Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ben Linus is one misinterpreted guy

As LOST draws to its conclusion tomorrow (which by the time I post this will be today), I feel the time has come to defend the most constantly misunderstood character in the series: Benjamin Linus.

Okay, I will admit, Ben has made it difficult at times for me to defend him as blindly as I do. So, he happened to kill every member of the Dharma Initiative and his father? What's wrong with that? Okay, maybe he crossed a line with killing Locke and Jacob as well but still....

In all honesty, I used to think of Locke as the most tragic figure in this piece, however, now, I think that Ben Linus may be up there as well. This man has sacrificed everything- including his own daughter in servitude of the island and didn't receive a damn thing for it. His power has been robbed from him- however, I think Alex's death has left him broken. There is no power to grab anymore, he has nothing to live for now that his daughter is dead.

I know the last episode featured Ben seemingly teaming up with Flocke (or Smoke Monster or MIB- or whatever you want to refer to the killer pillar of smoke as). Do I think that Ben has went over to the dark side?

As Ben once told Locke, "I always have a plan." And I think that Ben is too complex and conniving of a character to just give up. After all, after that heart-felt moment with Ilana, Ben does seem sincere in his quest for redemption. Now, him giving up Widmore was understandable.

Why? Ummm...Widmore was the one who was responsible for sending in the mercenaries (or Martin Keamy to be specific) who inevitably murdered his daughter. Yes, Ben had a hand in it with his bluff- but he knows that. Widmore never suffered for that crime he brought upon Ben. Personally speaking, I'm with Ben on that death.

I think what Ben is setting Flocke up for is the long con. Think about it- how delicious would it be for Ben to deceive and manipulate MIB just like Ben did so many times to the real John Locke? I think it would be very appropriate and perfect symmetry in many ways.

My greatest wish is for my belief in Ben as the true guardian of the island to be vindicated. It would be great to see Ben commit the selfless act to sacrifice his own life to protect the island and the surviving inhabitants of the island. Since he is a man with nothing to live for- he is capable of this heroic feat. I think Ben Linus is worth redemption. Yes, he has done many horrible things, but there is some level of morality in Ben. There is a code that he lives by. He won't harm an innocent child (and Widmore claims he saw Jacob?! The man who ordered Ben to kill Alex and Rosseau?). Ben is caught between wanting to do the right thing and wanting to survive. But, I know Ben will redeem himself.

However, there is a great chance that by the end of the finale, I could be incredibly wrong. And then, I will feel so stupid.

I hope though that good things happen for alt-verse Ben. He gets the family he always wanted (with Alex and Rosseau) and the man deserves some semblance of a happy ending.

After all, he was shot in the past as a child by Sayid. No one has liked this kid since the beginning!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

When I got my copy of Never Sleep Again, I admittedly popped it into my DVD player and flash-forward to almost four hours later, I must say the documentary flew by. This documentary is indeed the Holy Grail for any Nightmare on Elm Street aficionado. This documentary does not pull any punches at all. In the documentary itself, every Freddy Krueger film is explored in-depth, and to my pleasant shock, they even did a review of the Freddy’s Nightmares television series that aired in the 80’s.

I can only applaud producers Heather Lagenkamp (Nancy Thompson from the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare 3, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), Daniel Farrands and Thommy Hutson, on a comprehensive DVD that satisfies the hunger of any true Nightmare fan. I consider myself a true fan of this film franchise, and after watching this DVD, I feel so enlightened.

The examination of the filming of the first film is very intriguing (it’s around 43 minutes long in itself- because there is so much material to go over). I think what’s splendid about this is that this documentary goes much more into the turmoil that was involved in the original film more so than the documentary on the Infinifilm DVD of the original Nightmare. I always kind of understood where Wes Craven was coming from in the first one, but I never understand how much Bob Shaye sacrificed and gave when Nightmare on Elm Street was being made. It’s a testament to Bob’s savvy and business smarts that he was able to see the genius of Nightmare on Elm Street and in turn, not only keep New Line in business but make them players in the film industry. I have to just bow to the man’s talent. Every major Hollywood studio turned down the film, but Bob Shaye, being the maverick he is, decided to have New Line release the film on their own.

I wonder if those studios are still kicking themselves to this day? They should. After all, New Line Cinema is the House That Freddy Built.

