Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A beautiful TRUE BLOOD picspam

LJ pal croakvegas just made the most amaaaaaaaazing hilarious picspam from TRUE BLOOD's Season 1 finale episode. LOVE YOU croak, haha!

(Warning for big ass spoilers!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm not Charles Fisher.

Let's discuss this week's new TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (Episode 209, "Complications"), because


VERY LARGE SPOILER ALERT on rest of this post. Look away!!!

Things I loved:

- Those freaky, freaky dreams. Especially the turtle one.

- And what about those turtles! What a clever way to subtly link this show and its bots with BLADE RUNNER and its infamous Voight-Kampff Test. If you don't know what I'm talking this clip.

How hilarious was it when, after beating the tar out of Ellison, Cameron relents...and then turns him on his stomach. LOL guys!

- Guest stars Richard Schiff and Adam Busch, who did a great job (more on that below).

- This very disturbing and sexy shot ("you need to beat the hell out of him"). Oh Jesse, je t'adore.

- The GINORMOUS idea suggested by he now living in a past that is different from his first? Has he already changed his own future just by being in the past this long?

- The chilling, nightmare-inducing Richard Schiff Theater of How To Properly Torture Humans. ::shiver:: "He said he was going to teach them how to talk to people. How to be people." Wow.

Now, some questions I'd like to discuss:

Just so we're clear: Adam Busch was playing the Young Charles Fisher...and Richard Schiff was playing THE SAME GUY but older. Right? o_O This is actually the first time this show has ever truly confused me.

Am I the only one who really, really wanted Derek Reese to slaughter Young Charles Fisher, purely as retribution for dastardly nerd Warren Meers' killing Tara in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? (Some wounds never heal dudes!)

What do you guys think it means that Derek cannot remember his torture at the hands of Charles Fisher? Does this mean that, by Derek's intersecting with young Fisher now, they have eradicated his future as "a grey"? Or...are we linked back, yet again, to the secret basement room...the classical music...Derek's mysterious encounter there that remains unexplained? ETA: CJA over at io9 has a very good suggestion of what this means; and as usual with this show, IT AIN'T GOOD NEWS.

WHY DIDN'T DEREK AND JESSE KILL YOUNG FISHER? This may bother me more than necessary. But it does.

In the first two dreams, Cameron's role seems to be leading Sarah (and, erm, THE TURTLES) to metal. In the first dream Cameron is watering the cute baby cacti...which grow into giant metal cacti of death! In the second dream she's tending a turtle...and hands it to Cromartie! Snap. What do you make of this? Is this related to the image of the three dots? If there are only three it Sarah, John, Cameron...Sarah, John, Derek? Who's the odd man out?

Quite a mind-bending, nightmarish episode. Dark as midnight. Loved it.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Let's Wank Again...Like We Did Last Summer...

Oh why hello Kirk and Spock!

Trailer Wank

Let's all wank together this weekend over new STAR TREK and WATCHMEN trailers attached to prints of QUANTUM OF SOLACE, shall we? ::joy::

This above is the largest embed I could fit here on my blog; go back to source to see BIGGER!

Trekkies please note you might need to ask your theater if the trailer is really going to show there before the film.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TV makes me happy.

Hello my TV-watching buds on the interwebs. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately…there’s been a lot going on this month. My company took on a huge new project that is barreling down the runway to liftoff later this winter, and personal reading and writing time has been siphoned away almost completely. Meanwhile I found an apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn so packing, planning, moving and shopping continues apace for that change.

Oh and there was an election, perhaps you heard. ;)

I continue to twitter daily, since 140 characters is often all I can get out in my limited bursts of leisure time. Hope you’re reading and following. Meanwhile, a few brief comments here about TV.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is just amazing and wonderful. I’m sad that so many people cannot watch the show in its unedited version this fall. Commerical-free to boot! A miracle. But believe me when I say that you MUST MAKE SURE to watch the show on NBC in the spring. I can feel in my bones that this is the final season, and you know what? That will be just fine if that happens – because the show will go out like it came in: as a miraculous and unique little drama that is just too damned profound and perfect to make it on TV. Meanwhile, I cannot recall another film or show ever, that so perfectly celebrates coaches, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, older brothers. Molders of men. Quite lovely.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES continues to be smart and sassy. There have been a couple of not-so-great eps this year but in general it is rolling along well. I love Shirley Manson, and her poor little kid, jeez, talk about UNLUCKY. This week as you may have heard a favorite character was killed; and just after the show there was a live chat with showrunner Josh Friedman, the writer of the ep Dan Thomsen, and the actor who was killed off. You can see a full transcript of the chat here (spoiler alert, duh!), or get a short outline over at TV Guide. This ep last night was directed by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA regular Michael Nankin, and featured filmmaking homage to both classic John Woo and Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON. Well played, boys.

