What a waste. That’s what I kept thinking all throughout this movie. Don’t get me wrong – Jupiter Ascending does everything right. It’s a female-led hero’s journey steeped in an internally logical science-magic based universe of epic scale. It has a fully developed character and a host of Hero’s Journey archetypes in a beautifully realized world and it’s going to lose to Spongebob Squarepants and end up forgotten because of shitty advertising, over-expectation, and a piss-pour release date.
Why Aren’t You Watching This?
There’s something to be said for James Spader.
He’s an incredible actor who brings both a sense of joy and a sense of menace to his work. It’s always there, from Stargate to Boston Legal, this sense that he knows more than he’s letting on. More than that, you watch him and feel that whatever it is that he knows, that you do not is terrifying.
There used to be this thing, back in the dark days of the eighties, where people would complain about mindless trashy television. Programming like Married with Children and Rosanne used to be accused of it – programming without character, arc, or merit. The idea was that these shows were designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and thus no one really paid attention to them. The trick of it was, especially with Rosanne, was that they could provide incredibly insightful social commentary because no one would admit to watching them. These were the shows that came closest to informing us as to actual cultural norms, and we defined them to guilty pleasures and shuffled our feet when talking about them, but we did talk about them. We did watch them. We learned about ourselves and our society from them.
2015 has a number of geek-themed shows and movies being queued up. There will be PLENTY of media for us nerds to get our fix on… and one of the first showings of new materials this year was this week’s premier of the Sy Fy channel’s take on the classic time-travel piece 12 Monkeys. (more…)
Elementary is one of those shows that polarizes people. It had the unfortunate timing to come out after BBC’s Sherlock, which got this whole Benedict Cumberbatch thing started by being, well, incredible. Sherlock translated Sherlock Holmes into the modern world in a believable way, with interesting characters and cases, and had one of the strongest first seasons of any television program in history.
CBS’ Elementary seems an echo of Sherlock, what with also placing Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting, but everywhere Sherlock zigs, Elementary zags. There’s similarities between the two that harken back to the source material, but Elementary went out of its way to establish that their Sherlock was a very different sort of character, and the show works because of it. (more…)
“The movie with Keanu Reeves?” He scratched the back of his neck, looking mystified.
“No, no, there’s a TV series.”
“Is it based on the Keanu Reeves movie?”
“No, it’s based on Hellblazer, the comics that the Keanu Reeves movie was based on.”
“Oh. Uh, sure.” He sounded doubtful, but by the time we were done watching the first episode he was hooked. (more…)