The discussion of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, is really good and finally, there is admission from David Chaskin that the subtext of Nightmare 2 is a homosexual theme. It has always been widely debated by fans and this documentary does not just touch upon this, it goes straight into the controversy without fear. Not only was the lead actor, Mark Patton (Jesse) gay, but there were so MANY scenes that I didn’t even realize that touched on the gay theme. For instance, I didn’t realize that there was a board game called PROBE and a sign that read: NO CHICKS ALLOWED. And Clu Gallagher is absolutely hysterical in this documentary. I think my favorite line he said is (and I quote verbatim):

“When I was shooting I had no notion this was happening. Although, I didn’t get a blow job on the set, if that’s what you mean.”

Please Hollywood, cast this man immediately- in anything. He is a gem.

And I had no clue that Bob Shaye was the bartender dressed in leather at the gay bar that Jesse and Coach Schneider are at in the film. Bob’s re-telling of how he went to the Pleasure Chest to get suitable garb for the film is priceless (he took his children with him as he went shopping to make the story even more hilarious).

I agree with Wes though that the second film was indeed weaker than the first and the idea of Freddy attacking the kids at the party was a tad silly. However, Freddy’s line, “You’re all my children now!” is pretty darn iconic.

The examination of Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, was something that I really wanted to see mainly because of the various rumors of Wes having a problem with Frank Durabont and Chuck Russell doing the film (there were rumors that Wes had a problem with Chuck after “Dreamscape”). To my pleasant surprise, Wes admitted that he thought Frank and Chuck did some great things from his original draft (with Bruce Wagner). I must admit, I read Wes’ original, and there’s some great things in there, but Frank and Chuck enhanced a lot of things. I love how the Dream Warriors were more pro-active and could fight back at Freddy. So, it wasn’t just people being hapless victims anymore. This documentary did admit though that Chuck at the time, may not have spoke to the actors correctly. Ken Sagoes relates one tale in the special features were Heather Lagenkamp defended the other actors who were being talked down to. Ken, for the record, is still as awesome as I remember him in the 3rd and 4th Nightmare films. His recounting how everyone- especially Rodney Eastman- was enamored with Patricia Arquette was superb. Even though it seemed that the shooting may have been hectic and stress-filled, there were a lot of great ideas that were thrown around during this film. Also, it was nice seeing how the original death scene for Jennifer Rubin’s character (Taryn) didn’t quit work out because they couldn’t make the exploding head work.

And this documentary features the Dokken “Dream Warriors” video. KICK ASS!!!

The tale of how Bob Shaye encountered Renny Harlin and how Renny basically kept coming back to New Line has to be seen. Along with that, the tales of how Renny wanted practically every woman on his set to show nudity- in particular Tuesday Knight also has to be seen.

And following this, the DVD actually gives the audience an inside look into the Freddy’s Nightmares series. Wes Craven stating that he thought New Line was looking to just completely milk the cash cow out of every forum was pretty much on-point. I never remembered the series as being particularly great, and what’s hysterical is, neither do most of the cast and crew. I did like how since no one seemed to dole out much money or care to the show, the producers of the show (and writers) just did whatever they wanted for their own amusement (including obscene amounts of gore and nudity that they knew would never air).

Every Nightmare film is explored- and they even go into detail about Peter Jackson’s idea for Nightmare 6 (entitled the Dream Lover), which I think is a better premise than what ended up in “Freddy’s Dead”. Basically, Peter’s idea was that Freddy has become a joke and kids are looking for excuses to enter the dream world, to beat him up. Clever concept which definitely could have been explored, but alas, it wasn’t.

That just summarized the documentary itself. The second disc is a buffet of Freddy trivia and tidbits. We met the writers of the Freddy comics and novels, we see a sneak pick of Heather Langekamp’s upcoming documentary, I Am Nancy, and so much more.

What are you waiting for? Don’t just walk- run and buy this dvd at:

This is the motherload for all things Freddy. Don't consider yourself a true fan without this as a part of your collection.

Treme Season 1 Episode 5- "Shame, Shame, Shame" review

Teleplay by Lolis Eric Elie
Story by David Simon & Eric Overmyer and Lolis Eric Elie
Directed by Christine Moore

The opening sequence of this episode caught me a tad off-guard with LaDonna dreaming about meeting Daymo in his cell (with Keevon hovering above him) as the cell begins to flood with dirty water. Every David Simon production I’ve seen beforehand has never used a dream sequence before and maintains utmost realism. So, I was thrown for a loop but I liked the visual of the dream, and I see how it propels LaDonna forward. I just hope that the show’s writers continue to walk that fine line and not make a habit out of using that technique very often. But, being a David Simon devotee, I have the most faith in him.

