I’m told that HBO is in trouble. Game of Thrones will be ending soon. Nobody liked Vinyl. What’s the network’s Next Big Thing? Does HBO even have a Next Big Thing, or are they just going to cede more of that sweet TV prestige to those jerks at AMC? Continue reading
It’s here! Captain America: Civil War has finally hit theaters. So if you’re like me, and were sick of hearing story after story about what a complete and utter failure Batman v Superman turned out to be, well too damn bad! Civil War’s only going to add gas to that tank.
When the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron hit the internet, it was like a religious experience for me. Everything about it looked amazing. Iron Man and the Hulk battling it out! Ultron! The Pinocchio song! Waiting another five months or whatever it was for the movie to come out was pretty tough. But the day finally came, and as I sat in that theater watching Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face down another world-ending threat, I remember smiling, leaning forward in my seat and thinking, “This is pretty okay, I guess.”
Well, love is probably too strong a word.
Fuller House was tailor-made for people to hate. Ever since Netflix announced it was bringing the show back — 21 years after it had gone off the air — people have been violently rubbing their nipples, ready to tear it apart. And with good reason, I guess. The original show was never very good, despite running for eight years and still playing something like 50 times a week in syndication. As a culture, there are very few things we can all get behind. Mad Men, live-tweeting the Oscars, and that’s about it. But we were all able to get behind the idea that this show was going to fail and fail miserably.
2004 was a really good year for TV. That year alone, we saw the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, So You Think You Can Dance?, American Dad, The Biggest Loser**, The Office, Veronica Mars, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, and Project Runway. It was like a perfect storm of creative juju. Looking at the movies that are due out in 2016, we could find ourselves in a similar situation. But, of course, while there’s a lot to look forward to, there’s no guarantee that it’s all going to be good. Here are the films I’ve got my eye on. Continue reading
***If you haven’t had a chance to check out Star Wars: The Force Awakens, turn back now. Spoilers follow.
Back in 2007, when half the world was having a nervous breakdown over David Chase’s finale of The Sopranos, I remember reading one fan’s own version of that final scene. He had taken the time to write it out himself, complete with camera angles. I remember he closed his proposal with, “If I may be so bold.” I remember thinking, “No, you may not!” Everyone had spent eight years talking about what a genius David Chase was, but were ready to brand him a heretic because he had written a single scene in a single episode they didn’t like. Granted they really, really didn’t like it. But still. Continue reading
I know I’ve turned into a bit of a broken record saying this week after week, but this season’s murder mystery just hasn’t reeled me in at all. However, if any episode this season was going to get me into it, this would have been the one. Let me explain.