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Only SIX Seasons? YOST, put on your thinking cap
and look at the story lines you've tossed off without follow up. Like the detective Carlo Guilono (sp) played, it was barely an eyeroll, a real throwaway with promise--I mean SIX seasons is all? GIMMEE a BREAK!, what is this, go out at the peak shtick?
And what happened to that 100 show minimum to make reruns profitable, there's only sixty in the can. What's the rush to roll this into a final episode? Make some money, mine what you've done. So much left behind.
The latest "fad" is to go out at the top "Breaking Bad" style, as if that were the new paradigm. Look at the mess they made out of Dexter at the end, crashing two seasons worth of writing together as if they were in a race (on account of the strike compressing the two seasons).
Jeez, kick back and think. I know Elmore's dead, surely you can structure a quip by now without giving him a phone call--even I can do it--it's a simple inverted 180:
Raylan: "You're quitting on me after six lonely seasons, are you?"
YOST: "I'm not thinking we can write anything fresh!--Elmore ain't exactly around to answer the phone."
Raylan: You're not thinking. You coulda quit right there.... told me everything I DIDN'T want to hear.
Boyd: He's right. Now sit down and just start typing anything--need more "ambee-awnce" there's always the station house, empty cells fresh outta drunks but awash with the stink of stale urine, await, to motivate.
YOST: (Takes a seat, opens laptop, gives all the fishy eye, start typing)
See how that works?
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Are we watching the same movie?
I waited forty years to watch this pretentious drivel, and have come to the conclusion that I was right in delaying this waste of two hours of my life till I lay in the twilight of my life, in retirement. Watching this movie is like watching a high school student attempt to make a meaningful movie, without talent, understanding, or plot.
Rambling dialogue made up on the moment, obviously without thinking or blocking, by actors on drugs, and a one liner plot, make one clear statement about Hollywood:: and that is, the people who greenlight these atrocities have as much clue as the courtiers telling the Emperor he looks better and better, as he sheds more and more clothes till naked, a la "the Emperor's New Clothes". Which is to say, zilch.
Utter dreck, forever a blight on the careers of everyone associated with this waste of time. Chalk up another reason for the decline of civilization in the last forty years.
The White Buffalo (1977)
Incredible Mood Piece
This is one movie, it pays to revisit OUT of the context of its time. I think we need to stop comparing it to Jaws or King Kong. I think the relationship between the leads is much more important, and I liked the character development devoid of many Bronson films. I liked the fact that creature special effects were "in the camera", animatronic rather than CGI. To be frank, CGI had NOT risen to the level of creature creations--stop motion, which was not used, was mainstay until the early '90's, even in Star Wars sequels five years later. And the mood music? The music is extraordinarily moody--this is a monaural track, yet it filled the military theater in Frankfurt Germany where I served back in '77 and paid my 50 cents to see it.
Maybe the mood of the movie is too dark. Maybe it's too cold, it left me shivering. Maybe we're not supposed to think about characterization and WB makes you think about the relationships between the characters, and that's not what Bronson movies were supposed to be about. Maybe we don't like a little hard work.
Give this one a chance. I think it is top notch.
So hang up your prejudices and sit through it as if you never saw Bronson, or Will Sampson, or Jack Ward or Clint Walker in any previous role, because they're all outside the box in this one and they pull it off in my humble estimation.
And that makes it one of my all time favorites.
Get the Gringo (2012)
Goofy Insipid Dialogue
I'm not a fan of goofy dopey insipid dialog, and the Gibson character oozes sarcasm at all the wrong moments, taking you out of this picture, which has real historical relevancy in the way this prison is depicted.
It turns it into Three (Minus 2) Stooges at all the wrong times.--as if written by a 12 year old off ADHD meds, as if Gibson was in another movie. The good side of this downside, all the other actors look like pros.
This ISN'T Payback II. It's Wretched I. Luckily, it was on NFLX, and I didn't pay for it, not even the dollar rack in the DVD bin.
I lucked out. I just wish I could get my two hours of life back.
Bullet to the Head (2012)
WWM (World's Worst Movie)
Jokes don't work, plot twists are "who cares" based, and lines befitting a 12 year old with no brains, never in the history of Ed Wood have I wanted by $7.50 back this badly (wow, folks wasted 10 bucks in prime time for this trash). I took my 91 year old Mom to see this, and she slept through it mercifully. Sometimes "star power" green-lights drivel, and this is a great example of why studios waste money.
Plot sagged worse than Stallone's boobs, which could use a lift as much as my spirits after watching this embarrassing horror. Stallone is stiff as a board and can't seem to turn his head after all those pins were stuck in it. You can stick a pin in this DVD movie straight to the one dollar bin, and free on NETFLIX in about six months. Free will be too much for this money.
And gosh SLY needs to GET A BETTER HAIRPIECE, the one Sly used looks like something Tom Cruise abandoned after "Collateral" circa 2003.....Hint: It's EXPENDABLE. Ugh!
