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I have to say, as a BSG fan I wasn't exactly sure what I'd think of
this show. I saw it on the big screen at the Arclight cinema tonight
(as part of the Paley Center screenings), and the cast and film makers
spoke after-wards. Ron Moore said they 'wanted to make a clean break
from Battlestar, and do something different, and that yes they would
lose some fans but hopefully they'd gain others".
Even without their talk, I am now a fan of the new show. But here's what I thought of the film.
I loved it. It was really very good. I guess I'm a true sci-fi (or 'syfy' - do I really have to type that?) geek, because I'd totally watch this as a series. It has a strong and rich story, and kept my interest.
It starts with a small group of teenagers plotting something, which to me was the weakest part and a bit confusing. The actor playing "Ben" should have given us more of a glimpse into his intense beliefs. The actress playing "Zoe" seemed a little posy, but she was playing a teenager (and I'm sure I won't be the only one who thought "Zoe" was a cylon at first, perils of being a BSG geek). If they're hoping these will be the new Bamber/Helfer/Park, they may want to rethink it. Surprisingly, it was the adults that captured the audiences attention.
Eric Stoltz gives a stellar performance as Daniel Greystone, a man so haunted by his family tragedy that he jumps at the first chance of getting out of his grief and doesn't let go. He does a chilling and enthralling job of conveying his character's sly knowledge of the inner world of computers and people, especially in a scene in which he spins a web for the young teenage friend of his daughters, traps her, then dismisses and releases her. No sign at all of the 'serial killer' he played on Gray's Anatomy, really impressive acting.
Equally as strong though not in it nearly as much is Paula Malcomson as his wife Amanda Greystone. She is just as smart and well written and beautifully played as Stoltz's part, and I completely believed that they are a couple, and a couple that have been together forever and have a strong relationship, something rarely seen these days. I look forward to seeing what happens with this family, and hope they give her as much to do as Roslin in BSG- she is strong and smart and when she lashes out at her kid, you cringe, it's really great. Not to mention her eyes, which could hold magical powers, that's how intense they are. The scene where she takes on the government agent- very short scene, but beautifully played- really gives you an idea of her power.
The other part of the show that did not work 100% for me were the scenes with Esai Morales, and the mafia type clan of his. He does a good job overall, but I did not believe in this mobs power, nor intimidated by their threats. I found myself wishing that this whole story line was a bit more mysterious and hard to figure out; the way it is presented is almost an homage to the Godfather, they kind of hit you over the head with it a bit. But given time, I can see how this will develop into an interesting 'Upstairs/downstairs' kind of thing, with the poor minorities (Morales et al) versus the rich folk who rule the planet (Stolz et al). And to be honest, I did enjoy it when he spoke to his son about the origin of their name- that was a very well played scene.
Note to BSG fans, the boy playing 'Willy Adama' doesn't really look much like Olmos, but he's just a kid. Whether or not he'll be featured any more than he was in this film, who knows? I sure couldn't tell. But it didn't bother me, because he wasn't as interesting as everything else going on around him.
Polly Walker plays 'Sister Clarice', and she's chilling and odd in every scene she's in. I'm not sure where she'll go or who she'll end up with, but I was very impressed with her acting. In this film she was sort of on the side, but obviously being set up to play a very important part later on. She was nothing like her character in "Rome", something I always find impressive in actors.
One nice surprise- the music is actually better and less obvious than BSG, even though it's the same guy doing it, Bear McCreary. It has a haunting and unusual approach that took me by surprise, I'd buy this score if I had the chance.
As to the 'panel discussion' after the show, it was hosted by Seth Green. Ron Moore was very smart and articulate, David Eick was cracking wise (much like his video diaries), Esai Morales told a long story about how he was cast, and Eric Stoltz was very funny and didn't really answer the questions ( but I've always had a thing for him). Paula Malcomson was tough (she took Seth Green to task for mistakenly saying she was on '24'), and the girls who played Zooey and Lacey were both darling. Grace Park and Tricia Helfer were there as well, answering questions about how they did the scenes acting with themselves on BSG. Overall a very interesting and wonderful evening.
