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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Medievil won't stay dead.


That's just fine with me! I'm not effing around when I say that 2006's Resurrection soundtrack was better than anything Danny Elfman composed in the past 20 years. A remake of the excellent Victorian gothic sequel would also make me quite happy.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dark Mini Review: Der Zeitmaschine.

Dark was something I really wanted love but in the end I struggled to even like. It's everything you could want from a German language sci-fi spin on Twin Peaks. For the first 5 hours at least. Murder, affairs, a shadowy group of child kidnappers, teenage ennui, and oh SO much rain. I love me a good time travel mystery and this had me on the hook for 2 solid days.

I find rising action to be an underappreciated art and Dark really nails the first leg of the race. Start off mundane, yet interesting, then slowly get super frikkin' weird. The biggest triumph of the show is how it begins with one doomed quest to save murdered children that slowly builds to a duet, then a trio. It's hilariously nihilistic and I love it's commitment to time travel paradoxes. I mean if any of the protagonists managed to change the past... why are they still doing it?

Also if you pay attention you can catch plot twists several episodes ahead of time. I had one or two moments where I yelled "CALLED IT!" at my TV that sold exactly how much wine I'd drunk to my neighbors. I had some serious fun with Dark but I can't ignore how marvelously it flies off the rails in the home stretch.

The small town drama that was believable and restrained at first spills over into full tilt, RAIN FIGHT, melodrama. The lead cop character started off pretty dumb, pawing at corpses with his bare hands, and becomes a blithering mad prophet once it's his turn to go to the past. He literally grabs teenage girls and yells at them not unlike that Harrison Ford sketch. It's ridiculous.

I could have forgiven all that if the time travel stuff had either wrapped itself up neatly or had become interesting enough to sustain another season. Neither of those things happened and because I'd previously had my heart broken by Lost so many years ago, I saw all the signs. The primary antagonist had no major development for 80% of the season, new characters and settings were being introduced in the last 3 episodes, and there were way too many monologues about good/evil/god/the devil. That's what I like to call wheel spinning and I f%$king hate it. Either they don't know where they're going or they have to save the answers for the series finale. I'm going with the latter.

It could have been great and it pains me to say it, but I actually flicked off the last scene and unless it gets rave reviews I won't be down with season 2. I cannot stress how great this show is at reeling you in and then absolutely blowing it. Breaks my heart.

Breaks it.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

And the award for best opening sequence of 2017 goes to...

While I don't have any solid feelings about Netflix's Dark yet (German stranger things with suicide and nudity!) I can say that these opening credits kicks all kinds of kaleidoscopic ass:

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Aubrey sails again!


...possibly! Russel Crowe seems to think there's a chance we'll get another go at the largely untapped vein of Patrick O'Brian novels 21 stories thick. It's one of those movies that I could watch once a week for the rest of my life. Crowe and Bettany were an amazing platonic gay married couple and I need to see more of it. Incidentally, Bettany becoming more available doesn't bode well for the Vision, does it?

Either way, your homework for this week is to watch Master and Commander again under the pretense they're secretly married. You're welcome.