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MAKE-UP SEX (also AN AFFAIR): Caprica

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Yes, it’s been ages. So sorry for the prolonged period of celibacy. But I’m back and – whaddya know – first post of the year I’m having an affair. With television.

DISCLAIMER: I have not, nor do I plan to, watch Battlestar Galactica. Sci-Fi heads be warned. However, I don’t think this invalidates my upcoming Caprica rant. So, without further ado…

Zoe Graystone - more or less.

Caprica had been hyped to death by geeky friends everywhere, so I thought I’d give it a go. It seemed promising enough – the print ads were stunning and it is, after all, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica and I know enough people who love that show. AND – thanks to Star Trek’s resurgence – sci-fi is sooOOooO in. Unfortunately, Caprica has been found wanting. Allow me to expand in categories.

WRITING. Caprica’s main problem. This makes me sad because the premise promises so much. The story is there – it’s just told ever so slowly and ever so painfully. I can overlook a slow start. After all, it was a pilot and much had to be explained. Only, it never picked up. The characters dragged their feet getting to where they had to go, not to mention their really awkward interactions with each other once they crossed paths.

Mr. Graystone and Mr. Adama

CHARACTERS [[SPOILER ALERT]]. Newcomer Alessandra Toressani as Zoe Graystone is adorable. She could be the third Deschanel sister with her wide eyes and adorable-ness. Unfortunately, we don’t see much of her since she blows up and is reincarnated as a giant robot thingee. Here’s hoping that her electronic voice is as easy to latch on to as her physical self. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stolz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) as individual characters are fine – but (again, I fault the writers) their roles as good and evil incarnate are far too apparent, far too early. Not to mention we’re beat over the head with it. Finally, little Adama (played by Sina Najafi and grows up to be Commander Adama in BG) is barely even a character. He’s unattached and unfeeling. Not exactly the leader of the ship on which I would like to be.

STYLE: So, if anyone aside from myself remembers the short-lived ‘Kings,’ you’ll remember how bloody well done it was. A modernized biblical setting where characters and concepts were rooted in religious parables. Stylistically, it was PERFECT. The line between historic and modern was clear and consistent, if something was referential, we knew it. Caprica seems a bit confused. The Graystones are unattainable, living in a future to which we have no relation while the Adamas come from some other planet (the name of which I can’t even bother to look up) but which MUST look like 1950s New York – and they MUST know the Corleones.

At the end of the day, the writing is key. Unfortunately, these writers just don’t make the cut. I’m going to go ahead and skip this one – lest I get sucked into the show of no return. Anyway, that role is already filled by a little ditty called Heroes.

Photos via SyFy.

AN AFFAIR with NIN

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

NIN

NIN at the Palladium last night. Photo by Product Shop NYC.

Yet another affair with the music world. What I can I say? We don’t have a music blog so sometimes we just have to be unfaithful to our movies.

NIN kicked off their set of retirement shows last night at the Palladium. They were bloody amazing. No one was in their seats, everyone was sweaty and gross and – to my utter surprise, everyone had their cameras out. Now maybe I’m being super naive. Maybe cameras have always been allowed. In any case, I do say the tiny glowing screens took away some of the concert magic. I have mixed feelings about this as I never would have been able to swipe the above photo from here. But really, it was a bit much. What say you?

Additionally, the new energy efficient trend of LED panels added to the setup was a bad move (in my humble, non-professional opinion). NIN had rows of them alongside the REAL concert lighting and they seemed dinky and cheezy whenever they were turned on. Distracting really.

Anyway, just had to get those two things out in the open. Otherwise, it was a mixed feeling kind of night. Rocking and happy to NIN tunes but sad because Trent and friends are bowing out. Funny enough, I walked away from the concert humming “Cars” by Gary Numan…

AN AFFAIR: With music videos. ‘Run This Town’

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I just feel like posting about this because of a somewhat thin connection to my disappointment in today’s trailers.  This music video feels dark AND dangerous whereas ‘The Wolfman’ and ‘Avatar’ felt neither of those things.  That is probably unfair, but many many a film director starts in music video land (ahem, Neill Blomkamp) and I just want to say I think Anthony Mandler did a good job.

