Showtime decided to put the first episode of their upcoming series, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels on Youtube, which as far as I can tell has minor edits (cursing, nudity and overt displays of violence though besides the fairly obvious blurring out of certain details– which happens though isn’t particularly common–it’s hard to tell when […]
I must admit to not particularly caring about HBO’s Westworld, especially since from the start it seemed to be moving away–perhaps by necessity–from the relatively simple story of the 1973 original. Besides, the times that we’re living in things like AI (artificial intelligence) are common discussion points among people and there’s little chance the series […]
When I heard Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Star Trek: Into Darkness) was tackling Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen I wasn’t too optimistic. And my hesitancy–on the surface–was justified because Into Darkness ranked among one of the most irritating movies of 2013 while Prometheus (2012) may have looked spectacular, its story was underwhelming and for […]
The first–and only–season of Nightflyers appeared Netflix earlier this month and it’s pretty entertaining (though by no means as good as it should/could have been) though it was not where the story of the Nightflyer began. It began life as a short story by George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones, Fevre Dream, Wild […]
The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) is adapting the trilogy known as His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials, The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass) as a miniseries, which is a really good idea because if the 2007 movie has shown us anything it’s that the material requires room to breathe. And few mediums […]
Archer is a spy series on FXX that’s animated but very, very adult. The series revolves around covert operative Sterling Mallory Archer, his missions and the people in his orbit. Did I mention the agency is headed by his mother, who if I put it charitably, has a dysfunctional relationship with? Did I also mention […]
A trailer for a CGI-ifed The Addams Family dropped yesterday, and it’s…okay. What’s particularly interesting to me is that the live action version from 1991 appeared a lot more visually interesting that the animated version (if the teaser is anything to judge by). It isn’t terrible, just not terribly inspired.
Visually speaking, Beyond The Aquila Rift is remarkable. In fact, it’s so good that if someone told me that this movie existed in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus/Alien universe, I’d have little problem believing it. The problem is that the storytelling is the weakest point, and that’s a HUGE issue. The story just meanders in that you […]
I’ve read two books of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice–A Game Of Thrones, A Clash Of Kings, A Storm Of Swords, A Feast Of Crows and A Dance With Dragons–and found the series somehow lacking. It lacks scale, lacks gravitas and doesn’t quite work for me, which is why I stopped […]
Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials looks like a pretty interesting trilogy–which I haven’t read–though you probably couldn’t tell from the 2007 movie version, The Golden Compass. Luckily the BBC hasn’t given up because they’re launching a new series based upon Pullman’s books. And it looks pretty good.