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Recent Media Thoughts

  • I just finished watching the entire run of Deep Space 9 on Netflix (streaming). Easily the best trek series, IMO (I quickly gave up on Voyager and Enterprise when they first aired). The pilot is atrocious, however. The first two seasons are world building, but the fun really kicks in starting with Season 3, when they can serialize the story much more. The final ten episodes are totally serialized.
  • I’m still watching Elementary, which is now more like comfort TV than “need to watch.”
  • But, with the end of DS9, I could use a new series….I tried Lost Girl and Misfits and liked neither.

On the movie front …

Good :

  • Contagion — Too bad Soderbergh is retiring.
  • Premium Rush — Not art but amusing. When your main character is nicknamed “Wily Coyote” you know what you are getting.
  • Tai Chi Zero is a glorious smashup of Kung Fu, Steampunk, Romance, Anime and Scott Pilgrim-esque in nature. I’m eagerly awaiting the 2nd half (Tai Chi Hero).
  • Dredd — Not art but amusing.
  • Seven Psychopaths was about a screenwriter (I really dislike movies about movies or moviemaking), but had enough scenery chewing by all parties involved to compensate.
  • The Raid: Redemption deserves the accolades it got (from the Asian Action Movie Crowd).
  • Bernie was pretty good, overall. I think a little Jack Black goes a long way (see High Fidelity) but he’s perfectly fine when he’s not playing some manic rock guy. (Although I did like School of Rock)

Mediocre (I watched it, but YMMV):

  • The Pirates — Band of Misfits is a weak entry in the Aardman line, but still ok.
  • ParaNorman — Surprisingly watchable.
  • The Campaign — Although you need a pretty decent tolerance for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinkas.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed — Trying a bit too hard for that indie hipster movie vibe, but watchable.
  • The Remake of Hari-Kiri is pretty much a straight up remake. There’s one point where I’m not sure if they updated it to make it more badass, or it’s just a detail I didn’t notice in the original. A good flick, but not a must see if you saw the original. And only recommended if you like older Japanese movies.

Bad (I turned it off):

  • 21 Jump Street — Ugh.
  • Moonrise Kingdom — I really like some of his stuff, but not this.

Written by taogaming

February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

Posted in TV & Media

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  1. Next on my watch list are: Space 1999 and the new Spartacus TV series.

    Just watched a streaming flick via Amazon called Flame and Citron. I recommend.


    February 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    • Space:1999. That takes me back. Of course, by this date we’re supposed to have nuked the moon already, right? Ah, the future.


      February 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  2. I’ll recommend The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Very well done cartoon adaptation of lots of prior Marvel story arcs.

    Frederic Bush

    February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • I watched the first season (of Avengers: EMH) with the TaoLing and it was pretty good.


      February 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  3. So sad you didn’t like Misfits. I adore it.

    Have you tried Supernatural? Any show in which the main characters call angels “douchebags” is worth a look. Season 1 is a lot of monster-of-the-week world-building, Things start picking up from there.


    February 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    • That sounds reasonable, although I have to finish the last few episodes of Fringe before I pick up another X-Files clone.


      February 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  4. Since you enjoyed the serialized episodes of DS9, you might check out Babylon 5.

    'Bernard Wingrave'

    February 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    • I second this recommendation. Unfortunately B5 is not available on Netflix. Also, the first season has some lower production values than later seasons, so some scenes can look a little cheesy, so my advice would be bear with it because it really picks up more late 2nd/early 3rd season. The movies are also helpful for back story.

      Jeremy S

      February 25, 2013 at 8:30 am

  5. Do you know daybreak (the serie, not the movie)? Its a minisereies (just 13 episodes), but I found it really great despite -or even because – of it.


    February 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

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