7 items from 2013
Of the great actor/directors in cinema, Sidney Poitier.s name comes up less often than most - and that.s largely because 1990.s Ghost Dad would have killed anyone.s career, dreams, livelihood, etc. As disastrous as that movie was, however, he and Bill Cosby also gave us the great 1974 crime comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which really should be a cult classic at this point. (Richard Pryor and Flip Wilson!) Will Smith and Denzel Washington have been attached to star in a remake for years, the project most recently attracting Anchorman director Adam McKay, and now The Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller has stepped in to take over script rewriting duties. There's an interesting ticking click involved with this development, however. After years of kicking around both Smith and Washington.s schedules, the goal is now to get this film into production by next summer. If Stoller is unable to »
The serial killer show is building towards its series finale, but it's difficult to get excited about a programme that has wasted so much of its potential
One of the most talked-about television programmes of the past decade is currently building up to its long-awaited series finale. It's an American import about a white male antihero with a compulsion for crime that tears his family apart. To make matters worse, this family has members in the very same law enforcement organisation that's out to get him. Breaking Bad? No, I'm talking about Dexter.
Not watching Dexter? Well, who can blame you. At this point, the only people still watching are life-hating masochists like me who grimly cling on to each new arid, inert, incident-free episode just because they've already sat through seven and a half godforsaken years of this tripe and they feel a wrongheaded sense of duty to discover how it ends. »
- Stuart Heritage
by Matt Hawkins
All week long, YouTube has been showcasing videos that are designed to appeal to geeks of all kind. From movie nerds to comic book dweebs. And yes, video game dorks are also included in the mix.
At at the very top of the must watch list is the Schoolhouse Rock parody, that will resonate most strongly with those of us who were actually around when it originally aired on Saturday mornings.
But all gamers, especially the young ones, would do themselves well by taking a look and listening to its advice.
The following, by Brent Black, who is mostly known by the name brentalfloss, tells us all that console launches are not what they used to be, and are best left avoided:
The message is clear; wait till Above & Beyond: Ghost Dad is finally out before picking up a system.
Real quick, here's another YouTube Geek Week selection, »
- MTV Video Games
Shamone! The Times is reporting that one of the passages in Charles Norton's new book, Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema reveals that Michael Jackson ("Men in Black II") was considered for the starring role in Paramount's never-made Doctor Who film. In one chapter, its author Charles Norton claims that Jackson was the preferred choice for a lead role in a big screen version of the BBC TV show by Paramount bosses in 1988, off the back of his film Moonwalker. Apparently, Bill Cosby ("Ghost Dad") was also in mind for the role had Jackson declined the offer. »
Dark Wings, Dark Words.
Directed by Daniel Minahan.
Written by Vanessa Taylor.
This week's Game of Thrones opened with Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). He's hit puberty since season two, and bears all the typical signs. His voice is deeper, his features a tad more pronounced, he can walk...wait, what?!
It's a dream, much like the ones he had last series. Those were exclusively through his pet direwolf, Summer. This time it's paralysed-from-the-waist-down Bran walking through the forest. His older brothers give him advice on shooting a raven. Ned's voice is heard rustling the leaves. A loophole that could see Sean Bean return, Ghost Dad-style.
Both are echoes of an earlier, happier time. Back in Winterfell, before the Starks started getting split up and beheaded. Now that place has been raised to the ground by Lord Bolton's »
- Chris Villeneuve
A Good Day to Die Hard, 2013.
Directed by John Moore
An old man looks for his son in Russia, who's a spy in the centre of a massive political conspiracy.
The best thing about A Good Day to Sigh Hard is that it knows not to cram too much stuff into its action scenes, like plot, and character, and basic spatial awareness. Because it distracts you from what you really wanna see, the Booms and the Crashes. What the film does so wonderfully is reduce all that boring stuff to the most miniscule level, so characters don't do anything more than drive cars and fire guns, and the plot is simple variations of Vehicles Hitting Each Other. And even if you miss a Boom or a Crash because you were too excited by another Boom or Crash - it's Ok! »
- Chris Villeneuve
This week’s episode of Merlin opens like so many have this season: with Merlin and Arthur alone, squabbling like an old married couple. Okay, now I get it. This is the HoYay, right? This is the “homoeroticism” everyone keeps talking about. No touching, no kissing, no nuzzling, no brief nudity or adult situations, just…bickering. If I wanted to watch a couple spend all its time quarreling, I’d just visit my parents.
Anyway, our intrepid couple is walking through the woods when they hear a scream. They rush to a village where the villagers are having their version of a Fried Green Tomatoes barbecue (“Secret’s in the sauce!”) by tying a very creaky old lady to a wooden stake and planning to set her on fire. Seriously, this lady is so old and so desiccated that she’d probably spontaneously combust if you just rubbed her forearms together. »
7 items from 2013
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