LaDonna continues to be one of the most fascinating characters on the show as her mission to find her brother, leads to her court, to where she finds a seemingly dead end, as the ADA argues that there is no viable evidence to suggest whether or not Daymo was in custody at the time or after Katrina. And also, there is another reference to Daymo’s alleged drug use, which may not be true, given the information she finds out from Janette and Jacques. For some reason, I don’t believe that David has been using. I also did enjoy LaDonna’s moment of vengeance as she hires a process server to serve the roofer who has dodged his responsibility to Gigi’s. It was short but it was very sweet.

I think my favorite moment of this episode may have been the scenes between Antoine and Koichi Toyama, who may seem like polar opposites on the surface, but both have a shared love of music. In many ways, Toyama, knows more about music than Antoine. It was great watching Antoine and Koichi discuss music back and forth, to the point where it becomes almost a passionate heated debate. I’m like that with movies so I can definitely understand where the passion is derived from. So, that scene with the two almost coming to blows over a piece of jazz trivia is incredibly realistic. But, I did love that scene (after Toyama purchased a new trombone for Antoine) where Antoine plays for him. It’s so magical and touching in many ways- to see what music can do to make someone happy and create these emotions in them, it was very powerful. I did like that Desiree did get to see this moment as well. There was a look on her face where you can tell why she fell for Antoine to begin with and why she has feelings for him. He’s a talented- yet incredibly flawed human being.

The Annie/Sonny relationship is definitely on shaky ground right now. I can definitely understand why Annie feels so uncomfortable in this relationship right now. You have Sonny bringing in strangers (the bouncer from Houston) to stay with them without consulting her, and then he’s getting high again, and there’s just this bitterness that is brewing inside Sonny. He’s just so chaotic that he is ultimately not good or healthy for her. And the only reason, Arnie the bouncer gets the heave-ho at the end of the episode, is because Sonny is angry at him for sheltering Annie during the shooting.

I think I finally have a grasp on Davis as well. I know he is probably the least-liked of all the Treme characters but I had faith that Simon & Company would flesh this character out. I remember the backlash to Ziggy during the second season of The Wire, and he inevitably became one of the more well-liked and tragic characters of the series. I still think Davis has a long way to go, but the scenes of the musicians being enamored and impressed with his passion and enthusiasm, and also his understanding that his gay neighbors are not the enemy (after they took him in while he was drunk and laying in the street). It may be baby steps at first, but it seems that he is growing.

I think another stellar scene was Davina running into a friend during the parade. It’s a quick scene but beautifully played with raw emotion. It’s one of those moments where you run into a friend who you haven’t seen in forever and Davina’s case, thought was most likely dead. It’s simple but just a very memorable moment.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Treme Season 1 Episode 4- “At the Foot of Canal Street” review

Story by Eric Overmyer & George Pelecanos
Teleplay by George Pelecanos
Directed by Anthony Hemingway

First and foremost, this is a George Pelecanos episode which means that this will be a stellar episode filled with tight plotting and great dialogue. George wrote many of my favorite episodes (usually the penultimate episodes of each season) of The Wire and is also a great novelist.

I enjoyed the scene with Antoine waiting to have his stitches examined at the ER. It felt incredibly real with the insufferable delay and Antoine entertaining everyone with his singing. What else can you do when you’re trapped with a room full of people restless and impatient from sitting forever?

Albert is by far one of the most captivating characters on the series. From his disgust at how his insurance agent cut him off from any type of payout due to the fact that Albert didn’t have any flood insurance (the “I drink” line from the agent when Albert asked how he sleeps at night is sublime) to his scenes with Darius, Clarke Peters fleshes this character out so well. On one hand, he’s a passionate strong man with good sensibilities but underneath the surface, there’s a great anger simmering. I wonder as well, if Darius is how Albert may atone for his beating of the young thief earlier in the season. I must say, I do like how Darius was drawn in to the Mardi Gras practice. It seems like he’s taking this kid under his wing- it’ll be interesting to see how this relationship develops now that Albert is bedding Darius’ mother. By the way, that dinner flirtation between the two was masterfully played. To quote Shakima Greggs:

“Cool Lester smooth.”

