During two airplaneflights I have killed some time watching to fantasy spectacles. First the lauded "Avatar", second the first "Hobbit". I did not expect "Avatar" to be some sort of "Matrix", but the famous blue characters inhabit some sort of 'inbetweenworld' that men can only come using some sort of machine. The film is an 'ecological awareness' film and I hope that all the people who saw the film picked up something of the message.
This comment was on such a strange place, that I almost spammed it. When I checked what this was about, I found a film with Genesis P-Orridge. The director apparently uploaded his 2006 short to Youtube for your entertainment. Check it out if you are interested.
Now that I think of it, we also watched the first series of the lauded series "Breaking Bad". The series have a nice joke here and there, but also here the first series did not make me want to watch the second. Many people say that the series develops, but frankly, when you want people to watch your series, the first have to be very good, right? I guess I missed that part.
We usually spend one evening a week watching series. Not on TV though, I am terrible with following things on TV, I just want to watch something when I want to watch it. Also I am no fond of all these 7+ season series and consequentally not of still running series. Also I find little of interest actually.
After the very good series "Intelligence", we did not have much luck.
We watched a few episodes of "Engrenages", a French police series with a rather predictable story-line and the obligatory gruesome serial killer elements.
We have tried two series of the lauded series "Game Of Thrones", but close to nothing in it happens that interests me. Almost never I looked forward to the next episode and even the series endings are not too 'cliffhanging'.
I think I forget one, but currently we are watching season 1 of "Mad Men". I heard there are "Twin Peaks" actors in it and that it has "Twin Peaks" elements. Well, not in the first series! Judging IMDb.com, Ray Wise features in 4 episodes in the 4th to 7th series. In any case, however the series has nice humour and I like the 1950'ies atmosphere, there is nothing interesting in the story and I doubt I will want to continue with the next series. Besides, I just find out that it is a 7+ season series and still running...
Since series seem to have become terribly popular, there might a lot be left to check out. I like the stranger series, "Twin Peaks", "The Prisoner", "Carnivale", that sort of stuff, but as you can see with "Intelligence", a well written 'normal series' can be good too. Tips are welcome.
It has been a while since I saw "Enter The Void". Taking that the DVD would be released by now, I thought I would get myself a copy and watch it again. Well, the DVD is available, but from the average DVD shop downtown... Fortunately there is the internet.
The circumstances were thus that we watched "Dexter" four nights in a row, it were the first eight episodes of the second series. "Dexter" started in 2006 and is still running (season 6). I am no fond of still running series, nor of series with many seasons, but a friend highly recommended "Dexter" and the series actually get a 9.3 on IMdB. We usually watch two episodes a week, but things were different during holidays.
After one-two-thirds series I can say that "Dexter" indeed is a fine piece of modern series-making, but 9.3 is way too high. At an emotional level the rating is perhaps not that strange, but when you look at the writing of the script, there are really highs and lows. FBI agent Lundy as a character is almost as good as Dale Cooper, there are great jokes in the series, but there are strange misses like Doaks finding Dexter at an AA meeting thinking that he found the 'dark secret', the highlight of the first series (the one of the "Ice Truck Killer") is worked out pourly, especially at the end, the episodes in which Dexter appears to have feelings afterall are not always very strong, Dexter's lies are often pretty poor. Generally speaking I think that the series are good enough to keep watching for some time more, but I do not know if I will make it to the sixth (or whenever the plug is pulled) series. There are people claiming that the series get better and better, so who knows. As of now, I can say that the second series definately are not better than the first. They are not bad, but not better than the first series. At the moment I could easily keep on watching since I love the character of Lila and it looks like some real tension (until now I found the series not really tense/thrillerish) is coming.
Remember "Horizonica" (2007)? The team of "Schat Ik Ga Fietsen" is working on a new full-length "Nederhorror" ("Netherhorror" after the Netherlands) zombie slasher with a plethora of volunteers. Make-up is done by Suzy Terror (who else), Ramon Etman (director of "Horizonica") has his influence because of the cooperation of "Broet. The title is in Italian "Il Campeggio dei Morti Viventi" and on the Facebook page you can find more information. Also 'Googling' the title will bring up Youtube 'trailers' and the like. It looks like there will be some zombies in the film that I know, just as in "Horizonica", hopefully "Il Campeggio..." will be a bit better :-)
As a new series we got ourselves "Dexter". These series actually have a 9.3 on IMdB (just as Twin Peaks) and a friend of mine says that it is getter better with every episode, even upto the fifth series. I am no fond of still running series, neither of series with too many seasons, but last week we saw the pilot and first (or second) episode. As in "American Psycho" we get the viewpoint of a serial killer. We hear him thinking, the story is with him as focal point. Dexter is an adopted child and has had urges to kill since his youth. His adoptive father, a policeman, knew all about these urges and taught Dexter to use them 'for good', hense, kill the people the police cannot catch. In his normal life Dexter is a forensic expert with "blood splatter patterns" as his speciality. The police is not his employer, but he works for them. His (step?)sister followed her father's footsteps. Dexters jog inspires his other work.
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