I’m re-watching Alias for the first time since it aired. As with any great show made years ago, set in the once present, there are things that hold up and things that, sadly, do not. Jennifer Garner was a rare gem of a find for JJ Abrams. She wasn’t immediately comfortable in the role, struggling with the mix of suave, spy humor and the nuance required in some grisly moments. But by the halfway mark she finds the balance and walks that tightrope, just as her character walks a similar line in the show. She’s a badass female character leading a show that would, by lesser writers, be headed by some macho bro.
Her dad is played by Victor Garber, veteran Canadian actor, who might be the most skilled of the cast. He’s almost always deadly serious, only cracking the most subtle of smiles and grimaces, but when his character hits into emotional 2nd or 3rd gear it makes an impact. The rare 4th gear? Leaves you open-mouthed, breathless.
But this is a JJ Abrams joint so, inevitably, the mythological fiction, the backbone mystery, goes off the rails. Even in the first season, not 20 episodes in, and we’ve got characters thinking about revelations and ridiculous predictions of a would-be Da Vinci. It’s already an interesting show with the Bristows playing double-agents and the occasional mythos popping up intriguingly but the show doesn’t know how to pace it. The sci-fi aspect just shoots out of nowhere sometimes. And by season 3 or so, episodes become hit or miss instead of just subplots within episodes.
As many of you know, the Philippines were absolutely ravaged this past weekend by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiya). The death toll is expected to surpass 10,000. Beyond that, millions are without food, water, shelter. A state of calamity has been issued. Things are grim.
What many of you may NOT know, is that the Philippines is the second-largest readership of JL8, only surpassed by the US. Not that I wouldn’t step in for a tragedy of this magnitude regardless, but as such, it hits a little bit closer to home than most.
All that being said, I’m offering a wallpaper/cover photo bundle pack at my webstore for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF Philippines, whose goal is to primarily assist the children affected by this disaster.
Obviously, the timeline photo has been posted up right here, and you can use it if you want without donating anything, and that’s fine. If you do, though, I ask that you include the information for donating when you do post it, so that others may find a way to give.
We may not have a female superhero movie yet, but we do have a superhero movie that passes the Bechdel Test. Praise be!
It’s really sad that in the year 2013 this article needs to be written. I’m not slamming the writer (just the opposite), I’m just sad that we’re still here. We’re still praising movies just for having female characters not fitting into the stereotypes we’ve seen them in for decades. Good for Marvel.
A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane.
Sad and sweet all at once. Regardless, it shows a wealth of creativity in the midst of tragedy and loss.
If you have even a rudimentary interest in film, you’ll probably like this short and admittedly-nerdy documentary on the development and history of the green-screen method for special effects in film.
WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF SEQUELS AND ADAPTATIONS THERE IS NO ORIGINAL FILM ANYMORE OK BYE
Pacific Rim, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty (kinda), Amour, Brave, Warm Bodies, Side Effects, The Place Beyond the Pines, Trance, To the Wonder, Mud, Frances Ha, This is the End, The Way Way Back, Blue Jasmine, In a World, The World’s End, Don Jon and Gravity.
These are all good, original movies in theaters this year. It’s not all bad, people.
Spike Jonze directing a live performance from Arcade Fire at the YouTube Music Awards (I didn’t know such a thing existed). The song is “Afterlife,” and it’s from their new album, which is quite good. Greta Gerwig dances for 5 minutes and it’s oddly mesmerizing. I think “life” here, at least in the video, can be interpreted as “relationship” and we get to see Gerwig whirl her way to some semblance of recovery. Well, that’s my interpretation at least.
Yes, please. Bryan Singer’s on X-Men again and it feels like 2003. The trailer doesn’t do the best job of setting up the premise but I have no doubt the second or maybe third will. You just know there’s younger and older versions of Professor X and Magneto and that’s cool all on its own. I need to go back and re-read the comic. I don’t remember it feeling quite like that.