Speaking of flirtations and chemistry, I did love the scene between LaDonna and Antoine at Gigi’s. Those two are just magical together, and it appears in a sense that LaDonna cannot help but resist Antoine’s charms. But, I did enjoy that LaDonna seized the opportunity of Antoine’s dental problems- as a means of getting him up to Baton Rouge to see his children. There is a great moment where Antoine is trying to bond with his kids and you can tell there is a bit of disconnect. Antoine has been away for so long but you could tell that he is trying to make amends. I also enjoyed the relationship between Larry and Antoine. Any other show would have Antoine jealous of Larry- yet meanwhile, Antoine realizes that Larry is a good man and surrogate father than his children. In his own way, Antoine realizes that Larry has been more of a father to his kids than he has been.

And on the Khandi Alexander note, her scene with Keevon White (played again by Anwan Glover aka Slim Charles of The Wire fame) was well-played. I think my favorite part of that was when LaDonna slammed her hand on the table exclaiming, “You look at us goddammit! This is my mother! This is David’s mother!” So, it’ll be intriguing to see what has become of her brother now with the implications from Keevon that Daymo was using perhaps. I did love the line from Keevon, “Respectfully ma’am, I know how to jail, your boy don’t.”

Nice to see Steve Earle again. And it’s interesting to see how the Sonny/Annie relationship is going to inevitably implode. It seems that there is a great anger/bitterness inside Sonny. We learned that he dragged Annie to New Orleans where he always wanted to go and live, and not it seems that he is becoming jealous of how Annie is garnering more attention and accolades than him. That look he gave her when he noticed the piano player (earlier he told her not to work with other piano players because he would consider it cheating) told a lot.

Speaking of nice, it’s good to see Jim True-Frost as Delmond’s agent. Any chance to see Prez is good with me. And speaking of Delmond’s story, I rather enjoyed the “Monogamy with Exceptions” game.

Last but not least, Creighton Bernette’s YouTube rant is nothing short of extraordinary. John Goodman can take the profane and make it downright poetic.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dokken- "Dream Warriors"

I think every horror movie should have a soundtrack by Dokken.

This video rules on so many levels:

Nightmare on Elm Street remake review

After much deliberation on my end, I decided to finally watch the new Nightmare on Elm Street revamp. I must say this before I rip this film into a new asshole, is there anyway I can jump in some teleportation chamber and retrieve the 90 minutes of my fucking life that I wasted watching this cinematic turd back? Is it possible? Because if it is, please guide me in that general direction.

When I heard that a remake of the original Nightmare on Elm Street was in the works, I was naturally against it. Why remake a classic horror film that doesn’t need to be remade? I’m generally against most remakes- particularly now, when it’s the easiest way to get a film made. There are exceptions (I think the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better for instance than its 50s counterpart) but the ratio of shitty remakes outweighs the good ones. So, I didn’t understand why this film needed to be re-imagined for a contemporary audience. Then, when I heard that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company were signed up- I knew this film would was destined for a few Razzies. However, I don’t even think this film is worthy of Razzie status. It’s that bad.

Of all horror movie icons, Freddy always held a very special place in the twisted nugget that I call my heart. I was never really scared of most horror villains like Jason because even as a kid, I used to think that those stupid teenagers deserved to get diced. I mean, would you ever seriously consider spending summer at some place that has been lovingly referred to as “Camp Blood”? I can just imagine the conversations that the families had before they shipped their kids off for the summer:

“Well, honey, there was that one mongoloid behemoth who wears a hockey mask and hacked a thousand kids with a machete and assorted weapons for the last decade…”

“Hmmm, valid point but take a look at the brochure! The water looks beautiful even though it’s mysteriously filled with severed body parts. I say, we send little Jimmy off.”

So, none of those movies disturbed me (I did like Halloween and Halloween II just because I used to watch it on USA all the time to the point of obsession) but Freddy always terrified me. Of course, it has to deal with, not being able to control your dreams and being at your most vulnerable. So, I’ve always watched the Nightmare movies religiously- and had nightmares about being killed by Freddy since I was young. My grandparents didn’t really care that I was watching the films, they knew I could handle myself. And, I must thank them, because I think it made me a tougher person.

Or desensitized. One of the two.

Okay, back to the heart of the matter. Freddy Krueger is one the most recognized figures in cinema and Robert Englund did a remarkable job bringing him to life. And quite frankly, he breathed life into that character in a way most actors would be unable to. And, the original Nightmare to me is one of those rare beasts where everything clicks. Sure, it’s a very low-budget production but the storyline, the directing, the atmosphere, the acting- it just worked. Where the budget may have hampered lesser directors, Wes Craven was able to make things work in his favor. Who the hell didn’t freak out when Tina was killed by Freddy and dragged up the wall? The genius of that first kill was the way it was set up and you couldn’t see the horror about to happen. And what I loved about the original was the subtleties that Wes placed in the film. It was hard at times to differentiate what was real and what wasn’t.

