Monthly Archives: August 2008

Villains

The season three trailer for “Heroes” is now online with a sneak peek at the new storyline – “Villains.” Not only is Sylar back, but we’ll also see teleporter Hiro contend with an evil super-speedster, and from the looks of things, perhaps another trip into a potential future. Looks like “Heroes” has recovered from the crippling writers strike that plagued the second season and the new one should be quite a ride.

“Heroes” the third season premieres on Monday, September 22nd.

Slashers and Sequels

Slashers ~ Presented by Fangoria, Slashers is the ultimate Japanese game show crossed with The Running Man and a bucketful of gore. Really, what more do you need? There are enough beautiful Asian girls in short skirts any anime fan happy and enough blood and gore to thrill any torture porn Saw/Hostel fan. If you can take it, Slashers is an entertaining look at reality television and humanity in general, but it’s also an exercise in extreme bad taste that needs to be watched with a sense of humor – a sick one. That said, I liked it, a lot. And of course it’s got the catchiest theme song of any flick in a long long time. You’ll be singing it for days afterwards.

While it tries very hard to be cutting edge and in the moment, it is also very much the same formula as the original movie. And so, while it’s well done, if a bit predictable, I have the same problem here as with Lost Boys, is it really a sequel if it’s the same plot with different characters? Like I said, it’s well done, possibly worth watching on free cable, but don’t pay for it.

Aelita

Aelita, Queen of Mars ~ This one is a silent Russian science fiction film from 1924 that may have influenced Metropolis as much as it was in turn influenced by The Cabinet of Caligari. It has amazing and innovative sets for the time, and even today, some odd and impressionist enough to give Caligari a good run for its money. The costumes are intriguing as well, especially Aelita’s weird triangle pants. There is an overwhelming cast of characters, so vast it seems an awful chore for the filmmakers to include them all. The Martian scenes are more alluring than the Russian ones obviously. And other than the building of a spaceship in a night, it’s a highly plausible story.

Irony, Thy Name Is Duchovny

Actor David Duchovny was admitted into rehab this week for sex addiction. You can read the details here.

What’s ironic is that after getting Showtime free from our cable service I’ve been checking out his latest TV series “Californication.” In the series, Duchovny plays a sex-obsessed writer living and schtupping in Los Angeles.

While Showtime had no comment, I can’t help but wonder how long before Duchovny’s character Hank Moody also enters rehab.

Season two of “Californication” starts September 28th.

Meal of Champions

Fast Food Olympics

Big Red Kitchen Fries

Four Is a Magic Number?

When “American Idol” returns for its eighth season in January there will be a new face behind the judges table. Joining Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell will be award-winning and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

DioGuardi is no stranger to the series, having written songs and hits for former American Idols Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, as well as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and AI’s own Paula Abdul. She should definitely add a new dimension to the precedings, as well as a tying vote in disagreements. We’ll have to wait until January to see how that twist works out, to say nothing of her chemistry with the other judges.

It is worth noting that with the announcement today, Kara has yet to sit with the other judges, and the audition tour for season eight has already hit eight different cities. Perhaps the newest judge won’t be weighing in until the finalists have been chosen.

This is of course not the first time the producers have tinkered with the winning formula of the show. Last season some contestants auditioned with musical instrument accompaniment. Having singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi would be a logical next step in that evolution.

Notoriously a fourth judge was almost added in the second season, until the female disc jockey chosen admitted she’d never seen the show. That second season also eliminated original co-host Brian Dunkleman. Dunkleman, who left on his own, is now well known as a Trivial Pursuit answer.

The Pineland Players Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

The Pineland Players, based in Medford NJ and established in 1977, are doing Disney’s “Beauty of the Beast” this weekend. The production is quite elaborate for local community theatre, but that’s standard practice for the Pineland Players. This musical based on the Broadway play is first rate and can be seen the rest of the weekend at the Burlington County Institute of Technology Westhampton Campus. Nathan Titus steals the show as Le Fou, Gaston’s toady sidekick, and some woman named Jennifer Walker is elegant charm as Mrs. Potts (no nepotism here, The Bride really is good). Michael Carty is also notable as Gaston, perfectly cast. It’s a wonderful show that definitely should be seen while it’s running.

Julius J. Carry III RIP

Sadly, actor Julius J. Carry III passed away yesterday from complications of pancreatic cancer.

He was probably best known for his roles as Sho’nuff in Berry Gordy’s cult classic The Last Dragon and as the bounty hunter Lord Bowler in “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”

He’ll be missed.