Meanwhile Joss Whedon pronounced his love for T:SCC over on Whedonesque, giving it his ultimate compliment by mentioning the show’s “Battlestaresque panache”…and Fox announced that Whedon’s new show DOLLHOUSE and T:SCC will be paired up together on Friday nights starting February 13th. (Yes, that’s right: Friday the 13th.) Positive spin: 3 hours of nerdastic sci-fi goodness every Friday (T:SCC at 8pm, DOLLHOUSE at 9pm, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on Sci Fi Channel at 10pm). Negative spin: isn’t Friday where Fox shows go to die? Fox exec spin: don’t worry, Fox is going to give these shows a chance on Fridays.


TRUE BLOOD continues to be freaky, scary, sexy, drenched with death, and awesome. This week I’d like to share something for the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans out there…as BSG actress Michelle Forbes made her first appearance this week as The Maenad, in a delightful and surprising way. Spoiler alert! You can grab a NSFW clip of her scene here (it’s a quicktime file), and here are a few framegrabs: a long shot of the Maenad and a friend (blurry on purpose as in the clip)…and here's a closeup. But I recommend you just track down a copy of the entire episode (#110 “I Don’t Wanna Know”), and when you get about 40 minutes in, keep your eyes out for the scene where a very drunk, crying black girl is driving down a lonesome country back road, and ENCOUNTER. Great stuff. You can read a bit more about Forbes’ character here (halfway down the post).

If you're considering catching up with TRUE BLOOD, now would be a good time to do so...this new episode made it very clear that Alan Ball has committed to cracking open Charlaine Harris' entire universe. In other words: it's not just going to be about vampires anymore. Also this week: DAMAGES' Zeljko Ivanek played a very powerful vampire who was once a member of The Spanish Inquisition! Love it. There are going to be many, many more fun casting opportunities for the show in the future, if they really take the plotlines out into all the areas covered by Harris’ books. It may seem like straight-ahead gothic vampire romance now – but by the third book Harris has created a world more suggestive of tales from Greek Mythology or English faerie legends, once all the other creatures start popping up.

I’m up to the 8th episode of CALIFORNICATION season 2 now, and Callum Keith Rennie is still playing Lew Ashby (I’d been prepared to see him in just 2-3 eps; so this is quite a treat). Lew and Hank’s dysfunctional bromance is becoming one for the history books now that Mia and Karen are involved. Good, hedonistic times.

On that note, let me leave you with the latest vidblog post from Mia Cross herself…glow worms indeed.

Erase my name, or write it as you will.

Keith Olbermann's stunning MSNBC commentary on the passing of Proposition 8 banning Gay Marriage in the state of California.


Full text of commentary.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote Baby Vote!

(...and don't forget that Stewart & Colbert
are on an hour earlier than usual tonight, 10ET/7PT live babies!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

The full BoK interview is up now.

The girls of Basket of Kisses finished their transcribing and have posted their interview with Matthew Weiner. These lucky lady bloggers and MAD MEN fanatics got Weiner in attendance at their New York City finale party AND got to interview him at length the following afternoon. What a wonderful thing...

Dyna Moe keeps bringing the fun...

As part of trying to cope with what I understand could end up an 8 to 12 month hiatus (or longer?!?) till the next season of MAD MEN, I poked around Dyna Moe's drawings last night.

Have you checked out her latest set? Amazing stuff as usual, including several great ones related to her hanging out backstage at Jon Hamm's SNL appearance. Score!

Moe has some thoughtful and hilarious comments about Paul Kinsey's wardrobe here. Speaking of bookmark-able comments about season 2 that will be fun to read again during this hiatus, Tim Goodman has some ruminations here that sum up many of own thoughts about this season. Except the spinoff...this show doesn't need a spinoff.

Please stay calm about the rumors of Matt Weiner being replaced as showrunner -- as anyone who watches ENTOURAGE knows, this is most likely a bunch of macho posturing between dealmakers, designed to cause fear, chaos...and the best deal possible for each side. Check out what Basket of Kisses got out of Weiner himself just a week ago here. Feel better?

Season Two, Episode 13:
I may be reading too much into it, but this last shot of Pete
seemed very similar to candid shots of JFK
during the Crisis alone in the Oval Office. - Dyna Moe