And, I agree with Craven’s distaste in how the movie made Freddy the stand-up comedian/Looney Tunes character of horror movies. I think the only really great Nightmare films are the original, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (which I do wish that some aspects of Craven’s original script including Nancy surviving stayed intact, while I do applaud for Frank Darabont and Chuck Russell for what they brought to the table as well). The rest are a very mixed bag but I always thought Craven’s original idea for the character was perfect- he’s just a monster. The epitome of just everything vile in a human being. So, to see him being one of the most requested costumes for Halloween says a lot about the psychology of most people.

I have been a huge Nightmare fan- from the films, to the horrible Freddy’s Nightmares series, to the various TV shows you would catch Freddy in. Hell, I even called that really lame Freddy 1-900 number when I was calling various 900 numbers as a kid.

First and foremost, to call this remake bad is doing a disservice to bad movies everywhere. The opening credits of the film were bad enough- don’t expect the creepy opening with Tina running from Freddy in the boiler room. Nope, we get a guy in a diner who gets killed who we really don’t care about. Then, we follow this one character, Kristin, who I assume is supposed to be loosely based off the Tina character in the film. Nancy is around, but it doesn’t appear that the writers care about her until the 50 minute mark of the film.

Everything that Wes Craven did so well in the original is completely stripped away- to the point where you wonder if there is any plot at all to this absurd waste of film. Again, the original Nightmare was a very surreal type of film. Compare the subtle creepiness of Nancy dreaming in class- and following Tina in the bloody body bag- to the supposedly scarier remake. Oh, wow- it’s terrifying because Tina is spewing up blood in this body bag and we will let people know it’s a dream because there’s POOF- a cloud of smoke that leads us into the dream, right?

Wrong. It’s not scary and the piss-poor cinematography doesn’t help either. I can’t blame Samuel Bayer for this completely. I do appreciate his work in music videos and I think he’s talented- but bathing the screen in green doesn’t make it scarier. It just helps re-establish my knowledge that this is indeed a movie. And a poorly made one to begin with.

So, by the time the third act occurs, it seems that the writers remember that Nancy is the heroine of the film. But, Rooney Mara is not even in the same league as Heather Lagenkamp and is unable to make this Nancy an engaging character that the audience can even get behind. To be fair, I can’t blame Rooney for that because the writing is so atrocious. If there is a narrative to this movie, it is lost on me. As you would expect from a Platinum Dunes production, the pacing is off and the any story takes backseat to some lazy gore that is supposed to be mistaken for terror. Sorry, the only thing I am terrified for is any hapless sucker who ponies up their hard-owned money for this garbage.

Now, more sequels of this abomination to the Nightmare on Elm Street brand…now, that is scary.

Apparently, the writers felt it was more interesting to forego actual characterization for our lead protagonists and focus on some backstory for Freddy. Instead of being a child murderer, Platinum Dunes felt it was necessary to make this Freddy incarnation a child molester instead. In the original, Krueger was a child murderer and it was scary solely based on the revelation coming from Nancy’s mother when she shows her daughter Freddy’s glove in the basement. I know in later movies, it's implied but they never overtly go the sexual molestation route. I always felt it was scarier than Freddy was able to invade his victims in a different manner- by exploiting their dreams and using their desires and fears against them. There's none of that cleverness in this remake. Freddy just lures his victims in and then kills them in long drawn-out and predictable dream sequences.

Here, we get a genuine mystery about Freddy’s history with flashbacks of him with the kids. Most of the film then becomes was Krueger burned alive mistakenly? Was he an innocent man? Oh wait, Krueger did molest the children. Excuse me, but who gives a shit?!

Freddy now doesn’t seem scary or horrifying, he just comes across as creepy and not in the good way. They even bastardized the classic “I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy” line from the original, as the new Freddy is about to sexually assault or kill Nancy. There was no need for a sexual gimmick for Freddy. He was just a child murderer.

It was nice to see Clancy Brown as one of the parents but his talents were severely underused in this film. Also, it’s just sad how most of this current generation are unaware that during the heyday of the 80s, Clancy was known as the fucking Kurgan. Again, to use Clancy in such a manner is criminal.