Now get on with Expendable III. This was expendable for real
I got used to Sutherland rasping his way every week through every episode, and the Avram character was refreshing, but the mythology of the show didn't get enough grounding as it seems to be made of whole cloth. I guess too much historical grounding would have run folks away, but putting the show on Friday night is the equivalent of stranding someone on a desert aisle without food or water. They only survive so long.
I hope all these talented actors find new work, Sutherland will probably get a revival of "24", there's lots of talk about greenlighting a mini series.
But that is another story.
Body of Proof (2011)
I liked the darker tone and the new direction towards drama versus comedy, but apparently the viewers did not. I sure hope they counted the internet watchers when they made the cancellation decision, I know many watching on those services don't get counted in the ratings body count.
This show was not "House", but it wasn't bad at all and had interesting stories, and a great new dynamic between the lead and the new male interest.
There wasn't a single redundant character, and I would have liked to have seen more back-stories other than the lead developed, in the form of a continuing arc.
If History Serves to Remind
Never post to internet, what you don't want haunting you, forever. That statement also has a prequel.
Never put together a series finale, where fans still roil in pain at its mentioning decades later.
So where we are, nearly a decade after the finale of this flawed but curiously interesting series?
Still furious, still steaming. And wishing we could execute Shatner's imperative, to "get a life" beyond Trek.
In short, if this finale was a B and B "Valentine" to the fans, consider what might happen if you showed up on Valentine's day with a vacuum cleaner as a gift in lieu of flowers.
Would it not be a disaster you'd never get over, never hear the end of no matter how much time has passed?
Well, here we are!
How bad was this finale? I hope they end the series with Blu-Ray 4th Season at Terra Prime, and isolate this last episode into some "Epilogue" extra with lots of mea culpa secondary tracts by B and B and the cast--of the original Enterprise.
As to this episode, what utter betrayal to both artists and fans.
During the four year run I got past the totally inappropriate theme music, the titillation of a Spock with boobs, another heavily accented engineer, the counter McCoy smiley Doc Phlox - as arcs in the last year were getting interestingly past alien of the week.
Much has been correctly made of the marginalization of the entire cast and crew by framing this episode, nay, entire series, inside a holodeck dream TNG sequence overseen by middle aged, chubby Riker sporting Shatner's old hairpiece.
What was the throwaway death of Trip about? So Archer could make a meeting on time? What a B and B sop to studio execs and their meetings, why folks would sacrifice lives to have their leaders make one! All that build up to a speech never recited! All the hope between Trip/T'Pal dashed.
Certainly real life doesn't work happily ever after, there's real tragedy, folks die, people move on. But our fiction, however dark, is more a place where we like to imbue closure and what the world should look like. Even "Lost" had folks dieing happily ever after and many of us thought that ending was tripe and pandering.
But this Enterprise finale plot goes down in history, as the Dallas dream sequence that brought back brother Bobby to the living did, as one of the off putting in TV history.
I mirror Blalock's comments. "Crap". "Appalling". It marginalized everyone by reducing them to stand ins on a TNG holodeck.
It was as if B and B were saying, OK, we struggled with these plot lines, but you didn't support us with a big enough fan base to make this commercially successful, we'll get you for that. We'll show you. For investing in these characters, our last lines will be "it's only a dream, it isn't "real". That'll fix ya!
Yup. Just a dream. But some nightmares haunt forever.
Last Resort (2012)
Think Republic Serial 1937
A submarine CAPT goes rogue when ordered to nuke Pakistan, the chain of command suspect in his mind sufficiently, for him to hijack the sub to an idyllic island inhabited by pretty people. They (not the pretty people) try to fend off the power and authority of the US whose govt has been commandeered by a sinister SEC of State. Or was it the SECDEF? Somebody. (See--relying on no facts is catching isn't it?
OK--all of this is a stretch but
...the lack of a modicum of realism, in situation, subplot, military bearing, parlance, behavior, etc. has me thinking, a bunch of stylists and artsy farts folks too lazy to even crack Wikipedia, folks who never came close to military or political real world - or graduated high school-made up an alternate so unreal as to be cringe worthy, embarrassing, laughable in some pained way.
Now THAT's treason.
Sean Connery said in Last Crusade "I should have given this to the Marx Brothers". It applies.
Which leads me to my 1937 Republic Serial analogy, a la "Dick Tracy", 15 chapters not even be related, except by character name, to the comic strip from which it was derived.
In Last Resort--which is named so badly you can't figure out what the show is about simply by looking at the title ("LOST" or WALKING DEAD" anyone?) reminds me of Dick Tracy.
I couldn't sit through 15 chapters of that one either, half century ago, when the world was young, money was made out of real silver, and the real world wasn't on financial self-destruct.
And that's the real problem with this show, it's so bad I can't even replace an hour of that reality with successful diversion.