Archive for the ‘Movies & TV’ Category

Star Trek

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Star Trek boomerang logo, fading in on black, with a lens flare forming.

The movie is fantastic in every way. It’s a great movie in its own right and starts the Enterprise crew fresh. For this Trek fan, it was exactly what I needed from the franchise. A paraphrased conversation with my sister-in-law summed it up best:

Rebecca: “The whole time I was thinking ‘I’m watching Star Trek! This is so great!'”

Me: “The best part is that the whole time movie is pointing back at you, saying ‘I know!'”

Welcome back, Star Trek. We missed you.

(Oh, and how awesome is it that they brought back the classic logotype?)

Star Trek, Whee!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Kate Beaton‘s illustration perfectly captures my excitement for the upcoming Star Trek flick, which I gather is as awesome as it sounds.

Now go check it out on her site, which you should already have bookmarked.

Engage.

Syfy: Try Better

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

So, the Sci-Fi Channel is becoming Syfy. We could endlessly debate the merits of the name, the logo, and their new mission to stray from their core content (science fiction). But there are others, fervent individuals, who are doing this good work already.

What I would like to point out is what you see if you visit www.syfy.com:

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Why in the name of the sweet baby Jesus would you want your audience to read this branding nonsense and business strategy? Just take me to the site! So that I may partake of your content! This is akin to selling soda by describing to the consumers how, if they buy it, your shareholders will profit from the consumers’ complicity in reinforcing their brand strategy of stratifying them into targeted market segments.

WHO CARES?

Not their audience, for sure. This sort of business pornography nonsense is not only boring, it also breaks the illusion of the brand. It’s as though they’re reveling in their decision to shed the pretense of caring about their core audience and wanting to celebrate that fact with them. We’ll see how this works out for them.

Winner of the Least Scary Font for Horror Movie Title Card Ever Award

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Serpent and the Rainbow!

I don’t remember the name of this kooky faux-African woodcut font (anyone?), but Taco Salad (kindly identified by Stewf) is the exact wrong typeface for this kind of thing. I typically see it attached to kid’s programs and ads for low-rent Caribbean packages. I’m having a hard time figuring out who thought this would communicate “scary” or “not featuring muppets”.

I’m Here from Downtown

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Good god, I love this movie.

Clip embedded below the fold.

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That’s Quite a Stadium You Have There

Friday, August 8th, 2008

I’m watching the NBC coverage of the Olympic Games opening ceremony and two things occur to me:

1) Someone please pack the commentators into a van and make them disappear. I didn’t even know it was possible to be that inane.

2) I don’t have an image to link to at the moment to support this, but I would like to officially announce here that I’ve renamed China’s “Bird’s Nest Stadium.” The new name is The Va-China.

Mixed Bag

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

One of these days, the powers that be in the entertainment industry will realize how valuable a robust offering online will be to their bottom line and their audience share. Until then, we’ll just need to keep an eye out for the more enticing furtive steps in their slow toddle toward the inevitable. As someone who doesn’t have cable and relies mostly on Netflix for their movies, the web is the obvious choice. And, over the last month or so, Hulu has been my destination of choice for TV and movies.

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Cloverfield

Monday, January 21st, 2008

White type on a black background reading Multiple sightings of case designate Cloverfield Camera retrieved at incident site U.S. 447 Area formerly known as Central Park

A few friends of mine and I saw Cloverfield on Saturday and I was very pleased with the film. It delivered exactly what it needed to and told a convincing and engaging tale from a unique perspective. For those not familiar, Cloverfield is the creation of J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost. It tells the story of a group of friends whose going-away party is interrupted by the violent invasion of New York City by a massive creature. However, the story is presented as the unedited contents of a video camera SD card (the reason why the movie itself is one and a half hours), recovered after the events it recorded. The novel storytelling device is what prevents Cloverfield from becoming blockbuster dreck like Godzilla and, for me, added a terrifying realism to the entire film, which grabbed me from the moment the attack begins all the way through to the end.*

Note: I give no specific spoilers, but I do occasionally describe the movie’s structure, more often pointing out what is not done. I leave it to you to decide how ‘virginal’ you want you perspective to be going into this film.

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Creature Comforts

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Have you seen the new American edition of Creature Comforts? If not, you should make a point of getting in front of your TV on Monday at 8pm and flipping to CBS. It is a thoroughly entertaining and oddly soothing bit of TV.

28 Weeks Later

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

The 28 Weeks Later logo on a red background.

28 Weeks Later is a music video. Well, a series of them.

A shame, really. Its predecessor, 28 Days Later, was an excellent reinvigoration of the zombie attack genre.

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