And this song happens to be a superjam.  I love the new singles coming from Jay-Z, I MIGHT HAVE TO BUY THE ALBUM!! That feels like a revelation.  Buying the album.

Bandanas around the face is a strong image and they sure do put Rihanna’s thighs to good use.

That is all.

AN AFFAIR with um…everything?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Spore

The box cover of Will Wright’s ‘Spore’ – Can we SPORE the entertainment biz? Me thinks so.

An interesting article popped up on the Variety webby today. Siggraph, the Comic-Con / E3 equivalent in the computer graphics and interactive techie realm, is at this very moment taking place in New Orleans. Oh, to teleport right into the middle of the techie goodness. Anyway, Will Wright, creator of the brightly colored creature game, Spore, got all philosophical on us. Yay. While I know Angela and I usually just rant and express our OWN opinions, I thought Wright was worth quoting here. According to Variety:

“Imagine we had a group of people who designed houses and that’s all they did, and another group of people who design skyscrapers, and another group of people who design factories — but we did not have the concept of the architect. In entertainment, it kind of feels that way. We have filmmakers over here, game designers over there. Musicians down here.”

Then…

Viewers choose what to watch or listen to alter their mood, often in ways they aren’t conscious of. “Basically enjoying this content is causing certain brain states to occur, releasing certain hormones, endorphins and neurotransmitters in their brain. So in some sense we are drug dealers,” said Wright, getting a big laugh from his audience.

Looking at it that way, Wright said, technology that promises “better” experiences, like high-def, Imax and 3-D, can be a distraction for entertainment creators — better to focus on the impact on the brain.

AMEN brother. I’m on board with Wright. The way in which people view/watch media is changing, drasticallly. It’s time for the biz to wise up. I’m keeping an eye on Will – he’s one smart cookie. For the full Variety article, click here.

AN AFFAIR: Super-Size THIS Comic-Con

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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A wallpaper made from the poster image of ‘Super-Size Me.’ I liked the colors.

Well isn’t this just a backwards little tale? According to Variety, Morgan Spurlock, ‘Super-Size Me’ director, and Dark Horse are merging their super minds and creating a graphic novel spin-off of Spurlock’s movie. Says Borys Kit of Variety,

The book, “Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast Food Culture,” will feature bizarre stories about the U.S.’s obsession with fast food that weren’t seen in the film while still hoping to make a point about health and nutrition. Spurlock will write the stories, with a mix of established and up-and-coming artists scripting and drawing the book. It is set for publication in the spring.

Interesting. With all of the comic adapting floating around Hollywood these days, it’s nice to see that comics swing both ways. Wait. What?

AN AFFAIR: With TV, blah blah Emmys blah

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I was all set to post yesterday about the Emmy nominations, opinion this opinion that, but then my internet crapped out and by this morning when it was working again, it felt so old news.  Like, what am I, a newspaper?

But here I am because it’s all over the place and I can’t ignore it and I think I care.  And also I found this video and I want to post it.

Check out these GQ m*therf*ckers right here:

I can’t even really admit that they say anything that interesting, but damn I forgot how much I love and miss this show and hope it just gobbles up awards.

And also it sure is validating, isn’t it, to see the stuff you lurve up there and nominated (Dexter! House! I’m sorry, I still don’t watch Lost!)

And isn’t it awesome that Jeremy Piven and Katherine Heigl weren’t even nominated…  Hey, don’t call me a bitch, bitch.

And yay for Kristen Wiig!

How the hell did ‘Family Guy’ get nominated before ‘The Simpsons’????  I’m reading all the articles and there’s no real answer for that one.

I’ll stop there, I have a ton o opinions about it all.  Here‘s a list of the nominees.  Memorize it.  We are so gonna do a prediction game and you will just see how terrible I am at this (it’s no Oscars where I am clearly dominant).

(Oh and hell yeah we’re nominated for Smallville in the sound editing category.  Doesn’t include the mixers and our awesome composer Louis Febre who are most of the magic.  But Mike Lawshe, our main sound editor, definitely deserves noms and trophies.)