G.I. Joe -Resolute
I was blown away by this animated action flick. I came across it while perusing the Netflix library and consider myself better for it. The animation is top notch and the story was well thought out, it’s not a knowing is half the battle kind of story we grew up with. I mean you see people get shot in the freaking head. The attention to detail was great as the guns fire you see the empty brass jackets ejecting from the chambers.
The story was adult and filled with the subtext. A story line that addresses the love triangle that existed between Duke, Scarlett and Snake Eyes at least in the comic book is brought to a subtle head.
If you grew up watching G.I. Joe I whole heartily recommend watching Resolute.
The new sci-fi show to air on NBC is set in a world were all forms of energy are gone. I’m thinking a post apocalyptic Gilligan’s Island, no cars, no phones, and no electricity.
The description released by the studio is as follows “A high octane action drama from J. J. Abrams following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.”
J.J Abrams has proven himself a innovative director over the last decade with mind bending shows like Lost and action shows like Alias, mmmm Jennifer Garner in a catsuit. He even brought his own genesis effect to the Star Trek universe with a blockbuster hit, something that hasn’t happened for Star Trek for a long time, by revamping the story and even changing the rules of the Star Trek universe (alt-timeline).
I just hope this new foray into a world with no electricity doesn’t shutdown a Bad Robot.
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Matthew Vaughn has been signed to direct a sequel to X-Men First Class, this is great! The even better part is the uber-talented Michael Fassbender will reprise his role as the master of magnetism Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence who did a superb job adding depth and motivation to Raven Darkholme aka Mystique is under contract to return as well. The earliest speculations at the plot only have that it might take place later than the 60’s. I vote we skip the 70’s and tap into all the kids my age who got to know the X-men in the 80’s. The greatest coup would be if they could just get Hugh Jackman to join as Wolverine.
season premiere episode one
I see it as the 4400 meets prison break. What would happen if the worst criminals America ever put in prison suddenly started reappearing in society. These criminals who disappeared decades ago from unescapable Alcatraz Island resurface with money, resources, instructions and the chance to settle old scores in 2012 San Francisco and did I mention they haven’t aged a day. It sounds like the city by the Bay is in deep trouble who will be tasked with this job to round up these hardened criminals a young San Francisco police detective played by Sarah Jones the historian played by Jorge Garcia (Hugo aka Hurley from Lost) and Sam Neil is the mysterious director of a special FBI unit and channeling creepiness and spookiness we haven’t seen since a Event Horizon.
The premiere episode moves at a rather quick pace and doesn’t leave the viewer asking wha? It is a little heavy on the exposition as characters explain themselves and who they are but that is expected in a pilot. I am looking forward to seeing the next several episodes. The immediate questions you want answered are most likely to be dealed out slowly by the writers. Where did the inmates and guards go? Who is the mysterious benefactor? If I guard comes back will he be a good guy or a bad guy? Will a guard be more forth coming with an explanation? What is the end game? I imagine we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.
In the last few weeks I came across a gem of a British program. A laugh out loud comedy that didn’t involve a Bean or spam or knights ready to face man eating rabbits. The contemporary sitcom written by Steven Moffat, now the show runner for Doctor Who, is a smart and witty insight into relationships.
The female characters Sally, Jane, and Susan and their counterparts Patrick, Jeff, and Steve navigate the world of dating and sex through conversations about the works of the opposite sex, pornography, and the male love of breasts and bottoms. The men do often come across as simple sex it’s fast and uncaring of the finer things in life but still managed to be lovable even Jeff who in many ways seems as though he’s escaped patient from Bethlehem Hospital. At many times it seems as though it is a combination of friends and Seinfeld but with that distinct British frankness on sex. If you like comedy and not just British comedies you will definitely enjoy Coupling.
Many of the episodes are available streaming through Netflix.