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Pushing Daisies (2007)
I think this show just brought me back to television
Back when I was a kid, I just couldn't get enough of prime time television. Home Improvement, Blossom, Seinfeld, that stupid Superman show with Teri Hatcher, even lesser known flops like Phenom and Eerie Indiana - yes folks, I adored them all. I was a walking, talking embodiment of the "watching something is better than watching nothing" approach to life. I had good friends at the time, but there was no doubt that me and my television were besties.
Tragically, something happened to the courtship between me and my stalwart 17" Toshiba in the late 1990's... I went to highschool, then college, and somewhere along that path I realized that everything on TV was horrible. Unwatchable. Uninspiring. Garbage. I picked up books, and not only for the purpose of throwing them at things, sometimes I actually read the suckers. Imagine that! Anyway, for the past 8 or 9 years, I have used my television merely as an informational tool. I'd tune in for football games, or flip on CNN whenever something big happened in the world, but other than that my TV was more or less just collecting dust (though I'll admit to indulging in an episode of Wheel of Fortune once every few weeks, which is how I ended up seeing this show in the first place). My friends would occasionally rave to me about shows they'd become hooked on, like Lost, Smallville, Friday Night Lights, or CSI, but I just couldn't bring myself to find these shows interesting. It would seem that television and I were, for all intents and purposes, through. Sad days.
Well, and I can't believe I'm writing this, I think Pushing Daisies just brought me back to television, or at the very least it's brought me back to Pushing Daises' time slot. The program takes the most demure and uncomfortable of human subjects (death) and presents it in such such a soaring, beautiful setting that you can't help but smile. Especially for a first episode, the characters seem extremely well developed, and the actors playing them project a great deal of comfort in their roles. Despite the constant presence of death, it's just such a happy program... like a fairy tale for the clinically depressed.
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
So much promise gone to waste
I may be one of the few people within the borders of the continental United States who actually enjoyed the first Baby Geniuses; it had everything you could want and more from a prototypical terrible Hollywood production. Running babies, midgets in baby masks doing gymnastics, hastily constructed special effects, Kathleen Turner... all of the usual suspects of low brow American film productions were truly alive and well in the original, and they chaotically collided with one another marvelously, creating an absolutely spectacular display of undeniable crapulence and hilarity. I have to admit, I was quite excited to hear that baby geniuses had defied the will of every film critic in the country and been granted funding to create a sequel. My excitement only grew when I heard that none other than Scott Baio and Vanessa Angel would have key roles, AND a flying car along with a neo nazi would play critical roles in this sequel. Certainly, I thought, there way no way this film wouldn't supplant Hercules in New York as my favorite bad movie of all time... but somehow it just didn't work out. Honestly, I'm not sure what to say about the film itself or the experience I had watching it. It's not that they decided to pay some attention to detail in this film, as the babies on the movie poster in no way resemble the babies that are actually in the movie. It's also not an issue of the babies not doing enough karate, because they definitely still do that... uggh, it's just so frustrating. I can't figure it out. I bought this movie on Sunday, and I've spent the last two days trying to figure out if this movie wasn't quite bad enough to be "so bad it's funny," or if this movie surpassed the "so bad it's funny" phase and somehow crossed back over into a realm in which it's so dreadfully horrendous that it has no comedic value whatsoever. Either way, I'm sincerely disappointed in this film, and I guarantee you, whether you be a parent who actually wants to find a good film for their kids, or a college student who just needs something mindless to wash away the pain of your newest hangover, you'll be disappointed as well if you pick up this wretched flick.