opposed to the union is Bella’s
lupine best friend and spurned suitor, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner),
especially when he learns the new Mrs. Cullen has decided to postpone
her bloodsucker transformation until after her Brazilian honeymoon.
Jacob is right to worry: Though filmed
with the utmost soft-focus, duvet-wrapped tastefulness, the couple’s
wedding night leaves Bella covered with bruises, the bed in tatters,
and the audience, presumably, in a puddle of ecstasy. Surely this
must be the first movie series so innately fearful of sex (and yet so
dependent on its leads’ sex appeal) that even proper conjugal
relations come with a note of caution, none more frightening than
when Bella suddenly finds herself with child — half-human,
half-vampire, a phenomenon with no biological precedent.
Up to this point, Condon and returning
series scribe Melissa Rosenberg have translated the material in
appreciably swoon-worthy fashion. Bella and Edward’s woodland wedding
may look like an Abercrombie & Fitch spread (their honeymoon
suite skews more Pottery Barn), but it’s an ardently, unabashedly
romantic setpiece. By now Stewart and Pattinson have merged so
completely with their roles and each other that the sight of the
duo’s matrimonial bliss — delicately shaded by that sense of
transience and loss that attends even happy life transitions —
delivers a genuine emotional payoff.
Woozy soft-rock montages and moonlit
skinny-dipping interludes come effortlessly to “Breaking Dawn —
Part 1.” The film is far less adept at conveying the requisite
mounting stakes once the newlyweds rush home to find themselves under
siege on multiple fronts. True to the spirit of masochistic
self-sacrifice that has defined the series, the now haggard-looking,
blood-sipping Bella insists on carrying her demon-child to term, not
only endangering her own life (and suggesting a potentially
fascinating medical debate), but also inciting a full-on war between
the Cullens and Jacob’s werewolf pack.
Every time the film shifts away from
Bella and Edward to address the larger group dynamics, the narrative
goes flat and the ensemble’s line readings turn to wood, in large
part because this style of dramatization is so at odds with the
thrust of the source material. Meyer, no great prose stylist but an
intuitive storyteller, places unusual emphasis on sensory and
extrasensory gifts; that various characters can read minds, smell
scents and hear heartbeats is of crucial importance to the advancing
narrative. These are tricky, fundamentally un-cinematic modes of
perception, and that they haven’t found their visual equivalents here
is hardly surprising.
More trying is the fact that Lautner
plays the pivotal role of Jacob as such a softie; a more ferocious,
testosterone-fueled approach would have raised the temperature of
individual scenes and enabled the actor to hold his own better
opposite Stewart and Pattinson. On the action front, the otherwise
polished production reps a significant downgrade from the superior
“Eclipse”: Two nocturnal wolves-vs.-vamps combat scenes are
essentially thrill-free, and so underlit that one is inclined to
suspect slapdash CGI. With any luck, it’s a mere warm-up act for the
more epic supernatural showdown brewing a year from now.November 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm #42853
They did mess up with Avatar. Rick Perry-esque, that brain fart was. But I was ticking off 4 possible BP contenders that the PCA’s did recognize. And not a Twilight nomination in sight.November 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm #42849
Drive has been a successful commercial movie.
And we have the braindead Peoples’ Choice awards for those who want to vote for the most popular, as opposed to the best, movie.
The same brain-dead PCA’s that wound up choosing Harry Potter 7.2, Bridesmaids, Moneyball and The Help with BP nominations?November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm #42841
Ricky Gervais, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, would’ve been all excellent Plan B choices. For an Oscars telecast to work you need a great host, and Crystal was one in his day, but that day has passed, and a strong lineup of movies that mainstream Americans care about and will root for/against. The ’12 Oscars now have neither of these. Great for those Meek’s Cutoff, Drive and Shame fan(s), yes, not for the other 99% of us who saw Super 8 and Bridesmaids (edited to add: the only blockbusters that IMO should be considered for multiple Oscar nominations. Didn’t see The Help; story didn’t appeal to me).
This Oscars is toast, burnt at that.