I thought Jackie Earle Haley did a decent job as Freddy, but he cannot fill Robert Englund’s shoes. I think if this movie proved anything it’s that Robert was able to bring that character to life in ways that most can’t replicate. But, the new Freddy make-up looks absurd and Jackie did as much as he could but an actor can only do so much when the writing is so bad. And it truly is. You could care less about any of these characters- they’re all one-dimensional and interchangeable. Gone is the suspense of the original- instead, we just watch Krueger hack away in the same predictable manner.

Compare the shock of Tina’s original death to the new one where we watch Tina be suspended in mid-air and then bounce off the walls like a pin-ball. Wow. How impressive. Insert yawn.

The thing is the original Nightmare film had heart and talent behind it. This new one is an insult to everything to a true Nightmare fan. Please rip this film from the projectors- you will be doing your fellow movie-goers a favor.

And now to cleanse myself of this filth, I’m going to rewatch A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and also check out the Nightmare documentary, “Never Sleep Again”.

Do yourself a favor kids, watch the classics. And Hollywood- try not fucking with the classics. One of these days, hopefully you will learn the lesson.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

V may be the most predictable new series of the year

I'm a fan of the original V mini-series by Kenneth Johnson (although I'm more of an avid follower of the War of the Worlds series). I think what V did so well was great characterization that allowed the audience band together with these characters (and even like the few compassionate aliens as well).

I was excited when I heard ABC was doing a re-imagining of the original mini-series. The trailers looked promising and I was excited to see Elizabeth Mitchell in the cast (you had to love her as Juliet on LOST). I was thrilled to see a weekly alien invasion series on television again.

I cannot describe how disappointing this series has been. I guess it is for a variety of reasons- the main problem is that I could care less about any of the characters. None of these Fifth Column rebels are remotely intriguing enough to make you care about them. They're all paper-thin characters with no depth whatsoever. And if you seek character expansion in the aliens- forget about that. Anna and her lot are just as poorly characterized as their humans foes.

If there is an arc or some place that the writers are heading towards- I don't see it. It just seems like the weekly adventures of these four Fifth Column rebels (which how the aliens haven't squashed them as of yet especially knowing who they are- is ridiculous) and their constant attempts to stop Anna's nefarious plans. Someone throw in a fucking Mystery Machine and you got the Scooby Doo gang.

Although, the visual of Elizabeth Mitchell feeding Morena Baccarin Scooby Snacks is very entertaining. Sadly, more entertaining than V has been so far.

How predictable is V? My roomie guessed in the opening act- that the shuttle the Fifth Column shot done already had dead bodies in it. Thus, that eliminates any guilt that any of the characters had about taking innocent life. We fast-forwarded that episode and within 10 minutes, got the entire gist of the whole episode. That does not bode well for a show that is trying to keep viewers.

I still would like V to pick it up and prove me wrong. Unfortunately, it just seems like the show is stumbling along with no clear understanding of where this series needs to go. It makes me yearn for the original mini-series all the more.

In the meantime, fuck this new V give me Robert Englund, Jane Badler and some lasers anytime.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Canta Per Me" by Yuki Kajiura

And since I'm on such a musical kick, check out this lovely piece entitled, "Canta Per Me". I absolutely love this and the entire NOIR soundtrack.

Check out Yuki Kajiura's work. You will not be disappointed.

Cat's Eye theme by Ray Stevens

Underrated movie and a great score. And once again proves, that a cat will always kick a troll's ass.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The highlight of my week...

As I pour myself a cup of hot java this morning, I have to ponder on the highlight of my week. After thinking long and hard, I have to say that my highlight would have to be this crazy gentleman that I was speaking on the phone at work. Long story short, he asked for the CEO's address, so he can testify before Congress against the United States government. Apparently, there is a massive government conspiracy tied in to orbital satellites that are trying to kill this man. He informed me that he has contacted the FBI regarding this dilemma but states they are trying to kill him as well.

I honestly didn't know whether to get him off the line with me or try to delve deeper and purloin the rights for his life story. Fascinating man.

Secondly, I have to state- I personally hate talking on phones. The reason why I even place calls in the first place are mainly for business reasons (calls to my family being an exception), and after work where I have to talk to nimrods all day, I am frankly spent. The last thing I want to do is put a fucking phone near my ear. It's at the point where I just want to smash the nearest phone after work.

Cell phones are just harbingers of annoyance.

BTW, how could I not use a picture of the Lone Gunman for any comment about conspiracy theorists?