Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Elementry

Season 1 Episode 1 **


Tomorrow night the premier episode for CBS' new series Elementary airs, but the trailers have already garnered a fair amount of criticism. The biggest thing against the show is the character names. 

I haven't seen one criticism  for the fact that we don't need another detective / crime-drama series. I haven't seen much made about the story or script, other than places where this series is Sherlock Holmes and Watson

We already have two versions of this in popular media, the Robert Downey Jr. film franchise and the Steven Moffat produced / Benedict Cumberbatch lead miniseries on BBC. Both are true enough to Sir Conan Doyle’s original version that a divergent version, coming to modern day New York and replacing Watson with a female, is unwanted by the biggest fans. The series already has a 60% disapproval rating on YouTube, and that's before it hits the air. 

Having seen the full episode I can say it reads very much like any other crime drama. What will set this series apart from Gil Grissom, Columbo or Monk? Will it be the Lucy Liu played female co-worker? Nope, Monk and Grissom both had that. Will it be the quirkiness of the lead character played by Jonny Lee Miller? Nope, Columbo and Monk not to mention Law & Order's Robert Goren, were far quirkier. We'll have to watch the show to see, but if they don't establish it in the first few episodes, this may just be the series that Golden Boy replaces in the post-Christmas part of the season.






Monday, September 24, 2012

666 Park Avenue


****

ABC has the spooky feel on this show that's just right for the Fall season. It even includes Terry O'Quinn {69} as the mysterious, in control, owner, Gavin Doran, of the Drake Apartments at 666 Park Avenue.

There is a bit of a mystery to the goings on at the huge old tenement. Young couple Jane (Rachael Taylor {109}) and Henry have just moved in and as Henry (Dave Annable {1}) works for the Mayor's Office, Jane has just gotten the job of Manager of the building. Jane is a snoopy type and while Gavin seems to be upto devilish work, you'd think he'd not want her getting into things that she shouldn't be seeing. Contrarily, he appears to welcome it.

This is a good start to a series, but not really my thing, so you may not see it here again.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Hobit-Trailer 2

What can I say about the second trailer for the most Unexpected Journey that Peter Jackson 313 will take us on? Amazing!
Visuals, sets, costumes, make-up, cgi, everything is right at the top of his game. I expect Globe and Oscar nominations in nearly every category, how can they not? 



Apparently a second piece of Peter Jackson related news hit the net today to, this Doctor Who related. 

BoingBoing reported that Matt Smith was interviewed by New Zealand's The Waikato Times in which he stated that he'd love to visit New Zealand to shoot an episode of the show, and while they're all there, how great would it be if Peter Jackson was in the director's chair?

"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,'... Let's get Peter Jackson to direct, and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there."

When asked by The Waikato Times for comment, Jackson said:

"I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there!"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hansel and Gretel--Trailer

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings' incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.




Coming January 11, 2013 from Paramount Pictures and director Tommy Wirkola 0. Staring Jeremy Renner 311, Gemma Arterton 126 and Famke Janssen 199.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Arrow - Trailer

The CW released a newish trailer for the up-coming series Arrow. Based on the DC comic book Green Arrow the series follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who has been stranded on an island for five years, as he returns to his beloved home-town, only to discover that a criminal element has infected the metropolis of Starling City. Donning a hood and a bow and arrow, billionaire playboy Queen, goes after the criminal element Batman style, in green.