It’s time once again to join me as I meander through the stacks of DVD’s, the Digital Cable Guide, the bowels of Netflix and more!
As the title says, I am a sick sick man, or at least I was. That’s not really pertaining to my tastes mind you; my taste is pretty bad by some standard, but far from sick! No, sadly throughout the 4th of July Holiday, I found myself laid up in bed with a combo punch of summer cold and flu. When you’re stuck in bed though? Your best friend becomes the remote control!
So I’m just going to say it; Timothy Olyphant is a badass! To be honest, I’ve been pretty burnt out on police procedural’s and all. “Justified” blew past that prejudice, smacked me upside the head and forced me to pay attention. To put it simply…this show is great. Olyphant puts in a great performance as Raylen Givens and he’s surrounded with a great cast. Nick Searcy as his boss is a standout; that guy’s always good for a laugh of some kind. Walter Goggins as the main nemesis Boyd Crowder is some great casting as well. Olyphant and Groggins play off of each other expertly and makes for some good cop drama.
Really, the writing is the highlight here for me. There are some subtly woven action tropes here, so tried and true cop show bits. It’s all written fresh however. Mixing in season long story archs are great too, making the occasional one off episodes stand out like beacons. Having finished off two seasons in as many weeks? My favorite still stands as the one off where Raylen Givens took a vacation. That was some great TV right there!
I’ve always enjoyed the “Scream” franchise, though I didn’t feel it reinvented the genre as many did. When “Scream 4″ came out here recently, I had a blast watching it in the theater. When we were discussing the newest installment on the Bloody Good Horror Podcast, it dawned on me that I couldn’t remember “Scream 3″ to save my life!
Getting to re-watch the movie on a sick day, I didn’t hate it. Sure, it’s not as good as the first two or the latest movie…but I’ve seen far worse movies. By this point the setup was getting a little strained and adding a Jay and Silent Bob cameo was getting to be a bit much. It’s watchable though. Then again, I love me some Parker Posey, so I may be biased.
Torchwood: Miracle Day
“Torchwood” has returned to us! Albeit, it’s different. Now “Torchwood” airs on the Starz network and takes place in American. It still has Captain Jack though, so I’m all right.
“Miracle Day” comes with the basic setup that nobody on earth can die…except for Captain Jack. This is a big turn of events which when previews spoke of it, it seemed like basic scifi fare. They did a great job in this first episode however of giving this undying condition some serious weight! Maybe even “Children of Earth” weight! Story wise, I thought “Miracle Day” fired on all cylinders. There were some issues with cheese however.
As you can see in the screen cap above, we get a sequence of Gwen in a firefight with her baby. Really? That seems a bit much. It felt pretty clunky seeing in action too. Captain Jack’s return to earth seemed a little anti-climatic too. At the end of “Children of Earth”, he appeared to be emotionally devastated by the actions he had to take to save Earth. Now he’s back with a simple, “come with me”? It needed some oomph. (Jack’s reunion with Gwen? That was bit more on par.) Other than that though, I thought this was a great start. I could do without the character of Esther…she was wooden and not interesting in the slightest. Bill Pullman as Oswald Danes however was FANtastic. I loved it. His little bad guy speech when telling the warden he was going to leave was on par with his cheesy president speech in “ID4″. I dug it.
I’m not going to say much about “Explorers” here other than the fact that this movie is classic. So classic. This is a perfect sick day movie! You’re sacked out in bed, feeling weak and a bit whiny as you were when you were a kid? This fits the mood perfectly!
“True Blood” is back and I’m generally excited. I enjoyed the first three seasons a lot. The season opener here however, fell flat on it’s face for me. I couldn’t get into it at all. There were numerous problems, it felt disjointed and a lot of the characters really seemed to be off base from where they left off at the end of season 3. Admittedly, that may have been the point, but it really didn’t jive with me.
Thankfully, episode to seemed to fall back into a good familiar rhythm. The show finally felt more like itself. There’s still some bits I’m not a fan of though. The biggest being the new direction for Tara, though I’ve never really liked her character at all. I’m not talking about the new lesbian angle or anything; that’s fine. The problem is…it doesn’t feel genuine at all. It feels clunky and cliche. Lafeyette and Jesus? Their relationship feels real.
All in all, my faith was restored for the most part by episode 2. Here’s hoping they stay on target!
I can’t speak to this as a remake of the original. I’ve seen the original, it’s been decades, so I don’t recall much. Based solely on a Russell Brand vehicle; it’s not horrible. It’s not a formulaic Judd Apatow comedy like we’ve come to expect Brand in the background of, so that’s nice. I used to find the man highly annoying but in the right setting, he’s pretty funny. Here, he fit the grossly rich layabout role pretty well. Helen Mirren is a dreamboat and was funny here and played well off of Brand’s antics. Ultimately, I got some good laughs out of this flick, though I was laughing at bits, not necessarily the whole.
This show is growing on me from week to week. It’s nothing earth-shattering but it’s good scifi pulp fiction! Noah McBeardy is a decent lead if a little too boy scout still, but a good lead all the same. I’m still drawn in by the mystery of what’s going on with the skitterer’s all the harness kids and all that, so I’ll keep watching. I’m kind of glad Iggy Pop Jr. took off though.
Finally, “Breaking Bad”! I’ve heard about it for years, never tried it out. I received this courtesy of Netflix to follow up my “Justified” binge. I’ve only watched the first episode, but it was a great one. Looking forward to more!
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