I'm giving the show a 9 out of 10, and very much looking forward to watching it all unfold.
NOTE: I just watched this a second time and really hope they explore what the HOLOBAND was originally made for. I have no idea what that may be, but it holds a great deal of fascination to me.
I really liked this movie, it's odd but in a good way. All the actors are
superb- particularly Steve Buschemi as the lonely nebbish- and
the film has a haunting weird quality about it that reminds you of
when you were a teenager and HATED EVERYTHING. Even most
movies. This movie gives some of the best commentary on
modern American culture out there, and it's kind of sweet too. A
good companion to American Beauty, as Thora Birch plays yet
another disaffected youth, and she does it very well.
One of Pinters best plays, this one is filmed with just a superb cast. Jeremy Irons looks like he's about to steal the film, then Ben Kingsley sneaks up on you with an odd stiff but wounded performance that takes your breath away. I loved the woman too. A masterfully told story of love and desire, and pain within relationships. Not easy to watch, not very 'flash', but worth it indeed.
And that's not 'gag' as a good thing, either. This is a sitcom pretending to
film. What has happened to 'cutting edge' Cusack? This drek must have paid a
bundle, because there's no 'there' there. They meet cute, they separate, they both have funny goofy looking friends who advise them poorly, please. The
trailer is better than the film, the audience was laughing at places that weren't intended to get laughs. The best part of the film- New York City, in all it's glory. Either go there, or stay home and watch 'Friends', which is just about as deep and interesting, but only a half hour long.
The reviewer in Variety said this was "overwritten and overlong", and I kind of agree with it. It has some events that seem forced and unlikely, like when Cal (Crudup once again as the 'lost, vacant, and kind of dull' male) and Julianne Moore find a map of the US in kind of an unbelievable place. The story is one of those 1970's "guy must find meaning in his life" stories, and I found myself imagining Jack Nicholson in his prime playing the role of Cal. The whole "hitting the road to find meaning in life" theme is still kind of interesting though. Does it all really lead back to family? I wasn't so sure. The acting is okay, I particularly liked Karen Allen and James LeGross, who unfortunately only have supporting roles. I'd give it a 'five'.
I had high hopes for this show based on the previews, but so far I've
been kind of disappointed. I suppose it's not fair to compare it to
"American Beauty" (same writer) or "The Sopranos"- the best tv show of
all time, whose time slot this show is in- but it can't be helped.
Sometimes it seems like it's straining to be 'different' and 'unique',
and the strain is evident. The acting is, for the most part, great. The
stand outs are the women. Frances Conroy, who was so great in the PBS
"Our Town", is the matriarch, and she holds the show together. The
daughter is great too. I look forward to watching this show grow, it's
definitely very good.
Really, this is just one great show, and it's telling that it's not on
any 'networks'- it's on cable. Filled with impressive acting, great
scripts, beautiful music and photography, there is no way this show
could lose. My whole family watches it together every week just like we
used to do with "the Wonderful World of Disney"- which is a telling fact
about our world, isn't it? This show is just great and I highly
It's not Shakespeare, that's for sure, but it's well written and a lot of fun. Sometimes I get the feeling that the actors aren't really in on the jokes, which makes it even better. This is one of the few instances where the tv show is superior to the movie. Well done!
This is a great one, but for some reason it's not the most talked about. That is a shame, because there's great quality to be found here, starting with the actors who are uniformly great. I've yet to be disappointed by any of them. Some of the writing gets a bit 'tv' at times, they sum things up pretty quick, but for the most part it's very realistic and interesting. I hope it lasts another ten years.
I loved this show, and still do in re-runs. Featuring one of the best casts ever assembled on tv, some great scripts and interesting direction, this show never let me down. Why'd they cancel it? Probably too much quality. It always had great guest stars too, I'm disappointed I can't find them listed here. Oh well, there's probably too many to name, but it was a great show and if you get a chance check it out late at night. Maybe it'll come out on DVD!
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